Whitefish, Montana, boasts not only breathtaking scenery but also lively farmers markets that are a must-visit for locals and tourists alike. These markets offer a glimpse into the heart of the community, showcasing the best of local produce, crafts and food. Whether you’re a seasoned local or a first-time visitor, exploring the markets of Whitefish is an experience you don’t want to miss during your visit.

Whitefish Downtown Farmers Market

Every Tuesday evening, from late spring to early fall, the Whitefish Downtown Farmers Market transforms the North end of Central Avenue into a bustling hub of activity. Local farmers and artisans gather to display their goods, offering everything from farm-fresh fruits and vegetables to handmade crafts and savory treats. With live music adding to the ambiance, it’s the perfect place to soak up the vibrant atmosphere and support local businesses. Stroll through the market, chatting with vendors and sampling the diverse array of products. Whether you’re searching for the perfect ingredients for a home-cooked meal or looking for unique souvenirs to take home, you’ll find it all at the Whitefish Downtown Farmers Market.

Kalispell Farmers Market

A short drive from Whitefish, the Kalispell Farmers Market exudes a strong sense of community and camaraderie. Here, visitors can browse various products directly from the producers, including farm-fresh produce, homemade baked goods and unique handmade crafts. It’s a chance to connect with the people behind the products and experience the authentic flavors and culture of the region. Wander through the market stalls, taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of local Montana life. Whether you’re picking up ingredients for a picnic in Glacier National Park or simply enjoying a relaxing afternoon of browsing, the Kalispell Farmers Market offers something for everyone.

Bigfork Outdoor Flea Market

Discover a treasure trove of antiques, collectibles and unique finds at the Bigfork Outdoor Flea Market. Open seasonally, this bustling market offers a diverse array of vendors selling everything from vintage furniture to handmade crafts. Located amidst the stunning scenery of Bigfork, Montana, it’s the perfect place to spend a day exploring the aisles of vendors and uncovering hidden gems. Whether you’re searching for a one-of-a-kind piece for your home or simply enjoying the atmosphere, the Bigfork Outdoor Flea Market promises an unforgettable experience.

Polson Flathead Lake Flea Market

Nestled near the shores of Flathead Lake, the Polson Flathead Lake Flea Market offers a unique shopping experience against a backdrop of natural beauty. Browse through rows of vendors selling antiques, artwork and handmade crafts, soaking in the laid-back atmosphere of this lakeside market. From vintage treasures to local souvenirs, there’s something for everyone to discover at the Polson Flathead Lake Flea Market. Spend a day exploring the stalls, chatting with vendors and enjoying the scenic views of Flathead Lake.

Antique Shopping

If you’ve scoured the local flea markets and farmers’ markets in Whitefish without finding exactly what you’re looking for, don’t worry. Venture into one of the town’s charming antique stores, where you’ll discover a treasure trove of vintage finds waiting to be taken home. From antique furniture to unique collectibles, these shops offer a curated selection of one-of-a-kind items that add character and charm to any home. Take a stroll through the aisles, and you may just stumble upon that perfect piece to complete your collection or add a touch of nostalgia to your space.

Vacation Rentals in Whitefish

Discover the ultimate property for your Whitefish adventure with our diverse selection of vacation rentals tailored to suit every traveler’s needs. Whether you’re looking for a lakeside escape, a cozy cabin with stunning mountain vistas or a charming holiday home in town, we have the perfect lodging option for you.

Experience the convenience of fully equipped kitchens in our rentals, allowing you to prepare delicious meals using fresh ingredients sourced from the local farmers’ markets. After a day of exploring the vibrant community and natural beauty of Whitefish, relax in the comfortable living areas furnished with everything you need for a cozy stay. From soft linens to well-maintained bathrooms, our rentals offer all the comforts of home.

Select vacation rentals are pet-friendly for those traveling with pets, ensuring that every member of the family can join in on the fun. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, a family vacation or a trip with friends, our vacation rentals provide the perfect setting for a memorable stay in Whitefish.

