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Alison Meyer Photography

Alison Meyer creates fine outdoor photographs of the Inland Northwest, with an emphasis on the uniquely lovely Palouse region of southeastern Washington and north central Idaho. Visit her website to see hundreds of pictures of Palouse farmland, forests, animals, lakes and rivers, flowers, and other outdoor subjects. Alison has also been a vendor at the Moscow Farmers Market for nearly 30 years and her website lists a number of regional shops that also sell her photography products.

High quality professional prints are available for purchase in many sizes ~ printed on paper, canvas, metal, stone, fabrics, and more. Books, calendars, note cards, post cards, and stationery too! Custom orders, gift services, and local delivery options at affordable prices make Alison Meyer photography a great choice for decorating your home or office, gift-giving, and artwork for public spaces.

Where and When
Website open 24 hours. Online purchasing, online ordering and in-store pickup or home delivery available.

Contact
Call 208.686.1936
AlisonMeyerPhotography.com
Find me on Facebook and Instagram

 

Appaloosa Museum

Located in the heart of the Palouse Country, home of the Appaloosa, we preserve, study & exhibit objects & information that illustrate the history of the breed. The Museum is designed to provide a self-guided exploration of exhibits that include a theater; a hands-on activity center; a library and archive featuring books, magazines, and videos. Exhibits themes range from the early evidence of spotted horses in art and literature, to the relationship between the Appaloosa and the Nez Perce, to the highlights of the modern Appaloosa Horse Club.

The Appaloosa Museum welcomes school groups, home-schoolers, and youth groups such as 4H and scouts. Our standard program lasts around one hour and includes a short lecture followed by an exploration of the museum in small groups where students answer questions that help them delve into the history, present and future of the Appaloosa.

Where and When
2720 W Pullman Rd, Moscow, ID 83843
Monday-Friday, 9am-2pm, Saturday 11am-3pm

Contact
Call (208) 882-5578
Email museum@appaloosa.com
www.appaloosamuseum.com/
Find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

Bald Mountain Ski Area

Bald Mountain Ski Area is located in the Clearwater Mountains along the Gold Rush Historic Byway, just outside of Pierce, ID in North Central Idaho. Operated by the The Clearwater Ski Club, a volunteer driven not-for-profit, Bald Mountain offers your whole family affordable, winter fun.

Since establishment in 1959, this authentic ski hill remains true to the roots of skiing. With a Rope Tow and T-Bar, Bald Mountain Ski Area offers terrain for every level of skier and snowboarder.

Where & when
2358 Bald Mountain Road, Pierce, ID 83546
During winter we are open December 26 – January 2; then Weekends & Holiday through 2nd Saturday in March.

Contact
Call 208.464.2311
Email skibaldmtn@gmail.com
skibaldmountain.com
Find us on Facebook & Instagram

BlackBird Owner Karen Rohn Reveals Ruralite Coyote Story

Local artist Karen Rohn, who owns BlackBird at the Depot in Potlatch, Idaho, was interviewed by the Partnership for Economic Prosperity as part of its Latah 411 podcast. Watch this interview, and learn about the “Ruralite” coyote image, Karen’s art, and more. BlackBird at the Depot is a shop in Potlatch, Idaho that specializes in locally made products and vintage finds and is curated by Karen Rohn. Visit BlackBird to buy a gift or find that just right item to add to your collection, Karen is constantly changing it up, bringing in new ideas, so visit often!

Blue Mountain Artisans Guild

BMAG Art Center is a 501(c)3 non profit artisans guild. We accept any and all fine art from beginner to pro. Our shows are two months long and we have six shows per year. We feature an adult and a junior artist in each show. We charge no commission on art sold. Our artisans range from paintings, photography, and pottery, to wood and metal art. Everyone is welcome.

We offer curbside pickup, and are operating COVID-safely.

Where and When
745 Main St., Pomeroy, WA 99347
Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 2 pm (Covid hours – usually open until 5 pm)

Contact
Call (509) 843-1350
Email pomeroybmag.weebly.com
Find us on Facebook.

Bluebird Forest Garden

Garden produce, seeds, dried herbs and mushrooms, nursery plants, all available for curbside pickup, delivery, or at the Orofino Farmer’s market. Custom, solid wood wedding rings, made without glues or finishes. Wilderness hiking and wildcrafting adventures—find mushrooms, berries and wild greens while learning about the local ecology.

Online purchasing, curbside pickup and home delivery available.

Where & When
Orofino, ID 83544
By appointment

Contact
Call 208.476.9217
Email bluebirdforestgarden@gmail.com
bluebirdforestgarden.org
Find them on Facebook

Budding Rose Art Gallery & Clayworks

The Budding Rose Art Gallery and Clayworks is a non-profit gallery for kids. It opened in 1999 as an America’s Promise Discovery Project. The first show happened the 1st weekend in June, 1999, during an annual celebration in Rosalia with 178 multi-media art pieces displayed. To date, 20 years later, more than 4,000 youth-created artworks have been displayed and every student who submits their artwork for display also gets to sign their name on the gallery’s old wooden floor.

