Garden City’s Year-Round Charms

Garden City’s Year-Round Charms


Garden City’s Year-Round Charms

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Craft Beverages, Arts, Culture, and Holiday Magic.

Are you seeking a hidden gem for your next adventure? Look no further than Garden City, a 4.2-square-mile urban enclave between the City of Boise to the north, east, and south and the City of Eagle to the west. Just 1.6 miles east of the Idaho State Capitol, Garden City offers a delightful day of exploration, creativity, and fantastic craft beverages. In this post, we’ll take you on a journey throughout the year to uncover the charm and uniqueness of this oasis.


Experience Garden City's Holiday Magic

If you’re planning a holiday getaway, Garden City has you covered. Embrace the holiday spirit with special menus featuring seasonal favorites at Garden City’s dining establishments. Don’t forget to explore the boutique shops, where you’ll discover handcrafted treasures and one-of-a-kind presents for your loved ones.

For a creative twist, participate in holiday-themed workshops, from crafting your decorations to attending a play or enjoying an evening of country dancing. Garden City during the holidays is a magical place where you can make meaningful mementos of your staycation. Check out this treasure from the archives Gift Giver’s Guide Blog post.

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Cruise the Craft Beverage Corridor

Garden City is a haven for craft beverage enthusiasts, with a remarkable concentration of wineries, cideries, and breweries. The challenge here is not finding a place to enjoy your favorite beverage but choosing which will become your new favorite! Whether you’re into bold syrahs or refreshing pilsners, Garden City’s craft beverage scene has something for every palate.

Garden City’s Craft Beverage Corridor is a standout feature that beckons visitors year-round. With 18 different breweries, urban wineries and wine shops clustered within a few square miles, you can embark on a one-of-a-kind beverage adventure. Take your time to explore these establishments, chat with passionate brewers and vintners, and savor the distinctive flavors that define Garden City’s craft scene.

For those visiting during the holiday season, start your festive adventure in Garden City’s renowned Craft Beverage Corridor. Explore the town’s wineries, cideries, and breweries, each offering a distinct flavor profile to suit your holiday mood. Savor syrahs, sips of cider, or pints of craft beer while taking in the festive atmosphere. For a seamless journey, visit the Craft Corridor webpage on the Garden City Visitor’s Bureau website. This comprehensive guide includes maps, operating hours, and special offers to help you plan an unforgettable tasting tour. Cruise the Craft Beverage Corridor

Garden City offers a year-round events calendar that caters to various interests. There’s always something happening, from live music to arts and crafts workshops and unique culinary experiences. Be sure to check the Garden City Visitor’s Bureau website’s event calendar to make the most of your visit, whether you’re here to enjoy the craft beverages or immerse yourself in the local culture.

Check Out the Events Calendar

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Unleash Your Creativity

Garden City isn’t just about craft beverages; it’s also a hub of creativity that invites exploration beyond its libation offerings. When you visit, explore the “Where to Shop” page on the Visitor’s Bureau website, where you’ll discover a treasure trove of unique artist shops, second-hand stores, and more. Whether you’re hunting for vintage finds or one-of-a-kind artisanal creations, Garden City’s shopping scene has something to pique everyone’s interest.

As you stroll along the greenbelt, basking in the Idaho sunshine, keep your eyes peeled for hidden treasures waiting to be uncovered. Garden City has a knack for surprising visitors with delightful discoveries, so take your time and relish the experience. For those with an artistic inclination, Garden City offers a vibrant and welcoming space to unleash creativity. Artists have long been drawn to this enclave, attracted by its affordable rents and thriving DIY culture. Here, artists and makers are not just accommodated; they’re celebrated. Garden City is a wellspring of inspiration for visual artists, grassroots performers, artisans, and makers. Check out the Arts and Makers page on the website and unleash your creativity.

As you explore the town’s streets, you’ll encounter an increasing number of vibrant murals that adorn the buildings. These murals are beautiful works of art and a testament to the town’s commitment to fostering creativity and self-expression. From glassblowing studios to mosaic-making workshops, Garden City provides ample opportunities for art enthusiasts to engage their creative side.

So, if you’re seeking a destination combining the charm of craft beverages with a thriving artistic community, Garden City is the place to be. Explore its artistic offerings, support local creators, and take home a piece of the town’s creative spirit as a cherished souvenir of your visit. Garden City’s unique blend of craft, culture, and creativity awaits your discovery.

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Where to Shop

Explore Garden City’s vibrant shopping scene, where a diverse blend of small businesses and secondhand, antique, and craftsman shops awaits. Discover hidden treasures, unique finds, and one-of-a-kind creations in this eclectic shopping haven. Whether you’re a collector, a vintage enthusiast, or simply looking for something special, Garden City’s small businesses and shops offer a delightful mix of experiences waiting to be uncovered. Plan your shopping adventure today!


