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The Perfect Winter Getaway

Escape to these mountain lodges


There’s nothing like waking up in the mountains, surrounded by a blanket of snow-covered trees. For travelers who want the full Montana experience, lodges can provide comfortable, personal, and charmingly rustic accommodations. Many also offer delicious gourmet meals, first-class views of the beautiful countryside, and outdoor activities to fully experience the surrounding nature. Couples and large groups alike can find spectacular lodges tucked away from the rest of the world throughout Montana.

For those looking to discover true seclusion with a scenic view this winter, these lodges offer weary travelers a place of refuge and relaxation.

Hidden Moose Lodge, Whitefish

Located in the world-famous ski town of Whitefish, this luxurious and picturesque lodge provides beautiful views and comfortable accommodations for those looking to make the most of winter in Montana. Hidden Moose Lodge is also a highly regarded destination for those visiting the mountains, as USA Today recently rated it the best ski hotel in the country. Visitors can easily travel to Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake for a variety of winter activities. For those looking to spend a day on the slopes, a free snow bus runs from the lodge to Whitefish Mountain Resort.

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Izaak Walton Inn, Essex

Voted among the 10 best cross-country ski resorts in the Rockies, Izaak Walton Inn is a treasured family-owned resort on the border of Glacier National Park. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Inn has been an essential part of Glacier Country for more than 70 years. In addition to the beautiful view of the mountains, the Inn offers a number of guided winter activities, including cross-country skiing, backcountry tours, and horseback riding. Those looking for an even more unique sleeping arrangement can rent one of five authentic caboose cars, which are sure to excite train-lovers of all ages.

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Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish

The only full-service resort on the shores of Whitefish Lake, visitors to this four-diamond, award-winning lodge can enjoy views of pristine waters and sprawling mountains as well as a short drive to downtown Whitefish and Whitefish Mountain Resort. Skiers can buy lift tickets at the lodge and take the free daily snow bus up to Whitefish Mountain Resort for a day on the slopes. After you're done exploring, warm up by the fireplace in your suite, unwind with a massage in the spa, or enjoy a drink overlooking the lake.

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Rainbow Ranch Lodge, Big Sky

Once a working cattle ranch, the Rainbow Ranch Lodge is rich with nearly 100 years of history. Guests can spend the day dog sledding, snowmobiling, or snowshoeing through Yellowstone National Park before returning home to this beautiful lodge on the banks of the Gallatin River. Amenities include a gourmet restaurant, a number of luxurious guest room options, and a world-class spa. This intimate 21-room lodge nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains is perfect for couples and families alike.

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Homestake Lodge, Butte

If you're looking to cross-country ski this winter, Homestake Lodge offers over 20 miles of groomed trails leading through the Continental Divide, ranging from gentle climbs and easy flats to thrilling downhill paths. Families can choose from a number of unique accommodations, including rustic cabins and even a comfortable and scenic yurt.

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Ninepipes Lodge, Ronan

Wake up to the mountains at this intimate lodge, which sits at the foot of the sweeping Mission Mountains. Ninepipes Lodge is small enough to make you feel at home but big enough to serve all of your vacation needs. Visitors are just a short drive away from the charming towns of St. Ignatius and Ronan and the natural wonders of Flathead Lake and the National Bison Range. No matter what you’re looking for on your trip, nature is at your doorstep in Ninepipes Lodge.

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Montana Sky Lodge, Anaconda

Go off the grid with a stay at Montana Sky Lodge, a cozy, remote accommodation seated 7,200 feet above sea level in the mountains of Montana’s Pintler Wilderness. Located far beyond the powerlines of the nearby city of Anaconda, this off-the-beaten-path lodge is run entirely on solar power. Montana Sky Lodge is perfect for families and couples looking to escape the hustle of everyday life and enjoy the picturesque views of the backcountry right outside their bedroom window.

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Gallatin River Lodge, Bozeman

Named one of the top 25 small hotels in the world by TripAdvisor, this scenic lodge is perfect for both romantic getaways and family trips. Located in the Bozeman area and a short walk from the Gallatin River, visitors can experience the best of Montana’s cities and natural beauty. Then settle in around the fireplace and watch the snow fall over the miles of open countryside.

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