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When Montana Is In Your Blood

Since the 1800’s Amy-Bain Wilson’s family has lived and loved Montana.  A 6th generation Montanan and daughter of a builder and contractor Amy understands the real estate profession from the ground up recognizing both its challenges and rewards. In her early 20s, she built a home with her brothers that involved creating a market feasibility study, interpreting demographics, estimating and ordering supplies and building a property from foundation to finish. Today, as a real estate professional, Amy brings those skills and talents to a broad spectrum of discriminating buyers and sellers.

We sat down with Amy to learn more about her history as a Montanan, expertise in the Real Estate market and why now is a good time to invest in property.

“Now is a great time to invest in Commercial and Residential property as our economy is thriving, interest rates are low and there is population growth in our area creating and maintaining a healthy demographic.”

Amy’s family homesteaded in Lower Valley and Proctor, Montana and the original homestead still resides in the family today. With ancestors who have witnessed Montana transform over the last century we wanted to know what Amy’s favorite thing about living in Montana is.

“The lifestyle is second to none.  Our access to open space is remarkable!  We can be working in our home or office one minute and then enjoying the great outdoors the next minute.  It is quick to get anywhere and truly get away from it all.”

A focused listener, able advisor and fair advocate, Amy’s mantra is “if there’s a will there’s a way.” She is recognized by her peers and clients for careful diligence and genuine concern, thus creating a positive experience and honest transactions for both sides in her real estate business.

If you are considering selling in NW Montana Amy’s advice is, “Work with a Realtor that knows how to expose your property exceptionally well in the marketplace and has superior negotiating skills to get you the highest and best offer within an efficient amount of time. Contact me today for further details “


This turn-key Glacier Park Lodge inspired estate graces us with its presence at 435′ of frontage on the West Shore of Flathead Lake. Thoughtfully designed and meticulously crafted, the quality and style is undeniable and it creates an unrivaled gated retreat on over 3.5 acres. The home is 9,000 square feet and includes 6 bedrooms, 7 full baths, 2 half baths, detached garage and boat storage. Begin every morning and end every night with the sights and sounds of Flathead Lake and unparalleled views of the Swan Mountain Range and Glacier National Park. See more…

Contact Amy Bain-Wilson today for your complimentary market analysis and to start living the Montana lifestyle today!

Amy Bain-Wilson



A Fresh Perspective On Montana’s Most Vibrant City

A native Missoulian and University of Montana graduate; Megan understands Missoula’s unique mosaic of neighborhoods and businesses and presents a fresh perspective. A people person at the core, her dedication and pride in the Missoula community is reflected in her ability to understand client’s needs.

“Missoula, being the biggest city in NW Montana has a vibrancy that is hard to match.  Any day of the week you can find something to do in town (if you aren’t busy playing outside!).  Live music, lectures at UM, new restaurants and coffee shops.  We are also almost equidistant to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks and three rivers flow in to our valley.  The recreation is endless!” – Megan Twohig

With Megan’s intimate experience we had to know: what is one thing everyone should do when visiting Missoula?

“Hmmm….one thing to do in Missoula?  Too hard…how about a perfect winter day?  Start the day at one of the awesome coffee shops downtown for your favorite latte and a pastry.  Grab your cross country skis and head to the Rattlesnake Wilderness Area for a day outside.  Head back to town and have a cocktail at Montgomery Distillery and then head across the street for dinner and live music at the Top Hat!”


It’s easy to see Megan has a love and appreciation for Missoula, but what made her decide to become a Real Estate Agent?

“I have memories going back to childhood of being really enamored with property… land, homes, buildings etc. In college I started actively following the market and being pretty obsessed. Eventually, I realized I could turn my passion into a career, and here I am!”



1920 Altura , Missoula, MT

Own your own special piece of Rattlesnake history! This property is part of the original homestead in the coveted Upper Rattlesnake and carries with it so many stories. This unique property sits on 5+ acres and includes a mixture pasture for your horses and woods for privacy and exploration. LEARN MORE…

Being a Native Montanan Megan grew up around horses and learned many skills about how to properly care for them and give them the perfect setting to thrive in.

“I started riding in grade school, got my first horse at 15 and have continued to have them since that time.  I competed through high school and then with the Equestrian Team all through college at UM.  I absolutely love when I get to work with client’s buying and selling horse properties!  There are so many important details when it comes to keeping our horses happy and healthy.”

With so much experience and knowledge of the Missoula area we wanted to know what the most memorable experience Megan has had as an Agent so far?

“Most of my memorable experiences in real estate have to do with wildlife!  I was once meeting a client to look at property west of Missoula about 60 miles.  He had ridden his motorcycle to meet me and look at property.  We were headed out to a home on a dirt road when a baby bear ran across the road!  Part of the excitement of living in Montana is you never know what exciting experience you’ll have just by stepping out your front door.”

Megan knows where to find the perfect neighborhood for your new home and can’t wait to help you enjoy the real estate experience. Please contact her today if you are buying or selling in NW Montana.

Megan Twohig



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Cancer Has Many Faces – Masquerade Ball & Bachelor/ette Auction

This is an event that you DON’T want to miss! Join Flathead Cancer Aid Services and Monarchs on a Mission for a night of dinner, dancing and fun.  Come dressed in your most glamorous attire – this is a night to go all out! A delicious catered dinner will be served and afterwards, the New Wave Time Trippers will turn up the tunes.

One of the highlights of the evening will be the Bachelor/ette Auction.  Local, Flathead Valley singles will be up for grabs in a fun auction-style showcase.  Each package will include an exciting, themed date.

