Imagine A Place Where Time Stands Still…

Where breathtaking scenery abounds… where “the neighbors” are deer, moose, mountain lions, bears, bighorn sheep and mountain goats… where your morning “workout” is hiking up a mountain.

A place rugged yet luxurious, remote yet easy to reach, wild yet whimsical… a place where you’re invited to take the time to reconnect with that greater part of you.

This is Glacier Bear Retreat, a luxury vacation rental inside Glacier National Park!

Designed For Communal Fun & Decadent Relaxation

Glacier Bear Retreat is a spectacular 4 bedroom/3.5 bath luxury home located INSIDE Glacier National Park on the west side of Lake McDonald. 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.)

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. And because you’ll be staying inside the park, you’ll be able to relax the entire time – no need to wait in the long lines at the entrance station every day!

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.

With three bedrooms and a bunk room, Glacier Bear Retreat 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.

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.

Reserve Your Dates Before It's Too Late!

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. If you are interested in creating memories at Glacier for your family or friends, we highly recommend you get in touch today.

Luxurious Amenities & Accommodations Over Three Floors

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 and our beautiful custom built bar, showcasing local Montana spirits and beers as well as fine wines from California, Oregon and Washington. 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. With a brand new hot tub, hammocks, a large fire pit, and even your own “private island”, outdoor living at Glacier Bear Retreat is as good as it gets.

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.

The Great Room

Great Room - Cozy Recliners

The Great Room has reclining leather seating, a beautiful Montana Moss rock fireplace and soaring 18′ ceilings. It connects to the kitchen and dining room creating a large open space living area.

The Dining Room

Dining Room

A centerpiece of Glacier Bear, the dining room has a round table that seats 8 and has a built-in Lazy Susan. Surrounded by tall windows, you’ll feel like you’re dining al fresco!

The Chef’s Kitchen

Chef's Kitchen with Island

Fully equipped kitchen with custom countertops and a 3′ x 7′ island/bar with 3 stools. This large prep and eating area faces both the dining room and the great room offering lots of open space.

The Lazy Bear Suite

Lazy Bear Master Suite

The Lazy Bear Master Suite with king bed is conveniently located on the main level and has a double vanity private bath and walk-in closet. It connects to the exterior screened porch.

The Grist Room

Grist Room

The Grist Room is an upper level queen bedroom that sleeps 2 guests and honors the history of the original Grist home with furniture and photos. It shares the double vanity upper bath.

The Bunk Room

The Bunk Room

This upper level bedroom with shared bath sleeps 5 guests in two bunked double/full beds and a twin bed. The expansive windows make you feel as if you’re in a treehouse.

The Garden Room

Garden Room

The lower level Garden Room with its lovely custom built headboard sleeps two in a cozy, comfortable queen bed. The two ground level windows offer views to the front and to the side of the house.

The Rec Room

Rec Room Darts

The Rec Room is a place for friendly competition and great fun! With an Olhausen pool table, professional dart board, and our beautiful custom bar, you’ll love hanging out here.

Outdoor Living

Firepit and Hot Tub

With a screened wraparound porch, a brand new hot tub with seating for five, two cozy hammocks, a fire pit with eight chairs, and your own “private island”, it’s a wonder you’ll ever spend time indoors!

Your Perfect Home Base For Glacier National Park

Regardless of the season, Glacier Bear Retreat is perfectly located 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), fishing, swimming, or photographing the range of mountain peaks that frame the lake.

You’re only 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 browse 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, make yummy s’mores, 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.

Better than The Four Seasons!

We have traveled near and far, from Maine to Spain, and we have never experienced anything as fantastic as Glacier Bear Retreat. Before we even arrived, Gail sent tons of useful info (hiking trails, etc) and when I asked questions (where can I bike?) she called with detailed explanations. During our stay she made herself 100% available and was like a 24/7 concierge.

