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My husband and I planned a trip to Glacier National Park. We decided to go by train. First, we had to fly to Chicago, then hop on the train at the Chicago train station. The train station, I admit, was a lot less hectic than an airport.
The train ride seemed to take forever and had pretty uncomfortable overnight accommodations. However, we made it through and finally made it to some pretty extraordinary sites.
Glacier Park Lodge
The train pulled up right out front of Glacier Park Lodge. The lodge was built in 1913 by the Glacier Park Company, a subsidiary of the Great Northern Railway and is located on Glacier National Park, in Montana’s Rocky Mountains. The lodge boasts gorgeous views, inside and out. I loved sitting in the rocking chair our back with a hot cup of tea, no matter how cool it was outside.
The rooms aren’t that impressive. In fact, they remind me of camp. The worst part is the shower, which consisted of a tiny stall, shower head that was only up to my forehead, and a plastic shower curtain. Glamourous!
The lodge had a great dining room and a lounge. The food was amazing. Great drinks and great food, with a whole lot of huckleberry. You heard that correct – huckleberry. Huckleberry cocktails, huckleberry syrup, huckleberry beer, huckleberry tea, huckleberry coffee, huckleberry balsamic on my ravioli below… huckleberry everything.
The Blackfeet Nation has roots in the U.S. and Canada, particularly in Northern Montana and the Glacier National Park. Many people we encountered discussed the relationship between the land and the Blackfeet Tribe.
There are two tiny, tiny towns near the Lodge. One had a super sweet diner we ate lunch at one day. I had, you guessed it, huckleberry beer.
We then traveled along the ‘Going-to-the-Sun Road’ to St. Mary Lodge – located on the eastern side of Glacier National Park and the western edge of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. St. Mary is named after nearby St. Mary Lake. We stayed here for a few days and went out for a few hikes. During one of our hikes, the rain turned to snow — in September! We heard moose talking to each other, which I guess is rare, and spotted fresh bear poop- scary! Regardless, there was nothing like these spectacular views.
St. Mary Lodge
St. Mary Lodge isn’t as big as Glacier, but it still boasts an awesome restaurant and gift shop. We ate at the bar most nights. There was a fireplace nearby in the bar and we got to look at the amazing mountains outside the window. There were many, many foreign kids working at these lodges – with Eastern European accents. I finally asked why this was and one of our waiters told me about coolworks.com – an app that connects young folks to seasonal jobs around the world. Most of the jobs will offer you housing for free, so you can live and work in those locations.
We returned to Glacier National Park for a few days, then hopped on a train to travel back to the hectic world.