It’s nearly summer and I’m so excited to pack up my car and go on a girls’ glamping road trip in Montana once the borders open up! I have been stuck at home more than usual, just like everyone else, and it feels like time to escape. The past few months have been horrible for the travel industry and pretty much all industries globally. I’m in the high-risk category and as a result, I will be staying closer to home and road-tripping in Canada as well as parts of the USA once the border opens up. I’m sure there will be many others doing post-COVID camping adventures as well because it’s easier to social distance in our vast parks.
When I think of “glamping”, Montana didn’t come to mind until I stayed at West Glacier RV Park & Cabins in the most perfect cottage plus we also took advantage of the end of season timing to book a campsite for the Airstream trailer! This newly built park is tucked in behind West Glacier Village and near the west entrance to Glacier National Park — the perfect location, and only a couple hours from the Alberta, Canada border.
The Park has full-service sites including fire pits and green space with a picnic table and free wifi and also includes a central bathroom with showers, laundry, a park for kids, a general store, and even a dog park! The management and staff have a rigorous set of hygiene and sanitation protocols in place so you don’t have to worry about your stay…you can simply enjoy your adventures.
I had the best sleep in my cabin. Though we were near West Glacier Village and the main entrance to Glacier National Park, I didn’t hear a thing! the Village is close enough to walk to from the Park, and also perfectly convenient for those of us who forget some camping necessities and groceries or simply want an ice cream cone. Each gorgeous cabin is outfitted with everything you need for your stay, just bring the food! Every detail was carefully planned from the fun yellow accents throughout to the matching dishes and a very comfortable bed. I was pleasantly surprised to find a full bathroom…something I typically look for and love to have a bubble bath…after a day outdoors — remember I am glamping!
When you need a break from your own cooking, like me, and don’t always have a chef swing by your trailer to cook you breakfast, there are a number of restaurant and café choices nearby. We feasted on some unique and delicious locally-sourced dishes at The Belton Chalet created by Chef Earl Reynolds. He also swung by our campsite and created the most delicious breakfast for us (pics above)! Most memorable for me was the crème brûlée with huckleberries and of course the huckleberry mojito!! You can see more dining options in my other post, “Autumn Road Trip: Exploring Glacier National Park, Montana”.
Of course, nothing beats sitting by the fire pit at night and cooking s’mores and roasting marshmallows. Here’s a basic s’mores recipe…give it a try or change up the ingredients to create your own! Tell me below how you create the perfect s’more!
Things to Do
The west entrance to Glacier National Park is literally minutes from our campsite along Going-to-the-Sun Road. There are miles and miles of hiking trails within the Park, lookouts with stunning views, and a day trip driving from western to eastern Glacier National Park along Going-to-the-Sun Road and exiting at St. Mary Village. Note that there is a vehicle size restriction along this road.
If you want to leave your vehicle at your campsite or cabin, you can take advantage of the public transportation and shuttles available, and explore without worrying about parking at the busy trailheads, ride to the Villages, and Lake McDonald. Great summer weather usually brings a lot of traffic so this may be the perfect way to pack up a picnic lunch and head out to explore the area.
If West Glacier RV Park & Cabins are booked up, check your options on the east side of Glacier National Park in my other post, “Autumn Road Trip: Exploring Glacier National Park, Montana”, just an hour and 45 mins away.
I recommend booking your stay well in advance as campsites will be booked fairly quickly. If you’d like more details on a glamping road trip in Montana, how to book your trip, and any more recommendations, please message me!