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Top Boise Spring events and activities

Top Boise Spring events and activities

Welcome to Boise and Beyond’s blog series focusing on living like a local in Idaho.  If you are one of the many who have recently relocated to Boise and the Treasure Valley here are some of the best ways to fit in and acclimate to your new home.

Enjoying Spring in Boise Like a Local

Springtime in the Boise area is a magical time of year.  This is the time of year locals get outside and enjoy warmer temperatures while still marveling at the snowcapped surrounding mountains.  There are literally activities for everyone this time of year and their is a buzz in the air as everyone heads outside to enjoy one of Boise’s best attributes:  the great outdoors.  Here are some of the top Boise Spring events and activities that the locals love:

First Thursday

Boise Spring Events 2023

Photo Courtesy of the Downtown Boise Association

Every first Thursday of the month head downtown where window shopping takes on a whole new meaning.  Enjoy events that include art, shopping, music, dining, and tasting by local stores, restaurants, retailers, and services.

Local businesses put together one-of-a-kind engaging in-store events including food and beverage tastings, local art exhibits, retail trunk shows, live music, family activities, and entertainment in a special and unique way you’ll only find in Downtown Boise. It’s a great way to try out a new place and enjoy a fun evening with friends all while supporting local businesses.

What kind of businesses participate?  Such a variety that it may blow your mind.  You can go dancing at Fred Astaire Dance Studios on Main Street, then head to the Capital Contemporary Gallery or the Art Source Gallery on Grove St to check out local artists being featured, then take a tour of the super cool, trendy Crazy Neighbor on Grove St, before heading to Bardenay Distillery and Restaurant on Grove st for some food and drinks.  If you’re curious about our city and the upcoming programs make sure to stop by City Hall Plaza on Capital Blvd, and enjoy free snacks while you learn.

So when is this event?  You guessed it, the First Thursday of every month and it starts April 6, 2023, from 5-9 PM, but some businesses may have longer or alternative hours so make sure to check out all the events by clicking here.


Boise Farmers Market & Capital City Public Market

Boise Spring Events 2023Two incredible outdoor farmers markets take place starting in Spring.  The Boise Farmers Market in Downtown Boise and the Capital City Public Market in Downtown Boise.

The Boise Farmers Market is a food-centric and agriculturally based market. Within our guidelines, the majority of the members must be agricultural. 95% of the vendors are food and agricultural products with 5% dedicated to non-food items.  You can find it every Saturday from 9 AM – 1 PM from April through December at 1500 Shoreline Drive.  But if you’re looking for a mix of food-centric and local artisans then you definitely want to check out the Capital City Public Market in Downtown Boise from April 15th-December from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM in the Grove Plaza

If you still want more make sure to check out the Nampa Farmers Market which runs from April through October and the Eagle Saturday Market in Heritage Park in Eagle, ID from May through October.

Patio Dining

Boise Spring Events 2023With warm weather, the beautiful outdoors so many great places to eat in and around Boise there is literally something for everyone.  Here are a few places you may or may not have heard of with great food and drinks and some of the best patios around.

Sandbar Patio & Bar & Grill serves local pub fare and looks right over the Boise Greenbelt and River.  The outdoor patio is almost always packed on the weekends when they have live music.  It’s located in the Riverside Hotel, near Downtown Boise at 2900 W Chinden Blvd.

Wyld Child is part of a collaboration of outdoor dining, coffee, drinks, and ice cream.  Wyld Child is the sister restaurant of The popular Wylder located in Downtown Boise.  In their offshoot, you can find delicious burgers, fries, and salads, grab a beer at Push & Pour and finish it off with ice cream at The Stil all-in-one spot with an incredible outdoor eating area with firepits and other activities throughout.  Dogs are welcome.  Its located in the Bench area in Central Boise at 13 S Latah St.,

One of my favorites for breakfast, lunch, or coffee is Rembrandts in Eagle, ID.  This converted historic church from the late 1800s became a coffee shop and eventually the popular restaurant it is today.  It has a fantastic patio and some of the best coffee and fare in Eagle for breakfast or lunch.  It’s located at 93 S Eagle, Rd, Eagle.

A patio we can’t leave out is Barbacoa in East Boise off Parkcenter Blvd.  It’s considered fine dining with exotic fare and they have a fantastic happy hour.  Its outdoor patio is highly popular during Spring and Summer due to its view of the Parkcenter Park Pond.  It’s located at 276 Bob White Court, Boise.

