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Two Incredible Drives In Northwestern Montana

Lake Koocanusa Bridge

If you are visiting our area of Whitefish, Montana or it’s surrounding areas like Flathead Lake and Glacier National Park then you perhaps one of these stunning drives will make your trip planning more convenient.

Bison Range

The National Bison Range is approximately a 2-1/2 hour drive from Good Medicine Lodge. You can take either take highway 93 along the west side of Flathead Lake or highway 35 on the east side of the lake.  Highway 93 is a really relaxed drive that take you to towns like Somers, Lakeside, Big Arm and Polson.  We stopped at a very cute antique store called Greystone Vintage Antiques Market conveniently located at a gas station.  It is hands down the cutest antiques shop I have ever been to.  Many of the towns have cute docks and look to be boating communities.

The highway 35 route takes you the cutest town called Big Fork where Flathead Brewery is located right on the lake. They also have a lot of art galleries and great shops if you are looking for sweet gifts to bring back home to your family and friends.  Along this route you will also Wood Bay, Bear Dance and Finley Point.

As you travel to the Bison Range you will see Montana open up before your eyes.  As we headed into the entrance, I could imagine a time before homes and modern civilization when people roamed by horseback down these deep valleys with open skies.  It really is something to see.  As you enter the park, you will need to take a quick pit stop at the visitor’s center to purchase a vehicle pass (ours was $10) and receive a map.  They were sure to mention to us that there are two routes to take while visiting the park.  One is a two hour tour with no turn arounds,  You want to be absolutely sure you can make the lengthy trip around the park because you will have to commit to the full route with no exiting.  The other way is the one we took because we were short on time. It was about 1 hour on a two-way road where you could choose to turn around anytime.  The bison were abundant on this route and our kids absolutely loved parking next to the herds observing all their awesomeness.  It was definitely a learning experience that took you back to the old western ways of Montana.  We loved it and know you will too.

Kootenai Falls: Eureka > Libby > Kalispell >Whitefish

A beautiful scenic drive you can take from Good Medicine Lodge is about 4 hours total without stopping.  So this would be a good all day adventure to plan to do with Kootenai Falls and the swinging bridge being about your halfway point.  The town of Eureka located north of Whitefish taking highway 93 is your first destination only 8 miles from the Canadian border.  From there you head west along highway 37 along Lake Koocanusa through Rexford.  There are a few state parks to stop along the scenic bi-way.   One of the stops we liked at the Lake Koocanusa Bridge, Montana’s longest bridge spanning 2,437 feet.  The town of Libby is your next stop before Kootenai Falls.  Known as the “City of Eagles”, Libby hosts several eagle sculptures can be found along various locations of Libby so have your camera ready.

From Libby, you will take highway 2 west toward The Kootenai Falls, which are the largest undammed falls in the state of Montana. It is not rare to find wildlife such as deer, big horn sheep, eagle, osprey, black bear and the occasional moose, elk and mountain lions.  It is considered a sacred site and “center of the world” according to the Kootenai tribes people who once inhabited the area.  The swinging bridge is located just a short walk from the parking lot and was featured in the 1994 movie “River Wild” and made famous in the 2015 movie “The Revenant (2015) – IMDb.”

The next stop back towards Whitefish will be to head back towards to Libby on highway 2 towards Kalispell.  If you find yourself near Kalispell, MT around dinner time you can try to stop at Desoto Grille located just near the historical downtown.  They are serving barbecue utilizing local Montana beef in a unique vintage car themed setting.  It’s a not to miss, so try to call ahead for reservations if you can.  Another fun hidden gem about 3 miles further down the road is a place called Whitefish Handcrafted Spirits.  They used to be located in Whitefish but moved to Evergreen, which is just on the cusp of Kalispell.  We found their home converted restaurant to be absolutely wonderful.  They decorated their place in the Art Deco period utilizing antique furnishings and even the vintage glassware is filled with the most incredible tasting cocktails.  The ultimate for us was their huckleberry burgers…..THE BEST!!  We were literally licking our plates.

