Idaho RetreatsIdaho Retreat Homes

Get away from it all. Without really having to get away from it all. Your home might be in Boise, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look at moving, or picking some vacation real estate like a cabin. Idaho is too big and too beautiful to stay in just one spot the entire time. There are forests, rivers, canyons, waterfalls, parks, and so much more. The city is only a small slice of what Idaho has to offer you. Didn’t you move to Idaho to experience the outdoors more? Then it’s high time you checked out the retreats Idaho can offer from the city.

Sometimes it’s not all about real estate. While there are plenty of cabins and other vacation (or permanent) residents scattered through Idaho, it’s important to remember that all of Idaho is a retreat. Even if you live in Boise, the largest city in Idaho, there are plenty of ways for you to escape the city and enjoy the beauty and simplicity of nature.

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1436 Gun Hill Road, Mccall $4,200,000

  • 3 Beds
  • 3.0 Baths
  • 4,167 SqFt
  • 100.69 Acres

Exquisite Private Mountain Retreat Adjacent To Whitetail Resort. This Secluded 100 Acre Sanctuary Is Surrounded By Wildlife Habitat And Boasts A Stunning Custom Log Home Featured In A National Magazine, A Private Runway For Your Own Plane, Airplane Hangar,...

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1389 Ford Drive, Mccall $3,900,000

  • 5 Beds
  • 5.5 Baths
  • 5,464 SqFt
  • 0.79 Acres

Rare Find On Payette Lake, Built In 2008, This Home Is Stunning And Beautifully Built With Entertaining And Recreating In Mind. Desirable East Side Of The Lake For Extra Sun In The Evenings On Your Patio, Private Beach And Boat Dock. 100 Feet Of Deeded Lake...

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219 W Lake Street, Mccall $3,900,000

  • 6 Beds
  • 6.0 Baths
  • 5,597 SqFt
  • 0.49 Acres

Gorgeous And Spacious Custom Home On Payette Lake With 90 Feet Of Private Beach And A Private Dock. All High-end Finishes Throughout And Beautifully Landscaped. 6-bed, 6-bath, 2 Fireplaces And A 3-car Attached Garage. Fully Functional Kitchen With All The E...

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442 Sugarloaf, Donnelly $2,950,000

  • 5 Beds
  • 6.0 Baths
  • 5,200 SqFt
  • 1.10 Acres

One Of The Rarest Finds In Any Ski Resort Is 442 Sugarloaf Place. This Premier Direct Ski In/ski Out Luxury Custom Home Sits Above The Main Ski Run, Overlooking Nearby Village Plaza With Lake Cascade And Mountains In The Background. This 5br 5,200 Sf Home I...

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2130 Payette Drive, Mccall $2,900,000

  • 4 Beds
  • 4.5 Baths
  • 8,502 SqFt
  • 0.36 Acres

Stunning Turn Key Residence (includes The Surf Boat; Boat Lift And 2 Jet Skis) On The West Shore Of Payette Lake. This 4251 Square Foot Home Features 4 Bedrooms; 4.5 Baths; Open Floor Plan; Vaulted Ceilings; High End Finishes; Gourmet Kitchen; Upstairs Ap...

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12829 Dawn Dr, Donnelly $2,795,000

  • 6 Beds
  • 6.0 Baths
  • 8,390 SqFt
  • 0.59 Acres

Pc6705 Masterful Design & Modern Luxury Are Uniquely Embodied In This 6 Bd 6 Ba Lakefront Home. Unobstructed Views Of Lake Cascade & Tamarack Resort. 7,463 Sf Occupy The Main House, W/an Additional 927 Sf Of Living Space In The Detached Guest House. The 2 C...

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2195 Lakeview Ave, Mccall $2,400,000

  • 6 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,260 SqFt
  • 1.24 Acres

Deeded Payette Lakefront Home In Harris Cove With 162 Ft. Of Lake Frontage On 1.24 Acres. Plenty Of Room To Build A Second Home. Classic 2 Story Home With Sandy Beach, Private Dock, Cabana, Nicely Wooded Lot And Your Own Private Huckleberry Patch. Start ...

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2242 Payette Drive, Mccall $2,395,000

  • 4 Beds
  • 3.0 Baths
  • 3,728 SqFt
  • 0.71 Acres

Lakefront Home Completely Remodeled In 2010. Includes Guest Quarters Above Detached Four Car Garage. Home Features Large Lakeside Deck, Private Beach And Dock. Incredible Views Of The Lake And Eastern Mountain Range. Large Level Lot Supplies Abundant Parkin...

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63 Council Court, Donnelly $2,295,000

  • 4 Beds
  • 7.5 Baths
  • 6,870 SqFt
  • 0.65 Acres

Spectacular View Lot In Pinnacle Estates Located In Tamarack Resort With Quick Access To Ski In/ski Out And Usfs. This 6800+ Sf Estate Home Boasts 4 Bedroom Suites, 7 Bathrooms And A Pilot's Quarters Including Kitchen And Full Bath. Amenities Include Theate...

