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Glacier Park Mountain House

Bedrooms Studio
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

2 bedrm house; wooded acre;views of GlacierPark/GreatBear Wilderness; river.

Private 1 acre wooded lot; peaceful retreat for large family of travelers - full sleeping loft upstairs, 20'x44' - warm bedding - balcony - forested acre, wild flowers, wildlife - river and beach 100 yards thru forest - Nestled between Glacier International Peace Park and Great Bear Wilderness on E/W, West and East Glacier Park entrances to N/S. Natural gas kitchen and heating - Gas grill - Satelite TV, VCR/VHS/DVD, WiFi internet - local phone only - Water supply is wonderful mountain well water, no additives. The community of Pinnacle has many mountain cabins with historic village of Essex 6 miles, and Amtrak Station - Fishing Access 100 yards - Paola Creek boat landing is 1/2 mile south; kayaking, rafting, exploring. Creeks, lakes and rivers abound. Golf course 20 miles north. Flathead and Whitefish Lakes 60+ miles.

My Glacier House is perfect for families to truly explore the wilderness.

More Details

My Glacier House
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2017

About My Glacier House

Your Hostess is a great lover of the wilderness, its animals, its weather, its preservation. I am a retired speech therapist of the Blackfoot Nation. I learned to skii and love the snow and adventures in Montana, 1970s. I'm an avid hiker, cross-country skiier, snowshoer, traveler. The trees, animals, mountains, rivers are my guardian.

I have lived in 18 countries teaching English as a Second Language, Speech Therapy. I have a daughter who is horse crazy, a whitewater raft guide, and an artist of wire and water color.

I hope travelers who wish to experience the wonders of nature, take adventures of self discovery, will make an inquiry with me.

My Glacier House purchased this house in 2004

Why My Glacier House chose Glacier Park

This rustic home is nestled between the forests of the Great Bear Wilderness and Glacier International Peace Park. My community is called Pinnacle, 6 miles north of the village of Essex. MyGlacierHouse lies 20 miles south of W. Glacier, 36 miles south and west of E. Glacier, perfect for the adventurer. Guests can easily visit Waterton Park on the Canadian side. Easy access to dining and spirits of all flavors, on the East or West. Crystal clear sky viewing-milkyway!

Amtrak arrival and car rental is 6 miles away.

What makes this house unique

The home is a two story log house, warm wood heat of winters and cool mountain breezes of summers. The house is naturally air conditioned by the cool nights of the summer which last all thru the 90 degrees of the summer day.

Wild strawberries, june berries and infamous huckleberry picking is available. Stars,planets and milkyway viewing; dazzling moonlit nights. Wildlife come to visit frequently viewed through 4 southern exposure windows, with caution and respect due to them by all visitors/occupants.

The hostess lives on the property in the apartment above the barn. Your privacy is greatly respected and undisturbed.

Walking access to river beach and fishing.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for allowing us to share your beautiful glacier house. We were able to do everything we planned during the day and come back to a comfortable, cozy retreat! Everything you provided certainly fulfilled our needs. Hope we meet again.
Jul 2016
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Essex House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , claw foot tub, pill box toilet, marble vessel sink
  • Towels, toilet paper, paper towels, tissue supplied.
  • Studio, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 queen , 2 queen air beds, full sleeping loft
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen , large sleeping loft with one privacy screen.
  • Full sleeping loft with one room divider upstairs. 2 single bed fold outs downstairs in main room. 1 queen sofa fold out downstairs in wood room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Glacier National Park; Flathead Lake; Whitefish summer and winter resort(60 miles away), golfing in West Glacier(20 miles away) or East Glacier (36 miles away), Bob Marshall Wilderness, Great Bear Wilderness, Middle Fork Flathead River with river beach 100 yards, fishing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, hiking, exploring.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Glacier Park Mountain House
average rating of 4.8 based on 20 reviews

The Perfect Home Base for Glacier National Park

  • 5 of 5

Where to begin? This could not be a more perfect base for a Glacier vacation! First, the beautiful log cabin! Second, the most gracious and lovely host, Penny! Lastly, it is perfectly situated to be able to indulge in the beauty of Glacier National Park. We visited and hiked 5 of the 7 regions of the park, easily coming "home" each night to this beautiful cabin. Fully equipped kitchen allowed us to make breakfast, pack trail lunches and enjoy wine by the fireplace while we made dinners. A little bit of heaven disguised as a VRBO!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, what can I say? I love living here and I'm so glad the guests have such a complete experience. I love sharing my house allowing people to enjoy the location, and Glacier International Peace Park. I feel truly lucky. Thanks to all.
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Good Time!

