Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Find Idaho Wine In These Others Regions Too


Last month we told you how "Idaho is More Than Just Wine" and featured wineries from the Southeastern Region of the state. Well we didn't want to leave any of the other great wineries in Idaho out so here is your list of the wineries in other regions.


Northern

North Central

Southwestern




Be sure to book your winery tours and stay with one of the many small lodging facilities in the areas that are part of the "Idaho Bed & Breakfast Association"


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Southwestern Idaho is More Than Just Wine


We know...hard to imagine, but Idaho is more than just wine.

The Idaho Wine Commission's new tongue in cheek campaign to let people know that Idaho is more than wine has been a big hit. You can check out the fun video they created here:


All kidding aside, Idaho does produce some good wine! Since it is the Holiday season, the gift of Idaho wine might be just the thing for the hard to buy for person or why not take them on a winery tour? You can find all the wineries that are in the state here, Idaho Wines, but here are ones you can find in Southwestern Idaho if you are traveling in that area. Just be sure to have a designated driver to get you back to your lodging.

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards
3 HORSE RANCH VINEYARDS
(208) 863-6561   |   http://www.3horseranchvineyards.com

ANNADELLE WINERY
(208) 629-9513

Bitner Vineyards
BITNER VINEYARDS
(208) 455-1870   |   http://www.bitnervineyards.com

Cellar 616
CELLAR 616
(208) 906-9590   |   http://www.cellar616.com

Cinder
CINDER
(208) 376-4023   |   http://www.cinderwines.com

Fraser Vineyard
FRASER VINEYARD
(208) 345-9607   |   http://www.fraservineyard.com

Fujishin Family Cellars
FUJISHIN FAMILY CELLARS
(208) 649-5389   |   http://www.fujishinfamilycellars.com

HAT Ranch Winery
HAT RANCH WINERY
(208) 994-6416   |   http://www.hatranchwinery.com

Hells Canyon Winery
HELLS CANYON WINERY
(208) 454-3300   |   http://www.hellscanyonwine.com

Huston Vineyards
HUSTON VINEYARDS
(208) 455-7975   |   http://www.hustonvineyards.com

Indian Creek Winery
INDIAN CREEK WINERY
(208) 922-4791   |   http://www.indiancreekwinery.com

Koenig Vineyards
KOENIG VINEYARDS
(208) 455-8386   |   http://koenigvineyards.com

M & D Vineyards
M & D VINEYARDS
(208) 250-1336

Mouvance Winery
MOUVANCE WINERY
208-629-7781   |   http://www.mouvancewinery.com

Periple Wines
PERIPLE WINES
(208) 377-7976   |   http://www.periplewines.com

Potter Wines
POTTER WINES
208-866-7765   |   http://www.potterwine.com

Sawtooth Winery
SAWTOOTH WINERY
(208) 467-1200   |   http://www.sawtoothwinery.com

Snake River Winery
SNAKE RIVER WINERY
(208) 345-9463   |   http://www.snakeriverwinery.com

Split Rail Winery
SPLIT RAIL WINERY
(208) 490-0681   |   http://www.splitrailwines.com

St. Regulus Winery
ST. REGULUS WINERY
(208) 549-1861   |   http://www.stregulus.com

Ste. Chapelle Winery
STE. CHAPELLE WINERY
(208) 453-7843   |   http://www.stechapelle.com

Stowe Vineyards
STOWE VINEYARDS
(208) 922-4791

Syringa Logo
SYRINGA
(208) 440-1616   |   http://www.syringawinery.com

Telaya Wine Company
TELAYA WINE COMPANY
(208) 557-9463   |   http://www.telayawine.com

Vale Wine Company
VALE WINE COMPANY
(208) 994-6416   |   http://www.valewineco.com

Weston Winery, LLC
WESTON WINERY, LLC
(208) 459-2631

Williamson Orchards & Vineyards
WILLIAMSON ORCHARDS & VINEYARDS
(208) 459-7333   |   http://www.willorch.com

Zhoo Zhoo
ZHOO ZHOO
(208) 454-3300   |   http://www.zhoozhoo.com

Cheers to a GREAT Holiday Season and Safe Travels!

