Posts Tagged ‘Glacier National Park’

Spring Break from $25 pp

March 13th, 2013 by teresa

7559342-kids-hiding-behind-tree-trunkSpring break is almost upon us once again.  Down let them drown you out with cries of ‘Mom, I’m bored!’  Treat yourself to some time away and provide the kids with some wholesome entertainment courtesy of the Montana Rocky Mountains with stays from $25 per person per night when you book using our 20% Spring Break discount.

Spring is a great time to visit our area.  There’s always snow on higher ground at this time of year bringing the opportunity for snow sports and winter fun whilst in the valleys you have the opportunity to hike, bike and enjoy the awakening of flora and fauna along the trails.

Our 10% activities discount allows you to make even greater savings and will help to keep the kids active and occupied.  Treat them to a snowmobile ride to the top of nearby Desert Mountain.  The view stretches right across Glacier National Park and up to Canada.  Its an unforgettable experience.

Grab a pizza in nearby Whitefish and then enjoy a little night skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Treat yourself to a refresher lesson and polish up your skills on the slopes whilst the kids enjoy activities in the Base Lodge.

The Flathead Lake is a sight not to be missed.  You can take a drive right around it stopping for refreshments at picturesque Bigfork, or to visit the Miracle of America Museum at Polson.  Blacktail Mountain offers family friendly skiing with great views across the valley from the west side of the lake.  Catch a movie in Kalispell on your way back or enjoy family style dining at a number of  restaurants.

For those who you just can’t drag away from the Mall, Kalispell Center Mall will stave away withdrawal symptoms, but we’re pretty sure the spectacular scenery and great outdoors will win the day overall.  Its impossible to stay here and not appreciate the vastness and pristine nature of our environment (whatever your age!).

 

Kids Activities in Glacier National Park

March 2nd, 2013 by teresa

12580808-group-of-happy-children-lying-on-green-grass-outdoors-in-spring-parkHere at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins are aware of how taxing it can be trying to entertain kids through vacation time.  We welcome families at the lodge and provide comfortable accommodation suitable for families of three and up in our Double Unit Cabins, Family Cabins and Lofted Cabins.

Leave the electronic devices at home and reconnect in nature.  There is something for everyone – no matter what the season. Rent snowshoes or fishing equipment from the lodge and take a hike to the Beaver Ponds behind our property or hire our mountain bikes for a fun trip through Glacier National Park or up Desert Mountain. Take advantage of our 10% activities discount if you are feeling more adventurous and try whitewater rafting, a guided fishing excursion, horseback riding or snowmobiling (through April 15).

All great choices and all available from our Front Desk!  

In case of tired little people (and parents!) we do have satellite tv and wifi throughout the property.  However, you may find that here your city kid finds the big outdoors much more appealing.  We have big grassy picnic areas and a range of games and equipment to help them out with that (sticks and dirt come as standard!).

With those tall pines, big Montana skies and nights roasting marshmallows over a campfire you’ll be building memories of a lifetime and we’ll be standing by with help and advice to make sure you get the most out of your Glacier National Park vacation.

Book your stay today and make the time to play while they’re still young.  We look forward to welcoming you to your home away from home.

 

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!

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Going to the Sun Road

Glacier National Park Cabins

December 28th, 2012 by teresa

While our summer guests are away, we get busy! Every year we make improvements to our facility thanks to feedback received to ensure we can provide the best quality of stay for our guests. This year the Bison gets a brand new bathroom with dressing area, handcrafted cabinets and plenty of space to relax and wash away the day. Will you be the first to try it out?!

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Dashing through the snow..

December 24th, 2012 by teresa

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Do you feel the need for speed?  Stay with us during snow season and grab a great 10% discount with Swan Mountain Snowmobiling. Take a quickie to Desert Mountain or spend a day exploring the back country around Glacier National Park.  Whatever your choice, we’ll be sure to keep the homefires burning and keep your cabin cozy and comfortable.

With great, low winter rates, the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins stays open year round so you can stay and play in our winter wonderland.

Multi-night savings

December 21st, 2012 by teresa

Looking for a cozy base for your Glacier National Park family vacation with all the comforts of home?  Look no further!  We have 8 family sized cabins, each sleeping up to six, each with full kitchens and all set in the outstanding beauty of the Glacier area.

Our Summit, Glacier, Grinnell, Alpine, Iceberg and Avalanche cabin were built in 2007 with our guests in mind.  Two bedrooms each house a queen bed.  The living area sleeps another two on a comfortable futon couch and leads out to your private covered balcony overlooking Columbia and Teakettle Mountains.  Cozy up to our llama, Star and enjoy the recreational space close to your cabin with seating and charcoal grills located for your enjoyment of our great outdoors.

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Ask at the lodge for our fishing equipment and take a stroll to the Beaver Ponds behind your cabin.  Keep your eye out for the beaver family as you fish in this tranquil environment.

Parking is available right outside your cabin entrance.  Daily housekeeping, free wifi and satellite tv add to your comfort and convenience.

