Sep 29th, 2015 | By | Category: Pack your bags
VANESSA GRIEVE/FOR THE JOURNAL Rebecca Satter’s Buckskin Outpost, a bed and breakfast in the Buckskin area. Photos are of various features of the bed and breakfast.

VANESSA GRIEVE/FOR THE JOURNAL
Rebecca Satter’s Buckskin Outpost, a bed and breakfast in the Buckskin area. Photos are of various features of the bed and breakfast.

By Vanessa Grieve
vgrieve@journalnet.com

 

Fall is a great time to enjoy the changing scenery and explore the region when the summer crowds have concluded their recess.

 

Fall weather is generally not too hot and not too cold. The scenery is beautiful and people often take scenic drives along the Oregon Trail Scenic Byway and the Pioneer Historic Byway said Mark Lowe, president of the Pioneer Country Travel Council.

 

“Both of those are just gorgeous drives,” Lowe said.

 

This time of year, children are back in school and the snowbirds are moving around.

 

“Typically, your attractions and tourism related businesses are still open,” he said. “Everything is still open and running and everything still beautiful.”

 

He said this is prime sightseeing, archery and camping season along with a huge draw for fishermen and hunters.

 

Nestled in a wooded area east of Pocatello, visitors to Rebecca Satter’s Buckskin Outpost receive a taste of Western folklore and nostalgia. Satter built a cabin off Buckskin Road more than a decade ago. She’s adorned it with rustic decor, furs, photographs reminiscent of the wild west and Pocatello’s past.

 

Many people, especially her European guests are draw to the experience of the West, the area of cowboys and Indians. The West and the local heritage is deeply rooted in Satter. She is a story teller and she enjoys promoting and sharing the things Pocatello and the region have to offer. At her bed and breakfast, she’s hosted cyclists, runners and all manner of European traveler.

 

She built her cabin in 2002 and 2003 and modified it into a bed and breakfast in 2006. Satter was the executive director of the former Convention and Visitors Bureau in Pocatello.

 

“As I worked for the Convention and Visitors Bureau I learned there was a real need for Western attraction in Pocatello,” Satter said. “We had the Green T, which sadly to say is being demolished. That breaks my heart because I took so many journalist there and so many tour busses there. We used that as a staging stop it was a beautiful backdrop for Western history.”

 

Quite at open spaces are some of the things that attract visitors to Tamara Clark’s Rapid Creek Bed & Breakfast in Inkom. Clark has operated her bed and breakfast for about seven years. Her prime season for travelers is Memorial Day through Labor Day, but Rapid Creek is open year-round. In the fall, she sees more couples and older travelers taking advantage of lighter traffic and fewer crowds.

 

“This is the first year I’ve had people just to come hangout in Inkom,” Clark said, saying guests lived in the city and were looking to getaway and enjoy the quiet and expansive views. “They didn’t go to Lava or stop to go to Pebble or the park.”

 

From her B&B, located at 1150 Rapid Creek Road, visitors often take trips to Lava Hot Springs or attend events in Pocatello.

 

“We’re kind of central,” she said. “A couple hours to Jackson, Yellowstone (National Park)… We have a lot of things around here and beautiful country. I have regulars that come down from Canada on their way to Mexico or Las Vegas.”

 

Birgitta Bright, the tourism administrator for Visit Pocatello said this time of year sees a number of senior citizens and retirees.

 

Pocatello sees some visitors extending their hotel stays by a night or two to exploring the region. The Fall sees a number of Canadian travelers who stop in Pocatello on their way to Arizona or California. Visitors can avail themselves to the Greenway and local hiking and biking trails. The Museum of Clean is becoming a year-round attraction.

 

“It is something tourists love,” Bright said. “We have bus tours who stop there, from Asian bus tours and (we) are getting more from South America, too. RV-type travelers are stopping here. We are getting a lot of feed back from people who stopped there and really enjoyed that as an attraction.”

 

The off-season also sees regional conventions, and school related sporting events.

 

“You’ll see more happen in the fall, sometimes in the spring,” she said. “Fall is nice. It’s still easy to travel when kids are back in school. Then, of course, other sporting events that center on school athletics as well.”

 

Though this time of year is a little slower, Clark will book bicyclists and visitors from across the country. They’ll take drives or bicycle rides to view the changing foliage along back roads and visit local apple orchards. This year, Marsh Valley Performing Arts Center artists will lodge at her business.

 

When she first started, about 90 percent of Rapid Creek’s bookings came through the Lava Hot Springs Foundation website (www. lavahotsprings.com). Now, with its own website (www.rapidcreekbnb. com) and guests becoming familiar with her business, Clark receives about 75 percent of books through the Lava website.

 

Clark and her husband, Boyd Clark, live next door to the bed and breakfast. She said she married her green thumb. He keeps the landscaping looking good and tends a garden she often cooks from. Clark said Rapid Creek is much like a European style bed and breakfast, where she’ll go next door every morning and make breakfasts for her guests. Thee B&B is loosely themed with the bear room, the fishing room, the rose room, and the bunkhouse, with amenities as a hot tub and sauna. The B&B can accommodate up to 18 people, and has occasionally been booked for the week of Thanksgiving or Christmas.

 

Clark supplies her bed and breakfast with brochures and information about local businesses and area happenings. She give high marks to one of Inkom’s few full-time restaurants, Mountain Man Grill.

 

“I try to put cards in the bed & breakfast that have other peoples businesses here in town. I try to support Bear World,” Clark said to give an example.

 

This time of year, many guests visit Lava’s hot pools, and is also a great time to see wildlife, from birds to elk.

 

“Wildlife are getting ready for winter, and viewing opportunities are abundant,” Lowe said. “If you’re sitting inside you are missing it all.”

 

For more information about things to do in Pocatello and Southeast Idaho, visit VisitPocatello.com or www.seidaho.org.

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