Mike McKenna

Correspondent

  • Hailey, Idaho, USA

Mike McKenna is a correspondent who lives in Hailey, Idaho, and covers the region for Forbes. A native New Englander, McKenna has spent most of his adult life exploring the mountains of the West. He is the editor of Sun Valley Magazine, the author of Angling Around Sun Valley and a columnist for The Sheet in Mammoth Lakes, California. His mountain-lifestyle and outdoor-sports writing has garnered numerous awards and has appeared in publications like Food Network Magazine, Trout and Inspirato Magazine.

  • On January 7, 2014
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    Does The Cove offer couples treatments?

    For those pairs longing to share their relaxation experiences, The Cove offers couples treatments. Choosing from the full menu of massage options, couples may opt for massages either side-by-side, in the same room, or in two of the spa’s adjoining rooms. Couples are encouraged to enjoy pre-massage relaxation in one of the saltwater immersion pools. Lounging poolside, next to the fire pit, or inside on the comfy chaise lounges is also highly recommended for reconnecting with a loved one. The spa’s bathrooms are well stocked with bathing amenities for both men and women, including steam showers that only help in extending the spa experience. Lovebirds staying at Shore Lodge are in for even more of a treat because you can simply leave your room, make the short walk hand in hand to the McCall spa and enjoy hours of pampering without ever putting on anything more than a robe.
  • On January 7, 2014
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    What kinds of massages are offered at The Cove?

    While a relatively small boutique spa, The Cove offers a rather wide variety of massages and treatments. The regular visitor to Shore Lodge is often drawn to the area’s abundant outdoor recreational opportunities. Needless to say, the staff at The Cove is used to handling bodies that could use some attention after a day of hiking, skiing or swinging the club at the Whitetail Club Golf Course. From full-body relaxation to robust, post-exertion massages, The Cove provides a spectrum of options. Heated stone massages and specialized services, including pressure point foot massage, may also be requested. And for those looking to up the pampering ante even more, the McCall spa also has a variety of facials, pedicures and manicures, and body waxing treatments on its menu.
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    What kinds of skincare products are used at The Cove?

    The Cove is dedicated to not only providing a world-class spa experience, but ensuring that you have an environmentally friendly one as well. When it comes to skin care products, the spa offers a variety of organic, eco-friendly and all-natural oils and scrubs to accompany the treatments. In homage to the beautiful natural surroundings, you can choose a locally themed facial such as the Mountain Mist or Wildflower, both employing premium organic skin care products from the Hungary-based line Eminence. As with Shore Lodge, the spa also features all-natural bath salts, soaps and lotions that have all been custom-made for the resort. At the McCall spa, a healthy environment is proudly celebrated, both for the customer and the world.
  • On January 7, 2014
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    What is the dress code at The Narrows?

    The Narrows’ dress code is mountain casual. This common — yet somewhat confusing — attire doctrine means pretty much anything from suit jackets and ties on top of jeans to cowboy boots, Uggs, ski sweaters or collared shirts. Mountain casual is the requirement at fine-dining resorts across the West, but few bother to describe exactly what it means — which is part of its appeal. The general rule to play it safe is dressing casually enough to deal with the mountain elements yet cleaned up and classy enough to enjoy a world-class meal. However, if you want to stay in a ski parka or flip-flops, the Narrows Grill or Lake Grill may be more appropriate onsite dining options.
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    What is the scene like at The Narrows?

    There’s a hearty-mountain-town-but-still-sophisticated scene and feel to Shore Lodge’s The Narrows. It’s Idaho chic — a little New West urban and a little Old West cowboy. The design style of the restaurant, much like the lodge it calls home, is modern mountain, a marriage between rustic and contemporary. There’s a classic outdoorsy look and feel, with lots of exposed wooden beams and dark earth tones dominating the color palate. But the lodge still offers the clean lines and sophisticated style of a big city hotel. There’s also a healthy mix in the clientele who enjoy the McCall restaurant, everyone from local couples or longtime regular visitors from Boise basking in romantic dinners or festive reunions, to skiers, golfers and boaters looking to end the day with a great meal.
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    How do you get a reservation at The Narrows?

    Reservations are highly recommended for The Narrows, the signature restaurant at Shore Lodge, especially during busy times such as the height of tourist season in summer or winter, or for groups. The best seats in the house are the four-tops by the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Payette Lake. Walk-ins can be accommodated, but it’s advised to always call first at 208-634-2244. Reservations are not required at the less formal Narrows Grill or Lake Grill. Seats on the latter spot’s patio in the summertime, overlooking the marina and Payette Lake, are extremely popular. Shore Lodge also offers a concierge service, which can assist in making dinner reservations at the McCall restaurant.
  • On January 7, 2014
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    What restaurants does Shore Lodge have?

    Shore Lodge offers three main restaurants. The Narrows is one of McCall’s best fine-dining restaurant and is open from 5 to 10 p.m. nightly. It is located in the lobby of the lodge and offers stunning looks onto Payette Lake, a great wine list and an impressive menu featuring Pacific Northwest and Idaho grown fare such as Snake River Farms Kobe beef rib eye. Reservations are recommended. The adjoining Narrows Grill offers a more casual setting for lunch or dinner, with the same great vistas and food. Its lounge is spacious and simple with lots of woodwork and a well-rounded liquor selection. The Lake Grill opens daily at 7 a.m. and is renowned for its breakfasts — which can be also served in-room. The grill’s patio is the best place in McCall for lunch in the warm weather months. There’s also a coffee shop inside The Mercantile gift shop in the lobby that sells fresh pastries, other light fare and even bottles of Veuve Clicquot for that special occasion.
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    What’s the best time to visit Shore Lodge?

    It’s hard to pick the best time to visit Shore Lodge. As a year-round mountain and lakeside resort with a world-class spa, there’s always something wonderful to do, whether it’s playing on the snow-covered slopes during the winter, splashing along the beach in the summer or just enjoying some romantic time in between. Besides August’s Payette Lake Classic and Wooden Boat Show or the Fourth of July celebrations, McCall’s most popular (and famous) event is the annual McCall Winter Carnival each January. The 10-day celebration includes numerous parades, winter sports races and legendary snow and ice sculpture displays. Basically, if you like to play in the mountains, hang around alpine lakes or just spend a few days getting pampered while overlooking them, there’s no bad time to visit the McCall hotel.
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    Where is Shore Lodge located?

    Shore Lodge is located along the southern banks of Payette Lake in the mountain resort community of McCall, Idaho. The area is a year-round playground for outdoor enthusiasts. The summer, spring and fall offer easy access to incredible hiking, fishing, mountain biking and boating. Shore Lodge has its own marina and rents out a massive variety of watercraft, everything from stand-up paddleboards to 24-foot long pontoon boats.

    The winters are also magical as well. “Ski Town U.S.A.,” as McCall is nicknamed, is home to five different cross-country ski resorts, more than 500 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and alpine skiing at the beloved Brundage Mountain, located a few short miles from the lodge and accessible by complimentary shuttle service.

    Shore Lodge is on the north side of McCall, 100 miles north of Boise and nearly a mile (5,000 feet) high in the Northern Rockies. It’s about a two-hour drive from Idaho’s capital.
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