Discover the Allure of Garden City: Stay, Explore, Thrive

Discover the Allure of Garden City: Stay, Explore, Thrive


Discover the Allure of Garden City: Stay, Explore, Thrive

ABCs of Garden City

There is so much to love about Garden City. It’s an easy as reciting the ABCs.


There is so much to love about Garden City. It’s an easy as reciting the ABCs.

by Nick Jezierny, September 2023 Community Blog Contest Winner

A is for Arts.

Garden City is full of art, with so many galleries and creative spaces that there are too many to list but you can learn more here.

B is for Breweries.

And Garden City has a bunch of them. Check out Barbarian Brewing, Brown Beard Brewing, Clairvoyant Brewing, Idawild Brewing, Powderhaus Brewing, Twisted District, and Western Collective for craft beers and good times.

C is for the Corridor Surf Shop & Necessary Goods.

If you want to try the surf wave, SUP the river, or Quinn’s Pond, here is your place to get geared up and buy some cool merch.

D is for D&B Supply.

With everything from clothing, pet food, lawn and garden to sporting goods, D&B has just about everything.

E is for Expo Idaho.

Home of the Western Idaho Fair and other events throughout the year.

F is for Flipside Fest.

A three-day music and arts festival that includes local, regional, and national musical acts, amazing art, and other hip, cool activities.

G is for Greenbelt Market.

A great place for snacks, drinks, and people-watching along the Greenbelt.

H is for Heron Park.

One of the newer parks in Garden City features a grassy area, steps to the Boise River, and a covered picnic table.

I is for Idaho Pinball Museum.

Check out vintage and modern pinball games, tournaments, and other special events.

J is for J’s Ultimate Hand Wash.

Keep your ride looking clean at this car wash that offers a variety of washes and plans.

K is for Karuna Kava.

A zero-proof non-alcoholic beer and tea room for when you want socialization without the buzz.

L is for Luciano’s.

The Caffé along the greenbelt has a great patio, quality food, and an epic chocolate cake for dessert.

M is for Meriwether Cider.

You’ll be hard-pressed (that’s a pun) to find a better cider anywhere.

N is for North End Organic Nursery.

Gardening supplies, advice, and cool stuff.

O is for OMG Studios.

State-of-the-art facilities for audio, video, and meetings.

P is for Push & Pour.

Coffee, art, events, and the coolest staff await you at Push & Pour.

Q is for Quesadilla.

You can get some quality quesadillas at Barriga’s Mexican Restaurant, El Gallo Giro and Taqueria Las Brazas.

R is for Riverside Hotel.

There is always something happening at the hotel, whether it’s a show at Bar 365 or the Sapphire Room, a conference or live music on the Sandbar patio. It’s definitely the place to stay.

S is for The Stagecoach Inn.

A legendary spot with fantastic food, and a fun bar, and don’t forget to order a slice or two of the four cream pies offered.

T is for Telaya Wine Co.

With a patio right on the Greenbelt and award-winning wines and customer service, no trip to the GC is complete without a stop here. If you like wine, you also should visit Cinder Wines, Coiled Wines, Par Terre Winery, Potter Wines, Rolling Hills Vineyard Tasting Room, and  Split Rail Winery while out and about.

U is for U-Haul.

You’ll need to rent one when you decide it’s time to move to Garden City.

V is Visual Arts Collective.

A contemporary fine arts gallery, performance center, and cultural center committed to presenting exhibitions and events for artists working in visual and performance art, film, music, dance and theater.

W is for Wepa Cafe.

Authentic Puerto Rican cuisine with a fantastic roof-top patio make this a Garden City hotspot.

X is what you hope to roll at Westy’s Garden Lanes, a fine bowling alley and lounge.

For you, non-bowlers, X means a strike (knocking all 10 pins down in one roll).

Y is for Yardarm.

An outdoor surf bar constructed from a shipping container is open from April to mid-October. Don’t forget to order tacos from the boat to go with your ice-cold beverages.

Z is for Zero Waste.

Root’s Zero Waste Market is the first full-service zero-waste grocery store and café in the United States. Great organic produce, made-from-scratch food that is vegan and vegetarian friendly, and bulk food offerings.


Sip and Savor: Celebrate Idaho Wine and Cider Month in Garden City

Sip and Savor: Celebrate Idaho Wine and Cider Month in Garden City


Sip and Savor: Celebrate Idaho Wine and Cider Month in Garden City

Wine toast friends

Everyone should enjoy great wine. That’s why, during Idaho Wine & Cider Month, we’re thrilled to share numerous ways for you to sip, savor, and celebrate the incredible wines and ciders in Garden City.

Sip: Discover Where to Find Your Favorite Wines

Garden City’s heralded wineries and cideries are entering a new golden era, and there’s no better time to raise a glass to their continued success. We’ve curated a selection of new releases, upcoming events, and remarkable new spaces that should be at the top of your must-try list during this enchanting month.

Savor: Delight in the Flavors of Garden City

Indulge your taste buds in the exceptional flavors of Garden City’s wineries and cideries. Sample a diverse range of wines, from robust reds to crisp whites, and experience the craft of cider production. Every sip will take you on a journey through the skill and passion of our local artisans. Explore the art of wine and cider-making, and immerse yourself in the captivating stories behind each tasting room or bottle.

As you embark on your wine and cider adventure, you’ll be delighted to explore the enticing new spaces that have recently emerged in Garden City. From charming outdoor patios to elegant tasting rooms, each venue provides a unique ambiance that complements the exquisite flavors you’ll encounter. This town has more wineries, cideries, and breweries per square mile than anywhere else in Idaho!


Cinder wines

Cinder Wines, named after the volcanic cinder found beneath the vineyards, has been recognized as one of the top urban wineries in the West by Sunset Magazine. While indulging in the renowned Dry Viognier and Syrah from Cinder Wines in the comfort of your home is an option, securing a reservation for an exquisite tasting experience at their charming tasting room is highly recommended. Immerse yourself in a 90-minute guided tasting adventure for a group of six, and enhance the enjoyment with a delectable cheese and charcuterie board. To make a reservation, call (208) 906-0555.

Cinder’s 2020 Syrah ranked as the competition’s No. 1 wine at the Great Northwest Platinum Wine Awards. (You can check out all of their current releases here.)

Celebrate Idaho Wine & Cider Month with Cinder:

June 25: Q Morrow in concert at Cinder. 

Originally from Caldwell, ID, Q Morrow is a NYC-based guitarist who plays jazz, Latin, and Brazilian music.

Time: 6 pm (come early for food truck and drink specials!)

