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Darlene Wagner

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

Glacier National Park Views and Riverfront Lodging!

24 Reviews
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house

Overview

Glacier Park House Rental Photos and Description

House, 1 Bedroom with king bed, 1 Bath with 6' tub/shower

Beginning the 2015 season this riverfront home will only be available for up to two persons.

Newer one level home on the Flathead River with river frontage and views of the peaks of Glacier National Park. Walk along the sheltered sand and rock beaches of this Scenic Corridor for as far as the eye can see. Great fishing. Catch rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, bull trout, whitefish, etc., right from the property edge. Large kitchen, breakfast bar, and dining table overlooking river make eating in a pleasure. A barbecue is provided. Relax on the large cedar deck while enjoying the beauty and therapeutic sounds of the river. The privacy and scenery leave you in awe. There are many private sitting areas along this riverfront property where you can wander off to enjoy some extra solitude. One of the assets of this unique property is where the house is situated. There are no homes right next to you, as is usually the case along prime riverfront locations. You can relax on the deck without the next door neighbor knowing! Woods surrounding the home afford privacy as it sits in the middle of three acres close to the river. Even though you are in a wooded area, the landscape allows plenty of sun to bask in should that be your desire. The dead-end location assures no drive-by traffic. If you want your vacation time to be a get-a-way, this is the place for you!

The bedroom is furnished with a king size Sealy Posturepedic mattress and exquisite Montana handmade burled log furniture. The bath is across from the bedroom and there is a hall door that closes off from the great room so you have your own private suite; sleep or rest quietly while your other half watches a movie or cooks. The spacious great room has two leather swivel recliners to kick back in and watch the news or a movie on a 46' flat screen TV. The bedroom has a ceiling fan. The great room has two. The bath features a 6' long tub/shower with handicap set-up. Your vacation won't feel crowded in this home located on private wooded acreage on a dead end road. Plenty of parking for large vehicles or boats. The home is in the quaint town of Hungry Horse (population approx. 900) which has a large supermarket, two gas station/stores, restaurants, churches, antique shops, and a tavern, but your vacation home is in a secluded, quiet spectacular location on the river away from it all. Glacier Park is only 10 minutes from your doorstep. Glacier Park International Airport is 15 minutes from the home.

Due to the guest who was concerned about the eagle nest, following is an update. The new nest, a few feet away in same tree from nest that fell in 2015, held and two babies were hatched March 17, 2016. July 17, 2016 guests saw the first flight of the eagle babies!

Golden and bald eagles, white whistling swans, pileated woodpeckers, blue heron, sandhill cranes and assorted other waterfowl, deer, and bear also frequent this area.

The Bob Marshall Wilderness, Hungry Horse Reservoir, Hungry Horse Dam are just minutes away by vehicle. Lion Lake is a wonderful warm swimming lake for children and adults to enjoy, which is only four minutes from the home. Take guided river float trips along the river adjoining Glacier Park. Books are provided in the home to help you find hiking or activities during your stay. There are sports rental facilities nearby to rent equipment. Enjoy Montana at it's finest!

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Darlene Wagner (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

About Darlene Wagner

I grew up in Hungry Horse, Montana, where my family owned and operated the Hungry Horse Motel for 30 years. I was born in Whitefish, Montana.

Darlene Wagner purchased this house in 2006

Why Darlene Wagner chose Glacier Park

Glacier Riverfront Vacation Home was built in 2006. I built this home planning on sharing it and all the beauty that surrounds it on the river with you! Hope you love it as much as I do.

What makes this house unique

The quiet and peaceful beauty of this river canyon is something you will never forget.

Reviews

4.8
based on 24 traveler reviews

Glacier National Park Views and Riverfront Lodging!
average rating of 4.7916665 based on 24 reviews
5

Awesome Beyond Belief

  • 5 of 5

Let's start with the view; EXCEPTIONAL! You are located on the river bank with much privacy, the river is crystal clear and flowing. The rocks that line the river are gorgeous and colorful. You have views of the mountains on three sides from the back deck. We hung a portable hammock in the trees after a long hike and took a nap while listening to the river rush by.

The home is clean, spacious and very well stocked, there was nothing we felt we were missing being away from home. The bed was comfortable and there were plenty of towels. The washer and dryer came in handy after a few long days hiking.

This home's location was perfect for us as we did not want to stay in the park but close enough for a quick drive to the West Entrance. We drove into Columbia Falls for groceries on the evening of our arrival, but we could have easily picked up groceries right down the street in Hungry Horse.

