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Never miss a beat on the neighborhood Nampa scene with our monthly Staff Pick posts, highlighting the hottest local area attractions and events – not to be missed while staying with us at Best Western Plus Nampa.

  • Nampa’s Funtober Fest

    Nampa’s Funtober Fest

    A cool breeze wafts through the air, the trees are tinged with yellow and orange, and the sun is setting earlier and earlier each night. Yes, fall has finally arrived, and that means another year of family fun at the Funtober Fest right here in Nampa, Idaho. On Saturday, October 20, from 1-4 P.M., head down to the Nampa Rec Center for our city’s annual outdoor, carnival-style fall celebration perfect for all ages. You’ll enjoy dancing, crafts, storytelling, games, and much more, including face painting for the little ones. And don’t forget to don your scariest garb to compete in the costume contest. Admission is $6, and all are welcome. Once your family has had its fill of festival fun, head back to the Best Western Plus Nampa for some hot chocolate and a well-earned afternoon nap.

    Address: 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, ID 83686

  • A Little History at the Nampa Train Depot Museum

    A Little History at the Nampa Train Depot Museum

    Nampa may be a small town, but its rich history is thoroughly documented. For a fascinating look into the town’s past, we suggest visiting the Canyon County Historical Nampa Train Depot Museum. Located about a mile from our hotel, the museum was once the site of the Nampa Train Depot, which was erected in 1903 and converted into offices for the Union Pacific Railroad in 1925. Threatened by demolition in the early 70s, the Canyon County Historical Society saved this cultural landmark, establishing the museum there in 1976. During your visit, you’ll be treated to exhibits showcasing the history of the railway and agricultural industries, plus many other aspects of the daily lives of the people who initially settled Nampa and surrounding communities. There’s also an extensive archive for folks interested in doing in-depth research. The museum is open to visitors Thursday through Saturday from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.

    Address: 1200 Front St, Nampa, ID 83687

  • Authentic Hawaiian Flavors at Island Kine Grinds

    Authentic Hawaiian Flavors at Island Kine Grinds

    Idaho might not be a tropical island, but during your visit to Nampa, you can absolutely savor the flavors of Hawaii at Island Kine Grinds. Located less than five minutes from the Best Western Plus, this one-of-a-kind restaurant is staffed by friendly folks eager to serve authentic Hawaiian cuisine to their guests. Island Kine Grinds is great for adults and kids, and with most dishes priced under $15, it’s great for your pocketbook as well. Stop by every Friday evening to enjoy the signature “Aloha Friday Plate” and traditional Hawaiian dances performed by the restaurant’s own ohana-keikis and wahines hula dancers. When you dine at Island Kine Grinds, you’re not just a guest. You are ohana (Hawaiian for “family”), so work up an appetite and come on down for a delicious meal and hospitality rivaled only by the superior service at the Best Western Plus.

    Address: 140 Caldwell Boulevard, Nampa, ID 83651

  • Outdoor Adventures at Lake Lowell Park

    Outdoor Adventures at Lake Lowell Park

    One of the region’s most popular destinations for outdoor family fun, Lake Lowell Park is located just minutes from our hotel. With nearly 20 acres of pristine land to roam, you can enjoy a day picnicking, hiking, hunting, boating, or fishing. If you’re really feeling the heat (summer days in Idaho can be real scorchers), take a refreshing dip in the lake. Families with small children will be especially delighted by the story time trail, an easy and scenic hike that offers your little ones the chance to read a story that gradually unfolds at clearly marked stations as you continue along the path. Bird watching enthusiasts will want to bring their Audubon Society book too, as Lake Lowell Park is widely recognized as a prime spot for birders. The park is open from sunrise to sunset all year long.

    Address: 12880 Iowa Ave, Nampa, ID 83686

  • Family Fun on the Fourth

    Family Fun on the Fourth

    If you’re anything like us, you love a good holiday celebration, and here in Idaho, Independence Day is prime partying time. For guests staying at the Best Western Plus on July 4, we recommend checking out the many day-long festivities in the nearby town of Caldwell, just a 15-minute drive from our hotel. The annual parade kicks off at Memorial Park at 9 A.M. (we know that’s early, but trust us, it’s good to beat the heat), followed by an array of fun activities that last well into the afternoon, including a car show, arts and crafts dealers, food vendors, live music, games, and a kids’ pie-eating contest. If you’d prefer a later start to the day, you can always skip the parade and just go for the other festivities (which offer ample opportunities to relax in the shade), or wait till nightfall to enjoy a pretty darn spectacular fireworks show in honor of American’s 242nd birthday.

