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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!

Glacier National Park Retreat

September 13th, 2013 by teresa

Individual log cabins in a forest setting available to rent October – April. Property backs onto the Flathead National Forest with opportunities for hiking, fishing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. Facility is plowed throughout the winter months and is conveniently located off US Highway 2. 10 mins to Columbia Falls, 10mins to the West Entrance of Glacier National Park.

Studio size through to two bed units with private decks available. Cabins are fully furnished with private bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchens, satellite tv and wireless internet connection. Even linen service and housekeeping are available on request.

All that’s missing is you ! Come home to your Winter mountain retreat.

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Glacier National Park Winter Lodging

September 6th, 2013 by teresa

Collage_FotoFlexer_PhotoLooking for a winter mountain retreat?  Relocating and need lodging while you search for your perfect home? Our cabins are available for long-term rental on a monthly basis from October 1st through April 30th for prices starting at $500 including utilities.  All cabin types available from one bed unit cabins with private bath, refrigerator and microwave through to our new studio cabins with full sized, fully equipped kitchen to our largest, two bedroom cabins.  Whatever your needs, you can rest assured that we have a cabin available at rates to suit. Linen and laundry are available at extra cost, our facility is plowed through the snow season and we are located right on Highway 2 for easy access.  Don’t forget, our backyard is the Flathead National Forest with groomed trails that provide awesome opportunities for snow shoes, xc ski and snowmobiling.

Contact us on 877-387-4420 to get up-to-date info on rates and availability.

 

Fall in Glacier National Park

September 5th, 2013 by teresa

Fall_83Operating hours for many visitor services including campgrounds, concessions, boat inspections, and backcountry permits in Glacier National Park will begin to change after Labor Day weekend.

Rehabilitation work on the Going-to-the-Sun Road continues through the fall season. Paving between Avalanche Creek and Logan Creek has been completed. Minor delays will continue in this area to accommodate striping, wheelstop and rumble strip installation, signing, rock placement, and other road work. Rehabilitation work on the east-side between Rising Sun and Siyeh Bend will continues with 20-minute maximum day-time delays. Night closures continue in this area after 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Sun Point is closed to the public and being utilized as a staging area for rehabilitation activities.

To allow accelerated fall season rehabilitation on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, the last day to access Logan Pass by vehicle on the east side will be Sunday, September 22. Vehicle traffic will be restricted on the east side near the St. Mary Campground beginning Monday, September 23. Vehicle access to Logan Pass will be available from the west side of the park through Sunday, October 20, weather permitting.

Campground operating dates are as follows:

Campground Closing Dates (Through night of dates listed) Primitive Camping Operating Dates    (No water available)
Apgar October 13 Primitive camping in picnic area October 14-31, and April 1-May 2: $10 per night, November 1-March 31: Free with valid entrance pass
Avalanche September 2 No primitive camping
Bowman Lake September  6 Primitive camping September 7- October  31 (weather dependent) $10 per night  November 1 through closure: Free with valid entrance pass
Cut Bank September  8 Operated in primitive status all season, closes Noon September 9
Fish Creek September  1 National Recreation Reservation System Campground, no primitive camping
Kintla Lake September 6 Primitive camping September 7- October 31:(weather dependent) $10 per night November 1 through  closure: Free with valid entrance pass
Logging Creek September  22 Operated in primitive status all season, closes Noon September 23
Many Glacier September 22 Primitive camping September 23 -29 (weather dependent) $10 per night. Closes Noon September 30
Quartz Creek October 30 Operated in primitive status all season, closes Noon October 31
Rising Sun September 2 No primitive camping
Sprague Creek September 2 No primitive camping
St. Mary September 8 June 1-September 1: National Recreation Reservation System $23 per nightSeptember 2-8: $20 per night

Primitive camping September 9-October 31: $10 per night

November 1-March 31: Free with valid entrance pass

Two Medicine September 8 No primitive camping

 

Campgrounds in primitive status have pit toilets available, no potable or drinking water, limited number of sites, and fees are reduced to $10 per night. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and reminded that any water taken from streams or lakes requires treatment before use. Current campground status is available athttp://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/cgstatus/cgstatus.cfm.

