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Beautiful & Quiet New Home Inside Glacier Nat'l Park: 3 Bdrm/2.5 Bath, Sleeps 9!

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Glacier Bear Retreat is a brand new, spectacular private residence, located INSIDE of Glacier National Park on the West side of Lake McDonald, a short 7-minute walk to Apgar Village. This storybook cottage with 3 bedrooms (including a bunk room that sleeps 5) can accommodate 9 people.

Located on almost an acre of private property with Fish Creek and Apgar Creek flowing through the property, Glacier Bear is quiet, private and peaceful. Aptly named “Retreat”, Glacier Bear is perfect for nature-loving families who are looking for a quiet place to reconnect with the natural beauty of Glacier National Park. (If you’re looking for a party house, this isn’t the place for you.)

The main level includes a kitchen with island, great room with fireplace, dining room, master bedroom with queen bed, master bath, and an additional powder room. Covered and screened porches add additional square footage and provide beautiful outdoor living.

Climb the winding stairway up the turret to the second floor, with another queen bedroom and the bunk room (with two double beds and one twin), and a full bath with tub and shower.

Glacier Bear Retreat is perfectly located as your base for exploring the wonders of Glacier National Park. Just steps away from breathtaking Lake McDonald, you can fill your day with recreational boating (rentals available), swimming, or photographing the range of mountain peaks that frame the lake. You’re a few minutes walk from the town of Apgar, where you can grab a morning coffee, an ice cream, enjoy the offerings of the café or shop in the gift shops. We’re also connected to miles of paved trails leading into the town of West Glacier (about 3 miles away), so you’ll have ample opportunities for easy hiking and mountain biking too. Or, just hang out by the stream or on the screened porch, pick huckleberries, curl up in the window seat and read a book, or just rest, relax and enjoy the beauty that is Glacier Bear Retreat.

Drive the Going to the Sun Road for a host of photographic and hiking options. We’re happy to recommend guides for horseback riding, white water rafting, helicopter tours, fly-fishing and other recreational activities too. And, if you’re not interested in driving, you’re only a short walk from the Apgar transportation center where you can enjoy a ride on the historic Glacier Red Cars or take the free shuttle bus throughout the Park. A week simply won’t be enough time to enjoy all that Glacier Bear Retreat has to offer!

Glacier Bear Retreat is available year round in all seasons. However, the snow season offers a unique opportunity to experience a remote retreat, as the road to Glacier Bear is closed from January 1st-March 15th, or earlier/later, depending upon the weather. (This means that you’ll have to walk 2/10th of a mile to access the property in the wintertime, but it will be totally private and oh so beautiful!) Imagine spending a week at a warm, cozy “Currier and Ives” storybook cottage in the woods… writing your next novel, brainstorming your next business idea, or just relaxing by the fire reconnecting with friends and family. For those who love the snow, snowman building, snowshoeing and cross country skiing are available right from your front door. Snowmobiling tours are available 15 minutes away, outside the Park.

Glacier Bear Retreat is a one-of-a-kind property. Rarely are properties INSIDE of Glacier National Park ever made available for others to enjoy. We’re opening our home to a select few families- and we’re looking to build relationships with repeat business.

We've posted the latest photos at GlacierBearRetreat.com. To see our standard of quality, feel free to check out our sister property, Dreaming Bear Lodge in Whitefish, at VRBO #473555.

Why VRBO

Property Type

  • House
  • 2500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Renters must be 26 years of age or older, thank you. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Absolutely, positively NO SMOKING, even on the property outside. ...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    We love pets, but ask that you leave them at home, as Glacier National Park does not allow pets on the trails in the park....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 9

  • Main Floor Master Bedroom: 1 king

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  • Second Floor Queen Bedroom: 1 queen

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  • Second Floor Bunk Room: 2 double, 1 twin/ single

    2 double bunks and a twin bed - ideal for the kids!...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

    This lower level bedroom will be available spring 2016!...moreless

  • All bedrooms are appointed with luxurious sheets and cozy Three Dog Down comforters. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Master Bath: toilet, shower