After dinner, it’s a short 15 minute drive back to Whitefish, MT to Good Medicine Lodge!

 

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For the Love of Sourdough

Good Medicine Lodge Sourdough Bread

By, Ryan Grenier

When we purchased the Good Medicine Lodge back in late October of 2019, good friends Pat and Katie Miller, whom I respect immensely, gifted me a book called Tartine along with a dehydrated sourdough starter. I genuinely thought that this was a such a thoughtful gift and was so touched that they thought I had it in me to pull this sort of stuff off.

I hate to admit this… when we took over the B&B I did not do much cooking for the business. We had a staff that needed to be consistent with the dishes, Sara and I alternated days working and when I did work I was busy chatting it up with guests, and doing a bunch of random things around the inn. What free time I did have I was busy exploring the area. Biking, Nordic skiing, Snowboarding and adventuring with kids. Whitefish, Montana is such a magical place. To be able to share my passion for adventure with my two little guys has been such a gift!

Once the “stay at home” orders were set into motion and the lodge closed I had more time around the house. Keep in mind this time around the house was not really ideal for tackling projects and yard work. With a two year old and a seven year old, it was a matter of managing the non-stop screaming, pillow fights, throwing things, tears, and just getting into things they should not be getting into. For the most part I was able to get the kids outside but Spring in north west Montana can be a bit unforgiving with cooler temperatures and rain.

While one of us is working (mostly Sara, she is amazing at managing projects and her vision of Good Medicine is something everyone should experience) the other is managing the kiddos. With so much time around the house, I finally decide to tackle baking bread. I found a bread maker in the garage that came with the inn. I pulled it out and figured I would give it a try. It was pretty easy, and I was loving the idea of having fresh bread for the family with no preservatives. Then I wanted to see if I could use my dehydrated starter I had been storing in the fridge. I added water and flour to the starter and let the bread machine do the work. That worked pretty well and the bread was pretty good.  I was on a roll!

 

At this point I was ready to tackle the “no kneed sourdough”. As I was mentally preparing/digesting the steps of the baking process, I joined a Facebook group called “Perfect Sourdough”. I have to say that this was EXTREMELY helpful. Other beginners were posting questions and videos were posted from professionals giving me the confidence to tackle my first loaf.  Ok, I’m ready to rock! But my starter is not… It took 14 days of feedings twice a day to get my starters up to speed.

As I was waiting for my starter to come to life I was experimenting with pancakes, crumpets and pouring over all the fun things you can do with sourdough.

The cookbook I’m using is named “Tartine”. Its from a famous eatery in San Francisco. There are so many great resources out there and finding your own path and recipe is part of the fun. Not only is the process of baking fun, the health benefits of this bread are pretty amazing. Just a quick google search will have you diving down the rabbit hole of this amazing ancient bread. The finished product is so rewarding! Once I cut into the loaf and I took my first taste, I was flooded with memories of my time in the bay. Zuni Café, market street, foggy summer afternoons in SF and friendships formed around the dinner table. It is like I could almost smell the wood burning pizza oven (most likely just a campfire that was close by). The process of making this was more than just putting food on the table. It was a step back to a time where we had no children. Sara and I were living in the bay area experiencing all the culinary offerings northern California was known for. I was there…

Being able to share this with my family has brought so much joy as well. Knowing that my two kids are forming their own memories waking up to the smell of fresh baked sourdough. Watching them devour it is comforting knowing that I am actively playing a part in their health and teaching them what quality food is.

Now that Spring has sprung here in Whitefish, Montana and the first phase of the pandemic is coming to an end, Sara and I are developing our new Summer breakfast menu for Good Medicine Lodge. We are so excited to share the experience and new found love of sourdough with our guests, helping all who visit us to form their own experiences and memories.

