Sometimes you just want to escape close to home but still feel like you’ve gotten away without having to drive too far. Here are a few quick two-day getaway ideas that may have you packing your bags and saying yes to a mini-vacay! Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Baker City is only a short two-hour drive from Boise. One particular attraction is the old Geiser Grand Hotel built back in 1889. Visit the hotel’s website as they have different events going on throughout the year.
There are a lot of different attractions to see in and around Baker City. If you like the mountains, head to Anthony Lakes, a short 30 minute drive away, where you can experience outdoor recreation and hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter. Visit the Baker Heritage Museum or the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, a 23,000 square foot interpretive center about the Oregon Trail. If you are feeling adventurous drive southwest on Highway 7 just a little further (23 miles) to the McEwen Depot and take a ride on the Sumpter Steam Train.
If you enjoy wine tasting stop by the Copper Belt Winery, a small family-run winery in Baker City. Or you may even be interested in stopping by Glacier 45 distillery to sample some kosher and gluten free vodka.
Hagerman is only about an hour and forty minute drive from Boise. Plan your next trip so you can explore the beautiful area of Hagerman. There are several things to see and do around this area. You can visit the Hagerman Fossil Beds, or enjoy the snake river with 1000 Springs Tours. The company offers scenic tours as well as lunch and dinner cruises.
You may also be interested in checking out the Thousand Springs Winery and stay at the Bed and Breakfast. While in the area, you can also check out Miracle Hot Springs, a unique campground comprised of yurt-like geometric domes for sleeping. Enjoy the public or private hot pools while you are there. A beautiful, relaxing trip less than 2 hours from Boise!
Less than an hour from Boise you can enjoy taking a quick walk or drive through the old mining town of Idaho City. Stop and have breakfast and lunch at one of the cafes or even visit the delicious Ice Cream Shop. Then escape and check yourself into The Springs-Hot Springs Retreat. Here you’ll enjoy the day or evening soaking in the pool, which is cooled down for summer or hot for the winter. You can also take advantage of massage and bodywork services offered by the resort, so you truly feel like you’ve gotten away. Once you’ve soaked your cares away, stay at Inn The Pines. The Inn offers seven brand new rooms just down the road from the hot springs.
Head on over to Glenn's Ferry and stay, play, eat, and drink at Crossing’s Winery. This getaway is a short hour and ten-minute drive from Boise. If you enjoy golf, book a tee time to play on their 9 hole course. While in the area check out Three Island State Park and the Oregon Trail Educational Center to learn more about the region in earlier days.