Downtown Boise: Where Art, Theater, And Recreation Collide
Spoiler Alert: Boise has been flying under-the-radar for far too long. The largest city in the “Gem State” is a year-round destination for those who love the outdoors (snow skiing, water skiing, fishing, and hiking are staples), and Inn at 500 Capitol gives us major Idaho infatuation regardless of the season. Don’t believe us? The hotel was built to meet the growing demand for local lodging, proving we’re not the only ones all-in on Idaho.
After a complimentary glass of wine, we were schooled on the three cultural cornerstones of the town, all of which are walking distance from the hotel: art, theater, and recreation. The on-site art gallery gives you an excellent introduction to Boise’s local legends (and famed glass creations), while the time of year may dictate if your next stop is the slopes, river (floating in the summer sun is everything), or trails. We opted for a day of pedaling through the renowned Boise River Greenbelt along the banks of the 102-mile waterway, while our furry friends were properly pampered by the folks at the Inn with their own beds and bowls (how pawesome is that?).
The summer months are known for the legendary Shakespeare Festival, home to iconic theater productions where you’re treated to plays underneath the stars. Locals told us to arrive early for the free (yes, free) concerts before the signature performances, and we highly suggest you do the same. While nature, breweries, and theater always await, retreating to your room to take advantage of the fireplace and butler pantry (room service without opening your door) is the best way to end your day. Now that you’ve been properly introduced, a quick getaway to Boise beckons.