BEST WESTERN PLUS Flathead Lake Inn and Suites – Kalispell, MT

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When you stay at our Kalispell hotel, not only do you stay at a clean, well-maintained rooms, with great amenities and a good central location, but you also stay with people who care!

GOLF SPECIAL: Stay with us between now and 9/18/2016 and you can Golf 18 holes on a championship Golf Course for as low as $57 per person.  Acquire more details by calling us or speaking to us upon check-in!

Hotel in Kalispell MT

Hotel Kalispell MT

Location, Location, Location

Skiing at Blacktail Mountain, spending a day indulging in outdoor recreation at Glacier National Park , or exploring your favorite shopping areas are all short drives from our Kalispell hotel.  We are centrally located in the Flathead Valley on the South end of Kalispell, between Bigfork, Kalispell and Lakeside.

Flathead Lake is just a short drive away and a prime spot for water recreation. The mountains are a beautiful backdrop for a fun day filled with boating, skiing, fishing or hiking. From the incredible annual Dragon Boat Festival to the incredible golfing in the region, nearly every outdoor sport you can imagine is close to our Kalispell hotel.  Our hotel is the perfect place to rest and relax after a long day of adventure or work.

Top Amenities

Our 24-hour indoor pool provides guests with a perfect place to relax. Our friendly staff is committed to making sure every guest’s stay is comfortable, and every morning is kicked off right with a free hot breakfast. The buffet selection includes biscuits and gravy, sweet rolls, waffles, eggs, sausage, and Montana hot apple oatmeal. Complete your meal with chilled juices or 100% Arabica coffee.  We also include FREE high-speed wifi throughout the building!

Business Travelers and Groups

This Kalispell hotel offers a meeting space, and we’re a top choice for wedding groups and business travelers. Some of our regular guests are employees of AT&T, Plum Creek, Applied Materials and the Kalispell Regional Medical Center. Whether you’re here on business or in town for a special event, it’s important that you have the space necessary to take care of everything.

Reserve a well-appointed room at BEST WESTERN PLUS Flathead Lake Inn and Suites, where guests are close to all the top destinations!

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Blacktail Ski Area – Glacier Country’s Best Kept Secret

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Depending on how you count them, Montana has 15 downhill ski areas and most Montana skiers haven’t even heard of half of them.  Of course, Big Sky and Whitefish get all the publicity.  Snow Bowl and Red Lodge Mountain get traffic because they are close to large population centers.  Mountains like Bridger Bowl and Lost Trail have a reputation for consistent snow and shorter lines so many Montana skiers consider these the secret spots.  There are several smaller ski hills around Montana that can be good if there is a snow storm but many are only open a few days a week and the snow isn’t always consistent.

Swan Mountain and Flathead Lake from the lodge

Blacktail Mountain Ski Area stands out from this last group because it does have consistent snow!  In the Flathead and Kalispell area, Whitefish Mountain gets so much press that some skiers never even hear of Blacktail Mountain.  Here are 5 reasons you should plan to visit Blacktail Mountain on your next ski vacation!

1. Snow– Blacktail Mountain typically gets 250 inches of snow per year which isn’t quite as much as Whitefish but its pretty great when you look at other mountains across Montana.  Also, because it is closed on Monday and Tuesday, there is the potential of several days worth of untouched powder if you can make it on a Wednesday!  Even if you can’t make it till the weekend, because of the lower traffic volumes, there is often still untouched powder.

“Above the Clouds”  Inversion facing West from the lodge

2. Lines– Blacktail has pretty short lines, regardless of the day of the week.  The lodge and parking area are located at the top of the mountain so traffic on the lift regulates itself because of the varying speeds of people going down the mountain.

3. Price– Blacktail Mountain charges $40 for a full day adult pass which is about half of what Whitefish charges.

4. Family Focus– Blacktail Mountain is a family mountain.  This doesn’t mean there aren’t advanced runs, but it does mean they’re more understanding of your kid having problems getting on the lift.  Also, they offer some cool promotions like 5th graders ski for free!

5. Views– From Blacktail Mountain you can see into Glacier, the entire Flathead Valley and Flathead Lake.  I don’t think there is a better view from a ski resort in Montana and I have been to most of them!  Even if you’re just hanging out in the lodge while the rest of your family skis, you’re sure to enjoy your day because of the views!

