With the holidays behind us and 2014 just a few hours away, it’s a great time to look forward to all of the wonderful adventures that await us in the New Year. The seemingly endless array of activities that make McCall, Idaho such a unique four-season destination allow us countless opportunities to create new memories in the coming months.

This remarkable mountain-lake town is not only beloved by its residents for the endless outdoor recreation, but also treasured by people from all over looking to get a taste of the town’s charming appeal. For anyone looking to make a trip to the northwest and discover this hidden gem, we at Shore Lodge would like to offer you a glimpse of what makes this town such a great place to visit.

Here are a few must-do’s when visiting in the coming year:

Party at McCall Winter Carnival
For more than 80 years McCall residents have been celebrating all things winter at the annual McCall Winter Carnival. The 10-day party, which takes place Jan. 24 through Feb. 2, 2014, not only features carnival favorites like fireworks, parades, locally inspired food and live music, but also unique events like the town-wide snow-sculpting show and the Barley Brothers Winter Ale Festival. Tickets for the 2014 McCall Winter Carnival events will be available for purchase online and at the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce office on Jan. 5.

Play at Payette Lake
From water skiing to sailing, the adventures abound at McCall’s own Payette Lake. Whether you want to relax on the shores and take in the pristine views or venture out into the deep and experience the vastness of this glacially carved lake, you will surely be astonished by the beauty and serenity that so many residents have come to love.

Pick Huckleberries
Idaho remains the huckleberry capital of the U.S., boasting a number of different species of huckleberries that are among the most flavorful and aromatic species found in the entire world. One of the best ways to sample these delicious delicacies is to get out into the nearby groves that surround McCall and pick them yourself. Often found in bogs, open woods and mountain meadows, these sweet treats can be picked almost all year long. (Or, if you’re feeling a little less adventurous, we’ll be happy to shake up a signature huckletini for you right here at the lodge.)

Shop and dine at McCall’s historic Downtown District
Stroll the streets of Downtown McCall and let the warm, inviting atmosphere take you back to a time when life was a little simpler. With boutique-style shopping and a wide range of dining options, the downtown area offers something for everyone. The town boasts nothing but locally owned businesses and restaurants, making the experience truly one-of-a-kind.

Stay at Shore Lodge
Your visit wouldn’t be complete without checking into McCall’s iconic Shore Lodge. Situated on the sandy banks of pristine Payette Lake, our 77-room mountain retreat is a perfect fit for adventurists and serenity-seekers alike. Offering panoramic views of the picturesque Salmon River Mountains, Shore Lodge remains a gateway to the best outdoor recreation available in the northwest. For those who would rather escape into comfort, the property has a full-service spa and Wine Spectator award-winning restaurant, providing a high caliber resort lifestyle at an affordable rate that reflects the down-to-Earth spirit of McCall.

The list of activities, amenities and adventure goes on and on. For more information on McCall, connect with the Shore Lodge concierge team or visit the McCall Chamber of Commerce website.