Thursday, December 20, 2012

Teton Valley Great Snow Fest

Driggs is a truly stunning site in the deep winter. Snow covers everything and gives a majestic air to the landscape. Located in the Teton Valley Idaho, Driggs sits at the western base of the Teton Range in eastern Idaho. The Teton Valley is comprised of the towns of Victor, Driggs, and Tetonia, Idaho, and Alta, Wyoming. Some of us say Teton Valley offers "the best of both states" - stunning views, incredible snow, and the friendliest folks you've ever met.

In fact, the snow and good humor is so plentiful that Driggs now celebrates this time of year with the Teton Valley Great Snow Fest, taking place the weekend of January 18 through 21. The festival brings joy and excitement to the hundreds of visitors that come into the valley for this fun winter weekend!

Activities at the Teton Valley Snow Fest

For 2013, expect to see SnowScapes - a week of snow sculpting in the Driggs City Center, an ice sculpting demonstration, multi-day skijoring (a winter sport where a person on skis is pulled by a horse, a dog/dogs or a motor vehicle) and snowcross competitions (is a racing sport involving specialized high performance snowmobiles on natural or artificially-made tracks consisting of tight turns, banked corners, steep jumps and obstacles), a snow bike race, a mini hockey tournament, luge, snow bike, snow plane and snow kite demonstrations, and the infamous Snow Ball!

Teton Valley Snow Fest Schedule of Events Highlights

TVTAP Backcountry Skiing Film Festival: Thursday 1/17 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. at the Wildwood Room

Snow Bike & Luge Demos + Hockey Mini Tournament: Friday 1/18 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Knotler Arena & Pioneer Park

Snow Bike Race: Saturday 1/19 9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Knotler Arena & Pioneer Park

Teton Valley Lodging

If you plan on attending Snow Fest next year, won't you consider lodging at a fine Idaho bed and breakfast? There are several in the area. An added advantage: Innkeepers always know the scoop on local events and festivals; they can help you plan your Snow Fest to be the best yet!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

You're A Good Man Charlie Brown Presented by Company of Fools

"In the book of life, the answers aren't in the back." - Charlie Brown

Based on the beloved Peanuts comic strip, this updated classic enjoyed a successful run on Broadway about a decade ago and remains, like the comic strip itself, a well-loved family favorite. The story line is comprised of memorable moments from the life of Charlie Brown—from Valentine’s Day to baseball season and some of the other challenges a young boy faces when his dog is still his best friend.

From wild optimism to heartbreaking despair, this charming musical combines the adventures of everybody’s favorite underdog with those of his friends (both human and non-human) in the arc of a single day—from the bright uncertain morning to a hopeful starlit evening. This is a great show for the family to enjoy together.

The show runs from December 12 - 30. Tickets are $30 Adult; $20 Senior (62 and over); $10 Student (18 and under). You can buy tickets online at the Company of Fools website.

Who are your Favorite 'Peanuts' Characters?

"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" began as a series of songs composed by Peanuts fan Clark Gesner, whom loved the comic strip's characters. He struggled to get permission to publish his songs until he sent a tape to Peanuts creator Charles M. Schultz. The cartoonist quickly approved Gesner's songs. However, it was producer Arthur Whitelaw who encouraged his friend Gesner to create a musical.

So, what Peanuts characters do you like or relate to? Is it shy and struggling Charlie Brown, responsible musician Schroeder, perhaps blanket-carrying Linus. I know my favorite is the silent and faithful Snoopy.

Visiting South Central Idaho?

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

First Thursday in Downtown Boise

First Thursday is a special evening of promotions and entertainment in downtown Boise. The next one is on December 6th from 5-9 p.m.

First Thursday provides downtown visitors the chance to shop and observe the unique shops and galleries in Boise, while enjoying in-store entertainment and special events. The Downtown Boise Association provides a special event map & schedule for the evening.

Of course, this is a great place and time to do some holiday shopping. Support local businesses and artists while having a great time on a weeknight!

Highlights for Downtown Boise First Thursday December 6, 2012:

Idaho Historical Museum (610 Julia Davis Dr.) Join the museum for a special evening of book signings with local authors as well as 10% member's pricing sale on all items at the Museum Store!

Boise Art Museum (610 Julia Davis Dr.) Art lovers of all ages and abilities are invited to drop in and explore art media in the Albertson's Education Studios during First Thursday.

Basque Museum and Cultural Center (611 W. Grove St.) Join the Basque Museum & Cultural Center for its Holiday Sale during First Thursday! There will be discounts throughout the store (Members receive 20% discount. Non-Members will enjoy a 10% discount). Free Gallery and Cyrus Jacobs/Uberuaga House Tours; the Board and staff will provide refreshments and pintxos to all guests and a no-host bar will be available for wine-by-the-glass.
Here is an example of vendors and shops that participated in last month's First Thursday:

Atomic Treasures (409 S 8th St.) Stop in to make your Christmas truly green by reusing and recycling. Atomic Treasures has an eclectic mix of vintage, retro, art and found objects. Decorative and unique treasures for the home, jewelry, books and collectibles. Unusual and unforgettable gifts!

Need a Boise Inn?

Next time you come into town, please consider staying at one of our Boise area bed and breakfasts.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Magic Valley Symphony

The Magic Valley Symphony is a full orchestra of volunteer musicians from South Central Idaho, based in Twin Falls. Led by Theodore Anchor Hadley, the Music Director and Conductor, the group produces four live concerts per year. We want to invite you to the next one.

The Magic Valley Symphony Fall concert is taking place on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $6 for students and can be purchased at Kurt's Pharmacy, the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) box office and at the door. The performance takes place at the CSI Fine Arts Center.

Look forward to hearing Carl Von Weber's Bassoon Concerto in F with Susan Hess playing the lead instrument. Also being performed is Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, a 10-suite movement composed for piano. The suite is Mussorgsky's most famous piano composition, and has become a showpiece for virtuoso pianists.

Related Magic Valley Symphony Event

Before the performance begins, use the Fall Concert as a chance to educate your children (or yourself) about classical music and instruments. Starting at 6:45 p.m., expose yourself to the instruments used by the symphony. Called an 'instrument' petting zoo, how many of us have seen a bassoon or french horn in detail? Learn about the many individual pieces that come together to make the symphony a whole body of music moving and undulating together.

Attended the Magic Valley Symphony Before?

If you've attended a concert performed by the Magic Valley Symphony, we would like to hear about it! Have you heard these pieces of music - are you familiar with them? We'd like to hear from you.

Looking for Twin Falls Lodging?

We have multiple Idaho bed and breakfasts in the Twin Falls region. If you are looking for something personal, rustic or historical, we have members who fit the description. But every one of our member bed and breakfasts provides impeccable service and hospitality, you can feel assured of that.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Woman In Black Play by Company of Fools in Hailey

Prepare yourself for a night of ghoulish theater that just might scare you out of your wits! The acclaimed play The Woman in Black combines the power and intensity of live theater with the eerie and dark qualities inspired by the world of film noir cinema.

This play gives audiences an evening of unremitting, spine-tingling drama as they are transported into a terrifying world of specters. Each performance will be limited to 48 audience members, as the action takes place throughout the theater while the audience is seated on the stage.

Based on Susan Hill's 1983 horror fiction novel about a menacing ghost that haunts a small English town, The Woman in Black was adapted for the stage by Stephen Malatratt. First performed in the UK in 1987, more than 7 million people have flocked to experience one of the most exciting, gripping and successful theater events ever staged.

John Glenn will direct Company of Fools' production, which features Scott Creighton and Neil Brookshire. The Woman in Black began its run on October 17 and will continue until November 3 at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey... but it will haunt you long after the lights come up!

Storyline of The Woman In Black

The story begins with a lawyer obsessed over a curse he believes was cast over him and his family by the specter of a 'Woman in Black'. He engages a young actor to help him tell his story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It begins innocently enough, but as they reach further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds. The borders between make-believe and reality begin to blur in ways that make the flesh creep.

Tickets to The Woman in Black

Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors (62 and over) and $10 for students (18 and under). There is also a special group rate - 6 or more receive $20 tickets! Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 208.578.9122 or at the box office starting one hour prior to curtain. Company of Fools' box office is located at the Liberty Theater, 110 N. Main Street in Hailey, with hours from 10 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Cherish The Ladies, Irish Musicians

Cherish the Ladies Irish Music Artists

For the past eighteen years, Cherish the Ladies have become one of the most engaging ensembles in Irish music. Now, see these talented performers at the College of Southern Idaho on October 17.

With a unique blend of virtuosic instrumentals, beautiful vocals, and captivating arrangements, Chrish the ladies prove themselves to be spectacular musicians. Add in the stunning step dancing and this powerhouse group combines all the facets of Irish traditional culture. Cherish the Ladies puts it forth in an immensely humorous and entertaining package.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the College of Southern Colorado website.

Cherish the Ladies: Irish Folk Music and More

Taking their name from a traditional Irish jig, the group initially began in 1985 with a series of concerts celebrating the rise of female musicians in the once male-dominated Irish music scene. Cherish the Ladies initially won recognition as the first all-women traditional music and dance ensemble, but soon they established themselves as musicians and performers in their own right and have since earned many thousands of fans.

