Summer mornings begin with a big breakfast from 8:00-8:30, with home baked pastries, fresh juices, steaming coffee, fresh eggs from our chickens, and plenty of options to tempt your palate. After the last drop of coffee is gone, guests head out to either saddle up, hike or fish, utilizing the cooler air of the first part of the day.
While horseback riding is generally the highlight of everyone’s day, hiking is also very popular. The gorgeous area in which the Lodge is situated offers a plethora of hiking options, starting just out the front door. Hike to a view point and enjoy a break to snap pictures and fill up on refreshments provided by your guide, or take a longer trek and enjoy a picnic lunch in the unmatched dining room of the forest.
Lunch is around 12:00-1:00, depending on the morning’s activities. Oftentimes lunch is served at the Lodge, outside on the large, wrap around deck. Other times, lunch is packed and served picnic style in the great outdoors.
During the afternoon, guests may opt to lounge in the deck hammocks and read a book, or wander in the Lodge garden and berry patches for a snack. For those who wish to continue with the adventures, the shooting ranges offer just that. Very popular, and new this past summer is our 3d archery range. We use 30 lb recurve bows that are manageable for the novice to the experienced, including kids. With big buck targets and large bag targets we have a 7 shot course designed to challenge even seasoned shooters, but allow the new comers to have a ball. For the truly enthusiastic archer, shooting matches can be arranged in the cool of the evening for a little friendly competition.
At the rifle/pistol and sporting clays range, we instruct proper firearm safety as well as how to properly hold a shotgun, pistol, or rifle while giving everyone the opportunity to learn. Safety is foremost in importance so that everyone feels safe and comfortable being on the range. We have had many first time shooters and before they know it they’re hitting clays or the center target. With our pistol range we encourage guests to bring their own firearms. This has been a great time for wives to get familiar with a pistol and have someone else besides their husband instruct them in safety, form/shooting techniques and the responsibility of owning a firearm.
While spending time here at the lodge you’ll have the option to experience many different areas of the large 18,000 acre ranch. Options include a scenic drive down an old logging road to Hells Canyon, deepest canyon in North America. There you may opt to take jetboat ride down the Snake River, the only way to see the southern end of the great canyon. This can be arranged ahead of time and is an additional fee. Another popular option is driving into some of the historic homesteads remaining on the ranch. Some places we drive to are down to the Oxbow reservoir and look down into the head of Hells Canyon. For guests interested in taking in a day at the lake, a trip to McCall and Payette Lake is a definite must. The scenic little town offers tourist attractions, shops, and several beaches.
Back at the Lodge, cocktail hour begins at 5pm where we always have great appetizers for our guests to enjoy before dinner. Guests are welcomed to bring their beverage of choice, storing it in the courtesy fridge right in the bar. For dinner, guests experience some of the best beef available, from right here on the ranch. Also served are chicken and pork. Fresh garden salads and vegetables picked daily from our organic garden, as well as home baked breads complement a full dinner table. The evening is capped with delectable desserts and a glass of wine or cup of tea enjoyed while watching or participating in the evening’s activity, be it campfire, horseshoe or badminton tournament, or western movie night. It goes without saying, by the end of the day our guests are happy, well fed, and ready for a great night sleep in preparation for another great day.
Coming Soon: Sunset Dinner. Appetizer/dinner/dessert at 8000 ft in 2014 This is not to be missed~the sunset is spectacular, the food is divine, and the experience is top notch.
Daily Evening Schedule
- Tuesdays: Campfire desserts
- Wednesdays: Horseshoe tournament / or opt for sunset dinner at 8000′ (additional charge)
- Thursdays: Evening Hike
- Fridays: Movie night / archery competition
- Saturdays: Music or cowboy poetry around the campfire