Mount Forge Montana

Matt And Nicole
Matt And Nicole
Lid sinds 2014
Matt And Nicole

Mount Forge Montana

Food & Drinks
Our favorite places to eat and drink near Mount Forge!
Every time we go to Glacier National Park I always order the same thing, an Eggs Benedict Burrito and an Iced Americano to go. It's the perfect meal & coffee to fuel up for a long hike at the park. We've eaten breakfast here more than anywhere else in the area because it is so good. It has an awesome vibe with some amazing historical photos of Polson inside and a long list of delicious breakfast & lunch foods. The Huckleberry Club Sandwich is my favorite lunch item as well. If you're staying at Mt. Forge, a stop at Blodgett's is an absolute must. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
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Blodgett Creamery Coffee Saloon
325 Main St
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Every time we go to Glacier National Park I always order the same thing, an Eggs Benedict Burrito and an Iced Americano to go. It's the perfect meal & coffee to fuel up for a long hike at the park. We've eaten breakfast here more than anywhere else in the area because it is so good. It has an awesome vibe with some amazing historical photos of Polson inside and a long list of delicious breakfast & lunch foods. The Huckleberry Club Sandwich is my favorite lunch item as well. If you're staying at Mt. Forge, a stop at Blodgett's is an absolute must. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
Found every Friday at the Polson Farmers Market or at their storefront location in Polson, if you like cheese you need to stop here. Owned by a local couple from Polson, they hand make all of their own cheese. We always make sure to pick some up to use as a snack at Mount Forge or out on the lake. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
Flathead Lake Cheese
208 1st Ave E
Found every Friday at the Polson Farmers Market or at their storefront location in Polson, if you like cheese you need to stop here. Owned by a local couple from Polson, they hand make all of their own cheese. We always make sure to pick some up to use as a snack at Mount Forge or out on the lake. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
It has become a regular routine for us to stop at Bonfire on our way home from Glacier National Park. We've been here a few times now and the menu is always different, but equally incredible. They rotate it seasonally and it sets the bar very high for dining in the Flathead Lake region. The service is top notch and the cocktails are as good as the food. They even have trivia nights every week! Would strongly recommend making a reservation and doing dinner here if you're staying at Mt. Forge, you'll enjoy it very much. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
Montana Bonfire
15300 MT-35
It has become a regular routine for us to stop at Bonfire on our way home from Glacier National Park. We've been here a few times now and the menu is always different, but equally incredible. They rotate it seasonally and it sets the bar very high for dining in the Flathead Lake region. The service is top notch and the cocktails are as good as the food. They even have trivia nights every week! Would strongly recommend making a reservation and doing dinner here if you're staying at Mt. Forge, you'll enjoy it very much. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
If you want to see what a vintage drive in restaurant was like 50 years ago, head on over to Burgerville right on the lake in Polson. It's a drive through only restaurant with pretty good burgers. I'd compare them to something like In n' Out or Five Guys. They have the best huckleberry shakes in Polson for sure. It's a great treat after a long day on the lake or a great dessert to go with your pizza from The Cove. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
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Richwine's Burgerville
50567 US-93
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If you want to see what a vintage drive in restaurant was like 50 years ago, head on over to Burgerville right on the lake in Polson. It's a drive through only restaurant with pretty good burgers. I'd compare them to something like In n' Out or Five Guys. They have the best huckleberry shakes in Polson for sure. It's a great treat after a long day on the lake or a great dessert to go with your pizza from The Cove. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
Stella's is a quaint little shop on the highway on the north end of Ronan. It's a local family run shop with amazing breakfast and sandwiches. They are a breakfast & lunch only spot, so make sure you get there before they close. They are also attached to a coffee shop which they source their coffee from. Strongly recommend stopping in or ordering pickup for lunch. Their sandwiches are the best. Nicole has Celiac's disease and has to eat gluten-free, so seeing the gluten-free bread options on the menu is always a special treat! --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
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Stella's Deli And Bakery
62599 US-93
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Stella's is a quaint little shop on the highway on the north end of Ronan. It's a local family run shop with amazing breakfast and sandwiches. They are a breakfast & lunch only spot, so make sure you get there before they close. They are also attached to a coffee shop which they source their coffee from. Strongly recommend stopping in or ordering pickup for lunch. Their sandwiches are the best. Nicole has Celiac's disease and has to eat gluten-free, so seeing the gluten-free bread options on the menu is always a special treat! --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
This place is the perfect local bar. The owner, Rusty, is a transplant from out of state who opened the bar. You can find him in there most days, he's a good time. Him and I are both Steelers fans, so we instantly bonded. This place is perfect if you're looking for a casual drink, a good bite to eat, to watch a game, or to play any bar game you can imagine. It can get pretty rowdy on a Friday night, so get ready for a good time! --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
Vine & Tap
218 Main St
This place is the perfect local bar. The owner, Rusty, is a transplant from out of state who opened the bar. You can find him in there most days, he's a good time. Him and I are both Steelers fans, so we instantly bonded. This place is perfect if you're looking for a casual drink, a good bite to eat, to watch a game, or to play any bar game you can imagine. It can get pretty rowdy on a Friday night, so get ready for a good time! --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
Glacier National Park
Our favorite things to do at the Crown of the Continent!
