2016 Media Trip to Western Montana

IFWTWA’s first media trip of 2016 is here, and it’s a wintertime adventure!

There’s nothing quite like Montana: A Winter Wonderland + Food Lover’s Haven!
Western Montana’s Glacier Country in the winter. From our snow-covered mountain peaks to our heart-pumping activities, winter here offers an adventure unlike any other. On this trip, participants will be able to combine Montana’s winter wonderland with our culinary offerings at incredible restaurants with talented chefs who utilize locally sourced products to serve up mouth-watering dishes. Rounding out our offerings: a lively beer, wine and spirits industry.

Who: up to 8 IFWTWA journalists

When: January 26-February 1, 2016

Where: Glacier Country, Montana

Host: Glacier Country Regional Tourism Commission

Note: All of the activities on the itinerary have one non-physical activity option.  For example, dog sledding is a very non-physical option for anyone who has physical challenges.

Transportation: Glacier Country Tourism will be providing airline transportation for domestic journalists. International journalists  will be covered up to $500/person. Our host will make the flight reservations and pay for them directly.
FYI: checked baggage costs, parking fees, ticket change fees, etc. are not covered by Glacier Country Tourism.

Apply by: November 16, 2015.  Acceptance: Applicants will by notified of acceptance by November 30, 2015.

Proposed Itinerary: Winter in Western Montana’s Glacier Country,
January 26 – February 1, 2016:

Tuesday, January 26 Fly into Missoula International Airport and travel to hotel to check-in.
3 p.m.: Tour of Missoula Art Museum. 4:30 p.m.: Free time to explore downtown Missoula. Suggested stops include A Carousel for Missoula, shops along Higgins Avenue (Green Light, Red Rooster, The Break Espresso, Caras Park, etc.)
5:30 p.m.: Tour of Montgomery Distillery, followed by cocktails. 6:30 p.m.: Cocktails and appetizers at Plonk.
7:30 p.m.: Dinner at Finn & Porter. Overnight in Missoula at DoubleTree Hotel.

Wednesday, January 27
 Breakfast at the hotel at your leisure. Provide breakfast vouchers.
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Morning activities in Missoula. Selections may include morning yoga at Downtown Dance Collective, tour of Bernice’s Bakery or Le Petit, cooking class at Good Food Store, etc. 12 p.m.: Lunch at Caffé Dolce.
1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Travel to Lolo for afternoon tours of Holt Heritage Museum + Travelers’ Rest State Park.
4 p.m.: Return to hotel to freshen up. 5 p.m.: Wine tasting at Ten Spoon Winery.
5:45 p.m.: Dinner in Missoula.  Split group into two: Red Bird and The Pearl.
7:30 p.m.: Attend “The Drowsy Chaperone” at MCT. Overnight in Missoula at DoubleTree Hotel.

Thursday, January 28 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast in Missoula. Break into two groups: The Catalyst and The Shack.
10 a.m.: Depart for Kalispell, with stop at The Windmill Café in Ravalli.
12:30/1 p.m.: Lunch at Tamarack Brewing Company in Lakeside.
2/2:30 p.m.: Check into accommodations at Kalispell Grand Hotel. Free time to explore downtown Kalispell, with suggested stops at Hockaday Museum of Art or Museum at Central School. Stroll down Main Street on a self-guided historic walking tours and stop into locally owned shops to check out work from Montana artisans. 
4 p.m.: Meet at Kalispell Brewery for tour and locally made beer.
5:30 p.m.: Afternoon hay ride at Artemis Acres, followed by western BBQ dinner around campfire.
Overnight in Kalispell at Kalispell Grand Hotel.

Friday, January 29 Breakfast at your leisure at the Kalispell Grand Hotel. 9:30 a.m.: Tour Conrad Mansion.
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Activity selections may include ice skating at Woodland Park, fat bike at Heron Park/Rail to Trails, dog sledding in nearby Bigfork.  Free time/return to hotel and freshen up.
6 p.m.: Dinner in Kalispell.  Split group into two: Hops Downtown Grill and DeSoto.
Overnight in Kalispell at Kalispell Grand Hotel.