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Experience the charm and hospitality of Whitefish, Montana, through its vibrant farmers markets and flea markets. Explore the local flavors, discover unique treasures and support the community while enjoying the stunning surroundings of the Rocky Mountains. And when it’s time to unwind, retreat to one of our comfortable vacation rentals, where relaxation and adventure await. Book your stay today and experience a memorable journey through the heart of Whitefish.

 

Springtime in Whitefish is one of our favorite times of the year. If you agree, you’re probably planning a vacation to the area! Below, we’ve put together a guide filled with the best things to do in Whitefish, MT in spring to help you have the perfect Spring vacation in Whitefish.

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A hiking trail and a family

Hit the Trails!

There are tons of hiking trails in Whitefish that we think are perfect for spring. Not only can you avoid the heat of the summer months, and the crowds of people who flock to the most popular waterfalls and green forests, but you can break a sweat, burn some calories, and feel good about being active and healthy on vacation!

For those who want to start with an easy path with their kids or older adults who are not super keen on fitness, the Lion Mountain Trail is an easy way to start that provides a huge bang for your buck. You’ll be transported into the wilderness on this easy path that gives far-reaching views and immersion into the incredible pine forests.

Now that you are more comfortable with hiking, you can do a more moderate hike that will take a little longer. Try the Beaver Lake Loop. This fitness-inducing hike will get your heart pounding higher and take you to a higher elevation to get the best views around. Plus, you can take a detour to Beaver Lake to cool off once it gets hotter in the middle of the day.

Next, Danny on the National Recreation Trail is one of the most popular long-distance paths in Whitefish that will take you multiple hours, perfect for a cool spring day that breaks to some sunshine later in the day. Begin in the village and walk nearly 4 miles out to the end of the path, soaking in wildflower views, steep inclines, and lush greenery. Then, retrace your steps for a full 8 miles!

Head Out on the Mountain Bike Trails

Even if you are not a confident mountain biker yet, you will love the trail network here in Whitefish that provides beginners, intermediate riders, and advanced bikers with everything they could possibly want. The joy of mountain biking is going fast down dirt-laden paths as you gaze out over the incredible forest floor, wildflower meadows, and gravel trails—your heart will be racing!

Adrenaline junkies will love learning how to control their bike, whizz around the rocks, and safely guide themselves down the mountain. Make sure you wear a helmet and keep an eye out for hikers as you glide down the path to keep everyone happy and safe. If you need a bit of guidance, you can always hire a teacher or go to a pro-mountain biking spot to get a ‘crash’ course on how to ride your bike!

Whitefish Mountain Resort is one of the best spots to take your tread-heavy bike, featuring over 25 miles of cross-country mountain bike trails. One of the main reasons why people love Whitefish for mountain biking is the ‘flow’ that you get with the paths. Paths connect to one another, offering mountain bike riders the chance to connect between rivers, valleys, meadows, and forests.

And you will always have combinations and paths to take on your bike. The bike park offers nearly 2,400 feet of vertical drop, two lifts for you to use, 25+ miles of trails, 9 miles of cross-country and hiking trails, and even features more than ten difficult trails for expert riders.

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Take a Brewery Tour

You can create your own brewery tour or have a company put it together for you. But no matter which one you choose, breweries are some of the best ways to find the best pour of beer, explore the countryside, learn more about the brewing process, and have a few drinks with your mates in the process. After all, you are on vacation!

We recommend going to Bonsai Brewing Project, one of the most popular breweries in the entire state. Bonsai Brewing is right in the heart of Whitish, MT, and offers a great spot for locals and tourists alike to come, hang out, sip on a beer, and learn more about the intense brewing process that creates favorites like KOLd cruSCH (a Kolsch style beer), Lil Blond Honey, Get It Together, and D’Haisy Age.

For food, we love the healthy vibe of the snacks here. You can get hummus and pita with pickled veggies, chips and salsa, or pasta salad with red pepper aioli and arugula to split with the table. If you want a hearty bowl, the burrito bowl or poke bowl with raw sushi-grade Ahi, ginger dressing, green onions, and fresh veggies pairs well with a light beer on a spring day.

Next, you can’t go to Whitefish without checking out Jeremiah Johnson Brewing Company.  ‘JJ’ Brewing calls themselves a no-nonsense brewery that churns out tasty IPAs, hefty stouts, and much more. They pride themselves on being a good neighbor, being a part of the community, and doing their best.

