Ready for an adventure we booked 2 nights in beautiful Island Park. Where we took 17 women from the Northern Utah area and headed out for a weekend getaway.
We were lucky to have found the Gathering Place.
We got there near dark and we were so glad for the detailed directions and instructions that we were given from the owners Teara and Andy.
There was ample parking for 7 cars.. Yes, seven. Every size from Suburban to Honda. We fit with room to spare.
We entered and found the layout to spacious and very clean. There was even a minky travel blanket as a gift and local carmels to greet us!
They made our entry extra special with a special welcome to us as a group.
We promptly turned up the heat and got situated. We enjoyed sitting in the upper living room where we all had space to play games while our dinner was being prepared.
I have stayed at several rentals and I will say this kitchen was the most stocked and had everything you could want or need. From a large selection of kitchen ware to wine glasses. At dinner we were able to sit together in the dining space when we flipped the table long ways.
Quickly after dinner we headed outside to the hot tub. It was large, hot and a great way to relax after a 4 hour drive. To sit and just relax was just what we needed. It was snowing and made it even more enticing to get in.
We made our way back in and settled in for the night. The beds were comfortable and the bedding in excellent condition.
As morning found us and we quickly ate and went in separate directions. Some went walking in the local area, some stayed in for a bit and then hit the local shopping and another group went to Yellowstone which was only 35 minutes away, where they say grizzly bears, a baby wolf, coyote, badger, elk, bison, deer and pronghorn.
Heading in for the evening, it was nice to have well stocked bathrooms with all the amenities ample hot water that everyone enjoyed a hot shower. The towels were plush and soft.
When you have 17 women under one roof it can be a challenge. There were enough bathrooms, towels, space and amenities to keep everyone happy in a time of year where you experience all four seasons in a 24 hour period.
Thank you for having Soulful Women in Business and allowing us to experience your cabin. We can’t wait to come back!
If you are looking for a place for a large group or a place to host a retreat The Gathering Place is something you should look at. Teara and Andy really made us feel so welcome.
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The Gathering Place
My husband and I just spent a few nights at the Big Chalet in the woods of Island Park, Idaho. We found the cabin to be quite comfortable, charming and well located for outdoor adventures.
The property was beautiful, tucked into the pine trees and the chalet offers up the rustic cabin charm. With it being only a few hours from the Salt Lake City area we can totally imagine ourselves coming here again.
We loved having our morning coffee out on the deck in the rocking chairs, listening to the sounds of chipmunks doing their little chipmunk business as well as the light breeze through the trees. It was quite peaceful and a lovely way to start our lazy morning. The bed was so cozy, with super soft sheets and high end pillows it was hard for us to get out of it! Unlike a hotel room, we didn't have the desire to rush out of the chalet...it felt like home.
We also enjoyed stargazing from the deck in the evening, and if we had planned it out better we could have had a fire in the firepit (we failed to pick up firewood). We could see so many stars in the night sky, we sat there for hours dreaming about other worlds.
The cabin offers games, high speed internet and smart TVs so whether you want to enjoy in or outdoors there’s plenty to keep you entertained.
The cabin was very comfortable and spacious for the five people it reports to sleep. It was immaculately clean. It was also super convenient to have laundry in the cabin. The neighborhood and street is quiet. There’s great parking. They have kayaks you can rent and use during your adventures.
The kitchen is stocked with everything you think of to make home cooked meals, including an Instapot! There’s all the dishes, utensils, pots, pans and everything else you’d need! With the upgraded cabinets and gorgeous countertops it felt like a very luxurious kitchen to prepare a home cooked meal.
There were plenty of linens and other creature comforts as well. There really wasn’t anything that we needed that we didn’t find available to use in the cabin. They’ve really taken a lot of time and care to make the cabin an easy and welcoming place to stay.