We traveled by Amtrak from Chicago to West Glacier where we rented a car from Hertz. Since our train arrived later, our car was in the parking lot with the keys in the glove box waiting for us, no attendant to deal with, just a phone call the following day. The same happened in return when we left by train, we simply left the car in the parking lot.

If you use a personal guide, ask for Jeremy Covert with Montana Raft Co. He is excellent, knowledgeable and full of history on the park.

Finally, a shout out to the homeowner, Darlene who was very easy to deal with and who had open communications during the whole booking process and then some. Thank you!

Also, during our stay, Darlene had a telescope setup in the home focused on a bald eagles nest where I became attached to watching "Bob & Kevin" , the named juvenile eagles perched in their nest across the river. It was a treat to watch them every day. I was so hoping they would begin their first flight while there, but I guess they simply weren't ready.

You won't be disappointed with this lovely home, enjoy Glacier National Park, its magnificent!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Southwest Florida
5

Great view, convenient location, spacious

  • 5 of 5

This was the cleanest and most spacious, comfortable home yet. The view of the river, forests and mountains was one we constantly enjoyed. The location was perfect for GNP, Kalispell, Whitefish and all beauty of MT. Darlene, the owner shares her home and fills it with every need we had, then some. She provided history, information and extras in the quiet and peaceful setting. We made it the river and took many photos and did some fishing. On a rainy day, we were happy to just be here. Village of Hungry Horse had its own offerings. Since we had been here years before, we enjoyed all it offered. We would highly recommend this home. After 8 nights, we did not want to leave.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful home in glaciers back yard

  • 5 of 5

This is a first for us renting a home. Have always camped or stayed at hotels. We personally dont think we could better this stay. This home is emaculent. Darlene has taken so much pride in making her guest feel at home. From all the ammenities, to little touches for our glacier experience. Maps , hiking logs , brochures. Very helpful. Step outside and we were surounded by Mother nature. Spent a lot of time sitting on porch planning days activities. One night down at river just relaxing and enjoying serenity we had an eagle swope down and grab a fish. How awesome. Also seen Racoon, otter , hummingbirds ,blue heran you never know . Right place right time . Hard to leave the home very peaceful. Beautiful country. Lasting memories. Would love to go back.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Nice trip, but will not return.

  • 4 of 5

This cabin offered peace and quiet, just what the doctor ordered. I usually center my vacations around being able to hike, but didn't do/couldn't do any of that in Glacier National Park. The west entrance was very close, but very, very crowded. They had just opened the Going to the Sun road in its entirety, and it was over-run with tourists. There really wasn't anywhere to go to have any space to yourself. I did travel the sun road, and it was beautiful, but I would not go again. So many cars, so few pull-offs. The trail heads that weren't overrun were on the east side of the park, which meant you had to travel the sun road both ways. I didn't want to be in a car all day, and the hikes I had planned I couldn't go on because trails were closed because of bears. Updates are on their website, but it's to the day and not in advance. This sounds negative so far, but the positive was Darlene's cabin. I spent almost all of my time there, sitting on the porch, watching the hummingbirds and the squirrels and enjoying the peace and quiet.

It should be noted that the particular eagles nest that is noted in the listing and the previous reviews is no longer there. Apparently they are rebuilding according to Darlene, who had lots of info on the big nest that was there for 40 years. She informed me that it had fallen earlier this year. I personally didn't see any eagles in the week I was there.

Things you must do:

Travel to the town of Whitefish, great little downtown with shops. (very pricey shops, but fun to look) Have a burger at the Bulldog Saloon, and don't forget the chive fries. (I asked at the shops where to eat and everyone said the same thing: Bulldog Saloon, burger and chive fries!) It's kind of a dive, but boy, was it was excellent. Great service too.

Have breakfast at The Huckleberry Patch, which is within walking distance of the cabin. Huckleberry pancakes! I also got dinner to go one night and had their #7, the pulled pork sandwich with huckleberry BBQ sauce. Best pork sandwich I've ever had.

Get groceries in Columbia Falls, at Smiths. Very reasonable compared to the small grocery store in Hungry Horse.

Overall, I didn't see much wildlife, but that doesn't mean they aren't there.

