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West Glacier Log Cabin, 'Best in the West' Bordering GNP

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 5 nights


Minimum Stay
5 nights

About the property

Cabin, 1 master bedroom + a Loft bedroom with bunk & queen, 2 full Baths

This unique wilderness property borders both Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall/Great Bear Wilderness. The cabin is located equally between both West and East park entrances; plus it's a short drive onto Many Glaciers and Waterton National park in Canada. (Bring your passports if traveling to Canada) AND don't forget the winter activities! Cross Country Skiing at the Izaak Walton with groomed trails!!

Many of the cabins furnishings were hand crafted by the same carpenter used by Liz Claiborne. The kitchen is fully stocked with pots, pans, appliances, coffee pot, utensils, dish washer, microwave, refrigerator w/ice maker and electric stove. It also contains an island bar with 5 swivel chairs.

Living room is furnished with two leather couches with leather chair, coffee table, TV, stereo, high speed wireless internet with hard wood floors throughout.

1st floor master bed room has a queen size bed, closet, flat screen TV with dresser/armoire.

Laundry room consists of new washer and dryer, folding table and a wash sink.

There are two full baths on the first floor with one having a walk in shower, toilet and double vanity. The other has a tub shower, toilet and vanity.

2nd floor has a sitting area for reading or additional bed space and a private bed room with queen size bed, plus a full/single bunk bed, flat screen TV. There are ceiling fans throughout.

Outside attached to the cabin are two large red wood decks viewing the park with gas grill and picnic bench. Also a fire ring is available for evening star gazing or just a fresh breath from the mountains.

There are activities galore such as: Fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, skiing, snowmobiling, biking, motorcycle tours, rafting, sightseeing, snow shoeing, Cross country skiing, shopping or just relaxing looking at the surroundings and the millions of stars.

We are also just a few miles from The Isaac Walton Train Station.

Please join us, you won’t regret it!

Check time is 4 p.m.

Check out time is 11 a.m.

Keywords: Log Cabin with wilderness experience having all modern amenities, family friendly w/easy access to East and West Glacier National Park. Cabin borders GNP & Bob Marshall seperated only by Blue Ribbon trout stream, Middle Fork of the Flathead River.

More Details

Theresa and Gary Steffen
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

About Theresa and Gary Steffen

I am a cancer survivor who has practically retired from a position in the Technology Leasing Industry.

I enjoy people, family, hunting, fishing and NASCAR.

Theresa is a retired master hairstylist and avid baker.

Theresa and Gary Steffen purchased this cabin in 2011

Why Theresa and Gary Steffen chose Glacier Country

We are only 56 miles from the Kalispell Airport and 20 min.'s away from either entrance to Glacier National Park and a train station, the Izaak Walton, for Trail Rides, Cross Crountry Skiing, is located just 5 miles away with car rentals available. We are also close to the Continental Divide, Many Glacier and Waterton National Park. This cabin is located in the heart of the Flathead Valley. You can also enjoy Winter activities, Skiing and Snowshoeing, Glacier National Park is a great place to get out & enjoy the solitude. Most of Glacier's roads are closed in the wintertime, but that's ok, cause snow makes for ideal ski routes. you can still enjoy Going to the Sun Road, Lake McDonald Lodge, Polebridge and Autumn Creek Trail.The Isaak Walton Inn boasts more than 30km of groomed trails at Essex. in Whitefish you have skiing, and cross country trails.Bigfork is an awesome place to visit as well, in the winter or summer seasons. Don't forget Snow mobiling! Ice Fishing!.. in the summer-Play Golf at the Whitefish Country Club, East Glacier and West Glacier! The list goes on and on and on....

What makes this cabin unique

Friendly people, peacefullness with breath taking scenery all around you. We have too many activities to mention. We call this Montana Cabin our Spiritual Regrouping Haven. We find that when we are in the mountain, We are at peace. The air is pure, the water is pure, what more could you ask for? We just Love it here and know that you will tooo!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(49 traveler reviews)

West Glacier Log Cabin, 'Best in the West' Bordering GNP
average rating of 4.979592 based on 49 reviews

Top Tier Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 (Kids age 16, 12, 10) stayed at Gary and Theresa's cabin this past week for 6 nights. My review would follow along the lines of the other reviews that I have read.

