Twin Falls definitely took us by surprise. It is located in Magic Valley and with a name like that you know it’s got to be good. The fun never stopped while we were visiting and we are extremely glad that we left for a weekend getaway and got to experience this gem in the Gem State.
Just an hour to a few hours away from major cities like Salt Lake City, Boise, Idaho Falls, etc. sits Twin Falls. It attracts adventure seekers, waterfall chasers, foodies, and hot spring lovers alike. Great in all seasons, Twin Falls is the place to vacation. There’s stunning scenery, epic views, and delicious food. Here’s where we stayed, where we ate, and what we did during out trip to Twin Falls, Idaho!
Where to stay:
We were able to experience two beautiful and unique locations during our time in Twin Falls. First up, we visited the Blue Lakes Inn. This completely modernized boutique hotel sits near downtown Twin Falls close to all the action. In addition to the incredible location, the Blue Lakes Inn provides complimentary breakfast (which they use local products!), outdoor hot tub, relaxing outdoor patio seating area (with a grill), and amazing customer service which will leave you feeling like they’re family. One of our favorite parts about the hotel was all the coupons that they give to their guests for local restaurants and venues (who doesn’t love to use coupons and save a little money while on vacation)! We loved our time spent at the Blue Lakes Inn and will be back to visit again.
Our second evening spent in Twin Falls was at Kelley’s Canyon Orchard. Just a few miles outside of the heart of Twin Falls lies this beautiful orchard in the Snake River Canyon. This family owned orchard is operated by the “Kelley Girls”. They have fixed up their Grandmother Mary Anne’s home as an awesome AirBnB destination! We loved how it was surrounded by ripe peach and plum tress (which made for an awesome addition to our breakfast), next to the lovely snake river, and secluded enough to feel like we were there by ourselves. The best part? Waking up to the cool breeze drifting through the window and the sound of a waterfall and nearby creek in the background. Book a stay here and you won’t be disappointed!
Where to eat:
When we pulled into town Friday night we were starving! Jess gets hangry (yes, it’s a real thing) and the TF Brickhouse totally saved us! With their delicious food and great vibes this restaurant is the complete package. Steve ordered the best-selling Teriyaki Wasabi Beef for an appetizer and the Surf & Turf for the main meal. It was cooked to perfection! Jess is still dreaming about the Parmesan Cream Alfredo and may or may not have tried to find a similar recipe online to be able to enjoy this every week back at home! Our waitress, Mckayla, was an absolute delight and made us feel right at home. Not only do they have spectacular food, but they have a bustling night life too in this historic building! If you’re looking for great food and a fun filled night then you’ve found the right place.
We didn’t get many pictures at the Anchor Bistro & Bar because we were so busy enjoying the lively atmosphere, the bomb food, and watching the football game on the big screen TV’s. A night doesn’t get much better than this with the chicken avocado quesadillas and the pork carnitas tacos. The bulk of their meals are made in house by using local products. The night we were there a Boise State Game was on TV. It was great to see the community gathered there for a fun night filled with great food and all dressed in their Boise State attire. There is a strong sense of local pride for their community and the local teams. We could tell that Twin Falls loved this place because they have now started a food truck to spread the love, their amazing food can’t be contained to a single location!
We decided to stop by the Twin Falls Sandwich Company for lunch and it totally lived up to all the hype! Don’t let the name deceive you though, they have way more than just sandwiches (although in Jess’s opinion her sandwich stole the show). They also have burgers & brats, an awesome breakfast menu, paninis, salads, and a plethora of appetizers to choose from! Steve’s Aloha burger was heavenly accompanied with his french fries which were to die for. Twin Falls Sandwich Company is in the heart of downtown Twin Falls and the day we visited there just happened to be a farmers market going on. Take your meal to the outside seating patio and enjoy the great food, live music from the market, and awesome atmosphere. This sandwich shop is on our list for the next time we come back!
What to do:
Miracle & Banbury Hot Springs have got you covered for both adventure and relaxation. At the Banbury location you can rent out kayaks, paddle boards, etc. to enjoy the day out on the Snake River. We rented two single kayaks (that way if one of us tipped we both wouldn’t have to go overboard haha) and kayaked up to Blue Heart Springs. Get the 4-hour rentals because it will take about that long to get there and then relax at the springs. Later that evening we relaxed our sore muscles in the hot springs at the Miracle location. They have huge public pools that you can soak in but you can also rent out VIP pools! How cool is that!
On Sunday, we took a drive out to Shoshone Falls Park and man are we glad we added this to our list! A few months ago we stopped by Niagara Falls in Canada, but in our opinion, the Shoshone Falls were much better! Fun fact, the falls are actually taller than Niagara. And what really made this our favorite was the small crowds that shared this beautiful scene with us!
While we were living in Upstate New York for the summer we thought we hit the jackpot for waterfalls chasing but boy were we wrong. At every turn in Twin Falls there is a new waterfall to be discovered. Our favorite was the Perrine Coulee Waterfall because you could get behind it! We felt like we had just been transported to Hawaii. This was an awesome experience that everyone should get the chance to enjoy. This article is great if you want to chase some waterfalls while you are visiting!
If you want to get a jog in (or a nice evening walk) hit the Canyon Rim Trail . It winds along the snake river and has outlook points to see the Perrine Bridge… a perfect photo op! We really enjoyed watching the base jumpers take the leap of faith off of the bridge. Maybe one day we will work up the courage to do the same. Maybe.
Twin Falls stole our hearts and we look forward to returning one day. It has the perfect combination of adventure & relaxation. And when coupled with the incredible views, it makes this place the PERFECT WEEKEND GETAWAY. Plan a trip out to Southern Idaho and experience the magic we felt while exploring Magic Valley!
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Our trip was hosted by Southern Idaho Tourism but all opinions are our own.