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Who needs National Parks…?

October 3rd, 2013 by teresa

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Well, we do!  Glacier National Park is the biggest attraction that draws our guests to our area and we think its certainly worth travelling from the four corners of the world to experience.

However, there is much. much more to experience in our backyard than Glacier National Park, and the silver lining of the current park closure, due to government shutdown, is that we can draw the attention of our guests to the supporting cast whilst the main star has temporarily left the stage.

For guests craving spectacular vistas you can take a trip up to Desert Mountain in the Flathead National Forest and view the peaks of Glacier National Park from a different perspective.  Whilst you are in the park you are in the midst of this snowcapped majesty, and we all know how hard it is to see the wood for the trees sometimes.  Bike, hike or drive this trail for breathtaking views of peaks and valleys right up to the US/Canada border and beyond.

Or, stay on the flat (in comparison), and enjoy the still water and tall pines around Hungry Horse Reservoir.  Great Northern peak (pictured above) dominates the views on this drive right around the reservoir.  Great for wildlife viewing, a spot of fishing or stopping off for a picnic at one of the many sites you’ll pass.  The Hungry Horse Dam in itself is well worth the visit and full of the history of the area (spot the huge ball on your drive through Hungry Horse used for clearing trees during the construction).

Polebridge Bakery tingles your tastebuds and takes you back in time to the days of the mercantile (its compulsory to bring us back some of their bear claws!).  The drive up offers yet another perspective of park peaks.  Jewel Basin, in the opposite direction, offers hiking options and scenery away from the park.

Take our word for it, there are outstanding vistas and hiking everywhere you turn.

Feel like you’re missing out on that famous scenic drive? Take a drive around 27 mile long Flathead Lake instead, stopping at art galleries in Bigfork, the Miracle of America museum in Polson and various microbreweries for a great day out.  The sunsets over the lake are beyond spectacular.

Looking for some history and culture?  Check out the Conrad Mansion for a glimpse into days gone by, and don’t forget our lodge!  Built originally to greet visitors to the park there are more than 100 years of history in those solid log beams!

Don’t be sad because the park is closed, be glad because you get to experience all the hidden gems that most visitors don’t find the time for.

Book your stay today and fall for all the Flathead Valley has to offer.

Whatever Washington is up to, WE can promise you you will not be disappointed!

Fabulous Fall in the Flathead Valley

September 22nd, 2013 by teresa

Have you had the opportunity yet to visit with us in the Fall?  We think its just the best time of year in our little corner of Northwest Montana.  Beautiful blue skies and warm temperatures continue into September and October and fewer crowds mean more space to enjoy the Fall colors and crisp mountain air.

The lodge stays open year round providing full four-season facilities for our guests whether dropping by for a coffee by the fireplace, enjoying a fabulous Fall vacation, or staying longer term in one of our cabins throughout the winter.

This year, you can access Logan’s Peak from the West Side of Glacier National Park right into October.  Park facilities close down for the season by September so this means you get no lines and very little traffic.  Its a totally different experience, and one not to be missed!  The lakes are so still and offer perfect looking-glass reflections of Montana’s ‘big sky’ and the tamaracks turning shades of gold.

And there’s plenty more to see and do…..

Traditional Fall events in the Flathead Valley includes the Le Grizz Ultramarathon (a 50 mile footrace around the Hungry Horse Reservoir), the Great Northwest Oktoberfest (two weekends of German beer, food music and fun) and there’s always pumpkin picking at the pumpkin patch along with indoor entertainment at The Zone Family Fun Center for our younger guests (or the young at heart!).

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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! 

 

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.

 

Glacier National Park Concessioner Schedules 2013

May 19th, 2013 by teresa

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – The 2013 operating dates for concessioners operating in Glacier National Park are scheduled. These concessioners, who work under contract within Glacier National Park, provide visitor services including lodging, food service, retail shops, tours, transportation, horseback riding, guided day hikes and backpacking trips, boat tours and small boat rentals. Services are listed in alphabetical order.

Belton Chalets, Inc.

(1-888-345-2649 or www.sperrychalet.com orwww.graniteparkchalet.com) Backcountry Chalets:

Location Opening Closing
Granite Park Chalet* June 29 September 9 (after breakfast)
Sperry Chalet** July 11 September 9 (after breakfast)

*The historic Granite Park Chalet is available for overnight use as a rustic hiker shelter.

