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"To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon the verdant green hills is the most perfect refreshment" ~ by Jane Austin

Cottonwood, home of St Gertrude’s Monastery

Its a historical ancient building that was built in 1907. If you’re a Catholic, you’ll appreciate seeing such a wonderful architecture such as this one. The Building was occupied by Benedictines sisters originally from Swizerland and the Benefictine sisters still occupy this monastery to this day.  Its location is in a precisely beautiful location on the central Idaho of about 1400 acres of private land.
Next to the monastery are three separate buildings i.e the  Monastery museum & Gift shop, their spirit center for events and retreat and the Inn at St Gertrudes.  All are owned and operated by the sisters of the Monastery.
The Inn - wonderfully appointed and I will definitely be coming back to this place.  The ara is al about hiking trails  and with the cool and beautiful autumn weather,  walking around was indeed a great exercise!

We stayed a night at the Inn which is managed by the monastery.  It has only 4 rooms to rent out to the  public :
1. Bluebird Studio room with Prairie view,
2. Meadowlark Studio room with forest view, 3. Pheasant Suite with Prairie view and
4. Hummingbird Suite with forest view.

Reservations can be made via their website or via TripAdvisor. These 4 rooms are well appointed, much like a hotel room.

Continental breakfast is served from 7am to 9am every morning. They also have evening snack at 6pm daily with coffee/tea and had a chocolate cake while we were there on Saturday.

Back Country

Started off at eight,  a cool morning ride towards the picturesque highway 55 with a number of quaint small towns along the way.  The road is winding uphill and downhill and repeatedly uphill and downhill drive until we reached our destination, Cottonwood.   You can, without doubt,  pull over to a scenic overlook or viewpoint to take photographs. The famous highway 55 is a gateway to the state’s popularly remote and beautiful back country.  Summer travel season is pretty much over and so the roads aren't too busy. 
River of no return, Riggins ID