ended up at the Izaak Walton Inn by accident on an epic, three-week road trip on Route 66 connecting to the Great Basin Highway. My friend and I needed a warm place to stay outside Glacier National Park in February, and, after I read that guests could stay in authentic locomotives and cabooses at the Izaak Walton Inn, we checked in immediately. Built in 1939 as a way to house railroad personnel, most rooms still have authentic Great Northern Railway quilts, bedposts, and branded windows. The comfy living areas (great for board games!) feature railroad memorabilia, including real, working signal lights. I love that the staff organizes cross-country ski and hiking trips for guests upon request. My favorite part: after a long day of cross-country skiing in Glacier with my friend, the slices of huckleberry cobbler and the huckleberry lemonade we enjoyed in the Dining Car made for a perfect and delicious day. WB
290 Izaak Walton Inn Rd., Essex, MT, 59916. (406) 888-5700. email@example.com www.izaakwaltoninn.com.