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Stunning Luxury Home IN Glacier National Park with Hot Tub, Pool Table & More!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom/3.5 Bath: Stay INSIDE One of Our Most Amazing Parks & Avoid the Lines!

Glacier Bear Retreat is a spectacular private residence, located INSIDE the Glacier National Park West Entrance, on the west side of Lake McDonald and just a short 7-minute walk to Apgar Village. This storybook cottage, built in 2013, has 4 bedrooms and can easily accommodate 9 people. (Please contact us if you have more than 9 people in your party to discuss options.) You’ll have special rooms for gathering together and cozy nooks for private time, in the perfect combination of indoor and outdoor living. With an outdoor fire pit, brand new hot tub, pool table, dartboard, hammocks, bicycles, yoga mats and more, you'll have everything you need for a perfect vacation when you stay at Glacier Bear Retreat!

Located on almost an acre of private property with Fish Creek and Apgar Creek flowing through the property, Glacier Bear is a quiet, private and peaceful haven. 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.)

In the more than 1,000,000 acres that comprise Glacier National Park, there are only 124 private landowners, and combined, these parcels equal less than 300 acres. Owning a home inside Glacier is rare; staying in one as a guest is even more so. And because you'll be staying inside the park, you won't need to wait in long lines - sometimes over an hour long - to get through the entrance station every day, letting you relax the entire time you're on vacation!

**Luxurious Amenities & Accommodations Over Three Floors**

This storybook cottage in the woods was designed and built as the perfect place to create memories, so your Glacier holiday is one of your best vacations ever.

From the welcome basket waiting for you, to the fully stocked bar and rec room, we want you to feel like you’re on vacation. From bathroom amenities like soap, shampoo and bubble bath, to the warm, cozy down comforters, we want you to feel like you’re at home.

The main floor contains the Great Room, the Dining Room, the Chef’s Kitchen, the Lazy Bear Master Suite with private bath, a powder room, and a hallway with reading nook and library shelves. Most of these books came from the original Grist home and date back as far as the early 1800’s. You are welcome to enjoy them with care while you’re here. From the main level you can also easily access the screened porch for outdoor grilling, dining or simply relaxing.

The upper level contains the Grist Room queen bedroom, the Bunk Room, a shared bathroom, and a small desk on the mezzanine above the Great Room.

The lower level Rec Room is your recreation destination with a Olhausen pool table, a dart board and our beautiful custom built bar, showcasing local Montana spirits and beers as well as fine wines from California, Oregon and Washington. The adjacent Media Room has a large flatscreen television and a selection of movies for your enjoyment. With two large Xorbee couches, you'll feel so cocooned in comfort you won't want to get up! And if you'd like to meditate or do some yoga, it's easy to create the space you need. The Garden Room queen bedroom and a separate bathroom finish off the level.

You can also experience Glacier’s beauty just by walking outside from the main level. Our wraparound screened porch has a large dining table with plenty of seating as well as a high quality gas grill. Outdoor living at Glacier Bear Retreat is as good as it gets - we have 6 bicycles, 2 closed kayaks, hammocks, yoga mats, a large fire pit, and even your own “private island” with picnic table all available for your use. Plus, our brand new Caldera hot tub is perfect for relaxing after a long day of hiking!

Upstairs or downstairs, indoors or out, you can be as connected as you want to be, whether that’s not at all or in touch with family, friends, or others using our fast wifi network, our landline with unlimited US long-distance calls, or your AT&T or Verizon mobile phone.

**Your Perfect Home Base For Glacier National Park**

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!

**Reserve Your Dates Before It's Too Late!**

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 guests.

We take reservations well in advance and it’s not uncommon for Glacier Bear Retreat to be fully booked during the park’s peak weeks in July and August by early spring. We already have several weeks booked for 2017! If you are interested in creating memories at Glacier for your family or friends, we highly recommend you get in touch today.

**Winter Getaways**

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 around January 1st-March 15th, 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.

