Enter to Win Idaho Winter Giveaways

The Idaho mountains have already seen some snow with more in the forecast.  Start thinking about how you would like to enjoy your winter and check out www.idahowinter.org to enter the Vitamin ID Winter Sweepstakes.  Prizes include getaways to some of Idaho’s popular destination ski areas including Sun Valley, Brundage Mountain and Schweitzer Mountain along with lift tickets, cat skiing excursions, outdoor gear and more. New offers are posted every Friday.  Enter weekly through February!

Here are the weekly prizes for November.

Schweitzer Mountain

Schweitzer Mountain


–Enjoy one of Idaho’s winter gems – Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Sandpoint. Prize includes two nights lodging in the Selkirk Lodge, two days of lift tickets for four adults and breakfast each morning of your stay.

Grand Targhee Resort

Grand Targhee Resort



–Cradled in the western slope of the Tetons, Grand Targhee Resort promises deep powder and bluebird days. Offer includes two nights lodging in the Teewinot Lodge, one day of cat skiing and one day of lift skiing for two people.

Sun Valley Resort

Sun Valley Resort



Pebble Creek Ski Area

Pebble Creek Ski Area

–Come experience America’s first destination resort in breathtaking Sun Valley. The Ski and Stay Free Package includes a one night stay at the Resort and lift tickets.





–Experience a winter getaway to Southeastern Idaho with four lift tickets to Pebble Creek Ski Area and a one night stay at the Riverside Hot Springs Inn in Lava Hot Springs.


Teton Springs Lodge & Spa

Teton Springs Lodge & Spa



–It’s off to eastern Idaho and the Teton Valley to relax and unwind. Enjoy a two night stay in a one bedroom suite at Teton Springs Lodge and Spa. Offer includes continental breakfast each day and unlimited scenic views.  Nearby activities include downhill and nordic skiing, sleigh rides and snow tubing.



Learn more about Idaho’s ski areas, visit www.skiidaho.us or explore Idaho’s many winter recreation opportunities at www.visitidaho.org/winter.

Extend Fall Outdoor Activities in Idaho’s Low-Elevation Destinations

Posted by Andrew Mentzer


Riggins, Idaho. Photo credit: Regal 360

Many recreationists retire their outdoor gear to storage at the first sign of cooler temperatures, despite the fact that the Gem State plays host to one of the most amenable fall seasons in the Northwest. This unfortunate reality is easily curbed—even for fair-weather sportsmen/women—with a visit to one of a myriad of low-elevation Idaho destinations that boast mild late-year temperatures and countless opportunities for play.


Fishing for Steelhead.
Photo credit: Exodus.

At an elevation of 1,821 feet and just three hours from Boise, Riggins is a great mild-weather option this time of year. The Hells Canyon-Oxbow corridor to the southwest is also a nice area to explore when higher elevations start taking on snow. These areas can remain well above 50-degrees during the day in November and seldom drop below freezing for very long.

Due east of Riggins on the Main Salmon road lies numerous large white sand beaches and treed flats, some with fully maintained camping facilities. The steelhead run typically picks up steam in late September, making an October or November trip ideal. Guided multi-day fishing trips are also available in this region from a handful of outfitters.


Hells Canyon Byway.
Photo credit: Idaho Tourism


Photo credit: Burgdorf Hot Springs.

Short hikes to epic canyon viewpoints can be enjoyed if you are feeling ambitious enough to hit the water for a cool-weather float trip, and there are even a handful of lesser-known remote hot springs adjacent to the Main. If you’re feeling truly adventurous and have a capable vehicle, make a run up the somewhat rougher French Creek Road (before the snow flies) to historic Burgdorf Hot Springs (elevation 6,152 feet)—just a stone’s throw from the north side of McCall’s Payette Lake.

The Main Salmon road towards Vinegar Creek was recently paved to past the 10-mile mark, so accessing this scenic playground is now easier than ever. If you feel like you didn’t get enough out of your summer, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the milder side of Idaho recreation.

Fall colors are popping throughout the mountains of Idaho; take a drive on our lovely scenic byways.

Reposted with permission from Steve Stuebner, Stueby’s Outdoor Journal

The fall colors are just beginning to happen in the Treasure Valley. But in the mountains, the aspen trees are turning yellow and orange, the tamarack needles are turning yellow, the shrubs are turning orange and red, and this weekend would be a perfect time to go for a scenic drive — and maybe a side-hike — to enjoy the kaliedoscope of colors. (Click through to Steve’s blog to see more photos.)