  • 5 of 5

We were very happy with our stay at Penny's Glacier house. It was relaxing and enjoyable to be surrounded by the beautiful logs of the cabin and Penny's antiques. She is a gracious host, and we enjoyed the special touch of the cut flowers each day.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I wish that all my guests enjoy the property and surrounding gardens, flowers. Next year there will be a shaded area for barbecuing and relaxing outdoors, after a day of adventure.
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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

A great cabin in Glacier Park

  • 4 of 5

My husband, mother, and friend stayed at My Glacier House the end of August thru the beginning of September. We enjoyed the cabin very much. First of all, it was very clean. The upstairs bedroom loft area has screens, but no real rooms. Perfect for groups and big families. The furniture is a lovely eclectic mix of antiques. Second, the location is just about halfway between East and West Glacier and we went both ways. We even traveled the 3 hours north to Canada's section of the park. Third, the owner, Penny, is usually puttering around her garden during the day, so she was available for questions and suggestions. Of course, the park is beautiful, but at the end of the day, it was great to get back to the comfort of the cabin and relax with a meal and a glass of wine.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Comfort, relaxation and glass of wine. Perfect way to spend your evening after spectacular Glacier International Peace Park. So glad you folks enjoyed the entire international peace park in your 10 days here. More groups need to discover the entire park in Canada and America. Amazing!
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Wonderful home!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful home away from home experience. The log house was exactly what you'd be looking for in a true Montana experience with all of the conveniences of a modern home. Penny, the homeowner, is a wonderful person. Although she lives in the property she gives you all of the privacy you want but is available if needed. She is a valuable resource for your outdoor adventures. We wouldn't hesitate to stay here again if we ever came back.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad I can help my guests enjoy their vacation, beyond providing a comfortable experience in my house. Their privacy and freedom are most important. Thanks for your glow.
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Had a great time!

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our experience - the house is really cute and Penny provided a heap of really helpful information. Very peaceful location to enjoy the Glacier national park from which.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for reflecting upon my good nature to be there for my guests. So greatly pleased you enjoyed the mountains and forests.
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A Rustic Cabin in the Woods

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at My Glacier house and Glacier National. We had never been west or to the mountains so it was very different to our way of life!

The mountain roads were a wee bit intimidating to me at first, but the views are stunning! Penny's cabin has cast iron skillets, a claw foot tub, and other cooking utensils that reminded me of my my great-grandmother's house! Penny showed my teenage daughters where to find the baking goods needed to make shortbread cookies. Take the time to talk with Penny about the area as she is a wealth of knowledge regarding her garden, the park, Montana and the Indian reservation. I liken it to a bed and breakfast experience where the host/hostess is so familiar with the culture--yet, we had our own cabin. I love to learn about the places we visit. The place is also eclectic. You will see antique farming equipment, abstract painting and Native American pieces.

Do realize that Glacier National is a large park. To get to West Glacier from the cabin is about 30 minutes, and to East Glacier is about 40-ish minutes. What this means is some locations such as Many Glacier can be an hour and a half drive. Just be aware. This is not due to the location of the cabin, rather the park itself. We spent a solid 8 days at Glacier and our family of five with three teenage children hiked 45 miles for an elevation gain of 7,000 feet! Not bad for Marylanders who live at sea level ;)

Here are some thoughts to help future visitors enjoy the cabin:

1. Find the mile marker on route 2. I believe it is near 172. The house is tricky the first time, but worth the peace and solitude. There are other houses around, so you are not alone!

2. When she says the Internet is is. She has books and games, but take time to bring things you love. We brought UNO, scrabble and I brought sketch books and watercolor. Likelihood is that you will spend breakfast and dinner at cabin, but take the time to wrangle your teens into some quality time.

3. We live at 39 feet of elevation at home. When starting at 3500 feet and hiking 2,000 ft elevation will be challenged, it is okay and the end result is great, but if not used to this, be prepared to have shortness of breath, maybe headaches. We all had mental breakdowns at some point at Logan's Pass which is like 6700 feet. Looking back, the complaints about insomnia and stuff may have been a tad bit due to elevation. This is probably normal and expected.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is great when guests can experience sensations beyond tourism. Elevated traveling requires some preparations at home. Wonderful family.
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Glacier Park Nordic Ski Resort, The Withrow House. Essex, MT
Centrally Located B/t East And West Glacier, This Is Your Home Away From Home.
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Flathead International Airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Issak Walton Inn
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Flathead Lake
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
West Glacier Golf Course
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Amtrak, Essex, Montana
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
hiway 2
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Izaak Walton Inn
Nearest Ski
6 Miles
Isaak Walton Historical Chalet/Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
On Middle Fork Flathead River,wild river corridor
Car: necessary

Glacier Park; Great Bear Wilderness; Jewel Basin; Bob Marshal Wilderness; wilderness backpacking, Guided Fishing, hiking trails, Rocky Mountain scenic experiences; Flathead River Drainage; River and Lake Beaches; Blackfoot Nation National Pow-Wow July; Rock Climbing; Whitewater Rafting/Kayaking; Nature Trails; Stargazing supreme; Trail Rides; Lake Kayaking; Big Fork Summer Playhouse; Whitefish Ski Resort; Whitefish Lake fishing and boating; Cross Country Ski Isaak Walton Inn; Golfing West Glacier; Bison Viewing; Elk, Deer, Moose, Linx, Mountain Lion, Grizzly Bear, Black and Brown Bear, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Loons, birds, birds, humming birds.


Rates & Availability

Essex House Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping $100 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 7.0%

Booking weekend stay Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday nights, rates are 300.00 a night. If you book for 5 nights or more including the weekend, the daily fees are $250.00 a night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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