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Totally Boise Winter Guide 2021


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Bogus Basin
Recreational Area

How does a Boise resident know it's officially winter? While an ordinary person could say it's when the weather temperature drops, others might argue it's when the stream of distant lights on the mountain appears every night.

But what are those bright lights that appear? — It's the ski runs at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area!

Home to 2,600 acres of expansive terrain, the non-profit mountain operates year-round, with its visitor numbers peaking during the winter months.

Throughout winter at Bogus Basin, activities are endless, including fun for all ages —skiing and riding from dawn to dusk, mountain coaster rides, and delicious eats and drinks at the lodges are just a few of the fun activities you can explore at the mountain.

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area Winter Activities:

  • Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding
  • Lessons for all ages
  • Winter Tubing
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Riding the Mountain Coaster
  • Overlooking the views of Idaho

Click below to read more on the Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area 2021-2022 season!

Lemon Tree
Co. Boise

One of Boise's most popular lunch spots, Lemon Tree Co. has made ordering lunch easy with six different ways to order via pickup, curbside, or delivery. Perfect for anyone on the go or craving a delicious meal to enjoy from home, Lemon Tree Co. is known for its innovative recipes, dietary restriction accommodations, and support for the local community. Now, add to that list just easily and quickly you can grab an artisan sandwich. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, a meat lover, gluten-free, or just love supporting local businesses, Lemon Tree Co., is sure to satisfy your lunch cravings! Click below to see how you can easily order your next Lemon Tree Co order!

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Gateway Parks

Snow season is finally among us! Gateway Parks is the ultimate snow tubing and winter experience just minutes from Boise. Located in Eagle, Gateway Parks offers winter fun for all ages.

Making winter recreation easier than ever to have fun, Gateway Parks offers an exciting destination for an after school activity, weekend hangout, or family get-together.

Adding to the perk of being within city limits, Gateway Parks is a budget-friendly outdoor activity. They offer discounts for military, seniors and are a place that you will want to bring the family throughout the cold season. Gateway Parks makes their snow tubing a convenient and fun destination spot for you and your family and friends.

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Play It Again Sports

When the Idaho snow starts to fall, it’s time to break out the skis, snowboards, sleds, and more. Locally owned and operated sporting goods store, Play It Again Sports, has been Boise and Nampa’s resource for well-priced new and used gear for 20 years. But if you’re unfamiliar with the Play It Again shop, there may be a few burning questions you have. Like, how they operate, what gear you might find, or how you can make money selling your old sports equipment.

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Unbottled

It isn’t a party until you bring the dairy! We’ve partnered with Unbottled to bring you delicious and non-traditional recipes to feature at your next holiday party. They’ve shown us how to make excellent pairings with local dairy products.

Unbottled is your resource for holiday meal planning! The team at Unbottled has come together to showcase some of their favorite holiday recipes featuring their favorite product, dairy! These dishes include appetizers, dips, spreads, and desserts.

With the help of their Unbottled ‘Matchmaker’ - a software developed specifically for exploring the wonderful tastes and flavors of dairy - even the most novice of cheese lovers can discover dishes, recipes, and pairings that will make their guests taste buds surprised with flavor.

To help you with your holiday meal planning, the Unbottled team has shared some of their favorite recipes for the season. In the blog, you will find recipes for delicious dishes like Fried Polpette di Ricotta, Cranberry Cheesecake Bars, Olive Caper Mascarpone Crostini, Pumpkin Magic Cake, and Garden Cream Cheese Spread. These recipes range from breakfast, finger bites to holiday dessert must-haves.

The greatest ingredient in each is, of course, diary from our local dairy farms!

Click the button to find the full recipes and how you can make these with regionally grown and produced dairy products!

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Ringing in
the New Year

Sturmans

Opening in 2021, Sturman's Wine & Cigar Lounge has quickly become Garden City's favorite not-so-hidden gem. Home to Boise's largest outdoor patio, Sturman's Wine & Cigar Lounge is sure to be a go-to spot this winter for a variety of entertainment. Wine tastings, live music, food trucks, and of course, an unlimited amount of cigars can be enjoyed at Sturman's Wine & Cigar Lounge. Scan to read all about Sturmans Cigar & Wine Lounge's weekly entertainment and offerings.

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Franz Witte

Operating for over 50 years, Franz Witte Garden Center in Nampa is more than just your go-to nursery. The 3,600 sq. ft. space includes an indoor shop with seasonal and year-round home goods. While outdoor landscaping and other plants may be on hold until spring, Franz Witte has all the plants the heart desires that can thrive in the winter — getting you through the winter blues season. Scan to find ideas for winter plants and more at Franz Witte!

