Discover The Best Of Boise

Boise is a fascinating city with an array of activities and attractions that make us unique. Allow our blog help you plan the perfect stay with our favorite Staff Picks for upcoming events, art festivals, live musical performances, sports and more.

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    The 9th Annual Treefort Music Festival

    March 02

    When four friends got together in 2012 to organize the 1st annual Treefort Music Festival, they knew it would be a big deal, but they never imagined quite how big it would become.

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    Opera Idaho: Bringing the World’s Most Epic Musical Productions to the Midwest

    February 03

    For over four decades, Opera Idaho has been at the forefront of art and culture in the Midwest. The company’s mission is simple: to bring Idaho audiences the highest caliber productions of the most revered and epic musical compositions ever conceived for the stage.

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    Winter Thrills at Bogus Basin

    January 06

    Located just 16 miles outside Boise, Bogus Basin attracts millions of guests every year to partake in a wide variety of winter sports and activities, including Alpine skiing and snowboarding, Nordic skiing, winter tubing, snowshoeing, and more.

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    Merry Christmas in the City

    December 02

    Here in Boise, the holiday season is in full swing as we celebrate Christmas in the City, a month-long city-wide extravaganza of community, generosity, and good cheer.

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    Boise Shops Local on Small Business Saturday

    November 04

    For nearly a decade, Small Business Saturday has helped promote small businesses across the country by encouraging folks to explore the unique shops, restaurants, cafes, and other locally-owned venues that make each town or city a unique cultural experience.

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    Dine Out Downtown Boise Restaurant Week

    October 07

    One of the most highly-anticipated annual culinary events in the Midwest, Dine Out Downtown Boise Restaurant Week (October 25 – November 3) gives you the chance to experience an eclectic array of mouthwatering creations from our great city’s most talented chefs.

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    The Beer Steins Overfloweth at Boise’s 6th Annual Hoptober Freshtival

    September 02

    The world’s most famous folk festival, Oktoberfest was first celebrated over two centuries ago in Munich. Here in Boise, we’ve put our own spin on the popular Bavarian celebration with the Hoptober Freshtival, Idaho’s biggest fresh hop beer bonanza of the year.

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    The Hyde Park Street Fair

    August 05

    Home to an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, plus some of the most enchanting turn-of-the-century architecture in the city, Boise’s North End is the perfect neighborhood for a leisurely afternoon stroll.

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    Celebrate National Fry Day with the Idaho Potato Package

    July 01

    National Fry Day is Saturday, July 13, and there are LOTS of ways to score free fries, but we’re super-sizing the holiday with a brand-new package in the Potato Suite, which includes unlimited fries from Boise Fry Co.   

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    Idaho Wine Month

    June 03

    When you think of winemaking in the United States, you probably envision the lush vineyards of Napa and Sonoma Valley. But did you know that Idaho is also home to one of the most vibrant wine regions in the country, with more than 50 wineries and over 1300 acres of rolling vineyards across three American Viticultural Areas?

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    The Idaho Shakespeare Festival

    May 06

    Since 1977 the Idaho Shakespeare Festival has entertained and inspired millions of viewers from the Midwest and around the world each summer.

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    To Market, To Market: Boise’s Freshest Local Produce and More

    April 01

    April showers bring May flowers, and here in Boise at least, you can add to that list organic fruits and vegetables, naturally-raised meats, hearty bread, sweet pastries and jams, rich sauces, robust coffees, and much, much more.

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    Rocking Out at the Treefort Music Festival

    March 04

    As the cultural center of Idaho, Boise is a great vacation destination for lovers of the arts. This month, folks from across the nation will pack into our beautiful city to enjoy the 8th annual Treefort Music Festival, which runs downtown from March 20 – 24.

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    Explore the Animal Kingdom at Zoo Boise

    February 04

    Nestled in the heart of downtown Boise, just a few minutes from our hotel, Zoo Boise attracts around 350,000 guests every year to its state-of-the-art facility that houses more than 300 animals.

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    The Freshest Breads in Boise

    January 07

    As you may know, Great Harvest Bread Co. is one of the nation’s most successful bakery and café companies, with locations spanning the U.S. They weren’t always so plentiful, though, and in fact, one of the first Great Harvests opened right here in Boise back in 1982.

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    Winter Sports in Boise

    December 03

    Winters are definitely chilly here in Idaho, but that doesn’t mean we hibernate till Spring!

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  • The Basque Museum and Cultural Center

    November 05

    One of the great things about living in Boise is that there’s always something new to learn. Whether it’s an afternoon spent studying contemporary masters at the Boise Art Museum, a morning strolling amid the vast marine life at the Aquarium, or a day marveling at the miracles of science with the kids at the Discovery Center of Idaho, ours is a city for curious minds.

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  • Halloween Fun in Boise

    October 01

    It's that time of year again when ghosts, ghouls, and apparitions of all ages roam the streets in search of that which they could not attain in life—and candy, of course. If you’ll be in Boise toward the end of October and would like to scare up some fun, check out these popular pre-Halloween attractions.

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  • Ocean Life in the Midwest

    September 03

    Boise may be hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean, but that doesn’t stop visitors and residents from delving into the wonders of the deep.

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  • The Discovery Center of Idaho

    August 06

    If you’ve ever tried traveling with kids, you know they can be a real handful. Fortunately, there are many ways to entertain the little ones here in Boise.

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  • The Secrets of the Boise Art Museum

    July 04

    In the more than eight decades since its founding, the Boise Art Museum (BAM) has undergone many changes. Across all the moves and expansions, however, one thing has remained constant: the museum’s dedication to cultivating an appreciation for the applied and fine arts among the people of the great state of Idaho.

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  • Broadway Comes to Boise

    June 05

    As the capital of Idaho and a thriving university town, Boise continually delights visitors with its many culturally rich institutions and vibrant arts scene. 

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  • Saturday at the Capital City Public Market

    May 07

    Summer in Boise means spending as much time outdoors as possible, and one of our favorite ways to spend a Saturday is at the Capital City Public Market, the city’s original farmers market.  

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  • Boise with Your Best (Four-Legged) Friend

    April 20

    Here at the Inn at 500, we LOVE our four-legged friends. And we really love it when our guests bring their best furry friends to enjoy Boise with them. (We do, in fact, have a new Boise Best Friend Package that includes a waiver on our pet fee, a welcome gift, beer tastings for two humans, and a $10 credit for our new Pet Menu!)

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  • Hands On Look at Boise Art Glass

    April 02

    No need to shop for souvenirs during your stay when you can make one! The first Thursday of each month, head to Boise Art Glass and try your hand at this intriguing and beautiful art form.

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  • Cheers to Boise Brews

    March 05

    We’re all about the Boise-made brew!  When in town, you have to check out Boise Brewing, the true farm-to-glass brewery destination.

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