Couples and families looking for a perfect weekend getaway in Idaho have plenty of choice year round. Check into a historical inn in Coeur d'Alene, ID, stay in a romantic suite next to Bear Lake, explore the museums and attractions in Boise, or escape to a beautiful mountain lodge surrounded by nature. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
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The Shore Lodge puts guests close to untouched nature and amazing views with all the creature comforts you could want. The rooms in the Shore Lodge have fine amenities like flat-screen HD satellite TVs, safes, irons with ironing boards, coffee makers, hair dryers, robes, bottled water, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Standard rooms have fridges, private sitting areas, and king or queen beds. There are also suites that adjoin with these rooms, and they are pet friendly. They come with pullout sofas, fireplaces, living rooms, soaking tubs, and outdoor terraces. Or you can stay in a cottage with the same amenities in addition to a kitchen, private dock, and multiple rooms.
Exit the Shore Lodge, and you will find 5,330 acres of glacial water at an elevation of 5,000 feet. The resort also gives guests access to the heated pool, hot tub, indoor basketball and racquetball courts, outdoor tennis, a movie theater, a ski valet, a game room, a Fire Pit, and a fitness room. There is a Cove Spa for relaxation. The Mercantile has coffee, clothing, and gifts. Narrows Grill has heavy spirits and light fare.
501 W. Lake Street, McCall, ID, Phone: 800-657-6464
2. Weekend Getaways in Idaho: Talus Rock
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Talus Rock delivers luxury lodging that is perfect for special getaways in a unique and private retreat that combines Tuscan style with a timber frame. There are six rooms and suites in total with most sleeping three people, although one has enough room for five and another accommodates up to twelve. The pet-friendly lodgings have free wireless internet and features like double-headed tree showers, 30-foot ceilings, jetted tubs for two, Mexican talavera tiles, a Parisian balcony, a full kitchen and living/dining room, a fireplace, a home theatre, a private entrance, and a deep tub.
The inn is full service with a concierge that is willing to help you plan activities and more. Guests can enjoy an outdoor massage treatment or one inside of their room along with manicures, pedicures, and yoga classes. Guests can take advantage of the gardens to enjoy some flowers or even help with the planting. The property has 30 acres of woods filled with amazing nature trails with enough room for mountain bikes, cross country skis, and snowshoes. You will also find fire pits, gardens, and a hot tub. The daily breakfast is organic and made from scratch. Guests are welcome to enjoy it in the Great Room.
291 Syringa Heights Road, Sandpoint, ID, Phone: 208-255-8458
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3.Weekend Getaways Near Me: The Wallace Inn
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The Wallace Inn is a beautiful AAA three-diamond resort within beautiful historic Wallace, Idaho, the only city downtown in the United States to be placed as a whole on the National Register of Historic Places. The beautiful Silver Valley hotel, which was fully renovated in 2009, offers 63 spacious guest rooms, including four luxury suites. All rooms offer spectacular mountain views and top amenities such as in-room heating and air conditioning, cable televisions, mini fridges, and free wireless internet. After a full day of winter sports and recreation activities in the nearby foothills of the Bitterroot Mountains, visitors can use hotel amenities such as an indoor pool and spa, a full fitness room, and restaurants such as the Trailside Cafe and O'Rourke's Lounge.
100 Front Street, Wallace, Idaho 83873, Phone: 208- 752-1252
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4. The Roosevelt Inn
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The Roosevelt Inn is in the building that was the area’s first permanent schoolhouse from 1905, and it retains its elegance in the form of a bed and breakfast. The establishment is close to all of the attractions of downtown Coeur d’Alene. There are eight rooms and six suites for guests to stay in, some of which are pet friendly and/or able to sleep an entire family of four. Every room has USB ports, wireless internet, turndown service, private baths, luxury robes, an AM/FM/CD player with alarm clock, lake views, and hair dryers. Guests can request irons and ironing boards as well, and there is a rose and bread pudding upon arrival. Some rooms also have telescopes, fireplaces, iPod docking stations, and tubs.
The inn also has an ice machine, a soda machine, concierge services, a sauna and hot tub, a DVD library, central air conditioning and heating, wine and beer for sale, an office computer with printer, board games, lawn games, guest parlors, and massage therapy. A gourmet breakfast and buffet starts the day, and there is a manager’s wine and cheese reception as well. There is even a beverage bar and fresh baked treats.
105 East Wallace Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, ID, Phone: 208-765-5200
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5.Weekend Getaways in Idaho: Boise Hillside Suites
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Boise Hillside Suites is close enough to major attractions to be convenient yet remote enough to offer some excellent privacy with a short 5-minute trip to downtown. All rooms have locally made shampoo and soap, hair dryers, Keurig coffee makers, microwaves, fridges, faux or full fireplaces, HD TV flat-screens with free Hulu and Netflix, and professionally pressed seats.
