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Whitefish, MT Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 9
Total Sleeping Rooms 713
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 149
Committable Meeting Rooms* 8
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $103
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $59
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $196
*Maximum for a single hotel

Whitefish, MT Meeting Planning Overview

An authentic mountain town known as the recreation capital of Montana, Whitefish is also a fantastic destination for small to mid-sized events and group gatherings. Despite its serene location in the heart of the Rocky Mountain wilderness, which proves fantastic recreation options, Whitefish is still easily reachable and conveniently placed. It is just 15 minutes away from Glacier Park International Airport, making it one of the country's closest mountain towns to a major airport. Meeting groups often use Whitefish as a teambuilding spot, as well as a basecamp for touring and exploring the nearby Glacier National Park, which sits 25 miles away. Adventurers of all abilities can explore Whitefish's diverse skiing and snowboarding terrain, much of which is perfect for first-timers. More than 700 guest rooms and nearly 46,000 square feet of meeting space in Whitefish makes it a perfect resting and event space for everyone, too.

Getting around Whitefish is a breeze, thanks to its breadth of transportation options. Amtrak's Empire Builder route arrives twice daily at the town's historic train depot, and downtown Whitefish is pedestrian-friendly. The seasonal Glacier Express Shuttle provides free transportation between downtown Whitefish and Whitefish Mountain Resort, as well as low-cost service to Apgar Visitors Center in Glacier National Park. The seasonal SNOW bus offers free daily transportation between downtown Whitefish and Whitefish Mountain Resort, stopping at lodges, entertainment and recreation spots, restaurants, and the Central Avenue shopping district.

This picturesque town boasts plenty of year-round and group-friendly activities and adventures, thanks to its setting along Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, and among many lakes, rivers, and hundreds of miles of well-marked trails. Groups visiting Whitefish during the winter season have their pick of skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and sleigh rides, while those visiting in the spring, summer, or fall can enjoy a wealth of outdoor activities. Some options include boat cruises, horseback riding, golf, hiking, mountain biking, rafting, fly fishing, rock climbing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Whitefish Mountain Resort is a fantastic destination for group activities and events, as it features 105 marked ski runs, five terrain parks, 30+ miles of mountain bike trails, a one-third-mile alpine slide (the only one of its kind in Montana), and teambuilding activities at the aerial adventure park. Challenge guests with cable bridges, rope ladders and trapeze, as well as walks in the treetops during a 2.5-hour relaxing walk and guided tour on a 70-foot-high boardwalk.

A second popular group spot, the Bar W Guest Ranch offers private event space, as well as group recreation options ranging from snowy sleigh rides to archery. Groups can tee off at the 36-hole Whitefish Lake Golf Club, take a class at the Stumptown Art Studio, set out on a relaxing (or thrilling) rafting excursion, or tackle rock climbing.

Groups also frequent the nearby Glacier National Park, a beloved one-million-acre natural wonder that's just 25 miles from Whitefish, as well as a World Heritage Site, Biosphere Reserve, and the world's first International Peace Park. The park spans more than 700 miles of trails through pristine forests and alpine meadows, and features spectacular glacial lakes and the beautiful 50-mile Going-to-the-Sun Road. The park is perhaps best toured aboard Red Bus Tours, which operates a fleet of vintage 1930s buses with roll-back tops allowing for full mountain and sky views. If your group would prefer to stay a bit more grounded, there's always charming downtown Whitefish and its welcoming shops, eateries, galleries, and nightlife.

About Whitefish, MT / Additional Info

Despite its seemingly remote location, Whitefish has much to offer, and its residents knew just that when they decided to pull their own money together to help develop Whitefish into the super-recreation spot it is today. This welcoming, down to earth town sits in a beautiful, unspoiled area that's safe from extreme climate changes, meaning there's even more opportunity to enjoy Whitefish's scenic setting and vast recreation options. Whitefish Lake, which sits just at the edge of town, is a great place to start. A remainder of an ice-age glacier that moved across the area, Whitefish Lake offers three primary public access points for swimming and boating, including City Beach, which offers a sandy beach, picnic tables, and wonderfully relaxed vibe. From there, the sky is virtually the limit when it comes to Whitefish adventures!

Visiting Whitefish and enjoying its recreation options can certainly work up an appetite, so dive into its culinary scene – many of its restaurants feature private and group dining options, too. Groups can enjoy savory Italian fare at the warm, inviting Ciao Mambo or kick back at Truby's, a downtown spot known for its brick-oven pizzas and familiar Montana feel. The Boat Club Restaurant at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake serves up spectacular lakefront dining and award-winning regional specialties as the only restaurant on Whitefish Lake. Logan's Bar Wine Room at Grouse Mountain Lodge is a versatile dining space perfect for private events, while Café Kandahar at Whitefish Mountain Resort showcases local, seasonal ingredients in its regularly-changing fine dining menu.

Groups can also let loose at Whitefish's many nightlife spots or secure these venues for their own special events. Casey's Pub & Grill spans multiple levels and bars, each creating a different experience. The ground level Main Bar features a sports bar and gaming options, while The Lounge offers comfy furniture and regular acoustic shows. Live music can also be enjoyed on the rooftop Skybar or on the large dance floor and VIP Lounge. A second nightlife option, Craggy Range Bar & Grill features relaxed gastropub fare and live music. Regular live music, and delicious Cajun and Southern fare, is also on the menu at Tupelo Bar, while the stylish Red Room Basement Bar serves up signature martinis and specialty microbrews. Groups can tour the Great Northern Brewery Company with a beer in hand, or graze on seasonal tapas and such creations as botanical gin and orange clove rum at the Whitefish Handcrafted Spirits Distillery, which features a beautiful tasting room and private heated cabanas.

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