Where & when
510 South Whitman, Rosalia, WA 99170

Open by appointment and during following events:
Rosalia Annual Yard Sale — 1st Saturday in May, 10am-4pm
Rosalia Annual Battle Days featuring Student Art Show — 1st Saturday in June, 10am-4pm
Rosalia Annual Quilt Show — last Saturday in July, 10am-3pm
Rosalia Annual Halloween Festival — last Saturday in October, 3pm to evening before nighttime illuminated kids parade
Rosalia Lions Free Photos with Santa and Mrs Santa — 1st Saturday in December, 10am-1pm

Contact
Call (509) 523-4200
Email jcnebel2@aol.com

 

Clearwater Cabin

Our private little cabin is right on the Clearwater River with great views in all directions. You can just relax on the patio or spend time fishing and enjoying the property. It is great for couples who want to get away, solo adventures, families with kids and perfect for short or long term fishing trips. From mid-August to February the steelhead fishing in the Clearwater River is excellent with world-class fly fishing for steelhead right out the door.

Where and When
About 10 minutes from Juliaetta, ID on the Clearwater River near the Arrow Rim junction close to the intersection of Highway 12 and Highway 3. Open year-round.

Contact
Book at Airbnb or VRBO 

 

Coeur d’Alene Casino, Hotel, Spa, Gift Shop & Cultural Tours

At Coeur d’Alene Casino, you’ll experience the very best of traditional tribal hospitality and surround yourself with tribal culture, too. Book a cultural tour to learn the traditions of the native people of the rolling hills of northern Idaho. Experiences include bicycling along the path of an ancient trail or learning a traditional artisan craft like Plateau basketry. The gift shop features Native American jewelry, and all around the resort there is native artwork on display, with notable works by Coeur d’Alene artist Leanne Campbell, as well as Navajo artist Jeremy Salazar and Colville artist Smoker Marchand. One of the resort’s lobby areas features a public room with traditional Coeur d’Alene regalia and basketry, with a short film about the history of the tribe. Cultural dinners include traditional food, storytelling, dancing and drums.

The resort offers over 300 rooms and suites, a full service spa, and a scenic setting that beckons you to explore. Golf, take a boat cruise on the lake, hike, bike, and adventure!

Where and When
37914 S Nukwalqw St., Worley, ID 83876
Open every day from 7AM–3AM

Contact
Call 800.523.2464
cdacasino.com
Find us on Facebook and Instagram

Colfax Arts Council Paints the Town

Through an ambitious volunteer-led project, the Colfax Arts Council is giving the eastern Washington town of Colfax a public-art makeover. At a community celebration on October 3, 2019, the town toasted four new public murals and an outdoor installation along the Concrete River featuring fish colorfully painted by school children and community residents.

Debby Stinson, the president of the Colfax Arts Council, described the project’s vision as public art that could attract visitors and also make the community feel good. “When you’re revitalizing a town and want people to know about it, if you create a wonderful backdrop for photos to be shared on social media the town gets more notice,” she said.

Established regional artists designed the murals with plenty of input from city officials, building owners and other stakeholders. The murals are on four downtown buildings:

  • Spokane artistMelissa Cole painted a landscape of native flowers and bees with recycled glass mosaic elements on the Dusty Attic building.
  • Pullman artistCori Dantini added whimsical wheat stalks, flowers and wildlife to the Bully For You building.
  • Colfax painter and art teacher Henry Stinson painted  a pair of American Gothic-style robots with a pitchfork on the side of Fonk’s Coffee House.
  • Spokane artist Yelena Yunin’s design features koi fish and lily pads at the Colfax City Pool facility.

The 3,744 hand-painted fish soon to be installed on the fence along the river have been painted by an untold number of established, aspiring, and occasional artists in school and at community fish-painting parties. When the installation is completed in the summer of 2020, Colfax (pop. 2,860) will realize Debby Stinson’s vision of having “more art than people.”

The project was so successful and brought together so much of the community that the Colfax Arts Council, which raised $32,000 and spearheaded this year’s effort, plans to apply for more grants to continue the projects next year.

 

Congrats Clearwater Canyon Cellars on Wine Award!

Clearwater Canyon Cellars in Lewiston, Idaho, is earning regional recognition for its wines. Its 2018 Phinny Hill Vineyard Carménère from Washington won the award for best red wine at the 2020 Cascadia International Wine Competition. The winery was also recognized as Wine Press Northwest’s 2020 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year. Karl and Coco Umiker in Lewiston, Idaho, worked with Phinny Hill Vineyard in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills to produce the 2018 Carménère, which came very close to taking the best-of-show honors, as well.

Congratulations!

Elk River Backcountry Byway

This is a low-key, off-the-beaten path adventure, stretching 57 miles along back roads replete with forests, wildlife and access to backcountry adventure.

The byway connects Orofino to Boville via Elk River. It’s mostly gravel from Elk River to Orofino. From Orofino: Wells Bench road from Idaho 7, cross the North Fork of the Clearwater at Dent Bridge, then to Elk River where it joins Idaho 8 to Bovill.

Allow two hours for this drive, which is maintained year round, but isn’t recommended for a winter drive! Be sure to stop in Elk River for a burger, cold drink or huckleberry ice cream cone. Take advantage of plentiful camping, boating and fishing in season. During the winter, take advantage of trails for snowmobiling and skiing along the route.

Choose your campsite in the forest lands along the byway are open to unimproved camping. Remember to “Pack it in, Pack it out.”

See our video!

Gold Rush Historic Byway

Immerse yourself in scenery, history and wildlife on this 43-mile route from Greer to Weippe and Pierce. This is a wonderful detour from U.S. Highway 12’s Northwest Passage Scenic Byway.

From the junction with U.S. 12, cross the Clearwater River at Greer and follow Idaho 11 up a steep grade to Weippe and Pierce. Take in panoramic views of the Clearwater Valley along the way.