  • Rusty Retro Antiques and Oddities

    Rusty Retro Antiques and Oddities

    Nampa may not be as large as Boise, its neighbor 20 miles to the east, but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in idiosyncrasy. One of our favorite specialty shops in town, Rusty Retro Antiques and Oddities is owned by Dave Britton, a former special effects makeup artist who decided years ago to relocate from Hollywood to Nampa. Though Dave no longer works on movies, he still makes art, most of it steampunk themed, and his unique personality shines through in the thousands of items for sale at the shop. Merchandise includes not only the kinds of collectibles, furniture, and toys from bygone eras that one would expect but also some delightfully weird items, such as the case of shrunken heads or the snakeskin table settings made from actual snakes. You’ll also find handmade merchandise, including jewelry and glassware, crafted by local artisans. If you’re into the curious and quirky, stop by Rusty Retro Antiques and Oddities, where there truly is something to appeal to every sensibility.

    Address: 604 Caldwell Blvd, Nampa, ID 83651

  • Savor the Sweet Fruits of Skyline Vineyard and Sawtooth Winery

    Savor the Sweet Fruits of Skyline Vineyard and Sawtooth Winery

    After a long day, there are few things we enjoy more than kicking back with a glass of fine wine. Fortunately, folks in Nampa are blessed to be so near the Sawtooth Winery and its 400-acre Skyline Vineyard. Established over three decades ago by Charles Pintler, Sawtooth has garnered national accolades for its outstanding Merlot, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Syrah, and Tempranillo. Meanwhile, the grapes cultivated at the vineyard are coveted by top-tier winemakers across the state. On Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, Sawtooth Winery will be hosting its annual spring release tasting. Ensconced comfortably in the winery’s sophisticated new tasting room, guests will enjoy a variety of specially selected vintages served alongside artisanal cheeses and nuts. You’ll also be among the very first to sample the highly-anticipated 2017 Classic Fly Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Classic Fly Mourvedre Rosé. Whether you’re a seasoned sommelier or just someone who appreciates the finer things in life, Sawtooth Winery has what it takes to tickle your tongue and enliven your spirit.

    Address: 19348 Lowell Road, Building C, Caldwell, ID 83607

  • Warhawk Aviation Museum

    Warhawk Aviation Museum

    It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s--the Warhawk Aviation Museum. If you’re looking for a unique way to spend the day, check out the Warhawk Aviation Museum less than 10 minutes away from the Best Western Plus Nampa. The Warhawk Aviation Museum has an array of restored fighter plane and jets that were used during World War I, World War II, the Korean, and Vietnam war. In addition to seeing these incredible machines, the Warhawk Aviation Museum also prides itself on teaching younger generations of the great sacrifices of the military men and women. If you are a veteran, war industry worker or medical volunteer, the museum would love for you to share your story as a part of the Veterans History Project. You’ll also be privy to scavenger hunts for younger and older children. The scavenger hunt is a great way for the youth to engage with the artifacts and the museum while learning history. To learn more click here.  

    201 Municipal Way, Nampa, ID 83687

  • Under the Idaho Stars

    Under the Idaho Stars

    It’s February and it’s cold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a lovely evening spent out under the stars. If you’re looking for something romantic to do this February with your better half (and maybe your little ones too), why not check out the Whittenberger Planetarium on the the College of Idaho campus. With seating for only 50 people, you’re sure to have an intimate experience. The projector at the Whittenberger Planetarium can show northern and southern constellations as well as all the planets, the moon, and sun. Is your head spinning like Earth yet? While this makes for a perfect romantic night out on a cold February evening, visit the planetarium year-round to see different constellations and parts of outer space depending on the season. For less than $5 per person and a short 12-mile drive from the Best Western Plus, it's easy to take your date somewhere that's truly "out of this world." For information on the schedule and for tickets, click here.

  • Crisp and Delish

    Crisp and Delish

    It’s the start of the new year and you promised yourself it was time to buckle down. It’s a new year and you’re a new you. Still, you’re yearning for the best darn burger of your life and perfectly crisp fries to start off the year. You’re in luck. Not even 1 mile from the Best Western Plus Nampa you’ll find the Boise Fry Company. What makes them special? Aside from local bison and regional beef, they also offer fries from a range of potatoes. We’re talking Russet, purple, cold, sweet, Laura, and yams. Who knew fries came in some many varieties? Not to mention they come in a variety of cuts: shoestring, regular, homestyle, curly, and po balls. You might be thinking, how am I honoring my resolution by eating locally sourced fries and a burger? Well, Boise Fry Company not only has fresh ingredients, it works to keep the air fresh too by recycling its sunflower seed oil in cars and using sustainable ingredients. You can have your fries and eat them too! Sit down, Marie Antoinette! For information on their menu and to see how they use red-onion gastrique and house-made pickles to create a healthier with vegetarian options, click here.

