We hated to leave Many Glacier Hotel but we were going to travel the famous “Going to the Sun Road” so I was excited. It was even more beautiful than I could have imagined. We passed the Lake McDonald Lodge on our way to the Village Inn at Apgar where we were staying. It wasn’t long after unpacking that we ventured back up to the Lake McDonald Lodge. I want to visit as many of the national park lodges as possible. This one didn’t disappoint. It looked, to me, to be in far better shape than the other lodges we have seen. This is a beautiful lodge with lots of fancy woodworking and craftsman details. The first thing we noticed on the way in was the red tour buses that you see all over Glacier National Park. They are kept spotless.
The general store was a fancy building with beautiful details.
The front of Lake McDonald Lodge faces the lake because back in 1914 the people arrived by boat. So even though you enter from the road side now, it is the back of the lodge. A fancy backside if you ask me!
In the photo below is the front side where people arrived by boat and made their way up the hill. You can’t see it in this photo but the front is full of beautiful plantings of flowers and stonework.
Here is some woodworking details of the outside trim on the lodge.
It all looked freshly painted and very neat. The gardens were gorgeous!
A resting area in front of the lodge overlooking Lake McDonald.
Part of the log construction.
More of the log construction details.
The view of Lake McDonald from the front of the lodge.
The front door of the lodge.
This has to be one of the best maintained of the early lodges of the park system. I was really impressed! I’ll soon be posting the photos and videos of the inside of this lodge.