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Winter Home Away in a Family Cabin!

January 20th, 2016 by julia

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There are very few times that the “home away from home” cliché applies with any accuracy, but a stay in one of our Family Cabins fits the bill completely. The cabins are a place to kick your feet up, to feel immediately at home as soon as you cross the threshold, to relish the freedom to live how you want and fill your days with fun.

With a stay in a Family Cabin at the Historic Tamarack Lodge, enjoy the experience of authentic Montana living, with no change of address required. These two-bedroom cabins come with fully-equipped kitchens and a full bath, plus comfy futons in the living room for extra sleeping capacity.

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The cabins look out over private decks to the Columbia and Teakettle Mountains to the west, regularly backlit by blazing sunsets that send light streaming through the snow-covered trees. Every detail creates the ultimate mountain experience, from the pine slatted exterior to the names of the cabins that bring out the best of glacier country, from Avalanche and Glacier to Summit and Grinnell.

Stock your fridge from the Canyon Foods market right down the road in Hungry Horse, or treat yourself to a tasty meal from Oso’s Smokin’ BBQ, open weekends for dinner through the winter. With other dining options just a 5 minute drive away, delicious meals bookend your trip with that good ol’ Montana gourmet!

There’s no better way to end a day of cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or exploring than by snuggling up in your own little cabin in the woods.

Book your stay in a Family Cabin at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins and soak in the quiet winter calm from a home away from home of your own!

A Budget Winter Getaway in Cozy Unit Cabins!

January 2nd, 2016 by julia

Montana Sunset at Historic Tamarack Lodge

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You don’t need to have deep pockets to enjoy a snow-covered mountain retreat in stunning Glacier Country! Just 8 miles from Glacier National Park and 35 miles from the world-renowned Whitefish ski area, you can’t go wrong with a cozy Unit Cabin for affordable accommodation in the heart of this winter playground.

Our Unit Cabins adjoin in single story fourplexes, lined up motel style with a private exterior entrance for each room, while offering parking right in front. The buildings’ westward orientation shows off spectacular Montana sunsets, setting off the sparkling white snow that rests in tree boughs.

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The two rows of Unit Cabins adjacent to the Lodge provide the most economical lodging option for anyone looking to explore the scenic winter landscape of northwestern Montana and Glacier National Park. During winter months, rates start at just $63 for a single room, with doubles at $73 a night.

Originally used as housing for workers involved with the Hungry Horse Dam construction in the 1940s, the historic buildings were transported to their current location on our property before the end of that decade.

The classic knotty pine interior warms the space with rustic history and woodsy charm, while the vertical pine log exterior lends a log cabin feel. On top of the appeal of times gone by, modern amenities and plenty of updates smooth your stay for ultimate comfort. Private bathrooms, refrigerators and coffee makers come standard, along with complimentary Wi-Fi and satellite TV on flatscreens.

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Sitting closest to the lodge, the Unit Cabins are just steps away from coffee or a cocktail in the Saloon, with the snug lodge Great Room perfect for curling up by the fire before a hearty meal at Oso’s Smokin’ BBQ, open on Friday and Saturday nights for dinner and Sunday mornings for brunch all winter long.

As a guest in a Unit Cabin, you enjoy all the great amenities offered at the lodge, like snowshoe rentals and a cozy fireside retreat to come back to after exploring the snow-cloaked Montana wilderness. Reserve your comfortable budget stay for a rustic winter getaway!

 

Winter Getaway in a Lodge Room at Historic Tamarack Lodge

December 8th, 2015 by julia

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Built in 1907 in the town of Belton (now known as West Glacier), the lodge now sits at its present site in Bad Rocks Canyon, bookended by the Bob Marshall Wilderness  at the back of the property and the Teakettle and Columbia Mountains stretching their legs for sparkling sunset views to the west.

 

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In the updated eco-friendly lodge, find a feel of old-time serenity with the addition of modern amenities, whether downstairs in the common areas, or up above in the snug log cabin accommodations.

