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Swan Lake’s Laughing Horse Lodge a Welcome Respite for Traveling Vegetarians

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

 In Montana, beef is royalty, but occasionally even a carnivore craves greens and fish and the kitchen at Laughing Horse Lodge is pleased to oblige. The menu presented by chef/owner Kathleen features many dishes based on organic and natural ingredients that can be stepped up with responsibly harvested fish including sushi-grade Ahi and line-caught Alaskan Salmon.

 For a warm summer evening try her signature Polynesian – organic baby farm greens tossed with dried organic cranberries, diced apples and ginger glazed pecans topped with a seared Ahi steak and fresh gorgonzola crumbles drizzled with a zingy wasabi ginger dressing…and that green stuff on the edge of the plate? It’s not guacamole, but freshly made wasabi…sizzling!

 Kathleen’s large entrée salads – The Rancher, The Yucatan Stack and the Polynesian – are meals in themselves, but if you are looking for something with a bit more heft, put in an order for the Organic Basil Pesto Linguini brimming with gently sautéed vegetables, or the Mango Ahi served on a bed of organic wehani red rice steaming with the flavors of Thailand.

 And so that our carnivore partners don’t feel left out, there’s a 14oz natural Buffalo Ribeye served up with a tantalizing Wild Berry Glaze, natural Angus Sirloin aged to fork-tender perfection, Angus Prime Rib and of course, the famous ½# steak burger served on a homemade foccaccia bun.

 

Wild Salmon, Savory Black Bean, Natural Chicken or Steak...The Burger is King!

Wild Salmon, Savory Black Bean, Natural Chicken or Steak...The Burger is King!

The dining room is open Wednesday through Sunday at 5pm with a public brunch Saturday and Sunday 8am – 2pm.

Reservations definitely suggested…406-886-2080.

As Gaelic as it Gets! Ola Dubh and Max Hay Perform at Laughing Horse Lodge

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

When it comes to the fine arts of distillation, brewing and music, one cannot discount the genius of the Scots. Laughing Horse Lodge is pleased to present Max Hay performing some foot-stomping Celtic tunes along with Ola Dubh (or ‘Black Oil’)  a collaboration between Harviestoun Brewery and Highland Park, Distiller of the Year*. This nectar of the gods is based on Harviestoun’s award-winning Old Engine Oil. With more than a stylistic nod to the classic Imperial Porters (and Stouts) of the nineteenth century, this deliciously rich, dark, 8% a.b.v. beer is the first ale to be aged in malt whisky casks from a named distillery and, with traceable casks and numbered bottles, the rest with genuine provenance.

So make the call and reserve your spot at the Horse for a glass of Black Oil, a delicious Shepherd’s Pie and Max crooning out the Black Velvet Band! June 25th, 7pm. 406-886-2080

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.

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.

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

Planning a Wedding at Brumar Estates or Swan River Inn?

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Give your guests a true Montana experience before your special day at Brumar Estates or Swan River Inn with a rehearsal dinner or groom’s dinner at the Horse. Laughing Horse Lodge offers a beautiful garden perfect for a Cowboy Barbecue or sit-down dinner for groups up to 50.  We would love to be your host for a Montana wedding reception or groom’s dinner. More guests? The Swan Lake Community Hall (available for $250) can host up to 150 with ADA bathrooms, catering kitchen, stage, dance floor, and chairs and tables.  And don’t forget the Horse, or our sister property Candlewycke Inn, for your additional wedding guest lodging – we’re only minutes to Brumar and Swan River Inn.  To tour the Horse or the Swan Lake Community Hall, please call us at 406-886-2080 or e: laughinghorselodge@gmail.com. The Horse will gladly cater your event at the Hall, at your private home or ours.

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.

The Horse Toasts Bigfork Summer Playhouse’s 50th Anniversary!

Monday, April 27th, 2009

The Bigfork Summer Playhouse is celebrating its 50th year with a great lineup of classic Broadway musicals and a brand new, expanded lobby.  Planning on dining in Bigfork  before the play? Join us in Swan Lake (we’re only a 20 minute scenic ride from Bigfork) for an early pre-theater dinner at the Horse (we open at 5pm Wednesday – Sunday) and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or draft microbeer – just show us your evening’s tickets to the theater. You’ll dine in leisure and be back in plenty of time for the opening curtain. Reservations required.  886-2080