Unbeatable Cabin in a Beautiful Setting!
Submitted: September 27, 2011
Stayed: September 2011
This was the second year we've spent a week here and we came back because this is simply the best vacation rental we have ran across anywhere in the country. The pictures on the listing are absolutely accurate - the cabin is a very comfortable and nicely decorated two bedroom - 1-1/2 bath ranch house with a huge porch and great views of Lake Koocanusa and Purcell Mtns. We spent two days just reading on the porch and lounging around - it is very easy to relax here.
Just like last year, the cabin was clean and well-maintained. The bed linens are excellent, the kitchen is well stocked with cook gear, and the owner leaves out little baskets of peppermint candy patties and other snacks for the guests. The cabin is also stocked with all sorts of useful things - GPS, washer/dryer, coolers, books, movies, extra pillows, etc.
As for activities in the area, unless you are a metrosexual and can't live without social nightlife, there is plenty to do (although Whitefish in winter should be good even for a metro). My wife and I are both geologists, so the mountains themselves are one of our attractions, but there is sking in winter within an hour, hiking in summer and fall, Glacier National Park is 90 minutes away and Waterton is 3 hrs (but is a very beautiful drive over Crowsnest Pass). Fort Steele, British Columbia is an easy drive and offers a very nice historical village.
There;s also nature drives - we tackled the 15 mile narrow gravel road to Mt. Marston Fire Lookout- located south of Fortine, MT. The road is better suited for trucks or SUVs, but the view is incredible on a sunny fall day! The owners, Margie and Duke, leave a huge binder of road maps and hiking trails in the cabin, as well as listing of local restaurants.
If wildlife viewing is your thing - just look out the window. Saw squirrels on the porch, a pileated woodpecker (he was hammering the porch posts!), deer, and wild turkey. Elk are common in the valley near Eureka. Finally, there's always fishing - huge trout and local salmon in Koocanusa.
We shall return again someday and we just might stay for good next time!!
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