Get to Know Idaho Sports Teams

Get to Know Idaho Sports Teams


Get to Know Idaho Sports Teams

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


Garden City's Own Baseball Team

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

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

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

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

More Sports To Enjoy

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

The Boise State Broncos

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

Steelheads Hockey

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

Firebird Raceway

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

Snake River Stampede

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

Find Your Next Adventure in Garden City Sports

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

Contact us today to learn more about Garden City!

It’s Idaho Beer Month!

It’s Idaho Beer Month!


It’s Idaho Beer Month!

Celebrating the arts in February with Garden City Visitors Bureau

April Showers bring May Flowers and this month we’re celebrating Garden City’s renowned local breweries.   There are so many great places to sample craft beer and cider in Garden City that you could spend the entire day drinking ale and pounding pilsners. In fact, there are more wineries, cideries, and breweries per square mile in this town than anywhere else in Idaho. Get familiar with our craft breweries to get outside, enjoy a pint, and soak up some sunshine that we’ve all been waiting for!


Barbarian Brewing Taproom

While the rest of the ancient world was sipping wine, the Valhalla-loving brewers at the edge of the known world we’re delving deep into the hinterlands of taste — funky, sour, and savagely good. Barbarian Brewing honors the traditions of these wild creatures by handcrafting small-batch beers that go beyond the pale of mass-market brews. 

Grab your friends to enjoy a mix of all your favorite alcoholic concoctions at Barbarian Brewing Taproom. From beers to ciders to seltzers, IPAs, Lagers, Sours, Stouts, Belgian Ales, n/a Mocktails and more, Barbarian Brewing Taproom has it all! They offer beer flights from $16-25 and food provided by Kismet Kitchen Thursday – Saturday. And they always have room for your dog! 

Check out Barbarian’s great events to look forward to, like Game Night, Kolsch Night, which allows for you to enjoy a German-inspired night of dishes and take-home surprises, and their frequent new-release celebrations! Click the link to see what’s coming up on their Facebook! ​​Barbarian Brewing – Facebook


Bella Mosaica

Brown Beard Brewing

Try out Brown Beard Brewing Co., one of Garden City’s newest ale houses.  They have a signature selection of house beards, carefully crafted and a special selection of Brown Beard’s personal stash from the Captain’s Cupboard!. Since their recent Grand Opening, they are hustling to keep up with demand. They’re currently open Fri-Sat-Sun, with expanded hours coming soon.  You don’t want to miss out on these signature beers! 

Their social media Instagram-Brown Beard Brewing holds all the secrets to their weekend festivities, upcoming events, and new releases! Food trucks provide fine fare most weekends, and Brown Beard makes sure you can always have a good time! Bring your friends and your dog to enjoy the taste of hand-made fine ales, locally brewed by the best! 

Boise Greenbelt, Garden City, Idaho

Clairvoyant Brewing Company

Another great new addition to Garden City’s craft breweries is Clairvoyant Brewing,  where they are Passionate about Beer!  Clairvoyant offers some of the best selections on tap for every kind of brew you’re looking for and new drafts are coming soon, like their Dark Arts Stout and Highpoint Cider! They also have some of those hoppy beers and dark beers that are so original and made to accommodate you adventurous drinkers out there! 

You can see all their Events at Clairvoyant Brewing so you don’t miss out on Friday Game Night Trivia fun and other activities each week! Clairvoyant shares food trucks with Brown Beard Brewing to provide food for the whole family and your dog at this “kid and dog friendly” location!

Berserker Strength and Conditioning, Garden City, Idaho
Berserker Strength and Conditioning, Garden City, Idaho

Idawild Brewing Company

Idawild Brewing Company specializes in thoughtfully crafted, small-batch brews to satisfy both the adventurous beer-drinker and those who tend to stick to conventional styles. Their specialties are smooth yet flavorful hazy IPAs and crisp, easy-drinking kettle sours. They offer options that you can’t find anywhere else, and the ever-growing tap list is sure to have a perfect option for everyone in your crew!

