Idaho Retreat Homes
Get away from it all. Without really having to get away from it all. Your home might be in Boise, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look at moving, or picking some vacation real estate like a cabin. Idaho is too big and too beautiful to stay in just one spot the entire time. There are forests, rivers, canyons, waterfalls, parks, and so much more. The city is only a small slice of what Idaho has to offer you. Didn’t you move to Idaho to experience the outdoors more? Then it’s high time you checked out the retreats Idaho can offer from the city.
Sometimes it’s not all about real estate. While there are plenty of cabins and other vacation (or permanent) residents scattered through Idaho, it’s important to remember that all of Idaho is a retreat. Even if you live in Boise, the largest city in Idaho, there are plenty of ways for you to escape the city and enjoy the beauty and simplicity of nature.
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Boise’s Massive Backyard
You don’t even have to go very far outside of Boise to dive right into nature. Just to the north and northeast of Boise are two forests with plenty to offer. A little further to the east is the Sawtooth National Forest, but the Boise National Forest sits right above Boise. These are both great opportunities to leave the city behind and enjoy the crisp forest air and the beautiful scenery.
Sightseeing isn’t all you can do, although the forests and mountains of Idaho offer some breathtaking views. In the Boise National Forest, it’s more like what can’t you do. There is a huge variety of different attractions and recreational activities to keep you busy, or to find that one perfect thing for you.
Take a quick retreat from Boise. Hop in the car and go on a scenic drive. Follow the river, and take the Payette River National Scenic Byway. This drive will you take you over mountains, through canyons, and along quiet, sandy beaches perfect for a picnic. Or, take the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway. Spring and fall are beautiful seasons to take this drive, as the forest is bursting with color. You can also test your luck and pan for gold!
Stretch out, park the car, and go hiking, biking, or horseback riding. With plenty of trails, you’ll be able to explore this beautiful backcountry to your heart’s content. Experience nature by being in the thick of it, and have a fantastic time immersing yourself in nature, and forgetting all about Boise. Bring a picnic and make a day of it! There’s so much to do, you can easily spend every season doing something fun and different.
For a real retreat, go camping. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of variety. Boise National Forest has over 70 campgrounds, ranging from paved roads and modern amenities, to the grass roots of camping where the amenities are a little more rustic. Grab your camping gear and hit the trail. Sleep under the stars and wake up to nature’s welcoming call. You can rent a cabin instead, if a tent or trailer doesn’t sound like much fun. The point is there’s a whole forest in Boise’s backyard, full of adventure and excitement. Everything you could need for the perfect retreat.
Live the Retreat
You moved to Idaho (or want to) because you love the outdoors. You love the beautiful mountain and forest scenery, the majestic rivers carving their way through the earth in their journey to the ocean, and the kind of lifestyle that lets you get out there and experience it. The amazing thing about Idaho is that the outdoors are everywhere.
Even if you live in a city, there are outdoor activities just a short drive away. From the panhandle to Southeast Idaho, and everything in between, Idaho is full of nature and beauty. You want a retreat? You already have one, waiting right in your own backyard. You can keep the city, and still enjoy the retreats Idaho has to offer. Or, you can do more than just getting out of the city from time to time.
Retreat Real Estate
Escaping the city and playing isn’t enough. You don’t want to just take a retreat; you want to live it. With the wide variety of land, opportunity, and real estate in Idaho and around Boise, you can. Don’t settle for a weekend getaway, when you can live the getaway. You don’t have to give up the modern amenities just to live out in the mountains or countryside of Idaho.
Imagine waking up the morning, looking out the window, and instead of seeing buildings or other homes, you see a forest. The air is crisp and clean, the skies are blue, and you can watch the weather change all around you. In the spring, everything is green and blooming. The colors shift as autumn approaches, and the forest and landscape around you turns into a living painting. And you get that every day of every year, your own private retreat.
Sticking relatively close to Boise, you can check out Garden Valley. It’s a beautiful area, tucked in the mountains right next to the Boise National Forest. While it may be a bit over an hour away from Boise, it’s not too far away to be much of a hindrance. When you need, you can easily head into the city to stock up, catch the latest movie, or have a nice dinner. As far as real estate goes, it doesn’t get much better than living away from it all, surrounded by nature.
Garden Valley isn’t the only place, and neither is Boise the only city. You can look all over Idaho for fantastic retreats and real estate. On the eastern side of Idaho, you can look into Island Park. It’s a fun little town, close to West Yellowstone and Yellowstone National Park, and it’s surrounded by beauty and wildlife. You could almost say that living in Idaho is a retreat in itself, and you wouldn’t be far off. So take your pick. Live in the city and retreat to the great outdoors, or skip the retreat, and pick up some real estate that puts you in the outdoors. Either way, you’ll win because you live in Idaho.
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Listing information last updated on November 29th, 2021 at 9:00pm MST.