Sun Meadow Family Nudist Resort, near Worley, Idaho
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As I’ve been documenting my extensive travels in search of naturist places in the United States, I keep debating with myself – should I take a chronological approach? Geographical? Or as in this case, prioritize those places that I’m most eager to bring to the attention of would-be future clientele, hoping my post might help push someone over the edge in checking the place out. In this case, Sun Meadows Family Nudist Resort has gone public with the fact that the long time owner is looking to sell, moving onto the the next chapter of life. Were I of the mind (and in the financial position) to buy a nudist resort, this one would most certainly capture my imagination. Located in the beautiful, green rolling hills of northern Idaho (not too far from Spokane, WA.) it’s relatively easy to get to, has a beautiful lodge with indoor recreation areas and modern hotel rooms, and lots of space on the grounds for long morning walks. I suspect winter is pretty harsh (and long) in this part of the country, but the beautiful indoor pool and a large outdoor hot-tub would offset the short summer season. And even a brief glance at their website shows they are tech savvy, including free wi-fi in the rooms, something you might expect most places but actually find in few (naked) places. There’s a small residential community next door to the resort with residents who are either naturist, or naturist tolerant, and the big, colorful sign on the main road boasting a “family nudist resort” in a part of the country not typically thought as outwardly progressive. It short, it’s a strikingly beautiful place.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO GET THERE? The good news is that you don’t have to drive ten miles on windy, dirt roads to get to their front gate, which I had pretty much come to expect by the time I made it to northern Idaho. That said, I suspect you’d be hard-pressed to find an option for public transportation within a 30-mile radius of the place, so I guess you’re going to drive. What surprised me is the proximity to Spokane, Washington – about an hour by car, in contrast to the sheer distance from Boise – a solid seven hour drive! – as I simply hadn’t realized Idaho was so large. (It’s also in two different time zones. Who knew?) Several folks I met there mentioned the charming town of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, but I didn’t have time to get there to check it out firsthand. Next time.
WHAT’S THE FAMILY VIBE? While there were no families with children on the grounds during my stay, this seems like the perfect environment for a family naturist vacation. Lot of space, indoor and outdoor pools, some hiking on the grounds and not too far from lots of other outdoor activities such as boating, rafting, fishing, and long mountain treks. Timing is everything, but compared to many other naked places we’ve visited in the US, Sun Meadow lacked the intense party atmosphere I’ve come to associate with nudist parks on weekends. Not that people weren’t laughing and having a good time at the Saturday night dinner, but if the Jello-Shot folks are regulars here, they were absent during my stay.
HOW ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS? As we are not RVers, and not even the tent campers we were years ago, a challenge for naturist travel in the US has been finding places with viable overnight accommodations. There are loads of nudist parks that have a few small cabins that require a walk through the campground to find a bathroom and a shower, but only a few (short of the upscale boutique hotels) that have something on par with a room at even a modest hotel. The rooms at Sun Meadow are simple, clean, and well appointed with good beds and private baths, not unlike what you’d find at a Fairfield Inn. There were also communal areas with couches and overstuffed chairs, and even an exercise room and daily yoga sessions. Of course, if you do have a tent or an RV, there’s plenty of space for that as well, but the layout of the resort didn’t make you feel like the lodge was an afterthought to the RV park. One of the nicest, most modern facilities I’ve encountered at a naked place anywhere.
ANYTHING ELSE WE SHOULD KNOW? Sadly, Sun Meadow Resort is about as far from my home on the Eastern Seaboard as one can get without leaving the country. Were that not the case, I suspect this would become our go-to naked place in the United States. (I think Spokane has a good sized airport which is only an hour’s drive away. I would do that!) I’ve written before about the various administrative structures of nudist parks and that the biggest downfall of a privately owned park is that it could easily sell to textiles who would then convert the property, ending its clothing-optional legacy. I sincerely hope this is not the eventual outcome at Sun Meadow. Perhaps a prospective owner will see this post on social media, book a flight to Idaho, and fall in love with the place just like I did.
In the meantime, they’ll certainly remain open and naturist for the duration of this season. If it’s on your bucket list, move it to the top and get thee to Idaho!
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