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Cindy got a great deal off Groupon for 3-night stays at the Izaak Walton Inn so we started our trip with a little cross-country skiing with Cindy, Tim, Linda and Kirk. It poured down rain the first day we got there but, we had a 2 hour break where Dave and I were able to get in a little skiing. they have quite a few fun little courses groomed for …
We got a late start out of our campsite after eating insta-meals--instant oatmeal and Starbucks coffee. We headed to the East side of the Park and Dad decided to drive around the southern route so we could see a change of scenery. On the way, we saw a neat hotel called the Izaak Walton Inn. It was the first hotel built by the Great Northern …
After my long and hot ride the day before, I set out from Kalispell near dawn and enjoyed a tailwind that sent me flying through Columbia Falls and onto West Glacier, which is the entrance to the Glacial National Park. Unfortunately, the road through the park which I was supposed to take which included many mountain passes and was 90m longer than …
... 8230; I settled for pictures. We then drove back around the south end of the park and back to our campsite.
What an amazing day! The drive is so awesome and so worth it. The beauty rivaled that of the drive over Beartooth Pass which Charles Kurault called the most beautiful highway in the world. The pictures don’t do it justice… sorry, it was the best I could do. Tomorrow begins the trek southward, to include Yellowstone and Grand Teton National ...
... a visit to the bar’s doorless restroom and an overdue game of ‘I have never’ later, we went home to bed.
On a night time trip to the restrooms, Alison and I found ourselves being stalked by a ‘wolf’, which may or may not have been a husky dog. Either way, we didn’t want to examine it too closely, and dived into our tent faster than we’d ever moved ...
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Great skiing, good food, friendly staff. We drove to the inn since it was part of a longer trip to a number of national parks but, one of the appeals of this location is taking the train right to the inn and back. A great winter retreat. I definitely need to go by train some time.
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We found this Inn when we drove around the southeast part of the Park. I like all the railroad stuff and would like to stay here one day.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Izaak Walton Inn Essex
Good value in a good location
The rooms are clean and well furnished. Memorabilia throughout the hotel is well worth seeing. The views toward trackside are about as good as they get, if you like trains (which we do). The staff is friendly and helpful, without exception. We thought the restaurant food was good and an excellent value, which is good since there aren't any nearby alternatives. Negatives: creaky floors so you hear every footstep above you. Considering the beautiful setting, nice summer climate, and attentive staff, the place is highly recommended.
[I found no reviews of this place before we went, so I wanted to be sure to inform people of this GREAT place!]
We spent three nights at the Izaak Walton in mid-February in the "green" caboose and had a nice time. The price was a little steep for the quality of the accomodations ($675 for 3 nights) but the unique nature of staying in a caboose made up for it (for us at least). Our caboose had a kitchen/dining area in one half, a loft area with double mattress in the cupola, a lavatory with shower under the loft bed, and double bed in the back half. The kitchen was stocked with dishes, glasses, pots, pans, small refrigerator, small gas stove, etc. - what we needed to prepare and serve all of our meals. Some general comments: The loft bed would probably be a great place for kids to hang out and sleep but the ceiling is a little low to be a comfortable bed for adults, though we spent afternoons reading up there. Nice view, cozy space. The lavatory and shower are very small. There is a gas furnace to keep the caboose warm but it was pretty noisy and worked better at keeping the kitchen area warm than "bedroom". It is about a quarter mile walk to the Inn and some folks may find it strenuous/difficult in the snow. You cannot drive to the cabooses in the winter but the Inn will shuttle you back and forth when you arrive and depart. Maybe other times too - we didn't check. The cross country ski trails go right by the cabooses so for skiing or snowshoeing a caboose is more convenient than the Inn. Bring what you'll need - Essex is pretty remote. Overall our caboose was showing it age but was comfortable and unique. We will stay there again.
3rd visit in 2 mths
One might suggest that three visits to the Inn in less than three months is a bit much. It isn't. The quiet. The serenty. The food. The staff. The mountains. Did I say the quiet?
The Izaak Walton Inn is an unusual, unique and delightful experience, especially if you arrive by Amtrak. They mean it when they say the train stops at the Inn's door.
One of the best bits is that every morning at 8:45 the Amtrak goes by traveling east. The Inn's staff are all on the veranda waving at the passing train. They sure don't do that at the Holiday Inn.
A Most Amazing Place
This beautifully restored building and its unique railroad surroundings make this inn one of the most wonderful my family and I have ever stayed in. The rooms were nicely decorated and spotless. The mountain environment is wonderful. Its location makes it easy to access Glacier Park from the east or west and the nearby scenery is in itself fabulous. The food in its dining room restaurant was excellent while the cozy surroundings were very personal. I look foreward to experiencing its charms in the winter since there are fewer summer destinations that I could hope to return to with such pleasure. With its own train whistle stop, arrival via rail is a great experience. Provision of a rental vehicle on site is a great convenience. The staff was very helpful and accomodating.
A rainy day in the park
Although we visited Glacier in August, we encountered a beautiful rain storm that blew shrouds of clouds in and around the mountains. The green got cleaner and it was lovely. Due to being a bit "housebound" we enjoyed the amenities of the lodge...bar, restaurant, ping pong, library, pool table and with those activities met new friends who were also keeping dry.
It was not my first trip to Essex (the first was a honeymoon several years ago!), and hopefully not my last. I was most recently there in the winter and wholeheartedly recommend a trip by train for cross-country skiing, big fires and a quieter pace.
Would definitely return here!
A charming place to visit and relax! Rooms are comfortable but not fussy. It was nice having no telephone, television or computer hookups. A real getaway. Staff was accommodating and friendly, food was very good. Swinging on either porch and watching the hummingbirds was a real treat! The trains going by at odd hours wasn't disturbing at all but so interesting - especially watching the "helper" engines with the freight trains. Recommend this place strongly.
A Great Time at the Inn
Our family took Amtrak to and from the inn. We had a great time. Being a railfan, I really enjoyed watching all of the railroad action, literally, at the front door. Our room was very nice and the staff and the food were excellent. Our eight year old daughter didn't miss the lack of a television at all, since there were so many other activities available. I would definitely stay at the lodge again and highly recommend it to others.
A great hideway... Outstanding atmosphere
The Inn is an warm welcoming lodge with no clocks, no radios and big comfortable overstuffed chairs by a roaring fire. The lodge is roomy with plenty of things to do. It is kid-friendly. I took my 6-year old son for a four-day cross-country ski trip and he had a blast! The staff is friendly, compenent and quick.
We rode the Empire Builder train from Seattle which dropped us off in front of the lodge. Very cool.
It was a great time, rode AmTrak out and back. Staff of the hotel was great. Stayed in the B&N caboose. Great place for train and nature nuts. Rented a car and drove to the park and Whitefish, another great place for train nuts. Great resturant in hotel Would go back in a heartbeat