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/