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Treasure Hunting

Golden-age glamour in Whitefish

Vintage china and linen pamper guests at Whitefish, Montana's Garden Wall Inn (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)
Vintage china and linen pamper guests at Whitefish, Montana's Garden Wall Inn (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

I just spent a couple of days in Whitefish, Montana surrounded by antiques and collectibles.

Whitefish, a 5-hour drive or 6-hour train ride from Spokane, is close enough to getaway for the weekend. I love the small-town feel and the proximity to Glacier National Park , just a 20-minute drive away. The scenery is beatiful, local dining is delicous and the places to stay are as varied as the people who visit.

This trip, I spent the night at the Garden Wall Inn. The Garden Wall has five guest rooms in what used to be the town's finest residence.

Part of the Garden Wall Inn's charm is that the heritage of the period house-turned-bed and breakfast is honored. Everything - from the furniture, to the china, to the linens on the beds, to the silver bud vase in the bathroom - is vintage.

If you love antiques and would love to incorporate them into every aspect of your home, Garden Wall owner, Rhonda Fitzgerald is a good example.

"I love all these pretty things," she told me on my first visit to Whitefish as I admired her collection of vintage lamps in the living room. "And, in this kind of setting, anything else would be out of place."

So true.

I'll be writing more about Garden Wall Inn in my new Home Planet "Sweet Dreams" series, but thought I would give treasure hunters a first peek. So many of us would love to surround ourselves with one-of-a-kind vintage luxuries. A night at Garden Wall Inn lets anyone do exactly that.



Cheryl-Anne Millsap writes about antiques and collectibles and the love of all things vintage. Millsap's Home Planet column appears each week in the Wednesday "Pinch" supplement and she is The Spokesman-Review's female automobile reviewer. She is a regular contributor to Spokane Public Radio and her essays can be heard on Public Radio stations across the country. Cheryl-Anne is the author of "Home Planet: A Life in Four Seasons."