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Summer 2015

The authentic west embraces a host of creative arts as well as adventures in nature, all of which are part of the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch experience.

Nature and Local Culture
We are partnered with SIHA (the Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association), providing support for their Forum and Lecture Series as well as their new educational efforts through the Redfish Center. This summer naturalists from the Center will conduct their Jr. Ranger Program during our Friday evening's children's play hour.

Each Wednesday evening, "Let's Talk Fishing!" on the front porch. With the backdrop of the Sawtooth Mountains, learn what fly fishing is all about. Mary Ann and Dave Dozer will share their passion for fly fishing and knowledge of the local waters. They will talk about the gear, techniques, fly patterns, and local hot-spots.

Summer Music
The porch as ever will be the place to enjoy our local dinnertime musicians on Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings during the dinner hours throughout the season. Favorites Muzzie Braun, Bruce Innes, Spare Change, Dewey, Pickette and Howe, Rick Hoel and Pesky Grape Seeds will join us once again. The Summer 2015 music schedule will be posted when finalized.

2015 Special Events
Wine Week with John Alonge, The Wine Heretic, August 30 through September 6
John will join us once again for our popular Wine Week, to include 3 Sip and Chat evenings on the porch, a pre-dinner tasting and talk, and weekend beer and wine tastings paired to the evenings’ menus.  

Sunday August 30 and Wednesday September 2, Sip and Chat on the Porch. Before dinner, grab a rocking chair, sip, chat, rock, and enjoy the view, as you savor some of your and John’s favorite wines and delight in John’s aura and insights. All Ranch and dinner guests are invited to participate, compliments of the Ranch.

Friday September 4, A Pre-Dinner Talk and Tasting kicks off the Wine Weekend. All Ranch and dinner guests are invited to participate, compliments of the Ranch.

Saturday September 5, John will preside over a Beer Tasting, with brews chosen to complement perfectly our Southwest Fajita Grill dishes.  Fee for participation in the tasting, for Ranch and dinner guests. 

Sunday September 6,  five wines will be paired to the coursed dinner in the Lodge dining room, with John pouring and providing tasting tips.  Fee for participation in the tasting, for Ranch and dinner guests. 

A Weekend with Winemaker and Owner Jed Steele, Steele Wines
Saturday, August 22, Jed will preside over a tasting of four Steele wines he has chosen to compliment the evening’s western BBQ menu.  Fee for participation for Ranch and dinner guests.
Sunday, August 23, five Steele wines, presented by Mr. Steele, will be paired to the coursed dinner in the Lodge dining room.  Fee for participation, for Ranch and dinner guests. 

International Women Fly Fishing Rendezvous August 25 through August 29: Come and experience great fly fishing for west slope cutthroat trout in the spectacular setting of the Sawtooth Mountains, while staying at the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch for this 5 night specially priced event. Two days of guided drift boat fishing are included in addition to the Ranch activities and amenities: breakfast, packed picnic lunch, dinner, the natural hot springs swimming pool, 1.5 hr. horseback ride, mountain biking, a mountain biking clinic for beginners with initiation on-Ranch ride, stocked fishing pond, Salmon River access, and of course The Porch. 2015 IWFF membership is required. Contact Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch for reservations, details and pricing or Mary Ann Dozer for detailed Rendezvous fishing information.

Evenings at the Ranch
There are special event dinners on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at the Ranch Outdoor BBQ area. Saturdays savor a Southwest Fajita Grill, featuring Hawaiian swordfish, free-range chicken, Wagyu flank steak and an array of wonderful side dishes, while taking in the famous view from our front porch. Enjoy the same casual format, and spectacular sunset, on Thursdays’ Western BBQ night, with applewood-smoked baby back ribs, brown sugar soy glazed Alaskan king salmon and an eclectic display of classic side dishes. On Monday evenings, enjoy an authentic Dutch Oven cookout, and Tuesday savor artisan pizza, whole game, and amazing side dishes, from our wood-fired brick oven. Local musicians entertain each of these evenings.

The Ranch draws on a wide range of local musicians for entertainment: Muzzie Braun, Bruce Innes, Dewey, Pickette and Howe, Spare Change, Rick Hoel, Pesky Grape Seeds and others bring their guitars and talent 4 nights a week. Horseshoes, ping-pong, croquet, and pick-me-up ball games on the front lawn provide entertainment for participants and spectators alike. And a variety of board games are available for your enjoyment.

Kids' Activities
There are a wide variety of activities for children at the Ranch and in the surrounding area. And children always enjoy the freedom of the Ranch. We’ll help you choose the activities most suitable for your family and children’s ages from the many available.

Three nights a week, staff organize front lawn games, crafts and story hour during the adult dinner hours. On Friday evening, naturalists from the Redfish Center will join the children to conduct their Jr. Ranger Program. Children can eat early on these and all other fine dining nights.

Popular children's activities include: Fishing for trout in our well-stocked pond and just paddling around in our paddle boat; pony rides for very young children; part or full-day trail rides; hikes to lakes or along streams; swimming and soaking in our natural hot springs pool - no chills here; exploring nearby Custer and Bonanza ghost towns, deserted after the Gold Miners left the area in the early 1900’s; visiting the Sawtooth fish hatchery and Stanley Museum;  floating the Salmon River and swimming, canoeing and kayaking on nearby Redfish Lake.

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