I "heart" Montana

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Real Estate Agent with Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY), kat@thehousekat.com, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly 10301213186

I recently had the pleasure of spending ten days of vacation in the beautiful state of Montana. This was my third trip to the area, and this trip solidified my love for the state. That's mostly because I love the outdoors and beauty that is found in nature, and this place is perfect for that. The trip focused on the Kalispell and Bigfork areas, in the northwest area of the state up near Glacier National Park and not too far from the Canadian border. Here are some of the wonderful aspects of the trip.

Hiking:

 

In the eight full days we spent in Montana, four of them included hikes which covered about 25 miles of terrain. There are so many hiking trails in the area, we probably traversed less than 1%. Our hikes included:

Jewel Basin, which is a popular hiking spot with many trails to choose from. We opted for a four mile walk up to the Twin Lakes. And when I say "up," that's what I mean! These were true mountain lakes, which were located on top of a mountain. We were the only people on this trail, so the feeling when we stood on top of this view, all alone against a backdrop of mountains was just about indescribable. Simply beautiful.

Also, you can see the white flowers in the front of the picture. These are called Bear Grass. We were very lucky to see them, as they only grow once every five to seven years. Apparently, bears will eat the roots of the plants, digging them up to do so. I kept my eyes out for any patches of ruined flowers. If I had seen any, I would have been ready to run!

We also hiked several other trails including the Strawberry Lake Trail, which was north of Jewel Basin. It was a six mile route that was relatively difficult with lots of switchbacks. It ended at Strawberry Lake, which provided a great spot for wading in the water and relaxing with a nice picnic lunch. We then attempted to continue the hike up the mountains to the south, but the path was not used much and too overgrown, so we returned to the Lake, and then back to the trailhead.

Water Sports

There is a lot to do in Montana if you aren't a fan of the woods and hiking. There are also water related activities. For example:

Kayaking: We enjoyed a leisurely paddle down the Swan River. The kayak company dropped us at the starting point with our kayaks, and picked us up when we finished. The ~seven mile ride included lots of scenery of gorgeous mountains, pretty river homes and a large eagle who let us paddle up to him and watch. I would definitely recommend this activity!

Swimming: One morning when my husband was fly fishing (see next item), I headed over to the Wayfarers State Park in Big Fork. I was able to spend the morning laying in the sun relaxing with my book. Aaaah.

Fly Fishing: My husband hired a guide named Josh who took him down Flathead River for a four hour fishing journey. This was really a training experience for him. It was just the two of them drifting down the River. My husband was able to catch five or six trout, and had a fabulous time. He'd highly recommend this journey.

Other Activities:

If you're not a water or woods enthusiast, there is still more to do!

There are outdoor concerts every Sunday in BigFork during the summer months. There was a small charge to get in. Once there, you could rest and relax under the Montana sky while enjoying music. I noticed quite a few people who brought in dinner and wine as well. The night we attended, we were able to watch a band called The Bad Larrys which played all sorts of fun acoustic music.

We also timed our trip correctly! From our cabin, we had a view of the Flathead Lake. This came in handy on the 4th of July as we watched fireworks from the back porch.

The Miracle of America Museum in Polson, Montana was a hoot. It looks like a big junkyard as you pull up, but is actually quite well organized with many different types of exhibits. Antique cars, motorcycles, and spark plugs joined unique instruments, a helicopter, boat, weapons, and a ton of other items on display both inside and out. This was well worth a half day trip.

We also visited Glacier National Park which is an amazing place. Driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road is an experience that can't be missed. There doesn't seem to be such a thing as a guard rail in the state (slight exaggeration, but not by much). Driving on a skinny two lane road for fifty miles on the side of huge mountains is something you just have to do in order to appreciate it.

Of course, this review doesn't even touch on the food in the area, which might have to be a separate post. We ate well, enjoyed the outdoors with wonderfully warm and dry weather, met some fabulous people, and fell more in love with the state of Montana than we had already been.

Aah, I "heart" Montana!

