Wondering where to stay for your Yellowstone visit? Rent a cabin in Island Park Idaho – it’s especially perfect for larger groups!
I am blessed to have a family that loves to spend time together, and this is not the first time that we have all gone in together to rent one large cabin where all of us can stay. I am also blessed to have a sister that is awesome at planning it all out, and who did all of the research for this trip.
Finding a cabin that will fit all of us is a feat in and of itself, especially when you throw in trying to keep to a budget for all of us. She did an awesome job, though, and found this cabin in Centennial Shores in Island Park, Idaho. We decided to stay in Island Park because it’s close to the West Yellowstone entrance (only about a 30 minute drive) and much cheaper than staying right next to the park. Plus, we were close to other activities, since we only spent 2 actual days at Yellowstone.
This cabin was just perfect for our family. 4800 square feet and beds for 20, plus lots of living area and a great yard. We couldn’t ask for more!!
The main floor of the cabin had a large kitchen with a very large island that we all loved. There was also a large dining table, and a living area. There is also a bedroom with a full bathroom on the main level. There are 4 more bedrooms and one bathroom in the basement, as well as another family room. Upstairs was a very large rec room with a big screen tv, plus a pool table, another table perfect for playing games, and the last bedroom and bathroom.
The large rec room on the top floor was perfect for all of the kids. It was one big sleepover (and I’m glad I slept in the basement!)
At first we were kind of bummed that we couldn’t find a cabin in an actual wooded area, but once I got to the cabin, that feeling was swept away. The views we had were amazing. There were gorgeous views of Island Park Reservoir and the sunsets that I saw off of the porch were awe inspiring. And it was great to have so much open space for the kids to play. There was a large lawn, plus a fire pit and a volleyball net. I think we would have taken advantage of the outdoor space a lot more if it wouldn’t have been raining all week!!
There is also a ping pong table in the large garage, which definitely got used. It was nice to have it out in the garage where the kids could be loud. 🙂
There are lots of advantages to renting a cabin over a hotel. First is the kitchen. We knew we would be out and about a lot of the time, but it was great to be able to plan half of our meals at the cabin. Not only is it less expensive than eating out at every meal, but when you have a family that cooks like mine, you’ll definitely prefer home cooked meals over eating out. I also love that you have access to a washer and dryer.
But overall, I think the greatest advantage of renting a large cabin is the time you get to spend with family. At the core of it all is the family – spending time together is the main reason we vacation together. It’s a lot more fun – especially for the kids – to get to spend hours into the night playing games or afternoons cooking together. You just get so much more bang for your buck when you get to spend more time together.
If you are interested in the cabin that we stayed at, you can also find more information at islandparkgetaways.com. We have all declared that this has been the most perfect cabin for our family yet, and it’s also affordable. Win!