Archive for the ‘Glacier Park Activities’ Category

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.

 

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

Spring Break from $25 pp

March 13th, 2013 by teresa

7559342-kids-hiding-behind-tree-trunkSpring break is almost upon us once again.  Down let them drown you out with cries of ‘Mom, I’m bored!’  Treat yourself to some time away and provide the kids with some wholesome entertainment courtesy of the Montana Rocky Mountains with stays from $25 per person per night when you book using our 20% Spring Break discount.

Spring is a great time to visit our area.  There’s always snow on higher ground at this time of year bringing the opportunity for snow sports and winter fun whilst in the valleys you have the opportunity to hike, bike and enjoy the awakening of flora and fauna along the trails.

Our 10% activities discount allows you to make even greater savings and will help to keep the kids active and occupied.  Treat them to a snowmobile ride to the top of nearby Desert Mountain.  The view stretches right across Glacier National Park and up to Canada.  Its an unforgettable experience.

Grab a pizza in nearby Whitefish and then enjoy a little night skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Treat yourself to a refresher lesson and polish up your skills on the slopes whilst the kids enjoy activities in the Base Lodge.

The Flathead Lake is a sight not to be missed.  You can take a drive right around it stopping for refreshments at picturesque Bigfork, or to visit the Miracle of America Museum at Polson.  Blacktail Mountain offers family friendly skiing with great views across the valley from the west side of the lake.  Catch a movie in Kalispell on your way back or enjoy family style dining at a number of  restaurants.

For those who you just can’t drag away from the Mall, Kalispell Center Mall will stave away withdrawal symptoms, but we’re pretty sure the spectacular scenery and great outdoors will win the day overall.  Its impossible to stay here and not appreciate the vastness and pristine nature of our environment (whatever your age!).

 

Kids Activities in Glacier National Park

March 2nd, 2013 by teresa

12580808-group-of-happy-children-lying-on-green-grass-outdoors-in-spring-parkHere at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins are aware of how taxing it can be trying to entertain kids through vacation time.  We welcome families at the lodge and provide comfortable accommodation suitable for families of three and up in our Double Unit Cabins, Family Cabins and Lofted Cabins.

Leave the electronic devices at home and reconnect in nature.  There is something for everyone – no matter what the season. Rent snowshoes or fishing equipment from the lodge and take a hike to the Beaver Ponds behind our property or hire our mountain bikes for a fun trip through Glacier National Park or up Desert Mountain. Take advantage of our 10% activities discount if you are feeling more adventurous and try whitewater rafting, a guided fishing excursion, horseback riding or snowmobiling (through April 15).

All great choices and all available from our Front Desk!  

In case of tired little people (and parents!) we do have satellite tv and wifi throughout the property.  However, you may find that here your city kid finds the big outdoors much more appealing.  We have big grassy picnic areas and a range of games and equipment to help them out with that (sticks and dirt come as standard!).

With those tall pines, big Montana skies and nights roasting marshmallows over a campfire you’ll be building memories of a lifetime and we’ll be standing by with help and advice to make sure you get the most out of your Glacier National Park vacation.

Book your stay today and make the time to play while they’re still young.  We look forward to welcoming you to your home away from home.

 

Winter Destination for snowmobiling

February 19th, 2013 by teresa

side-activities11There are approximately 200 miles of groomed trails and nearly 2000 miles of National Forest Service roads to take you through our snowmobiling winter wonderland! Enjoy pristine alpine forests, breathtaking ridges and powder-filled bowls.

Take your snowmobile direct from the lodge or trailer up to one of the many local trailheads or lakes.  Regardless of the type of riding you’re looking for, the Flathead Valley has the right place for your pleasure.  From relaxed trail rides to extreme riding this area is surrounded with opportunities for adventure (see Flathead Snowmobile Association for more details of facilities in our area).