Hours of operation for the Apgar Back-Country Permit Office will change after Labor Day.  From Labor Day through September 30, the office will be open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  During October hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Back-country permits will be issued until 30 minutes prior to closing.

Hours of operation to conduct boat inspections and receive permits will also change this fall:

West-Side Boat Inspections
September 8 – September 30October 1 – October 31

November 1 – May 1

7:00am to 4:30pm, Apgar Back-Country Office8:00am to 4:00pm, Apgar Back-Country Office

Monday-Friday, Head-quarters Office

Weekends Apgar Visitor Center

East-Side Boat Inspections
September 1 – September 14 (St.Mary)September 1-September 21 (Two Medicine and Many Glacier)

September 14/22 – late May

8:00am to 4:30pm8:00 am to 4:30 pm

8:00am to 4:00pm, expect delays & call ahead if you can estimate your arrival time, 888-7800

Many concessioner services will begin closing mid-September including lodging, transportation, food service, retail shops, and boat rentals:

Belton Chalets, Inc.

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

Location Closing
Granite Park Chalet* September 9 (after breakfast)
Sperry Chalet** 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 Closing
Apgar (rentals only) September 2
Lake McDonald September 22
Many Glacier September 15
Rising Sun (tours only) September 2
Two Medicine September 8

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

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

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

Location Closing
Various Locations October 15

 

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

Location Closing
Apgar September 2
Lake McDonald September 29
Many Glacier September 15

 

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

Location Closing
Goat Haunt Landing September 22

 

Ranger-led activities such as guided hikes and evening programs are offered throughout September. View the ranger-led activity schedule on the park’s website athttp://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/inforequest/inforequest3.cfm.

Autumn visitors to Glacier National Park will find less crowds, cooler temperatures, and changing vegetation colors. Area residents and visitors are reminded that the park is open year-round and park recreational opportunities can be found during all seasons.

For additional park information, visit the park’s websitewww.nps.gov/glac or call park headquarters at 406-888-7800.

 

Fall facilities in Glacier National Park

August 17th, 2013 by teresa

Fall_47Whilst shortening days and cooler temperatures see many of the facilities in and around Glacier National Park beginning to close for the season, there is still plenty to do and see.  The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins stays open year round to enable visitors to our area to enjoy Glacier National Park through all four seasons.  Each season has its own particular beauty and Fall is no different.  Low water leads to mirror-like lakes reflecting the beautiful colors of the changing foliage creating fantastic opportunities for photographers.

Cooler, autumnal temperatures and fewer visitors make for excellent hiking and biking on the trails in and around Glacier and the Hungry Horse Reservoir, and hunters can find opportunities with local outfitters throughout the season.

Our Espresso Bar and Gift Shop will stay open, offering visitors and passers-by the opportunity to enjoy the history of the lodge.  Relax in the Great Room and enjoy a latte or cappuchino while you warm your toes by the fire.  Catch up on emails with our free wifi, or browse our Gift Shop for that perfect treasure to remind you of your stay.

We think Fall is the best time to visit the mountains of Glacier Country and we look forward to welcoming you to your Fall home away from home.

Book your stay today and take advantage of our low seasonal rates (our cabins are also available for long term rental from October-April).


 

North Fork Road Opening

July 26th, 2013 by teresa

polebridgeWith news from Glacier National Park that the entire North Fork Road is scheduled to open this weekend, it seems like a great time to visit Polebridge!

The Inside North Fork Road was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. It is a narrow, gravel road and use of recreational, towed, and low-clearance vehicles is strongly discouraged. In ideal conditions, at least two hours are needed to travel the entire length of the Inside North Fork Road. Visitors are advised to prepare for travelling this road by carrying plenty of water and food. Also be prepared to encounter possible downed trees. 