Allow 2 1/2 hours or more for stops at scenic turnouts and visits to local businesses and historical sites in Pierce (where Idaho’s gold was first discovered) and Weippe, where native camus roots, prized food for Native Americans, still flower in the spring. 

Camping, fishing, riding and hiking are on tap in summer. During winter, ski and snowmobile on 350 miles of groomed and open trails. The byway can be icy during the winter months.

See our video!

Grazing Hills Alpaca Ranch

Grazing Hills Alpacas is a family owned and operated Ranch in Viola, Idaho, that began the alpaca adventure in 1993.

The DeWinkles are now the 3rd generation to own the Ranch and over the past few years have expanded into sheep, llamas, a few milk goats, six daughters’ 4H projects of pigs and cows, as well as chickens and ducks. They specialize in breeding and raising alpacas, and love to help mentor others as they start their own alpaca herd.

Just 15 minutes north of Moscow, Grazing Hills Alpacas sit up on top of the rolling hills of the Palouse on over 30 acres. It’s a family-friendly experience and a wonderful introduction into farm life, with a little bit of everything!

The Ranch also offers a cozy B&B stay in the barn. You can book the B&B through http://www.airbnb.com/h/grazinghillsranch or by visiting their Ranch website. Their online store offers a variety of our yarn, clothing, and other assorted alpaca goods. Have your orders shipped to you, pick up at the ranch, or home delivery available.

Where and When
1042 Four Mile Rd, Viola, ID 83872
Farm tours are just $5 per adult, children are free. Field trips and other groups are also welcome to book a tour. Open by appointment only—you can visit the website or Facebook page to book a tour

Contact
Call 208.882.8307
Email grazinghillsalpacas@yahoo.com
grazinghillsranch.com
Find them on Facebook and Instagram

 

Harvest Moon Restaurant

The historic Harvest Moon has been a small-town friendly dining establishment for over 50 years, serving great scratch made food to the surrounding farming & agricultural communities and people passing through.Built in 1905 and 1928, the building itself has a colorful past, housing a beauty and barber shop, pool hall, saloon, grocer, ice cream confectionary parlor, an early pharmacy, and a livery stable in the back. The first beloved town Doctor Clanton and his wife lived in the apartment upstairs.

We hear that everything served is big and delicious.  Monster burger, giant stacks of pancakes and pizzas as big as tire!

Where and When
20 South First Street, Rockford, WA 99030
8 am-9 pm Monday-Saturday
8 am-8 pm Sundays

Contact
(509) 291-4313
harvestmoonsaloon.com

 

Hunga Dunga Brewing Company

Craft beers made with local ingredients and a lot of dedication to a high standard of quality and delicious flavors. A taproom in Moscow featuring live music, a selection of house-brewed beer and local wine. Get your beer to-go in cans or growlers! Hunga Dunga also features a family-friendly event space for your gathering and a new outdoor seating area.

Where and When
333 Jackson St., Moscow, ID 83843
Tuesday-Thursday 4pm – 9pm, Friday – Satuday 4pm – 10pm
Closed Sunday and Monday.

Contact
Call 208.596.4855
Email hungadungabrews@gmail.com
hungadungaonline.square.site/
Find them on Facebook and Instagram

Idaho Author’s WWII Historical Book Available on Audiobook

Traveling over the holidays? Here’s some entertaining and thought-provoking listening.

E.M. (Lizzie) Sloan’s captivating historical nonfiction book, When Songbirds Returned to Paris (Fawkes Press 2016), is now available as an audiobook on most audio platforms. This riveting WWII story is revealed as a conversation between Lizzie and Cecily Lefort, her relative and Special Operation Executives secret agent in France. The innovative exchange revives the life of a spy in animated narration by three professional actors: Kelly Quinnett, Gabi Plumm, and David Harlan.

Listen to a sneak preview of When Songbirds Returned to Paris

Follow E.M. Sloan on Facebook.

Idaho Memories Gift & Souvenir Shop

Idaho Gift & Souvenir Shop is an Idaho themed shop that carries unique gifts and souvenirs that represent our great State of Idaho. Located in Newberry Square Mall in beautiful downtown Lewiston, you will find the largest selection of huckleberry items found in the area. Most huckleberry items are made from hand picked berries in the Sawtooth Mountains of Southern Idaho. We carry potato food products and souvenirs. Idaho books. Gemstones, jewelry, rocks & minerals. Apparel, Socks and Hats. Kids toys, games and puzzles & LazyOne pajama wear. Local photography, greeting cards, stickers and magnets. Idaho roasted coffee, chocolates, and candy. Mountain Madness Soap Co. Dry soup mixes made from lentils, peas and garbanzo beans grown on the Palouse area of Idaho. Dip, bread and cookie mixes. And don’t forget Bigfoot and all his goodies!

Where & When
800 Main Street, Suite #5, Lewiston, ID 83501
Tuesday – Saturday, 10-6

Curbside pickup available. Online ordering coming soon.

Contact
(509) 336-4839
idahomemoriesgift.com
Find us on Facebook

 

Intrigue

Intrigue is a Moscow, Idaho, boutique offering gift items for men and women, including clothing, handbags, and jewelry. They have a wide variety of novelty items, including the largest variety of greeting cards on the Palouse, and feature the work of local artists.

Intrigue offers curbside pickup and home delivery. If you see something you like on Instagram or Facebook, give them a call set up pickup or delivery.

