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.


Make Memories at Idaho’s Drive-Ins

Do you enjoy the movies, but prefer not to spend your summer hours indoors?  Visit one of these theaters and enjoy a fun movie with the family or your sweetheart in the great outdoors from the comfort of your own car.  Idaho has 10 drive-in theaters still in operation, with most located in smaller towns that offer a charm all their own.  Order a milkshake or popcorn and let the summertime memories begin!

Terrace Drive-In, Caldwell
(208) 455-1433
Opened in the 1950s, the Terrace is family owned and promises a family friendly atmosphere.

Roadside AttractionSpud Drive-In, Driggs
(208) 354-2727 (showtimes), (208) 354-SPUD (7783)
The Teton Valley’s historical place to enjoy movies and 50’s-style concessions since 1953.

Sunset Auto-Vu Drive-In, Grangeville
(208) 983-5509 (showtimes), (208) 983-1370
The Sunset Auto-Vu Drive-In theatre has been owned by the same family for 50-plus years and is on the National Historic Register.

Sky Vu Drive-In, Idaho Falls
(208) 522-3111 (showtimes)
Opened in 1950, this single screen drive-in can accommodate 400 cars and is open May through September.

Motor-Vu Drive-In, Idaho Falls
(208) 522-2111 (showtimes)
Movies begin at dusk, around 9:30 pm.

Parma Motor Vu Drive-In, Parma
(208) 722-6401 (showtimes)
Parma Motor Vue has been operated by the same family for 60 years.  It still pops popcorn in the original machine and shows movies on the original screen.  Read a recent Idaho Statesman article.

Teton Vu Drive-In, Rexburg
(208) 356-7469 (showtimes)
The Teton Vu Drive-In is open on a seasonal basis and has space for 350 cars.

Idan-Ha Drive-In, Soda Springs
(208) 547-3282 (showtimes)
The theater has operated continuously since opening in the 1950s.  Open mid-May through Labor Day, this drive-in shows movies Thursday through Sunday.

Motor-Vu Drive InMotor-Vu Drive-In, Twin Falls
(208) 734-2400 (showtimes), (208) 733-6226
The Motor-Vu opened in August, 1947.  Happy 66th birthday!

Grand-Vu Drive-In, Twin Falls
(208) 734-2400 (showtimes), (208) 733-5928
The Grand-Vu Drive-In opened in 1952. This single screen drive-in has a capacity for 438 cars.

New Hot Springs Resort, LEED Certified Hotel and Children’s Water Park Play Area Add to Idaho’s Offerings

Idaho is vast and diverse, overflowing with spectacular scenery and abundant recreational opportunities.  With the addition of a new LEED certified Springhill Suites by Marriott in Coeur d’Alene, The Springs Resort in Idaho City and kids water play area at Lava Hot Springs, finding an Idaho experience that’s right for you is easier than ever.

Idaho City Hot Springs Re-opens as The Springs Resort 

The Springs ResortThe Springs Resort recently opened in the small mountain town of Idaho City, just 45 minutes north of Boise.  The location was once known as Warm Springs Resort which closed in 2001.  The new owners have completely rebuilt the facility which features a new 2,400-square-foot pool house with a welcoming atmosphere and a refurbished 96,000-gallon hot springs pool naturally heated to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

The new pool house has a rustic style enhanced with natural materials and earth tones. The front desk is wrapped in a piece of rusted steel with artistic finishes. The pool house is comfortable and warm with a large glass entry area leading to a public area with a wood burning stove.  Men’s and women’s changing rooms include private lockers, hot springs showers, large, plush towels and signature shower gels, shampoos and moisturizers.

The pool refreshes itself completely every 6-8 hours, remains hot all winter and is actively cooled all summer with temperatures of 100F in the winter, 85F in the summer. The separate 16’ hot soaking tub also features natural flow-through and temperatures around 104-106F while the cold water splash deck with its 16 jets of cold water is perfect for a fast chill down.  The walking paths, the pools, and the building are accented with low light in the evenings so navigation is easy and star watching is spectacular in the clear, dark mountain skies.  Live concerts are popular in the warmer months.

Chaise lounges, deck chairs and tables flank the sunny side of the pool deck and several cabanas offer shade from the summer sun. The on-site café serves beverages and a small menu of quality sandwiches, salads and soups made fresh daily and is open from noon until early evening.