    Twin vanity sinks...moreless

  • Powder Room- Main Level: toilet

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  • Second Floor Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Twin vanity sinks. Shared by the two second floor bedrooms....moreless

Other Amenities

  • We want to help you create the very best holiday of your life and leave well-rested, with memories to last until you return the following year. Please let us know how we can help you with planning and with any special requests. We're here to help!...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    We have a selection of antique books for browsing during your stay, a current library and a complete selection of Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries!...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Game Room:

    Coming in the spring of 2016, complete with bar, dart board and billiard table....moreless

  • Games:

    A selection of games are available for your enjoyment....moreless

  • Pool Table:

    Coming in the spring of 2016...moreless

  • Stereo:

    A bluetooth system connects your iPhone or iPad music to the speakers in the house. Enjoy!...moreless

  • Television:

    With built in DVD player. There is no TV reception or cable available, but there is a limited library of DVDs and you're welcome to bring your favorites too!...moreless

  • Toys:

    Puzzles...moreless

  • Video Library

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Coin Laundry
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Marina
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Glacier Bear Retreat is located just a few minute walk/drive to Lake McDonald. There are public beaches for swimming, boating rentals and a wealth of photo opportunities....moreless

  • Lake View:

    Spectacular lake views are just a few minutes away....moreless

  • Rural
  • Ski-In:

    We're located ON a cross country ski trail, making this the perfect place for a snowshoe and/or nordic holiday!...moreless

  • Ski-Out:

    We're located ON a cross country ski trail, making this the perfect place for a snowshoe and/or nordic holiday!...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    There are 3 additional seats available at the island bar in the kitchen too!...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    The home has air conditioning, but with the cool evenings inside Glacier National Park, it's doubtful you'll ever need it!...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    LG stackable washer and dryer are provided for your use, complete with detergent and fabric softener....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Beautiful Montana stone fireplace, complete with 400 fiber optic lights in the mortar - ready to brighten your vacation!...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    The home is heated with an air source heat pump, so it's toasty on those cold winter nights....moreless

  • Internet:

    Hi speed wifi available throughout the property, inside and out. Password protected....moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Spacious, open living room, with reclining sofa and love seat. Great conversation area by the fireplace. Cathedral ceilings with 2nd floor balcony overlook....moreless

  • Parking:

    You can drive right to the house - without 4-wheel drive - for most of the year. However, the road is closed from January 1st-March 15th during which time parking is a quarter of a mile away....moreless

  • Telephone:

    A land line with unlimited US long distance is included for your use. AT&T and Verizon cell service is also available at the property....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath towels are provided as well as beach towels for the lake....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    LG stackable washer and dryer are provided for your use, complete with detergent and fabric softener....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Mikasa French Country dishes, beautiful for entertaining family and friends...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Beautiful open, spacious gourmet kitchen, perfect for creating a special meal. Complete with everything you'll need including a Vitamix, Nespresso machine, Cutco knives, etc....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Large electric oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    We want this to feel like home to you, so we've equipped the pantry with the basics and more. We ask that you replace what you use before leaving. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    French doors access the fridge on top, with a freezer with ice maker below...moreless

  • Stove:

    Electric glass top...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Bicycles:

    Four mountain bikes are provided. Additionally, local bike rental is a 5 minute walk from Glacier Bear Retreat. (bikes $25/day)...moreless

  • Boat:

    Power and row boat rentals are available on the shore of Lake McDonald, less than a mile away....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Outstanding, spacious outdoor screen in porch, great to dining and for evening conversations, card games or whatever. ...moreless

  • Golf:

    The Glacier Golf Course (public) is less than 2 miles away!...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Rentals are available on the shore of Lake McDonald, less than a mile away....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Two hammocks and a sky chair are scattered throughout the property for your relaxation. Please use caution when getting in/out of the hammock by the stream!...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber grill for your barbecue needs...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Whitefish Mountain is about 30 minutes away, with world class skiing and snowboarding. Nordic skiing is available at your doorstep in the winter!...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Paddle board rentals are available on the shore of Lake McDonald, less than a mile away....moreless

