idaho

The Gem State.

Known for potatoes, rafting, skiing, hiking, and for me that one time I drove 15 hours from LA to watch the Solar Eclipse (worth it). This time I was coming to Idaho for a friend’s wedding in Sun Valley. The Limelight Hotel in Ketchum hosted us and the property was stunning! It’s walking distance to so many cute shops & restaurants!

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The staff was great! On Saturday night I felt like I was getting a cold and the front desk manager drove me to a pharmacy at 1am to get NyQuil so I could sleep! I was so impressed by that!

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This pet friendly modern hotel can cost from around $400/night for their standard king room up to $950/night for their suite.  

Click here to book your stay! 

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They say the sky is bluer in Idaho and that was true! What a gorgeous state! I was determined to see a hot spring I had heard of that was in Stanley, Idaho. The only free time I had to make this trip was the day after the wedding. I was so hungover I actually cried when I woke up. HAH- old lady can’t hang anymore! I forced myself in the car with advil & water shaking a little as I sat in the passenger side and went on one of the most miserable yet most beautiful drives of my life. Boat Box Hot Spring. I had seen it on a travel channel show featuring the “Best Hot Springs” in the world years ago and never forgot about it. It was an hour away and I buckled up for what I didn’t realize would be winding roads & steep drop offs. We saw a ton of deer, chipmunks & even an eagle on this 1 hour scenic drive. It was well worth it. I had no directions except for that the hot spring would be right off of State Highway 75 on the bank of the Salmon River. 

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We were so lucky to finally find it after passing it 3 times and having to ask for directions. Soaking in this cauldron while taking in the view was the perfect hangover cure. I didn’t want to leave! The hot water in this tub comes from a pipe stuck into the riverbank and can be draped over the tub’s rim to add more. The water is scalding hot so be careful! For cooler water, a bucket is nearby for adding river water but when I went somebody had punched a million holes in it. Thankfully it was the perfect temperature! 

IDAHO “MUST DO’S”

Idaho’s “things to do” changes depending on the season! Check the weather before booking your trip!

  • Summer: Go whitewater rafting in Stanley & relax in the hot springs with a bottle of wine afterward!

  • Fall: Learn how to fly fish amongst the gorgeous yellow aspens!

  • Winter: Go skiing on Bald Mountain!

  • Spring: Take a sunrise hike in the brisk spring mountain air & shop for gems later in the afternoon!

ANY SEASON:

Eat potatoes & take scenic drives! This state is breathtaking!