Pack Your Bags, Boise Offers The Unexpected
Heading to Boise? Don’t miss these 4 favorites
by Kate Wutz
In the last decade or so, Boise has grown from a relatively small city in a rural state into a flourishing commercial center, with a thriving culture scene and easy-to-access outdoor adventures. Its combination of accessibility, small-town charm and wealth of business and event venues has made it a destination for both leisure and business travelers. With the introduction of American Airline’s new Dallas to Boise direct service, the Boise Convention and Visitor’s Bureau expects a significant amount of two-way traffic, and wants to make sure visitors don’t miss the best of Boise while they’re here. Here’s what the locals recommend:
Payette Brewing Company
Every trip involves a little downtime, of course. The Payette Brewing Company, established in 2010 by a former industrial engineer, offers house-brewed libations with names like “Mutton Buster” and “North Fork,” in a nod to the brand’s Idaho roots. Most visitors should be familiar with mutton bustin’, but if you’re more of a city slicker, asking someone about the name is a good way to start a conversation in the company’s taproom, located on S. 13th and West River. Though the tap room doesn’t serve food, a variety of local food trucks are usually on scene. Exploring all of Boise's brewing options, just got easy with The Boise Ale Trail. Learn more at www.boisealetrail.com.
If wine is more your style, try Cinder, a local Boise vineyard with a recently opened tasting room in nearby Garden City. They specialize in wines that are a bit unusual, including an off-dry Riesling, a dry viognier, a tempranillo and a dry rosé that focuses on mineral notes, not cloying sweetness. The tasting room is located at 107 East 44th Street in Garden City, open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have to stay over for a weekend or you have some time at lunch, this is the place to try. Or, want to make a day of it touring Idaho's great wineries? Plan your itinerary at www.idahowines.org.
Float the Boise River
Get your dose of nature right downtown, by floating the beautiful Boise River. Rafts, kayaks, paddles and even tubes are available to rent at Boise River Raft & Tube in Barber Park, and the route is broken up by four major rest stops maintained by the Boise Parks & Recreation Department. If you have time, morning and early afternoon float times are likely to be less congested. And, if you are ready to explore more Idaho whitewater, visit www.raftidaho.org to explore all your adventure options.
Discovery Center of Idaho
The Discovery Center of Idaho is typically known as a fun, hands-on science museum for children, the mission of which is to encourage play and exploration of science, engineering, technology and math. However, they also offer monthly Adult Nights, with beer from local brewing companies, food from local restaurants, and the opportunity to tour the exhibits and play to your heart’s content without needing to keep an eye out for your little ones.
For numerous attraction and accommodation options in and around Boise, visit www.boise.org.