7 Romantic Getaways in Idaho

Romantic getaways in Idaho

Are you looking to plan a romantic getaway in Idaho with your partner? If so, you’ve come to the right place. For those of us lucky to live in Idaho, we don’t have to travel too far! Whether you’re looking for a rustic backcountry experience or fine dining at world-class restaurants, the Gem State has it all. Here are some of my favorite romantic getaways in Idaho to guarantee an awesome time in Idaho with your loved one.

1 - Glamp in a Yurt

Easier than camping but with the same wilderness feel, yurt stays are not just for nomads in Mongolia anymore. I think you can actually Google the name of any destination in Idaho followed by “yurt” and voila - it exists! These structures are popular here for good reason - they are relatively simple to build in remote settings and provide good protection from the cold.

If you are looking for somewhere close to Boise, try a yurt near Idaho City, Galena Summit, or McCall. My boyfriend and I went to this yurt outside of McCall last Valentine's Day (get a discount on your Airbnb stay here) and it was one of our favorite memories together. Read all about our trip here on Visit Idaho's site. Please note that many are accessible only by skis or snowshoes around this time of the year, so prepare accordingly. Also prepare for primitive bathrooms, a wood-powered heating source, and lots of coziness! Some yurts are also open all year round and can allow easy access to the summer nature!

2 - Coeur d’Alene

If you are feeling up for a long road trip (or short flight) depending on where you're located, consider a magical weekend in Coeur d’Alene. Stay at The Coeur d’Alene Resort in a lake view room with a fireplace - what could be more romantic than that?! 

Grab a drink before dinner at Whispers with a view of the lake and grab dinner at Tony's on the Lake, 351 Cuisine or The Bluebird for a romantic  atmosphere. Downtown Coeur d'Alene also has great wine bars, breweries and art galleries if you're up for adventuring around the town during your stay. Check out my Coeur d'Alene guide for more things to do. Because Couer d'Alene is located on a lake there are lots of wonderful outdoor activities to keep you busy all year round.

3- Sandpoint

Close to Coeur d’Alene but with a personality all its own, Sandpoint is artsy, outdoorsy, and the perfect place to spend a romantic getaway with your partner. Grab a coffee at Understory Coffee and Tea and then grab a breakfast burrito at Joel's Mexican Food before hitting the slopes at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Be sure to visit some of the many downtown art galleries, and don’t miss a romantic two-horse open sleigh ride at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. I also have this post about things to do in Sandpoint if you need more ideas!

4 - Soak in hot springs

No list of romantic getaways in Idaho would be complete without hot springs. To make it an extra special experience, consider a destination where you can stay the night. Burgdorf Hot Springs is a rustic, remote resort only accessible by skis/snowmobiles in the winter months. This is one of the most romantic and quintessential Idaho adventures on the list! Surrounded by mountains, the resort offers 15 cabins for immersing yourself in a truly unique hot springs experience. Another option closer to Boise (and more easily accessible during the winter months) is The Springs in Idaho City. You can stay right next door at the Inn at the Pines just be sure to make reservations at The Springs in advance!

Idaho City Hot Springs

5 - Sun Valley 

There are few places in the country (or world)! that compare to Sun Valley, one of my favorite places in Idaho. If you are searching for an indulgent getaway and don’t mind the higher price tags on lodging and dining, Sun Valley is the ideal lover’s retreat. Stay at the legendary Sun Valley Lodge and experience world-class dining and spa services under the same roof. Sun Valley is most known for its access to the outdoors and has one of the world’s best ski areas - Bald Mountain. In addition to downhill skiing, you can also find excellent cross-country skiing, snowshoe trails, ice skating, and some of the most scenic (and romantic) sleigh rides. Sun Valley is equally as amazing in the summer as well, so it doesn't really matter what time of year you visit. The Ketchum and Sun Valley nightlife, restaurant scene and apres-ski scene is also perfect for one of the best romantic getaways in Idaho. Keep an eye out for celebrities - there are quite a few who visit and live here! Here's more great things to in Sun Valley in the winter.

SunValley Sleigh Ride

6 - Rent a cabin in McCall 

McCall is hands-down my favorite place in Idaho and it also happens to be full of cabins! A quick internet search will give you more options than you can probably even handle. The town’s Winter Carnival runs from January 24th until February 2nd, for those of you who want to celebrate V-day a little early. After that, there are still plenty of outdoor activities if you start to get cabin fever. Visit Brundage Mountain or Tamarack Resort for epic skiing and snowboarding. You can also find snow tubing, snowmobiling, and sleigh rides, all right outside of your Pinterest-worthy cabin! Summertime is also wonderful with great hiking and lake activities. If you book via Airbnb, be sure to use my link for a discount. Find all of my other favorite things to do in McCall in the winter, here and fun girls weekend activities here. 

mccall Idaho winter
mccall winter carnival

7 - Boise

Don't forget Idaho's capital city when thinking of a romantic weekend away in Idaho. Downtown Boise is chuck full of incredible restaurants, wineries, breweries and cocktail bars sure to make you have a perfect romantic weekend. Check out some of the most romantic restaurants in Boise and some of the best Airbnb's in Boise to make your stay that much more enjoyable! Need more ideas for romantic things to do? Check out this Boise winter guide and this comprehensive list of 75+ things to do in Boise to help you plan.

best restaurants in Boise

I hope you get the chance to try out a few romantic getaways in Idaho and that this gives you some ideas for your next adventure. If you need even more recommentations check out the best places to visit in Idaho or sign up below to get the my free Idaho road trip itineraries guide!


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