Boise to Stanley Travel Guide

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Mountain Village Resort 3 Eva Falls Ave, Stanley, ID 83278 • (208) 774-3661 • 

The Mountain Village is a sixty-one-room lodge with in-room coffee makers, telephones, and satellite television. Each standard room has two queen size beds, a bathroom, and a table with chairs. There are suites available if you are looking for something with a little more. The suites all have a living room and two bedrooms with a queen-size bed in each room. Some suites also have a queen bed in the living room and a rollaway bed. These suites sleep up to 6-8 people. All suites also have a microwave and a refrigerator. Kitchenette units are available by request with one queen bed and a full kitchenette unit complete with utensils. 

The High Country Inn 70 High Country Lane, Ahsahka, ID 83520 • (208) 476-7570 • 

If you have a charter trip and wish for your group to stay at an alternative location, the High  Country Inn is a great option.  With suite-style rooms, the High Country makes for a great option for couples or singles. This is a more luxurious, “bed and breakfast style type of accommodations. Known for its rustic elegance combined with warm hospitality guests here will enjoy private dining with a personal chef.  Each morning hotel guests gather in the dining room and enjoy a full American breakfast buffet (included in the room price).  The property features 9 Standard queen/king rooms, 4 suites, and 2 small cabins.  Keep in mind that most rooms at the High Country are set up with only one bed.  Each room is set up with a kitchenette, hairdryer, small desk, armoire, ceiling fans, satellite television, telephone, and more. Those who choose to stay at the High Country instead of the Mountain Village will need to be sure arrangements have been made to be picked up the morning of your trip or that you have transportation to the meeting spot in front of the Mountain Village.


Redfish Lake Lodge (208) 774-3536 • 401 Redfish Lodge Rd, Stanley, ID 83278 

Need transportation to get to and from. “True  Idaho mountain brand of comfort food cuisine that will pleasantly surprise you in this remote and rugged country. We start with as many local Idaho grown ingredients as we can, then add our own blend of flavors from Northwest’s wild resources. We specialize in salmon, trout, wild game, and other regional favorites – plus wines from acclaimed local, domestic, and international producers.  The lake views and rustic lodge atmosphere will make this a memorable and  crave-able experience for small  and large parties alike.”  Redfish lake is a beautiful place to visit!  This high elevation mountain lake is the headwaters for the Salmon River and is the highest elevation lake with migrating Salmon.  A beautiful setting at the base of the Sawtooth Mountains.

Stanley Baking Company & Cafe (208) 774-6573 250 Wall St, Stanley, ID 83278 

Very highly recommended! The Stanley Bakery is one of our favorite places to eat in Stanley.  If you’re up early enough in the morning it is worth the walk down to the bakery to get coffee and breakfast before departing Stanley for the river. Fresh bakery items along with breakfast to order are available. Lunch at the bakery is also a nice option if you arrive in Stanley before 2 pm the day prior to your trip.  

Papa Brunees Pizza and Deli (208) 774-2536  • 37 Ace of Diamonds St, Stanley, ID 83278 • 

Casual dining and take-out. Known for good pizza and subs this place is great if you are looking for something easy but good. The Helfrich crew orders pizza here on a regular basis on their way through town. They have indoor and outdoor seating and consistently good service and food. 



Redfish Lake 401 Redfish Lodge Rd, Stanley, ID 83278 • (208) 774-3536 • 

Redfish Lake, in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, is named for the brilliant Sockeye Salmon that once came to spawn in such massive quantities that the lake appeared red. Still, the highest elevation spawning habitat for salmon, Redfish Lake sits nestled at the base of the jagged Sawtooth Mountains, at the headwaters of the Salmon River. Activities around Redfish Lake range from leisure to adventure. The opportunities are endless: playing in a paddleboat, sunbathing on the beach, kayaking nearby whitewater, exploring the lake by canoe, reading on the grass, photographing the scenic beauty, hiking, rock climbing, and horseback riding. 

Sunbeam Hot Springs

Located on Hwy 75, about 12 miles east of Stanley. Located right along the riverbank, these hot springs fill hand-built river rock pools with varying temperatures of naturally hot water. While you’re there, check out the old (out of commission) Sunbeam bathhouse. However, this is one of the rare public, non-commercial hot springs that actually has a restroom/changing room. 



The Grove Hotel • 245 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID 83702 • (208) 333-8000 • 

Relax in style! The Grove Hotel has an unequaled style in downtown Boise, ID. Close to a great variety of restaurants and shopping, The Grove Hotel represents a casual level of luxury delivered by friendly staff. This hotel captures the essence of Boise, a cosmopolitan city with splendid views of the surrounding Rocky Mountain foothills. Discover a different sort of Luxury hotel, where casual sophistication, the latest guest conveniences, and friendly but discreet service allow for an unsurpassed travel experience.

Holiday Inn Express • 3050 S Shoshone St, Boise, ID 83705 • (800)281-4654 • 

The newly renovated Boise Airport Holiday Inn Express hotel offers comfortable and spacious rooms and suites, complimentary Express Start Breakfast, free high-speed Internet access, an indoor pool, and a spa. This Boise Airport Holiday Inn Express hotel is conveniently located near The Boise Airport and downtown Boise with numerous restaurants and shopping. 

