Celebrating Father’s Day in Glacier National Park

Father’s Day has been a national holiday in the USA since the 1970’s.  But did you know that the very first Father’s Day was actually a one-time event held in 1908 to remember the lives of men lost in a West Virginia coal-mining disaster?  The following year, the daughter of a widower (one of six children raised by him), took on the task of establishing the equivalent of the Mother’s Day holiday for their male counterparts.  This was met by some resistance by men who thought the idea too sentimental, and also by those who believed it to be a commercial enterprise.  Nevertheless, Washington State adopted the idea and held the first statewide Father’s Day in 1910 and it was President Richard Nixon who declared it an official holiday in 1972.

Glacier National Park is paradise for Dad – whether he’s into fishing, hiking or enjoying the taste of the local brewers and distilleries. If your Dad is no longer with you in person, the mountains and forests are a great place to honor his memory and get in touch with your spiritual side without the distractions of everyday life.

Come on in and introduce us to your Dad, or share your favorite stories of him with us.  We’ll give every Father a free beer of their choice on us with their meal out of love and respect for all that our Dads and father-figures have done to shape us, support us and guide us through life’s peaks and valleys.

We couldn’t do it without you.

(thanks to https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/fathers-day for the info!)

 

Glacier National Park Rx Day

Glacier National Park, in conjunction with the Summit Medical Fitness Center, will host several activities at the Lake McDonald Lodge Parking Area from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm on Sunday April 29th. Rangers will be on site to offer free blood pressure screenings and answer questions about the park. Fitness experts from the Summit will provide trekking poles to demo, an outdoor scavenger hunt activity with prizes, and free all natural, organic energy bars made locally at Kalispell Regional Healthcare.

“We are excited to host Park Rx Day here at the park to encourage everyone to get outdoors and enjoy the health benefits our public lands have to offer,” said Park Superintendent Jeff Mow.  

Park Rx Day is a day for people everywhere to take a walk in a park and give themselves the gift of good health. 

The growing Park Rx movement has doctors prescribing time in parks for their patients to improve health. Healthcare providers across the country are writing prescriptions for recommended doses of outdoor time and activity.

Getting outside on a regular basis to walk, play, or just relax combats a number of health concerns including high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and depression.  

On April 29, there are more than 50 Park Rx Day events taking place in national, state, and local parks across the country. Dozens of partners, including the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, local health clinics, the Institute at the Golden Gate, and National Recreation and Parks Association are supporting Park Rx Day events.

Top 5 Best Hotels Near Glacier National Park

  1. Historic Tamarack Lodge & Cabins
    Situated in a scenic mountain valley in the midst of the Montana Rockies, the Historic Tamarack Lodge & Cabins embodies a classic ambiance with modern amenities for a year-round getaway in the Crown of the Continent. Originally constructed in 1907, the lodge maintains its rustic charm with a log cabin design, placing its long history alongside modern updates that make for a stay in comfort and relaxation upstairs in our classic lodge rooms. Historic Unit Cabins laid out in fourplexes provide budget accommodation adjacent to the lodge, with 18 contemporary cabins ranging through the property for a group- and couple-friendly retreat in the forest. All guests are free to relax in our Lodge Great Room and enjoy the character of the lodge throughout their stay. Sip on a tasty beverage from our Saloon and coffee bar, or enjoy a meal from our restaurant while you relax by the fire on a snowy winter day or unwind from a day exploring the great Montana outdoors.

    Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins


    2.Cedar Creek Lodge
    A four-season destination inspired by the people, culture and landscapes of Montana, the new Cedar Creek Lodge and Conference Center blends the comfort of a mountain lodge with modern style at the gateway to Glacier National Park in Columbia Falls. A rich sense of exhilaration infuses every experience, from fly fishing on Whitefish Lake and backcountry adventures in Glacier National Park to championship golf and more.

  2. Grouse Mountain Lodge
    At Grouse Mountain Lodge, we pair spectacular mountain views and the unique charm of this small mountain town with friendly service and modern lodge accommodations. After a day of exploring Glacier National Park or skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort, return to a cozy lobby and comfortable rooms that’ll make you feel right at home.

  3. Red Lion Inn 
    Red Lion Hotel Kalispell is a mountain lodge located in the heart of Montana’s favorite ski town, Kalispell. Conveniently attached to the Kalispell Center Mall and neighboring the Rocky Mountains, Red Lion Hotel Kalispell serves as the central location for Kalispell fun.

