The Pied Piper: The Musician's B&B

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The mountains of Idaho hold a unique treat for musicians: a Bed and Breakfast with a 60+ rank pipe organ, a Mason and Hamlin baby grand, and a Neupert double harpsichord. Conveniently situated halfway between Salt Lake City and Yellowstone National Park, it provides a perfect venue to rest, enjoy some great music, and try out some unique instruments. Located in the rural town of Paris, it is close to the popular recreational retreat Bear Lake, and sits at an elevation of 6,000 feet.

The house and the organ were built by Kelvin Smith. Work on the organ is in progress. Over 60 ranks are currently installed, out of a total of 85, which would make it the largest pipe organ in Idaho. It includes pipes from historic sources including the older organs of the Salt Lake Tabernacle. After earning a master's degree in organ performance at Brigham Young University, Kelvin worked as a software engineer for many years. Now retired from that, he focuses on music once again, and enjoys meeting and encouraging fellow musicians. Being on the roster of Guest Organists at Temple Square, he regularly performs on the famous Aeolian-Skinner in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, as well as the Conference Center Schoenstein.

The nine-bedroom house has four upstairs rooms, all of which are available for guests, two equipped with queen-sized beds, one with a twin bed, and one with a bunk bed, providing plenty of room for you and your family or friends. The house sits on a one-acre lot surrounded by rural scenery. The basement provides the living space for Kelvin, his wife Sharon, and one remaining daughter. The main floor has a bathroom for guest use, and the kitchen and dining room which guests can use. Breakfast of waffles or pancakes provided.

Words cannot do it justice. It was simply amazing. Kelvin is a fabulous musician and was kind enough to answer all our questions about it and even let us all try it out. In fact, my kids were so inspired they came home and practiced their music lessons without me having to nag them. That, in itself, was well worth the price we paid.”—Amy

The Pied Piper is a musician's dream B&B, and we will never forget our stay there!”—Stephanie

What a unique place! Kelvin played his hand made custom pipe organ for us and we were totally blown away. Paris is a delightful small town just a 20 minute drive to Bear Lakes North Beach.”—Miss J

It was a wonderful experience to stay at Kelvin's house. The organ is a masterpiece that he built himself. Kelvin and his son are so nice that they both played the organ. They even let me played a few chords. We are so glad that we stayed there. The room is nice and cozy, a great stopping point for us from Salt Lake City to Yellowstone.”—Sisi & Xikang

We loved meeting Kelvin and Sharon! They are very warm and welcoming people. Their house is amazing—the organ in the foyer is unreal!! I've never seen anything like it. Kelvin treated us to some wonderful organ music and great conversation.”—Anna

Breathtaking. This has got to be one of the 7 wonders of the world. Even if you think you have seen an organ, the size and scale of it, up close, is a wonder to behold.”—Jordan and Alyssa