The scent of pumpkin lattes wafts out of Starbucks like a thick cloud, Ugg boots are back and an abundance of slouchy hats and oversized sweaters have taken over campus; Fall is upon us. What better way to celebrate than to grab your significant other (or a friend!) and check out what the Treasure Valley has to offer?
1. Coffee and Tablerock
Cheap and spontaneous, grabbing coffee or hot chocolate at a local coffeeshop (double check their hours, many close by 7 or 8) and heading up to Tablerock to sit and talk is a great way to break the monotony of dinner talks. Sunset is beautiful and after-dark holds a certain allure, with the sparkling city lights and sharp nip in the air. To drive up the back way, follow Reserve St. (located behind St. Luke’s) up the winding road. Take a right on Table Rock Rd. Continue until you see a fork, and take a right onto the gravel road. The gate closes at sundown.
For the 21+ crowd, Spacebar is a new bar downtown featuring old school arcade games, including Tron, Frogger, Pac-Mac Pinball and Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker. Located in a small, basement space on the corner of Idaho and Capitol, it’s low-lit and cozy. Video games and beer may not sound romantic, but it will definitely bring out your competitive side.
3. First Thursday
Downtown Boise’s First Thursday takes place on the first Thursday of every month and features an array of art galleries, wine tastings, entertainment, food specials and happy hours. Held throughout downtown Boise, this event gives visitors the opportunity to check out local businesses and talent. Shows and specials begin at 5 p.m., and end at 9 p.m. For more information, check out downtownboise.org.
4. The Pumpkin Patch
The Treasure Valley offers several pumpkin patches to choose from (Linder Farms, the Farmstead) that feature hundreds of pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and colors to choose from. Several also include a hayride to take you to the pumpkin patch. Pumpkin pricing averages around 30 cents a pound.
5. Ice Skating
You don’t have to be an Olympic skater to enjoy ice skating. Ice skating provides the opportunity to grab your SO’s hand if you need to, or share a laugh if one of you takes a spill. It’s also an excellent place to people watch. Idaho Ice World offers several specials, including Food Bank Friday and 2-for-1 Buddy Days. Be sure to check their calendar for open skate times, as they are limited.