Some rooms even have fireplaces, private driveways, separate lounge areas, slate floors, a wet bar, and hot tubs to enhance your relaxing experience.
There is a premium outdoor seating area along with a dining area. Every suite has a private entrance, and you can look out onto amazing mountain views from all over the property. Expect to see plenty of wildlife and enjoy easy access to biking and hiking trails. You can also add flowers to your room or enjoy sparkling cider or handmade local artisan chocolates. In-room massages are also available.
4480 North Kitsap Way, Phone: 208-336-6502
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6.Weekend Getaways Near Me: Bluebird Inn Bed & Breakfast
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The Bluebird Inn Bed & Breakfast is right next to Bear Lake, giving guests easy access to the water and gorgeous scenery as well. Each of the five rooms has its own theme and double sinks, a separate tub, a shower, and a fireplace. There is also a private apartment available for larger groups, including families and weddings. Most rooms have king beds, and some also feature bay windows, picket fence headboards, or two double beds with space for up to four people. The apartment can accommodate as many as eight guests with its two bedrooms, futon mattresses, and bunk day bed. It also has two full bathrooms and full kitchen privileges.
In addition to the beautifully landscaped yard, the property has a fishpond for guests to enjoy. The day begins with a full gourmet breakfast so you can leave the inn energized and ready to explore the area. Breakfast always includes fresh fruit, juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, fresh biscuits, delicious jam, and something special like breakfast pizza or French toast casserole.
423 Highway 89, Fish Haven, ID, Phone: 208-945-2571
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7.Weekend Getaways in Idaho: IdaHome B&B
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Ida-Home B&B is close to Coeur d’Alene and provides elegance surrounded by wooded mountains and scenic prairies. The location means you are incredibly close to nature and can enjoy privacy, but you will still be near local attractions. There are four rooms filled with antiques and luxurious comforters. Every room has wireless internet, a sitting area, plenty of space, robes, hair dryers, and Fuller’s non-allergenic bath products. Some rooms also have fireplaces, reclining chairs, private baths, California king or king beds, in-room sinks, small fridges, love seats, walk-in closets, and antique rockers.
Guests have access to the campfire, fire pit table, and outdoor hot tub, and there are special touches available for romance. The property has five acres of land surrounded by untouched forestland that is perfect for strolling and enjoying nature. There are also patios and decks to lounge on. Enjoy breakfast on the deck or in the formal dining room. The inn can easily accommodate special diets with notice.
16374 W. Riverview Drive, Post Falls, ID, Phone: 208-773-6169
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8. Log Spirit
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This northern Idaho bed and breakfast is surrounded by mountain views and plenty of trees filled with wildlife. Each of the six rooms is unique, but they all have private ensuite baths, ceiling fans, spacious armoires, and electric stoves. Some have hand-carved bears on their log beds, two-person showers, king beds, sitting areas, a private balcony with hot tub, fridges, sofas, and claw-foot tubs.
The property has 30 acres of wooded land ideal for a walk.
You can also get amazing views of the stars on clear nights. You will find a bridge, waterfall, pond, orchards, gardens, and chickens as well. The great room has a stone fireplace and plenty of comfortable seating areas. Upstairs, a secluded library is perfect for watching movies, playing games, listening to music, and reading. You can sit on the wraparound deck that is eight feet wide and features comfortable deck furniture. The daily breakfast is served in the dining room.
31328 North Tiara Lane, Athol, ID, Phone: 208-683-4722
9.Weekend Getaways in Idaho: Bella Vista
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This inn is aptly named since it translates to “Beautiful View,” and everyone agrees the grounds are gorgeous. It is located in a private, quiet neighborhood surrounded by scenic views. There are two guest rooms to choose from –the room sleeps two while the suite sleeps up to four. The Bamboo Room has a full-size bed, a computer desk with a keypad and monitor, and a TV. The Ivy Suite has a queen bed, computer desk with monitor, quarter bath, couch, and sitting area.
The two accommodations share a full bath right outside.
Guests can relax with a beverage or snack on the guest patio and look at calming views of the valley. You can see all the way to Shafer Butte, the top of the mountain with a ski area. Guests can access the shared kitchenette around the corner with its Keurig machine and a range of beverages. There are three choices for breakfast: a power up parfait with locally made yogurt, berries, and homemade granola; a Euro plate with cheese, meat, fresh bread, pastries, and fruit; or lox and bagel with fruit. There are also gluten-free and lactose-free menus.
