A Vacation for the New Year

The season of merry and bright is coming to an end. Trees will be taken down, ornaments and lights stored for the next year. As the Flathead Valley enjoys its last few days of holiday wonder, each special hamlet has a delightful opportunity to ring in the New Year. From extraordinary dinners to masquerade galas, there is something for everyone. Enjoy Montana has perfectly curated properties available if you want to take part in a last minute celebration with your friends and family in one of our charming vacation rentals. If you prefer to stay close to one of the exciting events taking place in the area, we have a myriad of homes spread across the valley to suit your needs.

Woman celebrating New Year's vacation with a sparkler

The New Years Eve Rail Jam in Whitefish is a longstanding community favorite. Full of sparkling lights, a torch parade, and fireworks. It is sure to thrill and delight. A local favorite, Casey’s will be hosting LA-based DJ Spryte for an exciting music filled bash. For those longing to stay out of the cold, it will be an exciting way to welcome 2018.

Somers restaurant, Dels is filling their last day of 2017 with a mouthwatering menu, karaoke, champagne, and lots of cheer.

Columbia Falls, Eagle Club will ring in the New Year with a Winter Dance. Bring your fancy shoes and be ready to sparkle the night away.

Bigfork is a long-standing favorite for its fun-filled activities. Marina Cay Resort will host a mysterious masquerade party. With live music, hors-d’oeuvres, and champagne it is sure to be a blast.

If you want to start your celebration early, then Whistling Andy Distilling’s Pre-party is the perfect place to begin.

Whichever event you choose to enjoy, you’re sure to be surrounded by big-hearted folks full of adventurous fun. The community in the Flathead Valley is always ready to partake in good-natured amusements and experience the complete joy of living in such a beautiful frontier. Each town will host a magical celebration with its own unique flair. Regardless of how you choose to usher in the New Year, whether celebrating with close friends, out on the town or quietly in front of a blazing fire; we wish you the very best in 2018. May your year be bright, your hearts full, and your adventures ever onward.

Vacation Rentals in the Holiday Season

cabin in MontanaThe skies are turning grey, the air is colder, but Montana is full of warmth, hospitality, and joy this holiday season. There are many beautiful towns that fill the Flathead Valley, anchored by Flathead Lake and Glacier National Park. Just a short drive separates them, but each community offers a unique glimpse into the Montana way of living. Which is why we have so many homes scattered around the valley. From our refreshing lakeside dwellings to our cozy cabins and unsurpassed luxury retreats we offer something for everyone wanting to explore all the different sides that the valley has to offer. Enjoy Montana has ensured that every property is prepared for the colder temperatures that the winter weather brings, we want your stay to be delightful and full of memories.

With our lovely neighborhoods decorated in their holiday finery and the jingle of bells outside of storefronts, it’s a wonderful time to partake in the festivities. From ice skating to snowmobiling, or even taking a kayak out on a glacier lake to witness the breathtaking expanse of mountain vistas, there is a gentle quiet that settles on the area this time of year.

 

An entrance to a cabin

Explore the charming window displays, warm your hands at an outdoor fire pit. Take in a play at the local theater in Bigfork. Most towns offer a place to purchase handmade gifts for your friends and family. Take pleasure in finding a unique treasure to share with those you love. Delight in the sparkling lights, the wonder of children. Partake in an impromptu snowball fight or sled race. Be filled with joy at the sound of children’s laughter and the sparkle of snow lying soft on the ground.

It’s a magical time of year. While the weather may be grey and dreary, the mountains loom dark and blue against the sky, the snow glistens white on the lacy branches of the evergreen, and winter berries pop red with cheer. Grab the hand of the one you love and walk down the lane as the sun begins to set and darkness steals the light. Then enjoy the twinkle of Christmas set on display in candles and finery as everything glows in color.

This is when you want to Enjoy Montana. When the crowds have dispersed and the warm hearts of a close-knit community beckon you to partake in the whimsy of a handmade holiday. Soft and real, full of fancy.  Take the time to reflect on your year and plan for all the years to come. Settle into one of our beautiful cabin rentals or vacation homes, away from the lists and to-dos, and take a minute to dream for you and your family. It’s a wonderful moment to live in holiday cheer.

