Among Flathead Lake’s devotees are Marilyn and John Olson, native Montanans, who bought the rustic Bear Dance Inn during the mid-1990s. Snug against the lake’s most-protected cove, where the Swan River tumbles into Bigfork Bay, this waterfront sanctuary has been a prized vacation spot since the ‘30s. It was love at first sight for the Olsons, who dreamed of one day transforming this historic retreat into a private haven have for themselves and a limited number of owners. A few years ago they set out to create Bear Dance, an exclusive estate of nine individually crafted lakeside residences that would serve as the ultimate escape for connoisseurs of Northwest Montana.
Bear Dance is the realization of that dream.
Imagine a timeless residential retreat created for the pleasure of a small circle of owners and their guests. That’s just what the Olsons did. Then they enlisted the expertise of a local design team, known as the Craftsman Committee, comprised of local interior designer; architect, Keith Beck; and master builder, Ron Incoronato. A transcendent architectural style was born as a departure from the typical Montana lodge experience, as if it had evolved organically over time. Ron Incoronato, owner of multi-award winning Incoronato & Company is a Master Builder and Craftsman whose amazingly creative talents have kept him busy in the construction industry for over 40 years. Ron is a first generation American whose father was from the Naples area of Italy. With a background in anthropology, he was naturally intrigued by and sought out the unique craftsmanship of historical eras throughout the world and is known to specialize in the spectacular, the challenging and uncompromised quality.