Walt Kochansky, General Manager
St. Mary Lodge and Resort
Glen White, Delaware North Companies
Corporate Communications/Public Relations
St. Mary Lodge and Resort on Going-to-the-Sun Road at Park’s Entrance is Comfortable, Convenient Hub for Hiking, Relaxing, Geocaching at Spectacular Park
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, St. Mary, Mont. (Aug. 28, 2007) – It’s not too late this year to visit the spectacular Glacier National Park in Montana.
Though some park facilities begin shutting down in September, it’s an excellent month to experience a less-crowded park and the colorful early autumn scenery, the National Park Service says on its Glacier Web site (www.nps.gov/glac). Also, the park service reports that park roads and services have not been affected by this summer’s Montana wildfires.
St. Mary Lodge and Resort on Going-to-the-Sun Road at the park’s eastern entrance is an excellent home base from which to experience Glacier’s majestic mountains and sweeping valleys. In September, the resort is offering discount packages and several unique ways to experience the park. (Please note prices are dependant on level of accommodations.)
- Hiker’s special – one night and two box lunches for hiking ($155).
- Geocaching – two nights with everything needed for the new adventure hiking game: a hand-held global positioning system (GPS), box lunches, disposable digital camera, and backpacks ($425 based on double occupancy).
- Bed and Breakfast special – one night and a $25 breakfast voucher ($190)
- Romance in the Rockies – couples get one night in a suite with fireplace and hot tub, bottle of St. Mary’s signature Merlot wine, two complimentary signature wine glasses and a dessert tray ($300)
- Huckleberry Hideaway – a night to yourself in the secluded Sun Cabin, which offers great view of the park, along with any two huckleberry drinks or desserts ($250).
About St. Mary Lodge and Resort
The resort began in 1932 when Margaret and Hugh Black built six cabins and a restaurant in anticipation of a tourist influx with the construction of Going-to-the-Sun Road through the park. Now 104, Margaret Black still spends summers at St. Mary and anticipates returning next year for the 75th anniversary of the famous road’s completion.
The first of several lodge buildings the Blacks built over the years opened in 1954, and one of the first guests was Ronald Reagan. He stayed at St. Mary while filming “Cattle Queen of Montana,” even finding time to take the Blacks’ young son fishing.
Today St. Mary features 117 rooms that range from upscale luxury to rustic basics. A café serves traditional favorites, and the Snowgoose Grille offers fine dining and elegant views. In addition to hiking, nearby are opportunities for horseback riding, whitewater rafting, fly-fishing, and scenic boat cruises.
After decades of family management, the resort is now managed by Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts, which also operates The Ahwahnee and several other resort hotels at Yosemite National Park.
For more information, please visit http://www.stmarylodgeandresort.com or call 866-720-2481.
About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resort
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, a leading hospitality provider with significant experience in hotel, retail, food service, recreation, and transportation operations. The company’s portfolio includes historic properties in North America, such as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex; Yosemite, Sequoia, Yellowstone, and Grand Canyon National Parks; Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa; Niagara Falls State Park; Jones Beach; Old Town San Diego; The Lodge & Conference Center at Geneva State Park; The BALSAMS Grand Resort; and St. Mary Lodge & Resort at Glacier National Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ expertise in the hospitality industry, visit www.dnchospitalitymgt.com.
About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, which owns and operates TD Banknorth Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 40,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.