Even though the Horse slumbers under several feet of snow, you don't have to forego our delicious porridge...you'll just have to cook it yourself!

Laughing Horse Lodge Porridge

This isn’t the porridge Grandmama use to make! Almost a dessert, our porridge is guaranteed to put a smile on your lips and energy enough for a full day of outdoor adventure. Our cycling guests call this “55 Mile Porridge” because that is how far they can go before they need to fuel up again.
Servings:                      4

Prep Time:          25 minutes (pre-cook rice prep time can be reduced to 10 minutes)

Utensils:              Heavy 2-quart saucepan

                           Rice cooker (optional)

 Ingredients:      Steel Cut Oats

                        Wehane Red Rice

                        Maple Syrup

                        Chinese Five Spice                                                              

                        Dried Cranberries

                        Tart, Firm Apple (Braeburn, Granny Smith)

Preparation:      Place 2 cups steel cut oats in saucepan, cover with two ‘knuckles’ of water and bring to soft boil.

Add 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, ½ cup cranberries, 1 cup roughly diced apples and 1/2  teaspoon of Chinese five spice and reduce heat to a simmer.

  Add 2 cups of cooked rice.  Continue to simmer and stir for 2 to 3 minutes insuring the oats are well blended into the mixture.  Spoon porridge into an attractive bowl, top with a splash of whole cream and enjoy!.

About the Area and the Horse -
For centuries the Swan has played host to a colorful variety of explorers and adventures seeking solitude or wealth in its rugged mountains and cascading streams. As you hike the Mission Mountains Wilderness or leisurely kayak on Swan Lake, listen to the wind and you may hear the echoed voices of trappers and wilderness homesteaders. Today, the Swan still welcomes adventurers and explorers from around the world seeking an outdoor experience that is uniquely Montana.

Laughing Horse Lodge is nestled at the base of the Swan Range and the Bob Marshall Wilderness at the southern end of Swan Lake. We are conveniently located on Montana Highway 83, between Missoula and Kalispell (Yellowstone and Glacier National Park)s providing a perfect base for three-season outdoor adventure in Glacier Country. Air travelers fly into Kalispell's Glacier International Airport, located 35 miles from the Lodge, or into Missoula - a beautiful 2 hour drive from the Lodge.

Enjoy the summer twilight in the quiet garden, and when the fall air begins to chill, snuggle up with a good book and a hot toddy or spin some tall tales in the library/pub.

  • A cozy library with wood stove, games, music, WiFi and Smart TV.
  • A well-respected dining room featuring organic and authentic Western fare with a global touch. [Check out our rave reviews at tripadvisor.com
  • A private garden perfect for relaxing after a strenuous day fishing or hiking our local trails or Glacier Park.
  • Eight overnight guest rooms each with private entry and bath. Sorry, no TVs, phones or alarm clocks in the rooms!  WiFi is available in the lodge. Cell service available within one mile.

The Lodge is perfect for small family reunions, weddings and corporate events. And of course, it is a delightfully quiet getaway for just the two of you and your dog. The Lodge is home to three Golden Retrievers, two cats and a loquacious African Gray - persons with severe alergies should consider staying at one of our fine pet-free hotels in Kalispell. Due to our intimate size, the Lodge environment is not conducive to infants.

Laughing Horse Lodge    406-886-2080   
The village of Swan Lake offers a beautifully appointed Community Hall for larger events. Contact Jocelyn at 406-886-2303