“You are here”

If you are coming to Kalispell to ski, check out our hotel Best Western Plus Flathead Lake Inn and Suites in Kalispell, MT.  We offer full day tickets at half day prices for Blacktail Mountain!  We have full Montana breakfast in the morning to fuel your day on the slopes and  a hot tub for your sore muscles when you come back.  We are the closest branded hotel to Blacktail and we’re not too far from Whitefish Mountain either if you want to hit both ski areas while you’re in the area!

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6 Entertaining Winter Events near Kalispell Montana

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So you might be wondering, “what do people in Kalispell do for fun in the winter?”  There’s no dragon boat race or sailing on Flathead Lake, you can’t drive over Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, the cherry festivals are over and all the huckleberries are gone.  While these attractions are great, the events that happen every winter may be just as fantastic.  Here are the top 6 events that happen during the winter in the Flathead and near Kalispell, MT:

1. Bigfork Parade of Lights December 5th–  This is the main event, but there are several winter events surrounding this weekend in Bigfork.  Downtown Bigfork displays more lights in one area than any other town in the Flathead!  It is the prettiest place in the valley to go for a winter stroll.  Businesses are open late and hot drinks are available too!  There are also great Christmas plays surrounding the Christmas season in Bigfork at the Bigfork Center for Performing Arts.
2.  Whitefish Winter Carnival runs February 5,6 and 7 and includes a parade, a gala, a pie social, the penguin plunge in Whitefish Lake and a variety of other fun winter events.
3. Whitefish Parade which takes place during the carnival is one of the most unique parades you will probably ever witness.  The floats range from strange to creative, but always entertaining. The grand marshal is typically a celebrity,
4. A Chocolate Affaire takes place in downtown Kalispell on February 5th.  Several downtown businesses keep their doors open late and provide chocolate and other hot beverages.  It is a fun and entertaining event for the whole family.

5. Skijoring, quite possibly the wildest event on snow happens every year just outside of Whitefish near the golf course.  In this fast paced event, skiers are pulled by long ropes tied to horses at speeds close to 50 mph through a course that includes jumps and obstacles.  As of this writing, they haven’t set the dates for the event or the practices (which are almost more fun to watch than the event), but it generally happens in February.  Click on theirfacebook page, to find out more.

6. Lakeside Winterfest has a variety of events for the whole family.  There is a kids ice skating rink, an outdoor movie, hot chocolate and chili, a pig roast at the Tamarack, cross country and down-hill ski races and even a trap shoot!
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7 Fun Things-to-Do in the Flathead Valley during the Winter (Indoors)

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Picnics on the beach at Flathead Lake just aren’t as fun in the winter and a huckleberry shake might give you a serious brain-freeze!  If you prefer indoor activities in the winter to playing in the snow, here is a list of great indoor activities for winter in the Flathead Valley!

1. The Theater!  The Flathead Valley, for its population size has some great options if you want to see a play!  Check out the Whitefish Theater Company, the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts!

2. Bowling Alleys!  The Flathead Valley has several great bowling alleys including Pick’s just east of our hotel!

3. Cinch Rodeo Series!  Rodeos aren’t just for the Summer!  Check out the indoor Cinch Rodeo Series at the Majestic Valley Arena, just north of Kalispell!

4.Art galleries!  The Flathead Valley is home to several great artists who consistently produce nationally recognized art!  Downtown Bigfork, Lakeside, Whitefish and Kalispell all have several galleries that are open year round!

5. Breweries!  Kalispell, Bigfork, Lakeside and Whitefish all have local breweries that produce some of the finest microbrews in the Northwest!  There’s no better way to spend an afternoon in the winter than watching the snow fall outside the window and sipping on great brew!

6. Coffee Shops!  Relax with a cup of joe and a cozy, inspiring setting!  Kalispell, Lakeside and Whitefish all have great coffee shops and bakeries where you can relax, catch up with friends or enjoy a good book in a great atmosphere!

7. Museums and Mansions!  The Hockaday Museum is a great place to check out a variety of Western Art! You can also jet down to Polson on the south end of Flathead Lake and visit their Miracle of America Museum. It has a vast collection, from WWII planes, Native American artifacts, classic cars and homestead antiques!   Don’t forget the Conrad Mansion in Kalispell either.  Built by the founder of Kalispell, it has been maintained just as it was built in the late 1800s.  Winter tours are generally available during the holiday season!

Article written by Matt Harrington, marketing specialist at the Best Western Plus Flathead Lake Inn and Suites in Kalispell, MT.  If you’re coming to the Flathead, to Kalispell or to Glacier National Park, check out Kalispell’s best hotel!

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