Polson is the largest town on Flathead Lake. It is located at the south end of Flathead Lake on the Flathead Indian Reservation. This lakeside community is the trading center for one of Montana’s most fertile farming areas. In a prime cherry growing region and home to numerous cherry orchards, Polson celebrates with an annual Cherry Festival every summer. There is also the Flathead Lake Blues Festival and a 114 year-old Pow Wow at Arlee.
In the fall the the leaves change colors making for beautiful cool hikes. In the winter you can curl up with hot cocoa and enjoy the view of the beautiful snow covered lake, trees and mountains. It is a great place to decompress while skiing, sledding, ice fishing, ice skating, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. Kids enjoy making snow forts and snow people. Skiing is only 21 miles away, In the spring, usually March 16, the trumpeter swans arrive to the lake providing a very magical view of nature.
Soak up the sunsets and breathe in fresh air while being surrounded by nature. This area is blessed by the Salish/Kootenai tribes. Moving gently through a day of your retreat you may want to take in the moving frescoes at St. Ignatius Mission. The stunning Mission Mountain Wilderness has dozens of lakes and offers great day hikes to meditate with and get energized by. The Garden of Ten Thousand Buddhas, 50 miles south of Polson, offers peace and inspiration for the spiritual traveler.
We are located minutes from golfing at Polson Bay Golf Club, 406-883-8230. The largest course in the area; "Old Course" is a challenging 9 hole course. Mature course surrounded by huge pine trees. "Championship 18 Hole" championship length. Open, long and fast -- the only course directly on the shore of Flathead Lake. It is 1/4 mile from your rental home! Two other courses are within 20 minutes drive. Nine more courses are between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours drive. All totaled, there are 216 holes of beautiful, challenging golf in the area. See video below.
5 miles away is downtown Polson. There is a new indoor swimming pool great for winter retreats and a brand new fitness center. There is also a live outdoor theater, cinema and many great restaurants, art galleries, book stores, gift shops, excellent health food store, yoga classes, a 2-screen movie theater, Aviation Tours, museums, and several city lake parks.
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The broad, sweeping Mission Valley south of Polson is bordered by the rugged, snow-capped Mission Mountains. The Flathead River that flows from Polson features whitewater rafting and Kerr Dam. The National Bison Range at Moiese with its large herds of bison, elk, deer, antelope and barn sheep is nearby, as well as the Ninepipes and Pablo Wildlife Refuges for bird watchers. Pablo Reservoir National Wildlife Area (15 minutes away), provides refuge to upland birds and roughly 80,000 ducks. One-half hour south, Ninepipe National Wildlife Area offers still more great habitat and hunting.
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