The Sperry Chalet is one of the most amazing historical landmarks in America. Originally built over 100 years ago, it stands deep in the wilderness of Glacier National Park. In 2017 it unfortunately was burned in a forest fire an has since been refurbished. We hiked the Sperry Trail once before in 2019 and it was amazing (and very challenging). This time though, we had the incredible opportunity to stay overnight at the Chalet. You have two ways to get a reservation at the Chalet, the first is reserving a space the day that reservations for that season open up. Even then it is first come first serve and the entire season (usually early July to early September) fills up in less than a few hours. The other option is to do what I did and spend every day for 2 weeks prior to our trip refreshing the website hoping for a cancellation to open up, and much to my surprise one did! I immediately booked it and surprised Nicole for her birthday. Nicole and I feel a strong connection to the Sperry Chalet and I'm sure this will not be the last time we stay here. Our next goal is to plan a through hike from Jackson Glacier Overlook to Lake McDonald via the Gunsight Pass Trail. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
Sperry Chalets
The Sperry Chalet is one of the most amazing historical landmarks in America. Originally built over 100 years ago, it stands deep in the wilderness of Glacier National Park. In 2017 it unfortunately was burned in a forest fire an has since been refurbished. We hiked the Sperry Trail once before in 2019 and it was amazing (and very challenging). This time though, we had the incredible opportunity to stay overnight at the Chalet. You have two ways to get a reservation at the Chalet, the first is reserving a space the day that reservations for that season open up. Even then it is first come first serve and the entire season (usually early July to early September) fills up in less than a few hours. The other option is to do what I did and spend every day for 2 weeks prior to our trip refreshing the website hoping for a cancellation to open up, and much to my surprise one did! I immediately booked it and surprised Nicole for her birthday. Nicole and I feel a strong connection to the Sperry Chalet and I'm sure this will not be the last time we stay here. Our next goal is to plan a through hike from Jackson Glacier Overlook to Lake McDonald via the Gunsight Pass Trail. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
The Gunsight Pass Trail is one of the most iconic trails in Glacier National Park. It runs just under 19 miles from the Jackson Glacier Overlook on Going-To-The-Sun Road to the Lake McDonald Lodge. If you do the entire trail you'll pass some incredible sights such as Gunsight Lake, Lake Ellen Wilson, and the Sperry Chalet. On this trip we just decided to hike out and back to Gunsight Lake, which comes out to about 13 miles. The first half of the hike starts with a steep downhill for a mile and then heads through dense woods for the next 2-3 miles. Be very bear aware during this entire hike, it is less traveled than some of the popular trails in the park and goes through prime grizzly territory. About 3 miles in we saw a moose off in the distance across the river. It was very foggy for us and our views were limited. Once we got to Gunsight Lake our day changed dramatically. The sun started peeking through the clouds and pushed the fog out. We were very close to heading back until the fog cleared and we had an incredible view across the lake for lunch. We saw a second moose (it was MASSIVE with big antlers) shortly after that. The weather warmed up a lot and it actually became a hot hike back to the parking lot. Since it cleared up, our views on the hike back were unbelievable. We couldn't believe how massive the mountains were and that they were hidden so well from the clouds and fog in the AM. That last mile coming back is a real doozy. The last thing you really want after hiking 12 miles is a very steep 1 mile incline. It was pretty brutal, but in the end so worth it. We loved this hike so much and look forward to planning a two-night through hike in the future! --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
Gunsight Pass Trail
The Gunsight Pass Trail is one of the most iconic trails in Glacier National Park. It runs just under 19 miles from the Jackson Glacier Overlook on Going-To-The-Sun Road to the Lake McDonald Lodge. If you do the entire trail you'll pass some incredible sights such as Gunsight Lake, Lake Ellen Wilson, and the Sperry Chalet. On this trip we just decided to hike out and back to Gunsight Lake, which comes out to about 13 miles. The first half of the hike starts with a steep downhill for a mile and then heads through dense woods for the next 2-3 miles. Be very bear aware during this entire hike, it is less traveled than some of the popular trails in the park and goes through prime grizzly territory. About 3 miles in we saw a moose off in the distance across the river. It was very foggy for us and our views were limited. Once we got to Gunsight Lake our day changed dramatically. The sun started peeking through the clouds and pushed the fog out. We were very close to heading back until the fog cleared and we had an incredible view across the lake for lunch. We saw a second moose (it was MASSIVE with big antlers) shortly after that. The weather warmed up a lot and it actually became a hot hike back to the parking lot. Since it cleared up, our views on the hike back were unbelievable. We couldn't believe how massive the mountains were and that they were hidden so well from the clouds and fog in the AM. That last mile coming back is a real doozy. The last thing you really want after hiking 12 miles is a very steep 1 mile incline. It was pretty brutal, but in the end so worth it. We loved this hike so much and look forward to planning a two-night through hike in the future! --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
