Take a self-guided walking tour
Whether it’s a piece of fine jewelry or a craft beer, Whitefish is full of local artisans. Check them out on a self-guided walking tour along Central Avenue and the Railway district. Take time to wander into all the independently-owned shops and hunt for unique local treasures.
Start the morning at Montana Coffee Traders, where beans are locally roasted, and you’ll find ingredients on the menu sourced from local farms and dairies.
For crafty types, head to Knit N’Needle, where a great selection of hand-dyed yarn awaits knitting aficionados and inspires others to learn. At Remedies Day Spa, treat yourself to handcrafted lotions and spa products (and book a massage while you're there!) Around the corner, check out Whitefish Pottery. Their functional stoneware is made right in the studio, and they feature one-of-a-kind pieces from potters from the Flathead Valley and across Montana. Next, The Toggery and Purple Pomegranate are must stops for jewelry and accessories from local artisans.
When you start to get hungry, a great lunch is waiting for you behind every restaurant door. For a truly local meal, check out Craggy Range Bar & Grill on Central Avenue, where they have a list of the local ingredients being used, or head to Amazing Crepes for a savory concoction. There are many options for a sweet follow up to your meal or a just-because-afternoon snack. Sweet Peaks offers delicious homemade ice cream and waffle cones. Cooperleaf Chocolate specializes in handmade chocolate and fudge. If you’re looking for a (slightly) healthier option check out The Red Caboose’s frozen yogurt bar.
After your day of strolling, happy hour is even happier with locally-crafted brews and spirits. Stop at the Great Northern Brewing Company for a Huckleberry Wheat or a Going-to-the-Sun IPA (Brewery tours are available in-season) or Bonsai Brewing Project for an amazing selection of flagship beers and an ever-changing list of seasonal beers. If you're feeling a little more "spirited," head over to Spotted Bear Spirits for cocktails made with vodka, gin, coffee liqueur (featuring cold brew from Montana Coffee Traders), agave spirit and a variety of cellos.
When it comes to dinner, consider Pescado Blanco, which serves up "Mountain Mexican" with Elk Chorizo tacos or enjoy the sunset over the lake at the Boat Club with Montana-grown items. Another option to treat yourself is Cafe Kandahar, where Chef Andy Blanton creates "thoughtfully constructed cuisine."