Jeremiah Johnson has tons of favorites that people love having in-store and also to purchase as packs to bring home. The Mountain Man Scotch Ale is great for a cold day, whereas the Hazy Pale Ale is perfect for a warmer spring day after a long hike. We also love Blonde Ale for an all-day drinking festivity, whereas the Citra IPA is perfect for fruit lovers who want to drink beer.

And if you want to make a full afternoon out of your trip to this brewery, you can order some food, share appetizers, and enjoy a few pints with your friends. We recommend ordering the beer queso, which is made with JJ blonde ale, cotija cheese, and smoked chorizo. For another starter, the tasty falafel bites or Bavarian pretzel with creamy and melted cheese, mustard, and honey butter can’t be beaten.

Lady of the Lake Boat Cruise

Another fun thing to do on a cool spring evening is to take a sunset cruise on Whitefish Lake. There is no better way to admire the beauty of the lake and see the land from a different perspective than to head out on a sunset cruise with your partner, friends, or family. Contact us to plan your trip for you. This reputable company offers a 1.5-hour cruise, captain, beautiful scenery, beverages, and champagne.

One of the most popular boat tours is the Lady of the Lake Boat Cruise, located on the eastern shore of Whitefish Lake. You can easily get here by foot, bike, or car, less than 1.5 miles away from Wisconsin Avenue. We recommend having dinner at the Boat Club Lodge after your adventure tour on the water.

Order the boat club chips, steamed mussels with apple-wood smoked bacon, and pan-seared beef tenderloin tips with mixed greens and warm camembert cheese to split the table. This healthy and tasty dinner is the perfect way to end a fun spring day.

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Golfing

The last activity that we think is the best to do in the spring months is grabbing your clubs, dressing the part, and going golfing with your mates. No matter if you have a set of clubs that you brought with you on vacation, or you have never used a nine iron before, going golfing at one of the many golf clubs in Whitefish is a fun way to see the sights, have fun with your friends, and try something new.

If you can only go to one place to golf in Whitefish, we recommend spending a day at the Whitefish Lake Golf Club. This protein and exquisite golf club features two courses, the North Course and South Course, that you can choose between during your stay. We love the variety and the large landscape that offers incredible views of the lake, lush greenery, and dense pine forests.

For just $81 during the peak season, you can play the full 18 holes and secure your tee time. Plus, if you come to Whitefish during the early spring months, it costs just $63 for the full 18 holes—what a bargain! You can also rent a cart for $46 and clubs for $45, which is honestly a great deal for how expensive golfing can be as a hobby or sport.

If you are staying in Whitefish for an entire season, it might be the best bet to get a senior membership for just $421 for the entire season. If you play golf more than a few times, this is well worth the money! And we think that golfing in Whitefish is one of the best places to do it, featuring the manicured gardens, lake view, and convenient location right on the edge of the lake.

After you have spent a few afternoons at the Whitefish Lake Golf Club, there might be other spots you want to check out. The Iron Horse Golf Club is a fun spot to visit to avoid crowds of people, whereas the Meadow Lake Golf Resort in Columbia Falls, Northern Pines Golf Club in Kalispell, and Village Greens Golf Course in Kalispell are good for a day trip out of Whitefish.

After spending a few hours at the Whitefish Lake Golf Club, it might be time to pack in the clubs, have a drink, and chat with your mates about her game. Luckily, the club offers a restaurant right on the water that offers a lounge area and dining room for a post-game treat. Order the tuna tartare with fresh ginger, smoked trout, and Thai mussels as appetizers in the casual lounge area.

Events

Not only are there fun activities for you to do with your friends here any time of the year, but there are spring-only events that we think are must-attend if you are coming here during the warm spring months.

Spring Brewfest

We know that you might like beer—that is why you took a brewery tour and tasted the best craft beer in the entire state. Head to the Spring Brew Fest on Saturday, March 30th, from 1 to 5 pm at Whitefish Mountain Resort to taste some of the best beer in the entire state, enjoy food from the local two food trucks, and hang out with your mates. You can celebrate over 20 breweries in Whitefish and the surrounding areas, pair a craft beer pours perfectly with tasty food, and enjoy the pristine weather. Get here any time after 1 pm and pay just $30 to get deals on drinks and tasty meals.