Hiking & Fishing
Some of the best places to go hiking and fishing near Mount Forge!
We attempted to do this hike in April of 2020 and we found out the hard way that snow doesn't melt that high up in the mountains until WAY later in the season. This hike is really only accessible from late July to October until the first snowfalls start to come. We made the trip out in August 2020 and it was incredible. The hike is a steady incline with the first 1.5 miles through thick woods. Then it starts to open up and once you hit the ridge-line, the views become spectacular. We were absolutely mind-blown upon seeing the panoramic views. About halfway through the hike you'll come to a section with 3 different trail options. DO NOT take the middle option. This path is clearly steeper (and therefore shorter). We elected this option and it was the steepest and most physically brutal section of hiking we've ever been on. It's not a bad choice for the way down, but going up be sure to choose the path to the right that is a longer but much more gradual incline. Shortly thereafter, Nicole started singing a "billy goat chant" in hopes of making one appear. Much to my surprise, less than a minute after she stopped singing, we saw a beautiful white creature walking up the trail ahead of us. A group of hikers up ahead stepped off the trail and let him pass, we knew he was coming our way next. He stayed right on course and walked immediately past us as we stepped off to let him pass by. It was an incredible experience seeing wildlife that close in person! --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
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Mount Aeneas
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We attempted to do this hike in April of 2020 and we found out the hard way that snow doesn't melt that high up in the mountains until WAY later in the season. This hike is really only accessible from late July to October until the first snowfalls start to come. We made the trip out in August 2020 and it was incredible. The hike is a steady incline with the first 1.5 miles through thick woods. Then it starts to open up and once you hit the ridge-line, the views become spectacular. We were absolutely mind-blown upon seeing the panoramic views. About halfway through the hike you'll come to a section with 3 different trail options. DO NOT take the middle option. This path is clearly steeper (and therefore shorter). We elected this option and it was the steepest and most physically brutal section of hiking we've ever been on. It's not a bad choice for the way down, but going up be sure to choose the path to the right that is a longer but much more gradual incline. Shortly thereafter, Nicole started singing a "billy goat chant" in hopes of making one appear. Much to my surprise, less than a minute after she stopped singing, we saw a beautiful white creature walking up the trail ahead of us. A group of hikers up ahead stepped off the trail and let him pass, we knew he was coming our way next. He stayed right on course and walked immediately past us as we stepped off to let him pass by. It was an incredible experience seeing wildlife that close in person! --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
If you want to do some relaxing fishing and have an amazing view, the Mission Reservoir is perfect for you. The reservoir sits at the base of the Mission Mountains and has campsites and hiking trails on site. The fishing here is great, there's an abundance of rainbow trout and other species. You can only use boats if they are non-motorized, but there is great fishing from shore. It didn't ever seem to get overly crowded either. It's a great place to spend an afternoon. It's on tribal land so be sure to get your tribal recreation permit along with your fishing license. Ice fishing is also available here in the winter time. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
Mission Reservoir
If you want to do some relaxing fishing and have an amazing view, the Mission Reservoir is perfect for you. The reservoir sits at the base of the Mission Mountains and has campsites and hiking trails on site. The fishing here is great, there's an abundance of rainbow trout and other species. You can only use boats if they are non-motorized, but there is great fishing from shore. It didn't ever seem to get overly crowded either. It's a great place to spend an afternoon. It's on tribal land so be sure to get your tribal recreation permit along with your fishing license. Ice fishing is also available here in the winter time. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
