Ken Wensel | Photography | Whitefish, Montana

Whitefish Montana

Founded at the turn of the 20th Century when the Great Northern Railway chose to put its northwestern Montana headquarters here, modern-day Whitefish is an island of commerce and culture, surrounded by an ocean of mountain recreation. Nestled at the northernmost tip of the majestic Flathead Valley, Whitefish offers residents a peaceful – yet active – lifestyle that is the envy of communities near and far.

The development of Whitefish as a recreation town is as unique as the beauty it’s famous for. Unlike many mountain destinations, Whitefish was not developed by outside investors, but by the residents themselves. Over 50 years ago, the Whitefish population bonded together with a common vision of creating a unique and memorable recreation location. Pooling their money and making decisions together, town of Whitefish and its businesses are a reflection of that dream, initiative and hard work. This festival is no different, following in the same path of community-driven commerce and camaraderie, organizations such as this do well in such a wholesome community.

Whitefish offers such a diverse array of activities to choose from, deciding which gallery to visit after a freshly brewed cup of local coffee, to rock climbing in the national park. After playing so hard, it’s nice to relax with locally-inspired cuisine, plus the finer side of an arts and culture scene as abundant as the wildflowers. Keep the energy flowing with live music and a hopping nightlife, because you’ll sleep well in one of more than 50 hotels, lodges, and bed and breakfasts on the mountain, the lake, or in town.

Glacier Park International Airport (airport code: FCA) is just 11-miles away, so once you land, you’re practically here. Or jump on Amtrak’s Empire Builder, with twice-daily arrivals to the historic Whitefish Train Depot.

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