In recent years, the group toured all over North and South America, the United Kingdom and Europe, China, Australia and New Zealand performing in the finest concert halls and at international festivals. They are equally at home in at the symphony orchestra, a performing arts center or a folk festival.

Are you a Joanie Madden fan?

Do you love Cherish the Ladies? Under the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible Joanie Madden on flutes and whistles, they have grown from a one-time concert concept to an Irish traditional music sensation. What songs do you like the most? Have you seen them perform somewhere else? We want to hear from you!

Twin falls Idaho Lodging

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Sun Valley Jazz!

The Sun Valley Jazz Festival

Join the fun in Sun Valley Idaho for five days of music (October 17 -21), forty bands, 180 musicians and 260 shows at the Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree!

Synopsis of Events at the Sun Valley Jazz Festival

  • Free Community Concert

  • Amateur Dance Competition

  • Two All-Star Big Band Bashes

  • Marching Band Salute

  • Jazz Worship Services

  • 40 Additional Special Events

  • Afterglow Dinner

Sun Valley Jazz Festival Artists

Listen to many styles of music at the festival, including: Traditional Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Swing, Big Band, Zydeco, Gypsy Jazz, Blues and more.

Bill Allred's Classic Jazz Band: In late 1989, Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band was born with the mission to find, research, and play some of the almost forgotten arrangements of the early jazz bands. What an exciting project! Their new sounds and combinations result in some very unusual treatments of old and new jazz material. This band is full of talented players with rich musical histories, including the leader Bill, whose father played jazz on the Mississippi steamboats.

Big Bang Jazz Band: Incorporating elements from early New Orleans jazz, Dixieland and the hot music of the ’20s and ’30s, variety is the name of the game for these young and highly energetic musicians. The band is adept at playing both sweet and steamy tunes. The Big Bang Jazz Band makes everybody excited about Dixieland jazz.

Tickets for the Sun Valley Jazz Festival

Ticket prices range from $20 for a five-day student pass (ages 13-18) to $130 for the five day all events badge. See all the prices and details about the event at the Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree website.

Have you attended the Sun Valley Jazz Festival in the past?

The Jamboree looks like an amazing music festival with a lot of talented artists! We would love to hear from you if you have attended in the past. Are you a fan of any of the bands? What makes you like jazz music?

Lodging in Sun Valley

Choose from one of our Sun Valley bed and breakfasts for an impeccable lodging experience.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Grand Teton Endurance Race

The Yellowstone - Teton Endurance Race

2012 is the inaugural running of the 100 and 50 mile road races along the spectacular road that traverses Yellowstone National Park along the beautiful scenic by-way to the doorstep of Grand Teton National Park. The dates for the race are October 6 & 7.

The 100 mile course will start just outside West Yellowstone, with the 50 mile course starting along that route. Both courses will follow the stunning Yellowstone-Teton Scenic Loop and end in Driggs, ID.

Are you an Endurance Runner?

Registration fees are $95 for an individual in the 50-mile run, $195 for an individual in the 100-mile run and $750 for a team in the 100-mile relay. Register online at the Dreamchasers Outdoor Adventures website; they are the host of the event.
Yellowstone Teton Endurance Races - Map
Route for the Yellowstone Teton Endurance Races

By the way, there is a new relay division this year! Put together your own dream team of runners to cover this scenic course. You can have as many people on your team as you want up to a maximum of 6.

Endurance Race Rules & Regulations

Race Directors: Lisa Smith-Batchen and Dave Carder

Race Start: West Yellowstone, Montana

Race Finish: Driggs, Idaho

Pre-Race meeting: required for all runners. 7:00 PM Friday (location TBA). 5:30 AM Saturday (at race starting lines): for those arriving late on Friday.

Course Description: The 100-mile race starts in West Yellowstone and the 50-mile race starts at mile 51 of the 100-mile course. This is a road race that primarily follows the beautiful Scenic By-way from Yellowstone National Park to the doorstep of Teton National Park.

Have you visited Yellowstone or the Grand Tetons before?

We would like to hear about your past travel experiences in these beautiful National parks.

Lodging near the Grand Teton Races

If you are thinking about visiting the Yellowstone/Teton area, for the endurance races or anytime of the year, consider one of our fine Yellowstone area bed and breakfasts for you accommodations.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Idaho Botanical Garden Scarecrow Stroll

From October 1-31, scarecrows can be found peeping out around the trees and shrubs welcoming guests to the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise for the Fifth Annual Scarecrow Stroll! Members and guests of all ages can join in on the fun by voting on their favorite. This year's theme is famous people through history.

About the Idaho Botanical Garden

Located in Boise’s Old Penitentiary Historic District, the Idaho Botanical Garden is dedicated to enhancing the community’s quality of life through fostering a love of nature and developing intellectual curiosity in people of all ages. Originally part of the State Penitentiary, the Garden is a living museum.

The Idaho Botanical Garden provides enriching experiences with nature through educational programs, botanical collections, a variety of entertainment, cultural and community events in addition to providing a refreshing and inspiring year-round outdoor destination for local residents and out-of-town visitors.

Nestled at the base of the Boise Foothills, the Idaho Botanical Garden is located at 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, Idaho. For more information call 208-343-8649 or visit

The Boise Community Participates in the Scarecrow Stroll

The Scarecrows are designed by local businesses, corporations, artists, and families. Winners are selected by judges as well as people's choice. Below are photos of the two first place winners from past year. Photos courtesy of the Idaho Botanical Gardens website.

Have you visited the Idaho Botanical Gardens?

What did you enjoy most? What time of year did you visit? We would like to hear about your experience!

Southwest Idaho Bed and Breakfasts

While visiting Boise, we hope you will take the opportunity to support local Boise business owners - like the ones that participate in this contest. One great way to do that is to stay at a Boise bed and breakfast; check out our listings for an amazing hospitality experience.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Idaho Mountain Festival at the City of Rock National Reserve

Idaho Mountain Festival in Castle Rocks State Park

The Idaho Mountain Festival is a four-day outdoor event taking place Thursday thru Sunday, September 27-30 at City of Rock National Reserve and Castle Rocks State Park. These two parks are home of some of the best granite domes for sport, trad, and bouldering. The  Festival is a climbing, trail running, and mountain biking event that has little to do with competition and more about the celebration and gathering of these great outdoor sports.

At the festival, outdoor enthusiasts will have the chance to enjoy the classic granite rock climbing and peaceful trail runs while socializing with new and old friends.

Climbing Events at the Idaho Mountain Festival

  • Open climbing at City of Rocks and Castle Rocks

  • Various activities, group sessions, clinics, and contests

  • Camping inside Castle Rocks State Park

  • Various meals

  • 13.1-mile Trail Race

  • 6.2-mile Trail Race

  • Scavenger hunt

 Mountain Climbing and Trail Runs

Jenn Flemming, a La Sportiva athlete and a representative of The American Alpine Club, will be conducting a sport climbing workshop during the festival. It just so happens that the  Idaho Mountain Festival website is spotlighting her right now.
Buddy Jones, a La Sportiva athlete, will be attending the festival to run the IMF Half-marathon Trail Race. Jones will also be guiding the morning group trail runs. Make sure you set some time aside during the festival to hit the trails with Buddy.

Other Events at the Idaho Mountain Festival

  • Free Saturday Breakfast by The American Alpine Club

  • Free Sunday Breakfast by Solid Rock Climbers for Christ

  • Trade Show

  • Asana Slacklining

  • Morning Yoga Sessions with Beth Stuart

  • City Slicker Contest

  • Adopt-A-Crag - An Access Fund Service Project

  • Various Activities and Contests to Win Prizes

Have you gone climbing in Idaho?

Tell us about your experiences in the mountains of Idaho!

Castle Rock Lodging

Stay in a comfortable bed and enjoy a hearty, hot breakfast at one of our Magic Valley Idaho bed and breakfasts.

Harvest Festival in Genesee Idaho

The second annual Harvest Festival will be held on September 29 in Genesee Idaho on Lorang Rd.

Activities at the Harvest Festival

From 1-4 PM enjoy tours of the National Historical Farmhouse, Log Cabin & Early Museum Cabin. There are beautiful historical buildings throughout Genesee, a testament to the rich heritage and history of the area. Genesee’s history is clearly visible through its attractive farm buildings, businesses, pleasant homes and churches. The downtown area is a fun place for visitors to explore with its arches, ornamental brickwork, attractive iron work and period homes.

Other events include historical re-enachments and the Hog Heaven Muzzle Loaders. Get the family together or grab your hubby for portraits by Donna Baker– and they're FREE! Get silly and take dress up photos—also FREE!

Hot dogs, chili and baked potatoes. $5 donation or $4 with a can of food for the Genesee Food bank. Sponsored by Genesee Recreation District.

Music at the Harvest Festival

Live music will be provided by Bodi Dominguez and KPRL radio.

Have you been to Genesee Idaho or the Harvest Festival?

If you have traveled to Genesee or attended an event here, what did you like best? Share with us!

