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5 things to do in Glacier National Park when the snow flies

November 6th, 2015 by teresa

Lake McDonald in the Winter

Glacier National Park in the Wintertime

Winter is a fabulous season to experience Glacier National Park.  The snow caps dazzle on the mountains, everything is still and peaceful and the busy sounds of civilization are muffled by a blanket of snow.  There’s no better time to relax, reflect on the past year and make plans for times still to come.

Glacier National Park is open ALL year round and offers an abundance of activities regardless of the season.  Here’s just five things to get you out there and experiencing the beauty of snow season:

  • Snowshoeing – a traditional way to cross snow covered terrain, snowshoeing is suitable for all the family and allows you to experience the extraordinary silence of the Park in Wintertime.  Take a ranger-led snowshoe for the skinny on all the behind the scenes activity during snow season.
  • Nordic Skiing – A great way to get a full-body workout whilst getting a lungful of that clear mountain air!  A popular place to ski in the Park is the Camas Road, but dependent on your level of experience and yearning for adventure, there are unlimited options for you to choose from.
  • Photography – Winter brings the contrast that makes for perfect shots for aspiring Ansel Adams’.  The added bonus is that you get to experience the landscapes in 3D for new inspiration and perspective.
  • Sightseeing – the Going-to-the-Sun Road is typically plowed up to the Avalanche Creek pullout, enabling visitors of all ages and physical conditions to travel through breathtaking scenery including the shores of Lake McDonald and the glittering peaks that lie beyond. Beachcombers can explore the shoreline at Apgar and at Lake McDonald Lodge and there are plenty of places for visitors to bundle up and reflect on the views.
  • Wildlife spotting – while the bears may hibernate, there are plenty of Winter residents to be found such as snowshoe hares, deer, chipmunks and eagles.

When you are all done adventuring, choose your favorite toddy from the bar and curl up beside a roaring fire in the lodge.  We have all you might need for a relaxing break far from the madding crowd.

Trapper’s Cabin

October 4th, 2015 by teresa

The 1800’s saw English, French and Spanish trappers to the area, known for its abundance of beavers.  As a tribute to these lone individuals and the history of our Glacier National Park area, we have styled part of the lodge as a Trapper’s Cabin.  Although controversial, fur trading was once big business and enabled Montana to be mapped and more well known.

The life of a trapper was a lonely one, requiring miles of snowshoeing over many layers of snow to check the traps on their trapline.

Our Trapper’s Cabin reflects the simplicity of this life with a small stove, coffee pot and furs and traps hung on available nails in the log walls.  A single oil painting points to the creativity often inspired by the beauty of the state, creativity that led to larger than life characters such as Charlie Russell and Joe Cosley.

Sit back and enjoy a whisky and a game of checkers amongst the memorabilia and old lodgepole pine beams of our lodge.  We welcome you to your home away from home!



Eat, drink and be merry!

September 25th, 2015 by teresa

Glacier National Park Coffee

Espresso, beer, wine and spirits at Off The Beaten Path

Glacier National Park Lodging

January 21st, 2015 by teresa

historictamaracklodge.comVisit Glacier National Park in 2015 and be prepared for breathtaking views, exhilirating activities and mountain living at its finest.  The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins provides lodge room accommodation or your choice of private cabin nestled in the Flathead National Forest just 8 miles from the West Entrance to Glacier National Park.  Travel by train to nearby West Glacier or Whitefish Amtrak stations, fly into Glacier International Airport (FCA) or take a road trip and admire the scenic routes lining US Highway 2.  However you get here, get here when you can and be prepared for a vacation of a  lifetime!  Book today to secure your chosen accommodation.


Sled, Stay and Play in Glacier Country

December 17th, 2014 by teresa

6494848-fireplace--glass-of-red-wineStay in our traditional mountain lodge and enjoy your evenings with a glass of wine in front of a roaring fire. Curl up on our overstuffed leather furniture and soak up the classic ambiance of the original stone fireplace and lodgepole pine beams before retiring to your room for a great night’s sleep. Tastefully renovated in 2013 to retain the original charm of our 100 year old lodge, each of our four lodge rooms have an attached bath and enjoy 24 hour access to the lodge Great Room.  Lodge rooms also provides the modern amenities you expect such as wifi, satellite tv and ipod docks for your convenience and comfort.

Get your morning coffee from our espresso bar before heading out to greet the sunrise.  Enjoy spectacular views of Glacier National Park by snowmobile with an exclusive 10% off snowmobile rentals and explore our backyard with miles and miles of groomed trails and unspoilt snowy scenery.  Slow it down for an alternative perspective with free snowshoe rental for two and experience the stillness of Glacier National Park in Winter.

The Winter resort of Whitefish is located 25 minutes away by car where Whitefish Mountain Resort provides the finest powder and crowd-free slopes for the avid downhill skier and beginners alike with plenty of places to eat and drink along with boutique shopping.  Blacktail Mountain is located 35 minutes away providing outstanding views over Flathead Lake and a family atmosphere for further skiing opportunities.

Come and enjoy our Winter Wonderland experience and taste Montana mountain living at its finest. Book today for great low rates and discounted activities.

Halloween at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins

October 23rd, 2014 by teresa

IMG_20141020_134235302Party in our Spooky Saloon, spend the night in our 100 yr old lodge (for less than $25 per person), and enjoy 20% off spirits when you come in costume. FREE lodging for best costume!


