Henry’s Fork Lodge – Island Park, Idaho, U.S.A.

The Great Outdoors Meets the Great Indoors

Idaho is one of the most revered destinations in America for fishing, with 2,000 lakes, 16,000 miles of streams, and 39 species of game fish. And for trout, the state’s famed Snake River is absolutely the place to be, particularly at Henry’s Fork.

The best fly-fishing in the world is only a strong cast away from any of the rocking chairs that line the long, open sun-porch of Henry’s Fork Lodge, certainly one of the most tasteful wilderness inns any­where. Sitting on an overlook above a secluded stretch of Henry’s Fork, the hand­some cedar lodge was built with the sophisticated angler in mind, in an unfussy “refined rustic” style that’s all about comfort, simplicity, and informality.

Guest rooms are wood-paneled (most with fireplaces of local volcanic stone), with log-hewn beds and down comforters. The focus, though, is all on the great outdoors. The lodge is just 2 miles from Henry’s Fork’s most famous stretch, Railroad Ranch, and is an easy drive from fishing waters at Yellowstone Park and along the lower Madison.

Nonfishing spouses have hiking, swimming, boating, and de-stressing to keep them busy. Everyone heads back to the lodge for a won­derful low-key but elegant dinner, prepared by the hotel’s European-trained chef.

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