We did a lot of research before we headed to Glacier. A lot...

When I looked at this cabin online, it looked beautiful but I worried that having the owners on site would take away from the family get away we were looking for. However, I was DEAD wrong. Sure the cabin is great. Absolutely the cleanest VRBO, Hotel, Resort, I have ever stayed in. It is well stocked and almost like having your own place in Montana. While the cabin is great, what truly made the experience unforgettable was Gary and Theresa. They are the most friendly, and welcoming couple we maybe have ever met. They made us feel like family. Our family agreed that the trip to Glacier was a "10" but much of that was simply the love that was shown to us by this wonderful couple. I would go back to Glacier just to hang out with them!

If you are looking for an amazing vacation. Beautiful scenery, beautiful cabin, and the chance to meet two of the most amazing hosts you will ever find, you need to book this cabin. We talked on the drive home how this was a once in a lifetime experience. My son said, "It better not be, I vote to go back again next year", while my youngest wanted to know if we could have Gary and Theresa stay with us in Iowa sometime...

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a wonderful review and we feel the same way! you have a beautiful family and Gary displays his new tools with pride! you now have a special place in our hearts and we hope to see you all again!
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Below review by "Susan" is same as our experience!

  • 5 of 5

Our family group of five just completed a 7 day stay at Gary and Theresa's beautiful cabin. Our experience was very similar to the review given by "Susan" in Texas regarding their stay in June. Gary and Theresa are very friendly and accomodating people and they helped make our trip one we will always fondly remember.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you Jim!!!!! you guys are awesome and hope we get the chance to see you all again!
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  • 5 of 5

Where to begin? We have been renting thru VRBO for many years, and this was by far our best experience. This cabin is amazing and has every possible amenity. The property itself is gorgeous. As you read through all the reviews and wonder if it could possibly be that great, the answer is YES!

This is the first time that we've had interaction with the property owners while on vacation. Theresa and Gary live across the driveway and were there to greet us when we arrived. We immediately felt at home with them. It takes special people to be able to open their home and their hearts to strangers, and the Steffens are blessed in that regard. They had friends visiting them from out of town while we were there, and Tom and Sherry were as friendly and nice as the Steffens. In fact, we were invited along with all of them on an amazing trail ride, followed by a wonderful home-cooked meal. We tasted elk for the first time, which was delicious.

We used the cabin as our base as we toured Glacier National Park and Waterton, but I could have easily just sat on the porch and enjoyed the cool, clean mountain air all day.

In case you missed it in other reviews, there is some road and train noise, as the cabin sits near the highway. If you're a light sleeper, consider bringing some earplugs. We shut the bedroom windows and found this worked perfectly for us. Also, the internet is very spotty. I found the best reception when sitting in the Steffen's yard. We were happy to unplug ourselves for a few days, so it wasn't a big deal. Also note that there is no cell phone service at the cabin or in most of the surrounding area. There is a landline at the cabin, and you are able to make long distance calls free of charge. We just gave out the number to family and told them how to get in touch if they needed us.

And... there are no checkout tasks. None. When I asked Theresa what she wanted us to do before we left, she said, "Nothing. You're on vacation. We'll handle it." Amazing.

It's perfect. It's peaceful. It's gorgeous. It's a little taste of heaven on earth. Meet your new Montana family here. You'll be glad you did.