Five reasons to visit Glacier National Park in August

August 7th, 2014 by teresa

14640918459_da3a26e972_oIt goes without saying that a visit to Glacier National Park is going to come with outstanding views, fresh mountain air and the best of the great outdoors as standard.  Here at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins we stay open all year round to enable our guests from all over the world to experience the beauty of our area through all four seasons but here are a few reasons why August is a great time to plan your stay:


1. The Going to the Sun Road.  Open when weather permits, you can be pretty much guaranteed that the whole length of the road will be open.  Take the 50 mile trip over the Continental Divide for out of this world scenery and wildlife spotting opportunities.

2. The Hungry Horse Dam and Reservoir.  Most tourists visit our area and head straight to Glacier National Park (an understandable choice), but few realize that just a mile or two off the highway that leads to the Park there is a historical dam and 34 mile long reservoir offering boating, camping and day trip opportunities.  See the eagles nest  along the 170 miles of shoreline and watch them dive into the blue water on their fishing expeditions.

3. Huckleberries!  Pick your own tasty treats or explore the various options available at local bars and restaurants.  Choose from the traditional huckleberry pie, try some taffy or quench your thirst with a huckleberry lemonade.

4. Learn more about the inhabitants of Glacier.  Try ‘Pika Patrolling’ or ‘Of Bears and Berries’, just two of the offerings available from the Glacier Institute this August.

5. Low rates!  Our rates drop in mid-August to ensure you get the most from the dog days of Summer. With prices from only $38 per person per night, our full-size Family Cabins sleep up to six with two private bedrooms, full size bath, kitchen and open living area.  Extra sleeping comes courtesy of a futon couch in the living area and a private, covered balcony overlooking local Columbia and Teakettle Mountains.  These cabins are located to the rear of property, nestled on the edge of the Flathead National Forest.  Take the kids on a short hike to the Beaver Pond, get to know our llama, Star and enjoy our outdoor spaces with a game of basketball, horseshoes or volleyball.  Espresso Bar, Saloon and Smokehouse located on site.

(based on maximum occupancy in Family Cabins from Aug 21 – Sept 16)


Fourth of July @ The Historic Tamarack Lodge

July 2nd, 2014 by teresa

4th JulyJoin us for our annual Independence Day celebrations.  Beginning at 5pm with Happy Hour in the Saloon, we will be serving beer, wine and spirits at 20% off followed by Prime Rib in Oso’s Smokehouse and a special dessert just for July 4th.

Finish off your evening listening to the melodies of Brad Lee beneath the famed Montana Big Sky before the firework display finale begins at dusk.  We think you’ll agree its the perfect way to end your day!


Massage Mondays at the Historic Tamarack Lodge

June 30th, 2014 by teresa

Take time-out of your day for massage mondays!Take a time-out and relax with a chair massage on the deck.  Join John Ellis of Tapas Massage every Monday evening from 5pm (donations accepted) at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins:

‘To be able to take tension out of people’s lives and make them feel better, and hopefully help them achieve a better quality of life, is very rewarding.  Taking care of our bodies and listening to what they are telling us, that is what we are supposed to do.’

It’s a great way to relax and unwind after travel and before enjoying drinks and dinner at our saloon and restaurant.

John is also available for table massage at your cabin and specializes in:

Swedish Massage – for relaxation and wellness;

Neuromuscular Massage – for injury and chronic pain;

You can reach him at: 406-260-8826 to make an appointment at your convenience.

Oso’s SmokeHouse @ the Tamarack Lodge

June 19th, 2014 by teresa

welcome bearOso’s Smokehouse

at the Historic Tamarack Lodge


We proudly smoke all of our meats with locally sourced, Flathead Valley Apple Wood.  This season’s tree comes to us from the Gateway to Glacier, Columbia Falls, Montana.

from the smoker

 Smoked Chicken – seasoned with our trusted blend of spices, our chicken is cured, rested, and smoked to perfection to ensure juiciness and our signature flavor that comes from our smoking process.

2 pcs – $8.50

3 pcs – $10.50

 Baby Back Ribs – The unique, citrus flavored spiciness of our ribs have made this offering a locally known favorite.  Lightly sauced to bring out a sweetness that compliments the natural flavors of the applewood.

½ rack – $15.00

Full rack – $24.50

 Yardbird and Babybacks – For those that choose not to choose, we offer you a platter with both of our hand-cut offerings.  Two pieces of our chicken and three pieces of our smoky, spicy, sweet ribs.



 To accompany your smoked meat experience

(your choice of two sides come with your meat selection – extra sides are priced as below)

Corn on the cob – dressed with chile-lime butter and sprinkled lightly with grated cheese.              $3.50

Whipped Garlic Potatoes – whipped with cream, butter and mashed garlic.                                   $4.00

Chipotle-Lime Coleslaw – Our own recipes for a crisp, spicy-sweet coleslaw.                                  $3.50

Oso’s Ranch Style Beans – Beef, sausage, sautéed garlic and onions, our medley of beans, lightly sweetened.                                                                                                                                                                           $4.00

Seasonal Offerings – A side dish inspired by the season and locally sourced ingredients.  Lightly sweetened.                                                                                                                                                                               $4.00

 Specialty Entrees and Salads

Smoked Chicken Fettucine – Egg noodles cooked with our three cheese, bacon-serrano, cream sauce, and smoked chicken breast.                                                                                                                                            $10.50

Seasonal Green Salad – Seasonal greens, lightly tossed with dried fruits, nuts and feta, with your choice of Ranch, Vinaigrette, or Bleu Cheese Dressing.                                                                                                       $8.50

w/chicken – $11.50

Apple Wood Smoked Prime Rib – (served Fridays from June 28 through September 20)

A full pound of our delicious prime rib, served with caramelized mushrooms and onions, malbec au jus, house salad, and your choice of smoked or whipped potatoes.                                                                        $24.50

Special Entrees – Vary daily, please feel free to ask your server.                                                       $24.50