 

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Thanksgiving
Nov 22 - Nov 29, 2015
7 night min stay

$7,500

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $1,071 Nightly


Rates are based on 7 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest

Christmas
Dec 19 - Dec 26, 2015
7 night min stay

$10,000

Changeover Day: Saturday


Discounts: 7 nights or more: $1,429 Nightly


Rates are based on 7 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest

2016 Season
Jan 9 - Dec 17, 2016
7 night min stay

$7,000

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $1,000 Nightly


Rates are based on 7 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$6,500

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $929 Nightly


Rates are based on 7 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning fee per visit $350
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,500
  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • Tax Rate 7%

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Location

20 Miles
Nearest Airport
FCA - Glacier Park International Airport
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
West Glacier
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
West Glacier
2 Miles
Nearest Train
West Glacier, MT (Amtrak Station)
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
MT Hwy 2, at the entrance to West Glacier, MT
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
West Glacier
30 Miles
Nearest Ski
Whitefish Mountain
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lake McDonald

Car: Necessary

'I wouldn't trade one square mile of Glacier for all of the other parks put together. The vast valleys that you look down into, and the unbelievably great peaks and ridges rising above you, and the hidden passes and the surprising banks of snow, and the incongruous meadows on the high flats and the tumbling white streams, and the flowers and the silent little lakes around a bend- all have an isolation and a calm majesty that to me make Glacier Park more than just a place', wrote Ernie Pyle in a 1935 story in Home Country. Those who have experienced the magnificence of Glacier will agree.

Glacier National Park is the undisputed 'Crown of the Continent'. Its glaciers ascend steep peaks where mountain goats hike with you. Acres of lush green meadows plunge down jagged pinnacles, exposing some of the world's oldest stones. Waterfalls roar, ice cracks, indigenous grizzly bears and wolves roam the landscape, while bighorn sheep graze in the meadows. Two wild and scenic rivers splash along the park boundaries at 3,150 feet in elevation, making the six peaks over 10,000 feet appear to soar into the sky.

Slicing through the heart of Glacier is the infamous 'Going to the Sun Road'. As the park's biggest attraction, this road leads drivers on a skinny cliff shimmy into the craggy alpine, complete with wildflower wonderlands dancing with glaciers, waterfalls, mountain goats and to-of-the-world trails.

More than 700 miles of trails wind through Glacier's remote wilderness, making it a hiker's paradise. As the Crown of the Continent, the park's glaciers fuel North American's major rivers, with water from Glacier tumbling to Hudson Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and to the Pacific.

Glacier National Park has more than one million acres of wilderness, yet it contains less than 100 private cabins, together comprising less than 300 acres. It is the ultimate in privacy.

Glacier Bear Retreat is the first private in-holding in Glacier to have been sold in more than 24 years. We feel incredibly fortunate to have been in the right place at the right time, and due to that privilege, we also feel an obligation to share this little slice of heaven with other like-minded nature lovers who are looking to create a tradition in their families too.

We welcome you to share this rugged slice of nature's best.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2013

About the owner: My name is Gail Lynne Goodwin, and I'm known as the founder and Ambassador of Inspiration for InspireMeToday.com. I love to share inspiration with others and to be inspired! Two years ago we purchased a home, built by the Park ranger for Glacier National Park, in 1947. We wanted to keep the original structure, but as it hadn't been lived in for more than 40 years, we found it impossible. So, we lovingly removed the old home, and designed and built Glacier Bear Retreat. It was my dream to create a Hansel and Gretel storybook cottage, while at the same time, respect the natural surroundings and tradition of Glacier National Park. We believe that it's important to take time to reconnect with what really matters in life, and we built Glacier Bear for families to do just that.

