It may be summer travel season, but that doesn’t mean that everyone feels like roughing it in a tent. Sometimes a more luxurious basecamp for adventuring is needed – one with an actual shower, am I right? Whatever the occasion, vacation, or reason, bed and breakfasts are a wonderful way to enjoy the company and hospitality of Idaho locals with a more personalized experience than is offered at many hotels. Fortunately, Idaho is chock full of quaint or majestic B&Bs to suit every taste and lifestyle. Here are just a few local favorites.
1. Estate on the Lake, Dover
Seated right along the Pend Oreille and just a few miles from downtown Sandpoint, Estate on the Lake is a welcoming B&B that features walk-out balconies and beautiful waterfront views from every suite, while also offering fireside dining to top it off.
2. Fox Creek Inn, Victor
Victor is known for its next-door dining and stunning views of the Tetons, but your every need will be catered to herel
3. Albion Bed and Breakfast, Albion
When you think of getting away from the hustle and bustle or a warm, inviting overnight stay, Albion isn't the first place that comes to mind -- and neither is an old schoolhouse! But this quaint retreat is a breath of fresh air and a trip down memory lane -- complete with rustic chalkboard headboards. For a true getaway experience for the academic, there is also an expansive library for your enjoyment.
4. Blackwell Hotel, Coeur d'Alene
Lovingly restored with all the old-world character and charm of claw foot bathtubs and polished wood, combined with modern conveniences and hot, cooked breakfast convenience. All central to downtown CDA, of course.
5. Wylie Lauder House, Moscow
U of I's campus is a spectacular sight of brick, lush trees, and unique architecture. The Wylie Lauder House overlooks the stunning campus expanse and even has historical connections to its origins. Here, in addition to a cozy stay and a mind-blowing breakfast, you'll have the opportunity to choose a room that fits your style -- whether traditional floral B&B in the O'Keefe room, or something a little more laid back,
6. Talus Rock Retreat, Sandpoint
So luxurious and inviting you might just forget that this expansive estate is somebody's home... until breakfast is served, that is! Unique, welcoming, and ultra plush, this resort-like B&B is the best of both worlds, while also offering an incedibly scenic photography and wedding venue.
7. Bear Bottom Inn, Mackay
This adorable B&B with the clever name lives up to its quaint reputation in all the right kitschy, rustic, and inviting ways. Housed in a former Basque boarding home, this renovated, family-run inn is a quintessential Idaho experience.
8. Abigail's Bed and Breakfast, Malad
Quiet, Victorian, and welcoming, this warm retreat is nestled in a scenic mountain valley and offers the utmost in hospitality.
9. Stanley Town Square, Stanley
Crisp, clean, and luxurious, Stanley's latest inn on the scene is an expansive, can't-miss destination that offers spectacular views from every suite.
10. Thousand Springs Winery Bed and Breakfast, Hagerman
Thousand Springs is easily one of Southern Idaho's most scenic destinations, so combine a waterfront view of the Snake River with the friendly vibe of a local winery, along with the hospitality of a traditional B&B, and you have the perfect vacation.
11. Boise Hillside Suites, Boise
Warm, modern, and the utmost in luxurious serenity, no detail is spared at this downtown B&B. Comfort is taken to new levels with plush bedding, hot tub access, and immaculate gardens for quiet strolls. You'll forget you're not in your own private oasis.
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a vacation, now! Have you ever stayed at any of these places? Idaho has so many wonderful inns and B&Bs that it’s almost impossible to choose a favorite!