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KALISPELL- OH, WHAT A SPELL I'M IN

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A May 2005 trip to Kalispell by Linda Kaye

Bojangles Diner Photo, Kalispell, Montana More Photos
Quote: Mountain roads, cool temperatures, beautiful scenery, and absolutely no crowds made our 4-day anniversary trip perfect. It didn’t matter where we went, but we were delightfully surprised to end up in Kalispell, Montana.

KALISPELL- OH, WHAT A SPELL I'M IN

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Overview

Me and the Beautiful Mountains Photo, Kalispell, Montana
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We didn’t exactly choose Kalispell as our destination, it chose us. Our destination was immaterial, as long as it was in the mountains, cool, and away from crowds, telephones, and the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We had four days and we needed rejuvenating. Arriving in Salt Lake City to connect to our flight to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, we found our flight was overbooked and looking for volunteers to give up their seats. An hour later, we were on a flight to Kalispell, Montana, the gateway to Glacier National Park. We arrived in the area two weeks before the more-or-less official opening of the tourist season, which is Memorial Day weekend. On the surface, this ...Read More

Aero Inn

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Hotel

Aero Inn Photo, Kalispell, Montana
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Located in the heart of the Flathead Valley in Kalispell, Montana, is the Aero Motel. It is convenient to Big Mountain, Glacier National Park, Bob Marshall Wilderness, and Flathead Lake. We counted at least ten other small motels along this stretch of Highway 93. Before we go any farther, I need to explain WHY we chose this particular hotel. Harry is an aviation enthusiast, which means the closer he is to an airport, the happier he is. It doesn’t matter how many stars or diamonds a place has been rated, as long it is in the right location (near or at an airport). When we saw the name Aero, we knew we were home. The Aero Inn is adjacent to the Kalispell City Airport (not to b...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 20, 2005

Aero Inn
1830 Highway 93 South
Kalispell, Montana
(406) 755-3798

Apgar Village Lodge & Cabins

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Hotel | "Apgar Village Lodge & Cabins"

Apgar Village Lodge & Cabins Photo, Kalispell, Montana
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After passing restaurants and motels along the way to Glacier National Park that were still not open for the season, we were pleasantly surprised to find the Apgar Village Lodge with cabins ready for guests. Apgar Village is located inside the Glacier National Park at the south end of Lake McDonald. We asked the nice lady at the office if we could look at one, and she obliged. We walked from the office through the winding paths and came to the cabin we had the key for. We looked at it, looked at each other, and simultaneously gave it the nod. This was #43, a rather small one-room cabin with a queen-size bed, small table, two chairs, and a large picture window overlooking McDonald Creek....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 20, 2005

Apgar Village Lodge & Cabins
290 N Main St
Kalispell, Montana 59901
(406) 888-5484

Bojangles Diner

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Restaurant

Bojangles Diner Photo, Kalispell, Montana
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We found ourselves immersed in the 1950s when we entered Bojangles Diner in Kalispell, Montana. It came highly recommended by the sweet young lady behind the counter at the Aero Motel. She also said to be sure to have a piece of huckleberry pie - that Bojangles makes the best around. We were led to a booth at one side of the diner filled with memorabilia from that exciting era--Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Buddy Holly, and many more. With the jukebox playing old rock-and-roll tunes, we settled into the colorful booth and reminisced about those good ole days. The menu is the typical diner fare: the special of the day, fried chicken, mashed potatoes and veggies, salads, soups...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 19, 2005

Bojangles Diner
1319 Highway 2 West
Kalispell, Montana
(406) 755-3222

Flathead Lake

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Attraction | "Drive Around Flathead Lake"

Flathead Lake Photo, Kalispell, Montana
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Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River, one of the 300 largest lakes in the world, and one of the cleanest. It has 161 miles of shoreline, including all its islands, and it covers 191 square miles. It took us most of one day to drive completely around it. Of course, there were frequent stops along the way. Here are a few interesting facts about Flathead Lake: Wild Horse Island is the largest island in the lake, covers 2,100 acres, and is a wildlife refuge for bighorn sheep and wild horses. There are 25 different species of fish in Flathead Lake. It is 27.3 miles in length and 15.5 miles in widt...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 20, 2005

Flathead Lake

Kalispell, Montana

Izaak Walton Inn & Resort

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Hotel | "Izaak Walton Inn and Train Museum"

Izaak Walton Inn & Resort Photo, Essex, Montana
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Located in Essex at the southern tip of Glacier National Park, the Izaak Walton Inn and Train Museum is a well-kept secret. We would not have know about this hotel had it not been for a friendly couple we met at the Café at Glacier Park, West Entrance. They told us about the Izaak Walton Inn, an interesting place, especially for train buffs. They gave us precise directions and some hints about the unique accommodations the Walton offers. Without their help, we would have bypassed this historical treasure. Because the Going to the Sun Road was closed at the center section, we had already planned to drive around the perimeter of the park to the East Entrance so that we coul...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 20, 2005

Izaak Walton Inn & Resort
290 Izaak Walton Inn Road
Essex, Montana 59916
(406) 888-5700

Glacier National Park

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Attraction | "Going to the Sun Road"

Glacier National Park Photo, Kalispell, Montana
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A few years ago, Harry and I watched a Discovery TV program about the Going to the Sun Road. We were pleasantly surprised when we remembered that this scenic landmark was right here at the Glacier National Park. It was completed in 1932 and was the most scenic and daring undertaking of its time. The 50-mile paved road crosses the Glacier National Park between the East and West Entrances crossing the Continental Divide at Logan Pass at an altitude of 6,646 feet. The building of this trans-mountain marvel took more than 12 years, using mostly immigrant workers, and surprisingly, only three deaths were attributed to the construction. Congressman Louis C. Cramton and Park Natural...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 20, 2005

Glacier National Park

Kalispell, Montana

About the Writer

Linda Kaye

Linda Kaye
San Antonio, Texas