Edwards Greenhouse Gardening Classes

organic nursery in BoiseEdward’s Greenhouse is a beloved garden center, greenhouse, and flower shop in NorthWest Boise.  Its historical greenhouses are almost all powered by geothermal waters and even in the colder weeks of Spring, it’s a great place to warm up and check out the greenery.  But Edwards is much more than just a garden center, they are known for its incredible gardening classes, and Summer outdoor events.

If you have a green thumb or would like to have one click here to find some of the amazing classes you can find at Edwards this Spring.  If you’d like to discover the history of this amazing place you can watch our YouTube Video all about Edwards here or read the full article here.

They are located at 4106 Sand Creek St., Boise 83703


The Boise Greenbelt and Bike Tours

Boise Spring Activities 2023One of the best ways to discover Boise is via the Boise Greenbelt along the Boise River. The Boise River Greenbelt is one of Boise’s most beloved parks. The 25-mile tree-lined pathway follows the north and south sides of the Boise River through the heart of the city and provides scenic views, wildlife habitat, and pedestrian access to many of Boise’s popular riverside parks. The “Ribbon of Jewels” is a series of parks located along the Greenbelt.

A great way to discover multiple places around the Greenbelt is to bike it.  Pedego Bikes offers rentals and tours of great electric bikes right off the Greenbelt.  Or you can sign up with Boise Bike Tours and get a great view of the Greenbelt and other areas in/around town.

While on the Greenbelt you can stop off and enjoy food and dining at some great spots, or check out the giraffes having their breakfast/lunch at the Boise Zoo in Julia Davis Park.



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Paint Colors Trends in Idaho to Increase Value

Paint Colors Trends in Idaho to Increase Value

Does Paint Color Matter When Selling a Home?

If you’ve ever listed a home with me you know I most likely will bring up paint color.  It could be because growing up paint color was a regular topic around my dinner table.  My mom was/is a color consultant and interior designer and my father was a painting contractor for luxury subdivisions and custom homes.  So, yeah, paint has been ingrained into me since I was little.  But, in my years in real estate working with buyers I have observed which homes tend to attract more attention from my clients, and which homes, even great ones they turn their nose up to, and often it comes down to paint color.  If you are selling a home here are the paint color trends in Idaho you should know about:

Exterior Color

Exterior Paint Color Trends in IdahoIt may not be everyone’s favorite, but overall buyers are attracted to neutrals.  According to a recent article by Better Homes and Gardens classic white exterior continues to have the highest resale value.  I spoke with Janice Trudeau, a color consultant for Sherwin Williams, (and my mom) and she said here in Idaho the trend with builders and homeowners has been the white farmhouse look.  This is typically painting the exterior in a shade of white or off-white and then using gray or a dark trim.  Another popular look is the Greige exteriors.  Greige is a mix of Gray and Beige paint colors, finished off with white or dark trim.  According to Trudeau, the farmhouse look may be a trend that will slowly go away, but greiges and tans for exteriors are here to stay.  Here are a few other key things to keep in mind when painting your exterior.

  • Choose Wisely.  When choosing a new exterior color for your home, consider what you have going on around your home that could impact the way your exterior color looks — items like the roof, stonework, windows, and landscaping. For example, if your home has a brick façade what color are the undertones?  If you have a light roof, a light exterior might not be the right way to go.
  • The Sheen Matters.  In Idaho, we have a lot of different weather and unless you want to power wash and repaint your house every couple of years, picking the right sheen is imperative.  The key to keep in mind is the glossier the paint, the more it will magnify imperfections.  Stick with an eggshell or a satin finish.  These tend to hold up with Idaho’s changing temperatures and are easier to clean.
  • Don’t Forget the Front Door.  Your choice of color for your front door can also greatly affect your home’s value.  According to several studies, including one by Zillow in 2022, Black or Slate Blue colored doors tend to sell for more, up to $6,400 more to be precise.


Interior Color

Interior paint color trends in IdahoInterior paint choice is where it gets tricky because paint color can be very personal.  I’ve had many clients over the year that just can’t understand why anyone would not love the red, yellow, blue, or violet wall color they chose, and the truth is color IS personal.  One person may view a color as warm, and cozy and another finds it glaring and loud.  One person may view a color as soft and soothing and another finds it cold and sterile.  The goal to remember when selling your house is for the buyer to fall in love with your house and offer the best price, not feel the same way you do about color choices.  In order to do this, we need to neutralize the house, this means taking out anything that could cause a buyer to feel they are in YOUR  house and not THEIR future home.  Trudeau recommends brightening the home by painting mainly in off-white.  A very popular color by Sherwin William is City Loft, it’s off-white, and paired with a bright white trim it really pops.  I know, because I did my whole house this color.  I have a mid-century modern home with typical 8′ ceilings, so using this color brightened the home tremendously.

