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GUIDEBOOK FOR THE RETREAT AT RIVER'S EDGE

Shannon

GUIDEBOOK FOR THE RETREAT AT RIVER'S EDGE

Food Scene
Because Hagerman is so small, you don't have a lot of choices; but they'll all good. I've listed our favorites below, but don't forget the Riverboat for excellent hamburgers, Wilson's Club for pub food and outstanding pizza on weekends.
They feature wonderful authentic Idaho breakfasts, including trout from nearby farms.
Snake River Grill
611 Frogs Landing
They feature wonderful authentic Idaho breakfasts, including trout from nearby farms.
Unquestionably the best ice cream in the world. They close at 6 p.m. nights. Be sure you get there in time. It's just over 20 minutes from the Retreat. You can also get some flavors at Magic Valley Brewing just a few blocks away. Be sure to sign the Guestbook and tell them you're staying at the Retreat at River's Edge! Thanks!
Cloverleaf Creamery
205 Broadway Ave S
Unquestionably the best ice cream in the world. They close at 6 p.m. nights. Be sure you get there in time. It's just over 20 minutes from the Retreat. You can also get some flavors at Magic Valley Brewing just a few blocks away. Be sure to sign the Guestbook and tell them you're staying at the Retreat at River's Edge! Thanks!
Koto is one of our favorite places to eat and top of our list for guest recommendations. Shane Cook has given us tokens for one free beer from their incredible list of crafted beers to any of our guests who dine there. Super atmosphere. Terrific food. Surprisingly reasonable prices. Try it. It's only about 35 minutes from the Retreat. (Be sure to tell them you're staying at the Retreat at River's Edge.)
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Koto Brewing Co.
156 Main Ave W
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Koto is one of our favorite places to eat and top of our list for guest recommendations. Shane Cook has given us tokens for one free beer from their incredible list of crafted beers to any of our guests who dine there. Super atmosphere. Terrific food. Surprisingly reasonable prices. Try it. It's only about 35 minutes from the Retreat. (Be sure to tell them you're staying at the Retreat at River's Edge.)
We really enjoy the laidback ambiance of MVBC. The owners are always there. Open from Wednesday through Saturday, with live music. Wonderful craft beer. Service is a bit slow because everything is made fresh. It's definitely not a fast food grill but worth the wait. Tell them you're staying at the Retreat.
MAGIC VALLEY BREWING
208 Broadway Ave N
We really enjoy the laidback ambiance of MVBC. The owners are always there. Open from Wednesday through Saturday, with live music. Wonderful craft beer. Service is a bit slow because everything is made fresh. It's definitely not a fast food grill but worth the wait. Tell them you're staying at the Retreat.
In amazing numbers, bald eagles roost in a big cottonwood tree near West Point Service, a store and cafe along West Point Road southwest of Wendell. They start gathering in early December and stay around until mid-March, we’re told. “It’s probably a good area for foraging or loafing,” Grainger Hunt, senior scientist at The Peregrine Fund in Boise, told a Times-News reporter in 2011. “They might just be there in an elevated area watching the countryside for food.” Their address is 3287 S 1500th E, Wendell, ID 83355 As sunset approaches and the tree’s eagle count rises, you’ll often find cars parked along West Point Road, their occupants standing with binoculars and cameras pointed at the big birds. 3287 S 1500th E Wendell, ID 83355 NOTE: Take the Hagerman Hiway toward Wendell and plan to turn right at 1500 East.
West Point Shack
In amazing numbers, bald eagles roost in a big cottonwood tree near West Point Service, a store and cafe along West Point Road southwest of Wendell. They start gathering in early December and stay around until mid-March, we’re told. “It’s probably a good area for foraging or loafing,” Grainger Hunt, senior scientist at The Peregrine Fund in Boise, told a Times-News reporter in 2011. “They might just be there in an elevated area watching the countryside for food.” Their address is 3287 S 1500th E, Wendell, ID 83355 As sunset approaches and the tree’s eagle count rises, you’ll often find cars parked along West Point Road, their occupants standing with binoculars and cameras pointed at the big birds. 3287 S 1500th E Wendell, ID 83355 NOTE: Take the Hagerman Hiway toward Wendell and plan to turn right at 1500 East.
It's a short drive from here (about 25 minutes), mostly on the freeway to get to Choate's. But we go there frequently because the food is so good (divine bacon), and they offer pre-2008 price.
Choate's Family Diner
400 West Main Street
It's a short drive from here (about 25 minutes), mostly on the freeway to get to Choate's. But we go there frequently because the food is so good (divine bacon), and they offer pre-2008 price.
Parks & Nature
There are so many unusual sights in Idaho that are too numerous to mention. If you are planning to take advantage of what's here, I suggest you go to www.VisitSouthIdaho.com for their Interactive Adventure Map, trip itineraries, travel resources, and Southern Idaho's event calendar.
