Those of us that reside in the Flathead Valley know how lucky we are. Sometimes we forget but ultimately we know that we truly live in a special place. I notice when I travel for conferences how much people envy where I live. When I tell people I live in Northwest Montana they always seem to have a story about one time that they came fishing or skiing or some other outdoor activity and how much they can't wait to come back.

I stumbled across this article while looking for information about the area to post on my website. I thought I would share it so that you can get an "outsiders" take! Enjoy!

ski bums and urban refugees congregate

After a frenzied stint on Broadway's 42nd Street, actor Luke Walrath was ready for a quieter pace. His actress wife grew up in Whitefish, so the two decided to make it their new home. "It's at once folksy and stylish," he says of the town, a 35-minute drive southwest of Glacier National Park. The couple cofounded the Alpine Theatre Project, which stages seven shows a year ( At the foot of the Rockies, Whitefish has long drawn adventure seekers. Ski bums and urban refugees congregate over red malty Highlanders at The Great Northern Brewing Company (2 Central Ave.,, pints from $3.75). To live out a rustic Montana fantasy, book a cedar-walled room at Good Medicine Lodge, which feels like a set from Legends of the Fall (537 Wisconsin Ave.,, from $95). Kathryn O'Shea-Evans