a potato palace

thistle dew cabin @ journeylism.nl‘Idaho? Potato country?’ How often didn’t we hear this after we answered question number 2 on the ‘usual suspects list of questions to be answered when visiting the US from abroad’. A very likable American custom by the way, that usually leads to interesting conversations.

But let us get back to our potatoes. As many tourists know, question number 1 ‘Where are you from?’ is in most cases followed by number 2: ‘Where are you going?.’ In our case the answers would be Amsterdam (no, it is not the capital of Denmark, nor is Holland the capital of Copenhagen) and Idaho. ‘Idaho? Potato country?’ Eh, yeah apparently…

Inside Thistle Dew

Inside Thistle Dew

Idaho is something like the nursing room of French Fries and is, especially in winter, a sleeping beauty. Thanks to the potato heads of many Americans, for travelers the state is a friendly, smart, beautiful and relatively inexpensive base to discover two of the most beautiful National Parks of the US from: Grand Teton and Yellowstone.

So once the choice has been made to discover these parks from the Westside of the Tetons, the and I mean THE place to stay is the Thistle Dew Cabin. From this huge log cabincastlepalace, built by Don and Leslie Roth, you can greet and meet with bison, moose, American bald eagles, coyotes, deer and bears. Or you can go skiing, snowboarding, hiking, rafting or just sit back and relax in grannies rocking chair or your wooden hot tub enjoying the ever changing views.

View of and from the hot tub

View of and from the hot tub

The Thistle Dew Cabin is situated in the beautiful Teton valley, the quiet side of the Tetons. It is located 45 minutes from Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Grand Teton National Park and 90 minutes south of the West entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Thistle Dew cabin is in the middle of 45 beautiful acres surrounded by farmland and mountains. It is a place where you can hear coyotes playing in the early evening and where you can watch the cranes as they fly over on their way to close by rivers.

In 1996, Don and Leslie realized a dream by building a small log cabin on their land in Tetonia, Idaho. With the help of their 3 children and Leslie’s brother Peter, they hand peeled the logs, notched and hand-chinked them and added a roof. The original log cabin was enlarged using sugar maple beams brought from Vermont and log infill.

Around the corner: Grand Teton National Park

Around the corner: Grand Teton National Park

In 2004, Don and Peter envisioned one more addition to complete the cabin. This included a dining room with an unusual and unique style of timber framing, a sunroom using leftover maple beams, an entry way and a bodega- a Spanish style “wine cellar” reminiscent of a year spent in Spain.

Should you decide to rent this wonderful property, please realize that you always find yourself regretting you did not stay longer. So best is to just rent it for an extra day or 2 to begin with.

View from your rocking chair

View from your rocking chair

Thistle Dew Cabin
10 E. 600 N. Tetonia
Idaho, USA
W: https://www.vrbo.com/473319