The chalet was easy to find, and easy to get in to. We arrived late and loved the keyless entry so we didn’t feel pressured to arrive by a specific time. There’s a lovely instruction book with information about the local area, attractions and other good information to know. We did have to contact Andy and Teara and they were very quick to respond and help answer our questions.
We decided to adventure in and around the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Harriman State Park and the Island Park Reservoir rather than enter Yellowstone National Park. We had just spent time in Yellowstone last year, so we wanted to explore new areas.
The Chalet is very well located for seeing Yellowstone, and we drove in from the north and had to drive through West Yellowstone to get to the cabin. It was a very quick and easy drive to the national park and would be the perfect home base for exploring this national treasure. It’s also a quick trip from the Chalet to Big Sky, Montana and the Lewis and Clark Caverns (where we were the day we drove in).
Caribou-Targhee National Forest: We visited the Upper and Lower Mesa Falls which were incredibly beautiful. At the Upper Falls there’s a visitors center that was built in 1916. They have some good exhibits that talk about the Yellowstone ecosystem and the different wildlife in the area. There’s even a room with different animal pelts that the kids are allowed to touch!
Island Park Reservoir: We had lunch on the deck at the Lakeside Lodge and Resort. The food was okay, but the deck was a perfect spot to enjoy the views of the Reservoir and watch people play on jet skis, kayaks, water ski and fish (all of which is available for rental) and enjoy the beautiful fall weather.
Harriman State Park: we followed some of the hiking trails and checked out the historic Railroad Ranch built in the early 1900s. The trails offer scenic views of the valley and got to see and listen to the Trumpeter Swans and see some yellow bellied marmots scurrying around. It was a very beautiful and scenic walk - the trail system is an easy mostly flat walking experience.
For a really quick trip, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The drive up from the Salt Lake City area is quick and the Big Chalet is a wonderful getaway offering the perfect location to explore the great outdoors.
For more information on staying here visit The Chalet in the Forrest Big Cabin.
Dr. Dee Frayne is is a guest writer she is a Ogden local and owns My YES Life with Dr. Dee Frayne
We drove north on the 20, just my son and me, out for an adventure to our Little Chalet in the forest. The dusk crept on us as the forest began to wrap around us. I told my son I had a podcast I wanted him to listen to. He groaned and reluctantly agreed. I had planned this trip out thoroughly. Including having pre-selected a scary story podcast. As we plunged into the darkening forest, we listened to the thriller tale of Carrier.
We arrived at the Little Chalet in the forest in Island Park, ID properly primed for our adventures to begin. We were given thorough written instructions, and google worked perfectly as well. Even in the dark we had no problem finding our cabin. It was instantly evident Visit Island Park had thought through my visit as thoroughly as I had. The way to the cabin was well lit with attractive yet not invasive lighting. The front porch light was on and their key code entry made it a breeze to check-in. I just entered my code and check-in was established!
We were instantly taken by the bright cheer with a clean welcoming setting. The Little Chalet is a little cabin in the woods that could comfortably sleep 4. The walls are planked with a light wood which had a fresh authentic scent to it. Well thought out decor brought the perfect touches.
My birthday boy who warranted this special getaway immediately ran upstairs to the loft with an excited exclamation. He demanded I come see instantly. I obliged and headed up the stairs. There I found my own excitement for a cute little loft style bedroom. The cozy bed sits between the vault of the loft ceiling. As per the rest of the cabin the room is inviting and bright.
The expanded kitchenette was exactly what I needed. They have a Keurig. Hot chocolate for the kiddo and a latte for mom started our mornings off perfectly. We sat on the beautiful deck and watched the sun rise up over the east. The light would descend into the trees starting from the tip top creeping down inch by inch. The golden light bouncing off the branches brought the forest to life. The birds chirped and we cuddled in our fuzzy pajamas, sipping hot drinks.
