Archive for the ‘Glacier National Park’ Category

A Heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to Old and New Friends from the Horse on Finishing Our 10th Year

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

As the snow begins to sugar the mountain tops here in Swan Lake, I begin the task of closing the Horse for the long winter. First the gardens, so lush and beautiful this year, are cut back and a few tears fall as the last of those glorious hollyhocks are stuffed into the mulch bag – their seed pods carefully saved for gorilla gardening around the neighborhood. Those monstrous hanging baskets of sunrise pink petunias are delivered back to the nursery and the drip systems are drained. The herb garden – so prolific this summer – gives up the last sprigs of lovage, savory and tarragon to flavor the fall stew bubbling on the back burner.

The highway is quiet, the lake even more so. No jet skis, boats or swimmers – just flocks of migrants heading south stopping in for a quick bite and respite. This is my favorite time of year – full of gold light and the smell of winter on the air. The few visitors coming through the door are a hardy breed seeking stillness and ready for any weather Nature may send their way.

It has been an amazing season thanks to the many returning guests who over the years have become good friends. And so many new faces that portend an even rosier future for the Horse.  It has been 10 years since the doors opened and what a wonderful ride it has been…fascinating visitors and guests, exciting stories of traveling adventures, quiet moments on sunset contemplations and the absolutely wonderful gratification of knowing that my staff and I have contributed in some small way to making special memories for you and your families.Kathleen on porch

Although the lodge will be  closed November 1 thru April 30, we won’t be idle…upgrades and improvements will take place over the winter to make your 2010 stay even more comfortable.  On behalf of Nikki, Cooper, Sampson and Juliet – thank you – for the hikes, the cookies and the new vocabulary (Sampson has incorporated a distinct New Jersey accent and now knows the main theme to Encounters of the Third Kind!)

For all our new and old friends – have a safe and exceptional winter. We’ll be looking forward to welcoming you back to the Horse next year.  Kathleen

It’s Lobster Ravioli Week at Laughing Horse Lodge!

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

A hot summer evening in Bigfork cries out for a light and delectable dinner down the lake. Stop in this week for our cool organic lodge salad followed by Grilled Lobster Ravioli topped with Langostinos and herbed butter. Add a crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and heaven is almost achieved. Oh heck, let’s go for the pearly gates!…and end the evening with a piece of warm-from-the-oven huckleberry peach pie topped with Tillamook Vanilla Bean ice cream.

Reservations are a definite must for this dish, so call today. 406-886-2080.

Not into the delectable crustacean? More of a meat and potatoes type? No worries. Kate’s menu features aged prime cuts of beef that will melt in your mouth. So avoid the theater crush in Bigfork and travel a few minutes down Hwy 83 to the village of Swan Lake and enjoy a dining experience ranked #1 on tripadvisor.com!

There’s A Bull Trout with Your Name On It In Swan Lake!

Monday, May 4th, 2009

The pike and bull trout will be waiting for you in the ice-free waters of Swan Lake this May. Swan Lake is the only body of water in the US where it is legal to catch and keep one Bull Trout per day, and there’s a monster lurking in the depths just waiting for your line! And when you’re fished out for the day,

Catch and Release

Catch and Release

mosey on back to the Horse for a cold brew and a hot meal in front of a roaring fire. Join us in May for our Fisherman’s Special and receive a welcome glass of draft micro brew or wine; two nights lodging for two in one of our cozy queen cabin rooms; four gourmet dinners; two brown-bag lunches & four delicious breakfasts; boat parking and freezer space for your catch. Make your reservations on line today!

Package: $259 per couple.

Beer! Wonderful Beer! Tasting at the Horse!

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Tuesday, June 9th, 7pm
Explore the wonderous world of beer – both exotic imports from small, family run breweries dating back to the 16th century and  little known hand-crafted domestics – with Laughing Horse Lodge and Rocky Mountain Distributors. Enjoy a selection of mouth-watering tidbits created by Chef Kathleen while you sample over 20 unique and delicious European and North American beers.  Featuring Montana breweries! Tasting takes place in the dining room at the Horse.  Special sample pack and case pricing available.
$10 per person. Must be 21 to attend.
Reservations required. 406-886-2080

Going to the Sun Road and Scenic Hwy 83 – Offer the Best Views

Monday, April 27th, 2009

If you’re traveling between Yellowstone and Glacier National Park, consider taking the ‘road less traveled’ – Highway 83 from Clearwater Junction through Swan Lake and on to Bigfork. Tucked between the Swan Range and Mission Mountain Wilderness, Hwy 83 offers more spectacular, unspoiled nature than anywhere else in the lower 48, plus access to many easy trails allowing you the opportunity to stretch your legs and breathe in some clean Montana air. Stop by the Horse for trail information and a piece of freshly baked Huckleberry Peach Pie.