You need a girls’ weekend, right? I feel ya, sister. My friends and I try to explore cities within a day’s drive or a short flight so we can take mini-vacations throughout the year. (As a matter of fact, I’ll be heading to Salt Lake City next weekend for precisely that.) If you already live in Idaho and want a fun staycation, or if you’re looking for a new city to explore, Boise’s got your back. Known as the City of Trees, you need to realize that it’s relative to the desert-like plains around Southwest Idaho. So yeah, we definitely have a lot of trees by comparison to none. 😂🌲
Keep reading, to learn more about what to do when you’re here.
Fun places to stay:
Stay at the Inn at 500 Capitol
Book unforgettable accommodations at Inn at 500. This dog-friendly 4-star hotel is located next to Julia Davis Park and near the state capital, Zoo Boise, Morrison Center for the Performing and the Boise River Greenbelt features themed rooms, each with a private butler’s pantry. You can eat at Richard’s, borrow one of their bikes to zip around downtown, or walk to one of the great restaurants in the BoDo or 8th Street. Close to tons of shopping options.
Formerly a Travelodge, the Modern been reinvented as a hip arts hotel in the heart of the Linen District. The back of the hotel is covered with comic book style art and the hotel is a hotspot for Treefort activity during Boise’s epic music festival each spring. You can walk to Big City Coffee or Txikiteo (kinda sorta pronounced Cheeky-Taeo) for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
If you have a rental car, check out The Village in nearby Meridian – a swanky outdoor mall with a luxury movie theater (wine and dinner during a movie? Yes please!), an ice skating rink in winter, and great dining/shopping options.
Nestled downtown in a historic building, Guru Donuts has an eclectic menu which includes vegan donuts and great coffee.
Grab a seasonal latte at Form and Function
One of my favorite coffee shops in Boise, Form and Function offers a bright airy interior, great coffee, and communal work tables so you can hang with your neighbors. Next door, you can grab artisanal pizza at The Wylder.
If your group loves to explore by bike, Boise is definitely for you! The Boise River Greenbelt is a 25-mile paved pathway that follows the river through the city, not to mention it’s a scenic park.
Biking is such a popular activity in the area, many hotels provide complimentary bikes for their guests.
Eat at Wild Root Cafe
This is the place for vegan and paleo brunch and lunch. Great menu, great location downtown on 8th Street where all the action happens on Saturday night.
Picnic at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival
Visiting Boise during the summer means you get the opportunity to picnic at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Plays rotate throughout the month. Current performances include Beehive – The 60s Musical, Misery and Mamma Mia!
What season are you coming in? If you’re visiting in Winter, make sure you add skiing/snowmobiling up in McCall, visiting a yurt, and the Winter-Garden-a-Glow at the Idaho Botanical Garden. If you’re coming in Summer, make sure you’re hitting up the Boise Farmer’s Market, hiking, dinner and a show at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and floating or paddleboarding the Boise River. And of course, if you’re coming to visit Boise. Make sure to let me know so we can grab coffee together.
But wait, there’s more!
Check out my dear friend Alex Milles’ blog Boi Food on Boise’s serious eats.