Canine Companions

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Ruth Novella  The relationship between humans and dogs has long been a natural part of life. For these Boise residents, their dogs are their family, going on hikes, cuddling and even visiting their offices. Learn how these locals welcomed their pets into their homes and what makes each of their canine companions so special.  Chelsea…

Family Band

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Provided  Three years ago, Boise Lifestyle introduced readers to The Runaway Hamsters, a group of sibling musicians who raise money for children’s charities by sharing their talents. Since we last checked in with the band in 2015, they have had amazing success in achieving their goals and have raised thousands for the charities they support, such…

Beach Day, Idaho-style

 Article and Photography Roger Phillips  Idaho beaches are a little different than their coastal cousins. They’re not next to the ocean, and the surf is typically river waves. They tend to be considerably smaller than those at the ocean, but when you have a drink in your hand and your toes in the sand, does that matter?   A day at…

Patio Dining

 Article Julie Meyer  Patio dining is a great way to enjoy the beautiful summer weather we have here in Idaho.  We recommend trying one of these restaurants with great patios next time you are dining out.    Cottonwood Grille

Hot Spots for Summer Fun

 Article Julie Meyer  This month, schedule some family time and create lasting memories. We recommend a variety of activities for you to experience with your loved ones. Some are old, some are new, some are close to home, some require a bit of travel, but whether you have a whole day to spend or only an hour, we hope you get…

Idaho’s Best-Kept Secret

 Article and Photography  Property  Real estate opportunities in Tamarack offer something for everyone, from six-bedroom luxury homes to well-laid-out chalets and adorable two-bedroom cottages. Private tours available daily. For more information, visit TamarackRealty.net.

Pool Party

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography JJ Jenkins  Backyard pools are trending in our area. Dion Battles from Snake River Oasis says there are a few factors that may be influencing this trend. As more people from California and Arizona move to Idaho, families are accustomed to having a private pool. Homeowners are also investing in recreation at home as opposed to taking big…

Men of Influence

 Article Julie Meyer  Bill Connors, President & CEO, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce  What is the best advice you've received? 

Unique Local Hangouts

 Article Julie Meyer  Often we fall into the trap of doing the same old thing day in, day out. To inject a bit of excitement into your daily grind, check out these three new hangouts for you and your friends.   

Keith and Skyler Jones, Father-and-Son Owners of Dickey’s Barbecue

 Article and Photography  Family gatherings where we can barbecue in the backyard.  We absolutely love playing games, bonding and having discussions.

Women to Watch

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Kelsey Parfitt  The Executive  Debra Leithauser, Director of Corporate Communications, Idaho Power

DIY Mother’s Day Brunch

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Kelsey Parfitt  Mary Anne & Ginger  Ingredients

Get Outside

 Article and Photography Roger Phillips  Warm, sunny days; sparkling waters reflecting off blue skies; and a chorus of birds at dusk that usher in a cool night—these are all sublime moments waiting for anyone heading into Idaho’s great outdoors for a camping trip.   Idaho is full of campgrounds ranging from Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, state parks, private…

Bringing Peace Through Produce to the Treasure Valley

It all started with a desire to bring a little piece of European sensibility back home to Boise, so Clay and Josie Erkins did just that when they realized there was a need for unpackaged and local produce in Boise. While living in Germany near a beautiful village where they worked as civilians teaching different recreational activities to the military, the…

Garden Goodness

It's time to turn over the soil and get growing. The gardens at the Chateau des Fleurs are bursting with more than 200 different types of vegetables this year. Chef Richard Jimenez has generously shared a make-at-home version of his beet salad. The original version of this complex dish involves many techniques that might be a stretch for the average home cook. This simplified version…

Outdoor Adventure

Pedaling my mountain bike down the trail and feeling soft dirt under my tires is as welcome as a powder day when I am snowboarding. A bike ride in the foothills is a rite of spring and one I look forward to all season. I ride year-round, but spring is a chance to get out on the trails when conditions are…

BMW X5 xDrive40e iPerformance

The BMW X5 xDrive40e uses advanced iPerformance technology to deliver instant torque, enhanced efficiency and all the driving fun of a sports activity vehicle. 

