Archive for the ‘Glacier National Park accommodation’ Category

Espresso and gifts to go

May 1st, 2013 by teresa

BeFunky_IMG_8045The Historic Tamarack Lodge has always had a welcome at the ready for passers by and visitors to our area. From its origins as a visitor center to Glacier National Park, through its many years as an inn, it has offered hospitality aplenty and continues to do so.

We are happy to continue the tradition and we ensure we keep the homefires burning for our guests throughout the year.

Now we are able to spread the love even further with our new guest coffee bar! 

‘Off the Beaten Path’ at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins offers our guests a chance to enjoy relaxing in the lodge Great Room with an espresso made to your requirements by our team of trained baristas.  Join us in the lodge for coffee and pastries and share the highlights of your day, plan your next outing using our selection of maps and guidebooks, or simply relax and enjoy the ambience of mountain living.

Choose from:

12 oz Americano or Espresso: $2.oo (16oz $2.25)

12 oz Latte or Cappuccino: $3.25 (16oz $3.75)

The Crown of the Continent

April 26th, 2013 by teresa

The Flathead Valley is the magnificent gateway to the west entrance of Glacier National Park – a park so naturally beautiful it is known as the “Crown Jewel of the Continent”.  Glacier was established largely through the influence of railroad magnate James J. Hill, who envisioned a North American tourist destination, comparable to the Swiss Alps, for travelers on his Great Northern Railway.

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Crown of the Continent

The Crown of the Continent is the vast ecosystem stretching from the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex north to British Columbia, Alberta and Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park. Combined, Waterton and Glacier form the only trans-boundary “peace park” in North America.

Exceptional natural beauty is preserved in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, and is a result of dynamic ongoing natural processes. Because of this the parks have been jointly designated a World Heritage Site, an honor shared with the Taj Mahal, The Great Barrier Reef and the Egyptian Pyramids.

What Glacier has to Offer

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 Glacier apart from nearly every other national park. Glacier has 272 bird species, 63 different mammals, 23 fish species, five types of amphibians and three types of reptiles.

The park has a rich variety of flora as well. There are 1,270 vascular plant varieties, 880 mosses and lichens, 130 non-native plant species and 20 tree species.

Mountains, Lakes and Streams

The highest point in Glacier is Mount Cleveland, at 10,466’ and the lowest is the Middle Fork River near West Glacier at 3,215’. At an elevation of 6,646 ‘, Logan Pass is the highest point in the park accessible by vehicle.

There are more than 175 named mountains in the park, six of them over 10,000′ and 43 over 9,000’. The Continental Divide, the mountainous backbone that sends water either to the east or west, meanders 106 miles through the park.

There are 762 lakes in Glacier, and only 131 of them are named. They cover 30,022 surface acres, with 392 miles of total shoreline. Lake McDonald is the largest at 6,823 acres, followed by St. Mary Lake at 3,923 acres, Bowman Lake at 1,706 acres and Kintla Lake at 1,698 acres.

There are 563 streams or rivers in Glacier covering 1,513 stream miles. The longest is McDonald Creek, which stretches 25.8 miles.

Archaeological evidence of use by ancient American Indians indicates Glacier’s cultural history dates back at least 10,000 years. The first Europeans to explore the area were fur trappers who are believed to have arrived in the late 1700s.

Go to the Sun

With the exception of Going-to-the-Sun Road, most roads are limited to the park’s exterior, while an extensive trail network winds through the interior. The park has 168 miles of road, six entrances and 730 miles of trails.

The Going-to-the-Sun Road is a scenic landmark crossing between the west entrance near the Flathead Valley and the east entrance at St. Mary via Logan Pass. The 50-mile paved road was completed in the 1930’s. In 1983, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and in 1996 was designated a National Landmark. The road is narrow, steep and winding, with numerous pullouts for viewing scenery. Travelers should plan to spend 1½ to 3 hours to complete the distance.

Weather and snow determine when Logan Pass opens and closes. Most portions of the Going-to-the-Sun road are open year-round. Logan Pass opens in mid-June and closes in mid-October.

The Flathead Valley provides an outstanding base camp for exploring Glacier National Park with its large number of restaurants, activities, attractions and services geared to the traveler.

Located only eight miles from the west entrance to Glacier National Park, the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins offers traditional lodge room accommodation in our 100 yr old lodge, one of the original visitor centres belonging to the park.  We also offer 22 private cabins.  With great rates and clean and comfortable accommodation, check availability and book your stay today for a Glacier National Park vacation of a lifetime.

For general park information such as maps, Web cams and bear safety information, check the following park Internet links to help you find answers to your questions:

US Park Service website
Fee Free Days 2013
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Twitter
Flickr
Web cams

Maps

Natural resources

Bear information

Park publications

Park news

Park photos

GNP FAQs

 

Glacier National Park Free Entry

April 16th, 2013 by teresa

National Park Week April 22-26 means no entrance fees at Glacier National Park!