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Here’s What You Need to Know About the Two Bear Marathon

running the Two Bear Marathon

Runners… on your mark, get set, go! Every year, the Two Bear Marathon brings countless locals and visitors together to race through the stunning landscape of Whitefish, Montana. Also known as the Whitefish Marathon & Half Marathon, runners won’t want to miss this event. Challenge yourself to beat last year’s time or get competitive with your fellow athletes as you make your way through the high-elevation course! 

Everything You Need to Know About the Two Bear Marathon

The Two Bear Marathon is fun for everyone! You can choose to run the full marathon, half marathon, or a 5K. You’ll love taking in the gorgeous scenery as you run! If you would rather walk, that’s okay, too. 

Registering for the Two Bear Marathon

Registration is easy! All you need to do is register online. Local tip: The earlier you register, the better price you’ll get! Plus, if you follow along on their Facebook page, you might be able to snag a flash sale price. 

The Course

Two Bear Marathon is known for its beautiful scenery. Our mountain landscape is one of the main reasons people visit, and running through it is a treat! The marathon, half marathon, and 5K all start and end at Depot Park in town. Of course, these routes vary because of their different lengths. Check out the courses:

Running for a Good Cause

Not only is this marathon a great time, but it is also for a good cause! The Two Bear Marathon is hosted by The Wave, and 100% of its proceeds and sponsorships go to The Wave Scholarship Fund. This way, members of The Wave that can’t afford a full cost of membership get to join at a price they can afford. For those that are not local, The Wave is similar to a YMCA and offers a lot of benefits to our community!

Don’t Miss the After Party! 

After you run your race, it’s time to celebrate! Enjoy free sandwiches and beer with your fellow runners, or opt to head to one of the food trucks. These food trucks are also available for your family and friends that watched the race! If you want to continue the party around town, we are more than happy to recommend some of our favorite spots to you. Bonsai Brewing Project is right next door to Good Medicine Lodge!

Book Your Whitefish Accommodations

Beargrass Room Good Medicine Lodge Bed and Breakfast Whitefish Montana 02Are you thinking of running the Two Bear Marathon? You’ll need a place to stay! Make Good Medicine Lodge your home base. Wake up to a delicious breakfast each morning to fuel your day and prepare you for your run. A soak in our hot tub will work wonders afterward! Browse our cozy accommodations to pick your favorite, then book your getaway. We can’t wait to host you!

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How to Spend the Day in Whitefish, MT, Downtown

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There’s something special about the mountain towns that are scattered throughout the country, especially Whitefish, Montana. Even in peak season, it’s not crowded like most others. It’s bustling with energy, but you can still enjoy its quaint nature and local feel. Good Medicine Lodge is located in the heart of Whitefish, MT, downtown. Here’s what you need to know! 

5 of the Best Things to Do in Whitefish, MT, Downtown

1. Indulge in Some Retail Therapy

There’s nothing better than shopping local! Whitefish, MT, downtown is full of locally-owned shops and galleries. It’s a great place to pick up a souvenir to remember your trip by or a gift for a loved one back home. You can also find unique clothing, jewelry, and art that you won’t be able to get anywhere else. Many of our guests love shopping for artisan jewelry made with Montana-native gems, homemade skincare, and huckleberry products. We even use local products at our inn such as Sage and Cedar handcrafted toiletries! 

2. Grab a Bite

If you’re exploring Whitefish, you’re sure to get hungry! Luckily for you, we have plenty of restaurants to enjoy. Our downtown eateries offer a variety of cuisine– you can choose from anything from Italian to sushi. Please don’t hesitate to ask us about our favorite restaurants during your stay at Good Medicine Lodge. 

3. Sip on a Drink

Vacation is all about relaxation, and sometimes, the best way to relax is with a drink in your hand. Whether you’re looking to après ski in the winter or need a refreshing beverage in the summer, there’s something here for you! The brewery scene is very popular here, and there is even a brewery right next door to Good Medicine Lodge. 

