Built in 1914, Lake McDonald Lodge faced its namesake lake to greet arriving boat passengers. Today, visitors arrive via car or bus to enter through its back door. Despite the changed entry, this iconic Glacier National Park lodge still oozes historic charm.
In the lobby, a stone fireplace commands the focal point. Overhead, the ceiling vaults three stories. Wildlife trophy specimens from pre-park hunting days adorn interior balconies. Outside, wicker rockers line the back porch overlooking the lake.
The lodge complex opens late May through late September. You can stay in one of four types of rooms: main lodge rooms, cottage rooms, upscale suites, and hostel rooms. The latter have shared bath-shower facilities. Some rooms have lake views.
In the lodge, Russell’s Fireside Dining Room serves meals lit by replicas of Native American lanterns. The menu includes vegetarian, organic, healthy and gluten-free options. Opposite the lodge, Jammer Joe’s Grill and Pizzeria is a good family option.