Your One-Day Guide To Garden City

Your One-Day Guide To Garden City

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Your One-Day Guide To Garden City

This must be the place

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!

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New Year, New You! 

Get your resolutions in order because it’s time for a brighter and better you. Find a new passion, and get excited! Garden City has tons to offer to make the new year the best one yet. 

Get active! Find new ways to move your body, and make an activity with friends or create some time for yourself for your own peace of mind. Here are some options to make it easy for you! 

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Asana Climbing Gym

Try out the Asana Climbing Gym out on Glenwood! Join the climbing community and challenge yourself to a new activity if you haven’t tried it yet! They do safety courses and whether or not you’re a beginner or pro, Asana provides the space for you to learn and grow. They also offer yoga and aerial classes that complement your climbing experience where you can gain more awareness of your body and begin to build a better you! 

Asana Climbing Gym, Garden City, Idaho

Berserker Strength and Conditioning

Train your body like a warrior! At Berserker Strength and Conditioning, you can develop the perfect lifestyle change and work towards a healthier you. Their locations are open 24/7 so that whenever you need, they’re open for your convenience. You can register for a preview pass and you can get your first workout for free! On top of that, if you’re visiting, or have a membership to another gym already, you can drop in for only $10 and get a good workout in and see what you think! Check out their website if you need any more information or want to start a membership with them!
Berserker Strength and Conditioning, Garden City, Idaho

Crown Performance

If you’re looking for a new place to workout, Crown Performance is the place for you. Build a more confident, energetic and successful version of yourself by looking here to get your own unique customized plan built just for you. Even if you have a busy schedule, Crown Performance will plan around and find a perfect time for you. You can get a free intro at the Crown and after that you can create a membership to take that step towards a healthier you. 
Crown Performance, Garden City, Idaho

Greenbelt

Make use of our amazing green belt! A 28 mile stretch goes all the way through Boise and Garden City, and offers an incredible view of the Boise River all throughout the town. The options are endless on the greenbelt to run, walk, bike, rollerblade, the world’s your oyster. But along the way, Garden City offers a little scavenger hunt for you on the way if you need an extra push of encouragement or sleuthing. Local artists all around town have gotten together to provide you with the Garden SITy Art Bench Project for your own enjoyment when walking around the wonderful city and river. 

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Home Brew Stuff

Hmmm… out of all the activities and hobbies that the world has to offer, home brewing is one of the most unique and rewarding. Make your own beer, and make your own at-home pub! Home Brew Stuff has all the equipment you need to get started, and they’ll guide you through the entire process if you’re a beginner, or just the ingredients if you’re a pro. 
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Section 37 Axe Room

Tried Axe Throwing? I hadn’t either and it was the opportunity of a lifetime to be offered this experience to make you feel like the ultimate badass. Section 37 Axe Room is perfect for you and your friends to put your skills to the test. 

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Section 37 Axe Room, Garden City, Idaho

Westy’s Bowling

Friends and family night out? Or want to join a team? Westy’s Garden Lanes is the great getaway to go bowling and enjoy a night out. There’s a full pub and grill right next door, and arcade games too! For a great price and loads of fun, go out for a night of fun for one of Boise’s classic sources of entertainment since 1959. Reserve a party or just walk in, there’s room for everyone! Westys Bowling Lanes, Garden City, Idaho

 

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Garden City Holiday Events!

Garden City Holiday Events!

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Garden City Holiday Events!

Garden City Holiday Events

The holidays are right around the corner, and that means finding ways to spend quality time with your friends and family. First rule in the book of hosting guests is to keep them entertained for their stay. Lucky for you, Garden City has a great deal of events and activities to bring you holiday cheer!

 

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Murder Mystery Night - at Potter Wines

Watch your back! Potter Wines is hosting an Ugly Sweater night, with a twist. A murder mystery breaks out at the Snowflake Lodge and it’s your job to help them find the culprit! 

A ticket to the event will grab you a glass of wine or beer, a charcuterie plate, and two hours of detective work on the clock. For $45, Check it out on Friday December 16th from 7-9pm! 

Be sure to check out their website for more information and to purchase tickets! 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/murder-mystery-night-at-the-ugly-christmas-sweater-party-tickets-467320045837

Murder Mystery Night at Potter Wines

Christmas in Color (lights)

Put Christmas into color with the Drive-Through animated light show to kick start the holiday season! Right off Glenwood at Expo Idaho, drive through millions of lights and see a synchronized performance to some of your favorite christmas songs! 