We picked our activity for the day and packed a lunch. We were off to see what Island Park has to offer. We were happy to find a short distance from our Chalet, we were able to fill our day with memories. We found the Eagle Ridge Ranch just a 16 min drive away. We booked a horseback riding trip on site through Yellowstone Horses
Included in our horse ride was all day use of the ranch picnic areas, creeks, ponds, lake and toys to go out on the water. Our two favorite features were the water trampoline and the rope swing off the dock. We went home happily exhausted with swimming, jumping, paddling and swinging our afternoon away.
My son was so excited to see the well built fire pit at the cabin. I had promised if we made a fire, he could light it. You betcha he decided then and there we were DEFINITELY having a fire. The evening couldn’t have been better. He lit his first fire and I got to teach him, the smores were delicious and the conversation with him was priceless. We connected in the peace of a dark forest, the fire soothing our minds while the crisp air cleared our airways and brought life to our souls.
When it was time to leave our little nest in the forest, we packed up with great reluctance. We only had a hint of motivation because this Little Chalet in the forest had one more gem to offer, Yellowstone Bear world is along the drive homeward. I planned that right, or they might have never gotten us to come home.
If you would like more information on staying here visit The Chalet in the Forest
Anne Sampson Dunaway is a guest writer she is a Ogden local and owns Urban Prairie Agriculture. You can find more information about her @https://www.facebook.com/urbanprairieag/
There is something about coming together as women to do work that will not only feed your family but will also feed your soul. When I learned that Anna Cash from Green Ogden was teaching a canning workshop I knew that I needed to attend one.
Just knowing about it filled my mind with all the memories I had of my own mother and grandmother in their kitchen with buckets filled with apricots getting ready to can them for the winter. It was always our job to sort through them to decide which ones to eat right then, which ones to slice up to can later or which ones were destined to be jam.
I choose to attend Anna’s Apricot workshop specifically because of the fond memories I had of my own childhood. I wanted to feel close again to my relatives and this felt like it would do just that.
As I drove up to Anna’s house I was in awe at just how cozy this farmstead was. It was filled with amazing art and delicious smells that made me feel right at home.
Anna was warm and friendly and chatted with me as we waited for the other women to arrive. She talked to me about her love of all things natural and why she wanted to teach women the art of canning again.
She believed in the value of passing on such a traditional task but making sure that she added a little twist of her own on to it. She wanted to make sure that we were not only educated on the why it was it important but also the how and made it just so easy.
When the other women arrived we jumped right into learning the proper steps and debunking the myths of canning. She let us know that we didn't need to can burrells of apricots like our mothers did that we could in fact do a little at a time. (which phew, that made me feel better.)
After she educated us and gave us the recipe to take home we got started. We sorted the apricots and ate a few. Chatted and laughed as we threw them into the pot. She brought out dried cherries and canned pickles and let us taste her canned grape juice. She even let us try out some apricot leather and even showed us how to make our own.
As the apricots cooked on the stove we had the opportunity to visit her amazing backyard. We played with her chickens and her adorable dog, took a small hike down to the river and picked cherries off her tree.
As the evening carried on we did not have one dull moment of silence. We reminisced about how our mothers did this exact thing and why it was so important to come together as women. We laughed and got a little deep and become close with women we barely knew.
Then before we knew it, the apricots were ready to get turned into jam and we loaded up the jars and ended the evening with our very own canned apricot jam.
What I learned from this night was not only the value in learning a skill that will be passed on hopefully to my own children but the value of coming together as women. I love that Anna has taken it upon herself to bring back such a traditional task and turned into a wonderful way to spend the evening.
I highly recommend that you take the time to come and learn from Anna. You truly will be blessed by her knowledge and her amazing home and yard. The bonus to this all will not only be the jam or other canned good that you get to take home but also you’ll get to experience her love.
And that my friends is worth an evening away from whatever it is that you do.
You can find all the information to Anna Cash’s class in the links below.
