Dec 21 2017

by Blane Bachelor at Travel and Leisure

With an exciting influx of new and revamped hotels, an up-and-coming restaurant scene, and a blossoming wine industry, Idaho's capital city - traditionally known as a convention destination - has started to attract the attention of leisure travelers. 

Boise's invigorated downtown is evidence of the trend, with the newly opened Inn at 500, a 110-room boutique property whose perks include balconies overlooking the capitol, and its on-site restaurant, Richard's, owned by James Beard Award-nominated chef Richard Langston, leading the way. (Meanwhile, Hotel 43 and The Grove both recently unveiled swank renovations.) 

The city's craft-beer scene continues to impress; one noteworthy newcomer is White Dog Brewing, whose rustic taproom features a 24-foot "frost rail" that keeps your beer, well, frosty. In other toast-worthy news, Boise has become a hub for Idaho's growing wine industry. Oenophiles shouldn't miss a stop at the new downtown tasting room of Coiled Wines. Owner Leslie Preston - a native Idahoan who sharpened her skills at Clos du Bois and Stags' Leap in California - makes a spectacular dry Riesling. 

Getting there is easier than ever: to meet rising demand, American Airlines has launched new nonstop service from Chicago O'Hare, while Southwest now runs a nonstop from San Diego.