  4. Whitefish Lake Lodge
    Welcome to The Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Inspired by the grand lodges of the past, with all the conveniences of the present, The Lodge has returned a sense of leisure and grace to the Montana travel experience. Surrounded by mountains with the pristine waters of Whitefish Lake at our back door, and all the amenities of a full-service resort hotel, The Lodge provides the perfect location for your next visit to Whitefish and northwest Montana. With outstanding service and deluxe accommodations, you will be able to enjoy all that Whitefish and northwest Montana have to offer. The Lodge is only minutes from downtown Whitefish, ten minutes from the ski slopes of the Whitefish Mountain Resort and less than a 30-minute drive to the scenic wonders of Glacier National Park.

 

How To Get To Glacier National Park

Located in the Northwest corner of Montana, close to the USA border with Alberta and British Columbia, there are several ways you can travel to the park.  There are plenty of opportunities for exploration and adventure along the way, should you so chose, or you can make the trip as direct as possible and spend all your time with us!

  1. You can get here by railway…Amtrak has two stops close by, one at Whitefish and one at West Glacier (Belton) both fed by the Empire Builder that runs from East coast to West.
  2. You can get here by trailway..  No matter which way you approach us, you will drive through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Along with open, uncrowded roads and plenty of traditional Mom and Pop motels for rest stops along the East/West US Highway 2, its the perfect excuse for a roadtrip.
  3. You can reach us by airplane…Glacier Park International airport handles hundreds of thousands of visitors every Summer, with airlines offering direct flights from destinations such as Minneapolis, Chicago, Atlanta, LA, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland and Las Vegas. Airports at Missoula, Great Falls, Calgary and Spokane are all within a six hour drive.

Plane, train or automobile, or a combination of all three.  We don’t care HOW you get here, just GET here when you can!

 

Glacier National Park Couples Getaways

We have a selection of lodging options available for couples to get away from it all.  Snuggle up around the fireplace in the lodge when you chose one of our lodge rooms, pick a Couple’s Cabin or one of our brand new Northfork or Southfork Cabins for a little more ‘cabin-in-the-woods’ privacy.

The Northfork & Southfork

 

Beyond Glacier National Park

The Antelope Cabin

We wish each and every one of our guests a warm and wonderful holiday season. We are grateful for the stories you have shared with us and the memories you have helped us to make of our little business and this beautiful corner of the world. Thank you for being a part of our journey!

We love to keep in touch with all your news and adventures on Facebook but, honestly, its not the same as a leisurely evening around the campfire.

How about a catch-up in 2018?

Have you hiked in Jewel Basin yet? Kayaked on the Hungry Horse Reservoir? Scaled Great Northern?

These are all outstanding ‘second-time’ experiences that are not to be missed. Arguably even more beautiful than Glacier National Park, just as close in location to us and less well-known (so fewer crowds).

Shhh!

We know it, there’s just too much to do! The most common thing we hear from guests is that they wish they could stay longer.  Sooo…to help with that, we are offering discounted weekly rates so that guests can take the time to extend their stay and explore beyond Glacier.  And, we built four new cabins so more of you can visit at once!

Quick recap… discounted rates for longer stays, so much more still to see and do, and more cabins to try.

Star is on tenterhooks waiting for you to say YES!

Glacier National Park Cabins

The archetypal ‘cabin in the woods’ is synonymous with retreat from the world-at-large and, with recent events in Las Vegas, I would venture to guess that many of us are asking the important questions about life and re-examining our purpose and direction.

Our corner of Montana has many residents who originated from out of state – you would think that their reasons for moving here would be as diverse as their former lives yet, there is a common theme heard over and over when asked how they ended up in this area.  They were at a crossroads, needing healing from trauma in their lives, to slow down and experience the important things that should not be taken for granted (but so often are in our crazy-busy lives).

We appreciate that not everyone can pull roots and move their lives like many of us have been able to do, so one of our goals at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins is to provide a taste of this to all our guests passing through.  We provide the cabin, the woods and the hospitality.  We let Glacier National Park and nature do the rest.

Are you feeling that pull to come home to your Self?  We have twenty-six different cabins all waiting to welcome you, all year long. Big cabins, little cabins, historic cabins, new cabins, cabins with balconies overlooking the forest, cabins with decks overlooking the mountains, cabins with sunset views.

Take a train, plane or automobile and come visit with us.  Just leave your troubles behind.

 

 

 

 

Glacier National Park, business as usual!

We are aware that there is currently a media frenzy concerning wildfire in our area and in Montana as a whole. Wildfires are a natural and normal part of our Summers here and we adapt to them in the same way that we adapt to snowstorms in Winter, or any other natural event.  We have outstanding wildfire management teams that are fully competent and capable of doing everything possible to limit the effect of wildfire on property and people and we leave the management of the wildfire situations to them whilst everyday life continues as normal.