Nicole and I spent 3 months quarantined at Mount Forge from March to June 2020. We were looking for a hobby to pick up while we were out there. Aside from the hiking and adventuring, we decided to pick up a few fishing rods and try to teach ourselves how to catch the coveted Lake Trout (also known as Mackinaw). After a few failed attempts with our Walmart fishing rods, we decided to get some information from an expert. We asked around and we heard that Dick Zimmer is the Mackinaw king. Dick has been fishing for Macks in Flathead Lake for 70 years. There isn't a human being on the planet that is more qualified to catch fish in Flathead Lake than Dick. Zimmer tackle is right off of Rt. 93 in Ronan. It has an insane amount of products inside, most of which I never heard of before. I walked in and explained our situation, that we are out of town fishing novices and were looking to learn how to catch lake trout. Dick proceeded to ask tons of questions, what type of boat we had, what our gear was, so on and so forth. He then told us how and where the fish were biting at this time in the season, what type of rigs they were biting on, and how to use them. They make custom lures and supply all of the local stores that have fishing supplies. I even bought a handbook on jig-fishing that he wrote. The customer service experience was unbelievable. You can tell how knowledgeable and passionate Dick is about fishing. We ended up using a lot of their homemade cut bait and having tons of success over the rest of our quarantine trip. If you're going to be fishing in Western Montana, Zimmer Tackle is the place to answer any questions you have. Dick frequently reminds me to call him if I ever have any questions. Their entire staff loves fishing and they want you to enjoy it just as much as they do. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
Zimmer bait and tackle
35933 Carlyle Lane
Nicole and I spent 3 months quarantined at Mount Forge from March to June 2020. We were looking for a hobby to pick up while we were out there. Aside from the hiking and adventuring, we decided to pick up a few fishing rods and try to teach ourselves how to catch the coveted Lake Trout (also known as Mackinaw). After a few failed attempts with our Walmart fishing rods, we decided to get some information from an expert. We asked around and we heard that Dick Zimmer is the Mackinaw king. Dick has been fishing for Macks in Flathead Lake for 70 years. There isn't a human being on the planet that is more qualified to catch fish in Flathead Lake than Dick. Zimmer tackle is right off of Rt. 93 in Ronan. It has an insane amount of products inside, most of which I never heard of before. I walked in and explained our situation, that we are out of town fishing novices and were looking to learn how to catch lake trout. Dick proceeded to ask tons of questions, what type of boat we had, what our gear was, so on and so forth. He then told us how and where the fish were biting at this time in the season, what type of rigs they were biting on, and how to use them. They make custom lures and supply all of the local stores that have fishing supplies. I even bought a handbook on jig-fishing that he wrote. The customer service experience was unbelievable. You can tell how knowledgeable and passionate Dick is about fishing. We ended up using a lot of their homemade cut bait and having tons of success over the rest of our quarantine trip. If you're going to be fishing in Western Montana, Zimmer Tackle is the place to answer any questions you have. Dick frequently reminds me to call him if I ever have any questions. Their entire staff loves fishing and they want you to enjoy it just as much as they do. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
Aside from the Mission Valley Super Oval (which you can see from here), this is the closest attraction to Mount Forge. Just a five minute drive up the road, if you have a little bit of time it's a great place to be. When driving from Mount Forge on Reservoir Road the first entrance (eastern side) is a great place to stop if you want to take a nice stroll through the land or walk your pooch. When we were quarantined at Mount Forge earlier this year we would regularly take Forge here in the evenings. When it comes to fishing, this is a fun place to go for a quick fishing adventure. The second entrace (western side) and along the dike is a great spot. Just be careful on the rocks. If you like fishing for pike and bass, this is perfect for you. You can pull some big ones out of here. Make sure you stop by Zimmer Tackle before heading out! Once the winter hits, Pablo is a very popular ice fishing destination as well. We're excited to give this a try on our next winter trip. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
Pablo Reservoir
Aside from the Mission Valley Super Oval (which you can see from here), this is the closest attraction to Mount Forge. Just a five minute drive up the road, if you have a little bit of time it's a great place to be. When driving from Mount Forge on Reservoir Road the first entrance (eastern side) is a great place to stop if you want to take a nice stroll through the land or walk your pooch. When we were quarantined at Mount Forge earlier this year we would regularly take Forge here in the evenings. When it comes to fishing, this is a fun place to go for a quick fishing adventure. The second entrace (western side) and along the dike is a great spot. Just be careful on the rocks. If you like fishing for pike and bass, this is perfect for you. You can pull some big ones out of here. Make sure you stop by Zimmer Tackle before heading out! Once the winter hits, Pablo is a very popular ice fishing destination as well. We're excited to give this a try on our next winter trip. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
Sightseeing
Beautiful sights you can only see in Montana.
