Meadow Lake View Columbia Falls

Where to Stay when Visiting Glacier National Park

When David and I decided to take a year and hit the road, we knew our first major stop would be Vancouver for the summer.

Then, when choosing a route for getting there, the perfect opportunity presented itself to visit Glacier National Park and Banff along the way.  The only problem was that, at the time of our decision, we were only five months out from departing.

In order to get accommodation inside Glacier National Park, you have to book it as soon as rooms become available, exactly one year in advance.

I was originally disappointed that we were unable to stay in the park, and worried we would spend the whole time driving to and from it.  This ended up being a blessing in disguise because we had a fabulous time staying in Columbia Falls.

We ended up booking accommodation at an adult only bed and breakfast called Meadow Lake View.

It was fantastic (and B&Bs aren’t usually my thing).  Our room was so cozy and SPOTLESS and we were spoiled with delicious homemade breakfasts in the morning.  The drives to the park were easier than I anticipated, plus it was nice to escape from the crowds in the evenings and have access to town for dinners.

In addition to a spacious and comfortable room, there are thoughtful touches throughout the B&B.  These included complementary homemade huckleberry taffy, granola bars, fresh fruit, 24 hour coffee and tea service, and postcards.

There was also a lovely back porch where we popped champagne when we arrived and watched the deer, as well as a fridge where you can store perishables.

Meadow Lake View Columbia Falls Back Porch

Breakfast is served at 8am but on our first day we wanted to get to the park early so they kindly packed us breakfast to go.

They were also very accommodating to all dietary restrictions.  One of the guests had Celiacs and Patti, the owner, made him a gluten free breakfast with what he described as the best gluten-free muffin he had ever enjoyed.  She explained that she personally has some dislikes so she always tries to accommodate guests whether they have allergies or just don’t like a particular food.

Our stay could not have been more delightful or comfortable.  I definitely recommend booking at Meadow Lake View if you get the chance to visit Glacier.

(photo credits: Meadow Lake View Bed and Breakfast)
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