Friday, December 15, 2017

The Perfect Gift

         The holidays can be a stressful time for some folks. It can be tough to get the perfect gift for everyone on your list. The North Idaho Bed and Breakfast Association wants to make it easy for you to get a friend or relative the perfect gift this holiday season. Get them a gift certificate from one of our fine inns!
          If you just don’t know what to get for the person that has everything, a peaceful night’s stay at one of the beautiful Bed and Breakfasts in the area is a perfect choice! Get them a relaxing time they will never forget. A night away in our inns doesn’t clutter up a house, or get thrown away. This Christmas, focus less on material goods, and more on happy memories your recipient will always remember and smile about.
          Christmas in the workplace can be difficult. You might be stressing over what to get your boss. Get them a gift that they will cherish forever. They’ll be thanking you as they sip a glass of wine, enjoying a memorable getaway at one of our inns. You can walk into the office Christmas party with confidence, knowing you have the perfect gift for your boss or supervisor.
          The holidays don’t have to be stressful and hectic. A simple gift certificate from the inns of the North Idaho Bed and Breakfast Association means so much, and will please anyone on your list. Browse our website and see which of our beautiful bed and breakfasts will be the perfect getaway spot for your friend, relative, or boss. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at the North Idaho Bed and Breakfast Association. We hope to see you soon!


Friday, December 8, 2017

Escape From Spokane
Spokane, Washington isn’t a big metropolis like Seattle or Los Angeles, but at times, it can be stressful. Traffic can be overwhelming, and the hustle and bustle of city life can be loud and depressing. For those seeking a relaxing getaway, look no further than your neighbors to the east! The wonderful bed and breakfasts in North Idaho are only around an hour or two away, but they feel like a world away.
          Our innkeepers will be more than happy to accommodate a weekend stay. Get in touch with nature with a peaceful hike through Tubbs Hill, or a walk through some of our inns private hiking trails! Have a locally-crafted brew at one of the many fine restaurants and tap houses in downtown Coeur d’Alene, or enjoy the shops and small town charm of Sandpoint!
          If you’re looking for an affordable, romantic experience for an anniversary, contact any of our inns to see if they have any anniversary specials! You don’t have to spend the big bucks or travel all the way to Hawaii or the Bahamas to have a relaxing, romantic anniversary.  We would be delighted to assist with flowers and a special anniversary breakfast. Our innkeepers can point you towards a plethora of dining options for a dreamy anniversary dinner. No need to travel far or spend a lot of money, we’re right across that Idaho state line! There’s no better place to fall in love again than our peaceful inns.

          You won’t find all the hectic stress of the big city in North Idaho! Book a weekend getaway and let us show you what we’re all about. Of course, there’s no more relaxing way to enjoy your retreat than one of our inns. Cozy rooms, friendly innkeepers, and delicious, home cook breakfast make North Idaho’s Bed and Breakfasts the perfect place to stay when you want to escape the daily grind of the city. We might be less than an hour away from Spokane, but you’ll feel like you’re a world away. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

A North Idaho Winter
          For those seeking outdoor winter thrills, there’s no better place than the Idaho Panhandle. Opportunities to ski, snowboard, or hike in this beautiful winter wonderland are abundant, and what better place to serve as a base camp than the cozy inns of the North Idaho Bed and Breakfast Association? You are no more than an hour or two away from active ski hotspots!
          If you’re searching for a quaint winter hike, look no further! The many hiking trails in our area make great snowshoeing destinations. A few inns, like the Aspen Meadows Bed and Breakfast, and the Cedar Mountain Farm, have hiking areas on site that guests are free to explore, and be treated to peaceful snow-covered foliage. Snow Shoe Magazine even suggests bed and breakfasts as a go-to snowshoe destination! A short drive into the national forests or nearby state parks will yield many wonderful hiking trails for your snowshoeing pleasure! If you enjoy the quiet solitude of nature, winter is most certainly the season for you! Of course, after a day of snowshoeing, it’s always nice to relax with a good book and a hot beverage at any of the association’s fine Bed and Breakfasts.
          For the powder junkies, North Idaho just might be heaven. At any of the Bed and Breakfasts in the Association, you’re no more than 2 hours from legendary mountains boasting some of the best skiing and snowboarding you could ask for! Ride down Silver Mountain in beautiful Kellogg, or enjoy the stunning views of the legendary Schweitzer Mountain. You could start your ride in one state, and end in another at the Lookout Pass ski area, right on the Idaho-Montana border! Of course, a cozy Bed and Breakfast makes an excellent base camp for your skiing adventure. Fuel up with a hot, home cooked breakfast at one of our fine inns before heading up the mountain. You won’t find delicious meals like that at a ski lodge!
          For those that like motorsports, the Coeur d’Alene National Forest has an extensive network of snowmobile trails, suspended high in the mountains. Just a 20-minute drive from the city of Coeur d’Alene is the beautiful Fernan Saddle, where you can choose many different trails to head out on! These trails snake all throughout the forest. Amazing mountain top views await you!

