Five reasons to visit Glacier National Park in August

August 7th, 2014 by teresa

14640918459_da3a26e972_oIt goes without saying that a visit to Glacier National Park is going to come with outstanding views, fresh mountain air and the best of the great outdoors as standard.  Here at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins we stay open all year round to enable our guests from all over the world to experience the beauty of our area through all four seasons but here are a few reasons why August is a great time to plan your stay:

 

1. The Going to the Sun Road.  Open when weather permits, you can be pretty much guaranteed that the whole length of the road will be open.  Take the 50 mile trip over the Continental Divide for out of this world scenery and wildlife spotting opportunities.

2. The Hungry Horse Dam and Reservoir.  Most tourists visit our area and head straight to Glacier National Park (an understandable choice), but few realize that just a mile or two off the highway that leads to the Park there is a historical dam and 34 mile long reservoir offering boating, camping and day trip opportunities.  See the eagles nest  along the 170 miles of shoreline and watch them dive into the blue water on their fishing expeditions.

3. Huckleberries!  Pick your own tasty treats or explore the various options available at local bars and restaurants.  Choose from the traditional huckleberry pie, try some taffy or quench your thirst with a huckleberry lemonade.

4. Learn more about the inhabitants of Glacier.  Try ‘Pika Patrolling’ or ‘Of Bears and Berries’, just two of the offerings available from the Glacier Institute this August.

5. Low rates!  Our rates drop in mid-August to ensure you get the most from the dog days of Summer. With prices from only $38 per person per night, our full-size Family Cabins sleep up to six with two private bedrooms, full size bath, kitchen and open living area.  Extra sleeping comes courtesy of a futon couch in the living area and a private, covered balcony overlooking local Columbia and Teakettle Mountains.  These cabins are located to the rear of property, nestled on the edge of the Flathead National Forest.  Take the kids on a short hike to the Beaver Pond, get to know our llama, Star and enjoy our outdoor spaces with a game of basketball, horseshoes or volleyball.  Espresso Bar, Saloon and Smokehouse located on site.

(based on maximum occupancy in Family Cabins from Aug 21 – Sept 16)

 

Fourth of July @ The Historic Tamarack Lodge

July 2nd, 2014 by teresa

4th JulyJoin us for our annual Independence Day celebrations.  Beginning at 5pm with Happy Hour in the Saloon, we will be serving beer, wine and spirits at 20% off followed by Prime Rib in Oso’s Smokehouse and a special dessert just for July 4th.

Finish off your evening listening to the melodies of Brad Lee beneath the famed Montana Big Sky before the firework display finale begins at dusk.  We think you’ll agree its the perfect way to end your day!

 

Massage Mondays at the Historic Tamarack Lodge

June 30th, 2014 by teresa

Take time-out of your day for massage mondays!Take a time-out and relax with a chair massage on the deck.  Join John Ellis of Tapas Massage every Monday evening from 5pm (donations accepted) at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins:

‘To be able to take tension out of people’s lives and make them feel better, and hopefully help them achieve a better quality of life, is very rewarding.  Taking care of our bodies and listening to what they are telling us, that is what we are supposed to do.’

It’s a great way to relax and unwind after travel and before enjoying drinks and dinner at our saloon and restaurant.

John is also available for table massage at your cabin and specializes in:

Swedish Massage – for relaxation and wellness;

Neuromuscular Massage – for injury and chronic pain;

You can reach him at: 406-260-8826 to make an appointment at your convenience.

Oso’s SmokeHouse @ the Tamarack Lodge

June 19th, 2014 by teresa

welcome bearOso’s Smokehouse

at the Historic Tamarack Lodge

 

We proudly smoke all of our meats with locally sourced, Flathead Valley Apple Wood.  This season’s tree comes to us from the Gateway to Glacier, Columbia Falls, Montana.

from the smoker

 Smoked Chicken – seasoned with our trusted blend of spices, our chicken is cured, rested, and smoked to perfection to ensure juiciness and our signature flavor that comes from our smoking process.

2 pcs – $8.50

3 pcs – $10.50

 Baby Back Ribs – The unique, citrus flavored spiciness of our ribs have made this offering a locally known favorite.  Lightly sauced to bring out a sweetness that compliments the natural flavors of the applewood.

½ rack – $15.00

Full rack – $24.50

 Yardbird and Babybacks – For those that choose not to choose, we offer you a platter with both of our hand-cut offerings.  Two pieces of our chicken and three pieces of our smoky, spicy, sweet ribs.