 

Christmastime Vacation Rentals in Montana

It’s Christmas time in the Flathead Valley and all of the little towns nestled around Glacier National Park are decking their halls and stringing their twinkling lights. It’s a magical season and with so many wintry outdoor activities, delightful shopping, and fantastic dining locations it is sure to be an adventure worth sharing with your family. There are many exciting ways to celebrate the holidays, Enjoy Montana has prepared our vacation rentals for your convenience. Delight in freshly washed sheets, a well-stocked kitchen, fireplaces that come to life at the push of a button, staggering views, and glistening waters. With the expectation of family and the chaos of bringing children and relatives together, it is an ideal excuse to find a house that is dedicated to the needs of a large gathering. We have homes that feature playrooms, games, televisions, bar setups, and all of the makings for the perfect Christmas festivities. While you are decorating your fireplace and putting away your collectibles, check out how our beautiful homes may be the perfect answer for hosting a stress-free and relaxing celebration.

Bigfork has recently lit the lights on their bridge and with their featured storefronts selling delightful wares from local artisans, it is a charming location to visit to shop for the special people on your holiday list.  Make sure you stop in at the Montana Scene to collect your souvenirs that harken to the spirit of the Valley and highlight the culture that is so prevalent in our small towns. Electric Avenue Gifts is a great place to find whimsical treasures and home decor. Don’t forget to recharge with a pint and a hearty meal at the Flathead Lake Brewing Company. With lake views and seasonal ales, it’s a calming reprieve from the holiday bustle.

Nestled on the Northern Bay of Flathead Lake, Somers welcomes families to partake in sledding, ice fishing, and old-fashioned ice skating on the pond. There is something refreshing about drinking a hot cup of coffee while walking along the rippling waters of the lake. If you’re visiting Somers, be sure to stop at Sudden Rush Espresso for a handcrafted beverage and beautiful views. They’re located just off the highway in a drive-thru location making it ultra convenient to get your favorite drink. Somers Bay Cafe is a local favorite, they will welcome you with their bright murals painted around the building and great tasting menu. The Paul Bunyan sandwich is a must for lunch and you can’t go wrong with their eggs Benedict for breakfast.

Whether you are traveling to Montana to delight in the tall pine trees and fresh air or you’re embarking on a trip to connect with family, Enjoy Montana has a vacation rental that is excellently suited for your needs. Browse our beautiful homes and find the best cabin, lake house, or luxury retreat to make your holiday an occasion to cherish forever. Then bundle up and take a walk through the small town shopping centers or escape for a walk through the curving trails of one of our staggering national parks. Whatever you choose, our communities have embraced the glow and warmth of the season.

 

Why You Should Vacation in Kalispell

Kalispell property viewAs winter stirs its cold air through the Flathead Valley, the quaint town of Kalispell beckons visitors with it’s beautifully decorated downtown, ice skating, festivals, and walking trails. Kicking off the holiday season the day after Thanksgiving with sales at many of the local boutiques, and delightful treats warming the shelves at Cere’s Bakery, many families will fill the streets reveling in the magic of being together. Enjoy Montana boasts plenty of beautiful properties in close proximity to Kalispell, which offer a delightful reprieve for family coming for a visit. With so many exciting activities offered, we wanted to share a few of our favorites.

The Conrad Mansion will be decorated and ready to host guests looking to enjoy a step back in time. With its two-story Christmas tree and nativity scene housed in the gazebo, it’s a perfect excursion for families looking to embrace the magic of yesterday.

With many families looking for a special gift to give this year, a great place to explore is the Arts and Craftsmen of the Flathead Valley Christmas Show. Offering free parking and admission, as well as delicious food from local vendors, it is an excellent place to start your day. Unique and handcrafted gifts and wares will be available from a myriad of shops and local artisans. This is the best place to find that one of a kind gift for the person on your list who treasures quality.