Go to their interactive website for more information. Many of our guests from Idaho and Utah come to the Retreat with a visit to Miracle in mind.
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Miracle & Banbury HotSprings
19073B U.S. 30
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Go to their interactive website for more information. Many of our guests from Idaho and Utah come to the Retreat with a visit to Miracle in mind.
Kayaking is wonderful, and a stroll on the grounds is most serene!
Ritter Island State Park
Kayaking is wonderful, and a stroll on the grounds is most serene!
For anyone who hasn't enjoyed the view of Shoshone Falls, this is a must. It's just a 40-minute drive from our place, and well worth the time it takes to get there. Plan to spend awhile enjoying the view and the park. Bring a lunch; you're welcome to fix it at our place!
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Shoshone Falls Park
4155 Shoshone Falls Grade Rd
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For anyone who hasn't enjoyed the view of Shoshone Falls, this is a must. It's just a 40-minute drive from our place, and well worth the time it takes to get there. Plan to spend awhile enjoying the view and the park. Bring a lunch; you're welcome to fix it at our place!
To get to Box Canyon State Park, just search for it on google maps. The directions are pretty easy, but slow down when you get close to the park. It is incredibly easy to miss the teeny-tiny parking lot with an equally small sign. And because the parking lot is so small, your going to want to get there early before it fills up. From the parking lot take the only trail to your first view of the canyon.When you first start the trail its hard to believe that anything impressive is in this area. But before you know it, you will lay eyes on the head of the canyon and the pool of light blue water that emerges from the ground and starts its journey towards the Snake River.
Box Canyon State Park
To get to Box Canyon State Park, just search for it on google maps. The directions are pretty easy, but slow down when you get close to the park. It is incredibly easy to miss the teeny-tiny parking lot with an equally small sign. And because the parking lot is so small, your going to want to get there early before it fills up. From the parking lot take the only trail to your first view of the canyon.When you first start the trail its hard to believe that anything impressive is in this area. But before you know it, you will lay eyes on the head of the canyon and the pool of light blue water that emerges from the ground and starts its journey towards the Snake River.
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument is just about a mile up the road from the Retreat at River's Edge.Many people using GPS end up at the fossil beds themselves. There are no fossil quarries or places where you see fossils in the ground. There are, however, two overlooks with parking. One features a great view of general stratigraphy and the Snake River; the other highlights the Oregon Trail. Because the grounds are unstable, and the fossils delicate, hiking trails are few and off-trail hiking is not permitted.
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, Visitor's Center
221 N State St
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument is just about a mile up the road from the Retreat at River's Edge.Many people using GPS end up at the fossil beds themselves. There are no fossil quarries or places where you see fossils in the ground. There are, however, two overlooks with parking. One features a great view of general stratigraphy and the Snake River; the other highlights the Oregon Trail. Because the grounds are unstable, and the fossils delicate, hiking trails are few and off-trail hiking is not permitted.
World-famous Balanced Rock near Castleford is a true Southern Idaho icon. The mushroom-shaped rock measures 48 feet wide at the top and only 3 feet, 17 inches at the base. Thousands of people have climbed up to the rock over the years to take a unique photo or visited the county park for a picnic or overnight camping. Nowadays, it’s popular to visit Balanced Rock and take a unique selfie to post in the social media. BALANCED ROCK STATE PARK. The park, managed by Twin Falls County Parks and Waterways, is situated in a beautiful box canyon shaded by cottonwood trees along Salmon Falls Creek. You can bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the quiet setting in the park for an afternoon or camp overnight. It’s self-support camping; there are no RV hookups. You also can fish Salmon Falls Creek. The park is shaded by the canyon and mature trees. Self-support camping is allowed. HOW TO GET THERE. Balanced Rock is easiest to access via Buhl on U.S. Highway 30, the Thousand Springs Scenic Byway, and then follow signs to Balanced Rock. Balanced Rock was carved by wind and weather over time. It’s part of a rhyolite lava formation that was created 15 million years ago by multiple volcanic eruptions in the area. It’s the same type of rock that forms the Jarbidge Canyon and portions of the Bruneau Canyon.