4. Browse a Gallery

Montana is so beautiful that it is no wonder that it has inspired countless artists. There are many art galleries that you can browse and purchase a unique piece to bring home. Some of our favorites include the Dick Idol Signature Gallery, Sunti World Art Gallery, and The Purple Pomegranate.

5. Pedal Around Town

When the weather is nice, we love to bike! Not only are there some great bike trails in the area, it’s also an excellent way to explore the town. Good Medicine Lodge is close to everything, so a bike is all you need to travel from place to place during your stay. Window shop as you ride and pick your next stop!

Book Your Getaway Today

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Are you ready for your mountain getaway? Good Medicine Lodge has everything you need for the perfect stay. From outstanding amenities to cozy accommodations, you’ll love staying at our lodge. Plus, it’s located right in Whitefish, MT, downtown. You’re close to everything! Book your stay today– we can’t wait to host you.

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Here’s Why You Need to Visit Montana in the Spring

Glacier National Park Montana in the spring

“Spring adds new life and new beauty to all that is.”

 — Jessica Harrelson

Montana in the spring is magical. We still get in a bit of skiing, but we eventually say goodbye to winter weather. It’s always fascinating to watch such a beautiful place wake back up again after being covered in snow for so long! Your experience will depend on what time you visit in the spring. Here’s what you need to know about the season!

Whitefish, MT, Spring Weather

The spring weather definitely varies in Whitefish depending on when you come. If you visit at the end of March or early April, the winter weather still lingers in the 30s. As April gets closer to May, temperatures can be in the 50s and 60s. June, however, has an average high of 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Montana in the Spring

You Can Still Ski… for a Bit!

Whitefish Mountain Resort doesn’t close until the beginning of April, so you still have time to ski in the spring if you visit at the end of March! We love spring skiing because it usually means that you don’t have to bundle up so much since the weather is a bit warmer. If you want to get in one last run before the season ends, now is the time to do it.

It’s Right Before Peak Season

The summer weather brings more visitors than ever to Whitefish. If you’re looking to visit before the crowds, spring is the time to do it! If you’re concerned about the weather, consider coming at the end of the spring season. It’s still warm enough to hike, bike, and enjoy all of our area’s incredible things to do! Plus, a nightly soak in our hot tub is the perfect way to end a chilly evening.

You Deserve a Getaway!

This one is a given. If you’re yearning for a vacation, just book it! You deserve a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Everyone that visits Good Medicine Lodge leaves feeling rested and rejuvenated. Perhaps it’s our fresh mountain air, or perhaps it’s our delicious cookies that are baked daily. You’ll never know until you visit!

Book Your Spring Getaway Today

Breakfast at Good Medicine Lodge Whitefish MontanaAre you ready to visit Montana in the spring? Book your stay with Good Medicine Lodge! Our cozy lodge has everything you need for your mountain getaway. We are located right in town, and you can even walk to a brewery right next door! Relax in our hot tub after your adventures, and wake up every morning to a delicious breakfast. Browse our accommodations to start booking your stay!

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Here Are the Best Places For a Drink in Whitefish, MT

beer at a Whitefish, MT, Brewery

Did you know that Whitefish, Montana, is full of places to stop and get a drink? We have multiple hot spots for a cocktail, beer or glass of wine scattered throughout town! Whether you’re looking for a drink after a day on the ski slopes or a refreshing beverage after a hike, we have the perfect Whitefish, MT, spot for you. One is even right next door to us at Good Medicine Lodge! 

Here Are the Best Places for a Drink in Whitefish, MT

Bonsai Brewing Project  (closed in Winter months)

Directions to Bonsai Brewing Project 

Bonsai Brewing Project is conveniently located right next to Good Medicine Lodge! You can easily walk over and enjoy a handcrafted beer in the Summer months. They offer a variety of rotating local brews on tap. This small brewery specializes in IPAs, barrel-aged delights, wild ale sours, and everything in between! Plus, you can hang out with the locals at one of their live music, vinyl nights or other local events.  Their outdoor beer garden is very popular during the Summer.  They even allow dogs, so you can get your fill if you had to leave your loveable K-9 back at home. 

