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Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge

150 Flathead Lodge Road, Bigfork, MT 59911-7419
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#2 of 7 Speciality lodging in Bigfork
Flathead Lake Lodge is a third generation family-owned and -operated dude ranch that sits on the shore of Flathead Lake in Bigfork, Montana. The ranch offers unlimited horse and water activities and is only 40 minutes 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, water sports, hiking, mountain biking, cookouts, campfires and a party in the pasture.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Breakfast available
Complimentary tea
Happy hour
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Horseback riding
Tennis court
Bicycle tours
Evening entertainment
Board games / puzzles
Kids club
Airport transportation
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
First aid kit
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Interconnected rooms available
Seating area
Separate living room
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bath / shower
Private bathrooms
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Sally Wallace, Travel Inc wrote a review Sep. 2021
Gloucester, Massachusetts10 contributions14 helpful votes
This was truly an amazing place that we all fell in love with! From the moment we drove up the driveway to Flathead Lake Lodge it was breathtaking! The staff when we checked in were so helpful. They took us to our lodge room that took my breathe away....it was so clean and beautiful. The lodge is right on Flathead Lake and a big pool right in front of the Lake where you can swim. The Food was amazing for breakfast, lunch and dinner. One morning we went by horseback up to the mountain where they cooked the best pancakes, eggs and bacon!! Dining at dinner is family style in the large dining area in the main lodge. We made so many friends while we were there it was amazing. One of the nights there was a steak fry where they take everyone in to the mountains with 3 open top fire engines .....so much fun for the adults and the kids. Live music and wine and Mr. Averill was there talking to everyone like family! There is so much to do here from horseback riding, archery, laser tag, fishing, going to the Elk Preserve to see Elk, watersports, sailing and motorboat ride around the lake where you see so much wildlife and more, swimming in Lake or pool, rodeo, live music with dancing in the pasture and so much more......the biggest thing is deciding what you want to do that day, you will never be bored. One night they had a bonfire for the adults with amazing fun music and one for the kids with s'mores. Another night we all sat on the porch in front of the Lake and listened to live music (amazing). I could go on and on about this lodge ......it was one of the best experiences I've had in my travels and I travel alot. To the Averill Family and their staff, thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this trip one we will never forget and making our family feel at home on your ranch. I know we will never forget it (my 13 year old son met so many friends that he is keeping in touch with and I make many friends I will keep in touch with for the years to come) We can not wait to come back. If you are looking for a one of a kind vacation for your family that is perfect, visit Flathead Lake Lodge.....it will be a trip your family will talk about for years to come. Thank you so much for an amazing vacation! The Wallace Family (Sally, Don and Luke, Travel Inc Beverly, MA)
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Date of stay: August 2021
Kevin V wrote a review Jun. 2021
Estero, Florida1272 contributions617 helpful votes
So, this was our first time on a dude ranch. We’d never taken a vacation quite like this and frankly did not know what to expect. We wanted to experience Montana and this looked like a fun way to do that. We were armed with a recommendation from someone who had been here a few years back (and gave it lots of praise). We signed up for the Early Summer package (4 nights/5days), thought that would be a nice way to give it a try. Got a great feel for the place during the initial phone call to set up the reservation, super friendly and helpful. I also had several questions before our stay that I emailed in, they were very promptly answered. Arrival and check-in was a breeze and we were soon enjoying the resort. The main resort area is simply gorgeous, photos don’t do it justice. Everything is super clean and maintained - yet still kept rustic and ranch like. Within an hour of our arrival, we were on horseback enjoying a beginner trail ride. Our room was a two level unit near the marina, with two bathrooms and a king bed. Very spacious unit!! One caveat to this unit was that it is attached and some neighbor sounds can be heard. From the day of arrival, our stay was completely stress free. Do as much or as little as you want here. Food is very good, with multiple options for all meals. Not to be missed are the trail side campfire breakfast and the steak fry. Our package included free wine/beer and cocktails every night with premium selections. We personally participated in: horseback riding, hiking, pool and water activities and elk preserve touring. Aside from the natural beauty of the 2000 plus acres of ranch, we were most impressed with the staff. To a member, the were the most gracious and helpful group we have encountered on any vacation anywhere. The amount of repeat vacationers they get are certainly a testament to that!! Now for a couple of caveats. There is no a/c here. It would actually ruin the open air feel and the overall quiet of the place. Normally this is not an issue but we had one freakishly hot day. The staff got us a fan for our bedroom that night which solved the problem. The other caveat is that the sign up for activities (done day of check in) is a bit challenging because of the repeat people who quickly fill up the most desirable ones. Do not despair though, we were able to do everything we wanted but needed to simply ask stalk members to help us get the slots we needed.. In summation, this was a different and great vacation for. We highly recommend Montana and this ranch in particular. We are already thinking ahead to when we can return with both kids and grandkids. We saw quite a few multigenerational groups during our stay that were having a total blast!!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jen wrote a review Sep. 2020
