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290 Izaak Walton Inn Rd, Essex, MT 59916-9708
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Welcome to the Izaak Walton Inn & Resort, a family-owned retreat bordering Glacier National Park, in Essex, Montana. Specializing in outdoor adventure and serious relaxation, the Inn hosts activities year round fitting any age, interest and experience level including cross country skiing and guided back country tours, hiking, horse back riding, white water rafting to slow float and larger boat excursions. No matter what time of year you choose to visit, what pace you'll set your journey to, enjoy the nature, the history, and the hospitality found at the Izaak Walton Inn.
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290 Izaak Walton Inn Rd, Essex, MT 59916-9708
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James C wrote a review Sep 17
Seattle, Washington1 contribution
Originally reserved a standard room in the lodge, but they overbooked so they put me in a cabin. Of course this would have been fine if the cabin had similar amenities to a standard room, but it was severely lacking. You won’t be able to sleep. The bed is a paper-thin mattress, barely a step above sleeping on the floor. After a day of strenuous hiking and driving you’ll be lucky if you get maybe two hours of sleep. I lasted maybe 30m before my back and hips hurt from laying down. It was bad. You will get lost driving to the cabin. They give you a map, but the directions are sketchy at best. The roads, if you can even call them that, are neither clearly marked or well lit, so there’s a good chance you’ll get lost. Which happened to me. Luckily it was dusk, so I still had some light to eventually find my way back to the main road. If it was dark I don’t think I would have been so lucky. You will get lost walking from your cabin to the main hotel in the dark. The paths are gravel and there are a few sparsely placed lamps, but again there’s no signage and no way to know if you go off path. It’s about a 10m walk, but I got turned around twice and nearly gave up before finally making it back to the main lodge. You won’t have WiFi or service. If you’re traveling solo and want to connect with your loved ones, or if you just wanna check weather and trail conditions, you’ll have to trek to the main lodge because you won’t have signal in your cabin. You’ll have a long drive into the park. Sure, the cabin is a 45m drive to the gate, but then it’s another 45m to an hour to get to any trails or exhibits. And the drive is not very good either. Expect winding unlit mountain roads, patches of fog, construction, and long stretches of nothing.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Avoid staying at the cabins if you can. But if you do, bring a mattress, a flashlight, and avoid...
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Lorraine G wrote a review Sep 6
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Memories of a lifetime. We took a 9 day excursion of the Pacific northwest so I could complete my last of the 48 continental United States & getting “stuck” here because of snow & snow drifts was one of our highlights. The reason we knew about any available activities or amenities was because of our amazing server. She explained the area, possible sights to see, where there ranger station was etc. We listened to all of her recommendations—loved the food & the local beer available at the diner, the hot tub she told us we needed to reserve a time for, walking (post-holing) through the snow etc. The front desk person who checked us in was getting off shift when the next person came in or I’m guessing they would have explained all of this to us. We were just so grateful she was able to give us their last available/cleaned room! Only regret was we didn’t get souvenirs bc the gift shop was closed when we checked out in the late morning. Everyone should visit here at least once during winter. Magical!
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Hot Tub in the snow at night is magical! Have dinner in the diner! Bring snow shoes!!!
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Julia R wrote a review Aug 2021
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Family wedding at the pavilion. Wonderful weekend in this very cozy, rustic hotel with family and friends. We had an absolutely wonderful time. Peaceful with no televisions or phone! Train lovers ... request a room railside. We did and were fascinated and soothed by the sound of the train. One of the best features was the food. The restaurant, it's food and wait staff are top-notch.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Becky F wrote a review Aug 2021
Eureka, Montana1 contribution
My husband and I were looking forward to spending our anniversary in the caboose called river view. It is NOT as quaint as the pictures on line show. It is on a hill overlooking the main highway which from there you can see the river. There is no quietness with this caboose's location. You will hear traffic all day and night long. The floor inside the caboose had not been swept or wash since who knows when. There is not a broom or dust pan provided. The dish drain rack and paper towel holder was broken and there was no cutting board. One of the heaters in the main bedroom did not work. There are no outdoor lounge chairs on the deck just a very old wood picnic table that needs repair. For the amount of money that you are being charge. You are not getting the value at all. would I recommend this particular caboose to friends and family, NO
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Date of stay: August 2021
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DebraSH wrote a review Jul 2021
Saint Louis, Missouri8 contributions6 helpful votes
The dining here never disappoints. The patio is so comfy, even in the heat of the summer. Food and wine are delicious. Wait staff is friendly. We have not stayed at the Inn but eat her often. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about Izaak Walton Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Izaak Walton Inn?
Nearby attractions include Middle Fork of the Flathead (1.8 miles) and Goat Lick Overlook (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Izaak Walton Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Izaak Walton Inn?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Izaak Walton Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Izaak Walton Inn?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Is Izaak Walton Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Essex.
Does Izaak Walton Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.