Sage Hen Creek
Located two hours from Boise just off of the Sweet/Ola Highway, this beautiful reservoir is the perfect place for paddle boarding, canoeing, fishing, biking, and hiking. The lake is 700 acres, and there's a 15 mph speed limit to keep the area peaceful and serene. Sage Hen Creek Campground also allows for overnight stays. Click here for more info
The Lavender Merchant
The Lavender Merchant is a lavender farm owned by Marie Willis, located southeast of Kuna, and hosts events throughout the year. The farm has eight different varieties of lavender for ornamental and culinary use. They welcome visitors, you just need to call to make an appointment (208-249-6483). 2871 Stroebel Road, Kuna, ID 83634.
Sawtooth Botanical Garden
Visit the Garden of Infinite Compassion at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and touch the prayer wheel that was blessed by the Dalai Lama. Located in Ketchum, Idaho (2.5 hours away from Boise), you can enjoy a leisurely day of beauty in the Idaho mountains.
Huston Vineyards is a boutique winery and vineyard located in Huston, the entry point of the Sunnyslope Wine Trail. The estate vineyard thrives on the rich volcanic soil and long growing days characteristic of the Snake River Valley AVA. Huston Vineyards has five wine varietals in the Huston Vineyards and its award-winning Chicken Dinner line up. You can stay all afternoon, or, head to the next winery in the Sunnyslope Trail (13 wineries are along this corridor - click here for a detailed map). Located at 16473 Chicken Dinner Road, Caldwell, ID 83607 and open M-F and on select weekends.
According to Visit Idaho, Silver City, Idaho is one of the few old mining towns that has not burned down or become commercialized. Rugged and picturesque, the 8,000 feet-high Owyhee Mountains surround Silver City which sits at an elevation of 6,200 feet. Visiting the town is like taking a step back in time. One of the main buildings, the Idaho Hotel stands as it did 100 years ago with the addition of just a few modern amenities. This history-filled town has about seventy-five structures that date from the 1860’s to the early 1900’s, each stirring the imagination and begging to be photographed. Sinker Creek Outfitters offers a historic ride back into history on horseback exploring the Owyhee Mountains, Silver City, Empire City, Ruby City and more. At Pat’s What Not Shop in Silver City, books, souvenirs, and local mineral samples are sold. Silver City Fire and Rescue Store provides art, antiques, gifts and backroom bargains. Make sure when you visit Idaho ghost towns that you bring plenty of water, snacks, and other important items like sunscreen and a first aid kit. Silver City is a two-hour drive from Boise.
Bruneau Sand Dunes
Bruneau Dunes State Park offers camping opportunities year-round. Other activities include fishing, camping, hiking, swimming and viewing the stars at The Bruneau Dunes Observatory Complex, one of only two public observatories in Idaho, with its 25″ telescope (open to the public). Bruneau Dunes State Park is conveniently located 64 miles South of Boise.
Stop for a bite to eat, dress up in saloon gear while you view historical buildings, the antique shops, or enjoy one of the many hiking trails this small town has to offer. Make plans to linger at The Springs, a developed natural hot springs pool is open year round. Idaho City is just a one-hour drive from Boise. visitidaho.org/idaho-city