If you are seeking a complete “unplug” the Izaak Walton Inn is a very nice choice. You will find it nestled in a beautiful valley in Glacier National Park. Built in the 1930’s, it still holds the character of another time. The rooms are small, paneled with knotty pine from days past. There are bathrooms in the room but if you are looking for a TV, telephone, hair dryer, iron or an internet connection, you will search to no avail. These are not amenities of the Inn and frankly they were not missed.
Quite near the Inn, there are trails for cross country skiing and snow shoeing that are really beautiful. I had never tried snow shoeing but was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed nearly every step. The snow was pristine and the trails well marked but not over travelled. The woods held a silence that almost hummed. I hadn’t heard that kind of silence in years.
After miles of snow stomping, the lobby was warm and comfortably filled with very interesting travelers who were quite open to conversation with strangers. The lobby during our stay was a magnet for gathering with good food and conversation. A trip to the dining room followed where there was a unique menu far grander than a burger and chicken strips.
The only bummer of the trip was the train arrived 12 hours late to pick us up putting us home a day later than expected. No need to be cranky about it though, that is the gamble you take with a train trip through the snow.