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Holiday
Cocktails

Press & Pony | Holiday Cocktails

Bumboat

LOCATION: Press & Pony

INGREDIENTS: Rums, Rye, Pineapple, Lemon, Cinnamon, Orgeat, Tiki Bitters Served Aflame in a Pineapple

Devil's Den | Holiday Cocktails

Hot Buttered Rum

LOCATION: Devil’s Den

INGREDIENTS: Grandma Lineberger’s Hot Butter Rum Batter, Aged Jamaican Rum, Topped with House Vanilla Whip, and Nutmeg

Ochos | Holiday Cocktails

Honey B*tch

LOCATION: Ochos

INGREDIENTS: Tequila, Honey Simple, Lemon, Mixed With a Specialty House Juice, Consisting of Pineapple, Orange Bell Peppers, and Habanero

Suite 104 | Holiday Cocktails

Winter Witch's Coat

LOCATION: Suite 104

INGREDIENTS: Dark rum, Fresh Lime, Persimmon, and Cinnamon Shrub, House-Made Soda, with a Rosemary Garnish

Wild Root | Holiday Cocktails

Sweater Weather

LOCATION: Wild Root

INGREDIENTS: Wild Turkey Bourbon, Courvoisier, Oat Milk, Vanilla Bean Syrup, Demerara, Averna, Fresh Nutmeg, and Star Anise

Saint Lawrence Gridiron | Holiday Cocktails

Curiously George

LOCATION: Saint Lawrence Gridiron

INGREDIENTS: Appleton Estates Jamaican Rum, Goslings Dark Rum, Banana Demerara, One “whole” Egg, Angostura Bitters, Garnished by Nilla Wafers

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Jeanna's Mocktail

LOCATION: Sparkling Cranberry Kombucha

INGREDIENTS: Kombucha, Cranberry Juice, Fresh Ginger, Fresh Rosemary, Fresh Cranberries

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Mackenzie & Steph's Holiday Cocktail

LOCATION: Pipe Dream

INGREDIENTS: Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Averna Amaro, Lemon Juice, Honey, Orange Bitters, Garnished with a Lemon Slice

Experience Boise
& Beyond

The Commons

If you’re a beginner, experienced, or looking to get into climbing, The Commons is your locally owned and operated full-service gym with some of the best bouldering, top-rope, and lead climbing in the valley. Idaho is filled with plenty of wild spaces to climb, but if you’re looking for somewhere to practice, avoid bad weather and find your fellow climbing community, The Commons was built with that mission in mind. They’ve got something for everyone!

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Boise Brewing

Located in the heart of Downtown Boise, Boise Brewing is one of the few community-driven breweries in the country. Now, they are opening up their ownership opportunities once again! Hoping to complete an impressive expansion of its current location in Summer 2022, Boise Brewing is inviting you to be a partner in their brewery! Read about what's coming next year from Boise Brewing and how you can become a brewery owner!

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Living
Healthy

Dentistry for Children

Introducing proper dental care to your children at a young age can come with many obstacles. Struggling to teach your children how to brush their teeth? Worried about the possible cavities their favorite drink might be giving them? Or unsure of just how important baby teeth are? Dentistry for Children has its specialty knowledge to help you navigate these challenges and make going to the Dentist a positive experience!

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Independent Doctors of Idaho

“We, the independent physicians of Idaho, declare that our commitment is to our patients and their personal care. Keeping our patients healthy and living independently is our goal.”

IDID has over 600 providers in 33 specialties and continues to grow! With that extensive coverage of doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, you are likely to find a provider for your specific h ealth needs. Independent Doctors of Idaho aims to bring patients back into complete control of their medical decisions while holding the bottom line.

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Staycation

Clean Juice

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle during the holidays can be challenging. Luckily, Clean Juice in Boise and Meridian can assist in keeping you feeling your best this winter! Recognized for its 100% Certified Organic fresh-pressed juices, Clean Juice also offers acai bowls, sandwiches, wraps, and smoothies. Fueling your body with pressed-juices aids in maintaining a healthy gut and is packed with essential vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants, and minerals. Focused on helping guests maintain a healthy lifestyle, find out how Clean Juice can benefit you!

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Salt Sanctuary

Life is busy—we work, raise families, and have social lives. With the holiday season now in full swing, it can feel arduous to find an actual moment of rest in all the chaos. Salt Sanctuary is all too familiar with this issue. If you are finding yourself fatigued, overly irritable, or in need of a moment of no interruptions, come experience the services and rooms at Salt Sanctuary.

