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Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch
Charleston, South Carolina
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“FABULOUS experience!”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

My husband and I just returned home after an amazing week at the IRMR (Aug. 24 - Aug. 30th), and neither of us were ready to leave! IRMR is an amazing experience and we can't wait to start planning our next trip. Our stay was so amazing thanks to the comfort, beauty, a great staff and fun activities @ IRMR.
Sandra and Erica were extremely helpful with her knowledge of nearby trails and the best spots to see wildlife.

The meals are all included in your stay and AMAZING! The dinner options feel as though you are at a 5 star restaurant. The chef is fabulous. Jeremy was our waiter several of the days we were there and we really enjoyed him. He was very professional and very personable.

Lots of fun things to do nearby - horseback riding, white water rafting, hiking, and fly fishing just to name a few. However my favorite part was the gorgeous scenery, and IRMR has an incredible view! I really enjoyed that they have a laundry facility onsite at the lower ranch, after white water rafting and horseback riding we were grateful to be able to wash our wet clothes!

Honestly I can't think of a single thing that we did not enjoy about our trip. I would recommend IRMR to anyone who is interested in truly discovering an amazing part of the country while enjoying a comfortable stay/experience.

Room Tip: We stayed in Cabin 10, we felt that cabins offer more privacy than rooms in the lodge. :)
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Princeton, New Jersey
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

Last week my wife, myself and twin 12 year olds spent 5 nights at the ranch. On our last night we were all in full agreement, we needed at least 3 more days!!!

We hiked, rode horses, went fly fishing, swam, ate fabulous food and met some of the nicest people you can imagine. Professional couples and some wonderful families. My kids really enjoyed "kids night" and made some fast friends.

The staff is absolutely terrific. And I mean every single one of them. You could not ask for a friendlier or more professional group.

I guess I understand some reviewers comments regarding the lack of 5 star "amenities". There are no phones, no cell service, no television and very limited internet service. But for me that's exactly why we came to the ranch. The solitude and opportunity to do things together,...outside. To "unplug" for a while in a beautiful environment.

We had a fantastic time and while we are not big fans of doing the same thing twice we will repeat at the ranch. Simply too much to do, too much fun and not enough time.

If you have a family and are looking for a great venue to experience some time together in a beautiful setting, book some time at the ranch. We came home with a basket full of fantastic memories.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

We stayed here for four nights last week and had a fantastic stay. From the moment we checked-in to the moment we departed we felt as though everything was done for us (except the hiking!) The staff could not have been more friendly or more helpful and the facilities were second to none. The food was a huge highlight, delicious meals three times a day for our entire stay. The boxed lunches were really a treat, nothing quite like having a gourmet sandwich on the trail after a full morning of hiking. While beer/ wine was not included, we found the prices to be very reasonable, especially given the isolated location of the ranch, etc. The rooms were extremely comfortable and clean. We can't wait to return to the ranch!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wading River
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

My husband stated before we went" WHY are we going to Idaho?!"( we live in NY) When we left the IRMR my husband stated the was best vacation we took after our honeymoon! Talk about relaxing! No cell phone service, no TV, no phone! My husband even took naps! Outstanding food and willing to work with my son with food allergies! Better than so many NY resturants! The BBQ's were not hamburger and hotdogs but must Yummy delights we had in years! My kids 5 and 7 are still talking about being part of the jr. ranger program and how Mommy and Daddy got to eat dinner ALONE on vacation! The kids program is wonderful at night! the staff is so friendly and helpful that we felt we left family when we left! The views are breathtaking and the activities are endless! The hot springs pool was an amazing place to relax after a day of a variety of activities : horseback riding, whitewater rafting , hiking! Every staff member was warm and friendly and full of adventure stories! The log cabins are so cozy with their fireplaces and amazing bathrooms. Our shower was all done in stone and the kids loved the "batcave" to shower in! It was the first vacation in 7 years that my husband and I had some alone time both during the day and evening as we had a king size bed in one room of the cabin and the kids had twins in the other! BLISS no sharing beds with kids on vacation!
Don't even hesitate start booking now for one of your best vacations ever as a family!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

