Going-to-the-sun Road Fall Opening Times 2013

August 12th, 2013 by teresa

bend_in_roadThere has never been a better time to experience the beauty of Glacier National Park in all its Fall splendour.  With access to Logan Pass available until October, Fall 2013 offers a chance for visitors to enjoy the glassy waters and golden tamaracks without the crowds of summer.

Make the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins your lodging choice and select a private cabin or stay in our 100 yr old lodge.  We are the closest lodging facility to Glacier National Park open ALL year round.  Enjoy coffee and pastries in the lodge espresso bar while you plan your stay using our maps and brochures.  Our discounted Fall rates make this a great time to enjoy the quite and stillness of Glacier National Park in Fall.

Book your stay today and take advantage of extended opening hours for the Going-to-the-sun Road.

Here are some dates to remember:

  • September 22, 2013 - The last day to drive the entire 50 miles.
  • October 20, 2013 - The last day to drive to Logan Pass.
  • October 21, 2013 - The alpine section of the road will be inaccessible to vehicles.

(NB Logan Pass is 32 miles from the west entrance and 18 miles from the east entrance.)

 

Things to do in the Flathead Valley when it rains.

August 5th, 2013 by teresa

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What to do when it rains during your Glacier National Park vacation

As a mountain community we can have periods of wet weather (which are welcomed in the hot, dry Summer months!).  For guests to the Glacier National Park area, this can mean a change of plans is necessary until the weather improves. The Flathead Valley offers a diverse range of activities for a change of pace during wet weather.  To ensure the rain doesn’t dampen your spirits, here’s some suggestions to keep you busy:

Explore our museums and art galleries.  The Conrad Mansion once belonged to a wealthy family responsible for building much of Kalispell and the surrounding areas.  The Mansion has been preserved to show life as it was for the family many years ago and gives an interesting glimpse into another world, now long gone.

The Hockaday Museum of Art, also located in Kalispell, has permanent exhibits, workshops and events related to local life.

Visit the Stumptown Historical Society in Whitefish and learn all about the influence of the railroad on the local community.

Founded in 1981, the Miracle of America Museum in Polson offers a selection of unique memorabilia and a fun day out.

For something just a little bit different, check out the Montana Vortex and House of Mystery!

If that’s all too much culture for you there are bowling alleys, indoor play centres, antique shops and a movie theatre in nearby Kalispell.

Guests of the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins are welcome to use the outdoor pavilion to continue to enjoy the great outdoors whatever the weather, or come on inside and enjoy an espresso in the lodge while you plan your next Glacier National Park or Flathead Valley adventure using our selection of maps and local guidebooks.

Book today – whatever the weather, we’re sure you’ll find yourselves in great company! 

 

North Fork Road Opening

July 26th, 2013 by teresa

polebridgeWith news from Glacier National Park that the entire North Fork Road is scheduled to open this weekend, it seems like a great time to visit Polebridge!

The Inside North Fork Road was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. It is a narrow, gravel road and use of recreational, towed, and low-clearance vehicles is strongly discouraged. In ideal conditions, at least two hours are needed to travel the entire length of the Inside North Fork Road. Visitors are advised to prepare for travelling this road by carrying plenty of water and food. Also be prepared to encounter possible downed trees. 

A general store and bakery, the 100 year old Polebridge Mercantile is a favored destination for visitors to Glacier National Park.  Along with the Northern Lights Saloon beside it, the Merc offers a true taste of mountain living with few changes to its original features.

We highly recommend the bear claws!  Make Polebridge a must-see on your itinerary.

 

Fishing and hunting in the Flathead Valley

July 11th, 2013 by teresa

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Fishing and hunting are two simple words but they describe the passion of millions.  Montana is a hunting and fishing paradise.

Hunt elk, whitetail or mule deer, bear or cougar in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, antelope on short-grass prairies, upland birds in the foothills and moose in the low bogs of our rugged mountains.   When it comes to wildlife diversity and hunting opportunities, Montana has something to satisfy everyone.

 

 

The Historic Tamarack Lodge works directly with local guides enabling us to offer fishing trips and hunting packages to our guests.  Ask us about our great rates for a once in a lifetime experience !

If 3 and 9 day hunting and fishing packages are a bit overwhelming, you can always take a guided “raft and fish” day or half day package, or just stay at the lodge and go fishing or hunting on your own schedule.  We are surrounded by the National Forest and many people come simply to explore the area on their own.

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks regulate and manage fishing and hunting throughout Montana. Licenses are available from their offices and at most local sporting good stores. Fishing and hunting licenses are not available from the Forest Service. Buy your hunting and fishing licenses online at Online License Sales.

