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Whitetail Club Teams With Top Mountain Architect

For those of us who are lucky enough to call Whitetail Club home, we know that life up here in the Salmon River Mountains is quite a treat — to say the least. From the spectacular mountain-lake views to the endless opportunities for adventure, McCall, Idaho truly is a wonderful place to live.

Living up to the surrounding natural wonders is no small feat, either, especially when it comes to designing a home that effortlessly blends in. That’s why we called upon one of the best mountain architects in the country to help us create a very special selection of custom mountain homes. Enter the Locati Collection: designed by world-renowned architect Jerry Locati, these carefully crafted homes are not only accented by the outdoor environment, but also offer a myriad of amenities to make owners feel pampered inside as well.

And when we say “best,” we really mean best. Jerry Locati and his team of award-winning architects recently made Mountain Living magazine’s 2014 list of Top Mountain Architects. Reserved for only a few of the industry’s leading design teams, the revered list recognizes gifted professionals who possess the skills and vision to transform high-country home ideas into inspiring reality.

And inspire they did. Now among Whitetail Club’s signature offerings, the Locati Collection continues to impress buyers with its three distinctive semi-custom home plans designed to adapt to a number of household sizes and styles. Ranging from 3,500 to 5,000 square feet, the floor plans begin with four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths, and can be easily expanded to add additional bedrooms or bonus rooms. Once a floor plan is in place, the fun begins. Families can outfit the kitchen to gourmet standards, add state-of-the-art electronics or select custom cabinetry, flooring, trim and even structural details.

Because of the customizable options, each home can be configured to fit nearly any Whitetail Club homesite, whether choosing a lot along Idaho’s top-rated golf course or on a larger hillside overlooking expansive outdoor areas.

For more information on the Locati Collection plans and program details, contact Whitetail Club Realty at 208-634-1725.

Shore Lodge Concert Series Returns

Music lovers take note: Shore Lodge is at it once again, bringing the country’s most talented musicians to the backcountry for the return of their acclaimed concert series. On Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8 – 10 p.m., renowned singer-songwriter David Poe returns to Shore Lodge’s Upper Pavilion for a long-awaited encore performance.

Putting on a truly epic performance at last fall’s “Songwriters in the Round” concert here in McCall, Poe earned himself a plethora of new Idaho fans who were mesmerized by his magical voice, beautiful sound and captivating stage presence. This time around, guests can expect the same great performance but with a unique vibe unlike any other Shore Lodge concert.

A critically-acclaimed, L.A.-based singer-songwriter with New York roots, Poe is the writer behind the smash hit “Gun for a Mouth” from the wildly popular ABC TV series “Nashville.”  As a performer, he has toured the world with the likes of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, The Jayhawks, Chris Whitley and Tori Amos. And according to Rolling Stone, “David Poe gives the singer-songwriter genre a much-needed jolt.”

If you have any guests in town to enjoy the show, Shore Lodge is offering exclusive overnight packages for show attendees. Starting at only $122 per person, guests can enjoy a one-night stay in a standard room and receive a general admission ticket to the event. The first twenty people to book an overnight package will receive a free download of David’s new album “God and The Girl.”

The venue doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are priced at $45+ tax per person with a limited number of VIP packages also available, priced at $85+ tax. For more information, visit www.ShoreLodge.com or call (208) 634-2244 to make reservations.

Featured Listing: Selway Cabin

Modern luxury and authentic mountain living don’t have to be exclusive to one another. At Whitetail Club, we pride ourselves in building homes that not only reflect the natural mountain-lake beauty of McCall, but also offer a world of custom amenities to fit any lifestyle. And our latest featured listing is a testament to that statement.

Located in the heart of Whitetail Club, on Shaggy Mane Court, our newest Selway Cabin is nearly completed. With naturally rustic exteriors, reclaimed trestle wood cabinets, granite countertops, a covered deck and front porch, and carriage house garage doors, this two-story, 2,691-square-foot Idaho luxury home truly is a masterpiece. Not to mention, it’s perfect for entertaining, too.

Guests will be amazed upon entry as the living room, dining room and kitchen flow seamlessly together, only to be accentuated by expansive vaulted ceilings. Moving upstairs, each bedroom has its own bathroom and adjoins a spacious loft game room. The downstairs master suite boasts a walk-in closet, his-and-hers dual vanity and a spacious soaker tub perfect for relaxing after the guests have left.

Priced at $849,000, the property offers easy access to Payette Lake through our sister property, Shore Lodge, and a long list of amenities, including our private 7,200-yard championship-style golf course, state-of-the-art fitness center and 6,000-square-foot Fish & Swim Club, just to name a few.

For more information on this property and other featured listings from Whitetail Club, contact Director of Real Estate Sales Joe W. Carter at 208-315-0213 or visit WhitetailClub.com.

