We stayed for a week with our two daughters - 4 and 7. The setting is fantastic, rivaled only by the personal service of the staff. WIthin an hour of arrival, our 7 year-old had found another 7-year old and headed for the barn. These two were unseparable the entire week and keep in contact still - nearly six months later. It was her first time on a horse alone and the "wranglers" did a great job with an introductory lesson and then throughout the week. I had planned on going on the ride with her the first day, but felt totally comfortable sending on her way in care of the wranglers. The food was also fantastic -- much better than one might expect at a dude ranch. We were concerned about our 4 year-old having enough to do (since you must be 6 to ride horses), but there was plenty to keep her entertained. She was able to be lead around the arena on a very gentle horse, but the daily Arts & Crafts was her favorite. We will definitely be returning for another week at this fabulous place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Flathead Lake Lodge is a third generation Dude Ranch located in Montana on Flathead Lake. The Lodge offers unlimited horse & water activities and is only 35 miles from Glacier National Park. Your family will enjoy a rustic ranch atmosphere, endless activities, and unmatched hospitality by the Averill family and staff. Recreation includes a complete horse program, sailing, fly fishing, water sports, hiking, cookouts, camp fires, and a family barn dance to name a few. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Averill`s Flathead Lake Hotel Bigfork
- Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge Montana/Bigfork