Wood River Valley

Wood River Valley (courtesy SunValleyrents.com)

So where are you going to go? Start by taking a look at the Idaho Scenic Byways web site, provided by our friends at VisitIdaho. There are now a total of 30 official scenic byways that you can explore in statewide. The drives that I’d recommend include:

  • The Sawtooth Scenic Byway - This byway runs from Shoshone to Stanley on Idaho 75. You’ll see the cottonwood trees turning color along the Big Wood River, and then things really get brilliant with the aspen trees in the Ketchum/Sun Valley area. Consider a side hike in Adams Gulch on the left side of the road, just north of Ketchum. Check out the Sun Valley web cams for a sneak-peek. Going north, you’ll see some beautiful aspen groves in the Boulder Mountains on the right side of the road. And then the byway continues north over Galena Summit, where you’ll be treated to a huge view of the Sawtooth Valley, the headwaters of the Salmon River, the Sawtooth Wilderness on the left, and the White Cloud Mountains on the right.
  • The Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway – Follows Idaho 21 from Boise to Idaho City to Lowman to Stanley. You’ll see a cornucopia of colors in the Boise National Forest, with a menagerie of yellows, oranges and reds in the shrubs and underbrush below the stately ponderosa pine trees between Idaho City and Lowman. You’ll see some pretty groves of aspens as you get closer to Stanley. Stop by Stanley Lake Campground to enjoy the views.

    Fall colors in the Sawtooths (courtesy explore.org)

    Fall colors in the Sawtooths (courtesy explore.org)

  • Do a big combination loop by driving the Ponderosa Pine byway to Stanley and then follow the Sawtooth byway to Ketchum/Sun Valley and return to Boise via U.S. 20. Allow a full day to complete this drive, or break it up by staying overnight in Stanley or Ketchum/Sun Valley.
  • The Payette River Scenic Byway – This is a familiar drive for many from Boise to McCall, but it won’t disappoint when it comes to fall colors. On this route, you’ll see tamarack or western larch trees turning yellow by the time you reach Smith’s Ferry and onward to McCall and Payette Lake. Plus, you’ll see lots of colorful shrubs in the Boise National Forest along the way and isolated aspen groves here and there. Check the McCall web cams for a sneak-peek for the lake view. Take a side hike in Ponderosa State Park once you’re in McCall. You’ll see lots of colors in the park.
  • The Owyhee Backcountry Byway - This is a more adventurous scenic drive because it involves 85 miles of dirt road between the paved portals of Grand View and Jordan Valley, OR. But it is truly a scenic drive into the Owyhee Mountains and Canyonlands. You’ll cottonwoods and aspens throughout the route. Bring plenty of food and water because there are no services along the route. Allow a full day for the drive. Expect to encounter hunters in vehicles and ATV’s along the way.
  • Murphy to Silver City – Wendy and I went hiking in Silver City on Tuesday, and the cottonwoods and aspens were peaking a brilliant yellow along Jordan Creek. It’s about two hours from Boise to Silver City. Take Idaho 45 south of Nampa to Murphy, and then watch for a signed turnoff to Silver City east of Murphy. The road is paved for a while, and then it turns to dirt. A high-clearance vehicle is needed to navigate the bumpy, rocky road to Silver City. As you drop down from the pass into Silver City, turn left at a Y-junction by the ATV parking area and rest room, and then proceed through town to a BLM parking area and rest room. Take a walk up Jordan Creek to stretch your legs. Bring your own food and water. The Silver City Hotel may or may not be open on the weekend, and it’s closed during the week.

Harvest Idaho ~One Bite at a Time. October 2013 Foodie Events

On your mark, get set, go!   Let’s have some Fall Food Fun — in Idaho!

October.  Harvest Idaho One Bite at a Time

October 4
Pend d’Oreille Winery , Sandpoint
Live music with Ron Keiper.  Ron brings some of the best of jazz saxophone of both originals and covers.
Concert is from 5 pm – 8pm.
Idaho Wine Events Calendar

October 5-6
Harvest Festival at Botanical Gardens, Boise
Enjoy live music, hay rides, games, and kid’s activities. Shop the farmers market with a variety of local vendors and fresh ingredients. Fun for all ages.


