Post Tagged with: “Idaho”

Hell’s Canyon Scenic Byway, Idaho – Hwy 71

Hell’s Canyon Scenic Byway, Idaho – Hwy 71

  We got lost.  Driving from Oregon near the hamlet of Homestead on the Snake River, we crossed the state line into Idaho. A large sign announces the road (shown above) is owned by the Idaho Power Company.  We discovered this road (not numbered on Idaho maps, but it seems […]

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The Panhandler Restaurant & Bakery, Sandpoint, ID

The Panhandler Restaurant & Bakery, Sandpoint, ID

  I’ve raved about the Panhandler Restaurant & Bakery for years to anybody who travels to Idaho.  Normally, we’re on our motorcycles, heading south after overnighting in Cranbrook, B.C. so the stop is for early morning breakfast or a mid-day coffee and pie. On this stop, we lodged in Sandpoint […]

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Idaho, Part 3 – Lewiston’s Old Spiral Highway, 10 miles of motorcycle joy

Idaho, Part 3 – Lewiston’s Old Spiral Highway, 10 miles of motorcycle joy

Lewiston’s Old Spiral Highway starts as a scenic view pull out on Hwy 95.  The view is specatcular.  The Old Spiral Highway was built in 1917 and is a testament to engineering in its day.  Ten miles of twisting road, hairpin turns and switchbacks, the road surface is immaculately smooth […]

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Idaho – Part 1: Sandpoint, ID is named “Most Beautiful Small Town”

Idaho – Part 1:  Sandpoint, ID is named “Most Beautiful Small Town”

Named in 2011 by Rand McNally and USA Today as “Most Beautiful Small Town” Sandpoint is a a place we love to visit in Idaho’s Panhandle.  We stop there, usually for pie, at the Panhandler Restaurant and Bakery.  (But we’ve since discovered another Destination Diner.  Read on.) Built on the […]

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Panhandler Pies Restaurant and Bakery, Sandpoint, Idaho

“The U.S. Border Patrol warned us to expect a big, Canadian biker gang”, laughed the hostess as our group of BMW club riders crowded into the Panhandler on Canada’s Victoria Day weekend.  Saturday morning, and the compact, rustically decorated Panhandler was packed and bustling. We ‘discovered’ the Panhandler more than […]

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Jakers Bar and Grill, Idaho Falls, ID

A few years ago on a road trip to Great Falls, Montana, we’d heard stories about Jakers from locals. They told us that when actor Robert Redford was filming the movie “A River Runs Through It (1992)” in the wilds surrounding Great Falls, Redford had dined every day at Jakers. […]

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Payette River Scenic Byway, Idaho

Payette River Scenic Byway, Idaho

Do we ride this deliciously swervacious piece of snaky road or do we stop and gawk at the breathtaking mountain scenery? The answer, of course, is we do both. North of the picturesque tourist town of McCall, Idaho at the south end of beautiful Payette Lake, we find ourselves riding […]

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