 

Originally published at thehousekat.com.

 

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Associate Broker, CBR®

Grand Lux Realty, Inc.

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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Kat, wow I have never been and am a bit envious that this is your third trip, great photos and this is pushing the list up for me, thanks to your photos, Endre

Aug 14, 2017 11:15 PM #8
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Kat Palmiotti
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Lou - They provide a great vacation spot for active people...

Endre - Thank you! I have a lot of photos I didn't include. I'd definitely stick to the mountainous part of the state.

Aug 15, 2017 02:57 AM #9
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Kat Palmiotti  Sounds like you had a wonderful time .

Aug 15, 2017 08:03 AM #10
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Both my grandparents were from Montana and I've always had a warm spot in my heart for the state. From the Rockies to the planes it's really fabulous Kat Palmiotti 

Aug 16, 2017 10:59 AM #11
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Kat Palmiotti
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Hannah - We sure did!

Paul - It sure is....

Aug 16, 2017 12:34 PM #12
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Kat... I'm not much of an outdoor girl, myself, and haven't been to Montana since maybe 1973, but I remember it as a beautiful state. And the best steak I ever ate anywhere was in Montana as well.

Aug 17, 2017 04:57 AM #13
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Gabe Sanders
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Good morning Kat.  I think a trip to Montana will be in my future fairly soon.

Aug 17, 2017 05:21 AM #14
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Kat Palmiotti
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Nina - Yes, they definitely know how to do meat!

Gabe - Good. I am such a fan!

Aug 17, 2017 09:52 AM #15
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Sondra Meyer:
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I see why you love Montana.  It sounds like you had an amazing vacation.   It certainly appears to be a beautiful state for those of us that love outdoor adventures.  Thanks for sharing the photos. 

Aug 18, 2017 05:56 AM #16
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Good Morning Kat - Montana is really a beautiful land.  In addition to being "the Big Sky County"  you can really enjoy everything to do outdoors.

Aug 18, 2017 10:14 AM #17
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Kat,  Montana is one state I have not traveled to. Reading this post I can feel why you have been 3 times. Might Montana be a retirement destination?

Aug 18, 2017 06:47 PM #18
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Kat Palmiotti
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Sondra - Yes, it's great for those who love the outdoors....

Grant - It's just so gorgeous!

Aug 19, 2017 03:10 AM #19
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Kat Palmiotti
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Kathleen Daniels - You are a smart lady! We actually came home, were here for a few weeks, and made plans to go back again to look at property. We are now back in NY, but under contract for 27 acres of retirement land.  More info to come soon!

Aug 19, 2017 03:11 AM #20
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I enjoyed looking at your photos as I have never been to Montana...Lovely!

Aug 19, 2017 05:29 AM #21
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Hi Kat Palmiotti - I  Montana too! I'll be leaving for Montana in a few weeks and can't wait to get back. This will be my third visit too! I could feel your excitement in every word you wrote! I just called you and left you a message.  

Your photos and story about your trip is very uplifting and enjoyable to read. Who knows, maybe someday, I'll meet up with you at Glacier National Park or one of those great Coffee Shops!

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Lynnea Miller
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My son is currently living (and loving) Montana. It is a wonderful state. Looks like you enjoy it as well, Kat.

Aug 23, 2017 03:58 PM #23
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Kat, I have heard what a beautiful state it is and you have confirmed it. I want to go one day and hope I fall in love like you did.

Aug 23, 2017 05:36 PM #24
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Kat Palmiotti
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Lynnea - I do indeed!

Debbie - It sure is. It's simply an amazing place.

Aug 24, 2017 03:52 AM #25
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Hi Kat -- the love definitely comes through quite clearly in your post and from the comments, I can see you are not alone.  I have not yet been to visit Montana -- it looks as if it's a place to put on my bucket list of states to see.  

Sep 10, 2017 05:52 PM #26
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Michael - You won't be sorry if you add it to your list!

Sep 11, 2017 03:05 AM #27
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