Upstairs in second-floor lodge rooms, lofted ceilings show off the original rough-hewn log beams, maintaining the charm of the building’s historic heritage while bringing guests modern updates, including ensuite baths and complimentary wifi. Satellite TV, coffee makers, and iPod docking station come standard in the rooms.

 

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If you’re looking to unplug and unwind, the cozy lodge Great Room provides a fireside retreat ideal for curling up with a book while the snow drifts down outside. Select from our library of books and board games, or sip a latte or hot chocolate from the Saloon. If you crave something stronger, sample the array of local micro brews and locally-distilled whiskies, crafted in surrounding towns for that unbeatable Big Sky flavor.

 

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In a fusion of rustic history and modern updates, the lodge at Historic Tamarack Lodge & Cabins provides a winter wonderland retreat, best enjoyed after an invigorating day of snowshoeing in
Glacier National Park, skiing in Whitefish, or exploring local shops.

Give us a call or reserve online to explore the Crown of the Continent when it’s dressed in white, a frosty wilderness of winter sports and relaxation.

 

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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.

Winter Ecology in Glacier National Park

November 30th, 2014 by teresa

 

side-activities7Experience the beauty and stillness of Glacier National Park in Winter.  Stay at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins, the closest lodging to the park that stays open year round.  Our facility is fully prepared to handle all four seasons in Montana.  Enjoy an espresso in front of our original stone fireplace and warm your toes after spending a day snowshoeing with the Glacier Institute on their Winter Ecology course as described below:

 ‘Winter in Glacier is a special time that is free of crowds, exceptionally quiet, and beautiful beyond belief.  In this course, we will explore the Lower McDonald Creek area to learn how plants and animals adapt to survive winter in Glacier National Park.   This course focuses on the adaptations of evergreen trees, shrubs, and forbs that allow them so survive Glacier’s harsh winter challenges.  We will also focus on the adaptations of a few selected animals and birds that Field Ecologist Brian Baxter has studied in winter.  

These animals include:  Snowshoe hare; Canadian lynx; White tailed Ptarmigan; Rocky Mountain Elk; Long tailed weasel; Boreal owl; and Wolverine.  Additional concentration will focus on specialized predator/prey relationships; hunting and escape strategies; camouflages; habits and habitats.

 Brian Baxter, B.S. is a wildlife researcher and forester who spent numerous winters studying animals such as the wolverine, lynx, fisher, and marten.  Brian is an experienced instructor in Glacier National Park that will help you greatly improve your ability to ‘read’ the landscape. So beat the winter blues, bring your camera and sense of humor, and come enjoy winter with a few like-minded folks!

 This trip takes place on December 6th, 2014 for a rate of $65.

 9:00 AM start. Depending on the interests of the group, the course will wrap up between 3:00pm and 5:00pm.

 Meeting Place:  The old Apgar visitor center in Glacier National Park, located across the street from Eddie’s Cafe.  This should not be confused with the new Apgar visitor center that is connected to the Apgar transit center. 

Food:  Please bring a sack lunch; trail snacks, and plenty of water.

Equipment:  Please dress appropriately in layers; bring lunch, snacks, water, hot drinks; and provide your own snowshoes (or contact the Institute in advance if you need to borrow a pair).  If we’ve had a light snow year in West Glacier, a good pair of boots will suffice.

Physical Requirements:  Moderate. Hiking distance covers less than four miles with less than 500 feet elevation gain.

 Transportation during course:  After meeting at the old visitor center, participants may need to  drive their own vehicles to the nearby trailhead.

 Weather: This course will not be canceled due to weather.’

Visit the Glacier Institute website for details and to book.

 

Glacier National Park | Winter Activities

February 28th, 2014 by teresa

Glacier Adventure Guides at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins

Glacier Adventure Guides at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins

Here at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins we all appreciate that the Glacier National Park area provides a full four-season experience to visitors from around the world.

Our facility is fully insulated and equipped to provide you with comfortable Glacier National Park lodging year round.  Choose from traditional mountain living in our recently refurbished lodge or cozy up in one of our private cabins.  All our guests can enjoy specialty coffee from our espresso bar and have access to the great room in the lodge to relax, warm up by the fireplace or browse our selection of gifts and guidebooks.

