Travel north from Boise about 30 miles, make the turn onto Banks Lowman Road, and ride the stunning, wooded crest of the hills in Boise National Forest for another 20 miles, or so, until you reach a sliver of verdant beauty known as Garden Valley. Just north of there, perched on a pine-covered hill overlooking the valley, is this gorgeous cabin with three bedrooms, loft, and room for seven where the views from the wrap-around windows and deck will make you feel as though you're out in the pines!
When you're in the spacious, open living space of Huckleberry House, you'll be trapped: captive to the thick forest that greets you through every window, and the gorgeous interior with its soaring, timber-trussed ceiling, elegant wood floor, and charming wood stove whose vent snakes up two stories into the roof. Bring your own DVDs to enjoy on the player, or borrow one from the library. There's a TV (sorry, no cable or internet). And for extra fun for the kids (or you!), indulge in a little friendly competition at the air hockey table up in the loft.
Huckleberry House has three bedrooms and a loft. Wake up in the king bed in the master bedroom and slip out onto the deck for a deep breath of fresh mountain air before heading out to breakfast. In the second bedroom, also on the main level, there's a full bed. It has access to the deck as well. The third bedroom also hold an additional full bed. And finally, head up to the loft where you'll not only find two smaller twin beds, but an air hockey table that just might keep the kids up a little later than you want.
A little to the south, down in the valley, is the little community of Crouch. There are four places to eat in Crouch, and much of their clientele consists of motorists and motorcyclists riding the popular Lowman/Banks loop who stop there for lunch. Otherwise, pack in your own stuff and make your meals right there in Huckleberry where you'll have a fully stocked kitchen with everything you need including a microwave, dishwasher, and a coffee grinder for those who like their beans freshly ground! Out on the deck is a gas grill if you're in the mood for barbecue.
Since Huckleberry House is located right by Boise National Forest, everything "outdoors" is right outside. The Middle Fork of the Payette River is close by where anglers - fly-fishers especially - can test their mettle against native bull trout, cutthroat, browns, and bulls. There's kayaking, rafting, and tubing in rapids that go all the way to class 5. Head out on a hike on one of 12 trails in the area. In winter, snow shoe-ers, snow mobilers, and cross country aficionados will have 250 miles of trails to explore. Or, check out some of the hot springs in the area.
So reserve Huckleberry House soon and enjoy the a relaxing getaway in the pristine, wooded hills of Boise National Forest!