Zillow did a study on interior colors and found which interior colors impacted home value.  To get the highest price, they highly recommend avoiding dramatic or bright colors.  Bold and creative color choices are not necessarily appreciated by buyers, it’s better to keep those for the home you will live in and enjoy.  A few other colors such as bright pink, bright green, and bright purple are not good choices when selling a home. In a recent Zillow survey of real estate agents, they unanimously recommended sellers repaint primary rooms in their houses that are one of those shades. Here are the colors that sell, and the colors that don’t:

  • Red.  It’s bold, it’s beautiful, but don’t paint it in your house.  Zillow found that on average homes sold for $1500 less just for having a red accent wall or room.
  • Yellow.  It’s right up there with red.  It’s bright and bold and unfortunately turns many buyers off, according to the Zillow Survey.  Buyers tend to comment that it’s glaring, or unattractive and it can negatively impact the price a buyer will pay for a home.
  • Blue Bathrooms.  If you have painted your bathroom blue, keep it!  According to the Zillow Survey, the buyers surveyed said they would pay about $5000 more for a home (at about $290,000 value) with a light blue bathroom.
  • Teal/Turquoise.  According to Trudeau, this color is becoming trendy and can look great as an accent wall.  One of Sherwin William’s popular colors in this hue is Sea Salt.  If painting an accent wall it’s recommended to paint two walls that connect in one color and the other in a more neutral color.

Details Matter

Paint color trends in IdahoAnother often overlooked area of a home is the trim, baseboards, doors &  ceilings.  The baseboards and trim are some of the most banged up, marked up, and soiled parts of the house.  If you have kids you understand.  I cringe as I watch my five-year-old son roll his trucks across the floor and inevitably smash into the baseboards leaving a nice scuff mark.  Kids, pets, dust, grime, and furniture all contribute to the worn look of baseboards and trim, so having these freshened up can really make a home look updated, even if the paint color stays the same.  The general rule on trim or baseboards is to get something with a higher sheen than the walls.  Semi or high gloss is ideal and usually a very bright white looks great.  Ceilings should be light and bright, and it’s best to avoid dark colors, otherwise the rooms tend to look smaller.  You can use the same color on the ceilings as your trim and it will look great.  While you’re at it touch up and scuff marks on door jams and frames around the house.

The front door color mentioned above tends to really give a home that WOW factor, but another trend is cabinets.  Blue, Green, and even Gray cabinets or kitchen islands have also been quite the paint color trend in Idaho.  Some of the higher-end builders regularly add color to their new builds and were starting to see this pop up in DIY cabinet stores as well.  Traditional wood grain or white still looks good if paired with the right counters or backsplash, but a touch of color can really make a kitchen stand out.

The cost to repaint a home’s interior is roughly $1,500-$5,000, depending on the size.  In a shifting market, where first appearances count, this small investment can make all the difference.  Attracting buyers, and lots of them is what affects value.  The more buyers can see themselves in your house, the more they are willing to pay, especially if they think they may have competition.  Neutrals, light blues, and teals may not be your personal palette of choice, but once you’ve made the decision to sell, it’s all about presentation and getting the home sold so you can move on to your next home and if red or yellow is your thing, go for it then.

Boise Real Estate ProfessionalIf you’d like to see if it makes sense to paint before selling give me a call.  I offer a free, no-obligation home consultation and will leave you with the market trends for your area and recommendations to get your home sold for top value.  In the meantime, make sure to follow me,  Jennifer Louis, Boise Metro Real Estate Expert, and local relocation guide on Instagram, Facebook, or my blog for fun facts about Boise and of course a few things real estate.  (208) 509-9122 or

Drive Like You’re From Boise

Drive Like You’re From Boise

Welcome to Boise and Beyond’s blog series focusing on living like a local in Idaho.  If you are one of the many who have recently relocated to Boise and the Treasure Valley here are some of the best ways to fit in and acclimate to your new home.

