Now, in case you are unfamiliar with the steps to take when visiting a new place to mountain bike, let me review. First, as soon as you roll into town and dropped off bikes and gear at your overnight accommodations, go try some of the local flavor. In this case, Great Northern Brewing fit the bill. Next morning, find local coffee shop and in Dubfish you might wanna check you the Little Red Caboose. Then roll on over to the bike shop with coffee in hand for trail maps, conditions and recommendations. Glacier Cyclery is a cool family shop and very friendly and helpful. They sell a trail book which is an awesome asset and a good read. However, there is also a Whitefish Trail Map that will give you some general direction. Now, go ride, explore and take in nature. After all that, I would recommend going back to said watering hole and recapping all these events with your riding buddies. If you are riding more than one day, obviously some of these steps can be omitted.
Ok, so that covers all that, now let me say a word or two about where we stayed. We stayed at the Whitefish Bike Retreat, and like the name implies, it is a place for bikers to stay (although you don't necessarily have to be one). They are open year round...yes you can go there and fat bike in the winter....hmm, that sounds like a great idea. Anyways, the owner Cricket has done an amazing job with all the details that a biker would want in their overnight accommodations. Some highlights include: stocked kitchen, you just bring food, beer share fridge, living room with lots of bike movies, info table with every map of the area, bike wash station, secured bike storage area that also happens to be heated and have work benches, heated floors in showers, Whitefish Trails right out the back door and it goes on and on. I think you should go check it out.