Getting to Whitefish wasn't too hard even though it is roughly 2,000 miles from Austin! Sam and I like to use Southwest points whenever possible so we actually flew into Spokane, WA (pronounced SPO-CAN, we thought it was SPO-CANE), got an Enterprise rental car for $11/day and then drove 250ish miles (5hours) to Whitefish - which wasn't bad at all! The drive was actually gorgeous (shared pictures from it yesterday) and went by so fast! If you fly with American, Delta, Alaska or Allegiant it's even easier to get to Whitefish because Glacier Park International Airport is only 11 miles away in Kalispell. OR if you are feeling more adventurous you could fly into Seattle, Portland, Chicago or Minneapolis, spend a day or two exploring and then take the Amtrak straight into Whitefish! You've got options. Sam and I think it would be really fun to experience the Amtrak sometime - there are so many different trips you could do on it!
There are a lot of different lodging options but I wanted to stay downtown since we had never been to Whitefish before. The Firebrand Hotel was ideal for this trip because it was a two minute walk away from all of the shops, restaurants and bars on and around 2nd street and because it was such a quick trip we wanted to be in the middle of it all and see as much as possible! The Firebrand Hotel worked out wonderfully.
The hotel was decorated SO well. Very western rustic chic and honestly the lounge/bar/restaurant was my favorite part! There were big tables surrounded by cozy couches to lounge on next to a nice big mantel with a warm fire where you could sip cocktails and play games of checkers. They also had dining and a tapas style small plate menu that all sounded delicious and it must be because the lounge was busy every night we were there. Sam and I shared the queso fundido one night and that was really good, but my favorite was probably their breakfast. We ordered their Luizanne Kolache every single morning before snowboarding and before we left for the airport! If you go, you have to try it. I've never had a kolache that big or that delicious before (the texture & taste were on point)...I kind of want to email them and ask for the recipe. It's so good, trust me!
Sam and I are used to staying in Airbnb's so the Hotel was a nice change of pace. We stayed in a Deluxe King and the bed was super plush and comfortable and it was really nice having the room cleaned and made up by the time we were back from snowboarding - I'm not used to that! The room had a really cute dry bar full of awesome snacks and goodies you might need: 5 hour energy, jar of snickers, kind bars, power cords, etc. It had a 50" TV and the best part was the huge bathroom and the view of the mountain outside of our room!
When we first arrived I immediately threw on the robe that was in the room, jumped on the bed and really tried to soak it all up because I was just so excited that Sam and I were there. Everything was gorgeous and it was such an exciting step for me with this blog! <3
On Saturday after a full day of Snowboarding I FINALLY got Sam to get a massage with me!!! We had an Après Ski Couple's Deep Tissue Massage in their boutique spa downstairs. I loved that Après Ski phrase. Everyone used it everywhere! Après ski drinks, Après Ski massage, Après Ski appetizers. Basically Après Ski (after ski) = a good time. It just seemed like such a fun and fancy way to put it! The massage was absolutely perfect after a day of snowboarding. And deep tissue massages are my favorite because they work your muscles out of their knots and the next day you feel great!
The spa offers all sorts of services: massages, facials, mani-pedi's, waxing, etc! For more info you can email them at SPA@SPAATWHITEFISHLAKE.COM
We ate at Mama Blancas for lunch the first day we got in and it was REALLY good Mexican food and their margaritas were made with freshly squeezed lime juice - they were so good I had two. I'll be sharing the other places we ate in separate posts but I also received a ton of food & drink recommendations while we were there! Wish we'd had enough time to check them all out - but I'll share them with you so you can check them out on your visit to Whitefish!
- Pescado Blanco | Gourmet Mountain Mexican
- Great Northern Brewing Company | Local Craft Beer
- Wasabi Sushi Bar | Really good Sushi
- Cafe Kandahar | Upscale Dining Experience
- Loula's | Recommended most for Breakfast
- Bonsai Brewing Project | Public House & Beer Garden
- Buffalo Cafe| Really good food & Budget Friendly