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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!

Fabulous Fall in the Flathead Valley

September 22nd, 2013 by teresa

Have you had the opportunity yet to visit with us in the Fall?  We think its just the best time of year in our little corner of Northwest Montana.  Beautiful blue skies and warm temperatures continue into September and October and fewer crowds mean more space to enjoy the Fall colors and crisp mountain air.

The lodge stays open year round providing full four-season facilities for our guests whether dropping by for a coffee by the fireplace, enjoying a fabulous Fall vacation, or staying longer term in one of our cabins throughout the winter.

This year, you can access Logan’s Peak from the West Side of Glacier National Park right into October.  Park facilities close down for the season by September so this means you get no lines and very little traffic.  Its a totally different experience, and one not to be missed!  The lakes are so still and offer perfect looking-glass reflections of Montana’s ‘big sky’ and the tamaracks turning shades of gold.

And there’s plenty more to see and do…..

Traditional Fall events in the Flathead Valley includes the Le Grizz Ultramarathon (a 50 mile footrace around the Hungry Horse Reservoir), the Great Northwest Oktoberfest (two weekends of German beer, food music and fun) and there’s always pumpkin picking at the pumpkin patch along with indoor entertainment at The Zone Family Fun Center for our younger guests (or the young at heart!).

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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).


 

Things to do in the Flathead Valley when it rains.

August 5th, 2013 by teresa

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What to do when it rains during your Glacier National Park vacation

As a mountain community we can have periods of wet weather (which are welcomed in the hot, dry Summer months!).  For guests to the Glacier National Park area, this can mean a change of plans is necessary until the weather improves. The Flathead Valley offers a diverse range of activities for a change of pace during wet weather.  To ensure the rain doesn’t dampen your spirits, here’s some suggestions to keep you busy:

Explore our museums and art galleries.  The Conrad Mansion once belonged to a wealthy family responsible for building much of Kalispell and the surrounding areas.  The Mansion has been preserved to show life as it was for the family many years ago and gives an interesting glimpse into another world, now long gone.

The Hockaday Museum of Art, also located in Kalispell, has permanent exhibits, workshops and events related to local life.

Visit the Stumptown Historical Society in Whitefish and learn all about the influence of the railroad on the local community.

Founded in 1981, the Miracle of America Museum in Polson offers a selection of unique memorabilia and a fun day out.

For something just a little bit different, check out the Montana Vortex and House of Mystery!

If that’s all too much culture for you there are bowling alleys, indoor play centres, antique shops and a movie theatre in nearby Kalispell.

Guests of the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins are welcome to use the outdoor pavilion to continue to enjoy the great outdoors whatever the weather, or come on inside and enjoy an espresso in the lodge while you plan your next Glacier National Park or Flathead Valley adventure using our selection of maps and local guidebooks.

Book today – whatever the weather, we’re sure you’ll find yourselves in great company! 

 

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.

 

Glacier National Park Hiking

July 8th, 2013 by teresa

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Location:                  Logan Pass

Distance:                  3 miles round-trip

Duration:                  2 hours

Elevation Gain:       550 foot gain

Effort:                          Moderate

Trailhead:                  behind Logan Pass Visitor Center

This hike begins at Logan Pass and has totally unobstructed views the entire way.  On the back side of the Visitor Center, after climbing the stairs, stay towards the right and you will find the Hanging Gardens Trailhead. The trail is most referred to as Hidden Lake Nature Trail. Most of the first section of the trail is on a boardwalk to prevent visitors stepping on fragile alpine plants. The trail ends with a tremendous view of Hidden Lake located in a glacier-carved cirque surrounded by amazing peaks. This is one of the best short hikes you could possibly do and there is a superb chance of seeing mountain goats as well. To avoid the crowds we recommend taking this hike in the morning.

 

Glacier National Park Amenities

June 26th, 2013 by teresa

When you make us your base camp for your Glacier National Park vacation of a lifetime, you not only get clean, comfortable lodging but a whole host of amenities to ensure your stay is a great one.  We update our on-site amenities constantly in response to guest comments and take every opportunity to improve the quality of service we provide.

Each and every one of our cabins and lodge rooms receive DAILY housekeeping to ensure our standards for hygiene and cleanliness are met and that you have all the fluffy towels and necessary items for your needs.