This region also features some of the small lodging facilities that are part of the "Idaho Bed & Breakfast Association"

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Come Winter in Idaho and Get Your Vitamin ID


Idaho is a popular winter destination for skiers and boarders with 18 ski areas located in all regions of the state. The typical season begins mid/late November and ends mid April to early May. Approximately 1.6 million skiers and snowboarders visit Idaho ski areas annually.  There are 28,000 vertical feet, 20,000 skiable acres and a wide array of Nordic trails, terrain parks, cat ski trails, heli-ski opportunities and tubing hills. 


Come Winter in Idaho


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


Here is a list to help you decide where you want to have your next winter adventure! 

Bogus Basin
This region also features some of the small lodging facilities that are part of the "Idaho Bed & Breakfast Association"


Check the Vitamin ID Weekly Winter Giveaways here: http://www.idahowinter.org


Thursday, October 23, 2014

"Life is Gourdeous" Idaho Gourd Society 16th Annual Festival


You can rest assured you will not be "bored out of your gourd" if you attend this event! 

Join the Idaho Gourd Society for a fun filled weekend! Watch gourd art demonstrations. Check out all of the gourds submitted for the Judged Gourd Competition and those that are on Exhibit.

Browse the gourd store where you might find some "gourdeous" decorations for Thanksgiving or Christmas.



You can win Raffle prizes; plus gourds and gourd art related items will be on sale throughout the event.

Saturday is filled with half and full-day classes. 
Sunday will feature several fun, quick “Make it and Take it” classes!

New this year The “Shekere Shakers” will be performing at the Saturday banquet.

You do not need to be a member of the Idaho Gourd Society to attend. The public is welcome. 


Whether you are new to gourds or a gourd master there will be something for everyone!

Location:

Boise Hotel and Conference Center, 3300 S. Vista Avenue, Boise, Idaho 83705
Dates:
11/1/2014 - 11/2/2014
For more information please go to the Idaho Gourd Society's website: http://www.idahogourdsociety.org/index.html
Be sure to check out other fun things to do and see around the Boise area

This region also features some of the small lodging facilities that are part of the "Idaho Bed & Breakfast Association"

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Beaux Cadeaux at The Art Museum of Idaho

Nestled among the Rocky Mountains in the Snake River Plain it is a place worth exploring. With western hospitality, a booming economic base, a diverse arts community and a backyard filled with recreational opportunities; Idaho Falls is a great place for business and destination travel.

One of those events that showcases the diverse arts community is the Beaux Cadeaux. It is a three-day shopping extravaganza featuring work by the region’s most talented artisans and unique new merchandise in the Art Museum of Idaho's Studio Store. 

The Beaux Cadeaux is a favorite Idaho Falls event, bringing contemporary crafts from talented artisans to this free community event. A variety of jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, painting, clothing and much more, all handmade in America, will be on display.  At this show, you can find beautiful one-of-a-kind craftwork displayed by their originators at price ranges to suit every budget.



When: Nov. 5-6, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 2009
Price: FREE and open to the public
300 S. Capital Ave., Idaho Falls
208-524-7777
Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; Open until 8 p.m. Thurs.


This region also features some of the small lodging facilities that are part of the "Idaho Bed & Breakfast Association"




Thursday, September 25, 2014

Trailing of the Sheep Festival in Hailey Idaho October 2014

2014 marks the 18th year of the annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival. It has grown into a 4-day event including sheep storytelling and readings, music, a full day Folklife Fair with sheep shearing, wool spinning and sheep arts and crafts, and the National Point Qualifying Sheepdog Trials. There is dancing, singing, music and food honoring the tradition of welcoming fathers, brothers, sons, animals and family home from a long summer of grazing in the mountains. This Festival honors the colorful history, heritage and cultures of Idaho and the west.




This festival is put on each year to help preserve the stories and colorful history of sheep ranchers and herders. It celebrates the rich cultures of the past and present and entertains and educates children, adults and families about the production of local food and fiber that sustain local economies and generations of hard-working families.