Bring your friends and family and enjoy a night of bliss and awe. You’ll feel like you’re in your favorite christmas movie enjoying a winter wonderland celebrating the best time of the year! Check out their website for tickets to the show! 

 https://christmasincolor.net/boise

Christmas in Color

Powderhaus Christmas Market

After an exhausting day of shopping on black Friday, check out the Weihnachtsmarkt Euro-Style Christmas Market! Right off Chinden Blvd in Garden City. You have two days from November 25-November 26th to enjoy a Christmas market that is showcased by local vendors in the valley!

Check out the incredible food, Gluwein, and Handmade goods! Enjoy a little shopping while trying some new drinks and snacks from Europe! 

In case you didn’t know, Gluwein translates to glow-wine. It is traditionally served at stalls during Christmas markets so it can keep people warm while they shop and socialize! 

https://www.powderhausbrewing.com/

Powderhaus Christmas Market

Boise Christmas Show!

From December 2-4th check out the yearly event just down the street at the Expo Idaho! This show features entertainment options for people of all ages, and you’ll be welcomed into a holiday market served by over 300 vendors to help you find the perfect Christmas gift or Christmas decoration piece for your home. And Santa will be there, so it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the man himself! 

From 11 am-7 pm. Admission: Adults $5.00, Seniors (62 and over) $4, Children 12&Under FREE 

https://www.boisechristmasshow.com/

Boise, Idaho Christmas Show

Holiday Wine Tasting with Enlightened Vine

Join Enlightened Vine on December 2nd with a holiday wine tasting! Grab your friends and family and try a vast selection of wines and participate in raffles and wine discounts! From 5:30-6:30, for just $18 a ticket per person, you can try some holiday wines that are brought from all over the world for a night of holiday fun! 

https://www.enlightenedvine.com

Holiday Wine Tasting with Enlightened Vine

Make Your Own Christmas Bulbs

On Saturday, December 3rd, Split Rail Winery is bringing in Flowersmith Gardens to provide a pot, bulb, and greenery to create a bouquet and watch the blooms unfold! These are some of the largest Amaryllis bulbs you can find! Don’t miss out! For $45, check out their website to purchase! Limited spots, so get them quick! 

http://www.splitrailwines.com/the-calendar/2022/12/3/make-your-own-christmas-bulbs

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Wine Not Give: West Valley Humane Society

The holidays are all about spreading love and giving back, so check out Split Rail WInery for their monthly give-back night! On December 6th, get into the holiday spirit and bring your friends and family to enjoy a glass of wine or tasting, and Split Rail will donate 20% of sales from that night to support our local West Valley Humane Society. 

5:00-8:00 pm Saturday, December 6th. 

http://www.splitrailwines.com/the-calendar/2019/12/4/wine-not-give-idaho-humane-society-ebxk4-2w976-h8yrx-9knsk-54538-l7l5c-knac5

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Telaya Design: Holiday Floral Arrangement

On Saturday, December 21st, grab a glass of wine and create a beautiful floral arrangement in a DIY class for the holidays! Bringing in the team at Fifty Flowers, the class will walk you through making this arrangement and all the materials you’ll need, plus a glass of wine! From 7-9 pm, bring your friends and family for a night of fun and creativity. 

Check out their website and grab a ticket for $55 (pricing does not include tax or Eventbrite’s fee). If you’re a wine club member, tickets are $45.

Telaya Design: Holiday Floral Arrangement

GC Is Selfie City

GC Is Selfie City

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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. 

‘Collaboration’:

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!

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Sip and Swirl Through Idaho Wine & Cider Month

Sip and Swirl Through Idaho Wine & Cider Month

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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!

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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!

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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. 

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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!

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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.

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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:

Ragnarök

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

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Fall In Love With Garden City This Winter

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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.

 

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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!

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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

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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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Here’s How to Holiday (and Win) Like a Local

Here’s How to Holiday (and Win) Like a Local

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Here’s How to Holiday (and Win) Like a Local

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Reader, you know what the holidays have become. There’s the day-after-Thanksgiving dash to big box stores, the super-quick slide into Christmas/Hanukkah/Festivus, and finally the frantic race to the New Year.

It’s all over so quickly. Where’s the joy? Where’s the time for fun, for creating little moments that add up to big memories? This year, slow your roll and allow the season to surprise you. Here in Garden City, we take the art of getting off the beaten path seriously. Here’s how we’re inviting you to set a new holiday pace that will fill your cup (in some instances, quite literally) and leave you feeling refreshed and ready once you head back to real life in January.

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Big box holiday shopping might be second only to football when it comes to winter contact sports. If you skipped the crowds during 2020 by shopping online, take note: Experts — and businesses themselves — are predicting big backlogs and shipping delays. Instead of biting your nails and hoping your package will arrive on time, why not shop Small Business Saturday in Garden City? The annual Buy Idaho Holiday Market will feature handmade and unique gifts from more than 100 local makers, including specialty food items, glass art, handmade wooden gifts, one-of-a-kind illustrations, beautiful jewelry, and so much more!

