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April 2011

Wandering in

Whitefish

As spring approaches, and cabin fever peaks, start planning your escape. The hip mountain town of Whitefish provides a potent cure: the farmers' market, summer concerts, gallery strolls and easy access to the ultimate antidote, gorgeous Glacier National Park.
Play Outside
In Whitefish, the outdoorsiness starts right in town. Fish, kayak, boat and hike at Whitefish Lake State Park, then sleep lakeside at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Starting mid to late June, explore Whitefish Mountain Resort via alpine slides, scenic lift rides, lift-served mountain biking and an aerial trail dubbed "Walk in the Treetops". Before the superlative Going-to-the-Sun Road opens mid-June, discover lesser-known spots in Glacier National Park.
EXPLORE WHITEFISH
DID YOU KNOW? Glacier National Park, along with Waterton Lakes National Park combine to form the world's first International Peace Park. THE LOCAL SCOOP From Becca H.: Savor the bread pudding or do a full-on multi-course dinner at Tupelo Grille.
Out on the Town
Downtown Whitefish puts bigger towns to shame, with Amtrak service, Wasabi's acclaimed land-locked sushi and a slew of locally-crafted beers at the Great Northern Brewery. Here, you can get a juicy hamburger at joints like the Bulldog Saloon & Grill, or a gluten-free, vegan raw-food wrap at the Green Tea House. When it comes time to crash, consider the swank Haymoon Resort's Downtown Flat, for your own downtown loft.
EAT AND DRINK IN WHITEFISH
Culture Vultures
If the Alpine Theatre Project seems suspiciously on par with on-Broadway productions, it's because it is. The Project was founded by actual Broadway veterans. Explore the art scene or make your own at the Stumptown Art Studio. To mix local art and fresh air, hit the Whitefish Farmers' Market on Tuesday evenings starting in late May. Go gallery hopping, either on your own or with Whitefish Gallery Nights, held the first Thursday of summer months.
WHITEFISH EVENTS CALENDAR
Most cases of cabin fever resolve with the mere thought of a zipline swing, a gallery hop or an evening on Whitefish Lake. Start your recovery by planning a Whitefish retreat ASAP.

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