Drive Like a Local in Boise

One of the first things newcomers notice when visiting or moving to Boise and the surrounding Treasure Valley is the ease of getting around town in a vehicle.  Boise, compared to most neighboring capital cities has relatively little traffic, and the locals pride themselves on being courteous drivers in general.  However, there are a few things that those new to the area should keep in mind before getting behind the wheel in Boise or any of the neighboring cities around Idaho.  Here are the top 5 ways to drive like you’re from Boise:

Be Courteous

Driving Courteous in BoiseThis is one of the first things I noticed when moving here from the hustle and bustle of bigger cities.  We moved here from Paris, France in overcrowded road conditions, where horn honking, shouting, and waving angrily at other drivers and aggressive, fast, weaving driving is the only way to survive.  I spent years driving in Southern California and Dallas, TX where getting flipped off, honked at, and risking your life every time you merge onto the freeway is part of the daily commute.  My blood pressure immediately dropped when I started driving in Boise.  In Idaho, and even more specifically Boise locals pride themselves on following the rules of the road and looking out for fellow drivers.  You can almost always recognize someone who grew up in Idaho versus someone who just arrived by how they drive and here’s how:

  • Allow Merging.  A local custom in Idaho is to slow down to allow other drivers to merge into their lane if requested with a turn signal. And speaking of turn signals, locals will almost always use their turn signals to alert another driver of their intentions on the road.
  • Leave a Gap. A local will almost always leave a gap so that drivers entering the roadway from a parking lot or shopping center can easily merge into traffic.
  • Don’t Honk. Have you ever been distracted at a red traffic light and missed it turning green?  If the car behind you didn’t honk, it’s most likely because they are from here, and realize we all get distracted from time to time.
  • Drive the Speed Limit.  This is tough because when you’re in a hurry and come from a city where fast driving is the norm, driving the speed limit can take some getting used to.  Locals tend to drive the speed limit, and occasionally a few MPH under, but only a couple of years ago Boise was listed as having the safest drivers by  Allstate Insurance City Rankings.  In reality, driving 10 MPH faster than the speed limit in/around Boise over 20 miles saves the driver about 7 seconds.


The Stop Law

A few things in Idaho regarding traffic laws for stopping are a bit unusual compared to neighboring states.  Miscommunication and potential accidents can occur if all drivers aren’t aware of the standards that the locals tend to know.  Here are a few to be aware of when making a stop in Idaho:

  • Turning Left On Red.  Yes, you can turn left on a red light in certain situations, here is the actual driving rule regarding left on a red light:  “Except when a sign is in place prohibiting a turn, a driver after stopping, facing a steady circular red signal, may turn right, or turn left from a highway onto a one-way highway after stopping.”
  • Cyclists Have Different Stopping Rules.  Bicyclists are permitted to regard stop signs as yield signs and a red light is equivalent to a stop sign.  So, if you see a cyclist cruising through an intersection with a stop sign, they are allowed, as long as the intersection is clear and they clear the intersection prior to passing any other vehicles, etc.  When it comes to red lights, however, they can pass when it’s clear to do so.
  • School Bus Stops.  Common sense and the law are one when it comes to passing a school bus when its stop sign is activated, DONT!  However, Idaho law does not require a driver to stop for a school bus if they are on the opposite side of the road with four or more lanes.  Stopping applies to motorists traveling in the same direction as the school bus, regardless of the number of lanes.
  • Yellow Stop Lights.  In Idaho, they have a law called the Permissive Yellow Light.  This allows motorists to pass through an intersection when it is yellow, but the catch is they must be more than halfway through the intersection before the light turns red, otherwise, a citation could be issued.  Most locals tend to avoid the risk, and will almost always stop at a yellow light or arrow, even if the law allows them to pass through.



Winter Driving

Driving in snowy and icy conditions is not a daily occurrence in the Treasure Valley during the winter, but over the years Boise has been getting more and more of these storms which can impact driving in this area.  Most of the locals grew up in The Treasure Valley or in another city in Idaho and are familiar with winter driving conditions.  If you arrived from a warmer state, then here are a few things you can do to drive safely and confidently just like a local in Boise in winter:

  • Defrost Those Windows.  That may seem pretty obvious, but if you’ve never driven when it’s below freezing you may be surprised how quickly the windshield and windows can fog up.  Once out on the road is not the time to start defrosting. Don’t start driving until the windows are defrosted and clean – even if you’re not going that far. It’s a good idea to keep your windshield washer reservoir filled with a non-freezing solution all winter, and if you park outside make sure to scrape off any snow or ice that may have built up overnight and then start the defrost setting before heading out.
  • Slow Down. After fresh snow or due to icy roads can be slippery.  As long as you drive slowly and slow down your car at least three times sooner than you normally do when turning or stopping you should avoid slipping and sliding.  When stopping, avoid making sudden movements with the steering wheel, and gently pump the brake as you come to a stop.
  • Watch for Ice.  Take extra precautions in areas that could potentially be icy, such as bridges and overpasses.  Ice may remain in those spots longer since they are exposed underneath and don’t have ground warmth.
  • Be Aware of Snowplow Trucks.  Use extra caution when encountering snow removal equipment; snowplow blades force snow up and off the road, potentially causing blizzard-like conditions and reduced visibility for drivers following too closely.  It’s recommended to remain two car lengths behind snowplow trucks for every 10 mph you drive. Sand being spread by trucks can damage your vehicle, so don’t pass one of these vehicles unless absolutely necessary.


