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The Gathering Place Sleeps 31! Billiards, Hot Tub, Sled from cabin. $365 winter

Bedrooms 6
Space 3,900 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

6 Themed Bedrooms, 5 Baths, Satellite, Children's game room with Wii

The Gathering Place Family Lodge is a wonderful cabin in the Macks Inn area of Island Park, just 23 miles from Yellowstone. This cabin has six themed bedrooms, five bathrooms, a well-equipped kitchen, a large family room and a living room, children's bunkroom, satellite big screen HDTV, VCR, DVD, stereo, hot tub, pool table, piano, children's game room with Wii and flat screen TV, and all your bedding and kitchen needs. A large mudroom with plenty of hooks and cubbies will store all your gear neatly. Will sleep 25 people in beds and another 6 with the sofa bed and futon.

Outside are 2 decks with outdoor furniture for the summer, a half-court basketball court, volleyball, covered hot tub, lawn area, and fire pit, all on 1.5 acres, with 2 driveways for parking convenience.

The main entry to the cabin is on the lower level, with a large mudroom full of hooks, cubbies and benches for storing gear, ice chests, etc. There is one bedroom -- The Autumn Room -- located on this level, with a queen bed, a crib, and a TV/VHS player (no cable in this room). Across from the bedroom is a full bath. Also located on this level are a billiard room and a children's game room. The game room has a large wall-mounted flat-screen TV, DVD/VHS player, Wii and Nintendo. No cable provided on this TV, but Netflix is hooked up through the Wii. The laundry is also located in this room, with 2 washers and 2 dryers.

The second level of the home is the main level. A cozy living room with leather furniture and gas fireplace provide a quiet escape for adults. The kitchen/dining are on this level. The kitchen is well equipped, with 2 coffee pots, 2 large crock pots, 2 electric griddles, a large electric roaster, Kitchen Aid stand mixer, a large rice cooker, numerous large stock pots and fryer pans as well as many large Pyrex dishes, cookie sheets and muffin pans. The kitchen has 2 refrigerators and a walk-in pantry. Basic spices are always kept on hand, and all dishes are provided. We even have Christmas china! Full-disclosure note: The dining area is small for as many guests as the cabin holds. There are solutions for this, however: The main table will seat 12, the game table upstairs seats 6, and there are 2 banquet tables with chairs that can be set up in the living room and kitchen to seat the others during winter months or cold/stormy weather. During summer, there is outdoor seating at patio tables for 26, and the banquet tables can be taken outside for serving buffet-style. This has worked just fine for our own family.

Down the hall from the kitchen is the smallest of the bedrooms, The Wolf Room, with one queen bed. This is usually where Grandma and Grandpa sleep. It is directly across the hall from a full bath. Next is the children's bunkroom, 'The Fishing Room', with 3 twin/full bunks and a private 3/4 bath for the kiddos. This room sleeps 9 cousins, and if anyone gets scared in the middle of the night, Grandma and Grandpa are just down the hall :)

The upper level of the home is the main attraction, with The Gathering Room as the feature. This beautiful room has a large leather sectional, leather club chair and ottoman, large flat-screen HDTV with Dish Network, DVD/VHS player, a Karaoke machine, guitar, piano, and game table. This is THE room for family sing-alongs and talent shows! 3 themed bedrooms on this level each have 2 queen beds. The Deer Room has it's own private 3/4 bath. The Bear Room is very unique and you just may have to draw straws to see who gets this one! The Moose Room is the smallest of the 3 bedrooms, but equally as charming as the others. The top level also has another 3/4 bath.

In winter you will appreciate a few things about this cabin. The cabin was built with severe weather in mind, and is not at all drafty, due to expandable foam insulation in the walls. The cabin stays very warm, and we have often opened windows in the dead of winter! Since adding a wall heater in the basement and adding the mudroom, even the basement stays quite warm. You will also appreciate the location for snowmobiling: sled right from the cabin to the trail system, which starts just a block away. Easy access to the famous 'Snow Ghosts' of Two Top!

In the summer you will appreciate having 1.5 acres to yourselves, the outdoor activities to entertain the kids, the walk to the river for fishing and wildlife viewing, ATV-ing right from the cabin, and the proximity to the Big Springs area to start your river float. Within 1/2 mile are 2 churches, a gas station, Macks Inn Playhouse Dinner Theatre, and Macks Inn Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor.

Any season you will appreciate not having to drive distances on dirt roads to get to the cabin (you do have to drive about 20 feet on dirt to the main driveway). Seclusion is another plus. The entire block contains only 3 cabins. You will also appreciate the short distance to Yellowstone...just 23 miles away.

The Gathering Place family lodge is close to Big Springs, Johnny Sack Cabin, Henry's Lake, Henry's Fork of the Snake River, Island Park Reservoir, Quake Lake, Hebgen Lake, West Yellowstone, Harriman State Park, and Yellowstone National Park. There's so much to do in Island Park, Idaho, and The Gathering Place is the place to stay!

If you need more room, there is a cabin across the street from The Gathering Place, VRBO #710119, that sleeps 18.

More Details

Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, spanish, mandarin
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About Debbie

We have a large family and love getting all together. We live far away from each other, from North Carolina to California and even Taiwan, and treasure the times we can reunite and make memories. It's especially fun for the cousins -- there are a lot of them! We all love the outdoors and love adventure!

