Only five hours away, make it a trip and drive out to Idaho's capital. Engage in vineyards, dynamic nightlife and everything else you didn't expect Boise to have.

GETTING THERE

How to get there

Jump in the car for a 5-hour drive north on I-15, and then on I-84 West. 340 miles of barren, rolling hills isn’t much to look at once you cross state line, but at least the speed limit is 75.

Where to Stay

Mod meets 2011 at Hotel 43. The art-deco inspired interior resembles something found in the ‘60s with quaint, small town charm. Bonus? It’s in walking distance of fine dining and stumbling distance of the bars. 981 Grove St., 800-243-4622, hotel43.com

WHAT TO DO

Boise River Greenbelt

Time to work up a sweat—you’re going to need to burn some calories before cocktail time. Bring the bikes and wheel over to the Boise River Greenbelt, where you can brush up with nature, wildlife and a 25-mile long pedestrian and bicycle path. Adrenaline junkies can collect cuts and bruises on the Hard Guy Loop, built for mountain biking veterans and those with strong cardiac capacity. 1104 Royal Blvd., 208-384-4060

First Thursday

Start your weekend early with “First Thursday.” Take a walking tour of the city, and stroll through boutiques, galleries and local hot spots in downtown Boise, affectionately referred to as “BoDo” by the locals. You’ll also be able to drop by designated locales for in-store entertainment, special deals and all sorts of happy hour specials. Download an event map and schedule for the stroll at downtownboise.org

The Red Feather Lounge for Cocktails

Possibly the most eco-friendly restaurant in all of Idaho, the Red Feather Lounge not only serves up a killer cocktail in their ultra-chic wine bar, everything from menus to metal straws, is compostable, reusable or biodegradable. Stop in everyday between 4–6 p.m. for Low Power Happy Hour, and keep your carbon footprint in check as you imbibe by candlelight. 246 N. 8th St., 208-345-1813, justeatlocal.com

Idaho Wine Tours

Swirl, sniff, but don’t spit your way through the Snake Valley region of Boise, where you’ll find acres of sprawling grape vines and more than a dozen wineries. Get up-close-and-personal on a custom tour from Idaho Winery Tours, where you’ll shoot the breeze with winemakers and get the local dirt from the backseat of owner George Condit’s Honda Element. Be careful, though: too much of that huckleberry vodka from Koenig Distillery isn’t as enjoyable the morning after. Tours start at $79.95 per person, idahowinerytours.com

STAY ANOTHER DAY

Basque Market

Did you know Boise has the largest Basque population in the United States? Get cultured at The Basque Block, grab a bite and brew at Bar Gernika or shop for Basque wines, products and paella at The Basque Market. 608 W. Grove St., 208-433-1208, thebasquemarket.com

Berryhill & Co. for Tapas

Restaurateur and chef John Berryhill has been featured in Food & Wine magazine for his globally-inspired cuisine. Sit at the bar, sip local wines and order a slew of bite-size tapas. 121 N. 9th St., 208-387-3553, johnberryhillrestaurants.com

The Knitting Factory

Located in an unsuspecting alleyway, The Knitting Factory concert house is a magnet for big name bands and small acoustic rockers passing through. 416 South 9th St., 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com