Pines Motel * Guest Haus

105 South Main Street, Driggs, Idaho 83422

Located in Downtown Driggs! WELCOME!

Please call our cell number for reservations: 307-264-8210

We are currently not taking any more bookings

from the 6th of September until further notice!! Thank you!


WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING PETS--SO SORRY!!

What We Offer:

* Private bathrooms

* Mini-refrigerators & microwaves

* Dish TV & Wi-Fi

* Gas grill & picnic area

* Children welcome

Who We Are:

Pines Motel * Guest Haus

The Pines Motel * Guest Haus has been in the Frantz / Nielson family for nearly 50 years. We're John and Nancy Nielson, and our goal is to offer you true hospitality at an affordable price. The atmosphere is that of a small European guesthouse that's surrounded by an acre of tree-covered lawn. Whether your aim is a quick get-away to enjoy that famous Targhee powder, a week exploring the Teton / Yellowstone area or a family reunion, we think you'll find yourself at home with us.

Where in the World are John and Nancy?

We love to travel, wandering the back roads in our SUV to see what we can discover, or visiting one of our children somewhere around the world. I carry along my camera (and now my phone) and we stop often for pictures.

Soaking in hot springs is one of our favorite pastimes while traveling: in pools built near the edges of rivers or up canyons, in commercial pools, and in cattle troughs or bathtubs on BLM or private lands.

Several years back we decided to do something that you might find enjoyable: we post a hot spring photo of us occasionally from one of our trips, and ask you to pinpoint exactly where we are. The first person to respond with the correct name and location will win a free room for two at the Pines Motel!

You may email thepines@silverstar.com, call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response.

Join those below who have won their free room at the Pines!

Happy Travels!

John and Nancy

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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #16

July 8, 2021



This hot spring is another absolute favorite that I hope to visit again soon! Should be a couple dead giveaways in this photo for anyone who's been there. So to make this one just a little bit trickier, tell us which pool we're in!!! Please let me know it's HS #16.

The first to guess correctly (with one guess) via a phone call/message or email wins a free night for two at the Pines Motel. Let us hear from you, and please tell us what gave it away for you as well!

Please email thepines@silverstar.com, call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response.


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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #15

July 8, 2021

We visited this hot spring a few years back when it was still open. Some local hardy hotspringers need to rebuild it! (Please do!!) Do you know the name of it and its location? Let me know you're guessing HS #15.

The first to guess correctly via a phone call/message or email wins a free night for two at the Pines Motel. Let us hear from you!

Please email thepines@silverstar.com, call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response.


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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #14

June 29, 2021


This is another of our favorite hot springs (enhanced by the CCC in the 30's) that we don't get to nearly often enough!

First person to guess the name of the hot spring and its nearest town will receive a gift certificate for a free night at the motel for two people.


call 208-354-2774,

or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response

Please let me know it's HS#14

Winner: Michelle Taylor from Mesa, Arizona

This is the beloved Granite Hot Springs, 30 miles southeast of Jackson, Wyoming. A favorite in both late spring/summer and in winter (even by dog-sled tour!)


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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #13

March 5, 2021


This little bathhouse with tub was an enjoyable addition to the soaking pools along the creek edge of this hot springs, where volunteers mix the water to their liking. What's the name of this hot springs, near what campground, in what state?

The first to guess correctly via a phone call , text, or email wins a free night for two at the Pines Motel. Let us hear from you!

Please email thepines@silverstar.com, call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response.

This is the soaking shack at Bonneville Hot Springs, near the campground of the same name about 9 miles west of Grandjean, ID. The campground used to be called Warm Springs Campground.

Winner: David Mower from Hauna Lei, Kuai, Hawaii


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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #12

March 5, 2021


Have any of you found this hot springs? The first person to correctly identify it will win a free room for two at our motel. What is the name of this hot springs, and in which town and state is it located? (What newsworthy event happened there in 2020?)

Please email thepines@silverstar.com call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response.

Winner: Johnathan B. from CO

This is the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa in Ojo Caliente, New Mexico. We're in the Iron Pool, one of many at this lovely resort. They had a fire there in August of 2020 that destroyed the bathhouse.

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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #11

March 30, 2020


Before I could take "selfies" with my old-fashioned camera, I got a shot of John soaking at this wonderful hot springs. We thoroughly enjoyed the uniqueness and intimacy of what was offered. What/where is this one?

Please email thepines@silverstar.com, call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response.

The first person to get it right wins a free night for two at the Pines Motel. Happy soaking!! We're beginning to think about our spring Hot Springs trip now and can hardly wait.

Winner: Carole Revelt, Salt Lake City, UT

This is the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort in Saratoga, Wyoming. Sadly, they're no longer open for day use-- you must be a resort guest to use them. But it's a lovely place if you want a luxurious getaway.

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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #10

February 16, 2020

We had some time off again last fall, and traipsed around finding new hot springs. This one was probably our favorite of the whole trip. First person to guess the name of the hot spring and its nearest town will receive a gift certificate for a free night at the motel for two people.

Please email thepines@silverstar.com, call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response.

