New to the Boise area and heard a lot about Idaho City so finally made it up there for the 4th of July weekend. What a great time!
We stopped first at a little roadside coffee place called Muley's. Great, friendly, service, and fantastic coffee. I can't remember the name of the creek that it is on but is right on the one parallel to Highway 21.
Then after a tip on where to fish (and catching fish) we headed up to Idaho City. Parade, fireworks, great food, pleasant atmosphere. I really can't explain how fun it was. Pie eating contest, hay bale throwing contest, music in the park. I highly recommend this to everyone.
Also be sure to go through the museum and visit the cemetery.
While the restaurant can be very busy at times, the waitresses are all very helpful and are time-efficient. But don't expect something along the lines of a fast food restaurant! All of the meals are home-cooked, and are of Trudy's own recipes. Beware though: the meal may look a little more than you can handle! So the price is worth every dish.
The walls are filled with antiques and old family pictures, as her family has been in the town since the 1800s, and it makes for a very great atmosphere. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who is planning to go to Idaho City, whether it's a family trip, or you're just driving up on your motorcycles for pie and coffee.
Trudy's also offers RV spaces and cabin rentals, so if you're looking for more than just a good meal, call for a cabin to stay in.
Favorite Dish: There are so many dishes to choose from that I love, but since Trudy's is famous for her pies, I'm going to have to say that her huckleberry cheesecake is my favorite. It's home-made with a recipe that cannot be shared. To me, every bite is to die for. But I suppose if cheesecake isn't your thing, then your best bet is to try one of Trudy's juice wildcat (bacon and cheese) burgers with home-made fries, or the barbecue ribs that are served every Wednesday with watermelon that Trudy chooses herself in the valley before bringing it back up to her restaurant and her grocery store, so the watermelon is always of the best taste.
This is a tiny little shop with knick knacky things for sale and espresso and lattes. The best part is that she is open on the weekend when everybody else is closed. She'll give you a weather report for higher up on the mountain so you'll know what to expect.
First thing to remember when partying in Idaho City is to get a room. Then park the car, leave the keys in the room and then stroll with the local townies between the bars. If there isn't live music, it is still OK to kick up your heals to the juke box.
Dress Code: Dress code in Idaho City? LOL Dress cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Luggage and bags:
Food, clothes, and sleeping bags - all pulled in on sleds.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: ski clothing/snow shoes or cross country skis
Miscellaneous: All water is melted snow. A filter is essential. Bring propane canisters for the lanterns and stove.
These yurts are built and maintained by Idaho Parks & Rec. Reservations need to be made months in advance. The website has everything you need to know, including a calendar of available dates.
Favorite thing: Idaho City is an old mining town which, with the exception of cars, looks pretty much like it did in the gold rush days. The original court house is still in use and it still has wooden sidewalks. The best part though are the backcountry yurts which are about an hour from town to the trailhead.