October  9,11,16,18,24,25  (Wed & Friday)
Paella on the Patio from Noon – 2 pm, Basque Market, Boise
Enjoy a heaping bowl of delicious seafood, chicken and chorizo paella with freshly baked bread. Arrive early to secure a seat and enjoy a glass of wine or a bubbly Spanish soda while watching the paella preparation.Harvest Idaho One Bite at a Time

October 10-13
Lamb Dine Around at the Trailing of the Sheep Festival, Ketchum & Hailey
Indulge your taste buds with exquisite lamb dishes in the Wood River Valley.    For 91 Days Blog
PS: The Festival was named One of the Top Ten Fall Festivals in the World by MSN Travel.

October 13
Harvest Fest, Indian Creek Winery, Kuna
Enjoy music, grape stomping, cork spitting contests, winery tours and pumpkin painting for the kids.
Noon to 5 p.m.


Cheers to October!


With the Vitamin ID Winter Sweepstakes You Could Score More than Great Snow!

Idaho is a popular winter destination for skiers and boarders who enjoy some of the world’s best runs without the crowds. With 18 ski IdahoWinterBug 2013areas offering more than 20,000 skiable acres and an extraordinary array of nordic trails and loops, Idaho is a gem for enthusiasts seeking crystal clear skies, fresh powder and short lift lines.

Idaho Tourism and Ski Idaho want to give everyone a chance to experience the soul of skiing.  Beginning in October and running through the end of February 2014, snow lovers may visit www.idahowinter.org to enter the Vitamin ID Winter Sweepstakes.  Prizes include getaways to some of Idaho’s popular destination ski areas including Sun Valley, Brundage Mountain and Schweitzer Mountain along with lift tickets, cat skiing excursions, outdoor gear and more. New offers are posted every Friday.  Enter weekly!

Here are the weekly prizes for October.

Master the art of winter relaxation at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. The prize includes a one night stay in a lakeview room and two adult tickets for the Holiday Light Show Cruise.

Boise, Idaho’s picturesque capital welcomes you with five lift tickets to Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area and a two night stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Boise.

Enjoy a winter adventure in Historic Wallace and the Silver Valley. The Panhandle Powder Package includes a two night stay at the Wallace Inn and two lift tickets to Lookout Pass.

Visit scenic McCall and the best snow in Idaho at Brundage Mountain Resort. Prize includes a one night stay at Shore Lodge and two full-days of mid-week cat skiing at Brundage Mountain.

Enjoy one of Idaho’s winter gems – Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Sandpoint. Prize includes two nights lodging in the Selkirk Lodge, two days of lift tickets for four adults and breakfast each morning of your stay.

Haunted Happenings and Family Fun

October in Idaho is the time to relax after a busy summer, acclimate to cooler weather and best of all…Celebrate Fall!  When you see dry corn stalks standing in fields and huge bales of hay and straw strategically placed in open fields, you know it’s time to visit your favorite corn or straw bale maze!  From family-friendly to terrifying, you can find a corn maze, haunted hay field or a delightfully confusing straw bale maze wherever pumpkins grow—which is pretty much anywhere in Idaho!

Linder Farms 2013 Maze

Linder Farms 2013 Maze

Start your tour of tricky terror in northern Idaho at the Incredible Corn Maze in Hauser.  It has a corn maze, a corn cannon, helicopter rides, pumpkins and gourds for sale, and lots of games.  If you’re brave, try out the Field of Screams.  This separate 3.5 acre maze opens at night the third week of October to scare all who dare to enter.  

If you’re traveling in southwest Idaho between Boise and Meridian on Interstate 84, you won’t want to miss The Farmstead and its many autumn offerings, including Idaho’s original corn maze, u-pick pumpkin patch, hayrides and family-friendly activities. This year, The Farmstead has partnered with Tough Enough To Wear Pink and The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation to celebrate October Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raise money for a worthy cause!  Have fun while making a difference!

Linder Farms in Meridian takes pumpkins seriously. Test your directional skills in a 15 acre corn maze, designed in tribute to the the Boise State Broncos and the Idaho Territory’s Sesquicentennial.  Other attractions include the straw bale maze, hayrides, 20-acre pumpkin patch, barrel train rides, inflatables and astro jumps, petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin slingshot, mechanical bull, laser tag, rock climbing wall, zip line, food concessions and more!

QueysMaze, located near Mountain Home, offers fun for the whole family.  Kids will enjoy climbing on the hay pyramid, playing in the corn box (a sandbox but with corn), mini mazes, hay rides and a pumpkin patch.  And don’t forget the “Who Knows?” corn maze. See if you can answer the questions to map the maze.

