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Stunning Luxury Home IN Glacier National Park with Hot Tub, Pool Table & More!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom/3.5 Bath: Stay INSIDE One of Our Most Amazing Parks & Avoid the Lines!

Glacier Bear Retreat is a spectacular private residence, located INSIDE the Glacier National Park West Entrance, on the west side of Lake McDonald and just a short 7-minute walk to Apgar Village. This storybook cottage, built in 2013, has 4 bedrooms and can easily accommodate 9 people. (Please contact us if you have more than 9 people in your party to discuss options.) You’ll have special rooms for gathering together and cozy nooks for private time, in the perfect combination of indoor and outdoor living. With an outdoor fire pit, brand new hot tub, pool table, dartboard, hammocks, bicycles, yoga mats and more, you'll have everything you need for a perfect vacation when you stay at Glacier Bear Retreat!

Located on almost an acre of private property with Fish Creek and Apgar Creek flowing through the property, Glacier Bear is a quiet, private and peaceful haven. Aptly named “Retreat”, Glacier Bear is perfect for nature-loving families who are looking for a quiet place to reconnect with the natural beauty of Glacier National Park. (If you’re looking for a party house, this isn’t the place for you.)

In the more than 1,000,000 acres that comprise Glacier National Park, there are only 124 private landowners, and combined, these parcels equal less than 300 acres. Owning a home inside Glacier is rare; staying in one as a guest is even more so. And because you'll be staying inside the park, you won't need to wait in long lines - sometimes over an hour long - to get through the entrance station every day, letting you relax the entire time you're on vacation!

**Luxurious Amenities & Accommodations Over Three Floors**

This storybook cottage in the woods was designed and built as the perfect place to create memories, so your Glacier holiday is one of your best vacations ever.

From the welcome basket waiting for you, to the fully stocked bar and rec room, we want you to feel like you’re on vacation. From bathroom amenities like soap, shampoo and bubble bath, to the warm, cozy down comforters, we want you to feel like you’re at home.

The main floor contains the Great Room, the Dining Room, the Chef’s Kitchen, the Lazy Bear Master Suite with private bath, a powder room, and a hallway with reading nook and library shelves. Most of these books came from the original Grist home and date back as far as the early 1800’s. You are welcome to enjoy them with care while you’re here. From the main level you can also easily access the screened porch for outdoor grilling, dining or simply relaxing.

The upper level contains the Grist Room queen bedroom, the Bunk Room, a shared bathroom, and a small desk on the mezzanine above the Great Room.

The lower level Rec Room is your recreation destination with a Olhausen pool table, a dart board and our beautiful custom built bar, showcasing local Montana spirits and beers as well as fine wines from California, Oregon and Washington. The adjacent Media Room has a large flatscreen television and a selection of movies for your enjoyment. With two large Xorbee couches, you'll feel so cocooned in comfort you won't want to get up! And if you'd like to meditate or do some yoga, it's easy to create the space you need. The Garden Room queen bedroom and a separate bathroom finish off the level.

You can also experience Glacier’s beauty just by walking outside from the main level. Our wraparound screened porch has a large dining table with plenty of seating as well as a high quality gas grill. Outdoor living at Glacier Bear Retreat is as good as it gets - we have 6 bicycles, 2 closed kayaks, hammocks, yoga mats, a large fire pit, and even your own “private island” with picnic table all available for your use. Plus, our brand new Caldera hot tub is perfect for relaxing after a long day of hiking!

Upstairs or downstairs, indoors or out, you can be as connected as you want to be, whether that’s not at all or in touch with family, friends, or others using our fast wifi network, our landline with unlimited US long-distance calls, or your AT&T or Verizon mobile phone.

**Your Perfect Home Base For Glacier National Park**

Glacier Bear Retreat is perfectly located as your base for exploring the wonders of Glacier National Park. Just steps away from breathtaking Lake McDonald, you can fill your day with recreational boating (rentals available), swimming, or photographing the range of mountain peaks that frame the lake. You’re a few minutes walk from the town of Apgar, where you can grab a morning coffee, an ice cream, enjoy the offerings of the café or shop in the gift shops. We’re also connected to miles of paved trails leading into the town of West Glacier (about 3 miles away), so you’ll have ample opportunities for easy hiking and mountain biking too. Or, just hang out by the stream or on the screened porch, pick huckleberries, curl up in the window seat and read a book, or just rest, relax and enjoy the beauty that is Glacier Bear Retreat.