Now that you have your “Famous Potatoe” plates and your Idaho Driver’s License take a deep breath, relax and enjoy driving like you’re from Boise in one of the US’s most enjoyable places to drive.  Want to discover more about Boise and the Treasure Valley?  Download the Boise Relocation Guide and discover Boise from the local’s point of view.

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The Funky Side of Boise

The Funky Side of Boise

Welcome to Boise and Beyond’s blog series focusing on living like a local in Idaho.  If you are one of the many who have recently relocated to Boise and the Treasure Valley here are some of the best ways to fit in and acclimate to your new home.

Fun & Funky in Boise

Boise is often known for its great outdoors and connection to nature.  It is after all nicknamed, The City of Trees, but it also has a flare for the arts and a bit of the unusual.  Here are some of the sightings around town that locals love, and those visiting may scratch their heads, curious about the backstory.  Well, scratch no more…here is a bit of insight into Boise’s fun and funky side.

Traffic Box Project

For over ten years Boise has transformed what could be boring metal traffic boxes located around the city into pieces of art.  Local artists are invited to submit their pieces of art to be selected to be wrapped around one of these boxes around town.

Boise’s pioneering and transformative Traffic Box project challenges emerging artists and established professionals to “wrap” the nondescript utilitarian devices that control our streetlights. Boise City Department of Arts and History along with other organizations commissions illustrations, paintings, digitally designed images, quilts, mosaics, photographs, and even photos of sculptures to add a vibrant and unexpected twist to the street corners and intersections of the City of Boise, according to the Boise City Department of Arts and History’s website.

Each wrap lasts anywhere from 5-10 years and then they are rewrapped.  As of 2022 there are just over 225 traffic boxes displaying art throughout the city.

Location:  All around the City of Boise

Gentle Breeze

The City of Trees honors its name with the public art piece “Gentle Breeze” located Downtown in the park at 11th St. and Idaho St.

The glistening pink tree is hard to miss and includes features that make the leaves move in the breeze not to mention its adult-size swings for people young and old to enjoy.  You’ll often see locals and office workers making their way over to the interactive art piece with a cup of local coffee.

According to the City of Boise’s Art & History Department’s Karl Le Clair, , “It presents itself as a tree on top of a hill.  Again we are looking at the same scale berm. It creates some height and a natural pedestal for the artwork to sit on. (It includes) a tree on top of the hill with swings. There are full-scale park bench swings. The tree is 23 feet high and will provide some shade in the time it takes the other trees in the park to mature.”

Location: 11th St. and Idaho St., Downtown Boise

JUMP Spiral Slide

It’s hard to miss the JUMP center in Downtown Boise but one of its more exciting features is its outdoor parking garage slide.  The five-story spiral chute was created for kids and adults who are kids at heart.

If you don’t know about JUMP you really should.  It stands for Jack’s Urban Meeting Place.  Jack is J.R. Simplot and he is responsible for Idaho is famous for its potatoes.  JUMP is an event center and meeting place and regularly hosts various events with the mission being, “a place for everyone to discover new possibilities and explore their potential.”

Next to the spiral chute is the “slide zone” a slide feat in itself and was created as a team-building event.

Location:  1000 W Myrtle St, Downtown Boise

The Boise Castle

Boise’s Castle Home is hard to miss when heading down Warm Springs Avenue.  However, the unique architecture isn’t a historical monument, but rather a local entrepreneur’s dream turned into reality.

The owner/designer said the design was inspired by French and English castles he had seen/studied over the years.  the Boise Castle broke ground in 2009 and its finishing touches were added in 2011.  It’s modern architecture with a mid-evil flare.

The 5800 sqft, 5 bedroom, 5 bath home was featured on HGTV’s Extreme Homes, a segment on a CBS News segment, and a piece for Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet. Additionally, a hip-hop music video was supposedly filmed on one of the towers.

Location: 1700 Warm Springs Avenue in NE Boise.

Those are just a few fun and funky sites you may notice while driving around Boise.  Venture outside the City to Nampa, Kuna, Meridian, and Eagle and you will spot other unique sites that make the Treasure Valley the true treasure that it is.

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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.