Their tap list is never set, so you can try something new each visit. They’ve just released a new double dry-hopped hazy that’s got all the tropical fruits and flavors you’ve been dreaming about. They also brought back their IdaWaii Sour, which completely teleports you to the beach with each sip! 

Make sure to follow their social media for new events and new releases to enjoy with your family, friends, and well-behaved dogs! 

Instagram → Instagram – Idawild Brewing Co. 

Facebook → Idawild Brewing – Facebook

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Meriwether Cider Company

If you’re looking for something truly unique, try Meriwether Cider Company, themissing link between wine and beer. It’s fizzy and refreshing like beer, but with an aroma and mouth feel sophisticated enough to bring to your in-laws’ swanky dinner party.”  You can learn more about the fascinating history of cider at Meriwether Cider | Our Story

Meriwether is THE destination for some of the best ciders in town. Beer lovers will enjoy their hopped cider, a blend of cider and the same hops you’d taste in your favorite IPA or Amber!  You can see their full selection on their website, then stop into the taproom on Chinden to be at the place where the magic happens! 

Meriwether is switching their Flagship Ciders from glass bottles to cans to make sure you can bring your favorite drink on any adventure, they also just announced their first non-alcoholic cider, Wild Abandon, a cider that shares the flavors of bright hibiscus, rosehip, lime, and juniper! 

They’re constantly coming out with new releases, so follow their social media, and take a look at their EVENTS – Meriwether Cider Company for trivia night on Tuesday and lots of live music! Stay connected for all their happenings at Instagram Instagram- Meriwether Cider and Facebook @ Facebook – Meriwether Cider Co. !

aerial view of a surfer at the garden city water park

Powderhaus Brewing Company

Check out the Alpine Inspired Powderhaus Brewing company! Specialty crafted beers made to deliver high quality taste and made in the image of outdoor enthusiasts. Be sure to get ready for spring and their newest releases during their manifest! This is the time to try some signature selections found  here → Powderhaus Beers, like their new Deadfall Amber or Throw Line IPA. Want something out of the box? Try the Hinterlander Coffee Porter! Powderhaus has a selection for any taste you’re looking for, so make sure you create your own adventure through Powederhaus and try out what they’ve got brewing for the spring season! 

They’ve also got an event calendar so you can know exactly when the fun really starts like their Mondo Music Monday’s every at 6 pm, or their food Truck-Rockin Q event all day where you can get some beer and food all while listening to some prime tunes and enjoying the sunshine. So download it, save it and don’t miss out on Powderhaus’ events. Head to their event page on their website for more details → Powderhaus Brewing Company | Taphaus

Western Collective

“Welcome to Western Collective, home to the best beer, vibes and experience in Boise.”

Known for their award-winning craft beer, boozy adult slushies, and incredible atmosphere, there’s something for everyone here!  Featuring three unique indoor spaces and a massive patio, Western Collective embraces the spirit of the west. Rustic decor, high ceilings, and community seating make this an ideal venue for parties large and small, and the “raddest place in the west.”

A crucial tenet of the Western Collective philosophy is creating a place for radical inclusivity. Beer enthusiasts can enjoy craft brews, like the award-winning chocolate milk imperial stout, Hidden Lakes Express. Avid beer-avoiders can find something tasty, too, like their classic boozy slushies, handcrafted hard seltzer, and house wine. They always have options for designated drivers, kids, and the morning crowd, with the full coffee bar.

Look here for their full Beer Selections, watch for their events at Our Events — Western Collective, and enjoy their full food menu available daily, with food trucks featured throughout the year!

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The Yardarm

The Yardarm will become your neighborhood bar even if you don’t live in the neighborhood!

This is the brewery you’ve been dreaming of! This fantastic spot for upcycled beer and a great wine bar in the “beaches” neighborhood of the Garden City is only open seasonally from April through early October. It’s an experience you don’t want to miss, grabbing a fresh cold beer straight from the tap out of a storage container. Who says you need a shiny big building to sell some great beer?

