Tuesday, September 25, 2012

McCall, Idaho

We love our September Family Vacations, and this year took us to the deserts and mountains of the beautiful state of Idaho. We had a hard time deciding where to trek for a week, but with a 3 year old and a 5 month old, we decided to stay within a days drive from home. We learned about McCall online and some friends who visit there regularly confirmed that it's a fun place. Payette Lake, surrounded by evergreen covered rolling hills is the backdrop for this little resort town. For a small town, this place has a big bite, filled with coffee shops, pizzerias, a creamery, bakery, cafes and fine dining. We hit up the few thrift stores in town and though we didn't find any treasures, we enjoyed the hunt.  If you are a Northwestern-er who likes to ski, boat, hike, fish, bike, golf, enjoy beauty, road tripping, and small town America, then put McCall on your bucket list.

 First things first, we found the only playground in town 
to let our son play after a long drive...

 R was soaked by the time we finished our picnic lunch.

 Flower baskets everywhere!

 We were lucky enough to be here on a Wednesday morning. 

 The Starbucks of Idaho, Moxie Java...didn't get to try it, but cute logo, right?

 The McCall Candy Company

We barely got cookies here with their unusual store hours, 
wish we could have gone for breakfast, 
the raspberry coffee cake looked amazing! 

 Sub-Par Peanut Butter Cookies, but the chewiest macaroons!

 The Yellow Couch Cafe funds the Teen Center in town. 
Cool shop and good coffee, but for the best latte in town, 
go to the local favorite, FoggLifter Cafe. 

 Fishing the Payette River

   Ponderosa State Park, more than a visit's worth of hiking and biking trails.

 Humorously Large Portions at The Pancake House.

I-95...bye-bye Idaho!