Live Music at the Boat Club Bar

Another fun event to check out during your spring vacay in Whitefish is going to the Boat Club Bar to listen to live music every single week. They get a great plethora of local and nation-renowned artists who can get people singing in the restaurant, up and out of their seats, and staying for hours and hours listening to the upbeat tunes.

Corn Cup Slopestyle

Are you a ski or snowboard fan? If so, make sure you grab tickets to the Corn Cup Slopestyle by Toyota at the Season Terrain Park event, which will provide you with an up-close and personal view of the best athletes in the area.

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There is so much for you to do here in Whitefish, MT, isn’t there? You can see why people flock here from all over the world to explore the great outdoors, have fun with their friends, go shopping, sip on tasty beer, and enjoy the pristine spring weather. But the real question is, where do you stay during your trip here?

We think that working with us at I Love Whitefish is the easiest, and fastest, way for you to find the ideal accommodation option for your entire group. No matter if you want a large house with a private pool, or you are more in the mood for an intimate home with one bedroom to share with your partner, we have it all.

Contact us today to get started. We do all of the hard work for you, so you can just sit back, relax, and get ready for your vacation. We are there with you every step of the way, providing you with up-to-date information, correspondence, and email notifications to keep you abreast with the status of your reservation.

Planning a visit to Whitefish, but not sure of all your options for exciting Whitefish, Montana activities? Check out this insider’s guide to Whitefish, Montana for ideas to add to your vacation itinerary!

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Enjoy skiing in Whitefish, Montana

Insider Tips for Skiing

Before you hit the slopes, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to finding the best ski slopes, bringing the correct gear, and figuring out what to do after you whizz down a few black diamond runs to start your day.

First, we know it can be hard after a long travel day, but the best way to explore the ski slopes and the mountain is to get up early and make sure you get as much powder skiing as possible. As the day goes on, the runs turn to ice and slush, which can make it hard to get the right ‘bite’ into the snow.

Next, we recommend going to every single run in the park if your skill level allows it. Even if you are just a beginner or moderate skier, make sure you go down every suitable option to see which ones are your favorites, explore different viewpoints of the mountain, and test your skills in real-time. You will find a huge variety of slopes that we love for keeping it interesting all day long!

Plus, stay prepared with a trail map, either on your phone or a paper version in your skiing or snowboarding backpack. A trail map is a great way to stay safe in case of any emergencies that may arise, even if the weather looks sunny and prime early in the morning. You never know when a storm can come in!

Another great insider tip to remember before going to the Whitefish Mountain Resort or off-piste ski trails is to ensure you check your gear ahead of time. Ensure your gear is safe, and you have the right options for your day out on the mountain, including ski goggles, secured boots, safe bindings, remote finder beacon, and warm jackets.

Lastly, the final insider tip for skiing is to ask locals the best places to go! Websites and online tourist websites might tell you that going to XYZ is the best option, but locals know the town’s ins and outs. They know where it is busy, where you can find solitude, and the best runs for making the most out of your stay here.

We recommend checking out The Southern Section of Whitefish Mountain to access some of the lesser-known trails and hidden gems that people often flock to after being in Whitefish For more than a week or two. This section features more than half of the prime skiing on the mountain and offers views more than 2,000 feet above the ground.

Take a Day Trip to Whitefish Lake

One of the lesser-visited spots that people often forget about when coming to Whitefish is the aptly named Whitefish Lake. People think that just because it is so close, they will eventually get around to visiting it, going out on a boat, or watching the sunset—but oftentimes, they get too busy and just forget! We recommend booking a boat charter or a kayaking trip on the water to break a sweat, burn a few calories, and get great viewpoints of the nearby forests, hills, and picnic spots for an al fresco lunch with your friends.

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Flathead National Forest

Next, you can’t come to Whiteish without a trip to the Flathead National Forest. The forest is often overlooked due to the nearby Glacier National Park, offering thousands of miles of trails and acres that feature incredible wildlife, waterfalls, and alpine meadows. But Flathead is beautiful in its own right, offering a little more solitary than you may find on a busy weekend in Glacier National Park.

