Check out the new & improved Boat Club menus!

November 13th, 2013

Since becoming the Executive Chef of the Boat Club Restaurant, Chef Jeff Hobart has been working tirelessly on revamping the Boat Club lounge and fine dining menus. While old favorites like the Boat Club Chips and Elk Meatballs won’t be going anywhere he’s brought new life and exciting flavors to both the lounge and fine dining menus. Try the tasty new House Smoked Salmon Artichoke Dip for delicious appetizer everyone will love. Sample the clams that have been updated with roasted shallot and garlic, cream, garlic crostinis. If you’re a vegetarian you’ll be pleasantly surprised with a tasty Vegetable Strudel—not your average vegetarian dish.

Delicious food means nothing without an amazing experience to pair with it. That is where Heather and Chappy come in! If you are looking for a causal dining experience Chappy is your man. With more knowledge of Whitefish and the surrounding than most Chappy’s always got a story to keep you entertained. If you are seeking a more refined experience make your way to the fine dining room where Heather will be sure you leave satisfied. With unprecedented views of Whitefish Lake and an outstanding wait staff the Boat Club dining room will be an experience you’ll remember.

Get to know the Boat Club management team! Read bios on Chef Jeff, Heather, and Chappy on our new ‘Meet the Team’ page in our Dining section! 

View the new Lounge Menu
View the new Fine Dining Menu

Check out some of our favorite menu items below:

House Smoked Salmon Artichoke Dip

House Smoked Salmon Artichoke Dip
Parmesan & Herbed Crustini

Elk Meatballs

Elk Meatballs
Flathead Valley BBQ & Puffed Wild Rice

Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon
Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon
Tasso Ham-Potato Hash, Baby Heirloom Carrot, Asparagus, & Lemon Beurre Blanc

Visit our Dining section of the website to get more information on the Boat Club Restaurant!

Warm up this Holiday season at the Lodge

October 23rd, 2013

Combine the family style vacations circa the 1950’s with the holiday spirit and you’ll find yourself at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake. While more people are plugging in and spending less time together here at the Lodge we’re doing just the opposite. Gather your family and friends and experience a White Christmas in Whitefish.

Family friendly activities abound at  the Lodge, especially during the holidays. Spend quality time with your children enjoying stories by the fire. Kick back and relax with popcorn and a classic on movie nights. Get your children’s pictures with an authentic Cowboy Santa; they can tell Santa what is at the top of their wish list and you’ll get to take home a photo to cherish for a lifetime. Enjoy the white glove service at High Tea with Santa. Stop by the lobby for a warm cookie in the afternoon, a special treat for everyone in the family.

The Lodge is also a perfect place for a couples winter escape. Centrally located you can enjoy the slopes of Whitefish Mountain Resort and excitement of downtown Whitefish. You’ll also enjoy many activities at the Lodge designed for the adult crowd. Before you even reach the door you’ll have an opportunity to stop by the Ice Bar and get a cocoa or something stronger. Every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday night you can enjoy live music in the Boat Club Lounge. Come on Saturday and you can enjoy the most popular man in town, John Dunnigan, performing popular acoustic covers. After a day on the slopes or a long day of relaxing stop by the Boat Club Lounge for Aprés Ski Specials daily served up by Chappy, everyone’s favorite bartender.

If you are looking for the perfect way to spend winter break with the entire family or an ultimate ski vacation the Lodge has what you’re looking for.

Visit our Holidays at the Lodge page for a complete list of event HERE.

Holiday Travel Itineraries

NBC’s Today Show: Top 5 Affordable Fall Travel Destinations

September 19th, 2013

NBC’s Today Show did an interview with Travel + Leisure Magazine about the top 5 fall travel destinations for fall foliage and the Lodge and Glacier National Park made the list! See the interview with Al Roker, Willie Geist, and Travel + Leisure Magazine’s Nilou Motamed here:


Fall Activity Guide

Experiencing Whitefish Lake: A Family Affair

June 21st, 2013



Whitefish Lake is the heart of our humble mountain community and has been an huge part of keeping the community a close knit one throughout the years. From the earliest melting of the snow in April until the first time it shows up again in the fall you will see the lake being used by family and friends, enjoying each others company and the natural beauty that surround them.