The Historic Tamarack Lodge is working with J&L Rentals (406) 892 7666, Swan Mountain Snowmobiling (406) 387 4203, Extreme Motorsports (406) 862-8594 and WinterWonderland Sports (406) 881 2525 to offer guests rental snowmobiles.  Ride right from the parking lot of our lodge and cabins.   Snowmobile trips can be guided or unguided  Contact our partners directly to accommodate your needs.

 
Canyon Creek Snowmobiling
Located on the North Fork of the Flathead River Drainage, the Canyon Creek trail accesses more than 80 miles of groomed trail and abundant mountain riding. The trailhead starts five miles north of Columbia Falls on F.S. road 316. The trail leads to Whitefish Mountain Resort on Big Mountain where you can take a break at the Summit House. Another option is to continue past Big Mountain to Upper Whitefish Lake or go to Kimmerly Basin, a great place for some snow play along the route.

Desert Mountain Snowmobiling
Known as one of the most spectacular trails in Northwest Montana (and the closest to our Glacier National Park Cabin Rentals!), the Desert Mountain trail allows access to the summit of Desert Mountain overlooking Glacier National Park, Hungry Horse Reservoir and the great Bear Wilderness. From this trailhead you may also ride an ungroomed trail along the east shore of Hungry Horse Reservoir, great for wilderness scenery and hill climbing. About 35 miles.

Olney/Red Meadow Snowmobiling
Close to Whitefish and just off Hwy. 93, the Olney trail travels through open-field play terrain. The groomed trail connects to Upper Whitefish Lake trail and Stryker trail. This is one of the largest loops you can take in one day. The route winds up from Olney over Werner Peak at 7100 ft. This trail will also lead you to Whitefish Mountain Resort and down to the Canyon Creek trailhead in Columbia Falls.

Upper Whitefish Lake Snowmobiling
This trail connects to the trails from Olney and Mount Marston. This is a 50 mile tour through the deep woods of the Whitefish Mountain Range. Upper Whitefish Lake offers groomed trails as well as unlimited mountain climbing and play in open meadows. It takes about 1 hour to get to Upper Whitefish Lake from the Upper Whitefish Lake trailhead or take the groomed trail to the East and head up to Werner Park.

Crane Mountain Snowmobiling
Just outside Bigfork, you’ll find 38 miles of groomed trail riding and unlimited play terrain in mountain meadows and old logging clear cuts. These trails offer views of Flathead Lake, the Swan Mountains and the Mission Mountains. More than 100 miles of ungroomed logging roads. Reach the Crane Mountain trail system from Hwy. 209, six miles south of Bigfork, or from Hwy. 83, two miles south of Swan Lake.

Check out our Deals and Specials page for our package offers !

Ski Montana

February 1st, 2013 by teresa

Downhill skiing is one of the top winter activities in our area and with good reason!  With pristine, crowd-free slopes and family-friendly resorts, our corner of northwest Montana offers a unique opportunity for a low cost, high quality winter holiday.

Whitefish Mountain Resort – 30 mins drive

Take a tour with one of Whitefish Mountain’s Mountain Ambassadors and discover which trails and amenities fit your needs.  With 3,000 acres of terrain to choose from, you might need their expert advice, hints and tips!

Book a Learn to Ski package for $72 (includes two half-day lessons, two days lift tickets, and two days of equipment rentals) or improve your skills on the slopes with a private lesson.

Don’t forget the kids!  Whitefish Mountain offers daycare at their Kids Center in the Base Lodge including Ski and Play Sessions for ages 3-6.

Click here for further info.

Blacktail Resort – 40 mins drive

A smaller, family-friendy resort set in 1000 acres of National Forest, Blacktail has an average annual snowfall of 250″ and offers 15% Beginner slopes, 70% Intermediate and 15% Expert.

Click here for further info.

Backcountry skiing at Glacier National Park

For the really adventurous!  Be sure to check your route with the Park Rangers for up to the minute safety information and consider hiring a guide.

