Boise, Idaho is one of those places that surprised me. This capitol city is large enough to give you those city feels, but small enough that it’s not overwhelming. I met the kindest folks on the downtown streets, shops, and restaurants. In this post, I’ll show you all the fun things to do in Boise and how to get the most out of this chill, clean, and safe city!
Where I Stayed
The Modern Hotel and Bar:
While in Boise, I stayed at the coolest hotel. It’s centrally located in the Linen District of the city. I was able to walk everywhere I wanted to visit from the hotel. It has this retro feel, but is very modern at the same time. Such a cool vibe! When you check in at The Modern Hotel and Bar, they welcome you with a candy bar, so you know that’s a good start already. The rooms are very clean, comfortable, and decorated nicely. I put together a blog post on the hotel here.
Where I Visited
So, what’s there to do in Boise, Idaho? I visited in the winter and it snowed the entire time I was there. Thankfully, there were a few breaks in the storms to visit some of the outdoor sites, and I did plan one indoor activity. So, here are the Boise activities that I chose to do. If you’re visiting Boise in the summer, lucky you! Just take a look at all the things to do in Boise in the summer!
Stillwater Float Center:
Okay. Have y’all heard of this? You get into a pod that has about ten inches of water and about 1,000 lbs of Epsom salt and you literally just float. Oh…and it’s pitch black dark (you have the option to turn the lights back on, which I did). Not going to lie, I did not love my first experience. I mean, like, at all. I guess this is normal. Stillwater Float sell a three float package, because they say the third times a charm. The point of this is for relaxation, meditation, and overall health. I’m going to write an entire post on this as well, because I have a lot more to say.
Freak Alley Gallery:
If you follow us on Instagram, then you know that I love street art. Like, love it! Freak Alley was literally made for me! This little section of Boise is covered is some of the most impressive pieces of urban art that I’ve seen. Don’t pass this up! It doesn’t take long to stroll through and take in this funky little area. Plus, it’s free! Who doesn’t like free things to do?!
Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial:
After visiting The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, I knew I wanted to visit this memorial. Here’s a cool story. Anne Frank wrote about a chestnut tree outside her window months before the Nazis found her and her family. That tree was blown over by a wind storm in 2010. However, Boise was a recipient of a sapling from that tree. One of 11. The statue of Anne portrays her looking out her window, pulling invisible curtains to the side, and across the way stands that new chestnut tree. Do yourself a favor and make visiting the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial a top priority when visiting Boise.
Where I Ate
Again, Boise did not disappoint. There are so many options when choosing where to eat, and most are within a walkable distance. I’m going to share with you the four places I ate, and I recommend every single one of them. I’m certain that you’ll love them just as much as I did, but be prepared and come hungry. The serving sizes are huge!
This place. Take me back in time, why don’t ya. Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and other TV shows, Westside delivers when it comes to their famous fried finger steaks, their HUGE Daddio burger, and last but not least, the freaking ice cream potato. No, it’s not a real potato, but this ice cream is hand rolled and then rolled in cocoa powder to trick the eye. they sell over 10,000 in nine days at the state fair! Westside Drive-In. Is. A. Must.
Big City Coffee: If your hotel is offering free breakfast, tell them thanks, but no thanks. Then rush down to Big City Coffee. Breakfast joints are hard to “wow” me, because they’re normally the same ole’ same ole’. However, the dishes and pastries here are not to be passed up. The cherry pie scone was one of the best things I’ve ever had. I even asked for a to-go box to big it home for Bryan to try. His response, “That’s worth going back to Boise for!” Their coffee is amazing and there are multiple to choose from, with unlimited refills. Make this place happen, y’all!
BACON: I feel like I don’t have to go into much detail here. I mean, the name of the restaurant is BACON…it can’t possibly be anything but amazing, right? Well, it was just that. Amazing. I knew that I wanted to try the bacon shots. It’s bacon served in shot glasses, but cooked five different ways. My favorite was the maple rosemary. I highly recommend ordering this! While ordering, the kid behind the counter talked me into getting the Arkansas. Just look at the picture below…that HUMONGOUS biscuit is loaded with two perfectly fried pieces of chicken. Y’all. The place sells itself.
Boise Fry Company:
Boise Fry Company wasn’t on my list of places to eat, but after a local recommended that I swing by, I knew I had to make it happen. So, when we think of Idaho, we think of potatoes, right? Well, this place offers fries from six variations of potatoes, eight different dipping sauces, and just as many seasonings to add onto the fries! I asked the guy behind the counter for a recommendation, and he suggested the purple potato fries and the bison burger. He didn’t steer me wrong. I even played with some of the dipping sauces, including the blueberry ketchup. A plus to Boise Fry Company is that it’s right down the street from the Idaho Capitol Building.
Well, there you have it. In just 24 hours, you can really experience a lot of what Boise has to offer. Everyone I came across was so very kind and reminded me of my southern upbringing. I left Boise swooning, and I can’t wait to go back to see what it has to offer in spring, summer, and fall.
I want to thank all the businesses that sponsored my visit to Boise. The Modern Hotel & Bar for the 2-bedroom suite and outstanding service. Stillwater Float Center for an unique experience. Westside Drive-In, Big City Coffee, and Bacon for the amazing food and service.