Genesee is a quaint but thriving agricultural community located between Moscow and Lewiston Idaho. After experiencing a population expansion in the early 1900’s, Genesee has maintained around 800 residents in current years.

Lodging in options in and around Genesee, Idaho

We have a wonderful selection of Northern Idaho bed and breakfasts that would be perfect for your visit.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Sun Valley Harvest Festival 2012

The signature foodie event in the region, the Sun Valley Harvest Festival is celebrating its third year coming up next month. Held from September 21 - 23, Friday through Sunday,  the three day festival combines internationally recognized winemakers and chefs with flavors from the agricultural wonders of Idaho and the Northwest.


Restaurant Walk at the Sun Valley Harvest Festival

Friday, Sept. 21
5-7 p.m.
Ketchum town square

Stroll the streets of historic Ketchum during the Restaurant Walk and sample eclectic cuisines and a moveable feast of the grandest proportion. The Restaurant Walk serves as the kick-off event for the Harvest Festival. Start at the Ketchum Town Square to check in and get your wrist band. Then you are on the loose to follow your taste buds through town and stroll amongst the featured restaurants, including Rickshaw, Tranquility and Rico's. Enjoy each restaurant’s fall offering paired with a wine, beer or beverage of choice. This is a great way to sample some of Sun Valley’s finest eateries and enjoy a beautiful fall evening in scenic downtown Ketchum!

Shopping at the Sun Valley Harvest Marketplace

Saturday, September 22nd
10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Carol’s Dollar Lodge

Peruse local produce, meats and dairy products from regional farmers and ranchers, artisan food makers and cheese mongers, organic coffee and tea, the latest in kitchen gadgets and much more.

The Marketplace will work in conjunction with the cooking demonstrations that take place under the lawn tent just outside the marketplace. Listen to one of our guest chefs present their take on local Idaho food, sample their menu, pick-up a recipe, and then buy the ingredients in the Marketplace!

Are you attending the Harvest Festival in Sun Valley Idaho?

What events are you looking forward to attending? Perhaps a cooking demonstration by one of the chefs? Maybe the martini and caviar party, or the various artisan harvest dinners being held. We want to hear what makes you interested in visiting Sun Valley this summer or fall.

Lodging in Sun Valley Idaho

If you are a foodie, than you probably know the value of local products and producers. Support another local business when you come for the Harvest Festival and stay at one of our central Idaho bed and breakfasts.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

International Draft Horse Show

Idaho is full of surprises.
Host to several international events, including a dance festival, Idaho also holds the northwest’s largest draft horse and mule expo. The show takes place at the Bonner County Fairgrounds from Sept. 20-23. The Idaho State Draft Horse & Mule International Show is sponsored by the North Idaho Draft Horse & Mule Association Inc.

Events at the International Draft Horse Show

If you have a special place in your heart for the majesty of the powerful draft horse or the plain logic and sense of the mule, than this show is going to really please you. Watch and enjoy as the competitors display their skills at directing a team of horses or mules while they pull wagons, carts and buggies.

Check out the full schedule of events and information on the Idaho Draft Horse Show website. Here are some of the highlights:

Thursday -

Halter classes for mare, geldings and stallions.

Friday -

First performance at noon. Team driving, four abreast, log skidding, carts.

Second performance at 6 p.m. Mule team conformation, ladies team competition.

Saturday -

Junior performances ages 8 -18. Horse braiding and showmanship.

Third performance at noon. Pee wees, ladies street cart, 4 abreast mules, matched mares, junior team and ladies team.

Sunday -

Fifth performance. Ladies cart, junior cart, tandem, junior team.

Do you love draft horses?

If this is the kind of event you would want to attend, tell us why. What kind of competition interests you?

Lodging in and around Sandpoint, Idaho

Find the perfect place to stay for your trip to Sand point at one or our member bed and breakfasts. Your stay is assured to be of the highest quality with the kind of personal attention you expect when staying at a B&B.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Perrine Bridge Festival

The Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls

If there are any adrenaline junkies reading, the Perrine Bridge Festival is gonna be your type of event! Get ready for base jumping, swimming, paddling and racing! It is taking place in Twin Falls, Idaho on Friday and Saturday, September 7th & 8th. For all the details on the event, you can visit the Perrine Bridge Festival website.

Twin Falls Base Jumping

Feel a rush that cannot be duplicated right here in Twin Falls, Idaho. The annual base jumping events commence at 10:00 am Saturday. Come join others in for a day of fun, sun, and free falling.

Twin Falls Charitable Tourism: 5k/10k Walk/Run

Saturday morning you can do something good for you and for others. Participate in a 5k or 10k for charity. Run, walk, do both or just have fun and support the “Children with Special Needs” fund. Register early to enjoy the Friday night dinner at Outback Steakhouse. The cost is $25 before September 1st and $30 after. Race starts Saturday morning (9/8) at 7:30 am at the Centennial Park.

Other Twin Falls Idaho Tourism Attractions: Run, Bike, Paddle

While visiting Twin Falls, if jumping off perfectly good bridges is just not for you, take the scenic route and participate in this three-legged event. You can compete as a group or as an individual. Participants paddle (your choice of kayak or stand-up paddle board) to the Perrine Bridge and back, a 6 mile bike ride to Auger Falls followed by a 3-mile run. The event was designed as a business to business challenge or for other groups of competitors. Pre-registration is highly suggested.

Do you have history in Twin Falls, Idaho?

Have you ever visited the Perrine Bridge for a jump, or paddled below it? What event activities sound appealing to you? We want to hear from you!

Bed and Breakfasts in Twin Falls, Idaho

When planning your trip to the Twin Falls area, whether for an exciting base jumping excursion or simply for a relaxing get away, consider one of our hospitable and welcoming South Central Idaho bed and breakfasts for your accommodations.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Cassia County Fair

The Cassia County Fair is a collection of carnival rides, livestock, farm and garden exhibits. These events convey the county’s love of agriculture and define as well as unite the community.

Held August 13-18th in Burley Idaho, the Cassia County Fair and Rodeo is located at 1101 Elba Avenue - at the fairgrounds, of course!

Cassia County Fair 2012

The Cassia County Fair has all the traditional elements: 4H competitions and events, free entertainment and live music, exhibits on local business and art and a carnival. If you throw in horse racing, a rodeo and a parade you have the recipe for a wonderful day of country culture and entertainment!

The Rodeo

Held on August 16, 17 & 18th, the PRCA Rodeo tickets are $8 & $10. Three nights of wild rodeo events like bull riding, bucking broncos, calf wrestling and roping and barrel racing. There are deals and specials every night. Entertaining rodeo personalities Zeb Bell and the T-Bar Rodeo Stock will be hosting.

County Fair Concert

Tuesday night, August 14th, the Cassia County Fairgrounds will host country singer/songwriter David Nail. Tickets are $16 and $20.Born and raised in Kennett, Missouri David Nail signed a recording deal with MCA Nashville in 2007. A pair of singles from his first project, "Turning Home" and "Red Light," entered the Top 20 in Billboard's country chart. The album, I'm About to Come Alive, was released in August 2009. Nail followed his success with widespread touring before entering the studio in early 2011. He pre-released "Let It Rain," which hit number 11 just before the release of his second album, The Sound of a Million Dreams, in November of 2011. The title track was issued as the album's second single.

What is your favorite thing about the Fair?

Have you attended the Cassia County Fair before or do you plan to go this year? What makes Cassia's Fair unique?

Even if you don't have plan to visit Cassia, what was your favorite thing to do at the county fair when you were a kid? I loved the corn dogs and the Ferris wheel.

Lodging in and near Burley Idaho

Before you just book another boring, ugly and unfriendly motel, take a look at our Magic Valley Idaho bed and breakfasts for a truly unique and enjoyable lodging experience.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Schweitzer Mountain ID Fall Festival

Schweitzer Fall Festival

Schweitzer's 20th annual outdoor microbrew and music festival is taking place in Sandpoint Idaho on September 1-3 (labor day weekend). Offerings include tasting tents featuring regional microbrews, wine and soda. Several bands will perform throughout the day. This year, Schweitzer is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Fall Fest by extending it to a 3-day event. That’s right, 3 days of great fun, great music and great beer!

Part I: Microbrews

This year Schweitzer will be serving up several regional wines, hard ciders and over 40 beers on tap! For the kids, the soda tent will be a fun place where they can mix their own flavors and create wild concoctions. We’ll have arts and crafts vendors throughout the village and live music playing all 3 days. For a full schedule, check out the Fall Fest at Schweitzer website. The ever-popular souvenir mugs, glasses and steins will be on sale all weekend as well.

Part II: Music

Saturday -

11 - 1 Justin Lantrip

1:30 - 3:30 Adrian Xavier

4 - 6 Pickwick: Seattle phenomenon and Sasquatch + SXSW festival alum. KEXP called the Seattle band's sound a "juggernaut of 60's soul-inspired rock fusion that tears away from its roots and soars even higher."

Sunday -

11 - 12:30 Cedar and Boyer

1 - 2:30 Emily Wells

3 - 6 Jerry Joseph Band: Rock 'n' Roll at its finest and most raw. After three decades in the music business, Jerry Joseph is a powerful songwriter and performer.