Unleashed Winery

Directions to Unleashed Winery

If you want to stay in Whitefish and like the vibe wine bars offer, try Unleashed Winery.  Located right in downtown, they offer wine tastings, small bites and a comfortable environment for you to lay back and sip!  Their wine is a full production Montana wine-making using Central California grapes.  

Spotted Bear Spirits

Directions to Spotted Bear Spirits

Spotted Bear Spirits is the very best distillery! The liquors distilled here are all inspired by Montana’s mountain landscape and fresh air, and it comes through in their products. When you visit their tasting room, you can enjoy local cocktails and liquor tastings. Then, you can purchase a bottle of your favorite spirit to take home as a souvenir! 

 

The Montana Tap House

Directions to The Montana Tap House

Located just a few minute’s walk from us, The Montana Tap House is a large restaurant bar that offers over 50 beers on tap included several local varieties.   They offer a full menu with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating.  Many skiers and bikers stop by The Montana Tap House after all day adventuring at Whitefish Mountain Resort for a relaxed beer and pizza.  

 

Great Northern Bar and Grill

Directions to The Great Northern Bar and Grill

The Great Northern Bar and Grill is located downtown Whitefish adjacent to Depot Park, which is our town’s open space park where the Farmer’s Market, Huckleberry Days Festival and many more events are located.  The Great Northern Bar and Grill features live music often, food, billiards and other games and is open until 2am.  They welcome children until 9pm and have a lovely outdoor garden area in the Summer.  

 

Jalisco Cantina

Directions to Jalisco Cantina

Jalisco Cantina is conveniently located right across the street from us.  They are a full-service restaurant with truly the best Baja-style Mexican.  Everything is made fresh, even their handmade tortillas and chips.  The reason I mention it here is because beyond their incredible food they serve the very best margarita I have ever had.  They know tequila and wine being from Southern California and it shows because both their tequila list and wine list is top notch!  

Other bars in Whitefish worth mentioning: Remington Bar & Casino, Hellroaring Saloon & Eatery (located up at Whitefish Mountain Resort), Casey’s, Bulldog Saloon, and many more…

Kalispell and Columbia Falls also have several breweries, distilleries and wineries that are worth checking out and they are located only 20 minutes from Whitefish.  For a complete list of wineries and breweries, visit our Things To Do Page and see dropdown menu: Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries.

Book Your Getaway to Whitefish, Montana, Today!

Flathead Room Good Medicine Lodge Bed and Breakfast Whitefish Montana 01Come enjoy all our mountain town has to offer when you stay with us at Good Medicine Lodge! From your pick of Whitefish, MT, breweries to countless outdoor activities, the charm of our area will make you want to come back over and over again. Plus, our lodge is conveniently located in the center of all the action. Browse our accommodations to pick your favorite, then book your stay today!

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Dog Sledding In Whitefish, Montana

Whitefish, Montana, Dog Sledding

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Winter in Whitefish, Montana, is magical. A soft blanket of snow covers the town, and the ice-covered trees glisten like crystals in the sun. From skiing to snowshoeing, there are so many things to do here in the winter. One of our favorite activities is Whitefish, Montana, dog sledding. See the beauty of our mountain town in a unique way! 

Dog Sled Adventures

Dog Sled Adventures has been giving dog sledding tours for more than 40 years! This family-owned company is home to almost 130 Alaskan huskies that pull their sleds. Bundle up on their comfy sleds and let them take you through the stunning Stillwater State Forest. You’ll get to see the beautiful trees covered in snow, and many times, rare wildlife is present. Afterward, you’ll head back to their cabin to warm up by the fire as you sip on hot cocoa and reminisce about your adventure. 

