Check Out the Vitamin ID Winter Sweeps!

Idaho Tourism and Ski Idaho have teamed-up to give you the chance to experience the “soul of skiing” through great Idaho giveaways! The Vitamin ID Winter Sweepstakes offers an abundance of prizes, ranging from getaways to Idaho’s most popular ski areas (including Sun Valley, Brundage Mountain, and Schweitzer Mountain), to lift tickets and outdoor gear. New offers are posted every Friday, and you can enter weekly through February! Visit www.idahowinter.org for your chance to win!

IdahoWinterBug 2013Here are the weekly prizes for December.

–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.

–Enjoy south central Idaho with four lift tickets to Pomerelle Mountain Resort in Albion and a two night stay at the Best Western Plus Burley Inn.

–Get ready to explore your outdoor habitat in any type of sunlight with Native Eyewear. Be the proud owner of his and her sunglasses – the perfect companion for seeing the path ahead.

–At Core Concepts, they create authentic adventure apparel, distilled from grand days on Idaho’s rivers and mountains. Prize includes a $100 gift card for purchase of Core clothing or accessories.

Snowmobile Trails Open for Adventure

By Andrew Mentzer

After what feels like ages, it’s finally time to fire up that snow machine for the winter season. Mother Nature has been

courtesy of Tony Herald

courtesy of Tony Herald

cooperative thus far, with encouraging early season precipitation across many parts of Idaho. In the southwestern region of the state, hundreds of miles of trails in Valley County are already taking on substantial snowpack. According the USDA’s SNOTEL site, Secesh Summit (elev. 6520) near McCall already has a roughly 14-inch base, with more on the way.

The folks at Burgdorf Hot Springs posted on November 24th that their facility is only reachable via snowmobile or tracked vehicle for the rest of the season!

What does this all amount to? Great early season trail riding conditions are underway in some areas, with the rest of the state not far behind.

Smiths Ferry and Anderson Ranch are working towards a good start, with higher elevations accumulating a solid November pack. Keep an eye on their progress through the Idaho Snowmobile Association’s website.

Be sure you pay a visit to Sled the Rockies.  It has helpful information, trail maps and you can enter to win a totally sweet sled trip for four.

For information on Idaho’s statewide snowmobile offerings, check out Visit Idaho.

Idaho Winter Festivals are Everything but Ordinary

Woohoo!  Winter has arrived!  Grab your coat and mittens and make plans to enjoy these great family-friendly festivals and activities. Idaho has everything you need for starting traditions and making memories.

CDAfire breathing dragonCoeur d’Alene Resort Holiday Light Show, thru January 1
Must see:  The Journey to the North Pole Cruise

Coeur d’Alene glows with a stunning 1.5 million lights and 255 displays. Journey to the North Pole Cruises depart every night from the North Pole Cruise Terminal at The Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza Shops. Passengers are greeted by friendly elves, and learn the Grinch is planning to sabotage the voyage. To every child’s delight, the boat makes it safely past the Grinch and finds Santa and his elves at the North Pole, where Santa reads each child’s name from his “nice list.”  Revelers may also enjoy “A Christmas Cabaret,” starring Mark Cotter with special guest Jack Bannon, in a performance of holiday music, laughter and stories. Sunday matinees and weekend evening performances run through December 21.  Tickets at (208) 765-4000 or online.  Lodging, dining and cruise packages are available (800) 688-5253 or www.cdaresort.com  

TetonValleyGreatSnowFestTeton Valley Great Snow Fest, January 16-20
Must see:  Snow Bike Race
The 2014 Teton Valley Great Snow Fest will include snow sculpting, ice sculpting, skijoring, snowmobile snowcross competitions, a snow bike race, the Backcountry Film Festival, a comedy show, wildlife cross country ski tour and the festive Snow Ball!  More events are coming so check back or follow the Snow Fest on Facebook!

Snow SculptureThe McCall Winter Carnival, January 24-February 2
Must see: fireworks and snow sculptures

Celebrating its 49th year in 2014, Winter Carnival has evolved into a 10 day celebration of all things winter. Favorites include fireworks over the lake, Mardi Gras Parade, Children’s Torchlight Parade, live music, the polar plunge, McCall Starz on Ice show, bull and bronc riding and the famous snow sculptures. Bring your appetite and a sense of adventure and join in the fun at the lobster feed, Barley Brothers Winter Ale Festival, Ice Fishing Derby, wine dinners featuring local wineries, karaoke, bingo, a comedy show, monster dog pull, the high-octane FlashPoint Snow Bike Race, and more.

lava-fire-iceFire and Ice Winter Festival, February 7-9
Must see:  Polar Bear Float

