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

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

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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.

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Get to Know Idaho Sports Teams

Get to Know Idaho Sports Teams

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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!

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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

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8 Things Locals Love About Garden City

This must be the place

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.

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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!

Hello Spring!

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Hello Spring!

Dogs and their people at a dog-friendly restaurant or business

March is here, and you know what that means… The warm weather is finally upon us. The season is here, so grab an allergy pill and soak in the sun. While you’re at it, take yourself out to Garden City to enjoy some activities that’ll surely get you out of your winter gloom.

You’re not alone in the gloom, your dog has been feeling it too, and they’re patiently waiting for the moment the spring sun arrives, and they’ll grab their leash and take you to Garden City themselves. Here are some places that are dog friendly so you and your best friend can enjoy the day together!

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Clairvoyant

This is Garden City and Boise’s best neighborhood brewery! Not only because they have some of the best beer in town but because they want you and your dog to come and enjoy a drink! They have a great patio that’s heated in the winter, and your dog can even take a stroll inside if they’d like! If you and your friends have dogs, it is highly recommended to grab a beer and be with your friends, and your dog can be with theirs! Best of both worlds if you ask me. There’s one located on Idaho and 28th and one on Chinden, both close and convenient!

 

outside of Clairvoyant building
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Companions Dog Resort

Here is your dog’s home away from home! This boutique dog resort focuses on the best care and even better service for you and your dog! Companions Dog Resort makes sure that your dog is in the safest and best hands being cared for individually. If you’re looking for some training or for your pal to learn some extra behavioral skills, professionals are there to give you the best experience and results into putting your best friend in tip top shape! Along with their training, let your dog engage in the best part of socializing and make some new friends and have the time of their lives while you’re at work or on vacation! Check out their website for more information on pricing for daycares or boarding, and more.

Companions dog resort

Dog Retreat Center

This retreat spot is the best of the best to get your dog acting their best! The Dog Retreat Center is the one stop to all your needs regarding taking care of your best friend. Puppy school, you got it they’ve got training to make sure your pal acts their best! Daycare for the days they want to hang out with their friends, and boarding for your dog to have a vacation while you do! If you have any questions about their methods or services check out their website or call to ask. Their philosophy is to practice mindfulness and good behavior in your dog, which honestly could be a great place for humans too right?

dog retreat center art mural
five different dogs hanging out on the lawn

Dogtopia

This is the leading destination for your dog for daycare, boarding or, hear this… spa services. Bring your dog to be pampered! I’m talking cucumbers on the eyes, massage, everything you wish you could get for a price like this. Your dog will be feeling squeaky clean and smelling fresh for you on his way out! Dogtopia of Boise-Greenbelt understands that your dog is a member of the family. Your dog will feel safe and relaxed over here, and make so many new friends!

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Green Belt

I can guarantee you, if dogs could talk, they’d say “please please please take me to the greenbelt.” There are other dogs to say hi to in passing and water that I know your dog cannot resist jumping into for a quick cool off. Bring a ball, bring a frisbee, or just bring your running sneakers and take you and your dog for a day outside enjoying what Garden City has to offer. The Greenbelt runs all the way through, so you can really see a lot just following the path.

walking dog with coat on the greenbelt
dog without leash on the greenbelt
snow on the green belt

Idaho Dog Park

One of the best spots to bring your friend is the Idaho Dog Park! Voted the #1 best doggie daycare and boarding facility in Boise and Garden City! This is the place to bring your dog to hang out with their friends by having a full day of playing, sleeping, and chewing on their favorite toy. If you didn’t think it’d get any better, they have a private glass cabin for your dog to sleep in and they’re soothed with meditation music to soothe them after a long day running around! And there’s webcams! And if you’re thinking about your dog a little extra at work, pop on and check out their webcam! You can see your dog having the time of their life! Check out their website for more information on boarding and daycare services!

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eleven dogs hanging out at Idaho dog park
close up of two dogs at Idaho dog park

Push and Pour

Take you and your best friend out for a walk and stop for a cup of coffee on your way! Push and Pour has the best local coffee put in the best location off of 34th street next to the greenbelt! If you’re walking by or wanting to sit inside and get some work done, you can bring your dog with you to enjoy the outdoors and the social interaction of the coffee shop environment!

