Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A night at Glacier Park Lodge

As the new Marketing Coordinator of Glacier Park Incorporated, I am excited to explore Glacier Park and all of GPI’s properties.  I have visited most of the properties but haven’t really discovered the lodges.  As my first assignment I was sent on a tour of the hotels.  I stayed the night at Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier.  In one short night, I became captivated by the history and grandeur of the hotel.  The first step inside the vast lobby is enough to displace visitors to an earlier time and place.

In 1913, Louis Hill, the president of the Great Northern Railway, developed Glacier Park Lodge. Hill is regarded as a major player in the establishment and development of Glacier National Park.  Glacier Park Lodge is the first of thirteen projects in the Park commissioned by Hill and the Great Northern Railway. 

The lawn leading to the lodge is manicured with inviting green grass and flower gardens sprayed in white and purple.  Teepees hinting at earlier times dot the lawn complementing the flora.  Around the east side of the hotel is a nine-hole golf course.  Obviously I had to try it out and I can’t think of a course around that has a better view, it was spectacular.  With only a few folks taking advantage of Montana’s first golf course, it is definitely one of East Glacier’s best kept secrets. 


As I stepped inside the lodge, I was greeting by period dressed bellman, Zack and Zach. Besides heavy lifting, their job is to pick visitors up in the vintage Checker taxi (pictured below) from the same train station Louis Hill used when the hotel was constructed. 

Stepping further into the Lodge, I noticed the largest beams I’ve seen anywhere.  The columns holding up the grand hotel are made of Douglas-Fir trees.  They still look like live trees and have their bark intact.  They are over 40 feet tall and about 40 inches in diameter.  Because Douglas-Fir trees do not normally grow this large in Montana, they were imported by train from the Pacific Northwest where the moist growing climate produces larger timber.  Aside from the unique architecture, the lobby invited me to sink into a couch and enjoy a hot drink by the crackling fire.

Beyond the elaborate lobby, the original lodge houses a grand dining room now called the Great Northern.  It still bustles with seasonal employees as it did 100 years ago; eager to explore the Park by day and satisfy visitor’s appetites by night.  I had dinner in the Great Northern dining room where locally inspired fare like smoked trout and huckleberry bread pudding more than satisfied my appetite.

On a full belly, I made my way to my room in the annex of the hotel.  The original lodge had 61 guest rooms.  In 1915, it became apparent that the original structure had outgrown itself, so Louis Hill commissioned an additional structure to host 111 more guests.  The addition is connected to the original lodge by a window-lined breezeway.  Day and night, guests lounge in the long corridor to take in the views. I could easily lose hours here while sipping on something delicious, snuggled up with a good book or board game. 

My sleep that night was more than comfortable.   I felt lucky to enjoy a rocking chair view from my balcony overlooking the grand gardens.  Sadly, morning marked the end of my adventure at Glacier Park Lodge.

My stay at the lodge made it easy to forget that the adventure only begins here, and that the lodge is just footsteps away from the adventures inside Glacier National Park.  The history, beauty, and discovery of my Glacier Park Lodge stay made me excited for more adventures in both the lodges and landscape of Glacier National Park.


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 www.glacierparkboats.com . 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!