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Boise, Really? What's the Buzz All About?

Updated: Aug 27

Is it just me or does it seem like every poll or blog says that Boise is the best thing since sliced bread? Well, for me, I am pretty darn fond of sliced bread, okay any bread, AND I think Boise is pretty darn cool to boot. As an Idaho native, I love my Idaho and all that is has to offer. I did spend years right out of school in L.A. (had a ball) and Seattle which is my “go-to” for a long weekend of friends, fun, and food, and yet I still returned to Idaho for all the right reasons. Here are just a few reasons to consider Boise and Idaho for a visit or perhaps even your next home!


1. Community: Often when you travel and interact with the locals it sometimes feels like you are a Martian asking for their leader rather than just a suggestion for a great place to eat. Apparently in some cities there is an unspoken rule…Do not Talk to Me! I am happy to report that we never got that memo and people are very friendly and accommodating. Whether it is asking for directions or restaurant recommendations or a simple “hey” you will feel the genuine spirit and kindness Idaho is known for.


2. Pleasant Climate: Well like the pleasant people of Boise and Idaho, so is the weather! Boise is a high desert city and truly has 4 seasons! With an average of 206 sunny days, what is not to like? On average Boise will receive 13” of rain and 18” of snow per year. Sometimes Mother Nature teases us with a warm spell in February and we fall for it every time that spring has come early! It has not but it is just around the corner. Boise has lots of beautiful blooming trees and shrubs welcoming spring to the valley. Summer has long sun-drenched days with the sun shining till almost 10 PM. Think of all the fun you can pack in! We experience some 100-degree days that generally fall in the last week of July till mid-August. Fall is glorious cool nights and pleasant days and beautiful fall foliage in the parks, the hills or along the greenbelt. Here is a link to more climate information: https://www.bestplaces.net/climate/city/idaho/boise


3. Culture: Who knew we were so sophisticated? If you are thinking you are moving to the sticks you are in for a pleasant surprise. So much to do here in the great state of Idaho! Some amazing activities include but not limited to are: Gene Harris Jazz Festival, Boise Philharmonic, Ballet Idaho, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise Little Theatre, Boise Contemporary Theatre, BSU athletics including Bronco Football. Do not forget about Steelhead Hockey, Boise Hawks baseball, Art in the Park, Renaissance Fair, weekly downtown outdoor Market and don’t forget the Treefort Music Festival.


4. Recreation: Ahhhh, let’s play! No matter your activity level, there is something for everyone in Boise! From walking the 25 miles of the Boise Greenbelt, to hiking the foothills or even biking the foothills, we got you covered. Located all within proximity are hiking, fishing, skiing (water and snow), camping, rafting, golfing (over 20 golf courses in Boise and Meridian), kayaking, or just strolling the numerous parks throughout the city. Need a few more options just head a couple hours north to McCall or east to Sun Valley. We can keep you busy every day!


5. Entertainment: Wow, where to begin? Boise has certainly grown up when it comes to food and beverage. So many new and talented chefs creating mouthwatering delights all over town. Lot’s of boutique eateries along with some brand names to choose from. Here is a link to the top 10 restaurants according to Trip Advisor. Let’s not forget about our amazing Basque influence thanks to Food and Wine. Did you know that Boise has over 20 breweries?


Have I piqued your interest? Contact me to talk about how Boise and Idaho might be a fit for you! Thinking of making the move already? I am here to help you find your next new home! Looking forward to welcoming you to Idaho and making your acquaintance!


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