Boise is one of those growing cities that attracts new residents from across the country. One interest these transplant dwellers tend to have in common is a love for the outdoors. Regardless of the time of year, many of the most popular area attractions involve open-air spaces. Even traditionally indoor activities, such as dining or attending a play, are beloved outdoor pastimes in Boise.

Visitors unfamiliar with Boise may be surprised to learn about the city’s increasing notoriety in the microbrew scene. Receiving national recognition for its growing number of microbreweries, the city’s brewers offer an array of flavors, with a local specialty in the hoppier varieties.

Another one of the area’s best-kept secrets is its wine country, about 30 minutes west of Boise. With its rolling hills and vineyards, those driving through may feel as though they’ve been transplanted to Napa Valley. In just an afternoon, visitors can sample dozens of labels while admiring scenic views.

Whether you come to Boise for a countryside vino experience or an urban cultural one, the city’s size and location offers the opportunity to take in the best of both worlds.