  • As a sideman, he’s worked with artists such as the Fugees, Lauryn Hill, Chabuco, and Liz Rosa, to name a few, and performed at venues including Carnegie Hall & The Monterey Jazz Fest.
  • He is currently on the faculty at Jay Zs RocNation School of Music, Sports, and Entertainment at Long Island University Brooklyn, teaching guitar, music theory, and aural skills classes. Q co-leads TRAQ ATAQ with bassist Sam Trapchak.
  • Tickets:  Click Here
  • Food truck:  Terroir (4- 8 pm)
Barbarian Brewing

Coiled Wines

Commemorate Idaho Wine & Cider Month with a relaxing patio sipping session, visit Coiled Wines.

Their charming tasting room feels like a second home, where you can peruse the winery’s complimentary Little Library, savor a delightful Dry Riesling or robust Black Mamba, and bask in the warmth of the summer sun. Coiled regularly organizes fun events, including art workshops, dance classes, and live music performances, so stay updated by checking their Facebook page for the most recent updates.

Celebrate Idaho Wine & Cider Month with Coiled Wines:

June 15: Pool Party Bingo!

Join Meredith and Alex for monthly bingo at Coiled Wines Thursday, June 15, at 5:30 pm. This summer, “pool party” themed game night will be a blast. This event is free, with many fun prizes! Bingo fills up quickly, so arrive early! We encourage you to bring friends, family, and your snacks! Visit Coiled Wine’s website for more information.

June 18: Father’s Day Black Mamba Special. 1 – 7  pm while supplies last. Visit Coiled Wine’s website for more information.

June 20: Summer Solstice Yoga. Join the winemaker, Leslie, for her inaugural yoga class at the winery! Summer solstice, wine, and yoga, what could be better for the soul?  All levels are welcome. Your $20 ticket also includes a glass of Coiled wine. Visit Coiled Wine’s website for more information.

June 21: Paint with Angry Easel. We love collaborating with Michelle at Angry Easel for paint nights! We firmly believe masterpieces are easier to create with a glass of wine! All levels are encouraged, 6-8 pm. Visit Coiled Wine’s website for more information.

Western Collective

Meriwether Cider

Mark your calendars now, because Meriwether has a full month of events to keep you busy!

Meriwether Cider is owned and operated by the Leadbetter family, a group of adventurous firefighters and nomads. Meriwether ciders are fizzy, refreshing, and delicious, each crafted with a hint of hops, blackberries, or ginger, without artificial flavors, essences, or sugar.

According to Meriwether, Cider has a rich history in the United States but almost vanished during Prohibition. They believe cider bridges the gap between wine and beer and is perfect for casual outings with friends or sophisticated dinner parties with in-laws. During Idaho Wine and Cider Month, be sure to stop in and check out the fizzy fun festivities at Meriwether Cider. You won’t regret it.

Visit Meriwether’s website and Facebook page for more event information.

Celebrate Idaho Wine & Cider Month with Meriwether Cider:

EVERY SUNDAY: Foothills for the Foothills (2 – 6 pm)
On Sundays, $1 of every bottle of Foothills Semi-Dry sold goes directly to Ridge to Rivers, the organization that maintains and protects the Boise Foothills trail system! WE LOVE THE FOOTHILLS!

EVERY TUESDAY: Trivia at the Cider House (7 – 8:30 pm)

June 14 & 21: Crafty Wednesdays (5 – 8 pm)
This is a weekly event where you can bring your craft or art project and join other creative folks in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Everyone is welcome, whether you’re a seasoned crafter or just starting.

June 15, 22 & & 29: Growler Thursday (4 – 8 pm)
Every Thursday, enjoy $5 off growler fills of every Meriwether Cider! 

June 18: Father’s Day Axe Throwing and Tacos! (Noon – 6 pm)
Treat your Dad to an unforgettable experience that combines axe-throwing excitement with the refreshing taste of handcrafted cider. Treat your dad’s taste buds to a feast from the renowned Big Beantz taco truck! Indulge in mouthwatering tacos filled with delectable flavors that satisfy even the heartiest appetite.

June 24: Live Music from Uncle Chris
Join us for folk & mountain tunes performed by the incomparable Uncle Chris.

Barbarian Brewing

Par Terre Winery

This small-but-mighty winery earned a silver medal from Cidercraft Magazine for its rosé collaboration with Meriwether Cider — and that’s just one of the many highly drinkable offerings that Par Terre’s husband-and-wife team puts out.

When temps warm up in June, reach for their celebratory Sparkling Rosé or crisp En L’Air White and enjoy it on the tasting room patio. 

The tasting room is open Friday – Sunday, noon – 5 pm. The winery shares space with the local arts organization Project Flux Dance

Celebrate Idaho Wine & Cider Month with Par Terre Winery:

June 18: Dad’s Day Dance Off. Celebrate Dad and all the humor, love, and sweet moves our positive male role models bring to our lives! Prizes are available for all contestants (brave enough to enter), and one Grand Prize for the man with the best moves! 

June 25: Tasting Notes with Project Flux. A unique event of creating and consuming art that includes a tasting of 3 wines and an intimate creative encounter with Project Flux Director Lydia Sakolsky-Basquill! $25 General | $20 Encore Club

Visit the Par Terre website and Facebook page for more information on summer events.

Western Collective

Potter Wines

Discover the enchanting world of Potter Wines, a locally-owned winery offering award-winning reds, crisp whites, and delightful rosés.

Immerse yourself in their friendly atmosphere, knowledgeable staff, and fun events. Indulge in the perfect blend of family, flavor, and hospitality at Potter Wines! Cheers! 

Celebrate Idaho Wine & Cider Month with Potter Wines:

  • June 16: Murder at the Luau
  • June 17: Market Day (Nampa Farmers Market, Boise Farmers Market, Capital City Public Market)
  • June 20: Caldwell Farm to Fork Farmers Market
  • June 24: Market Day (Nampa Farmers Market, Boise Farmers Market, Capital City Public Market)
  • June 25: Paint Party with the Angry Easel
  • June 27: Caldwell Farm to Fork Farmers Market

Visit the website and Facebook page for more information on summer events. 

Barbarian Brewing

Rolling Hills Vineyard

Rolling Hills Vineyard, a family-owned and operated winery, is renowned for its award-winning wines, including the prestigious double platinum and gold-winning 2018 Cabernet Franc. Committed to excellence, they offer a delightful selection to satisfy every palate.

However, their love extends beyond the vineyard to include a special place in their hearts for rescue animals. For over 30 years, the Pasculli Family has welcomed these furry friends into their home, recognizing the importance of providing a loving environment for pets in need. The family introduced the Mascot wine to support animal shelters throughout Idaho. With every purchase of this delicious wine, 10% of the proceeds are donated to carefully chosen shelters every quarter. By enjoying Mascot wine, patrons indulge in exceptional flavors and contribute to the well-being of shelter animals across the state.

Celebrate Idaho Wine & Cider Month with Rolling Hills Vineyard Urban Tasting Room:

June 25: Uncorked Chardonnay Release Party (Noon – 3)

Visit the website and Facebook page for more information on summer events.

