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In the last few decades, Idaho's wine industry has experienced remarkable growth. According to Visit Idaho, the state contains upward of 50 wineries and more than 1,200 acres of vineyards – including a handful or so within striking distance to Boise. Below you'll find a few favorites from recent Boise visitors.

Don't be turned off by Cinder Wines' warehouse exterior: Inside you'll find a large, tastefully decorated tasting room. The winery, which has won awards for its shiraz and off-dry riesling, among others, is located less than 3 miles from downtown Boise in Garden City. Recent visitors praised the tasty wines and friendly and knowledgeable staff at Cinder. Split Rail Winery is another nearby spot worth trying. Tucked inside a converted auto mechanic's shop in Garden City, Split Rail aims to sell "killer wines" that "defeat the pompous mantra of wine." You'll find wine by the can and growler, as well as by the bottle here, and recent patrons call the service and wine top-notch. Coiled is another Garden City spot, which specializes in syrah and riesling wines. Yet another is Syringa, which uses Italian and Spanish grapes to make its tempranillo and sangiovese, among others.  

Each winery has different hours of operation and fees for tastings. For example, Cinder Wines is open from 11 a.m. to 6 or 8 p.m. daily, excluding major holidays, and tastings start at $7 per person. Split Rail Winery is open Wednesday through Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m. and tastings cost $7, though are refundable if you buy a bottle of wine. If you'd rather go on a guided tour of the wineries, you can book a tour through an operator like Idaho Wine Tours, which rolls the transportation and tasting fee into one price, spending about an hour each at a selection of wineries. Tours run from around 11:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and cost $80 per person to visit four wineries. For more information, visit the individual websites of each winery or check out the Visit Idaho website.

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The Boise River Greenbelt stretches 25 miles along the Boise River and offers runners, joggers, walkers and cyclists a beautiful place to get some exercise. Since it travels through the heart of downtown Boise, some commuters even use it as a route for reaching their workplaces. The tree-lined trail also winds past several of the city's most popular parks, including Kathryn Albertson Park and Julia Davis Park. What's more, the city created a scavenger hunt with a map and clues on its website that prompts visitors to explore the trail and learn more about the city's history along the way.

Travelers commonly described the area as relaxing and peaceful and enjoyed their experience walking their dogs or riding their bikes on the trail. Other travelers appreciated that the Boise Greenbelt isn't very crowded, but it still feels safe with lights illuminating the trail in most places.

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