More Details

Property Manager
Gail Goodwin
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2017

About Gail Goodwin

My name is Gail Lynne Goodwin, and I'm known as the founder and Ambassador of Inspiration for InspireMeToday. I love to share inspiration with others and to be inspired!

In 2013 we purchased a rustic cabin, 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- a brand new 3100 sq. ft. home.

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.

Gail Goodwin purchased this house in 2013

Why Gail Goodwin chose Glacier Country

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.

In the winter time, being at Glacier Bear is like living in a Currier and Ives postcard... so peaceful and oh so beautiful!

What makes this house unique

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.


West Glacier House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Rural
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , Twin vanity sinks
    Second Floor Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Twin vanity sinks. Shared by the two second floor bedrooms.
    Main Level Powder Room - toilet
    Lower Level Bathroom - toilet , shower , This bathroom is off the rec room & serves the lower bedroom
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Main Floor Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Second Floor Queen Bedroom - 1 queen
    Second Floor Bunk Room - 2 double , 1 twin/ single , 2 double bunks and a twin bed - ideal for the kids!
    Lower Level Queen Bedroom - 1 queen
  • All bedrooms are appointed with luxurious sheets and cozy Three Dog Down comforters.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
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!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

Stunning Luxury Home IN Glacier National Park with Hot Tub, Pool Table & More!
average rating of 4.96 based on 25 reviews

Beautiful, perfect location for Glacier NP, nicely appointed!

  • 5 of 5

The homeowner, Gail, is the nicest person ever! The home is updated and clean. The outdoor space is perfect with very comfortable furniture! I'd definitely recommend it to all!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. I have the best "job" ever, as I love Montana, and LOVE helping people have a wonderful holiday. It was my pleasure to be of service to you and your family! Thanks again for staying with us Kathy! Until the next time, hugs!
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  • 5 of 5

Not only is this home fantastic but the location is ideal! We were welcomed with a warm greeting and given helpful sightseeing tips and advise. The home is within walking distance to the lake adding tremendous beauty and fun for kayaking, fishing, etc. THANK YOU Gail for making our first trip to Glacier possible - we can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Girls trip to Glacier!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying at Glacier Bear retreat! It was all we could have wanted and more!! Beautiful home in a beautiful location! It was a wonderful home base while exploring Glacier national park! The beds have heated mattresses and are the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in! We would definitely stay here again and would highly recommend this special retreat!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us. We're so sorry that your little one was a bit under the weather, and happy to hear that she's feeling fine again. We do hope that you can return and explore the parts of the park that you missed this time. There's always something new to see! So happy to hear that you love the beds. We've had multiple guests actually BUY a bed like this one, as we're often told it's the best sleep they've ever had. We look forward to hosting you again! Hugs and thanks, Gail
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Amazing Home.....Amazing National Park!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