Built out of new ideas and recycled/found objects, you’re invited to come claim a stool! The Yardarm was brainstormed over beers at the Corridor Surf Shop, a logical partnership!  It’s a “one off” project that supplies an experience you’ll remember, so don’t miss their limited season!  Their Instagram – Yardarm  site lists hours and special events, with updates on the daily action. This is the perfect place to soak up some sun and wave to the river floaters!

Western Collective

Twisted District Brew Co.

At Twisted District Brew Co. you’ll find a range of delicious beverages including craft beers, cider/radler, hard cider, craft cocktails, wine, and many non-alcoholic options.  They’ve got a popular malty beer that’s a good ol’e German-Style doppelbock, and a great coffee lovers drink honoring the Push and Pour Coffee shop, the Push and Porter.  This cold brew draft is perfect for when you want that extra kick! 

Twisted District has a regular menu of “shareables”, soups & salads, and too many “dog” flavors to list.  You can enjoy Brunch every Saturday & Sunday, and Happy Hour is Mon-Fri from 4pm-6pm, with $3 off of Beer, Wine and Cider; $2 off Call drinks; and $1 off Well Drinks!  Details of these specials and other delights are listed at Twisted District Brew Co. – Menu

Oh, and don’t forget about Events. Thursday Trivia will put that brain power to the test, where you can show everyone who’s boss! Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays they serve up music like dueling pianos and jazz piano, or your can dance around to some amazing artists and enjoy the classical ambiance of two dudes playing all your favorite tunes on the grandest instrument of all! Check out what’s coming up with their Events Calendar! 

Western Collective

For more information on what’s in store this month, see the website! →  Idaho Craft Beer Month! 

8 Things Locals Love About Garden City

8 Things Locals Love About Garden City


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.


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!

Hello Spring!


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!



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
Bella Mosaica

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


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!

australian shepherd close up
side view of australian shepherd
dogtopia daycare boarding and spa
dog bath inside dogtopia
dog treat vending machine at dogtopia

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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dog on a slide
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!

push and pour
close up of dog inside push and pour

Fall in Love with February!

Fall in Love with February!


Fall in Love with February!

Celebrating the arts in February with Garden City Visitors Bureau
This month, we’re celebrating the arts! Find opportunities to unleash your creativity, and stop by some local businesses to try something new. 

Garden City offers the supplies, the resources and the places to explore your passions and hobbies, or learn from the pros. 


Bella Mosaica

If you’re looking to try something completely new but with a twist head over to Bella Mosaica to get classes and learn from the best on how to create a project that’s perfect for your home or even as a gift! You can receive a free lesson taught by teachers and staff! How could you possibly see no? You don’t need a reservation, and you can walk in anytime to create your masterpiece! Head over on your off-day, or even for an afternoon of fun with your friends! Make it an adventure to create the perfect piece for you. 


Bella Mosaica
Bella Mosaica

Eclectic Curio

If you want to find some really unique staples for your home, check out the Eclectic Curio! They have a bunch of antiques and one-of-a-kind pieces just for you. They have a great selection of anything you could possibly need for decoration or accessories! Right on Glenwood, as you pass by for any event, stop in and find something that’s unique to you, and for a great price! 

Their social media has a lot of information on new arrivals and inventory, so be sure to follow them and check out their page to see what they’ve got! 



eclectic curio
inside of eclectic curio

Quality Art

If you’re just getting started with your art journey, or if you’re in the middle of a huge project, check out Quality Art! They have a great location in the heart of Garden City, and they have all the materials you might need at a great price. What started out as a business for canvases, has become a whole warehouse full of any tools you might need to be the best artist you can be. Check out their website for price estimates and products or call  if you have any questions! They have some art experts  who can point you in the right direction. 

The Creative Space

If you’re wanting to find a venue to conduct your own artistic  events, The Creative Space is perfect for you! It’s a multipurpose space that’s designed to host live theater performances, art exhibits, acoustic concerts, non-profit benefits and private events! 5,000 square feet designed to suit your needs! 
the creative space
the creative space

Recycled Minds Comedy

What do you call an ant who fights crime? A vigilANTe! 