Monday -

11 - 1:30 Not Quite Punk

2 -4 Larry and His Flask: A Fall Festival favorite from last year, the band is freshly back from Warped Tour. Their playing is fast and accurate. Many critics find their music hard to describe: labels and genres bend into a kind of rowdy bluegrass country with punk rock roots and a hint of gypsy soul.

Have you been to Schweitzer Mountain or Sandpoint?

Did you go for summer fun or winter sports? Have you attended the Fall Fest before or heard one of the performers? We wanna hear back from you!

This is the final weekend of summer operations and the chairlift will be open for sightseeing, hiking and mountain biking.

Sandpoint Lodging

There are many fine bed and breakfasts in the region where you can find lodging over labor day weekend.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Paul Bunyan Days in St. Maries

Labor Day weekend. The last long weekend of the summer before kids go back to school and the weather begins to turn cool again. Everyone needs this weekend to soak up sun rays, enjoy a little more free time and just relax. One great place for all of this is Paul Bunyan Days in St. Maries, Idaho. The festival takes place over four days, from August 31 - September 3.

Paul Bunyan Days

An audience watches a portion of the Civil War reenactment show held during the 2011 Paul Bunyan Days celebration. Photo courtesy of the St. Maries Gazette Record.

Celebrating the logging history in the region, St. Maries (pronounced Marys) comes alive with an exciting series of competitions and entertainment. Paul Bunyan Days boasts a bevy of attractions that include a carnival in city park, a Junior Olympic skills competition, a quilt show, a 5K fun run and pool events. Get ready for logging competitions, water events, Moto-cross races, food & craft vendors, music, a stunning fireworks show and much more during this family friendly send-off to summer. Sunday at dusk is one of the country’s largest arena firework shows. Monday morning is the Labor Day parade – bigger and better every year.

Visit St. Maries, Idaho

Have you visited St Maries before? If so, was it for Paul Bunyan Days? What else did you like about the city? We recommend you  shop St. Maries sidewalk sales for great bargains. Also check out the city park, which boasts “The Biggest Topless Bar in Idaho” called the Blue Ox (the beer garden doesn’t have a roof).

St. Maries, ID Lodging

There are numerous bed & breakfasts where you can stay the weekend.

St. Maries Paul Bunyan Days Event Highlights:

Saturday, Sept. 1:

10:00 a.m. Lawn Mower Races,  Registration and Inspection down at Hill A Beans Esspresso 801  Railroad Avenue across the railroad tracks.

9:00 p.m. St. Joe Valley Car Club Dance. Everyone 21 years or older is invited to the Cormana Building, City Park, to have some fun and dance the night away. Music provided by the King Pins. Tickets $5 at the door.

Check out the full schedule of events at the Paul Bunyan Days Facebook page.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Bannock County Bluegrass Festival

Events in Pocatello: Bannock County Bluegrass Festival

August 24-26, 2012

If you live for the sound of guitars twangin' and folks singin' - then make sure to get yourself to the fairgrounds in Pocatello for the Bannock County Bluegrass Festival!

The event takes place all weekend and features musicians from all over the nation, as well as local talent. Bluegrass enthusiasts also travel from far and wide to hear those sweet old-time songs and participate in the raffles and workshops that take place at the festival.

Do you love Bluegrass?

Have you attended the Bannock County bluegrass festival in the past? Are you going to attend this summer? What groups are you looking forward to hearing? We would love to hear your feedback!

Looking for lodging near Pocatello?

Look through our listings for south eastern Idaho bed and breakfasts for a place you will fall in love with during your visit.

Highlights of the 2012 Bluegrass Festival Lineup

Northern Departure: From Seattle, WA the band formed in 2008 and are in high demand in the northwest bluegrass scene. Skilled musicians with beautiful harmonizing vocals, Northern Departure is bound to keep you energized with a mix of classic, contemporary and original bluegrass favorites.

Digger Davis and Tombstone: From Norman, TX the band formed in 2004. The band consists of husband and wife Digger and Jeannie and their children Johnathan and Jamie. Digger has played music professionally for 20 years and is a former Texas state banjo champion. Son Johnathan does most of the lead vocals and plays guitar. Jeannie plays bass and daughter Jamie plays the mandolin. They tour the U.S. and Canada full-time.

Molly and Tenbrooks: From Spokane, WA the quartet has many years of professional music and performing between them. Along with bluegrass, the group enjoys performing soulful ballads and gospel music.

Portneuf Gap: A local group from Pocatello, these local fellas play from the heart and because they are passionate about sharing the original American music style, Bluegrass.

New South Fork Bluegrass: From Idaho Falls, this traditional bluegrass band came together several years ago and combines excellent playing with lovely harmonies. They have toured throughout the Northwest.

J.D. Webb and the Downstate Ramblers: From Baker City, Oregon, J.D. Webb is originally from southern Illinois and has played bluegrass music most of his life. He toured with a version of the band with the same name in the 70s and 80s and revived the band in 2009. He is the primary songwriter and plays rhythm guitar and sings lead vocals.

Chicken Dinner Road: From Treasure Valley, Idaho the band began jamming together in 2005 and enjoyed playing music together so much they decided to create a formal band. They have won the battle of the bluegrass at the Old Time Fiddler's Contest in Weiser Idaho twice.

Wild Coyotes: From Pocatello and the surrounding areas, this group plays a variety of traditional American music genres including country, folk and cowboy tunes. The string quartet combines powerful playing with lovely vocals.

Red Desert Ramblers: From Salt Lake City, Utah this band has over a century of performing between the five members. They play exciting instrumentals and are very popular at music festivals, performing all over the northwest.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Pocatello Events: RiverFest

The Portneuf River Greenway RiverFest Concert

August 18, 2012 11a.m. - 9 p.m.

The Portneuf Greenway RiverFest one-day music festival features local and regional bands. This year’s headliner is The Clumsy Lovers, a folk rock/bluegrass/Celtic jam band from the Vancouver area. The event will feature craft and commercial booths as well as lots of great food.

Other events include a horseshoe tournament and the infamous raffle. In previous years prizes have included camp trailers, boats and cars. Make sure you get a ticket, or several! The funds go towards the maintenance of the Greenway trail system.

Have you attended Events in Pocatello?

The Greenway along the Portneuf river is host to various events and activities throughout the year. Have you visited this area of Idaho before? If so, what did you enjoy most? What do you recommend to future visitors?

Pocatello RiverFest Activities and Information

The creation of the local Greenway trail system is celebrated by the community of Pocatello with RiverFest every year. The tradition began in 1992  and this annual event offers a diverse variety of activities and entertainment for both young and old. This fun event is free to the community and raises vital funds for Greenway Trail creation through a raffle, formerly called The Duck Race.

Located at Raymond Park next to Irving Middle School on the Portneuf river, it serves as a starting point for the Sacajawea Reach Trail. It is an inspiring venue for a festival focused on raising funds for the Portneuf Greenway. Within a short distance of the park is Old Town Pocatello, filled with historic buildings, unique shops and restaurants as well as the Southeastern Idaho Farmer's Market.

Please remember it's festival seating, so bring blankets, chairs and other items to make yourselves comfortable for the show. There will be a large tent for shade.

Near the stage will be numerous hands-on activity booths as well as food and beverage vendors.

Lodging in the Pocatello Area

We have wonderful bed and breakfasts in the area for you to choose from when planning your trip to the Portneuf Greenway.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Rexburg News: Madison County Fair!

Rexburg is home to the County Fair

Every August, the community in Madison County gathers to celebrate it's rich history in agriculture. The fair is a celebration of all of this and the bounty of the land. Look forward to lots of cowboys and good competition in the rodeo arena. This year, the fair will be held August 16th - 18th.

Along with outdoor entertainment and a lot of produce, home arts will be on display along with local fine art and photographs on display. All of these will have peoples choice awards so don't forget to cast your vote. Every vote counts!

Representing the youth of our community, the 4-H projects will be on display. The kids of 4-H have been working hard on their projects so make sure to stop by the animal pens and check them out. On Saturday you'll have to opportunity to bid on the animals. Everything is inside the indoor arena.

The Madison County fair is a traditional event: expect everything from baking to fashion to pigs to steers to a petting zoo.

Have you gone to the County Fair Before?

Whether in Madison county or elsewhere in the west, what is your favorite part of the fair? I know I have a few different ones - the fair food, like cotton candy and corn dogs, as well as the rodeo and the Ferris wheel. What do you and your family look forward to?

The Madison County Rodeo

When one thinks of a traditional county fair, an element that can't be missed is the rodeo. While the events at the rodeo mostly stay the same - calf roping, bull riding, bronckin' buck riding and barrel racing, it is always entertaining and exciting, every year. But that’s nothing new, right?

This year something new is happening at the Rodeo on Saturday. In May the Rexburg Ranch Rodeo and Women’s Steer Stopping became a sanctioned event, associated with the Western States Ranch Rodeo Association (WSRRA).