4601 S Ramona Street, Meridian, ID, Phone: 208-866-6012
10.Weekend Getaways Near Me: Western Pleasure Guest Ranch
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This is the perfect getaway for those who want to relax on a ranch and connect with nature. There are six rooms in the Grand Lounge and four Log Cabins to choose from. Cabins have hair dryers, private baths, fridges, microwaves, four-burner stoves, ovens, toasters, coffee pots, handcrafted quilts, wood burning stove with kindling, complimentary soaps, and specialty towels and sheets. Lodge rooms have private baths, complimentary wireless internet, complimentary soap, hand-crafted quilts, specialty towels, specialty sheets, and hair dryers.
You can go on daily horseback rides and enjoy evening entertainment. In the winter, there are sleigh rides, while in the fall, there are longer guided horseback rides. The Great Room has plenty of space for dining and meeting. You can enjoy the playground with your kids, use the laundry facilities, play horseshoes, use the basketball court, or relax in the outdoor hot tub. The recreation room has pool, Foosball, and a TV with comfortable couches. There is also a lodge loft with a table and sofas. Guests receive three gourmet country meals every single day with vacation packages.
1413 Upper Gold Creek, Sandpoint, ID, Phone: 208-263-9066
11.Idaho Weekend Getaways: Blue Heron Inn
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The Blue Heron Inn gives guests a beautiful place to stay no matter the time of the day. There are seven rooms to choose from with amenities like a TV, fireplace, king or queen bed, cozy robes, jetted tub for two, shower, private balcony, and great views of the river. There is also a pet friendly room and rooms with space for four people.
You are likely to see the friendly bull moose along with the mother and calves and plenty of eagles. The property itself covers 3.5 acres of land, including an area for fishing. Inside, you will find a game table with games, a sitting area, and an extensive library, puzzles, a theater, and a pool table along with a large exterior patio. The daily breakfast is large enough to be considered a “lumber jack breakfast,” meaning you can expect to stay full for a long time. To make the most of your stay, add a romantic package with things like chocolate covered strawberries, sparkling cider, chocolates, and flowers.
706 N. Yellowstone Highway, Rigby, ID, Phone: 208-821-8220
12.Idaho Weekend Getaways: The Ashley Inn
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The Ashley Inn is situated right in the Cascade Mountains with lots of amenities and plenty of parking. The rooms all have DVD players, and there is a nice selection of DVDs available. There are a total of sixty-seven rooms and suites, each of which has a fireplace and plush robes. Other standard amenities include alarm clocks, hair dryers, coffee makers, high-speed internet, irons, triple-sheeted bedding, and Gilchrest and Soames amenities.
Some also have sofa beds, bay windows, microwaves, and sofa beds.
The inn has natural hot springs right on the property along with a heated pool, a spa, and fireplaces. Get some exercise in the well-equipped fitness room. There are cookies every night along with milk, coffee, or tea to help you get ready for bed and a full breakfast buffet so you have enough energy to last a full day of activities.
500 North Main Street, Cascade, ID, Phone: 208-382-5621
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13.The Coeur d’Alene Golf Club and Spa Resort
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The The Coeur d’Alene Resort is perfect for relaxation and is surrounded by nature. Every room has elevated beds, individual ventilation, CD players, spacious bathrooms, widescreen flat-panel LCD TVs, high-speed internet, reading chairs, superior soundproofing, in-room coffee, cotton robes, luxurious toiletries, pillow-top mattresses, local daily newspapers, and sofas.
Since the building is 17 stories tall, you can expect amazing views no matter where you are. Some rooms also have fireplaces, wall-to-wall windows, private balconies, minibars, shower tub combos, executive style work desks, wet bars, cathedral ceilings, and a private whirlpool and glass bottom swimming pool.
Guests can enhance their stay with fruit and cheese platters, children’s toys, vegetable trays, cakes, wine, champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, and more. The resort also has golfing, a range of restaurants and bars, and a spa.
115 S. 2nd Street, Coeur d’Alene, ID
14.Idaho Weekend Getaways: Sun Valley Lodge
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The Sun Valley Lodge is part of a larger resort with activities for everyone. There are 108 new and incredibly spacious guest rooms. Amenities vary slightly by type of room, but you can expect features like granite entries, custom furniture, spa-like bathrooms, closets, walk-in showers, double vanities, soaking tubs, flat screen HD TVs, coffee makers, fridges, wireless internet, iHome docking stations and clock radios, and safes. Some also have sitting areas, fireplaces, a foldout sofa, an extra TV, ski closets, and amazing views.
In addition to the luxurious rooms, there is a 20,000 square foot spa with everything you need to relax and pamper yourself, an outdoor pool enclosed by glass, a pool café, a fitness center, and a yoga center along with a long list of restaurants and lounges. The restaurants allow for everything from a casual meal to an upscale dinner to a quick snack or dessert. There is also shopping at the resort as well as opportunities to enjoy the lake, go ice skating, fly fishing, play tennis, do sport shooting, go hiking or running, or go horseback riding.
