As you all know, my fiancé and I recently bought our first home, so life has been crazy-busy to say the least.
Every weekend is spent at Lowe’s and Hobby Lobby — and I ain’t even mad about it.
I’ve had a few lovely readers reach out recently and ask me for local recommendations around the Boise area.
Like, where do I even start?!
Beer, cider and bars
Payette Brewing: probably one of the most fun spots to hit up downtown. Tons of outdoor space, corn hole, food vendors, really good beers and it’s pet friendly. Like, so. many. dogs. Definitely one of my favorite spots.
Powderhaus Brewing: on Chinden in Garden City has a great outdoor area and is also pet friendly.
Barbarian Brewing: in Garden City and downtown Boise. Has SO.MANY.SOUR.BEERS. The Garden City taproom has a outdoor seating area and is pet friendly! Plus, you’re right next to Meriwether cider!
Pre Funk: amazing patio area, so many beers to try, pet friendly and good vibes.
Yardarm: is my little secret. I actually can’t believe I am telling everyone this. Yardarm is a hidden gem in Garden city. There’s a food truck and is pet friendly. The best part? It’s a sand bar so you feel like you’re on the beach in Hawaii.
Heritage Hop Haus: in Meridian.
Sockeye Brewing: good sour beer and really good food!
Mad Swede: pet friendly and has a good selection of beers.
Lost Grove Brewing: a new little spot and great outdoor space. Pet friendly.
White Dog Brewing.
Meriwether Cider: in Garden City
Long Drop Cider: downtown right by White Dog Brewing.
Gas Lantern: good cocktails and even better atmosphere.
The Whiskey Bar: just as you’d expect. A bar dedicated to whiskey! But for those of you who might not like whiskey, they also have gin and vodka drinks that are just as good!
The Handlebar: another favorite spot! They have Farkle tournaments on some weekends and events always going on. Such a fun tap room!
Wineries and tasting rooms
Ste. Chapelle Winery.
Telaya: right in Garden City. Telaya has an AMAZING outdoor patio with live music and events — pet friendly.
Cinder: has my favorite Tempernillo wine, art shows, music events plus is pet friendly.
Split Rail: has a big garage door that opens and is pet friendly. Plus their tasting trays come in little science test tubes. Fun.
District Coffee House.
Slow By Slow Coffee Bar.
Push & Pour.
Fork: good brunch, even better build it yourself bloody mary bar.
Homestead: you’ve gotta try the mega bloody mary. So worth it.
Moe Joe’s: hands down the best eggs benedict I’ve ever had in my life.
Le Peep: really, really good food and good bloody mary’s!
The Egg Factory: the best Hawaiian pancakes!
Bacon: one of the best bloody mary’s downtown.
Boise Fry Company: I mean, you have to go to Boise Fry Company when in Boise. Amirite?
The Shed: good burgers.
Flat Bread: gotta hit up their happy hour for good appetizers and drinks.
Dharma sushi: or as I like to call it, Hipster sushi. So good though.
The STIL: ice cream and wine (or beer) flights. Does it get any better than that?!
Reef: my favorite dinner spot in Boise. You’ve gotta try the coconut chicken!
Paddles up Poke: ahhhhh-mazing poke.
10 Barrel Brewing: really good pub food. Like, the best.
YoTimo Sushi: all you can eat sushi on Saturday. You’ve been warned.
Boise Farmer’s Market on Saturday.
The Village at Meridian: cool shops, a water feature and good restaurants. Our favorites are Kona Grill, The Matador and Bodovino (pour it yourself wine taps).
Flea markets on the weekend.
The Springs: hot springs in Idaho City.
Hulls Gulch: hiking.
Camel’s Back: hiking.
Table Rock: hiking.
Seaman’s Gulch: hiking.
Meridian Dog Park.
Jump Creek Falls: my favorite place ever. It’s where Bryant proposed to me!
I’m sure there’s some places I’ve forgot to add to the list — although I hope I didn’t!
Hope that this list will help you navigate through the best of Boise when you visit!