Taking a tour of the tater-state and coming into Eastern Idaho?
This guide is for you. This post will highlight the best of the best in Idaho Falls, Idaho, from an unbiased and un-sponsored individual. It may be a small town, and I may complain about it from time to time, but it does have its charms...
First and foremost, if you're not LDS go ahead and skip the Mormon Temple. It's the big white eyesore that ruins pictures of the falls and can be seen no matter where you are.
If you HAVE TO see it, do what I did and have some fun.
- Bars that have been in existence for over 100 years (Karen's and Ford's, Ford's smells like it's over 100 years old...)
- Unique 'Bench Art' from artists all over the world
- The greenbelt and (of course) the waterfalls that give IF the original name.
- And cool businesses galore.
There are great eateries and drinkeries downtown. MarCellar's is an amazing beer and wine shop where you can sample some of the best libations around. The Snake Bite, The Frosty Gator and Rutabagas all have fantastic food offerings.
Come hungry. And thirsty.
mentioned them before, but The Villa Coffeehouse is my favorite hangout in town by far. Their coffees and teas are unmatched in this area, and their service is awesome.
Their internet sucks during peak hours, but that just shows the popularity of this place. I've written about my worries when they were losing employees and customers were whispering predictions of doom, but they pulled out strong and are better than ever.
I would say 'ask for ______' but you really can't go wrong. Come early for a pick-me-up (a Synergy latte and a jalapeno bagel for me), and come late on Wednesdays thru Saturdays for a nightcap.
And tell them I sent you. Hell, ask if I'm there. I'm there more often than I should be, and am surprised they don't charge me rent.
Even in January. The thing gets covered in snow, ice and icicles and is a sight to behold. It's a neat scene during the summer, but looks much cooler when it is half-frozen.
Feel free to do like other tourists in town: Park to the side and try to get your picture taken in front of the statue. I'll bet at least 4 locals flip you off or curse you out before you can say 'cheese....'
The Peppertree Lounge often has bands or comedians playing (recently featured Saving Abel) with minimal covers.
For a more local and underground scene, check out The Wax House.
It's loud. It's claustrophobic. It's fucking awesome.
The venue is small and it's a little off the beaten path, but they get some good names now and then. Local bands like The Opskamatrists and Gutter and the Onslaught know how to rock the house, and are worth seeing at least once.
While there is nothing better in this town than the fine dining options, you can easily cruise the town and get a few good laughs.
Remember some of the signs I've shared in previous posts?
|Home Cook'n When YOUR Not Home Cook'n. GAAH|
|What is this I don't even...|
....well there is always more where that came from. A reader board for a local insurance agency recently read "School is back in session! Drive carefull!" I couldn't tell if they spelled 'careful' wrong and have grammar issues, or if the 'y' fell off. Days later, an 'l' was removed and now the sign reads 'drive careful.' That answers that.
So yes. I do live in a small town, and I complain about it from time to time. But there are a few gems in this area of the gem state. If you're passing through, slow down enough to see some of the good sights in Idaho Falls.
And if you need me, odds are I'll be at The Villa.