Wine tasting is the socially acceptable daytime bar hop.
The Treasure Valley happens to be home to a growing number of wineries, which, in turn, means an increasing number of opportunities to sample their creations. Chances are, no matter where an oenophile is in the valley, he or she isn't far from a tasting room. Those who want to spend an entire day making their way through Idaho's wine country need go no further than Canyon County, where a road-trip loop takes visitors to nearly a dozen wineries. In Ada County, a slightly shorter route heads from downtown Boise to Eagle and includes six wineries.
While most wineries welcome visitors on Friday and Saturday, many have limited mid-week hours. If in doubt, call ahead.
If you're more into beer, Boise is carrying on the proud Northwestern tradition of fine craft beers. Recently, several Boise-based microbreweries have teamed up to promote Boise as a craft-beer destination by hosting events showcasing the wares of each of the city's breweries.
But a beer lover need not wait for an event to sample the best of the local brewing scene. Take an afternoon and head out on your own pub tour.
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