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City Love Challenge: Kalispell Montana

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This post is an entry into the February 2023 Challenge: "What's Love Got to Do With it?" The challenge is being sponsored by Brian England and Debe Maxwell, CRS , and their instructions are to write 500 words about what makes your city/town/area so special.

500 Words? How in the world could I possible summarize the best parts of Kalispell Montana in such a short blog...  Well, here I go, attempting to provide as much information as possible in just a few words.


Kalispell Montana is beautiful.  

It's so difficult to describe, but Kalispell Montana is surrounded by miles and miles of multiple mountain ranges. On a clear day, you could stand in one spot, and slowly swivel approximately 200º and still have mountains in front of you. But in addition to the mountain ranges, we've got the gorgeous Flathead Lake, which is the largest natural freshwater lake by surface area in the western US (not counting Alaska). And not only that, we have 269 lakes in our county and countless streams, rivers, and creeks. Our summers are replete with all that blue, plus gorgeous green grass, multi-colored wildflowers and trees of all kinds. And our winters stay green with the pine and fir trees. The area is simply lovely.


Kalispell Montana is an outdoor lovers dream.

I just indicated Kalispell is beautiful. To take it a step further, that beauty provides a nearly unending opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

If you love to hike, swim, canoe, downhill ski, cross country ski, snowboard, skijorn, bicycle, picnic, camp, tube, lake fish, fly fish, snowmobile, sail, motorboat, waterski, hunt, or enjoy any other possible outdoor activity, Kalispell Montana has it.

We even have events such as the Cabin Fever days when people can ride a bar stool down a hill without falling off. If it can be done outside, it's here!


Kalispell Montana is a wildlife lovers dream.

A walk on any nature trail (and while it's not IN Kalispell, Glacier National Park is only a 45 minute drive from the center of town) can often result in some sort of wildlife sighting. So what kind of animals might you see?

Black bears, Grizzly bears, deer, elk, moose, turkeys, grouse, eagles, hawks, rabbits, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, ermine, fox, coyotes, wolves, peahens and more. There are also animals that are around but you probably won't ever get to see them - that would be the mountain lions and lynx.

Oh and of course, don't forget all the pets!


Kalispell Montana is welcoming.

I've shared this before, but the people of Kalispell are amazing. When one of our sons came here for his first visit, he came back from a trip to the store and said, "Hey, mom, you know what I just found out?" and I said, "No, what did you just find out?" and he said "People here TALK TO YOU!" Apparently he was in a store, asking a guy how he was doing, and the guy told him... 

While I found that quite amusing, it is also so true. I have conversations in the store with people I don't yet know about all sorts of things. And if you want a recommendation, you're going to get the entire story! I started a cooking club here and we all just love each other's company. I work with wonderful people at Habitat for Humanity and Flathead Valley Exchange Club and my husband works with wonderful people at Flathead County Search & Rescue. And with a population of only 26K in Kalispell, it's totally possible to become a part of the community in a really short time frame.  The people here make the area just so much more enjoyable!



So there you have it, just 700 words (sorry couldn't do 500) of a few of the reasons Kalispell Montana is such a wonderful place to live. Oh, and it's also got the northwestern history thing going on. If you want to know more about what Kalispell used to be like, check out my new series about Kalispell ordinances, starting in the 1905. Or read this big long overview of the area. Or give me a call on 406-270-3667!

And thank you to Brian and Debe for another fun challenge! I can't wait to read yours!

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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kat, you DO live in a gorgeous area, being there first-hand.   Your outdoor sports are wonderful and Flathead Lake is beautiful!

Feb 01, 2023 04:08 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Joan Cox - you forgot to mention my driveway is not for people who don't like heights! :-)

Feb 01, 2023 06:21 PM
Joan Cox

Kat Palmiotti I wouldn't even THINK of traveling to your home this time of year!   Your driveway is very scary for those afraid of heights!

Feb 02, 2023 07:14 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Kat,
Your love of the Kalispell area has been evident from the moment you moved there. Montana is a beautiful state, and it deserves people like you who truly appreciate all it has to offer.

Feb 01, 2023 04:41 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Carol Williams - I really do love it here!

Feb 01, 2023 06:22 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Your first picture says it all. The other photos only add to the nature of this beautiful place. I can appreciate why you love it.

Feb 01, 2023 06:27 PM
Leanne Smith

My pleasure Kat Palmiotti 

Feb 01, 2023 06:31 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Leanne Smith !

Feb 01, 2023 06:28 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

For someone that wandered into Montana looking for a reprieve from the East, you read like a long time native and the love you feel for Kalispell is evident in your words and photos.

Feb 01, 2023 06:32 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Ed Silva !

Feb 01, 2023 07:35 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kat,

I am still kicking myself for not going to Montana when my uncle was the Bishop of Montana.  I think your area is so beautiful and you showcased it in the best way possible.  I can feel the love in your post.  Kalispell is very lucky to have you. 

Feb 01, 2023 06:58 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®- It is not too late for a visit to Montana; come visit! We'll make your Bishop of Montana Uncle proud.

Feb 01, 2023 07:36 PM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

I may left my heart in San Francisco Kat, but after reading your post I am now heading to Kalispell! Jeff

Feb 01, 2023 09:04 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Love it Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI !

Feb 02, 2023 04:23 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kat never heard of the place until you moved there now I feel like a local after all these years:)Endre

Feb 01, 2023 11:26 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Endre Barath, Jr. - I'm happy to be an ambassador of Kalispell!

Feb 02, 2023 04:23 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a beautiful place to call home!  The minimum was 500 words, you could have had 1500 words and not been dinged, haha.