Where & When
220 West 3rd, Moscow, ID 83843
Tuesday – Friday from 11-5
Saturday from 10 – 5

Contact
Call 208.596.8533
Email intrigue.moscow@gmail.com
intriguemoscow.com
Find them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art – Washington State University

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU increases arts access for the Inland Northwest region, inviting visitors to experience the vitality of art in six galleries exhibiting preeminent artists from around the globe. Visitors can find the museum on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium on the WSU Pullman campus. Visit the Museum website for a schedule of free exhibitions and events.

Where & When
1535 NE Wilson Road, Pullman, WA 99164-7301 – on Terrell Mall, across from Martin Stadium
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. -4 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday

Contact
509.335.6282
debby_stinson@wsu.edu
museum.wsu.edu
Find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube

 

Lake Coeur d’Alene Scenic Byway

Lake Coeur d’Alene Scenic Byway traverses an area where the lakes, mountains, and beautiful summer weather have made it one of the most famous summer playgrounds and resort destinations in the Pacific Northwest. It’s also home to a variety of wildlife, including moose, deer, elk, bear and several bird species.

The byway begins at the junction of Interstate 90 and Idaho 97 and follows Idaho 97 south and east along Lake Coeur d’Alene to Idaho 3. Take your time to explore along this two-lane, paved winding road.

Great for year-round visits, even in December and January when the eagles congregate between Wolf Lodge Bay and Beauty Bay. Wildlife is diverse throughout the year, and Lake Coeur d’Alene is home to the largest population of nesting osprey in the Western states. Summer attractions include camping, boating, water sports, cycling, bird watching, and fishing. During the fall you can enjoy the leaves changing colors along the lake.

Allow 1 1/2 hours for this 36-mile drive. You’ll want more time to explore the outdoors and a mid-way stop at the town of Harrison for huckleberry ice cream and a dose of Idaho history. Take a break and stretch your legs on the Mineral Ridge Trail, which offers panoramic views of the lake, as well as several learning stations describing the area’s botany and animal life.

At Idaho 3, the byway meets up with the White Pine Scenic Byway.

See our video!

 

Libey Gallery in The Center at Colfax Library

Libey Gallery features local artists and photographers showing and selling their works. Adjacent to the Colfax Library, two large gallery rooms with custom lighting and sound provide a pleasing atmosphere for showcasing local talent. Libey Gallery also plays host to community events like December’s Festival of Trees and provides rental options for private functions.

Located at the second stoplight in Colfax, don’t miss the Libey Gallery – and while you are visiting, stroll around the adjacent Colfax Library to see the many historic exhibits and art pieces on display there!

Call 509-397-4366 to arrange purchase over the phone. We offer curbside pickup. Check our website for online performances.

Where & when
110 S. Main Street Colfax, WA 99111
Monday-Wednesday 10am-8pm
Thursday-Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday-Sunday 1-5pm
Closed holidays

During COVID restricted hours, call 509-397-4366.

Contact
Call (509) 397-4366
Email kirkpatr@colfax.com
whitco.lib.wa.us

Little Green Guesthouse

This little guesthouse is a welcome, cozy, and clean respite for travelers passing through Moscow. It is private (you get your own cottage) and walking distance to downtown and to the University of Idaho. The Palouse bike pathways are nearby, as well. There is one queen bedroom and one roll-out couch, a kitchen and bathroom all in one small house. Check out the pictures at littlegreenguesthouse.com or on Airbnb.

You can book directly or save $10 and look for us under Moscow Hotels and B n B’s at the Airbnb site. We are a member of the Moscow and the Pullman Chambers of Commerce.

Know that we have been trained by Airbnb on special cleaning procedures and we are dedicated to keeping our customers safe. You will not have to share space with anyone else and transactions will be done online. Easy.

Where & When
1020 S. Adams Street
Moscow, ID 83843

Contact
(208) 921-0841
littlegreenguesthouse.com
Find us on Facebook

Monarch Motel

Welcome to a world of comfy beds, fresh colors, and modern mid-century style at The Monarch. The classic and cool vibe of the original roadside inn has been honored, but with some major updates. Crisp details, tasteful accents, and amazing artwork…it’s a place authentic to Moscow, a bit elevated. They hope you’ll enjoy this newly renovated, locally owned boutique motel in the heart of downtown Moscow. You’ll be steps away from the best restaurants, bars, galleries and shops in town, and the University of Idaho campus is an easy walk from your door.

Where and When
120 E 6th St., Moscow, ID 83843
Lobby Hours: 7am- 10pm 7 days a week

Contact
Call (208) 882-2581
Email n.woodland@gmail.com
moscowmonarch.com/
Find us on Facebook

Northwest Passage Scenic Byway

Follow 202 miles of the Lewis and Clark and Nez Perce National Historic Trails through the ancestral homeland of the Nez Perce people on this National Scenic Byway and All American Road—and Northern Rockies Top 10 Scenic Drive (see www.drivethetop10.com).

The drive takes travelers from Lewiston, Idaho, to Lolo Pass on U.S. Highway 12. At Kooskia the byway splits with one segment heading south on Idaho Highway 13 toward the Camas Prairie and the town of Grangeville. The other segment of this national treasure continues east on US 12 following the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River, and the Lochsa Wild and Scenic River, through a magnificent wilderness to the Lolo Pass Visitor Center where Idaho and Montana meet.

Allow four hours for this drive, but make sure to add time to take in the heritage sites, wildlife viewing, and river recreation along the way.

