For such a relatively young state, Montana has racked up a heap of history in the time since the Lewis and Clark expedition first traversed the land in 1805. Though Native Americans lived here for millennia before settlers arrived, the oldest building in the state—Fort Connah—dates back just to 1846. But there’s a lot of history packed into the historical sites of the Treasure State. Explore your way around the region with relaxing stays at these classic properties.
Photo by Historic Tamarack Lodge.
The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins sits just eight miles outside of West Glacier in Hungry Horse. The historic log lodge originally sat in West Glacier proper, a Masonic lodge used by members visiting Glacier National Park. It was moved down the road, log by log, as a labor of love by its new owner after it changed hands and left the Masonic order.
Today, four rooms in the historic lodge keep the past alive, with all the modern amenities you look for, from flat screens to iHomes and of course, coffee makers. Downstairs, find the bar and dining room conveniently located for a nightcap and a bite to eat, with lattes brewing when morning comes. The modern cabins around the property give a current experience while still allowing access to the lodge great room and facilities.
The Sacajawea Hotel in Three Forks, Montana, boasts a storied history dating back to the 1800s. Originally a private residence—Madison House—built in 1882, the main building was relocated to its current site several years after. Hard times led to the hotel closing in the early 2000s, but it was lovingly reinvigorated by the Folkvord family in 2009 to be brought into the 21st century.
Find luxuriously appointed guest rooms in the main building, revamped with all the modern comforts while maintaining the classic ambiance of days gone by. Modern-built cottages echo the grandeur of the white clapboard hotel, while offering a more secluded experience.
Photo by Many Glacier Hotel.
A slice of history in the heart of one of the most coveted sections of Glacier National Park, Many Glacier Hotel holds court over Swiftcurrent Lake. Views of imposing mountains and deep blue alpine lakes hold you captivated while you unwind in this sought-after national park. Built by the Great Northern Railway in 1914 to cater to the railway royalty, the hotel offers an equivalent experience today.
Recently renovated to revitalize and modernize while holding tight to that historic character, you’ll find a whole new experience at the Many Glacier Hotel. The more than 200 guest rooms leave nothing to be desired, so you’re sure to find one that suits your needs.
Photo by Wikimedia Commons.
With the honor of being Montana’s oldest operating hotel, the Grand Union Hotel is the crowning glory of quaint Fort Benton. First opened in 1882, the Grand Union was open continuously for more than a century before it closed in the 1980s following a difficult period in its history. It reopened in 1999 after a loving restoration and revitalization aided by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the US Parks Department, and the Montana State Historic Preservation Office.
On a stay at the Grand Union, experience this National Register of Historic Places site in one of its 26 luxuriant rooms and suites, with views of the mighty Missouri available.
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