For years, larger rodeo associations catered to the full-time rodeo competitor, leaving a large gap for those who work full time in other professions. By including those that work full-time as ranch cowboys, smaller ranches and WSRRA will considerably enrich the ranch rodeo sport, bringing in fresh talent, showcasing more skills and encouraging seniors, women and youths to participate in a family atmosphere. Only by continuing to expand the opportunities for all ranch rodeo competitors do we ensure that the ranch rodeo heritage will continue for generations to come.

Need a place to stay while attending the Rexburg Event?

Look at our affordable, clean and friendly lodging options for Idaho bed and breakfasts.

New Event: TheMadCo Car Show

Brand new this year, the MadCo Car show will be on August 20, 2011 at the Madison County Fair Grounds from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This show will feature new as well as classic cars, motorcycles, tractors and more. From Vintage to stock and everything in between, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Snake River Roaring Youth Jam

The Snake River Roaring Youth Jam is a family arts festival in Idaho Falls. Organized by the Idaho Falls Arts Council, the "Youth Jam" is three days of art, theater and music for kids of all ages and their families. Held August 11th through 13th (Thursday through Saturday), the festival will include world music, a battle of the bands and various participatory art projects.

Events at the Snake River Youth Jam, Idaho Falls

At 7 p.m. on Aug. 11 &12 (Thursday and Friday), head to the Colonial Theater on A Street for a free takio drumming show. An ensemble of America's premier and emerging taiko drummers will be performing. Dedicated to preserving and disseminating American taiko drumming, the ensemble's work balances the traditions and rich history of American taiko with a contemporary edge exploring new dimensions in the art form.

On Saturday night (Aug. 13), make your way to Civitan's Plaza in historic downtown Idaho Falls for the Battle of the Bands! This show is a premiere venue for young bands in eastern Idaho. As many as 15 bands will compete for their share of over $2000 in prizes. Judges are a mix of Snake River All Star musicians and  area high school students.

Do you want to be in the Battle of the Bands?

Entrants will receive by e-mail a complete judges tally with comments. Bands will have the chance to garner a local business for sponsorship of their band. All participants will have the opportunity to attend the free judges workshop presented by members of the Snake River Allstars. Register your band or your child's at the Idaho Falls Arts Council.

Great Mid-Week Rates at Idaho Falls Bed and Breakfasts

Take advantage of arriving on a Wednesday or a Thursday for the festival and you might find a great rate at one of our destination inns in Idaho Falls.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Raspberry Festival at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood Idaho

The Idaho Event in Cottonwood!

You’re invited to participate in the 20th Annual Raspberry Festival at the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude. This is an all-day event, featuring activities for the whole family. Some of the highlights include a $5 pancake breakfast, fresh raspberry shortcake, BBQ beef sandwiches, an arts & crafts fair, live music, a kids’ carnival, hand-crafting demonstrations, new and used book sales, fun run & walk, Chapel and Museum Tours and more.
Set against the beautiful background of the Monastery of St. Gertrude, the festival attracts more than 3,000 visitors who come to eat, play and shop for unique handmade crafts and gifts.

The Raspberry festival takes place on Sunday, August 5th from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 465 Keuterville Road.

Have you visited the Monastery of St. Gertrude before?Events

If you have visited this beautiful and historic site before, please share with us your favorite aspect of the property. If you are planning on attending the Raspberry Festival, what are you looking forward to the most?

Looking for Idaho Lodging during the Festival?

Take a moment to explore the unique and comfortable lodging options on our Southwestern Idaho B&B webpage.

Event Schedule for the Raspberry Festival:

7 – 7:45 a.m.
Fun Run & Walk race registration at the Museum

8 – 10:00 a.m.
Pancake Breakfast at the Museum
Fun Run & Walk

10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Raspberry Shortcake, BBQ beef sandwiches,
hot dogs and nachos in the Prairie High School gym

11 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hamburgers, hot dogs, Raspberry Shortcake on the front lawn

9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Arts & Crafts Vendors (on side lawn and gym parking lot)
Kids' Carnival, Face Painting, Jingles the Clown (in gym)
Historical Museum at St. Gertrude visits
Living History Encounters and Cultural Demos

Live Music TBA

Tours Monastery Chapel at 10:00, 11:00, 1:00 and 2:00

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Pierce, Idaho Gold Celebration

1860 Days Celebration

This family-friendly festival celebrates the founding of the first gold rush town in Idaho. Taking place August 3-5, look forward to live music, street dancing a parade, costume contest, old-fashioned cooking, craft & food vendors and a softball tournament.

Lodging in and Around Pierce, Idaho

Take a look at our fine Idaho bed and breakfasts to find a great lodging option near all the fun!

Have you visited Pierce or Weippe?

What did you enjoy about these historic Idaho towns? Did you visit the logging museum or attend the 1860 Days Celebration? We would like to hear about it!

Sponsored in part by the Pierce-Weippe Chamber of Commerce, check out the schedule of events for the weekend below:

Events taking Place Both Days of the 1860 Days Celebration:

  • Horseshoe Tournament at the Timber Inn

  • Main Street Food, Craft & Gift Vendors


  • 12:-4pm: J. Howard Bradbury Memorial Logging Museum & Courthouse Open

  • 3:30-4:30pm: Drop-off Berry/Cherry Bake-Off Entries for Judging - Community Center - Open to Adults and Youth

  • 4:30-7:30pm: Pierce 1860 Days Kick-Off Barbeque at Pierce Community Center

    • Includes: Pie & Ice Cream Social & Berry/Cherry Bake-Off

    • 5pm: 2nd Annual J.H. Bradbury Memorial Logging Museum Mini Log Drive - Orofino Creek

    • 5-5:30pm: Berry/Cherry Bake-Off entries open for public viewing.

    • 5:30-6pm: Berry/Cherry Bake-Off judging

    • 6pm: Berry Bake-Off winners announced

    • 6pm: Welcoming Speaker - Carmen Syed, Mayor of Pierce

    • 6:30-7:30pm: Country Concert by Shiloh Sharrad & Beargrass

  • 9pm-1am: Live Entertainment - Timber Inn


  • 7:30-11am: Breakfast - Pierce Community Center

  • 8-11am: Pierce/Weippe ATV Trail Riders Fun Run Registration - former Lions Club building (behind City Hall)

  • 9am: Softball Tournament Sign-Up - Ball Field

  • 9:30am: Street Musicians - Beargrass - Main Street

  • 10am-4pm: J. Howard Bradbury Memorial Logging Museum & Courthouse Open

  • 10am: Registration for Best of the West Contests: Best Groomed Beard, Longest Beard, Best Handlebar Mustache, Best 1800s Costume, Best Lookin’ Legs In 1800s Costume (Male & Female) - T-shirt Booth. NOTE: Participants Must Register to Qualify for Judging

  • 10am: Parade Participants Check-In - Mangum Trucking lot

  • 11am-Noon: Country Concert by Shiloh Sharrad & Beargrass - Main Street Stage

  • 12 Noon: PARADE - Main Street (1860 Days Parade Registration Form)

  • 1:00pm: 1860 Days Auction - Main Street Stage

  • 2pm: Ducky Derby - Orofino Creek (Sponsored by THS Girl’s Basketball)

  • 2:30-3:30pm: Studio 205 Stick Horse Round-Up; Water Balloon Toss - Main Street

  • 3pm: Dutch-Oven Cook-Off Begins - Kids & Adults - The Outback

  • 3:15pm: Ping-Pong Ball Drop - Pierce Hardware

  • 4:00pm: Pierce/Weippe ATV Trail Riders Fun Run Awards and Drawing - Former Lions Club Building

  • 5pm: Dutch Oven Cook-Off Judging And Tasting (Public Participation)- The Outback

  • 5:15pm: All Saturday Contest Winners announced

  • 8pm-1am: Street Dance - Featuring The Fabulous Kingpins - Main Street Stage


  • 8am: Softball Tournament - Ball Field

  • 10am: Country Church - Faith Lutheran Church back lawn

  • At the Play Park on Sunday

    • 1-2:30pm: Kids’ Pie-Eating Contest; Kids’ Sack Race; Kids’ Three-Legged Race; Water Balloon Toss - Kids & Adults - Co-sponsored by Mountain View Church

    • 3pm: Play Park Stage Announcements:
      - Softball Tournament Awards
      - Drawing for Picnic Raffle - Historic Pierce Cemetery Friends
      - Drawing for 1/2 oz. Gold Miner Charm & Backyard Barbeque Package - 1860 Days
      - All Sunday Contest Winners' announced

    • 4pm: Pierce 1860 Days End of Celebration

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The King Tut Exhibit comes to Idaho Falls

Come see a dazzling collection of Tutankhamen’s (a.k.a. King Tut) burial treasures. With over 130 artifacts masterfully produced in Egypt, this blockbuster exhibition is larger and more complete than any previous exhibition of the originals.

Artisans from the Pharaonic Village in Giza, Egypt and the Metropolitan Museum of Art spent ten years recreating the richest archaeological find of all time.