1 Sun Valley Road, Sun Valley, ID, Phone: 800-786-8259
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15.Idaho Weekend Getaways: Teton Springs Resort & Club
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This resort is in Teton Valley’s foothills with picturesque views and plenty of nearby activities. There are actually options to own homes and condos in the resort, or you can stay at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa where you will find lodge rooms, suites, or luxury log cabins with modern amenities.
The property is an entire resort community covering 780 acres of land, complete with access to all the most popular activities. The Headwaters Club is family-friendly and relaxed with two golf courses and a sports complex complete with fitness activities, swimming, and tennis. The sports club also has two hot tubs, a kids’ area for wet play, two tennis courts, a basketball court, and strength and cardio equipment. Enjoy a meal at The Grille at Teton Springs on the patio or by the fireplace.
10 Warm Creek Lane, Victor, ID, Phone: 877-787-8757
16.Weekend Getaways Near Me: Sun Valley Inn
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Part of the larger Sun Valley Resort, the Sun Valley Inn has been hosting guests since 1937 with its European-inspired décor. The traditional rooms in the inn have queen size beds, marble baths, plush bathrobes, flat-screen plasma TVs, mini-fridges, high-speed internet, oak French furnishings, and more. Other rooms have marble tubs, DVD players, an extra vanity sink, twin beds, an extra bath, a daily newspaper, a king bed, or a sitting parlor in addition to standard amenities. There are even inn apartments with three bedrooms, two large bathrooms, and a full kitchen along with a dining table that seats six, TVs in each room plus a 31-inch TV in the living room, and high-speed internet.
There is an outdoor pool for guests to use with an exercise room next door. When you want something to eat, visit Bald Mountain Pizza and Pasta with your family or Ram for a more upscale feel. The resort is also great for Nordic skiing, regular skiing or snowboarding, massages or salon treatments at the spa, shopping, and dining.
1 Sun Valley Rd, Sun Valley, ID, Phone: 800-786-8259
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17.Weekend Getaways Near Me: Shoshone Bannock Hotel
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The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes owns and runs this hotel and event center, which has meeting space of 15,000 square feet along with accommodations and dining. There are 156 hotel guest rooms, each of which has tribal artwork and exquisite furnishings. Eleven of these are suites with walk-in showers. All guest rooms have a king bed or two queens, a 42-inch flat-screen HD TV, an iPod docking station, a clock radio, a coffee maker, a personal coded safe, a spacious work desk, complimentary bottled water, and complimentary internet access.
The hotel also gives guests access to their fitness center 24 hours a day along with the hot tub and heated pool. The nearby Fort Hall Casino is open 24 hours as well. Guests can enjoy treatments at the Cedar Spa with its local ingredients, massages, facials, and manicures. Dine at the Camas Sports Grill, which is open for every meal and is famous for their bison sliders, Idaho nachos, and fry bread breakfast.
777 Bannock Trail, Fort Hall, ID, Phone: 208-238-4800
18.Idaho Weekend Getaways: Blue Lakes Inn
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This boutique hotel is modernized and will certainly create a lasting impression. Every guest room has complimentary bottled water, heating, air conditioning, private entrances, cable 40-inch flat-screen TV, original Idaho art, alarm clocks, mini fridges, hair dryers, desks with chairs, and free wireless internet. Some rooms are also dog friendly or have kitchenettes with microwaves and induction burners, bunk beds with space for six people, walk-in steam showers, extra sleeper sofas, and 50-inch TVs. There are adjoining rooms available as well as phones with free local calls.
Regardless of the time of year, the inn’s hot tub is ready for guests to use, and there is also an outdoor swimming pool. There is also an EV charging station, a meeting room with a full kitchen, an interior sitting area, and an outdoor patio with more seating. All guests start the day with a complimentary breakfast with fresh roasted coffee, Chobani yogurt, granola, bagels, and fresh pastries.
952 Blue Lakes Boulevard, N. Twin Falls, ID, Phone: 208-933-2123
19.Weekend Getaways Near Me: Hilton Garden Inn Idaho Falls
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The Hilton Garden Inn is perfect for those who want something familiar from a large hotel chain they can trust. This inn boasts spacious guest rooms, including accessible rooms and suites. There is complimentary wireless internet along with 24-hour shuttle service. All accommodations have 32-inch HD TVs, fridges, microwaves, coffeemakers, HBO, USA Today newspapers, work desks with ergonomic chairs, and secure remote printing.
You can choose a room with a balcony, walk-in shower, whirlpool tub, or roll-in shower.
