Thursday, May 31, 2012

To do in Coeur d'Alene: Car d'Alene!

Everyone loves a classic car. Even if you can't tell the difference between a Cadillac and Corvette, a beautiful, well-maintained classic car is a joy to look at.

The weekend of June 15th, come to Coeur d'Alene for the downtown event Car d'Alene! Along the breezy lakeside, vehicles from 1972 and before will be on display downtown in an event that is fun for the whole family. There are a variety of competitions including best flames and best pipes on a hot rod. Thousands attend the weekend event. Plus, lake Coeur d'Alene has a nice beach and is a fun, safe place to swim.

Other events include a "cruise," or parade of the cars down main street which takes place Friday evening. Expect close to 1,000 cars to cruise the street! There will also be live music and dancing every night and even a traveling poker tournament.

Additionally, a car auction will take place on Saturday on the Coeur d’Alene Resort lawn. There is also a the swap meet located at the corner of 3rd Street and Coeur d’Alene Avenue.

When you look at our Panhandle Inns of the Northern Region in Idaho, you can find the perfect lodging near downtown Coeur d'Alene or in a more rural setting. There are so many great local bed and breakfasts to choose from!

Do you have a classic car?

You too can be part of the fun at Car d'Alene! Simply register to bring your classic pre-1973 vehicle at

Have you attended Car d'Alene before? Please share your experiences or photos with us!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Hagerman Fossil Days

Hagerman Idaho Fossil Days

This event is a weekend full of old-fashioned, small-town family fun in the Hagerman Valley. Running Friday, May 27th through Sunday, May 29th in Hagerman, Idaho, Hagerman Fossil Days is a celebration of the Idaho State Fossil, Equus simplicidens, and one of the riches fossil deposits in the State of Idaho.

The Hagerman City Park offers ongoing musical entertainment and dancing, lots of good food, craft vendors and games for children. Each year, Friday night features live entertainment on stage for the whole family. A parade is held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday as well. Other festivities include a carnival, street fair and tours of the Hagerman Paleontology Lab.

Hagerman Fossil Days Event Highlights

Here is the scoop on some of the most interesting events over the weekend:

  • A carnival Friday night with live music

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  • Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday

  • The carnival continues on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.

  • Parade winners announced at the carnival at 12:30 p.m.

  • National Park Service (NPS) lab tours (various times on Saturday)

  • Live music all afternoon on Saturday

  • Sunday tours of the NPS labs continue

Location and Lodging

Events take place at the Hagerman City Park and State park. Peruse our list of Magic Valley Idaho B&B's to find the right one for your trip.

Visited the Hagerman State Park?

We would love to hear about your prior trips to the park. If you are planning to addend Fossil Days, is there any particular event you are looking forward to attending?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Archeology Month at Castle Rocks

This Saturday (May 26th), enjoy the first days of summer with an educational day of hiking at Castle Rocks State Park. Take a trip back in time, when there was a beach in Idaho! The guided hike will lead participants to examine the ancient history of the region as preserved in the fossil record. Be prepared to "ohh and ahhh" and take plenty of photographs!

Castle Rocks State Park is in a stunning natural setting at the foot of Cache Peak. Covering around 1,400 acres, the park was a private ranch until 1999. Visitors can still see the remnants of the original homestead from 1888.

There are a variety of great lodging options near the park. Any one of our Magic Valley Idaho B&B's would make a great base camp for a hearty home-cooked breakfast before a day on the trail. Check some of them out now by clicking on the link above!

Are you an Idaho Rock Hound?

If you have pictures or experiences from Castle Rocks or other archeology sites in Idaho, please share them with us! It is always nice to know about a place or an event from someone who attended in the past.

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The event begins at 1 p.m. at the Stines Creek Picnic area. Please bring drinking water and wear comfortable shoes. And don't forget your camera!

Castle Rocks is near Almo. To get to the park, take I-84, exit 216, S. on Hwy 77 (Elba-Almo Rd) about 40 mi, then travel W. on 2800 S. (Big Cove Ranch Rd.) approximately 1.4 miles.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Port-Neuf Rendezvous Celebrates Idaho Mountain Man History

The 38th Annual Port-Neuf Rendezvous, put on by the Port-Neuf Muzzleloaders, will come together at McCammon, Idaho on June 1-3, 2012 to provide a living history event you're sure to enjoy.

A History of the Mountain Man Rendevous

Historically, a Rendezvous was an annual gathering of trappers, explorers and other mountain men & women. At the Rendevous, these hardy souls were able to leave behind their daily toils and reap the rewards of trade and recreation with their fellow frontiersmen.  It was a time to collect pay, settle debts, and shop for needed tools and supplies, of course, but, just as importantly, it was a time to reconnect with old friends, meet new ones, and truly enjoy their lives of freedom with revelry and competition.

Mountain Men & Muzzle-loaders Return to  Southeast Idaho

The Port-Neuf Rendezvous provides an opportunity for visitors to step back into the 1800s and relive those bygone times again with many events and activities to enjoy, including:

  • Blackpowder Rifle & Pistol Shoots for Men, Women & Kids

  • Knife & Tomahawk Throws

  • Primitive Archery Competition (wood bows and wood arrows with feather fletches only)

  • Cannon Shoots

  • Trail Walks

  • Council Fire Saturday Night & Music

  • Kids Competition - Candy Cannon

  • Tin Tepee & Primitive Camping

  • Cannon Shoot Saturday

Participants also earn points for the authenticity of their period dress.  See history come alive as participants showcase the adventure of Mountain Man culture.

A Scenic Event Location Just 3.5 Miles West of I-15

The Port-Neuf Rendevous is located west of I-15 and McCammon.  Take Exit 44 and follow the signs.

Southeast Idaho Lodging near the Port-Neuf Rendezvous

South eastern Idaho, home to the Port-Neuf Rendezvous in McCammon, offers a variety of B&B inn lodging.  Browse the B&B inns of the Snake River Plains region of Idaho to find your ideal accommodations for a visit to the magic of mountain man history at the Port-Neuf Rendevous.

Share Your Port-Neuf Rendezvous Expectations and Experiences

Are you planning on visiting the Rendezvous for the first time or returning to it this year to enjoy it again?  Please share your thoughts on and memories of this event.

Visit the Port-Neuf Rendevous Website

Learn more about the Port-Neuf Muzzleloaders and this exciting event celebrating mountain man heritage.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Welcome to the Idaho Bed & Breakfast Association Blog

The Idaho Bed & Breakfast Association is pleased to announce the launch of its blog, which will focus on bringing readers timely information about regional & local events & activities along with the variety of lodging offered by its membership.