In south central Idaho, the Burley Straw Maze awaits. Test your skills and try your luck at the new straw maze design using 1,166 straw bales! Enjoy the regular straw maze during the week but bring your courage to the haunted straw maze on weekend nights during October.  Spooky!

In eastern Idaho, it’s easy to fill your evening at Wild Adventures Corn Maze in Blackfoot.  Get lost in over three miles of trails with three mazes celebrating 150 years of the Idaho Territory. On Fridays and Saturdays, Hunt for Hundreds in the ultimate scavenger hunt. Win your share of prizes, coupons and a chance to win the grand prize! Other activities include the Farm Scene Investigation game, corn cannon, Farm Scene Tracks, tube slide, jump houses, barrel train, paintball, concessions and more! 

Get lost at The Squealer’s Fun Park Corn Maze in Rigby! Play Farm Scene Investigation Monday-Friday nights and Saturdays from 11am to 11pm. Price is by contribution, so pick your price and join the fun! 

Maybe the corn mazes are a bit too tame….  If being terrified is more your style, check out these frightening options.

Haunted Mansions of Albion

Haunted Mansions of Albion

It’s been said that the Haunted Mansions of Albion is the nightmare you never wake up from! Are you scared of clowns? Then the all new “House of Clowns” should get your heart racing. Not scared yet? Maybe the “Zombie Academy” will do the trick. Visit this great attraction to see its new haunts and old favorites! 

In southwest Idaho, Nampa is home to Haunted World, a 30 acre outdoor haunt where  three haunted adventures await.  Wind through Gristle’s cornfield then make your way underground and into his 700 ft. dungeon of torture. Those still on their feet must pass through Gristle’s barnyard to visit his ravenous animals.  Take a welcome break in the corn maze before encountering the troubled souls of Skullvania. 

The Northwest’s largest theme park, Silverwood, becomes Scarywood Haunted Nights during the month of October.  With attractions like Dementia, Blood Bayou and The Scarywood Nest, this theme park you thought you knew has become the nightmare you never imagined!  Click the link above for all the terrifying details. Purchase tickets online and save $5 on admission.

Sassy the Sasquatch at the Scarecrow Stroll

Sassy the Sasquatch
at the Scarecrow Stroll

A more refined adventure awaits you at the Idaho Botanical Garden where scarecrows adorn the Garden during the annual Scarecrow Stroll. Created by local school kids, area businesses and artists, the variety and styles of custom built ‘crows invite giggles and smiles. Garden guests are invited to join the fun by voting for their favorite. Through October 18.

And don’t forget to stock up on pumpkins, gourds, potatoes, and other fall produce at your local farmer’s market.  Many markets will end their season this month and it’s the best time to find squash and root vegetables – perfect for that delicious pot of steaming vegetable soup to warm you after an evening of frights and fun.

It’s not too late to get your fall favorites.  Visit Idaho’s farmers markets through mid- to late October.

For more Idaho vacation ideas and information visit www.visitidaho.org.

Trailing of the Sheep Festival – An Internationally Renowned Idaho Event

by guest blogger, Brett Wharton

Thursday through Sunday, October 10-13, in Ketchum and Hailey, Idaho, the 17th annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival treats visitors to a nostalgic celebration of Idaho’s sheep ranchers.

This September, USA Today featured the event on its national list, “10 Great Places for Fall Festivals.” MSN Travel went further, ranking it as one of the “Top 10 Festivals in the World.”

Sheep fill the street in downtown Ketchum.  Michael Edminster

Sheep fill the street in downtown Ketchum.
photo by Michael Edminster

The Trailing of the Sheep Festival includes delicious food and wine, concerts, lectures, and workshops for adults, as well as fun events and craft-making booths for kids. Most importantly, it’s a chance to revisit a part of history, before subdivision and business developments, when open ranges sprawled across the West.

The main events are free. At 12:00 noon on Sunday, sheep wagons parade down Main Street, herding almost 1,000 sheep to their winter pastures. A barbeque follows with live music. Plenty of other events over the weekend take you back in time.

  • Sample lamb dishes by some of Idaho’s best chefs.
  • Enjoy concerts by the western swing trio Hot Club of Cowtown, the bagpipe/drumming/dance group Boise Highlanders, Peruvian Dancers and Musicans, and the Oinkari Basque Dancers.
  • Take classes in cooking, crochet and soap-making.
  • Listen to a talk by New York Times bestselling author Mark Kurlansky.
  • Get up early and carpool to capture beautiful photographs of sheep in the morning light with photographers Michael Edminster and Jack Williams.
  • Watch demonstrations of sheep shearing.
  • Hike on a guided tour through aspen groves to view shepherd’s tree carvings.
  • Visit local historical sites and heritage museums.