The Art Walk and Holiday Stroll will begin the month of December with a beautiful shopping excursion through downtown Kalispell. Make sure you get your walking card and when you get twelve stamps you can turn it in to be entered into a drawing for gift certificates. It’s a wonderful opportunity to join friends and neighbors as they explore local businesses, enjoy sweet treats, and sip a hot mug of cider.

Be sure to take a moment to enjoy the tree lighting and caroling that will take place at 6:00 PM at Depot Park. Children will enjoy the lights and sweet sounds of the holiday.

The Christmas of the North Parade will be held December 9th at 5:00 PM. Don’t forget to save your place early! Santa Claus is expected to make an appearance and it is a long-held tradition for many families. Full of colorful floats and decorations with lively music and holiday fun, it is the perfect moment to embrace the traditional revelry of the holiday.

Kalispell Montana is a great place to enjoy many end-of-the-year celebrations. From delicious restaurants, local distilleries, holiday traditions, and museums, there are a lot of activities for families to experience. With vacation rentals ranging from lake homes to cabin rentals and everything in between, our properties are the perfect location to explore all that Kalispell and the Flathead Valley have to offer. We wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season.

The Perfect Vacation in Montana

glacier national parkThe quiet beauty of Glacier National Park is on full display at this time of year. A little magic takes place as the services shut down and visitors return to their busy schedules. The roadways are less congested, the paths resonate with the silence, and the soft whisper of wind through the branches sounds a melody for the few who venture into the park. Fall spreads it’s colored slowly from the west to the east side of the park with the full splendor displayed in October. Going the Sun road is the best way to navigate through the park, but it is closed in parts due to the changing of the season. Check with the local services before embarking on the drive, or plan to turn around knowing that you’ll still enjoy access to some trails and a delightful display of gold, red, orange, and the dark contrast of the evergreens.

With most of the park campsites and amenities shut down for the coming winter, it’s a great time to discover the luxury of a well-equipped Montana vacation rental. With hot showers, full kitchens, fire pits, and soft sheets, it’s the perfect reprieve from exploring all of the wonders of nature. All of our homes sit in proximity to the park while allowing visitors to experience the amenities that are a part of our thriving communities. Enjoy local festivals and wine tastings or explore a craft fair. There are a wide variety of activities available to our guests this time of year. In fact, it’s one of our very favorite times to call Montana home. All of the enchantment without the congestion of our busier months. We hope you’ll discover for yourself what a little wonder can do for your life.

As vacationers return to their homes, children to school and sports, parents to the demands of their jobs, the animals begin to take back their wilderness. The deer gingerly step closer to the water, the fish swim in large schools near the shore, the beers fill their stomachs with the last of the berries, and the birds fly low on the winds. If you love the untouched wilderness and prefer to pull a jacket close around your shoulders while you walk down a quiet lane observing the reverent whimsy of the frontier, this is your time to enjoy Montana.

Our many properties sit waiting, checkered blankets drape over an overstuffed chair and the golden light sets across the wide plank floors. Books fill the shelves and fires wait to be started. The cooling temperatures beckon to woolen hats and loose scarves. Soft grass invites games of tag and catch, or the romance of a picnic set soft against the setting sun. It’s a fascinating time to invest in yourself, your family, and your future; by experiencing the awe inspired by autumn.

The Beauty of Flathead Valley’s Vacation Rentals

Flathead LakeAs the harvest season fully embraces the Flathead Valley, pumpkins are popping up on doorsteps, the leaves are changing their hues to a deep red and gold, and the air is growing delightfully sweet. It is a favorite season for many as it invites the community to build friendships while sipping hot apple cider and browsing local artisan wares at one of the many bazaar and craft fairs. Check off your Christmas lists while you browse the many wonders that fill our storefronts. Our vacation properties are beckoning you to come and take part in all that this time of year has to offer.

