Archive for the ‘Boat Club’ Category

Check out the new & improved Boat Club menus!

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Experiencing Whitefish Lake: A Family Affair

Friday, 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!


Holidays at the Lodge

Sunday, 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

Keepin’ It Clean

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

We are blessed to live in the unspoiled beauty of Northwest Montana. The Lodge at Whitefish Lake is proud to announce as of July 2012 we have initiated an official RECYCLING program including wine bottle GLASS recycling from the Boat Club Restaurant, plastic and aluminum from the Tiki Bar and amenity bottles and soap from our guest rooms. Thanks to the following partners for assisting us in our endeavors, together we are making a difference! 

The new owners are making a BIG impact on the valley and we love working with them. NWR recycles all of our glass, plastic (#1 & #2), aluminum and paper. They will even pick up residential glass. Call Teri Schneider at 406-257-5899.

Their goal is mighty, but simple—save millions of lives lost each year in third world countries by distributing recycled soap. Each month, hotels and motels across the world discard tons of slightly-used soap and shampoo. These products often end up in already overflowing landfills and can potentially contaminate fragile groundwater systems. Through their “Hospitality Recycling Partners Program,” Clean the World collects and repurposes these products using environmentally-friendly and hygienically-safe recycling efforts and save lives one bar of soap at a time! 

This non-profit corporation is led by a volunteer board of directors and two volunteer committees who are committed to protecting Whitefish Lake and its resources through scientific research, education and outreach programs. The Averill family has donated 30 acres, known as the Viking Preserve, to the institute and gladly support the institute’s Whitefish Wine Auction held annually at The Lodge in July.

Blackwell Interests, Inc.
A special thanks to Marc Blackwell with Blackwell Interests, Inc. for building our commercial wooden recycle stations in our heavy-trafficked areas at the marina, tiki bar and main entrances.
The Crown of the Continent Workshops
Although we haven’t yet joined their program, attending The Crown of the Continent Geotourism Project & Yellowstone Business Partnership Sustainable Business Workshops has kick-started our efforts toward establishing recycling programs.

If you have questions regarding any of our programs of partners please call 406-863-4000!

Whitefish Wine Auction-July 26 & 27

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Join us in a toast to Whitefish Lake and the work for local water resources being conducted by the Whitefish Lake Institute and its many community volunteers.

The Whitefish Wine Auction proceeds go towards the Whitefish Lake Institute, a science and education based non-profit corporation led by a volunteer board, a science advisory committee and a citizens’ advisory committee. Founded in 2005, the Whitefish Lake Institute is committed to acquiring scientific research and engaging the local citizenry to protect and improve the Whitefish area lake resources of today, while providing a collective vision for tomorrow. 

To learn more about the Whitefish Lake Institute, go to

Proceeds from the Whitefish Wine Auction will assist the Whitefish Lake Institute in fulfilling its mission statement in the following ways:

  • Phase II Interpretive Nature Trail Construction in the Averill’s Viking Creek Wetland Preserve, which is owned and managed by the Whitefish Lake Institute
  • Scientific data collection on Whitefish Lake and its tributaries  
  • Educational programs for both school children and adults  
  • Community stewardship of Whitefish water resources

This is a great oportunity to enjoy fine wines, a silent auction and a gourmet meal with friends at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake all while helping an important local cause!

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are going quickly; currently 4 tables remain open, 50 Thursday tickets & 25 Friday tickets! For more information and to purchase tickets go to or call the Lodge concierge at 406-863-4022. We look forward to seeing you there!

Meet the Boat Club’s New Executive Chef!

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

New Executive Chef Wes Coffel

Bartending for Charity

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Spring comes slowly to Northwest Montana.  Sometimes after a long winter, even if it is an amazing ski season, we here at the Lodge are looking for a way to entertain ourselves as we await mother nature to bring spring to us.  One way we like to pass the time is to sponsor an event we call Bartending for Charity.  We invite six of our favorite local celebrities to compete for their favorite charity and bartend a Friday “shifter” in our busy Boat Club Lounge.

Inevitably this turns into a competition as the Boat Club agrees to match donations with our own $500 donation to the bartender that brings in the most money for their charity.  Therefore, our local celebrities like to use their celebrity status to bring in friends, colleagues and anyone they can coerce so that they can win the bragging rights of winning this epic achievement.  We have seen costumes, questionable glowing drinks in shot glasses, and emcees for this event.  Any and everything goes, and it’s for charity right?

So if you are looking for a good way to end your work week and support a local cause, join us for the next six weeks in the Boat Club Lounge on Friday night from 5-7 pm for Bartending for Charity.   The celebrity line up and their supporting charity is on the Lodge events page and the Boat Club Facebook page.  See you there!