Archive for May, 2009

Laughing Horse Lodge Finding New Ways to Protect the Environment

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Over the past several years Laughing Horse Lodge has attempted to become more environmentally aware in its business practices. Each year, more organic produce, grains and dairy, as well as natural meats and line caught wild fish are placed on the menu. Cleaning products have gotten gentler: guests are choosing to keep their linens longer; and now, the one area that is always a challenge for inn owners – guest amenities – has gotten a renewal and upgrade.

Thanks to the efforts of GREENWICH BAY Soap Company, a family owned and operated business that has been manufacturing fine toiletries since 1962, the Horse has been able to remove plastic shampoo bottles from the rooms and reduce bar soap waste.

Greenwich Bay’s Shampoo & Body Bar uses only the finest natural ingredients and is sulfate and paraben free. Using essential oils and very little filler water, the recycled paper wrapped bars require less energy to produce and fulfill two services in one for overnight guests.  A small notice in the rooms lets guests know the benefits of the bar and how they are helping to reduce waste and potential chemicals in the water table.

We’ve still got some areas for improvement, says owner Kathleen, but we’ll keep searching for new ways to reduce, minimize and conserve while still giving our guests an exceptional Montana experience.

Gael Greene of Fork Play Stops By Laughing Horse Lodge

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

On a recent visit to Bigfork, the infamous New York Magazine food critic and author Gael Greene dined on vegetarian lasagna at Laughing Horse Lodge and gave mention of her evening in her e-newsletter Food Play. Greene, who’s latest book Insatiable has just been optioned for a film was in Montana visiting her niece Dana Stoddard of Montana Bliss. Greene also enjoyed one of the Horse’s famous 1/2# sirloin burgers served rare and presented with grilled Spanish red onions and roasted garlic under melted Gorgonzola.

July 5th Celebration of the American Cowboy with Music, Poetry and BBQ at Laughing Horse Lodge

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

It’s Independence Weekend, and what could be more iconic of independence than the American Cowboy? So brush off your Levis, polish up your boots and head to Laughing Horse Lodge for an evening of great cowboy music with Joe Zambrano and Blue Smoke, Cowboy Poetry, dancing, open mike competition for poets,and of course, a delicious Cowboy Grub BBQ. Adults $18, kids under twelve $12. Beer and wine available. Secured reservations required. Do you have a poet lurking somewhere inside? This is your opportunity…pick a poem 2 – 4 minutes in length…and get ready to wow the crowd. A $50 gift certificate the Horse goes to the winner as decided by crowd response. Let the Horse know if you plan to participate in the open mike as space and time is limited.

Event begins at 6pm in the Garden at the Horse, located at milemarker 71.5, Hwy. 83 in Swan Lake Montana. Don’t be late!

Complimentary Drinks for Bigfork Summer Playhouse Ticket Holders

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

Bring  your evening’s playhouse tickets to Laughing Horse Lodge Wednesday – Sunday this summer, and you’ll receive a complimentary glass of draft microbrew or wine. Locatedin the village of Swan Lake,  just 16 miles from Bigfork, the highly-reviewed Horse opens at 5pm so that you may enjoy a leisurely dinner and be back in the village in time for the first curtain.

To make reservations, call 406-886-2080.

The Best Dining in Bigfork is in Swan Lake!

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

Travelers and locals agree  that the short drive from Bigfork to the village of Swan Lake is well worth it…not only for the marvelous scenery along Swan Lake, but for what awaits you in the dining room at Laughing Horse Lodge.  The menu at the Horse features the freshest organic produce available, along with exceptionally tender, aged, all natural Angus beef, line caught wild fish, natural pork and chicken. Simply prepared and elegantly presented, the dishes offered by Chef Kathleen have been compared to the some of the finest restaurants in San Francisco and Chicago.  The intimate dining room, warmed by a wood stove in the corner and the laughter of happy diners, welcomes you with the aromas of freshly baked bread and pies.  If you want to escape the hurried crowds of Bigfork in high summer, jump in the car and drive the 16 miles to laid back Swan Lake. Enjoy a walk on the beach before sunset and then settle in to enjoy an evening of excellent food, good wine and the conversation of new friends. Reservations required. Call 406-886-2080. The dining room is open for dinner Wednesday – Sunday, 5pm to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday, 8am – 2pm for brunch.

Max Hay Performs Live Music South of Bigfork, Montana

Monday, May 11th, 2009

June 25, 7pm – Maxwell Hay Performs “With a weathered guitar and a voice like a finely-tuned muscle car, Max’s music is a spicy departure from the traditional acoustic act.  A savory mix of Irish, Blues, Folk, and sharp-witted original songs make for a gourmet entertainment experience fit for the gourmet dinner you’ll enjoy at the Horse.  Max’s delivery is a full body workout of stomping feet, articulate harmonica work, percussive guitar work, and even the occasional egg-shaker!” Live music is just a short drive from Bigfork Montana! To make your reservation, call Laughing Horse Lodge at 406-886-2080.

Spring Fishing in Montana is Fantastic!

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Shake off those winter blues, gas up the boat and head to Swan Lake for some of the best spring fishing we’ve seen in years! On Sunday, May 10th, a 47# pike and an 8# Bull Trout won the honors of Catch of The Day in the little lake located near Bigfork, Montana. Swan Lake is located in the NorthWest corner of Montana and offers up some of the finest lake fishing in the country. Fishing licenses are available at Swan Lake Trading Post and Laughing Horse Lodge is offering a great fishing package for May including 2 nights lodging for two, dinner each evening, breakfast each morning and a gourmet sack lunch, for your day on the lake…all for only $259. Ranked #1 in the area for great food, lodging and hospitality by tripadvisor.com, the Horse is where you should be this spring!

Dan Dubuque to Perform for Tour of the Swan River Valley Cyclists

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Acoustic guitarist, Dan Dubuque will perform at Laughing Horse Lodge on May 30 for the cyclists of the annual Tour of the Swan River Valley. Dubuque is known for his unorthodox and eclectic style that has drawn a loyal following across the Northwest. Dubuque will perform from 7pm – 9pm in the dining room. The concert is free. Dinner is available with reservations.

We’re Toasting the Bigfork Summer Playhouse 50th Reunion All Summer Long

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Bring  your evening’s playhouse tickets to Laughing Horse Lodge Wednesday – Sunday this summer, and you’ll receive a complimentary glass of draft microbrew or wine. Located just 16 miles from Bigfork, the highly-reviewed Horse opens at 5pm so that you may enjoy a leisurely dinner and be back in the village in time for the first curtain.

To make reservations, call 406-886-2080.

“Marley and Me” Autumn Escape in Glacier Country

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

As the lengthening rays of the autumn sun caress the unspoiled mountain sides clothed in aspen and tamarack, Montana bursts into glorious color and slips quietly into the most relaxing season of the year – fall.

 

The isolated Swan River Valley in Northwest Montana beckons languidly, promising both kayakers and fishermen long lazy floats of unimaginable solitude and feisty, summer-fat trout on the line.

  

Ranked #1 on TripAdvisor.com, Laughing Horse Lodge offers a Marley & Me Escape to the unhurried splendor of Swan Lake, Montana. You and your pup will enjoy a bottle of wine with cookies; 3 nights lodging for two with breakfast and cookies; dinner each evening with cookies; complimentary kayaks or Hawaiian boards on Swan Lake; and all the peace you can handle – with cookies, of course. Package: $469. Available September 1 – November 1.  

 

 

Flying Ears!

Flying Ears!