Several small motels house guests in detached cabin-like units. All of these places are comfortable, but none are fancy.
Cabins at Sears Motel (1023 Hwy. 49, 406/226-4432, www.searsmotel.com, mid-May–Sept., $50–60) are run by very friendly folks (and their sheepdog) who also maintain a tent and RV campground and run a rental car business. Ask in advance and they’ll pick you up at the train depot.
East Glacier Motel (1107 Hwy. 49, 406/226-5593, www.eastglacier.com, May–Sept., $77–89) has cheery motel rooms (some with kitchens) and cabins.
At Jacobson’s Cottages (1204 Hwy. 49, 406/226-4422 or 888/226-4422, $50–60) conventionally shaped units are tucked behind the A-frame office, and the proprietor will pick you up at the Amtrak stop.
There’s a secluded feeling to the cabins at Bison Creek Ranch, two miles west of town on Highway 2 (between mileposts 207 and 208, 406/226-4482 or 888/226-4482, May–Sept., $55–95 including breakfast). The larger cabins have kitchens, and there’s also a family-style restaurant (dinner only) on site.
Pretty much all of East Glacier packs up and heads somewhere with less snow and howling wind from October through April. Off-season travelers should look to Dancing Bears Inn (406/226-4402, $75–90), off Highway 2. Rates drop in the winter. Dancing Bears is also one of the few motels in town that allows pets.
© W.C. McRae & Judy Jewell from Moon Montana, 7th Edition