Whether relaxing with friends or shopping for trends, Boise has some cool spots to chill – these 6 fit the bill!
by PAMELA KLEIBRINK THOMPSON
A hot spot just 45 minutes from downtown Boise is The Springs, which opened on Valentine’s Day in 2013. Ice and snow free walkways and lighted footpaths guide you to the rejuvenating waters which provide the perfect setting for star gazing. A bonfire at the edge of the pools during the winter months allows warm-up time when you’re not soaking but still want to be outdoors. A 40’ x 80’ geothermal pool or a 16’ hot tub raising the mercury to 104 degrees are two options at this hot springs resort located on 80 acres of wooded bliss. The restorative mineral waters at The Springs are ideal for soaking stressed and tired muscles. Geothermal water has been pumped throughout, including the changing rooms. A fireplace in the main lobby is a cozy spot to sit and share stories.
Reservations recommended. Phone: 208-392-9500
Start 2016 off by cheering for the Idaho Steelheads on January 15 and 16th (vs. Tulsa Oilers), January 27 (vs. Rapid City Rush), February 3, February 5 and February 6 (vs. Alaska Aces), February 12 ( vs. Utah Grizzlies), February 17 (vs.Rapid City Rush), February 26 and February 27 (vs. Utah Grizzlies) and March 2, March 4 and March 5 (vs. Alaska Aces). Check the website www.idahosteelheads.com for more dates of hockey action.
Call 208.383.0080 or 208.331.8497 for tickets.
Getting kids interested in learning may not be rocket science, but it can be. The Discovery Center’s mission is to inspire lifelong interest in science, technology, engineering and math. The interactive exhibits give visitors the opportunity to learn by having fun. Visitors to the Discovery Center become more scientifically literate, curious and empowered to explore. The current exhibition, SuperStruct, features opportunities to design, build, and test simple machines and structures using basic building materials and tools.
131 W. Myrtle St, Boisewww.dcidaho.org
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9:30am-5pm, Sunday: Noon-5pm.
Established in 2010 in Bown Crossing, Locavore is a local-centric neighborhood bistro and café with a focus on made from scratch wholesome and scrumptious meals. Opt for a booth inside the lime-colored dining room, sprinkled with espresso-hued chairs, tables and banquettes. Dinner options include a meatloaf Wellington wrapped in a crust pastry and served with buttermilk mashers or a pan-seared Hagerman trout fillet topped with a gently poached egg and lemon caper beurre blanc sauce. A recent special featured a cheese board of triple cream brie, cambozola, house-made lingonberry jam, clementines, and caraway sprinkles served with baguette.
Open 7 days a week | 3110 S Bown Way | (208) 338-8887
If you want to try skating yourself, head over to the Village in Meridian, where you can enjoy a pond-like ice skating experience. Larry H Miller Subaru sponsors a Zamboni which provides smooth ice to glide on. Lace up those skates and start making figure eights. Weather permitting, ice skating is open until February 15th Monday through Friday 3-9 pm, Saturday 12-9 pm, and Sunday 12-6pm. Skate rental is only $2 and admission for children 12 and younger is $3, everyone else is $5.
Carole and Rick Skinner opened The Flicks on September 21, 1984, with one screen, the patio, and the appropriately named Rick’s Café (after the club owned by Humphrey Bogart in the film Casablanca). Today, the Flicks has four screens and a video shop. Sip a glass of wine in the lobby or enjoy a brew in the theatre as you view Carol (opens January 15), Anomalisa (opens January 22), Hitchcock/Truffaut (opens January 22) and Oscar nominated short films (opens January 29). Carole supports Idaho filmmakers and hosts the screening of all the i48 entries made in a 48 hour time period in late May/early June.
646 Fulton Street | www.theflicksboise.com
Monday through Thursday: 4:00pm to 9:30pm
Friday through Sunday:Noon to 9:30pm