The SpaceGlacier Bear Retreat is a 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, 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, a brand new hot tub, hammocks, bicycles, yoga mats, a pool table and a dartboard, at Glacier Bear Retreat you'll have everything you need for a perfect vacation!
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 (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) 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 and our beautiful custom built bar, showcasing local Montana spirits and beers as well as fine wines from California, Oregon and Washington. 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. Guest AccessYou will be renting the entire home. Please note that the owner's closet will be locked and off-limits. Interaction with GuestsI'll meet you upon arrival and will be available by phone for questions or for assistance during your stay. We're here to make your vacation at Glacier Bear Retreat your best one ever! The NeighborhoodGlacier National Park is by far the most beautiful National Park in the USA in my opinion. John Muir called it "the most care-killing scenery on the continent". Ernie Pyle said he "wouldn't trade one square mile of Glacier for all the other National Parks combined". Yes, it's that special. And, Glacier Bear Retreat is located INSIDE the park!
Regardless of the season, 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), fishing, swimming, or photographing the range of mountain peaks that frame the lake. You’re only 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, make yummy s'mores, 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. Getting AroundFrom Glacier International Airport (FCA) in Kalispell, you'll need to rent a car to get to Glacier National Park. (Alternately, you can take Amtrak to the West Glacier train station instead of flying.) You'll be able to park at the house for most of the year; from January 1st to March 15th, the road to our home is closed and unplowed, with the nearest parking a quarter mile away. Once in the Park, you can either drive or use the Park Service shuttle system to get around. Other Things to NoteWe realize that once folks know about Glacier Bear Retreat, it will book very quickly as there’s nothing like it in the Park. If you are interested in creating memories at Glacier for your family or friends, please make your reservation today to hold your space!