"This cabin offered peace and quiet, just what the doctor ordered. I usually center my vacations around being able to hike, but didn't do/couldn't do any of that in Glacier National Park. The west entrance was very close, but very, very crowded. They had just opened the Going to the Sun road in its entirety, and it was over-run with tourists. There really wasn't anywhere to go to have any space to yourself. I did travel the sun road, and it was beautiful, but I would not go again. So many cars, so few pull-offs. The trail heads that weren't overrun were on the east side of the park, which meant you had to travel the sun road both ways. I didn't want to be in a car all day, and the hikes I had planned I couldn't go on because trails were closed because of bears. Updates are on their website, but it's to the day and not in advance. This sounds negative so far, but the positive was Darlene's cabin. I spent almost all of my time there, sitting on the porch, watching the hummingbirds and the squirrels and enjoying the peace and quiet.
It should be noted that the particular eagles nest that is noted in the listing and the previous reviews is no longer there. Apparently they are rebuilding according to Darlene, who had lots of info on the big nest that was there for 40 years. She informed me that it had fallen earlier this year. I personally didn't see any eagles in the week I was there.
Things you must do:
Travel to the town of Whitefish, great little downtown with shops. (very pricey shops, but fun to look) Have a burger at the Bulldog Saloon, and don't forget the chive fries. (I asked at the shops where to eat and everyone said the same thing: Bulldog Saloon, burger and chive fries!) It's kind of a dive, but boy, was it was excellent. Great service too.
Have breakfast at The Huckleberry Patch, which is within walking distance of the cabin. Huckleberry pancakes! I also got dinner to go one night and had their #7, the pulled pork sandwich with huckleberry BBQ sauce. Best pork sandwich I've ever had.
Get groceries in Columbia Falls, at Smiths. Very reasonable compared to the small grocery store in Hungry Horse.
Overall, I didn't see much wildlife, but that doesn't mean they aren't there.
Had rated this as a 5 star, but after being chastised and disrespected for what I wrote about the eagles in my first review (which was MY review) my experience has changed. I will not be returning."
Guest: Holly F.
Date of Stay: June 2015
Review Submitted: July 6, 2015