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