THE GLAMPING SITE
This isn’t your ordinary “pup tent.” Glamping or “Glamorous Camping” has come of age here at this unique tent resort located in the beautiful Flathead Valley in Northwest Montana. You get the best of both worlds – being and feeling a part of nature while staying in an elegant setting at the same time.
This site is a small ranch with about 30 guests per week. Being a smaller ranch gives us the ability to (within our program) tailor the riding and activities to the guests that are there. The site sits at 3,200 ft elevation, and is just 3.5 miles from downtown Whitefish (named one of the "Top Ten Cool Towns" by Frommer's Budget Travel). The site is surrounded by 3,000 acres of Spencer Mountain State Forest, and has permits to ride on over a million acres of Flathead, Tally Lake , Kootenai National Forests as well as Stillwater State Forest.
Wake up, make a cup of coffee and sit on your deck watching the ranch come alive all around you. If you want to help with chores and catching the horses, you better hurry though - you have to be there pretty early. Head to breakfast and enjoy a hearty meal sure to keep you fully charged for your activity-filled day. There is so much to do - trail rides, rodeo games, cattle work, swimming, canoeing, archery, skeet shooting, horseback riding, fishing, wagon rides, square dancing, and all the activities on the ranch! Of course it’s your vacation so if you prefer to sit back, relax, read a book, and let Montana surround you that’s fine with us!
While there are plenty of other activities, horses are the center of attention and riding is the main activity. Safety is the number one priority. Every guest has their own horse for the week (of course you can switch if you like), and you'll begin with a detailed horse orientation. Hosts choose your horse based on your riding ability. They offer rides ranging from one hour to all day, as well as horsemanship lessons and learning to barrel race. Rides vary from scenic walking rides to exciting loping rides. All rides are lead by DRA certified wranglers.
After several days of riding you might want to take a break and stretch your legs on one of the guided hikes in some of the most scenic country you will find anywhere. Other activities include skeet shooting, archery, canoeing, and square dancing.
Spencer Lake is bordered by the ranch on three sides. This lake is about 60 acres and filled with perch and pike. Hosts have a row boat, canoe and fishing equipment available. In the area there is some of the best fly fishing in the world, and guided trips can be set up.
Glacier National Park has been called the “Crown Jewel of the Continent”. The glamping site is just a 40 minute drive from the west entrance to the park. Many guests will take a day for the Red Bus Tour, or even add a couple of days after staying here to really hike and explore.
THE GLAMPING UNITS
The lodge offers two luxurious canvas tents, decorated Bar W style – simple elegance blended with western informality. Each tent is decked out with a queen sized bed, full sized futon, private porch, kitchenette and chic Western décor. Both tents have a private bath located just a couple of feet away.
All meals are served family style by cooks. Steak, chicken and BBQ cookouts are fun and delicious, should not be missed, and will not be soon forgotten. The aroma of fresh coffee will greet you each morning as you come into the dining room. To start your day, a wonderful breakfast might start with bacon, eggs, homemade coffee cake and fresh fruit. Lunches are out on the trail and packed on your horse, so you won’t miss any of the fantastic riding.
Your glamping experience is nestled in our pasture with wild flowers, our string of horses and all sorts of wildlife right outside so give us a call and we guarantee you’ll never think of camping the same way again.
HOW TO GET THERE
The site is just 20 minutes from Glacier International Airport (Airport Code is FCA) which is in the town of Kalispell, Montana. Delta, Skywest, Horizon, Alaska, United, and Allegiant all have daily flights. There is also Amtrak service from Minneapolis, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon. Hosts are happy to provide transportation from either the airport or train station.
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