Why the Owner Chose West Glacier:
Wait until you see Glacier Bear Retreat, and you'll understand. There's nothing quite like it! From the rugged beauty of the lake and mountains, to the peace and tranquility of the property, complete with two streams and soaring cedar trees, we believe Glacier Bear Retreat will capture your heart as it has captured ours. Whether you're relaxing on a hammock or watching the stream go by, roasting a marshmallow on the fire or enjoying a cocktail on the enclosed porch, we've designed Glacier Bear with your comfort in mind.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Location, location, location. This is the best of both worlds- in that Glacier Bear Retreat is a magnificent home, AND it's located INSIDE of Glacier National Park. Not a mile away, or a ten minute drive like a lot of other listings- it's IN the park. You'll sleep snugly in your luxurious surroundings, with the full splendor of Mother Nature at your doorstep.


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Photos

  • Glacier Bear Retreat welcomes you!

    Glacier Bear Retreat welcomes you!

  • Looking down on the main level from the second floor balcony

    Looking down on the main level from the second floor balcony

  • The fireplace in the great room, made from local Montana Moss rock

    The fireplace in the great room, made from local Montana Moss rock

  • The gourmet chef kitchen with 3' x 7' bar/island with 3 stools

    The gourmet chef kitchen with 3' x 7' bar/island with 3 stools

  • Killer views make the dining table feel like it's al fresco! Seats 8.

    Killer views make the dining table feel like it's al fresco! Seats 8.

  • The two gorgeous streams on our property sound esp. wonderful in early summer!

    The two gorgeous streams on our property sound esp. wonderful in early summer!

  • Double vanity in the private bath of the Lazy Bear Suite

    Double vanity in the private bath of the Lazy Bear Suite

  • The upper double vanity with doorway into the shower/tub and toilet area

    The upper double vanity with doorway into the shower/tub and toilet area

  • The Bunk Room twin. All beds in the Bunk Room have individual reading lights.

    The Bunk Room twin. All beds in the Bunk Room have individual reading lights.

  • Hammocks in front and back provide serene and lovely places to read or nap!

    Hammocks in front and back provide serene and lovely places to read or nap!

  • Easy access from the porch to our high quality grill makes dinner a breeze!

    Easy access from the porch to our high quality grill makes dinner a breeze!

  • Bring lunch or a book to our island and enjoy the sound of our rushing streams!

    Bring lunch or a book to our island and enjoy the sound of our rushing streams!

  • Enter through the main level, thoughtfully designed for living, cooking & dining

    Enter through the main level, thoughtfully designed for living, cooking & dining

  • The Great Room is a place for great relaxation, with reclining leather couches!

    The Great Room is a place for great relaxation, with reclining leather couches!

  • Artisan crafted built in entertainment center with TV/DVD, wifi and audio center

    Artisan crafted built in entertainment center with TV/DVD, wifi and audio center

  • Our kitchen features custom designed countertops and everything you need!

    Our kitchen features custom designed countertops and everything you need!

  • Round dining room table with built in Lazy Susan, seats 8

    Round dining room table with built in Lazy Susan, seats 8

  • The Lazy Bear Master Suite is located on the main level

    The Lazy Bear Master Suite is located on the main level

  • The Grist Suite - upper level queen bed with shared bath

    The Grist Suite - upper level queen bed with shared bath

  • The bunk room sleeps 5, in 2 double bunks and one twin bed.

    The bunk room sleeps 5, in 2 double bunks and one twin bed.

  • Feel like you're in a treehouse on the Bunk Room window seat! Left - shared bath

    Feel like you're in a treehouse on the Bunk Room window seat! Left - shared bath

  • Our screened back porch lets you entertain, dine, or simply relax outside!

    Our screened back porch lets you entertain, dine, or simply relax outside!

  • The outdoor fire pit, great for conversation and s'mores!

    The outdoor fire pit, great for conversation and s'mores!

  • Beautiful, serene Lake McDonald, just a few minutes walk away

    Beautiful, serene Lake McDonald, just a few minutes walk away

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