Lovely and picturesque mountain towns with opulent homes and world-class ski resorts.
These three lovely mountain towns offer the perfect balance of excitement and relaxation. The gorgeous landscapes and spectacular views have made them a popular retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. The homes in these communities have fantastic character — rustic log cabins, lodge-style estate homes, luxurious chalets, mountain-style homes, A-Frames, and contemporary homes. Many neighborhoods feature walking trails and river access.
The small communities of McCall, Donnelly, and Cascade provide an authentic perspective on the folks who call this area home — quiet and laid-back, active, and outdoorsy. These towns are the perfect spots for a peaceful mountain lifestyle. They are located near the World-class Tamarack Ski Resort and Brundage Mountain Resort, offering extensive backcountry areas that offer opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, kayaking, canoeing, and more.
Two large lakes, Payette Lake and Cascade Lake, are known for fantastic fishing, and they are popular destinations for boating, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, wakeboarding, and watersports. The area also has several state parks and golf courses that provide additional outdoor recreational activities. The area also hosts several fun annual events, the Winter Carnival, the Donnelly Huckleberry Festival, and the 4th of July in McCall.
McCall, Donnelly, and Cascade are three small towns nestled in the mountains about 2 hours north of Boise. There is a decidedly relaxed vibe and fondness for nature and outdoor activities. Residents spend much of their time at the lakes and in the state parks, where they enjoy picnics, swimming, hiking, biking, trail rides, trophy fishing, nature walks, boating, and watersports.
They also engage in various snow sports at Tamarack Ski Resort — skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, Nordic trails, ice fishing, and fat-tire biking. The resort is the go-to spot for zip lining, paddle boarding, mountain biking, rafting, hiking, disc golf, pickleball, ax throwing, and fishing in the summertime. There are also some fantastic indoor amenities in these towns, notably the Manchester Ice & Events Center for ice skating and the Cascade Aquatic & Recreation Center for indoor swimming, fitness classes, and youth sports.
McCall, Donnelly, and Cascade are small towns that offer superb dining experiences. The Narrows at The Shore Lodge offers fine dining with spectacular views of Payette Lake. The Narrows is the perfect place for a fancy date night. For gourmet Asian, Southwest, and Mediterranean fare, the beautiful Rupert’s at Hotel McCall is the go-to destination. Delightful flavors and lovely presentation will please the senses. Steamer’s Steak & Seafood offers a more laid-back and casual atmosphere, but they are one of the most popular restaurants in McCall. They serve " family-style " meals and offer chicken, fish, lamb, and beef entrees, salads, vegetable side dishes, and desserts.
Although most of the entertainment in McCall, Donnelly, and Cascade involves outdoor activities, a couple of venues offer a little taste of culture. The Alpine Playhouse in McCall is a great place to kick back and enjoy an entertaining live play or performance. The Roxy Theater in Cascade offers modern films, live music, comedy, poetry readings, plays, Christmas events, a haunted house, and more.
The towns offer small and quaint shopping areas with unique shops and boutiques. Most of the shops are located along Highway 55.
If you love the outdoors, you will never run out of things to do in McCall, Donnelly, and Cascade. These towns are an epicenter for year-round outdoor activities. Nestled in the mountains and on the shores of Payette Lake (McCall) and Cascade Lake (Donnelly and Cascade), residents enjoy fishing, boating, paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, wakeboarding, and watersports.
With its Bavarian-style architecture, Tamarack Ski Resort provides the perfect backdrop for World-class skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, Nordic trails, fat-tire biking, and ice fishing. The resort offers a zip line, paddle boarding, mountain biking, rafting, hiking, disc golf, pickleball, ax throwing, and fishing in the warmer months.
The area also has several gorgeous state parks — Ponderosa State Park, Legacy Park, and Lake Cascade State Park. These parks offer popular activities and amenities like fishing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, camping, hiking, biking, swimming, boating, sailing, and watersports. Kelly’s Whitewater Park provides endless hours of fun for rafters, kayakers, and stand-up paddleboarders. The park also has trails, picnic areas, horseshoe pits, and volleyball courts. Residents can also enjoy various events, including the Winter Carnival, the Donnelly Huckleberry Festival, and the 4th of July in McCall. And during the summer months, Donnelly offers a weekly Farmers Market.
McCall, Donnelly, and Cascade offer excellent and highly rated public, private, and charter schools.
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