Glacier versus Yellowstone

July 16th, 2010

So we often hear guests ask us, which park is better Glacier or Yellowstone?  An interesting topic this is, especially to those of us that live so close to Glacier National Park.  I guess I will start with telling you my opinion of what makes Glacier so spectacular and then let you decide.

Glacier Park is one of the last places in the continental United States to see a real glacier.  I know, that doesn’t sound that exciting, but what is exciting is the formations that glaciers leave behind.  Beautiful soaring peaks sculpted into sharp angles and steep rock faces.  Glaciers shave the rocks like nothing else can, leaving us with natural formations such as the weeping wall, a 300 foot wall that weeps water.

In addition, Glacier is the home to the huckleberry.  If you haven’t tried a huckleberry, it can be described as a cross between a blueberry and blackberry, somewhat sweeter and slightly more tart.  I have heard it said that a huckleberry has 20 times the antioxidants of a glass of apple juice.  What else loves the huckleberry?  Grizzly Bears.  The big brown bear sets Glacier apart, because you have a very strong chance of seeing a Grizzly in Glacier, just hopefully from your car.

So which park is better you ask?  I will leave that up to you to decide, and once you do, weigh in on your opinion at a website dedicated to deciding, once and for all, which park holds muster in the hearts of America. 

Cheers for now, see you on the trails in Glacier. 

Stacey Averill

Summer is Here!

June 25th, 2010

Summer has finally arrived to the beautiful Flathead Valley.  The flowers are blooming, boats are whizzing by on the lake, and kids are catching fish from the dock.  Summer in Northwest Montana has to be one of the most spectacular places on earth.  Those of us that live here spend 9 months of the year dreaming about the 3 months of summer.  With days ranging from the upper 70’s to low 80’s, bright sunny days and no humidity, some say this weather is perfect.  I have to agree.

The lake temperature is rising, but currently it registers just shy of 60 degrees.  It will warm rapidly to peak out around 78 degrees which is perfectly refreshing on a hot summer day.  Nights cool off to around 65, sometimes requiring a sweater, but perfect for an evening walk. 

We here at the Lodge appreciate this piece of heaven we call home and can’t wait to share it with all of you.  All the employees at the Lodge are avid hikers, bikers, rafters, fisherman, and boaters.  We are glad to provide recommendations of our favorite places where you can truly get off the beaten path, just ask.  We look forward to sharing our home with you this summer.  Cheers from the Averill family.

Rock Drop Contest

March 30th, 2010

So we do kind of an interesting fund raiser here at the Lodge.  We set a large rock out on the middle of the ice, put a light on it, and wait for it to plunge to its icy death.  Guests and Boat Club customers purchase a date on the calendar for $5 and if the rock drops on your day, you get half the pot.

It is a fun fundraiser for the Whitefish Lake Institute  The Whitefish Lake Institute manages the Viking Creek Preserve which is the sight of our Viking Lodge Expansion project.  This project was the brain child of Dan Averill and the members of the Whitefish Lake Institute, and is touted as the largest hospitality conservation project in the Northwest in 2009.  Essentially, the Averill family made a 32 acre donation to the city of Whitefish to protect a sensitive watershed called the Viking Creek Preserve.  In exchange, we were able to use 8 acres (non wetland) for an expansion of the existing Lodge.  The Averill’s also donated $100,000 to the building of walking trails, reforestation of natural plants, and informational plaques to be completed in the summer of 2010 on the Viking Creek Preserve. 

We are excited about the ability to expand the Lodge and protect the water quality of Whitefish Lake which is so important to our success.  Not to mention we get to stare out the window at a suspended rock and wonder when the ice will melt and it will complete the plunge.  By the way, it fell yesterday and there is open water showing.  Spring is on its way!