We took Amtrak to Essex from Whitefish to spend the day here and then took the westbound train back to Whitefish that same evening. We spent the day cross country skiing on the many trails near the inn. Also we did some train watching and checked out the cabooses and locomotive that are available for lodging. The front desk let us go in the loco and it was very impressive for the most part but I'm not sure I'd spend over $300 a night. The cabooses on the other hand are on the other side of the tracks. They have more privacy and all have decks with scenic views of the tracks, inn, and the mountains. We plan on staying in a caboose on our next visit. We had time to have a couple of drinks in the bar downstairs and had a couple meals in the dining room. Everything was very good and service was fine. The most interesting part of the day was waiting for the train in the dark on the little platform that's about the length of one coach. The engineer has train attendants leaning out telling him when to stop.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Izaak Walton Hotel Essex
- Izaak Walton Essex