Repurposing Design

"Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous." —Bill Moyers

Gathering: An Easter Egg

Getting local artist Filip Vogelpohl to talk about himself is not easy. Genuine and friendly, but reluctant to speak about his successes as an artist and a businessman, his soft-spoken humility only adds to his charm. Fortunately, with some coaxing, he told Boise Lifestyle about himself and his art, and we discovered a treasure in his love for the community.

Shelf Design 101

My design style is warm, modern, eclectic. When I decorate shelves, I start with a theme or color palette. Then mimic and repeat my accessories with similar pieces or coordinating vessels. I also add pops of greenery/organic succulents to soften the openings. Less is definitely more, but most important is the scale and overall theme. That is what I believe draws your eye in…

A Modern Farmhouse in East Valley

Almost everybody wants it—a home with the popular modern farmhouse look and feel. And although there aren’t too many old houses around that can be renovated into that fashion, there are beautiful new homes being built to fit the demand.

Readers’ Choice Awards

 Graeber & Company
350 N. 9th St., Suite 103, Boise ID 83702
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GraeberAndCompany.com  Graeber & Company has defined beauty and brought fashion and culture forward in Boise and the Treasure Valley for more than 50 years. It offers an array of salon and spa services and exclusively carries the Aveda product line for men and women.   Graeber & Company is a locally…

A Handmade Valentine’s Day

 un | From-Scratch Pasta  Yield: 1 pound  2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

Hagerman Makes a Fun, Snow-free Winter Road Trip

Part of the beauty of living in the Treasure Valley is its proximity to so many cool places. Within a couple of hours, you can be deep in the Owyhee Desert canyons or lakeside in the Sawtooth Mountains. 

Worthy Reads

During one of my many nonstress test sessions with my last pregnancy, I fell into a discussion with one of the nurses about good books we had read recently. She suggested a few, and The Rosie Project is one she highly recommended. So I gave it a shot, and I am so glad I did.

Fitness
Trending

 Acta non verba  Action, not words. How often have we told ourselves—and others—that this year will be different? That this year will be the year of fitness and better and healthier choices. The year that we actually use that neglected gym membership. It has been said that 80 percent of all New Year’s resolutions will fail by February. So if…

Skillet Gnocchi with Shrimp
& Asparagus

1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 16-ounce package shelf-stable gnocchi
½ cup sliced shallots
1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into thirds
¾ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 pound raw shrimp (26-30 per pound), peeled and deveined, tails left on if desired
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Trainer
Confessions

With decades of combined experience under their belts, these local trainers have seen it all. We asked them to share a memorable experience or something they have learned, and they delivered—the good, the bad and the funny.

Home Organization Tips

When I was a child, I took on the project of transforming our family’s extensive collection of books into a home library . . . and of my own volition! I labeled each book and cataloged them per the Dewey Decimal System. There was a check-out system in an index card box. I monitored the comings and goings of each…

McCall
 Winter
 Carnival

 Stephanie Johnstone knows her way around the McCall Winter Carnival.  A longtime resident of Boise, she and her family, including her twin sister, Jennifer, looked forward to skiing at Brundage Mountain Resort and perusing the snow and ice sculptures at the carnival over the course of many winters growing up.  Now that she's a mother of two, Stephanie wants to…

Getting 
Gifts for
 Outdoors 
Lovers


If you live in Idaho, there’s a good chance there’s an outdoors person or two on your gift list. That’s great because there are so many things a full-fledged Idaho outdoors person needs to stay active throughout the year. 

New Year’s 
Eve in
 Boise

There are many ways to ring in the New Year in style in Boise.

Inside Boise Lifestyle’s
 Cookie
 Jar

Heidi Tilby from Sweet Valley Cookie Co. is sharing some joy with Boise Lifestyle readers. A holiday classic, her sugar cookies for rolling and cutting out are sure to please your friends and family.

Out of the Kitchen

Longtime Treasure Valley resident and chef Rich Jimenez was raised in a family of cooks. His parents own a restaurant on the bench, where he grew up bussing tables and working in the family business at around age 14. “My parents raised me with their hard work ethic,” Jimenez says. Bolstered with this industrious upbringing, Jimenez was exposed to every…

Thanksgiving Traditions

Kathy Petersen celebrates three traditions each year—Dad’s turkey bowl, Mom’s upside-down turkey and the gratitude list—and wouldn’t have it any other way. In this way, “we work off some of the calories, enjoy moist turkey breast while remembering our blessings," she says.

