The Izaak Walton Inn in Essex, Montana is known affectionately as the “Inn Between.” (East Glacier Lodge on one side and the Lake McDonald Lodge on the west side of the park.) The Izaak Walton Inn was built next to the railroad yard in 1939 for the use of railroad service personnel. It was also intended to serve as an entrance to Glacier National Park between East Glacier and West Glacier, but this plan never materialized. As a result, Essex has a hotel that seems disproportionate to its modest needs. Nestled between Glacier National Park and the Great Bear Wilderness Area the area is a perfect location to explore a part of Montana few visitors ever see.
Did you notice the train cars in the slide show? The Izakk Walton Inn offers four luxury cabooses with amenities that would make Casey Jones green with envy. Each caboose has a full bath with shower, a kitchenette, gas grill and a wood burning stove.