See the video!

www.nwpassagescenicbyway.org

One World Cafe

Locally owned coffee shop featuring fair trade, organic coffee roasted in Troy, Idaho, locally made artisan pastries, Kombucha, draft beer, wine, in-house sandwiches, and more. Live events including music, readings and dance many nights a week. Rotating artwork throughout both levels. Free wifi and meeting room that can be reserved for up to two hours at no cost.

Where & when
533 S Main St Moscow, ID 83843
Open 7 days a week, 6:30 am -9:00 pm

Contact
Call 208.883.3537
Email owcmoscow@gmail.com
owc-moscow.com
Find us on Facebook & Instagram

Online Art Show at the Libey Gallery

While Libey Gallery in The Center at Colfax Library remains closed due to Coronavirus, the library has posted its first online art show. The show can be viewed on YouTube or click the small red You Tube button at the top of the Library’s website.

While this first show features a sampling of artwork and photography by various artists, future segments will showcase artists talking about their work, their influences, style and more. Artists showing in the gallery include Gabriella Ball, Vicki Broeckel, Dan Codd, Ken Carper, Bob Krikac, Sharon Lindsey, Tom Mohr, Marla Robbins, Russ Robbins, Nancy Rothwell, and Carrie Vielle.

Reopening of Whitman County Library and The Center are pending Safe Start guidelines from the Washington Governor’s Office. In the meantime, visit www.whitco.lib.wa.us or contact the Colfax Branch of Whitman County Library at 509-397-4366 for information and services.

Palouse Scenic Byway

Ramble all day on this 208-mile scenic drive that criss-crosses southeastern Washington. Of all byways in the Two Degrees NW region, this is the longest because its network of roads cross each other.

Rolling hills abundant with wheat, pea, lentil, mustard seed and canola crops paint this land in shifting colors each season (early to mid summer is best for bright yellows and deep greens). The Palouse’s hilly farmlands (drive backroads linking Rosalia, Oaksdale, Palouse, Colfax or Tekoa) and channeled scablands (east on 26) were all carved some 13,000 years ago when Lake Missoula glaciers dissolved into floods raging up to 20 miles wide and 600 feet deep! Whitman county activists won Washington scenic byway designation for these roads following Indian and wagon trails in 2003 and now aim for federal status.

Watch our video!

See map, and more information at www.palousescenicbyway.com

Picnic Sundays at Lindsay Creek Vineyards

Join the friendly folks at Lindsay Creek Vineyards on Sundays throughout the summer, 1-5 p.m. for PICNIC SUNDAYS!
The kitchen is closed on Sundays, so bring in your own snacks and picnic baskets and enjoy the outdoor patio and lawn area with friends and family. Buy a beverage or bottle of wine here—outside and bottle sales only. All alcohol on the premises must be purchased onsite.
**The Summer Concert Series will go on as planned.
Check the Facebook event page for more details.

Pie Safe Bakery & Kitchen

Located in the historic downtown Ford building, Pie Safe Bakery & Kitchen has made Deary a frequent destination for the region’s residents. Offering delicious baked goods, from pastries to wood fired pizza, as well as custard style ice cream made in small batches means there is something for every craving.

Special weekend, multiple-course dinners happen on Fridays and Saturdays. Check out past menus on their website. Espresso and cold brew coffee is roasted locally, and their organic looseleaf and bottled teas are blended by Brush Creek Farms.

With Brush Creek Creamery in the same building, it’s convenient to pick up some gourmet cheese made on the premises while you are there. If that isn’t enough to get you in your car immediately, their shop is full of locally made quilts, hand crafts, jams, jellies, baking mixes, farm and garden produce, eggs and more. Weaving, spinning and craft demonstrations are offered on Friday and Saturdays in their craft building next door, Heritage Handcrafts.

Order your meal online for in-store or curbside pickup.

Where & When
307 Main Street, Deary, ID 83823
M – F: 7am – 5pm
Saturday: 7am – 6pm

Contact
piesafebakery.com
Find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Port of Columbia

portofcolumbia.org

The Port of Columbia serves as the lead Economic Development agency for Columbia County, and uses infrastructure development, real estate management, transportation, small business assistance, and community outreach to help create thriving communities in Columbia County.

Potlatch Historical Society

The Potlatch Historical Society keeps a self-guided museum in the basement of Potlatch City Hall and contributes to the exhibits within the WI&M Depot. The archives are located on the second floor of the Depot by appointment only. They have an ever growing collection of Potlatch Idaho and North Latah County related subjects and share these on social media.

Where & When
Open by appointment only.
185 Sixth Street Suite 209, Potlatch, ID 83855

Contact
Call (509) 595-7684
potlatchidaho@gmail.com
Find us on Facebook and learn more about Potlatch on our community history page, complete with oral histories, digital projects, and more ways to explore the history of our company town.

Register by Aug. 7 for Writers in Residences, a pen pal writing project

Are you looking for a creative outlet to connect and get outside your isolated space? Idaho Writer in Residence Malia Collins and the Idaho Commission on the Arts invite you to be part of a non-virtual (written from the safety of your favorite chair) writing event designed to build community, encourage creativity, provide diversion and, potentially, to relieve some of the emotional weight we are experiencing during this time!

Join Writers in Residences, a pen pal writing project

Register by Friday, August 7 

Sign up by answering a few simple questions at the link below.

https://arts.idaho.gov/writers-in-residences/

After you register, check your mail for the name and address of another Idaho writer as well as your first writing prompt from Malia Collins. Exchange writing with your new pen pal – via the method of communication you and your pal agree on. The initial prompt will be followed by three others, which will arrive via USPS approximately every two weeks.