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Hotel Accommodations and Cozy Airbnb Stays

Garden City Lodging Choices: Luxurious Retreats and Nature Getaways

Regarding accommodation in Garden City, you have a range of choices to suit your preferences. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious retreat or a do-it-yourself adventure close to nature, Garden City has you covered.

For those seeking a luxurious staycation experience, we recommend booking a room at the Riverside Hotel. Nestled along the scenic Boise River, this tranquil oasis offers comfortable accommodations and serene surroundings. It provides the perfect setting for unwinding and enjoying the pleasures of Garden City. With convenient access to all the town has to offer, the Riverside Hotel is an excellent choice for those looking to relax and indulge.

Alternatively, if you prefer a more hands-on and adventurous experience, explore the numerous charming Airbnb accommodations in Garden City. These cozy stays will make you feel right at home while immersing yourself in this exciting locale’s natural beauty and local charm. Whether you opt for a stylish apartment or a rustic cabin, Airbnb options in Garden City offer diverse experiences that cater to various tastes.

Garden City beckons you to savor, create, and connect year-round. Its craft beverage corridor, artistic experiences, warm community, and holiday magic make it the perfect destination for a memorable day trip or a relaxing staycation. Your Garden City adventure awaits, so don’t forget to check the events calendar regularly for daily fun and discovery. Cheers to your year-round Garden City exploration!

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A Kid’s Perspective on Favorite Hangouts and Hidden Gems

A Kid’s Perspective on Favorite Hangouts and Hidden Gems


A Kid’s Perspective on Favorite Hangouts and Hidden Gems

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Discover Garden City through the eyes of its youngest explorers, Liam and Hadleigh Bostron! Dive into their favorite spots and see why this city has a special place in their hearts.


Ever wondered what kids love about Garden City? Let Liam, a bubbly 9-year-old, and Hadleigh, a keen-eyed 13-year-old, guide you through their favorite hangouts, from the luxurious Riverside Hotel to the tranquil Mystic Cove.

Whether you’re a local or a tourist, this heartwarming duo will show you the city’s best from a fresh perspective.

Bella Mosaica

Hi, my name is Liam, I am 9 years old, and I am in the 3rd grade. These are things I like about Garden City.


​1. I like The Riverside Hotel.

These are the things I like about the Riverside Hotel: 

  • I like the beds because they are so comfy!
  • The pools. There are 2 pools. One is inside, the other outside, and they are so fun!
  • The business.😊 [The people that work in all the businesses there.]
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2. I also like going to the river and eating sandwiches; the food is good in Garden City.

That’s it for now. These are the things that I like about Garden City the most!

Hi, my name is Hadleigh Bostron, I am 13, in the 7th grade, and these are the things that I like the most about Garden City.


I like The Riverside Hotel.

One of my favorite things to do in Garden City is go to the Riverside Hotel. It is really a fantastic place to be. When you walk in there is a beautiful high ceiling with a huge chandelier. It’s got an awesome heated pool and delicious food. They even give you a cookie, and the band that plays while you are eating is cool. You can be an adult or be a kid and have fun there. That’s pretty much everything in Garden City though to be honest.


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Mystic Cove

Another place I like to visit in Garden City is Mystic Cove. It’s a park with a big biking path but there is a trail that leads to a river. By that river is a bunch of large rocks and white as snow sand. You are like right in the middle of a city but in the middle of the wilderness with ducks and geese and frogs and crawdads.

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Places to Eat!

I like that there are a lot of places to eat, and do fun things in Garden City, no matter how old you are or where you live.

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 These are some of the reasons that I really like Garden City.


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

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


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

ABCs of Garden City

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


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

by Nick Jezierny, September 2023 Community Blog Contest Winner

A is for Arts.

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

B is for Breweries.

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

C is for the Corridor Surf Shop & Necessary Goods.

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

D is for D&B Supply.

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

E is for Expo Idaho.

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

F is for Flipside Fest.

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

G is for Greenbelt Market.

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

H is for Heron Park.

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

I is for Idaho Pinball Museum.

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

J is for J’s Ultimate Hand Wash.

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

K is for Karuna Kava.

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

L is for Luciano’s.

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

M is for Meriwether Cider.

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

N is for North End Organic Nursery.

Gardening supplies, advice, and cool stuff.

O is for OMG Studios.

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

P is for Push & Pour.

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

Q is for Quesadilla.

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

R is for Riverside Hotel.

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

S is for The Stagecoach Inn.

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

T is for Telaya Wine Co.

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

U is for U-Haul.

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

V is Visual Arts Collective.

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

W is for Wepa Cafe.

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

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

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

Y is for Yardarm.

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

Z is for Zero Waste.

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