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Boise’s Best Patios

Boise’s Best Patios

Summer nights are the best in Boise. Grab some friends and check out these awesome nightlife hotspots with the coolest summer patios.

The Curb

The Curb in Meridian is the best place to GO! for dinner and a drink with friends on summer nights. Their patio has the best seating, but it runs out quickly! Come claim your table under the pergola and place your drink order before the crowd comes in. Planning on staying for a while? They have an excellent menu to satisfy your hunger.

Sandbar Patio Bar and Grill

This cool pub is situated right next to the Boise River creating a wonderfully relaxing patio atmosphere. GO! for Sunday brunch and then take a stroll on the greenbelt or check out Quinn’s Pond just around the corner. Sandbar is an ideal patio pub experience. It’s even in the name.

The Lift

One of Boise’s coolest little pubs, The Lift has a beautiful back patio. A great pergola with an arched entryway and lovely flowers and crawling vines covers the well fenced area. During the summer this lush, shady spot is a must for throwing back a few brews and get some appetizers for Happy Hour.

Reef

Don’t miss the rooftop patio of this island eatery. Reef in Boise is the best spot for tropical cocktails and appetizers in the midst of an exciting nightlife atmosphere. Live music is a regular occurrence at this downtown hotspot. So GO! jam out to some chill tunes while you relax on the patio with your favorite Caribbean drink down at Reef in Boise.

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Adam Brimhall

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3 Of The Most Expensive Houses In Idaho

3 Of The Most Expensive Houses In Idaho

If you're going to dream, might as well dream big.
One of my dreams is to someday live in a mansion near a lake surrounded by forest. So, I decided to do some research on luxurious houses in Idaho—more specifically, some of the highest priced. Below is a list of three of the most expensive Idaho homes currently on the market.

$20,000,000 Mansion Overlooking a Lake (Hope, ID)

Located about 17 miles outside of Sandpoint, this is definitely my favorite on the list. It was built in 2018 and sits on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille, offering a gorgeous view. The house has a whole host of features, including but not limited to a gourmet kitchen, steam room, library, exercise rooms, an elevator, and an underground passage that leads to a pavilion with a home theater, office, and library. Plus, the “adjacent 3,024 sq. ft. home” is included!

$20,000,000 “World Class Residence” (Ketchum, ID)

Located in Ketchum, Idaho, this 14,262 sq. ft. home—a “collaboration between Ketchum-based Ruscitto Latham Blanton Architects and renowned designer Todd-Avery Lenahan—has a Mid-century Modern/Hollywood Hills vibe and design. It has a huge circular driveway, an outdoor pool, eight bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a great room, a media room, a massage room, an exercise room, just to name a few of its features. The backyard is spectacular, and the glass, chrome, and wood interior design in the spacious high-ceilinged rooms screams luxury.

$21,500,000 Remote Mountain Retreat (Ketchum, ID)

Located at the base of the Pioneer Mountains and surrounded by national forest, this house ideal home for someone who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It has seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a wine cellar, and a pool, pool house, guest house, central courtyard, and tennis court. The house sits on 292 acres and has a high-end cabin feel, and since it’s in the middle of a forest, the nearest neighbors probably are deer and nature. If your heart hurts a little after reading this list, I feel your pain. With mortgage payments at more than $75,000 per month, I have to put my dream on hold, too. But if you’re reading this and you happen to buy one of these multi-million dollar homes, you should know that I’m a great house guest.
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Jesai Moreno

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The 3 Creepiest Idaho Urban Legends

The 3 Creepiest Idaho Urban Legends

From giant lake-dwelling dinosaurs to a treacherous tribe of cannibals, these are Idaho's scariest urban legends.

From giant lake-dwelling dinosaurs to a treacherous tribe of cannibals, Idaho is home to a number of urban legends about creatures. Dive deep enough into the lore, and you can find stories about a mythical beast of some kind coming from every corner of the Gem State, but here are three of the creepiest:

 

Sharlie the Payette Lake Monster

Perhaps the most famous Idaho creature is Sharlie, a 10- to 50-foot long dinosaur or dragon-like monster believed to be living in Payette Lake, and described as being similar to the world-famous Loch Ness Monster. The first documented sighting of Sharlie was in 1920, when settlers saw what they thought was a giant log moving in the lake, which reaches depths of nearly 400 feet. Throughout the rest of the century and into the next, there would be many purported sightings of Sharlie—and even a couple of books for children written about her—so if you’re taking a dip in the Payette and something starts nibbling on your toes, you might want to think about heading for shore.

Owyhee Mountain “Dwarves”

Less famous but equally creepy is the tale of the vicious Owyhee Mountain “Dwarves.” According to Native American legends, these vicious creatures stand 2-feet tall, are incredibly strong, have tails, and eat people—particularly children. They are said to live in caves all throughout the Owyhee Mountain Range, so take caution when roaming around the area.

Bear Lake Monster

With more than 2,000 lakes across Idaho, it’s no surprise we have more than one legend about a water-based creature, and the most terrifying is the one about a monster that lives in Bear Lake, which is near the Idaho-Utah border. The Bear Lake Monster is particularly scary because it is believed to be amphibious, with accounts of attacks in the lake and on land, making it twice as dangerous.
We encourage you to GO! out and explore the great state of Idaho, but be careful. You never know what you might find … or what might find you.

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Nate Bevington

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Where In Idaho To Experience The Northern Lights

Where In Idaho To Experience The Northern Lights

Ever wondered if you have to leave Idaho to experience the northern lights?

People don’t really think of Idaho as a place where you can observe the Aurora Borealis also known as the northern lights, but there are many locations in your home state where you can go to view this beautiful phenomenon! January through March are one of the best times to go Aurora hunting due to the longer nights. I have created a list for those feeling adventurous enough to experience the neon colored sky and make sure to take a look at this Aurora forecast so you can plan accordingly.

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

This location is perfect for photographers and videographers due to having the possibility of having the lights reflect off lakes like Priest Lake, Revett Lake, & Lake Pend Oreille just to name a few. With the forest expanding more than 5,000 miles you’ll be able to enjoy more than just northern lights when you’re there.

Craters of the Moon

Wanna know what it’s like to see what the northern lights from the moon? Then this is the perfect location! Well, it’s not exactly the moon but it’s pretty close. Check out Erik Von Schuessler’s awesome video of a time lapse of the northern lights at The Craters of The Moon state park.

Heyburn State Park

Heyburn is one of the best spots in all of Idaho to camp, which makes it one of the better spots to admire the lights while being one with nature. Even if you’re not camping, you can rent out a cabin or cottage and still enjoy the lit up sky.

This list is based on the better locations to view the lights but honestly, any place in northern Idaho that’s secluded can work. Keep an eye out on the aurora forecast tool to see when and where the next time the sky will be glowing green. If you do GO! out to experience the northern lights make sure to take a photo & tag #gooutlocal & #onlyinidaho to be featured by us!

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