Every great town should have an Irish bar. Casey's fills the bill.
Whitefish — A Year-Round Playground
Whitefish has an infectious youthful energy due to the abundance of outdoor activities ... skiing, golf, boating and hiking. There is something fun to do here "year-round".
The historic downtown is only a few blocks along charming Central Avenue. Many of the rustic wooden buildings have been preserved and now house pubs, restaurants, espresso cafes, galleries and boutiques. Whitefish may be a small community, but it brews its own beer, roasts its own coffee and boasts one of the few buildings in Montana designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. We found ourselves returning several times for lunch and a locally roasted Americano at Montana Coffee Traders (“How you bean man”).
Trains still stop at the historic Great Northern Railroad Depot. The depot does triple duty as an Amtrak station, a historical museum and quarters for the railway freight offices. This 1927 two story chalet style depot is remarkably well preserved … it still retains its wooden platform and much of its decorative alpine features.
It surprised us to learn that this depot is the location of the oldest operating Hertz licensee.
It didn't look like much to us ... but Frank Lloyd Wright did design this building ... now a law office.
The door to the Bulldog Saloon certainly grabbed our attention.
We plan to visit Whitefish again to ride the gondola up to Big Mountain and view the fabulous panorama of Glacier National Park, Flathead Valley and the Canadian Rockies.
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