    224 12th Ave S, Nampa, ID 83651

  • Holiday Spirit Guide

    Holiday Spirit Guide

    It’s the most wonderful time of year. Time for family, friends, shopping, dining, and all the other incredible activities Nampa has to offer. Luckily, just a short drive away, you’ll find The Village at Meridian. December is a great time to visit. There are fun activities and events for all. You’ll find restaurants ready to satiate any palate and fit any budget. The same is true for the variety of the stores to get all your holiday shopping done. Once you’ve shopped and dined, why not check out some of the fun events going on throughout the month of December. You could take the kids to see Santa, spend some time reading with Santa’s helpers, or go ice skating. At The Village at Meridian, you’ll find yourself ready and in the holiday spirit in no time, thanks to the endless options and holiday-themed activities; and you’ll be surrounded by the beautifully decorated and spectacular fountain. For more information aboutThe Village at Meridian, click here

    3597 E. Monarch Sky LN #225, Meridian, ID 83642

  • Thanksgiving Weekend Barrel Tasting

    Thanksgiving Weekend Barrel Tasting

    So, you’ve spent Thanksgiving with family and now you need a break? Sawtooth Winery has got you covered. On Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26, the winery is hosting their Thanksgiving Weekend Barrel Tasting and Farewell Celebration. Since the winery will be moving to a new location, they're saying goodbye with some wine! The event starts at noon and ends at 5 p.m., tickets are only $11.42, and available for purchase online. In addition to enjoying some wine, you can also get a tour of the winery and enjoy the scenic views. Sawtooth Winery offers an array of different wines--a great way to get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping with their Black Friday deals. Wine, a break from the family, lovely views, and some shopping--what a great start to the holiday season! Get your tickets now.

    Sawtooth Winery, 13750 Surrey Ln, Nampa, ID 83686

  • Funtober Fest

    Funtober Fest

    Festivals, fall, fun…oh my!! It’s that time of year where the festivals are rolling in, the leaves are changing colors, and there’s so much fun to be had with family and friends. Don’t stop enjoying the wonders of fall just because you're away from home. Festival fun is falling in Nampa, ID’s lap with Funtober Fest at the Nampa Recreation Center on October 21st from 1 to 4 pm. Come have some harvest fun at Funtober Fest! Funtober Fest is an outdoor, carnival-style event that includes face-painting, crafts, dancing, storytelling, a costume contest, games and more! Grab you spookiest costumes and enjoy a day of family cheer with Nampa locals at Funtober Fest. Admission is $5 for members and $6 for non-members, so bring the entire family out to enjoy it! 

    Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, ID 83686

  • Tracking History

    Tracking History


    A town like Nampa will always surprise you with its history, and a trip away from home is the best time to explore and learn new things. Visit Nampa’s Train Depot Museum to learn new things and be pleasantly surprised by Nampa’s rich history. The original Canyon County Historical Museum is located in a historic area of downtown Nampa. The depot opened in 1902 and served as Nampa’s Train Station for over 20 years. The station was restored and then converted into a museum in 1976. Nampa’s Train Depot is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., hosts monthly events, and serves as a resource for those doing a little digging about Nampa, ID. The museum houses extensive archives of Canyon County photos, newspaper clipping, books, and so much more. Unlock a little history of this small town with a family visit to Nampa Train Depot. For additional information, click here

  • Aloha!

    Aloha!

    Who knew you could get a taste of the Hawaiian islands right here in Nampa? Let Island Kine Grinds ignite your taste buds during your next trip to Nampa, Idaho. Bring the entire family out to enjoy above par service, fresh dishes that come to your table hot, and a kid friendly environment that captures the Aloha spirit as soon as you step through the door. The scrumptious menu contains an array of different meats, and most items are well under $15. Every Friday guests are entertained by Island Kine Grinds’ very own ohana-keikis and wahines hula dancers. So prepare yourself for a laid-back island experience without ever going to a beach at Nampa’s Island Kine Grinds. Aloha!

  • It's Not Just a Lake

    It's Not Just a Lake

    Are you looking for a little outdoor fun? Day time activities the whole family will enjoy? If so, just 6 miles west of Best Western Plus Nampa lies nearly 10 acres of land for some all day family fun. Lake Lowell Park is one of the largest off stream reservoirs in Southwest Idaho. Once called Deer Flat Reservoir, Lake Lowell’s historic grounds hold amenities for diverse fun and adventure. From bird watching and hunting to hiking and a story trail for the kids, Lake Lowell Park is an all-day treat for those vacationing in Nampa, Idaho. Whether you’re looking for an open space to have a picnic and BBQ on the park’s grills or just a place to do your morning run Lake Lowell is a great destination to add to your itinerary. So grab the family, park your car for free, and enjoy the great outdoors just minutes away from the Best Western Plus Nampa. 

    Lake Lowell Park, 12880 Iowa Ave., Nampa, ID 83686 

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