Thanksgiving is a time to have fun with your family members, bond with one another, and eat some of the best food. Whitefish is a bustling and vibrant mountain town offering fun things to do all year round, including outdoor activities, sports, breweries, restaurants, shopping, and much more. It doesn’t matter if you are an inactive person who wants to do watersports, or you would rather go boutique shopping; there is something for everyone here. Sounds good, right? We think so, too. Head here this upcoming November to truly enjoy your Thanksgiving getaway with these activities in Whitefish, MT, and leave all your worries behind.
2023 Whitefish Turkey Trot
One of the first activities that you should put on your itinerary for a fun-filled getaway to Whitefish, MT is the 2023 Whitefish Turkey Trot. Even if you are not a runner, pack your running shoes for this vacation so you can walk, jog, or run the 5K on Thanksgiving morning. Not only will you feel better about yourself, but you can meet other people, bond with your loved ones, and see the sights.
This easy and flat 3.2-mile course starts on Junes Way, taking you along Flathead Avenue, 7th Street, Karrow Street, West 3rd Street, Scott Avenue, and ending where you started. This fun and easy loop is fast and flat, meaning that people of different fitness levels will enjoy this health-conscious start to their morning.
Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner
Feeling hungry yet? After the 5K in the morning, it might be time to hit the Thanksgiving buffet early. We love going to have an early Thanksgiving meal so you can go out on the town afterwards for a few drinks and still be home early to go to sleep and relax with your loved ones.
Check out the Grouse Mountain Lodge for a filling and tasty Thanksgiving buffet. For just $42 for adults and $22 for children, you can choose from a wide range of salads, carving station items, hot breads, and desserts. Try the beet salad with spinach, goat’s cheese, candied pecans, pine nuts, and pickled onion to get in your fresh veggies.
Next, move to the carving station and go for the main event – the turkey. The carving station offers herb roasted turkey and ham with cloves, coffee, and a brown sugar rub. Pair any one of these meats, or both, with the hot sides, like the herbed whipped potatoes, sweet potato casserole with pecans, vegetarian stuffing, roasted vegetable medley, green bean casserole with onions, or the bourbon honey glazed carrots and parsnips.
For Fun Activities in Whitefish, MT, Head Out for an Evening Hike
Work off the early Thanksgiving buffet by going for an early evening hike. We love the abundance of hikes, paths, trails, and parks to choose from when it comes to exploring around Whitefish, MT. The fall is also the best time to enjoy an evening hike, as the sun will be going down, the leaves are changing colors, and the views are far-reaching.
Try the Danny On Trail for an easy path that isn’t too strenuous after a big meal. This marked path is not only easy to follow and not too taxing on the legs, but it is right near the base of Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort, so you can easily walk here, take public transit, or drive here after the Thanksgiving feast. Wind through the spruce forest and head to the lookout at the top of the trail!
Drive Around Hungry Horse Reservoir
If you are too tired or too full for a long hike, then going for a drive is a great way to see the scenery without texting your body. In less than 14 minutes from the entrance of the infamous Glacier National Park, you can access the Hungry Horse Reservoir for a fun and slightly off-road driving experience.
The Hungry Horse Reservoir offers almost 100 miles of gravel roads through the reservoir that features the jagged shoreline, flora and fauna, incredible animals, far-reaching forests, incredible viewpoints, and fishing spots for you to get out and enjoy a day at the lake.
Snowshoe North Fork Area of Flathead River
Want to burn off some of those holiday calories? Head to the North Fork Area of Flathead River in Columbia Falls to go snowshoeing. Lace up your snowshoes, put on your hat, and pack a backpack with water and snacks as you head off on this nature-filled path. This service road brings you to the river and winds through the dense forest to give you an up-close view of the spruce and pine trees.
Listen to Live Music
Lastly, you can head to the downtown area to go to nearby breweries, bars, and wineries to listen to live music—especially on weekend nights. The Grouse Mountain Lodge is famous for local musicians and sing-alongs that go well into the night.