Heading to Glacier National Park's east side? Find out if St. Mary's Village is the perfect place to stay with our review of where to stay in St. Mary, Montana.

What It’s Like to Stay at Great Bear Lodge in St. Mary Village + More About St. Mary, MT Near Glacier National Park

I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when I booked my family to stay in St. Mary Village during a recent trip to Glacier National Park. 

The mountains are gorgeous over the St Mary's Lodge Resort in Glacier National Park.
St Mary Lodge Resort Glacier National Park

It was marketed as being the east entrance to the Going to the Sun Road, but it wasn’t actually inside the park. I worried it might seem too busy and commercialized.  

Looking for an east side Going-to-the-Sun Road place to stay inside the park? Check out our Rising Sun Motor Inn Review.

And in a way, it was. When we first pulled up, all I could focus on was the paved parking lots flanked by a gas station, supermarket, and gifts shop, all of which backed up to the hotel. 

Well, at least it’s convenient, I told myself. 

A relaxing, rustic lobby is the perfect backdrop for your stay at St Mary's Village in Glacier National Park.
St Mary Village Main Lodge Lobby

I walked into reception to check in (with a walk through the gift shop…how strategically placed) and felt a bit better as I took in the wood walls and lodge atmosphere. And at first glance, the restaurant looked quite nice.

I booked a room in Great Bear Lodge, which is the building right next to St. Mary’s main lodge. Great Bear Lodge was supposed to be the more contemporary accommodation. Still, I wasn’t sure what to expect as I took the elevator up to our room on the third floor.

An enjoyable stay in a rustic lodge awaits you in St. Mary's Village when you visit Glacier National Park.
Rustic Great Bear Lodge St Mary Village

I walked down the outdoor hallway to our room, scanned the key (which was in and of itself a nice surprise after many days of clunky keys at the other lodges we stayed at in and near the park), and opened the door…

And felt like I was in paradise. 

You'll love the beauty of the view of trees and mountains when you stay at St Mary's Village in Glacier National Park.
St Mary Village Lodging Views

I mean, I was visiting Glacier National Park. Of course, I was in paradise. 

But after several nights in rustic mountain lodges and long days hiking trails and driving narrow roads and having no wi-fi service, the sudden comforts I encountered upon opening that door at St. Mary Village into my room were more needed than I realized. 

The lodge beds are so comfy and roomy at the Great Bear Lodge in St Mary's Village.
Great Bear Lodge Room with Balcony

What did I see?

You'll enjoy a restful night's sleep in the Great Bear Lodge Room in St. Mary's Village when you visit Glacier National Park.
Great Bear Lodge Room_Glacier National Park Place to Stay

A large room with two comfy queen beds, an in-room fridge, a coffee maker, and…most surprisingly…a sunlit balcony overlooking a rushing river framed by the towering peaks of Glacier National Park. 

The gorgeous view from the balcony at St. Mary's village.
Balcony View Glacier National Park

I knew there would be a balcony, but didn’t realize it would have such a spectacular view!

The bathroom was clean and well-appointed. The decor blended modern with lake cabin touches. 

The bathrooms are spotless in the Great Bear Lodge in St. Mary's Village.
Great Bear Lodge Bathroom

The pictures on the website did not do the Great Bear Lodge at St. Mary Village justice. I thought it was much more impressive in real life. 

Oh, and did I mention the air conditioning? And the in-room Wi-Fi? 

A wet bar is just one of the amenities you'll enjoy at the Great Bear Lodge in St Mary's Village.
Great Bear Lodge Wet Bar in Room

Yes, it turned out St. Mary Village was the perfect place to end our Glacier National Park trip. The next day we were doing a hike in Many Glacier and then driving south to Helena and it was the perfect location to end our trip.

—> Read more reviews for St. Mary Village here. 

How far is St. Mary Village to Many Glacier?

We got from St. Mary Village to Many Glacier Lodge in a little over 30 minutes. This was mid-morning and there wasn’t much traffic. We were a bit worried about parking, but there were lots of people checking out around that time so it wasn’t a problem finding a spot. 

Beyond Great Bear Lodge: More Places to Stay in St. Mary Village

We felt so pampered staying at Great Bear Lodge. It was far from the only accommodation option in St. Mary Village, though. I enjoyed seeing the other place to stay, too. These include tiny homes, a motor inn, and cabins, which I’ll detail more below: 

St. Mary’s Tiny Home Village

The gorgeous mountain views are enjoyable from the tiny homes village in Glacier National Park.
View From Tiny Homes Village St. Mary Glacier
The tiny homes in St Mary's Village in Glacier National Park are a great place to stay.
St. Mary Village Tiny Homes

The tiny home village is located across the road from the main lodge, just behind West Motel. The tiny homes at St. Mary Village are a unique lodging option for Glacier National Park since it combines two trends: Tiny Houses and Farmhouse Design. 

Check out the tiny homes in St Mary's Village in Glacier National Park.
St. Mary Village Tiny Homes

These colorful tiny homes can comfortably sleep two adults and two kids or three adults with one queen bed and one trundle bed (which doubles as a couch during the day).

Each of the ten tiny homes even fits in a small dining table, stove top, microwave, and mini-fridge. Each house has a little patio with outdoor seating, too. 

Across a short walking path, you’ll find your bathroom facility. Each tiny house has its own private and luxurious bathhouse with a toilet, sink, and shower. The tiny homes are painted in different colors, but each bathroom matches its corresponding house, which is a cute touch. 

—> Read More: Where to Stay In and Near Glacier National Park

St. Mary’s West Motel

Enjoy your stay at the West Motel in St Mary's Village when you visit Glacier National Park.
West Motel_Glacier Lodging in St Mary Village

The West Motel just to the front of Tiny Home Village faces the road that takes you onto the Glacier National Park entrance and Going-to-the-Sun Road. 