$16.50

 

 To accompany your smoked meat experience

(your choice of two sides come with your meat selection – extra sides are priced as below)

Corn on the cob – dressed with chile-lime butter and sprinkled lightly with grated cheese.              $3.50

Whipped Garlic Potatoes – whipped with cream, butter and mashed garlic.                                   $4.00

Chipotle-Lime Coleslaw – Our own recipes for a crisp, spicy-sweet coleslaw.                                  $3.50

Oso’s Ranch Style Beans – Beef, sausage, sautéed garlic and onions, our medley of beans, lightly sweetened.                                                                                                                                                                           $4.00

Seasonal Offerings – A side dish inspired by the season and locally sourced ingredients.  Lightly sweetened.                                                                                                                                                                               $4.00

 Specialty Entrees and Salads

Smoked Chicken Fettucine – Egg noodles cooked with our three cheese, bacon-serrano, cream sauce, and smoked chicken breast.                                                                                                                                            $10.50

Seasonal Green Salad – Seasonal greens, lightly tossed with dried fruits, nuts and feta, with your choice of Ranch, Vinaigrette, or Bleu Cheese Dressing.                                                                                                       $8.50

w/chicken – $11.50

Apple Wood Smoked Prime Rib – (served Fridays from June 28 through September 20)

A full pound of our delicious prime rib, served with caramelized mushrooms and onions, malbec au jus, house salad, and your choice of smoked or whipped potatoes.                                                                        $24.50

Special Entrees – Vary daily, please feel free to ask your server.                                                       $24.50

Glacier National Park – Apgar Visitor Center Relocates

May 13th, 2014 by teresa

Glacier National Park LodgingThe Glacier National Park Apgar Visitor Center operation is relocating to the existing Apgar Transit Center facility, and will begin daily operations Saturday, May 17, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   

The new location will be identified as the Apgar Visitor Center and will provide visitor information services, pick-up and drop-off services for the park’s shuttle system and concession-operated tour and transportation services, retail sales managed by the Glacier National Park Conservancy and restroom facilities.  The building is recognized as LEED Gold Certified.    The new location of the Apgar Visitor Center is located at the t-intersection approximately one mile north of the West Entrance Station on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. 

The Glacier National Park Conservancy is assisting with the relocation.  Superintendent Jeff Mow said, “The Conservancy has been instrumental in working with their donors to provide engineering and design expertise, materials and labor to retrofit the facility to serve as the Apgar Visitor Center.”  Mow said he was impressed with the assistance from several local and regional businesses and appreciates the Conservancy’s leadership with this project.”  

The small building that housed the visitor center in Apgar Village will have public restroom facilities available, but the main building will be closed. An analysis to determine the future use of that facility will begin later this year.

The park’s general management plan (1999) identified the construction of a West-side Discovery Center and Museum, but a lack of funding prevented such a facility.  In 2007, the Apgar Transit Center was constructed to serve as a transit staging area and facilitate visitor access and orientation along the Going-to-the-Sun Road during road rehabilitation.  It has been the park’s intention to relocate the existing west-side visitor center operations from Apgar Village to this area.  To accommodate increased visitor use at the site, the parking area is being expanded, per an environmental assessment completed in 2012.

The park hosts three visitor centers, Apgar, St. Mary and Logan Pass.  The opening and closing dates and times are as follows:

      
Apgar Visitor Center  May 17 – June 13

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 June 14 – September 1

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 September 2- October 5

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

October 6 – Spring 2015

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday/Sunday Only

Logan Pass Visitor Center As snow and road conditions allow – September 1

9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

September 2 – September 21

9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

St. Mary Visitor Center May 24 – June 28

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

June 29 – August 16

8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

August 17 – October 5

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

 

 

Plan your stay

May 10th, 2014 by teresa

Book your activities at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and CabinsAre you stuck for ideas for activities during your stay?  Spoilt for choice and no idea how to select the best activity for you? Just don’t have the time to coordinate booking your adventures in Glacier National Park?

We can help!

Here at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins we do our best to make your stay as comfortable as possible and strive to take care of the details so that you can relax and make memories.

Let our in-house guides and activity co-ordinators take the stress off by planning your itinerary for you.  Even better, let them be your guides for the day and ensure you are transported to your chosen activity, guided through the experience, and returned back to your lodging at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins to tell us all about it!

Simply visit with the guides in the lodge on Monday and Wednesday mornings, or join them for interpretive talks and stories from the backcountry around the campfire on Tuesday and Friday evenings.

If they are out on adventures with other guests, you can drop them a line via email to greg@glacieradventureguides.com or leave a voicemail at (406)871-2162.  They’ll be sure to contact you as soon as they are able.

You can also ask our Front Desk staff for suggestions for suitable hikes, places of interest, and for discounted opportunities with local outfitters.  They will be happy to help!

International Migratory Bird Day 2014 at the National Bison Range

May 7th, 2014 by teresa

Bison cow and calf.DaveF.4.18.14Learn Why Birds Matter at the National Bison Range

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day 2014 at the National Bison Range on Saturday, May 10, 2014.  This year’s theme, “Why Birds Matter”, focuses on the benefits of birds to humans and nature. We will share the many ways in which birds matter to the earth, to ecosystems, and of course, to us.

Some bird species provide practical solutions to problems, such as the need for insect and rodent control. Others disperse seeds, helping to revegetate disturbed areas. Others help with pollination, ensuring that we are graced with flowering plants, trees, and shrubs. And beyond the utilitarian, birds are inspirations for the arts. For example, Amadeus Mozart had a pet starling that motivated the opening theme of the Third Movement of his Piano Concerto No. 17 in G.