Spring is an awesome time to visit and enjoy spring in the Rockies.  Low lodging rates and deals and specials will help you budget for the trip of a lifetime and no crowds mean you get to enjoy the  scenery hassle-free.

Other Fee-Free Days for 2013 include:

  • August 25 (97th Birthday of the National Park Service)
  • September 28 (Public Lands Day)
  • November 9-11 (Veteran’s Day Weekend)

Regular entrance fees are:

7-Day Single Entry Permit  - $12  (May 1 – October 31) / $10 (November 1 – April 30)

(per person for a visitor traveling on foot, bicycle, motorcycle, or for individuals traveling together in a vehicle as a non-commercial, organized group. The permit is non-transferable)

 7-Day Automobile/Vehicle Permit  - $25 (May 1 – October 31) / $15 (November 1 – April 30)

(flat fee for all persons traveling in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle (car/truck/van). The permit is non-transferable)

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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

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!).

 

Glacier National Park Lodging

March 5th, 2013 by teresa


The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins provides a range of Glacier National Park lodging choices from our location, only eight miles from the West Entrance to the Park. Choose from cozy Montana couple’s cabins, Glacier National Park themed lodge rooms in a 100 year old lodge, or a two-bed family sized cabin.  Our Lofted Cabins each have private balconies with a forest view and Unit Cabins give you a great view of the sun as it sets over the mountains.

Front of Lodge

Take a full tour of our property with 360 degree, high definition photography.  Begin at the front of the lodge with views of the lodgepole pine exterior, deck and unit cabins either side of the lodge.  You can view the parking facilities for the unit cabins, the deck areas and the location of lower picnic areas and family cabins on the hillside.  The Antelope and Bison Cabins are located behind the unit cabin block to the left of the lodge as you view it.  The Griz Cabin is visible on the 360 photo tour of the Lower Picnic Area.

Use your mouse or cursor to move around whilst in the tour.  Click on the hotspots which appear as blue circles within the tour to see other areas of the property.  Choose from lodge front desk area which leads on to a view of the beautiful interior of the lodge, then take a look at our lower picnic area with volleyball net, fire pit and covered pavilion.  Travel up the hillside (where you will find Glacier, Grinnell, Avalanche, Summit, Alpine and Iceberg Cabins) or view the new cabin area (home to the Lofted and Couple’s Cabins).  While you’re up there you can also check out the upper picnic area or the view from a balcony of one of our lofted cabins.

Want to see a particular shot again?  You can use the drop-down menu to select any of the photo tours to view. Use our property map for an added understanding of cabin layout.

Post a comment on our facebook page and let us know what you think!

For high definition 360 degree views of our property click on the links below.  Click on the blue ‘hotspots’ to be taken to different areas around the property or use the drop-down menu to select an area to view.

Full tour of property

Front Desk Area

Lodge Interior

Lower Picnic Area

New Cabin Area

View from deck of Lofted Cabin

Family Cabin Hillside

Upper Picnic Area

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

 

 

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.

 

Glacier National Park Road Trip

February 13th, 2013 by teresa

The summer months are an excellent time to take a road trip through our area.  More than a million visitors every year travel to visit Glacier National Park, and the pinnacle of their visit is the 50 mile long Going to the Sun Road.   The two-hour long drive winds its way through some of the most spectacular scenery you will ever see.  View alpine meadows, crystal clear lakes and mountain peaks from the road, or stop off and enjoy one of the many viewing spots, picnic areas or hiking trails. The road crosses the Continental Divide at Logan’s Pass where there is a Visitor’s Center displaying flora and fauna and a small gift shop.

For facts and figures and all sorts of behind-the-scenes information, take a red bus tour.  The red buses, or ‘jammers’ were brought into operation in the 1930′s as part of a National Park’s program for visitor transportation.  Whilst they have been phased out over the years in other parks, they remain a great way to view the Going to the Sun Road.  Recently converted to run on propane, the buses also provide an eco-friendly alternative.

However you choose to travel, there will always be something to inspire you to return.  We guarantee it!

Going to the Sun Road

Going to the Sun Road

Montana Cabins

February 3rd, 2013 by teresa

Our Bison and Antelope Cabins have the unique feature of an adjoining internal door making them the ideal choice for larger families or groups travelling together.

Each cabin has one bedroom (each with two queen beds), full kitchen and bath, a dining area, and a living area complete with futon couch (providing extra sleeping for two).  Sleeping up to six guests individually, when using the adjoining door you have accommodation for up to twelve guests.

These cabins are located to the rear of our unit cabins, in a wooded setting.  The Bison has an enclosed, private yard and each has a private deck complete with patio set.

New for 2013 – brand new bathroom in the Bison and a fully fitted kitchen in the Antelope (complete with dishwasher).

Wheelchair ramp to the Antelope Cabin improves access for the less able guest and adds to the flexibility of this accommodation.

Family reunion?  Ask us about great rates for the covered pavilion or the great room of the lodge to ensure your event goes ahead whatever the weather!

Antelope Cabin

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