Idaho History Ghost Tours and The Underground Hideaways of Historic Lewiston

Discover Historic Downtown Lewiston and explore areas that have not changed for 100 years on an Idaho History Ghost Tour! On the tour, you will explore beneath the sidewalks and in historical buildings where you walk among the ‘spirits’ that once called Lewiston, Idaho home.

Founded 156 years ago in the wake of the gold rush in 1861, the new Idaho Territory known as Lewiston quickly became a hub for rough-and-tumble men looking to strike it rich. As rumor has it, some still haven’t left!

 

Venture to the historical Lewis Clark Hotel and witness the haunting and chilling tale recounted of the once flourishing hotel, and experience the antique elevator system, so well used at one time that the foot prints, and as some claim — the spirit, of the operator still lives today.

A trip to Morgan’s Alley may leave you rightfully spooked, as it was home to a once lively saloon and gentlemen’s club, where upstairs the infamous “Lady in Blue” is known to still haunt its halls.

 

 

After touring the historic buildings, follow your guide down under the streets for more stories of a time gone by. Seattle
is not the only city with a famous underground — Lewiston too had its very own citizen-built city beneath the streets where speakeasies and gambling were commonplace. Listen closely and open your eyes, there may be some folks who haven’t yet left.

 

 

Whether you believe in ghosts, or witness a ghost on these tours, the guide, owner, and operator Garry Bush has and incredible talent for bringing the rich and colorful history of Lewiston to life.
Whether you are a history buff, paranormal enthusiast, or curious visitor, this tour is a must for all locals and visitors alike who have a curiosity for history and the occasional paranormal activity!

For more information, and to book your tour today, visit http://idahohistorytours.com/tag/ghost-tours

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Idaho History Tours & Brad Stinson

A Weekend Guide to The LC Valley

Need a getaway? Look no further than The Lewis Clark Valley!

Below you will find the best of The Valley from culinary and wine experiences to seeing Hells Canyon and its geological wonders and wildlife inhabitants!

Day #1: Taste the Lewis Clark Valley on a self guided or hosted wine tour!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lewis Clark Valley is home to the Northwest’s newest wine growing region, but it has a deep rooted history of wine growing dating back to before the prohibition. Priorto the prohibition, the wines produced in the Lewis Clark Valley were admired from around the world and compared to those from France and Italy. This comes as no surprise as The Lewis Clark Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) is already consistently producing top award winning wines regionally and nationally! For the best self-guided wine tour, check out an earlier blog post, “The Ultimate Wine Tour of The Lewis Clark Valley”
There are also hosted wine tasting tours through Twisted Vine Wine Tours

Day #2: Hop on a scenic jet boat tour of Hells Canyon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A jet boat tour of Hells Canyon, North Americas deepest river gorge, is something that absolutely cannot be missed when you visit the Lewis Clark Valley! (And YES — it IS deeper than The Grand Canyon!)

On this tour, you will have the opportunity to see wildlife up close! It is common to see Bald Eagles, Big Horned Sheep, Blue Herons, Deer and the very occasional Bear! In addition to the abundant wildlife that can be found on the river, the knowledgeable jet boat captains will illustrate the legends and history of the canyon and the people that once lived in it! Petroglyphs from some of the first people to live in the Canyon are also visible from the river! Be sure to book your tour through one of the areas outfitters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro Tip: Bring along a small cooler of your favorite alcoholic beverages! (Don’t forget that bottle of wine you purchased from your favorite local winery!) Remember to only bring cans or transfer your wine to a thermos like the ones you can purchase at Lindsay Creek Vineyards!

 

Top Restaurant Picks:

1. Jollymore’s: A Dining Experience

Jollymore’s food is simply incredible. Their lunch and dinner menus feature traditional American and classic French cuisines, complemented by their extensive wine list that including local wines! Ask your server about pairings they would suggest with your meal to get the full experience.

If you love brunch, listen up: Jollymore’s has the best Sunday brunch in town and it is no secret! Stop in from 9AM – 3PMfor the best breakfast and bottomless mimosas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Sauté on Sixth

Sauté on Sixth features their unique spin on American cuisine paired with local wines and spirits that will be sure to lighten your mood and be the perfect way to complement your day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discover the ultimate weekend getaway in the Lewis Clark Valley with family and friends making memories that will last a lifetime. What are you waiting for? Book your weekend getaway today! If you want additional information, view our online visitors guide or call us at 509-758-7489! 

Island Camping at Chief Timothy Park

Chief Timothy Park is named after a chief of the Native American Nez Perce Tribe that once settled on the island. The park is located on Lower Granite Lake on the Snake River and is made up of 282 acres.

