Don't let Dayton's modest size fool you: it is home to tons of character and verve that will make your Montana retreat one to remember, and our splendid vacation rentals allow you to experience the area like a true Montanan.
Located in Montana's Lake County, Dayton lies on the west shore of Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River. With a population of fewer than a hundred people, the area offers a striking escape in the Land of the Shining Mountains. The neighboring communities of Rollins and gorgeous Lakeside offer a similar environment while the artistic community of Bigfork lies across the lake.
The Big Arm section of the Flathead Lake State Park consists of dozens of acres of nature just waiting to be explored. Flathead Lake offers a great opportunity for fishing, swimming, scuba diving, water skiing, and more. Plus, the campground contains 41 campsites and three yurts, which provide modern camping comforts.
The largest island in Flathead Lake is Wild Horse Island, a primitive island of nearly 2,200-acres that is accessible only by boat. Located on the west shore of the lake, this island is home to wildlife such as bald eagles, bighorn sheep, and yellow-pine chipmunks. Visitors may also get lucky and spot a few wild horses!
Because of Dayton's consistent winds, its waters are ideal for sailing. Dayton Bay and nearby Big Arm Bay are especially perfect for water cruising. The Dayton Yacht Harbor is a full-service marina that offers a sailing school to assist new sailors or those hoping to polish their skills. The harbor provides different types of sailboats for day and night use.
Wine connoisseurs will appreciate Dayton's family-owned Mission Mountain Winery. Producing six types of wine including Pinot noir and Gewurztraminer, this winery is internationally recognized and has received many gold medals for its spectacular wines. Mission Mountain Winery's tasting room is open seasonally from the beginning of May to the end of October. Guests may also arrange for private tastings with hors d'oeuvres.
Metropolitan Kalispell is situated fewer than 30 miles north of our lovely Dayton vacation rentals. Bringing together all types of outdoor activities from horseback riding and cycling to snowmobiling and skiing, this centralized town is ideal for all sorts of family fun.
If you have time for a longer day trip, you can experience one of the most scenic drives in the country. Travel about 66 miles north to the small community of West Glacier to begin the Going-to-the-Sun Road. This gorgeous mountain road, located in Glacier National Park, spans 50 miles and offers stunning panoramas of the Montana landscape. So set your cruise control and head for this amazing destination just a short drive from Dayton.
If you're looking for a small city with a lot of life, give Dayton a try. The amazing scenery and our charming vacation rentals pair as well as cheese and wine!
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