I love our little town. I love quiet early morning hikes. I love the people & animals that live here. I love that you can get the most incredible view by going up just a little or down to the river.
This beautiful time of year also brings many visitors, and with that comes longer lines, more traffic, less patience, and things left behind that shouldn’t be left behind.
We have to remember that we get this most every day, but most of those visiting only get little snippets of this in their lives. Let’s welcome these visitors, and try and help them be better ‘locals’. Maybe they can take a bit of our vibe back to where they came from. It takes a village to make things better and the village is comprised of each one of us.
I want to start this post with a little BLURB: Please Shop Local!!
It is what gives us our community, our vibe, and our uniqueness. Contributing to our little town(s) will ensure their vitality and resilience.
With everything going on in the MACRO environments, let’s try to make our MICRO environments thrive.
According to a recent article in Mountain Express, a May report published by DestiMetrics—representing data from 18 Western ski resorts in seven states; the shared information states inflation continues, the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues, and the high gas prices “may be conspiring to slow down” summer hotel bookings. For most of the past 14 months, daily [hotel] rates have been rising consistently and dramatically, but as inflation persists, gas prices rise, and other economic uncertainties loom, the pace of rising rates is slowing our economy down. While ‘they say’ bookings are high, the pace of bookings is starting to languish compared to recent years, with the exception of 2020.
One of my Wood River Foundation grantees, with the Idaho Trails Association, conducted a youth camp this past weekend up the North Fork of the Big Wood River. A few of us went out Saturday evening to check out the work. Thanks to Frank and Hugh, the camp chefs, we all enjoyed spaghetti & meatballs for dinner and pineapple upside cake for dessert.
This camp comprised 9 youth campers, 2 counselors, and 2 chefs. Half of the campers (ages 16-17) were returnees. They loved it so much the year before they wanted to return. By the way, they work all day on clearing trails and were happy to do the dishes. The crew was scheduled to work for three days clearing Forest Service trails in the North Fork area, but mother nature had other plans, and everyone was rained out on Sunday.
Hats off to the group leaders, Alex and Amanda! Alex is an employee of ITA, and Amanda volunteers on the weekends and works at McPaws Regional Animal Shelter in McCall on the other days. For trips in the Wood River Valley, the ITA collaborates with the WRTC, (Wood River Trails Coalition) and the Forest Service.
It was so gratifying to see the youth of our communities coming together like this. Our hope is that this instills in them the drive and interest to do more of this type of work.
There is a new kid in town! New Wine bar! 🍷 I feel like whenever a new bar or restaurant opens in our mountain town we should be throwing them a party because it doesn’t happen that often.
Scout - Wine & Cheese
They opened on May 26th in Ketchum. Scout is a wine and cheese shop and wine bar with other small bites. Can't wait to check this place out. So often we hear of restaurants and bars closing due to the worker shortage everywhere. Looking forward to indulging in all they have to offer as well as supporting this new small business in our town.
Nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac near the base of Warm Springs, this sweet townhome went very quickly. Having been loved by the same owner for nearly 30 years, it was a bittersweet parting. My seller was reluctant to go on MLS, so I checked within our office network, and I had a couple interested buyers.
In this market, there are not many townhomes with an attached garage, a laundry room, 3 bedrooms, and 2 baths, and a wonderful garden/yard with privacy. The seller and new homeowners couldn’t be happier about ‘avoiding’ some of the stress that comes with open houses and multiple offers. If you’re looking for a transaction like this, and or are curious about this process, shoot me a message or give me a call!