Balanced Rock Park
World-famous Balanced Rock near Castleford is a true Southern Idaho icon. The mushroom-shaped rock measures 48 feet wide at the top and only 3 feet, 17 inches at the base. Thousands of people have climbed up to the rock over the years to take a unique photo or visited the county park for a picnic or overnight camping. Nowadays, it’s popular to visit Balanced Rock and take a unique selfie to post in the social media. BALANCED ROCK STATE PARK. The park, managed by Twin Falls County Parks and Waterways, is situated in a beautiful box canyon shaded by cottonwood trees along Salmon Falls Creek. You can bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the quiet setting in the park for an afternoon or camp overnight. It’s self-support camping; there are no RV hookups. You also can fish Salmon Falls Creek. The park is shaded by the canyon and mature trees. Self-support camping is allowed. HOW TO GET THERE. Balanced Rock is easiest to access via Buhl on U.S. Highway 30, the Thousand Springs Scenic Byway, and then follow signs to Balanced Rock. Balanced Rock was carved by wind and weather over time. It’s part of a rhyolite lava formation that was created 15 million years ago by multiple volcanic eruptions in the area. It’s the same type of rock that forms the Jarbidge Canyon and portions of the Bruneau Canyon.
We visited the Center with our grandkids. They were mesmerized (as were we older folks). It's a bit out of the way (go west on l-84 until you get to the Kuna area) but if you're heading west anyway, try to fit it in.
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World Center For Birds of Prey
5668 W Flying Hawk Ln
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We visited the Center with our grandkids. They were mesmerized (as were we older folks). It's a bit out of the way (go west on l-84 until you get to the Kuna area) but if you're heading west anyway, try to fit it in.
Bruneau Dunes State Park boasts the tallest single-structured sand dune in North America with a peak rising 470 feet above the surrounding desert floor. Explore the dunes in your hiking boots or rent a sand board from the Visitor Center, but off-road vehicles are permitted only on the main road. You can also fish for bluegill in the lakes at the foot of the dune; unlock the mystery of the desert with a breathtaking hike or horseback ride; plan a group picnic or visit the Bruneau Dunes Observatory and gaze at the night sky through the Observatory's collection of telescopes. **Observatory nights are Friday and Saturday only, from late March to mid-October, weather permitting.
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Bruneau Dunes State Park
27608 Bruneau Sand Dunes Road
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Bruneau Dunes State Park boasts the tallest single-structured sand dune in North America with a peak rising 470 feet above the surrounding desert floor. Explore the dunes in your hiking boots or rent a sand board from the Visitor Center, but off-road vehicles are permitted only on the main road. You can also fish for bluegill in the lakes at the foot of the dune; unlock the mystery of the desert with a breathtaking hike or horseback ride; plan a group picnic or visit the Bruneau Dunes Observatory and gaze at the night sky through the Observatory's collection of telescopes. **Observatory nights are Friday and Saturday only, from late March to mid-October, weather permitting.
I was extremely moved to observe dozens of eagles come to perch here just as dusk was falling. They come to the Eagle Tree in late fall and early spring before they begin to nest. The tree is only 10 miles from the Retreat off the Hagerman Highway toward Buhl. Learn more on their website www.visitsouthidaho.com/eagle-tree-hagerman-wendell.
Eagle Tree
I was extremely moved to observe dozens of eagles come to perch here just as dusk was falling. They come to the Eagle Tree in late fall and early spring before they begin to nest. The tree is only 10 miles from the Retreat off the Hagerman Highway toward Buhl. Learn more on their website www.visitsouthidaho.com/eagle-tree-hagerman-wendell.
Essentials
Before you check in to the Retreat at River's Edge, you might want to pick up some groceries, especially if you plan to use our fabulous outside kitchen! Chappels is in Hagerman and just a 5-minute drive. Ridley's is located in Buhl, 18 miles away. ONE MORE THING. We have a fire pit especially designed for toasting S'mores. You bring the ingredients; we furnish the kindling, wood, roasting sticks, and lap blankets. Great way to enjoy the stars.
This is a small grocery store but is stocked with pretty much all you'll need. Be sure to tell them you're staying at the Retreat at River's Edge!
Chappels Market
180 S State St
This is a small grocery store but is stocked with pretty much all you'll need. Be sure to tell them you're staying at the Retreat at River's Edge!
Large selection of most groceries. Liquor store.
Ridley's Family Markets
705 U.S. 30
Large selection of most groceries. Liquor store.
We love going to Evaqua Farms for smoked trout and fish fillets. ABOUT EVAQUA FARMS. "We’ve been smoking our own fresh farmed fish in Idaho, USA for over a decade, perfecting our process to a level that’s worthy of the high quality fish we raise. Our Steelhead and Red Rainbow Trout are slow-smoked with our own blend of natural woods, producing a rich and flavorful, smokey flavor without drying the fish out. At Evaqua Farms, we produce a range of smoked products that are great for quality focused restaurants, and perfect for entertaining or enjoying at home. Smoked Steelhead & Trout are an excellent, guilt-free snack with a taste and smell that transport you to the great outdoors. They’re a great compliment to most any meal as an appetizer or quick bite when you’re on the go. And with products that are available in individual packages, as well as a variety of quantity bundles, you can conveniently stock up on exactly what you need, and bring it out when the time is right." Mike and I recommend you check them out! And when you do, please tell them you're staying at the Retreat at River's Edge.
