Paradise View Bed & Breakfast, five miles North of Moscow, Idaho is an ideal place to stay that is truly off the beaten path. Instead of lodging with throngs of people at the Holiday Inn Express, you will be the only guests of proprietors Lynn & Mike McCollough, who just opened to the public this year.
Their one-room B&B (inside their expansive and apty-named house) is neat as a pin, squeaky clean and a refreshing break from the big city life of Moscow. (Joke) The mid-century modern teak, Danish furniture from Mike’s mother provide a little extra-special aesthetic.
We drove up near dusk — Lynn asked us to get there before darkness because there are no street lights and it can be confusing — a mere ten minute drive from the heart of Moscow and suddenly, we were in the middle of nowhere. Nowhere, with a killer view. We shared a beer with Lynn & Mike on the patio overlooking the hills above Moscow. Dogs were involved. “You have to like dogs,” Lynn McCollough, proprietor of Paradise View Bed and Breakfast in Moscow, Idaho, told me of the phone. I love dogs. My husband is a semi-professional dog wrestler. Once they gave us a few good sniffs, we were best friends.
One of the best things about Moscow is that there are practically no bugs at night. If you come from a buggy place, sitting outside at dusk, in the moderate climate, unperturbed by flying insects is a delight. Merlin, a two year-old Huskie mix is ever on the lookout for deer, foxes and bears. Bears. (middle of nowhere, off the beaten path, Idaho — you getting the picture?) We opted out of the moonlit stroll.
The bedroom suite is quite large with a couch, bed, TV and more of the paradisical view. The place is super-quiet at night and we slept soundly. In the morning, we made some coffee (there’s a mini-set up in the walk-in closet: coffee maker, mini-fridge, ice bucket) and then went out to greet the delicious banana bread French toast (homemade by Lynn) and fruit salad, more coffee and OJ.
I found Paradise View on another B&B’s website, with links to other places to stay in Moscow. It seems that they all have a spirit of sharing in the area. In addition to those links, Mike & Lynn also have a list of Moscow activities, places to eat and where to shop.
If you are going to parents’ weekend at the University of Idaho, going to a football game or driving your kid up for orientation, treat yourself to something a little more special than a chain hotel.
Please note: Accomodations were provided by Paradise Inn Bed & Breakfast. My opinions are my own.