I’ll bring you my WIPs tomorrow, but today I want to talk about Whitefish. We left Thursday night to spend the 3 day weekend in and around Whitefish. The trip was planned at the last minute with me choosing lodging and reviewing restaurant options on the Chamber of Commerce’s website.
We stayed at Kandahar Lodge at Whitefish Mountain Resort. From the pictures it looked like a nice place plus it had a restaurant that has gotten good reviews. It was an odd choice in that it’s 6 miles out of town on the mountain and we had no plans to hike or mountain bike while there. When I made the room reservation I also made a dinner reservation for Saturday night.
The odd choice turned out really well. The lodge was very nice and welcoming, the room was comfortable, and Cafe Kandahar…..the BEST food either of us has ever had.
On Thursday night, we were in Whitefish at 8:30 pm so I called the lodge to see if there would be anywhere to eat on the mountain or whether we should eat in town. The lodge desk passed us over to the cafe and they said to come on up for dinner. We both were a bit concerned about this from the perspective that if the meal was mediocre we wouldn’t be looking forward to eating there again on Saturday. Needless to say there was no need for concern! We were blown away by both the food and wine.
Friday we headed off to Glacier National Park to drive the Going to the Sun road. The road had just been fully opened a few days earlier and our hope was that the 4th would be a bit less busy than other weekend days. Getting into the park was busy, but once we got through the gates it wasn’t too bad.
The beginning of the drive is in the valley along Lake McDonald and Logan Creek. As we got closer to Going to the Sun Road I looked up and saw vehicles snaking along the cliffs above. Yikes! As you start climbing the road narrows, the rock cliffs jut out almost into the driving lane next to them, and the low rock wall seems very insignificant between you and the drop off.
The scenery was incredible and my photos don’t even come close to doing it justice. Each bend in the road reveals a slightly different angle over the valley with views down to the river you just drove along and, finally, to the snow at the top of Logan Pass. On the uphill side there are waterfalls, the Weeping Wall, and more mountain peaks. The mountains are HUGE. The valleys are DEEP.
On Saturday I wanted to spend some time in Whitefish. In the morning we browsed around the arts festival. We weren’t really looking to make any purchases, but when we came to Soaring Eagle Studios we changed our mind.
In the afternoon we stopped by Rebecca Farm for an hour to watch the dressage show. I really should have checked the schedule as I wanted Richard to see some upper level rides. The show was not very busy so we didn’t stay long.
When we got back to Whitefish I stopped in at Knit ‘n Needle Yarn Shoppe. It’s a very cute store, I should have taken a picture. The store has a wonderful selection of Berroco and I met Denyel – the first person I’ve ever run into who asked if I was on Ravelry. 🙂 I’m currently obsessed with Norah Gaughan’s patterns so (of course) I purchased Volume 3 of her patterns. Once I decide what to knit first I’ll be ordering some yarn from Knit ‘n Needle.
As if that wasn’t enough, Saturday night we had the chef’s tasting menu at Cafe Kandahar. It has RUINED us for eating out anywhere else. I planned to tell you what we ate, but just like the photos above, describing it doesn’t really do it justice. Suffice it to say we had dishes that centered around lamb, goat cheese crepes, wild mushrooms, bison, oysters, duck pate, and cherries. Go to their website and read Chef Andy’s description of his dishes. We can’t wait to go back. We have talked about driving up just for dinner, spending the night, and driving back early the next morning. It was *that* incredible.