There are plenty of fun day trips from Stanley, Idaho that allow you to explore different areas of the Sawtooth Mountains and Central Idaho wilderness. Head about an hour north along the Salmon River to the town of Challis for a look at a frontier mining ghost town and a dip in the local hot springs. You’ll work up an appetite exploring the town’s mining history, so we compiled a list of the top Challis, Idaho restaurants. You can find more exciting things to do and attractions in our free Central Idaho Vacation Guide!
The Top Restaurants in Challis, Idaho
Challis, Idaho is full of mining history. Stop by Bayhorse Ghost Town on your way from Redfish Lake Lodge for a look into the interesting and creepy ruins of an old silver mine. Check out our blog on the top things to do in Challis for more details on this site and other attractions in the area!
River of No Return Brewing
River of No Return Brewing is a fantastic spot to stop and sample some of their small-batch craft beers! Ciders, stouts, sours, IPAs, lagers, and more await you at this rustic, no-frills restaurant and brewhouse in Challis, Idaho also serves up a variety of seasonal dishes from soups to burgers.
Shyla’s Hideaway, Bar & Grill
An old saloon storefront conceals Shyla’s Hideaway, Bar & Brill along the main street in Challis. Stop in for a quick drink and some live entertainment every Friday. It’s also a great place to catch your favorite sports team at this fun and casual eatery.
Village Inn Restaurant
Village Inn Restaurant in Challis, Idaho serves up good ole’ country cooking in a family dining atmosphere. Biscuits and gravy, char-broiled steaks, and burgers are just a few of the things you’ll find on their extensive breakfast and lunch menus. This is a great place to grab a casual bite to eat while you’re in town exploring the Sawtooths!
Y-Inn Lounge is another rustic restaurant in Challis that features breakfast and lunch. The full-service lounge serves up a tasty breakfast as well as a mean chicken-fried steak with a local feel.
Challis Lodge & Lounge
Steaks and burgers dominate the menu at this local bar and pub house. The Challis Lodge & Lounge is a great place to fill up before or after hitting the Sawtooth Wilderness on a day trip to the area.
Tea Cup Cafe and Bakery
If you want to sit down and enjoy a nice, new restaurant, Tea Cup Cafe and Bakery is the place to stop in Challis. The espresso bar concocts a variety of blended coffees, smoothies, and lattes while the bakery features a delicious selection of donuts, quiches, muffins, and other pastries. They also have great lunch options like wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, and salads. You can even stop in for a delicious salmon or prime rib dinner!
Whether you want to take a day trip to a nearby mountain town or partake in your favorite outdoor activity in the Sawtooth Mountains, Redfish Lake Lodge is the place to stay in Central Idaho. Our unique array of accommodations include cabins, suites, and lodge rooms. We have a fantastic selection of onsite dining options, activities, and specials, so you don’t have to leave our beautiful lakeside location! The town of Stanley also has some great places to grab food.
Start booking your trip to Redfish Lake Lodge today by booking your room or cabin today! Are we all booked up? Check out our three Sister properties located down the road in Stanley! Triangle C Cabins, Stanley High Country Inn, and Redfish Riverside Inn all feature unique accommodations, and guests get complete access to all of the activities and amenities at Redfish Lake Lodge! What are you waiting for? Plan your vacation now! We look forward to meeting you!