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“Summer in the Sawtooths - best enjoyed from Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch”

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Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch
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“Summer in the Sawtooths - best enjoyed from Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2011

We can't wait to go back to IRMR and the Sawtooth Mountains. I was drawn in by the website photos showing rocking chairs on a porch, looking out to the magnificent Sawtooth Mountains. Arriving was one of those travel moments of joy when you realise it is actually going to be even better than you had hoped.

We loved the cosy, authentic feel of the cabin and main lodge, built in the 1930s, but smartly updated. Simple, stylish, extremely comfortable, and not a fussy, folksy frill in sight. Toasty-warm with both heating and an open fire, as the lovely days did turn cold at night.

Our kids were delighted to find a few others of the same age, and they were well looked after with supervised dinner and games on the lawn one night while we enjoyed a fun, sociable dinner with other guests. They loved playing around the pond, and attempting to fish - and the hot spring pool over at the stables was a perfect way to unwind as the day cooled. As beginner riders we were well looked after on our trail rides through beautiful scenery, and the float trip down the Salmon (organised by the ranch) was a highlight of the holiday. Although not aimed specifically at families, the ranch was accommodating of our children and we now see that there will be a terrific base for more adventurous activities when they are slightly older.

The meals were very good, especially breakfast. Bag lunches were more than satisfying, and it was always possible to grab a coffee or a cool drink. Staff were warm and welcoming, perhaps not city-slick but very friendly.

Late evening: Kids exhausted and sleeping happily, a bottle of red wine open, reading out on the porch in my rocking chair glancing up now and then to admire the snow-capped Sawtooths - a holiday moment I can't wait to repeat.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2011

Heaven on earth!! Hot Springs, Organic food, music with a sunset... We will be going back!!

Room Tip: We stayed in the lodge.. maybe a cabin next time
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  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2010

Whether you are looking for a quiet retreat or the action of white water rafting, IRMR will satisfy the traveller with an eye for fine--fine dining, fine cabins, fine views, fine bedding, fine service and fine wine.  Every amenity is served up by a staff that is dedicated to making your stay not just memorable, but epic. Their local knowledge guarantees the answer to every "how do we..."  or "where can you...."  There is BLISS for everyone in the foothills of the Sawtooths at IRMR--no matter the age and no matter the interest.  We saw it in the joy of our five-year-old daughter after her first horse back ride, we witnessed it in her 18-year-old brother when he hiked to the peak of Elephant's Perch, we felt it in a deep tissue massage after a grueling mountain bike ride (on a path right on ranch property), and we basked in it with a soak in the hot spring-fed pool watching a comet shower under a mammoth sky.  Truly the best family vacation at the most divine venue we have had in the last decade.  There is no doubt we will return---again and again and again.    

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2010

We had a wonderful stay at the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch. As with any property, there are some positives and negatives - but, without a doubt, we'd return!

Location - it's in the middle of nowhere, which is great! Views of the Sawtooth Mountains are right outside. If you are into lots of city type activity, this is not the place. If you are into relaxation and the beauty of nature, this is the place.
Rooms - we stayed in a cabin. It was nice, with good size and nice bath. Nights were chilly and I was somewhat worried about being able to stay warm. That wasn't a problem at all! Cabin had a great heater, in addition to fireplace.
Cleanliness - On the surface, Lodge was clean. As with most hotels, don't look behind the bed! Behind bed and corners of cabin could be cleaned just a bit more - however, you're in this beautiful and comfortable setting - for some reason, it didn't bother me quite as much.
Service - I'd rank service as good, not great. It would have been nice to have been escorted to our cabin, instead of just given keys and pointing cabin out to us. I expect this level of service at a luxury type property. In a lot of smaller properties like this, you get to know some of the staff. That didn't happen here at IRMR because we just didn't have that level of interaction with staff.
Food - All meals are included. Breakfast was great. Lunch was sandwich and was good (for lunch). We were there one evening for cast iron cook out dinner and it was OK - I didn't get it, because it seemed to have a spanish theme. I would have preferred good cowboy type cooking! We were there for one evening of their "fine dining" and it was great!!!
Sleep quality - Beds were great! Sleep was wonderful.
Other comments - this was really a unique type property, with lots of history. There was plenty to do, with great common room to relax, with lots of books and games. One thing was missing - a coffee pot in the room! This is an important thing to me. That would be a nice addition. Coffee was available in the main lodge at all times.
I know I've commented on some less-than-positives. Even with the ones mentioned, we'd return and we'd recommend this property to others, with enthusiasm!

