Magazine article Sunset

Cozy Classics: Montana Chalets

Magazine article Sunset

Cozy Classics: Montana Chalets

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Three lodges are restored and reopened

* Built by the Great Northern Railway in the early 1900s, Glacier National Park's chalets offered wilderness lodging that was comfortable and stylish.

Of the eight original backcountry chalets (accessible by foot or horseback), just Sperry and Granite Park remain. Both national historic landmarks, they've recently reopened after extensive renovations. Restoration has also given new life to the 1910 Belton Chalet, just outside the park in West Glacier. After being closed for more than 50 years, the revived Belton may become a national historic landmark.

The 1913 Sperry Chalet is a full-service lodge. The stone buildings (the main lodge, dining room, and rest rooms) lack electricity, but propane lamps lend a romantic aura to the lace-curtained dining room. Sitting within a glacial cirque, the 17-room chalet has sweeping vistas of teal Lake McDonald--and the occasional mountain goat. Dinners here are simple but hearty; typical menu items include corn chowder and roast turkey. Visitors reach the chalet by hiking the steep 6.7-mile Sperry Trail from the Lake McDonald Trail. Want a lift? You can ride horseback to Sperry with Mule Shoe Outfitters (406/888-5010). …

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