This was a great Christmas get-away for us. We didn't get to the motel until after 7pm on Christmas Eve so the owner was off attending a family gathering, but she made sure we still felt welcome by leaving us a note on the door, the lights and heat on in our room, and our key where we could easily find it.
The location: the motel is located right on the main highway in Woods Bay---NOT BIG FORK. The address is correct for the motel, but do not trust your GPS - ours had us more than 8 miles further south! Just keep a lookout for the teal buildings on both sides of the highway as you come into Woods Bay, you can't miss them. There are several places to eat close by, a convience store, and even a local brewery. We didn't get to try anything other than the c-store because they were all closed for Christmas.
The room: We stayed in the Wild Horse room. It was roomy and open feeling - but with the bathroom still separated, laminate "hard wood" flooring gave a very warm feeling to the room and not so typical "hotel room", The room included a nice size mini-fridge and coffee maker, racks to put your suitcases on, a little bistro table w/2 chairs, a floor lamp, and a large floor vase added nice touches. It is time for a little upkeep on the room though....the flooring near the heat/AC unit is buckled and can pinch your feet as you walk over it if you are not careful and it is time to repair/replace the bistro chairs as the wicker is breaking and someone is going to fall through one of them soon.
Value: I am not sure what the "high" season rates are, but the off-season rates were very reasonable and well worth the 30 minute drive south of Kalispell.
Dog Friendly: The motel seemed to be very dog friendly as everyone we saw had a dog with them. There is a great grassy area right outside the rooms for the dogs to play and do their "business", and there is also the dock and rocky beach across the highway at the Raven for them to explore.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Islander Inn is a tasteful collection of guestrooms and bungalows situated just a stone-throw away from Flathead Lake. The Islander is where you can put a little distance between yourself and the rest of the world. We have a pure island lifestyle with an assortment of 8 different themed suites and bungalows. Whether you gravitate toward a Hawaiian, "Maui" style, or if you're more of a Montanan "Wild Horse Island" type of person, we offer you a unique window into a tasteful and original environment. We are also "Dog Friendly," with well behaved humans. ... more less
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