Nearby Hungry Horse Dam is located on the South Fork of the Flathead River about 15 miles south of the west entrance to Glacier National Park and 20 miles northeast of  Kalispell, Montana . The reservoir is about 34 miles long and its 23,800 acres offers excellent opportunities for fishing, boating, water skiing and swimming.  Available fish species are cutthroat trout, bull trout and whitefish.  The surrounding mountains are popular big game hunting areas and several of the smaller tributaries have their headwaters in nearby alpine lakes.  The area is managed by the Flathead National Forest.

Fishing Links of Interest
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Flathead Lake National Forest Fishing Page
Montana Outfitters and Guides
Fishing Flathead National Forest
Montana Flathead Valley Fishing

Blue Ribbon fishing
Northern Rockies Outfitters
Wild River Fishing Guides
Montana on the Fly
Stumptown Anglers
Great Northern Resort


Hunting/Wildlife Viewing
Northern Rockies Outfitters
Hunting Information Site
Snowy Springs Outfitters
Montana Fish and Wildlife

 

Glacier National Park Hiking

July 8th, 2013 by teresa

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Location:                  Logan Pass

Distance:                  3 miles round-trip

Duration:                  2 hours

Elevation Gain:       550 foot gain

Effort:                          Moderate

Trailhead:                  behind Logan Pass Visitor Center

This hike begins at Logan Pass and has totally unobstructed views the entire way.  On the back side of the Visitor Center, after climbing the stairs, stay towards the right and you will find the Hanging Gardens Trailhead. The trail is most referred to as Hidden Lake Nature Trail. Most of the first section of the trail is on a boardwalk to prevent visitors stepping on fragile alpine plants. The trail ends with a tremendous view of Hidden Lake located in a glacier-carved cirque surrounded by amazing peaks. This is one of the best short hikes you could possibly do and there is a superb chance of seeing mountain goats as well. To avoid the crowds we recommend taking this hike in the morning.

 

Fourth of July

July 2nd, 2013 by teresa

Jo4thin us in celebrating Independence Day here at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins with a FREE FIREWORK DISPLAY.

The Shak BBQ will be serving til late and we have Frappes and Smoothies at our Espresso Bar as well as Blue Bunny ice cream in the Gift Shop.

Join us for volleyball and horseshoes til the sun goes down followed by fireworks and our famous firepit after dark.

Open to all!

Glacier National Park Amenities

June 26th, 2013 by teresa

When you make us your base camp for your Glacier National Park vacation of a lifetime, you not only get clean, comfortable lodging but a whole host of amenities to ensure your stay is a great one.  We update our on-site amenities constantly in response to guest comments and take every opportunity to improve the quality of service we provide.

Each and every one of our cabins and lodge rooms receive DAILY housekeeping to ensure our standards for hygiene and cleanliness are met and that you have all the fluffy towels and necessary items for your needs.

Enjoy the great outdoors with one of our outdoor games.  We have two large picnic areas with seating and grills and also a covered pavilion for shelter whatever the weather.  Join us around the firepit for a campfire, or enjoy a game of horseshoes or tetherball.

Free parking is located throughout our facility and has been designed to allow access to our cabins whilst keeping our environment a pleasant one.

The lodge is open daily for all our guests to enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast, coffee at our Espresso Bar or to browse the gift shop.  From 3pm The Shak BBQ serves in the restaurant area.

Explore our backyard with a trip to the Beaver Pond behind our property or rent bikes from the lodge and take a trip to dip in nearby Lion Lake.

Book your stay today for the complete mountain living experience and let us provide you with the amenities and hospitality that will make your stay complete.

Lower Picnin Area Upper Picnic Area for slideshow

 

Going to the Sun Road Opening 2013

June 21st, 2013 by teresa

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Going to the Sun Road

All guests please be aware of the following information released by the National Park Service:

All 50 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are anticipated to be open to vehicle travel by Friday afternoon, June 21, weather dependent. Weather forecasts call for rain showers, wind gusts up to 40 mph, and possible snow.

As of Thursday afternoon, snow was falling at the higher elevations and approximately one inch of slush was on the road.  The temperature at Oberlin Bend, just west of Logan Pass, was 30 degrees Fahrenheit.  Crews are working to remove mud and rock debris from the road and prepare for public access. Visitors are encouraged to drive with care.

