At The Cornerstone Bistro, Chef Benjamin Thorpe composes a different menu every week based on the fresh, seasonal ingredients made available by local farmers. Specializing in northern Italian and fusion American cuisine, he transforms Mother Nature’s organic offerings into rustic small plates, innovative entrees, and homemade desserts, such as pies and tarts aromatic enough to hang from a car's rearview mirror. A weekly chef's table slides Chef Thorpe’s edible handiwork further into the spotlight, inviting diners to gather for a lineup of specially prepared courses during meals outfitted with specific themes.
Nestled on a sloping, well-manicured hillside, Ste. Chappelle Winery transports visitors to a gothic chapel in France. Rows of grapevines intersect with the stout, picturesque building, which houses a tasting room equipped with tall archer’s windows on all sides. There, 20 varieties of wine are uncorked by resident oenophiles, splashed into awaiting glasses for sampling or dyeing mismatched neckties. In the warmer months, crowds gather with blankets and bottles on the lawn for live music events, held as part of a summer concert series.
More than 40 physicians refer their patients to The Athlete's Foot - Boise for custom-fit athletic shoes that complement athletic ability and reduce injury. Patrons step onto the Fit Print platform, which measures the biomechanical pressures that feet experience while walking, running, or punting a cell phone across the room. Afterward, the shop's specialists keep each customer's foot structure and regular physical activity in mind when recommending shoes designed by Asics, Brooks, Saucony, and other brands. Although much of the shop's stock is geared toward athletes and those upping the ante for physical fitness as a New Year's resolution, the shop also purveys casual and therapeutic footwear by Keen and Orthaheel.
Owned and operated by Boise residents Darrin and Michelle Sligar, Lux Fashion Lounge furnishes fashion-conscious bodies with trendy apparel while helping to reduce consumer waste. All items in the store are carefully selected for their excellent condition and up-to-date style, and are thoroughly inspected for any lingering coffee stains or witches' curses before being sold. The selections are conveniently organized and displayed in the hip boutique, making it easy to find particular styles or brands. The friendly staff is always on hand to help navigate the racks in search of form-fitting finds. Treat your torso to a stylish men’s or women’s top (average price $9–$18), or keep your legs from impersonating arms with a pair of men’s or women’s pants (average price $14–$20). Lux also often buys and trades used clothing (depending on current stock), offering cash or store credit for selected items.
The Ashley Inn sits on Main Street, within walking distance of the town center and the evergreen-lined Lake Cascade. Head to Lake Cascade State Park to windsurf, sail, and fish on the water, or tour the shoreline while hiking, bird watching, or biking.About 25 miles north of the inn in the heart of the Payette River Mountains, Tamarack Resort receives an average of 300 inches of snow each year, making it a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.