Montana is home to many incredible adventures. You can go hiking in Glacier National Park, fishing in Flathead Lake, and many other amazing things. If you are looking to truly slow down and find your inner peace, look no further than the Ewam Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas is a public park, botanical garden and Buddhist center in the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. If you're not interested in the meditation aspect, the garden itself is at least a beautiful sight to see. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
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Ewam and Garden of One Thousand Buddhas
34574 White Coyote Road
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Montana is home to many incredible adventures. You can go hiking in Glacier National Park, fishing in Flathead Lake, and many other amazing things. If you are looking to truly slow down and find your inner peace, look no further than the Ewam Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas is a public park, botanical garden and Buddhist center in the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. If you're not interested in the meditation aspect, the garden itself is at least a beautiful sight to see. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
One of my favorite places to go is nowhere. There are so many things to do in Montana, but sometimes doing nothing is the best thing you can do. Mount Forge is your 63 acre retreat, so take full advantage. I always say "There's never a bad sunset" at Mount Forge. Sit on the porch or walk to the top of the hill, open your beverage of choice, and the beautiful Big Sky sunsets. The first time I ever saw the Milky Way was here at Mount Forge. Late on a clear night the stars come out and you'll get an incredible show.
Mount Forge Montana
40879 Forman Road
One of my favorite places to go is nowhere. There are so many things to do in Montana, but sometimes doing nothing is the best thing you can do. Mount Forge is your 63 acre retreat, so take full advantage. I always say "There's never a bad sunset" at Mount Forge. Sit on the porch or walk to the top of the hill, open your beverage of choice, and the beautiful Big Sky sunsets. The first time I ever saw the Milky Way was here at Mount Forge. Late on a clear night the stars come out and you'll get an incredible show.
From the 1860s to the 1890s there was a gold rush in the hills of Montana. Gold was struck and people flocked from all over to try and earn fortunes for themselves. Today there are several ghost towns that are still preserved with original buildings still standing. We took an adventure to Garnet Ghost town to see for ourselves. Garnet is located up on top of a mountain next to some beautiful campgrounds and hiking trails. We spend a couple hours walking around the trails and the town and it was amazing to see the classic style buildings and feel like you're going back in time. Everything is very well preserved and incredibly informative. There's even a cabin on site that you can rent in the fall and winter months. We most definitely plan on returning to see it for ourselves. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
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Garnet Ghost Town
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From the 1860s to the 1890s there was a gold rush in the hills of Montana. Gold was struck and people flocked from all over to try and earn fortunes for themselves. Today there are several ghost towns that are still preserved with original buildings still standing. We took an adventure to Garnet Ghost town to see for ourselves. Garnet is located up on top of a mountain next to some beautiful campgrounds and hiking trails. We spend a couple hours walking around the trails and the town and it was amazing to see the classic style buildings and feel like you're going back in time. Everything is very well preserved and incredibly informative. There's even a cabin on site that you can rent in the fall and winter months. We most definitely plan on returning to see it for ourselves. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
Whitefish Mountain Resort is a must see if you're staying at Mount Forge in the winter time. If you enjoy skiing or snowboarding, you will not be disappointed here. There are stunning views of Whitefish Lake and Glacier National Park from the summit. Not to mention the 3000+ acres, 105 runs, and 4 terrain parks, and summit lodge. We went on a Thursday and it couldn't have been any more perfect. There were zero lines all day at any of the lifts and the snow was amazing. The staff is very friendly and informed. We had so much fun riding this mountain. They even have a ticket option for beginner skiers like Nicole where you pay a fraction of the cost to access the lower lifts and easy slopes. We can't wait for our next Mount Forge trip in the winter to go again! --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
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Whitefish Mountain Resort
1015 Glades Drive
