When I tell people we went to Boise, Idaho in Mid-March, I get some funny sideways looks. Yes, it’s true that by reputation, Idaho is more of an outdoor destination (if I were to go back I would spend all my time hiking), but we made the best of our trip by eating and drinking our way through the city and avoiding the not-so-great weather. And hey, when you have to check all 50 states off your bucket list by 2022 you’ll take what you can get!
Time Spent: 2 Days
On a Wednesday evening my husband and I caught a the short, cheap $100 flight from Sacramento to Boise, and when we landed I couldn’t contain my excitement! There’s something about touching my feet down in new territory that livens my spirit. We decided to rent a car since we’d be driving to Seattle after our Boise excursion, and immediately we drove to 10 Barrel Brewing Company for dinner and some vacation brews. I always like to get a beer flight when trying new breweries, but the best surprise was the delicious falafel that I ate there! We decided to call it a night and head to our lovely Airbnb which was brand new, totally affordable, and super clean!
For our only full day in Boise I had planned to spend morning hiking on some trails nearby. The weather was NOT agreeing with us and our California blood (I know, I know what all of you in Massachusetts are saying about me in your heads). Instead of braving it in the 30 degree sideways rain and wind, we decided to grab a cozy breakfast instead at Big City Coffee and Cafe – it came well recommended and we were not disappointed! The restaurant was super cute and packed with locals (mostly college students from Boise State).
The rest of our excursions for the day included walking around the Idaho State Capitol grounds with a delicious cardamom latte from Coffee District House, finding the coolest game store ever and a modern fine gifts shope that I was obsessed with, and had a lovely farm to fork table dinner with Mike’s cousin Kayla at Fork Restaurant.
BUT LET ME JUST TELL YOU ABOUT OUR FAVORITE FIND! 🙂
If you ever find yourself in Boise Idaho, you must visit the Boise Fry Company immediately. It’s funny because at first, I hesitated. We had already eaten so much in one day and had dinner plans approaching. But once I saw how fun it was to customize your french fry order at this place I couldn’t resist. First, you choose your potato type, your french fry “cut”, and THEN your endless options of dipping ketchups – blueberry, chipotle, parmesan truffle, sriracha…the list of options went on and on. Give me anything with truffle oil and I’m down!
For the two of us, my husband and I really appreciated the ability to disconnect for a few days from work and balance our lives. Boise was a fun new place to do it, and I hope some day I can revisit with my hiking boots or ski poles.