Your Best Boise Staycation

2020 has given us all a new lens on travel and what it means to take time off and relax. More than ever, we’re appreciating the diversity of options in our own backyard here in Boise and the long expanses of land in every direction.

There’s so much to explore, eat, and do! But when our homes have become our school/office and even our restaurant… it makes it a bit harder to relax there when the time comes to actually unplug.

Enter the Inn at 500 Capitol: a staycation solution in the heart of downtown Boise that allows you a chance to get away safely while not having to travel.

With CDC-approved disinfecting and sanitizing products, the hotel’s housekeeping team is more vigilant than ever when it comes to surfaces, even putting sanitized items like the TV remote in a sealed plastic bag for extra assurance. Social distancing and plexiglass shields at check-in are now the norm (along with a complimentary can of local beer when you get your room key), as well as face coverings and a plethora of hand sanitizer stations scattered about the property. The hotel’s contactless butler’s pantries in each room allow for delivery of room service and other items, meaning you don’t have to interact with another human if you don’t feel comfortable.

So, with an option of a safe hotel stay in your own town to give yourself an actual BREAK, here are our top 5 ideas to fill your Boise hometown getaway (and your soul) with some much-needed fun this fall:

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Bike The Greenbelt

The Greenbelt is part park, park city connector path, and 100 percent Boise. There are some new etiquette rulesfor enjoying this riverside gem, but the Greenbelt is still an excellent location for getting some fresh air and stress relief on a smile-inducing bike ride.

Have a Beer

Boise has 15+ breweries where you can imbibe outdoors or inside Boise Brewing, fall seasonal selection is the Dark Daisy Milk Stout and is a delicious pairing to colder weather, while White Dog Brewing Company has a new Irish Red Ale that perfectly complements the season. Not a “beer person?” – check out one of the many wineries downtown/in Garden City, like Telaya, which is offering daily patio seating often with food trucks.  

read a book
Read a Book

The sandy shores of the Boise River may not be the actual beach, but you can still have your late summer “beach read” experience thanks to some imagination and a real page-turner. Have a Boise Library Card? Consider their new “personal shopper” experience where they pick out books for you based on your preferences/direction and deliver them curbside. Or order a new title from Rediscovered Books, open for walk-in browsing or online/phone orders with free delivery to the Inn at 500. (Hotel staff will then place the book in your in-room butler pantry.)

Have someone cook for YOU

Richard’s launched a new fall menu filled with hearty dishes like Lamb Ragù with butternut squash, hand-cut pappardelle, rosemary, and Pecorino Romano cheese. Not up for dining around others just yet? Get Richard’s takeout to eat on your own room’s private balcony, delivered via your butler’s pantry.

Visit a a Pumpkin Patch

Idaho Botanical Garden is hosting harvest-themed activities every Saturday throughout October, including a pumpkin patch, a socially distant one-way hay maze, local food trucks, and autumn beverages from Lost Grove Brewing. Linder Farms is another local favorite for pumpkins and fall fun.

Take a Hike

Whether it’s a quick one up Camel’s Back Park or a longer jaunt out the Dry Creek Trail, a hike will do wonders for your mental health and give you the extra boost you need to go back to “real life” after your Inn at 500 Capitol staycation. Here are a few of our family favorites, while Harrison Hollow is our top pick for Fido (and did we mention the family pup can come with? Inn at 500 is dog-friendly).