Food meets wine
Possibly the most eco-friendly restaurant in Idaho, Red Feather Lounge serves cocktails, local wine and local food. Stop in every day between 4 to 6 p.m. for Low Power Happy Hour. 246 N. 8th St., Boise, 208-345-1813, bcrfl.com/redfeather
Capital City Public Market is a weekly farmer and artisan market emphasizing local everything—fresh produce, specialty foods, wines, cheeses and baked goods. Every Saturday (mid April–November) from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eighth Street between Main and Bannock, Boise, 208-345-9287, capitalcitypublicmarket.com
Fork offers a taste of Idaho in a cool, casual venue focussing on local produce, plus a wine list that includes Idaho vintages like Cinder viognier, Zhoo Zhoo Bridgitte Deep Pink, Coiled syrah and several selections from Fraser Vineyards. 199 N. Eighth St. Boise, 208-287-1700, boisefork.com
Driving from Salt Lake to Boise is a straight five-hour shot up I-15 to I-84. But if you want to save time, direct flights into the centrally located airport—it’s only six miles from downtown—will get you there well under two hours for about $250 roundtrip.
Where to stay
Stay with the Bitners at their B&B for a low-key getaway. Take in the surrounding vineyard and hang with their dogs on the patio while sipping select Bitner wines. But if you want easy access to Boise’s restaurants, boutiques and dynamic nightlife, consider crashing in the capital city—still just 30 to 45 minutes from a couple dozen wineries. The Modern (1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244)—a sleekly revamped Travelodge—hosts a courtyard music series Thursday nights June through September, while Hotel 43 (981 Grove St., Boise, 800-243-4622) features an extensive offering of Idaho wines at its Chandlers Steakhouse.