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close up of dog inside push and pour

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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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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Bring Your Bestie! A Dog Lover’s Guide to Garden City

Bring Your Bestie! A Dog Lover’s Guide to Garden City

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Bring Your Bestie! A Dog Lover’s Guide to Garden City

Garden City has a laid-back, beers-on-the-patio, lazy-day-by-the-river feel. So it’s no surprise that this city is amazingly Fido-friendly. From craft beverage purveyors to lodging, coffee shops to parks, you’ll find plenty of places to spend the day with your best friend.

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Breweries, Wineries, and Bars

Garden City’s amazing Craft Beverage Corridor is famous for its homegrown breweries and wineries, while the city’s bars are known for their come-as-you-are atmospheres. In other words: Furry friends are definitely welcome here.

Barbarian Brewing

Your dog might not be able to partake in Barbarian’s genre-defying beers, but it is welcome in the taproom.

 

Cinder Wines

Make sure your dog is on a leash while you enjoy winemaker Melanie Krause’s celebrated wines.

 

Coiled Wines

Your furry friend is allowed only on the patio — not much of a sacrifice with one of Coiled’s famous wine slushies in hand.

 

County Line Brewing

Make sure your dog is on leash while you stock up on favorites like Hayride Pale Ale. 

 

Meriwether Cider Co.

Dogs are so much a part of Meriwether that visiting pups are featured on their very own Instagram account: @dogsofmeriwether.

 

Par Terre

No problem sipping on a cab franc with your dog by your side — just make sure it’s leashed.

Potter Wines

Potter is known for its quirky wines, like jalapeno wine, and dogs are welcome to join their owners while they light up their tastebuds.

 

Powderhaus Brewing Company

Powderhaus is all about that Idaho outdoor life, and including your best friend is part of the fun.

 

Split Rail Winery

This fun-loving winery has a tasting room and a Chinden Boulevard patio that are open to dogs.

 

Telaya Wine Co.

Telaya has a picture-perfect riverside patio where dogs are welcome, too.

 

Twisted District Brew Co.

Garden City’s newest brewery has not one, but two patios where you can bring your dogs.

 

Western Collective

Boozy slushies, hard seltzer, and clever beers are even better with your pup by your side.

 

The Yardarm

Tucked into Garden City’s “beach” community by the Boise River, this seasonal bar welcomes all members of the neighborhood.

Eateries

These restaurants aren’t just a great place to have a bite — they also welcome your best friend.
(note: most allow dogs outside only).

Barrelhouse

You and your dog can enjoy Barrelhouse’s “perfectly unusual” menu on this eatery’s patio.

 

Blue Sky Bagels

Feel free to bring your pup with you while you enjoy your bagel and schmear on Blue Sky’s outdoor seating.

 

Cobby’s

This beloved sandwich shop has a shaded, dog-friendly patio.

 

Idaho Pizza Company

Your best buddy is welcome to join you at this local pizza company’s outside seating.

 

Moxie Java Bistro and Moxie Java Café

These always-popular coffeehouses have spacious, dog-friendly patios.

 

Oliver’s Daily Grind

This walk-up and drive-up coffee stand is perfect for morning java runs with your dog.

Pastry Perfection

Enjoy a cup of coffee and one of Pastry Perfection’s fan-favorite donuts on the outdoor patio with your dog.

 

Push and Pour

This craft coffeeshop has a cozy, dog-friendly patio out front.

 

The Sandbar

Well-behaved dogs are welcome at this riverside patio grill that’s open from mid-May through October.

 

Sofia’s Greek Bistro

We won’t tell if you slip your pup one of Sofia’s Greek fries while you dine outside.

 

Uncle Giuseppe’s

This Italian deli known for its mouthwatering sandwiches allows dogs to sit with their owners outside when their patio seating is available.

Parks and Swimming Holes

Garden City offers plenty of locations for river exploring, swimming, running, and playing fetch.

