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Chef Feature | Chef Steven Topple of Ragazza di Bufalo, Casa Rossa, Bistro 45

Originally hailing from Portsmouth on the south coast of England, Chef Steven Topple’s first dream was to be a pilot. At the age of 16 he began flying lessons only to discover that he had a slight color blindness. Knowing how strict major airlines are, he chose to change directions and lean into another favorite… … Continued

Chef Feature | Stacey Kucy of Stacey Cakes

The Connecticut Muffin: an unassuming little coffee shop that we all must thank for the delectable creations we can’t live without. Before the ginger snaps and twixters and lemon clouds and salted caramel cheesecakes, there was a girl who thought culinary school wasn’t the cool thing to do right out of high school. “I went … Continued

Slice of Life: Small Town Big Time

Behind the scenes at Backcountry Boutique and Bella Kitchen By McKenzie Kraemer It is 4am and Mary Gilson is already up checking emails and placing purchase orders. While her lovely shop, Backcountry Boutique, won’t open until 10:30am, she will have put in a full day’s work before the first customer walks through the door. A … Continued

Artful Alchemy

Meet the local brewers merging art and science It has been said that we are either left-brained or right-brained. That either our logical, mathematical, linear thinking left brain is dominant or our artful, intuitive, imaginative right brain is dominant. But recent studies have started to debunk the idea that we can be only one or … Continued

Featured Artist: La Rosa Hat Co

Handmade Hats and a Legacy of Love  In an unassuming building on an unassuming corner in Donnelly, Idaho, sits a treasure trove of history.  The narrow wooden structure was originally built in nearby Roseberry in 1907 but was relocated to Donnelly in 1917 when the railroad first stretched through the valley, surreptitiously bypassing the most … Continued

Guided Services: Fishing

The modern, DIY version of learning to fly fish is fairly straightforward: Watch some YouTube videos, take notes on what gear to buy and how to cast a fly rod. Maybe you even Google “Fly fishing near McCall” and find some tips on which flies to try in a handful of nearby locations. So, you … Continued

Guided Services: Ziplining

“It is a completely different perspective,” says Morgan Fuller, Director of Guest and Recreational Services at Tamarack Resort. “Seeing the mountain, the valley, everything from above is so different than what you get from the ground.” The Zip Line Tour at Tamarack Resort is a unique opportunity you won’t find just anywhere. “There is something … Continued

Huckleberry Fever

Huckleberries may quite possibly be the best thing about summer in McCall. These round purple berries have a tart kick that make them the perfect addition to pies, ice cream, pancakes, syrup and more. While you can purchase fresh or frozen Idaho huckleberries at some farmer’s markets, the best way to get your huckleberry fix … Continued

Guided Services: Horseback Riding

For Sky Wilson, taking care of horses is a labor of love. The daughter of two trail ride and rafting guides, she grew up on horseback, with guiding in her blood. Wilson had spent five years guiding for Ya-Hoo Corrals before she and her father purchased the family-owned operation from its long-time owners in 2019. … Continued

Slice of Life: Kelly’s Whitewater Park Academy

Building confidence and community on the water Along a pristine stretch of the North Fork of the Payette River in Cascade, Idaho is Kelly’s Whitewater Park. Built in 2010 by founders Mark and Kristina Pickard, the park was established in honor of Kristina’s late sister, Kelly. Her love of sports and dedication to children are … Continued

Guided Services: Lake Activities

Payette Lake is a showstopper. More than 10,000 years ago this centerpiece in downtown McCall was carved by a glacier that left 5,330 acres of pristine water with 22 miles of shoreline. At its deepest point, Payette Lake is 392 feet deep…a perfect home for the famous (and friendly) lake monster, Sharlie. And while this … Continued

Guided Services: Whitewater Rafting

We’ve all heard the adage “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” Heraclitus said that somewhere between 544 and 483 BC, but it still rings true today. And no one knows more about how the river is always changing than a … Continued

Whitepine Bark

By: April Whitney What’s so special about this tiny seedling? It’s only a few inches tall and just taking root, but it’s a living symbol of an effort to save a threatened species of pine tree struggling to survive across the Mountain West.  Whitebark Pine (Pinus albicaulis) was officially designated as a threatened species in … Continued