I grew up in the Treasure Valley of Idaho, surrounded by the foothills and Boise mountain range. Nampa to Meridian to Boise, though only a twenty to thirty-minute drive was always a "stretch" growing up. There were fields everywhere, and lots of open spaces, and now, well...not so much. This area has grown and exploded since I was a kid (or even just in the 5+ years since I moved away) and whenever I come back, I love to explore the new eateries, shops and hangout spots...and of course spending time with my family.
I am an only child, from a small family, so I am overly close to my mama and my daddy <3 They are why I am stubborn, a feminist, a Christian, an adventurer and book worm...overall their pretty outstanding humans and I know I brag about them a lot here, but they sort of deserve it (even if they can't figure out how to read my blog lol.) Thanksgiving was simple and I loved every minute. Turkey with my folks and then the traditional Thanksgiving pie with my husbands family (will a tiny portion - he is not from a small family.) If every Thanksgiving could be this laid back and whimsical I'd be one happy camper.
Over our little "staycation" in Idaho we went to some wonderful stops that during the November/December months I truly think are a must! So let the list begin!
Boise, Idaho in November/December
- The Idaho Botanical Garden turns a glow at the end of November for their annual "Winter Garden A Glow" turning their 50-acres into a Christmas heaven. Check out more HERE.
- When the weather turns gloomy and you sort of miss summer, and your really over turkey leftovers, Flatbread is the answer. Warm summer pizza's, sammies, salads and more to hit the spot with a wonderful atmosphere to boot. You can find them HERE.
- Shop Small is a huge deal in historic downtown Boise. There are so many shops, but a favorite stop of ours is Idaho MADE. Full of local artisans goods and lots of funky cactus and succulants, this little shop has so much to offer (and it's beautiful...so whats not to love?) Find out more about Idaho MADE HERE.
- There are many places to go for a cup of joe in downtown Boise, and there a lot of beautiful one's to boot. Some of our favorites include District Coffee, Glodies, and the Flying M. All three have funky shops, home roasted beans and a cozy atmosphere. (Even their bathrooms are funky!) This time down I got to grab a cup of coffee and a pastry with my mama at the Flying M. Check out their coffee goodness HERE.
All in all we had a wonderful little Thanksgiving, and got reminded, though things at time seem bleak, we have a lot to be grateful for. I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday...now for me to get back to the North so I can hunker down with Gilmore Girls! (PLEASE no one say anything till I watch it!!!)
With Grace + Guts,