Located only 8 miles from the West Entrance to Glacier National Park, with great rates and outstanding hospitality, we’re pretty sure you’ll take advantage of our multi-night deal and grab a 5% discount for stay of three nights or more.

The Antelope and Bison cabins are also included in our multi-night deal.  Newly refurbished with full size kitchens, these cabins can also be connected to provide sleeping for up to 12.  The Bison cabin has a fenced, private yard, making these two cabins a great choice for larger families, reunions, or groups travelling together.

Make 2013 your best year yet with a Glacier National Park vacation that will provide you with wonderful memories for many years to come.

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

 

 

Glacier National Park guided snowshoe trips.

December 15th, 2012 by teresa

The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins are excited to announce a new partnership.  Working with Glacier Adventure Guides to bring you a discounted range of activities and quality guided winter activities, there’s never been a better time to book a winter vacation with us!

Glacier Adventure guides offer a Glacier National Park snowshoe experience for all ages and ranges of ability.  Treat the family to a beginner snowshoeing trip, with little elevation gain for families, older adventurers or those wanting a more leisurely experience.

Or, for the intermediate or advanced snowshoe enthusiasts, go winter hiking in Glacier National Park.  With 1,000+ vertical gain and a 6-8 miles round trip, this trip includes Snyder Basin, Mount Brown and Elk Mountain in the Marias Pass area.

Want to go a-l-l-l-l-l the way?!   Join Glacier Adventures with an over night advanced trip? Custom experiences area available on request.

 

 

Bear Spray Honor System

October 15th, 2012 by teresa

Our guests love to tell us about the wildlife they see whilst visiting Glacier National Park.  It is often a highlight of their stay and we LOVE to hear how you are enjoying our backyard!  However, please be sensible. Caution is advised whilst exploring the area as these are wild animals and can behave unpredictably.  Always pay attention to advice from Park Rangers and take good care out there!

Most animals will naturally avoid contact with humans – but some of our guests like to be prepared and choose to carry bear spray, especially when hiking in the more remote areas.

For our guests benefit, we follow an honor system with our bear spray.  We have many canisters of bear spray at front desk available to our guests free of charge.  This saves anywhere from $35.00 to $50.00 due to the fact that there is no need to purchase.

Don’t forget to pay it forward and let us have any remaining bear spray for the next guests to benefit.

 

Snowshoe Glacier National Park

November 22nd, 2011 by HTL

Snowshoeing is part of Glacier’s history and is a great way to explore parts of the park closed to motorized vehicles through the winter months.

Follow in the footsteps of legendary characters like Joe Cosley, a one-time Park ranger who was nicknamed Panther-on-snowshoes by natives for his legendary ability to snowshoe up to seventy miles in one day through Glacier’s backcountry. Traditional snowshoes, such as those used by Joe and locals,  would have been made from rawhide bindings and wood.  They were designed to enable the wearer to walk across the top of deep snow and so made otherwise inaccessible areas easier to travel through in snow season. Today, snowshoes are made from modern, lightweight material such as aluminum and come in a range of sizes making snowshoeing a great way to get out and get fit!

Choose to explore our area on snowshoe by choosing one of these great trails, join in on guided snowshoe hikes with Glacier National Park Ranger-led activities, or try it out by heading out to the Beaver Ponds behind your accommodation at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins.

Snowshoes can be rented at various locations but generally you can expect to pay between $100 – $300 for a new pair.  Specialist shoes are available for backcountry hikers looking for undiscovered powder for snowboarding and for those specifically looking to increase their fitness levels.

For great snowshoeing a base of 8 inches is recommended so while the snow falls and works on that for us, why not read more about it and get working on finding the right pair of snowshoes to fit in your Christmas stocking?!




 

Free Entrance Days. Hiking in Glacier National Park.

November 11th, 2011 by HTL

Veteran’s Day brings free entrance to Glacier National Park for the whole weekend of November 11-13.  A fantastic opportunity to explore the trails before the snow falls.

Glacier has more than 740 miles of trails so you are sure to find something to meet your needs whether seeking summit views, wildlife watching or a gentle stroll that gets you out and active.

Looking for an easy route to include the kids?  Visit The Best Easy Hikes in Glacier for some suggestions.  Our tip at the lodge is Avalanche Lake.  Even our youngest, at three years of age, made this with only a little help!

Stroller or wheelchair?  No problem.  Trail of the Cedars is fully accessible and offers an up close and personal encounter with rushing water at the Avalanche Gorge, mighty red cedar trees and the forest floor.  Highly recommended!

Rumour has it that every day spent at Fifty Mountain Pass will add a year to your life.  Check it out via the North Circle Route, voted ‘Best Alpine Hike’ by backpacker.com National Parks Hall of Fame.

Whatever route you choose, please be prepared!  Dress sensibly, hydrate and ensure that you hike with a partner or leave a detailed itinerary (if you must hike alone). Be sure to check in with Park Visitor Centers to ensure you have up to date information on trail accessibility, weather advisories and other relevant information.

 


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