Greenbelt

At 25 miles long, this jewel of a riverside path offers more than enough opportunities to run, walk, or even swim in the river. Dogs especially enjoy the swimming hole west of Mystic Cove Park.

 

River Pointe Park

This little park behind City Hall is great for a session of fetch.

 

Riverfront Park

Riverfront is the largest in Garden City, with plenty of space for dogs to frolic.

 

Heron Park

This is the newest park in Garden City and makes great use of its river access, with steps leading to your pup’s next swimming session.

 

Mystic Cove Park

Just off the Greenbelt, this park is a great diversion after a swim in the river.

 

Boise Whitewater Park

Have a water-loving dog? This park isn’t just for river surfers — dogs can practice their swimming skills here, too.  

Lodging

Finding a dog hotel while traveling can be like searching for a needle in a haystack, but not in Garden City.

The Riverside Hotel

The Riverside Hotel (where you’ll also find the Sandbar, listed above) allows up to two dogs per room for a non-refundable fee. Book online or call ahead with questions about the policy. 

The Most Fido-Friendly Spots of All

Pups are always welcome at food trucks, the ultimate outdoor eateries! Garden City has two full-time food trucks that serve authentic Mexican food. Many establishments, like Crooked Fence and Powderhaus, offer rotating food truck service; check their websites to discover the latest. But for an OG food truck experience, start with these two.

Tacos Mobile Primo

Located just outside Primo Super Market, Tacos Mobile Primo offers traditional standbys like asada street tacos, tortas stuffed with ham and pineapple, and chile relleno burritos.

El Sabor

Located near the Mobil 1 Lube Express at 9275 W. Chinden, El Sabor serves up classics like aguachile (a ceviche-style dish served with tostadas) and burrito verde (stuffed with marinated pork).

Garden City Is For Kids

Garden City Is For Kids

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Garden City Is For Kids

Your next kid-friendly weekend adventure will take you to four square miles of outdoor fun, indoor play, and enough pizza and sugar to satisfy even the most discerning 9-year-old. Garden City is packed with fun destinations for children, including can’t miss summer events and year-round entertainment. Plus, the whole family can play safe. No need to plot your course — we’ve done the work for you!

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STOP #1

Breakfast at Pastry Perfection

Time to fuel up for a day of fun! Bakers fill Pastry Perfection’s shiny glass cases with trays upon trays of frosted donuts, iced cinnamon rolls, fresh-baked breads, and fruit-filled danishes every morning. Plus, you’ll find plenty of hot coffee on tap for mom and dad. For some of the most craveable coffee cakes, muffins, and scones you’ll ever eat, check out the stylish Coffee House at Wildflour Bakery, where they churn out the sweets that line specialty grocery stores throughout the Valley.

Stop #2

Asana Climbing Gym

Now that the kiddos are on a sugar high, let them climb the walls! Asana Climbing Gym offers indoor climbing and bouldering in a supportive environment, with routes for newbies and more experienced climbers alike. Good news for parents: kids ages 9-17 climb at a discounted rate. Have the kids test their creative skills at the Reuseum, where they can learn how to build their own hovercrafts, explore magnetism, craft simple circuit boards, or even create a robot! Classes are held weekly, check them out here.

Stop #3

Parks, Parks, and More Parks

Garden City boasts a series of beautiful parks, many of them linked by the riverside Greenbelt path that winds through the city. Depending on the time of year, the kids might enjoy swimming at Esther Simplot Park, playing at River Pointe Park, climbing the playground equipment at Riverfront Park, fishing at Riverside Park, tackling the jungle gym at Mystic Cove Park, or watching the surfers (or giving river sports a try themselves) at Boise Whitewater Park.

Stop #4

The Library

When you enter the Garden City Public Library, you immediately notice that it’s not your typical hushed-voice hall of books — its slogan is “Not a Quiet Library.” The library’s children’s programming is second to none: Expect crafts, themed story times (yoga, trucks, hummingbirds, and plenty of other kid-friendly topics) music circles, movie-watching parties, movement classes … the list goes on and on. These events have been virtual during the pandemic, but will be in-person as soon as its safe. Check the Garden City Public Library’s website before your visit for an up-to-date schedule and full list of things to do.

