Step into boutique shops and casual eateries behind Gold Rush-era facades near Boise.
The spirit of the Wild West lives on in a Boise suburb. Eagle's main drag sparkles with the gold rush–era facades of Orville Jackson's Drug Store, which today sells antiques, and the Eagle Hotel, now a barbershop. Where roughneck miners once staked claims, you'll find boutiques displaying gowns, coffee shops grinding fair-trade beans, and restaurants serving local ingredients. Area code is 208.
- Start your day with a cup of java at Rembrandt's, a coffeehouse–art gallery housed in a converted church. 93 s. Eagle Rd., 938-1372.
- Watermelon gazpacho, lamb shanks atop apricot–blue cheese gratin, teriyaki salmon with wasabi-potato latkes—the cuisine at SixOneSix has plenty of moxie. 1065 E. Winding creek Dr., 938-3010.
- For more casual eating, drop into the deli-style Blue Moose Cafe. The tuna sandwich served on cranberry-orange bread is a local favorite. 79 Aikens Rd., 939-3079.
- At the Eagle Plaza, browse Mimi Marie (939-1005) for styles by designers such as Calleen Cordero, and Lily Fine Clothing (939-5115), where a tiered black taffeta evening gown will set you back $600.
- Pop by the Eagle Historical Museum to see its fine replica of a blacksmith shop and homespun exhibits on local history. 67 E. state st., 939-2669.
- On July 31, art vendors and musicians take over Heritage Park, and galleries stay open late at Last Thursday Art Walk & Music in the Park. eaglearts.org .
- Bardenay, on the banks of the Boise River, boasts its own copper still for making gin. The patio is the perfect spot to sip a martini and imagine the miners who pulled gold out of the river 100 years ago. 155 E. Riverside Dr., 938-5093.
Photography by Joshua Roper
This article was first published in July 2008. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.