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Montana Tourism Love

This past week, tourism folks and partners gathered in Helena (our state’s capital) for the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Recreation. If there’s one thing I can say about my colleagues, it’s that everyone in this industry has a passion for Montana, travel and tourism. ..which is awesome.

We were able to spend two and a half days with each other networking, listening to speakers and participating in workshops to help us further promote the wonderful place we call home.

Each year at the conference, awards are given to “Tourism Person of the Year,” “Event of the Year” and “Partnership of the Year.” And this year, we were tickled pink that TWO of the winners were from Glacier Country!

First up: Event of hte Year. The Missoula Marathon won!
Sidenote: the marathon is Sunday, July 10…see you here?

Accepting the award from Lt. Governor John Bohlinger

The Glacier Centennial Celebration won partnership of the year, with special appreciation given to Kassandra Hardy, the Centennial Coordinator. And while Kass has left us (we miss her!) to work in Yosemite, she came up for the conference. Kass did an extraordinary job creating partnerships and building relationships for the park’s Centennial. Special shout out to Ms. Hardy for all of her work!

Representatives from the Glacier Centennial Committee

Additional elements of the conference included a Sunday evening welcome reception, with the Montana Office of Tourism band lovingly called “Banned in Sweden.”

The leader of the pack...vroom, vroom

This crazy-haired blond girl, along with Glacier Country’s own Ed DeRosier, participated as special guest artists.

Ed and crazy-haired blond

Backing up the band

We had a wonderful time at the conference and were truly honored to be part of Glacier’s Centennial Celebration. Here’s to many more years growing as an industry, promoting the region we love and protecting and loving our national park.


Trail Rides, Fine Dining & Montana Breweries

This week has flown by in a blur–a blur I tell you!

Probably because I’ve had my little blonde head everywhere from Essex to Missoula and Columbia Falls to Hamilton with many stops in between. But…I wouldn’t have it any other way.

This past seven days had me celebrating Glacier National Park’s Centennial and the volunteers and folks who helped make it possible, taking a trail ride in a gentle rain with golden tamaracks as the backdrop, dining at Tupelo, hiking in the rain and snow in Glacier National Park with Glacier Guides, touring breweries, driving along Flathead Lake, making new friends and bunking at The Izaak Walton Inn with trains rumbling gently by in the night.

Our trail riding crew at The Bar W in Whitefish

Glacier National Park Centennial Event

Early morning mist along the Mission Mountains

Driving along Flathead Lake

What can I say except that it’s been a great week…And maybe we can do it again next week?


Glacier Centennial March eNews!

March 18, 2010

What’s new with Glacier’s Centennial? Check out our latest eNewsletter!

Highlights include:

  • Centennial Film Festival Kick-off, featuring The River Wild at Signature Theaters in Kalispell (Tonight!) at 7 PM
  • Unveiling of Chris Peterson’s 100 Years, 100 Straight Days Photography Exhibit on Friday, March 19, 6 PM at Discovery Square in Columbia Falls
  • Author John Fraley wraps up the Glacier National Park Associates Winter Speaker Series on March 22, 7 PM at the Central Museum in Kalispell
  • Unveiling of Columbia Falls High School Student Centennial Art, Thursday, March 25, 6 PM at Discovery Square in Columbia Falls
  • Where you can get a free centennial license plate holder
  • Details on Glacier’s 100th Anniversary Ceremony on May 11th
  • And…a Centennial by the Numbers overview!


100 Years…

On May 11, Glacier will mark 100 years as a national park. Encompassing over one million acres, the beauty of the park includes rolling foothills, breathtaking vistas and incredible glacier-carved terrain.

Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald

Glacier and its centennial have been receiving significant coverage as people continue to fall in love with this national treasure.

Read more about the park and centennial through these journalist’s eyes…
Spokesman Review: Glacier Park Brimming with Stories
Boston Globe: 100 Days in Glacier National Park
Cowboys & Indians: Visiting Glacier National Park

Happy Centennial Year, Glacier!

January 4, 2010

 Happy Centennial Year, Glacier!

On December 31, 2009, the Belton Chalet brought in the new year, as well as the centennial of the Belton and of Glacier National Park. The historic chalet was the first of many chalets built by the Great Northern Railway. The Belton was completed in 1910 and opened to the public a mere two months after the park was designated. The New Year’s Eve evening began with a grand welcome by the Chalet’s staff in unique attire. Dressed to the nines in their historic ‘swiss-like’ uniforms, guests were catered to with a luggage valet. Once arriving to your room, guests found champagne flutes with a bottle of bubbly awaiting.

The evening’s schedule was crafted as the following:

  • Dinner marked with guest specific reservation time- in the Chalet Dining Room
  • 6:00 pm-8:30 pm: Hors d’oeuvres in the Terrace Room
  • 6:30 pm-9:30 pm: String Crossings in the Terrace Room
  • 8:30 pm-10:30 pm: Old Time Photos in the Lobby
  • 9:00 pm-10:30 pm: Dessert in the Terrace Room
  • 9:30 pm-12:30 pm: Old Slouch Hat (band) in the Terrace Room
  • 12:00 am: Champagne Toast in commemorative Centennial Flutes
  • New Year’s Day Breakfast in the Chalet Dining Room

The evening proved to be memorable for all attendees. From top hats to historic hiking packs the guests followed suit in dressing the part. A delicious dinner in the Chalet Dining Room followed the String Crossings band in the Terrace Room. A traditional wave to the train that passed the Belton near 8 pm was something that everyone ran to the porch for– and no one could hold back dancing once the Old Slouch Hat band began strumming their strings. The night concluded with a clinking of commemorative centennial flutes as a toast to 100 years of the Belton Chalet and Glacier National Park.

Check out the pictures from this centennial commemorative kick-off event!

For more information about Glacier’s Centennial and our full calendar of activities, please visit: www.glaciercentennial.org