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305 W Lake Street, Mccall $1,999,000

  • 5 Beds
  • 3.0 Baths
  • 2,628 SqFt
  • 0.45 Acres

South Shore Payette Lake Front Home And Cottage W/spectacular Views To The North, Walking Distance To Town, .449 Acres, 90’ Frontage Across Two Parcels. The ’small Cottage Is Close To The Water, Main Street Side Home Has 4 Bdrms, 3 Baths On 2 Levels, Grea...

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541 Whitewater Drive, Donnelly $1,990,000

  • 4 Beds
  • 5.0 Baths
  • 5,560 SqFt
  • 0.43 Acres

This 4br/4.5ba Estate Home Boasts Panoramic Views Of Lake Cascade & The Surrounding Mountain Ranges. Featuring A Spacious Master Bedroom W/ Private Balcony, 3 Guest Suites, Full Built-in Bar In Downstairs Living Area, Elevator, Radiant Floors, And Oversized...

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Boise’s Massive Backyard

You don’t even have to go very far outside of Boise to dive right into nature. Just to the north and northeast of Boise are two forests with plenty to offer. A little further to the east is the Sawtooth National Forest, but the Boise National Forest sits right above Boise. These are both great opportunities to leave the city behind and enjoy the crisp forest air and the beautiful scenery.

Sightseeing isn’t all you can do, although the forests and mountains of Idaho offer some breathtaking views. In the Boise National Forest, it’s more like what can’t you do. There is a huge variety of different attractions and recreational activities to keep you busy, or to find that one perfect thing for you.

Take a quick retreat from Boise. Hop in the car and go on a scenic drive. Follow the river, and take the Payette River National Scenic Byway. This drive will you take you over mountains, through canyons, and along quiet, sandy beaches perfect for a picnic. Or, take the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway. Spring and fall are beautiful seasons to take this drive, as the forest is bursting with color. You can also test your luck and pan for gold!

Stretch out, park the car, and go hiking, biking, or horseback riding. With plenty of trails, you’ll be able to explore this beautiful backcountry to your heart’s content. Experience nature by being in the thick of it, and have a fantastic time immersing yourself in nature, and forgetting all about Boise. Bring a picnic and make a day of it! There’s so much to do, you can easily spend every season doing something fun and different.

For a real retreat, go camping. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of variety. Boise National Forest has over 70 campgrounds, ranging from paved roads and modern amenities, to the grass roots of camping where the amenities are a little more rustic. Grab your camping gear and hit the trail. Sleep under the stars and wake up to nature’s welcoming call. You can rent a cabin instead, if a tent or trailer doesn’t sound like much fun. The point is there’s a whole forest in Boise’s backyard, full of adventure and excitement. Everything you could need for the perfect retreat.

Live the Retreat

You moved to Idaho (or want to) because you love the outdoors. You love the beautiful mountain and forest scenery, the majestic rivers carving their way through the earth in their journey to the ocean, and the kind of lifestyle that lets you get out there and experience it. The amazing thing about Idaho is that the outdoors are everywhere.

Even if you live in a city, there are outdoor activities just a short drive away. From the panhandle to Southeast Idaho, and everything in between, Idaho is full of nature and beauty. You want a retreat? You already have one, waiting right in your own backyard. You can keep the city, and still enjoy the retreats Idaho has to offer. Or, you can do more than just getting out of the city from time to time.

Retreat Real Estate

Escaping the city and playing isn’t enough. You don’t want to just take a retreat; you want to live it. With the wide variety of land, opportunity, and real estate in Idaho and around Boise, you can. Don’t settle for a weekend getaway, when you can live the getaway. You don’t have to give up the modern amenities just to live out in the mountains or countryside of Idaho.

Imagine waking up the morning, looking out the window, and instead of seeing buildings or other homes, you see a forest. The air is crisp and clean, the skies are blue, and you can watch the weather change all around you. In the spring, everything is green and blooming. The colors shift as autumn approaches, and the forest and landscape around you turns into a living painting. And you get that every day of every year, your own private retreat.

Sticking relatively close to Boise, you can check out Garden Valley. It’s a beautiful area, tucked in the mountains right next to the Boise National Forest. While it may be a bit over an hour away from Boise, it’s not too far away to be much of a hindrance. When you need, you can easily head into the city to stock up, catch the latest movie, or have a nice dinner. As far as real estate goes, it doesn’t get much better than living away from it all, surrounded by nature.

Garden Valley isn’t the only place, and neither is Boise the only city. You can look all over Idaho for fantastic retreats and real estate. On the eastern side of Idaho, you can look into Island Park. It’s a fun little town, close to West Yellowstone and Yellowstone National Park, and it’s surrounded by beauty and wildlife. You could almost say that living in Idaho is a retreat in itself, and you wouldn’t be far off. So take your pick. Live in the city and retreat to the great outdoors, or skip the retreat, and pick up some real estate that puts you in the outdoors. Either way, you’ll win because you live in Idaho.

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Listing information last updated on February 23rd, 2017 at 10:37am MST.