In the peak of the summer heat the City Beach is packed with young and old, relaxing on the soft sand, eating ice cream faster than it can melt, and swimming in the crisp waters of Whitefish Lake. Further off shore the pontoon boats crawl by, their patrons taking in the surroundings and a good time. The kayaks and paddleboards glide quietly across the glassy surface, getting the best view and an up close and in person lake experience. Most exciting of all, the remainder of the lake is utilized by all kinds of water sports and fishing, from proud fathers taking their kids out for their first attempt at wake boarding, seasoned veterans entertaining anyone that catches them mid-air, and best friends swapping stories over a couple beers and catching their limit.

Let me give you a quick picture of where Whitefish Lake got its start. Whitefish Lake was named in the mid 1850’s after the native fish found in the lake. Before the town was christened Whitefish in 1905 it was referred to as “Stumptown”, in reference to the many stumps left after clearing out an area to start the town. In the early days Whitefish Lake started as a way to supply logs to a mill on Whitefish River by summer and ice was cut, packed in sawdust, and stored to refrigerate produce by winter.

Once upon a time boat racing on Whitefish Lake was a regular event. Families would all come out on the weekend to enjoy the summer sun, relax from the long week of work, socialize with old friends and meet new ones. But the center of these family affairs was the boat races, while no one was a professional they all had a passion for boating and the lake. Every engine would be finely tuned and ready to race for the trophy and a weeks worth of bragging right. The passion for boating and enjoying the lake is one many people still have today, especially among the residents of Whitefish. Next time you’re in the Boat Club check out the old wooden boat in the Lounge and ask Chappy about the trophy behind the bar.

While there isn’t a boat race on Whitefish Lake every weekend in the summer, the town of Whitefish still does its part to host many events that help the community stay connected. You can’t talk to a Whitefish resident who hasn’t sipped beer or cocoa at Whitefish Winter Carnival or strolled through Huckleberry Days in August. Fortunately there is hope for the lakeside events of the past with the second annual Whitefish Woody Weekend happening next weekend! The Big Sky Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society is sponsoring the event hosted by the Lodge at Whitefish Lake.

The desire for socializing and the passion for boats and the lake still lives in the owners of these classic beauties. Some of the boats viewed are hand crafted by their owners starting with selecting and cutting down the trees that, over time, become the fine tuned machines you will see at the event. Whitefish Woody Weekend festivities start up Friday evening with a parade around beautiful Whitefish Lake, visible from anywhere on shore. Then Saturday from 10am to 6pm view over 25 classic wooden boats, including the Lodge’s own 31′ Lady of the Lake, enjoy live music, food, fun, and competition all on the shores of Whitefish Lake. Let us know which classic ‘woody’ was your favorite by voting in the viewers choice Best in Show which will be announced at the end of the day!

View Whitefish Woody Weekend event information here!

Check out a video from the First Annual Whitefish Woody Weekend here!


5 Favorite Montana Treasures

May 21st, 2013

Gearing up to visit Whitefish, Montana? Here at the Lodge guests are are always asking where to find uniquely Montana items while visiting. We thought we’d share our guests 5 favorite Montana treasures with everyone!

Huckleberry Products-While you will see huckleberry candies and lotion all over the state of Montana there is one location that has it all: The Huckleberry Patch on the way to Glacier National Park. If you’re looking for huckleberry pie to bring for your picnic in the park (or ship home), huckleberry chocolates, wine or delicious smelling bath products they’ve got it! Also a great place for non-huckleberry Montana souvenirs—a true one stop shop!
Local’s Tip: If you visit the North Fork area of Glacier National Park you will want to stop in to the Polebridge Mercantile and indulge in a huckleberry bear claw! They are ‘to die for’!

Cowboy Boots-Not just for wranglers anymore; cowboy boots are a staple in any wardrobe! Visit S.M. Bradford Co. in Whitefish or Machallie G’s in Kalispell for the best selection of Western wear and boots in town. If you ask anyone from Montana they’ll tell you to pick up a pair of Old Gringo Boots; not only do they look great but they will last a lifetime too!