The list of daily events starting on Wednesday Oct 8th - Sunday October 12th

Cooking with Lamb 2014

Fiber Fest Workshops
How American Wool Got into the Olympics
Basque Sheepherders - The End of an Era

An Evening with Hank Vogler
Cooking with Lamb
Fiber Fest Workshops
Western Folklife and Heritage Museum Presentations and Open House
Lasail's for the Love of Lamb

Sheep Dog Trials
Folklife Fair and Lamb Fest
Quilt Show
Fiber Fest Workshops
Sheepherders Ball

Sheep Dog Trials
Photography Workshop
Fiber Fest Classes
History of Sheepherding in the Wood River Valley
Trailing of the Sheep Parade
Trailing of the Sheep BBQ
Sheep Shuttle and Sheepherder Walk

You could make it a week long vacation while enjoying the festival activities and the local area or just choose the day(s) of the festival that interest you most.

Whatever you choose, we would be honored if you let us provide you with a good nights "sheep".

Find your lodging here: High Country (Central Region)









Monday, September 15, 2014

Lewis County Fair in Nezperce Idaho 2014

The Lewis County Fair is held the last weekend of September. 

In addition to 4-H and open class exhibits, there are numerous food vendors and carnival rides.



Sunday of the fair will be the Show N Shine and annual Combine Demolition Derby when the town of 460 people swells to 3000 visitors to take in this spectacular event now into its 14th year. Grain truck racing is the newest event added to the intermissions of the derby.

Other close by attractions that you can enjoy while enjoying the county fair are:

Heart of the Monster Park: Heart of the Monster There is a creation story at the center of every culture. For the Nez Perce, the story of their people begins at the ‘Heart of the Monster.’ A monster was eating all of the animals. Coyote fooled the monster into swallowing him. Using a set of stone knives that he had brought with him, Coyote cut apart the monster from the inside to release all of the animals that were trapped in the monster. Upon emerging from the remains of the monster, Coyote cut it up and threw the pieces all over the land, creating the Indian people who inhabit the land. Fox asked Coyote about the land around the monster, it had no people, what was he to do? As Coyote washed the blood of the monster off his hands, the drops became the Nez Perce. Nez Perce National Historical Park. NEPE LP-2 

Lawyers Canyon:  This canyon along Lawyers Creek in the middle of the Camas Prairie was named for a Nez Perce Indian. Hallalhotsoot was nicknamed Lawyer by area mountain men because of his shrewd mind and combative nature. Two movies have been made near here: "Told in the Hills" in 1919 and "Breakheart Pass", in 1979. Hwy. 95 once wound through the canyon but has since been replaced by a newer road on the top of the prairie.  



There is also something on the Camas Prairie for the railroad buff! Some of the best trestles in Idaho are found on the Camas Prairie Railroad, easily seen from U.S. Highway 95 when driving between Lapwai and Grangeville. And if you take a short detour through Ferdinand along Old Highway 95, you can drive right through Bridge 40, which crosses the road more than 120 feet above the pavement. 

Gold Rush Scenic Byway: This route begins at the junction of Highways 12 and 11, following Highway 11 for 42.5 miles through the towns of Greer, Weippe, and Pierce to its end at Headquarters. It takes travelers past historic sites of the gold rush era of the mid-to-late 1800s. Great views of the Clearwater River and the Weippe Prairie can be seen. Full services are available in Pierce and Weippe with partial services in Greer. 

Find Lodging for your stay: North Central Region




Monday, August 18, 2014

Get a View From Above While Hot Air Ballooning In Idaho

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to see Idaho from above? How about from a Hot Air Balloon?

Well there are several companies that can help you do that as well as an amazing event that takes place in Boise aptly called the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic.


List of Events: 

8/27

Inflation in Ann Morrison Park / “KIDS DAY”
Inflation and Lift Off from Ann Morrison Park
Nite Glow & “V.I.P. Day”
Inflation and Lift Off from Ann Morrison Park

“The Great Launch”

The first inflation of the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic will start at 7:10 A.M. The activity will also be the Balloon Classic “Kids Day”. Children of all ages are invited for an up-close look at the balloons and (weather permitting) an opportunity to go for a short tethered lift. Expect about 15 balloons.       