In the winter, The Springs Resort is a wonderful, warm respite after a full day of Nordic skiing or snowshoeing.  A wood bonfire is lit at the far corner of the hot pool, perfect for gathering around with a warm drink while taking a break from your soak.  The main pool deck is heated with hot water running under the cement promising a warm, safe and snow-free path. Learn more at www.thespringsid.com or www.facebook.com/TheSpringsiID

New SpringHill Suites by Marriott – Coeur d’Alene

Springhill Suites CDA renderingThe 118-suite SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is scheduled to open in August. Located two miles from downtown Coeur d’Alene, 35 miles from Spokane International Airport and five minutes from one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, Lake Coeur d’Alene, the hotel offers guests convenient access to the Centennial Trail, the Spokane River, Silverwood Theme Park and area attractions and outdoor activities.

The property’s furniture, lighting, colors and fabrics have been carefully selected to create calm and refreshing spaces. Separate living, working and sleeping spaces also provide guests with flexibility and functionality.  Complimentary Wi-Fi in the hotel’s lobby and high-speed Internet access in every suite allow guests to remain connected at all times.

The SpringHill Suites Coeur d’Alene has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for its contributions in making the environment a healthier place by reducing waste and conserving energy and water. It is the newest SpringHill Suites to join the portfolio of Marriott properties that are registered or certified LEED, a voluntary rating program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council that provides third-party verification of green building.  It is the first hotel in Idaho to receive this achievement.

New family play area opens at Lava Hot Springs Olympic Swimming Complex.

Lava Kiddie play areaThe Portneuf Kiddie Cove in Lava Hot Springs Olympic Swimming Complex opened in July to the thrill of families. Recent renovations added the Portneuf Kiddie Cove, a hot tub area and a birthday celebration room. This play area for children 11 and younger has a zero depth wading pool with a hydro structure featuring slides, a tipping bucket and water cascading from overhead. Deck jets, geyserinos, water flowers, water mushrooms, a spinbrella, and a vortex cascade complete the play area. The Olympic Swimming Complex is open daily in the summer from 11 am to 8 pm. The entrance fee covers admission to the 10 meter diving platforms, hydrotubes, 60-foot drop speed slides, indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, the aquatic climbing wall and the new Portneuf Kiddie Cove and hot tub area.  For more information visit www.lavahotsprings.com.

Long Weekend Ahead!

Plan now to celebrate Labor Day in Idaho at these fun-filled events.

Wagon DaysWagon Days in Ketchum
August 30-September 1

Since 1958, Ketchum Wagon Days has celebrated the mining heritage of the Wood River Valley with four days of rollicking Old West entertainment including a rodeo, BBQs, live entertainment, antique shows, bareback rider demonstrations, kids carnival and the Big Hitch Parade – this non-motorized parade is one of the largest in the Pacific Northwest and features museum quality wagons, buggies, and stagecoaches.

Looking for a thrilling mountain bike ride?  Sign up for Rebecca’s Private Idaho on Saturday, August 31, hosted by professional bike racer, Rebecca Rusch. Choose from two scenic rides; one more, um, ‘demanding’ than the other.

Kamiah BBQ Days77th Annual Kamiah BBQ Days
August 30-September 1

In 1936, a group of community minded merchants began to offer a free barbeque dinner as a way of saying thank you to area residents for their patronage. The Kamiah Chamber has carried on the tradition of BBQ Days for more than 70 years, organizing and sponsoring nearly every aspect of the Labor Day weekend event. Today, residents, former residents, and visitors take part in BBQ Days – and the event continues to grow each year. Come enjoy fun for the whole family: parade, vendors, kids’ activities, beer garden, auction, music and more!

CDA DC MapDiamond Cup Hydroplane Race in Coeur d’Alene
August 31-September 1

The Diamond Cup and H1 Unlimited Hydroplane racing return to Lake Coeur d’Alene! Drivers and teams from all over the country will be battling for the National High Point Championship on one of the fastest race courses H1 has to offer.  The racers will compete on Lake Coeur d’Alene, with best viewing from Lakeshore Drive in the Silver Beach area.  Enticing treats and race memorabilia will be available for sale, and ticket holders will have access to the pits, where unlimited class and vintage class boats will be on display.  Bring the family to this thrilling summer favorite.

taste-of-idahoIdaho Cutting Horse Futurity and Aged Event in Nampa
August 31-September 1

This horse competition brings people from all over the United States and the world to compete and watch these events.  Admission to the ICHA Futurity & Aged Event and Mercuria World Series, an internationally renowned show, and the Taste of Idaho Adventures events is free.

