Hotel With a Past: Kalispell Grand Hotel Celebrates Centennial

Kalispell has a long history of being the Wild West hub to cattle ranching, logging and railroad life in northwestern Montana. For decades the storied streets, just a short drive away from the stunning natural wonders of Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake, have welcomed wide-eyed guests in awe of the natural and cultural wonders of the region. And since 1912, the historic Kalispell Grand Hotel in downtown Kalispell has welcomed guests from loggers to international travelers.

Having celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012, the Grand looks back at many of the guests who have filled its room. From its opening, the hotel served a wealthy crowd and famed guests often gathered around its infamous fountain and sitting area — including Western painter Charlie Russell, who was good friends with Frank Bird Linderman, one of the managers of the hotel (and a noted writer).

In later decades the hotel fell into disrepair; but after coming under new ownership in 1989, it underwent extensive remodeling. It 1991 the Grand reopened, bringing the stately hotel back to its former grandeur — right down to the original oak stairway and pressed-tin ceiling. The renovation also included modernized rooms with private baths.

Today, guests can choose from rooms that bring the history of the hotel to life in modern convenience, from the Linderman Jetted Tub Suites to the Grand King rooms. The hotel also offers complimentary continental breakfast and cookies in the afternoon. The Grand is a perfect launching point to other downtown Kalispell treasures, such as the Hockaday Museum and Conrad Mansion, and is at the center of activity in the Flathead Valley. World-renowned Whitefish Mountain Resort and Glacier National Park are just a short drive north from the hotel, in addition to the art galleries of Bigfork and cherry orchards lining the eastern shore of Flathead Lake to the south.  For more information about the Grand, visit kalispellgrand.com.

The vibrant city of Kalispell is the gateway to Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, Whitefish and all of the recreation, art, shopping and adventure that northwestern Montana has to offer.  Plopped in the center of the Flathead Valley, it’s an easy drive to the park entrance, the art galleries of Bigfork or the water sports mecca of Flathead Lake and well-equipped with affordable, comfortable lodging, great dining and a range of shopping from one-off boutiques to price-conscious, large-format retailers. For more information, visit discoverkalispell.com 

 


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