Chef Topples Tips: How to Butcher Venison

The weekend is on the horizon. For many, the weekends are time to gather together among family and friends and enjoy a few of life’s great treasures – conversation, camaraderie and, most importantly, cuisine. There is nothing better than enjoying a meal among loved ones, especially a meal that you put a little extra TLC into.

Today, Whitetail Club Executive Chef Steve Topple is here to help get your menu going with a great tip: how to butcher venison. As we call McCall, Idaho “home,” we are accustomed to (and big fans) of having a variety of locally- and regionally-sourced meats available to us. One of the most delicious is venison. While many akin venison to the texture of a fine steak, it’s much more moist but lower in calories and fat than most beef, pork or lamb. Better tenderness and better for you? Count us in.

To get your next venison dish started, follow Chef Topple’s quick tips in this handy guide:


Serve your meat alongside a fresh seafood for a Pacific Northwest twist on surf ‘n turf or, of course, pair it with those beautiful Idaho potatoes! Whatever ends up on your dinner table this weekend, we hope you enjoy it alongside good company. And remember, if you don’t feel like cooking, or butchering your meat for that matter, come visit Chef Topple at the restaurants at Shore Lodge. He has got you covered.

Where to Retire Magazine Features Whitetail Club

Where To Retire McCall Stunning scenery, endless recreation and entertainment, and an affordable lifestyle; what else could you ask for in a retirement destination? McCall, Idaho has all of this, and more, according to a new feature in Where To Retire magazine. The acclaimed publication calls small-town McCall an ‘undiscovered haven,’ lauding untouched nature, friendly neighbors and a plethora of locally-owned businesses.

Retirees have flocked from Oregon, California, Texas and Arizona, to name a few, to enjoy both nature’s spoils and great luxuries. From snow shoeing to paddle boarding, golfing to gallivanting down Lake Street, there are boundless ways to spend downtime here in the Gem State. When looking for a home base in the heart of it all, Where To Retire cites our own Whitetail Club as an attractive option for active retirees. Among the highlights noted in our upscale gated community? An 18-hole golf course, fly-fishing and lake access as well as tennis, fitness center, pool, and of course, the iconic Shore Lodge and its full-service spa, The Cove.

For more on McCall, Whitetail and the beautifully unique opportunity we offer to retirees, click here to view the full article. 

Golf Tips with Todd: Putting Stance

It’s a bittersweet time here at Whitetail Club. While we are enjoying changing leaves, cooling temperatures and the thinning crowds of fall we are soon to say ‘goodbye’ to another great summer of golf. But before we bid the links adieu on October 19, our head golf professional Todd Bindner returns with one final tip to put into play.

Control, connection and consistency. These three concepts are the key ingredients to perfect putt. In this quick video, Todd shares a drill on how to improve your posture, and your putt, with the help of your club head covers. Yes! It’s that easy. Take a look:


The Whitetail Club golf course will be open for one more week so get out there and put Todd’s advice to work while you still can! It will be time to trade in the spikes for skis before we know it; not that we mind that one bit!

By |October 13th, 2014|Golf, Lifestyle|0 Comments|

Fall In McCall

With its long sunny days and starry nights, summer in McCall gets all the glory. But if you ask around, you’ll find that many locals look forward to fall more eagerly than you might expect. Whether it’s the fresh bounty of crops ripened for picking, the crisp morning air coming off the lakebed, or the beautiful shades of golden browns and bright yellows settling into the foliage, autumn in McCall is truly unforgettable.

And while the pace slows a little and the summer crowds begin to dwindle, the adventures abound — Oh, and did we mention the no-crowd thing? Here’s a closer look at some fall activities:

Mountain Biking: Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just a passive peddler, McCall has a mountain-biking trail for everyone. With lush, shady forests and thousands of square miles of public land, it’s no wonder why so many outdoor enthusiasts flock to these parts to find their own personal trail. Lyuckily for us here at Whitetail Club, we literally have our own personal trails. Outside the Club, nearby Brundage Mountain also offers more than 20 miles of white-knuckling lift-served trails that are sure to please even the most seasoned thrill seekers.

Fishing: The Fall steelhead run makes its way to our neighboring Salmon River about this time each year, offering everyone from frequent “flyers” to first-time fisherman a chance to lure in some of America’s best trout. Not to mention, more than 300 lakes and four river drainages can be found within 20 miles of McCall, making this mountain-lake town a prime spot for angling.

Hot Springs: Nothing quite says relaxation after a day of adventure like soaking in the warm, mineral-rich natural hot springs at Golf Fork Hot Springs. Offering six pools with temperatures ranging from hot to cool, changing rooms, a snack bar and towel rentals, Gold Fork is your go-to place for outdoor relaxation. Or, if you want something even closer to home, head over to The Cove for a soak in the acclaimed indoor-outdoor immersion pools that are as splendid as any spring in the state.