Western Collective

Split Rail

Step into Split Rail Winery, where a new generation of wine enthusiasts creates exceptional Idaho-centric wines. With a focus on supporting local agriculture and a passion for exploration, owners handcraft limited-production wines sourced from vineyards across the Pacific Northwest.

Embracing minimal intervention winemaking, they allow the fruit’s natural flavors to shine. Through unconventional aging techniques and a spirit of adventure, they craft distinctive and exciting wines. Visit their spacious tasting room and experience the joy of their acclaimed canned wines. Split Rail Winery embodies the perfect blend of tradition and innovation, capturing the essence of the Northwest soil in every sip.


Celebrate Idaho Wine & Cider Month with Split Rail Winery:

  • June 20: New Vintage Wine Shop Tasting (5-7 pm)
  • June 21: Flowersmith Pop-Up (5-7)
  • June 23: Under the Table Wine Dinner
  • June 25: Cake +Sip – Mad Cake Skills (Noon – 2 pm)
  • June 25: Cake Decorating Class (12:30 – 1:30 pm)
  • June 27: Hyde Park Fine Wines Tasting (6-8 pm)

Visit Split Rail’s website and Facebook page for more information.  . 

Western Collective

Telaya Wine Company

On Telaya’s inviting porch, you may see two boys caring for the lawn—a key part of the winery’s story. Owners Earl and Carrie discovered the power of family while pursuing separate careers. During a transformative trip to Cabo San Lucas, they envisioned Telaya as a fusion of their love for family and wine. This allowed them to create a space where their passions thrived, and their children flourished.

Telaya has been a special gathering place since 2008, with award-winning wines and a reputation for excellence. Whether you’re a loyal customer or seeking a beautiful riverside experience, Telaya promises an unforgettable afternoon or evening by the river.

Celebrate Idaho Wine & Cider Month with Telaya:

June 16: Chenin Blanc Release. Get ready for a delicious new white wine they will soon add to the lineup! All Day event at Telaya Wine Co. 

June 18: Father’s Day at Telaya’s. Telaya will feature some local makers as a special treat for all the dads joining us! Come by early to take advantage of the amazing Kismet Kitchen brunch from 11 am-2 pm. Vendors, including  Slateroc Woodworx, 3 Sisters Meats, and Adventure Tails will be set up from 1 pm-4 pm and Telaya will serve wine from 11 am-6 pm.

June 19: Rhythm on the River. Every Monday in the summer Telaya will have local, live music playing and a food truck on-site. The festivities begin at 5 pm and start to wind down at 7 pm. Live music: Good Time Charlie | Food truck: Rockin’ Q BBQ

June 21: Pop-up Rhythm on the River. Sam Henry will join the festivities for live music on the deck & Kismet Kitchen will be serving up their delicious menu. The festivities begin at 5 pm and wind down at 7 pm. Live music: Sam Henry | Food truck: Kismet Kitchen

June 22: Tasting Night at Telaya. Tasting night happens once monthly after hours in the tasting room. Come to the winery 6 – 8 pm for an exclusive wine tasting!

June 23 – 25: Rosé Day Duel. Telaya will release two wines of the same varietal for the weekend and ask customers to vote for their favorite. The winning wine will then become available from that day forward. Don’t worry – the wine that doesn’t win will still appear in another duel after getting some extra time to age in the bottle. 

June 23: Pop-up #Sip2Give First Friday Event supporting the Boise Bully Breed Rescue. Telaya has chosen Boise Bully Breed Rescue as the featured Sip2Give participant! On June 23rd, Telaya will donate 10% of all online and tasting room sales to this fantastic organization. More about BBBR. 

June 26 &  June 27: Chandler’s Wine Dinner. This Dinner with Chandlers is So Nice – We are Doing it Twice! Five delicious food courses paired with five special Telaya wines – and the greatest hospitality in Boise. What a way to celebrate Idaho Wine Month! The event is $165 at Chandler’s Boise (981 Grove Street). Call 208-383-4300. 

June 29: Rhythm in the Vineyard. Enjoy great music in a beautiful vineyard setting. Live music: Bo Elledge | Food truck: TXV Nomad ID

Visit Telaya’s website and Facebook page for more information.


Barbarian Brewing

Get to Know Idaho Sports Teams

Get to Know Idaho Sports Teams


Get to Know Idaho Sports Teams

This must be the place

No matter what sport you’re a fan of, you can find it in and around Garden City. From baseball and hockey to rodeos and racing, this is your home for every edge-of-your-seat moment. Here’s a look at Idaho sports teams and why their fans love Garden City!


Garden City's Own Baseball Team

Did you know that, among all the things to do in Garden City, watching baseball is a particular favorite among locals? That’s because Garden City is home to the Boise Hawks–the Northwest League affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.

Since 1987, this minor league team has thrilled Idahoans and visitors alike. They’re now a staple of Memorial Stadium, a hotspot nestled next to the river and within walking distance of some great dining and shopping options. The Hawks have won 10 division titles and 6 Northwest League titles–and on top of that, plenty of players have played in the major leagues and won World Series championships.

Garden City locals love cheering for their very own baseball team in the summer. It’s not just the good old-fashioned fun of baseball that brings everyone together, though. The Hawks and Memorial Stadium represent the beating heart of the area and of Idaho overall: a chance to enrich the community.

The Boise Hawks host Junior Hawks Baseball Camps and Boise Hawks Kids Club to support little ones with big dreams. Memorial Stadium is also home to fireworks shows, concerts, and community events. When all these things come together, you get experiences like “208 Day,” a day to celebrate local businesses and the people that make Garden City a fantastic place to live, work, and visit.

More Sports To Enjoy

It’s not just baseball that shapes Garden City’s character. There are plenty more games and competitions to visit in and around town:

The Boise State Broncos

The Broncos are a huge Idaho favorite, and plenty of locals don the team’s signature orange and blue when football season rolls around. The team plays on Lyle Smith Field in Albertsons Stadium, home to what Idahoans affectionately call “The Blue.” That’s because the turf here is famously bright blue–a testament to the town’s love for the Broncos.

Steelheads Hockey

The CenturyLink Arena is the home of the Idaho Steelheads, a professional minor league ice hockey team. Games are often held on Fridays and Saturdays, where people of all ages enjoy great views of the action. Plus, with downtown Boise right outside the stadium doors, you’re in the perfect spot to try a new restaurant or visit a local shop after the game.

Firebird Raceway

Firebird Raceway has been part of the local community since 1968. Here, locals and visitors alike come together to share in the joys of drag racing. From everyday street vehicles to modified machines, there’s room for everything–and everyone–at this raceway. You can even grab a plate of the famous “Nitro Nachos” to really complete your racing experience.