Base Camp

Located in Big Fork, Montana, Base Camp is known for a wide range of winter activities and tours. They offer everything from snowshoeing to dog sledding! We love to go dog sledding with Base Camp because they offer a hands-on experience. You can even harness the dogs and drive your own team if you’d like! Each trip is customized to your wants and needs. Whether you’re looking to sit back and relax or get in on the action, you’ll be in good hands with Base Camp. 

What to Wear 

It’s best to be prepared when going Whitefish, Montana, dog sledding. You’ll be rushing through the snowy wilderness, so you’ll need to keep warm! We recommend wearing something similar to what you’d wear skiing. Avoid fabrics like cotton that get wet and try to wear as much waterproof gear as possible. Here’s what we recommend: 

  • A warm hat that will cover your ears 
  • A warm, waterproof winter jacket 
  • Long underwear and warm undergarments to add an extra layer and keep you toasty 
  • Waterproof pants or ski pants
  • Thick, waterproof wool socks
  • Waterproof, insulated winter boots 
  • A scarf that can cover your face and neck
  • Warm, insulated gloves or mittens
  • A ski mask to protect your eyes from the snow
  • Sunscreen and lip protection
  • Your camera– you’ll want to remember these moments forever!

Book Your Winter Getaway Today

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Are you ready for some Whitefish, Montana, dog sledding? Join us in our winter wonderland! There are so many snowy adventures to be had during your stay at Good Medicine Lodge. We’re just moments away from the slopes, and the S.N.O.W. Bus stops right in front of our inn to take you there. Then, you can warm up with some hot chocolate and freshly baked cookies from our hot cocoa bar before taking a dip in our hot tub! Browse our accommodations to start planning today. We can’t wait to host you!

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See why Whitefish is the destination for Skiing?

There’s no place like Whitefish, especially when it comes to skiing. The crisp mountain air and award-winning terrain attract countless skiers year after year! Plus, unlike many other popular ski destinations, it’s very rare that you’ll have to wait in line to go down the mountain. Here’s what you need to know about Whitefish, Montana, skiing!

Where to Ski

Whitefish Mountain Resort is our Whitefish ski destination. Our beautiful mountain is different than many of the big-name mountains you might be used to. It’s one of the last mountains of its caliber that hasn’t been completely commercialized, so it’s something special. Even though it’s one of the biggest mountains with some of the best runs in the state, it’s much less crowded than other resorts of its size. More often than not, you’ll be one of the only ones on the run. Take this time to enjoy yourself and take in the views! Keep an eye out for “snow ghosts.” This famous sighting is just trees encased with rime, but it’s beautiful. 

One of the best parts is that Whitefish Mountain Resort has one of the best grooming teams we’ve ever seen. This way, the mountain can open sooner and be kept open longer! 

Getting There

When you stay at Good Medicine Lodge, you’re just a quick bus ride away from the slopes! The S.N.O.W. Bus stops right in front of Good Medicine Lodge and will take you right to Whitefish Mountain Resort. Check the schedule or keep an eye on the live S.N.O.W. Bus tracker to make sure you don’t miss it.

Lift Tickets

You’ll be surprised to find how cost effective our lift tickets are at Whitefish Mountain Resort! An adult ticket is just $83 for the day or $76 a day for two or more days. Teen and junior tickets are even less at $72 for the day and $66 a day for two or more days. Children under 6 years of age are free! Check out lift pricing for the most accurate rates. 

At the Summit

Local tip: hang out for a bit before you make your way down the mountain! The Summit House Restaurant & Bar is located on the top of the mountain. Ride the lift up, grab a drink and a few bites, then go on your run. You’ll love the 360-degree views of the Northern Rockies and peaks of Glacier National Park. 

Book Your Ski Getaway Today

Snow Good Medicine Lodge Bed and Breakfast Whitefhish MontanaYou’ll need a home base for all that Whitefish, Montana, skiing! Warm up in front of the fire at Good Medicine Lodge. Our hot chocolate bar is a welcomed sight after a day out on the mountain, and our hot tub is exactly what you need to escape the cold! Browse our rooms and suites, then book your ski getaway. We can’t wait to host you!