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Kalispell, Montana - Eat, Stay, Shop, Play

Kalispell Montana is located in the Flathead Valley boasting mountain vistas on every side. While visitors to the area typically head straight for Glacier National Park or the ski mountain nearby in Whitefish, the town of Kalispell offers visitors unique opportunities for dining, shopping, recreating, and staying locally in an unforgettable home away from home.

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Main Street - Downtown Kalispell Montana

Eat

In addition to the usual dining options, downtown Kalispell offers visitors some fun and unique eateries. Whether you are craving hamburgers, pizza, bbq, or sushi be sure to check out these local options.

Norm's Soda Fountain - Downtown Kalispell Montana

Blue Samurai Sushi Bar and Grill

Sourcing only the top tier and freshest ingredients, Tony at Blue Samurai Sushi Bar and Grill is passionate about serving food that is good for your family’s health. He never uses preservatives, and each roll found on the menu is put through the employee test. If not approved unanimously, it doesn’t make the cut. 

If not approved unanimously, it doesn’t make the cut.

Some of our favorite sushi rolls here are the lollipop roll, volcano roll, hot and juicy, and dynamite roll. I’ve also heard the yakisoba noodles here are amazing and they serve up a good looking crab rangoon and baked green mussels.

Blue Samurai Sushi - Downtown Kalispell Montana

Norm’s Soda Fountain

In business since 1938, Norm’s Soda Fountain is a classic old fashioned diner experience. Serving up hamburgers, french fries, corn dogs, chili, sundaes, malts, traditional breakfast and more. 

Save room for dessert here.

Save room for dessert here. In addition to the delicious ice cream options, guests can purchase fudge or choose from over 800 types of candy featured in the restaurant. Norm’s is truly a family favorite and a place we love taking area visitors. 

Norm's Soda Fountain - Downtown Kalispell Montana

Desoto Grill

Pairing their love for classic cars and down home bbq, Willie and Shawnna took a chance and opened Desoto Grill in 2015. The grill has been a huge success making it difficult to get a seat here in the Summer without waiting for a table. However, that wait will be rewarded with a mouth watering pulled pork or beef brisket sandwich, elk sausage hoagie, grandma kat’s baked beans, smoky bacon mac n cheese, or a warm smoked cobbler with vanilla ice cream. 

Can’t decide on just one? Choose a combo platter featuring 3 meats and 3 sides or mac’s.

Can’t decide on just one? Choose a combo platter featuring 3 meats and 3 sides or mac’s. Each Summer Desoto Grill also hosts the Big Shindig, a car show featuring hot rods, customs, rat rods, live music, and this year a pin up polar plunge in classic Montana fashion.

Desoto Grill - Downtown Kalispell Montana

Moose’s Saloon Restaurant and Bar

Moose’s Saloon has a rich history of hosting a wide variety of clientele. From governors, senators, and corporate presidents to laborers, tradesmen, and business people this restaurant and bar delivers a unique experience. Step across the sawdust covered floors, snag a bowl of peanuts, and peruse the booth and wall carvings left by past guests while enjoying a no fuss pizza, sandwich, beer, or glass of wine.

Moose's Saloon - Downtown Kalispell Montana

Stay

Kalispell Montana offers visitors a plethora of lodging options ranging from a newly renovated lodge with top of line finishes, to a hotel with historic charm downtown, to a hostel for the no-fuss budget minded traveler, or an RV park with mountain views and a bike path.

Main Street and First Street Intersection - Downtown Kalispell Montana

Sherman Lodge

Newly renovated with top of the line finishes, the Sherman Lodge offers visitors true luxury while maintaining an intimate atmosphere. The lodge offers 5 room options including double queen bed options, a king suite, a queen with a twin daybed, or the loft room with two twins and a king along with a full living space, kitchen, laundry, and desk space. 

All guests can take in the city and mountain views from the rooftop patio.

Additionally, all guests can take in the city and mountain views from the rooftop patio, and utilize the shared living room with cozy fireplace, dining room, and kitchen area. Rooms here can be reserved individually or parties can rent the entire space for family events, corporate events, or reunions. 

The Sherman Lodge - Downtown Kalispell Montana

The Kalispell Grand Hotel

If you are looking for a historic place to call home during your stay, look no further than the Kalispell Grand Hotel. Here visitors are within walking distance to shopping, eating, breweries, art galleries, museums, and more. Opened in 1912, the Kalispell Grand Hotel still features the original wooden staircase, high tin ceilings, and historic charm while offering guests the added benefit of some updated amenities such as an elevator, attached bathrooms in every room, and individual air conditioning units. 

The Kalispell Grand Hotel still features the original wooden staircase, high tin ceilings, and historic charm.

Guests will also enjoy waking up to a continental breakfast featuring home baked items, cereal, yogurt, fruit, coffee, and juices. Guests can choose from a king or queen room, a family room with 3 beds, executive suite, or a jetted tub suite perfect for those cold Winter Montana days. The Kalispell Grand Hotel also offers the added benefit of an attached salon and barbershop, art gallery featuring local artists, and healing massage therapist.

