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This Month’s Hottest Hotels

From Montana to Mexico, we round up the world's most notable overnights

Whitefish, Mont.

DESIGN NOTES: Evoking a grand 19th-century lodge, the lobby features low-hanging chandeliers, plush leather furnishings and earth tones—all of which combine to create a cozy atmosphere that’s only slightly diminished by a rather cross-looking stuffed Alaskan brown bear.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: The lodge maintains a 30-acre wildlife preserve teeming with the warblers, waders, wrigglers and stompers that call Whitefish home.

ROOM WITH A VIEW: Sprawling across two floors, the many-bedded Flathead Suite boasts nonpareil lakefront vistas, which are best enjoyed from either of its two private balconies.

BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT: The Boat Club Lounge has jaw-dropping sunset views and a head bartender named Chappy, an inexhaustible raconteur who will happily tell you everything you need to know (and more) about the local area.

SIGNATURE COCKTAIL: In chillier months the bar offers the Boat Club Pumpkin Martini, dressed up with graham cracker bits and a dollop of whipped cream (settling once and for all the question of whether to order dessert).

UNEXPECTED TREAT: Lady of the Lake, the lodge’s 31-foot Windsor Craft motor yacht, which looks like something Cary Grant might have taken for a spin.

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