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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    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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  • A Boise New Year's Eve

    November 30

    If you're planning to be in Boise for New Year's Eve, there's no shortage of ways to ring in the new year. 

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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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