So, you’re spending the weekend in The Flathead Valley, and you’re looking to craft the perfect itinerary. Well, don’t take it from Trip Advisor, take it from a local.
Kalispell is the central hub of the Flathead Valley, from here you are a hop, skip, and a jump away from some of Montana’s best landmarks – The Rocky Mountains, Flathead Lake, and Glacier Park. Not to mention the touristic towns of Whitefish and Bigfork – home to some of the best dive bars.
If you’ve read this far, Hello, and welcome to my first blog post. My name is Savannah, and I was born and raised in Kalispell, Montana, also known as “The Last Best Place.”
Now, you’re only in The Flathead Valley for a weekend, so let’s start crafting that itinerary!
Day 1: Go fish!
With the abundance of fresh water lakes in this region, you don’t have to be an expert outdoorswoman (or man) to cast a line and catch a vibe!
This weekend we hit up one of my favorite spots for Pike fishing, Stillwater Lake.
Day 2: Pick a mountain, any mountain!
Now it’s time to put some work in. The Flathead Valley is enclosed with mountains, so take your pick, and cut a path to the top for some of the best panoramic views in the world.
This last weekend, my boyfriend and I hiked Mount Aeneas located in the Jewel Basin, approximately a 45 minute drive from Kalispell. This 6 mile, round trip hike is very doable and will have you working up a sweat.
Mount Aeneas sits at 7,500 feet above sea level. You can view the Flathead Valley and The Bob Marshal Wilderness from the top.
Dinner: Tamarack Brewing Co.
After you’ve summited that whopper, you’ll surely be hungry. A favorite among tourists and locals alike is Tamarack Brewing Co.
The Tamarack’s home base location is Lakeside, MT. From Mount Aeneas you’ll have to travel to the West side of Flathead Lake to grab this delicious bite.
Take a tip from me and call in an order. This popular spot is guaranteed to have a wait.
Now, if you’ve made it this far, then I hope I’ve sold you on a weekend in “The Last Best Place.”
With that being said, we Montanan’s hear California is great, and that there’s a plethora of activities to do there. So, if you don’t make it to the Flathead Valley, we understand, and we’re not mad about it 😉
Author: Savannah Anderson Instagram: @savvvanderson