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!

Splash into Adventure in Hells Canyon!

A guided jet boat trip into the rugged terrain of Hells Canyon is one adventure you’ll want to add to your bucket list. This breathtaking trip into America’s Deepest River Gorge—yes, it’s deeper than the Grand Canyon—is guaranteed to bring you a lifetime of memories. And really, who doesn’t want to say they’ve been to Hells Canyon and back?!

Safely & comfortably ride the rapids in a durable, welded aluminum jet boat’s built right here in the Lewis Clark Valley. Hear tales of the native Nez Perce Indians, sunken steamboats & miners searching for gold from 2nd, 3rd or 4th generation residents who are also experienced US Coast Guard-licensed. They’ll point out ancient petroglyphs, blue herons, bald eagles, and big horn sheep. Stop in at the Kirkwood Historical Ranch for a peek into the pioneer ranching lifestyle in the 1930s.

Relax and enjoy white sandy beaches, play in the clean, cool water, or throw in a line for a chance at catching a monster sturgeon. These giant fish can live to be 100 years of age and grow to over 10 feet in length. If you do hook one, make sure your camera is ready because it’s catch-and-release.

This is truly a trip for everyone. Some seats, and boats, give you a more extreme experience. If you want the true “splash” experience, sit in the back! Oh, and when nature calls….in the middle of nature….no worries, most tour boats have a bathroom on board.

Extend your stay in the canyon by booking an overnight trip with an outfitter. Several operate rustic lodges or cabins. Create your own adventure and pack your camping gear for some remote canyon hiking. Many of the outfitters will even drop you and your gear on a beach and arrange to pick you up on a return trip.

Don’t wait! This is an easy one to check off your bucket list. We’re an easy hour flight from Seattle and are located at the crossroads of Highway 12 and 95 on the historic Lewis and Clark Trail. Look through our website, find a Stay & Play package that’s right for you and check out the many more adventures you can experience while you’re here.

Not quite convinced? Did we mention Hells Canyon is one of the Top 10 Things to Do in Idaho?

Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau Changes Name to Visit Lewis Clark Valley

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As part of a rebranding initiative, the Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau Board of Directors voted unanimously to change the name of the organization to Visit Lewis Clark Valley.

“Over the past 14 years, the organization has grown from promoting tourism in Asotin County to the marketing organization for the entire valley,” said Visit Lewis Clark Valley President and CEO, Michelle Peters. “We have so many things to offer here, with the historical aspects, arts and culture,” said Peters. “There’s just so many things to do and when you say Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau people thought we just book boat tours and nothing else.” Visit Lewis Clark Valley is a call to action and identifies our location and it will be presented as such in everything we do.”

Although the logo and name change is slight, it reflects the mission of the organization: “…to attract visitors from around the world to experience the Lewis Clark Valley to support a positive economic impact.”

Visit Lewis Clark Valley is not the first such destination marketing organization to change its name. The practice has become widely accepted within the travel industry.

The change from Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau to Visit Lewis Clark Valley will come in phases. The revised name and logo has already begun to appear in print advertising. The complete branding transformation will coincide with the launch of the organization’s completely redesigned website in January 2015 (www.visitlcvalley.com).

The organization’s revised logo and branding initiative is being developed by Northwest Media Productions, a Lewiston-based firm who has worked with the organization since its inception. “The marketing message will continue to feature our main attraction, Hells Canyon, as well as the historical, cultural and abundance of outdoor recreational activities, many of which are available year round,” says Peters.

Visit Lewis Clark Valley produces an award-winning 34-page annual “official” visitor guide that is entirely funded through private advertising dollars. It is also deployed online at the organization’s website, www.visitlcvalley.com. Advertising is placed in regional and national travel magazines, regional newspapers, radio and television and via online and social media marketing initiatives. The 2012 advertising campaign created by Northwest Media received a First Place Award in the State of Idaho from the Idaho Travel Council.

Visit Lewis Clark Valley is a not-for-profit organization that enhances the local economy by marketing the valley, and the region, as a premier visitor destination in Southeastern Washington and North Central Idaho for cultural, historic and leisure activities, sports and recreation events and meeting and business travel.

Visit Lewis Clark Valley was formed in 2000, originally as Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau. In the 2007 Lewis Clark Valley Tourism Strategic Plan, one of the visions was a single marketing organization to promote tourism in the Valley and manage all visitor information services. The plan notes that, “cooperation among businesses, agencies, and nonprofit organizations fosters a highly effective marketing program that results in significant gains in visitation and tourism revenue. Funding to support tourism programming is stable. Public policy supports sustainable tourism development. Private, public, tribal and nonprofit partners work together to plan, fund and implement tourism initiatives.” Creating one valley-wide tourism marketing entity has quadrupled the annual budget for tourism marketing. Funding sources include City of Clarkston, Asotin County, City of Lewiston and the Idaho Travel Council Grant.

