Wednesday, March 25, 2015

April 2015 Calendar

Enjoy a new free computer wallpaper with an April calendar and a beautiful shot of Glacier Park Lodge to brighten up your desktop for spring!

Follow the link to our Flickr account in order to choose the appropriate size download in high resolution:

Happy April!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Boat Tours in Glacier National Park

Boat Tours:

One option for seeing the park in a unique way that is fun and easy for the whole family is take one of the park’s iconic boat tours. Most people are unaware that these tours are fully available in June, in fact, the Lake McDonald boat tours start on May 23rd. These tours are one hour long and depart at 5 set times daily, 7 days a week.

At Lake McDonald it is also possible to rent rowboats & motorboats for $18/hr and $23/hr respectively. A wonderful thing about rentals in June is that you are sure to get what you want and you can enjoy some peace & quiet on the lake before the inevitable frenzy of full-blown summer arrives. After all, isn't relaxation what vacation is all about?

                St. Mary’s also provides boat tours that begin on June 20th. Like Lake McDonald, these tours will leave at 5 set times daily. Unlike Lake McDonald, there is an optional ranger-led hiking option available to those who feel up to adventure. Each boat tour leaving from the Rising Sun boat dock on St. Mary’s Lake lasts 1.5 hours, except for the last boat out at 6:30 which is only 1 hour long. If you decide to do the optional 3 mile hike the tour will be 3.5 hours, but those hikes are only available for the tours leaving at 10:00am & 2:00pm. All cruises except for the 6:30pm tour also have an optional 15 minute hike to Baring Falls.

                Another wonderful option would be to go to Many Glacier for an unforgettable 2-part boat tour on Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephine. This tour begins on June 13th, and lasts 1.5 hours. The first boat you board, Chief Two Guns, will serenely guide you over Swiftcurrent Lake, and then dock. 0.2 miles away awaits the second boat, Morning Eagle, which will navigate you through the gorgeous waters of Lake Josephine. This boat tour is unique to the others, as it has the option of a guided or self-guided tour to Grinnell Lake, making it the longest of the tour options, of those available at that time, at 4 hours total. There are also rentals available at Many Glacier. Single kayaks cost $15/hr, while double kayaks, canoes, and rowboats go for $18/hr. Renting for these lakes is absolutely something you don’t want to miss out on. It is a truly once in a lifetime experience.

                The final location of available boat tours in June is at Two Medicine, on the east side of Glacier National Park. This tour takes you on the park’s oldest historic vessel, Sinopah. These tours are 45 minutes unless you would like to take the optional guided or self-guided hike to Twin Falls at 1:00pm or 3:00pm. With these hikes the tour becomes a total of 2.5 hours. These tours start on June 6. There are double kayaks, canoes, and rowboats for rent for $18/hr, as well as single kayaks for $15/hr. Two Medicine Lake is a stunning sight that you wouldn’t want to miss.

                All boat tours prefer reservations, which can be made by calling Glacier Park Boat Company at 406-257-2426, or by visiting their website at . Further information on pricing & additional tours that start in July can be found on their website as well. Many Glacier recommends a reservation made 3 days in advance, and Two Medicine recommends one day’s notice. Both Lake McDonald and St. Mary’s accept same day reservations because of the increased capacity of their boats. If you want to take a chance, all boat sites will sell same day tickets, but they will only be offered based on a space available basis.

                Another fun activity to note is the rentals at Apgar Village on Lake McDonald. Open from 10:00am-6:00pm starting on May 30. At Apgar stand-up-paddleboards can be rented for $10/hr., single kayaks for $15/hr., double kayaks, canoes, and rowboats for $18/hr., and 10 hp motorboats for $25/hr. These are an extremely popular attraction for being a great way to get on the water and have freedom around the lake, all for a reasonable price!

                Whether you want to hop on a double person kayak and paddle around with a friend, or take a memorable boat tour or tour with a hike, June is a great time to make these things happen. There will be less people in the park- meaning more room on the lake, easier access to rentals, and higher chances of landing the perfect boat tour for you & the whole family!  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Easter Brunch at Grouse Mountain Lodge

Easter Brunch at Logan's Bar & Grill
Grouse Mountain Lodge

Sunday, April 5, 2015
10:00am - 3:00pm
Call 406-862-3000 for Reservations

Adults: $32.95
Children (6-12): $15.95
Children 5 & under: Free

Carved Baron of Beef with Horseradish
Baked Glazed Pit Ham
House Smoked Salmon
Made to Order Omelet Bar
Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce
Bacon, Sausage, Mini Belgian Waffles
Potatoes O'Brien
Cheese Blintz with Berry Sauce
Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms
Penne Pasta Alfredo
Orzo Pasta Salad
Spring Green Salad
Broccoli Au Gratin
Seasonal Fruit, Cheese and Vegetable Trays
Pastries, Breads, Muffins
Vanilla Crème Éclairs
Carrot Cake
Chocolate Torte
Lemon Meringue Pie

