Plan a peaceful staycation right here in Bonners Ferry
By Jillian Chandler
After spending many years living in the Hawaiian Islands, where they operated a successful real estate brokerage (Love Hawaii Realty) and vacation rental management business (Love Hawaii Villas, specializing in luxury beachfront condos), Munro and Rachel Murdock were eager to be closer to family, to experience the immense natural beauty of North Idaho and its four seasons and simplify their lives. They purchased a home in Bonners Ferry in 2020 and moved their family to the area the following summer.
Once they had settled in, Munro and Rachel began exploring possible business and investment opportunities. “It was important to us to invest close to home and to focus on doing something that would contribute to the local economy and create job opportunities for Boundary County residents,” affirms Munro.
After meeting the owners of the Log Inn Bonners Ferry, and learning of their interest in selling the luxury log cabins and RV sites side of their business, the Murdocks decided to pursue the opportunity further. They completed the business acquisition in November of last year and rebranded as North Haven Campground.
“This particular business presented us with a great opportunity to do something we already had experience in, while also enabling us to branch out into new areas of business that we had not considered before,” says Rachel.
Nestled in a beautiful wooded setting just 2 1⁄2 miles north of Bonners Ferry, North Haven Campground is a peaceful, family friendly destination. Open year-round, guest accommodation options include five luxury log cabins (one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans), 21 RV sites, two Conestoga glamping wagons with private bathrooms, and a large log cabin-style bath house with pristine private restrooms, showers and modern laundry facilities. In addition, guests will have access to high-speed fiber optic wireless internet, the on-site camp store and a fun ¾-mile nature walking trail loop. And there are pet-friendly cabins available as well, so your furry family member can enjoy the adventure, too.
The couple acknowledges the many wonderful accommodations businesses that can be found throughout Bonners Ferry and North Idaho and realize that each business is unique and provides a customized experience for visitors from all over the county—and world. “At North Haven, we are able to provide a variety of accommodations options for travelers between our luxury log cabins, RV sites and our new Conestoga glamping wagons. We are also planning to introduce other fun glamping sites in the campground, such as tipis and glamping tents, so that there will be something for everyone,” says Munro. “For us, it is about helping all of our guests create experiences that are fun and memorable, and to have a comfortable—and even luxurious—experience while spending time at North Haven Campground.”
As they embark on this new adventure, Munro and Rachel strive to surpass the expectations of their guests. “Our business philosophy is based on the commitment to always be improving and finding ways to make things better and to improve the guest experience,” Munro shares. “We are also committed to making our business a fun and rewarding place to work for our team members. We’ve had many great mentors and examples over the years who have inspired us in life and business, including some of our close family members who are successful entrepreneurs.”
The Murdocks have felt the aloha spirit from the people of Boundary County and have “great admiration for the industriousness, work ethic and respect for God, country and the community that is so prevalently represented by those we have come to know and meet throughout North Idaho,” the Murdocks note. “Boundary County has a wonderful business community as well, with such a diverse mix of businesses and striving entrepreneurs. We love that and hope to be able to make a lasting and positive contribution to the local business community as well.”
Munro and Rachel look forward to actively supporting local education, Boundary County law enforcement and first responders, adding, “We welcome opportunities to serve, to support and to be involved in ways that can help to benefit the community around us.”
The Murdocks invite the community to join them at the campground from 11am to 4pm on May 20 for their official Grand Opening and Open House celebration, where they will be offering free Hawaiian shave ice, tours of the campground, log cabins and wagon glamping sites, and visitors can enter to win a free stay in one of the cabins or wagons! More details will be released as the event date approaches. Those interested in scheduling a private tour of the facility are welcome to reach out.
If you are looking for some adventure and relaxation, book a cabin, RV site or glamping wagon today! Reservations to North Haven Campground can be made online at NorthHavenCampground.com or by calling 208.603.9212.
North Haven Campground
78 Tobe Way
Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805