Escape to Wintry Bigfork, Montana

Escape to Wintry Bigfork, Montana
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Text by Cindy Cooper

Resting near the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, Bigfork, Montana, is a great base camp for heading toward Glacier National Park or spots nearby such as Crane Mountain. Weather permitting, of course, the Bigfork Community Nordic Center maintains trails for many sports in the area, and it’s no surprise that this is the busiest season, bustling with activities in the snow. This historic town is the perfect place to venture out for a snowshoeing hike or a snowmobiling trip with many breathtaking views and little secret spots to rejuvenate and refresh.

Woman and Child Sledding
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At the end of an adventurous day, try a local distillery that serves classic spirits made from the famous Montana cherries and locally sourced botanicals. Or, peruse a family-owned shop that makes delectable wild huckleberry preserves and other delicious goods sure to please. There are several popular spots to warm up after a day’s activities. Of course, anyone in town will help you with pointers for how to spend your time while visiting.

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Since glacial rivers feed plenty of water into nearby Flathead Lake, ice-skating and fishing are also popular activities. Or, if dining and shopping make your heart sing, the city hosts many great cafés, restaurants, and specialty gift and antiques shops. And when it’s time to relax, there are several lodges, cottages, and inns ready to welcome visitors, and many allow pets along for the stay!


What To Do In Bigfork, Montana


Electric Avenue Gifts

Eva Gates Homemade Preserves

Kehoe’s Agate Shop

Bjorge Gallery



Echo Lake Cafe

SakeTome Sushi

Whistling Andy Distillery



Bridge Street Cottages

Bigfork Inn

Flathead Lake Lodge


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