Feb 02, 2023 04:36 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Haha, Brian England - I could do that also!

Feb 02, 2023 06:25 AM
Brian England

What about 1500 pictures?

Feb 02, 2023 05:35 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Brian England - I could have easily used 1500 words!

Feb 02, 2023 05:04 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kat... no doubt that you live in a beautiful part of the country! You know me... the ultimate "city girl" who owns no flannel... so I'm not one who'd be attracted to all those outdoor activities, but I know lots of people are. I'm stunned by the number of people who've already submitted an entry into this month's challenge. It's only day two of February. I'm hoping to pull something out before the month runs out!

Feb 02, 2023 05:51 AM
Kat Palmiotti

And by the way Nina Hollander, Broker - we also have shops, restaurants, spas, etc!

Feb 02, 2023 06:26 AM
Kat Palmiotti

I'm sure you will have a wonderful entry, Nina Hollander, Broker !

Feb 02, 2023 06:25 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Kat Palmiotti now why didn't you say that in the first place, Kat! I'm all about a good spa, a good restaurant and good retail therapy!

Feb 02, 2023 06:28 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Your inviting photos and your outstanding description Kat show why you chose Kalispell to be your home. Anyone who enjoys all that outdoor fun would also want to spend time there...also snuggling up by a fireplace indoors wouldn't be a bad thing either!

Feb 02, 2023 06:48 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - snuggling up to a fireplace indoors is a very nice benefit as well!

Feb 02, 2023 06:51 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

I LOVE all the beautiful pictures you share Kat! The scenery is spectacular and I can see why you LOVE Kalispell so much. The winter would be too long/too cold for me, but I would certainly LOVE to come for a visit. Thank you for sharing the wonders of Montana with all of us!

Feb 02, 2023 07:45 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Come for a visit Andrea Bedard ! And actually this winter started very early. The weather was beautiful, much warmer than normal in October and then Mother Nature said, haha, that's enough of that and on November 1st we had a big snowstorm and the snow is still on the ground. I'm ready for Spring this year! I can't wait.

Feb 02, 2023 07:52 AM
Andrea Bedard

I added it to my must-visit list Kat Palmiotti. My youngest daughter would love some snow (emphasis is on some lol) since we haven't gotten anything but a dusting thus far this winter! It has been pretty cold though.  

Feb 03, 2023 06:47 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Kat, for telling us about the area.

I had not yet seen the information on the February challenge.

Feb 02, 2023 09:36 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Roy Kelley! Have a wonderful month of February

Feb 02, 2023 10:58 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh my, Kat, what a wonderful post! I can definitely tell how very much you LOVE Kalispell! I mean, who would leave a thriving business and area that they know to start all over again unless the area was absolutely SPECTACULAR!!

I totally agree with Ed Silva's comment and would love to meet Andrea Bedard in Kalispell for a girls' weekend! Let's seriously plan it...

Thank you so much for your lovely post and I have to say, you had me with the feature photo!! We appreciate you participating in our monthly challenge so much, Kat. 

Feb 02, 2023 07:50 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you so much Debe Maxwell, CRS !  Oh, that weekend idea sounds great! July would probably be perfect.....

Feb 03, 2023 04:20 AM
Andrea Bedard

Ohhhhhh, a girls' weekend sounds just wonderful - and in Montana! I am definitely in need of one (July I'll most likely be in Germany). 

Feb 03, 2023 06:49 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Let's truly give it a whirl, putting something together, Andrea Bedard & Kat Palmiotti. You girls let me know what works for you and I'll work around it!

Feb 03, 2023 07:37 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Kat- I love how you have totally immersed yourself in Kalispell. It's easy to see when reading your blog. You were meant to be there!!!

Feb 02, 2023 07:52 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Kathy Streib - I really think I am meant to be here!

Feb 03, 2023 04:20 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Great job Kat Palmiotti ! You love where you live and pour your heart into the promotion that is genuine!

Feb 04, 2023 03:08 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 !!!

Feb 04, 2023 04:36 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Kat Palmiotti that is so funny about your son saying that people talk to you ... someone actually told him how he was doing.  We are lucky to get a canned OK in my area. 

You could write a book on Kalispell Montana ... now that's a challenge for you! 

Feb 04, 2023 03:12 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Hmmmm Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist 

Feb 04, 2023 06:13 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kat:

What a wonderful, and beautiful, post. Thank you for sharing all that you love about Kalispell - you are such a terrific ambassador for your community.


Feb 05, 2023 11:00 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you so much Jeff Dowler, CRS !

Feb 05, 2023 11:15 AM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Hi, Kat.

Years ago, cruising along the open road of Montana, we were awe-struck by its epic mountain ranges that seemed to stretch endlessly. This state's peacefulness and stunning beauty will stay with us forever - a lasting reminder of our adventure in Big Sky country! And a reminder always to remain grateful for nature's many splendors!

Feb 05, 2023 07:38 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Aura Alex - there really are a lot of beautiful places in our country!

Feb 06, 2023 04:38 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Talk about a inspirational post Kat Palmiotti. You paint a wonderful picture of that part of Montana and if I were a few years younger I would be on the road as I speak 🙂

Feb 07, 2023 01:52 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS ! You're still young enough to visit!

Feb 07, 2023 02:58 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

The Big Sky country is a beautiful place to call home. Our mountains back east are mole hills in comparison to yours.

Feb 14, 2023 02:35 PM
Kat Palmiotti

There are some beautiful mountains out east too Buzz Mackintosh - but there is something special about these!

Feb 15, 2023 04:50 AM