Posts Tagged ‘Glacier National Park vacation’

Glacier National Park Lodge

May 3rd, 2013 by teresa

5182026670_a5363cd092_bIn 1862, a group of men from a Minnesota Masonic Lodge met in the breathtaking Montana Rockies.  In the early 1900’s they built and used the “Belton Masonic Lodge” to stay in while they played in and explored Glacier Park. Originally located on the site of West Glacier Elementary School, behind the train station at West Glacier (or Belton, as it was then known), the lodge was not open to the public during this time.

In the 1940’s the lodge was moved log by massive log to its current home in Martin City.  Since its reconstruction the lodge has served in many forms, from a simple shelter from the elements to a playground for school children, a restaurant, a dance hall and even a roller skating rink.

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

Four Glacier National Park themed lodge rooms provide accommodation within the lodge itself for our guests to experience a taste of traditional mountain living.  Each lodge room has attached private bath and shared access to the lodge great room and amenities.  Rates include a continental breakfast in the lodge (May-October).

Check availability and book your Glacier National Park vacation steeped in the history of the area.

  • Black and white postcard of Masonic Hall in Belton, MT. Log structure relocated to Martin City, now Tamarack Lodge. Date: circa 1920. Photographer: Ted Marble.

The Crown of the Continent

April 26th, 2013 by teresa

The Flathead Valley is the magnificent gateway to the west entrance of Glacier National Park – a park so naturally beautiful it is known as the “Crown Jewel of the Continent”.  Glacier was established largely through the influence of railroad magnate James J. Hill, who envisioned a North American tourist destination, comparable to the Swiss Alps, for travelers on his Great Northern Railway.

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Crown of the Continent

The Crown of the Continent is the vast ecosystem stretching from the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex north to British Columbia, Alberta and Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park. Combined, Waterton and Glacier form the only trans-boundary “peace park” in North America.

Exceptional natural beauty is preserved in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, and is a result of dynamic ongoing natural processes. Because of this the parks have been jointly designated a World Heritage Site, an honor shared with the Taj Mahal, The Great Barrier Reef and the Egyptian Pyramids.

What Glacier has to Offer

Visitors to Glacier National Park enjoy the park’s 1 million acres of lakes, sweeping valleys and glacier carved mountains. Glacier is 40 miles wide from east to west, and 50 miles long north to south.

A complete suite of wildlife that includes wolves, grizzly bears, lynx and other natural predators sets Glacier apart from nearly every other national park. Glacier has 272 bird species, 63 different mammals, 23 fish species, five types of amphibians and three types of reptiles.

The park has a rich variety of flora as well. There are 1,270 vascular plant varieties, 880 mosses and lichens, 130 non-native plant species and 20 tree species.

Mountains, Lakes and Streams

The highest point in Glacier is Mount Cleveland, at 10,466’ and the lowest is the Middle Fork River near West Glacier at 3,215’. At an elevation of 6,646 ‘, Logan Pass is the highest point in the park accessible by vehicle.

There are more than 175 named mountains in the park, six of them over 10,000′ and 43 over 9,000’. The Continental Divide, the mountainous backbone that sends water either to the east or west, meanders 106 miles through the park.

There are 762 lakes in Glacier, and only 131 of them are named. They cover 30,022 surface acres, with 392 miles of total shoreline. Lake McDonald is the largest at 6,823 acres, followed by St. Mary Lake at 3,923 acres, Bowman Lake at 1,706 acres and Kintla Lake at 1,698 acres.

There are 563 streams or rivers in Glacier covering 1,513 stream miles. The longest is McDonald Creek, which stretches 25.8 miles.

Archaeological evidence of use by ancient American Indians indicates Glacier’s cultural history dates back at least 10,000 years. The first Europeans to explore the area were fur trappers who are believed to have arrived in the late 1700s.

Go to the Sun

With the exception of Going-to-the-Sun Road, most roads are limited to the park’s exterior, while an extensive trail network winds through the interior. The park has 168 miles of road, six entrances and 730 miles of trails.

The Going-to-the-Sun Road is a scenic landmark crossing between the west entrance near the Flathead Valley and the east entrance at St. Mary via Logan Pass. The 50-mile paved road was completed in the 1930’s. In 1983, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and in 1996 was designated a National Landmark. The road is narrow, steep and winding, with numerous pullouts for viewing scenery. Travelers should plan to spend 1½ to 3 hours to complete the distance.

Weather and snow determine when Logan Pass opens and closes. Most portions of the Going-to-the-Sun road are open year-round. Logan Pass opens in mid-June and closes in mid-October.

The Flathead Valley provides an outstanding base camp for exploring Glacier National Park with its large number of restaurants, activities, attractions and services geared to the traveler.