Guests can relax on the seasonal outdoor patio and bar or even reserve one of the four meeting rooms. The inn has an indoor heated pool and a whirlpool tub along with a 24-hour fitness center. For those who prefer to work out in their room, there are Stay Fit Kits available. Other amenities include laundry service, valet service, a complimentary beverage area, and baggage storage. For a small fee, guests can enjoy a cooked-to-order breakfast at the Garden Grille and Bar or get something at the 24-Hour Pavilion Pantry. Unwind with a drink at the Pavilion Lounge.
700 Lindsay Blvd, ID, Phone: 208-522-9500
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20.Idaho Weekend Getaways: The Riverside Hotel
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The Riverside Hotel offers comfortable accommodations with down comforters, down pillows, triple sheeting, and pillow top mattresses. Rooms also have full baths featuring dual vanities and oval garden tubs, free wireless and wired internet, 42-inch flat panel TVs with cable and HBO, a business work desk, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons with ironing boards, two speaker phones with voice mail, an MP3 player and radio alarm clock, and climate control. The hotel is also pet friendly so you don’t have to leave Fido at home. You can also choose a suite with a fridge, wet bar, seating area, and/or whirlpool tub.
In addition to a pool, the hotel offers poolside cocktails. In the outside areas, there is a rose garden and gazebo, while inside, you will find jumbo checkers and chess and common areas to sit in. The full service restaurant called the Riverside Grill is open from 6am to 11pm all day with an impressive menu selection and a breakfast buffet. In room dining is also available, or you can get a drink at Bar365 or the Sandbar, an outdoor seasonal patio bar and grill. The Sapphire Room has music and small plates plus a full-service bar.
2900 Chinden Boulevard, Boise, ID, Phone: 208-343-1871
21.Idaho Weekend Getaways: Modern Hotel And Bar
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The Modern Hotel is in a Travelodge that has been renovated and shows off its mid-century heritage combined with modern amenities and designs. The thirty-nine guest rooms have unique and modern appointments with conveniences and stylish finishes. Every room has pillow top mattresses, mid-century modern furnishings, 40-inch Samsung Smart TVs, wireless and wired internet, walk-in rain showers, William Roam bathroom amenities, mini bar items, built-in closets, coffeemakers, irons with ironing boards, and full length mirrors. You can request laundry and dry cleaning, cribs, rollaway beds, microwaves, and fridges in any room. Rooms have one or two queen or king beds, and some also have balconies with sitting areas, an extra TV, a queen sofa bed, or are ADA accessible.
Guests have access to the outdoor courtyard with fire pits, the business center, a concierge, and free bicycles. The complimentary breakfast begins your day during the week with fresh-squeezed juice, tea, coffee, fresh fruit, croissants, granola, and yogurt. If you choose, you can also enjoy a weekend brunch or a dinner. The bar has an extensive selection of cocktails, beer, wine, and even brunch drinks.
1314 W Grove Street, Boise, ID, Phone: 208-424-8244
22.Weekend Getaways Near Me: Sweet Magnolia Bed & Breakfast
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Sweet Magnolia Bed and Breakfast aims to give each guest a taste of Southern hospitality despite being in Idaho. The accommodations are just as spectacular as the city of Sandpoint, and they are located right by Lake Pend Oreille for easy access to outdoor activities. The five guestrooms are each named after a type of Magnolia and have a full private bath. One has a California king bed while the rest have queen beds, and two can fit a third person with a twin bed.
All rooms have showers, and some also have claw foot tubs for a leisurely soak. You can even combine two of the rooms to create a larger suite.
Guests can also relax in the common areas with the fireplace or various reading areas along with a piano. There is also seating on the outdoor porch. A typical breakfast at the inn has an egg dish with farm fresh eggs, sausage or bacon that was locally raised, fresh fruit, homemade gluten-free yogurt, and home-baked sweet treats. You can enjoy your hot beverage like coffee starting an hour before breakfast.
