Lodge, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
Sue and Greg Evans
About Sue and Greg Evans
We both worked at Many Glacier on the east side of Glacier National Park in the 70's. We met when Sue was working for the concession in the coffee shop and Greg was in maintenance and took coffee breaks. We returned the following summer and a married couple and became a ranger and Greg continued in maintenance. We spent 8 summers at Many Glacier hiking and climbing all over the park so we know it well. Our son Merritt was named after two of our favorite mountains in the park.
Sue and Greg Evans purchased this Lodge in 2004
Why Sue and Greg Evans chose Polebridge
Fast forward to 2004. We were interested in purchasing property near Glacier and decided on this location with it's beautiful views of Glacier and the rustic lodge feel of the cabin. We have since expanded the cabin into a lodge with added personal space and a three car garage. We made sure the expansion looked like it fit with the original structure rather than like an add-on.
What makes this Lodge unique
We loved how quiet it was and there are no other neighbor buildings visible. You can sit on the east side deck looking at the peaks of Glacier and hear the wings of the birds as they fly over.
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A perfect off-the-grid home!
Everything was very organized and well-communicated during the entire process. Home is a large, gorgeous property surrounded by raw nature and filled with fascinating MT, Glacier, and general items that really make the home feel warm. House provides a lot of baseline items that's appreciated, owner does a great job at calling out anything you should be sure to bring. The house is exactly as described - a beautiful off-the-grid home - and the asks by the owner to maintain the home were extremely reasonable given the type of home and location. Any negative reviews seem to be from renters not reading the information about the property/area the owners provided, we were more than satisfied with everything and found the info provided was extremely detailed and accurate. Couldn't recommend staying here enough!
Thank you so much for your kind words. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay. It's important to us that our guests are informed and that this is the right location for them.
Attention do detail best describes this Lodge. The house is immaculate and seems brand new. Don't be afraid of being off the grid, it was seamless. I enjoyed watching the battery level as we went thru the day. The decor is really neat, with great 'cabin' feel. A couple of notes....
1. Dirt road. About 29 miles of it. It's 2 lane and not as bad as it sounds. We had a Subaru outback and it worked great. Definitely get an SUV preferably AWD. By the end of our stay I felt like it was like my own personal road rally.
2. Google Maps. Got us there at 1 am. You need to download an offline map onto your phone because you lose broadband signal about 3 miles in.
3. Go to the mercantile and grab some beer and food at the saloon. It's awesome. Mercantile has staples like bread and milk but you do pay for the convenience.
4. We did the following highly recommended adventures: Drive Going to Sun Road. Stop at Logan pass and hike to hidden lake. Don't be deterred by the parking lot full signs. We went in and drove around until someone left. Avalanche lake was awesome, we saw black bears. The white water rafting was fun, not terribly fast in August. Go with the place that serves dinner. It was very good. Bowman Lake is very pretty. Road to get there is not bad. One final note on the trash. You will need to carry it out. The recommended place in Columbia Falls is open 8-5, and is free.
Very nice property and very well-kept. So peaceful on the back porch. It was nice to come back to solitude after a day at the park. Also, numerous trails/lakes to explore close to the cabin.
Thank you so much for your kind comments. We are very happy that you enjoyed your time at our lodge and exploring the area.
Beautiful Secluded Home
We loved this property more than any other we have ever stayed at. It is thoughtfully and beautifully decorated, it is near an entrance to the Park (Polebridge) that has easy access to Kintla and Bowman lakes. We enjoyed the merc and the saloon and enjoyed being away from it all. Our kids loved it! We want to come back someday!
In our travels we have stayed in remote locations and in very comfortable homes, but the Lodge was the first time we ever experienced both at the same time. This home is very well-constructed and solid with large, functional spaces and comfortable furnishings. And the owners have thought of every little detail from a fully-stocked library of books to clean windows to take in the views. During our visit the daytime temperatures were in the 90s and smoke was washing across the entire West, but it stayed comfortable and cool in the house. We experienced privacy, tranquility, and plenty of creatures running about in the field. We really enjoyed hanging out in Polebridge, only a short drive from the Lodge, as well as driving to Glacier and the National Forest. We had no problem with the owners' request that we conserve water and energy and doing so did not detract from the experience at all. In our view it's beyond luxurious to have hot and cold running water, a full stove, and climate control while off the grid. The owners clearly are very attached to their Lodge retreat and it shows in the impeccable quality - so we are grateful they were willing to share it with us!
Thank you Rachael for your kind review. We are so happy that you enjoyed it even though it wasn't under the greatest circumstances with all of the smoke in and around Glacier. We hope you can return another year when the area isn't plagued with the terrible fires.
A wonderful headquarters for this unique corner of American wilderness
Having long hoped to visit this wildest corner of the lower 48 states, it was a great pleasure to stay at Lupine Meadows. The home is the embodiment of what is great about the national parks at their best. The cabin (it is quite grand for that name) has a beautiful setting (the views across the meadow into the park!), meticulous design integrated into the environment, and is extremely well outfitted. The fact that the home was designed and cared for by long time Park rangers is clear. The love of Glacier is expressed in the home and the care of all the details is evident in all aspects. From the massive log supports of the soaring ceilings to the gorgeous river stones in the fireplace, the home is an extension of the classic Glacier aesthetic. However, it is also very thoughtfully outfitted, especially important given its distance from modern society. Many rentals look great in the photos, but have slapped together details. Here that is not the case at all. Even the kitchen knives were well-sharpened (almost never happens!). Polebridge itself is charming and lived up to expectations. We rafted the North Fork, ventured into the Park's backcountry, and even saw a wolf (in addition to to the usual, less mysterious natural cast of characters seen around Glacier). I am very grateful to the owners for sharing their home with us and allowing me to bring my family to this wonderful and unique corner of our great country.
Thank you so much Robert for taking the time to write such a detailed and glowing review. We are very pleased that the cabin/lodge met and exceeded your expectations and you got to experience Glacier's wonders. Glacier truly is a very special place in our country and seeing a wolf is a very rare treat.
The North Fork river area is an official wild and scenic area. Properties are off the grid and supply their own electricity. Glacier National Park is our front yard and the Whitefish range our backyard. Activities such as hiking, climbing, float trips, fishing, kayaking and canoeing abound.
The community of Polebridge is like visiting the old west. The Mercantile (on the historic register) is famous for its freshly baked huckleberry bear claws, cookies and hot sandwiches as well as a variety of keepsakes to remind you of your trip. (lodge owner sells her art in there). The Northern Lights Saloon serves delicious food as well as a variety of beer, wine and soft drinks.
There is a gas pump at the Mercantile but it is recommended that you fill up and do your grocery shopping in town for greater variety.