Snake River Stampede

The Ford Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho, is a short drive from Garden City, and it’s home to “The Wildest, Fastest Show on Earth.” That’s right: It’s the Snake River Stampede, one of the top 10 professional rodeos in the country. From bull riding and barrel racing to junior events and community sponsors, this rodeo is a great way to unite the community and welcome visitors to the West. Whether you’re part of Idaho’s rich outdoor and farming world or have never seen a horse in your life, this is the perfect opportunity to see part of what makes our neck of the woods so special.

Find Your Next Adventure in Garden City Sports

You don’t have to be a sports fanatic to enjoy all the teams, games, and competitions we have here in and around Garden City. The Memorial Stadium is home to the Boise Hawks, sure–but it’s also a staple of our community and a great way to get involved as a visitor. Plus, with other experiences just a short drive away, you’ll never run out of things to see, do, and enjoy.

Contact us today to learn more about Garden City!

8 Things Locals Love About Garden City

8 Things Locals Love About Garden City


8 Things Locals Love About Garden City

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Want to tour Garden City, Idaho, like a local? Here’s a look at the town’s best-kept secrets and how to hit all the hotspots.


What's The Vibe in Garden City?

If you want to feel like a Garden City native, you need to know what the people are like, what they do, and what they’re looking for in their favorite little town. That way, you can blend right in and get to experience everything Idaho has to offer.

Here are a few of the top scenes you’ll notice in the Garden City area:

  • Art: From painters and sculptors to musicians and other performers, this is the place to be for local art. Creativity blooms in all corners of the city! Be on the look out for murals, art benches, and more.  
  • Food: Whether you’re looking for a snack, a nice meal, or a taste of your new favorite wine, you’ll find the best food and drinks in town. Everything about Garden City screams local because you won’t find a lot of chain resturaunts here. 
  • Family: Locals are nothing if not family-friendly. Kids and fur-babies alike will find plenty to do here. Speaking of fur-babies, if you’re looking for all the dog friendly joints– we have the guide to Garden City for pet parents.
  • Recreation: If you’re wondering why it’s called Garden City, look no further than the nature and recreation opportunities in town. Locals love to get outside and walk, jog, bike, and more.
  • Exploration: With Boise and the foothills well within reach, Garden City is a comfortable home base for all you explorers out there.

Garden City Attractions: Local Favorites

Ready to learn what makes Garden City feel like home to everyone who lives here? Check out a few of the town’s coolest attractions:

#1: The Boise River and the Greenbelt

Ask anyone what they love about living in the Garden City area, and they’re sure to wax poetic about the Boise River. From floating and fishing to swimming and wading, this winding blue gem is a perfect recreation opportunity for everyone. Locals especially love walking on the dog- and bike-friendly Greenbelt that twists through town.

#2: The Hawks Stadium

Want to catch a game? The Boise Hawks Stadium is the home for local baseball–and a great place to spend a warm summer night. There’s even a free Kids Club for the little sports fans in your life. When the Hawks aren’t playing, the stadium also hosts the occasional fireworks show.

#3: The River Club

The River Club was founded in 1917, making it one of Garden City’s gems and a historic country club. You can do a little bit of everything here, including tennis, swimming, golf, and more–and the club is proudly family-friendly, too. It’s positioned right on the Boise River for great views and great fun.

#4: Expo Idaho

Antique shopping. Car shows. The Western Idaho Fair. No matter what time of the year you choose to visit Garden City, you’re sure to find something going on at Expo Idaho, one of the area’s biggest and best event venues. Complete with grassy grounds, several expo buildings, and even barns and tracks, this is the perfect place to make Idaho memories.

#5: A Historic Hotel Remodel

Want to add a little history to your visit? Look no further than the historic Sunliner Motel–a 27-room motel built in the 1950s. With a new owner, a new name, and a new legacy on the way, the building is sure to become a new local hotspot.

#6: Pollinator Garden

Garden City is home to all kinds of wildlife–but thanks to the town’s special Pollinator Garden, locals and visitors alike can enjoy a little Bee City, U.S.A. Here, the whole family can learn about pollinators and how they help flowers, crops, and even humans.

#7: Surel’s Place

Artists rejoice: Garden City is the perfect home for creativity. Surel’s Place is a home and studio for creatives from across the country. Poets, painters, and other creators enjoy month-long residencies and host events for the community, sharing their experiences and finding new inspiration from the nearby river and Greenbelt. If you want a souvenir, you can also buy art to support these local artists.

#8: Boise Whitewater Park

Did you know you can surf in Garden City? It’s true–and it all starts at the Boise Whitewater Park. The area includes a man-made wave built into the Boise River, allowing adventurers to kayak, use stand-up paddleboards, and–yes–even surf.

Explore Like a Local

Whether this is your first journey to Garden City or you’re a long-time visitor, you’re sure to find a new favorite hangout when you explore the town like a local. From the Boise River to Expo Idaho and beyond, this town is proud of its community, its people, and its hotspots.

Request information today to plan your next big adventure!

Plan Your Garden City Staycation With These Great Wineries

Plan Your Garden City Staycation With These Great Wineries


Plan Your Garden City Staycation With These Great Wineries

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Looking for a way to get out and have some fun without getting too far from home? A staycation in gorgeous Garden City, Idaho, is the perfect place to start! And, of course, no staycation would be complete without an assortment of snacks and drinks–and if it’s wine you’re looking for, Garden City delivers.

Here’s how to plan your staycation and grab a few drinks along the way!


Garden City Wineries to Put On Your Itinerary

Ready to see where your Garden City adventure will take you? Here are a few wineries to mark on your map:

Telaya Wine Co

Nothing says “Garden City” like a view of the Boise River, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Telaya. This winery doesn’t just have a riverfront porch; it has a tasting room, private tours, and even events like “Sip2Give,” which supported local organizations including Boise Black Dog Rescue and the Women’s and Children’s Alliance in 2021. Old-world inspired and Idaho-crafted, Telaya is the perfect first stop on any staycation.

Quick Tip: If you want a souvenir from your staycation–or if you want to surprise friends and family with a treat–check out the Telaya gift sets. These carefully paired wines make it easy to remember the taste of your adventure.


“Here’s to those following their own winding path!” That’s the spirit around which this local winery was built, and it comes through in every sip. Named for the Snake River Valley, Coiled makes everything “from vine to wine” right under its own roof. You can taste, shop, and enjoy a view of beautiful Garden City outside the huge windows.

Quick Tip: Wishing your staycation could last a bit longer? Coiled has wine clubs  complete with private parties, free monthly tastings, and more. It’s the perfect way to make Garden City feel like your own private retreat.

Rolling Hills Vineyard

Rolling Hills Vineyard isn’t just a wonderful a great way to enjoy Garden City. It’s also a unique experience combining Idaho and Washington grapes–a true taste of the West. You’ll taste award-winning wines, enjoy movie nights, and plan your staycation around “Idaho Wine Weekends.”