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Stop #5

Bowling at Westy’s Garden Lanes

Since 1959, Westy’s has been the go-to spot for families who don’t mind a little friendly competition. Kids will love trying to knock down a few pins, and parents will like the price ($18-$20 per hour, plus shoe rentals) … and perhaps the very grown-up drink specials, too.

Stop #6

Pizza Party!

Garden City enjoys a good pie. Round out your big day with a trip to local favorites Idaho Pizza Company and Guido’s, both of which offer plenty of family-friendly seating and casual service.

Bonus Summer Activities

Summer just doesn’t seem complete without a lazy, warm evening watching baseball or hitting the rides at the fair. Luckily for us, you can do both in Garden City!

The Boise Hawks are the Treasure Valley’s own — and only — baseball team, and their longtime home at Memorial Stadium on Glenwood is where generations of kids have developed their love of America’s pastime. It helps that the Hawks make games super kid-friendly. There are on-field competitions geared for children between innings, including the famous round-the-bases race between three kids chosen from the stands — one dressed as a French fry, one as a tater tot, and another as baked potato (how Idaho is that?). All kids get the opportunity to take the field after the game, and they’ll thrill at the post-game fireworks (be sure to check the Hawks’ schedule to make sure they’re planned for the night you attend).

The Western Idaho Fair is as classic as it comes: scream-inducing rides, livestock and food competitions, and all the “what-the-heck-it’s-the-fair” dishes you just won’t get anywhere else. It’s a huge event — the largest in the state — and draws a quarter of a million attendees every year. The 2021 fair is scheduled for August 20-29, 2021, after forgoing 2020’s event due to the pandemic.

Of course, there’s no need to pack all that fun into one day! Make it an adventure weekend by booking a room at the Riverside Hotel, a sprawling resort-like property that backs up to the Boise River. You’ll gain access to a whole host of family fun — a kids’ splash pad at the outdoor pool, music at the Sandbar patio (the Sandbar also offers poolside delivery if Mom and Dad feel like lounging), and bike rental so you can cycle just a few feet and hop on the Greenbelt. No need to leave the fam’s best friend behind, either: the Riverside offers select pet-friendly rooms.

What’s your go-to kid activity in Garden City? We’d love to hear your recommendations!

Art Is the Heart of Garden City

Art Is the Heart of Garden City

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Art Is the Heart of Garden City

Murals, art benches, galleries … Garden City isn’t just a haven for artists, it’s a must-see destination for art lovers. From the artist studios and craft beverage makers featured on the Garden City Artisans Pathway Map to the public art works and galleries listed below, you’ll discover more than enough creativity to fuel a weekend in the city.

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Murals

The vestiges of the city’s industrial past offer the perfect canvas for muralists. From homages to the city’s past to inspirational messages, the murals of Garden City offer colorful pops of public art in unexpected places.

Above, Below, and On Glenwood Street

Three murals can be found near Glenwood Street. The Airplane Mural, painted on the south side of the Signs by Smith Building at 4747 N. Glenwood, depicts several of the U.S. Airforce jets you might see in the sky overhead. A trio of works — the Fishing Mural, the River Rafting Mural, and the Cyclist Mural, all under the Glenwood Bridge — depict some of the most popular Boise River activities in vibrant color. Garden City’s newest mural is located at Ironwood Bar & Grill at 5467 N. Glenwood and depicts iconic signs and sights of the city.

44th Street

Hunters, set amidst an autumnal landscape, set out to bag deer in the Hunter Mural at the Boise Hunter Education Center, 109 W. 44th Street. Over at 107 E. 44th Street, across from Cinder Wines, the iconic Garden City Postcard Mural offers a colorful crash course in history to visitors exiting the tasting room.

Chinden

A Garden of Creativity, featuring larger-than-life flora and fauna in can’t-miss-it splashes of color, graces the back of Cobby’s Sandwich Shop at 4348 Chinden Boulevard.