The Winter months in the gateway to glacier provide a range of ways to experience a true winter wonderland, and at the lodge our staff are trained to ensure you make the most of your vacation here with us.

For those new to winter sports, or seeking a quiet retreat to fully appreciate the stillness and beauty of Winter in Glacier, you can hire snowshoes from our front desk, hike out to the Beaver Ponds behind our property, or take a free ranger-led snowshoe excursion into Glacier National Park.

Got your own equipment?  There are many miles of groomed trails in the area, including the Flathead National Forest right outside our back door!  Ask our staff for the most up-to-date information on weather conditions and trails suitable for your needs.

Somewhere in between starting out and Winter Olympic standard?!  Why not visit with Glacier Adventure Guides for an expert guided tour tailored specifically to your needs, desires and abilities?  Guests of the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins receive discounted rates on all their packages and we can guarantee you will make memories that will last a lifetime.

With changing weather patterns throughout the USA and beyond bringing chaos to many, we can provide a safe haven fully equipped for any weather conditions.  Enjoy what this winter throws at us and book your winter vacation in Northwest Montana today!

Book your 2014 Glacier National Park vacation in December and save $$$

December 27th, 2013 by teresa

NA008587We know that many of our guests return again and again to take advantage of our great location between Glacier National Park, Whitefish and the Flathead Valley and we love to welcome you on your return and catch up on life’s great adventures.  In recognition and appreciation for all our guests we offer a 10% discount exclusively for all guests booking a return stay.  Typically, we only allow one discount per booking but with a friends and family discount you can combine your 10% with any other offer.

There’s nothing better to us after the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and parties to get out in the mountains and enjoy the silence and stillness and snowmobiling is a great way to get out there and get some fresh air.  There are plenty of groomed trails and something for every age and ability and if you book a sled’n’stay for the 2014 season during December we will give you an extra 10% discount.

Already thinking about Summer in Glacier National Park?  Book your summer stay with us during December and we will also discount that for you!  Shh….we never discount our summer rates, so take advantage while you can!

The lodge is not in hibernation mode..on the contrary, not only are we open year round, we are making changes and creating new additions ready for Summer 2014.

It promises to be a great year and we wish you all the very best 2014.

See you soon!

PS For details on how to claim your discounts visit our deals and specials page by clicking here.

Sled and stay from $17

December 12th, 2013 by teresa

Great savings on Montana snowmobile vacations

Great savings on Montana snowmobile vacations

Make great savings on winter accommodation when you book a sled and stay package with the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins and Swan Mountain Snowmobiling.

Get 10% off lodging and snowmobile rentals throughout the season and now for DECEMBER only get 20% off your lodging.

That’s lodging from as little as $17 per person per night (price calculated with 20% December discount on a party of six staying in a Family Cabin) and a half day guided snowmobile tour in the beautiful Flathead Valley for $94.50

Grab a great deal…shake away the Christmas crowds and book today!!

Small Business Saturday

November 29th, 2013 by teresa

Visit our website for your 10% discount

Visit our website for your 10% discount

 

The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins is family owned and operated and we are proud to support Small Business Saturday.  To celebrate, we are offering a 10% discount on all lodge room stays booked on Small Business Saturday, 11/30/2013.  Book a stay in our Grizzly Room, Moose Room, Deer Room or Bison Room between Nov 30th and April 30th and quote ‘sbs’ when making your booking to claim your discount.

Book today and support a Flathead Valley small business!

 

Montana Snowmobiling Vacations

November 28th, 2013 by teresa

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Outstanding rides and great discounts on Flathead Valley snowmobiling

There 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  works closely with Swan Mountain Snowmobiling (406) 387 4203 to offer our guests discounted snowmobile rental and guided/unguided tours.

For some outstanding snowmobile experiences check out te following tried and tested routes:

 

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 all our Winter offers and book your stay today!

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