Tips for the ‘secret adventure hub’ of the inland northwest
Where can you paddleboard, mountain bike, golf, and finish the day with a local beer without driving more than 10 miles? Only in Whitefish, Montana – the secret adventure hub of the inland northwest. With your base at Grouse Mountain Lodge, you can choose the most appealing pit stops below to build your best day in Whitefish.
Les Mason State Park
Spend an afternoon by the lake but away from the crowds. Kids love racing from the woods to the water at Les Mason, and it’s the top spot for a picnic and a new view of Whitefish from the north end of the lake.
Bonsai is the locals’ hub. A cozy bungalow-turned-brewery with seasonally rotating brews on tap and affordable eats on the healthier side. Locals and visitors alike love Bonsai for the huge lawn, which is a shady place to spend a summer afternoon.
Driving Range at Whitefish Lake Golf Course
Whitefish Lake Golf Course is an accessible, welcoming course to practice your swing or head out for a full 18 holes. The driving range is right on Highway 93 north at Grouse Mountain Lodge, and is a convenient stop for an afternoon of family fun.
Lion Mountain Trail
A favorite access point for the Whitefish Trail system, the Lion Mountain Trailhead is only one mile north of Grouse Mountain Lodge. Boasting the closest access to town, the Lion Mountain Trail offers a quick 3-mile loop and is the perfect spot for a day hike or afternoon mountain bike ride.
Summit House at Whitefish Mountain Resort
On a clear day, you can see the peaks of Glacier National Park from the Summit House, making it the perfect spot for some unforgettable photos. Thanks to newly completed renovations, the Summit House is the #1 stop for a huckleberry milkshake on the porch. Hike up the 3.8-mile Danny On Trail to earn your milkshake, or take the chairlift both ways.
Ladies’ Night at Logan’s
Logan’s Bar and Grill at Grouse Mountain Lodge has one of the best Ladies’ Night deals in town. Swing by after hitting the driving range for $2 off glasses of wine on Wednesdays and sip a little rosé in the pavilion overlooking the golf course.
Paddling Whitefish River
If you don’t already believe Whitefish has it all, the fact that the Whitefish River flows right through town is enough to prove it. Paddle a kayak or paddleboard from the lake through downtown and enjoy the serenity of the river.
Road Biking Around Whitefish Lake
Not a mountain biker? No worries! The road around Whitefish Lake is one of the most-loved rides for locals. The changing views of Whitefish Lake and minimal traffic as you head north make this 20+-mile ride an unforgettable experience.
Looking for a Montana experience to remember? Head to the Stillwater Bar! Just 10 minutes north of Whitefish, it offers an entirely different experience of the Treasure State. Enjoy the best burger in the valley while chatting up your cohorts at the bar –the patrons here are so friendly you’ll think you’ve already met. Itching to get outside? Relax on the massive deck, which overlooks the lake, and let your dog or kids roam on the grass. The Stillwater Bar is the unknown Montana spot you were looking for.
Take a Cruiser Around Town
Although you can do almost anything without driving far, you can also stay in town and have a great day. Rent a bike from Glacier Cyclery and meander around the trails in town (grab a map at the bike shop!). Stop for a scoop of Montana-made huckleberry ice cream at Sweet Peaks Ice Cream on 3rd Street, and pick up the paved bike trail through Riverside Park.
There’s a perfect pit stop for every type of day in Whitefish – whether you’re looking for adventure or a bite to eat. Plan your next trip to whitefish