Flathead National Forest offers incredible paths that we love for all-day hiking, trail running, easy walks with our family, or bikes through the lush green meadows and past the bright blue lakes. Head out on Danny on National Recreation Trail if you are interested in a multi-hour excursion that winds you through lush green meadows and pine forests.

Or we love going to Stanton Lake to enjoy gazing out over the snow-capped mountains in the distance and dipping our toes in the bright, crystal-blue water. Stanton Lake Trail is only 6 kilometers, so this is suitable for beginner and moderate hikers alike.

For those who want something a little bit easier for younger kids or older adults who are not comfortable on the uneven trails, we love going to Holland Lake and Falls. This easy path is only 5.3 kilometers and offers around 90 minutes of easy meandering through the forests, rolling hills, and bright open spaces.

Finally, for avid hikers who want to test their limits and see if their fitness is top-notch, we love climbing Mount Aeneas and Pinc Lake. Test your leg muscles on this 10-kilometer loop that winds you through the Flathead National Forest and Picnic Lake.

Have Dinner at Cafe Kandahar

One of the best spots in Whitefish that locals really say is a hidden gem is the incredible, high-end, and luxurious restaurant, Cafe Kandahar. This breathtaking restaurant offers mouthwatering food, tiny bites, and appetizers that are sure to have you coming back for more every single day.

Instead of just going out to eat to get takeaway food or sit at home and make your own meal, the Kandahar Restaurant in the Lodge is a beautiful space that offers the ideal spot for date night, a special occasion, or foodies who are interested in having some of the best combinations in the entire world.

First, you need to start with a drink! We recommend trying one of their cocktail creations, like the huckleberry margarita, filled with fresh berries and a tang of tequila, which will have you feeling good before the main course arrives. Next, we recommend ordering appetizers and starters to split with the table so that you can begin tasting the amazing concoctions that attract people from the entire state.

We recommend ordering the scallops that are cooked to perfection, offering a buttery and silky-smooth bite that will have you looking at seafood totally differently once you leave. Then, try the vegetable soup with lamb bacon crumbs on top, offering just the right amount of salty goodness and crunch. As a main dish, the grilled and healthy cod with onions on top and greens is perfect.

Making a cafe latte

Grab a Coffee at Folklore Coffee

Many people come to Whitefish and head to the Wild Coffee Company or Montana Coffee Traders to go to one of these chain stores to get a latte in the morning or a sweet treat in the afternoon. However, Folklore Coffee is the best coffee in the town and offers a more laid-back, casual, and homey vibe to getting coffee with your friends at a local cafe.

Folklore is located right in the heart of the town center, offering the perfect spot to head to with your mates after a long hike or after shopping all afternoon. We recommend ordering one of their tasty caffeinated drinks, like the perfectly roasted winter blues drink with blue tea, butterfly pea flower, lemon grass, black tea, mango, and peppermint. Yum!

Pair one of their sweet traits with an iced drink or hot coffee to start the day on the right foot, like the ricotta toast with butter and jam, sourdough cinnamon roll, pop tart, donut, pumpkin bread, meatball, gluten-free cinnamon roll, hashbrown waffle, breakfast burrito, or breakfast toast.

Head Out on the Trails with Your Mountain Bike

Many people come to Whitefish only to explore the lake, go walking on the easy paths, and explore the town center. However, the mountain biking in Whitefish and the surrounding Glacier National Park is unbeatable. There are miles and miles of trails that whizz through pine forest and open meadows that are perfect for adrenaline lovers who want to test their limits.

Don’t just bike around the town center and cruise on the flat paths—we recommend going to Glacier National Park to go on the dirt trails, rocky paths, and cruise at high speeds through the lush greenery and see the jagged peaks in the distance.

If you are in the mood for a big day out on the road, you can tackle the entire Going to the Sun Road, offering more than 30 miles of ups and downs and a whopping 3,200’ of elevation gain! Your quads will surely feel this big day out in the park — we recommend going in the spring season when the road is closed to car traffic so you can have the path to yourself with other bikers.

