Boise, Idaho Winter Trip
This blog post is for the girls and Boise who like to go to new and unexpected places! Have you ever thought of booking a trip to Idaho? If not, definitely add it to your travel list! My friend and I decided we wanted to take a snow trip to somewhere we had never been. Keep in mind we are two born and raised California girls, so every winter we try to make time to play in the snow as its not something we frequent for 6 month out of the year like most of the US. Here is an itinerary of our trip:
Fly into Boise Airport
This airport has a singular terminal and probably is one of the easiest airports to navigate. So if you are thinking of a solo or a travel novice, this airport will not be intimidating.
Check into AirBnB
You already know that I am a sucker for a tiny home or a unique stay. For this trip we stayed at Chateau Ivan. A beautiful, cabin-feel, tiny home in a quiet residential area. This tiny home was equipped with a hot tub and beautiful patio area with seating and a fire pit. If you like to sit around a fire with blankets over your shoulders and a glass of wine after a dip in a hot tub then this is the spot for you.
Ana and I enjoyed the coziness of this stay, it really tuned us with our main character energy. With simple times on the couch watching HBO shows on the projector to dancing around with the speaker system, the vibes we felt in this chateau were immaculate and unforgettable.
Dinner at Barbacoa & drinks in Downtown Boise
276 W Bobwhite Court Boise, ID 83706
Given that we flew in the evening, we decided to have a chill evening and get ready for dinner and drinks. We decided to have dinner at Barbacoa due to the reviews and suggestions for locals. Barbacoa did not disappoint it! It a multi-concept grill, with a great happy hour. Ana and I like to maximize what we try by ordering several items and sharing them all.
Our Order:Grilled Cesar Salad
Barbacoa Herb Fries
Sauteed Wild Mushrooms
We then Ubered to a more populated area in downtown Boise and had drinks at:
The Silly Birch
507 W Main St, Boise, ID 83702
509 Main St, Boise, ID 83702
Whiskey bar was another local recommendation. However, we had a few drinks in us and didn't realize we had walked into The Silly Birch until after we ordered a whiskey shot. This sports bar was still a good time but we definitely walked next door and had craft whiskey drinks. Whiskey Bar had great music and the bartenders had the best bartending personalities.
This was our snow day!!! We woke up early and took an Uber to a shuttle spot for a shuttle that would take us to Bogus Basin Mountain. The views of this snowy mountains and from it were stunning. We signed up to go tubing as we had never done it and we were looking to have some carefree fun. The first trip down the tubing hill was exhilarating in a frightening way. Ana closed her eyes the entire way down! But once it was over our adrenaline was pumping and we were ready for more! We spent about an hour and a half going up and down the tubing hill. We laughed so much and the staff was so friendly, it felt like we had known them our entire lives.
We then went snowshoeing! I love being active and this activity was something I had been really wanting to do for a while now. We rented gear and set out on our hike. Bogus Basin has snowshoeing trails with trail markers along the way, which was very helpful for us. Now I will say hiking the snow even with the proper gear is definitely a workout, but the views and experience of it all is definitely worth it.
199 N 8th Street Bouse, ID 83702
After a day of playing in the snow, we were starving! We showered back at our AirBnB and headed to another highly reviewed restaurant, that actually some of you recommended to us!
Our Order:Crisped Brussel Sprouts
Rosemary-Parmesan Idaho French Fries
Slow-smoked BBQ Spsare Ribs
Salted Carmel Bread Pudding
Three in the Chamber (bourbon drink)
Thyme for Bourbon (bourbon drink)
Clean Up & Goodbye
On our last day, we woke up and got ready for our travel day. We always ensure to clean our host home and leave it as close as possible to the condition in which we found it when we arrived.
We found a hotel that was kind enough to hold our bags for us even though we were not guests! The front desk even offered us a free shuttle to the airport once we were done exploring. Boise treated us so kindly and we will never forget how hospitable this city was for us.
Flying M Coffee House
500 W Idaho St #100, Boise, ID 83702
With a full day of exploring and travel, we needed some cafecito to give us the energy to power through. Ana was recommended this coffee shop so we walked on over and it was an experience. The lattes were delicious and the potato bread was a 10/10. The coffee shop is decorated very uniquely with various souvenirs and fun items on sell. We got some cool stickers and funny socks for our friends with sayings that portrayed their personalities.
Freak Allley Downtown Boise
This alley had a lot of cool graffiti type artwork and murals. Definitely a nice please for some cool pictures or simply a walk.
121 N 9th St, Boise, ID 83702
If you love bacon, this is a must when in Boise.
Here is what we ordered:
Bacon Shots (a flight of different flavors of bacon: Berryhill, Spicy Hot, Candied, Maple Rosemary, snd Pantry Bacon )
Benny Hill (poached eggs, bacon, chipotle hollandaise buiscuit, okra, and breakfast potatoes)10 Barrel Brewing
826 W Bannock St, Boise, ID 83702
With some time still to kill before heading to the airport, we grab a beer at this brewery. I got my sour and Ana her hazy IPA. You know, the usual.