Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Long Winter Is Over - Hello Spring

The Long Winter is Over - Spring is Here!

Winter sports enthusiasts rejoiced this year, as we had record snowfall in the mountains of Idaho. For those people that aren't big fans of the wet white stuff, Spring has finally arrived which means Summer is not too far behind.

Spring can be a bit wet, but that there are still activities that you can participate in that keep you inside. How about a museum trip?

Boise Art Museum

Boise, Idaho
http://www.boiseartmuseum.org
Enjoy free admission during the First Thursday of each month.

LCSC Center For Art and History

Lewiston, Idaho
http://www.lcsc.edu/cah/
MONDAY-SATURDAY 11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Herrett Center For Arts and Science

Twin Falls, Idaho
http://herrett.csi.edu
Please call or visit the website to confirm hours of operation and fees.

Rosenthal Gallery of Art at the College of Idaho

Caldwell, Idaho
http://www.collegeofidaho.edu/rosenthalgallery
Exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are generally weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sun Valley Center for the Arts

Ketchum, Idaho
http://sunvalleycenter.org
Call ahead to verify hours of operation.

The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho

Idaho Falls, Idaho
http://www.theartmuseum.org/index.htm
Call ahead to confirm hours of operation.

Freak Alley Gallery

Boise, Idaho
http://freakalleygallery.org
The outdoor mural gallery transformation takes place annually, typically beginning the first Saturday in August and lasting about a week.

Museum of Clean

Pocatello, Idaho
http://museumofclean.com.s158603.gridserver.com
Museum suggests about 1.5 hours to tour the museum with children, 1 to 2 hours for adult only groups, and 3+ hours for art and history lovers.

Oneida County Pioneer Museum

Malad City, Idaho
http://www.maladidaho.org/museum.html
Call ahead to verify hours of operation.

Appaloosa Museum & Heritage Center

Moscow, Idaho
http://www.appaloosamuseum.com
Typically, during the summer, visitors have access to an outdoor Appaloosa exhibit. In this visitor viewing area, find picnic tables, benches, shade trees plus a couple of gorgeous Appaloosas grazing nearby.

Museum of North Idaho

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
http://www.museumni.org
Open Tuesday through Saturday 11–5, April 1 to October 31



A lot of these do not charge any admission, but make sure you are prepared to pay an entry fee at some. Probably best to check their website for needed information before you go.

Things to Remember:
  1. Bring an umbrella or raincoat to stay dry on way in or out of the museums.
  2. Cash or change in case you need to pay for parking.
  3. Dress casually as there may be hands-on exhibits you can participate in.
  4. Remember to silence your cell phones so you don’t disturb other visitors.
"Discover Idaho Lodging One Gem At A Time..." to find lodging ideas, click on the map below to plan your next visit!





Author: Jamie Lynn Morgan, Online Brand Marketer & Bicycle Adventurer: Encouraging others to Be Car(e) Free via my biking experiences. Cheers & Ride On! #idahobikelife

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Is It A Snowmobile, Is It a Motocross Bike, No...It is a Snowbike!


Photo Courtesy of Visit Idaho 

It's not snowmobiling, and it's definitely not motocross. It's called snow biking. The history of snow biking begins and ends in Idaho! Over the years there were many prototypes and attempts at making the snow bike mainstream, but it was Vernal Forbes, an ex Hewlett Packard engineer whose company made it mainstream. Vernal developed the first concept in 1993 after the HP plant he worked for was shut down. He chose a severance package instead of moving out of the Boise area to a different plant. He had the first prototype ready to ride in 1998 in Napa Idaho. From that grew the company 2Moto that he started with some of his former colleagues from HP. 

To put it simply you take a regular motocross bike, put on a snow mobile track, a front ski instead of a wheel, and...you've got a snow bike. In this video pro freestyle motocross rider Ronnie Renner decided to test out the bike in some fresh Idaho powder. Based on how excited the riders sound, this could be the next big thing! Here is a link to the video on YouTube: Ronnie Renner Snow Biking



Want to find somewhere to ride? Here are six of the best places to snowmobile in Idaho where you could also find some great snow biking opportunities. Or...you could just find your own Idaho snow bike nirvana! 

1. Burgdorf Hot Springs
2. Bear Lake Valley
3. Island Park
4. Lolo Pass
5. Schweitzer Mountain
6. Smiley Creek to Redfish Lake

There are a wide variety of outfitters ready to guide you and your family through Idaho. You can check out the Idaho Outfitters & Guides Association or the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board to find the right outfitter for your trip.


"Discover Idaho Lodging One Gem At A Time..." to find lodging ideas, click on the map below to plan your next visit!



