We stayed at Historic Tamarack Lodge in July for a family reunion. We selected Tamarack due to its proximity to Glacier National Park, pricing and dining/cooking amenities. Historic Tamarack just ticked off all boxes for our families needs.
As for getting there, we all had different travel paths. You can definitely fly right in to Kalispel, but it can be pricey. My sister flew to Spokane then drove approximately 4 hours in a rental car. She said the drive as easy and gorgeous. My husband and I flew to Calgary, then drove across the border (make sure you have your passport.) I enjoyed this because we drove all the way through Glacier from the East by Lake McDonald. The drive from East to West entrance is about 2 hours minimum, without sight-seeing stops and depending on traffic. It was an amazing drive. The Calgary car rental company only charged $5.00 extra per day for taking the car from Canada to US.
The Tamarack cabins were a perfect fit for our clan. Collectively, we occupied two of the "Couple's Cabins," five of the "Family Cabins," as well as Antelope and Bison. This turned out to be the perfect combination. We selected Family Cabins all in a row, so we are all near each other, but with our separate spaces. The family cabins are arranged in a way that you have privacy while on your back porch. Ages in our family ranged from 1 yr old up to 70 - great fit for all of us.
The cabins truly had everything we needed as far as linens, kitchen utensils (even BBQ utensils) and basics such as salt, pepper, coffee filters and paper towels. They have full sets of dishes, cutlery, glasses, wine glasses and bowls so you can help cut down on buying disposables and use the dishes, etc provided.
One comment I must echo from other reviews is, yes, you will hear a lot of road noise. The views are great, but you are really close to the main highway so you should expect to hear traffic and motorcycles. We slept with the windows open for a cool breeze. I'm a heavy sleeper, so it really didn't bother me. Take ear plugs if you are a light sleeper, and/or a portable sound machine. The windows were well insulated, so if the windows are closed, the sound is greatly diminished. Keep in mind, however, all of the motels and lodges in this area ARE right along the highway - every place we drove past was within the same, if not closer, proximity to the highway, so do not discount Historic Tamarack just because of this. You will likely have the same experience anywhere along this stretch.
The cabins were clean and in good shape - not run down at all. The family and couples cabins all have individual charcoal grills on the back decks, as well as a full kitchen (full size oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave.) You do need to supply your own charcoal. There are also communal BBQ areas with outdoor lounge chairs and picnic tables - we definitely took advantage of those areas. The freezers do not have ice makers or ice trays (at least, ours "Summit" did not,) so be sure to pick some up in Hungry Horse, or you can by some at the main Lodge.
As for food, Canyon Foods grocery in Hungry Horse is literally no more than 5 minutes away and they have everything you would need for preparing meals, cooking out and hiking in Glacier, as well as ice. Very convenient and not overly pricey as you would expect in an "in demand" tourist area for goods. There is also a great liquor store in Hungry Horse, so you are covered on that front as well.
The main lodge also has a fully stocked coffee/espresso bar with pastries and muffins in the morning. We did not take advantage of this so I cannot comment, but it is there for your convenience. The Lodge also has their liquor license and great happy hour prices, so that is a great way to meet other travelers. The Lodge also offers dinners. Again, we did not take advantage of this as we enjoyed grilling outdoors on our own, but the dining and gathering area looked great and welcoming, along with having a large fireplace in the back room.
There is a path to the "beaver pond" just behind the property line. It is an easy 5-10 minute walk for small kids and older adults through the woods to a sweet little beaver pond - gorgeous and quiet. We all explored back there several times - great excursion for little ones to burn off energy. Wild strawberries and huckleberries were also in season, so we had fun searching and devouring those beauties as we found them.
We also enjoyed the fire pit and had s'mores and campfire songs one night. While the lodge may not provide charcoal, they definitely provide well-cured and chopped firewood, so you can have (controlled) fires as much as you like.
The drive to the west Glacier Entrance is within a few minutes - very convenient for visiting the park. Definitely explore Trail of the Cedars in the park - absolutely gorgeous, suitable for children, strollers and wheelchairs, and they have washroom facilities within this area.
All in all, this was a terrific vacation and reunion for us. We were happy with the price we paid for the cabins and the amenities provided. We created some great memories while at Historic Tamarack Lodges and we are glad we chose to stay there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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 alongside modern updates that make for a stay in comfort and relaxation. Enjoy the history and ambience of the historic lodge when you stay upstairs in our classic lodge rooms. Historic Motel Units, originally built to house workers on the nearby Hungry Horse Dam project, provide budget accommodation adjacent to the lodge whilst 26 contemporary cabins located throughout the six acre property offer the perfect opportunity for a group or couple friendly retreat in the forest. Sip on a tasty beverage from our Saloon and coffee bar, or nibble from our selection of onsite dining options while you relax by the fire on a snowy winter day or unwind from a day exploring the great Montana outdoors. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Historic Tamarack Hotel Hungry Horse
- Historic Tamarack Lodge Hungry Horse, Montana