Looking for exciting winter activities and a cozy getaway? Northwest Montana has just the stop for you – Whitefish. This scenic little ski town is nestled just one hour from the Canadian border and 20 minutes from Glacier Park International Airport.
It’s easy to get to Whitefish, but it feels off the beaten path. Ease into the relaxed pace of ski town life with winter activities, delicious meals, lively bars and classic Montana lodges.
Here's a sample itinerary for a wonderful winter weekend getaway to Whitefish, Montana. Pick and choose your favorites from this itinerary or take this as your plan. Either way, you’ll have a relaxing, refreshing winter trip.
Arrive in Whitefish and check into your room at Grouse Mountain Lodge. Grab a glass of wine by the stone fireplace in the lounge and lay out the game plan for the next few days.
For dinner, hop on the complimentary shuttle to downtown and walk across the street to the Tupelo Grille, a Whitefish favorite featuring Cajun-inspired meals with a local Montana flair. Try the goat cheese and mushroom appetizer and get the menu staple Low Country Shrimp and Grits for a main. If you’re feeling up for dessert, the flourless chocolate torte is a must.
After dinner, you can call for the shuttle back to the lodge and grab a night cap in the lounge, or pop into the Great Northern Bar (right next door) to grab a beer and rub elbows with the locals. Don’t stay out too late! You have a big day tomorrow.
You’re up early to ski today! While most chairs start spinning at 9am, Whitefish Mountan Resort's main chairlift, Chair 1, begins at 9:30am. Make sure you're on the first ski shuttle from the lodge at 8:30. If you happen to miss it, don't worry - there are two more, and if you didn't heed my advice and stayed out too late - just hit the hill before 10am, thats what all the locals do anyway. (You know, all of those nice folks you bought the last round for at the Northern last night.). Ski as long as you want – ticket prices are reasonable, so don’t feel pressured to pack in the whole day on the slopes. If you don't feel like waiting in line at the ticket counter, just grab your day pass from the front desk at the lodge, it's the same price there.
Once you’re off the slopes, carve out some time for yourself. A few spas in town offer a great selection of facials and massages. Another option for some ‘me time’ is the shopping in downtown Whitefish. New boutiques like Harlette are popping up all the time, and old favorites like Sage & Cedar and the Toggery have good selection and fantastic sales.
Dinner tonight is just a few minutes out of town, and a quick drive from Grouse Mountain Lodge. Stillwater Fish House has become a local and tourist favorite. Enjoy the oyster bar, have a glass of chilled white wine, and peruse their delicious menu. While all options are great, the grilled lobster tops the list.
Your last day in Whitefish may find you a little worn from skiing. First things first, start with a soothing dip in the huge outdoor soaking pool. Then, when you're ready, step off the deck at Grouse Mountain Lodge for a quiet Nordic ski outing on the professionally groomed track. If Nordic skiing isn’t your thing, Whitefish Mountain Resort offers a host of other activities from dog sledding to snowmobile tours. To set up a reservation, chat with the concierge in the lobby, or get on the line with the Explore Glacier Team at 1.844.868.7474.
For brunch, Loula’s is the place to go, where their lemon stuffed French toast or ski bum burrito will replenish you for the day. From Loula’s, take a stroll through downtown to hit up any shops you missed, and make your way back to your hotel to check out and be on your way. It’s okay though; we know you’ll be back!
Put it on the Calendar
Book your trip today, so you can anticipate this fun and rejuvenating escape for a few weeks before. Visit our website for more information and call the vacationing specalists with Glacier Park Collection on 1.844.868.7474 to set your dates. See you in Whitefish this winter!