The Evolution of Horsepower in transportation is on display at the Idaho Center Amphitheater August 31. From the one-horsepower cutting horse event, to the 22-horsepower vehicles of the 1900’s, all the way up to the 600+ horsepower luxury vehicles that we depend on today.  See cars and bikes from the past and present.

–Idaho Sanctioned International Chili Society Cook-Off
    August 31, 2013 –8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Idaho is celebrating its 5th year hosting this cook-off, with winners moving on to compete at the World Champion Chili Cook Off in Palm Springs in October. The bravest chili connoisseurs, competition divisions include Red Chili, Chili Verde, Salsa, and Home-style, as well as the popular People’s choice award.

–Toys for Tots and the Nampa Fire Department BBQ
    September 1, 11:00-2:00pm, Idaho Horse Park.
Bring a donation of a new toy and tour the armed forces service vehicles and a tank! All proceeds from the BBQ go to support Toys for Tots and the Nampa Fire Department Charity Funds.

Scheweitzer Fall FestSchweitzer Mountain Fall Fest in Sandpoint
August 31-September 2

Schweitzer is celebrating the 21st anniversary of Fall Fest with three days of great fun, great music and great beer! The event serves up regional wines, hard ciders and over 40 beers on tap! The kids will enjoy the soda tent where they can mix their own flavors and create wild concoctions.  Visit arts and crafts vendors in the village, listen to live music and of course, the ever-popular souvenir mugs, glasses and steins will be on sale all weekend. The chairlift will be open for sightseeing, hiking and mountain biking to celebrate Schweitzer’s final weekend of summer operations.

For more Idaho events, activities and travel information visit www.visitidaho.org.

My ID Summer Sweepstakes Winding Down….

Idaho’s My-ID summer sweepstakes runs through August, with the last prize to be awarded September 6th.  The remaining prizes are listed below so pick your favorites and  enter each week!  New giveaways are announced every Friday.

Idaho My ID Home Page

Enter to win on www.visitidaho.org/My-ID using an email address. Facebook users have a second chance entry option.  Sample prizes include overnight stays, whitewater rafting trips, attraction passes, event tickets and even multi-day packages in popular Idaho destinations.

Northern Idaho Biking Excursion–Enjoy historic Wallace and the Silver Valley.  Prize includes lodging for two nights at the Stardust Motel and bike passes, rentals and shuttle for two to ride the Route of the Hiawatha at Lookout Pass.

Southwest Idaho River Fun–Enjoy Boise with a SUPer Stay & Play Package courtesy of Idaho River Sports and The Riverside Hotel. Offer includes stand up paddle board rentals and lessons for two on Quinn’s Pond and a one night stay in a deluxe room at The Riverside Hotel,  just up river from the Boise River Park.

Coeur d’Alene Resort–It’s off to the “Playground of the Northwest” and the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene. The prize includes two nights of lodging at the acclaimed Coeur d’Alene Resort and one round of golf for two.

Family Fun at Triple Play–Enjoy family fun in northern Idaho! Prize includes a one night stay for four at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Hayden, four all day passes to Triple Play Family Fun Park and four all day passes to Raptor Reef Indoor Waterpark.

Redfish Lake Lodge–Summer 2013 is coming to a close — time for an adventure getaway to Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley. Prize includes two nights of lodging, a half-day pontoon rental, plus breakfast and dinner.

Silver Valley Excursion–Enjoy historic Wallace and the Silver Valley with lodging for one night at the Wallace Inn and fun at Lookout Pass with Route of the Hiawatha bike passes, rentals and shuttle for two.

Idaho Huckleberry Time, Farm to Fork Dinners and Foodie Events in August!