Recipe: Seared Bass with Ratatouille

Whitetail Club’s executive chef, Steven Topple, is full of great tips and even more fantastic dishes. Recently, he showed us all how to fillet a fish, using a beautiful stripped sea bass as an example. So now that we have the fish all ready to go, you know what’s next: cooking it!

Today, Chef Topple returns with an easy way to enjoy your catch: Pan Seared Bass with Ratatouille and Black Bean Orzo. Yes, please! Check out how to make this delightful dish as instructed by the man himself:

Pan Seared Wild Striped Bass with Ratatouille
Serves: 2


1 cup light olive oil
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2, six-ounce striped bass portions
1 red bell pepper diced into 1 inch cubes
1 yellow bell pepper diced into 1 inch cubes
1 green bell pepper diced into 1 inch cubes
1 whole zucchini diced into 1 inch cubes
1 can crushed tomato
1 red onion peeled and diced
4 small cloves of peeled crushed garlic
½ eggplant diced into 1 inch cubes (pre-roasted)
2 cups of black bean orzo, pre-blanched until soft and tender, strained and cooled


Preheat an oven to 375 degrees.

Preheat a cast iron pan to a medium heat, then season the fish with salt and pepper, sprinkle a little olive oil in pan and place fish skin side down in the pan. Allow it to brown on each side for 3-5 minutes, then place into a pre-heated oven for another 10 minutes until the fish is firm.

In a larger sauté pan, start to cook the red onion with a little oil then add the  garlic, zucchini, all peppers and eggplant. Keep shaking and tossing the pan so that all the items cook evenly and become soft, about 5 minutes, then add the can of crushed tomato. Season with salt and pepper, cook on a low heat for about 15 minutes until all the vegetable are softened.

Crisp the black bean orzo with a little dash of olive oil, then season with salt and pepper.

Place the black bean orzo in the middle of a plate, then sprinkle the ratatouille around the black bean orzo allowing sauce to escape then place the cooked bass in the middle, serve and enjoy.

By |October 1st, 2014|Dining|0 Comments|

Featured Listing: Lakeview Ridge

McCall’s surrounding mountain-lake environment is a thing of beauty. With avenues of lush tree lines painted across the hillsides and into the folds of the Salmon River Mountains — only to be accented by the sunshine glimmering off the rippling waters of Payette Lake — the scene is truly breathtaking. And, like a drift of freshly fallen snow, it’s almost too beautiful to disturb. But what if you could live here and not disrupt a thing? What if your home could be a reflection of the environment instead of a distraction?

That’s exactly what architect Andrew Laidlaw envisioned when he created Whitetail Club’s signature showcase home, Lakeview Ridge. Like a conversation with the mountains, lake and sky, the 5,011-square-foot home organically blends into its surrounding landscape, providing residents an authentic backwoods experience without leaving the comfort of a modern home.

Staying true to its name, Lakeview Ridge rests atop the development’s upper ridge, offering spectacular mountain and lake views from multiple private wrap-around decks. While the outdoor living experience is a marquee feature in its own right, the home’s interior isn’t too shabby either. Upon entry, residents are welcomed with a rustic motif that not only appears throughout the home’s spacious design but weaves itself into the optional furnishings beautifully appointed by Boise designer Dee Vinci.

Boasting four bedrooms, four bathrooms, two powder rooms, a four-car garage and optimal storage space, the Idaho mountain home was designed to accommodate a full house perfect for entertaining. The home’s long list of luxurious amenities, including granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, 8-foot doors, heated tile floors, built-in wine chiller and a remarkable steam shower, gives the propety a subtle elegance while maintaining its warm and inviting appeal.

For those who want a lifestyle to match the high-end custom trimmings of their new Lakeview Ridge home, they don’t have to look far. Whitetail Club members enjoy easy access to the community’s award-winning 7,200-yard championship golf course, 6,000-square-foot Fish & Swim Club, 14,000-square-foot Indoor Tennis & Fitness Center and much more.

To learn more about real estate opportunities at Whitetail, complete our online guest registry.

By |September 26th, 2014|Real Estate|0 Comments|

Summer Skincare Tips from The Cove

Whether you spend your long summer days on the lake, hiking, biking, golfing or simply strolling around town, one thing is for sure: your skin is soaking up the sun. Magical as it may feel, especially in this perfectly McCall weather, sun exposure can be very tough on your precious pores. To get you prepared for a skincare routine that’s smart for any season, The Cove‘s spa director Leah Gower has selected her top product picks:


The products featured are all from Eminence Organics, an all-organic product line featured at The Cove. To purchase these products or to experience them in a luxurious treatment, visit TheCoveMccCall.com.

By |September 19th, 2014|Lifestyle|0 Comments|