8/28

Beginning at 7:10 AM, there will be a balloon launch and it is also 2014 Balloon Classic Media Day # 2. Expect about 20 balloons.

8/29

We show our thanks to those who make the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic possible. We take these patron sponsors up with us on the morning of Friday, August 29th. Expect to see all 50 balloons at this launch from beautiful Ann Morrison Park.

Friday evening, join us for Nite Glow. You can come and enjoy a line of balloons, inflated at dusk and glowing like 100-foot tall lanterns. There will also be great food available, a variety of family activities, and live music. 

8/30

Beginning at 7:10 AM, there will be a balloon launch and it is also 2014 Balloon Classic Media Day # 3. Expect about 20 balloons. 

8/31

This flight is the last scheduled inflation and launch of the 2014 Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic. Pilots will perform (weather permitting) “The Great Launch” with all fifty (50) balloons lifting off in an approximate two minute window. The Great Launch requires perfect weather so cross your fingers. If we get the weather, this will be one of the most remarkable things you will ever see (and) the absolute “photo moment” in the history of the 
event. If the event weather does not cooperate, a normal inflation and release will be executed.



You can enjoy the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic or you can visit one of these websites to book your private tour our find out where you can book a private or group ride: 

www.balloonboise.com
www.balloonidaho.com
www.balloonridesoveridaho.com
www.idhotairlines.com
www.illflyaway.net
www.spencerair.net
www.tetonballooning.com

Don't forget to have a place to "come back down to" from after your high flying adventure!

Find Lodging here: Idaho Lodging








"I Want to Ride My Bicycle"...In Idaho

Idaho may be famous for potatoes, but a little known fact is that Idaho has an abundant bicycling culture that includes many paved bicycle trails as well as miles of single track for the mountain biker: 

  • Idaho has more than 12,000 miles of single track trails and at least twice that in 4-wheel-drive dirt roads.  
  • Trail of the Coeur D'Alene's  is a 72-mile paved path that extends from Plummer, Idaho, to Mullan, Idaho.
  • Coeur d'Alene Parkway.  The parkway is part of the nationally famous North Idaho Centennial Trail, a multi-use recreational trail system that meanders for 24 miles from the Idaho/Washington state line.   
  • The Ashton to Tetonia Trail in East Idaho.

Along with these fabulous trails and miles of ridable roadways there are also several events that take place throughout the year that you can participate in. Here are a few that are taking place through the rest of the summer months. 
Wydaho Rendezvous Mountain Bike Festival — Aug. 29, – Sept. 1, 2014 A mountain bike gathering over Labor Day weekend at the Grand Targhee Resort in the Tetons, on the border between Driggs, Idaho, and Alta, Wyoming. Presented by the resort and Teton Valley Trails and Pathways.
Ride to Joseph — September 12-14, 2014   The 200-mile ride leaves from Lewiston and heads into Washington state for most of the day until it reaches Wallowa Lake near  Joseph, Oregon, for an overnight. The return trip follows the same course. Twin Rivers Cyclists..
Bike MS: Cycle the Silver Valley 2014 (Kellogg) Dates: Sept. 13-14, 2014  The fund-raiser for the National MS Society begins and ends at Silver Mountain Resort, Kellogg. Day 1: 20, 50, 75 or 100 miles. Day 2: 25, 35 or 50 miles (off-trail challenge route available on Day 2 only)
WaCanId Ride — Sept. 15-20, 2014  A 340-mile bike tour loop around the Selkirk Mountains encompasses parts of Washington, Idaho and British Columbia. Riders can begin in any of the host towns — Oldtown, Sandpoint, or Bonners Ferry in Idaho; or Creston, Nelson, Fruitvale or Castlegar in British Columbia. Presented by Rotary Club.
C’oeur d’Fondo — Sept. 27, 2014  Cyclists of all ages and abilities can participate in this Lake Coeur d’Alene bike ride. Four options of 108, 84, 37 and 10 miles; the longer rides go around the lake. Benefits the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation.



While you are biking your way through and around Idaho or enjoying one of our many bicycling events please be sure to book your stay at one of the many lodging options in our state. Here is where you can start your search: