Getting Festive in Boise

Happy December! Last week, the week of Thanksgiving, is my favorite week of the whole year. I love the Thanksgiving meal prep, eating said meal, and time spent with friends and family. That week is a favorite also because it kicks off the Holiday festivities. And now that it is just 25 days til Christmas, we are REALLY in the festive mood!

Some of my favorite activities we enjoyed last week were seeing the Festival of Trees, getting holiday greenery at Edwards Greenhouse, walking through the Winter Garden aGlow, and watching the Downtown Boise Association Tree Lighting on The Grove Plaza. Thankfully, only a few of those events are limited runs- the rest we can partake in over and over again throughout the season!

Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees is only during the week of Thanksgiving starting with the annual Gala and ending with a Fashion Show the following Monday. It’s a great way to start the season, all while supporting a good cause, one of the local hospitals.Holidays in Boise, boise travel, things to do in Boise, festival of Trees

Edwards Greenhouse

Edwards is my favorite greenhouses in town, and they do Christmas up real big! Their poinsettias are beautiful, and we went the day before their annual Open House, so we missed the crowds but saw all the great greenery. That also meant we missed seeing Santa, but he will be there for photos on December 9th from 11am-1pm, so maybe we will catch him then. Lucy didn’t mind missing Santa, though- the koi pond was plenty of a highlight! Holidays in Boise, boise travel, things to do in Boise, Edwards Greenhouse

Idaho Botanical Garden Winter Garden aGlow

The Botanical Gardens are so fun this time of year because they have thousands of twinkling lights covering the grounds. Thanksgiving day was their opening and it happened to be in the 60s here so we took advantage of the nice weather and went! Lucy did enjoy the evening until we decided to take a family photo, of course! The event runs through January 1, 2018 and it’s a must see!Holidays in Boise, boise travel, things to do in Boise, Idaho Botanical Garden, Winter Garden aGlow

The Grove Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting

The Downtown Boise Christmas tree stands in the center of The Grove Plaza. The Lighting always takes place the day after Thanksgiving, and it was a packed house this year! The tree lighting seems to turn the Christmas switch for downtown- it just feels so festive! While the lighting is a one time event, I highly suggest just going for an evening walk downtown to see the tree (and maybe get a carriage ride!) Holidays in Boise, boise travel, things to do in Boise

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Boise Overlanding Day Trip  

Our new activity of choice has become overlanding ever since we welcomed a 4Runner into our family. We have attempted multiple ‘drives’ since there are so many beautiful locations near us, but going for an overlanding adventure with a toddler can be tricky. You never know when the littles will decide they have had enough, and it seems like our toddler can go from squealing of delightment to throwing a tantrum of “get me out of here” in about 2 seconds flat. We have learned to limit our driving stints and schedule plenty of stops to stretch and play on longer treks. I realize the overlanding philosophy may seem like it should take days, weeks, and for some, years. I disagree, though. The idea is to enjoy the journey; and each person’s journey will be a little different.

Our journeys tend to be on the day trip scale and we found the perfect route for families with kids (or adults with a short attention span!) It was a two hour loop right outside of downtown Boise, yet was a great trail with a few options for extreme overlanding (although any 4wheel vehicle could maneuver the course). As we climbed out of the city, the views of downtown were incredible- and after about 45 minutes of nothing covering the hills but sagebrush, we were able to cool off in the shade of the pine trees.

We started right downtown on 8th Street- the street actually turns into Sunset Peak Road, where you will see people hiking, biking, and ATVing in the Hulls Gulch/Camels Back Reserve.  Once we reached the top of that mountain, we turned East on Boise Ridge Road.  That connected us to Shaw Mountain Road which drops right into downtown again on Reserve Street!  There are so many neat trails in that system, and would provide many great options for longer trips or connecting into Wilderness Ranch/Idaho City area.   There were also some great options for dry camping- we thought about stopping to set the tent up to hang out for a few hours but the sun was burning a little too hot for our liking!

Lucy actually ended up sleeping the entire trail ride and started fussing when we were only a mile from home. So technically, maybe it wasn’t a family adventure. Maybe it was more of a parental break? Either way, it was a very fun outing with some pretty awesome views.

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Nest Tour: A Boise Modern Farmhouse

It’s been a while since I have shared a home that really speaks to me.  As I was recently perusing Realtor.com, I found a beautiful, out-of-my-budget and way-too-large-for-me home that I fell in love with!  But a girl can dream, right?  This gorgeous home was a 2016 Parade of Homes by Paradigm Construction and it has every single feature of a new build while also claiming the charm of a classic farmhouse.  My favorite part is the interior.  The staging inside is done to perfection!  I love the neutral palette and abundance of textures.  Enjoy!

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All photos from Realtor.com and taken by agent; listed with Lysi Bishop.

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