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Rural Gems
Stanley, Idaho

Stanley Chamber

Stanley is one of Idaho’s greatest gems. There is year-round fun to be had, and the residents and businesses in Stanley want to welcome you and your family or friends to join them in the mountains this winter. You won’t want to miss these upcoming winter events!

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Sawtooth Traxx

Looking to explore the Sawtooth mountains and Stanley valley area by snowmobile?

Sawtooth Traxx is Stanley’s premier snowmobile, ATV, and UTV rental business. Snowmobiles can get you deep into the Stanley wilderness with ease.

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Riverwear

If hiking by foot is more your style, Riverwear can outfit you with the necessary equipment to snowshoe and ski. They are your passport to access some of Idaho’s most pristine wild spaces during the winter.

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What The Heck
Is JUMP?

Josh Cormier

Josh Cormier of Weichert, Realtors® - Property Hunters is known for his charismatic personality and knowledge of the Boise real estate market. Whether you are in the market for a new home in the Treasure Valley or looking to sell, Josh Cormier can help you make a seamless transaction. Being raised in South Boise, Josh is also familiar with almost every activity to enjoy this winter! Josh shared six places to explore or experience in Boise this winter!

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Boise OG

Ever heard of the Bogus Basin road troll? Or what about Night Moves Art Institute? Have you ever heard someone regale you with their tale of “Shooting the Tube” or ask you how the Borah High Cockroaches are doing this season? These names capture just a few of the many pieces of iconic Boise history that sometimes only the most OG of Boise residents will know. Don’t worry though, whether you’re new to the Valley or a longtime resident who isn’t in the know, the sibling duo is here to share their knowledge on some of their most iconic bits of historical merchandise!

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Spotlight
Real Estate

Spotlight Real Estate knows how important it is for responsible and affordable housing to be at the forefront of the housing market conversation. For years, they have been one of the Treasure Valleys’ greatest resources for new homeowners, people looking to build their own homes, and those who are motivated to help ease the Treasure Valley housing crisis.

At its core, the Spotlight team shared with us what elements have led to the Treasure Valley’s rapid and historic growth in prices over the last few years. “The Valley is growing. Companies, corporations, and people are coming to Idaho, we are embracing it with open arms, however, the number of properties available for purchase has not been able to keep up."

And Spotlight is looking for what they can do as fellow members of this community to help empower Idahoans into homeownership while also looking at what the future of Idaho real estate should look like. These steps to Spotlight look like education, coordination with local government organizations, and building programs and communities that make homeownership available for everyone.

Keep reading to discover the specific actions Spotlight Real Estate is taking and how you or someone you love could get the keys to their dream house now!

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Eat, Drink,
And Be Merry

Tyler Horn Real Estate

The Idaho housing market is hot. Idahoans know it, other states know it, the whole country knows it. As Boise and the surrounding areas grow, so does the complexity of the market.

The Idaho housing market continues to be a topic of much discussion because the complications cannot be ignored. Amherst Madison Real Estate Agent and Partner, Tyler Horn shares what he knows about the market, what’s true, and what myths need to be busted.

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Sunshine Landscape

Sunshine Landscape has created and maintains some of Boise’s most wellknown landscaped areas. You can see their work at St. Lukes on Bannock and the Boise Airport. They are the Treasure Valley’s leading commercial landscaping resource for HOA, commercial, retail and so much more.

Sunshine Landscape is also known for helping the community with its collaborative projects with the City of Boise. There are several other services offered by the talented and passionate team at Sunshine Landscape, keep reading to learn more!

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SkinOwl

In celebration of the new, local and sustainable skincare line, SkinOwl, we've put together a holiday gift guide for those we love and those who might be the hardest to shop for. Here we go! 

If You're Shopping for...

  • The Minimalist 
  • The Girl on the Go
  • Your Pet
  • The Outdoor Adventurer
  • The SkinCare Buff
  • Your Grandma
  • The 'I Break Out from Everything Friend'
  • Your Little One
  • Your BFF
  • The Worker Bee
  • The New Mama
  • The Man in Your Life

Since day one SkinOwl has made it their initiative to help people feel more confident in their skin. Be it acne, fatigue, or signs of aging, SkinOwl offers incredible products for every skin type. Unsure of where to begin? Stop by the SkinOwl storefront in charming Bown Crossing for an immersive (and complimentary!) skin pamper which we promise will leave you glowing from the inside out. Book via @SkinOwl’s IG!