The Logan Pass Visitor Center is expected to open Saturday, June 22, but hours of operation may be limited. Restroom facilities are available at Logan Pass and potable water will be available Friday. Visitors are reminded that conditions are still winter-like at Logan Pass and inclement weather is expected over the weekend. Exercise caution when walking on snow and be alert of possible collapsible snow and falling snow or rock debris.

Rehabilitation efforts continue on the Going-to-the-Sun Road this summer. Construction activity on the west-side of the park will occur between Logan Creek and Avalanche Creek through August. On the east-side, construction will occur between Rising Sun and Siyeh Bend beginning July 8 with activity occurring 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday morning. Sun Point will be closed to the public beginning June 30 due to construction. Visitors should expect 40-minute maximum construction delays for one-way travel across the entire road.

Bicycle restrictions are in effect on the Going-to-the-Sun Road through Labor Day. Bicycle travel between Apgar and Sprague Creek Campground and eastbound travel from Logan Creek to Logan Pass is not allowed on the road from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The visitor shuttle system traveling the Going-to-the-Sun Road will operate July 1 through Labor Day. Transit centers are located near Apgar on the west-side of the park and the St. Mary Visitor Center on the east-side. For more information about the shuttle system please visit http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/shuttles.htm.  Additional information on park roads, weather conditions, and visitor services can be found on Glacier National Park’s website, http://www.nps.gov/glac/, or by calling park headquarters at 406-888-7800.

Glacier National Park Lodge Rooms

June 18th, 2013 by teresa

Our Lodge began its life of service to the community as one of the original visitor centers for guests to Glacier National Park arriving by train at West Glacier until 1949 when, with the formation of West Glacier and the decision to build a school in the area, the lodge was sold. Purchased by the Rowles family, it was dismantled log by log and moved via logging trucks to its present location.

Today, the lodge continues to provide guests a truly wonderful experience in keeping with the spirit of the Montana Mountains in which it resides.

Sympathetically refurbished in 2013, the lodge now boasts four Glacier National Park themed lodge rooms for our guests to experience a taste of traditional mountain living.

Lodge Room guests enjoy a private entrance located at the side of the lodge. Parking spaces are allocated close to the entrance which leads into the lodge Great Room.  Lodge Room guests enjoy 24 hour access to the Great Room.  Relax on the over-stuffed furniture and soak up the history of the 100 year old lodgepole pine beams.  Enjoy a book from the library in front of the original stone fireplace.  A large flat screen tv brings you up to date with free satellite service.

All of our lodge rooms have lofted ceilings, exposed beams and hardwood floors.  Choose from: the Deer Lodge Room, sleeping up to two with one queen bed and an attached bath; the Bison Lodge Room (sleeping up to four with two queen beds and attached bath); the Moose Lodge Room (sleeping up to four with two queen beds and attached bath) or the Grizzly Lodge Room (sleeping up to five with two queen beds and a daybed).  The Moose and Grizzly Rooms share a covered balcony making them a great option for groups of up to nine guests travelling together.

Lodge Room guests enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast in the lodge which also houses an Espresso Bar, Gift Shop and restaurant (serving The Shak BBQ from 3pm).

With daily housekeeping as standard and attention to detail such as ceiling fans, handcrafted furniture and adjustable lighting, you can enjoy the ambiance of a traditional Glacier National Park lodge with all the modern amenities you need for your comfort.

We look forward to welcoming you to your home away from home!

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Award winning Glacier National Park Lodging

June 14th, 2013 by teresa

IMG_6452Located 8 miles from the West Entrance to Glacier National Park, the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins offers traditional mountain lodge accommodation and 22 private cabins.  Four rooms with attached bath are located on the upper level of the lodge.  Sympathetically refurbished in 2013 to include exposed original beams and lofted ceilings, these Glacier National Park themed rooms also have attention to detail such as wood floors, ceiling fans and flat screen tv’s for your comfort.  Lodge Room guests enjoy 24 hour access to the lodge Great Room for relaxation in front of the original stone fireplace.

A continental breakfast is served to all guests on the lower level of the lodge where there is also located an espresso bar, gift shop and restaurant area.  All guests have access to enjoy the Great Room with its library and selection of local maps during lodge opening hours.

On site amenities include daily housekeeping service, an abundance of grassy picnic areas with firepits, seating and games, an outdoor pavilion for all-weather entertaining and a selection of rental items such as mountain bikes and fishing equipment.

Nestled on the outskirts of the Flathead National Forest with views over Teakettle and Columbia Mountains, we pride ourselves on our hospitality and have received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2012 and 2013.

Visit our website or call toll free on 877-387-4420 to book your stay.  We look forward to welcoming you to your home away from home.

 

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