Drive the Going to the Sun Road for a host of photographic and hiking options. We’re happy to recommend guides for horseback riding, white water rafting, helicopter tours, fly-fishing and other recreational activities too. And, if you’re not interested in driving, you’re only a short walk from the Apgar transportation center where you can enjoy a ride on the historic Glacier Red Cars or take the free shuttle bus throughout the Park. A week simply won’t be enough time to enjoy all that Glacier Bear Retreat has to offer!

**Reserve Your Dates Before It's Too Late!**

Glacier Bear Retreat is a one-of-a-kind property. Rarely are properties INSIDE of Glacier National Park ever made available for others to enjoy. We’re opening our home to a select few families - and we’re looking to build relationships with repeat guests.

We take reservations well in advance and it’s not uncommon for Glacier Bear Retreat to be fully booked during the park’s peak weeks in July and August by early spring. We already have several weeks booked for 2017! If you are interested in creating memories at Glacier for your family or friends, we highly recommend you get in touch today.

**Winter Getaways**

Glacier Bear Retreat is available year round in all seasons. However, the snow season offers a unique opportunity to experience a remote retreat, as the road to Glacier Bear is closed from around January 1st-March 15th, depending upon the weather. (This means that you’ll have to walk 2/10th of a mile to access the property in the wintertime, but it will be totally private and oh so beautiful!) Imagine spending a week at a warm, cozy “Currier and Ives” storybook cottage in the woods… writing your next novel, brainstorming your next business idea, or just relaxing by the fire reconnecting with friends and family. For those who love the snow, snowman building, snowshoeing and cross country skiing are available right from your front door. Snowmobiling tours are available 15 minutes away, outside the Park.

More Details

Property Manager
Gail Goodwin
Member since: 2011
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2018

About Gail Goodwin

My name is Gail Lynne Goodwin, and I'm known as the founder and Ambassador of Inspiration for InspireMeToday. I love to share inspiration with others and to be inspired!

In 2013 we purchased a rustic cabin, built by the Park ranger for Glacier National Park, in 1947. We wanted to keep the original structure, but as it hadn't been lived in for more than 40 years, we found it impossible. So, we lovingly removed the old home, and designed and built Glacier Bear Retreat- a brand new 3100 sq. ft. home.

It was my dream to create a Hansel and Gretel storybook cottage, while at the same time, respect the natural surroundings and tradition of Glacier National Park. We believe that it's important to take time to reconnect with what really matters in life, and we built Glacier Bear for families to do just that.

Gail Goodwin purchased this house in 2013

Why Gail Goodwin chose West Glacier

Wait until you see Glacier Bear Retreat, and you'll understand. There's nothing quite like it! From the rugged beauty of the lake and mountains, to the peace and tranquility of the property, complete with two streams and soaring cedar trees, we believe Glacier Bear Retreat will capture your heart as it has captured ours.

Whether you're relaxing on a hammock or watching the stream go by, roasting a marshmallow on the fire or enjoying a cocktail on the enclosed porch, we've designed Glacier Bear with your comfort in mind.

In the winter time, being at Glacier Bear is like living in a Currier and Ives postcard... so peaceful and oh so beautiful!

What makes this house unique

Location, location, location.

This is the best of both worlds- in that Glacier Bear Retreat is a magnificent home, AND it's located INSIDE of Glacier National Park. Not a mile away, or a ten minute drive like a lot of other listings- it's IN the park. You'll sleep snugly in your luxurious surroundings, with the full splendor of Mother Nature at your doorstep.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in West Glacier, Montana

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Rural
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower enclosure , Twin vanity sinks
    Second Floor Bath - toilet , bath with shower , Twin vanity sinks. Shared by the two second floor bedrooms.
    Main Level Powder Room - toilet
    Lower Level Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure , This bathroom is off the rec room & serves the lower bedroom
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Main Floor Master Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Second Floor Queen Bedroom - 1 large double bed
    Second Floor Bunk Room - 2 double bed , 1 single bed , 2 double bunks and a twin bed - ideal for the kids!
    Lower Level Queen Bedroom - 1 large double bed
  • All bedrooms are appointed with luxurious sheets and cozy Three Dog Down comforters.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
We want to help you create the very best holiday of your life and leave well-rested, with memories to last until you return the following year. Please let us know how we can help you with planning and with any special requests. We're here to help!


