Welcome to The Flathead Valley: The Crown Jewel of the NW!

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.

The supplies you will need for this activity – A couple of fishing poles and a twelve pack of seltzers of your choice.
Pick your best hook then tie on a steel leader so that massive fish your about to catch doesn’t chomp through your line.
Drink a Blue Moon at the Stillwater Bar.  If you’re like us, and you get skunked, there’s are great little bar on the lake where you can drink a beer and lick your wounds.

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.

On the way up! Flathead Lake and Echo Lake can be seen here.

 

My boyfriend and I, at the top of Mount Aeneas.

Mount Aeneas sits at 7,500 feet above sea level. You can view the Flathead Valley and The Bob Marshal Wilderness from the top.

Good practice: A cheers at the peak!

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.

Take your tamarack dinner to-go.  We love the huckleberry salmon and the Big Sky burger, but don’t forget to save room for a fresh baked pizza cookie!

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

 

Zoo Town Brew Fest Lineup

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If you live in Missoula, and enjoy drinking beer, then I am sure that you are fully aware of what has happened in the last 10 years, but first, go back in time to 1986. At this time, Missoula Brewing had been out of business for over 20 years, and Americanized pilsners like Ranier dominated the market. In 1987, German brewmaster Jürgen Knö¨ller opened up Bayern Brewing, and the local craft beer industry had once again been established in Missoula. Five years after Bayern’s opening, Jürgen and a few other local business owners started an annual tradition that still holds today. The annual Garden City Brewfest had begun, and craft brew lovers have flocked to Caras Park in downtown Missoula for the event ever since.

Now, look back to just ten years ago. Believe it or not, there were only three breweries in Missoula. In the past 10 years, the love for craft beer has blown up to ridiculous proportions, and the greater Missoula area is soon to be home to over 10 breweries!

When you live in a city like Missoula, which is in a state that takes 2nd in the nation for breweries per capita, one brewfest is simply not enough. The first brewfest of 2016 was the Winter Brewfest, which was on February, 19th but there are still five more to come!

Remember, drink responsibly!

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April 1st

Backcountry Brewfest

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April 16th

Bacon & Brew Fest

Caras Park

 

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May 7th

Garden City Brewfest

Caras Park

 

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September TBA

Mavericks Brewfest

Caras Park

 

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October TBA

MBA Fall Fest

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5 Strange Things to Prepare For In Montana

5 Strange Things to Prepare For In Montana

Living in Montana for the past few years, there has been a ridiculous amount of things I have come to love and welcome about the great state. At first, the things that seemed the most bizarre and strangest are things that are apart of my everyday life, and when I leave to go anywhere else I cannot seem to leave them behind. Without further ado, from visiting on your first trip, to moving here as an “out-of-stater,” here’s a few weird things you’ll have to get use to!

1. There’s just one area code… for the whole state!

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It’s the weirdest thing to see, but when you just see seven numbers instead of the whole ten its weird… and trust me, it’ll throw you off everytime you go to tell someone your number or get anyone else’s. #canyouhearmenow

2. There IS a speed limit, but it’s fast enough

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If you need to go anywhere faster than 80mph, you shouldn’t be driving, go try flying or something like that. We all know your car has more horse power than… well then actual horse, so we don’t need to see you hitting 100mph. #racecarspeltbackwardsisracecar

3. Everything is unlocked or open… like all the time!

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Everything from the car doors, to the door on your house is constantly left open.  The mind boggling part is that nothing ever gets stolen! #knockknockwhosthere

4. You need to get use to talking to EVERYONE… and waving … and smiling… stop being mean and just be friendly

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Yes its true, the Montana way of life is a happy one, so stop being pissed off, and staring into your phone (unless you’re reading this of course)! Everyone around you is usually willing to talk to you, no matter how weird you are! #justbefriendly

5. We actually have electricity!

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Right? Who would have guessed! I still have people asking me if I ride horses around town, so just get ready to start answering that one now! #saynotocarrierpigeons