IDAHO NEW YEAR'S COMMISSION
The Grove Hotel
sold out first, and quite awhile ago. All 254 rooms are booked for tomorrow night's New Year's Eve holiday. Then the Modern Hote
l booked the night almost solid, with only one of the 39 rooms remaining—as of 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 30. It probably won't last long though.
Organizers for the Idaho Potato Drop
hope to see more than 50,000 people attend the second annual event
. With three stages—a main stage at Bannock Street, a family stage on Tenth and Main and an adult stage at Sixth and Main—nearly 20 food trucks, two VIP areas on the Grove and Flatbread, a small army of street performers and a fireworks display, this year is promised to be bigger and better than last year.
And of course one can't forget the station wagon-sized foam potato poised to drop from a crane over Eighth and Main streets on the countdown to midnight.
Turn-out for the event could go either way, though, with temperatures forecasted
around a brisk 6 degrees Wednesday night.
Although the Grove Hotel and the Modern are pretty well sold out, a few other downtown options remain available. Hotel 43
still has 29 rooms available starting at $289. The Safari Inn
has 20 rooms left at $99, and the Red Lion Hotel
has 58 rooms open with a special New Years rate at $69.
All of these hotels expect to be booked up by the time the calendar turns over to 2015.