|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Regenerate and connect with friends and family in this idyllic setting. Delight in the experience of 'owning' a 730 acre ranch which includes our 500 acre ISLAND in the Payette River to get away from it all for unequaled R & R.
You will be the ONLY GUESTS at Island Ranch Vacation Retreat, so you can set your own schedule, your own activities, as well as your own pace--whenever.
Enjoy all of the 730 acre private working cattle ranch which includes our 500 acre Island bordered by 2 miles of the PAYETTE RIVER on one side and BIG CREEK on the other.
Imagine wondering the web of trails in search of the perfect picnic spot, beach for swimming or sunbathing or a private meadow to just enjoy nature and the wildlife.
Relax in rustic comfort in a 2-bedroom, 1450 square foot Retreat, SLEEPS 4-6. Room for family and/or friends.
Early risers can often see ELK just beyond their window crossing Big Creek to get to the Island's main meadow in the spring and summer.
Listen for ELK bugling in the fall.
A fully equipped kitchen to craft gourmet meals created with your own perishables to insure you have your favorite food or necessary dietary needs.
Two bedrooms-- one with queen bed and one with twin beds which can be made into a king-- each with their own sink and one regular bath between.
One queen hid-a-bed and one queen flip-out couch in the great room. Perfect for children or overflow guests.
The great room features a sitting area for great conversations as well as a cozy TV viewing spot.
A separate entry and separated from the main house though they share the same roof.
A wood burning stove completes the mountain ambiance and provides coziness for evening activities such as playing games, sharing experiences, or planning future activities.
Immerse yourself in the second floor Retreat's spectacular PANORAMIC VIEWS of Big Creek, the Island meadows and West Mountain.
Peace, Beauty, and Tranquility OR ramp it up with one of the follow:
Utilize the miles of trails for RUNNING, HIKING , BIKING, BIRDING, PICNICKING, or just RELAXING.
PLAY, SUNBATHE or READ on Sand Beach or Swim in the Payette.
Enjoy our Informal WILDLIFE PRESERVE-- bring your Camera or Paints to capture elk, birds, eagles, osprey, etc. in their natural environment--no hunting.
Capture the views of West Mountain, Collier Peak or wildflowers on canvas.
FLOAT or CANOE from Cascade to the Island--2-3 hours.
FLOAT or CANOE to Carbarton Bridge from the Island--3-4 hours--the start of a popular whitewater stretch to Smith's Ferry.
FLOAT from one end of the Island to the other--about 2 miles of meandering Payette River.
FISH along the shores of the Payette River.
Step out your door to CROSS-COUNTRY skiing or SNOWSHOEING trails
Ski or Snowshoe to The Warming HUT on the banks of the Payette--about 1/2 mile across the meadow (the short route)
Huddle up to a wood burning stove and enjoy hot chocolate or hot-spiced wine while you rest and get warm in the Island Hut.
Snow-covered TRAILS usually from early December to early April..
72 miles north of Boise on Highway 55
5 miles south of Cascade
6 miles to Cascade Lake
34 miles to Payette Lake
25 miles to Tamarack Golf and Ski Resort
41 miles to Brundage Ski Resort
31 miles to Jug Mountain Golf Course
6 miles to Cascade Golf Course
35 miles to Whitetail Golf Course
35 miles to McCall Golf Course
12 minutes to the start of the Carbarton whitewater run on the Payette River
As an Idaho native, I grew up in Idaho as well as completed my BA here. I returned to Idaho after receiving my graduate degrees and started teaching at Boise State University in the Business School. I 'retired' last January and am currently enjoying living full time on our ranch.
We fell in love with this property after first seeing it on cross country skis in February with 2-3 feet of snow. The beauty of the water, mountains and snow covered scenery enchanted us. We skied all along Big Creek, but couldn't get to the Island to see it--we were so enamored with the rest of it, we bought it without seeing the Island or much of the Payette
River. This included selling our house in Boise and moving to Cascade full time.
We are in a beautiful mountain valley at about 5000'. I drove through this area on my way to the University of Idaho from southern Idaho. I always thought this valley would be the a fantastic place to live given the environment and the recreational opportunities that abound here. It only took about 18 years, but here we are!! Wandering the trails on the Island or watching our elk herd migrate to the Island each morning is the type of enchantment we would like to share with you.
Island Ranch is on a huge 700+ acre property! The rental unit has a view overlooking the Payette river (in summer) and snow covered mountains in winter. The hosts are very knowledgeable about hiking around the property.
It was a well thought out apartment and nicely stocked for what you need -a great place to relax and enjoy nature. In the mornings and evenings, we could watch the elk move across the meadow from a big picture window, we took walks on the island and saw an eagle across the river, a hawk flying over us and could hear the elk bugle. There was plenty of wood to have a fire in the fire pit in the morning and at night - or to have a fire in the stove in the apt at night! I would love to stay here again.
The owners were very friendly and responsive when I had to change plans - very easy to work with.
We stayed at Island Ranch for 5 days in August. The ranch is beautiful with lovely views--we couldn't get enough of the view out the large picture window in the main room! Each morning we saw cows grazing on the island, and one evening we even saw three elk down down by the creek. The home itself is nicely furnished, clean and bright. The whole-house fan cooled down the home quickly in the late evening (it was in the 90s most of the time we were there, and cooled down into the 50s at night). Our 2 children shared the room with the 2 twin beds and the master bedroom was very restful and comfortable. We especially liked having sinks in each room, in addition to the bathroom. We also took advantage of the fire pit and made s'mores one night.