Can’t make it to Small Business Saturday? No problem. Check out our guide to artists and makers in Garden City — many of them are ramping up production for the holidays and taking orders now.

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Fill Your Cup

The breweries and wineries that line our famous Craft Beverage Corridor have plenty of ways to sip your way into the holiday spirit. Telaya Wine Co. is offering two Telaya Design events that will tap into your creative side: a Thanksgiving Centerpiece class on Nov. 22 and a Holiday Wreath Making class on Nov. 28 and Dec. 1. Cinder plans on hosting an Ugly Sweater Party in December, while Powderhaus Brewing Company is going all out with its European-style Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market) Nov. 26-28. Craft Beverage Corridor businesses are offering more events every day, so be sure to check the website of your favorite maker. (Bonus tip: Wine and beer club memberships make fantastic gifts, too.)

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Ski and Stay

Yes, it’s too cold to float or surf Garden City’s star attraction, the Boise River. But when the snow starts to fly, locals switch gears by heading up the hill to Bogus Basin Ski Resort. Savvy locals and out-of-towners know the best way to enjoy a day of hassle-free skiing or snowboarding is by making basecamp in Garden City at the Riverside Hotel. Not only does it offer easy access to Bogus Basin, but a treat awaits weary muscles after a long day on the slopes: The hotel’s outdoor pool is heated to a soothing 100 degrees in the winter. Want it even hotter? Try the nearby hot tub and soak any lingering aches away.

You can check out even more ideas to add stress-less fun back into your holiday schedule by visiting the Things to Do section of our website. And don’t forget to enter your chance to win a restful weekend with our Holiday Like a Local contest!

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Let’s Get Spooky! Head to a Halloween Event in Garden City

Let’s Get Spooky! Head to a Halloween Event in Garden City

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Let’s Get Spooky! Head to a Halloween Event in Garden City

Garden City loves a good fright! We’ve rounded up an entire week of events, from the cute to the creepy, so you can make the most of your spooky season. Here, you’ll find everything from kid-friendly gatherings to 21-and-over parties at stops along the Craft Beverage Corridor. Get ready to be entertained … if you dare.
October 23

Thriller Dance Class + Parking Lot Flash Mob

Time: 3-5 p.m.

Place: Potter Wines, 5286 W. Chinden Boulevard

Tickets: $10

It’s Thriller Night! Party like the undead by recreating the iconic choreography from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video. You’ll receive instruction from Kelly Dennis before joining the flash mob in the parking lot.

October 26

Spooky Scary Story Hour

Time: 7 p.m.

Place: Meriwether Cider Company, 5242 Chinden Boulevard

As the sun goes down, let the fun-loving folks at Meriwether Cider dim the lights and set the stage for a spooky story or two. Settle in with a cider as radio performances send chills down your spine. No tickets needed, but prepare to be scared!

October 29

Rocky Horror Movie Night

Time: 7 p.m.

Place: Twisted District Brew Co., 3840 W. Chinden Boulevard, Suite 110

Let’s do the Time Warp again! Everyone’s favorite campy classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” will air at Twisted District. Can you take the antici …. pation? No tickets needed.

October 29

Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat

Time: 5-7 p.m.

Place: The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Boulevard

Load up those costumed kids and decorate the car, because Trunk or Treat is on after a hiatus! Drive through to safely experience Halloween in a festive and fun environment. Sponsored by TDS Fiber and the Riverside Hotel. (Please note: The Garden City Police Department will not be hosting their Trunk or Treat event this year).

October 30

6th Annual Grateful Halloween Show

Time:Doors 8 p.m., show 9 p.m.

Place: Visual Arts Collective

Tickets: $20 advance at $25 at the door

This (mostly) annual Grateful Dead tribute concert features local musicians, a costume contest, and a set featuring songs from one of America’s most legendary and longstanding bands. Don’t forget to dress up — there will be a costume contest, too. Ages 21 and older, standing room only. You can learn more about the band at https://www.gratefultributeband.com/

October 30

Potter Wines Presents: Murder at the Walgrave Astoria Hotel

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Place: Potter Wines, 5286 W. Chinden Boulevard

Tickets: $40

For just a few nights, Potter Wines is transforming into the world-famous Walgrave Astoria, a hotel with a storied past … and present-day murder. Tickets are very limited (in fact, two previous dates have already sold out) and you *must* purchase your ticket by at least seven days before. Once you’ve paid, you’ll receive an email with your character name, background, and other important info. Plan your costume and get ready to act the part! This is Potter Wines, of course, so expect adult beverages. You must be 21 to participate.

