McCall has a fabulous selection of shops, boutiques and art galleries to keep your arms full of purchases. Start by finding a hidden gem at a consignment or thrift store. Dandy Lion Consignment carries gently used women’s and children’s clothing while the MCPAWS Thrift Store and St. Luke’s McCall Auxiliary Thrift Store have a little bit of everything. If you are after something that sparkles, McCall Jewelry Company is a must-stop. They carry unique pieces from both national and local artisans and you can also customize your own design. Next on our list is Bella Kitchen, where you can find everything the gourmet cook could ever need. Head upstairs to Second Story Consignment and forage through the small furniture, home décor pieces and home accessories. From here, walk 1 block east to Razzle Dazzle which offers fun shopping “within splashing distance of Payette Lake.” Candles, cards, home décor, local art work, vintage signs, and unique gifts abound in this quaint shop. End the day by getting your art fix at one of our outstanding galleries. The Barn Owl Books and Gifts carries an eclectic collection of books, games, and unique gifts while Gallery Fifty Five is an artist-owned gallery where local artists share their exquisite creations. For a change of pace, visit the Granite Mountain Gallery, a nature lovers’ candy store!
Treat yourself to an indulgent day of relaxation and rejuvenation. Start with a spa treatment at Spa del Sol or Unwind Body Spa! Enjoy a relaxing massage, facial, or pedicure to erase stress and calm the spirit. The Cove also offers a unique indoor-outdoor saltwater immersion pool experience where the only requirement is “lounging and lollygagging.” If the entire family insists on tagging along on your spa day, take the troops on an adventure to one of the restorative hot springs in the area. Gold Fork Hot Springs located a short drive from Tamarack in Donnelly and has a series of pools in a range of temperatures for all comfort levels and is designed for serious lounging. Looking for a more remote location? We can’t get enough of Burgdorf Hot Springs. Accessible only by snowmobile in the winter (open to car traffic when the snow melts), this scenic pool is naturally maintained with a gravel bottom and fed by natural geothermal water with a temp of 100–113 degrees. You can even turn your soak into an overnight stay at one of the rustic cabins on site.
Hit the pubs on a tour of McCall’s finest breweries. Sip and “Initial Attack IPA” or “Sturgeon Tale Ale” at Broken Horn Brewing Company, sample Salmon River Brewery’s flagship “Buzz Buzz Porter” and the “ESB: Extra Special Brundage” brew or pick up a growler of McCall Brewing Company’s “Wobbily Man Smoked Scotch Ale” or “Lemon Ginger Hefeweizen.” In the mood for wine? Head to The Bar at Shore Lodge and enjoy an extensive, well-balanced wine list. We also recommend the Cork Wine Bar in Steamer’s Steak and Seafood restaurant for its fabulous ambiance and friendly staff who are happy to recommend the perfect pairing with dinner or a bottle to enjoy on its own. With wine on the mind, a stop at Rupert’s at Hotel McCall to enjoy a vintage from right here in Idaho is a must. And while you are at it, head across the courtyard to Bistro 45, the neighborhood gathering place for wine-lovers. A McCall staple, pull up a vintage ski lift chair at The Mill and sip a hot toddy in front of their huge open-air fireplace. Before calling it a night, grab a cocktail and an appetizer at the Anchor or head upstairs to the Yacht Club or across the street to Forester’s Club for a night of cocktails and dancing.
If you are a die-hard powder hound, a day on the mountain at Tamarack or Brundage is an easy choice. Both resorts offer something for everyone – and great après ski hangouts! If sliding on rails and catching air off a kicker is on the agenda, be sure to check out the Deadwood Shred Park at Brundage located right under the Bluebird Chair or one of three terrain parks at Tamarack including the Discovery, Homestead, and No Business Terrain Parks. The Little Ski Hill also boasts an awesome terrain park that will keep shredders shredding and jibbers jibbing. Looking to get off the beaten path? Join a guided snow cat trip into the backcountry of the Payette National Forest with a snow cat trip from Brundage SnowCat Adventures on 17,912 acres of snowy steeps, tree-lined glades and powdery bowls. If one day of powder isn’t enough, hit up Payette Powder Guides for an overnight adventure you will talk about for years to come. A snow cat hauls your gear up to a yurt at Lick Creek Summit while you take a snowmobile to access over 30,000 acres of untracked, pristine powder.