Or, just bike on the maintained paths in the park, like the Park Headquarters to Apgar Village on the paved trail, Fish Creek Bike Path through the campgrounds, or the old Flathead Ranger Station Trail, an unpaved and exciting path that offers something more upbeat than just cycling on a paved path on a maintained road.

If you are an avid road biker, we also love the Gateway to Glacier Trail. This 11-mile one-way course offers a great chance for distance mountain bikers to get more used to hills and going the distance in one attempt. You can do the out and back from Hungry Horse to West glacier to soak in the scenery from two viewpoints and challenge yourself!

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As you can see, there is so much for you to do in Whitefish, MT. Going off of the beaten path is a great way to see a different side of the bustling town and the breathtaking scenery that encapsulates this incredible part of the country. When you stay with us at I Love Whitefish, we can help you go and see all of the things you want to admire, like mountains, lakes, rivers, and everything in between.

I Love Whitefish offers lake view rentals for those who want to see the sun rise over the bright blue water. You can also choose mountain view rentals if you are an avid hiker or mountain biker who wants to see the trail conditions as soon as you wake up. We also offer weekly rentals for those who want to stay in Whitefish even longer!

So, why should you choose us vs. other options in the area? Not only do we have pristine properties located in the best spots, but we are 100% committed to making sure you have the best time possible. We have amazing service from all of our customer service agents, offering anything you need during your stay. Whether you have a question, concern, or need for advice, we are here to help you.

Plus, our properties have luxurious amenities and cool features that you won’t find in a typical Airbnb home, VRBO property, or drab hotel room. We have heated pools that are free for your use throughout your stay, offering respite from the cold weather in the wintertime. You can also hop into a hot tub to ease your aching muscles after a long, multi-hour hike.

Finally, our houses are in the best locations. Our properties are in the most desirable spots in the entire state, providing breathtaking views, easy access to town, and just a few minutes’ walk or drive from the best hiking trails, Glacier National Park, Big Mountain, downtown shopping, and Whitefish Lake beaches.

The possibilities of fun things to do are endless when you stay with us. So, just ask one of our agents about the beaten-path activities, hidden gems, secret spots, and local recommendations before planning your whitefish gateway. We promise you are never going to want to leave!

Are you the type of traveler who loves to pick out unique souvenirs? If you love to shop, whether to help solidify memories of a great trip or just to connect with the local culture of your destination, Whitefish is a great place to be! Read on to see our favorite spots for shopping in Whitefish, Montana!

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The Montana Scene

The Montana Scene is one of the top spots for purchasing outdoor accessories, gear, and clothing for your next big adventure. This outdoor and adventure store offers clothing for ladies, unisex, kids, hats and accessories, drinkware, and gifts that are ideal for purchasing for friends back at home.

Head here any time during your vacation to pick up some hiking clothes and outdoor gear. The Montana Scene is located right on Central Avenue, offering the perfect spot to stop off after lunch or breakfast in the morning. This charming local store is open every week after 10 am, so you can easily purchase some last-minute clothes or jackets here.

Not only does this cute and locally owned store offer outdoor gear, like jackets and hats, but you can purchase comfortable clothing that is great for lounging around in your house, like flannels, sweatshirts, hoodies, sweaters, and soft t-shirts.

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Crystal Winters

Want to purchase something to bring back home to your partner, friend, or co-worker? If so, Crystal Winters is the go-to gift shop to purchase anything unique, especially ‘Montana-coated’. Head here to check out locally sourced products, arts and crafts, unique gifts, huckleberry products, greeting cards, clothes, and much more.

Browse their website or chat to the owner in person to see the local artist showcase and see who is currently on display in the shop. You can learn more information about the local artists to see their trade and how they came to be, featuring henna artists, painters, photographers, and other unique people from the Whitefish area.

Big Mountain Botanicals

Dispensaries have become a common part of life in the United States. There is no stigma anymore around cannabis. In fact, cannabis has been proven to help with mental and physical health issues, such as promoting relaxation and helping with muscle tension. Montana offers dispensaries for safe and legal cannabis purchases.