502 North 4th Avenue, Sandpoint, ID, Phone: 208-263-2425
25 Best Weekend Getaways in Idaho
- Shore Lodge, Photo: Shore Lodge
- Weekend Getaways in Idaho: Talus Rock, Photo: Talus Rock
- Weekend Getaways Near Me: The Wallace Inn, Photo: The Wallace Inn
- The Roosevelt Inn, Photo: The Roosevelt Inn
- Weekend Getaways in Idaho: Boise Hillside Suites, Photo: Boise Hillside Suites
- Weekend Getaways Near Me: Bluebird Inn Bed & Breakfast, Photo: Bluebird Inn Bed & Breakfast
- Weekend Getaways in Idaho: IdaHome B&B, Photo: IdaHome B&B
- Log Spirit, Photo: Log Spirit
- Weekend Getaways in Idaho: Bella Vista, Photo: Bella Vista
- Weekend Getaways Near Me: Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, Photo: Western Pleasure Guest Ranch
- Idaho Weekend Getaways: Blue Heron Inn, Photo: Blue Heron Inn
- Idaho Weekend Getaways: The Ashley Inn, Photo: The Ashley Inn
- The Coeur d’Alene Golf Club and Spa Resort, Photo: The Coeur d’Alene Golf Club and Spa Resort
- Idaho Weekend Getaways: Sun Valley Lodge, Photo: Sun Valley Lodge
- Idaho Weekend Getaways: Teton Springs Resort & Club, Photo: Teton Springs Resort & Club
- Weekend Getaways Near Me: Sun Valley Inn, Photo: Sun Valley Inn
- Weekend Getaways Near Me: Shoshone Bannock Hotel, Photo: Shoshone Bannock Hotel
- Idaho Weekend Getaways: Blue Lakes Inn, Photo: Blue Lakes Inn
- Weekend Getaways Near Me: Hilton Garden Inn Idaho Falls, Photo: Hilton Garden Inn Idaho Falls
- Idaho Weekend Getaways: The Riverside Hotel, Photo: The Riverside Hotel
- Idaho Weekend Getaways: Modern Hotel And Bar, Photo: Modern Hotel And Bar
- Weekend Getaways Near Me: Sweet Magnolia Bed & Breakfast, Photo: Sweet Magnolia Bed & Breakfast
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More Ideas: Big Creek Lodge
Idaho is a truly special state, filled with mountains, forests, and stunning scenery all around. It's the home of many an outdoor adventurer, drawing in nature lovers and explorers from far and wide and being one of America's best camping, hiking, and backcountry destinations. It's a place where people can really feel at one with nature, and the state is also filled with lots of hidden gems and little-known locations where magical experiences can be enjoyed, like Big Creek Lodge.
Big Creek Lodge - Backcountry Lodge in Idaho
Situated at an elevation of over 5,700 feet above sea level, surrounded by nothing but trees, fields, and mountains, Big Creek Lodge is a special place with a whole lot of history behind it. The lodge was originally built in 1934 and known as Big Creek Hotel, serving as a comfortable and homely accommodation location for generations of pilots visiting the local airstrip and outdoor enthusiasts searching for adventures in the Idaho wilderness.
The Big Creek Hotel was a successful and beloved location, regarded as a true treasure that Idaho natives could be proud of and out-of-state visitors could fall in love with, but in October of 2008, everything changed. A terrible fire took hold of the lodge and surrounding buildings. The only buildings to survive the inferno were the old general store, a small cabin, and a simple shed.
Locals and frequent visitors believed that on that day, an iconic backcountry fly-in destination had been lost forever. Fortunately, that wasn't the end of the story for Big Creek Lodge. Shortly after the fire, the Idaho Aviation Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and advocating small and backcountry airstrips around Idaho, decided to raise some funds and rebuild the lodge, opening up to the public in 2018.
- Overview - Big Creek Lodge is a place quite unlike any other. Nearly a century of history is associated with this place, including that fateful fire of 2008, but the lodge still stands tall and proud, welcoming guests from far and wide. It offers multiple accommodation options, including the main lodge building, a yurt, and a cabin, as well as on-site dining, along with other amenities and features. It sits in the center of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, surrounded by the Salmon River Mountains. It's a place where people can escape into nature, spotting the likes of elk, moose, mountain goats, eagles, and even the odd bear or wolf in the wilderness.
- The Lodge - With history dating back to the 1930s, the Big Creek Lodge fell into ashes in the fire of 2008 but has been reconstructed, better than ever before and open for your next backcountry adventure. Honoring the traditions and features of the past while also providing the comforts and conveniences of the modern world, the lodge offers all the classic charms of a traditional mountain retreat with the feel of a luxury hotel. It features four rooms that can sleep families of two adults and two children. All rooms come with private bathrooms and plenty of in-room luxuries, and all rentals come with up to two breakfasts each day and access to all the activities of the lodge and surrounding areas.
- The Yurt - If you love the concept of glamping and want to really experience life in the wilderness, while still enjoying the comforts and luxuries that have become essential parts of modern life, the yurt at Big Creek Lodge might be the place for you. Situated about a mile from the main lodge, this intimate hidden spot is available for full or partial rentals. You can choose to rent out the whole place or simply rent a bed and share the space with other guests, potentially meeting some like-minded adventurers along the way. The yurt features an outdoor deck area, huge dining table, and propane stove.
