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5 tips for planning the perfect corporate retreat

Need a change of scenery for your upcoming conference or business retreat? We’re no stranger to conferences, weddings, or events that require a great attention to detail, and put together some tips to help your planning process go smoothly.

Know your numbers

As you explore your venue options, keep in mind how many people will be attending so you know how much meeting space you need, how many rooms (these days it is recommended to allow every employee their own room),

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Favorite Fall Hikes

Priest Lake Activities

As the leaves burst into color, it’s time to get out and explore the wonderful Priest Lake hiking trails nearby! Though we’re sad to see summer go, we love the stunning fall foliage that surrounds Elkins Resort, the cooler temperatures, and the chance to break out the s’mores supplies.

Although some of the changing colors are viewable around our property, the amazing trails in the surrounding Selkirks and the Idaho Panhandle National Forests provide a more intimate experience.

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Fall wedding countdown

Our busy wedding season is ramping up so we’re taking a closer look at the wedding trends, colors, and themes we can expect to enjoy at the resort this fall! Check out some of our favorite fall wedding trends we hope to see our brides and grooms incorporate in the upcoming months.


  • As the leaves fall, so does the brightness on colors for dresses and accents. We tend to see plum and emerald colors emerge compared to the lilac and reds we see in the spring and summer.

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The dog days of summer

Morning Walk With Dogs, Aspen Forest, Idaho, Western US

As a pet-friendly resort, we love seeing our four-legged visitors as much as their owners! But, if you need some activities to get Fido’s energy out, check out these pet-friendly activities near Elkins Resort on Priest Lake.

  • Agility: With a wide range of collapsible agility equipment, it’s an easy way to keep your dog busy and your family or friends entertained. Quickly set up an agility course and run your dog through its paces on the grounds next to your cabin.

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Priest Lake Mountain Biking

Priest Lake offers world class mountain biking. From single track to meandering roads, you will find something your speed. Choose a trail along the lake or ride up to a peak that overlooks Priest Lake and the entire valley. Since most visitors are in the area to enjoy the lake itself, trails are hardly ever crowded. Take a dip in a high alpine lake, check out an active fire lookout, or find some fresh huckleberries right off the bush.

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Family fun at Elkins Resort

Already thinking of the kids being out of school and spending quality time together as a family? Check out our list of summer activities that are family-friendly and kid approved!

  • Stand Up Paddle-Boarding (SUP): Enjoy a leisurely pace around the bay or cruise up the thoroughfare to see Upper Priest Lake with our SUPs, kayaks or canoes!
  • Boating: Set sail on Priest Lake and enjoy some family time together on one of our pontoon or fishing boats!

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Your guide to Idaho wine

We proudly serve wines from local and regional wineries, but if you want to know what to expect before ordering a glass with us, check out this guide to wines from Idaho!


See our wine list at Elkins Resort and plan to try one or two (or three!) on your next stay with us! Or, learn more about the wine industry through the Idaho wine commission.

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Winter Wedding Planning Tips

As we’ve wrapped up our winter wedding season, we thought we’d share a few tips for brides planning a 2017 winter wedding and why this season can be beneficial for the couple!

Though winter weddings aren’t as popular as their warmer season counterparts, winter weddings can still be supremely romantic and capture enchanting wedding photos.

  • Better rates: Since there’s less competition for your desired dates, most vendors have lower pricing in the colder seasons.

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