Traveler's Rest Lodge, East Glacier Park, Montana


T.R. can stand for a lot of things. Teddy Roosevelt. Total Recall. Tootsie Roll. It's also my brother-in-law's initials. 

In this case, the giant T R letters on the big red barn stand for Traveler's Rest. Just like those signs that people have in their homes, urging you to Eat or to Live, Laugh, and Love, this place is encouraging you to Rest.

Also to Welcome, Relax, and Enjoy. First I'll show you where you're going to Enjoy, and then I'll show you where you're going to Relax and Rest.

This is Montana's Glacier National Park.

Here you can enjoy hiking, cycling, camping, and picture-taking.

You can also enjoy fishing and boating on Two Medicine Lake and Upper Two Medicine Lake.

After enjoying the park's scenery and amenities, head to the red barn at the far left in the photo below. It's the Traveler's Rest's bunkhouse, otherwise known as the Big Red Barn.

The barn is an old granary, moved to the site and re-assembled by the current owners in 2002. Part of the main floor is used as workshop space.

The the other half of the main floor houses the Cowboy Cabin with a full kitchen, queen bed, and sleeping loft with a twin bed.

The upper two floors of the barn are the Summit Suite, with a separate outside entrance and rooftop barn top deck. It also has a full kitchen, gas fireplace, and a queen bedroom tucked up into the loft.

In addition to the barn suites, there are six cabins on the property.

Four cabins, the Bullhead Lodge, Caribou, Silvertip,  and Two Medicine, each sleep two people with one queen bed. Their decor is similar to the barn suites. They each have a kitchenette, full bath, dining area, gas fireplace and covered porch.

This is the Bullhead Lodge cabin:

It's named after the cabin owned by artist Charles (Charlie) M. Russell (1864-1926). Russell's cabin was built in 1906 "nestled among the cedar, fir, and tamarack along the shoreline of beautiful Lake McDonald" before it became part of Glacier National Park.

He's well-known for his paintings of cowboys and Native Americans and for his bronze sculptures, but during his summer retreats to the park he created paintings and sculpture from moss, bark, and other natural materials gathered from the woods.

Fittingly, his Traveler's Rest cabin namesake features plenty of natural elements too:

If it were mine, I'd be tempted to spruce it up even more, like this:

Of course there would be a Charlie Russell landscape painting on that left wall.

The other two cabins, Gunsight Pass and Triple Divide, sleep four people, with two queen beds tucked up next to the fireplaces. (Maybe it should be named Double Divide).

There's also an owner's suite:

All together, it's considered a ten bedroom, ten bathroom property of 4,692 square feet. The property includes 8.6 acres and offers space for two RV hookups.

Traveler's Rest Lodge gets consistently great reviews. "Extremely clean, well-maintained, quiet, and peaceful" are frequently used to describe it. As you might expect, it's currently heavily booked for the summer. 

Speaking of exploring the park, I thought you might appreciate Mr. If It Were Mine's map, which shows just how quickly you'll be able to Rest after you Enjoy.

My guess is that this busy business won't stay on the market for long.

An interesting Youtube video, "Intimate Portraits: Charlie Russell at Bullhead Lodge," is here. The Traveler's Rest Lodge website is here. The listing is here.

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