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Laughing Horse Lodge
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

Want to stay somewhere where the atmosphere, beauty and exceptional quality is almost equal to the Montana mountains? We,, consider this quaint, cozy B and B because everything about it is just exceptional, including the food, owner Kathleen, rooms, talking parrot and 3 dogs.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Marjorie147
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

At first glance when you arrive outside the lodge on the small road passing by you might be tempted to go on to the next place on your trip. Do not! Everything about this place is behind the front. A beatiful small garden surrounded by the rooms and its also in this garden you get to meet fellow travellers and not the least to enjoy some of the best food avaiable anywhere. Perfectly located for lots of adventure, hiking or just a quick swim in Swan lake.
Be sure to use the great knowledge of Kathleen, the owner, who knows the area very well. By the way talk to her for any reason because she is great fun and make sure the hospitality is impecable.
We stayed several nights and enjoyed it thoroughly.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Dan B
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

We stayed at the Laughing Horse for the first two days of a Glacier/Grand Tetons/Yellowstone national park tour. Kathleen, the owner, went our of her way to make our kids and ourselves feel at home. The dinners and breakfasts were exceptional. The relaxed atmosphere and great food at the restaurant were a great combination. The cowboy room was cozy but we hardly spent any time in the room. The other guests were fun and interesting

Kathleen was very helpful with local hiking advice and for things to see in Glacier. The two resident goldens were great with our kids.

Our stay at the Laughing Horse started our trip on a very high note thanks to their hospitality. Thank you to everyone at the Laughing Horse for a great stay.

Room Tip: Eat dinner here and have dessert, it was great.
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Robert L
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

The preceding reviews are spot on! A delightful and peaceful corner of the world that I don't really want everyone to know about because then I will need to make reservations months in advance! I'll always remember the rain on the metal roof lulling us to sleep. The rooms are simple, but have all the necessities, and I love the imaginative decorative touches. The pups are just what those of us who love dogs needed. (Kathleen is happy to let them hike with you in exchange for giving them a bath upon your return.) I'll definitely stay here again, as soon as I can get back to Montana. Thank you Kathleen and staff, for a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jean M
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

We'd planned to stay in Bigfork, but when we got there, we discovered the place is a Tourist Trap, with one shop after another and crowds of people. That's not our idea of vacation in a gorgeous place like Montana. We made a u-turn and headed out, not knowing if or where we might find a dog-friendly place to stay, late in the day and where towns are small and far between. Then there was a Vacancy sign. A smiling woman was watering plants and cooling the swallow nests in the eaves. She told us #7 was open, go take a look. When we walked to the back, we entered the perfect place to stay. A shady courtyard full of flowers, log building with long veranda, tables already set with white tablecloths and stemmed glasses. Casual, relaxed, and elegant at the same time.

When we told Kathleen we'd stay, we discovered a rare laid-back trust: she didn't ask for credit card, name and adress, license plate. She just said, "Okay, it's yours," asked if we'd like to join them for dinner, and told us more about the swallows.

When we brought our dog to the back, he met 2 of the resident dogs, both friendly and well-behaved. The entire back area is fenced and gated, so our dog could be off-leash and relax along with us. There was even a basket of dog toys on the veranda, which he very much appreciated. We sat in the courtyard reading and enjoying the uniqueness and peacefulness of Laughing Horse Lodge--after wandering around taking pictures of flowers, raised vegetable beds, old travel posters, and quirky artistic touches in the garden. When it was time for dinner, our table was three steps away from the chairs where we'd been reading, which were three more steps away from our room.

Dinner was delicious, as all the reviews say, but also beautiful. We had to take pictures of our dinner salads because they were so artistically presented.

Just down the road a mile or so is a turnoff to a Watchable Wildlife location -- a viewing platform situated at the edge of a large grassy meadow. We visited it after dinner and in addition to watching deer, swallows, yellow-headed and red-winged blackbirds, Montana gifted us with a spectacular, long-lasting sunset. Between our unexpected discovery of Laughing Horse Lodge and the dramatic sunset, the entire experience was of serendipitous magic.

The room was very comfortable, although a way to get more air into the room without losing one's privacy would be welcome. Breakfast al fresca the next morning was delicious. As we were leaving, Kathleen asked if we were interested in hiking (how did she know?) and suggested the hike to Holland Lake Falls, 45 miles south. Sure enough, it was fabulous. The falls were great but the view from them was even better.

Laughing Horse Lodge was the highlight of our trip. We'd love to return.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Dianne M
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