One more note - there is a review of the IRMR that can't be reviewing this property. It talks about other things around the ranch - and there is NOTHING at this property except this little charming hotel/ranch. It states hotel is right in town - IRMR is in middle of nowhere. Review mentions microwave and coffee pot - IRMR rooms do not microwaves and coffeepots. Please disregard that review when looking at these reviews.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Battle Ground, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2010

The Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch is so scenic & the cabins are top of the line! The food (two meals a day) was restaurant quality but maybe not what kids would want if you have a family. The pool on the property is fed from a hot spring & we spent many an evening gazing at the stars! The Sawtooth Mountains were so worth the trip and the drive in is amazing! The satff was very friendly & helpful but it was pricey.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Star, Idaho
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2010

The possitive is that the bed we slept on was comfortable.....I am always concerned about the mattress I'm sleeping on. It seemed to be a newer mattress.
The front desk was friendly...the carpet was stained, but vacuumed. Older Motel......The out side looks decent.
We stayed in the standard room with 2 queen beds, microwave, coffee pot and T.V only. Basic channels. It was $90. per night + tax. I thought the location was good, right in town......You get what you pay for..... It's "okay" for the money.... I did like that they had Laundry Facility there. Buy laundry soap at the front dest for $1. Gas, Grocery Strore, Restauraunt, right next door and across the street.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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IdahoRockyMtnRanch, Front Office Manager at Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch, responded to this review, October 14, 2010
This was not the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch. By description of surrounding buildings and location, it appears that they stayed at the Mountain Village Resort located on Highway 21 in Stanley. The Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch is located 9 miles south of Stanley on Highway 75.
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2009

I went to the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch for the wedding of my friends Larry and Rachel. Her parents booked the whole place for the wedding party and their guests. The staff there was so nice. They led hikes, they gave great suggestions, and perhaps most importantly they made great meals. I bet more than 90 percent of the folks who were guests at the wedding end up back in Idaho for vacation some day because of this experience.

Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch
Address: HC64, Box 9934, Stanley, ID 83278
Location: United States > Idaho > Stanley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Stanley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The living history of the Old West mingles with the solitude and peace of this 1000-acre ranch, offering freedom, breathtaking natural beauty, and a relaxed atmosphere. Surrounded by the largest protected wilderness area in the "lower 48", guests will enjoy full days of outdoor adventures, our authentic lodge and cabins, delicious meals, rejuvenating natural hot springs pool, and plenty of relaxation time. The atmosphere is friendly and casual, and the view from the front porch –well, you just have to experience that for yourself.This 50-person guest ranch is an ideal homebase to enjoy one of America’s most majestic natural treasures, --- The Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The Sawtooth Mountains are an outdoor enthusiast’s wonderland, with miles of hiking and biking trails, scenic western horseback riding, and countless opportunities for fishing, rafting and exploring the pristine Salmon River.The Ranch property originally was part of Stanley Basin pioneer Dave Williams’ homestead. It was acquired in 1929 by New York Frigidaire executive Winston Paul, who began building the Idaho Rocky Mountain Club. A crew of 60 men, among them a blacksmith and stonemason, camped on the Ranch property in the fall of 1929 until they were forced to leave by severe winter weather. Construction began with the snaking of logs up Williams and Gold Creek to the Big Meadow chosen as the Lodge site. The crews returned the following spring to complete construction, and the Idaho Rocky Mountain Club opened that summer as an invitation-only guest facility.A hydroelectric plant, whose log structure housing still stands at the willowed bend in the pond, generated power for the IRMC providing the first electricity in the Sawtooth Valley. Several of the original power gauges can also still be found around the Ranch. ... more   less 
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