A general store and bakery, the 100 year old Polebridge Mercantile is a favored destination for visitors to Glacier National Park.  Along with the Northern Lights Saloon beside it, the Merc offers a true taste of mountain living with few changes to its original features.

We highly recommend the bear claws!  Make Polebridge a must-see on your itinerary.

 

Fourth of July

July 2nd, 2013 by teresa

Jo4thin us in celebrating Independence Day here at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins with a FREE FIREWORK DISPLAY.

The Shak BBQ will be serving til late and we have Frappes and Smoothies at our Espresso Bar as well as Blue Bunny ice cream in the Gift Shop.

Join us for volleyball and horseshoes til the sun goes down followed by fireworks and our famous firepit after dark.

Open to all!

Glacier National Park Lodge Rooms

June 18th, 2013 by teresa

Our Lodge began its life of service to the community as one of the original visitor centers for guests to Glacier National Park arriving by train at West Glacier until 1949 when, with the formation of West Glacier and the decision to build a school in the area, the lodge was sold. Purchased by the Rowles family, it was dismantled log by log and moved via logging trucks to its present location.

Today, the lodge continues to provide guests a truly wonderful experience in keeping with the spirit of the Montana Mountains in which it resides.

Sympathetically refurbished in 2013, the lodge now boasts four Glacier National Park themed lodge rooms for our guests to experience a taste of traditional mountain living.

Lodge Room guests enjoy a private entrance located at the side of the lodge. Parking spaces are allocated close to the entrance which leads into the lodge Great Room.  Lodge Room guests enjoy 24 hour access to the Great Room.  Relax on the over-stuffed furniture and soak up the history of the 100 year old lodgepole pine beams.  Enjoy a book from the library in front of the original stone fireplace.  A large flat screen tv brings you up to date with free satellite service.

All of our lodge rooms have lofted ceilings, exposed beams and hardwood floors.  Choose from: the Deer Lodge Room, sleeping up to two with one queen bed and an attached bath; the Bison Lodge Room (sleeping up to four with two queen beds and attached bath); the Moose Lodge Room (sleeping up to four with two queen beds and attached bath) or the Grizzly Lodge Room (sleeping up to five with two queen beds and a daybed).  The Moose and Grizzly Rooms share a covered balcony making them a great option for groups of up to nine guests travelling together.

Lodge Room guests enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast in the lodge which also houses an Espresso Bar, Gift Shop and restaurant (serving The Shak BBQ from 3pm).

With daily housekeeping as standard and attention to detail such as ceiling fans, handcrafted furniture and adjustable lighting, you can enjoy the ambiance of a traditional Glacier National Park lodge with all the modern amenities you need for your comfort.

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

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Award winning Glacier National Park Lodging

June 14th, 2013 by teresa

IMG_6452Located 8 miles from the West Entrance to Glacier National Park, the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins offers traditional mountain lodge accommodation and 22 private cabins.  Four rooms with attached bath are located on the upper level of the lodge.  Sympathetically refurbished in 2013 to include exposed original beams and lofted ceilings, these Glacier National Park themed rooms also have attention to detail such as wood floors, ceiling fans and flat screen tv’s for your comfort.  Lodge Room guests enjoy 24 hour access to the lodge Great Room for relaxation in front of the original stone fireplace.

A continental breakfast is served to all guests on the lower level of the lodge where there is also located an espresso bar, gift shop and restaurant area.  All guests have access to enjoy the Great Room with its library and selection of local maps during lodge opening hours.

On site amenities include daily housekeeping service, an abundance of grassy picnic areas with firepits, seating and games, an outdoor pavilion for all-weather entertaining and a selection of rental items such as mountain bikes and fishing equipment.

Nestled on the outskirts of the Flathead National Forest with views over Teakettle and Columbia Mountains, we pride ourselves on our hospitality and have received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2012 and 2013.

Visit our website or call toll free on 877-387-4420 to book your stay.  We look forward to welcoming you to your home away from home.

 

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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