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Noteworthy
Non Profits

SHIFT boutique | Holiday Gift Guide

Idaho Non-Profit Center

Celebrating 20 years of bringing Idaho nonprofits together, Idaho Nonprofit Center is dedicated to supporting organizations on their mission.

The Idaho Nonprofit Center represents the interests of our state’s 7,000+ registered charitable nonprofit organizations. They educate, advocate, and collaborate in support of stronger nonprofits.

Stronger nonprofits contribute to solid communities, healthier families, educated youth, cleaner trails, sheltered animals, fill bellies and so much more that makes Idaho a great place to live.

Supporting the Idaho Nonprofit Center supports all nonprofits. Join in being a Friend of the Center today!

The Vervain Collective | Holiday Gift Guide

Idaho National Laboratory

Run by Battelle Energy Alliance, the largest nonprofit in Idaho supports many charitable efforts including health, sustainability, and the arts.

Van Lith Ranch | Holiday Gift Guide

Idaho Gives

Every year, Idaho Gives is a statewide giving event in celebration and support of Idaho’s nonprofits.

The Beauty Mark Ink | Holiday Gift Guide

Idaho Community Foundation

The Idaho Community Foundation connects Idahoans to a generous statewide network through the power of collective giving.

Ash & Jack Supply Co. | Holiday Gift Guide

Serve Idaho

Serve Idaho aims to recognize volunteers and empower communities through service and AmeriCorps to address Idaho’s unmet needs.

Holiday
Gift Guide

SHIFT boutique | Holiday Gift Guide

Shift boutique

LOCATION: Downtown Boise

Located in the heart of downtown Boise, SHIFT boutique is focused on keeping you dressed your best for every season!

For nearly six years, SHIFT boutique has quickly become known for its variety of trends, friendly Boisean customer service, and unbeatable sales. Co-owners, Boise locals, and sister duo Kelsey Miller and Megan Quintero’s mission is to help women feel empowered and confident.

Whether you are in high school or retired, rest assured, there is something for you at SHIFT boutique.

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Boise OG | Holiday Gift Guide

Boise OG

LOCATION: boiseog.com

For the lover of Boise lore, this merch cannot be missed. Their designs feature some of Boise’s most treasured history, inside jokes, and nostalgia.

The Vervain Collective | Holiday Gift Guide

Holistic Helaing Stocking Stuffers

LOCATION: The Vervain Collective

Vervain offers a wide range of holistic stocking stuffers. Locally made goods featuring teas, elixirs, books, cards, soaps, skincare & beauty products, and much more.

Van Lith Ranch | Holiday Gift Guide

Assorted Holiday Beef Packs

LOCATION: Van Lith Ranch

For the meat lover in your life, a curated box of locally raised beef. Package sizes and cuts vary per box.

A New Vintage Wine Shop | Holiday Gift Guide

The Ultimate Wine Basket

LOCATION: A New Vintage Wine Shop

An assortment of crackers, cheese, cookies, and other snacks, plus the wine of your choosing. Owner, Ilene, is here to help you create the perfect gift basket.

The Beauty Mark Ink | Holiday Gift Guide

Microblading or HydraFacial

LOCATION: The Beauty Mark Ink

Purchase a HydraFacial or Microneedling treatment and get a $25 gift certificate. Perfect for someone who deserves a little pampering!

Ash & Jack Supply Co. | Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Basket

LOCATION: Ash & Jack Supply Co.

Become a custom designer with your choice of 7 different DIY crafts with 4 different design/color packs. Fun for all ages!

'Tis The
Season

Because International

Local nonprofit Because International is impacting the lives of children around the world, one pair of shoes at a time. Creating a solution to a problem that is an unfortunate reality for many, Because International has designed ‘The Shoe That Grows’ for children who don’t have access to shoes. With five durable shoe sizes that expand up to five sizes, children no longer have to suffer in footwear that doesn’t fit. Read more about The Shoe That Grows and how you can help!

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KEYSTONE Station

Local Boise men’s store, KEYSTONE station, is the prime spot to go if you’re looking for high-quality men’s clothing, accessories, and gifts. Offering work to weekend styles for men, KEYSTONE station provides limited quantities of big brands at affordable prices.

With winter in full force, KEYSTONE station carries excellent gifts and essentials for men — bicycle kits, beard wash, hats, camp kits, and other fun goodies. The staff is warm, welcoming, and ready to style you or the man in your life.

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