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Chef Feature | Josh Stanton of the Checkpoint at Hotel NoBo

Growing up in Florida, Chef Josh Stanton opted to join the Navy directly out of high school. After being medically discharged, Stanton picked up a job washing dishes… and discovered his true passion. “I fell in love with the camaraderie of the kitchen,” he says. “I knew I had to pursue a culinary profession.” That … Continued

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 | Marcus Stewart of Shore Lodge & Whitetail

A nail in the finger was the nail in the coffin for Chef Marcus Stewart’s construction career. Growing up in South Carolina with grandparents who owned a large farm, Stewart always gravitated toward fresh food. Family members who lived nearby raised chickens, pigs, and cattle. All that fresh produce and farm-raised livestock left a lasting … Continued

Chef Feature | Thomas Smith and Janelle Toohey of Frenchies on Third

Thomas and Janelle met in Talkeetna, Alaska. “We have both been industry people for a long time,” says Janelle, “despite our parents’ best efforts.” Janelle was already established at the hotel where they worked when Thomas moved from New Orleans after twelve years of running restaurants in the French Quarter. He was working in the … Continued

Chef Feature | Gary Kucy of Rupert’s at Hotel McCall

On a bustling Thursday with Thai Night specials racing out of the kitchen or a packed house for a special Winemaker Dinner, you wouldn’t know that Chef Gary Kucy never meant to be here. “This career happened completely by accident,” he says. That fateful, happy accident was the result of a high school job at … Continued

Winter Itinerary | A Laid-Back Day for Your Girlfriend Getaway

The modern girlfriend getaway is just as likely to include a backcountry snowcat or snowmobile adventure or a Fat Bike Tour, but if your stay allows for a ‘down day’, we’ve got some suggestions on how to make the most of it. First, and most importantly, START SLOW. More active winter pursuits often require an … 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

Sunshine and Hope

A gardener is an eternal optimist. There is so much hope and expectation that comes with putting a seed in the ground. That optimism is coupled with a healthy dose of determination and grit when it comes to gardening in a high-altitude climate like McCall. Every flower that blooms here, every berry that ripens, every … Continued

5 Overnight Backpacking Hikes

Sometimes a destination is simply too beautiful to leave. If spending a few hours at an alpine lake just isn’t long enough, try one of these great lakes for an overnight campout. Each offers secluded campsites along the shore for a magical night in the forest. East Fork of Lake Fork Creek Most overnight destinations … Continued

Sip & Savor

Golf and cocktails? Check. Axe throwing and appetizers? Double-check. While we can all appreciate a fancy sit-down dinner, sometimes you need to get up and move…and Foresters in McCall and Palooza Basecamp & Eatery in Cascade offer two fun ways to do just that. Both are in historic buildings, and both are providing some unexpected … Continued

Tee Up a Golf Getaway

Ninety-nine. There are 99 holes of golf to play between Cascade and Council. That is an impressive number on its own, but pair that with stunning scenery that ranges from lakefront tee boxes to fairways tucked into old growth forest and it is obvious the McCall area is a golfer’s dream.  Even if you have … Continued

5 Early Season Hikes

Sometimes we just can’t wait to get back on the trail after a long winter. If you are itching to get out and explore, we rounded up a few options for early season adventures. As with any early season recreation, keep an eye on the weather and postpone your hike if trails are muddy. Rapid … Continued