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.

  • 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!


    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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