Sled, Stay and Play in Glacier Country

December 17th, 2014 by teresa

6494848-fireplace--glass-of-red-wineStay in our traditional mountain lodge and enjoy your evenings with a glass of wine in front of a roaring fire. Curl up on our overstuffed leather furniture and soak up the classic ambiance of the original stone fireplace and lodgepole pine beams before retiring to your room for a great night’s sleep. Tastefully renovated in 2013 to retain the original charm of our 100 year old lodge, each of our four lodge rooms have an attached bath and enjoy 24 hour access to the lodge Great Room.  Lodge rooms also provides the modern amenities you expect such as wifi, satellite tv and ipod docks for your convenience and comfort.

Get your morning coffee from our espresso bar before heading out to greet the sunrise.  Enjoy spectacular views of Glacier National Park by snowmobile with an exclusive 10% off snowmobile rentals and explore our backyard with miles and miles of groomed trails and unspoilt snowy scenery.  Slow it down for an alternative perspective with free snowshoe rental for two and experience the stillness of Glacier National Park in Winter.

The Winter resort of Whitefish is located 25 minutes away by car where Whitefish Mountain Resort provides the finest powder and crowd-free slopes for the avid downhill skier and beginners alike with plenty of places to eat and drink along with boutique shopping.  Blacktail Mountain is located 35 minutes away providing outstanding views over Flathead Lake and a family atmosphere for further skiing opportunities.

Come and enjoy our Winter Wonderland experience and taste Montana mountain living at its finest. Book today for great low rates and discounted activities.

Winter Ecology in Glacier National Park

November 30th, 2014 by teresa

 

side-activities7Experience the beauty and stillness of Glacier National Park in Winter.  Stay at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins, the closest lodging to the park that stays open year round.  Our facility is fully prepared to handle all four seasons in Montana.  Enjoy an espresso in front of our original stone fireplace and warm your toes after spending a day snowshoeing with the Glacier Institute on their Winter Ecology course as described below:

 ‘Winter in Glacier is a special time that is free of crowds, exceptionally quiet, and beautiful beyond belief.  In this course, we will explore the Lower McDonald Creek area to learn how plants and animals adapt to survive winter in Glacier National Park.   This course focuses on the adaptations of evergreen trees, shrubs, and forbs that allow them so survive Glacier’s harsh winter challenges.  We will also focus on the adaptations of a few selected animals and birds that Field Ecologist Brian Baxter has studied in winter.  

These animals include:  Snowshoe hare; Canadian lynx; White tailed Ptarmigan; Rocky Mountain Elk; Long tailed weasel; Boreal owl; and Wolverine.  Additional concentration will focus on specialized predator/prey relationships; hunting and escape strategies; camouflages; habits and habitats.

 Brian Baxter, B.S. is a wildlife researcher and forester who spent numerous winters studying animals such as the wolverine, lynx, fisher, and marten.  Brian is an experienced instructor in Glacier National Park that will help you greatly improve your ability to ‘read’ the landscape. So beat the winter blues, bring your camera and sense of humor, and come enjoy winter with a few like-minded folks!

 This trip takes place on December 6th, 2014 for a rate of $65.

 9:00 AM start. Depending on the interests of the group, the course will wrap up between 3:00pm and 5:00pm.

 Meeting Place:  The old Apgar visitor center in Glacier National Park, located across the street from Eddie’s Cafe.  This should not be confused with the new Apgar visitor center that is connected to the Apgar transit center. 

Food:  Please bring a sack lunch; trail snacks, and plenty of water.

Equipment:  Please dress appropriately in layers; bring lunch, snacks, water, hot drinks; and provide your own snowshoes (or contact the Institute in advance if you need to borrow a pair).  If we’ve had a light snow year in West Glacier, a good pair of boots will suffice.

Physical Requirements:  Moderate. Hiking distance covers less than four miles with less than 500 feet elevation gain.

 Transportation during course:  After meeting at the old visitor center, participants may need to  drive their own vehicles to the nearby trailhead.

 Weather: This course will not be canceled due to weather.’

Visit the Glacier Institute website for details and to book.

 

Halloween at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins

October 23rd, 2014 by teresa

IMG_20141020_134235302Party in our Spooky Saloon, spend the night in our 100 yr old lodge (for less than $25 per person), and enjoy 20% off spirits when you come in costume. FREE lodging for best costume!

 

Fall in Glacier National Park

September 5th, 2014 by teresa

Fall_83Stay with us during the Fall months and experience the colors and quiet of Glacier National Park.  With cabins available from as little as $63 per night, we have four season lodging on the doorstep for your park adventure. Saloon on site, bike rental also available.  Book now to secure your lodging of choice!

 

Dog Day Deals

August 26th, 2014 by teresa

family_cabins_hill2Enjoy a Glacier National Park vacation for less than $50 per person, per night!

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)

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.

 

 

 

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