Offering a rich trove of historic small towns and ski resorts nestled amidst breathtaking mountain ranges such as the Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho is a paradise for lovers and nature enthusiasts alike. Looking to escape with your significant other for an intimate weekend? Here are a few top vacation destinations where you can find romantic Idaho vacation rentals and plenty of enchanting attractions for the weekend.
1. Lake Coeur d’Alene
Situated just a half hour from Spokane, Lake Coeur d’Alene is ideal for a few days of enjoying waterfront beauty with your loved one. Embark on an evening cruise on the lake, and enjoy a romantic dinner at Dockside Restaurant to soak in the intimate setting with lake views. For more laid-back fare, check out farm-to-table eateries such as the Garnet Cafe. Before the weekend ends, be sure to stop by Coeur d’Alene Cellars to sample genuine Idaho wines. For some outdoor fun, go for a bike ride along the secluded North Idaho Centennial Trail. If you’re looking for some relaxation, enjoy a couple’s treatment at one of the luxury resort and day spas, such as the Coeur d’Alene Resort Spa.
This charming resort town situated just over two and a half hours from Boise is home to the famous Sun Valley ski area. While you could spend a week-long ski vacation here, Ketchum’s galleries and fine dining restaurants set against the Sawtooth Mountains is perfect for a short getaway with your sweetheart any time of year. Walk hand-in-hand through the breathtaking scenery of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden, and check out the lively arts scene at Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Gail Severn Gallery, and other upscale galleries. You can also enjoy an intimate dinner at Sawtooth Club or sit down for a craft beer at Town Square Tavern.
3. Idaho Falls
Located four hours from Boise and easily accessible via major freeways, Idaho Falls offers up a handful of romantic sights to take in over the weekend. Snap photos in front of the cascading waterfalls of the Snake River Greenbelt, and enjoy a laid-back afternoon along the Idaho Falls River Walk or the Japanese Pavilion before relaxing at your luxury vacation rental. For a taste of Idaho Falls’ charming cultural scene, check out The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, or catch a performance in the historic Colonial Theater. For a nice date night during your getaway, choose from American bistros such as the SnakeBite Restaurant.
Tucked away in northern Idaho between Spokane and Missoula, this historic mining town in the Bitterroot Mountains offers up just enough attractions for a romantic weekend. Enjoy some skiing and snowboarding at Lookout Pass during a winter getaway, or hike the Pulaski Tunnel Trail that follows a winding creek with your sweetheart during the summer. Don’t forget to stop by the Sixth Street Melodrama in Wallace’s charming downtown district. At the end of the day, sip on a craft beer with your loved one at Wallace Brewing Company, or head to one of the hip cafes and wine bars such as The Fainting Goat.
If rustic cabin rentals are what you crave, take your loved one to this town in the West Central Mountains, just a two-hour drive north of Boise. Lay on the beach at Payette Lake or rent a canoe for a romantic time on the water, or visit in the winter to enjoy the fluffy mounds created by the highest average snowfall in Idaho. McCall also offers a host of options for romantic waterfront dining, such as The Anchor Restaurant. You can also enjoy a couple’s massage at one of the towns luxury day spas that include Spa Del Sol and Cove Spa.
6. Twin Falls
Twin Falls is just a two-hour drive from Boise, but the small city attracts couples with its breathtaking sights you can see over the weekend, including 1500-foot Perrine Bridge, a beautiful arch bridge over the Snake River Canyon. Lovers also flock to Shoshone Falls, featuring cascades that rise higher than Niagara Falls. Day spas such as Purity Spa and Serendipity Spa and Boutique offer a touch or relaxation, and if you’re planning a special night, head to Elevation 486 overlooking the canyon below.
This small town nestled in the Sawtooth Mountains is perfect for a secluded weekend escape for two. Check out Meadow Creek Spa to enjoy a massage and sample spirits at the wine bar, or relax with your loved one in one of the two major hot springs along the Salmon River, Sunbeam and Basin Creek. Stanley also boasts upscale, rustic dining options such as Limbert’s at the Redfish Lake Lodge. However, if you’re looking for a truly unique romantic experience, enjoy a horseback ride with Mystic Saddle Ranch at Redfish Lake Corrals.
8. Priest River
Priest River is a historic lumber town near the northern tip of Idaho that attracts couples with the beauty of the Pend Oreille and Priest Rivers. Cruise the water on a pontoon boat from Northern Boat Rentals before gazing at herds of bison at Brown’s Buffalo Ranch. Couples can also kick back at Bonner Park West, whose sandy beaches are ideal for swimming and sunbathing. At night, check out some of Priest River’s hip wine bars such as Noni and the Beardmore Bistro.
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