- The Cabin - If you're looking for something cozy and comfortable, yet also romantic and unique, the cabin at Big Creek Lodge might be just right. It's only 50 yards from the main lodge, so you can easily walk over and enjoy meals and other amenities throughout the day. All guests at the cabin have access to up to two breakfasts per day and can use the showers in the lodge. The cabin itself features two separate spaces, each offering twin beds and a loft space for extra guests, as well as a half bathroom. It has no electricity, offering a rustic charm and aesthetic with its propane lights and lanterns.
- The Experience - Meals are served at Big Creek Lodge in the main lodge building. The menu is always changing to reflect the seasons, making use of fresh and local ingredients in each and every dish and offering that classic, camping, backcountry style cooking that every outdoor adventurer loves. As well as enjoying delicious meals and rustic accommodation, guests at Big Creek Lodge can partake in a wide variety of activities in the local area like horseriding, hiking, biking, fishing, and more.
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More Ideas: River Dance Lodge
The River Dance Lodge is one of the Northwest’s premier destinations. It was opened in 2002 in Kooskia, Idaho and offers guests all-inclusive lodging and dining, as well as optional outdoor adventures. The lodge and resort are just a few miles from the historic Lewis and Clark trail. It is open from the late fall through the early spring on an annual basis.
Guest who stay at the resort have their choice of a variety of different overnight accommodations.
For guests who want to stay in a traditional setting, the ranch has both small and large cabins.
The small cabins can fit up to four people with two sleeping areas - a bedroom that includes a queen size bed and a loft upstairs with two twin size beds (that will make a king size bed if pushed together). The large cabins can fit anywhere from six to eight people with three sleeping areas - two queen size bedrooms share the bathroom, and an upstairs loft with a single and a queen size bed that has a half bath. There is also a futon in the living room that can fit two additional people if needed. The main floor of the small cabin also has a full bathroom and a living room with a gas fireplace. Each cabin also has a private deck and hot tub. The cabins also have a small kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, and toaster; a charcoal grill is also included on the deck.
Guests who prefer to be more outdoors without having to leave behind any of the essentials can stay at one of the glamping sites. Each site has a king size bed, a small table, a wood stove, and chairs. The back of the site has a large back porch with clawfoot tub. Guests will share a toilet (self-composting) in the bathroom facilities located a short walk away.
For guests who prefer the full camping experience, the ranch has plenty of options for those as well. There is a full campground, complete with shower house, on the property. Guests must bring their own tents with them, and firewood is available for purchase on-site.
There are also a small number of sites available for RVs to park, but they do not include any hook-ups for sewer or water. Electricity can be used only for lights.
One of the large cabins as well as one of the small cabins are considered pet-friendly.
Amenities in the bathroom of the cabins include slate floors, quality fixtures, and tiled bath enclosures.
All beds are fitted with comfortable mattresses, high-quality linens, and hypoallergenic pillows.
Guests who stay at River Dance should be aware that none of the lodgings has air conditioning and should plan and dress accordingly. There are also no telephones, televisions, or internet access. However, the cafe does offer limited access as well as a public phone.
There is a cafe located on the property, although it is only open seasonally.
Syringa Cafe serves a unique menu of Northwest-inspired cuisine options.
Breakfast is served in the morning for an hour and a half and offers a continental breakfast buffet. However, if activities are scheduled earlier than the average breakfast time, guests can reserve an early breakfast with 24 hours notice.
Lunch lasts for about four hours and features a menu full of staples like soup, salad, pasta, and protein options for both meat eaters and vegetarians. Lunch is provided for all guests for their daily activities and can be made as a box lunch.
Dinner is served for two hours and features more significant portions of many of the same options available for lunch. In addition, dinner is served with optional wine and beer. Dinner varies slightly in that it is three course, with an appetizer, main dish, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages (coffee, tea, or soda).
The cafe is best known for its huckleberry pie, made fresh every day they are open.
The most significant draw for guests is the variety of all-inclusive outdoor activities that the resort offers.
Guests can enjoy whitewater rafting down the Clearwater River, Lochsa River, or Selway River with a trained and experienced guide. Each river is best for a different level of rafting, with the Lochsa by far the most challenging with its class IV+ rapids. Calmer river float trips are also available on request.
Another guest favorite is kayaking. There are opportunities for kayakers of all skill levels - beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Guests who fall into the less experienced category will be traveling on inflatable kayaks known to be easier to operate, while advanced kayakers can bring their own gear and go out unaccompanied if they wish.
Mountain biking is another option for guests at River Dance. There are over a million miles of protected land outside their front doors, and a trailhead to some of the more structured trails exists just a short drive from the resort. Guests can also choose to take a guided tour, where knowledgeable local guides will tell guests all about nature and history that they will see during their mountain biking.
Fly fishing is a relaxing favorite of guests at the lodge. Fly fishing trips are offered at both the Selway and the Clearwater Rivers. Some of the fish frequently caught include wild cutthroat and rainbow trout, and the lodge provides a money back guarantee that guests will learn something new during their trip.