42nd Street

The Be Great Mural, with its helping hands and powerful message, serves as a constant reminder for the kids attending the Boys & Girls Club of Ada County at 610 E. 42nd Street. Note: The mural has recently been covered by the new cafeteria

SITy

Benches

Garden City’s SITy Benches public arts project is inspired by a treasure trove of leafy spaces, including a number of parks and the Greenbelt. Garden City kicked off the project in 2019 — the first of its kind in the Treasure Valley — by choosing five artists to design and fabricate art benches. So far, eight artists have created seven site-specific benches that range from the sculptural to the playful, with more to come. Finding them is the perfect pastime for a lazy Sunday (with plenty of rest breaks included).

Five benches have been installed with more to come, visit the Garden SITy Art Bench Project to learn more.

Heron Park,
3858 Reed Street

Here, you’ll discover two SITy benches by Ken McCall that draw on the beauty of the Boise River. A colorful, larger-than-life heron and cattails bookend the aptly-named Heron Bench. Nearby, a sculptural swirl of blue waves rises toward the sky while a green leaf provides a seat on the River Throne, a perch worthy of a river nymph.

Nature Path near Riverside Pond

The silver Above and Below, by Claire Remsberg and Nicole McDonald, is silhouetted with the many animals that scurry about the earth along the river and swoop in the skies above. The greenish-blue tones of Lazy River, by Russ and Adele Lewis of Touch of Glass, nearly blend into the trees and shrubs that line the river. But take a closer look and you’ll discover glass inlays, including charming green fish.

Mystic Cove Park,
4750 Mystic Cove Way

As the owner and designer at Studio 1212, Derek Hurd has more than a little experience creating eye-catching furniture. But his Blue Bench is a standout: Bright blue and angular, it serves as a frame for the surrounding landscape.

Greenbelt

Reham Aarti’s Greenbelt Sherbet, located at the end of 50th Street, is as colorful as its eponymous namesake — a kaleidoscope of mosaiced glass and tile painstakingly placed along its sofa-like lines. Trio, by artist and blacksmith Susan Madasci, stretches the limits of what a bench is. Its cluster of leaf-like structures beckons climbing kids and face-to-face conversations alike. You can find it at East 40th Street and the Greenbelt.

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Galleries

The Visual Arts Collective

The Visual Arts Collective

The Visual Arts Collective is part music venue, part gallery, part theatre, part bar — and over the years it has become one of the most lively and interesting places to experience the arts in the Treasure Valley. The VAC is currently closed due to the pandemic, but you can help ensure that it’s back in full force in 2021 by contributing to Love Letters for the VAC.

Surel's Place

Surel’s Place

Surel’s Place is the home of the late artist Surel Mitchell, who championed Garden City as a haven for makers and artists. Her custom-built house is now a residence for a rotating cast of musicians and artists who create inspired works in the space. Although in-house events are off the table for now, you can check out online lectures or visit Hallie Maxwell’s installation Reviresco. Reviresco is an interactive piece housed in the Green Box, a World War II mobile field office, that will run from November 2020 to March 2021. Viewers will have access to paper and instructions so they can create paper cranes that will fill the Green Box and serve as mementos of healing during the pandemic. Check for updates, including online crane-making demonstrations, on the organization’s Facebook page.

The Surel Mitchell

Live-Work-Create District

In 1998, artist Surel Mitchell built a home in Garden City and changed the trajectory of the city’s future. Her home was a place to live and to create and share her art, and she began advocating for Garden City as a location where other artists could build the same lifestyle. She served on Garden City’s Planning & Zoning Commission and the city’s first Arts Commission and championed the idea of a “live, work, create” district.

In 2006, the Garden City Council formally approved the creation of the district between 32nd and 37th streets on either side of Chinden Boulevard. After Mitchell’s passing in 2011, the council named the Surel Mitchell Live-Work-Create District in her honor.

After Mitchell’s death, her friends and family transformed her Garden City home into Surel’s Place, a non-profit artist-in-residence program that attracts artists from around the nation and the world.

The Surel Mitchell Live-Work-Create District
is a neighborhood like no other. Its many features include:

What’s your favorite spot to check out local art in Garden City? Give us your recommendations in the comments below.