Had rated this as a 5 star, but after being chastised and disrespected for what I wrote about the eagles in my first review (which was MY review) my experience has changed. I will not be returning.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: VRBO gives 2 days to correct errors pre posting. Guest gave 5 star review, “Best part of the trip was this cabin!”, but inaccurately wrote, “The eagles nest is no longer there; there were no eagles to watch.” I thanked guest, very kindly asked her to correct as eagles have rebuilt their nest a few feet from old nest, same tree, after March 29 windstorm blew nest down, killing babies; sent her May 1 photo of adult eagles in new nest. Eagles here year round, nest for laying eggs, raising babies until fly, returning for 40 years to same nesting tree. Guest refused to correct; said I should change dishonest photos/info about nest on site. I responded, “I do not have even ONE photo of the eagles nest on the website. I am honest. Do whatever makes you true to yourself.” Guest responded: “That's because you changed your listing. There were other photos there. Ones with the nest. You even changed the wording in your text. Why didn't you just say you were going to do that?” Guest imagined a conspiracy; I contacted VRBO seeking advice on irrational guest; they suggested not interacting with her, so I sent this: “I have explained, but you choose not to believe me. Perhaps VRBO technical support can confirm that nothing has been updated but my calendar. I did not change any wording or any photos since you booked the home. I am really getting upset and uncomfortable, so like I said, just follow your heart and do what you have to. I loved that you loved the wonderful peace on the river- don't lose that memory.” She responded, “I’m upset and uncomfortable too. The nest you said was there is not there and that is the bottom line. I did not lie in my review. I already contacted customer service. I’m just going to remove my review all together and not write another. No rating. I’ve never been treated like this as a guest after giving someone a 5 star review and I don’t have time for this. I personally don’t appreciate the way this went down and I won’t be back. This new experience is what I wanted to leave in my revised review but that’s not the kind of person that I am. I’ve decided instead to leave no review. That should leave you with the outcome you want.” 2 days later guest gave revised 4 star review. A simple reasonable request for accuracy is not chastise or disrespect – this was bizarre! Never heard anyone complain about Glacier Park. Bears are wild, no itineraries, so advance notice is difficult. We’ll get by without this guest return.
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Snohomish, Washington
5

Fantastic Riverfront Cabin close to Glacier

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Darlene's beautiful home for a week in early August. I enjoyed fly fishing on the Flathead river early in the morning before we headed to Glacier for the day. This home is ideally situated away from the busy West Glacier area, but close enough to the park and also to Whitefish to satisfy the "shopping bug" for our wives (lots of pubs in Whitefish to occupy "man time"). In the evening, we enjoyed watching the hummingbirds visiting the feeders hanging from the roof of the deck and listening to the river. The night before we left, Darlene was kind enough to set up the spotting scope for us to observe the adolescent bald eagles across the river. This home is very clean and well maintained. We give this property (and its' owner) "two thumbs up".

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Lovely Riverfront Home

  • 5 of 5

I had the pleasure of staying at this property for 3 weeks while visiting Glacier National Park. It was wonderful. If you are looking for a comfortable home in a peaceful environment close to GNP and the many attractions of the area, then this is the home for you. Only 15 minutes from the West Gate of GNP it is an ideal location to the park. Sitting on the back porch you can catch a view of the eagles nesting in a tree across the river, watch the hummingbirds gather around the porch and listen to the sounds of the river. An ideal place to find peace and relaxation. If I ever find my way back to this area, Darlene will be the first one I call for lodging. This place is a winner.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest

Activities and Attractions within 20 minutes from the house:

GOLF COURSES:

*Meadow Lake in Columbia Falls

*Buffalo Hills in Kalispell

*Whitefish Golf Course

*Eagle Bend in Bigfork

*Big Mountain Golf Club

*Glacier View in West Glacier

*Village Greens in Kalispel

WHITEWATER RAFTING:

*Wild River Adventures

*Glacier Raft Co.

*Great Northern Whitewater

*Montana Raft Company

HELICOPTER TOURS:

*Glacier Heli-Tours

*Kruger Helicop-Tours

FLY-FISHING GUIDES

*Glacier Wilderness Guides

*Montana River Anglers

*Channel Outfitters

*Northern Rockies Outfitters

*Wild River Adventures

*Lakestream Fly Fishing

BIG SKY WATERSLIDES

GREAT BEAR ADVENTURE Bear Park

BIGFORK is the town to see! Summer stock playhouse, art galleries, and great shopping and restaurants right on Flathead Lake.

WHITEFISH is another great town to explore. See the historic railroad station and the great shops, restaurants and nightlife, all at the foot of Whitefish Lake below the Big Mountain

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Rates & Availability

West Glacier House Rental Rates

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1 night minimum stay
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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $100
Tax Rate 7.0%

$59 VRBO damage insurance policy in lieu of security deposit.
Check in 5pm; check out 10am

Contract will be e-mailed. Payment by check (no credit cards). Weekly stays given priority during peak season; shorter stays will be accepted to fill in between weekly stays once gaps between weekly stays are established.

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Amenities

Glacier Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bath has 6' tub/shower and handicap bars
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • King size bed in bedroom.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing

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