**Services at the historic Sperry Chalet include traditional overnight accommodations and food service for overnight guests and day hikers with meal reservations.

Glacier Park Boat Company (406-257-2426 orwww.glacierparkboats.com) Boat tours and rentals:

Location Opening Closing
Apgar (rentals only) June 1 September 2
Lake McDonald May 25 September 22
Many Glacier June 14 September 15
Rising Sun (tours only) June 22 September 2
Two Medicine June 8 September 8


Glacier Park, Inc.
 (GPI) (Central reservations:  406-892-2525 or www.glacierparkinc.com) Front country lodging, food and beverage services, retail, tour and transportation services:

Location Opening Closing
Lake McDonald Lodge & Camp Store May 25 September 29 (after breakfast)
Jammer Joe’s Restaurant June 29 September 2 (after dinner)
Many Glacier Hotel June 12 September 22 (after breakfast)
Rising Sun Motor Inn & Camp Store June 21 September 15 (after breakfast)
Swiftcurrent Motor Inn June 18 September 16 (after breakfast)
Swiftcurrent Campstore June 18 September 16 (closes at noon)
Two Medicine Camp Store May 31 September 2 (open all day)
Village Inn May 30 September 16 (after check-out)
Red Bus Tours Tours operate the same dates as the hotels.
Hiker Shuttle July 1 September 2
East-Side Shuttle June 8 September 22

Glacier Guides, Inc. (1-800-521-RAFT or 406-387-5555 or www.glacierguides.com) Day hikes and backpacking:

Location Opening Closing
Various Locations May October

Sun Tours (1-800-786-9220 or 406-226-9220 orwww.glaciersuntours.com) Road-based tours highlighting Blackfeet culture and history:

Location Opening Closing
Various Locations May 15 October 15

 

Swan Mountain Outfitters (1-877-888-5557 orwww.swanmountainoutfitters.com/glacier) Horseback rides:

Location Opening Closing
Apgar May 25 September 2
Lake McDonald June 1 September 29
Many Glacier June 15 September 15

 

Waterton Inter-Nation Shoreline Cruises, LTD (403-859-2362 or www.watertoncruise.com) Waterton Lake boat tours:

Location Opening Closing
Goat Haunt Landing June 1 September 22

 

There are also several privately-owned facilities in Apgar Village that offer lodging, dining, camping supplies, groceries, and gifts from May through much of September, some year round.

For reservations and details, please call respective phone numbers listed. For general park information, please visit the park’s website at: http://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htmor call park headquarters at 406-888-7800.

 

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Summer Savings

May 14th, 2013 by teresa

Pay 100% at time of booking and grab an extra 5% discount!  

To celebrate the launch of our four brand new lodge rooms, we are offering an additional 5% discount to all guests paying 100% at time of booking.  Combine this with one of our other great offers for a Glacier National Park vacation to remember.  Choose from Multi-Night savings, June 3 for 2, AAA or AARP discounts and don’t forget you can also get 10% off your summer activities with Swan Mountain Outfitters, Great Northern Whitewater and Wild River Adventures when you stay with us.

Returning guest?  All returning guests get a 10% discount.

Stay and play for less this summer at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins!  

Call toll-free on 877-387-4420 and claim your savings today.

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photo courtesy Glacier Country

Glacier National Park Summer Vacations

May 13th, 2013 by teresa

Blue sky against tall pines, long drawn out sunsets, a million and one stars – you will soon discover why they call Montana ‘Big Sky’ country! With summer temperatures possibly hitting 100 you will find the perfect opportunity to head off into the cool air of the mountains or to take a dip in the lakes and rivers. The beauty of Montana at the height of the season is unsurpassed and you will return from your travels with a photograph album that will become the envy of all your friends!

The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins offers, within a five-mile radius, an array of activities appealing to all ages and a wide range of interests. The Flathead National Forest right outside our back door provides miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking and ample opportunities for fishing and hunting. Nearby Kalispell, Whitefish and Bigfork have plenty of boutiques and antique shops and, in the summer months, there are ample opportunities for water sports whether touring the Flathead Lake, rafting on the rivers or shooting down the slides at the nearby Big Sky Water Park.

