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Plum Creek House

985 Vans Avenue
Columbia Falls, MT 59912

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Located along six hundred feet of the Wild and Scenic Flathead River, with an unsurpassed view of the Rocky Mountains and Glacier National Park, is PLUM CREEK HOUSE, the former home of the late timber baron, D. C. Dunham. The 5,000 square foot architecturally designed ranch style home, built in 1957, takes full advantage of the astounding view with large windows throughout and with large decks and patio areas placed about the inn's three acres. During the summer months, guests head straight to the heated swimming pool or riverside jacuzzi to relax and gaze down the river after a strenuous day in the park, on the golf course, soaring above the valley in a hot air balloon, enjoying and learning about Glacier National Park via helicopter, rafting on turbulent whitewater down the Flathead River or to cool off after a rousing game of tennis at the nearby court.

The inn is strategically located just a mile from the city of Columbia Falls (though its location along the river gives the illusion of being miles into the wilderness), 15 miles from Glacier National Park, 15 miles from Big Mountain Ski Resort, 15 miles from Kalispell, 20 miles from Bigfork, 9 miles from the Amtrak station and just 7 miles from the Glacier Park International Airport.

The beautifully-furnished inn, containing some of the furnishings brought by Mr. Dunham from Minnesota, features five large bedrooms, each with a private bathroom. The stunning living room is beautifully furnished in a tasteful blend of antique and traditional pieces. The corner bookcase contains a number of books on Northwest Montana, as well as from different places around the globe to which Caroline and her sons, Jim and Steve, have traveled. In the winter, a blazing fire wards off chill while casting the room in a warm glow.

The cheery garden sunroom is a delightful place to enjoy a hearty breakfast, as you listen to the water tumbling over the rocks in the fountain and the chirping of a myriad of native birds. In May a glorious flowering plum tree blooms beside the turquoise pool. The sunroom also contains a guest refrigerator, stocked with complimentary beverages, and a microwave for guest use. Long-term guests may also wish to use the fully-equipped guest kitchen.

Breakfast is a gourmet experience! It begins at a time you choose with a bottomless coffee pot, fresh seasonal fruit and juice. From Caroline's enormous recipe collection, an entrée du jour is selected which could be a savory fritatta, orange-stuffed French toast, blueberry pancakes with a choice of toppings, a filled croissant with cheese sauce, or award-winning breakfast casserole. A variety of breakfast meats and pastries accompany the entrée. Four of Caroline's breakfast recipes were published in a national cookbook!

When you have returned from your day's activities and have relaxed enough to start thinking about where you would like to go for dinner, just glance through the book on the front table in the living room. We have collected menus of local eateries from delicatessens to fine dining establishments and will be happy to discuss them with you to ensure you of a pleasurable dining experience.

From the living room, guests may gaze across the river into a large wilderness area, a wintering ground for herds of elk and deer, though used by animals all year long. The formal dining room is comfortably furnished with elegant furniture purchased from the Dunham Estate. Guests seated at the large table may watch eagles and osprey soaring above the mighty Flathead River as it meanders the twenty miles down to Flathead Lake.

During the summer months, guests head straight to the heated swimming pool or riverside jacuzzi to relax and gaze down the river.

Children: info n/a

Smoking: outside only

Pets: no

Rates: $75-115

Payment: Major credit cards, cash, checks

Plum Creek House
985 Vans Avenue
Columbia Falls, MT 59912

Innkeeper: Vern and Caroline Stevens

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