Author: Jamie Lynn Morgan, Online Brand Marketer & Bicycle Adventurer: Encouraging others to Be Car(e) Free via my biking experiences. Cheers & Ride On! #idahobikelife


Thursday, December 22, 2016

A New Frontier for Idaho Agriculture On The Rise



A New Frontier for Idaho Agriculture On The Rise
Idaho’s fastest growing agricultural industry might surprise you. No, it’s not potatoes—it’s wine.
In the past year, two new American Viticulture Areas were approved in Idaho, which indicates continued growth in years to come. Wine-focused media are also calling Idaho “the new frontier for Wine” and “the best new real estate investment in wine.”
Currently, wine has a $170 million dollar annual impact on Idaho’s economy. The 1,300 acres of grapes produces roughly 225,000 cases of wine each year from more than 50 wineries. All of these numbers continue to rise.
Learn more about The Story of Idaho Wines through the Idaho Wine Commission’s newest video.


A Few More Things: 

NORTH WINE REGIONLewis-Clark Wine District (PDF)Northern Wine District(PDF)
SOUTHWEST WINE REGIONSouthwest Wine District (PDF)Sunnyslope Wine District (PDF)Urban Wine District (PDF)
SOUTHEAST WINE REGIONSoutheast Wine District (PDF)
Or check out the Idaho Bed and Breakfast Beverage Map of the entire state (it includes breweries too for the beer drinker who might rather enjoy that while you sample wines)

Idaho Bed and Breakfast Beverage Map


"Discover Idaho Lodging One Gem At A Time..." to find lodging ideas, click on the map below to plan your next visit!



Author: Jamie Lynn Morgan, Online Brand Marketer & Bicycle Adventurer: Encouraging others to Be Car(e) Free via my biking experiences. Cheers & Ride On! #idahobikelife

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Let's Make White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies





Sometimes you just want to do something different. How about making these cookies instead of the usual chocolate chip.  I really like these ones because they remind me of winter and summer all at the same time! Honestly, there is never a BAD time for cookies. 

They also make a great snack when out enjoying Idaho's outdoor activities, scenic byways, and historical sites. 




White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies III

  • Prep
  • Cook
  • Ready In

Recipe By:Mary

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened

  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped white chocolate

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and almond extracts. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in the macadamia nuts and white chocolate. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

  3. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

You can find this recipe on AllRecipes where you can create convenient shopping lists etc. 

A Few Other Things:
Idaho Scenic Drives and Road Trips: (just make sure they are passable this time of year and you have checked the weather for snow storms) 

Enjoy the Selkirk Mountains

Along Lake Coeur d’Alene to Potlatch

Magnificent, Untouched Waterfalls

Follow the Lewis and Clark Trail through Idaho

A country drive through rich farmland and rolling hills

Sandpoint to the Montana Border

From Boise, through the Sawtooth Mountains, to Shoshone

Over the Big Hole Mountains

Discover Idaho Lodging One Gem At A Time..." to find lodging ideas, click on the map below to plan your next visit!




Author: Jamie Lynn Morgan, Online Brand Marketer & Bicycle AdventurerEncouraging others to Be Car(e) Free via my biking experiences. Cheers & Ride On! #idahobikelife

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The White Stuff Has Landed in Idaho...Let's Go Play!


The White Stuff Has Landed in Idaho

Idaho is a popular winter destination for skiers, boarders, snowshoers, snowmobilers, fat bikers, and cross country enthusiasts. This winter it also looks like we won't have any shortage of the white powdery stuff. The past week it has been a might bit chilly, but there are always ways to get toasty and warm after a day outside. Especially when you are staying at an Idaho Bed and Breakfast Association property. Prepare to be treated with fresh baked cookies, hot coffee or cocoa, fireplaces, and of course loads of smiles. Each property has something unique to offer, no matter what you are looking for. 


Idaho Skiing

With 18 ski areas featuring groomed runs loaded with light powder for all abilities. Pick your poison: Nordic trails, terrain parks, cat ski trails, heli-ski opportunities and tubing hills. Things that draw people to Idaho's resorts include blue skies, fresh powder, and few crowds.

Here is a list of Idaho Ski Resorts to get you started! 



Idaho Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing

More of a flat ground lover? Many of Idaho’s ski resorts also offer groomed trails for cross country skiing or snowshoeing and Idaho State Parks have a number of trails within the parks. With cities all over Idaho also adding spaces for these activities right in town. You could strap on your snowshoes and head right out the door of where you are staying and explore the neighborhood, grab some lunch or dinner, or get in a bit of shopping. 