We love Big Mountain Botanicals if you are in the market to purchasing medical marijuana in the Flathead Valley. Big Mountain Botanicals is a locally owned shop from a Montana native who is interested in outdoor recreation, sports, and cannabis. The team at this educated store has more than five decades of experience in finding the best products for customers.

Head here anytime during your stay to chat with the knowledgeable staff to see what products are best for your unique needs.

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Cawdrey Gallery

Even if you’re not a fine art connoisseur, you will love visiting the Cadre Gallery to check out the prints and gifts, fine art, original art, and live events. You can check the bulletin and chat with the workers to see the live events during your stay in Whitefish, like art shows, exhibitions, and auctions.

Chill Clothing Company

Are you looking for coy clothing with unique decorations, cool prints, and soft material? Look no further. Chill Clothing Company churns out ‘chill art’, cool graphics, and great vibes in their clothing, accessories, and original artwork. We love the printed t-shirts, hoodies, hats, beanies, and hoodies that keep us warm during winter.

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Forloh

If you are an avid outdoorsman interested in hiking, bushwacking, hunting, fishing, and exploring the great outdoors in the Flathead Valley, then going to Forloh should be the number one stop on your list. You need high-end clothes with tech materials if you are going to be spending the majority of your time outside in the elements.

Forloh offers 100% USA-made hunting clothes, outdoor gear, fishing products, hiking clothes and shoes, and outdoor gear for any type of activity. We love the camo clothes that are great for hunting and exploring in warm and cold weather. You can browse the online shop or in-person store based on the type of conditions you will be in and the terrain.

Some of the best sellers include soft-shell jackets, down jackets, rain jackets, and camouflage materials. No matter what you choose, you can rest assured that every product is 100% American made to ensure top-notch quality.

Haskill Creek

You want to stay healthy and feeling good during your vacation. Although you might slack on your fitness regime or have too many beers on a night out in the bustling town center, you can get right back on track by visiting Haskill Creek for anything you need to make you feel better.

This health food store is much more than just your typical Whole Foods or health food shop. Haskill Creek offers organic skin care, natural wellness products, supplements, natural products, CBD products, and much more. Haskill Creek also hosts outdoor events for the public and the community to get to know one another, so make sure you check out their webpage.

Lakestream Outfitters

Lakestream OUtfitters and Fly Shop is arguably the number one place in the entire state to go to if you are in need of quality fishing gear, fly fishing apparel, or outdoor gear for getting wet in the rivers, lakes, and streams in the Flathead Valley. Lakestream Outfitters is the premier stop for fly fishing, anglers, and adventure sports so you can stay dry and have fun.

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Notice Custom Boards

Notice Custom Boards is a locally owned snowboard shop that can help design and fit the ideal board for your unique riding style, body type, and preferences. All boards are made in Montana, so you can rest assured that the quality stays top of the line and you are getting a handcrafted product with materials made in the USA.

Snow Ghost Outfitters

For those who come to Whitefish to explore the great outdoors, go hiking, climb the highest peaks, shred black diamond runs, or go fishing in the flowing river every day, purchasing some high-end outdoor gear might be necessary to stay safe and comfortable on your adventures. We recommend going to Snow Ghost Outfitters to get multi-season gear that is going to last multiple years.

Snow Ghost is open every day of the week from 9:30 am, meaning you can head here before or after your all-day adventure to buy some outdoor gear, like pants, jackets, base layers, hats, backpacks, and other tech gear.

Tamarack Cannabis

Last but not least, we have Tamarack cannabis. This high-end dispensary has been voted one of the best in the state for multiple years in a row, showcasing how the knowledgeable staff, safe products, and variety of cannabis paraphernalia and strains make it a desirable destination for tourists and locals alike.

Founded in 2009, this highly rated dispensary serves residents and tourists who live in the Flathead Valley, including Whitefish, Kalispell, and other localities. Browse the organic cannabis products that are locally grown, ensuring quality and safety. You can also sit and chat with the knowledgeable team, find the ideal strain, and chill at the high-top bar.