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Stunning Luxury Home IN Glacier National Park with Hot Tub, Pool Table & More!
average rating of 4.970588 based on 34 reviews
Fort Atkinson, WI

Amazing location near Lake McDonald. Very well appointed in all areas. Gail was incredibly helpful!

  • 5 of 5

Glacier Bear Retreat is tucked beautifully into GNP. The home is well appointed in all areas – beautiful outdoor hot tub and fire pit. Proximity to the park and nearby towns is a plus. Not a single detail is overlooked in the home. Wonderful dining area, fireplace, game room, bar, and TV/movie area. And while the house is great, our host Gail was beyond hospitable. Gail provided us with numerous recommendations...including restaurants, the best hikes/experiences in the park, and ways to make the most of our outdoor vacation. I would highly recommend this property and working with Gail to anyone looking to explore GNP and the surrounding area. Absolutely a five-star experience from beginning to end :-)

  • Review Submitted: 01/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our pleasure to host you and your friends. We love sharing our little slice of heaven with our guests and truly enjoy offering suggestions for everything from hikes, photo expeditions, dining options, etc. We're so grateful to live in such a beautiful place and when we share it with others, it reminds us just how lucky we are. We look forward to welcoming you and your friends back to Glacier Bear Retreat again, or perhaps to Snow Bear Chalets at Whitefish Mountain Resort. You are welcome in one of our Montana Bear Properties any time!
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Surrounded by beauty!

  • 5 of 5

This luxurious cabin-like home is great for large families and groups who want to be right in the action at Glacier National Park! As photographers, we didn't have to wonder far from the house to see stunning views of Lake McDonald. Being inside the park, you can get to most of the popular sights with minimal travel time and effort compared to traveling from neighboring towns. The house has a nice central fireplace to gather around and an outdoor hot tub to soak in after a long day of hiking! There were plenty of things to do at the house (pool table, media room, bar, etc) for when you have down time and cozy warm beds to sleep in. Thank you for a great time filled with adventures and relaxation at Glacier Bear!

  • Review Submitted: 12/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Luxurious and relaxed at the same time!

  • 5 of 5

Our group stayed here during the middle of October and loved it! This home accomodated us so well whether using as a staging ground to explore the beauty of Glacier or to lap up the luxuries of the bar and game room or the upscale kitchen and great room. What a place!

  • Review Submitted: 29/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us. We're so happy to hear that your group had such a great time. We love to see friends come together to share this amazing space and create life-long memories. We look forward to hosting you again soon!
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Magnificent property inside West Glacier!

  • 5 of 5

Glacier Bear is the perfect property to visit year-round. We had a group of ten that the house accommodated easily. Every ammenity imaginable to make our stay truly memorable. Easy access to phenomenal hiking trails and spectacular vistas only enhanced the experience. This was our first trip to Glacier and when we return “Glacier Bear” will again be our home of choice!

  • Review Submitted: 24/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Saint Augustine

Welcome to your happy place ...

  • 5 of 5

Vacay ... rest, relax, disconnect and be pampered. Snow Bear Retreat will offer all of that and more. With 4 couples, we had luxury accommodations for all with a gourmet kitchen, fire pit, hot tub, deck, heated mattresses, heated bath floors, fabulous game room, and a spectacular location. You are actually inside Glacier National Park and easy access to all that the park has to offer. The property was immaculate and well appointed with high end appliances, linens, and an attention to detail. We hope that all our friends can have the chance to experience this very, very special spot.

  • Review Submitted: 23/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your great review Jackie. We loved hosting your group at Glacier Bear Retreat and at Snow Bear Chalets too! (I think you meant to say Glacier Bear in the first sentence of this review, but got confused with our other property, Snow Bear). We too think that Glacier Bear is a pretty special spot. It offers such privacy, rest and relaxation in our somewhat hectic world, and does so in one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. Thanks again for staying with us and we're already looking forward to hosting you again soon!
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana

What a beautiful place to relax and unwind!