Quick Tip: One of the best things about the Treasure Valley is that your staycation isn’t limited to any one town. From Garden City, you can reach Boise, Meridian, and Eagle in just a few minutes. While Rolling Hills Vineyard has an estate in Eagle, it’s not currently open to the public–but there are plenty of other great things to see in this town, so don’t mark it off your list.

Staples of a Garden City Staycation

Of course, a true Garden City staycation doesn’t just have to be about drinks. Check out these other things to do while you’re resetting your palate:

Explore The River

The river is the beating heart of the Boise area. No matter where your adventure takes you, be sure to make some time for this stunning natural attraction–and keep an eye out for the birds, frogs, turtles, and other wildlife that also call Garden City home.

Enjoy Your Favorite Art

Whether you love painting, sculpting, live music, or another artistic endeavor, Garden City is the place to be. In between drinks, check out some of the area’s most creative minds and works in the galleries spread across town.

Take Pictures

Don’t forget to make those memories! Garden City has plenty of unique photo ops, from historical locations to candid shots at all those wineries. Be sure to share on social media so your friends can see how you made your staycation into something special!

Plan Around Events

Garden City–and the entire Treasure Valley–is built around a strong sense of community. That means there’s always a fun local event to enjoy–so plan your staycation accordingly.

Garden City is the perfect town for a staycation and a wine tour all wrapped up in one. Just don’t forget to slow down in between tastings and enjoy everything else the area has to offer!

Ready to begin your Garden City staycation? Check out our trip itineraries for a little inspiration!

Your One-Day Guide To Garden City

Your One-Day Guide To Garden City


Your One-Day Guide To Garden City

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If you’re hoping for the perfect day-trip, look no further–Garden City, Idaho, has everything you need. Here’s how you can spend a perfect 24 hours in Boise’s own little garden!


Garden City: What to Expect

If you’ve never been to Idaho or haven’t made your way to the Boise area, you might not know about Garden City. Luckily, you’re in the right place now!

Garden City is nestled right next to Boise, Idaho’s capital city, and has easy access to both the greenbelt and the freeway. It’s neighbors with Eagle and Meridian, and it’s a short drive to other fun locations like Nampa and Caldwell. That means it shares a lot of personality traits with its sibling towns–but Garden City also brings a lot of unique flair to the table.

Here, we’re working hard to develop our artisan community. In fact, our visitors map is built around the dreamers and creators who call Garden City home–so whether you’re looking for poetry, paintings, glasswork, breweries, or even just the artistry of nature, you’re in for a real treat.

Berserker Strength and Conditioning, Garden City, Idaho

Your Perfect Day in Garden City

There’s plenty to do in Garden City–so if you don’t want to miss out, make sure you add these things to your list.

Grab Some Breakfast

The most important meal of the day is even more fun in Garden City. From Starbucks and Moxie Java to local favorites like Pastry Perfection, there’s plenty to taste around here–and if you’re more in the mood for brunch or even lunch, you can enjoy other dining options, too.

Boise Greenbelt, Garden City, Idaho

Explore the Greenbelt

With your coffee, bagel, donut, or healthier breakfast choice in hand, it’s time to breathe in some fresh air. The Boise River twists right through the heart of Garden City, which means it’s accessible from just about anywhere. It’s also pet-friendly–so if you have a pooch or two, hook on the leashes and get ready to explore.

Whether you’re in the mood to burn some calories or just take in the sights, the greenbelt delivers. You’ll enjoy the beautiful river, lush trees, and plenty of nature–including squirrels, turtles, fish, and a host of cheerful birds.

Boise Greenbelt, Garden City, Idaho

Surf Your Heart Out

You may not have expected to go surfing in Garden City, Idaho–but it’s possible on the beautiful Boise River. You don’t even have to bring your own surfboard–or riverboard, that is–because you can rent everything you need nearby. Get ready to catch those waves!

aerial view of a surfer at the garden city water park

Dry Off With A Drink

Whether you’re looking for beer, wine, cider, or a little taste of everything, our craft beverage corridor is the perfect way to unwind. Most places even have snacks and light meals–and if you’re headed home soon, be sure to purchase your favorite drink as a tasty souvenir.

Berserker Strength and Conditioning, Garden City, Idaho

Enjoy the Arts

Once your taste buds are satisfied, it’s time to fill your mind, too. From glasswork and pottery to painting and music, there’s plenty to fascinate your inner artist. You can even enjoy a break by sitting on one of Garden City’s art benches–lovingly called Garden “Sity” benches.

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Hunt for Treasure

Whatever treasure looks like to you, you’re sure to find it here in Garden City. Antique and thrift shops are just waiting to share your new favorite statement piece–and better yet, you can hit multiple stores without leaving town.

Berserker Strength and Conditioning, Garden City, Idaho

Wind Down

Ready to wind down after a fun day in Garden City? There are plenty of ways to catch your breath, take a break, and have one last laugh before heading home or to your hotel. You can go bowling at Westy’s Garden Lanes, take in a movie at Northgate Reel Theatre, catch a show at the Revolution Concert House and Event Center, or enjoy dinner at one of the town’s many restaurants.

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Start Exploring

Garden City is an adventure waiting to happen. From art and food to shopping and nature, you can do a little bit of everything–all without leaving town. Grab your camera, keep your visitors map handy, and get ready for a day you’ll never forget.

Want to learn more? Request information to get introduced to Garden City (and everything our town has to offer)!

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GC Is Selfie City

GC Is Selfie City


GC Is Selfie City

Garden City is one of the most colorful spots in the state — from super-popular murals to lush riverside locations, you’ll discover an endless supply of places to snap the perfect pic. We’ve scouted the best locations for you, so all you need to do is pick your best angle and snap that selfie!

Garden SIT-y Art Benches

These benches are more than just a place to take a break from a trek down the Greenbelt. They’re actual pieces of art by some of Garden City’s most prolific makers! Each one is unique — why not try them all?

  • Heron Bench: Located in Heron Park, 3858 Reed Street
  • Greenbelt Sherbet: Located at the end of 50th Street on the Greenbelt
  • Blue Bench: Located in Mystic Cove Park on the Greenbelt
  • Trio: Located at East 40th Street and the Greenbelt
  • Underneath: Located at Riverside Park at Glenwood Street and Riverside Drive

Murals Galore

Garden City is one of the most mural-friendly places in the Treasure Valley, with more popping up every month (quite literally!).

‘The Only Constant Is Change’

This piece by OG mural team Sector 17 at 31st and Stockton Streets pays tribute to current residents while harkening back to Garden City’s agricultural roots and the early Chinese immigrants who farmed here.

Garden City Postcard Mural:

You hardly need to tag your location when you take a photo in front of this mural (but we hope you do, anyway!). This old-fashioned design looks like something your grandpa would have sent in the mail back in the ’40s. Check it out at 107 East 44th Street, right across from Cinder Wines.