Debbie purchased this cabin in 2004

Why Debbie chose Island Park

We came to Island Park for a family reunion without knowing much about the location. We fell in love immediately, and started looking for a large cabin to buy that would accomodate our group. Soon, we had turned a lovely home into a wonderful 'cabin', with themed bedrooms and lots of wildlife, and knew we wanted to share our cabin with others. Island Park has so much to do, and is so close to the west entrance to Yellowstone, that we could never run out of activities in a whole lifetime! We love walking the short distance to Macks Inn Dinner Theatre, or to the dock on the river to watch a sunset or spot moose. This whole area is just magical to us!

What makes this cabin unique

Our cabin just feels cozy, with wildlife decor and cozy spaces. One great thing about our cabin is that when the children are downstairs in any of the three play rooms, the adults can be upstairs visiting and we don't even hear the kids! The cousins get to be loud together, and we older siblings get to catch up undisturbed! Of course, we break up the cousins' fun to do many fabulous activities in the area, from floating the river, to waterskiing on the lake, fishing, trips to Yellowstone, hiking, and of course riding the trails! That's another great thing about our cabin -- you can ride right from the cabin to our favorite snowmobile trail -- Two Top and the 'Snow Ghosts', or continue on into Yellowstone. In the summer, the large 1.5 acre lot, with firepit, basketball court, lawn area, 2 decks and coverd hot tub make a great place to relax after busy days in Yellowstone or at the lake.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Everyone enjoyed the time we spent here at the Gathering place. Thanks loads.
Aug 2006
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Island Park Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 31
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 32 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Basement Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Main Level Common Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Main Level Children's Bath - toilet , shower
    Upper Level Common Bath - toilet , shower
    Upper Level Private Bath to Deer Room - toilet , shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 31
  • The Wolf Room - 1 queen , Small bedroom on main floor
    The Autumn Room - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Basement bedroom, away from others. Perfect for new baby!
    The Deer Room - 2 queen , Upper level. Private 3/4 bath
    The Fishing Room - 3 double , 3 twin/ single , Children's Bunk Room...on main level. Private 3/4 bath
    The Bear Room - 2 queen , Upper Level
    The Moose Room - 2 queen , Upper Level
    Convertible bed(s) - 3 sleep sofa /futon , Sofa sleeper on upper level, 2 futons in basement game room
  • Queen size Beds (8), Baby Cribs (1) folding crib , Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) One queen sleeper sofa and 2 double futons. , Bunk Beds (3) 3 twin/full bunks
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Wireless DSL, 2 Additional TV-VCR/DVDs, Fully Stocked Kitchen, 2 Refrigerators, nice comfortors and down bedding and linens provided, 3 Bedrooms with 2 Queen Beds each, 1 Bedroom with 3 Twin/Full Bunks, 1 Bedroom with 1 Queen, 1 Bedroom with 1 Queen and one Crib. Snowmobile or ATV directly from the property!


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The Gathering Place Sleeps 31! Billiards, Hot Tub, Sled from cabin. $365 winter
average rating of 4.6363635 based on 22 reviews
Raymond Alberta

Very fun place to stay!!!!

  • 5 of 5

For large groups it’s awesome lots of room and the location is great for sledding we would definitely be back!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Cabin in Convenient Location for Fishing Trip

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to stay. We came on a fishing trip and the location is fantastic! It was conveniently located just a few "blocks" from the main highway. It was clean. The kitchen is well stocked with all of the utensils and cookware you could need. It has 2 fridges, plenty of sleeping arrangements and a lot of fun amenities including a pool table, hot tub, big flat screen tv and a game room. I would stay here again in a second! Owners are extremely nice and were very attentive. Stay with confidence!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice Property

  • 3 of 5

Very nice value for the money spent. We enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Daniel, Thank you for your review. I'm glad you felt the cabin was a good value and you had a nice stay. You were a great guest to have :)
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Fabulous Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time at the Gathering Place. It didn't start out well. As everybody arrived we had a hail storm with 3 inches of hail on the deck. After the storm everything went well. Our 28 people fit nicely in the house with bathrooms for all and private spaces in the bedrooms. All seemed to get along very well every though we were very close together. The kids loved the group room and the large kitchen table was fun with loads of cousins gathered around it. We loved the area. We went to Big Springs and the Sack cabin. Also took in the play, Home School Musical. We spent time in Yellowstone including some white water rafting. The last day there, we had Olympics in the yard using the volleyball court and the basketball court. A lovely talent night was held in the upstairs living room. We cooked all of our own food and the kitchen was very adequate for all preparation and serving. We loved our stay. These fun get-to-gethers are always just too short. Thank you for sharing your awesome cabin with the Newman's!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved this cabin !

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was perfect for our group of 23! It has been our favorite cabin that we have stayed at in Island Park!!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you liked the cabin! Thank you so much for staying and sharing your review. We hope to see you again :)
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West Jordan, Utah

Great Place!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the Gathering Place cabin. The cabin was clean and well kept. We loved have the cooking utensils and other amenities. Several of our group commented on how much they enjoyed the stay. I would recommend this cabin to all my family and friends.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay! Thanks for your kind review. We hope to see you in the future!
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Nearest Point of Interest
Docks on the river
Nearest Point of Interest
Snowmobile Trail
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Macks Inn Dinner Theatre
Nearest Point of Interest
The Landing Cafe
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Exxon Gas Station / Mini-Mart
Nearest Point of Interest
Macks Inn Gift Shops
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LDS Church
Nearest Point of Interest
Little Church of The Pines

Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park exploring!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cancellations made 60 days or more prior to arrival receive full refund less credit card fees (3%). Cancellations made within 60 days of arrival forfeit all payments.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.