Thanks to Theresa and Gary for sharing your home and hearts with us. We'll be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a great review and we are looking forward to sharing pictures of our new members of the family, Lady and Slippers! we aren't as sore riding these guys as we were on that trail ride!! LOL Thank you again for review and we are so happy that you had a great time here on the mountain with us! Tom and Sherry say Hello! Have a wonderful summer you two!
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Love, Love, Love

  • 5 of 5

We had the BEST time! The cabin and location are absolutely perfect. It is a fabulous location between the west and east park entrances. We did some amazing hikes, boat rides and even white water rafting. The cabin is beautiful and Theresa has it better stocked than any other VRBO we have ever visited. So many thoughtful touches like ingredients for S'mores, a fabulous bottle of wine and a book full of recommendations and information about local places. That being said, the cabin wasn't even the best part. The best part was meeting and getting to know Gary and Theresa. They were the friendliest and most welcoming people we ever met. They treated us like old friends. We thought our oldest son might just stay in Montana and move in with Gary and Theresa! Our boys (ages 13 and 18) are already talking about returning to MT next summer. I just can't say enough about what a pleasure our visit was!! The only down side was that it just went by too fast!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for such a wonderful review! We are already looking forward for your return visit! We enjoyed having you and your family and feel truly blessed to know you. Again, thank you!!!!!!
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Awesome place!!

  • 5 of 5

Just wanna say we had a warm welcome from Libby and her husband.. The house was way more than we expected, it was so beautiful the detail inside on everything was just awesome. We got to enjoy the fire pit, the weather was great.. We went to west glazier on going to the sunroad it was beautiful. We went to many glazier where we saw a grizzly which was so awesome!! We saw lots of wildlife on this trip..And what topped it off was getting to meet Treasa and Gary they were the nicest people you would ever want to meet.. They made you feel like you were lifelong friends (which I hope we are lol) their property and house is so beautiful.. The 4 days we stayed wasn't long enough.. Teresa has everything you need for this house it was so nice not having to go out and buy the essentials they have thought of everything. My only regret is not getting more time to visit with Teresa and Gary, we defiantly plan to go back sometime, this is the best place all round for location and ect...

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a wonderful reiview! We too wish that we could have had more time with you, maybe next year??? maybe in the winter???? I am so glad that you had the chance to meet two of our bestest friends... Love you guys! Thank you! Gary and Theresa
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Beautiful location, great people A++++++

  • 5 of 5

Gary and Theresa not only have a beautiful place to stay but they are so accommodating. Everything you need is included is this log cabin..minus food..but there is even a little of that!!! We had a blast for 4 days and will definitely be back! Thanks for all the info and hospitality..everything was perfect and comfortable. See you again soon!! Tom B

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a great review! We will be looking forward to your return! Please stay in touch! Again what a wonderful time we had, having you here at the cabin!!!! Theresa and Gary
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Nearest Airport
46 Miles
Glacier International Airport, in Kalispell, MT
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Issak Walton
Nearest Golf
26 Miles
West Glacier Golf Club
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Essex, Montana 59916
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Issak Walton
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Whitefish Mountain
Nearest Point of Interest
Izaak Walton Inn
Nearest Point of Interest
Great Bear Wilderness
Nearest Point of Interest
Middle Fork of Flathead
Nearest Point of Interest
Goat Lick
Nearest Point of Interest
Continental Divide
Nearest Point of Interest
West GNP entrance
Nearest Point of Interest
East GNP Entrance
Car: recommended

The Izaak Walton historic train depot is a must see!

Goat Lick where the goats roam and the silver stairs is an amazing water fall!


Rates & Availability

Essex Cabin Rental Rates

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winter Months
Nov 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

3+ per guest/day $15

Rates are subject to change.
our rates are for 2 adults and additional cost per additional adults.

Rates are subject to change until confirmation is made..
no credit cards, only check or cash

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Essex Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 1 bathroom with a tub/shower and 1 bathroom with a shower. Fully stocked.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Bed in the Master bedroom on the 1st floor, and in the loft area, 1 Queen handmade wood bed and a Bunk bed, also, handmade wood, with a full on the bottom and a twin on the top, Both with SERTA comfort mattress, All bedrooms have a dresser, closet and in the master bedroom there is an armoire, there are ceiling fans and extra fans in the closets.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Fire Pit, short walk to Middle Fork River, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Skiing, Rafting, Horseback Riding, Train Station, Golf.

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