Established in 1993
We started out with a quaint small Cafe, seating up to 60 guests in our cozy dining room. However, during summer time we became well known as the only place serving food on the deck overlooking Bigfork Bay. The deck allowed us to accommodate twice as many guests. Waiting time could be over 2 hours to just get a table. Food was made from scratch with only the finest ingredients. Over time we added the Grotto, a European favored atmosphere for a romantic dinner experience.
Over time, the building has been remodeled and updated. Rooms were added over the years, creating different themes in each room. In 2000 we added a third story with a large convention space for weddings and special events.To take advantage of the famous Big Sky Country, we created the Penthouse and the Rooftop gardens. It’s nestled in the crown of a magnificent willow tree, potted plants are lined up along the rails and you’ll enjoy the most glorious view of Bigfork Bay and Flathead Lake.
The Inn as well as the restaurant have been under the same ownership since conception. The owner, Margrit brought her European tastes in architecture and design as well as the Swiss hospitality to Bigfork.
After 23 years she retired from the restaurant business and closed the door to great food.
She will host an occasional dinner party by special request. For reservations call 406-837-2328
The Swan River Inn has gone through many stages of expanding and remodeling, matching the pace of the rapidly growing popularity of Bigfork and Montana.
We feature 12 theme suites in our downtown location. Park your car and walk to galleries, restaurants, gift shop or the Playhouse in the village.
For the guest that wants to experience the more secluded Montana we rent several homes in the surrounding Bigfork area. Check the variety, style and decor of all rooms on our website:
You can rent the whole facility or a room at the time.
You choose the space, the time or duration and we will be glad to quote you a price.
Rent the whole facility for your corporate retreat or the special Birthday celebration or a wedding
by the day or week. Restaurant and bar service on request.
12 Luxury-themed suites at the Inn:
Art Deco Room, Victorian Room, Log Cabin Suite, Geisha Suite, Safari Suite, Country French, Crystal Palace, Chalet, Arabian Nights, Leather and Lace, Tuscan Suite, Penthouse
5 Theme suites located ¼ mile from the Inn:
Portofino the Italian Rhapsody, English Tudor Pub, Arts and Craft Attic, and Orient Express and the Garden cottage
4 suites feature full kitchens for an extended stay.
Carriage House: Ideal for the adventurer, located 8 miles out of town on 60 glorious acres with ponds, meadows, mountain views and wildlife abundance.
Cabin by the Pond:This inviting and bright Log cabin is located on the same property as the carriage house. A picture window offers a panoramic view of the pond and the Rocky Mountains in the background, great for watching wildlife.
Trapper Cabin: This one bedroom 1 ½ bath cabin is located 2 miles south of Bigfork . Just sooo cute and rustic, with beautiful Flathead Lake views
Atelier: This 2 bedroom 1 bathroom apartment is located only 2 miles south of town and has a great view of Flathead Lake. The spacious living room has a view from every corner. Enjoy a glorious sunset over the lake or watch the residence deer follick in the orchard right from the covered private deck.
The Tee Pee: Clamping at it’s best. With all the comfort and luxury you’ll never expect in a Teepee, this experience will definitely convince you to rough it. With bear rugs and authentic southwest indian carpets at your feet, you’ll settle down into the comforts of a top of the line feather bed.Just in case the darkness is out of your comfort zone a convenient table lamp will help you feel safe. A full bathroom is only 100 feet away.