Displayed in open glass cases, the exhibition includes replicas of the pharaoh’s sacred and personal possessions along with associated artifacts from the period surrounding Tutankhamen’s reign. The exhibit recalls the story of the historic discovery of the tomb by Howard Carter as well as the life and times of Egypt’s most celebrated boy-king, Tutankhamen. This exhibition will take you on a journey you will never forget.

Where is the King Tut Exhibit?0

Find King Tutankhamen at the Museum of Idaho at 200 N. Eastern Ave. in Idaho Falls.

The exhibit will be at the museum from June 15th through November 24th. Ticket prices range from $6 to $24.

Hours: Mon & Tues: 9am – 8pm, Wed – Sat.: 9am – 5pm, closed Sundays. Admission Prices: $8/adult, $7/senior, $6/youth, $25/Family. $20/Family Night (Mon: 5-8pm). Group rates available.

Idaho Falls Lodging

Visit our listings for great Idaho Falls and Eastern Idaho Bed and Breakfasts while in the region.

More Info on King Tut

Tutankhamun was an 18th dynasty pharaoh who inherited the throne at a young age. His reign was short-lived and inconsequential in comparison to other great pharaoh's of Egypt. Upon his death, his legacy quickly faded into the sands of Egypt. Once forgotten by his nation, King Tut is now one of Egypt’s most well-known icons because of his beautiful and complete burial tomb. He continues to hold the world’s fascination and yet puzzles leading Egyptology historians. Many stories surround the pharaoh, including a legend about a curse.

Come take an in-depth look at King Tut and explore his life, treasure, curse, and discovery. Take a tour that will feel like a deep venture into King Tut’s tomb with discoverer Howard Carter on November 22, 1922.

Are you planning to visit the King Tut Exhibit?

If so, please share with us what you are looking forward to seeing!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

International Folk Dance and Music Festival, Idaho

A week from today, one of the United State's premiere international dance festivals will begin. The Idaho International Dance and Music festival, held in Rexburg, Burley, Rupert and Blackfoot, Idaho is host to dozens of dancers from all over the world. The Festival exemplifies one of the main goals of dance: to share one's culture. The unique scenario in Idaho also provides the dancers a chance to absorb and understand the many freedoms found in America. Teams in the past have come from Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, North America, and island nations.

Over the next eight days the dancers play with, eat with, and in general get to know each other. Host families are given free tickets to the performances so they support their dancers.

They also receive discounts on food and services throughout the community during their participation. They are given many other perks along with an official t-shirt of the Festival.

Host Families for the International Folk Festival

To facilitate these dance group's visit to the United States, many of them visiting for the first time, the dancers are assigned to host families that give them room and board for the duration of the festival. It is truly an amazing coming together of the community. Over the eight days that the festival takes places, the dancers play, eat, and socialize with their host families. What an amazing way to learn about people from another part of the world! Host families are given free tickets to the performances so they support their dancers.

Host families also receive discounts on food and services throughout the community during their participation. They are given many other perks along with an official t-shirt of the Festival. The greatest benefits of course come from the personal interactions between host families and performers. Read about some of the heartwarming exchanges between such diverse people on the dance festival's "Festival Stories" page.

Have you ever hosted an international visitor?

Whether it was an exchange student or your husband's mother from the 'Old country," what did this experience teach you about yourself or the world we live in?

Northern Rockies Folk Festival

The family friendly two-day, music festival boasts local food vendors, a raffle, and a huge children’s play ground. With affordable tickets at $35, $25 and $15, you can't afford to miss it!

Background on the Northern Rockies Folk Festival

The festival began as a small community center event in 1977. Today, it has grown into a two-day concert, jam-packed with talent culled from the Wood River Valley, as well as regional and national music scenes. The Northern Rockies Folk Festival also supports young musicians by always making room on the stage for up-and-coming bands with local ties, student musicians, and “tweeners” who are local musicians given 15-minutes during stage set changes.

Why would I want to go to a folk festival?

Held in Hailey, Idaho, the concert site is tucked against the Big Wood River, at the base of Carbonate Ridge. Attendees walk and ride their bikes to the venue. Many bring a picnic meal. Soak up some sun, dance, listen to music, and maybe even take a dip in the Big Wood River during band breaks. The Northern Rockies Folk Festival is exactly what you want a summer concert to be: a place where music lovers can have a great time in a safe and healthy environment.

Schedule for the Northern Rockies Folk Festival

Friday, August 3rd -

5-6 pm : Steph Sloan and the Elephant Parade

6:30 - 8:30 : Olin and the Moon

8:30 pm : Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys

Saturday, August 4th -

12:30 -1:15 pm : The Penny Hens

1:30 - 2:15 : Izzy Taylor

2:30 - 3:30 pm : Dewey Pickette & Howe

3:45 - 4:45 pm : Gypsy River Haunts

5 - 6 pm : Random Canyon Growlers

6:30 - 8 : Carrie Rodriguez

8:30 - 10 pm : Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

Who are you most excited about seeing?

If I could attend, I would like to see Rosie Ledet the Zydeco Playboys. I love zydeco music!

Where should I stay during the Festival?

Check out great lodging choices in central Idaho by looking over our High Country B&Bs.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Sidewalk Sale & Festival in Sandpoint, Idaho

The downtown business association of Sandpoint sponsors this day of deals and bargains in scenic downtown Sandpoint, Idaho. Downtown merchants open early and offer big deals in the annual Crazy Days sidewalk sale. This year it will be held on July 28th. Along with special shopping opportunities, there will be a whole day of music as part of the Park Place Summer Sounds music series.

For the early shopping crowd, the Backstreet Dixie Band will be playing at 10 a.m., followed by Carl Rey and the Blues Gators at noon. At 2 p.m. the Bright Moments trio will play, with Highway One closing the day at 4 p.m.

All music performances are at the corner of First and Cedar in downtown Sandpoint.

About Sandpoint, Idaho

Located on the shore of beautiful Lake Pend Oreille, against the dramatic backdrop of the Selkirk Mountains and Schweitzer Mountain ski resort, Sandpoint is a lively community of about 7,000 people. Sandpoint has been featured in publications such as USA Today, Outside and Forbes.They all say Sandpoint is a great place to live, work & play. To see what all the buzz is about, we invite you to browse and tour Downtown! The heart of downtown Sandpoint has over 100 shops & 30 restaurants.

History of Sandpoint

Incorporated in 1901, Sandpoint was built on the heritage of the railroad and timber industries. When these industries wained, the town was rejuvenated in the 1970s withan influx of artists and musicians, creating a healthy tradition of cultural events. Today tourism, retail, service and independent businesses all contribute to a downtown district that attracts visitors as well as residents for dining, shopping and community events.

Have you been to Sandpoint?

If so, please share with us what kind of activities you did while you were there. Did you visit in the spring or summer months, or take a ski trip there?

Lodging in and around Sandpoint Idaho

Look through our listing for lovely north Idaho bed and breakfasts for the perfect getaway location!

Rexburg Dance Festival

The Idaho international dance and music festival only one week away!

 Information about the Dancing:

This year there are over 300 dancers and musicians that will come to us from around the globe for this gala event to share the excitement of their native dances and music. These performances are alive with colorful costuming, exotic instruments and stirring rhythms. The Idaho International Dance and Music Festival is only one of four held annually festivals of this nature in the United States. Sanctioned by one of the largest folk arts organizations in the world, the CIOFF (whose headquarters in Confolons, France), the event is one-of-a-kind and extremely unique.

Schedule of Events at the International Dance and Music Festival in Burley, Idaho:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
6:30 pm Parade Around the Rupert Square
7:00 pm Dancing in the Rupert Park

Thursday, July 26, 2012
10:00 am-2:00 pm Burley Youth Culture held at the Burley High School (free event)
7:00 pm Pre-Show
7:30 pm Gala Performance at the King Fine Arts Center (ticketed event)

Friday, July 27, 2012
7:00 pm Pre-Show
7:30 pm Gala Performance at the King Fine Arts Center (ticketed event)

Schedule of Events at the International Dance and Music Festival in Rexburg and Blackfoot, Idaho:

Saturday, July 28, 2012
8:00 pm Opening Ceremonies at the BYU-I Viking Stadium (free event)

Monday, July 30, 2012
5:00 pm-9:00 pm International Street Festival
6:30 pm International Parade
9:00 pm-11:00pm International Street Dance along Main Street in Rexburg (free event)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
9:00 am-12:00pm Rigby Youth Culture at the Rigby Junior High, ages 6-16 (free event)
7:00 pm Blackfoot Performance at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center, 870 South Fisher Street

Thursday, August 2, 2012
9:00 am-12:00pm Rexburg Youth Culture at New Madison High, ages 6-16 (free event)
2:00 pm-3:30 pm Matinee at New Madison High (ticketed event)

Friday, August 3, 2012
7:00 pm Pre-Show
7:30 pm Gala Performance at the BYU-Idaho Hart Auditorium (ticketed event)

Saturday, August 4, 2012
11:00 am-2:00 pm Closing Ceremonies in Smith Park (free event)
7:00 pm Pre-Show
7:30 pm Gala Performance at the BYU-Idaho Hart Auditorium (ticketed event)

Planning on Attending the International Folk Festival?

