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Hollie Hallwyler’s Whitefish Real Estate September Newsletter


As a native Oregonian who also spent many years in Nashville, Tennessee before returning to the Pacific Northwest to be close to family, Hollie was ready to trade in the big city lifestyle for a better quality of life for her family and her love of the great outdoors. She and her husband found paradise when they discovered Whitefish, Montana.

With a passion for interior design and helping people find their perfect home, Hollie decided to start her real estate career in Montana. She loves guiding her clients on their quest to find and live their Montana dream. Call Hollie today at 406.607.0848!


On the Roads

By Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

From the end of May until the kids go back to school, the roadways in the Flathead Valley are full of automobiles of all makes and models, many of which are touting out-of-state or Canadian license plates.

Summer is heavy tourism season in the valley, and while airport statistics show more people are flying into the Flathead than ever, the roads and highways are clogged with cars, trucks, RVs, bicycles, motorcycles, and other modes of wheeled travel.

With the understanding that this traffic volume isn’t likely going to decrease in the summers anytime soon, city, county, and state officials are discussing plans for the future of these roadways and how to keep them drivable.

In Whitefish, city officials and other stakeholders in the tourism industry, including businesses, have started the process of drafting a Sustainable Tourism Master Plan, which would help the city map out how it wants to manage increased tourism.

“It’s not about growing tourism,” said Whitefish Public Works Director Craig Workman. “We’re trying to manage it in a responsible manner.”

Workman is part of the group discussing the plan, which will have public meetings again starting in September, and works on the subcommittee on traffic, congestion, and transportation.

Already, the Montana Department of Transportation has plans to continue working on the Whitefish U.S. 93 Urban Corridor Study, which looks to address the downtown environment, as well as local and through-traffic needs. The plan will explore improvement options for Highway 93 through the city, along with other streets with high traffic.

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312 Elk Trail, Whitefish, MT 59937

MLS #21810876 Offered at $274,400

Nice older rancher on .49 acres in Happy Valley. This 4 bedroom 2 bath home has a large fenced yard and attached 2 car garage. Nice front porch to enjoy the sunsets. Across from School Trust lands for hiking and biking right out your door. Check out the new photos! Basement bedrooms windows do not meet legal ingress/egress standards.



Native Americans continue their traditional relay horse racing.

The Great Northwest Oktoberfest

First Weekend:

Thursday, September 27:  5 pm to 11 pm
Friday, September 28: 5 pm to 11 pm
Saturday, September 29: 12 noon to 11 pm

Second Weekend:

Wednesday, October 3:  6 pm. to 8 p.m. (at the Firebrand Hotel)
Thursday, October 4: 5 pm to 11 pm
Friday, October 5: 5 pm to 11 pm
Saturday, October 6: 12 noon to 11 pm

The Great Northwest Oktoberfest takes place under the “Oktoberfest Bigtop” in Depot Park, located in the heart of downtown Whitefish, Montana. Depot Park is located on the corner of Spokane Ave. and Railroad St., in front of the historic Whitefish Train Depot. Click here for more info…

Great Fish 5k Color Run and Community Fair


August 28, 2018 at 3:48 pm | By Heidi Desch | Whitefish PIlot

Whitefish collected nearly $4 million in resort tax during fiscal year 2018.

In FY18 the city collected $3.98 million, which is an increase in resort tax collections over the previous two fiscal year periods, according to the city. FY18 runs from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

In FY17 the city collected about $3.6 million in resort tax, while in FY16 it collected about $3.2 million.

The resort tax is collected on lodging, bar and restaurant food and drinks and “luxury” retail items.

Assistant City Manager and Finance Director Dana Smith said the resort tax collections for FY18 were 9 percent higher than in FY17.

While most of the increase in collections is in lodging at 14 percent, retail and bars/restaurants are seeing an increase as well in the 6 to 8 percent range, Smith noted.

“This trend has allowed for additional property tax relief in the FY19 budget because any amount collected over the budgeted amount must be returned to taxpayers as additional property tax relief,” Smith said.

Thank you for attending Gone Fishin’!

RE/MAX Rocky Mountain Real Estate hosted Gone Fishin’ in January.

Lakestream Fly Fishing half-day float fishing trip and goodiesKerrie Cardon, Realtor at RE/MAX Rocky Mountain Real Estate visits with guestsBrian Nicodemus and Lisa Holle at Gone Fishin'


RE/MAX Rocky Mountain Real Estate would like to thank all of the people who helped plan our event, and all those who attended! We had a large crowd, and everyone enjoyed the food, drink, and conversation.

Special thanks to our co-hosts, Sterling Title Services,  Frazier Appraisal, and Whitefish Appraisal.

Thank you to the Whitefish Chamber for organizing these monthly networking events.

Whitefish Trail Users Spend $6.1M Locally


A yearlong study to quantify outdoor recreation reveals that playing outside is a major boon to the local economy, with Whitefish Trail users contributing $6.1 million annually.

Relying on intercept surveys, infrared counters, manual verification, Strava accounts, and statewide tourism data, Whitefish Legacy Partners and the Whitefish Convention and Visitors Bureau partnered with Headwaters Economics to better understand the economic ripple effects of outdoor recreation.

According to the report, “Local Benefits from Outdoor Recreation and the Whitefish Trail,” by Megan Lawson, outdoor recreation is the number one reason why locals stay and visitors visit Whitefish. Based on 1,794 interviews, the report found that 65 percent of visitors come to Whitefish with recreation as their primary purpose.