No writing experience is necessary; prompts will be appropriate for all ages, and all levels of experience. There is no cost to participate, however, you are responsible for outgoing postage.

Want more info? jocelyn.robertson@arts.idaho.gov

 

Return to Riverside Music Festival

From the 1930’s to the late 60’s Riverside was the place to see and be seen. George Jones, Johnny Cash, Hank Thompson, Faron Young, Jimmy Dickens, Tex Ritter, Hank Snow, Jim Reeves and so many more performed on stage. Part bar, part dance hall, it also hosted roller skating, car racing, rodeos & Native American gatherings. This and more were a part of what made Riverside a special place. Stories are still told of those days. When the building was burned in the early 70’s, it was the sad end to an era.

In 2016 a small group of people decided it was time to bring the magic of Riverside back. Using a forgotten park in the town of Potlatch, Idaho, the first Return to Riverside Music Festival was held. Four amazing bands, several food vendors, ice cold beer and historic displays were all set in place. 500 people carted in blankets and lawn chairs, children ran among the tall pines, friends shared a meal, neighbors raised beverages in toasts. The day was a hit. An annual event was born.

When & Where
Held the last Saturday of August, Return to Riverside Music Festival keeps growing in size, attracting bigger crowds and reeling in talented acts.
Canceled for 2020 because of COVID, but you can support us by stopping in at BlackBird at the Depot and buying a t-shirt!
760 Ponderosa Drive, Potlatch, ID 83855
Contact
(509) 595-7684
returntoriverside.org
Find us on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Rivaura Winery

Winery, tasting room and 26-acre estate vineyard spanning both sides of the beautiful Clearwater River. This family-run operation offers a welcoming atmosphere, stunning views, fantastic wines and other beverages, food, and events like “Rosé and Yoga.” Online purchasing and ordering for in-store pickup and curbside pickup.

Where & When
Wed/Thurs 2pm-8pm
Fri/Sat 12pm-9pm
Sun 12pm-6pm
21622 Rivaura Lane, Juliaetta, ID 83535
Contact
(208) 791-8993
rivaura.com
Find us on Facebook and Instagram.

 

SBDC Offers Workshops for Idaho Small Business Owners

The North Central Idaho SBDC is part of a nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers providing no-cost consulting to improve the success of small businesses. One way to get started: a slate of low-cost workshops covering topics ranging from business set-up to bookkeeping to marketing and social media. Download the Spring/Summer 2020 schedule or view it online.

Where & when
Various dates, January through May 2020
406 Main St, Lewiston, ID 83501

Contact

lcsc.edu/sbdc

Simply Wilder Soap

Simply Wilder Soap is located in downtown Harrison, Idaho, in a little shop where we make and sell hand made artisan soaps and bath products. We make a wide variety of soaps, including soaps made with pure essential oils and organic plant based oils, men’s soaps, and customer favorite Huckleberry soap made with Idaho huckleberries and local goat milk. Besides soap and bath products, we feature local hand made pottery, local hand made gifts and local honey.

Where & When
200 S Coeur d’ Alene Avenue Harrison, ID
Friday – Sunday 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.
We also open by appointment other days of the week. Just call or message to set up a time
Contact
Website coming soon. Want us to ship to you? Email or message us on Facebook or Instagram and we’ll send your soaps!
Call (208) 651-0796
simplywildersoap@outlook.com
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St. Joe River Scenic Byway

St. Joe River Scenic Byway follows the course of the beautiful St. Joe River, the world’s highest navigable river. Enjoy picturesque mountain landscapes and watch for bald eagles and osprey overhead, and deer, moose, elk and bear along the river’s edge.

The byway follows 47 miles of paved Forest Highway 50 from its junction with Idaho 3 in St. Maries to Avery. Between May and November (depending on snow) the byway extends another 42 miles of gravel road to the Idaho-Montana border. East along the St. Joe River, watch for bald eagles and osprey. At first deep and still, at St. Joe City, the river becomes shallower with more rapids. You’ll see (lr catch) Dolly Vardins, rainbow, cutthroat and other species of trout.

Allow 2 1/2 to 3 hours, one way, for this drive along a two-lane road with numerous pullouts and points of interest. Full services available in St. Maries and Avery; partial services in Calder. Enjoy the many recreation opportunities along the St. Joe Wild and Scenic River and in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest.

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Steptoe Battlefield State Park Heritage Site

This four-acre day-use park commemorates a battle between U.S. Army forces led by Colonel Edward Steptoe and several Native American tribes from eastern Washington that occurred in 1858.

The battle was considered a significant victory for the eastern Washington tribes. Later that summer, however, Colonel George Wright returned to the area with nearly 700 heavily-armed soldiers and defeated the tribes, effectively ending their resistance in that region of the territory.

Where & When

Summer 6:30 a.m. – dusk
Winter 8 a.m. – dusk

S. Summit Loop, Rosalia, WA 99170

Contact

(509) 337-6457

parks.state.wa.us/591/Steptoe-Battlefield/

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Stories from the Stoop – A Socially Distanced Evening at the McConnell Mansion

7-8:30 p.m. Weds. July 22. Join us on the front lawn of the historic McConnell Mansion (110 S. Adams St, Moscow) for tales of local history and creative fiction by authors, artists and storytellers in the Palouse. Bring your own blankets and chairs. Masks required for all attendees, as well as 6-foot distancing between parties.

