These lodgings are actually quite close to Bigfork, and are good laid-back alternatives to staying in that more expensive town.
The attractive Laughing Horse Lodge (71284 Hwy. 83, 406/886-2080, www.laughinghorselodge.com, $75–145) has newer log cabin–style units furnished with massive log beds (but with no telephones, alarm clocks, or TVs). The lodge is run as a dog-friendly B&B, and rates include a good breakfast. The restaurant here is worth a stop, even if you’re not sleeping over, and kayaks and bikes are available for rent.
Up a steep rutted road from Highway 83 north of Swan Lake are the Swan Lake Guest Cabins (406/837-1137 or 888/837-1557, $100–175), with newly constructed, nicely detailed log cabins. The cabins, tucked into the woods, all come with propane grills and comfy porch swings. Dogs are allowed.
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