Jul. 5, 2016

Boise - #8 Best City for Recreation

Boise was named 2016’s 8th Best City for Recreation in a recent study. WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 35 key metrics that speak to the relative benefits of public spaces and recreational activities across the country.

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Nov. 11, 2015

10 Fun Things To Do in Boise

Boise, Idaho probably isn’t the first place on most people’s radar when it comes to things to do. The relatively quiet western city actually packs more of a punch than most people would imagine, and no matter what you like to do – you can probably find it in Boise. After seeing this list, Boise might even find its way on your list of future vacation spots. 

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Oct. 13, 2017

Asana - Everything Bouldering

Asana Climbing - A Boise Valley Company

A Boise Valley company at heart, Asana creates and tests all their gear in Idaho. Summed up in a couple of words, Asana Climbing is

May. 12, 2015

Storms & Surf

Photo by Boise River Park

A few storm clouds couldn't dampen the spirits of kayakers enjoying the surf  at the Boise River Park.

Sep. 22, 2017

Phoenix Magazine: Boy, Oh, Boise

"Funky, outdoorsy, culturally diverse and way more crafty in the kitchen than its baked potato reputation would have you believe, Boise is a lot of fun."

Lauren Loftus came to find out what Bosie is all about. A short trip from Phoenix, Lauren explored the Farmer's Market, took an Indulge Boise Tour, caught a performance at Idaho Shakespeare Festival, rode a Bosie GreenBike and even took a day trip to McCall. She found the City of Trees to be "a little city with a big heart; it’s affordable and accessible; its people are outdoorsy and laid-back; its downtown is experiencing tremendous urban renewal." 

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Aug. 27, 2015

5 in-town adventures in Boise

Let’s face it, Boise is a mainstay on those chic lists that call out the best urban areas to live if you’re into outdoor pursuits. But there’s truth in the hype. You don’t have to leave town to enjoy an adventure.

 

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Nov. 13, 2014

Hardcore Anglers

Fishing the Boise River in the snow

The first snowfall of the season couldn't stop hardcore anglers from pulling on their waders...and gloves and hats, and casting into the Boise River.

Nov. 14, 2016

Top 5 Things To Do In Boise

Idahoans take their spuds seriously.

It was our first meal in Boise and we walked two blocks from the Grove Hotel in the heart of downtown to the Boise Fry Company, perhaps the city’s most famous restaurant and a popular tourist attraction. “Would you like burgers on the side?” our server Brad Walker jokingly asked as we browsed the menu board showing fries made from six different types of locally grown potatoes — russet, purple, gold, sweet, laura and yam. They come in five different cuts and are offered with a choice of nine types of house-made sauces and 10 varieties of salt.

We opted for heaping bowls of home-style purple and laura fries topped with garlic salt and accompanied with raspberry ketchup. And we got grass-fed bison burgers on the side, but more as an afterthought. We had come for the potatoes. “Our fries are really the showcase main course,” said Walker, who doubles as the restaurant’s interim CEO. “That’s how we like to play it, since we’re in Idaho.”

As we learned during a recent 72-hour visit to Boise, Idaho’s capital and largest city offers visitors a menu of activities, sightseeing and food much more diverse than its large variety of potatoes. We found a city with a vibrant nightlife, arts community, plenty of trendy, farm-to-table restaurants serving locally made craft beers and wines, and enough outdoor venues to please any hiker, skier or biker. It wasn’t the boring, northern plains dullsville I had been anticipating.

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Mar. 23, 2016

Ski & Tee, Boise Style

March presents a difficult choice for outdoor recreationists in the Treasure Valley. Extract a few last memories from winter? Or dive into spring? One more day on skis? Or knock the rust off your golf game? Or maybe, you can have it both ways.

Since I was a teenager living in Bend, Ore., I’ve been familiar with the idea of combining skiing and golf in one day — but I’d never tried it until Sunday. That’s too bad, because I enjoyed the day, I never felt overwhelmed by it and the Treasure Valley likely is among the best, easiest places in the country to pull off the winter-summer double. We have easy access to Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area — the drive up Bogus Basin Road took less than 30 minutes with no snow or ice on the surface. Bogus is open at night — you could, conceivably, play golf in the afternoon and still get in plenty of ski runs in the evening. Our golf courses often are open most of the winter. And our days get long after Daylight Saving Time begins, which allowed me to flip my original plan. Instead of Tee & (Night) Ski, this became Ski & Tee.

Some top resort destinations like to market their golf-and-ski combinations. A quick Google search found references to the idea in Utah, Alberta, British Columbia, Pennsylvania, California, New Mexico and Colorado, for starters. But usually, that possibility is limited to a small overlap in the seasons — and might require enduring a frigid day on the course.

In the Treasure Valley, you can pick just about any pleasant winter day to give this a try.