Her next Canning class: Dill Pickles
Audrey Christensen the guest writer is an artist, teacher, speaker and writer who has built a world-wide audience of customers, students and fans. You can find Audrey Christensen anywhere social @heybefab or heybefab.com
We went and tried three fun places to eat!
Here they are, let us know if you have been and what you liked.
We will start with The Rusted Spoon, it is located at 2645 S Highway 89 in Perry,
The rusted spoon has something for everyone, and if you love breakfast it is served all day. They have a large selection of food, the kids grabbed the biscuits and gravy and of course a huge scone to share. If you are looking for a fun low key atmosphere this is a great place to find it.
Have you driven up Ogden Canyon? Past Alaskan Inn? Did you know they served Breakfast? You should STOP!
The Alaskan inn is now serving breakfast to the public. and we were glad we stopped. They serve breakfast from 7 AM - 10 AM. They have generous portions, outside dinning we tried the Belgium Waffles and the house favorite the Alaskan Benedict. This will not disappoint.
To note they are working on serving food all day long. You can always stop and grab a dessert and coffee.
Located at 435 Ogden Canyon, Ogden it is mid way up the canyon so if you are looking for a mid way point to grab breakfast stop by and visit.
Our last visit for this time around ends at Sills at Red Rocks located at 13555 E Causey Dr, in Huntsville.
Sills is a well known name around these parts they have been in Northern Utah for many years.
They have a great reputation for quickly putting food out, huge portions and the price can't be beat. They have outdoor seating and you can enjoy the beautiful view and you are very likely to see wildlife as you come up for any meal.
Our favorites again are biscuits and gravy and the breakfast sandwich.
Here are a few places we enjoy! Let us know if you have a favorite we should check out!
Have you ever felt like this after a day in the Sun?
It’s that time of the year again! Everyone is sporting their sunburns of the season! I’ve seen quite a few red faces and shoulders around the Valley over the last couple weeks and started gifting all my friends my infamous “Too Much Sun Spray”. No judgment! The reason I was making this is that I too, indulged myself in the sun while hiking Wheeler Canyon on a gorgeous sunny day! People can’t believe how easy it is to make this recipe and how soothing it is to their sunburned skin.
I’m going to link you up to the exact supplies I used and yes, I’m linking to bulk because trust me, your friends and family are all going to want this!
Here’s what you need:
4 oz spray bottle
1/2 cup aloe vera juice
4 drops doTERRA Peppermint essential oil
4 drops doTERRA Lavender essential oil
4 drops doTERRA Melaleuca essential oil
1 Tbsp doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil
Cute Labels (optional obviously)
Combine all ingredients in the spray bottle. I do use a small funnel to pour the aloe vera juice into the spray bottle, but if you trust your steady hand, you can skip it. Close the bottle and shake.
Keep this refrigerated and shake before spraying each time. The cool spray will feel so good on your skin! This recipe is safe for small children to use, but obviously, avoid getting it too close to the eyes.
Just in case one of you is thinking, “Nisha, can I just stop by your house and pick some up?” I still have some of the bottles on hand at the moment that this blog post is going to publish. Text me at 801-869-0147 and tell me you want some “Too Much Sun Spray” and I’ll let you know if you can swing by for some.
Interested in learning more about what essential oils are best for your unique body’s needs? Schedule a Zyto Balance scan with me! It only takes a few minutes to scan your entire body - every system, organs, teeth, and spine.
To Nestled in a wooded holler on 37 acres of private property, our yurt provides a dreamy backdrop for your next, or first glamping experience.
When you visit Horseshoe Holler, you get outside and away from it all while enjoying the comfort of our yurt in a breathtaking setting. Regardless of the season, guests can enjoy a great night's sleep in the cozy bed(s). Fall asleep to the crackling fire in the fireplace, or open the windows and let the sounds of nature envelop you.
The space With the lights of the city far behind, you can enjoy the starry night sky in a way most city folk rarely see. Roast marshmallows and enjoy your favorite beverage around the large fire pit while singing campfire songs or telling your favorite ghost story.