October 30

The Fabulous Chancellors 8th Annual Halloween Ball

Time:Doors at 7 p.m., music from 8-11 p.m.

Place: The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Boulevard

Tickets: $20

The Fabulous Chancellors have spent decades bringing classic rock to the Treasure Valley. This Halloween, they’re once again bringing all your favorites to The Riverside Hotel’s Grand Ballroom — just bring your costume and your dancing shoes! No-host bar service available. Want to make it a night? Ask about the room package for the event and receive a one-night stay, two tickets to the concert, and brunch in the Riverside Grill the next morning. To book the package, call 208-343-1871.

October 30

Cinder Wines Costume Contest

Time: Kids, 1-2 p.m.; Adults, 2-3 p.m.; Pets, 3-4 p.m.

Place: Cinder Wines, 107 E. 44th Street

Bring the kids, bring the pets, and bring yourself — winners of the adult costume categories will take home 1.5 liter magnums of Cinder’s 2018 Syrah (that’s better than candy, don’t you think?).

October 30

Halloween Costume Party

Time: All day

Place: Twisted District Brew Co., 3840 W. Chinden Boulevard, Suite 110

Why leave the costumes to the kids? Dress up in your favorite costume and enjoy Twisted’s innovative takes on brews and bites during this all-day Halloween dress-up fest.

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Pick Your Park: An Interactive Guide to GC’s Best Spots

Pick Your Park: An Interactive Guide to GC’s Best Spots

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Pick Your Park: An Interactive Guide to GC’s Best Spots

Garden City has plenty of lush, green spots — a fact that might not be surprising given the city’s verdant name. But what really sets Garden City’s parks apart is access to water, and lots of it: Visitors can pick their speed, from the lazy eddies of Heron Park to the famous wave at Boise Whitewater Park. Garden City’s parks aren’t just places for picnics and pick-up basketball (though they’re great for that, too). They’re some of the best ways to access the Boise River, the crown jewel of the Treasure Valley.

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Best for Thrill Seekers:

Boise Whitewater Park

You can raft the Boise River, float it, swim in it — or, if you’re up for a real adventure, tackle it head on at Boise Whitewater Park. This unusual river park features a man-made wave that rises and falls with the water levels in the river, making it an ever-changing challenge for kayakers, river surfers, and stand-up paddleboarders who want to test their technical skills.

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Best for Anglers:

Riverside Park

Trout, bluegill, bass: If you want to catch it, Riverside Park has it! This lovely spot is a favorite of both anglers and wildlife lovers — you’re sure to see waterfowl and maybe even a deer or two. You don’t need to be experienced to cast a line here, which makes it a great place for kids who are just learning to love the sport.

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Best for Kids:

Riverfront Park

It’s big. It’s full of fun. And for years, it’s been the best playdate location in Garden City. Parents will love Riverfront Park for its easy access to restrooms and a shady picnic pavilion, and kids will go wild for the full playground and basketball court.

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Best for Picnics:

River Pointe Park

Quiet, lovely, and within walking distance to some of Garden City’s most beloved spots, River Pointe Park is a fantastic al fresco lunch location. Dine in the shade before strolling along the Greenbelt, visiting the nearby Pollinator Garden, or picking up a book at the Garden City Library.

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Best for Swimmers:

Esther Simplot Park

Nearly half of this 55-acre park is devoted to ponds for swimming and fishing. If you prefer an all-natural swimming session among wildlife, waterfowl, and fewer crowds then you’ll find at the average public pool, this is your spot. Pro tip: Reserve one of the two shelters on Friendship Island for your lunch break.

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Best for a Quiet Break:

Mystic Cove Park

Located just off the Greenbelt on 48th Street, Mystic Cove is a wonderful pit stop during a cycling or strolling session. You’ll find benches for resting and playground equipment to help the kiddos blow off some steam.

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Best for River Lovers:

Heron Park

This half-acre park offers direct access to the river, making it a perfect destination for owners of water-loving dogs, kids who want to cool off during the summer months, or nature lovers who want to take a break on its bankside seating area. There’s plenty of parking and restrooms nearby, as well.

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Best for Nature Lovers:

Westmoreland Park

Westmoreland boasts 5.6 acres of open space and clear access to the Boise River, which makes it a favorite put in/pull out point for kayakers — not to mention anglers who love to fish for trout and steelhead. In fact, you can make a full day of your time there thanks to plenty of picnic tables and room to roam. True nature lovers appreciate the part of this large park that’s off limits to foot traffic: A reserve for the wildlife that thrive along the river.  

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