Call 406-862-3000 with any questions!
Hope to see you here!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Date Night at Grouse Mountain Lodge

Thursday Night is Date Night at Logan's Bar & Grill
Grouse Mountain Lodge

Every Thursday night from 5:00pm-9:00pm

* Buy any 2 entrees off dinner menu & get ANY appetizer 1/2 off & chef's dessert 1/2 off
* Discounts on bottles of wine
* Happy hour until 7:00 pm 

**Certain nights will have live music or an open mic starting at 8pm or 9pm for dinner & a show!

Call 406-862-3000 with questions or for reservations

Happy woo-ing!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Ladies' Night at Grouse Mountain Lodge

NEW! Ladies' Night at Logan's Bar & Grill 
Grouse Mountain Lodge

Every Wednesday from 4:00pm - 9:00pm

$2.00 off ALL glasses of wine
$2.00 off select apps (calamari, chips, flatbread pizza, and spinach dip)
$5.00 specialty cocktails
Discounts on bottles of wine
Happy Hour pricing until 9:00pm

Come on out, ladies, and enjoy a night to remember!

**Discounts on bottles of wine, $5.00 cocktails, and appetizers are subject to change based on inventory.

*Call 406-862-3000 with any questions

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March 2015 Calendar

Our 2015 March calendar is up! Follow this link to our Flickr account where you can enjoy free downloads in high resolution! 

There are multiple sizes to choose from, as well as an option to download the image without a calendar, to have for your desktop wallpaper whenever you would like! 

Bask in the natural beauty of the park & enjoy your March!


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Dog Sled Adventures

At Grouse Mountain Lodge guests come up to the front desk to inquire about activities they should do throughout their stay all winter long. There is downhill skiing on Big Mountain just 20 minutes away, cross country skiing right out the back door of the hotel, and sleigh rides at the Bar W Guest Ranch just up the road. One activity, however, always interested me as an employee more than any of the others. That activity was dog sledding.

Dog Sled Adventures is just 30 minutes north on Highway 93, and I had sent guests there the whole previous winter whenever they asked where to go. Whenever a guest would come back from their ride they would without doubt have huge smiles on their faces and have only positive feedback to give. That alone may have interested me more than any other aspect of dog sledding.

I met the owner, Jeff, one day when he was driving his “dog truck” through town. It’s a truck that has a wooden covering in the bed with dog face-shaped holes cut out so when he makes a drive through Whitefish people can see a few of his friendly huskies with their curious and excited faces sticking out to gawk at cars and passerby's. Jeff immediately invited me to come up for a ride sometime after knowing all the business we try to give him at Grouse. It wasn't until this past month that I was able to finally get up there and see for myself what all the buzz was about.

Standing in front of Dog Truck with owner; Jeff (Left) and Musher; Adam (Right)

Pulling up to the yard was something I’ll never forget. 138 huskies each equipped with their own doghouses were jumping, barking, and all hoping to be a part of the team that got to pull the sleds next. Jeff gave us a big smile; “They’re all friendly,” he said. Boy was he right. These dogs were each incredibly sweet. It’s as if the term “puppy dog eyes” was coined at this very spot, as each dog begged to get a sniff as you marched past them towards your sled.

Our mushers name was Adam; he was extremely helpful and good at what he does. He answered all of our weird questions without hesitation; “What do you feed them?” “How much do you feed them?” “Where did they all come from?”

Each litter has a theme for their names. Pulling us that day was Brownie, Jell-O, and Cobbler. We also had a few from the “Adam’s Family” theme & some from the group of famous rock stars. Each dog is known by name and they also know their ages & personalities. I could understand how a dog could get lost in the mix because there are so many of them but I was very impressed with the amount of individual attention Jeff & his staff give to each dog.

The ride itself was about an hour long, and definitely worth the money. Winding through back paths in the snowy forest, I could only imagine how gorgeous it would be after a fresh snowfall. Sometimes they need to bring the snowmobiles out to carve a track for the dogs to run on, but other times they just forge ahead themselves. Alaskan huskies love to work. Adam said that even when he pulls the brakes on the sled they never stop running.

Jeff has been doing his business for 30 years. I am so glad I was able to step into his world for an hour long cruise, and enjoy hot cocoa & chocolate chip cookies with the team afterwards. After having this experience I would recommend Dog Sled Adventures as a Northwest Montana “must” for activities in the valley.

For further questions on dog sledding call them directly at 406-881-BARK! (2275)