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May. 4, 2015

A Guide to Must-Sees in the City of Trees

by Buddy Levy, Alaska Beyond Magazine

Alaska Beyond Magazine's Buddy Levy gives insight on Boise's spectacular recreational assets, lively downtown and many striking urban sites. He lists "10 ideas for your own visit to this extraordinary destination" as well as day trips, Boise's additional claims to fame, and a snapshot of other notable areas in the Boise Valley. Whether you're a weekend visitor, business traveler or Boise Valley local, it's easy to fall in love with the City of Trees. 

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Oct. 26, 2015

Bogus Basin Selects New General Manager

by Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Brad Wilson as the new general manager. On November 9th, Wilson will become the seventh general manager in the history of the non-profit recreation area.

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Oct. 3, 2016

Boise: Bits & Pieces of My Passport

by Carly Joerger

Growing up in Boise, I could hardly wait to leave Idaho. I dreamt of a big world with exciting people doing extraordinary things who were just waiting for me to join them. So I did. I spent a year as an exchange student in Spain, a summer interning in New York City, a semester abroad in France, a summer in Indonesia, and another semester interning in Zagreb, Croatia. In between my travels, I studied in Northern Idaho and rarely made it back down to Boise. I was knee-deep in the eye-opening world of the University and constantly planning my next trip to Destination Incredible.

I loved many aspects of all the cities and countries I’ve lived in but I also knew all that shimmered was not gold. Now I can say Boise is the perfect mash-up of all the people, languages, and literal flavors of life I’ve tasted elsewhere.

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Dec. 4, 2014

Winter River Surfing

Winter River Surfing

Freezing temps, snow draped trees and ice chunks forming in the river. Perfect time to surf, right? For the dedicated and passionate urban surfers in the Valley, winter weather doesn't halt their desire to pull out the boards and hit the Boise River Park. Thanks to Sky Tower Films for this look at some hardcore surfers!

Apr. 7, 2015

Idaho’s Biggest Cities Thrive, Develop, Flourish

Idaho has seen noticeable growth in the past decade and the prosperity continues today. Throughout the state cities are booming, but the Boise Valley tumphs all with expanision, success and development happening from seemingly every angle. Newsmax's list of '10 Biggest Cities in Idaho' overviews much more than the size of our beloved cities; almost half of the list falls within the Boise Valley, highlighting everything from endless recreation and opportunity to populations rising and afforable living. 

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Aug. 13, 2015

Pro Surfer Takes On Boise’s Whitewater Park

Pro Surfer Alex Gray took on the Boise River this week while visiting family during a 9-month big wave tour. Gray explored a new kind of surfing at Boise's Whitewater Park; luckily, KTVB was there to capture his experience. 

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Dec. 18, 2015

Bogus Basin: Boise’s Year-Round Playground

by Marissa Lovell

Resting 16 miles above Boise’s core, Bogus Basin is an outdoor enthusiast's dream come true. Mountain bikers, trail runners, skiers and snowshoers flock to the easily accessible, all-season outdoor hub for their daily dose of Idaho mountain air.

Ever wondered what the history was behind Bogus Basin?

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Aug. 11, 2016

Featured Ride: The Big Potato, Idaho

Those who live in the western Rockies (like our web editor) often hear whispers about Boise, Idaho, about how awesome it actually is despite not that many people thinking of it. Well, sorry for outing you, Boise, but take one look at MTB Project and it’s clear there are tons of trails in and near town.

Here we chose to feature just one of them, “The Big Potato.” This 41-mile ride samples only a handful of the trails in the foothills above town and provides plenty of solitude (as well as the need to be self-sufficient). You can choose your own adventure and adapt this big ride in many ways, or just follow the prescribed directions—most turns are well-marked.

Expect big views, big climbs and a variety of terrain, from feeling like you’re in the desert to pine trees and alpine landscapes. You’ll max out above 6,000 feet and dip to around 3,000 feet along the ride. Enjoy

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Apr. 16, 2015

Springtime SUP Yoga

Photo by Tanya Pavlis, Sidewayz Films

Beautiful photo of Standup Paddleboard Yoga Instructor Eileen Bromgard of Idaho River Sports on Quinn's Pond this spring. 

 
 

Feb. 23, 2015

Esther Simplot Park planned for Spring 2016

The park, named after the wife of agriculture giant J.R. Simplot, is set to open in Spring of 2016. The 55-acre park will have 13 acres of open, grassy space, about 17 acres of connecting ponds for people to swim and fish, and "Friendship Island," where children and families can explore Boise's river habitat. The park will also include a playground with wood obstacles and interactive features to foster innovation and creativity. 

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Apr. 22, 2016

Rhodes Skatepark: Downtown Boise’s Skate Scene

Rhodes Skatepark

Originally designed in 1992, Glenn Rhodes created a multi-use skatepark with modular features. Redesigned in 2016 by Grindline Skateparks, Rhodes Park's 1.28 acres is now a skater's paradise.