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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!

 

Cross Country Skiing in Glacier National Park

December 17th, 2015 by julia

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One of the highlights of visiting Glacier National Park in winter is getting to take advantage of the snowy trails, open to snowshoers, cross country skiers, and outdoor-lovers of all sorts. Work up a sweat and check out this sampling of routes on the west side of the park, ranging from beginning to advanced.

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Layer up and hit the trails to enjoy a day sliding through a quiet wilderness winter scene. To check on trail conditions and road closures, call the park service at 406-888-7800 or check the website before heading out.

Beginner: Covey Meadow Loop

A great option for young children, this 3-mile loop heads around a natural meadow in the Polebridge area, an outing with level terrain and a taste of the North Fork area of the park. Trails start from the Polebridge Ranger Station (closed in winter), and skiers should check road conditions before driving the unpaved road.

Intermediate: Sacred Dancing Cascades

From parking in the Lake McDonald Lodge parking lot, ski 1.8 miles up the unplowed road to Lake McDonald Creek, turning left to ski to the bridge over the creek to take in the view of McDonald Falls. Cross the bridge and ski right, continuing on to Sacred Dancing Cascades and back to the road, in a 5.3-mile round trip.

Advanced: Apgar Lookout

For an ascent that offers a challenge, this 10.6-mile round trip trail to Apgar Lookout offers a hearty workout that pays off big in amazing views of Lake McDonald. Park in the lot across from the barn and continue up beyond the end of the plowed section across Quarter Circle Bridge and up the hill. Take the right fork and continue half a mile until the marked trailhead, then head up the slope for the Lookout views!

Our front desk staff would be excited to recommend outfitters for gear rentals, as well as other ski trails in the park. Reserve your room at the Historic Tamarack Lodge & Cabins for the winter mountain getaway of a lifetime!

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.

 

Montana Sunset at Historic Tamarack Lodge

 

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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Ski Montana

February 1st, 2013 by teresa

Downhill skiing is one of the top winter activities in our area and with good reason!  With pristine, crowd-free slopes and family-friendly resorts, our corner of northwest Montana offers a unique opportunity for a low cost, high quality winter holiday.

Whitefish Mountain Resort – 30 mins drive

Take a tour with one of Whitefish Mountain’s Mountain Ambassadors and discover which trails and amenities fit your needs.  With 3,000 acres of terrain to choose from, you might need their expert advice, hints and tips!

Book a Learn to Ski package for $72 (includes two half-day lessons, two days lift tickets, and two days of equipment rentals) or improve your skills on the slopes with a private lesson.

Don’t forget the kids!  Whitefish Mountain offers daycare at their Kids Center in the Base Lodge including Ski and Play Sessions for ages 3-6.

Click here for further info.

Blacktail Resort – 40 mins drive

A smaller, family-friendy resort set in 1000 acres of National Forest, Blacktail has an average annual snowfall of 250″ and offers 15% Beginner slopes, 70% Intermediate and 15% Expert.

Click here for further info.

Backcountry skiing at Glacier National Park

For the really adventurous!  Be sure to check your route with the Park Rangers for up to the minute safety information and consider hiring a guide.

 

Click here for further info.

Family ski vacations at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins

Family ski vacations at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins

 

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