They say you'll encounter more sheep than people in New Zealand. A similar experience awaits in remote northern Idaho, where horses, deer, livestock and various other smaller critters, appear to dominate the vast landscape. But thanks to the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch, there is a comfortable place to recover after a day of having your breath taken away (literally, if you've flown in from the low lying East), your bones rattled in the saddle, your toes chilled while rafting down the Salmon River, and your skin baked by big sky sunshine and nibbled by insects. The IRMR's cabins are quaint if not a bit cramped. The WiFi works. A mile or so on the other side of the main road awaits a natural hot spring-fed swimming pool surrounded by a lovely wood deck. The front porch of the main lodge is a perfect place to perch, sip and reflect.
But more than anything, the iconic IRMR is a wise choice because of its kitchen. I imagine 50 years ago the fare was hearty and simple (buttermilk biscuits smothered in white gravy). Today, it's flavorful, creative, varied and plentiful. And that just covers breakfast.
Executive chef Jordan Boutry delivers incredible fine dining with fresh ingredients and quality meat, fish and poultry the likes of which you'd expect to find in an upscale ski resort village, or when sitting down in Napa wine country. The ranch alternates between sit-down evenings, when Wagyu New York strip steaks, South Dakota cornish game hen and Washington State dungeness crab cakes are among the entree choices, and theme buffets featuring traditional Western flame-grilled barbecue on one occasion, followed another night by beef, chicken and Hawaiian swordfish fajitas.
Breakfast is not to be overshadowed. The specials during our stay included an authentic Huevos Rancheros on corn tortillas, and a smoked salmon eggs benedict. The higher metabolism people among us ventured into the yummy paradise known as Grand Marnier sourdough French Toast. It's served with pieces of bacon that must be attacked with both hands.
Lunch? The ranch staff knows guests are likely on the go at the lunch hour, so sandwiches are ordered off a menu right after breakfast and delivered as needed. Served on fresh pretzel, ciabatta and other bakery-style breads, thick cut pastrami, turkey and chicken is served with fresh toppings and house-made mayos and sauces.
Our party was 23, ranging in ages from 4 to upper 70s, a combination of cousins from multiple generations, along with aunts, uncles and grandparents. The group has rarely been together for such an occasion. Thus, our biggest frustration with the IRMR management was its inflexibility on kids' dining times, and its odd insistence that the adults dine in various staggered seatings. The staff had known for nearly a year that we would be descending. Given the huge infusion of revenue the group represented, we were shocked and, in some cases, infuriated by the combative attitude of the resort owner and her lieutenants. Clearly, the staffing level was inadequate. On the evenings of the sit-down meals, the tension was palpable as we endured a "do as you're told" chilliness inside the lodge.
Chef Boutry stayed in the back, in the kitchen, and by the time dessert arrived, all was well again with the world.

Room Tip: Units 1-8 (two units per cabin) offer easiest access to the main lodge, something to keep in mind if...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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San Francisco, California
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

I did a ton of research on guest ranches all across Montana, Idaho, Colorodo and Wyoming (including one in California) and chose IRMR as I was looking for the perfect mix of some luxury, healthy, wholesome food, with an authentic ranch environment. We stayed 8 nights at Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch in June and have already looked at dates for when we can return next June. We brought our two children who are 6 and 4 and I can say that I haven't felt that taken care of or at peace on a vacation in years (and we take a lot of vacations!). Sandra (who has run IRMR for nearly 20 years), Erica, John, Amy, Joe, Mike, Jeremy, and many others made our trip one of our most memorable. The property is breathtaking with views of the Sawtooth Mountains; the fishing pond and paddle boat was our kids favorite pastime morning and every night after dinner (they even did a casting session with Mary Ann, an expert fly fishing guide!); we kayaked and rented boats on the very nearby crystal clear, stunning Red Fish lake; we went river rafting two days with White Otter Rafting (and the young Doug was our go-to favorite guide!) and the White Otter owner Doug is a super genuine, incredibly nice guy; the hiking was amazing and lots of kid sized hikes too; the food was five star (we kept saying, wow, this is better than a San Francisco restaurant!) with our favorite being the Dutch Oven Cookout night; John, their long-time guest and a wine lover who helps the ranch gave guests an outstanding selection of wine to choose from on Fine Dining nights; wranglers Joe and Nikki, who are lovely and approachable, made the kids (and us) feel at home on the horses; and our cabins felt like we had a relaxing yet modern home to go back to each night with adjoining rooms between ours and the kids room. We lit the fireplaces, enjoyed the porch and big grassy area, LOVED the hot springs pool on the cooler days, were beyond impressed with the level of service, and by the end of the week the kids were running to the lodge on their own saying hello to the IRMR staff as if we were all part of the family. We were extremely sad to leave and already miss Sandra and the staff and our time at IRMR ranch. Clearly, I highly recommend going there, you will not want to leave!

Room Tip: All of the cabins have an amazing view, cabin 1-6 for families with kids in front of the grassy lawn...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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San Francisco, CA
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Absolutely beautiful spot in the middle of the mountains. Quiet, peaceful, gorgeous views, very kind gracious staff. Delicious food. We were there for the cookout night on Mondays and it was fabulous and so much fun! My 2 year old LOVED taking the horse drawn carriage to and from dinner. And the musician who played during dinner. The cabins are comfortable and well appointed. The hot springs heated pool is so peaceful and gorgeous overlooking the mountains and the horse corrals. My son and husband also enjoyed some fishing in the stocked pond. You feel like you are camping because you are so out in nature, but you are fed great food and have the comfort of a cute little cabin to sleep in.
A must do if you are in Idaho for the summer.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch
Address: Hc 64, 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 #4 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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