A cool evening drive through the lush valley west of Boise leads to quiet backroad farms and the sweet smell of fields in Canyon County. Stop at the fruit and vegetable stands and the u-pick orchards around the area.
Take Highway 55 south of Nampa to find beautiful orchard country around Sunny Slope, where Ste. Chapelle Winery celebrates with summer Sunday Jazz Concerts. Ste. Chapelle Winery, three miles north of Marsing, invites visitors to stop for a taste of Idaho in a glass. For the fisherman, drive along the rocky Snake River Canyon where the bass fishermen net their limits.
Take 12th Avenue through Nampa, turn west on Lake Lowell Avenue to the dam, and follow the signs to the Deer Flat National Wildlife Lake Lowell Visitors Center.
The refuge consists of 11,585 acres. Waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds are year-round residents. Bald eagles may be seen during the winter months along with Mallards and Canadian Geese. The refuge is open daylight to dark. Picnic facilities, boat ramps, water-skiing and fishing are all available at Lake Lowell.
Make sure you join the 10-day Snake River Dayz celebration every July, featuring the famous Snake River Stampede. It’s one of the top 11 rodeos in the country. An additional activity is an all-horse drawn parade.
Nampa provides a variety of shops to meet your every need. There are many superb lodging accommodations and wonderful restaurants in Nampa.