Enjoy the great outdoors with one of our outdoor games.  We have two large picnic areas with seating and grills and also a covered pavilion for shelter whatever the weather.  Join us around the firepit for a campfire, or enjoy a game of horseshoes or tetherball.

Free parking is located throughout our facility and has been designed to allow access to our cabins whilst keeping our environment a pleasant one.

The lodge is open daily for all our guests to enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast, coffee at our Espresso Bar or to browse the gift shop.  From 3pm The Shak BBQ serves in the restaurant area.

Explore our backyard with a trip to the Beaver Pond behind our property or rent bikes from the lodge and take a trip to dip in nearby Lion Lake.

Book your stay today for the complete mountain living experience and let us provide you with the amenities and hospitality that will make your stay complete.

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Going to the Sun Road Opening 2013

June 21st, 2013 by teresa

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Going to the Sun Road

All guests please be aware of the following information released by the National Park Service:

All 50 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are anticipated to be open to vehicle travel by Friday afternoon, June 21, weather dependent. Weather forecasts call for rain showers, wind gusts up to 40 mph, and possible snow.

As of Thursday afternoon, snow was falling at the higher elevations and approximately one inch of slush was on the road.  The temperature at Oberlin Bend, just west of Logan Pass, was 30 degrees Fahrenheit.  Crews are working to remove mud and rock debris from the road and prepare for public access. Visitors are encouraged to drive with care.

The Logan Pass Visitor Center is expected to open Saturday, June 22, but hours of operation may be limited. Restroom facilities are available at Logan Pass and potable water will be available Friday. Visitors are reminded that conditions are still winter-like at Logan Pass and inclement weather is expected over the weekend. Exercise caution when walking on snow and be alert of possible collapsible snow and falling snow or rock debris.

Rehabilitation efforts continue on the Going-to-the-Sun Road this summer. Construction activity on the west-side of the park will occur between Logan Creek and Avalanche Creek through August. On the east-side, construction will occur between Rising Sun and Siyeh Bend beginning July 8 with activity occurring 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday morning. Sun Point will be closed to the public beginning June 30 due to construction. Visitors should expect 40-minute maximum construction delays for one-way travel across the entire road.

Bicycle restrictions are in effect on the Going-to-the-Sun Road through Labor Day. Bicycle travel between Apgar and Sprague Creek Campground and eastbound travel from Logan Creek to Logan Pass is not allowed on the road from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The visitor shuttle system traveling the Going-to-the-Sun Road will operate July 1 through Labor Day. Transit centers are located near Apgar on the west-side of the park and the St. Mary Visitor Center on the east-side. For more information about the shuttle system please visit http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/shuttles.htm.  Additional information on park roads, weather conditions, and visitor services can be found on Glacier National Park’s website, http://www.nps.gov/glac/, or by calling park headquarters at 406-888-7800.

Glacier National Park BBQ

June 7th, 2013 by teresa

shak-bbq-logov2_2500w-1NEW for Summer 2013, we are excited to be partnering with The Shak to bring a true southern-style BBQ experience to the Glacier National Park area!

The Shak will be serving a selection from their menu at the Historic Tamarack Lodge from June 15th – September 30th.  Opening hours are from 3pm until 9pm.

Visiting Whitefish?  Guests of the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins get a 10% discount at The Shak’s Whitefish location.

Food and Drink at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins

May 28th, 2013 by teresa

shak1The 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 ensure we keep the homefires burning for our guests throughout the year.

Now we are able to spread the love even further with a selection of dining options ! 

‘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.

In our gift shop area we have a selection of healthy meals and snacks including Go Foods for hikers and Earth Angel Gluten-Free Pasta ready meals for dining inside or out.  There’s a range of Made in Montana goodies such as Huckleberry Haven Wild Huckleberry Jam and our freezer is fully-stocked with yummy ice-cream.

Join us at the lodge between 3pm and 9pm (June 15 – September 30) for The Shak Southern Fried Chicken and BBQ or grab a take-out meal for a picnic or to enjoy at your cabin.

Whatever your taste or dietary requirements, we’re confident you’ll find something to suit.

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