Tourism generates nearly $40 million annually for the local economy. Each visitor is estimated to spend an average of $197 each day. The leisure and hospitality sector employs 10-12.5 percent of the total jobs available in Asotin and Nez Perce counties.

The Visit Lewis Clark Valley business office and Visitor Information Center is located at 847 Port Way in Clarkston, WA 99403.  The organization also operates a Visitor Information Center at the Lewiston Community Center, 1422 Main Street in Lewiston.  For more information, call 509.758.7489 or visit www.visitlcvalley.com.

Summertime Family Fun In The Lewis-Clark Valley

Summer. What starts as a long stretch of warm sunny days reaching far into the future winds to a close far too fast. If you’re looking for a quick getaway that  will give you and your kids some quality time before school starts back up, read on!

We’ve got a weekend plan full of fun and adventure that’s going to give your family a summer to remember.

Get your little ones out on the links at Gateway Golf Center. The 18 hole, miniature golf course is kid-friendly, sits right on the Snake River and promises an hour or two of real play on real grass.

Next, dip into a little good clean fun at the Asotin County Family Aquatic Center for a bit of splashing under the sun. Small swimmers will love the Lazy River and the shallow Adventure Pool, older kids will have a great time on the high-speed water slides and wave pool, and everyone will love the water feature toys!

Whew! It’s probably time for dinner and what’s better than pizza? How about watching your pizza being made?! Fazarri’s Finest Pizza has family style seating and a great viewing window where kids can watch their dough being tossed, sauced, sliced and served.

Instead of a bed time story, grab a blanket or low chairs and head to Pioneer Park to watch a family film under the stars at Movies On The Wall. Showing this August you can catch Back To The Future, The Natural and Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. Admission is free and open to everyone so you’re guaranteed a seat.

So, what do you think? Grab a suitcase, some clothes and sunscreen and let us help you make some summertime memories.

To plan your stay, check out our RV Parks, CampgroundsHotels or Bed & Breakfasts and don’t forget to watch our Specials & Packages for a great deal.

If you come, don’t forget the camera – we’d love to see a picture or two of your race getaway! You can share it with us on the Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau Facebook Page or give a shout on Twitter to @HellsCanyon.

Snake River Lewis-Clark Valley Road Trip

When was the last time you packed up the car and went for an old school road trip? If you had to think about that for more than 5 seconds, it’s been too long. Let’s get you on the road this summer!

I’m a firm believer that the art of the road trip is governed by food so my first suggestion is to pack a picnic lunch. Think finger foods or sandwiches, some chips, pickles and a blanket with a thermos of lemonade. For down time in the car, you’ll want some distractions if there are kids riding with you; Bellhop has a great set of printable Road Bingo cards and we also found some instructions for Cat’s Cradle.

All packed? Buckle up and let’s go!

Start at the foot of the Lewiston Hill on Hwy 95 where you’ll find Two Nations Meet On the Kooskie River by David Govedare & Keith Powell, a metal sculpture installation that can be viewed from the road as you drive by. There’s a scenic lookout 3/4 of the way up the hill with a spectacular view of the Lewis-Clark Valley; it’s a good spot for a photo.

Just before the summit, you’ll see the turn off for the Old Spiral Highway. This part of the drive will require some close attention but it’s worth the effort. Interesting fact:  Charlie Ryan’s Hot Rod Lincoln was written about his hot rod race up this very same highway – can you imagine someone doing that?!

Coming to the bottom of the spiral, you’re in for a leisurely 55 mile drive along the Snake River to Lower Granite Dam for a picnic lunch. If you’re lucky, you can watch the locks empty – it’s impressive. After lunch, spend some time in the Visitor Center and be sure to check out the fish viewing window for a good look at trout, bass, steelhead and Chinook salmon.

Leaving the dam and 72 miles further along the road is Palouse Falls and a short hike to see 198′ of falling white water. Hop back in the car and head back to the Lewis-Clark Valley. The drive takes you over the oldest extant steel cantilevered bridge in the State of Washington, 1000′ long The Snake River Bridge.

You’ve got to be hungry again, right? Coming back to Clarkston, turn into the 410 Drive In for a genuine drive-in experience – they’ve been in business since 1955 and definitely know their way around a burger and shake.

At the end of a big day, you’re going to want good night’s sleep. In keeping with the retro-road trip theme, we suggest a night at the Motel 6 because … they’ll leave the light on.