The program will be recorded and shared on the Latah County Historical Society website.

https://www.latahcountyhistoricalsociety.org/events

 

Support St. Gertrude’s Creates

The Sisters of St. Gertrude’s are turning COVID-19 lemons into creative lemonade through their new St. Gertrude’s Creates Kickstarter campaign.
In normal times, the Monastery of St. Gertrude welcomes people for retreats, services, concerts, lectures, museum and Inn visits, and walks up their beautiful forested hill. The COVID-19 pandemic has put a stop to this, so the sisters are planning other ways to share their hospitality through creative expression.
Support their Kickstarter campaign to help them fill the Monastery’s income gap and the sisters will share a poem, a song, an artwork or crafted creation, an art class, and even a future visit to our monastery home.

The Blue Lantern Coffee House

Located in the heart of beautiful downtown Lewiston, in a historic bank building built in 1905, The Blue Lantern Coffee House is a local coffee house serving coffee, tea, and smoothies. They also serve in-house baked goods, quiche, scones, sandwich, salads and seasonal soups from organic, local and all-natural ingredients. Also serving a variety of local wines and craft beer.

Open seven days a week! They support local by carrying high-quality products grown and produced by local farmers, makers and artisans in our retail space. Don’t miss out on the local artist art openings and have a rotating art exhibit on our walls. All events posted on the Facebook page. Online purchasing and curbside pickup available.

Where and When
326 Main Street, Lewiston, ID 83501
Open Monday thru Friday 7am – 9pm
Saturday & Sunday 8am – 6pm
Contact
Call (208) 596-5446
Email dawnabbott@gmail.com
thebluelanterncoffeehouse.square.site/
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The Sisters of St. Gertrude’s Open Their Home and Hearts to Locals and Travelers

The Benedictine sisters who settled near Cottonwood, Idaho, to establish the Monastery of St. Gertrude may not have imagined that, 110 years in the future, the Monastery would become a center of hospitality, art and culture for the region. Today’s sisters run a bed and breakfast, organize art workshops, make crafts for the gift shop, and operate a museum. And that’s just the beginning.

Something the pioneer sisters who settled here would have predicted is how inextricably tied to the land the Monastery community would be. That’s the way they built it from the beginning. Stories handed down depict a “do whatcha gotta do” attitude with sisters afoot in the forest looking for the cows, pinning up their habits to bring in the hay, and tending the orchard and gardens that sustained them. The Monastery was built in 1920 of blue porphyry stone quarried from the hill behind it, an enduring testament to the community’s intimate relationship with the land.

The little piece of land that promised stability to a growing band of sisters has grown to 1,400 acres overlooking Camas Prairie and the Bitterroot Mountains. Like their predecessors, today’s sisters can be found routinely in the forest, gardens, and orchards. Sister Carol Anne Wassmuth, a master forest steward, oversees management of 1,000 acres of ponderosa pine, fir, and larch enrolled in Idaho’s Forest Stewardship Program, and leads local students in hands-on forest education days. Sisters Carlotta Maria Fontes and Placida Wemhoff organize work in the garden and orchard, a collaborative effort that produces fresh produce for the community and guests. And virtually always, a sister or retreatant is likely to be ambling through the open grounds and woods near the Monastery in peaceful contemplation or joyful fellowship, appreciating the abundant wildflowers and wild birds.

Guests are welcome to individual and group retreats at the solar-powered, geothermal heated and cooled Spirit Center, and to the Inn at St. Gertrude where guests enjoy Monastery-made jam, bread, and desserts. The sisters share their tranquil, harmonious community with the public through concerts in the Chapel (which is on the National Register of Historic Places), art and writing workshops, art exhibitions, the annual Raspberry Festival, and other events.

The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude — which focuses on the rich heritage of the Monastery, Camas Prairie, Snake River, Salmon River, and surrounding areas — is in the final stages of a comprehensive, five-year remodel, and a gift shop and bookstore stocks items crafted by the sisters.

The community also welcomes artists-in-residence, is building a new co-housing program that will welcome lay women to live side-by-side with the sisters, and is exploring a variety of other ways to enable people to live Benedictine spirituality in their daily lives.

The sisters have done all of this with the grace of the Benedictine commitment to communal life and a commitment to the three core values of Healing Hospitality, Grateful Simplicity, and Creative Peacemaking. Sounds like a breath of fresh air, doesn’t it?

To do their part to stem the spread of COVID-19, the sisters […]

The Yarn Underground

The Yarn Underground is the destination yarn store of the Palouse. Started in a downtown basement in 2010 and moved to current location a couple years later, The Yarn Underground consistently stands for great service and wonderful selections of wool, natural fibers, high quality tools, spinning wheels and more. Palouse Yarn Company is their very own house brand dyed by us, and you’ll find the widest selection available here!

Their mission is to keep the fiber community vibrant while supporting local and American companies. They’re here to bring you squishy yarn, irresistible fiber, affordable tools, and most importantly, good help! Stop by and meet the owner and dyer, Shelley — she is here just about all the time and it is her sole purpose to make The Yarn Underground the best yarn shop on the Palouse!

Where & When

COVID has changed the regular course of business. August 2020 hours are Tues/Weds/Fri 1pm-5; hoping to expand hours to include Saturdays again soon!

409 S Washington St, Moscow, ID 83843

Contact

(208) 882-7700

yarnunderground.com

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We offer online purchasing and phone orders—have your order shipped, pick up in store, or we’ll deliver to you curbside.

Third Street Gallery

The Third Street Gallery is a space for art in the heart of downtown Moscow. By featuring the work of established and emerging makers from the Palouse and the broader Inland Northwest, the Third Street Gallery celebrates the creative excellence of the region in a well-loved public space.

