In West Glacier, Belton Chalet looks like an import from Switzerland. In 1910, the chalet first opened when Glacier became a national park. At that time, hostesses dressed as Swiss milkmaids greeted train riders when they arrived. Today, the renovated hotel retains its historic charm.
The collection of chalets is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The main chalet houses a restaurant and cozy taproom. Dining also spills out onto the deck. The restaurant and taproom serve eclectic appetizers, Asian-inspired dishes and full American dinners. Bison meatloaf is the house specialty. The taproom features local brews and regional wines. Open seasonally, the chalet has dining daily in summer and weekends in winter.
In the upper lodge, a large stone fireplace warms the small lobby. Two floors of historic rooms still retain push-button lights. But the original closets have been remodeled into baths with showers. Nine balcony rooms have wicker rockers for enjoying sunsets. The upper lodge is only open in summer. But the complex also rents two historic cabins year-round.
Across the road from the chalet, Amtrak has a depot, making train arrivals easy. Inside the park, Lake McDonald is also only two miles away.