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Escape Boise’s Heat at Bogus Basin

Escape Boise’s Heat at Bogus Basin

ESCAPE THE HEAT IN BOISE

Summer in Boise brings lots of sunshine and at times a lot of heat.  One of the local’s favorite ways to escape Boise’s heat to cool off is to head to Bogus Basin, a Mountain Resort and Ski Area just 16 miles NE of the city. During the warmer months, visitors will find the snow-filled mountain landscape converted into a paradise of summer activities for nature lovers.  Here are a few of the activities you can find at Bogus Basin for the very adventurous and those who just want to cool down and relax.

ADVENTURE AT BOGUS BASIN

The Basin Gravity Park includes over 20 miles of cross-country mountain bike terrain.  Here is where you can find flow trails and some fantastic jumps.  The 14 trails all varying in style and difficult are designed for all levels, beginner or expert and you can take it slow or get some serious speed (and air).  Take a tour around the well-known Around the Mountain Loop then jet down through tree-lined paths leading back to the mountain base.

Photo Credit: Bogusbasin.org

If after making it back to the mountain base and you are still in need of some speed a must is the Glade Runner Mountain Coaster.  Over 4,000 feet of a wild outdoor ride through the mountain with enough twists, turns, and thrills to fulfill any adrenaline seeker’s dreams.

Still looking for fun?  There’s more.  Don’t forget the various other thrill-seeking activities located at the Base Area including Summer Tubing down a 300′ slide, Bungee Trampoline, Rock Wall, and more.

CHILL OUT ON THE MOUNTAIN

For those who prefer a more relaxing experience and want to escape Boise’s heat Bogus Basin has you covered.  One of the best ways is to catch a ride up the mountain on one of their scenic chair lifts.  Ride up, enjoy the view and head back down just as you came, or take a hike on one of the many trails, and stroll back to Base.

After a beautiful hike is sure to stay for Music on the Mountain.  A free, full-production concert with some of the best views in the area.  Check out the event calendar to find the next concert.  If you enjoy music from local artists Music on the Patio is also a great way to relax.   Local musicians perform all summer long on Saturday and Sunday from 2-5 PM.  A great way to support local musicians, and relax, and the best part is it’s FREE.

There’s still more.  Yoga at Bogus Basin takes place Thursday Evenings, Saturdays, and Sunday mornings for one-hour sessions. All levels are welcome and you don’t need to be a Yoga Guru to attend.  They just ask that you meet on the lawn in front of the main lodge at the mountain base and bring your own towel or mat.  Oh, and by the way, it’s free as well.

Photo Credit: Bogusbasin.org

You can purchase a season pass or pay for a day’s adventure if you will be using the chair lifts or any of the thrill rides at the mountain base.  So, if you need to cool off and get a different perspective head to Bogus Basin while it’s still hot.

Considering a move to Boise, Idaho?  Discover this great city, the most sought-after neighborhoods, and hidden gems only the locals know about and take a tour with relocation and real estate expert, Jennifer Louis. (208) 509-9122 or jennlouis@welcometoboiseandbeyond.com

Boise River Summer Fun

Boise River Summer Fun

BOISE RIVER SUMMER FUN

Hot temperatures are finally here and Summer in Boise is underway.  Whether you are a local or just here checking out this great city, the Boise River has great Summer fun for everyone.   Float, kayak or paddleboard down the Boise River all summer long.  Start in East Boise’s Barber Park and leisurely float an estimated two hours past city parks, downtown Boise and Boise State University and finish at Kathryn Albertson Park.  Rent a raft or tube at Barber Park or bring your own.  Alcohol is not permitted while cruising down the river, so it’s typically a fun, but more subdued experience than other towns that have rivers floating through the city.

Another great activity is to just enjoy the views and find a spot for the perfect picnic, the river is for everyone.  There are 25+miles of tree-lined greenbelt you can walk, run, or bike all along the Boise River. Boise Greenbelt Map

There are so many great spots to check out along the way.  A personal favorite is to head out early and have breakfast with our locals Jabari and Tafari as you pass by their encounter in Julia Davis Park home of the Zoo Boise.

From there head towards Eagle and stop for lunch with a riverside view at the Sandbar Patio Grill.  If you are looking for entertainment don’t miss those California Waves, check out the Boise Surf Wave in the beautiful Whitewater Park.

Whitewater Park in Boise, Idaho

 

 

 

 

Stay and play at Whitewater Park and have a picnic or take a swim at Quinn’s Pond.  Once you are back at the Greenbelt you can head over to some of Boise, Meridian and Eagle’s fantastic parks.  The activities on the Greenbelt along the Boise River are endless and there is something for everyone.

Considering a move to Boise, Idaho?  Discover this great city, the most sought-after neighborhoods, and hidden gems only the locals know about and take a tour with relocation and real estate expert, Jennifer Louis. (208) 509-9122 or jennlouis@welcometoboiseandbeyond.com

A Night Out in Downtown Boise

A Night Out in Downtown Boise

Warm Up and Relax in Downtown Boise

Brrrrrr, it’s getting cold out there.  Here’s a great spot to warm up on a cold Boise evening, The Flicks, located in Downtown Boise.  Enjoy a night out in Downtown Boise, in this eclectic cinema featuring independent, foreign, and art films.  But it’s much more than that.   Arrive early and grab a snack, beer, or wine in their cozy café, and make sure to grab a table by their stone fireplace.  If you can, check it out during the warmer months and enjoy their beautiful terrace.

