The Belton Chalet and Glacier National Park have been getting quite a bit of attention since their Centennial celebrations in 2010. Great mentions and articles in newspapers and travel magazines have been appearing across the country. When the press isn't writing about us, we're sending our friends and guests updates on what is new at the Belton. See what is being said about Glacier National Park and the Belton!
It occurs to me that I may be witnessing the same sights and sounds as someone 100 years ago when the Belton Chalet first opened and Glacier was officially designated a national park. Did naturalist George Bird Grinnell sit here gazing through these windows at the park he famously described as “The Crown of the Continent”?
Located just outside the park’s west entrance, the Swiss-style Belton Chalet was the first of several chalets and lodges to open as part of the Great Northern Railway’s effort to lure and accommodate passengers. With more than a million acres straddling the continental divide, 762 lakes, 2,865 miles of streams and 175 mountains on the list of backyard amenities, it wasn’t a hard sell. Through the efforts of preservationists like Dr. Grinnell and businessmen such as Louis Hill of the Great Northern Railway, Glacier National Park became a reality that is estimated more than 2.2 million people will visit in this 2010 centennial year. I am one of those visitors — having just spent the afternoon skiing in the park.
Maggie hands me a Belton Traditional Irish Coffee made with brown sugar, Irish whiskey, Montana Coffee Traders coffee and crème de menthe. In less than two minutes, while telling a tale, she has a couple near tears with belly laughter. I barely glance at the couple’s pizza and they slide over a slice. “Try it,” they urge, “it’s delicious!” The two have come from Great Falls to join friends for dinner in the Belton’s Grill Dining Room. In the meantime they’re also enjoying several of the Tap Room’s assets, only one of which is the entertaining bartender.Read Entire Article »