Lake McDonald Lodge (406/892-2525, www.glacierparkinc.com, late May–late Sept., $114–160, reservations required) is perhaps the most charming of Glacier’s lodges. It retains rugged, hunting-lodge touches, such as grizzly bear hides draped over the balcony railings, animal heads posted on massive timbered columns above the lobby, and a walk-in fireplace bordered by pictographs (rumored to have been drawn by Charlie Russell). The rooms aren’t as comfortable as the lobby, however, and they’re pretty spendy ($160). An adjoining motel and cabins are somewhat less expensive.
In Apgar Village, the Village Inn is also operated by Glacier Park Inc. (406/892-2525, www.glacierparkinc.com, late May–mid-Sept., $120–185). The lakeside motel rooms are adequate, although nowhere near as charming as the Lake McDonald Lodge. Families may opt for a two-bedroom suite that sleeps six.
With a gorgeous setting and classic rustic mountain architecture, Sperry Chalet (406/387-5654 or 888/345-2649, www.sperrychalet.com, mid-July–early Sept., $170 for one person, $115 for each additional person in room, includes meals, reservations essential), perched on a rocky ledge 6,560 feet above sea level that’s popular with the local mountain goats, offers full-service backcountry lodging midway on a trail between Lake McDonald Lodge and Logan Pass; it’s a 6.7-mile hike from Lake McDonald Lodge. Accommodations are rustic, with no heat, electricity, or running water, but come with three meals a day. Bedding is also provided, so there’s no need to pack in a sleeping bag. Reservations must be made well in advance.
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