If you’re thinking of visiting the Boise area, here’s what I recommend.


Here’s my list of the top seven places to visit and things to experience in Boise and the surrounding area:


1. Boise Greenbelt. The Boise River Greenbelt stretches 25 miles from Boise to Eagle. You can walk, bike, skate, float down the river, etc. Floating down the river during the summertime in Boise is a fabulous thing to do. You can set off from Barber Park, relax, have fun, and enjoy the amazing scenery. 


2. Downtown Boise. Downtown Boise is a wonderful place to hang out; there are a lot of great restaurants and live music all over the place. Also, you can hit up the farmers market every Saturday morning and afternoon for local goods and fresh produce. 


3. Bogus Basin. I’m looking out my window right now watching snow pile onto Bogus Basin, so there should be some good skiing/snowboarding happening right now. Bogus Basin is a smaller mountain with 2,600 skiable acres, and we’re fortunate to have it just 30 minutes down the road from us. 


"Whether you want to do a day-long hike or a camping trip, these mountains have some of the most stunning scenery you’ll ever see."


4. Shakespeare Festival. This is another great summertime activity, and it takes place on an outdoor amphitheater. You can not only see world-renown Shakespeare plays but also murder mysteries, comedies, and musicals. 


5. Ridge to Rivers trails. We have 190 miles of trails right in our backyard, and you can visit Ridge to Rivers’ website to search for different trails and activities. These trails are a great place to go in any season, and Ridge to Rivers will warn you which ones are particularly muddy. 


6. The Sunny Slope Wine Trails. I never expected Idaho to be an up-and-coming wine region, but we have upwards of 60 wineries. Some friends of mine have even started their own wine tour company called Ciao Bella Idaho Wine Tours, so be sure to check them out soon!


7. Sawtooth Mountains. One of the reasons my husband and I moved here in 2005 was because of a backpacking trip we took to Alice Lake in the Sawtooth Mountains. Whether you want to do a day-long hike or a camping trip, these mountains have some of the most stunning scenery you’ll ever see. There’s a cute little town called Stanley located in the heart of these mountains, and I highly recommend taking a visit there as well. Also, check out Redfish Lake!


If you have questions about this topic or any real estate needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to hear from you.