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As you can see, numerous locally owned stores, outdoor shops, and unique stores you won’t find in other towns or cities in the United States. Whitefish offers the perfect blend of outdoor stores, department stores, and locally owned spots that can give you everything you may need, and more, during your vacation. Plus, when you stay with us at I Love Whitefish, you are only steps away from the town’s best shopping stores and centers. We offer apartments, Whitefish vacation homes, condo rentals in Whitefish, and a variety of vacation rentals in Whitefish with easy proximity to stores in the heart of the town center.

When you begin planning for your Whitefish vacation, chances are that most of your plans involve outdoor adventures that include swimming, fishing, and hiking, but have you given thought to what you will do on rainy days? In real life, we often look at a rainy day as a roadblock keeping us from doing the things we want to do most, but during your fabulous Whitefish getaway, a rainy day is nothing more than Mother Nature’s gentle reminder that it is time to slow down your pace, review your options, and explore all the things you can do inside instead! This guide to rainy day activities in Whitefish will ensure that every minute of your day will be filled with fun, and because boredom is not allowed when you choose I Love Whitefish for your vacation accommodations, you can rest assured you will fly away from this adventure wishing it never had to end!

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Lost in the Past With These Activities in Whitefish

As the rain falls relentlessly, soaking the grounds and doing its best to keep our landscape green and healthy, you will remain dry and warm as you explore the charms found inside the Conrad Mansion Museum, located at 330 Woodland Avenue in nearby Kalispell. Built in 1895, the mansion was once home to the Conrad family, a wealthy family headed by Charles Conrad who earned his fortune as a freighter and trader and with his wife Lettie by his side, built their dream home in Montana’s mountains. Today, guests can tour the mansion, either guided by docents dressed in period garb or with a self-guided tour that can last as little or as long as you need it to be. The rooms are all preserved to look as they must have during the Conrad’s times, and even if you do not take the docent tour, you will still be able to check out the fashions of those days as many of the rooms contain mannequins also dressed in period guide! Oh, and if all this fabulous pioneer display of wealth is not enough to garner your interest, maybe learning that Teddy Roosevelt once slept inside the bricked walls of the mansion may be all you need to start planning your visit!

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While Mother Nature “Weeps”

Rainy days may depress you, but when you look around at the lush landscape of Whitefish, we are sure you understand their necessity! Stay dry inside the Sunti World Art Gallery where art from all the over world will surely distract you from the gray and gloom outside! Located at 345 Spokane Avenue, the wood floors and wood paneled walls set this establishment apart from the others and its stock of Native American themed masterpieces will surely catch your interest! Also offering art from a variety of genres including still life, portrait, equine, and contemporary paintings that will add to the beauty of the walls in your house, whiling away a few rainy hours inside this art gallery promises to be one of your favorite parts of your Whitefish adventures!

The Sweeter Side of a Rainy Day

Nothing sweetens your disposition better than the sugary taste of baked goods, ice cream, or a piece of creamy chocolate and your choices in Whitefish are plentiful! Savor the frosty delights offered at Sweet Peaks Ice Cream, located at 419 E 3rd Street, sampling specialty flavors that include Under the Big Sky (appropriate, huh?) created with vanilla clouds and blueberry sky or keep it simple and classic with your old favorite Chocolate Love, also known as simply chocolate. Speaking of everyone’s favorite sweet, the Copperleaf Chocolat Company, 239 Central Avenue will bring joy to your taste buds with its selection of house made chocolates! Mix and match your favorite pieces to take home to enjoy in the comfort of your I Love Whitefish vacation sanctuary, but don’t be alarmed if you run out before you get home; Copperleaf is open every day except Sunday, so you can always go back for more! And when your sweet tooth demands a pastry to sate its craving, Fleur Bake Shop, 103 Central Avenue, has the sugary treats you will dream about long after you have returned to your real life! From buns to croissants and cakes, brownies, cookies, and sweet rolls each bite of each treat will be better than the last!

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Savor the Moments

When the skies are gray and gloomy and the clouds are overflowing, staying in and exploring the amenities found in your I Love Whitefish rainy day escape may offer the moments you treasure most of all. Build a fire in the fire place and let the merry crackling of the flames cheer you up as you read, watch television, or simply stare out onto the rain soaked landscape. The moments spent will be the memories you never forget—reserve your stay today!

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