The host, Harry, was amazingly hospitable! We had brought tubes along to float down the river, and he gave us a tour of the island in his old pick up truck (the highlight of our son's vacation!) and then offered to drop us off and pick us up on a float from one end of the island to the other! They even had a raft for us to borrow! We truly enjoyed getting to know Harry and Camo (the very friendly cat).
The location was perfect for us--we did some hiking on Snowbank Mountain, floating on the Payette and in Lake Cascade, and soaking in Gold Fork Hot Springs. We also took a day trip to Boise, traveling down Hwy 55 along the river--very scenic! The small grocery store in Cascade had everything we needed for meals (we also brought along our own groceries from home). People in the restaurants and stores in Cascade were super friendly, too.
Overall, a perfectly relaxing vacation! Thank you!
We had a wonderful time at this private retreat and hope to come back soon! My two boys loved Harry and want to come back and have him take them on a "tour" of the island!
We spent a week here over the holidays, and we're so pleased. The retreat is thoughtfully appointed. Lots of blankets and linens, non perishable pantry items like flour and vegetable oil, and even marshmallow roasting sticks. Since the temperature mainly hovered around 0 degrees Fahrenheit, we didn't get to use the marshmallow roasters, but we did enjoy snowshoeing and cross-country skiing around the property every day of our stay.
The views are lovely, the hosts are welcoming, and this was one of my favorite vacation rentals we've ever stayed in. There were even fresh holiday-themed flower arrangements around the house on our arrival. Can't wait to come back.
One note: the retreat is in a rural area, and the internet here can be spotty or difficult. A power outage prior to our stay had knocked out the wifi, and it took a couple of days to sort out. We had planned to use the wifi to watch movies with our kids, download ebooks, etc, to enjoy by the fire. It's best to be prepared and download your media in advance, just in case. I imagine this is much less of a concern in the summer, when there's more opportunity to unplug and spend countless hours outside.
My wife and 4 kids thouroughly enjoyed our time here. Took several hikes across the island and my 3 boys especially enjoyed catching frogs at the stream below the retreat. Just minutes from excellent fishing from Cascade, horsethief, and warm lake reservoir and we hit all 3 while there.
Hosts Lynette and Harry were fantastic. They were always available when we had questions but we're never obtrusive to our stay.
We were very comfy and would certainly come back. If considering a stay here you won't be disappointed!
A Base for Area Activities--- Imagine having the opportunity of taking advantage of any of the following:
try adrenaline inducing challenges or more sedate forms of recreation, our area has it all;
Pristine Mountains with lakes, about 50, streams and rushing rivers, around 150 within a 50 mile radius, for your Kayaking, Fishing or Rafting adventure;
Take pleasure in Nordic skiing, Snowshoeing, or Snowmobiling in the winter as all are within easy reach from Cascade and The Retreat;
Utilize the miles of Trails for Backpacking, Hiking, Running, Riding, Cycling Mountain biking, and/or exploring;
More Trails--- over 2600 miles in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness or more than 208 miles in Idaho in the Hells Canyon Wilderness which are available for exploration ;
Cascade Lake just six miles north has a Scenic Loop drive around the 17 mile long by about 4 mile wide lake which has 100 miles of shoreline for water activities at your disposal;
Water Skiing, Windsurfing, Sailing, Fishing, Lake Tours, and Ice Fishing in the winter are found at Cascade, Payette and Warm Lakes to be used for your entertainment;
Snow Tubing and Sledding, Curling, Ice Skating and Sleigh Rides are also popular winter activities which provide enticement for individual, group or family activities;
Anderson Creek Trail head is the beginning of miles of snowmobiling on the West Mountains;snowmobiling and The Lake Cascade Recreation Area is rated as one of the top 10 'PLACES TO SNOWMOBILE' in the Northwest by SnowWest Magazine--
Scenic Drives which are abundant and provide 'heart-stopping' beauty with abundant wildflowers to hone your photography skills as well as mushrooms and berry picking;
The Gem State is ideal for rock hounds--imagine finding an Idaho garnet; and
Yellow Pine (population 40) is a good starting point to explore ghost towns and the back country and getting there provides miles of incredible scenery whether you go take the paved South Fork of the Salmon River road or by the more rustic Johnson Creek summit one.
Tamarack and Brundage Resort and Ski Areas
McCall Winter Festival and Ice Skating arena,
packing or trail riding services,
back country charted flights,
four golf courses in the area,
Kelly's Whitewater Park for watching or participating in kayaking, stretches about 1800' down the Payette with four man-made rapids as well as a short slalom channel
Cascade River Walk on the banks of the Payette on the east side of Cascade from North end to South end of Cascade or Crown Point Trail thru the woods along Payette Lake for Running, Biking or Hiking in summer or Skiing and Snowshoeing in the winter.
Elk feeding tours, and
Gold Fork Plunge are some of the amenities.
Many activities take place throughout the year:
fishing derbies and tournaments,
arts and craft fairs,
Cinco De Mayo celebrations,
3-summit- bike challenge,
Harmonica and Bluegrass Festivals,
snowmobile runs and Winter Jamboree Snowmobile Event, and
Forest Service and commercial hot springs.
Check with us or The Cascade Chamber of Commerce for more information.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Mar 1 2017 - May 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
Sep 15 2017 - Nov 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
Weekly Special: 7th Night Free
6% sales tax
2% hotel tax
A cleaning fee is $75
50% of the rent is due at the time reservation is made, with balance due upon check in, or as arranged with Management.
A refundable $200. security deposit.
Smoking And Pets Are Not Allowed. A Minimum Charge Of $100 will be deducted from The Damage Deposit for disregard of this.