 

Click here for further info.

Family ski vacations at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins

Family ski vacations at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins

 

Dashing through the snow..

December 24th, 2012 by teresa

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Do you feel the need for speed?  Stay with us during snow season and grab a great 10% discount with Swan Mountain Snowmobiling. Take a quickie to Desert Mountain or spend a day exploring the back country around Glacier National Park.  Whatever your choice, we’ll be sure to keep the homefires burning and keep your cabin cozy and comfortable.

With great, low winter rates, the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins stays open year round so you can stay and play in our winter wonderland.

Multi-night savings

December 21st, 2012 by teresa

Looking for a cozy base for your Glacier National Park family vacation with all the comforts of home?  Look no further!  We have 8 family sized cabins, each sleeping up to six, each with full kitchens and all set in the outstanding beauty of the Glacier area.

Our Summit, Glacier, Grinnell, Alpine, Iceberg and Avalanche cabin were built in 2007 with our guests in mind.  Two bedrooms each house a queen bed.  The living area sleeps another two on a comfortable futon couch and leads out to your private covered balcony overlooking Columbia and Teakettle Mountains.  Cozy up to our llama, Star and enjoy the recreational space close to your cabin with seating and charcoal grills located for your enjoyment of our great outdoors.

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Ask at the lodge for our fishing equipment and take a stroll to the Beaver Ponds behind your cabin.  Keep your eye out for the beaver family as you fish in this tranquil environment.

Parking is available right outside your cabin entrance.  Daily housekeeping, free wifi and satellite tv add to your comfort and convenience.

Located only 8 miles from the West Entrance to Glacier National Park, with great rates and outstanding hospitality, we’re pretty sure you’ll take advantage of our multi-night deal and grab a 5% discount for stay of three nights or more.

The Antelope and Bison cabins are also included in our multi-night deal.  Newly refurbished with full size kitchens, these cabins can also be connected to provide sleeping for up to 12.  The Bison cabin has a fenced, private yard, making these two cabins a great choice for larger families, reunions, or groups travelling together.

Make 2013 your best year yet with a Glacier National Park vacation that will provide you with wonderful memories for many years to come.

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

 

 

Glacier National Park guided snowshoe trips.

December 15th, 2012 by teresa

The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins are excited to announce a new partnership.  Working with Glacier Adventure Guides to bring you a discounted range of activities and quality guided winter activities, there’s never been a better time to book a winter vacation with us!

Glacier Adventure guides offer a Glacier National Park snowshoe experience for all ages and ranges of ability.  Treat the family to a beginner snowshoeing trip, with little elevation gain for families, older adventurers or those wanting a more leisurely experience.

Or, for the intermediate or advanced snowshoe enthusiasts, go winter hiking in Glacier National Park.  With 1,000+ vertical gain and a 6-8 miles round trip, this trip includes Snyder Basin, Mount Brown and Elk Mountain in the Marias Pass area.

Want to go a-l-l-l-l-l the way?!   Join Glacier Adventures with an over night advanced trip? Custom experiences area available on request.

 

 

Night of Lights

December 7th, 2012 by teresa

Night of Lights - December 7th

Get in the Christmas spirit with Columbia Falls ‘Night of Lights’ Christmas event.  For full details visit the Chamber website at: http://www.columbiafallschamber.org/night-of-lights-parade/

Downtown Columbia Falls – Parade at 6:30 p.m.
Judging for floats begins at 5:30 p.m.

Santa will be at North Valley Avalanche Room – 235 Nucleus Ave following the parade.

Craft Vendors – NVH Teakettle Community Room – Starting at 5:00 p.m.

Children’s Holiday Village – Marantette Park – will be lighted through the holiday season! New displays this year!

Senior Citizen’s Center Craft Fair with Soup Supper – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

SHOPPING - STREET VENDORS – FUN AND FRIENDS!

Happy Holidays!

 

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