Look for great Idaho bed and breakfast lodging on this website. If you have attended or participated in the festival in the past, share your experiences and photos on the Folk dance festival's Facebook page. You can also post here about what you are most excited to see at the festival.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

McCall SummerFest

What is McCall Summer Fest?

McCall SummerFest is a five-day festival celebrating classical chamber music and jazz. Concerts are held at multiple venues in McCall, Idaho the weekend of July 25th - 27th. The highlight for many will be the 40-piece orchestra, led by the distinguished Maestro Yaacov Bergman of New York City. Players include Gerald Robbins, a Van Cliburn award-winning classical pianist; Ted Rosenthal, renowned jazz pianist from Juilliard and Sarah Parnicky, a soprano from Southern California. Those attending will be treated to a variety of chamber music, including classical, jazz and pop, all performed by prominent regional and national musicians.

Schedule of Events for McCall SummerFest:

  • July 25th - Sampler Concert featuring Baroque, Mozart and Jazz, and Reception with Musicians at Shore Lodge

  • July 27th - Baroque Bash with the full Orchestra at the LDS Church in McCall

  • July 28th - Peter and the Wolf Free Family Concert on Saturday morning at the LDS Church in McCall

  • July 29th - Afternoon Master Class for Piano with Gerald Robbins; Fantabulous Mozart featuring the full Orchestra with a touch of Jazz at the McCall Community Congregational Church.

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Event Lodging and Information

Tickets will be available in July. Visit for schedule updates.
McCall is located in the southwest region of Idaho. Check out local Idaho Inns in the region to find the perfect place for you to stay during your visit.

Planning to Attend McCall SummerFest 2012?

If you have plans to attend McCall SummerFest, share with us what you are looking forward to the most. Is it the jazz? Perhaps the rendition of the playful Peter and the Wolf in the park is what really tickles your fancy.
Are you familiar with any of the scheduled performers? We want to hear about what attracts you to the event.

Idaho International Dance Festival

Idaho International Music Festival

Folk dancers from all around the world gather in the community of Rexburg for the Idaho International Dance & Music Festival. Dancers come from approximately 10 different countries each year and only one team from each country can participate.

The Idaho International Dance & Music Festival is a mixture of ceremony, dance instruction and performance. Many of the international dancers stay with host families for the event. This balance of activity provides time for the locals and the visitors to almost become part of each others families.

The Idaho International Dance & Music Festival is organized by the Rexburg Chamber of Commerce and Brigham Young University. A directing committee with hundreds of volunteers and intern put together this great community event. This year, the event is also being held in Burley, from July 25th -27th. The festival will continue in Rexburg from July 28th to August 4th. Take a look at the great Magic Valley Bed and Breakfasts in the region to find the perfect place to stay for your visit.

International Dance & Music Festival 2011

Last year, about 175 dancers from Austria, Belgium, India, Russia, Senegal and Columbia attended the festival last year. The guests shared traditions and customs along with their music and dance. Did you attend last year? We would like for you to share you photos or experiences with us!

Events at the Festival

Usually, the festival begins with a parade during which the different dance troupes can show off some of their moves. After the parade each team will perform and interact with the audience. Teams will also have souvenir tables set up. A street festival usually takes place on Main St. as well.

History of the Idaho Dance & Music Festival

Brigham Young university dance directors, who founded the festival, drew their inspiration from a folk dance tour of Europe they completed in 1983. They envisioned a dance event in Rexburg that would attract performers from all over the world. The inaugural festival took place in 1986; since then the diversity of the team rosters has grown. Between 1986 and 2006, 172 teams performed from over 55 countries. In recent years, the nearby town of Burley became a second site of the festival; its version takes place within a week or two of the Rexburg festival.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Boise Historic Train Celebration

The Union Pacific Celebrates 150 Years!

Get ready for some rail-related fun as Union Pacific celebrates its 150th anniversary with a free community-wide event in Boise! Union Pacific’s iconic E-9 locomotives will make a historic stop at the Boise Depot on Sunday, July 8, to celebrate the railroad’s 150th Anniversary. The locomotives, along with the railroad’s traveling exhibit, the “Promontory” museum car, will be stationed behind the Boise Depot.

The event will be held at the Boise Depot, located at 2603 W Eastover Terrace. This community celebration will be open to the public between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., with Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Boise Mayor David Bieter present for a special ceremony recognizing the historic importance of Boise in the history of the Union Pacific.

A Moving Rail Road Museum?

View historic E-9 locomotives and a recently unveiled baggage car converted into rolling museum. The Promontory, a 1962-vintage baggage car, is a state-of-the-art traveling museum. It includes several artifacts, including railroad construction tools and remnants from UP’s earliest days that tells Union Pacific’s 150-year history. It also features stereo cards from Union Pacific’s one-of-a-kind collection and a 65” touch screen highlighting many of the communities the car will be visiting in 2012.

The public will also be able to experience railroad history through UP's famous miniature train and a locomotive simulator.

Are you a train enthusiast?

Trains and the railways are a rich and important part of American history. What aspects of trains and rail travel interest you? The construction, which brought laborers from all over the world to the United States? The heyday, during which famous bandits and robbers made a name for themselves? Tell us about what attracts you to trains.

Planning on Attending the Celebration?

There are numerous Idaho bed and breakfast options in Boise and surrounding areas for you stay while visiting the Boise train depot.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Charity Wine Auction in Sun Valley, Idaho

For 30 years the Sun Valley Center Wine Auction has stood out as one of the premier summer events in the resort community of Sun Valley Idaho. It started in 1981, after the Center’s founder Glenn Janss visited her vintner friends in Napa Valley for their first charity wine auction. Jass loved the event and transplanted the idea to Sun Valley, Idaho.

From humble beginnings as an afternoon event in someone’s backyard, the auction has evolved into a fun-filled, three-day celebration of wine and the arts, enjoyed by locals and visitors.

Wine Spectator magazine has frequently ranked it as one of the top 10 charity wine auctions in the country.

Where does the Wine Auction take place?

Most of the occurrences, including the main event - the auction and gala - take place at the Dollar Mountain Lodge in Ketchum, Idaho. However, this weekend-long celebration features events all over town. Check out the Sun Valley Center for the Arts wine auction website for a full schedule of events.

What kind of events are being held and when?

The Wine Auction events begin on Thursday, July 19th and culminate on Saturday, July 21st. Some of the highlights from the weekend:

  • A dinner with vintners at their private homes. Thursday night.

  • Wine and tapas tasting at Boca restaurant in Ketchum. Thursday night.

  • Auction lot viewing at Dollar Mountain Lodge. Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Wine and chocolate tasting at the Ketchum Gillr. Friday 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

  • Wine Auction Gala! Dinner, live and silent auction with surprise live entertainment at the Dollar Mountain Lodge. 5 p.m. Friday night.

  • Winner's Brunch at Cristina’s Restaurant in Ketchum. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  • Wine Tasting Extravaganza under the big tent at Dollar Mountain lodge. Saturday 12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

  • Wine Auction picnic and concert by MarchFourth Marching Band at Warm Springs Ranch in Ketchum. Saturday 6 p.m. - 9p.m.

Where can I find great Lodging?

Look through our listings for bed and breakfasts in Central Idaho to find a lodging in the Sun Valley region.

Do you love Wine?

Have you, like so many other Americans in the last decade, become a wine lover? If so, have you attended this wine auction or other wine events? Tell us about your experiences!

Check out this video, part two of a series of five about the Wine Auction. See you there!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Ride Sun Valley

The Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival

The 2nd Annual Ride Sun Valley Mountain Bike Festival showcases the area's over 400 miles of continuous singletrack (a narrow biking trail wide enough for only one bike) trail. The event is centered around some of the best race courses in the US.

Sun Valley is a bike rider's paradise with over 32 miles of multi-use paved bike paths, two bike parks, and miles of scenic road riding.

Beginning on June 29th and running through July 8th, the events at the festival are diverse and fun for bikers of all ages and skill levels.

The Ride Sun Valley Expo

The technical Expo will be open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. July 4-8, 2012. Located at the main entrance to the racing venue, all spectators and competitors will pass through the expo corridor daily. Top cycling vendors from around the world will be here to display new equipment and trends in cycling. If you are a rider or visitor, make time for this. It’s a candy store for mountain bike lovers.

Championship Cycling Events at Sun Valley

There will be four championship races taking place at the end of the festival (July 5 through 8): The USA Cycling's Cross Country Olympic Races (Pro and Amateur); Short Track Cross Country and the intimidating Super D Race.

Ride Sun Valley Activities and Events

These events take place at the beginning of the festival, from June 30th through July 3rd:

  • The Sun Valley All Mountain

  • Galena Grinder

  • Baldy Super Duper D

  • Fat Tire Criterium

  • Idaho Pump Track State Championship

  • Local Stoker Rides

  • Hailey 4th of July Criterium Bike Race

  • Welcome Dinner at Ketchum Downtown plaza

  • Kids Race

  • Sun Valley Shakedown

Get the details on all these events at the Ride Sun Valley Events Schedule website.

Have you Cycled in Sun Valley?