Climate Resilience Murals:

These projects were created through the Garden City Placemaking Fund, a brand-new organization designed to empower new opportunities for public art and creative placemaking in Garden City. Conservation Voters for Idaho is partnering with the fund to create six original murals. The first is a dreamy, multi-toned piece by Lorelle Rau on the Coiled Wines building at 35th and Osage streets. The second, a colorful piece by artist and GCPF team member Miguel Almeida, is inspired by Mexican folk art. You can find it at Zion Warne Studios on 33rd Street and Chinden Boulevard. 


The Garden City Placemaking Fund brought together acclaimed local artists Ashley Dreyfus, Miguel Almeida, Julia Green, and James Lloyd to create this massive mural. And guess what? It’s designed specifically for selfies! Each panel is an individual scene — pick one as a backdrop or try them all, Goldilocks-style. Find “Collaboration” at 33rd and Stockton streets.

Even MORE Murals:

We’ve barely scratched the surface! Check out these other colorful mural locations in Garden City:

  • Airplane Mural: Located on the Signs by Smith Building at 4747 North Glenwood Street.
  • ‘Be Great’ Mural: Located at the Boys and Girls Club of Ada County, 610 East 42nd Street.
  • Hunter Mural: Located at the Boise Hunter Education Center at 109 West 44th Street. 
  • Fishing Mural and River Rafting Mural: Find these river-themed pieces under the Glenwood Bridge on the Greenbelt. 
  • ‘A Garden of Creativity’: Located on the back of Cobby’s Sandwich Shop at 4348 Chinden Boulevard. 

Be a Guitar Hero

The Sapphire Room at the Riverside Hotel is one of the best places to snap a music-themed selfie. If you can’t make it to one of the venue’s many stellar concerts, console yourself with a pic that includes this custom-made guitar by local legend Mark Bolin. Never heard of a Bolin guitar? You’ve probably listened to one of your favorite musicians play one. Bolin has built guitars for Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, Steve Miller of his namesake band, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, legendary bluesman Albert King, and Bolin Guitars superfans Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill of ZZ Top — just to name a few. 

This Must Be the Place

The permagreen wall emblazoned with a neon “This Must Be the Place” sign on the Western Collective patio has been the backdrop of so many photo shoots that it should get some sort of selfie award. It’s the perfect combo of color, texture, and lettering. Whether you come for the beer and stay for a selfie — or the other way around — you won’t want to miss this photo op.

The Stallion at Somewhere

It’s hard to explain just how iconic the bucking bronco on top of the Somewhere Bar is. This life-size horse has been a Garden City mainstay since the 1950s, when the entire log-cabin building and its accompanying steed were moved from the town of New Plymouth to the current location. Back then, it was known as the Ranch Club; over the years, the establishment has witnessed many changes. Its current iteration, Somewhere, is the area’s only gay-owned LGBTQIA+ community bar — and the ol’ bucking bronco still looks good as ever.

Out In Nature

If a vibrant, natural look is your goal, take notes. Garden City has a ton of spots that fit the bit.

The River Wave:

Yes, you can surf the Boise River here — and if you have the right equipment and a great sense of balance, you can manage to catch yourself in the act! 

From a Float:

Floating the Boise River is one of the most pleasant ways to spend a hot summer day. Why not let everyone know how much fun you’re having? Nearly any spot along the six-mile float is selfie-friendly, but do be careful and make sure you’re not in danger of running into a tree limb or about to go over one of the river’s small rapid areas. 

In Your Waders:

The Boise River’s depth is low enough that you can easily take a pic in the middle of the river while casting a line. Extra points if you snag a selfie with your catch of the day. 

On a Ride:

Take your bike for a spin along the Greenbelt and you’ll encounter endless opportunities for great photos, from the murals underneath the Glenwood Bridge to wild roses in bloom to the shady parks that line the pathway. 

Pollinator Garden:

The Garden City Pollinator Habitat doesn’t just attract bees — it’s also an awesome photo site. This vibrant garden starts blooming in late March and continues through the summer. 

Out at the Ballgame

The Boise Hawks are the area’s only professional baseball team, and each short-season game is packed with so many great photo ops that it’s hard to narrow them down. Will you take a selfie while noshing on a giant turkey leg from the concession stand, with a player, or while trying to capture the mayhem of the mid-game tots vs. fries vs. baked potato race (hard to explain, hilarious to watch)? Bonus points if you can take your pic during one of the post-game Friday Fireworks shows!

At the Fair and Expo

Expo Idaho is a sprawling venue that plays host to a dizzying array of events — everything from gem shows to concerts to auto extravaganzas! Check out the schedule and start planning your selfie opportunity. Of course, if you’re looking for an all-American photo op, you can always count on the Western Idaho Fair. This huge event has all the classic features you expect from a fair: a Ferris wheel and heart-stopping rides, adorable animals, antique tractors, a jam-packed fairway, and huge concerts. The 2022 fair will run from August 19-28, so you’ll have plenty of chances to add to your photo album and Reels!

And, of course … 

Let the fam know where you’re at with a pic by one of the colorful Welcome to Garden City signs!


Sip and Swirl Through Idaho Wine & Cider Month

Sip and Swirl Through Idaho Wine & Cider Month


Sip and Swirl Through Idaho Wine & Cider Month

We’re entering a new golden era for Garden City’s heralded wineries and cidery — and there’s no better time to raise a glass to their continued success than Idaho Wine & Cider Month in June. We’ve rounded up the new releases, events, and new spaces that should be on your must-try list during this magical month.
Let’s uncork some fun!


Cinder wines

Cinder’s 2019 Tempranillo earned a platinum designation this spring at the Great Northwest Platinum Wine Awards, and this ever-popular winery followed up that success with their fabulous spring release. (You can check out all of their current releases here.)

Of course, you can sip Cinder’s famous Dry Viognier and Syrah from the comfort of your own couch, but why not book a reservation at their tasting room, instead? A six-person guided tasting experience lasts 90 minutes, and you’ll have the option of adding a tasty cheese and charcuterie board to the fun. Call (208) 906-0555 to book your reservation — June should be hopping!

Barbarian Brewing

Coiled Wines

If you plan on celebrating Idaho Wine & Cider Month with a patio sipping session, pop into Coiled.

Their lovely tasting room is more like a home-away-from-home: Pick up a book from the winery’s free Little Library, sip a tasty Dry Riesling or full-bodied Black Mamba, and enjoy the summer sunshine. Coiled frequently hosts events ranging from art workshops to dance classes to live music, so check their Facebook page for the latest. 

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Meriwether Cider

Mark your calendars now, because Meriwether has a full month of events to keep you busy!

June 5

Grab your most competitive bestie and head to the First Sunday Board Games Brunch, where you can compete and eat to your heart’s content. 

