Winter Itineraries

Kalispell’s Winter Wonderland: It’s Not Just for Skiers

Family Travel - 3 Days

Day One

  • Check in to hotel (several offer an indoor pool for the kids to enjoy).
  • Lunch at Montana Coffee Traders.
  • Explore downtown’s shops and museums including the interactive exhibits at NW Montana History Museum.
  • Huckleberry Milkshake or other tasty treats at Norm’s News.
  • Skating at Woodland Park in downtown Kalispell – skate rentals available from Wheatons Cycle.
  • Dinner at Hops Downtown Grill, serving local and Montana raised beef, bison, elk and Yak plus a variety of other dishes.

Day Two

  • Skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort - Half-day or full-day lessons for the entire family or lessons for the kids and parents ski on their own. Learn to Ski or Ride and Kids Center programs available.
  • Lunch on the mountain at the Summit, Base Lodge or Ed & Mully’s.
  • Dinner at Mooses Saloon, a Kalispell landmark with award-winning pizza. Be sure to carve your initials into the woodwork as people have done since they opened in 1957.
  • Experience a slice of the real west at the Winter Rodeo Series at the Majestic Valley Arena.

Day Three

  • Lone Pine State Park – spend time at the visitor center’s educational and interactive exhibits then rent snowshoes and explore the trails.
  • Lunch at Bonelli’s Bistro, serving fresh salads, sandwiches and soups including several gluten free choices.
  • Dogsledding – Dog Sled Adventures or Base Camp Bigfork, both approximately 30 minutes from downtown.
  • Dinner at De Soto Grill for delicious BBQ set in a historic iron forge building.

Adventure Travel - 2 Days

Day One

  • Lunch at Montana Coffee Traders
  • Snowshoe or fat bike on Foys to Blacktail Trails – equipment rental available at Wheatons Cycle and Sportsman Ski Haus.
  • Stop at one of the downtown breweries, each featuring unique varieties and all with a welcoming atmosphere. Bias Brewing and Sun Rift Beer Company (within walking distance of each other).
  • Dinner at Hops Downtown Grill, serving local and Montana raised beef, bison, elk and Yak plus a variety of other dishes.
  • Nightcap and music at MontaVino Wine Bar or 1st Avenue Taphouse.

Day Two

Local Shops, Arts & Culture - 2 Days

Day One

  • Lunch at Bonelli’s Bistro for fresh-made salads, soups and sandwiches and other specials, including several gluten free options.
  • Explore downtown Kalispell:
  • A variety of locally owned shops include The Toggery – featuring leading brands of outdoor lifestyle clothing and footware, Sage & Cedar – natural and custom organic bath and body products, and Western Outdoors - a premier western store with over 2,500 boots and 1,500 hats.
  • Downtown Kalispell is home to three museums including the Conrad Mansion Museum, an exceptionally preserved home of Charles and Alicia Conrad the town’s founders featuring over 90% of original furnishings; and the Hockaday Museum of Art with a permanent Glacier National Park collection as well as rotating exhibits featuring work from local and national artists.
  • Schedule a relaxing massage at The Spa at Kalispell Grand Hotel or a full spa treatment at Amore Salon.
  • Stop at one of the downtown breweries, each featuring unique varieties and all with a welcoming atmosphere. Or enjoy a huckleberry milkshake or other sweet treat at Norm’s News.
  • Dinner at Hops Downtown Grill, serving local and Montana raised beef, bison, elk and Yak, plus a variety of other dishes.
  • Nightcap and music at MontaVino Wine Bar or 1st Avenue Taphouse.

Day Two

  • Breakfast at Montana Coffee Traders. Also pick up a lunch to go to enjoy while you’re exploring Glacier National Park.
  • Take a scenic 32-mile drive to Glacier National Park through the West Glacier entrance. Stop at the Apgar Visitor Center to pick up maps and chat with a ranger. Rent snowshoes or just walk to wander the trails in Apgar and along the shore of Lake McDonald stopping at the boat launch area, a popular photo spot of this magnificent park.
  • After leaving the park stop at the Crown of the Continent Discovery Center to explore the history of the park and the Crown of the Continent region while you enjoy a warm drink and pick up some Made In Montana gifts and souvenirs.
  • Just a couple miles down the road enjoy a different type of beverage at Glacier Distilling specializing in small batch whiskeys and other spirits that reflect the rugged beauty of the area. (open Thursday-Sunday during the winter).
  • Dinner at DeSoto Grill in downtown Kalispell for rockabilly BBQ, sandwiches and a good selection of Montana beer.
  • Nightcap and music at MontaVino Wine Bar or 1st Avenue Taphouse.

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