More on Stunning Timber Ridge Subdivision

There has been lots of excitement and activity taking place in the new development of Timber Ridge!  With one spec home built by Pickering Family Homes almost complete and sold, and another almost underway~ you will not want to miss out on this opportunity.  This gorgeous new subdivision, located conveniently off Highway 40 between Whitefish and Columbia Falls features mountain views, larger lots, community water and a forested building site. This neighborhood offers walking trails giving a country feel and a homeowners RV/Storage area to be built to allow home owners a place to park the toys. Perched on a bench overlooking the Swan Mountain Range and Badrock Canyon, what more could you want for a prime location to build your dream home!

See for yourself with this aerial video on location and contact our office today to learn more… 406.862.9000


Check out Pickering Family Homes on their Facebook link~

Whitefish~ From the Lake to the Greens….

Whether camping in the wilderness is your passion; Or boating on one of the many lakes in the area-  Montana has what you are looking for. There are so many recreation opportunities in this sportsman’s paradise we call the Flathead Valley. We would like to start by spotlighting the amenities and attractions right here in our little mountain town of Whitefish.


As for the Summer season, you can find visitors and locals alike enjoying kayaking, swimming, paddle boarding or yoga all on one of the public beaches at Whitefish Lake. The most visited beach on Whitefish Lake is City Beach, a quick walk from downtown. This beach host the town’s spectacular fireworks display on the 4th of July, but arrive early if you want to find a spot for the whole family!

City Beach in Whitefish, MT

The next popular lake side spot is Whitefish Lake State Park on the SouthWestern shore.  You can launch boats, camp overnight and rent kayaking or paddle board equipment from a local concessionaire.  Guided fishing trips may be booked through the local fly shop right in town, Lakestream Fly Shop.  Or take the opportunity to explore the lake on your own and rent a motorboat and enjoy waterskiing, or just relaxing on a pontoon boat. The Whitefish Lake Lodge has everything you need to make your day on the lake or your stay complete! After a day on the lake, enjoy cocktails on the dock,  entertainment, dining, a spa and a marina.


Whitefish has more to offer than just water sports!  Downtown shops include antiques, clothing, locally made gift items, souvenirs, locally roasted coffee and locally made ice cream. Stock up on organic produce at the Farmer’s Market every Tuesday night from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m., running May 30 through September 26.

If nightlife is what you are looking for, you may want to stay right in town at the Firebrand Hotel.  It is just a block from Central Avenue, where you will find restaurants and bars with live entertainment throughout the Summer.


Enjoy a day on the greens at the public Whitefish Lake Golf Club, offering a North and South course~ Both with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.  Find lodging near the course at Grouse Mountain Lodge just minutes from downtown.


Our office supports the local arts!   Stay tuned for shows by the Alpine Theater Project and the Whitefish Theater Company. Stop in the O’Shaughnessy Center on Central Avenue for a schedule and ticket info. Check out the local artwork at the First Thursdays Gallery Night Art Walk hosted by local merchants in the downtown area, or make your own art at the Stumptown Art Studio.  This non-profit studio offers classes for all ages and abilities.


And last but not least, take a chair lift or hike up Big Mountain, pick huckleberries and take in the amazing views that Whitefish Mountain Resort has to offer. Mountain biking, zipline tours and an alpine slide are some of the Summertime activities the resort has to offer.

With all this small town has to offer for all ages, why not let one of our Northwest Montana real estate agents help make your dream of Montana living come true!  Follow us on Facebook to learn about upcoming events in the area as well.



Live on the 14th fairway of Whitefish Lake Golf Course

Spectacular mountain and golf course views from this home built for entertaining situated on the 14th fairway of Whitefish Lake Golf Course. Great Room with cathedral ceiling provides expansive views of the Swan Mountain Range. Fireplace and wet bar in great room create warm entertaining atmosphere. Enjoy tranquil mornings drinking coffee on the deck while overlooking the south course. East facing deck provides welcome shade from the afternoon sun. Cross country ski on the golf course in the winter from your back door. Enjoy the master suite on main level while family and guests have their own living spaces and bedrooms on the lower level. For more information call Kerrie Cardon at 406.270.2614, or your real estate professional.

Flathead Valley golf courses are open!

Visit this website to find information on Flathead Valley golf courses. will help you choose from nine championship courses in the valley. Check out the facilities and book a tee time, all on-line.

The site also includes prices and contact phone numbers, if you’d like to call for a tee time or get more information on each course.

You can also find and book a hotel room close to your golf course. This all-inclusive website also gives you travel information on airlines, Amtrak, and driving routes.

If you’re interested in Whitefish real estate, and would like to get an overview of available property, give Brian Murphy a call at 406.890.1681 and he will arrange a tour for you.

Be prepared for travel this summer

1. Columbia Falls – Highway 2

Estimated Start: Late Summer

MDT will rebuild the curb and sidewalks along U.S. Highway 2 through Columbia Falls to ensure they comply with the American With Disabilities Act. The project will also upgrade the road surface from the west side of Columbia Falls to the Flathead River bridge. The project is expected to cost nearly $4 million.

2. Hungry Horse Bridge – Highway 2

Estimated Start: Spring

One of the biggest road projects in the state will be the construction of a new bridge over the South Fork Flathead River. The original bridge will remain open until 2018 while a new one is constructed alongside it. Because of that, Toavs said the impacts to drivers would be limited, at least this year. In 2018, during the second phase of the project, MDT will realign the highway on either side of the bridge. The project is expected to cost $20 million.

3. West Glacier – Highway 2

Estimated Start: Late Summer

MDT crews will be fixing the embankment along a 200-foot section of U.S. Highway 2 between West Glacier and Essex.

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