There is plenty for kids to do, too. They can have their faces painted, listen to stories, and try their hand at carding wool. They may also make key-chains, felt sheep and more in a variety of fun, hands-on workshops.

Visit TrailingOfTheSheep.org to see photos, learn more, and plan your trip.   Come join the fun!

Welcome to Idaho, San Francisco!

Beginning December 12, San Francisco will be just a simple, non-stop, two-hour flight from magical Sun Valley, Idaho and its world class skiing and winter recreation.  United Express flights operated by SkyWest Airlines will begin new daily non-stop seasonal winter and summer service between San Francisco (SFO) and Freidman Memorial Airport in Hailey, ID (SUN)—a 14-mile shuttle ride to Sun Valley.

The new service will run daily from Dec. 12 through March 30 for the 2013-2014 winter season and from July 2-September 23 for the 2014 summer season.

The flight schedule for the upcoming winter ski season is:
* Departs SFO at 10:40am, arrives SUN at 1:22pm
* Departs SUN at 1:57pm, arrives SFO at 2:54pm

San Franciscans will be transported to the splendor of Idaho’s Rocky Mountains where they will find exceptional Nordic and downhillLandscape skiing on over 2,000 acres of skiable terrain.  Apres-ski, there are numerous galleries and shops to visit and outstanding restaurants throughout Sun Valley and the neighboring towns of Ketchum and Hailey.

Of course, not every Sun Valley recreational activity requires a lift ticket. Try cross-country skiing the Harriman Trail, the staging area for the Boulder Mountain Tour, one of the nation’s preeminent cross-country ski races. Or strap on some snowshoes for a moonlit walk and dinner at one of Galena Lodge’s full moon dinners. Take the family on a heli-skiing adventure in the magnificent Sawtooth Mountain range. Or turn a few circles at the legendary Sun Valley Ice Rink, where you might rub shoulders with Olympic skaters.

SkiingFor guests staying at the Sun Valley Resort there is an additional benefit:  for the upcoming winter season, guests who present their SFO-SUN boarding pass at the Sun Valley ticket window may enjoy a free demo ski/board package or a free morning two hour group lesson the day following arrival. (Some date restrictions apply.)

Sun Valley, Idaho is famous for its alpine skiing, but the range of activities there is truly limitless. When waking up to clear blue skies, the question won’t be, “What are we going to do?” but, “What aren’t we going to do?” Visit these websites and start planning your trip today!  www.VisitSunValley.com  and www.VisitIdaho.org.

Football and Onions — the perfect pairing.

Idaho potatoes?  No question.
Idaho dry peas and lentils?  Sure.
Idaho trout?  Of course.

Idaho onions?  You better believe it!

Idaho and eastern Oregon is the United States’ top growing region for onions, producing 1,470 million pounds annually. And we’ve found a tasty way to celebrate this culinary staple.

Beginning with the Boise State game against the University of Tennessee-Martin on September 7, these flavorful bulbs will take center stage on the grilling scene during the USA Onion Grill Off held before each of Boise State’s home games.  Onion samples for everyone!

1-grilled Onion with SalsaThe Sept. 7 event begins at 11:00 am at the Ford Fan Zone in front of the Alan Noble Hall of Fame, and features two teams in a grilling throwdown.  Each team will grill up original recipes that include onions, flank steak and other basket items.  The competitors will grill and present their creations to three pre-selected judges.  A winner will be chosen before the kick-off.

Grillmasters for the first grill off are two venerated onionmen:  Kent Sutherland of JC Watson Produce of Parma who brings four generations of onion knowledge to the grill for Idaho, and Bob Komoto of Ontario Produce, a man with a rich and varied produce background at the controls for team Oregon.  These men are the first of a number of high-profile participants who will step up to the grill before each of the six home games.

