Hotel at a Glance: Wallace Inn
Visitors to Wallace Inn, situated near a sundry of outdoor activities, can visit the area’s historic mines or go hiking and ziplining in the mountains. Situated in the Rocky Mountains of northern Idaho, the Idaho side of Lookout Pass is just a 15-minute drive away. Lookout Pass ski area gets an average of 400 inches of light, powdery snow each year. This makes for great skiing and snowboarding conditions on the resort’s 34 runs, which range in difficulty from easy to not. Ski season begins at the end of November.
- Scenic location: The inn is nestled in the foothills of the Bitterroot Mountain range, near the historic downtown district.
- Mountain views: You’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows in the inn’s indoor pool area, and each of the 59 rooms look out on the scenery.
- Molly’s at the Inn: The hotel’s restaurant serves farm-fresh fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Wet your whistle in the onsite lounge or head about half a mile up the road to Wallace Brewing.
Wallace, Idaho: Historic Mining Town at the Foot of the Bitterroot Mountains
The old mining town of Wallace has survived two major fires: The first, in 1890, wiped out most of the wooden buildings downtown, prompting residents to rebuild with brick, stone, and masonry foundations that have survived to today. The layouts range in style from art deco to Victorian; one of them was a brothel that didn’t close its doors until 1988. It’s this assortment of architectural styles that landed Wallace on the National Register of Historic Places, the last whole town to earn this distinction.
The northern Idaho town has another, more surprising distinction: it’s the location of the center of the universe. You might miss it if you aren’t looking, though—the spot is marked by an embossed seal that looks like a manhole cover. It may not literally be the center of the universe, but as a mayor once declared, if it can’t be disproven, it must be true.