Share you experiences or pictures with us!

Sun Valley Lodging

There are a variety of great bed and breakfasts in the central region of Idaho. Check out some of out some of our high country Idaho Inns for a place to relax and refresh after all the athletics.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Malad Valley Welsh Festival

Welsh Culture and History Celebrated in Southeastern Idaho

The 8th annual Malad Valley Welsh Festival commemorates the heritage of the Welsh in southeastern Idaho with a four-day Festival that has something for everyone, Welsh or not! Located in Oneida County, the Malad Valley was originally settled by Welsh pioneers in the 1860s. One of their many Welsh traditions was an annual cultural arts event called an eisteddfod, celebrated for over 900 years. This event was held locally until it was discontinued before World War 1. The festival takes place from June 28th through July 1st.

Events at the Malad Valley Welsh Festival

Day 1:   Experts in Welsh genealogy from the Salt Lake City Family History Library will present workshops on Welsh names and language, how to conduct Welsh family research, and how to preserve photographs. Malad Valley has the largest per capita concentration of people of Welsh ancestry outside the country of Wales itself. For that reason, many residents of the Valley wanted to reestablish their Welsh roots.

Day 2:   Entertainment of all types dominate the second day, including:

  • Choral and piano concerts. The music of Evan Stephens, composer and conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, will be featured at the choral concert.

  • Welsh musicians and dancers

  •  Youth presentations about local historic sites

  •  Professional presentations about Welsh culture, language, and history.  Dr. Ronald Dennis will present about the Welsh Mormon emigration to the western United States.

  •  Displays about Welsh pioneer families and pioneer games

  • Wagon rides to historic sites in Malad

  • Quilt show

  •  Biathlon

  •  Film festival

  •  Community lunch and breakfast

  • Food and home craft vendors

Day 3:   An evening program in the historic 130-year-old Presbyterian Church will feature male vocal soloists.

Directions and Location of the Malad Valley Welsh Festival

Most events are held at the Malad City Park and the town church. Take main exit to Malad. Follow Welsh and United States flags to City Park on 100 West, one block south of downtown Malad. There are many fine Idaho Bed and Breakfast options in the vicinity of Malad. Take a look at one now!

Are you Welsh?

Do you know about your Welsh heritage, or have you attended the festival in the past? Please share you experiences with us!

The Winchester Rodeo

Some of us grew up around horses and livestock. If you did, you know there is a certain comfort and familiarity to the smells of a rodeo: the dust, the leather, the horse hair and of course the cow patties.

If you a a "city slicker," than the rodeo, a quintessential American tradition, is a must-see. Get connected to how the West was won!

The Winchester Days and Rodeo is a great chance for Idahoans to get out in the summer sun and watch some wild, ruckus cowboys try to win the buckle!

Make it a long weekend and start off with a variety show at the Community Center, starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 28th. The public is welcome to perform!

The main events begin on Saturday, starting with an all-you-can eat Cowboy breakfast at the Community Center. But if you're smart, you're already staying in an Idaho Panhandle B&B, where breakfast comes with the room! There are arts and crafts for sale all weekend long and at 10 a.m., the parade rolls through downtown Winchester. The rodeo starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday on Nez Perce Rd.

The rodeo continues on Sunday and wraps up with fireworks over Winchester lake at dusk.

Winchester Idaho Lodging & Event Information

Simply explore one of our Northern Idaho Inns for a great place to stay during your weekend. Have you visited one of these bed and breakfasts already? Tell us about your experience!

The rodeo is held on Hwy 95 between Lewiston and Cottonwood. Call (208) 924-6634 for more information.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Ironman Coeur d'Alene

The Ironman Triathlon

One of the toughest events in the world of sports, more than 2,000 athletes will compete in the Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene Triathlon on June 24th. In this unbelievable race, participants will swim 2.4 miles, cycle 112 miles and run 26.2 miles in succession.

Ironman in Coeur d'Alene

Participants begin the race bright and early at 7 a.m. and have until midnight to complete the course. Ironman Coeur d’Alene starts off with a two-loop swim in beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene. It is a mass start, with all 2000 competitors jumping into the lake (water temp about 67 degrees) at once. The bike course takes athletes through rural northern Idaho and the run is the highlight of the race. The running course is usually lined with spectators showing their support for the competitors.

Do you want to race in the Coeur d'Alene Ironman?

The entry fee is a whopping $600, so unless you are already a trained triathlon athlete, you might want to find a beginner's race for a warmup. Although there are no qualification requirements, the race committee does recommend that you participate in a shorter triathlon. At this point, the general entry is completely sold out, but there are still spaces for those willing to make a charitable donation in conjunction with their entry fee.

Did you participate or attend the Ironman Triathlon in 2011?

If so, we would like to hear about your experiences. As a participant, do you have any tips or tricks about the route? If you were a spectator, where's the best place to watch the end of the race? What kind of other entertainment did you enjoy? Share you thought with us!

Coeur d'Alene Lodging

Whether you are interested in participating in the race, coming to support a friend or family member racing or just want to watch these incredible athletes in action, you will need a nice place to stay. Peruse our Coeur d'Alene area bed and breakfasts for a spectacular place to stay. Athletes, an innkeeper can make a special breakfast for you, ready early in the morning. When you return from the competition, a huge jacuzzi tub could be waiting for you. Friends and spectators, innkeepers are locals that know all about their town. Ask and innkeeper for the best place to see the exciting splash start, or where to watch the final moments of the race.

Kamiah Roundup Rodeo and Parade

The rodeo is something uniquely American. It harks back to an era in which cowboy was a legitimate career option and one needed a certain set of skills (on horseback!) with which to complete the job.

The days of rounding up cattle on horseback are mostly gone, but the legacy lives on all over the nation. In Kamiah, Idaho, they have put a fun twist on the rodeo weekend by adding the Spurs and Spokes Parade on Saturday, June 23rd.

Hosted by the Clearwater Valley Roundup Association (CVRA), the parade is a chance for contestants of all ages to participate in a parade done the old-fashioned way: without motors. That's right, this parade runs on human and horsepower! Expect to see stick horses, donkeys, mules, dogs, llamas, sheep and goats; anything non-motorized. It is bound to be a gas (without the exhaust)!

Wanna be part of the Parade?

If you live close by or just feel like taking part, entries for the parade need to be in before June 16. Here is a link to the Kamiah Chamber of Commerce, where you can download the entry form. Have you seen the  Spurs and Spokes parade before? Tell us about your favorite entry from last year.

Where should you stay when you go to the Roundup Rodeo?

Check out the listings for our North Central Idaho Bed and Breakfasts in the land of rivers, near Kamiah. After a warm day of dusty bullriding and bucking broncos, what could feel better than a jacuzzi tub for two? Don't settle for an over-priced, under-kept motel when you could stay in affordable luxury at an Idaho B&B.

Directions and Event Info

Take Hill street from Hwy. 12, across Lawyers Creek bridge. Rodeo grounds on right.

Saturday, June 23rd. Parade begins at 4 p.m.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Weiser Fiddle Contest

The National Oldtime Fiddler's Contest

Held the third week in June, from June 18th - 23rd, the contest and festival is celebrating it's 60th year this summer. A whole week of amazing fiddle music and fun activities for the family will take place in the small town of Weiser, Idaho. There are a variety of different competitions taking place over the week, with all contests open to the public.

There will be 'small fry' fiddling, a competition for the youngsters, twin fiddling and various adult rounds leading up to the grand national championship rounds on Saturday June 23rd. Check out the full schedule for the National Oldtime Fiddler's contest here.

Activities at the Weiser Fiddle Contest

In addition to the official activities provided by the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest, a number of  local organizations provide activities as fund-raisers for their organization's projects. You will also find yard sales, car shows, Bikers' Rodeo and more going on throughout the week.

The hub of the festival activity is the Bluegrass Village City Park. Here, visitors can look at arts and crafts and purchase a variety of delicious foods from vendors. Also in the park is the entertainment stage, where entertainment begins around noon on Tuesday and goes until around 9:30 each evening through Saturday. Full of trees, the park is a shady and cool place to spend a summer day.

The Kids Side of the Bluegrass Festival

A highlight for the youngsters is our the carnival. The carnival runs Wednesday through Saturday and is located at Memorial Park, a few blocks directly north of City Park.  Discount tickets are available through Tuesday of Fiddle Week for All-You-Can-Ride wristbands at significant savings over purchase at carnival box office.  Tickets are available from our office at 2235 Paddock Avenue (Slocum Hall) and at numerous businesses around town, also at Weiser Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday: The Big Parade and the Battle of the Bands

The number of entrants in the parade more than doubled in the last two years!   The Battle of the Bluegrass Bands takes place on Saturday afternoon right after the parade.  All this and much more await your pleasure on the Festival side of things.

Have you attended the Weiser Fiddle Contest?

If you have already been to the fiddle contest, or you have competed in the past, we'd love to hear about your experiences! If you have plans to go this year, what are you looking forward to most?

Lodging in Weiser

Find the perfect place to stay during your visit at one of our Canyon Country Bed and Breakfasts, located in South Western Idaho.