Each competition will have a theme:BSUField with Sky photo

  • For the Boise State versus Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks game on Sept. 7, the match up will be between Idaho and Oregon onion growers.
  • On Sept. 13, the contest prior to the Air Force Falcons game will pay tribute to our Armed Forces with the “Salute to the All-American Burger”.  Mountain Home Air Force Base will go head to head with members of the Boise State University ROTC.
  • Before the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles -vs- Boise State game on Sept. 28, Idaho Governor C.L. Butch Otter and First Lady Lori Otter will team up against Boise State University President Dr. Bob Kustra and his wife, Kathy, to prepare grilled surf and turf.
  • The homecoming game on October 19th against the Nevada Wolfpack will feature tough competition between BSU’s Executive Chef and Professional Chef and Culinary Educator, Nick Duncan.  Former BSU Football Players will judge this lamb-focused grill off.
  • Firemen and policemen will grill it out before the Nov. 16 game against the Wyoming Cowboys. Weber’s Official Grill Master will travel from Chicago to coach the grill competitors, share grilling tips and answer questions from the crowd.
  • The final grill off features elk  and takes place on Nov. 30 before the Broncos face the New Mexico Lobos in their last home game.

If you can’t make it to the grill off, you can still find ideas and recipes for grilling your own onions on the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee website:  http://www.ieoonions.com/recipes.php.  Onions are a great way to add flavor to a meal and support local growers.

If your travel takes you to other parts of Idaho, be sure to check out the university football pride and great tailgate action in other college towns.

Moscow, Idaho – home of the University of Idaho Vandals
Pocatello, Idaho – home of the Idaho State Bengals

Harvest Idaho ~ One Bite at a Time. September 2013 Foodie Events

See. Hear. Taste. Smell and Touch.  Introduce your five senses to Idaho’s foodie event scene. 

September 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, 2013
Wednesday’s & Friday’s at Noon
Paella on the Patio, Basque Market, Boise
You don’t have to wait for a special occasion to enjoy a generous portion of delicious seafood, chicken and chorizo paella with freshly baked bread. Arrive early to secure a seat and enjoy a glass of wine or a bubbly Spanish soda while watching the paella preparation, or take it to go. The paella disappears quickly so don’t be late!


September 6 – 8, 2013
Harvest Celebration! Pend Oreille Winery, Sandpoint

September 12& 19, 2013 (Thursdays, 6 – 9 pm)
Uncorked in the GardenIt’s Cooler In The Garden! Idaho Botanical Gardens, Boise  
Picnicking in the garden on a long summer evening with live music is a great Idaho tradition. Experience the best of Idaho with local music, food, beer and wine every Thursday evening, June through September. Bring your own low back chairs or blankets and your own picnic basket or enjoy selections from our vendors. Whatever your musical tastes, they have it all – blues, jazz, folk, big band swing, rock, country and more. Tickets are $7 IBG member, $10 non-member, $6 youth (ages 5-12), and children under 5 are free.

September 19-22
Sun Valley Harvest Festival, Sun Valley
Now in its fourth year, the Sun Valley Harvest Festival has become the signature food and wine event of
the region. Focused on quality and how to incorporate it into your kitchen and lifestyle, the weekend
offers attendees an opportunity to learn culinary secrets from the country’s top chefs, taste agricultural
wonders from Idaho and the Northwest, savor Idaho wines, beers and spirits, and learn from nationally
recognized food and health experts.


September 20 – 22, 2013
Sunnyslope Wine Festival, Caldwell
Featuring some of the Northwest’s finest wineries and wines, the Sunnyslope Wine trail includes Snake River Valley’s wineries in a picturesque setting. Wine, food trucks, music, prizes, and more. These wineries will be represented: Bitner Vineyards; Fujishin Family Cellars Winery;  Hat Ranch Winery; Hells Canyon and Zhoo Zhoo; Huston Vineyards;Koenig Vineyards; Sawtooth Winery; Ste Chapelle Winery; Williamson Vineyards and The Orchard House Restaurant.

Sept 20-21, 2013
Tres Bonne Cuisine Oktoberfest – Boise
Tres Bonne Cuisine host its 7th annual Oktoberfest with a two day evening celebration of German food and beer.


Sept 21, 2013
Teton Valley Oktoberfest – Victor
The Grand Teton Brewing Company throws this annual Oktoberfest as a fundraiser for the Teton Valley Foundation. Visit South Idaho has listed the unconfirmed date of this event as September 21, 2013. Victor Idaho

Sept 27 – 28, 2013
Downtown Coeur d’Alene
Fun filled weekend complete with the GranFondo biking event, live entertainment venues, German food, activities for the entire family, and the very best of the harvest brews!

September 28, 2013
“Oktoberfest” in Historic Downtown Priest River

Sept 29, 2013
Idaho Wine Run, Ste. Chapelle Winery, Caldwell
Run in Idaho wine country with your choice of a full marathon, a half marathon, a 10 k or a 5 k race. Walkers are welcome. Entrance fee includes a sampling from over 10 local wineries, live music and a free wine glass.