Snowmobile Idaho

Maybe you would rather have motorized transportation. Snowmobile over 7,200 miles of trails and terrain. After the first good snow they are usually ready for hours or even days of winter travel. Wanting to snowmobile Yellowstone? Try out Idaho's eastern border; crowds are non-existent, but you get the same access to the park. Licensing, registration, and trail information can be found at local shops all around the state.



Fat Bikers Rejoice

Fat Biking is a fairly new addition to the winter recreation scene, but Idaho is catching on quickly. Quite a few of the same mountain biking trails that you enjoy in the non-snow covered months are also great for a fat bicycle ride. This map can help you while you are planning your trip: Idaho Bike Trails. I would call ahead to make sure the area's you want to go are open to fat bike traffic. No one wants a fine to ruin their day! 

Learn more about Idaho’s ski areas at www.skiidaho.us, or explore all of Idaho’s winter recreation opportunities at www.visitidaho.org/winter.





Few other things:

Check out our winter packing tips so you avoid turning into frosty the snow person: Idaho Winter Packing Tips

Some other ideas for when you visit Idaho this winter: Find Your Uniquely Idaho Experience

"Discover Idaho Lodging One Gem At A Time..." to find lodging ideas, click on the map below to plan your next visit!



Author: Jamie Lynn Morgan, Online Brand Marketer & Bicycle Adventurer: Encouraging others to Be Car(e) Free via my biking experiences. Cheers & Ride On! #idahobikelife

Sunday, December 11, 2016

How to Pack For Idaho Winter Travel




Packing for a trip in the Summer is usually pretty easy. Not a lot is needed and the clothing you bring is usually light weight. Planning to travel in the Winter requires a bit more planning. But the word of the day is “layers”.

Think of clothing you already own that you can use as layers to create a cold weather outfit. Example: Turtleneck under a summer dress, topped with your favorite suit jacket for night or sweater for day, and don’t forget tights and boots to pull it all together.





Here is a handy list of a few things you don’t want to forget when traveling in winter:
  • Warm Gloves
  • Stocking cap or other head cover
  • Scarf
  • Warm winter coat
  • Snow boots
  • Long johns
  • Layers, layers, layers
The key is to find a few key pieces that can be put together for several different outfits. Make sure you have pieces that can go from day to night easily. This will help you still pack fairly light.

Bragging a bit, I can usually fit a weeks worth of outfits into a backpack; no matter what season it is. It takes practice; while also shopping for pieces that are versatile and will work with what you already own.


What are you waiting for?! Now you have a reason to go shopping and of course plan a trip to Idaho!

"Discover Idaho Lodging One Gem At A Time..." to find lodging ideas, click on the map below to plan your next visit!



Author: Jamie Lynn Morgan, Online Brand Marketer & Bicycle Adventurer: Encouraging others to Be Car(e) Free via my biking experiences. Cheers & Ride On! #idahobikelife

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Find Your Uniquely Idaho Experience

Outdoor adventures and a new experience is why you visit Idaho! Why not make it even more unique by staying somewhere that offers something a bit different. There are lots of lodging options all around the state, but some can provide something others do not. How about choosing one of Idaho's bed and breakfasts, guest ranches, inns and cottages. They are in locations that are either close to nature, shopping and dining, or in a setting that provides "amenities" larger properties can't provide.

Visiting in any season, (of which Idaho has all four), you can create your own Idaho memories. It  is winter currently and contrary to what you may have heard... there are still plenty of things to do this time of year. Who remembers finding the perfect sledding hill, learning to ski, snowmobile riding, and creating the perfect snow family? Personally I am looking forward to taking my first horse drawn sleigh ride in the snow!


Idaho is a great vacation choice for families, but honestly it is an amazing place for anyone to visit. Singles, couples, groups, and even your furry friends are all welcomed with open arms. The members of the Idaho Bed and Breakfast Association take pride in being personal travel guides to fun and adventure in their regions.They pay attention to the details so you can sit back and enjoy your trip. What are you waiting for?! Find and plan your own "Uniquely Idaho Experience" here: Idaho Lodging One Gem at a Time.


Photo Courtesy of Visit Idaho

Photo Courtesy of Visit Idaho

Photo Courtesy of Visit Idaho

Photo Courtesy of Visit Idaho

Photo Courtesy of Visit Idaho

Photo Courtesy of Visit Idaho

Photo Courtesy of Visit Idaho

Photo Courtesy of Visit Idaho



"Discover Idaho Lodging One Gem At A Time..." to find lodging ideas, click on the map below to plan your next visit!




Author: Jamie Lynn Morgan, Online Brand Marketer & Bicycle Adventurer: Encouraging others to Be Car(e) Free via my biking experiences. Cheers & Ride On! #idahobikelife

SaveSave