ABOUT OUR HISTORIC INN
HISTORIC RAIL LODGING BORDERING GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Experience a historic Tudor classic with a railroad heritage
Take the train back to a simpler time at a historic property. The last flagstop station for Amtrak's Empire Builder passenger train.
Izaak Walton Inn draws guests from around the world who want to experience rail travel as it once was.
Through the years, the Inn has remodeled railcars, cabooses, a diesel locomotive, and a schoolhouse to add to its unique accommodations. Though the Izaak Walton Inn has modernized with the times, it maintains its distinctive historic heritage.
No matter what time of year you choose to visit or how you arrive, enjoy the nature, the history, and the hospitality found at the Izaak Walton Inn.
How the "Inn Between" East and West Glacier came to life
The Izaak Walton Inn dates back to 1939, when built for the use of railroad service personnel and Glacier National Park visitors. At the time, officials were considering making Essex, Montana into the south entrance to Glacier National Park.
But when plans to run a road into the Park Creek area were scrapped because of World War II, Essex ended up with a hotel that seems disproportionate to its modest needs.
The Kelly Family - Owners of the Izaak Walton Inn
Brian Kelly is the proud owner of the Izaak Walton Inn. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Brian moved to Montana in 2003 to raise a family and run several businesses.
The Kelly family also runs Eddie’s Café in Apgar, MT as well as the Halfway Motel in Essex, MT.
Enjoy our family businesses and our own brand of Montana hospitality!