Best Western Vista Inn Boise 2645 W Airport Way, Boise, ID 83705 • (800)727-5006 •

Located close to the airport and free airport shuttle. The modern rooms at this elegant Idaho Best Western are both spacious and luxurious. All accommodations offer cable satellite television with HBO®, free high-speed Internet access, a coffeemaker, a refrigerator, a desk, and much more. Sink into these comfortable beds each night and wake up to a  delicious complimentary full breakfast, including hard-boiled eggs, breakfast burritos and make your own waffles. Complete with indoor heated pool and spa, fitness center, guest laundry, a business center. A sundeck, free parking, complimentary daily newspapers, and evening cookies and milk.


Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery • 610 W Grove St, Boise, ID 83702 • (208) 426-0538 • 

Open for Brunch, Lunch & Dinner Bardenay was the nation’s first restaurant and distillery. Known for their handcrafted cocktails and innovative menu featuring delicious Northwest cuisine. “Our food and drinks are a reflection of where we live – comforting, affordable, yet somewhat sophisticated – in an Idaho sort of way.” Tours of the distillery available to guests, just ask your server when you are seated.

Old Chicago Pizza & Pasta • 350 N Milwaukee St #1107, Boise, ID 83704 • (208) 321-0033 • 

Known for their amazing variety of over 110  beers from Idaho, the Pacific Northwest, and around the world and a broad menu of great food including appetizers and a made from scratch pizza. Old Chicago is located in the heart of beautiful downtown Boise. Good place for anything from lunch or happy hour to dinner or late night! A great option for late-night with a full menu served until Midnight Sunday, Thursday, and until 1:00 am Friday and Saturday with late-night food available until 2 am every day! They can accommodate big groups as well, just call ahead and they will have it ready for you. Old Chicago is a fun place with great food and fitting for any age.

Tucanos Brazilian Grill • 1388 S Entertainment Ave, Boise, ID 83709 • (208) 343-4300 • 

A guest & crew favorite! Tucano’s provides a delicious and unique dining experience with the Brazillian tradition of grilling fresh meats, vegetables, and fruit on skewers over open-flame grills. The skewers are brought to your table sizzling hot and portions are sliced onto your plate. Tucanos also offers a wonderful salad bar with Brazilian and American specialties of chilled and hot options including pasta, soups, shrimp, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and more. 


Roaring Springs Water Park • 400 W Overland Rd, Meridian, ID 83642 • (208) 884-8842 •

Have a little extra time to kill in the beautiful weather of Boise? Check out the Roaring Springs Water Park and Game Center! This is a well-laid out park with plenty for every age level. The water park includes rides like the Speed Slide with a six-story vertical drop, Thunder Falls with multiple big drops, Viper’s vortex where you whirl into a high-velocity vortex bowl,  Mammoth Canyon Family Raft Ride, a big wave pool, and at least ten more rides ranging from exhilarating to relaxing; lots of options for everyone. Roaring Springs also has miniature golf, bowling, an arcade, and more. This is a great place to play in Boise!


Boise River Greenbelt

Looking to kill some time and get some exercise? Boise offers more than 25 miles of scenic paths for biking, hiking, and jogging all along the Boise River. These paths are well maintained and also offer fun wildlife viewing opportunities.


Other Fun Activities and Locations Boise Has to Offer

Morrison Knudsen Nature Center, BSU Bronco Stadium (known for its blue turf!), World Center for Birds of Prey, Idaho State Capital, Zoo Boise, 10 Barrel Brewery, Payette Brewing Company, Idaho Aquarium, Edwards Boise IMAX Theatre, and so much more!


Volcanic Farms Produce • 457 ID-55, Horseshoe Bend, ID 83629 • (208) 793-2882 • 

Located on Highway 55 in front of the Chevron Station If you drive up through the town of Horseshoe Bend be sure to stop in at Volcanic Produce and check out their selection of fresh fruits and vegetables. They also have an assortment of homemade jams, treats, and our favorite, homemade pies! This is a fun place to stop and grab a bag of fresh-picked cherries or strawberries for your drive up the Payette River. Note, this will be your last area with cell phone coverage until you reach Stanley (other than minimal service in Garden Valley) 

Kirkham Hot Springs

Located about 4.5 miles east of Lowman, Idaho off of Highway 21. Kirkham Hot Springs features somewhat shallow rock pools (unimproved) with sand/rock bottoms next to the river The multiple hot waterfalls are quite the sight! The location of the pools and waterfalls make for a gorgeous setting right along the rushing water of the South Fork of the Payette River! Both the pools and hot waterfalls can be seen from a large pullout off Highway 21 on the west side of the campground. There is also a campground at the hot springs for anyone who has extra travel time and can stay to enjoy the sights.

Zip Idaho Zip Line Tours Jerusalem Landing Camping and Event Venue, Horseshoe Bend, ID 83629 •  (208) 793-2947 •

Located just outside of Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, just a half-hour north of Boise on Highway 55. This fun adventure includes seven zip lines and provides a unique eco-adventure as you soar through the canopy. The adventure combines tree-based canopy tour-style zip lines with lines up to 1700 feet. Their location is a nature lovers’ dream with lots of opportunities to swim and play. Tour cost: $75 per person (cash) or $80 per person (credit card) plus tax. 

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