Celebrate the final month of summer sipping, dining, picking, and having fun – foodie style!

brewers festDate: August 1, 2013
Time: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Downtown Boise 
First Thursday
Enjoy a gallery stroll, entertainment, merchant and restaurant specials, as well as free garage parking (with merchant validation). Trolley rides are available. For more information call 208-472-5200 ext. 0

Date: August 3, 2013
Time: 4 pm
Location:  Island Park in Salmon, Idaho
Event:  Blues, Brews & BBQ’s Festival
One-day outdoor festival. Sample beers from Idaho and Montana breweries, enjoy local barbeque, and listen to authentic Southern blues, all along the banks of the Salmon River. This year’s headlining act is the Daddy Mack Blues Band!

Date: August 4, 2013
Time: Noon to 4:30 pm
Location: Ste. Chapelle Winery, Caldwell
Event: Sunday Summer Concert Series
Wine, music and food by 3 Girls Catering  

applesDate: August 4, 2013
Time:  7:30 am – 4 pm
Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Sandpoint
Event: 7 th Annual Huckleberry Festival
Celebrating all things huckleberry with a huckleberry pancake breakfast, live music for the family, huckleberry crafts and treats, a huckleberry pie eating contest and all kinds of kid’s activities.

Date: August 4, 2013
Time: 8 am to 4 pm
  21st Annual Raspberry Festival
The day event features fun activities for the whole family including a pancake breakfast, gourmet hamburgers, raspberry shortcake, jam and products, an arts & crafts fair, live music, a fun run & walk, Chapel tours and  museum visits.

Date: August 7, 2013
Time:  6:00 pm
The Basque Market, Boise
Event: Basque Picnic Cooking Class
Prepare the perfect picnic for family and friends! You will learn how to make Smoky Piquillo Stuffed Eggs, Ensalada Rusa (Basque potato salad), and Smoked Solomo (tender marinated pork tenderloin). $35/person in advance.  Call to reserve a spot.  208-433-1208

feasting-tableDate: August 8 and 11, 2013
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sawtooth Winery, Caldwell
Event: : Farm to Fork Dinner
Four course meal featuring local growers and companies from Idaho’s back yard. The night starts with an educational wine seminar from House of Wine, continues with live music by Johnny Butler, and leads into a beautiful 4 course meal prepared by 3 Girls Catering and paired with Sawtooth’s award winning wines- chosen by our winemaker for each individual course. This is a night that you will not want to miss- there are four different dates to choose from. Reservation only, and family friendly.  $75 per person / $65 Wine Club members.  For more information call 208-467-1200.

Idaho winesDate: August 15, 2013
Time:6:00 pm
Location: Canyon Crest Dining and Event Center, Twin Falls
Event:  Savor Southern Idaho
Enjoy creative dishes with locally sourced ingredients, Idaho wines, live jazz and a silent auction featuring the finest in local products.

Date:  August 15, 2013
Woodriver Cellars, Eagle
Event: Futures
Taste wine as it ages in the barrel. Cost is free, call 208-286-9463 for more information.

Date: August 15, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Water Front, 3050 N Lake Harbor Lane, Boise
Event:  Music On The Water
Gourmet food, fine wine, live music and a beautiful backdrop. The best part is that everything at Music on the Water is local – you’re celebrating and supporting all that Boise has to offer .

Date: August 16- 17, 2013
Event:  Huckleberry Festival
Enjoy craft and food vendors, kids activities, huckleberry bake-off and salsa challenge and more.

Date: August 22, 2013
Time: 6:30 pm
Location:  Silver Mountain Resort, Kellogg
Event: Food and Wine Pairing
Featuring various Idaho winemakers, contact 208-783-0562 for more information. Reservation required.


American Craft Beer Week Date: August 24– 25, 2013
Time: 11:00 am- 7:00 pm each day
Location:  Julius M. Kleiner Park,  Meridian
Event:  Barley Bros. Traveling Beer Show
Craft beer, food, music, beer-related vendors, home brewing demos.


Date: August 24 – 25, 2013
Location:  The Waterfront, 3050 N Lake Harbor Lane, Boise
Event:  Idaho Food and Wine Festival
Festival celebrates the best in wine and food delights – all while experiencing live music in a new and exciting way. 

Date: August 27, 2013
Location: Idaho Botanical Gardens, Boise
Time:  5:30 to 8 pm
Event:  The Garden Table
Idaho Botanical Gardens has combined two of their favorite food events – Uncorked and The Garden Plate – into one tasty occasion. Once a month, the Garden invites Idaho vintners to share samples of wine made from Idaho grapes. After contemplating the complexities of the vino, guests are encouraged to sit in on a cooking demonstration featuring items plucked from the vegetable garden.