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Whitefish Mountain Resort is a must see if you're staying at Mount Forge in the winter time. If you enjoy skiing or snowboarding, you will not be disappointed here. There are stunning views of Whitefish Lake and Glacier National Park from the summit. Not to mention the 3000+ acres, 105 runs, and 4 terrain parks, and summit lodge. We went on a Thursday and it couldn't have been any more perfect. There were zero lines all day at any of the lifts and the snow was amazing. The staff is very friendly and informed. We had so much fun riding this mountain. They even have a ticket option for beginner skiers like Nicole where you pay a fraction of the cost to access the lower lifts and easy slopes. We can't wait for our next Mount Forge trip in the winter to go again! --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
There are several museums in the area near Mount Forge, but none are based around the Native American history quite like Ninepipes. This place is a great view into the history of the indigenous people that occupied the region for thousands of years. There are amazing handmade artifacts and beautiful stories of the tribes of Montana. It's an important place to see so you can understand the history of the Montana that we see today. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
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Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana
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There are several museums in the area near Mount Forge, but none are based around the Native American history quite like Ninepipes. This place is a great view into the history of the indigenous people that occupied the region for thousands of years. There are amazing handmade artifacts and beautiful stories of the tribes of Montana. It's an important place to see so you can understand the history of the Montana that we see today. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
My dad was visiting Mount Forge and he wanted to see a museum, so we headed into town to check out the Miracle of America Museum. We weren't exactly sure what we were getting into, but we ended up being completely blown away. The owner started off as a collector of Americana and eventually built such a large collection that in 1981 Gil & Joanne Mangels just had to begin showcasing it for the public to see. From artifacts of every American war to dentistry from the 1930s, tanks and helicopters, this museum has it all. The collection is unbelievable, it is one of the largest single collections of American history in existence. It's so massive that it took us over 3 hours to even see it all. A truly remarkable sight to see right here in Polson. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
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Miracle of America Museum
36094 Memory Ln
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My dad was visiting Mount Forge and he wanted to see a museum, so we headed into town to check out the Miracle of America Museum. We weren't exactly sure what we were getting into, but we ended up being completely blown away. The owner started off as a collector of Americana and eventually built such a large collection that in 1981 Gil & Joanne Mangels just had to begin showcasing it for the public to see. From artifacts of every American war to dentistry from the 1930s, tanks and helicopters, this museum has it all. The collection is unbelievable, it is one of the largest single collections of American history in existence. It's so massive that it took us over 3 hours to even see it all. A truly remarkable sight to see right here in Polson. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
Just finished dinner and looking for something to do? Take a drive up the road to Kerr Dam. It's a gorgeous 205 foot tall dam that regulates the level of Flathead Lake. There is a boardwalk with a couple hundred steps that take you down to a beautiful vista overlooking the dam. It's close by and an easy walk down (a little harder going up!!) If you're staying at Mount Forge it's a very low friction but beautiful thing to see. You can even fly over the dam with Blue Goose Aviation! --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
Kerr Dam Scenic Overlook Road
Just finished dinner and looking for something to do? Take a drive up the road to Kerr Dam. It's a gorgeous 205 foot tall dam that regulates the level of Flathead Lake. There is a boardwalk with a couple hundred steps that take you down to a beautiful vista overlooking the dam. It's close by and an easy walk down (a little harder going up!!) If you're staying at Mount Forge it's a very low friction but beautiful thing to see. You can even fly over the dam with Blue Goose Aviation! --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
The National Bison Range is a must-see attraction when you're in this region of Montana. We went here on our way to the Missoula Airport after leaving for Mount Forge. There's a road that loops the entire range that takes about 2 hours and you are guaranteed to see tons of wildlife. There are a few trails you can get out and hike on around the loop as well for some different views. There is a bison roundup in early October every year where the Bison are nowhere to be found, but as long as you're in before then you will have an unbelievable time. We've seen elk, mule deer, bears, and tons of bison up close. It's the closest thing you'll get to an African Safari right here in Montana. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
