Luxury Mountain Lodge amid Northern Rocky Mountains
Montana’s Glacier National Park is nicknamed the “Crown of the Continent,” and rightfully so: it’s made up of a million regal acres of thick pine forests, lakes, and cross-country skiing trails that wind along the Northern Rocky Mountains. It’s a living sanctuary with varied wildlife, from shaggy mountain goats to the ferocious grizzly bear. Grouse Mountain Lodge, a chic, log-cabin-inspired resort 25 miles from Glacier National Park, is in tune with its surroundings. Massive antler chandeliers dangle from the lodge’s ceiling, a bearskin rug hangs in the lobby, and floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the rolling landscape of Whitefish Lake Golf Club.
Despite Grouse Mountain Lodge’s rustic atmosphere, you won’t be roughing it here. There’s an espresso bar in the lobby, and the in-house restaurant, Logan’s Grill, serves fine cuts of beef and wild sockeye salmon. The morning menu includes cherry-and-walnut pancakes and smoked-salmon eggs benedict.
Year-round, you can step into one of two outdoor hot tubs and look up at the uncommonly bright stars in the Montana sky. When you’re ready for a day trip, the lodge has a complimentary shuttle to downtown Whitefish and the nearby ski resort.
Whitefish, Montana: Charming Alpine Town and Skiing Haven
The Flathead Valley is an expanse of jagged peaks and windswept lowlands carved out by glaciers during the last ice age. Within the valley is the charming alpine village of Whitefish. Restaurants, specialty boutiques, and a microbrewery sit along the main drag of Central Avenue, and the Northern Rocky Mountains jut out of the skyline to the north. The Whitefish Mountain Resort draws in many visitors for skiing, snowboarding, and even night skiing. Though outdoor activities are a major draw, Whitefish also features an independent theater company, art galleries, a historical museum, and a Frank Lloyd Wright–designed building—one of a scant few in Montana.