Of course, there is always Glacier National Park, only 8 miles away and open year round, its our main attraction and with good reason!  Visitors to Glacier National Park enjoy the park’s 1 million acres of lakes, sweeping valleys and glacier carved mountains. Glacier is 40 miles wide from east to west, and 50 miles long north to south. A complete suite of wildlife that includes wolves, grizzly bears, lynx and other natural predators sets it apart from nearly every other national park, a park so naturally beautiful it is known as the “Crown Jewel of the Continent.”

Mountain bikes and fishing equipment are available for rental from the lodge.

When you are done exploring for the day, try dinner at one of our many local restaurants, or cook on the grill at the lodge and enjoy a game of horseshoes or volleyball in our backyard. The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins are famous for our evening campfires, hosted by our staff and often accompanied by local musicians.

Regardless of the weather, season, or activity there is always spectacular scenery. With Montana’s Rocky Mountains as your backdrop, the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins will provide you with the perfect setting for your next family vacation, corporate retreat, or weekend getaway.

Use our convenient on-line reservations link or call us directly on 406-387-4420 . Also call toll free on 877-387-4420 .

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Plan your stay

April 5th, 2013 by teresa

We look forward to welcoming you to the Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park area of Montana, but we know how daunting it can be to plan a trip in an unfamiliar area.  We’ve put together a few pages that we think might help out.

During your stay, our front desk staff will be ready to help you with all the latest local information to ensure you leave with memories that will last a lifetime.

Venture out on your own day excursion, or allow us to arrange a multi-day hiking, mountain biking, or sightseeing. Rent your mountain bikes right here at the lodge! For rafting, trail riding, hunting, fishing or snowmobiling, we can help by arranging an outing for you with one of the many outfitting organizations we partner with.  Ask us about great discounts on outdoor activities, whatever the season.

If some retail therapy is in order, the boutiques of nearby Bigfork, Whitefish and downtown Kalispell are sure to delight. Or why not try the many antiques shops? Don’t forget the gift shopping for loved ones, friends and family! After a long day’s adventure, come home and relax at the lodge, dine in one of the valley’s fine restaurants and unwind in the sheer beauty and spectacular scenery of the place we call home.

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful area, and your home away from home right here at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins.

The owners and staff at the Historic Tamarack Lodge have ‘never met a stranger’ and want to make your stay a memorable one so breathe deep and prepare to experience the American West like you never have before.

Come to Montana, where the mountains call, and relax surrounded by nature’s magnificence letting the scenic and alluring greatness of the Rockies bring you back to yourself.

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Golfing in the Flathead Valley

April 2nd, 2013 by teresa

Glacier National Park GolfingGolf Digest named the Flathead Valley a top 50 golf course destination.   With eight championship golf courses the Valley’s courses offer outstanding quality and affordability.

Book your stay with us today and choose from the following local amenities:

Big Mountain Golf Course – Kalispell, Montana combines traditional Scottish links with natural towering pines winding along the Stillwater River.

Buffalo Hill Golf Course – Kalispell, Montana The most popular golf course in the Flathead Valley.  The beauty and charm of the Championship 18 along with the scenic splendor and panoramic views will bring you back time and time again.

Glacier View Golf Course - West Glacier, Montana Borders Glacier National Park! Glacier View Golf Course has always been known as a friendly, relaxing, and family-oriented course.

Meadow Lake - Columbia Falls, Montana Rated as a “‘Top 500 U.S. Public Course’ by Golf Digest, and a “must play” course by Golf Magazine.

Mission Mountain Country Club – Ronan, Montana This 18-hole golf course is located 14 miles south of Flathead Lake in the heart of beautiful Mission Valley.

Polson Country Club – Polson, Montana Polson Country Club’s twenty seven breathtaking holes boast spectacular lake and mountain views.

Village Greens Golf Course - Kalispell, Montana Spectacular fairway mounding, crystal clear lakes and beautiful white sand complement the Valley’s fastest growing golf course.

Whitefish Lake Golf Club – Whitefish, Montana Montana’s only 36-hole golf complex located adjacent to Whitefish Lake, affords fabulous mountain views and is the most requested destination for Montana golfers.

 

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