Romantic Getaways Near Boise, Idaho

by Nicole Brown

Boise, Idaho's capital, is in the heart of the Treasure Valley surrounded by rolling foothills and mountains. Boise is a place to visit year round -- in the summer the city hosts dozens of outdoor concerts, art festivals and the International Basque Festival, Jaialdi. In the winter the city offers ice-skating and is close to other outdoor winter recreation.

The Anniversary Inn

The Anniversary Inn ( is a 41-room suite hotel with each room decorated as a different theme. The hotel features rooms such as the Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty's Castle, Mysteries of Egypt and Treasure Island. More offbeat rooms include Bronco Nights, a Boise State University-themed room for the sports-loving couple and Biker Road House for couples who like to take to the open road. Each room includes a complimentary dessert of cheesecake or cupcakes. Guests can also add on a movie night package, which includes popcorn, candy and soda, candles, chocolates and even an in-room massage.

Bogus Basin

Couples can visit Bogus Basin Ski Resort (, which is less than 20 miles from Boise. Bogus Basin offers alpine and cross-country skiing as well as snowboarding for guests of all ages and skill levels. Spend the day skiing or snowboarding the resort's 2,600 acres of groomed trails then spend the night in a yurt or at the Pioneer Condominiums for a bit of rest, relaxation and romance by the fire. If couples want to take the drive back to a Boise hotel, many hotels participate in the resort's Stay and Play program, which gives guests a buy-one, get-one free lift ticket when they book a room.

Bed and Breakfast

Stay right in the heart of downtown Boise at the Idaho Heritage Inn (, a bed and breakfast -- built in 1904 and home to wealthy merchant Henry Falk and to Idaho's governor Chase Clark. The Idaho Heritage Inn features rooms including the Governor's Suite, Judge's Chambers and Mayor's Study. Guests are served a homemade breakfast daily and can rent bikes to explore Boise's downtown and the Greenbelt, which winds along the Boise River. The Boise Guest House (, also in downtown Boise, describes itself as a boutique hotel furnished in artistic style. Each of the six rooms at the Guest House include a private kitchen and bath, flat screen TV and a balcony or deck with a view of the city.

Spa Day

Boise has several day spas that cater to couples looking to relax and be pampered. Floating Feather Day Spa (, in downtown Boise, offers a full menu of spa services. Couples can get a manicure and pedicure, European facials and a number of massages including hot stone, deep tissue and therapeutic. Two Rivers Salon and Spa (, located on the Boise River, also offers a full menu of spa services. Couples can get massages, facials, manicures and esthetic skin care treatments. Two Rivers also specializes in men's treatments, offering services that include a sports massage, waxing and the Jack Black Facial.

About the Author

Nicole Brown has been a freelance writer since 2007. She works as an administrative professional in the legal field and does freelance writing part-time. She has an associate degree in business administration from American Intercontinental University and a bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of Phoenix.