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Many Glacier Hotel, Montana

Ptarmigan Dining Room (Glacier National Park, Montana)

Ptarmigan Dining Room, Glacier National ParkDuring my time in Glacier National Park, I drove the length of the Going-to-the-Sun Road (one of the world’s top 10 drives), encountered a pair of moose along a wonderful hike, and enjoyed silent sunsets. Every night, I would return to my accommodations in Many Glacier Hotel and make my way through the towering lobby to the Ptarmigan Dining Room. Named after a medium-sized gamebird in the grouse family, the Ptarmigan underwent comprehensive renovations in 2011 that restored its historic features and design concepts, like the massive stone fireplace, wrought-iron trusses, and riot of wood ceiling beams. You may easily become distracted and disarmed by so much beauty surrounding you, forgetting the reason you came here in the first place. But once a friendly member of the wait staff puts a menu in your hand, it will all come back to you.

Fork and KnifeTry This: Order a huckleberry iced tea or huckleberry lemonade to start. Then dip into a bowl of wonderful potato corn chowder, or opt for a salad with pineapples, greens, red onions, pecans, and huckleberry vinaigrette. Your entrée could be the baked polenta with Angus beef, red onions, and broccoli; the Montana stroganoff with beef, mushrooms, and mushroom gravy on a bed of noodles with grilled buffalo sausage and sour cream; or, perhaps, the cinnamon-and-chili–crusted pork tenderloin with cucumber yogurt, brown rice, and tangerine-infused broccoli. For dessert, you’ll love the lemon cookie bars with vanilla ice cream and huckleberry syrup, or just overdose on chocolate with the decadent chocolate cake with chocolate ice cream and chocolate syrup.