As I am typing this I am sitting on my deck located within a mile of the Park entrance.  I can see Apgar mountain and Belton Hills, and also the occasional helicopter flying overhead towards the Sprague fire.  The sky is blue.  The sun is shining and there is only a slight blur of haze over the peaks in the distance.  However, if I turn the tv on, the news stations (that aren’t covering the devastation in Texas) paint a picture of Montana as a blazing inferno with zero visibility due to smoke and wildfire conditions.

Don’t believe the hype.

It is true that there are areas that have been badly hit by fire, it is true that the Sprague Fire is burning in Glacier National Park.

HOWEVER, Montana is larger in size than the country of Germany.

Less than 1% of this is currently affected by wildfire.

Glacier National Park is more than one million acres of wilderness.

The fires are affecting 5,000 acres of this.  That’s 0.5%.

There is still plenty to enjoy in the Park, from the newly restored spiral staircase at the lodge in Many Glacier, to hiking at Two Medicine.  Enjoy a boat trip on St Mary Lake and hike to Virginia Falls to see how quickly an area regenerates after fire.

The largest lake west of the Mississippi, Flathead Lake, is approx 40mins away with its lakeshore communities of Bigfork, Lakeside and Polson offering microbreweries, restaurants, antique stores and art galleries alongside fishing trips, SUP, kayak and boat rentals.

You can take a gondola ride to the top of nearby Whitefish Mountain for views into Glacier National Park, across the Flathead Valley and even into Canada.  For indoor entertainment we highly recommend the Miracle of America Museum and Kalispell’s Conrad Mansion.

These are just a few examples of places to see and things to do during your trip. Your vacation will still be an outstanding experience of America’s natural beauty and wilderness, and you will still experience that Montana hospitality we are famous for.

Check your sources.  If you are worried about a particular fire – turn off the tv and check inciweb for the latest, most accurate information; look at the webcams in the Park; and talk to us about what is actually happening right here.  Blue sky, warm sunshine, relaxed pace of life, and acres and acres of wilderness.  There is no need to change your plans.  If things should change and we are in ANY danger at all, the fire management teams will let us know and we will let you, our guests, know.

We take seriously our roles as ambassadors of the Treasure State and honor the reputation of Montana as a tourist destination.  Our loyalty is to you and the State we live in.

Turn off the tv and talk to us.

 

Other references:

https://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Montana/Publications/Special_Interest_Reports/agfacts.pdf

 

 

Glacier National Park Wildfires 2017

The long, hot days of July have produced ideal conditions for wildfires this Summer and, it is true, that Montana has been affected by some substantial fires.  Fortunately, Glacier National Park has not experienced the devastation experienced in some areas so far but we are not unfamiliar with large scale forest fires and the impact they can have on a community.

Wildfires are a natural phenomena, often caused by dry lightning strikes.  They can be helpful in maintaining a healthy forest environment.  For example, fire enables the regeneration of a forest floor that has become overgrown with fast-growing shrubs and trees that have blocked the light to seedlings below.  Fire also disinfects as it travels – destroying any plant diseases and insect infestation.  Its natural effects on the eco-system are one reason why the National Park Service in Glacier National Park prefer not to manage naturally started wildfires, unless they begin to threaten property or life.

It is also true that many fires are needlessly caused by human action, whether deliberate acts or arson or accidental means.  It is here where we can help support our environment at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins.

In our area, Stage 2 Fire_Restrictions are currently being enforced and, as a result, there are no campfires, BBQ grills or smoking currently permitted on property.

We know our guests, as visitors here to appreciate the natural beauty of the area, will honor the restrictions and continue to enjoy their vacations, including the particular aspects unique to wildfire season.  After all, wildfire is a part of the wilderness area in which we live and is to be respected and appreciated as is any other element of nature.

Here are some ways to appreciate the season:

  • Enjoy the views! Sunsets and sunrises, in particular, can be unworldly at this time and provide outstanding and unique photography opportunities.  At other times, you may notice the silhouettes of hillsides that may not otherwise have been noticed, or hazy mountain tops that look like an artist painted them into the background.
  • Learn how planting affects the health of a forest and can mitigate against fire by visiting Coram Experimental Forest.
  • Discover how our hotshot crews manage fires.
  • Watch our #montanastrong community spirit in action (eg hay donation, how you can help).
  • Involve the littlest members of the family and design a coloring book, or write a story with Smokey the Bear.
  • Visit the sites of recent fires in the Park, such as Virginia Falls (which burned in the Reynolds Creek fire of 2015), to see how quickly regeneration happens.
  • Drive the Camas Road to see how the Robert Fire of 2003 changed the scenery and opened up views of the peaks of Glacier National Park previously blocked by trees.