Lodging at the Great Northern Resort, West Glacier, Montana
We have always enjoyed our stay at the Great Northern Resort in West Glacier, Montana.
We stayed at their resort last year, and unfortunately the weather knocked out the power and the rain and cold sent us running back to Whitefish. The resort was kind enough to let us give it a try again this year, and we gladly accepted!
We arrived on a Friday evening in late September, with perfect weather in the forecast. We cooked dinner and sat on the porch to enjoy the peace of this gorgeous area.
The Great Northern offers lodging, white water rafting, and their Railway Cafe. The resort can be found just two minutes outside of the West Entrance to Glacier National Park, offering the close access to the park to make your trip that much easier. Although I love camping, it is so nice to stay here and be able to visit Lake McDonald at sunset without having the drive home.
The lodging consists of several cabins set next to a sparkling blue pond surrounded by mountains. The cabins range from one bedroom to three bedroom and sleep anywhere from six to ten people, thanks to the added bonus of a sleeper sofa.
These two story cabins are cozy and offer just the luxury you need in northwest Montana. The staff has always gone out of their way to make sure we are comfortable, including getting a bag of ice and letting us check out late so that we could enjoy a horseback trip across the highway with Swan Mountain Outfitters.
Even though the cabins are next to each other, we have always felt like we had the entire place to ourselves. We have never really seen any other guests, even though the cabins are always booked. This is a nice feeling when you are looking for a relaxing getaway.
There is a full kitchen and refrigerator, and you can request for them to buy your groceries ahead of your stay (for a fee).
My toddler loves their cabins. Each time we have stayed she has spent the entire time going up and down the stairs, lost in her creative childhood world.
Each level of the cabin features a balcony, with plenty of seating and a barbeque. This is one of the highlights of the cabins to me. You can make your cup of coffee and sit out on the porch early in the morning, breathing in the fresh air and getting ready for your day. Frankly, I was so content that I would have been fine not even leaving the cabins during our stay!
Right next to the cabins you will find a fire pit with plenty of seating, and they will even deliver s’mores necessities to you — but be sure to ask ahead! There is also a volleyball court outside, which I assume is for the guests to use.
We were able to hike the Highline Trail one day while staying at the Great Northern, using it as our “basecamp to Glacier.” Each time we stay in these cabins, we always leave wanting to downsize our home and move into a small log cabin in the woods. The less space you have, the less “stuff” you “need” to fill it, right? These cabins are just the right size for a vacation.
They are also a fantastic option for families traveling together. The reasonable rates can be divided between parties and you will save money by cooking your own meals.
You can book a white water rafting trip and the bus conveniently leaves from your cabin.
I have never gotten a chance to eat at their Railway Cafe, because it is only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and I have only stayed here after Labor Day. They serve breakfast, lunch, espresso, and frozen yogurt, and I have heard great things about their paninis.
This is by far one of the best places to stay in West Glacier. I really cannot say enough good things about the Great Northern Resort. Even though we live so close, I always feel like I am hundreds of miles from home on vacation here.