There are many dude ranches to be found all across the United States but none creating an experience quite like Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge in Big Fork, Montana. Along with the typical horse riding, you are able to experience a wide variety of other fun activities, meet new life long friends all in luxurious style.
The ranch will host up to just over 100 guests each week, often including service men and women and/or veterans who are treated to a getaway. One would think that it would be much too chaotic with so many guests but it’s quite the opposite. The daily activities and meals are arranged so you have ample social time to mingle with guests but also with so many options, there are never too many doing any given activity at one time.
Each day starts with a hot breakfast plated and served to your table or you can opt for the cereal and fruit bar. Then it’s onto the days events, typically including morning horse rides for children, teens and adults, optional crafts for kids and lakeside fun such as sailing lessons. None of that strike your fancy? How about a round of laser tag, white water rafting, hiking, fly fishing or a massage at the spa? Yes, all of that is available too!
At lunch time, it’s onto the hot buffet and salad bar. This is a great time to mix and mingle with other guests. Families can share this time together but more often than not, you will find the kids have all made new friends and sit together before running off to play again!
The afternoon lends another chance at catching a trail ride, crafting, or more lakeside activity. This is when you will find the power boat taking out guests for water skiing and knee boarding, people canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding or just jumping into the lake for a swim from the dock.
Dinner at the lodge is a special treat. Kids are served up a special buffet early and the adults can opt to spend some time in the saloon before the formal dinner service. Adult dinner is a sit down time to mingle with other adults and be fed some amazing gourmet dishes such as duck, halibut and bison to name a few entree’s. Simply perfect way to end a busy day.
After dinner, many evenings will hold special events and more trail rides. You definitely will not want to miss out on the mouse races and barn dance! Then it’s off to bed in one of the many lodge suites or cabins in cozy rustic decor just to wake up and do it all over again.
At Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge, there is something for everyone. Perfect for families, couples, and singles. It’s a place to make new friends, get out and try new things and enjoy a true Montana outdoors experience in luxury style.
Learn more about Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge and the Dude Rancher’s Association.