The pumpkin patches are full of bright orange gourds and tall corn mazes. Those who are more daring can test their bravery in a haunted house or even a spooky barn. Hayrides are a great way to get in the spirit of the holiday and spend some time exploring the beautiful scenery that fills the colorful vistas.

Autumn is best enjoyed in the rich fruits and vegetables that fill the many farmsteads at the farmers market. Many of the restaurants feature farm to table fare that is spiced with the sweet aromas of cinnamon and vanilla. It is a delightful time to explore the rich wonders of the culinary treasures that sparkle in the Flathead Valley.

This time of year tends to invite visitors to experience through their senses. Whether it is the air perfumed with the sweet smell of an afternoon shower, the crackle of fire as it burns bright under the night sky, or the rich flavor of freshly baked apple muffins; there is a myriad of aromas that make their way into the season’s festivities.

Investigate some of the local distilleries and wineries that are tucked into the quaint towns surrounding Flathead Lake. Beginning with small operations that have grown to win many national competitions they are receiving greater attention. Each unique operation boasts rich liquors and wines that are highlighted by the flavors instilled from the valley. It’s a great time to pick up some gifts to give for the holidays.

It is a wonderful time of year to bring your family and delight in one of our perfectly prepared vacation rentals. Each home is curated to provide your comforts and welcome you to enjoy this enchanting season. From pumpkin patches to horse-drawn carriages, golf courses to five-star restaurants, hiking adventures to scenic byways, there is something for everyone to fall in love with in the Flathead Valley. Book your secret hideaway and pack your bags to invest in yourself and take some time to relax before the holiday to-dos fill your list and take your time.

Explore Flathead Valley’s Lake Houses in Montana

Lake HomesThe lake laps soft against the shore. The gentle swell of waves pass over speckled rocks, and if you stand quietly by, you can see schools of fish darting between the pebbles. With so much to do the waters are usually filled with boats, canoes, families swimming, but in the fall a little bit of magic happens. The cool weather brings visitors dressed in warm jackets and shoes built for walking. The trees display their brilliant colors of red, orange, and gold. The air is perfumed with the fragrance of sweet rain and the heady scent of wet bark. It’s the perfect time to explore the enchanting communities that fill the Flathead Valley.

Experience our fascinating lake houses that invite you to delight in the full luxury of the glacial waters surrounded by mountains and valleys. When you wake in the quiet morning, you get to step outside to the fog resting softly against the cool surface, creating a delightful display of smoke and reflection. Listen to the calls of the birds as they whistle and dip low to catch their breakfast. Stand still with the warmth of your coffee, while a family of deer steps gingerly across the wet grass to quench their thirst. When you stay in one of our well-crafted properties, you invite the delight of nature to play on the landscape before you.

True luxury exists in more than money can buy. It is fleeting moments that require your attention to become a memory. Fill your dreams with the delight of soft moonlight as it casts its glow against a glistening lake. Sit by the warmth of a fire pit while listening to the symphony of sounds played around you. Watch the stars sparkle their welcome, while you refresh your soul in one of our fantastic lake homes. It’s an invitation to the whispers of fancy that struggle to be revealed in words, but fill up the empty places with warmth and joy.

front yard of a lake home rentalPaddle a canoe around the lake. Discover osprey nests and the stream of light through the trees. With the cooler weather, there are not as many boaters or traffic to congest the still waters. Set your paddle in the calm surface and glide quietly to explore the local wildlife or discover a secret cove. Bring a picnic and snack on the soft grass under a canopy of evergreens. Montana invites you to partake in the wealth that its untouched frontier offers. It calls to the spirit of the wanderer inviting them to find rest in the unsurpassed scenery.

When you return to the sloping grasses or rocky steps of one of our properties, you’ll find every convenience available. Build a connection with those you value in an environment that encourages depth and reinforces relationship. Step outside of a world filled with schedules, demands, and social media. Remind yourself that your life is worth living and every moment is an invitation to treasure.