Yogo Sapphires-Yogo sapphires are named such as they are only found in the Yogo Gulch part of the Little Belt Mountains in Montana. Typically a cornflower blue color, but also found in deep purple, these gems are a true Montana treasure. Whitefish’s McGough & Co. has yogo sapphire jewelry for a genuinely Montanan keepsake or gift. For a large selection of unset stones visit Kehoe’s Agate Shop in Bigfork.

Native American Moccasins– Everyone wants a pair of these hand beaded pieces of art! For the best selection visit the Powderhorn Trading Company in Kalispell, MT. It is packed with hand crafted items from moccasins, purses, jewelry, gifts and striking artwork made from natural sources.  You will even leave knowing what Native American Tribe your new treasure was made by!

Buffalo Jerky-This tasty and lean jerky option is a favorite among locals and becoming popular worldwide! For the best buffalo jerky in town swing into the Montana Jerky Co. on the way to Glacier National Park. All products made from Montana free range buffalo. Montana Jerky Co. also has a great selection of beef jerky if you’re not so adventurous!

Download the 2013 Whitefish Summer Activity Guide

Seasons in Whitefish

March 17th, 2013

As the very earliest signs of spring start to emerge it reminds me how beautifully diverse the four seasons are in Whitefish…

Hot (but not too hot) summers with bright blue skies, white fluffy clouds and crisp green landscapes. Every day greats you with a bright sunrise and says goodnight with a colorful sunset that lights up the sky. Your first view of the summer sky will explain why we are the Big Sky State.

A sunset view from Whitefish Lake—the same view shared by the Lodge.

In fall the hills are ablaze with golden lodge pole pines and bald eagles are abundant. Photographers come from a great distance just to capture the foliage. The air is crisp and cool and the skies are a deeper blue.

The trees have just started turning near a local ranch.

Whitefish is a true winter wonderland where there is always a fresh layer of snow blanketing the ground and lining every tree. The bright blue skies pop against the white terrain. Whitefish literally buzzes with the excitement of ski season and all the fun to be had.

A bright sunset viewed from Whitefish Mountain Resort.

And lastly, but not least, spring. The wildlife wakes up, trees fill back in with leaves and the flowers begin to bloom. The ground turns a rich green as far as you can see and just the right number for spring showers fall.

My favorite time of year, when the grass is green, skies are blue and snow-capped mountains fill the distance.

If you didn’t notice there is a theme to our seasons: big blue skies! We are blessed to enjoy them year round! No matter the reason, no matter the season, a memory is always waiting to be made in Whitefish.

Catch the Lodge on ABC’s The Bachelor!

January 30th, 2013

A little known fact is now a widely known fact—last fall ABC filmed an episode of their hit television show The Bachelor right here at the Lodge! It was an exciting time having the cast and crew with us—we can’t give away any secrets except to say you won’t want to miss the excitement!

Watch The Bachelor featuring the Lodge on Monday, February 4th at 7 pm MST! If you miss it, don’t worry—full episodes are available at


Dreaming of flying away on your own private helicopter? Well we don’t just save the good stuff for television—propose over a sunset dinner for two (we suggest the helicopter for transportation) or trot off into the woods with a picnic perfect for two. Everything you see and more can be created into a custom one of a kind experience!

In honor of The Bachelor we have created a special Bachelor Experience package! Indulge yourself with two nights lodging, two hour long Swedish massages, one day of room service breakfast for two, one picnic lunch for two, *$100 dining experience credit & a single rose upon arrival. The Bachelor Experience package will be available through 2013.

Click here for more information on the Bachelor Experience package! 


Holidays at the Lodge

December 9th, 2012

Our winter wonderland is well on its way! Every year around this time the town of Whitefish is buzzing with dreams of powdery days on the mountain. Volunteers put the classic Whitefish holiday decorations up throughout town. The dog sled guides are preparing their teams for all the trips to come. Whitefish Mountain Resort is gearing up for the 300,000 skiers and snowboarders who will grace its 3,000 acres over the season. And the Lodge at Whitefish Lake has planned a holiday season filled with activities for travelers and locals alike.

