A great retreat for a small get-together, fishing or snowmobiling trip, Yellowstone vacation, corporate retreat, or couples getaway. Whispering Pines, located 45 minutes from the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park, sits on 2 acres of heavily wooded pine trees in an easy-to-access, out-of-the-way subdivision.
Island Park has so much to offer the outdoor person. The cabin is off Yale-Kilgore Road about 7 miles west of Idaho Highway 20. Peace and serenity surround the lodge. Over 3500 square feet provide lots of elbow room here. The two-car attached garage is uncommon for rentals in the area. Relaxing on the peaceful, large deck surrounded by the woods finishes off the day of enjoying outdoor activities, geological wonders, and wildlife.
You'll see reflections of the forests and wildlife in the decor and comfortable furniture throughout the cabin. The living room has views of the woods and features a massive floor to vault natural river rock gas fireplace.
Main Floor: Master BR, reclining sofas & chairs: The living room features a massive 2-1/2 story natural river rock fireplace with a large wrap-around hearth, comfortable reclining sofas and chairs, and two doors leading out to the deck. A wall-mounted HD satellite TV/Blue-ray disk player is handy for news and entertainment.
The wrap-around deck holds two six-foot picnic tables, lots of deck chairs, a child's bench, and two gas barbeque grills.
The kitchen has an open floor plan with wood floors, most cooking supplies, appliances, cookbooks, and staples. We hazard to guess this is best-stocked kitchen you've seen in a vacation rental. So you won't need to haul or buy most seasonings, sweeteners, dry goods, oil, foil, things to boil. Bring your own canned goods and perishables. (There are small full-line grocery stores in West Yellowstone and Ashton--both about 35 miles north and south, respectively.) Four built-in bar stools and dining area to seat 10.
A wide variety of books, brochures, and magazines are located throughout the cabin: the local area, wildlife, recreation, cooking, condensed novels, fact books, travel, childrens and teens books, inspirational, poetry, history.
The main floor master suite is the 'River Room' and has a private door to the deck. It features a king-size log pole bed, private bath with a soaking tub and a separate glass shower, and double sinks. Another bathroom with a shower (no tub) is handy on the main floor. Laundry facilities are also on the main floor.
Second Floor: two loft areas, three themed bedrooms: The open balcony area on the upper level offers views of a nearby mountain and great lounge and conversation seating looking down on the living room, the rock fireplace, and into the woods--wonderful retreat for reading, games, visiting, contemplating the universe, daydreaming, or napping. Bedroom two (the 'Bear Room') on the upper level has a queen-size log pole bed and room for a crib, cot, or airbed (all available in the cabin). Bedroom three (the 'Moose Room'), also on the upper level, has another queen-size log bed and a queen sofa bed. Bedroom four (the 'Buffalo Room'), on the upper level, has a full-size log pole bed and features a bonus loft with a set of twin-size log bunk beds. All rooms furnished with dressers and seating; the Bear and Moose rooms have closets.
Bonus room: entertainment, games, satellite TV: The recreational room above the garage is the 'Yellowstone Room': a large space decorated with a wall quilt and photos of Yellowstone and the Tetons and equipped with an entertainment center--VCR, DVD player, satellite TV, game console--foosball table, a full-size futon, sofa, love seat, two recliners, plenty of floor pillows, an air bed, custom log board game table, and lots of floor space for games and gathering. You'll find in this room a loft area (the 'soft loft), a large choice of games (from Monopoly and Yatzee to Twister, crocodile golf, and brain games) videos (including Yellowstone, wildlife, & family videos), puzzles, and books, a white board, for a variety of entertainment options. There is even an old sewing machine if you want to stitch a bit.
Cell-phone service may not be available in the cabin depending on your carrier. So you can truly 'get away' if you want. (Stepping outside may improve your signal; the metal roof may interfere with interior reception.) NO internet or land telephone connection is provided at the cabin. There are local businesses that may provide internet capabilities.
A few small toys and stuffed animals, Lincoln Logs, etc., are available to keep the younger ones occupied. Lots of towels and extra sheets and blankets and warm throws fill the linen closet and cabinets. Some sweatshirts, light jackets, hats, gloves, ear warmers, hiking packs and poles are around the cabin in case you want to enjoy the cooler mountain evening air or want to take a walk around the neighborhood or in the Park. You can peruse gazeteers of the trails in Idaho and Montana, road atlases, area recreation pamphlets and brochures, log home magazines, etc.
We make sure you'll have plenty of napkins, paper towels, tissue, cleaning supplies, detergents, hand soap, shampoo, body wash, hair dryers, cuddly blankets, iPod players, night lights, kitchen wraps, foils, bags, tablecloths for in and out.
A firepit out in the woods is fun to sit on the logs and cook marshmallows, some-mores and hotdogs, quiet night firesides with memory and story sharing, and warming up. There is usually an extra cooler in the garage and a fishing pole or two. Within a few miles is Stoddard Mill Pond, a stocked pond for children.
When the snow is gone, we often see deer within several feet of the cabin--especially in the early evening and morning, huge owls, squirrels, chipmunks, marmots (rock chucks), grouse, bats, robins built a nest on the deck, chickadee, sometimes a mountain bluebird or hawk. While walking in the neighborhood we've seen moose; the neighbors have spotted bears in the north meadow, elk, and foxes. We hear coyotes when out in the evenings at times. Each month of the spring through fall, different colors of wildflowers show in the woods. You'll discover some great photo backgrounds just by the cabin or in it!
No, we don't have air conditioning, but rarely need it. We are at about 6,300 feet above sea level, and it cools down significantly every night. Although sometimes in July and in August, the high temperature may be in the 90s for a couple weeks, the nights can be 40 degrees cooler. The cabin has several ceiling fans and additional portable fans and heaters. The main floor has central heat with an auxilliary propane unit in the living room; the second level has in-wall individually-controlled heaters in each room.
During snowmobile season, we keep the driveway plowed and attempt to keep the walkways cleared. You can sled out north from the cabin into the neighbor's meadow (with permission) then northwest to Yale-Kilgore Road leading you to hundreds of miles of groomed trails. The driveway has sufficient cleared parking area for your trailers and trucks. Some of our guests back in the driveway to unload trailers beside or in front of the garage.
We have a new county home occupation permit, which ordinance was implemented in 2011 governing short-term rentals, and are in compliance (or beyond) all requirements for safety, health, capacity limits, neighborliness, and hospitality. We, therefore, have been required to lower our capacity even further to 10 people. You'll see we in-turn, lowered our year-round rates also.
Please, NO SMOKING ANYWHERE on property. No pets. No snowmobiles in garage.
Just north of Island Park Reservoir and in the Henry's Fork of the Snake River, Idaho, area, about a 45-minute drive from the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park and West Yellowstone, Montana, you'll find this large cabin tucked in a 2-acre wooded lot with easy year-round access. From snowmobiling to fishing, sightseeing, hiking, golf, 4-wheeling--you'll find a vast array of outdoor activities and sights and sites available here. 90 minutes from Idaho Falls Airport and 5 hours north of Salt Lake City.
Other Activities: Near Yellowstone National Park--45 minutes from the west entrance in West Yellowstone, Montana; Cabin is located in Island Park, Idaho; Near Henry's Fork.
Great snowmobiling with an array of groomed trails. Four-wheeling in the summer takes you to breathtaking views.
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