At Horseshoe Holler you can connect by disconnecting. That's right, no cell phone service or Wi-Fi at the yurt. Venture out to other parts of the property you may pick up a bar or two of coverage but visitors to “the holler” can be one with each other and nature instead of a screen.
Hang out in the hanging chairs on the patio or play your favorite game inside. Pick your favorite and we probably have it. Uno, Phase 10, Jenga, Scrabble, Yahtzee and puzzles too.
Guest access NOTE: In the winter months access to the property is limited. With large amounts of snow you can access the property via snowshoes, snowmobile, or cross county skis. The travel distance is less than one mile in to the yurt from a paved road. We can drop off and pick up as well and snowmobile rentals are available. We can also, upon request, start the fire in the stove for you so that the yurt is nice and toasty for your arrival.
How will you explore? Hiking? snowshoeing or cross country skiing? Or, maybe you're more of a snowmobile or or ATV type of person. Either way, explorers will be rewarded with views of the majestic Wasatch Mountains and Ogden Valley.
Thirty seven acres not enough for you? Horseshoe Holler is conveniently located minutes from Pineview Reservoir, Powder Mountain, Nordic Valley and Snowbasin, in case you need to scratch your boating, skiing or snowboarding itch. Whether it's adventure or relaxation you seek, You can find either or both at Horseshoe Holler. *check our Airbnb listing for more details!
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For Stuart & Christine Carver going out to ice cream is more than just a weekly treat - it’s valuable family time. With the kids turning 14, 13, & 12 this year they know that it will only get harder to gather everyone together & talk about what’s happening in their lives.
Even before Talus, Rally, & Rome were born Stuart & Christine used finding unique sweets as a way to explore areas. From previously unheard of tapioca teas from Teaism in Washington DC in the ‘90’s to sampling Thai iced tea from food carts in Oregon they found that as their family grew they continued to use treats as an excuse for weekly outings together.
When a family they’d known for five years through the Ogden Valley Ski Team ski team mentioned that they were thinking about selling their ice cream shop, which happened to be right across the street from Snowcrest Jr HS where both families have their kids enrolled in the ski academy it seemed like an ideal fit. Kicking the idea around they began to notice just how many ice cream shops - & shave ice, gelato, & an assortment of sweet shops - they’d visited. In fact, walking to ice cream with extended family every summer on their vacations is a daily ritual!
Knowing that their kids would be at Snowcrest for five more years and with both parents used to being heavily involved as parent volunteers training young people at a light-hearted first job seemed perfect.
Stuart grew up in Ogden and his father lived in Eden when Stuart was in junior high and high school and his grandfather’s farmhouse still stands near Eden Park. Having retired as a law enforcement officer in 2016, Stuart’s kept busy enjoying mountain biking, snowboarding, skiing, volunteering with the ski team & being the stay-at-home parent. Christine is a top producing real estate broker and has been with Coldwell Banker since before their youngest child was born. Originally from Washington DC she lived in Eugene, Oregon before moving to Salt Lake City after college.
Talus is on the Ogden HS mountain bike team and enjoys flipping off & on trampolines. Rally enjoys soccer when she’s not competing in science fairs and storytelling competitions. Rome started his own toy business selling spinners in 2017, built his own foundry in 2018, & enjoys soccer.
With two family members being lactose intolerant it has been important to the family to bring in non-dairy options like sorbets and Dole Whip. Soft serve is a favorite with the family - & that might be as much for the toppings as it is for the variety of ice creams, frozen yogurts, & non-dairy fruit whips.
Wanting to share their support of recycling & reducing one-time use plastics, the ice cream shop now uses biodegradable straws & wooden spoons as well as offering stainless steel options for purchase. They offer reusable bags for sale instead of plastic bags for carry out, including insulated pint & quart carriers that were custom made to fit growlers.