For guests who want to head out on their own two feet, there are literally hundreds of different hiking adventures to be had. Guests can do a guided tour or head out by themselves, and lodge staff can provide staff with interactive maps and information. The team has also compiled a list of some of the favorite hikes, including O’Hara Creek, Pete King Creek, and the Lochsa River Historic Trail. Transportation is available to some of the trails located further away.
Bag lunches can be prepared in advance by the Syringa Cafe with 24 hours notice.
7743 Highway 12, Kooskia, ID 83539, Phone: 866-769-8747
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The Pines at Island Park, located in Idaho, is a secluded cabin resort near many of the best outdoor attractions the state has to offer. The Pines also has a full-service dining experience for lunch and dinner. The history of the resort stretches all the way back to the 1800s.
There are multiple cabins available for overnight rental accommodations at The Pines.
The one bedroom cabins actually have two sleeping areas, with a loft bedroom with a queen size bed and a master bedroom that also has a queen size bed (located on the main floor). These cabins also have a single, private bathroom and spacious, separate living room area. Each one bedroom cabin comes with satellite television, a hot tub, and an outdoor deck that comes with a barbeque grill. They are also equipped with a full-size kitchenette, each with a microwave, under the counter refrigerator, coffee maker, large sink, and toaster. These cabins come with linens and service for up to four people at a time. Guests who plan to do more cooking can upgrade to a one bedroom cabin that comes with a full kitchen, which includes a full cooking range and oven, full sized refrigerator, and dishwasher.
The two bedrooms cabins provide for four different sleeping areas, two master bedrooms with queen size beds, and two additional queen size beds in the loft. These cabins have an extra bathroom (two total), a washer and dryer, and satellite television. Each two-bedroom cabin has an outdoor deck with a barbeque grill and a hot tub. They are also equipped with a full-size kitchen, which comes with a full-size refrigerator, toaster, microwave, cooking range and oven, sink, and coffee maker. Each cabin is stocked with linens and service for up to eight people at a time.
The last cabin at The Pines is the three-bedroom cabin. These have three queen size beds, with two master bedrooms and an additional in the loft. The second floor of each three bedroom cabin also has a master bedroom suite with a king size bed, television, fireplace, and hot tub. All cabins have two, private bathrooms, a washer and dryer, satellite television, and outdoor deck with hot tub and barbeque grill. The living room area has two leather couches, and the kitchen is full-size and equipped with a full-size refrigerator, toaster, dishwasher, sink, coffee maker, cooking range and oven, and microwave. Each cabin is stocked with linens and service for up to eight people at a time, as well.
All cabins at The Pines are non-smoking, and no pets will be allowed at any time.
The Lodgepole Grill, located in Phillips Lodge, serves both lunch and dinner.
Lunch is served daily until 5pm. The menu is classic American food, including burgers, chicken tenders and sandwiches, and fish. They also serve traditional appetizers, like onion rings and hot wings, as well as salads and pasta.
The dinner menu is similar, expanding the traditional options into more substantial portions. Guests can also enjoy prime rib on Friday and Saturday. All choices are served with either salad or soup and one side option (baked potato, garlic mashed potatoes, or steamed vegetables).
The Lodgepole Grill also has a children’s menu, which allows younger visitors (under the age of 12) to The Pines to choose more child-friendly options like corn dogs, grilled cheese, and french fries.
The Pines are located close to many famous Idaho attractions.
One of the most well-known is Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone is perhaps most famous for the Old Faithful Geyser, the Grand Canyon, Mammoth Hot Springs, and the Grand Prismatic Spring. Ask the front desk for directions or to arrange transportation.
Mesa Falls is a less busy but just as beautiful natural area located close to The Pines. Mesa Falls consists of both the Upper Mesa and Lower Mesa Falls, which are on the Snake River’s Henry’s Fork.
Also close to the resort is Henry’s Lake State Park. Guest at The Pines often enjoy full days out at the state park and taking part in outdoor activities like picnicking, hiking, biking, fishing, boating, and playing horseshoes. Another close state park is Harriman State Park, which is known for having just as many summer as winter activities. Depending on the time of the visit, guests can enjoy fly fishing, historical tours of Railroad Ranch, or Nordic skiing (with over twenty miles of trails).
For water-based activities, guests can visit the Island Park Reservoir. The water here covers more than 8000 acres and has multiple access points for boating, swimming, and more.
Various different rentals are also available, and more information can be found by contacting the front desk. Guests can also arrange for fishing guides, horseback riding adventures, and guided tours of many of the local activities.
3907 Phillips Loop Road, Island Park, ID 83429, Phone: 208-558-0192
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