If you were already at the Creative Space, hang out a little longer to watch a show! If you need a laugh, or want to learn how to do stand up comedy and interactive performances? This place is perfect for you. Recycled Minds Comedy offers so many opportunities to watch or be part of a show! Even if you don’t want to perform, you can learn how to build more self confidence and work on your communication skills and practice improv! Comedy is a special kind of art, because it’s the vocal ability to engage with an audience, while getting an audible reaction at the same time. I love comedy, and I don’t think anyone can have too much laughter in their lifetime, so get your laugh going, or learn how to  create a laugh over here! 

recycled minds comedy

The Merq

Like to design or need a new statement piece for your home? The Merq is the perfect place to find those hidden treasures and unique pieces out of a worldwide collection! Their inventory constantly changes so there’s always a chance for you to find the perfect gem for you. One-stop-shop for all things vintage! 
inside of merq- knick knacks
inside of merq- signage knick knacks
merq holiday outside store front

The Potter’s Center

Need some new bowls, mugs, cups, plates, or whatever your heart desires? Clay is the perfect way to mold your necessities with your own personal twist! The Potter’s Center has everything you need to get your journey started. You can book a class to learn how to throw on the wheel or hand build, and you can get all the tools you might need if you want to work on something at home! Don’t wait too long though, spots in those classes  book fast!
The potters center
the inside of the potters center with art supplies on the wall
art supplies on the wall at the potter's center

The ReUse Market

Thrifting for art supplies? Count me in! The ReUse Market is home to clean reusable arts & craft materials that are put out for artists like you! Their goal is to keep those supplies and give them to people who are able to repurpose them into beautiful works of art instead of taking up space at the landfill. Art can be in any form, and creativity is never limited. The ReUse market also offers resources  for teachers to use in their classrooms so they don’t extend their budgets! 

the reuse market

Twisted Ewe, A Yarn Shop

The Twisted Ewe is a great place to explore a new hobby! All the tools you need for knitting, drop spinning, macrame, etc are all available here for you! They accommodate all beginners and expert crocheters, and supply all kinds of yarn made from natural fibers that will make sure your creations will last a lifetime. You can take a virtual tour online to check out what they have, or just stop by the store and stroll around to find what you’d like! 

Also check out their social media, on facebook or Instagram @twistedewe for weekly newsletters and more information on what they have to offer!

Twisted Ewe a yarn shop

Visual Arts Collective

Looking for an art gallery and performance venue? The Visual Arts Collective is a great place to discover artistic expression and engage in interactive art! Visit their website if you want to check out their upcoming events and current exhibitions. Their social media is also a great place to check out the spotlights and art pieces they have out!

Zion Art Glass Studio

If you’re really looking for a challenge or something new to try, definitely check out zion art class! Their studio is right off the road on chinden, and their door is open! Super friendly and with an amazing exhibit to show you all that you can accomplish ! Learn from the best and make that bowl or glass or sculpture that you’ve been dying to add to your home! 

Check out their website for more information!  Zion Warne Studios – Boise

inside look of pieces at the zion art glass studio
side view angle of the inside of zion art glass studio
glassblowing studio

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year!

Friends working out at the gym, new year's resolution to get healthy or in shape
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! 


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


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. 

Boise Greenbelt, Garden City, Idaho Boise Greenbelt, Garden City, Idaho

Boise Greenbelt, Garden City, Idaho

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. 
Homebrewstuff, Garden City, Idaho

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


Westy's Bowling Lanes, Garden City Idaho

Garden City Holiday Events!

Garden City Holiday Events!


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!



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!

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!

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!

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

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!

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!

Split Rail

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.

West Valley Humane Society

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

Fall In Love With Garden City This Winter

Fall In Love With Garden City This Winter


Fall In Love With Garden City This Winter

Barbarian Brewing

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



Woo Your Love With Art and Music

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

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

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

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

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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.



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.


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.  


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).