St. Mary's Village hotel is perfect for a stay while you adventure in Glacier National Park.
St. Mary Village West Motel

It’s a good option for those who like easy access from their car to the room. It also is budget-friendly compared to Great Bear Lodge and the Tiny Home Villages, while still offering cozy rooms and ensuite baths. The rooms at West Motel have one or two queen size beds. 

St. Mary’s Village Cabins 

St. Mary Village also has a collection of stand-alone cabins that work well for larger groups traveling together:

Homestead House

The beautiful blue sky seems to glow over this homestead house in St. Mary's Village.
Homestead House St. Mary Village

This is a beautifully remodeled cabin that was the original residence of the family who originally built the cabins around St. Mary Village. It has a king bed, queen bed, and a twin bed, each in one of the three separate bedrooms. There are also two bathrooms. 

The Homestead House has a tree-lined private deck. It’s near the Tiny Home Village and faces the gorgeous mountains of Glacier National Park.  

Bonus for families with little kids: There’s a washer and dryer onsite! And a full kitchen! 

—> Read More: Tips for Families with Little Kids Visiting Glacier National Park

Sun Cabin

The Sun Cabin is a good option for those looking for a St. Mary Village place to stay that is a bit more secluded. It is located on a hill to the east of St. Mary’s Main Lodge.

It has a full kitchen, living room, and private, peaceful deck. The floor plan is open with a loft bedroom featuring a king-size bed. The Sun Cabin is an especially great option for couples. 

Hiker Cabin

A quaint hikers cabin is perfect for a stay at St Mary's Village in Glacier National Park.
Hiker Cabin at St Mary Village

This is a no-frills, budget cabin that is great for families not planning to spend much time in their accommodations or friends looking for a laid-back place to hang out after some epic day hikes in Glacier National Park.

It sleeps up to six people and has two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and one with a trundle. There is also a sleeper sofa and futon. Budget travelers will also appreciate the kitchenette, which you can stock with food items from the grocery store across the street. 

More Reasons to Stay in St. Mary Village

A warm greeting awaits you at the reception desk in St Mary's Village in Glacier National Park.
St. Mary Village Reception Desk

While we felt so pampered staying in Great Bear Lodge, simply being in St. Mary Village had its perks, too. For starters, my mom had cell service. She has Verizon as many Montanans do. I was still without it with AT&T which has very limited service in many parts of Montana, but I was just happy for Wi-Fi at the lodge!

St. Mary Village also has gift shops, a gas station, a grocery store, and several choices for where to eat. I’ll detail all that below. 

—> See more images and reviews for St. Mary Village here.

St. Mary Village Gift Shops

The gift shop connected to St. Mary Lodge reception is one of the best we found around Glacier National Park. So many clothing items, artisan creations, and other souvenirs to choose from. 

My daughters even finally found the elusive river otter stuffed animal they’d been wanting ever since seeing otters at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center during our trip to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park

There’s also another gift shop right across the parking lot that’s connected to the gas station.

St. Mary Village Grocery Store

This is a small grocery store, but it has items you won’t be able to find in the concessions area of the shops in the park. Case in point: diapers! 

I miscalculated how many pull-ups I would need for my youngest daughter and could not find any in the park, not even in the busy Apgar Village. We were down to our last two when I went into the grocery store in St. Mary Village with crossed fingers.

They didn’t have pull-ups, but they did have size 5 diapers, which we made work. So thank you St. Mary Village Grocery Store.

The grocery store also had (limited) fresh produce, such as strawberries and apples. Deli meat was also available as were some pre-packaged freshly made salads. 

Where to Eat in St. Mary

Relax at lunch or dinner at  the Snowgoose Grille in Glacier National Park.
Snowgoose Grille Glacier National Park Dining
Cozy booths are just right for a light lunch, or relaxing dinner at the Snowgoose Grill in St. Mary's village.
St Mary Village Snowgoose Grille

As I mentioned earlier, the main lodge has an onsite restaurant called Snowgoose Grille that has a nice ambiance with a mountain theme and views overlooking the river. 

A refreshing drink at the end of the day is perfect in St. Mary's Village.
Cocktail at Snowgoose Grille

The cocktail menu had some locally-inspired creations. The food menu also featured trout, steak, and huckleberries, perfect for a Montanan meal. Even the kid’s menu had a child-sized steak option, which isn’t a common site found on kid menus! 

A delicious huckleberry cobbler is the perfect after dinner treat in St Mary's Village Restaurant.
Huckleberry Cobbler St Mary Village Restaurant

Next to the restaurant is an espresso bar where we got coffee and to-go pastries before we went to Many Glacier. I especially loved the huckleberry monkey bread. It tasted like a dense glazed donut and had actual huckleberries in the middle! 

Grab a quick snack of huckleberry monkey bread before an adventure when you stay at St Mary's Village.
Huckleberry Monkey Bread from Glacier Perk Espresso Shop

The gas station/convenience center also has meal options. There is another espresso bar plus an ice cream stand inside. You can also get counter-service meals, including salads and sandwiches. Take your food to-go or eat it before leaving at one of the inside tables. 

St. Mary Village is also within walking distance (or a short drive) to other restaurants in the area, just down Hwy 89, including a pizza shop, cafe, homestyle restaurant, and a beer garden. 

Shuttles

St. Mary Village is a pick-up and drop-off point for shuttles running between St. Mary and Two Medicine plus St. Mary and Many Glacier. 

Outdoor Gear Shop

Forgot something for your Glacier National Park adventures? You can hopefully find it (or something similar) at the Trail & Creek Outfitters Outdoor Gear Shop in St. Mary Village. 

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