Winner: Ken Baskett from Eagle, Idaho

This is Burgdorf Hot Springs, about 30 miles northeast of McCall, Idaho. It is a lovey place at the end of a beautiful drive through the Payette National Forest.

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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #9

January 24, 2019

This one's different. We loved this place so much we stayed an extra night just to use the hot pool again!! The first person to tell us the name of this place and the city it's in wins a free night for two at the Pines Motel.

Please email thepines@silverstar.com, call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your educated guess.

This one's being a bit too tricky, I'm afraid. I've added a second photo of the lovely outdoor pool as well. This motel even had a free limo service for anyone who wanted to go downtown for drinks or dinner. Great place, and reasonably priced considering the amenities.

Happy soaking!

These are the outdoor hot tub and pool at the Humboldt Bay Inn (Best Western) in Eureka, California!

Winners: Jennifer and Ryan from Oregon


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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #8

February 17, 2018

This is Strawberry Park Hot Springs a few miles from Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

We enjoyed a few new hot springs last fall, and I've finally found time to post one of our favorites. Where is this one, and what's its name?

The first to guess correctly via a phone call or email wins a free night for two at the Pines Motel. Let us hear from you!

Please email thepines@silverstar.com, call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response.

We really enjoyed this place. Well worth the summer drive or winter shuttle!

Winner: Brad Galleher from Boise, Idaho


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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #7

May 19, 2017


Here is a primitive hot spring requiring a half-mile hike up a creek in the Clearwater National Forest. For which creek is it named, and into which river does it flow? First to guess correctly wins a free night for two at the motel. Happy soaking!

Please email thepines@silverstar.com call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response.

Winner: Chris Valiante from Driggs, Idaho


This is Weir Creek Hot Springs which flows into the Lochsa River in the Clearwater National Forest, about 45 miles northeast of Lowell, Idaho. It's a great little soak after a lovely, short hike.

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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #6

May 24, 2016

This is Norris Hot Springs in Norris, Montana . We had to make plans for this one on our trip because their open hours were unusual for us. You might want to call ahead.

We've been hot springing again! We visited several new ones this spring on our little vacation, and thought you might be able to guess this one.

The first person to get both the name of the hot spring and the nearest town will receive a gift certificate for one night's stay at the motel for two people.

Please email thepines@silverstar.com, call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response.

We hope you get to enjoy some hot springs yourself this summer on your travels.

Winner: Tom A. from Pendleton, South Carolina

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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #5

July 17, 2015

We added a couple photos to help with this one! There seems to be a mining setup happening across the river from this hot spring.

We had a wonderful time discovering over twenty hot springs in May this year. (Hint: Obviously, they must have been a bit close together for us to make it to so many!) So here's a new one for you to guess in a setting that was both beautiful and restful. The first to tell us its name and nearest town will receive a gift certificate for a free night at the motel for two people.

Please email thepines@silverstar.com, call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response, and let me know it's HS #5.

Hope you enjoy this activity as much as we do!

Yay!!!! Another winner at last!!!! This is the delightful, easily accessible Hot Springs Campground, southeast of Garden Valley, Idaho along the South Fork of the Payette River.

Winner: Annabel Armstrong from Boise, Idaho

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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #4

March 30, 2015

Here we are again at a lovely hot springs. Do you know the name of it and where it can be found? The first to get it right will win a free room for two at the motel.

Please email thepines@silverstar.com, call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response. Let me know it's HS #4

NOTICE!!!

Apparently we've stumped everyone with this one, so we've added another picture as a second clue: it's of the indoor Jacuzzi, with a painting on the wall that should be a giveaway to anyone who's been there.

Yay!!!! A winner at last!!!! This is a rustic resort/hot spring near Sula MT--Lost Trail HS at the base of Lost Trail Pass, just over the Idaho border on HW 93. At the top of the pass is the Lost Trail Ski Area which straddles the border between the states. Check it out!

Winner: Kara Meier from Bozeman, Montana

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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #3

January 13, 2015

Have any of you found this hot springs? The first person to correctly identify where we are will win a free room for two at our motel. This set of pools is named what, and is located near which town in which state?

Please email thepines@silverstar.com call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response.

Winner: Penny Green from Logan, Utah

This is Sharkey Hot Spring southeast of Salmon, ID near Tendoy on BLM land.

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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #2

June 7, 2015

We were on the Salmon River near Stanley, ID. The Hot Spring has two names: Boat Box or Elkhorn.

Here we are at another of our favorite hot springs.

Have any of you found this place? The first person to correctly identify where we are will win a free room for two at our motel. The buoy is located on which river near what town? This hot spring has had two names, and the soaking tub used to be an old, round, wooden tub. Either name for the hot spring will do.

Please email thepines@silverstar.com, call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response.

Winners: Lex and Erin Case from Meridian, Idaho

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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #1

November 30, 2013

Who recognizes this hot spring? The first person to correctly identify where we are will win a free room for two at our motel. The pool is located in which town and state?

Please email thepines@silverstar.com call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response.

Winners: Dillon and Rachel Jenkins from Montana

We were at the Lava Hot Springs Inn in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho.

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