Minnesota228 contributions145 helpful votes
We traveled to the Lodge last week with very few expectations and absolutely fell in love with this place. It is like going to sumer camp if summer camp were gorgeous, clean, filled with fun, good food and remarkable staff . The Lodge is beautiful and cozy and we loved gathering for meals, relaxing by the fire and listening to music. Our little cabin had lovely lake views, a relaxing porch to relax and a spacious lofted bedroom with comfortable bed. The bell rings three times a day to invite you to the lodge for delicious meals from scratch. The homemade bread, pastry and deserts are impossible to pass. Happy Hour each day features excellent music from a talented couple. My husband and I rode horses, hiked trails, learned to paint, did yoga, took boatrides, kayaked, had fly fishing lessons, shot clay pigeons, spotted elk, rode a firetruck to a steak fry, jumped off the tower into the lake, sang by the campfire under the Milky Way, took naps, laughed and remembered what joy it is to be in nature. We were both sad to leave. What a beautiful experience. What heightens the experience are the kind, hard working, smart, talented staff that work here. They love what they do and where they work and it is contagious. We learned much from them and felt so welcome. This is not an inexpensive trip, but it is worth it. Really, a once in a lifetime experience. Honestly, we never stopped smiling.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Response from Chase Averill, General Manager at Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge
Responded Apr. 7, 2021
Jennifer, thanks for coming to spend time with us! We're so glad you enjoyed your time at the ranch and that you had such a wonderful experience with our staff. We feel pretty darn lucky to have incredible folks who work for us and are so glad you could feel the love of this place through them. Happy trails.
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Lagenia wrote a review Jul. 2020
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This place is absolutely amazing! My husband and daughter love to ride horses and our daughter did the teen ride almost everyday. The breakfast ride was a highlight of our vacation. The rest of our family was able catch a ride in a vehicle to the top of the mountain to join the horse riders so we could all enjoy breakfast together. I participated in the guided hikes every day, while my son who loves mountain biking, was able to ride either the intermediate or the advanced trail at least once a day (sometimes twice). Our other son enjoyed fishing and the sporting clays range. We all enjoyed the outdoor laser tag adventure. We definitely needed all this activity to counteract the extra calories from the amazing food. The ultimate family vacation - everyone is able to pick their favorite activities but you are still together for all meals and evening activities.
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Date of stay: July 2020
Room Tip: All rooms and cabins have a spectacular view of the lake!
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Response from Chase Averill, General Manager at Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge
Responded Apr. 7, 2021
Hi! Thank you for choosing to spend your summer vacation at Flathead Lake Lodge and for sharing that experience with us. I'm also glad you enjoyed Chef Rob's culinary offerings - he keeps us full around here, but you're right in the the trails and activities are the perfect way to balance out his meals. Plus, I love that you all found the perfect activity for each of you. Thanks again and happy trails!
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debarygirl wrote a review Oct. 2019
DeBary, Florida3 contributions1 helpful vote
I was a member of a (52) person social group who spent 4 nights at this location in September, 2019. We had an incredible experience! From horseback trail rides, hikes, elk preserve tours to boat cruises on the lake, country line dancing, cook outs and mouse races, there was something for every interest and everything is included. Food was great too. Breakfast was buffet style and had minor changes daily to avoid boredom. Lunch was also buffet style & dinner was plated. Rooms are either in stand-alone cabins or "hotel" style in one of two lodge buildings. My lodge room was ranch rustic...pine wood, comfortable bed, shower/no tub. Housekeeping was provided daily and the laundry facility is free with soap included. The grounds were immaculate and the setting was beautiful! At the end of the trip the overall group consensus was "let's come back again!"
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Date of stay: September 2019
Room Tip: If staying in one of the lodge buildings, look for a room with a lake view.
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Response from FlatheadLakeLodge, Public Relations Manager at Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge
Responded Nov. 7, 2019
Thank you so much for the kind words! We sure enjoyed your group and hope you come back and visit us again very soon.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Bigfork Summer Playhouse (1.6 km), Swan River Nature Trail (1.6 km), and Wayfarers State Park (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge?
Top room amenities include a refrigerator, a seating area, and a separate living room.
What food & drink options are available at Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Echo Lake Cafe, Pocketstone Cafe, and Flathead Lake Brewing Co.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Does Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Does Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.