June 12 & 26

How’s this for a Sunday Funday? A couple times a month, Meriwether partners with Yoga 4 Life to create a best-of-both-worlds scenario: an invigorating yoga session followed by a refreshing Meriwether Cider. Yoga in the Taproom is just $20. 

June 22

Get ready for some serious comfort food, because you’ll be treated to plenty of it during Grilled Cheese Night. Take your pick from a variety of cheesy, toasty options and pair it with a cold cider. Perfection!

June 30

Enjoy a double whammy on June 30, when Meriwether’s Bluegrass Jam Session collides with Growler Thursdays. You’ll get $5 off a growler fill while listening to music that will get your toes tap-tap-tappin’.

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Par Terre Winery

This small-but-mighty winery just earned a silver medal from Cidercraft Magazine for its rose collaboration with Meriwether Cider — and that’s just one of the many highly drinkable offerings that Par Terre’s husband-and-wife team puts out.

In June, when temps warm up, reach for their celebratory Sparkling Rosé or crisp En L’Air White and enjoy it on the tasting room patio. Check out Par Terre’s Facebook page, too, for info on summer events.

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Potter Wines

Potter Wines makes highly drinkable wines that are super easy to enjoy — and fun is definitely the name of the game at Potter’s tasting room! Head there from 3-5 p.m. June 26 for a painting class with The Angry Easel. And no, you don’t need any experience to attend.

Just let the creativity flow (wine helps!). Tickets available for $20 per person through The Angry Easel

While you’re there, pick up Potter’s newest releases: A 2021 vintage of The Liquid Lunch, an unoaked Chardonnay, and a seasonal release of the cult-favorite Strawberry Jalapeno Wine Lemonade. The latter is available only through July 4, so be sure to plan ahead. 

Barbarian Brewing

Rolling Hills Vineyard

Talk about timing! Garden City’s newest winery will celebrate its first birthday on June 16. Owner Mark Pasculli says plans include plenty of food and a sampling of new wine releases, such as an unoaked Chardonnay, Moscato, and Riesling.

The birthday event is still in the works, so be sure to check the vineyard’s Facebook page and website for more info. You can also expect music on the weekends and a few barrel tasting events throughout the summer — and Pasculli says the vineyard’s new Frosé machine will be doling out icy goodness to combat the heat, too.

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Split Rail

If you’ve been to Garden City in the past few months, chances are you’ve driven by Split Rail’s big, beautiful new space at 3200 West Chinden Boulevard.

The winery was still in the process of moving at the time of this writing, but that will be done and dusted by June — just in time to celebrate! (You’ll want to bring your friends, too, because the warehouse-like new tasting room has plenty of room for everyone.) While you’re there, stock up on Split Rail’s camping-friendly wine in a can, which Gear Patrol recently named its Best Splurge Canned Wine. As the author says, “While there are plenty of great wineries doing their thing in the Snake River Valley AVA, Split Rail is definitely having the most fun.”

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Telaya Wine Company

Telaya is going all out with back-to-back Idaho-themed events during June. Visitors and newcomers, if you’ve been looking for a crash course in Gem State food and wine, this is your chance!

June 14: Telaya’s regular Tasting Night event will have a special Idaho theme in June, featuring only Idaho wines in celebration of Idaho Wine Month. Tickets are $30 ($15 for members) and include a tasting of five wines and an individual snack box. Tickets are available now on Telaya’s website. 

June 15: Telaya Bites with Kismet Kitchen will feature a Gem State theme, with Telaya winemaker Earl Sullivan and Kismet chef Aaron Wermerskirchen doing the hard work of creating beautiful pairings. This informal and intimate experience will include five two-ounce pours of wine with five Idaho-themed bite-size dishes. Tickets are available now

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Garden City’s Biggest Beer Bash Is On!

Garden City’s Biggest Beer Bash Is On!


Garden City’s Biggest Beer Bash Is On!

You might think of spring as when the weather starts to warm and flowers poke their sleepy heads out of the soil.

But in Garden City, spring is beer season. 

Yes, it’s time for Idaho Craft Beer Month! Throughout April, you can pick up a pint and celebrate your local suds supplier — and in Garden City, there are so many beers available that you might actually need the whole month to try them all! Luckily, we’re coming in clutch with a giveaway that could make that endeavor a whole lot easier (check for details below). 

Here’s what’s going down on Garden City’s Craft Beverage Corridor.


Idaho Craft Beer Month

Enter Our Giant Craft Beverage Giveaway!

We’re celebrating Idaho Craft Beer Month by giving away a pull-out-the-stops staycation featuring your fave watering holes! This amazing package — our biggest ever! — combines beer and wine from Garden City’s craft beverage corridor, a staycation, tee times, and tons of swag!

Barbarian Brewing

This year’s Idaho Craft Beer Month also marks the opening of Barbarian’s brand-new taproom at 114 East 32nd Street. Co-owner Bre Hovley says they are working to get the new place up and running in time for festivities (check Barbarian’s Facebook page for updates), but the new beer garden along the Greenbelt is sure to be a new favorite for Treasure Valley beer lovers. 

In addition, Bre says you can expect four barrel-aged beers to be released on draft and in 500 mL bottles in April:


A 9% abv, spontaneously fermented red sour base, aged in various barrels and given a final rest with peaches.

Cherry Pie Sour

This 7% abv blend of spontaneously fermented barrel-aged sours is so tart that it warranted a heaping helping of cherries, vanilla, and cinnamon.

Maple Bar Stout

Barbarian blended a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with vanilla and 50 pounds of maple syrup to create this 11% abv brew.

Blitzkrieg B.O.P.

This 11% abv bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout is blended with bourbon, orange, and pistachios (hence the BOP).

Powderhaus Brewing Company

You might have to wait until the last week in April for Powderhaus’s big event, but it’ll be worth the effort. Marketing and Promotions Director Tyler Schmidt says their annual Maifest (that’s May Fest in German) will kick off April 30 and spill over to May 1. Look for daily specials, events, and vendors to populate the Powderhaus parking lot. 

Maifest will wrap up with a firkin tasting. “It’s kind of a culinary beer thing,” Schmidt says. “You can infuse flavors you wouldn’t normally be able to in a keg.”

You can find more details about Maifest and other Powderhaus events here.

Powderhaus Brewing Company

Twisted District Brew Co.

Twisted District always has about a dozen of their own beers on tap, but in April you can double the fun on Friday evenings! Owner Greta Mohr says revelers can enjoy plenty of belly laughs during comedy sessions from 8:30-10:30 p.m. every Friday in April. Plus, Twisted has booked a full slate of live music on Saturday evenings. (Only 21+ at these events, please.)

If you’d like to have a Twisted holiday, check out the brewery’s Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 17. Visit their website or call for more details.