Evaqua Farms LLC
4074 N 2000 E Rd
We love going to Evaqua Farms for smoked trout and fish fillets. ABOUT EVAQUA FARMS. "We’ve been smoking our own fresh farmed fish in Idaho, USA for over a decade, perfecting our process to a level that’s worthy of the high quality fish we raise. Our Steelhead and Red Rainbow Trout are slow-smoked with our own blend of natural woods, producing a rich and flavorful, smokey flavor without drying the fish out. At Evaqua Farms, we produce a range of smoked products that are great for quality focused restaurants, and perfect for entertaining or enjoying at home. Smoked Steelhead & Trout are an excellent, guilt-free snack with a taste and smell that transport you to the great outdoors. They’re a great compliment to most any meal as an appetizer or quick bite when you’re on the go. And with products that are available in individual packages, as well as a variety of quantity bundles, you can conveniently stock up on exactly what you need, and bring it out when the time is right." Mike and I recommend you check them out! And when you do, please tell them you're staying at the Retreat at River's Edge.
Local History
If you're staying more than one night at the Retreat, you might have time to visit some local spots that shed light on our local history.
As a teenager, I lived in Jerome, which is about 15 miles west of Minidoka National Historic Site, and had no idea it even existed. Here is a short summary of the history of this historic site, which I have since visited and marveled that it was such a well-kept secret. On February 19, 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, thus depriving over 110,000 people of their freedom. All were of Japanese ancestry. Two-thirds were American citizens, half were children. They closed their businesses, shut down their farms, and packed their suitcases. They boarded trains and buses first to detention centers and later to prisons. For the rest of World War II, most would remain behind barbed wire. Over 13,000 people were imprisoned in Idaho at Minidoka War Relocation Center, known locally as Hunt Camp. Now a national historic site, Minidoka traces the history of Japanese Americans from immigration in the 1800s. The park's stories link with other stories of American injustice, racial prejudice, resilience and recovery--and explores how to ensure this never happens again.
Minidoka National Historic Site
As a teenager, I lived in Jerome, which is about 15 miles west of Minidoka National Historic Site, and had no idea it even existed. Here is a short summary of the history of this historic site, which I have since visited and marveled that it was such a well-kept secret. On February 19, 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, thus depriving over 110,000 people of their freedom. All were of Japanese ancestry. Two-thirds were American citizens, half were children. They closed their businesses, shut down their farms, and packed their suitcases. They boarded trains and buses first to detention centers and later to prisons. For the rest of World War II, most would remain behind barbed wire. Over 13,000 people were imprisoned in Idaho at Minidoka War Relocation Center, known locally as Hunt Camp. Now a national historic site, Minidoka traces the history of Japanese Americans from immigration in the 1800s. The park's stories link with other stories of American injustice, racial prejudice, resilience and recovery--and explores how to ensure this never happens again.
Drinks & Nightlife
We love this place. The beer is wonderful and the pub fare outstanding. Check them out!
MAGIC VALLEY BREWING
208 Broadway Ave N
We love this place. The beer is wonderful and the pub fare outstanding. Check them out!
More than a brewery, Koto features outstanding pub cuisine and an amazing array of beer (both bottled and on tap) and outstanding, friendly service. Wonderful atmosphere too. Check them out on Facebook. Koto Brewing Company.
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Koto Brewing Co.
156 Main Ave W
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More than a brewery, Koto features outstanding pub cuisine and an amazing array of beer (both bottled and on tap) and outstanding, friendly service. Wonderful atmosphere too. Check them out on Facebook. Koto Brewing Company.
They have terrific sandwiches and other pub food, lots of beers to choose from, excellent service, and a really cool atmosphere. You can see more on Facebook at Dunken's Draught House. Take a short drive from the Retreat, spend a little time in Old Twin Falls, and take a break here.
Dunken's Draught House
102 Main Ave W
They have terrific sandwiches and other pub food, lots of beers to choose from, excellent service, and a really cool atmosphere. You can see more on Facebook at Dunken's Draught House. Take a short drive from the Retreat, spend a little time in Old Twin Falls, and take a break here.
Just about the best thin crust pizza around. Since 1943 Wilson's has been a Hagerman landmark. Happy hour 5-7 pm. Taco Tuesday. Fire Pie serves pizza on the outside courtyard Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. No smoking inside. Smoking accepted on outside patio.
Wilson's Club
200 S State St
Just about the best thin crust pizza around. Since 1943 Wilson's has been a Hagerman landmark. Happy hour 5-7 pm. Taco Tuesday. Fire Pie serves pizza on the outside courtyard Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. No smoking inside. Smoking accepted on outside patio.