Six Reasons to Visit Whitefish this Spring

Apr 14, 2016


Golf is on in Whitefish! Both courses at the Whitefish Lake Golf Course are officially open. Conveniently, the south course is right out the backdoor of Grouse Mountain Lodge. Golf and stay at Grouse this spring from $127 per person/per night with our Early Bird Golf Packages (packages include cart and meal credit).


Early spring is the perfect time to explore the Whitefish Trail. As of April, it’s both snow-free and dry. The trail system has seven trailheads, so choose your adventure and take advantage of the Whitefish Trail. The Trail is a popular mountain biking destination. Mountain bike rentals are available at Glacier Cyclery, Great Northern Cyclery and Sportsman Ski Haus all located right in town. I recommend the Lion Mountain or Sklyes trailhead for hikers and the Beaver Lakes (cross-country style biking) or Spencer Mountain (downhill style biking) trailhead for mountain bikers.

Biking Going-to-the-Sun Road

Photo Courtesy: Tia Celentano
This is the ride of a lifetime and I recommend it immediately takes a top spot on your bucket list. Cycling Going-to-the-Sun Road is a unique and thrilling experience.  Have the most beautiful road in Glacier Park all to yourself this spring. The road opens to bikers and hikers when the plows aren’t working, generally on the weekends and after 4;30pm on weekdays. Check here for current road status.

Enjoy local flavor

Photo Courtesy: Spotted Bear Spirits
The snow has melted in the low lands of Flathead Valley opening up farm land for the season.  This means fresh produce grown nearby will make its incorporation into local dishes once again. We take knowing our farmer seriously around here eveident at the buzzing Whitefish Farmer’s Market which will make its reprise in late May.
Pictured here is the Beetnik cocktail from Spotted Bear Spirits. The Beetnik consists of beet & fennel frond infused vodka, black peppercorn & beet shrub, fresh lemon and egg white. Spotted Bear Spirits located in the Railway district of downtown Whitefish is a craft distillery. With a great vibe and an inviting tasting room, Spotted Bear Spirits has quickly become a local’s favorite. The Distillery is committed to community collaboration and fresh local ingredients take center stage in their delicious craft cocktails

Wildlife Sightings

Photo Courtesy: National Park Service
Spring is a great time of year for wildlife sightings. Grizzly bears have already been spotted in Glacier Park this year. Elk are still in the valleys, catch them before they move to their summering grounds at higher elevations. I recommend taking an early morning drive on the Camas Road in Glacier National Park for a good chance of a wildlife sighting.
Springtime is also a great time of year for shed hunting. Elk, Moose & Deer shed their antlers every year. These natural crowns can be harvested on most Montana public lands starting in mid-May (Glacier National Park is closed to shed hunting year-round). Rules and regulations vary on the area, so check with local authorities before heading out to gather.

Beat the High Season

If you still need another reason to visit Whitefish this spring, here it is: the crowds haven’t arrived yet. Plan a trip to Whitefish this spring to take advantage of great room rates (try our third-night FREE special), low-priced greens, Going-to-the-Sun Road, wildlife and local flavor. Let us be your guide, comment below or contact us for helping planning your spring trip to Whitefish.

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