The event includes a Polar Bear Float down the Portneuf River where contestants compete for the fastest time down the river and for the most original costume in the inner tube flotilla.  There is a Running of the Bulls event, where participants run down Main Street in swimming suits and flip flops just for the fun of it.  After the chilly run, all contestants are rewarded with a soak in Idaho’s World Famous Hot Pools in Lava Hot Springs.  Enjoy wine tasting,karaoke events, chili cook-off, a casino night and a swimming pool carnival for the kids.  Don’t miss the torch parade on Lava Hot Springs’ L Mountain. www.fireice.lavahotsprings.org

Sandpoint Winter Carnival, February 14-23
Must see:  Skijoring

In its 40th year, the Sandpoint Winter Carnival is pure fun celebrating the best of the snowy season, indoors and out.  The 10 days are packed full of entertaining events and activities including a laser light show, ski events at Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort, the Taste of Idaho with culinary favorites and Idaho wines, Cirque de Sandpoint (featuring a unique group of players, performing various acrobatics, dance routines, firespinning and an aerial show), K-9 Keg Pull, entertaining adult spelling bee, a coffee tasting, and lively parties.  A highlight of the festival, skijoring has a rider on horseback pulling a skier at high speeds around a course of jumps and gates. At Carnival Finale watch skiers decked out in neon ski-wear and glowing lights shoosh down the slopes and enjoy a spectacular fireworks display over the snowcapped mountains.  (Photo credit: Annie Pflueger)

Autumn Ales—Boise’s Brewers Offer a Fine Arrangement of Beers and Food for the Fall Season

Posted by Andrew Mentzer.

Woe is me. It’s shoulder season. I can’t ski yet and it’s far too cold to jump in the river. It only makes sense that this happens to be the finest time of year for seasonal beers and comfort grub at many Idaho brewpubs. While fall temps may have dropped, it’s the perfect time of year to dust off that old cruiser bike and pedal down to one of Boise’s brewing establishments.

Crooked Fence Barrelhouse
5181 Glenwood, Garden City, ID 83714; (208) 376-4200

Crooked Fence Brewing

Crooked Fence Brewing

One of the area’s newest brewery/brew houses, Crooked Fence mixes traditional recipes with innovative branding. Their fall offerings include a Grim Reaper Imperial Black IPA to go along with soul-warming shepherd’s pie and lasagna seasonal menu additions.

Highlands Hollow
2455 Harrison Hollow Blvd  Boise, ID 83702; (208) 343-6820

This little north Boise gem is home to some of the Treasure Valley’s finest polenta, oysters, and halibut. Fall seasonal brew offerings include the Red Ryder (a rye ale) and Bonnie St. Nan (a cherry smoked porter).

Payette Brewing Company
111 W 33rd St  Boise, ID 83714; (208) 344-0011

One of Idaho’s most prolific beer makers in recent years, Payette hosts local food trucks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Chase down gourmet wagon eats with this fall’s Slaughterhouse Imperial Red Ale, or Barrel Aged Imperial Stout—which debuts at Payette’s Black Friday event the end of November.

10 Barrel Brewing Company
830 W Bannock St  Boise, ID 83702; (208) 344-5870

10 Barrel Brewing

10 Barrel Brewing

This new downtown Boise hot spot offers a diverse menu with weekly food specials and a robust rotation of seasonal beers, including five fall pumpkin beers (get them while they last), an Oktoberfest, Suede Imperial Porter (a collaboration with Stone Brewing Company), and a Cascadian Dark Ale (aka Black IPA).

Sockeye Brewing
3019 N Cole Rd  Boise, ID 83704; (208) 658-1533

One of Boise’s most storied breweries, this brewpub offers legendary beer-battered Alaskan Halibut on Friday nights, daily grub specials and a nice fall line-up of beers. Settle into the robust Winterfest seasonal, Seven Devil’s Imperial Stout or one of Sockeye’s “benefit beers,” like the Spruce’n Trail (a spruce tip beer benefiting the Selway-Bitterroot/Frank Church Foundation) or Dagger Falls IPA in the pink can which benefits the Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI).

TableRock BrewPub
705 W Fulton St  Boise, ID 83702; (208) 342-0944

TableRock BrewPub

TableRock BrewPub

Boise’s oldest microbrewery, this popular downtown pub & grub spot boasts daily food specials and a nice line-up of fall beers. On tap are Tablerock’s old go-tos, Kristalwizen (a wheat beer) and Munich Hellis. Seasonal offerings include an American Stout and the Rye Saison—aged seven months in a whiskey barrel.

 

Slanted Rock Brewery
2374 E Cinema Dr  Meridian, ID 83642; (208) 288-2192

This Treasure Valley newcomer boasts a wide range of fall flavors, including an Oktoberfest Marzen lager, a Vanilla Baltic Imperial Porter, an American style Imperial Stout, and a malty Scotch Ale. Grub from area food trucks is available for some special events as well.

Learn more about Boise area breweries along the Boise Ale Trail, and breweries around the state at www.visitidaho.org, then search for breweries.

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

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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

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.

Biking

Hells Canyon Byway.
Photo credit: Idaho Tourism

BurgdorfHotSprings

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.