A spring vacation in Boise, Idaho is beautiful. The sun is out, the grass is green, and the temperature is starting to warm up. Boise is perfect for enjoying outdoor recreation, concerts, shows, and restaurants.
It’s an ideal spot for a great spring vacation, and there are some great downtown Boise hotels to choose from, including the fabulous Hotel 43 in the heart of the city. Let's look at some of the best reasons to visit Boise in springtime.
1. Idaho Botanical Gardens
One of the oldest botanical gardens in the state of Idaho
, this sprawling 15-acre living tapestry is spotted with vibrant colors and nestled in the Boise foothills. It is a sanctuary in the heart of the Old Penitentiary Historic District. The garden is host to many springtime events and concerts, including shows from artists like Indigo Girls, Josh Groban, and the rock band Foreigner. The gardens are a great place just to spend the day, bring a picnic, and enjoy the sun.
2. Vacation in a Bottle
There’s something so refreshing about vineyards in spring. The sun bouncing off your tasting glass as a spring breeze caresses your winter-worn skin. A new frontier of wine-growing in the United States, Idaho is proving without a doubt that it doesn't just grow potatoes. Interestingly, some of the first grapes grown in the Pacific Northwest were planted in Lewiston in the 1860s.
Some of the region's most notable wineries include:
3 Horse Ranch Vineyards
The mark of a great winery is measured by well-tended vineyards. 3 Horse Ranch
takes incredible care in caring for their vines, and this commitment shows in its products with exceptional fruit year after year. Enjoy a wine flight, and wine by the glass or bottle in their tasting room cafe.
Combine a fantastic winery with a quaint bed and breakfast, and you have the delightful Bitner Vineyards
. The vineyard produces 1,000-plus cases of hand-harvested and handcrafted wines from their Estate Grown Grapes, planted since 1981. Their tasting room on Plum Road sits high atop volcanic ash and lake-bottom soils—it’s stunning!
Camas Prairie Winery
Every vintage from Camas Prairie
is handcrafted in-house from local grapes, fruits, and honey. It is another wonderful, family-owned winery and was founded in 1983. This place prides itself on great taste and small-town charm.
Inspired by the stunning Snake River Valley, Coiled Wines
takes its name from the winding river itself. A small-production label, the winery has grown from modest beginnings into two distinct labels under the Coiled name, and it’s well worth a visit.
3. Downtown Boise
Lastly, there’s the remarkable and bustling downtown Boise. As the warmer weather rolls in, happy hour is spent outdoors as patios and rollup windows open for patrons. What's more, if you are planning a visit to Boise for a spring vacation, try to arrive before the first Thursday of the month. As a Boise tradition, on the first Thursday of every month, local business and restaurants offer free tastings for locals and tourists alike.
Springtime sees lots of events for all to enjoy. So, stop and smell the flowers in Boise this spring and be sure to book your accommodations at Hotel 43
, a beautiful downtown Boise hotel.