Date: August 31, 2013
Location: Idaho Horse Park, Nampa
Time: 6:00 am – 7:30 pm
Event:  The Official Idaho State Sanctioned, International Chili Society Cook-off
Competition divisions include Red Chili, Chili Verde, Salsa, and Home-style.  Taste them all and vote for the People’s Choice Award winner.  

Month Long Events:
Huckleberry Picking

The Best Sources For Idaho Wildfire Info

Summer fires are a reality in the West, so staying informed as you travel makes good sense.  This article gives readers a list of Twitter folks to follow for up-to-date information, as well as online resources.  Find more sources at www.visitidaho.org/travel-alerts.   
Posted with permission from Boise State Public Radio.

Idaho’s wildfire season is ramping up, and that means there will be a lot of rapidly changing information about fire activity into the fall.

We’ve compiled a list of agencies, organizations and journalists who regularly tweet about fires in the region.

In some cases, these Twitter accounts will give you the most updated information on a particular blaze. And depending on where you live in the Gem State, some of these Tweeps could be more or less useful to you, so pick and choose from the list below. Or, if you are a fan of Twitter lists, subscribe here.

Times-News Wildfire@IdahoWildfire Immediate updates on Times-News wildfire coverage in southern Idaho. Follow for more detailed @twinfallstn updates on #wildfire, safety tips, fast alerts.

Boise National Forest ‏ @BoiseNFFires Boise National Forest fire information.

Bureau of Land Management, Idaho ‏ @BLMIdahoFire BLM Idaho protects and manages wildfire on approximately 11 million acres.

Ada County Sheriff’s Office @AdaCoSheriff Idaho’s largest local law enforcement agency in Idaho – making safer places to live, work and play.

Al Nash @AlNashPAO Focusing on weather, fire & aviation. This personal account does not reflect any official statements in connection with my roles with the NPS or CAP.

Read the full article at Boise State Public Radio.


Grab your cowboy hat and boots, and head to Idaho for some exciting rodeo action and the best fairs this side of the Mississippi.  Crowd favorites, like wild cow milking and mutton bustin’, offer an entertaining twist on traditional rodeo events, and culinary treats like elephant ears and candied apples are a staple. Whether you are looking for ‘small town’ or ‘big time’, there are plenty of summer rodeos and fairs to entertain the whole family.

Winchester Days & Open Rodeo
July 5-7, Winchester

Elmore County Fair & Rodeo
July 14-20, Glenns Ferry

Snake River Stampede
July 16-20, Nampa

Canyon County Fair
July 25-28 2013, Caldwell

Preston Night Rodeo

The Famous Preston Night Rodeo
July 25-27, Preston

Washington County Fair & Rodeo
July 29-August 3, Cambridge


Gem-Boise County Fair & Rodeo
July 31-Aug 4, Emmett

War Bonnet Roundup
Aug. 1-3, Idaho Falls

Valley County Fair & Rodeo
August 5-10, Cascade

Payette County Fair & Rodeo
August 7-10, New Plymouth

Cassia County Fair & Rodeo
August 12-17, Burley

Caldwell Night Rodeo
August 13-17, Caldwell

Madison County Fair & Rodeo
August 14-17, Rexburg

Gooding Pro Rodeo
August 15-17, Gooding

Western Idaho Fair-VertigoWestern Idaho Fair
August 16-25, Boise

Wild Weippe Rodeo
August 17-19, Weippe

Bonner County Fair & Rodeo
August 17-25, Sandpoint

North Idaho Fair & Rodeo
August 21-25, Coeur d’Alene

Idaho Cutting Horse Assoc. Futurity & Aged Event
August 28-September 5, Nampa

Eastern Idaho State Fair
August 31-Sept. 7, Blackfoot

Idaho Summer Sweepstakes–July Prizes

Idaho’s summer My-ID sweepstakes runs through August, with new giveaways announced every Friday.  Enter to win on www.visitidaho.org/My-ID using an email address.  Facebook users have a second chance entry option.  Sample prizes include overnight stays, whitewater rafting trips, attraction passes, event tickets and even multi-day packages in popular Idaho destinations. Take a look at July’s prizes below and  enter now!

