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While in McCall, hunt no further than The Hunt Lodge

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

I recently visited McCall, Idaho for the first time and certainly hope it will not be my last…what a great little town.  The area is so scenic—from Payette Lake, rafting rivers to nearby ski slopes…there is a lot to see and do, not to mention some great restaurants and shopping.

I was in McCall for a week-long rafting trip down the Salmon River with the folks from O.A.R.S. and decided to stay at The Hunt Lodge for pre and post trip accommodations.  Staying at the Lodge was quite convenient since it’s also the pre-trip meeting place for all O.A.R.S excursions down the Salmon.  The Lodge is located right in town and is in walking distance to many amenities.

The Hunt Lodge is actually a Holiday Inn Express property, which I was surprised by since it has such distinct character—if it weren’t for the sign out front, you’d probably never know.  As you approach the Lodge for the first time, you’ll notice the grand post beam construction and wood-carved sculptures. The lobby has an array of mounted taxidermy, which really gives it that “lodge-like” feeling.

There are four accommodation levels to choose from…a standard queen or king room, a double queen suite and the king suite, which is the room I stayed in.  The King suite is quite spacious with its own separate lounge area, equipped with wet bar, mini-fridge, microwave and T.V.  The King Suite also has a huge Jacuzzi tub, and, all rooms are accented in bold beautiful granite with many modern fixtures.

Lodge/Hotel amenities include:

  • A luxurious heated indoor pool and spa
  • Fitness Center
  • Business center
  • Conference Center
  • Washer/Dryer
  • And, complimentary buffet breakfast

If you’re looking for a great place to stay while in McCall, I think you’ll be quite satisfied with The Hunt Lodge.  The staff is very helpful and friendly, especially Jonathon, the General Manager.

Click the following link to see more of my pictures of The Hunt Lodge in McCall, Idaho.  If you’ve stayed at The Hunt Lodge before, please leave a comment for my readers and me.  If you’ve found this post with video to be helpful, please hit the “Like” button below.

Contact Info:

The Hunt Lodge – Holiday Inn Express & Suites
210 North 3rd Street
McCall, ID 83638
Phone: 208-634-4700

Paradise Valley Inn Bed and Breakfast Review

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Paradise Valley Inn  Bed and Breakfast is located just outside (and above) Bonners Ferry, Idaho, which is in the northern part of the state and not far from the Canadian boarder.  The Inn has five comfortable rooms, in addition to a private Garden Cabin (which is where I stayed). The majestic vista of the Kootenai Valley can be viewed from every room, which is the first thing you notice when you enter the Inn.

Each guestroom comes equipped with a cozy down comforter, down pillows and its own private bath. There is even an outdoor hot tub which is perfectly situated at the cliff’s edge so that you may take in the views of the valley below.

A full breakfast is served each morning in a bistro-style setting, which is near a wood-burning fireplace to keep you toasty on those colder days of the year.

“Paradise Valley” is a glacier-created valley just 30 minutes north of Sandpoint and 30 minutes south of the Canadian border, which makes the location of the Paradise Valley Inn fairly convenient with lots of unspoiled wilderness surrounding it. There is a strong likelihood that you’ll see some wildlife while at the Inn, from Moose to Deer.

Known as the “gateway” to Canada, Bonners Ferry is the headquarters of the International Selkirk Loop, which is traveled by many vacationers every year. The Loop was featured in Sunset magazine in 2001 and 2002. The town is full of shops, stores and a casino. Winding through the county, passing along the edge of downtown is the Kootenai River Valley, where rich farm lands produce a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, hay, wheat, barley and hops.

Near downtown Bonners Ferry  there is the 2,700 acre Kootenai River Wildlife Refuge. Since 1965, the marshlands surrounding this section of the Kootenai River have been labeled protected breeding and nesting grounds for over 2,000 species of birds ranging from Canadian geese to ring-necked pheasants.

After nearly ten years of owning and running the Paradise Valley Inn, Kristyn Brunz has decided to sell the Inn and move back east.  It’s quite a romantic story actually, she met and fell in love with one of her guests. For information on the Paradise Valley Inn, email: or call 888-447-4180.