Boise, Idaho

Boise, Idaho

The New Northwest

If I told you Boise was just a seven-hour drive to Portland, would you be surprised? If you’ve never been, then I’d bet the answer would be yes.

Although it’s technically considered part of the Pacific Northwest, Boise’s arid climate and remote mountain location makes it seem like the odd man out when compared to Seattle and Portland. And to be sure, it definitely has a vibe of its own that sets it apart.

This is a city that is quickly transforming from a remote outpost to a destination for both tourists and permanent residents. And it makes sense—life here happens on a small, manageable scale with an easy pace. Skiing, rafting, biking, hiking and all other manner of outdoor activities are easily accessible both in and out of the city. The food scene is small but growing.


Drink & Eat

The YARDARM • Beach bar and permanent food truck located near the river in the fabulously weird Garden City. Summer only.

PAYETTE BREWING CO • Taproom with floor to ceiling windows that open out onto a large grassy lawn. Picnicking and lounging encouraged.

OWYHEE TAVERN • Bar and restaurant with large windows overlooking downtown streets. Originally a hotel built in 1910, the building is now home to apartments and a handful of businesses.

MODERN HOTEL & BAR • Fantastic patio—lots of seating, dog friendly, firepits. Good cocktails and food.

BASQUE MARKET • Patio. Open for lunch and dinner daily but the real show is every Wednesday and Friday at noon, when they prepare a paella on the patio and serve it up for $8.99 a plate.


THE SPRINGS • Soaks, overnight stays, and bodywork at a small and well-maintained hot springs retreat just one hour from the city center. Read the story

LUCKY PEAK RESERVIOR • Rent pontoon boats and paddle boards at the general store. Swimming beach and gorgeous campsites (accessible only by water).

FLOAT THE BOISE RIVER • Easy three hour float down this cool and clear river located within the city limits. The route takes you from one park to another and is one of the best ways to spend a hot summer day in Boise.


MODERN HOTEL & BAR • Dog friendly.


Photography, writing, and hand lettering by Rebecca Silus for the Field Office.