Average drive time for this round trip is 5 hours. Google Directions and Lite Map, MapQuest Travel Journal.

To plan your stay, check out our RV Parks, CampgroundsHotels or Bed & Breakfasts and don’t forget to watch our Specials & Packages for a great deal.

If you come, don’t forget the camera – we’d love to see a picture or two of your race getaway! You can share it with us on the Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau Facebook Page or give a shout on Twitter to @HellsCanyon.

Races, Runs and Fun in the Lewis-Clark Valley | Summer and Fall 2013

5K Fun Runs, Half Marathons, Marathons, Duathlons, Triathlons …. why do you race? Is it to keep in shape? Maybe it’s a social thing you do with friends? How about the great t-shirts? (Ahem, the author raises her hand for this last choice.)

Really, it doesn’t matter why you race. What matters is that you do race and that we have some great events on the run calendar.  The Lewis-Clark Valley provides a beautiful scenic backdrop for a number of races each year – here’s a few of our favorites:

  • 35th Annual Seaport River Run in April
    Part of the Annual Dogwood Festival of the Lewis-Clark Valley, this 2.9 mile or 10K Fun Run course follows the banks of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers.
  • Run For the Hill of It in May
    An 8 mile course that climbs a 2000′ elevation up the famed Old Spiral Highway on the Lewiston Hill.
  • Mt. Misery Mania Relay & Solo Run in July
    This a serious 57 mile run through the Umatilla Forest. Starting at Asotin Creek Canyon, the course ascends to an elevatin of 6194 feet between Mt. Misery and Mt. Horrible, descends to the Grande Ronde River and Grouse Flats then plunges down the Wenaha River to Troy.
  • 16th Annual LC Valley Marathon, Half Marathon and Doc Sears 5K in October
    All three runs start at Chief Looking Glass Park in Asotin and follow the Greenbelt Trail along the Snake River in Washington with the full Marathon course continuing into Idaho along the Clearwater River.


Part of the fun of running is a good carb-load. If you’re hunting for pasta, look no further than Tomato Bros. for Spaghetti Bolognese, Fettuccine Alfreda or Spaghetti Marinara – all available as gluten free entrees, too!

To plan your stay, check out our RV Parks, Campgrounds, Hotels or Bed & Breakfasts and don’t forget to watch our Specials & Packages for a great deal.

If you come, don’t forget the camera – we’d love to see a picture or two of your race getaway! You can share it with us on the Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau Facebook Page or give a shout on Twitter to @HellsCanyon.

Romantic Stays For February 2013 Near Hells Canyon

Spend a romantic getaway with us!

Situate yourselves in a riverview room on the southern bank of the Snake River for some time to spoil and be spoiled. Begin your stay by checking in to private room with a king size bed and a Jacuzzi Spa bath. Once you’re settled, there’ll be a platter of fruits, cheeses and crackers and a split of Champagne. After that, you can order room service or walk down to Bogey’s for some fine dining or the Q Lounge for a fireside cocktail. The next morning, enjoy a delicious made to order breakfast in bed.  Romantic Getaway Package for two at $150 + tax is available February 1-29, 2013 from Quality Inn & Suites in Clarkston, Washington.

Within walking distance: Wine tasting at Basalt Cellars, Miniature Golf on an 18-hole grass course, Beer tasting at Riverport Brewing Company, Granite Lake Park Greenbelt Walking Path.

Taste the suite side of life! When you check in to your King Junior Suite, you’ll find a lovely bottle of house wine and two wine glasses waiting for the start of your special stay. For later on, there’s a $50 gift certificate for use at Meriwether’s American Grille, The Exchange Lounge or MJ Barleyhopper’s – or perhaps room service is more in order. The Celebration Package for two at $179 + tax is available from Red Lion Hotel in Lewiston, Idaho.

The Clearwater Wine Dinner from Meriwether’s pairs five courses with five exceptional wines and might be just the add-on you’re looking for.

Within walking distance: Locomotive Park, Jackson Baldwin Falls, Lewiston Levee Parkway Trail, Lewis Clark & Sacagawea bronze statues by J. Shirly Bothum.

How about a romantic stay & play getaway alongside the Clearwater River? Open the door to your suite and your special someone will find a flower and bud vase with balloons on entering. After you get settled, there are two vouchers for dinner and a Casino March Play for each of you! The Romance Package for two at $ 169 + tax is available Clearwater River Casino in Lewiston, Idaho. 

 

If you come, don’t forget the camera – we’d love to see a picture or two of the favorite parts of your getaway! You can share it with us on the Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau Facebook Page or give a shout on Twitter to @HellsCanyon.