• Dawn Sabato

Montana Guest Ranch Celebrates 75 Years in 2020

Monday, February 10, 2020—Bigfork, Montana—Flathead Lake Lodge, a family-owned and -operated guest ranch in northwest Montana, is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2020.

“75 years is a lifetime,” said Chase Averill, the General Manager at Flathead Lake Lodge. “For us, it's three generations, a ton of stories, incredible experiences and relationships that have been made here over the years.”

Originally home to the 1932-constructed Flathead Recreation Ranch for Boys, the property was purchased in 1945 by Les Averill upon his return from World War II. Over the years, the Averill family turned this wild piece of land into a family vacation destination that has welcomed guests for 75 years.

In 1971, Doug Averill—Les' son—took over as the second generation at the lodge and after 47 years, Doug turned the management of the ranch over to his oldest son Chase in 2017.

“I've spent my whole life on the ranch, from growing up here with my brothers to raising my own kids,” said Doug. “The lodge is unlike anywhere else and it's been my honor to spend my life hosting guests in this place.”

In honor of their 75th anniversary, Flathead Lake Lodge is hosting an event called “A Week of Hope” that will welcome families who have a child with a life-threatening medical condition to their 2,000-acre ranch in Bigfork. “A Week of Hope” was created to honor the ranch's anniversary, family legacy and Western traditions.

“When it came time to celebrate this anniversary year, we knew we didn't want it to be just about us,” said Chase. “The experiences and the feeling of home that the ranch provides is what makes this place so special and for us, the anniversary is about sharing this beautiful ranch with them.”

In addition to “A Week of Hope,” Flathead Lake Lodge is celebrating the anniversary by offering 20% off the last full family week of the summer, from August 23 – 30, 2020.

To learn more about Flathead Lake Lodge, visit FlatheadLakeLodge.com.

About Flathead Lake Lodge A family-owned and -operated guest ranch, Flathead Lake Lodge is located in Montana on the shores of Flathead Lake—the largest freshwater lake in the West. Encompassing 2,000 acres of terrain, Flathead Lake Lodge has been welcoming guests from around the world for more than 70 years with its one-of-a-kind hospitality. A family travel destination, the lodge also hosts groups, corporate retreats, meetings, events and destination weddings. More information can be found at FlatheadLakeLodge.com or on Facebook and Instagram.

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