  • 5 of 5

I have never encountered such an accommodating host! Gail was most helpful during the booking process of this vacation. My husband is disabled and I let Gail know this when I booked. Once we got close to the time of our vacation, I asked her if she would get us a shower stool and she replied that she had already done so. She went above and beyond to make our vacation one of the best we've ever had. The house is beautiful and comfortable. Being inside Glacier National Park, a gorgeous park with breathtaking scenery, was such a bonus. We took drives most days and walked the accessible trails and were so impressed with the beauty and grandeur of the park. We definitely came home with our batteries recharged!

Thanks Gail and Darryl!!

  • Review Submitted: 16/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Terri. It was such a pleasure to host you and your family, and great to share both Glacier and Snow Bear Chalets with all of you. Thanks again for staying with us and we're already looking forward to the next time!
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
FCA - Glacier Park International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
West Glacier
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
West Glacier
Nearest Train
2 Miles
West Glacier, MT (Amtrak Station)
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
MT Hwy 2, at the entrance to West Glacier, MT
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
West Glacier
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Whitefish Mountain
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Lake McDonald
Car: necessary

'I wouldn't trade one square mile of Glacier for all of the other parks put together. The vast valleys that you look down into, and the unbelievably great peaks and ridges rising above you, and the hidden passes and the surprising banks of snow, and the incongruous meadows on the high flats and the tumbling white streams, and the flowers and the silent little lakes around a bend- all have an isolation and a calm majesty that to me make Glacier Park more than just a place', wrote Ernie Pyle in a 1935 story in Home Country. Those who have experienced the magnificence of Glacier will agree.

Glacier National Park is the undisputed 'Crown of the Continent'. Its glaciers ascend steep peaks where mountain goats hike with you. Acres of lush green meadows plunge down jagged pinnacles, exposing some of the world's oldest stones. Waterfalls roar, ice cracks, indigenous grizzly bears and wolves roam the landscape, while bighorn sheep graze in the meadows. Two wild and scenic rivers splash along the park boundaries at 3,150 feet in elevation, making the six peaks over 10,000 feet appear to soar into the sky.

Slicing through the heart of Glacier is the infamous 'Going to the Sun Road'. As the park's biggest attraction, this road leads drivers on a skinny cliff shimmy into the craggy alpine, complete with wildflower wonderlands dancing with glaciers, waterfalls, mountain goats and to-of-the-world trails.

More than 700 miles of trails wind through Glacier's remote wilderness, making it a hiker's paradise. As the Crown of the Continent, the park's glaciers fuel North American's major rivers, with water from Glacier tumbling to Hudson Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and to the Pacific.

Glacier National Park has more than one million acres of wilderness, yet it contains less than 100 private cabins, together comprising less than 300 acres. It is the ultimate in privacy.

Glacier Bear Retreat is the first private in-holding in Glacier to have been sold in more than 24 years. We feel incredibly fortunate to have been in the right place at the right time, and due to that privilege, we also feel an obligation to share this little slice of heaven with other like-minded nature lovers who are looking to create a tradition in their families too.

We welcome you to share this rugged slice of nature's best.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in West Glacier, Montana

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Standard Rate
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add AU$134 per night, per additional guest
High Season
30 Jun 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add AU$134 per night, per additional guest
Standard Rate
8 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add AU$134 per night, per additional guest
Low Season
29 Sep 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add AU$134 per night, per additional guest
High Season
15 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
Off Season
5 Jan 2019 - 3 May 2019
4 night minimum stay
Low Season
4 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
4 night minimum stay
Standard Rate
1 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
High Season
29 Jun 2019 - 6 Sep 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Standard Rate
7 Sep 2019 - 27 Sep 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Low Season
28 Sep 2019 - 13 Dec 2019
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add AU$134 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$2,015.85
Cleaning fee per visit AU$470.36

Rates are subject to change until confirmed. Higher holiday rates will apply - email owner for specific dates/rates.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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