Outdoor Adventure

If you love wildlife, Idaho is a great place because we have such a diversity of animals. If you live in the Treasure Valley, you don’t even have to leave the city limits to find it. 

Smoky Mountain Pizzeria & Grill

When I went to Smoky Mountain Pizzeria Grill in Eagle a few weeks ago, I had no idea that I would be discovering my new favorite pasta place. I thought, "pizza, seems pretty straightforward, right?" Wrong. Smoky Mountain has a huge menu with an array of choices ranging from simple to sophisticated. The appetizer menu has a little bit of everything from…

GRIDIRON

Hailing from Kenai, Alaska, rising star Allie Ostrander redshirted on both the Broncos cross-country and track and field teams as a freshman in 2015. With a list of titles and accomplishments almost as long as her stride, this sophomore is rocketing to the top in everything she does.

A Special Boutique for the Diagnosed and Recovering

Breast cancer can be a dizzying experience for any woman, whether she is in full recovery, undergoing surgery or recently diagnosed. Moving through the hospital system, scheduling doctor’s appointments and feeling like life is at a standstill can take a toll on a person both mentally and physically. There are special needs for breast cancer patients that can ease this…

Own It!

1. Brett Denton learned the tricks of the fitness trade as a lifelong athlete. Raised in Alaska, Brett moved to Idaho to attend BSU. Not only was Brett a student, but he also played running back for the Broncos. It was during these conditioning days that he learned he was more drawn to the training aspect of competition as opposed…

Boise’s Fashion Finds

When you’re sitting at your desk at work staring out the window, all you can think about is that trail you’re going to bike on after work, the cold mountain lake you’ll want to jump into or the hills you’re going to hike with your dog. Luckily, the experts who work in Boise’s fashion scene understand this lifestyle and carry…

Soar like an Eagle at the Eagle/Ada Sports Complex

The Eagle/Ada Sports Complex has grown from its dusty origins as a dry patch of sagebrush and cheatgrass east of Eagle to one of the most vibrant, unique parks in the Treasure Valley. The park’s calling card is its bike facilities, but it’s also a hangout for skaters, hikers, trail runners, dog walkers and a hardy bunch of roller derby…

Elegance, Ambiance and, Oh My, the Food!

Fine dining isn’t just a destination; it’s an experience. It doesn’t matter if it’s New York, Paris or anywhere else in the world, you know when you’ve found it. And for the past 10 years, that singular experience has been delighting diners right here in Boise at Chandlers.

Influential Teachers

The job of a teacher is a special one and, though you’ve probably had that one teacher in your life you’ll never forget, there are so many teachers inspiring their students every day. The great teachers stand out because they can introduce that one novel to a student that could be the catalyst to becoming the next Stephen King, can…

Take Me to the River, Float Me on the Water

Summer heat is here, and many Treasure Valley residents look for some respite by heading to the mountains or hitting the water. Fortunately, the Boise River runs through much of the Treasure Valley, and there are other rivers nearby that give you a place to cool off, splash through a rapid, catch a trout or watch golden eagles soaring in…

Keeping it Real

The annual roundup of lunches featuring a parade of cartoon characters and woodland creatures can be a little overwhelming. I am overcome with both their cuteness and the feeling that I am failing as a parent because, as Sweet Brown says, “Ain't nobody got time for that.” If this is something you too have felt, let me stop you right…

Local Music Venues

During the summer months, this little high-desert haven offers a spectacular spot to enjoy an evening with your favorite band. Family friendly, easily accessible and with lots and lots of room to stretch your legs, the Idaho Botanical Gardens provides a memorable concert-going experience. The expansive lawn of Outlaw Field begs for the summer repertoire of folding lawn chairs, blankets…

Tantalizing Food Trucks

There’s something special about a chef on a food truck. When Kevin McIntosh decided to give up truck driving, he knew he liked food and wanted to cook for people, but he also loved interacting with the people enjoying his food. That’s why operating a food truck was a perfect fit for him.

Bogus Basin Blooms with Summer Recreation

Summer is a beautiful time in the Treasure Valley with its long, sunny days and variety of outdoor pursuits, but it can also get blazing hot. Many people flock to rivers and reservoirs to cool off, and others head up in elevation.

We All Scream for Ice Cream

Boise's sweetest spots for cold treats