In our fabulous lake houses, you get to choose your experience. Whether it is a multi housed compound with a pier that disappears into the abyss of shining waters or a high-rise condominium that invites a glass of wine while the waves sparkle beneath your view. There are many different options available in our lake homes, but whatever house you choose, you’ll enjoy every morning to the quiet whisper of waves dancing softly against the shoreline.

This is Montana and it is calling to you.

 

Montana Cabins: Comfort in Nature

A cabin in montanaThe trees are changing, there is a hint of magic in the air. Cool wind swirls the early morning mist and everything sparkles. It’s official, fall is in Montana and it is inspiring beauty everywhere we turn. Our cabins are the perfect backdrop to experience the shifts in the weather.

Driving up to tall trees and sweet green grass surrounding log notched retreats is what excites many of our visitors. It transports the experience, from the usual or bland, to the extraordinary.

The Flathead Valley offers a wide array of activities to fill your seasonal bucket list. Apple picking, pumpkin patches, exploring the alluring fall foliage, and sinking into the whimsy of a slow paced life.

Many of the local communities offer craft fairs and bazaars that highlight the talented craftsmen that fill the area.

outside view from cabinPerfected quality and inspiring design are the hallmarks of the local artisans and it is the best time to stock up on their wares. Decorating for the harvest has many of the towns arrayed in hay bales, corn stalks, and copper colored mums.

Then find a festival that invites you to take part in a wheelbarrow race, pass through a haunted house, get lost in a  corn maze, or just sip a glass of locally made whiskey.

At the end of the day when you are filled with seasonal goodies and a depth of pleasurable experiences make your way back to one of our quaint cabin rentals. Light a roaring fire in a stone fireplace and sink down on a soft couch.

This is your vacation and we want it to delight your memory for years to come.

Vacationing In Montana: Outdoor Explorations

hiking spot in MontanaGlacier National Park beckons a plethora of visitors every year. With activities for every season, there is always something to do or an adventure waiting to be had. As summer winds down and families return to school, there are still a great many looking to take advantage of the natural wonders filling the valley. A popular family excursion is to hike the St. Mary Falls trail. It is a wonderful reminder to visitors of how much beauty surrounds the local area.

The trail is about two miles round trip, not too hard for most families, even those with younger children. For those who can’t get enough of the natural beauty, they can explore a little further and catch sight of cascading waters over mountainsides or the more impressive Virginia Falls and Baring Falls. That journey is a bit more intimidating and about five and a half miles round trip. In the summer months, it can become very congested, with many coming to see the multiple falls and to enjoy the stunning mountain vistas. It’s best to arrive early or take the shuttle from either Sun Point or Rising Sun.

There is something that resonates in the spirit when you stand in front of an impressive veil of water coursing into the flooding waters below. It may be the myriad of sounds and tone heard in the roar or the power of the river as it rushes over the rocky edge. It is worth experiencing, taking a moment to reflect on the seasons of nature as it abounds in beauty. St. Mary Falls is a staggering three tiered descent of water. However, the first two drops are the most stunning. Be sure to capture a photo of the scene to share with your family or friends back home.

montana lakeIt is moments like this that remind our guests of what a privilege it is to be on holiday in this astounding valley. Children run down the trail finding sticks that become swords, searching for wild huckleberries, or collecting treasures and rocks for souvenirs of their travels. The whole family can escape technology and band together to explore a vast and wildland. Stories are shared, imaginations run wild and together loved ones stare, as nature reveals her glory and they can appreciate and value all that this land offers.

The summer heat still clings to Montana in August. The nights are cool, and if you venture to hike around the falls, you’ll enjoy the cooler temperatures. Thunderstorms and snow are always a possibility given the unpredictable nature of Glacier National Park. The light still filters bright through the trees, and while summer fades, there is still the enjoyment of the many experiences that abound during the season.

Sojourners walk through the trees, admire the waterfalls, and play games to see who will be the first to spot the next cascade. Then they return, weary to their vacation rental; where a fire will be made in an outdoor pit, marshmallows eagerly pushed onto sticks, and while the sparks vie with the stars, they recant their tales of wonder. This is summer in Montana, filled with exploration, rest, and adventure.