Boise, Idaho ~ The Village at Meridian

About a 15 minute drive from Boise is the marvelous Village at Meridian Mall. I am not a fan of shopping centers, but this one is an exception. Many interesting shops to explore, coffee shops and restaurants to try and it is nicely laid out.

Stop in the locally owned Royal Coffee Company for a terrific latte, cappuccino or fruit smoothie. Enjoy it while sitting outside, deciding whether to browse the shops, walk about, dine or stay a while in the lovely Fountain Square area. 

My favorite place to dine is The Yard House. They have a very good, varied menu (fabulous fish ‘n’ chip), an extensive bar (including 140 unique beers) and multiple TVs showing sports.  Terrific place for lunch or dinner. 

Savor your journeys … enjoy the ride …

Road Trip ~ Western Washington to Coeur d’Alene and Boise

Boise, Idaho ~ Greenbelt, Julia Davis Park and Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial

The beautiful Boise River Greenbelt follows the river through the heart of the city. Your walk takes you past Boise State University, to Julia Davis Park (stop and explore the gorgeous Rose Garden) to the inspiring Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial. You will find restaurants in the area (Cottonwood Grille is a favorite) plus other parks, including Ann Morrison Park.

Savor your journeys …and treasure the memories … 

Boise Rose Garden, Idaho

Road Trip ~ Western Washington to Coeur d’Alene and Boise

Boise Rose Garden, Idaho

A favorite spot to visit when in Boise is the incredible Rose Garden in Julia Davis Park. It is convenient to downtown and along the beautiful Green Belt. Definitely worth a visit.

Savor your journeys and always take time to stop and smell the roses.

Road Trip ~ Western Washington to Coeur d’Alene and Boise

Coeur d’Alene, Riverstone Park, Idaho

Riverstone Park, adjacent to the Centennial Trail, is a lovely place to walk about and enjoy the surroundings. There are restaurants on the opposite side of the pond, a nearby Main Street with cute shops, restaurants and a favorite book store.

Savor Your Journeys …. near and far.

Road Trip ~ Western Washington to Coeur d’Alene and Boise

Addendum: The Well~Read Moose Bookshop, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Coeur d’Alene, Centennial Trail, Idaho

The 45 mile Centennial Trail stretches from Spokane’s River Front Park to the end of Coeur d’Alene’s Lake Drive. The Coeur d’Alene section is perfect for walking, jogging and stopping at a bench or adjacent park to enjoy the beauty. Continue on the trail to   browse the local shops on Sherman Avenue and discover your perfect spot to enjoy a splendid meal. Check out taking a boat ride on the beautiful lake.

Savor your journeys. Take time to explore.

 

Road Trip ~ Western Washington to Coeur d’Alene and Boise

Road Trip ~ Western Washington to Coeur d’Alene and Boise

Coeur d’Alene

Last year I did this trip in reverse and it’s very comfortable to return to familiar places. From western Washington take Interstate 90 to Coeur d’Alene, about 30 miles east of Spokane.

I again stayed in the River Front area where there is easy access to the Centennial Trail, the River Front Park, a cute shopping area (with a favorite book store, The Well-Read Moose) and easy access to drive to the town or the I-90 to further explore this gorgeous area. On this journey, I discovered the beautiful Hayden Lake area.

I tried several new places to eat, but returned several times to a favorite, Anthony’s. It’s situated near the pond at Riverfront Park and has a great Happy Hour and dinner menu.

 

Drive to Boise

To me, the more scenic route (highways 95 and 55) is the better option than back-tracking and taking the interstates. I stopped in Grangeville for lunch and discovered Crema Café, which I highly recommend. It’s a cute spot with friendly and helpful staff offering a nice breakfast and lunch menu. I had a marvelous latte and quiche and would definitely return when in the area.

There are other places to stop, including Moscow, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and McCall. I stopped several times to take photos and was very lucky that it was a clear, beautiful day as it is a very windy road.

Boise

Boise is a neat city to explore, whether for the first time or as a repeat visitor. I went to my favorite spots, including the gorgeous Rose Garden, the Boise River Greenbelt, downtown 8th Street (restaurant row) and Rediscovered Books.

I love discovering terrific new places to eat and that happened in Boise. The Cottonwood Grille, located on the Greenbelt, is terrific. Excellent menu and customer service and how lovely to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine on a beautiful day. I will definitely return.

 

Another day, we went to nearby Meridian, enjoying lunch at The Yard House, located at The Village at Meridian.

I will have several separate photo posts of places mentioned above, once I sort out my many photos of this beautiful area.

On my return, I stayed on Interstate 84 passing the magnificent Columbia River and the Hood River area. It connects to Interstate 5 north, homeward bound. While a bit longer, the scenery is quite beautiful.

Savor your journeys, discovering new places and re-discovering familiar ones.

Post from last year about Boise and Coeur d’Alene:

Road Trip ~ Western Washington to Boise and Coeur d’Alene

 

Recap ~ Road Trip Western Washington ~ Mt Rushmore

  • Interstate 90 from Western Washington to Rapid City, South Dakota
    • East bound, stop in Missoula and Billings
    • West bound, stop in Billings, Missoula, Coeur d’Alene
    • Total road trip mileage: 2,713 miles
  • Mountain passes on I-90 include
    • Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, Cascade Range, 3,105 feet
    • Fourth of July Summit, Idaho, Coeur d’Alene Mountains, 3,173 feet
    • Lookout Pass, Idaho-Montana border, Bitterroot Range, 4,710 feet
    • Homestake Pass, Montana, Continental Divide, 6,375 feet
    • Bozeman Pass, Montana, 5,760 feet
  • Montana is truly “Big Sky” country; gorgeous area; friendly people. Highlights include:
    • Missoula ~ great place to explore (good restaurants, parks & book stores)
    • Billings ~ neat area; Gateway to Yellowstone (have to plan another road-trip)
    • Little Big Horn Battlefield and National Monument ~ a must visit
  • Mt Rushmore and the surrounding area are definitely worth the drive
    • Mt Rushmore ~ spectacular, awe-inspiring
    • The Badlands ~ fascinating and mysterious
    • South Dakota Air & Space Museum ~ a must see museum
  • Coeur d’Alene, Idaho ~ a favorite spot which I love to re-visit
    • Beautiful scenery, good restaurants and my favorite book store
  • I planned to travel prior to Memorial weekend to avoid summer traffic
    • Encountered snow in Wyoming
    • Be flexible with your travel plans
      • Leave time to explore and perhaps re-arrange itinerary
    • Have fun and savor your journeys

 

 

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho ~ Photos

The last stop on my road trip to/from western Washington ~ Mt Rushmore is a favorite spot Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Nestled in the mountains of northern Idaho, it’s a neat town to explore. Walk along Centennial Trail, browse the cute shops downtown, visit local parks and take a boat ride on beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene. Have dinner on the lake, enjoying a gorgeous sunset.

Savor your journeys.

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho ~ Photos  — from a previous visit — Enjoy the photos!