Written by MizScout on 03 Jul, 2005
We stayed at the Meadow Lake Resort–NeNastako Village in Columbia Falls, Montana from December 28, 2004 to January 2, 2005. We lucked into getting this resort over the Christmas holidays, by way of booking at the last minute and booking by points per night, not…Read More
We stayed at the Meadow Lake Resort–NeNastako Village in Columbia Falls, Montana from December 28, 2004 to January 2, 2005. We lucked into getting this resort over the Christmas holidays, by way of booking at the last minute and booking by points per night, not weekly. We actually booked this resort on December 5, 2005. This was our first booking through RCI and after repeated calling of the 1-800 number, and much frustration, we finally were able to get a booking together (but that’s a different story). The Meadow Lake resort is easily accessed from Kalispell and Whitefish, Montana and is large and quite beautiful. I can only imagine what a beautiful golf course it must be in the summer. We found the front-desk staff to be pleasant and always willing to help with questions. Every day there was a list of activities to do at the resort and in the area.
Our first day consisted of driving into Whitefish and exploring the area. We headed up to the Big Mountain ski hill just north of Whitefish in the afternoon. It was a glorious day, very clear. Because we were travelling with my parents, who don’t ski, we took the chair lift to the summit of Big Mountain on the passenger lift pass ($9 per person). The view was fantastic. There is a small restaurant/cafeteria at the top. The mountain is pure adrenalin. Being from the West Coast, we have skied Mt. Washington and Whistler and have to say that Big Mountain ranks right up there with the best. There are 90 runs in total that range from beginner to expert. Night skiing was very impressive, with one entire side of the mountain open.
Once we returned to the ski resort village, we went in search of Meadow Lake Lodge (available for people staying at Meadow Lake) located somewhere in the village. It was on the main strip with the shopping and was central to everything on the mountain. We enjoyed complimentary hot chocolate and use of the facilities. There is a small kitchen for one to store their lunch in while skiing, a sitting area with a large-screen TV, and ski storage. The lodge was certainly an added bonus during a day of skiing.
We didn’t end up trying the on-site restaurant, as we had a full kitchen in our townhouse and a barbeque on the deck. However, we did have one dinner out in Whitefish at the Pollo Grill Rotisserie & Bar (863-9400). It was very nice, with large portions and friendly service. If you can, try to request a table in the covered sunroom overlooking the front of the restaurant. The atmosphere is much nicer here.
One aspect of the resort that we had a minor problem with was the concierge service. Because we enjoy winter activities so much, we wanted to enjoy as many excursions as possible. We had booked our snowmobiling excursion through the resort, but as it turned out, our reserved time was full. We were informed the night before we were to go snowmobiling that we had to reschedule. Luckily, there was time available later in the week. Snowmobiling ended up going off without a hitch, and we had a great time.
We were also interested in dog sledding while in Montana. We asked at the resort whether or not there was space available for anytime during our stay. We were told everything was booked and that there was also a wait list. However, we decided to call the company directly ourselves (Dog Sled Adventures, 881-BARK). It’s a good thing we did, as the owner was able to fit us it when he had a couple of cancellations. It turns out that dog sledding was one of the highlights of the trip. The dogs, ranging from 8 to 12 dog pull teams, take you on a 12-mile run through peaceful snow-covered landscape. It was absolutely magical. I know that if we had relied upon the resort to book us into the dog sledding, it would not have happened.
Overall, we had a wonderful time on our holiday. I celebrated my 30th birthday and New Year’s Eve in Montana at the Meadow Lake resort and would definitely go back.
Written by kstraveler on 04 Feb, 2004
At our timeshare, we learned that the National Bison Range was a good day trip and well worth the drive. So we got up early one morning and drove over to Moiese, Montana to check it out. This is another place where our…Read More
At our timeshare, we learned that the National Bison Range was a good day trip and well worth the drive. So we got up early one morning and drove over to Moiese, Montana to check it out. This is another place where our Golden Age Passport from the National Park Service saved us money.
Upon entering the bison range, we first stopped by the visitor's center and looked at the exhibits and picked up maps. The rangers there told us where we were most likely to see wildlife and were very helpful in answering our questions about the range. We then set out to explore for ourselves on the 19-mile self-guided driving tour on a one-way gravel road. Along the way, we saw many different animals and stopped several times to take photographs. When we got our first view of the Mission Mountains, we just pulled over in a parking area and stayed for a long time. It was hard to imagine so much beauty being located in this one place. While we were there, we thought we would eat our picnic lunch in the car and continue to experience the beauty before us.
What a wonderful day we had. The National Bison Range is definitely on our list for a repeat visit. We want to experience it in another season of the year, too. Fall was wonderful, but I'll bet the other seasons are just as beautiful.
We didn't pick a very cheerful day to visit Glacier National Park since it was rainy and clouds covered the sky, but once we were in the park, the beauty of the scenery made the day a beautiful one. Columbia Falls is located a…Read More
We didn't pick a very cheerful day to visit Glacier National Park since it was rainy and clouds covered the sky, but once we were in the park, the beauty of the scenery made the day a beautiful one. Columbia Falls is located a short drive from West Glacier, so we had just a short drive before arriving. Since it was in October, the entire park was not open. A large snowfall had closed the Going to the Sun Road at Logan Pass, but we were able to experience the scenic beauty of Glacier National Park, since we saw beautiful lakes, mountains, and fall foliage on our drive.
Our first stop in the park was the Visitor's Center near Lake McDonald. The rangers there were very nice and told us where we were most likely to see wildlife in the park. We stopped at Lake McDonald Lodge and walked around the grounds and took some photographs. The lodge was closed for the season, but we enjoyed walking along the sidewalks to the back where we viewed the lodge's pier and beautiful Lake McDonald. I had prepared a picnic lunch for us that morning before we left Columbia Falls and we found a beautiful picnic area, near Lake McDonald, to eat our lunch. We watched the squirrels and birds as we ate. We had a strong urge to leave some food for them, but we knew we were not supposed to feed the wildlife, so we resisted the temptation. We drove on toward Logan Pass, and as we gained altitude, the mountains and the trees seemed even more beautiful. Long before we were ready for it, we arrived at Logan Pass and were at the end of the road. We stopped and got out of our vehicle and enjoyed the wonderful panoramic view before us.
Written by kstraveler on 10 Mar, 2004
We were pretty impressed with the small town of Columbia Falls. The town was neat, it had lots of nice shops and restaurants, and the people were friendly. We enjoyed using their library to check our e-mail and always found the librarians to…Read More
We were pretty impressed with the small town of Columbia Falls. The town was neat, it had lots of nice shops and restaurants, and the people were friendly. We enjoyed using their library to check our e-mail and always found the librarians to be very friendly and helpful. Columbia Falls looks like a nice little town to live in, and they made us feel welcome. We plan to visit Columbia Falls again. Close
Written by ragansj on 30 Aug, 2003
Both coming and going, we passed numerous forest fires out of control. The smoke at times was tough to take, but the sight of those beautiful woods burning was something to behold. At some locations, you could see how close to the highway the fires…Read More
Both coming and going, we passed numerous forest fires out of control. The smoke at times was tough to take, but the sight of those beautiful woods burning was something to behold. At some locations, you could see how close to the highway the fires had come, the ground still covered with ash with only skeletons remaining of what had been trees. Close