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Snowmobiling Adventures in Glacier National Park

March 25th, 2013 by teresa

Whilst motorized vehicles are prohibited within Glacier National Park, it is still possible to experience the unique views over the peaks from the many groomed trails in the surrounding area.  We partner with Swan Mountain Outfitters to offer you great rates and out of this world experiences of our area.

The season runs through April 15 (weather conditions permitting), making this a great Spring Break adventure for all the family and discounts can be taken along with our Spring Break offer.

Minimum age to ride on a snowmobile is 6 years old and minimum age to drive a snowmobile is 14 with a snowmobile safety certificate. All our guests receive a 10% discount on snowmobile tours.

Rates:

2 hour tour … $85 per person.
Guided half day tours … $105 per snowmobile (plus an additional $105 for the guide) max two people per sled.
Guided full day tour … $180/snowmobile (plus $180 for the guide).
Snowmobile rental (half day,4 hours) … $120 per sled.
Snowmobile rental (full day,8 hours) … $200 per sled.

Cost per family of four:

2 hour tour … $340 ($306 after discount applied).
Guided half day tours (two people per sled) … $315 ($283.50 after discount applied).
Guided full day tour (two people per sled)… $540($486 after discount applied).
Snowmobile rental (half day,4 hours, two people per sled) … $240 ($216 after discount applied).
Snowmobile rental (full day,8 hours, two people per sled) … $400 ($360 after discount applied).

That’s snowmobiling for less than $55 per person (based on half day rental for two snowmobiles after discount applied)!!

Glacier National Park Snowmobiling

Flathead Valley Activities

March 16th, 2013 by teresa

20sWhilst we are thrilled that we are located so close to Glacier National Park, we don’t want our guests to miss out on experiencing the rest of our back yard.  Glacier National Park is a tiny million acres of wilderness in comparison to the 2.4 million acres of the Flathead National Forest.  For guests seeking backcountry adventures beyond the constraints and crowds of the national park, the Forest offers many, many opportunities including three areas designated wilderness areas.  The Bob Marshall Wilderness is probably the most well known of these three, offering camping and fishing and an absence of motorised vehicles.

Within a 30 minute drive of your accommodation at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins is the beautiful Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi.  The 27 mile long lake has camping spots and boat launches around its periphery.  Take a drive around the entire lake stopping off at places of interest on your way.  Dip your toes in the crystal clear water at Yellow Bay or Lakeside, enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants overlooking the water, or shop for antiques and take an art walk at Bigfork.  Cherry orchards line the east side of the lake and cherry season is a must!  Don’t worry if you miss it – there are plenty of locally-made preserves around to enjoy. Eva Gates in Bigfork will even mail them to you!

Whitefish city is another local delight, whatever the time of year.  Home to the outstanding ski slopes of Whitefish Mountain Resort, you can take in the view from the summit whether skiing or enjoying one of the many summer activities on offer.  Enjoy a day mountain biking or ziplining.  Take a walk in the treetops or simply relax and indulge yourself in the day spa.

Movie theatres, restaurants, bars and bowling alleys are all available within a short drive, but we find our guests’ favorite way to while away the evening consists of toasting marshmallows around the firepit whilst watching the sun set in our big Montana sky.

Visit our website to select your lodging choice and book your stay here. We can’t wait to have you join us!

 

Columbia Falls

March 19th, 2010 by HTL

The closest small town to the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins, Columbia Falls, is located at the entrance of the Canyon, the Gateway to Glacier National Park.

For the kids, there is Pinewood Aquatic Park, with outdoor pool; the Big Sky Waterpark with its chutes and slides; and two great playparks.  For the adults there are antique stores, and plenty of places to dine.  Why not try the Three Forks Grill for a great evening out ?

In the Summer months there is a fantastic weekly Farmer’s Market selling local produce and showcasing local musicians.

In the Winter, take your snowmobile out on over 80 miles of groomed trails via the Canyon Creek Trailhead or rent from one of our local outfitters.

Celebrate Heritage Days the last week end in July with a Rodeo, Parade, Craft Fair, Car Show, Basketball 3-on-3 Tournament and 5K & 10K Runs.

Or, take a trip back in time via an alternative route to Glacier National Park by following the North Fork Road to the Camas Creek Park Entrance. A twenty mile drive following the North Fork River there are plenty of opportunities for photography and fishing. Be warned – the last nine miles of the roadway are not paved !

Just a few miles from your accommodation at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins, add Columbia Falls to your itinerary for a great day out !

Hiking in Glacier National Park

March 12th, 2010 by HTL

One of the most popular activities, and one that is accessible to all, is hiking the local area.  Glacier National Park has in excess of 700 trails, from the wheelchair accessible boardwalk of The Trail of the Cedars to overnight excursions into the peaks of the back country and plenty in between.

Favorites of our guests include: Avalanche Lake (2 miles); Hidden Lake (1.5 miles to the overlook, a further 1.5 miles down to the lake itself); and The Highline (featured in the youtube clip Hiking in Glacier National Park – The Highline).

Beyond the park itself, and for the more intrepid hiker why not try The Great Northern ?  8 miles up to an elevation of 8,600 feet with views over the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

Let us help you plan your trip, with up-to-date local information and a whole heap of maps, our staff are always ready and eager to help make your stay the best it can be and to ensure you leave with memories that will last a lifetime.  With views like this, it makes our job easy !!

Whitefish, Montana

February 11th, 2010 by HTL

Less than 30 minutes drive from your accommodation at The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins is the picturesque town of Whitefish.

A 30min drive from The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins.

Originally a railroad town, Whitefish is now probably better known for its ski resort on Whitefish Mountain.  In the Winter months there is plenty of winter sports activity whether on the downhill ski slopes or snowmobiling the mountains beyond. Down from the mountain the town is served by the historic Amtrak station and a number of boutique shops, restaurants and bars for apres ski.

In the Summer months, Whitefish Mountain turns into an adventure playground of a different kind with zip line tours, an alpine slide and a boardwalk high in the treetops. There are many opportunities for water sports on Whitefish Lake, and to bask in the beauty of the surroundings on the City Beach.  An abundance of local produce is available at the weekly Farmer’s Market, and, as an artist’s town, there are numerous opportunities for Art Walks of the many galleries. Let your own creativity flow at the Stumptown Art Studio and paint your own pottery to take home as a unique souvenir of your stay, then round off your day by returning home to an evening of hospitality at the lodge.

Relax by the fireplace in the Main Lodge

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