December will be a bustling month within the walls of the Lodge! We are bringing back our popular Afternoon Tea with Santa this year. Children of all ages can experience white glove service and get their photo taken with Santa to bring home that day. Over the week of Christmas there will be many activities taking place like storytelling by the fireplace, warm cookies and live music in the lobby, and new this year, an ICE BAR! After the Lodge shuttle brings you back to the Lodge you can warm up with a specialty cocktail for a perfect après ski the second you step off the shuttle. We will ring in the New Year with The Kayla Adams Band in the Boat Club and a special holiday menu created by Executive Chef Wes Coffel.

Here at the Lodge we specialize in creating memorable moments in people’s lives and we would be honored to help your family create a special experience to cherish for years to come. We are here to help plan activities, make dinner arrangements and even trim a tree for you. For ideas during your stay or more information please contact us at 406-863-4000 or

Whitefish Tops the Ski Charts Again!

November 1st, 2012

Ski Magazine readers have voted Whitefish the 11th for best destination! Enjoy this excerpt from The Daily Interlake:


Whitefish Mountain Resort has been named the No. 11 overall resort in the country in SKI magazine’s 2013 readers poll.

“This ranking is truly a reflection of our dedicated employees who consistently provide our customers with an experience that is personal and fun, as well as all the businesses throughout the community that deliver quality products and services to our visitors,” Whitefish Mountain Resort President Dan Graves said in a news release.

Of the top 30, Whitefish is the only resort with a lift ticket under $70. This year’s single-day lift ticket is $67, and drops to $61 per day for two or more days.

For more information visit Ski Magazine!

Click here to view the full Daily Interlake article!

Top 10 Fall Reasons to visit Whitefish

September 18th, 2012

1.) Nine championship golf courses….Open through October 31st. Enough said.

2.) Fall Foliage….The Whitefish mountainsides hit their most colorful time in fall as the larch and aspen turn a bright yellow to gold color and contrast sharply against the dark evergreens. This sweet spot in time is a favorite of photographers, professional and amateur alike.

3.) Oktoberfest….An annual two weekend event the Whitefish-Oktoberfest is not one to miss! With bratwurst, schnitzel, polka and lots of BEER you’ll be dancing your lederhosen off before you know it! September 27th-29th & October 4th-6th, visit for more information and event schedule.

4.) Canadian Thanksgiving…. Why would Whitefish be the place to come for a Canadian holiday? Because every holiday should be treated as a vacation! But in Whitefish you can still enjoy the holiday as the Lodge’s own Boat Club Restaurant serves up a turkey dinner! Back by popular demand you can have your turkey and eat it too Thursday, October 4th– Monday, October 8th.

5.) Glacier National Park/Going to the Sun Road…. Fall is the best time of year to visit Glacier National Park if you’re looking to avoid the crowds! Going to the Sun Road is closed from Avalanche Creek to Logan’s Pass to vehicle traffic-making it ideal for biking and walking in peace with some of the best views in the world. For more park information visit

6.) Halloween….Have you ever wanted to celebrate a holiday with an entire town? Halloween in downtown Whitefish is the one! The downtown area fills with children and teens at 4pm when all of the businesses starting to hand out treats. Evening fills with adults as there is a town-wide costume contest with judges located in each of the downtown bars! Prime time people watching!

7.) Black Friday Shopping….Where can you get quaint boutique shops close by big box stores? Whitefish, MT! The Lodge concierge has store locations and information available.

8.) Live Music & Theater….The arts come alive as the summer settles down. Both Whitefish Theater Company and the Alpine Theater Project located in Whitefish offer a variety of plays and musical performances ranging from Lombardi to The Little Mermaid Jr. Visit or for more information and show tickets.

9.) Fly Fishing….Fall fly fishing is a great activity for the Flathead Valley-the mornings and evenings are a bit cool but sun warms the water up by mid morning and the fish start biting! Guided trips are available throughout the Valley and our concierge can help set you up with a well experienced outfitter.

10.) Helicopter Tours….Fall is the best time of year to view the Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park from the sky! The beautiful green, gold and red will dazzle your eyes as your guide enlightens you on America’s last best place.

Happy Travels,