As usual, the BIG event of Bird Day is the opening of Red Sleep Mountain Drive for the summer season, weather and road conditions permitting, of course.  This is a 19-mile, one-way gravel road which climbs 2,000 feet to the high point of the Range.  Because it travels through a variety of habitats, including grassland and forest, the scenic drive is a great place to see a broad spectrum of birds which have migrated back for the nesting season.

For those who are new to birdwatching, or those just wanting to dust off the winter cobwebs, the Refuge will conduct a Beginning Bird Walk early on Saturday morning.  The group will take an easy stroll around the Nature Trail to see which birds have completed their migration and have returned for the season.  We will also hold a Backcountry Birding Adventure along some of the back roads of the Refuge.  Both activities have limited space and will require registration. Call the office at 406/644-2211 extension 207 to register and get details about meeting place and times.

Wildlife photographer Donald M Jones will be available from noon to 2 p.m. to autograph his wildlife books, including “Buffalo Country; America’s National Bison Range”.  And at 5:30 p.m. he will lead a wildlife photography trip (registration required).  Additional activities for the day include special bird games, bird videos, trivia contests, tips and tidbits, coloring pages, and free posters.

Other walks and activities may be added at a later date so check out our new website atwww.fws.gov/refuge/national_bison_range.  And these trips have limited space so preregistration is required.

The Refuge and its scenic drives will open at 6:30 a.m. and the Visitor Center opens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Visitors coming in the evening will need to start Red Sleep Mountain Drive by 6 p.m. to complete the trip before the Refuge closes as dark.  All Bird Day events are free but fees are charged for the scenic drives.

International Migratory Bird Day celebrates the incredible journeys of migratory birds between their breeding grounds in North America and their wintering grounds in Mexico, Central, and South America.  For more information about migratory birds and about events happening throughout the nation, you can check the website at http://www.birdday.org/birday.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov. Connect with the Service’s Mountain-Prairie Region via our Facebook page athttp://www.facebook.com/USFWSMountainPrairie, follow our tweets at http://twitter.com/USFWSMtnPrairie, download photos from our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/51986662@N05, and watch our YouTube Channel athttp://www.youtube.com/usfws.

- FWS -

Pat Jamieson

Outdoor Recreation Planner

NATIONAL BISON RANGE

58355 Bison Range Rd, Moiese, MT  59824

406-644-2211 ext 207

Check out our new website at www.fws.gov/refuge/national_bison_range

VE Day Event at The Miracle of America Museum

May 6th, 2014 by teresa

miracle of america‘You won’t find the date on many calendars anymore, and probably few school history classes will mention it, but a few old soldiers and the then family waiting at home are thankful of the date of 8 May 1945. I speak of “V.E. Day” or Victory in Europe over a crazed madman and his Nazi empire. The Miracle of America Museum, Polson, will be presenting it’s 2nd Thursday evening monthly free program at 6:30 pm in the public meeting room. Ironically, this evening falls on the 69th anniversary of the end of World War 11 in the European theatre. Veteran Flick Riebe will share some memorable stories and show the piece of shrapnel from a German “88″ that he was closely connected with. Displays from the museum collection including an “88″ round, newspaper headlines, etc. will also be viewed and explained. Anyone, with personal memories and feelings of that event or victory celebrations, that may wish to share are welcome to call Gil at 406-270-7895.’

Miracle of America Museum www.miracleofamericamuseum.org36094 Memory Lane Polson, Montana 59860 (406) 883-6804

Things to do in the Glacier National Park area..

May 6th, 2014 by teresa

We highly recommend the nearby Lion Lake as a great picnic spot.  Swim, sunbathe or take a short hike around the perimeter.  Its close enough to bike ride, so why not hire a fishing pole and bike from our Front Desk and make a day of it?

Things to Do in the Glacier National Park Area

Ecotourism in Glacier National Park

May 2nd, 2014 by teresa

Here at the  Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins we take our role as caretakers of the environment very seriously.  In order to reduce the impact of our business on the environment we reduce, reuse and recycle our resources wherever we see an opportunity to do so.

The lodge itself is heated by a geothermal source and lit by energy efficient bulbs.  We use microfibre cloths and non-chemical products wherever possible when housekeeping, and we recycle our used pillows and bedding by donating them to the local animal shelters.  Soap dispensers have been installed in all our accommodations to reduce wastage.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Please use the recycling bins located at various points on our property;
  • Our housekeepers will visit your accommodation daily to replace used towels, empty your trash and restock your coffee and will conduct a full clean on Day 3 of your stay with us.  If you do NOT require housekeeping, please place the sign provided on the outside doorknob of your accommodation;
  • If you think your towels can be used again, please re-use them;
  • Ensure any trash leftover from grilling or picnics is disposed of appropriately;
  • Do not feed the wildlife;

If you see something else we can be doing, let us know!  If you enjoyed your stay let the world know by adding your review to our tripadvisor, google places or bedandbreakfast.com review pages.

We appreciate you choosing us as your Glacier National Park lodging and thank you for partnering with us to ensure we keep the Glacier National Park area pristine wilderness for generations to come.

Glacier National Park Lodging

 

 

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