The Grand Hotel Lobby - Downtown Kalispell Montana

Kalispell Hostel

The Kalispell Hostel is located above Wheaton’s bike shop downtown and is the perfect place to stay for the no fuss visitor anticipating a day of adventure. Room rates here currently range from $50-$75 per night leaving some spending money for food, drinks, and fun. The hostel features a living room, kitchen, dining room, shared bathroom, laundry room, and multiple guest room options. 

The Kalispell Hostel - Downtown Kalispell Montana

Montana Basecamp RV Park

Montana Basecamp RV Park is conveniently situated along Highway 93 and the Highway 93 bypass providing a welcome rest for weary travelers. The park features back in pull out paved sites with wide yards. 

The property provides easy access to the Great Northern historical bike trail.

The property provides easy access to the Great Northern historical bike trail taking guests into downtown Kalispell or the shores of the beautiful Flathead Lake. Be sure to ask Andy for local brewery and restaurant recommendations to enjoy during your stay.

Montana Basecamp RV Park - Kalispell Montana

Shop

Downtown Kalispell has no shortage of shopping opportunities. Many shops feature the work of local artisans and unique jewelry and gift items. Specialty shops line Main Street along with some truly western themed stores.

Sage and Cedar Gift Sets - Downtown Kalispell Montana

Sassafras

Sassafras is not to be missed when in downtown Kalispell. Located in a historic building that the owner Susan spent 1-½ years restoring, the store is a co-op featuring over 50 local artists. 

The store is a co-op featuring over 50 local artists.

While jewelry is the number one seller here, shoppers will have a plethora of options from antique furniture and pianos, to pottery and glassware, to children’s items, aprons, paintings, cards, clothing and more. Susan has enjoyed supporting local artists here for 18+ years and doesn’t shy away from participating in the creative process herself every now and then.

Sassafras - Downtown Kalispell Montana

Sage & Cedar

Pamper yourself with a stop by Sage & Cedar. Here visitors can create their own blends of essential oils and lotions, hand select the perfect soap, bath salts, bath bombs, or bubbles, find the right body scrub or shaving kit, and more. 

Sage & Cedar carries products for men, women, and children so the entire family can join in the fun.

Sage & Cedar carries products for men, women, and children so the entire family can join in the fun. And, if you run out of your favorite product reorders can easily be placed online.

Sage and Cedar - Downtown Kalispell Montana

Western Outdoor

Western Outdoor is true classic Montana western wear. Here shoppers can choose from over 2,500 boots, 1,500 hats, clothing, children’s items, moccasins, blankets, jewelry and various gifts and souvenirs. Perched atop the shingle roof awning visitors will find an antique horse and carriage display reminiscent of days gone by. 

Children's Boots at Western Outdoor - Downtown Kalispell Montana

R & R Home 

If during your Kalispell visit, a desire to own a second home, vacation rental, or primary residence in the area piques your interest, stop by R & R Home for design inspiration. Cara and Kristy can assist with complete home designs, kitchen and bath designs, flooring selections, rugs, lighting, furniture, and accessories.

Sherman Lodge - Interior Design by R and R Home - Downtown Kalispell Montana

Play

Montana is known for the great outdoors, so when visiting Kalispell guests want to play hard. Several downtown shops are happy to help and offer a plethora of knowledge on local area specialties.

Wheaton’s Cycle

Wheaton’s Cycle has been serving the city of Kalispell for over 100 years. The staff here are friendly, knowledgeable, and ready to share the best biking routes and trails in the area. 

The staff here are friendly, knowledgeable, and ready to share the best biking routes and trails in the area.

Stop in the shop for bicycle rentals, sales, and service. Wheaton’s also has helmets, biking accessories, energy bars and gel packets, bike parts, clothing, and more. Visit their website for local trail information and be sure to ask for recommendations for your desired biking intensity while visiting the shop.

Wheaton's Cycle Shop - Downtown Kalispell Montana

True Water Fly Shop

Montana and fly fishing go hand in hand and the knowledgeable staff at True Water Fly Shop are happy to help beginners to advanced fishermen with all of their fly fishing needs. 

The knowledgeable staff at True Water Fly Shop are happy to help beginners to advanced fishermen with all of their fly fishing needs.

Whether that’s getting outfitted for the season, learning to cast during a free onsite workshop, obtaining the latest on fishing conditions in the area with weekly fishing updates found on their website, or taking to local waters with a guide on a half or full day fishing trip visitors will appreciate the personalized experience at True Water Fly Shop.

Lures at True Water Fly Shop - Downtown Kalispell Montana

The Conrad Mansion

If rain prevents outdoor fun during your visit, stay dry and check out the Conrad Mansion. On the national register of historic places, the Conrad Mansion is the former home of Charles E Conrad. Charles began a very successful shipping and freight company in Montana in the late 1800s. 

Guided tours are available for a cost, but do require 24 hours notice. 

The mansion boasts 13,000 square feet, 26 rooms, and 8 fireplaces. Guided tours are available for a cost, but do require 24 hours notice. 

The Conrad Mansion - Downtown Kalispell Montana

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