There are many seasonal joys that come with the cooler weather of fall. Pulling out cozy sweaters and slipping on that crochet headband and having a spiced cider or pumpkin latte are only a sampling of the heartwarming signs of the season. And where better to enjoy this rich season than the outdoors of McCall, Idaho.
This mountain lake destination is especially popular for summer and winter sports enthusiasts. With three ski hills in the area and 5,330 acre Payette Lake, there is no shortage of outdoor activities. In January during the Winter Carnival, McCall is a hub of events and festivities, drawing thousands to this mountain town.
But when fall rolls around, and life starts to get back to the grind of a new school year and preparations for the upcoming ski season, McCall still has plenty to offer. Fishing, hunting, hiking, and mountain biking are a few of the outdoor sports to come enjoy.
To enjoy a short hike, explore the Josephine Trail, which is just under a mile and leads you to a scenic lake. The changing colors of the areas deciduous trees are reason enough to visit McCall this time of year. While you’re at it, bring along your fly rod. The mountain streams and 300 alpine lakes in the area provide both a challenge and a respite.
If you are in need of a leisurely retreat, this charming town is enjoyable all in itself. With several coffee shops around town, you won’t have trouble getting that pumpkin latte. Bring along a scarf so you can sip your warm beverage at a bistro table on the patio. Or you can take your drink to go and walk the shops of downtown McCall, or stroll along the shore of Payette Lake in downtown’s Legacy Park.
On a cooler fall day, a visit to a local hot springs might be in order. Visit Zim’s Hot Springs, located approximately 15 miles north in New Meadows. Their Olympic sized pool maintains a toasty 93 degrees, and will help you to leave all your troubles behind. You’ll be sure to sleep well after this soak.
But above all, make time to get away. Life is too short to live always in the fast lane. After all, your inbox will be there when you return.
Elizabeth Lawrence may have put it best, “Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”