Improvements to the shop include a book nook featuring local authors, LDS authors, cringe-free romances, sci-fi & magical tales with female heroines, & post-apocalyptic what if novels. A reach in beverage cooler, locally made kombucha, organic lemonade on tap, & “chewy” pebble ice have all been added as well as the soft serve machines.
Pre-packed pints & quarts help ensure that there’s always a few more flavors on hand than the scooping cases can hold and waffle cups, cones, & rounds are available for take out, as are favorite toppings. The shop also sells candy, jewelry, ridiculous & silly items, & a few items to help you enjoy the outdoor music at the gazebo or a day on the lake or trails.
Local Dining Ogden Valley Are
Ogden Valley Events would like to WELCOME Eden’s newest pizza restaurant to town. Ogden Valley Pizza has been open for just a matter of weeks now. Owner’s Ryan and Amy Johnson, though the family is not new to the pizza industry, are new proprietors of Ogden Valley Pizza located in the Eden Plaza. Ryan and Amy were both raised in Bountiful Utah but for the past four years have live here in the Valley in the Patio Springs area of Eden. Ryan’s family roots originate in Eden as his grandmother was born here.
Ryan has operated and managed his own companies as well as managed departments for other companies like Waterscapes and C.R. England. Amy continues to manage one of the Settebello locations in Northern Utah. Combining their business sense with a love for New York style pizza, the Johnson’s are set on success. Helping the family out, several of their children and their son-in-law work at the Pizzeria as well.
Ogden Valley Pizza places a lot of emphasis on fresh and local as most of their ingredients are sourced locally. In addition to that, Ogden Valley Pizza cold-ferments their pizza dough for 48-72 hours, which is made there on location.
In a recent article for the Valley News, Ryan says, "After countless nights throughout the years wanting and wishing for a great delivery service for pizza, (yes, I was raised on pizza… and yes, I have ordered a hot one for my kids more than I can count!) we felt there was a niche and a need here in the valley. Our goal is to deliver a top of the line, handmade, hand thrown pie to the customer that is made with as much local and regional ingredients as we could get our hands on.
Our shop was designed with this in mind. It is small, and laid out in a way to maximize production and minimize overhead, almost the entire basement is laid out and used for dough production! We have an amazing mixer, dubbed "Big Red" that has the ability to run over 200 lbs of flour at a time!
Ogden Valley Pizza has spent close to a year focusing almost solely on the dough recipe. It's based loosely on a New York style pie. One that has amazing flavor, is light and airy, and travels well... I mean that's the whole point, right? We do not add seasoning to the dough to artificially give it flavor; it's good because it is done right! From the mountain water to the high quality flour that is used."
The Johnson's love living in Ogden Valley and love the small-town feel of life up here in the valley. They invite you to come by and meet the crew, buy a pie, mention Ogden Valley Events, and receive 10% off all take-out orders. Ogden Valley Pizza is bringing fresh, hand-crafted pizza to the Ogden Valley area. Ryan and Amy say, "We pledge to work hard and to add to that small-town, local, environmentally responsible vibe and at the same time- crank the volume knob to 11!" Ogden Valley Pizza offers customers an array of main course pies to choose from as well as several desert options. A full menu is accessible at www.ogdenvalleypizza.com.
Starting this week they will take delivery orders for the Eden area to perfect their delivery process and to train their drivers. In the coming weeks, they will branch out to Liberty and Huntsville as they perfect their delivery process to bring you piping-hot pizza to your door with the same level of excellence that you can expect in every pie!
Coming soon: Online and Facebook ordering. Stay tuned!
Friday, Saturday 12-9
Ogden Valley Pizza are using a “new” technology in the store for our walk-in refrigerator. They are the first one in the state to use it, and the health department is monitoring it for approval statewide. It’s a system that is a fraction of the cost of traditional walk-ins, uses more then half the energy cost and a fraction of the Freon! Very environmentally friendly!
Written By: Seth Miller