Follow  us on FACEBOOK for updates about the event and more information about our Bachelors and Bachelorettes!”


Purchase tickets online HERE!


Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:

Parkside Credit Union – Whitefish, Kalispell and Columbia Falls

Conrad Floral and J Scott Couture Bridal – Bigfork

More details & pictures of past events & FLATHEAD CANCER AID SERVICES can be found here.

Distinguished Ranch For Sale – Superior, MT

Living the unforgettable dream of ranching in Montana has never been easier.  New on the market, and offered exclusively by Nikkiel Bjornson Fox of Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty, this quintessential ranch offers 255 acres, a 9,516 Sq Ft newly built main residence, western saloon, guest house and more.
This is what the current owners had to say about their time spent on this exemplary property:
“We purchased Flying H Ranch 14 years ago from an outfitter who used it as his home base and accommodations for clients.  Upgrades began immediately and have been ongoing (not the original plan!).  We renovated the cabin and ranch house, totally gutted and finished out the bunkhouse, added garages, shops, barn and arena and built a saloon.  The entrance was created and the original railroad flatbed car bridge was replaced with a steel I-beam upgrade that looks like a log bridge over the creek.  We moved an old coach stop from Lozeau to use as a sauna and then finally built the main house up the hill from the rest of the ranch.  
Longhorn Kitchen
In the beginning of our ranch owning days we were living in California and then Texas.  The ranch was “home away from home” for our family.  We came the day after school got out for the summer and left the week before school began.  Christmas and usually Thanksgiving were also spent in Montana.  We have 2 daughters and all of their friends have also spent significant time growing up on the ranch.  There was usually a truck full of kids, luggage, and animals full of craziness and plans for the summer heading to Montana in June and the same but a little subdued, sunburned, sometimes bruised or bumped but always happy and full of stories heading back in August.  
Family from all over the country and many friends from abroad have called the ranch home for a few days or a few weeks whether we were with them or sometimes even when we weren’t!  
Longhorn Master
Eventually Montana became full time home for us and we lived in Missoula and ranched part time and on weekends.  And of course continued with the building and improving.  
What began as a getaway and a place to host family in the West has turned into an integral part of who we are. We have had weddings, funerals, graduations, adventures too numerous to count (but always fun to remember with friends and without), reunions and corporate team building events here, just to name a few.
Longhorn Cabin
The ranch is the stage for all of this drama and a leading lady in it’s own right.  Everyone that comes has their own favorite place to stay on the ranch.  We built the saloon as a gathering point so the people who want to visit and be social have a great place to do so and hang out, and those looking for a little peace and quiet can retire to their lodging and have their private space.  It has worked out just that way.  
Longhorn Saloon
I love sitting on the porch of the saloon looking over the creek as the evening rolls in watching people peel off in ones and two and walk back to the cabin or bunkhouse, calling out goodnights and plans for breakfast.  The stars here are the brightest I have ever seen and we are often all standing around in the dark looking up at the sky.  
The airport is 50 minutes away, as is Missoula shopping and dining.  You are on a boat on Flathead in an hour and 1/2, the same for Lake Coeur D’Alene, and the Spokane airport is 2 hours door to door.  Our daughter now lives in Seattle and that’s a cool 6 with one stop for gas.  Yet the backcountry hiking and exploring right out our door is second to none.  High mountain lakes with fantastic fishing, the Clark Fork River public access 3 minutes away, rafting, whitewater, and wildlife everywhere.  There are days when I can’t let the dogs out in the morning until the turkeys/deer/elk/etc. have wandered away from the house.  I’ve sat in the bushes beside the pond taking pictures of 2 otters that showed up out of no where, listened to a herd of cow elk “talk” to their calves as they moved through our place, and watched a mountain lion come in for a drink from the pond by the light of the moon.  We sleep out on the screen porch from March to November, hear coyotes and wolves at night, elk mewing and deer snorting, and get woken up by birds in the morning, often a raven in a tree near the porch telling us to quit laying around and get on with our day.  We have had a yearling moose calf adopt us as a foster family after his mom kicked him off in favor of the new calf until he felt confident enough to go it on his own.  We haven’t seen a bear in a couple of years on our place, but a few years ago one came in thinking my grilled ham and cheese lunch smelled good enough for investigation.  
Loghorn exterior
The ranch is magic.  We built a pond and beaver showed up (from where?).  You water the soil and darn near anything grows.  My roses look fantastic, the berries and vegetable do well in the garden, and on a wet spring there are wildflowers in the woods.  We even dug a hole for a pump house and hit a vein of black sand with gold flakes (fun to see which visitors get totally into the panning).  We found out from the neighbors that there is an old prohibition era still site on the back of the property (we found an old stove door and some bottles).  We have numerous favorite places for evening cocktails at the end of a busy day; the walk bridge over the stream, the tent platform, the deck of the sauna, Elk Point where we use a tree stump for a table and keep folding chairs there in the woods all summer.  The number of hummingbirds in the summer are only limited (from what I can see) by how often you can fill the feeders.  The ranch can gracefully host 25 or more people and is just a blast when there is that much activity, but is also wonderful when you are the only one here and have the luxury of enjoying it one on one.
Thinking about selling is very bittersweet for us.  The ranch is our favorite place.  We are heartbroken to think about not having it be the headquarters for our family, and yet we have fully enjoyed it and embraced it for the past 14 years.  The dynamic of our extended family has changed and many of them are now Montana residents full time.  Some can no longer travel to see us and now it is our turn to go to them.  It may perhaps be time for a new lucky family to enjoy this fantastic place in the best place on earth and call it home (at least for part of the year) for their family. ”