Designed For Communal Fun & Decadent Relaxation
Glacier Bear Retreat is a spectacular property with a main 4 bedroom/3.5 bath luxury home AND a 2 bedroom/1 bath guest house, located INSIDE Glacier National Park on the west side of Lake McDonald. With an outdoor fire pit, 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 or worry about obtaining a Going-to-the-Sun Road pass when access is limited in the summer season.
With the fully stocked bar and rec room, bathroom amenities like soap, shampoo and bubble bath, and the warm, cozy down comforters, we want you to feel like you’re at home, yet feel spoiled at the same time.
With three bedrooms and a bunk room in the main house, Glacier Bear Retreat can easily accommodate 11 people. For 2023 reservations the guest house is included in the booking price, for dates from 5/15 to 9/15. Between both homes, 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.
Luxurious Amenities & Accommodations
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. You’ll also find our complete collection of the classic Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, as well as more recent novels, in the mezzanine bookshelf.
The lower level Rec and Media Rooms are your recreation destination with a large flatscreen television, an 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 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 or your AT&T or Verizon mobile phone.
The Guest House
The guest house with 2 additional bedrooms and another bathroom allows larger family groups to bring up to 15 guests.
The guest house is ONLY available from 5/15 to 9/15 and is added to each summer reservation. If the guest house is included, two cleaning fees will be charged.