The house itself was phenomenal with top-of-the-line everything....automated reclining sofas, heated beds (seriously!), thick down comforters. Everything we needed was there...wood for the fire pit; a well stocked pantry; citronella candles to detract bugs.

We had a fantastic vacation. Obviously the area is gorgeous and very worth visiting- but Gail and Glacier Bear Retreat made it out-of-this-world. My kids are already asking when we can return!

Katie D.

Perfect House in the Perfect Location!

Our family of 6 spent last week at Glacier Bear retreat and loved every minute of it! The house was perfect for our family with the bunk room and the two other bedrooms. Gail has thought of everything as far as amenities go! A s'more basket greeted us and there were plenty of staples in the pantry and fridge so return trips to the store were not necessary. We loved being in the park and able to jump in the car and be the first ones to the trailheads in the mornings. After long days of hiking, the cabin was the perfect place to grill out and unwind! Gail was also very helpful with planning of our day hikes. She is very knowledgable about the area and had good suggestions. The house also has a wealth of information in books and maps which helped us figure out the area. The location, house and hospitality could not have been better! When we return to Glacier, we will definitely stay in Glacier Bear Retreat. Thanks for an awesome week!

Beverley H.

Beautiful home, perfect location!

Our family of 9 had an amazing vacation at Glacier Bear Retreat! The home was beautiful and comfortable, just the right layout and size for the amount of people we had. The house was very clean, and Gail went above and beyond in providing all that we would need and in her communications with us. Being located in Glacier National Park was wonderful, because we had easy access to all this breathtaking park has to offer. The property itself was so peaceful. We enjoyed the sound of the creek and evenings around the fire pit. The wrap around screened in porch was wonderful for reading, relaxing, and having meals. This was easily one of our best vacations ever!!

Mary M.

Perfect Family Reunion!

I can't imagine a more perfect location for a family reunion! A large, beautiful, fully equipped home right in the middle of Glacier National Park! If I had to choose...sitting around the fire pit each night was my favorite memory. Stars overhead shining brilliantly, a glass of wine in my hand, and dear family to my left and right...I miss it already! Thanks to the owners for the incredible hospitality and for making sure every possible need is met! We will be back!
Stephanie G.

Glacier Bear Retreat is AWESOME!!

Glacier Bear Retreat is the ideal place for vacation! It was our home for the week and it had ALL the comforts of home and then some! We were greeted with a welcome sign with our name on and a basket of goodies. We felt so comfortable and relaxed and being inside the park was an added BLESSING; we didn't have traffic to deal with getting into the park each day. The views are just breathtaking!! It is just a short walk to Lake McDonald and it looks like a postcard view!! We loved the "camp fire" area; what an amazing place to relax after a long day. Loved looking up into the big Montana sky and seeing all the star. The house is very cozy with the fireplace and the bedrooms are very "roomy" with plenty of space to put your personal items. We didn't have to live out of a suitcase! I would recommend Glacier Bear to anyone dreaming of a vacation in Glacier!!!
Kathy P.

Incredible Home in a Majestic Park!!!!!

From the first moment Gail reached out to me after putting in my VRBO request, I knew this was going to be a special place. I wanted to take my mom on a memorable mother and daughter trip and was hoping to find some luxury accommodations for us to stay in Glacier Park. Not only were we greeted with extreme warmth and hospitality, but to have the opportunity to stay in a 5 star accommodation inside of Glacier Park which never existed until this listing made me very grateful and excited! This newly built sanctuary is truly incredible from the comfy beds to the chefs kitchen and beautiful decor that fills the home with beautiful energy. I was so ecstatic to have found this home on VRBO, as I probably would have decided not to visit Glacier Park and would have missed out on one of the world's most incredible examples of raw natural beauty. It was just as or even more picturesque than my visits to the Swiss Alps. I am so happy that I got to experience the beauties and wonders of Glacier Park, which I will cherish and remember for a lifetime. I can't wait to come back for another visit and share the this special place with more of my family!!!
Kristina P.