Bridge leading to Chief Timothy Park Island

Visitors have access to well-kept grounds that include traditional camping sites RV sites, and small cabins. The island also hosts a boat launch, sandy swimming beach, and five docks for fishermen and boaters. Kayaking and windsurfing on the lake are popular activities for visitors and locals!

First-class riverside camp spots with picnic tables and fire pits are impossible to beat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy a short walk to the interpretive artwork landscape installation called ‘The Listening Circle’, created by the artist Maya Lin. The installation was created to reflect the people and environment of the Columbia River Basin. The artist wanted visitors to focus their attention on the breeze through the trees, the gentle sound of the water, and the muted browns, greens and yellows of the enduring landscape that surrounds them.

‘The Listening Circle’, by Maya Lin

Chief Timothy Park is also known as The Gateway to Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, where North Americas deepest river gorge is located. Hells Canyon National Recreation area is home to abundant wildlife around every corner, and hosts history dating back to pre-Nez Perce communities. Petroglyphs, prehistoric rock carvings, that were created by the early communities are still visible from the Snake River!

To truly experience Hells Canyon, North Americas deepest river gorge, consider booking a Hells Canyon Jet Boat Tour through one of the areas outfitters! On a Hells Canyon tour, you will be able to see the petroglyphs and geographic wonders such as the basalt columns.

Hells Canyon Jet Boat Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: petroglyphs / Right: Basalt Columns

Wildlife of the canyon is abundant — Bighorn Sheep, Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, and Bears are often seen coming down to the water.

From left to right: Blue Hereon — ‘Hells Canyon Pterodactyl’ / Big Horn Sheep / Black Bear cub

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information and to make a reservation at Chief Timothy park, visit http://parks.state.wa.us/704/Chief-Timothy-Park

To learn more about The Lewis Clark Valley and specific outfitter information, http://visitlcvalley.com/

Park Contact Information

Clarkston, WA 99403

(509) 758-9580

chief.timothy@clm-services.com

Picture Credit: Brad Stinson

The Ultimate Wine Tour of The Lewis-Clark Valley

 

Love wine? Us to.

Wino’s — this one is for you. Look no further for the perfect leisurely, self-guided wine tour of the Lewis Clark Valley’s award winning wineries!

Be sure to stock up on your favorites because when you fly out of the Lewiston Regional Airport with Alaska Airlines, your first case of wine flies free! (Cheers to that!)

Below are a few recommendations to make the most of this ideal wine tour:

  1. Plan on taking the entire afternoon into the evening — Take your time to enjoy the unique atmosphere of each tasting room and soak in the flavor of The Valley.
  2. Remember to write down what you like so you can purchase later, or better yet, purchase a case and take advantage of Alaska Airlines offer to fly your case home with you for free!
  3. Most importantly, bring your wine loving friends — We all know wine is best when shared!

 

First stop: Basalt Cellars 

906 Port Drive
Clarkston, WA 99403

Basalt Cellars has over 100 awards from competitions across the northwest and the number is continuing to rise, for good reason! Their 2016 Wasem Estate Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect white wine for summer, with crisp, refreshing aromas of passion fruit, white peach and soft mineral notes, all 100% locally sourced. On the other hand, if you have been suppressing a sweet tooth — give it up and try their incredible Port — You can thank us later.

 

Second Stop: Colter’s Creek 

308 Main Street
Juliaetta, ID 83535

Located just outside The Valley in Juliaetta, is Colter’s Creek’s tasting room and restaurant. Their handcrafted wines and gourmet bites are sure to impress. Plan on having lunch here and pairing your menu items of choice with a refreshing white or bold red flight!

 

 

Third Stop: Clearwater Canyon Cellars 

3143 10th St,
Lewiston, ID 83501

Located on their family’s historically registered Century Old Farm, Clearwater Canyon Cellars combines the history of the Lewis Clark Valley, with the growing future of the Northwest’s newest American Viticultural Area! Clearwater Canyon Cellars was awarded Idaho Winery of the year in 2015 by Wine Press Northwest — If that isn’t convincing enough, maybe their numerous Platinum awards will catch your attention.

While you are at Clearwater Canyon Cellars taking in the beautiful landscape and sipping the day away, be sure to have a taste of their Phinny Hill Carmenère which earned the distinction of top Carmenère at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!

Fourth Stop: Lindsay Creek Vineyards 

3107 Powers Avenue
Lewiston, ID 83501

The last stop of the day at Lindsay Creek Vineyards will be one you won’t soon forget — especially if you catch a Palouse sunset over the estate vineyard and surrounding wheat fields.

Be sure to order a few plates to share of their incredible selection of gourmet bites and hors d’oeuvres to pair with the last savory sips of the day. Enjoy their beautifully landscaped patio and the sweeping views, or play a friendly game of bocce ball on the lawn!

 

You have your itinerary, so grab your friends and set a date! Cheers to a great trip, friends, and of course — wine!