Western Montana's Glacier Country is benefitting from four new lodging properties in Kalispell, Whitefish and Columbia Falls. Several properties also have renovated, including Flathead Lake Lodge on the east shore of Flathead Lake near Bigfork, which upgraded cabins with new wood floors and remodeled bathrooms.

The Firebrand Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Whitefish, was recently launched by the owners of The Lodge at Whitefish Lake. The boutique hotel features 86 rooms, a fitness center, on-site spa services, restaurant, rooftop patio and 750 square feet of meeting space, as well as a board room with the latest in smart technology.

Hampton Inn & Suites opened just south of downtown Whitefish in April with 76 guest rooms, 1,000 square feet of meeting space, an indoor pool and hot tub, fitness center and golf simulator room.

Cedar Creek Lodge and Convention Center, situated a bit closer to Glacier National Park in Columbia Falls, celebrated the opening of Cedar Creek Lodge and Convention Center this summer. With 64 rooms and 3,000 square feet of meeting space, the lodge is modeled after the grand lodges of Glacier National Park and has open beam timbers and pitched rooflines.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott opened a 101-suite property in Kalispell with 1,275 square feet of meeting space and indoor pool in late May

There are all sorts of happenings for meeting and event planners to plug groups into in Snowmass Village this summer, taking some of the pressure off building a memorable and effective agenda. 


As travel comes returns in many parts of the world, Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its 2022 Star Award winners on April 26, 2022. The United States debuted 10 hotels, three restaurants and seven spas on the Five-Star list. In U.S. Mountain West towns with peaks, 12 hotels, one restaurant, and six spas landed a Five-Star nod. 


In the soon-to-be released Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings, I write about Mountain Activities 101. That’s not the official title of the article—it’s actually Mild to Wild—but it is a primer about the many amazing activities groups can enjoy in the mountains, from cave tours in Bend, Oregon, to a kayaking, hiking and hot springs excursion near Boulder City, Nevada.