About the Inn


Welcome to our home

Horse racing played a major role in the creation of what is now the Reflections Inn.  The Inn was first built in 1959 as a private retreat for a Los Angeles pharmacist, born and raised in Kamiah, Idaho, who'd made a fair amount of money from patenting race horse salves.  After his passing it evolved into Bella Vista, a Dude Ranch under the care of his daughter and son-in-law, a relative of the Tommy Dorsey family.  A couple of other owners came and went over the years, the property falling into some disrepair, but always retaining its "Good Bones."


Ruth and Jim May came along in 1995, after a 10 year search, immediately falling in love with the location and the property.  At the time is was called Looking Glass Inn, after the heroic 19th Century Nez Perce Chief.  The May's changed the name to the "Reflections Inn" in 2001 out of respect for the descendants of Chief Looking Glass.

It's a beautiful, beautiful place.  The river is clean, clear and cold; the trees are huge and green and the surrounding mountains force you to look up to see the horizon.  After a day of traveling and exploring the surrounding area, what better way to relax, regroup and unwind.

As you turn onto our long gravel driveway...you'll be transported to a more tranquil state of mind.  A ranch style property set on ten wooded acres provides a retreat-like setting not normally found in this size accommodation.  Attention to detail and personal service are standard fare in this homey and private oasis on the Clearwater. 

Located at the base of the North Central Idaho panhandle - almost midway between Lewiston, Idaho and Missoula, Montana.  The Inn is located in the beautiful and relatively unspoiled Clearwater River Valley surrounded by the Bitterroot Mountains.  The first such area designated by Congress in the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, situated next to the largest contiguous wilderness area in the lower 48 states, which includes the Selway-Bitterrroot and Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness Areas.

The Reflections Inn is designed from the ground up as a place of quiet.  A place to rest and retreat from an all too often hectic and chaotic world.  We are also an ideal location for beginning or ending your hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, history focused adventure. 

UNPLUG, unwind and reflect.

We invite you to experience this gorgeous place we are lucky enough to call home.

See you soon!





Reflections Inn  |  6873 Highway 12, PO Box 250, Kooskia, ID 83539  |  208-926-0855    innkeepers@reflectionsinn.com
Please contact the owners, Jim and Ruth.  They would be happy to assist you!