Most locals have known about the Flicks for years, it’s a Boise icon as it’s been here for over 35 years.  It started as a film club and eventually evolved into one of Boise’s most treasured theatres.  They have four screens, knowledgeable staff that are happy to share their favorite films and offer recommendations.  Don’t forget to check out their video store to rent those hard-to-find classics or independent films if you want to enjoy a film at home.

So, if you’re looking for a fun night out in Boise, complete with dining and entertainment, look no further than the Flicks.  Discover other fantastic neighborhoods, local businesses and activities around Boise on our blog, Blog and Beyond, oh and of course get a few tips on the local real estate market.  Contact Realtor and Boise Relocation Expert, Jennifer Louis for more information.

Boise Has Amazing Lasagna

Boise Has Amazing Lasagna

Boise’s Favorite Italian Lasagna

Cucina Di Paolo is a Boise icon and legend, due to their location and Betty the Washerwoman, and of course their famous lasagna.  Some would even say this family-owned restaurant serves Boise’s favorite Italian Lasagna.

Update: On October 24, 2020, the co-owner and Chef of Cucina di Paolo, Paul Wegner passed away. You can read his obituary written by his beloved wife and business partner here (warning: have kleenex on hand).

This small business has touched the hearts and stomachs of locals and those passing through for nearly 30 years. If you were ever lucky enough to have been there during their mad lunch rush you would have seen the Wegners in full swing, cooking gourmet meals, making customers smile, all while never missing a beat.

2020 has been a tough year for so many of our local businesses in the Boise Metro Area. If you have the chance and would like to try a knock your socks off lasagna, (just like your Italian grandma used to make) then you must head over to Cucina di Paolo. 

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In this video, we explore and taste the delicious recipes of the well-known little eatery on Vista Ave in Boise’s Bench neighborhood. Known for their home-cooked meals, and out-of-the-world lasagna and desserts, the Owners, Paul and Mary Jean Wegner make Cucina di Paolo a MUST to dine in or take out when in Boise.

When we first moved to The Bench in Boise one of the first things we noticed was Betty the Washerwoman, a mechanical woman washing clothes far above the cozy little Cucina di Paolo. We noticed she was dressed for the season and each month we anticipated her next costume. From a spring cleaning outfit to a school teacher to the Spring Bunny, Betty has yet to disappoint.

After months of passing and noticing a constant full parking lot in front of Cucina di Paolo, we decided to check it out ourselves. We were not disappointed. The cozy restaurant is typically full at lunch and dinner with customers waiting in line to order. The place is bursting with energy as Paul Wegner bustles around the kitchen preparing his delicious recipes while Mary Jean takes orders, prepares her scrumptious desserts, jokes, and chats with the guests.

We ordered the most delicious lasagna and homemade meatballs and we knew we were in love. Not to mention the adorable side patio with plenty of cozy seating to make you feel you’re right in Italy eating Mama’s homemade cooking. And that’s the feeling that Cucina di Paolo gives, great homecooked food, made with love by people who truly love Boise. If you haven’t checked it out yet we highly recommend it. Let us know what you think.

Moving to Boise or new to the area?  Check out other great blog articles introducing the wonderful neighborhoods around town, local businesses, and fun activities for the whole family, and of course insight into the Boise real estate market.  Considering buying a home?  Click here to get started.  

Jennifer Louis is a Real Estate Agent servicing the entire Boise Metro Area passionate about the homes in the area and the local community. If you’d like to learn more about this fantastic area, a home for sale, or how to best prepare your home to sell please set up a free consultation at (208) 509-9122 or jennlouis@welcometoboiseandbeyond.com

Boise Loves Their Pets

Boise Loves Their Pets

Boise’s Favorite Pet Store

If you’re new to Boise and have a pet, check out the well-loved store by pet owners throughout the Treasure Valley, Bark N Purr.  Boise’s favorite pet store is a culinary hotspot for your furry friends. A healthy choice in Boise that offers holistic and hyper-allergenic food for dogs and cats. They also carry gourmet, fun treats and toys for your pets from local businesses around Idaho.

Don’t forget the iClean Dog Wash. A self-service dog wash that is not only easy to use, dog friendly, and only $10. It’s a great way to wash, groom and dry your dog for a great price and not get soaked in the meantime.  The staff is knowledgeable, kind, and loves furry friends.  It’s a great place to bring a pet to socialize and learn how to behave in public.  

Bark N Purr is located in the Vista Village Shopping Center in the Boise Bench and is one of the great, local businesses here in Boise and believes in offering quality products and that genuine Boise, kind type of service that Idaho is known for. Come check it out and let us know what you think.

Jennifer Louis is a real estate expert in Boise, Idaho. If you’d like to learn more about the great communities and neighborhoods in The Treasure Valley give her a call. She’d love to show you around. (208) 509-9122/jennlouis@welcometoboiseandbeyond.com.  Stay up on local real estate trends, discover local businesses, find out what’s happening around town on the Boise and Beyond Blog.