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.