FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Did you sustain any damage in the recent flood?
The Jardine Retreat Cottage did not receive any damages during the recent flood. Roads have reopened and we are open for business. The only damage we've gotten is in lost bookings due to people canceling their trips after the flood.
What can I do to help out after the recent flood?
You can book a stay at the Jardine Retreat Cottage, get a massage, and enjoy the services of other local businesses. We had numerous cancelations after the flood, making it hard to make ends meet. You can now access Yellowstone through the North Entrance with a Commercial Use Authorized Guide - which we can help book for you. The number one thing you can do to help our community survive this catastrophe is to visit this amazing place. Gardiner is open and ready for you! The North Entrance to the Park may be temporarily closed while the road into the Park is rebuilt, but the Gardiner Basin has almost everything that Yellowstone Park has, and in some ways has even more! Gardiner has delicious dining, exhilarating white water rafting, rustic horseback rides, amazing mountain scenery, bountiful wildlife viewing, endless hiking and backpacking in alpine high country, relaxing spas and soothing hot springs to soak in at the end of your day enjoying one of Montana local’s favorite getaways. Best of all, now that Gardiner has become an end-of-the-road vacation destination you can enjoy all of these amazing recreation opportunities without the crowds and entrance fees! So please, come to Gardiner. Not only is this the best way you can help our community recover from this disaster, but you are going to have a blast doing it!
Can I still get into Yellowstone Park to view wildlife?
Yes! Although the north entrance road is closed to the general public while they make repairs, Commercial Use Authorized (CUA) guides have been allowed special access for their tour groups. You can get through the north entrance as a guest with a guided CUA tour. In addition, guided tours have access to Slough Creek that the general public can't access. Slough Creek is a great place for wolf and bear viewing.
Why don't you have Wifi?
Internet options are limited in Jardine. Rather than subscribing to a slow expensive satellite service, where the data allotment gets used up by the first guest of the month, we have chosen to move away from technology and enjoy the peace and quiet of a wilderness getaway. Read a book, go for a hike, do a puzzle, go skiing or play a game and disconnect from the modern busy techno world.
Will my cell phone work in Jardine?
Only if you have Verizon, or a phone that uses Verizon towers.
There's no WiFi & my phone doesn't work at Jardine Retreat or while I'm traveling in Yellowstone... how do communicate?
We recommend that you plan ahead and plan to stop in Gardiner each day to check messages and catch up with all your important communications. There is free WiFi at the Gardiner Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center located at 216 Park Street (it reaches outside for after hours use!), or at one of the coffee shops or restaurants in Gardiner.
What is the road to Jardine like?
The Jardine road is is an improved gravel road. Your vehicle will get covered in dust while driving the road. Park county does a nice job maintaining the road. In the winter, the road is plowed right to Jardine Retreat. In the winter, snow tires are highly recommended, or a 4WD or AWD with good all season tires.
What amenities does the Cottage have?
Couch & love seat
Dining table with 4 chairs
TV with DVD player and a small selection of DVDs
Puzzles ranging from 100 pieces to 1000 pieces
Informative books about Yellowstone & Montana
Spotting scope to use in Yellowstone for wildlife viewing
Full Kitchen: refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, range, microwave, toaster, coffee maker & coffee, electric kettle, tea/cider/cocoa, pots & pans, plates/bowls/glasses/mugs, cutlery, cutting boards, bagel cutter, spices
Bathroom: bathtub, heated floors, blow dryer, shampoo/conditioner/body wash, bath towels/hand towels/wash cloths
Bedrooms: nightstands with USB chargers, closets with luggage racks & hangers, extra pillow, extra comforter, individual thermostat/heater for each room
Iron & ironing board
Do you have a fire pit or BBQ grill?
Sorry, but there is no fire pit. Although located in a beautiful location, with great views out the windows, and recreational opportunities on public land, the lot that the cottage sits on is small, and there is no space for a fire pit. There is a BBQ grill that can be provided upon request.
Do you allow pets?
We do not normally allow pets at the Jardine Retreat Cottage. Summer of 2022 and winters have special exceptions - please inquire with Zondra to discuss options.
How do I book a stay at the Jardine Retreat Cottage?
Please visit our secure Booking page to book your stay. Please do not call to book, as you will just be directed to the same booking page. We are a small business with just one person (Zondra) doing all the booking. With no Wifi and only a limited cell phone connection in Jardine, paired with an active outdoor lifestyle, your host is not always able to get on the computer to make bookings, but luckily our online booking system is secure and straight forward to use. Questions about your booking can be answered via email or text.
How far from the Cottage do I have to go to get a massage?
You can get a chair massage right in the Cottage, or walk less than 100 yards away, just across the way and down the street to Zondra's Jardine Massage Studio for a table massage.