Located only eight miles from the west entrance to Glacier National Park, the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins offers traditional lodge room accommodation in our 100 yr old lodge, one of the original visitor centres belonging to the park.  We also offer 22 private cabins.  With great rates and clean and comfortable accommodation, check availability and book your stay today for a Glacier National Park vacation of a lifetime.

For general park information such as maps, Web cams and bear safety information, check the following park Internet links to help you find answers to your questions:

US Park Service website
Fee Free Days 2013
Facebook
Twitter
Flickr
Web cams

Maps

Natural resources

Bear information

Park publications

Park news

Park photos

GNP FAQs

 

Golfing in the Flathead Valley

April 2nd, 2013 by teresa

Glacier National Park GolfingGolf Digest named the Flathead Valley a top 50 golf course destination.   With eight championship golf courses the Valley’s courses offer outstanding quality and affordability.

Book your stay with us today and choose from the following local amenities:

Big Mountain Golf Course – Kalispell, Montana combines traditional Scottish links with natural towering pines winding along the Stillwater River.

Buffalo Hill Golf Course – Kalispell, Montana The most popular golf course in the Flathead Valley.  The beauty and charm of the Championship 18 along with the scenic splendor and panoramic views will bring you back time and time again.

Glacier View Golf Course - West Glacier, Montana Borders Glacier National Park! Glacier View Golf Course has always been known as a friendly, relaxing, and family-oriented course.

Meadow Lake - Columbia Falls, Montana Rated as a “‘Top 500 U.S. Public Course’ by Golf Digest, and a “must play” course by Golf Magazine.

Mission Mountain Country Club – Ronan, Montana This 18-hole golf course is located 14 miles south of Flathead Lake in the heart of beautiful Mission Valley.

Polson Country Club – Polson, Montana Polson Country Club’s twenty seven breathtaking holes boast spectacular lake and mountain views.

Village Greens Golf Course - Kalispell, Montana Spectacular fairway mounding, crystal clear lakes and beautiful white sand complement the Valley’s fastest growing golf course.

Whitefish Lake Golf Club – Whitefish, Montana Montana’s only 36-hole golf complex located adjacent to Whitefish Lake, affords fabulous mountain views and is the most requested destination for Montana golfers.

 

Glacier National Park Road Trip

February 13th, 2013 by teresa

The summer months are an excellent time to take a road trip through our area.  More than a million visitors every year travel to visit Glacier National Park, and the pinnacle of their visit is the 50 mile long Going to the Sun Road.   The two-hour long drive winds its way through some of the most spectacular scenery you will ever see.  View alpine meadows, crystal clear lakes and mountain peaks from the road, or stop off and enjoy one of the many viewing spots, picnic areas or hiking trails. The road crosses the Continental Divide at Logan’s Pass where there is a Visitor’s Center displaying flora and fauna and a small gift shop.

For facts and figures and all sorts of behind-the-scenes information, take a red bus tour.  The red buses, or ‘jammers’ were brought into operation in the 1930′s as part of a National Park’s program for visitor transportation.  Whilst they have been phased out over the years in other parks, they remain a great way to view the Going to the Sun Road.  Recently converted to run on propane, the buses also provide an eco-friendly alternative.

However you choose to travel, there will always be something to inspire you to return.  We guarantee it!

Going to the Sun Road

Going to the Sun Road

We love our guests!

January 26th, 2013 by teresa

Its true!  We love where we live and the chance to share the beauty of Glacier National Park with our guests is our very great pleasure.  We want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who stays with us by introducing a customer loyalty scheme starting with a 10% friends and family discount on future trips.

Summer visitor?  Why not give yourself the gift of Glacier in Winter?  With super low rates and discounts on activities such as snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross country skiing, Winter offers a whole new adventure to experience.

Fall into a landscape of color and stillness with an Autumn vacation that offers blue skies, sunshine and the gold of tamarack pines reflected in the glassy lakes of Montana’s Glacier Country.  September and October are really great months to visit for hiking and biking.

Whatever the season, we are ready and waiting to assist you whatever your needs.  We look forward to welcoming you to our home and to another year of sharing your experiences in our backyard.

To claim your friends and family discount use promo code ‘F&F’ when making your online reservation.  Our staff will check our guest database for records of your prior stay and voila!  10% off your stay!

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Campfire days !

March 3rd, 2010 by HTL

Spring is in the air at the Lodge and a gentle reminder that the busy days of Summer are just around the corner.  Its one of the highlights of our jobs as hosts to have the pleasure of sharing evenings around the campfire with our guests, and what campfire is complete without smores ?!

Here’s some recipes we are looking forward to trying out over the Summer … feel free to add your own to the list and we’ll all be rolling into Fall fat and happy !

Strawberry, dark chocolate and oatmeal smores (using oatmeal cookies so we can at least pretend its healthy – hey, there’s fruit in there too !);

Nilla wafer, white chocolate and banana (one for the kids);

Caramel-filled Ghirardelli  and chocolate chip cookies (for xxx rated total indulgence !);

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