Actually, we will probably visit both. Hungry Horse is on the way to Glacier National Park, and home to Huckleberry Patch, a mere 9 miles from the west entrance to Glacier. It is a great place to stop on the way to or from Glacier. But Laughing Horse Lodge is over on Swan Lake, several long shots (with a shotgun) away from Bigfork. We visited for the first time last June. The Lodge is run by Megan’s (Candlewycke Inn) partner in crime, Kathleen, aka Chef Kate.
To differentiate Candlewycke Inn from Laughing Horse is this. Chef Kate runs a full service, three meals a day restaurant on her premises. Megan runs a more traditional B&B, with emphasis on breakfast. However, she does cook specialty dinners upon request. But I must tell you that both ladies are most energetic and interesting. It would be best for you to visit and find out for yourself.
It just happens to be Tantalizing Tuesday’s Chef’s Wine Dinner at Laughing Horse. The theme will be “Taste of Okinawa,” which I can hardly wait to taste! How does a chef in Montana come up with taste of Okinawa? On normal nights, this is her signature dish: Saffron Soba Cake – organic soba noodles tossed with fresh herbs, parmesan and eggs, fried in saffron-infused sweet butter until crisp and layered with sautéed Asian vegetables, your choice of grilled meat and garlic basil aioli. Choice of:
Vegetarian Natural Chicken Angus Sirloin
The Lodge itself sits at the base of the Swan Range and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. I am not certain I would want a wilderness named for me. In addition, her establishment has a cozy pub, and two friendly golden retrievers to keep you company. The Lodge has eight guest rooms, with Wi-Fi, and cell service not more than a mile away. Fortunately, non-smoking dogs are allowed, but no elephants.
It is a beautiful setting, particularly at sunrise and sunset. The food is also quite noteworthy, as are both the wine list and desserts. Plus, if you are fortunate, Chef Kate will grace your table and share some of her adventures with you. For instance, last year, she spent the winter in Patagonia.