          Be sure to book your stays with North Idaho Bed and Breakfast Association members! Warm and cozy rooms, friendly innkeepers, and delicious, home cooked breakfasts make North Idaho’s Bed and Breakfasts the premier lodging for all your outdoor winter activities. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

What goes on at an Idaho guest ranch in the spring?  Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is open year round, with activities changing to reflect the seasons here in North Idaho.  So what does happen around here in the spring? In the months of March and April, when the North Idaho landscape is waking up from from its winter rest, fewer travelers venture up, over, or down to the Panhandle of Idaho.  We do have weekend travelers who explore the foothills and valley’s, enjoy the spring skiing at Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort, or just relax in a cozy cabin here on the ranch.  Retreats are also a popular event here with quilters, basket weavers and personal growth gatherings.

Although there may still be some snow (or mud) on the ground, the barn is busy with activity.  Our saddle horses get a little vacation during the winter months, so as spring riding approaches, we begin to prepare the horses for work again.  Getting the horses ready for our guests to come enjoy scenic horseback rides means preparing the horses both physically and mentally for their job.  They must be in excellent physical condition to carry our guests 10-14 miles per day throughout the horseback riding season.  We prepare our herd mentally by reviewing their foundational training in the arena and on the trail.  All of our horses begin their life at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch by going through our training program, where they learn how to be soft, responsive and quiet mounts.  Taking the time and energy to work each horse through this program  creates a horse that is safe and gentle enough for a beginner rider, and soft and athletic enough for an advanced rider to enjoy.  It is in the spring months that we are able to put focused attention on these young trainees.  Our two year olds are started under saddle and ridden for 30 days then put out to pasture to grow and mature. As 3 and 4 year olds, they are given focused foundational training in the spring months, then ridden by wranglers throughout the summer as they guide guests on horseback rides. As 5 years olds, they will again go through spring training and then begin their first year of being a mount for our guests to ride.

Building projects that we have either been dreaming about or dreading are are worked on this time of the year. Spring in North Idaho also gives us a chance to do some spring cleaning around the ranch and prepare the grounds for the many events, activities and travelers that will be at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch throughout the year. Of course, when talking about spring maintenance on a ranch, you can’t forget about the many miles of fences that have to be checked and fixed before the horses and cattle can go out on pasture.  Horseback riding trails have to be cleared of winter tree falls and new trails are cut in to expand trail options for horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking. This year we are also preparing for 5 of our mares to foal out.  The expected due dates for theses 5 mares are spread out throughout the spring and summer but the first two are due in less than a month so preparations are being made for those joyful arrivals.

The early spring months could be considered our “down time” here at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, but everyone is busy with activities to prepare our horses, our grounds, and our lodging facilities for the folks that will be visiting us in the coming months.

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Spring Horseback Riding at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

Spring is one of my most favorite times of the year in the panhandle of Idaho.  Watching the land wake up from its winter rest, hearing the spring birds return to sing their songs of spring, and smelling that earthy springtime fragrance draws me out of my cozy fireside dwellings and into nature. As the grass grows greener, the sky bluer and the days longer, the drive to be outside in nature; to be a part of it awakens in me.

The spring months at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch truly are wonderful to behold.  Part of the joy of living this western lifestyle is sharing it with the guests who vacation at the ranch.  As a wrangler, I have the great pleasure of introducing our guests to the beauty of Idaho and the romance of the west by horseback.  Growing up on this ranch, I explored every hill and valley by horseback. Now, I get to guide my guests through the same landscape that was a part of molding who I am. They get to experience and explore an Idaho dude ranch along with me.

So come ride along with me through the valleys and over the hill tops, down the ridges and through the creeks of this 5th generation guest ranch. Experience spring in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains of Idaho from the back of a good horse alongside an Idaho native. A western vacation lets you experience nature, explore the land and be part of a grand adventure.

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