I love to hike and I love nature but being from a busy city I want to escape from the crowds, and the hustle and bustle of big city life. So for me a great vacation is to go to a grand and beautiful destination and then find a great sanctuary to stay at while I am there. Well, if you want a truly great, peaceful, lovely home to stay at while visiting Glacier Park and Montana. This is it!!! Look no further. I knew I had something special waiting for me the moment I first had contact with my gracious host Gail. Wow! From the very beginning she was there to help and was extremely enthusiastic to make sure that my trip would be special. Before, my arrival she sent me all sorts of wonderful ideas and information about the whole area and a wealth of knowledge of everything imaginable I would need or want to consider on my trip. Like great recommended hikes, other cool activities, like white water rafting, as well as all the local resources, stores, restaurants etc. etc. Then she also informed me of things that you might not expect. Like, if I sent her a shopping list she would make sure it would all be in the house on my arrival and it was!! Like, she also had personal chef's that could come in and cook a special meal for us. Not to mention, that after my long days of hiking, if needed she had a massage therapist who was available to come to the house. Seriously, I am not making any of this up. So on too the home and beautiful "Glacier Bear Retreat". Well, it is a like a private home with all the amenities of a 5 star resort. Spacious and ohh so cozy. Beautiful bedrooms, wonderful fire place with all the wood easily accessible, comfortable screened in porches, and an outside area complete with a fire pit to sit around during the cool Montana evenings. Not to mention the tranquility of Max's Island with the babbling Brook and interesting waterfall, complete with picnic table for a nice peaceful lunch. Of course "Jim's Hot Tub" is just so wonderful to immerse yourself in after a day of exploring the beautiful nature of the park. Lastly, can sure not forget the wonderful recreation room complete with Pool table, darts, music, and a fully stocked bar with tasty local spirits. So, needless to say Gail set out to do something special when she built Glacier Bear Retreat and she certainly did it!!! So plan your trip early, because as the word starts getting out about this place it is going to become a tough reservation to get.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our pleasure to host you on your recent visit. I believe you're our very first guest who hiked every day, and not just baby hikes- 10+ miles each day! I'm grateful that you requested the hot tub when you booked your reservation. We added it just for you, and it will always be known as "Jim's hot tub". We agree- it's the perfect way to relax after a exhilarating hike! You're right, the word must be getting out, as we're already booked for most of the 2017 season! We're so grateful to be able to share our little slice of heaven with people like you who arrive as guests, and who leave as friends. Thank you again for staying with us!
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High maintenance family says: Glacier Bear Retreat = THE Premier Rental Property at GNP!

  • 5 of 5

Last week was our second vacation trip to Glacier National Park and second time staying at Glacier Bear Retreat. Each time we come, we stay for a week, and - we can tell you from experience - this amazing place has everything you will need. We are a type-A family of six, and we rent homes for most of our vacations. Not only is this property very well apportioned, the owner's are the kind that you hope to find - where the home is very clean, all the details and accommodations you are hoping for are included, and several that you wouldn't have thought of or expected are, as well! From welcome basket, to fully functional kitchen, to late model updates and furniture, to all the toys and accessories you would need in the garage, to private setting around the home, to walking distance to Apgar Village, to fire pit, to hot tub, to fully stocked bar, to pool table and dart board, to... the list goes on and on.

For discerning renters who are looking for that especially classy location at Glacier National Park - this is it!!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us. We are happy to host your family anytime! We built Glacier to be family-friendly and have intentionally included all of the amenities of home- and more. Pleasing our guests is our number one priority. We're happy to hear that it's working. :) We hope to see you again, soon! Hugs and thanks, Gail
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Perfect place for a family vacation

  • 5 of 5

This house is arranged perfectly for families. There is a lower level that is ideal for a family with small children to stay where baby cries will not disturb the rest of the house; or for young adults who like to stay up later than the older family members. There is a multi-bed room upstairs which is perfect for children ready to sleep in bunk beds!

There is a creek by the house that you can hear running at all times.

Gail, the owner, is always available if you have any questions or needs.

Our family loved every minute of our time there.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the layout of the house, the bunk room, and especially the melodic sound of the creek. I love falling asleep listening to that sound and sleep better at Glacier Bear Retreat than anywhere else! We invite you and your family to return anytime! Thanks and hugs, Gail
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
FCA - Glacier Park International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
West Glacier
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
West Glacier
Nearest Train
2 Miles
West Glacier, MT (Amtrak Station)
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
MT Hwy 2, at the entrance to West Glacier, MT
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
West Glacier
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Whitefish Mountain
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
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.


Rates & Availability

West Glacier House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Oct 13 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2017
Oct 14 2017 - Dec 15 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
Holiday 2017
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2018
Jan 6 2018 - May 4 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
May 2018
May 5 2018 - Jun 1 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
June 2018
Jun 2 2018 - Jun 29 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
Peak 2018
Jun 30 2018 - Sep 7 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
September and October 2018
Sep 8 2018 - Oct 12 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2018
Oct 13 2018 - Dec 14 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,500
Cleaning fee per visit $350
Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 7.0%

Rates are subject to change until confirmed. Higher holiday rates will apply - email owner for specific dates/rates.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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