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/