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A March 2012 trip to Whitefish by MilwVon

Canadian Whitetail Deer Photo, Whitefish, Montana More Photos
Quote: I took the Amtrak to Montana and used Whitefish as my landing point for a two day exploration of the area.

More Adventure Than I Bargained For!

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Entering British Columbia, Canada Photo, Whitefish, Montana
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After a great first day in Montana, I thought I would explore north of Whitefish to see what was up that way on Hwy 93. Given the lousy weather conditions, I was not sure if I would attempt to venture north of the border into British Columbia, Canada. It had been raining all night and into the morning, but as I drove further north, the skies seemed to be lightening as if the sun might just break through the clouds.I enjoyed the first part of my drive, roughly 50 miles to the small western town of Eureka, Montana. Along the way I passed a number of farms and lakes through the Stillwater State Forest. I even took a short detour following the "Wildlife Viewing Area" sign on the highway....Read More

Renting a Car in Whitefish

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My Rental Car Photo, Whitefish, Montana
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For my two full days in Whitefish, I wanted to have a rental car to get out and about, including a road trip out to Glacier National Park. I started looking for what deals were out there immediately, only to find that the price of cars we very high both in town at the train station (Hertz and Budget) and the Kalispell Airport (all the majors are there).In addition to high daily rental fees, it seemed all cars were priced with limited miles per day (125 to 150). Since I was hoping to drive over 400 miles during my two days, I didn't want to be locked into an additional fee of $.25/mile for anything over 250 or 300 for my two day rental.I also found that picking up my car upon ...Read More

Glacier Distilling Company

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Attraction | "Small Business Making A Go Of It"

Glacier Distilling Company Photo, Coram, Montana
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I was fortunate that their winter hours coincided with my visit to Montana, so I stopped in for their free whiskey sampling. They don't really have a tour per se, just a bar at which you can belly up and try some of their fine Montana whiskey spirits or order a specialty cocktail featuring their whiskey. The big red "whiskey barn" is very noticeable from the highway, you really cannot miss it.Inside, you will probably be surprised at just how small this distillery is. It was the brainchild of two buddies who thought they might have something that others would want to buy. I met one of the two, Danny McIntosh, a very personable and nice young man. He sorta looked like the sorta indepen...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 20, 2012

Glacier Distilling Company
10237 Hwy 2 East
Coram, Montana
(406) 387-9887

Best Western Rocky Mountain Lodge

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Hotel | "Mixed Bag Review"

Best Western Rocky Mountain Lodge Photo, Whitefish, Montana
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This will be one of my more difficult reviews to write as I really did like this hotel/lodge and the people working here. All of my communications prior to my stay were handled in a very prompt and courteous manner. The location was ideal for my plans while in town.Because I was arriving via the Amtrak and would need their shuttle services, I wanted to be sure I wasn't expecting too much in wanting to be picked up and returned to the train station, while also hoping to catch a ride to (and back) from the Kalispell Airport for a rental car. They were most gracious in booking the shuttle for me for each of the four trips. The two shuttle drivers I met were equally friendly and helpful....Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 20, 2012

Best Western Rocky Mountain Lodge
6510 Highway 93 South
Whitefish, Montana 59937
(406) 862-2569

China Wall Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Friendly, High Quality Dining Experience"

China Wall Restaurant Photo, Whitefish, Montana
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During my planning for this little adventure I checked in with Restaurant.com to see if there were any participating restaurants in Whitefish. Fortunately, China Wall was listed with a $10 gift certificate for a $20 dine-in purchase. Normally the $10 g/c cost $5 but they were having a 70% off sale, making it $1.50 to save $10.With just two dinners to plan for in Whitefish, I stopped in on my first full day in town. I was immediately greeted by a friendly woman who invited me to sit wherever I wished. Admittedly, I was rather early for the dinner hour so I had my choice of tables. Shortly after I was seated, I was recognized as "the lady who joined their Facebook page" the prior weeken...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 19, 2012

China Wall Restaurant
6422 US Highway 93 South
Whitefish, Montana 59937
(406) 862-2604

Piggyback Barbeque

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Restaurant | "Dine In, Take Out or Have it Delivered"

Piggyback Barbeque Photo, Whitefish, Montana
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Looking for something along the lines of a home cooked dining experience, the front desk clerk at my hotel suggested Piggyback Barbeque. I have to say, I was skeptical upon arrival as the place looked pretty small and didn't really strike me as the sorta place I could get a good "meat & potatoes" type meal. In spite of my initial cursory opinion, I went in.While considering my dinner preferences for the evening, I was thinking about something like meatloaf with mashed potatoes or perhaps a good steak with an Idaho baker. Unfortunately, there were no such options on the menu but I was there and didn't really feel like hunting down something else. I settled in to the pulled pork plat...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 20, 2012

Piggyback Barbeque
102 Wisconsin Avenue
Whitefish, Montana 59937
(406) 863-9895