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There aren’t many things more relaxing than waking up to the sound of raindrops pattering on the roof of your cozy cabin nestled deep in the middle of nowhere. As comforting as that moment was, we were disappointed that the forecast indicated a drizzly day. However, we realized that this weather made for a fairly relaxing and guilt-free day of shopping/drinking/eating in downtown Whitefish and so we headed out after slowly rolling out of bed.
A little more about the cabin: it was small, very quaint and one of the most relaxing places I’ve ever stayed in. We rent through VRBO whenever we travel and have never been let down… but this cabin was special because it came with friends! The owner, Mary, lived on a beautifully secluded 100+ acre property miles away from town with her two pups, Snickers (an old and lovable black lab who is an expert at procuring treats) and Dyson (cute, small, younger brother, very alert and friendly little guy). They announced their arrival on our porch every morning by making little sounds until we opened the door to say hello.
It took about 10 minutes just to get onto public roads from Mary’s place. From there it took another 15 minutes to get to downtown Whitefish (population of ~7,000 and home of the Flathead Beacon, a fantastic news publication… more on that later). The town center is composed of shops selling locally-sourced crafts and souvenirs, and many delicious neighborhood restaurants and pubs. We ducked out of the rain and into a cozy little breakfast joint called the Swift Creek Cafe and enjoyed it so much that we went back every morning the rest of our trip (grab one of the window seats and watch the rain fall with a hot mug of coffee in hand– all will be right in the world) (oh and also try the Montana Hobo breakfast). Grabbed some afternoon Bloody Marys at the Craggy Range and leisurely shared some appetizers before heading back to the cabin.
By the time we made it back the rain had stopped, but it was too late in the day to go all the way to Glacier. We decided to get out the boots and take Mary up on her offer to explore her property. Snickers and Dyson were all too happy to act as our tour guides and we were very impressed with where they led us. It was pretty apparent that they are used to show-and-tell with their many visitors.
The cabin is nestled in a big meadow bordered by tall rock cliffs and a waterfall. The four of us spent the rest of the evening exploring before building a fire and grilling up dinner. I loved this cabin and think about it often. If you’re interested in renting it out, send me an email and I’ll link you the listing. The boys will be so happy to meet you.