Twisted District Brew Co

Western Collective

Western Collective is participating in Pints Up Idaho on April 7, but that’s just one of the many events on the schedule at this hopping brewery. If you love getting first crack at a new release, mark your calendar:

April 1: Peanut Butter & Banana Stout Release Party

April 15: It Takes Two to Mango Fruited Sour Release Party

April 16: Easter Egg Hunt & Party

April 22: Dessert Dreams Release Party

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Mark Your Calendars:

Idaho Wine and Cider Month is scheduled for June 2022, and we know Garden City’s wineries and cidery are already making plans! In the meantime, you can start putting together your tasting room list by visiting our Craft Beverage Corridor page. We’ll have more details as summer draws near, so stay tuned.

Fall In Love With Garden City This Winter

Fall In Love With Garden City This Winter


Fall In Love With Garden City This Winter

Barbarian Brewing

You can stop looking for love in all the wrong places. In Garden City, there’s an experience just waiting to woo you around every corner! This winter, treat your love (or yourself) to a staycation or excursion that will turn even the grayest skies blue for a bit. You’ll find yourself falling in love with our magical little oasis — and emerge from wintry weather pampered, rested, and ready for the hubbub of spring.



Woo Your Love With Art and Music

You’re bound to find the perfect gift for your SO through one of Garden City’s artists and makers — plus, they offer endless opportunities for an out-of-the-box date night (glass blowing classes, perhaps?). Be sure to check out artist Stewart Holland’s works at the Visual Arts Collective starting Feb. 4, which marks the VAC’s first opening of the year. 

Music lovers, take note: The Sapphire Room is offering back-to-back concert runs that are sure to fire up some fun. Petty Fever — a Tom Petty tribute band, of course — will play both Feb. 12-13. Or relive those prom memories with classic rock from Last Call on Feb. 14! Purchasing tickets for these events makes you eligible for the Sapphire Getaway package at the Riverside Hotel, which includes a double room and breakfast for two. 

Audiophiles can continue the fun into March, when Boise’s Treefort Music Fest takes place between March 23-27. This super popular festival is celebrating its 10th season, and it’s sure to be a blowout — concerts from the legendary Kim Gordon, Joshy Soul, Deerhoof, Durand Jones and the Indications, and literally hundreds more performers. Treefort takes place at locations throughout Boise, which makes the Riverside Hotel and Garden City the home base. Everything you’ll want to experience is just a short walk or bike ride away!

Barbarian Brewing

Sweets for Your Sweet

Here’s an insider tip: Garden City is home to some of the best bakeries in Southwest Idaho. Wildflour Bakery has been churning out its famous, just-slightly-oversized cookies for two decades now, plus scones, cakes, and other temptations that are perfect for an at-home breakfast or morning coffee date in their cafe. Score bonus points by taking home Wildflour’s sinful flourless cake for your Valentine’s Day dessert. 

Pastry Perfection is the OG Garden City bakery, a wonderfully old-school shop that sells everything from bagels to buttermilk bars to butternut coffee cakes. To really impress your sweet, order a dozen customized sugar cookies or book one of their famous cakes or cupcakes with your Valentine’s Day message emblazoned across the top. Plus, this bakery delivers! Visit their site or call for details. 

If bread is your significant other’s love language, you’re in luck. Acme Bakeshop churns out the most delicious, beautiful loaves you’ve ever seen — crusty on the outside, full of flavor and the perfect bite on the inside. No wonder it is the go-to bread for some of the Valley’s best restaurants. Grab a loaf of olive-oil laced Rosemary Sea Salt Focaccia or Roasted Garlic Sourdough at the Boise Co-Op or Lark & Larder, the two locations where this Garden City business regularly delivers bread for purchase. 

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Wine and Beer and Roses

The city’s famed Craft Beverage Corridor is packed with wineries and breweries that offer unique events, cozy tasting rooms, and even local food experiences. The fun-loving folks at Potter Wines will host a Valentine’s Day-themed murder mystery on Feb. 11 (be sure to call in advance to book so you can properly prep) and a Sip & Paint event on February 13. Twisted District Brew Co. will be offering their own Paint Night on February 14, too. Cinder Wines will be offering a special red wine and chocolate pairing; call or head to their website for more details. 

Coiled Wines has two V-Day events on tap: An adult-themed Lover’s Bingo on Feb. 11, featuring charcuterie from Roots Zero Waste Market and local wines, and live indie/folk music from Wes Schlagenhauf on Feb. 12. Call Coiled or check their website for more details. 

If a stress-free weekend with your love is in order, check out Sunday Yoga and Cider at Meriwether Cider. Meriwether will also host their sixth annual Cheese, Chocolate, and Cider pairing Feb. 12-13. To get in on this tradition, you’ll need to make a reservation and purchase your pairing beforehand. The cheese and chocolate will be provided by local makers. You won’t also want to miss Meriwether’s Strawberries and Cream cider, which marries fresh strawberries and lactose for creaminess. This specialty cider is on nitro and comes laced with super small, creamy bubbles. Check Meriwether’s website for details. 

Telaya has three Valentine-inspired events to enjoy with your sweetie. Festivities kick off Feb. 11, with Date Night Light Bites, when you can enjoy delicious wine and cheese pairings and learn the basics behind creative pairings. You’ll sample four hand-selected artisan cheeses paired with four of Telaya’s wines, then learn why each is a perfect match. Craving more? Check out the Wine Dinner with Kismet on Feb. 12. Indulge in five courses of French-inspired cuisine, all partnered with Telaya wines. If brunch is more your style, book your space for Telaya’s Valentine’s Brunch on Feb. 13. You’ll be greeted with a mimosa before tucking into your choice of three brunch options accompanied by a glass of wine. These events require an RSVP, so be sure to plan ahead!

Want to celebrate “Galentine’s Day” this year with your besties? Ask your favorite winery about a private tour and tasting — or head to the Mimosa Festival at Revolution Concert House, which will feature shopping, a live DJ, food, and everyone’s favorite brunch beverage. 

Of course, flowers are always in order, so be sure to stock up for the big day at one of Garden City’s florists: Johnson Floral & Decor, Sunflower Florist and Gifts, and Boise House of Flowers

Barbarian Brewing

Ski and Snuggle

If the weather thus far is any indication, Bogus Basin will remain open far into the month of March — which means you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get cozy with your favorite downhill racer. The Riverside Hotel once again comes through clutch with its Warm Up Staycation package, featuring a $50 food and beverage card, access to the Riverside’s heated saltwater pool and poolside beverage service, the opportunity to circle ’round the fire pit, and warm slippers and robes to slip into aprés ski. 

We probably don’t have to tell snow bunnies about the restorative power of beverages, but these hard-hitting specialties are especially good for warming up frozen fingers and toes. Check out the traditional Manhattan at the Stagecoach Inn, the dangerously smooth Morrigan 2021 from Barbarian Brewing, the Slow Draw Oatmeal Stout from County Line Brewing, or toast your feet at Push & Pour’s outdoor fire pit, cortado in hand. 

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