City of Moscow Arts Staff and members of the Moscow Arts Commission have worked together to create artistic direction for the Third Street Gallery since the gallery’s beginnings in 1998. The gallery features works in a wide range of media, subject matter, and content while presenting a curatorial vision open to all cultures and art forms.

The Third Street Gallery features artwork on the second and third floors inside Moscow City Hall. The building was designed by architect James Knox Taylor in 1911, and was formerly the Moscow Federal Building. Entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 as a Second Renaissance Revival brick building, the structure now houses City offices and meeting spaces such as the City Council Chambers. The Third Street Gallery is an essential part of this building, as it brings art into the center of civic life in the City of Moscow.

Where & when
206 East Third Street, Moscow, ID 83843
Monday – Friday at 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Contact
Call (208) 883-7036
ci.moscow.id.us/230/Third-Street-Gallery
Email mcherry@ci.moscow.id.us

Video Feature — BlackBird at the Depot with Karen Rohn

Artist Karen Rohn gives us a video tour of BlackBird at the Depot, in Potlatch, Idaho, where she showcases her own photography, art and poetic musings, and represents other local makers. Inside the historic WI&M Railway Depot, this gem of a shop shows off her love of vintage and funky finds and re-commerced clothing. A great place to shop for gifts, house goods and personal style items.

As a bonus, Karen takes us on a quick tour of the historic museum in the Depot, which offers a glimpse into Potlatch’s past as a company town, and shows us the great room, which is available for private events, music and parties.

Vine Wine Bar & Cellar

Vine is a wine bar and retail bottle shop in beautiful downtown Moscow. We offer wine by the glass as well as a carefully curated selection of wines by the bottle from all over the world. We also have specialty beer, cheese, and cider. We look forward to helping you choose a glass to enjoy in our relaxing bar or a bottle to take home! Curbside pickup available.

Where and When
Find us at 312 S Main St Moscow, ID 83843
Open Monday – Friday 12pm – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm
Hours are subject to change seasonally as well as in reaction to COVID-19.
Contact
Call (208) 882-6502
Email info@vinemoscow.com
www.vinemoscow.com
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White Pine Scenic Byway

From Cataldo Mission, Idaho’s oldest standing building, to the picturesque town of St. Maries and Potlatch, the 83 miles of the White Pine Scenic Byway passes lush forests, farm land, mountains, lakes and marshlands to the St. Maries and St. Joe rivers. The largest stand of white pine in the country lies along Idaho 6 in the St. Joe National Forest. And Potlatch was once site of the largest white pine lumber mill in the world.

Allow two hours for this 83 mile drive, plus time to wet a fishing line, take a hike, strap on cross-country skis, or explore the towns along the way. Begin at the junction of Interstate 90 and Idaho 3, south on Idaho 3 to Idaho 6, then southwest to U.S. 95 at Potlatch.

The White Pine Byway (Idaho 3) runs through the St. Joe National Forest and the entrance to the St. Joe Scenic Byway, intersecting with the Lake Coeur d’Alene Scenic Byway (Idaho 97). Then follows along the Coeur d’Alene River until it intersects with Interstate 90.

Full services in St. Maries.

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Whitman County Historical Society

Whitman County Historical Society (WCHS) offers historic tours, location rental and educational programs at four sites in the area. Co-located with Perkins House Museum, a Victorian home built by James and Jennie Perkins in 1886. WCHS purchased the home in 1973 for $13,900 and it has been fully and lovingly restored. Not just a museum, however, the house can be rented by the public for weddings and meetings! Travel the county and visit the other three sites managed by WCHS.

Where and When 
WCHS & Perkins House – 623 N Perkins Ave., Colfax, WA 99111
Pullman Depot – 330 N Grand Ave, Pullman, WA
Chatters Print Museum – 117 E Main, Palouse, WA
Holy Trinity Chapel – 105 E Alder, Palouse, WA.
See website for hours, which vary by location.

Contact
Call 509.553.9729
Email wchsdirector1@gmail.com
whitmancountyhistoricalsociety.org
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Wild at Art

Wild at Art is a contemporary, paint-your-own-pottery studio located in Moscow, Idaho. Whether you are painting pottery or canvas or glass, we offer a variety of media for you to express your creative side. The studio is open to the public on a drop-in basis during regular studio hours and is also available as a venue for your next personalized group event or private party by arrangement. They are always announcing new events and artistic activities, so be sure to like the Facebook and Instagram pages to stay in touch. If you are looking for a great way to spend time in Moscow, walk in, grab some paint, and explore the artist within!

Where & when
118 East 3rd Street, Moscow, ID 83843
Wednesday-Saturday 12:00-7:00 p.m.
Sunday 12-5 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday, closed
Contact
(208) 669-2425
gettingwilderatart@gmail.com
moscowwildatart.com
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Wing Over Farm

Wing Over Farm is a woman owned, 1 acre organic vegetable farm within Moscow city limits! The farm features an on site farm store where you can purchase seasonal produce, fruit, locally roasted coffee, duck and chicken eggs. Feel free to wander and see the farm when you go.

Where & When
911 North Mountain View Road, Moscow, ID 83843
The store is open April—November , dawn to dusk.

Online purchasing and online ordering for farm pickup available. Community supported agriculture (CSA) shares also available with weekly pick-ups in Moscow. Look for them at the Moscow Farmers Market, too!

Contact
Call 336.420.4079
wingoverfarmer@gmail.com
wingover.farm
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