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Trip to the Mountains

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Last week, we took a trip up north to one of our favorite mountain destinations. McCall is a beautiful resort town that surrounds the sparkling blue waters of Payette Lake. From open farmland to majestic evergreens, the drive alone is picturesque and serene. We love visiting the mountains — there’s something about the crisp mountain air, breathtaking views and peacefulness that seems to make you breathe in a little deeper and fully take in your surroundings. The town of McCall is dotted with charming shops, restaurants/cafes, hotels, and being a hub for numerous sports, there are a variety of sport shops and rentals.

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It’s our family tradition to first stop for a late breakfast at McCall’s Pancake House. The first time we ate there, we ordered several pancakes not realizing that each pancake is the size of an entire dinner plate! Now we know how to order accordingly. The restaurant is attached to the Christmas House which is open year round. (should you decide to do a little impromptu Christmas shopping in the midst of summer) The girls and I could easily spend an hour (or two!) in that shop — there are literally hundreds of Christmas ornaments, a huge collection of nutcrackers, Christmas throws, pillows, glassware and artwork — in addition to gifts and décor for the current season.



After breakfast, we headed into the neighboring town of Donnelly to visit our favorite hot springs. Five separate pools gradually become cooler as you work your way from the top to the bottom. When I say cooler, the water is never cooler than lukewarm bath water. The views are incredible! We often see deer wandering through nearby trees or chipmunks scurrying along the decks and rocks. The warm water always feels so relaxing, refreshing and rejuvenating. I’m pretty sure that every time we visit, I dreamily ask my husband if he would like to move there … or maybe a vacation home someday?hot spring



Heading back into McCall, we stopped for dinner at the Toll House


…then immediately headed to our favorite spot for ice-cream! Ice Cream Alley is exactly what it’s name describes — a small (but fabulous) ice-cream stand situated in a cozy alley.



There is a small patio to sit and relax, but we typically walk down to the lake and eat our ice cream along the beach. It’s an ideal spot for watching sailboats glide by and taking in the sunset.





  1. What a gorgeous and cleansing experience, Anna…beautiful!

    1. Thank you so much, Lana! It’s one of our favorite family trips! 🙂 I didn’t get a good picture, but there were so many beautiful Christmas ornaments with baking/cooking themes — it reminded me of all my sweet blogging friends! 🙂

  2. Loved your descriptive writing! Seems like a perfect get-away. I’d love to take my family to the pancake house and try some of that ice cream!

    1. Thanks so much, Sadie! 🙂 Yes, I think you would enjoy the pancake house and ice cream — two of our favorites for sure! 😉

  3. Looks like you had a lovely time!! That ice cream looks amazing!! And dinner plate size pancakes sound even better!! 🙂

  4. Everyone should experience the serenity of the mountains. Your description hit the nail on the head. Blessings! 🍓

    1. Thank you so much, Gail! We always feel so refreshed in the mountains! 🙂 Blessings to you, too!

      1. Have a great day. It’s refreshingly autumn-like here! 🍁🍂

        1. Thank you, Gail! Have a great day, too! Ahh, your weather sounds lovely! 🙂 It’s supposed to be in the 80’s here today!

      1. Haha ok we are neighbors maybe

          1. I wont ask where haha

  5. We have a place with this name in our state

    1. I’m trying to send a private message to your Facebook site — for some reason, I can’t get it to send. 🙁 My computer acts up sometimes … I’ll try re-sending it soon! 🙂

      1. Ok you have me on there?

  6. I have your Facebook website page 🙂

    1. Looks like my message went through! 🙂

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