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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.

 

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 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.

Lower Picnin Area Upper Picnic Area for slideshow

 

Going to the Sun Road Opening 2013

June 21st, 2013 by teresa

Going to the Sun Road

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 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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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.

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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(photo courtesy Glacier Country)

 

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