Saturday, January 30 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast at The Knead Café.
Travel to Whitefish for today’s selection of activities.  Choices may include cupping at Montana Coffee Traders, cross-country skiing at Glacier Nordic Center (lessons available), skiing/snowboarding at Whitefish Mountain Resort (lessons available) and cooking class with Andy Blanton at Café Kandahar.
Lunch at Pig + Olive.
Dinner on Big Mountain. Split group into two: Moonlight Dine and Ski (guests do not have to ski down) and wine pairing dinner at Café Kandahar.  Overnight at Kandahar Lodge at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Sunday, January 318 a.m.: Breakfast in Whitefish at Loula’s.
9:45 a.m.: Depart for Glacier National Park.
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Snowshoe with park ranger.
12:30 p.m.: Brunch/lunch at Belton Chalet.
2/2:30 p.m.: Arrive back in Whitefish. Afternoon tours/activity options may include fat biking at Whitefish Bike Retreat and brewery and distillery tour (Great Northern, Bonsai Brewing, Spotted Bear Spirits + TBD), with stop at Stumptown Marketplace.
4 p.m.: Check into accommodations at Grouse Mountain Lodge and freshen up.
5:30 p.m.: Wine tasting/signature cocktails at Tupelo.
6:30 p.m.: Dine around in downtown Whitefish.  Overnight in Whitefish at Grouse Mountain Lodge. 

Monday, February 1 Depart for home from Glacier Park International Airport.
DRAFT ITINERARY Subject to change by Glacier Country Tourism
Glacier Country Regional Tourism Commission shall not be liable, nor assume any responsibility, for any  physical or emotional injury, paralysis, death, disease or damage to an individual, to property or to third parties that may arise out of or in any way related to, directly or indirectly, an individual’s participation in an event, of any kind or nature, or familiarization trip sponsored, funded, supported, conducted, directed, organized, planned, controlled, prepared or scheduled by the Glacier Country Regional Tourism Commission (collectively, an “Event”). Participants who participate in an Event do so at their own risk and do so only after executing an Acknowledgement and Assumption of Risk, Release and Waiver of Liability Agreement.    

The Fine Print: By submitting this form you agree that you have READ and UNDERSTAND the following conditions and AGREE to comply with them:
The hosts will review the applications and select those to be approved. Only Regular members may apply.
• Registration Fee Once you are notified of acceptance, you will be provided with a link to PayPal to pay registration fee and accept within five days or your spot will go to alternative.
• Host will cover/supplement air, as above, accommodations, transportation, food and visits to attractions and museums.
• Once approved and payment received, Glacier Country Tourism will proceed with air.
• Trip Registration includes a $125 non-refundable fee once you are approved and you’ve accepted.
• Guests are not allowed on this trip, due to limited space in ground transportation and budget at the host’s destination. Please do not ask. If host makes an exception, you will be advised.
By signing this form below, you acknowledge that you have read our Code of Conduct, as well as our Code of Conduct for Trip Expectations and agree to abide by them; and agree to send the hosts and media.clips@ifwtwa.org the URL (link) for any articles published.
You agree to publish at least one and hopefully more article/s on some aspect of the media tour WITHIN nine (9) months. The IFWTWA Media Trip Results blog provides testimonials from hosts, as well as links to the stories, interviews, videos, etc. That enables hosts, as well as prospective destinations, to see that we provide a return on investment. Members who do not provide clips as required will not be able to apply for future IFWTWA sponsored media trips.

Any photographs you include in may be used by IFWTWA in writing about the trip.

Trip hosts determine who is accepted to attend the trip. To help them decide, they are provided with links to your online profile. BE SURE it is up to date, as it is your chance to sell yourself.

By submitting your application, you acknowledge that there are risks associated with travel, and you assume FULL RESPONSIBILITY for yourself for food allergies, illness, bodily injury, death, damage or loss of personal property, and trip interruption expenses, which may result from your participation in the Media Trip, from the time of your departure until arrival home. Furthermore, you indemnify IFWTWA, its officers, directors, executive/administrative director, consultants, contractors and hosts against all claims for damages and agree that a refund of your registration fee shall be accepted as liquidated damages for any action against them, individually and severally, arising out of any aspect of your participation in the press trip.

Any personal expenses incurred on the trip will be charged to the individual’s credit card that incurred the expense when checking out of the hotel.

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