Idaho My ID Home Page

Southwest Idaho Cultural Getaway

Idaho’s picturesque capital city of Boise welcomes you with a Shakespeare package at Hotel 43. Enjoy a one-night stay at this downtown hotel and enjoy an Idaho Shakespeare Festival performance for two and wine from the Idaho Wine Commission.

StoneRidge Golf Getaway

Escape to northern Idaho with a two-night stay & play package at StoneRidge. Offer includes two nights in a two bed/two bath town home and two rounds of golf per person. Cart, trail fees and range balls included per player.

Southwest Idaho Mountain Experience

Brundage Mountain Resort, located just outside the lakeside town of McCall, is offering two single-ride scenic chairlift vouchers, plus two mountain bike rental packages including all-day lift tickets, bikes and helmets. Offer includes two nights of lodging at the Best Western Plus – McCall Lodge & Suites.

Idaho Club

It’s off to northern Idaho to enjoy the scenic beauty of Lake Pend Oreille and a round of golf at The Idaho Club, just minutes from the mountain town of Sandpoint. Created by Jack Nicklaus, the course is as stunning as the foothills of the Selkirks.

Northern Idaho Biking Excursion

Enjoy historic Wallace and the Silver Valley with lodging for two nights at the Stardust Motel and Route of the Hiawatha bike passes, rentals and a shuttle for two from Lookout Pass.

Party-Gem State Style on July 4th

Small town parties, steaks on the barbie and Idaho libations – the perfect mix for a July 4th, Ida-Ho-Down!  Travel Idaho’s Scenic Byways and experience our welcoming small towns and opportunities for relaxation and recreation.

(Cast yourself and a friend in an Ida-Ho-Down!)

The Best Small Town July 4 Celebrations!

Crouch:  The village of Crouch is located along the middle fork of the Payette River and on the Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway.   Population 170.  Celebrate Independence Day with activities downtown all day on July 4.

Hailey:  Located in the Wood River Valley along the Sawtooth Scenic Byway.  Population:  7,960.  Fourth of July activities fill the day with fireworks at dusk.

McCall:  Nestled on the south bank of Payette Lake along the Payette River Scenic Byway.  Population: 2,924.  The town’s Fourth of July celebrations run through July 7!

Paris:   Located on the western side of Bear Lake Valley, along the Oregon Trail-Bear Lake Scenic Byway.  Population 513.  Enjoy a chuckwagon breakfast, parade, youth rodeo and plenty of family friendly activities.

Sandpoint:  Lies on the shores of Idaho’s largest lake, 43-mile-long Lake Pend Oreille, and intersects three scenic byways:  Wild Horse Trail, Lake Coeur d’Alene and Pend Oreille.   In 2011 Sandpoint was named the nation’s “Most Beautiful Small Town” by Rand McNally and USA Today.  Population 7,365.  See downtown parades in the morning, followed by afternoon stage performances at City Beach and fireworks over Lake Pend Oreille at dusk.

Stanley: The town is surrounded by the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and interconnects three scenic byways –
the Ponderosa Pine, Sawtooth and Salmon River byways.  Population 63. Watch the kids parade, fireworks and celebrate with an after-fireworks street dance.

Steaks on the BBQ


Grilled Skirt Steak with Warm Chimichurri Idaho® Potato Salad

Cowboy Steak and Twice Baked Potato (for four)

Cheddar Bacon Potato Cakes with Cervesa Lime Skirt Steak

Credit: Thanks to Idaho Potato Commission for photo and recipes.  More  free recipes online.






Idaho Libation Pairings

Cocktail:  Huckleberry Lemonade

  • 4 oz. 44º North Mountain Huckleberry Vodka
  • 6 oz. Lemonade
  •  Combine vodka and lemonade. Serve over ice

Huston Vineyards Chicken Dinner Red:  Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, exhibiting dark cherry color and blackberry aromas. Fruit forward in taste, it displays flavors of black current and clove, with an earthy, well-structured finish.

Sockeye Brewery DaggerFalls IPA: Award winning  beer boasts five different hop varieties. Each hop variety contributes its own unique character that when blended combine to create pungent citrus and pine like hop flavors and aromas consistent of true northwest style IPA .

Celebrate the holiday – or any day – the Idaho way.  HAPPY 4th of JULY!