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National Bison Range
58355 Bison Range Road
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The National Bison Range is a must-see attraction when you're in this region of Montana. We went here on our way to the Missoula Airport after leaving for Mount Forge. There's a road that loops the entire range that takes about 2 hours and you are guaranteed to see tons of wildlife. There are a few trails you can get out and hike on around the loop as well for some different views. There is a bison roundup in early October every year where the Bison are nowhere to be found, but as long as you're in before then you will have an unbelievable time. We've seen elk, mule deer, bears, and tons of bison up close. It's the closest thing you'll get to an African Safari right here in Montana. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
We headed over one Friday night from Mount Forge and we had ourselves a great time. There were hours of races with different types of cars. I don't understand much about the racing scene, but from the research we did we learned this is one of the most popular tracks in the Northwest for Hobby Stock Car and similar racing. Cars were ripping around this 3/8 mile track at over 100mph, while we sat back with our $10 bucket of White Claws and had ourselves a good time. They have a full snack stand with pretty solid food for a sporting event. Considering admission is just $10 (free for kids under 7), it's probably the best thing you can do in Polson on a Friday or Saturday night. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---
Mission Valley Super Oval
1113 North Reservoir Road
We headed over one Friday night from Mount Forge and we had ourselves a great time. There were hours of races with different types of cars. I don't understand much about the racing scene, but from the research we did we learned this is one of the most popular tracks in the Northwest for Hobby Stock Car and similar racing. Cars were ripping around this 3/8 mile track at over 100mph, while we sat back with our $10 bucket of White Claws and had ourselves a good time. They have a full snack stand with pretty solid food for a sporting event. Considering admission is just $10 (free for kids under 7), it's probably the best thing you can do in Polson on a Friday or Saturday night. --- full guidebook at mountforgemontana.com ---

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Flathead Lake Cherries - The Best Cherries In The World

These cherries are must have on your visit to Montana. They're a great snack to have on your ride up to Glacier National Park and they're an amazing treat to include in any meal.
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D. Berardinis Wine - Flathead Lake's Best Wine

All of the wines are made from fruits grown on Flathead Lake, which is some of the most fertile soil in the world. If you're expecting a sugary fruit wine experience, you'll be in for a surprise. These wines, while not made from grapes, have the perfect taste of wine mixed with the unique flavors of the fruits they're made with. This is a must have while at Mount Forge, and a strong recommendation to take home with you. She is an artist in multiple ways, she hand paints the label designs herself. You can find them at the liquor store in Polson.
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Western Cider - The Best Cider Ever Made

When we spent 3 months during the COVID quarantine at Mount Forge, I started off drinking beers. I bought a six pack of local beers and Nicole bought some Western Ciders. She offered me to try a cider and I didn't buy a single beer the rest of the time we were out there. I was a beer to cider convert instantly. When I tell you that we lived on this stuff during the quarantine, I'm not joking. The cans you can buy at the gas stations and grocery stores in Polson are delicious. They also have a tasting room in Missoula where they serve their small batch flavors and sell bottles to take home.
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Montana Huckleberries

Huckleberries are a one of a kind Montana staple. Huckleberries are a unique fruit that can only be grown in patches deep in the wilderness. People spend months camping in the woods every summer to gather these delicious berries. They are a favorite treat for all wildlife, especially bears, so it's risky business! You can get anything you want huckleberry flavored in Montana, but you can't get them anywhere else so take advantage!
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The Breakfast Special - The Best Breakfast Deal in Montana

The Breakfast Special is a hidden gem in Polson. It's something you won't be able to find easily, but I'm here to give you some advice that will change your life. Go over to the Super 1 in Polson, meat section. Here you'll find a package with ten sausage links, a half dozen eggs, and six hash browns. All for the incredible price of $5.99 (as of summer 2020). If it's only two of you, beware of trying to eat it all in one sitting, it's a six-dollar-feast-for-a-king. A great little hack is to get an extra half dozen eggs and the meal will be perfect for two people twice or a group of four.