10 ROMANTIC GETAWAYS IN IDAHO FOR THE ADVENTURE COUPLE

Post Summary: A collecton of amazing romantic getaways in Idaho with tips on where to stay, what to do, and where to dine.

With wide-open land, sky-high mountains, crystal clear lakes, and flourishing forests, romantic getaways in Idaho abound for anyone who loves sublime nature. Whether you’re looking to lounge lakeside, cozy up fireside, or adventure mountainside, there’s something for everyone.

If you’re looking for an Idaho honeymoon or a quick weekend getaway, then you’re probably looking for time spent in Idaho’s pristine nature. Here’s our round-up of 15 romantic Idaho getaways that are big on romance with enough outdoor exploration to make it a truly Idaho experience.

Check out our other articles about Idaho below:
How To Spend A Weekend In Boise
25 Amazing Things To Do In North Idaho
Where To Get The Best Beer In Boise
5 Delicious Desserts To Try In Boise

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THE 10 BEST ROMANTIC GETAWAYS IN IDAHO

1. MCCALL

Like most locations in Idaho, McCall is a year-round destination for outdoor activities. Famous for its annual Winter Carnival, McCall, Idaho, is one of the most magical and romantic places in Idaho. Located on Payette Lake, come summertime, everyone’s on the water, and come wintertime, everyone’s taking to the slopes on Brundage Mountain.

Romantic Things To Do:

Romantic Places To Eat

  • Rupert’s – James Beard nominated chef Gary Kucy serves up the best upscale dining in McCall. With an extensive wine collection and beautiful views, this is the spot in McCall for a memorable night out.

Romantic Places To Stay

Lake Vibes? View from The Shore Lodge.
Cabin Vibes? Image courtesy of VRBO.
  • Hotel Choice – The Shore Lodge is a resort experience that boasts a private beach, lakeview suites, outdoor hot tubs, a spa, and an onsite restaurant.
  • Home Rental Choice – McCall is the perfect place to rent a cabin and toast s’mores by the fire. This dreamy cabin is one mile from downtown making it an easy choice for someone who wants an easy drive to restaurants and breweries.

TIP: Idaho is one of the best states for camping because of the sheer volume of public land. If a hotel or home rental doesn’t appeal to you, you can also pitch a tent or rent an RV for a weekend. If you don’t have an RV, check out Outdoorsy, a nationwide peer-to-peer rental service that rents out RV’s, campervans, and trailers.


2. BOISE

nighttime city scene of Boise Idaho with neon lights and people walking through the streets

Idaho’s capital, Boise, is a wonderful destination for anyone who wants a romantic getaway with big-city amenities. With fantastic restaurants, wineries, hip breweries, live shows, and outdoor adventure, Boise is an excellent choice for the couple who wants to be out and about doing things. For a more in-depth dive into what to do, check out our guide to having an amazing weekend in Boise.

Romantic Things To Do:

  • Local wine tastings at Coiled Wine Bar or craft beer flights at Payette Brewing Co.
  • A leisurely stroll or tandem bike ride along the water on Boise’s 25 mile Greenbelt.
  • Watch the sun set at Table Rock, Boise’s most iconic lookout and hike.

Romantic Places To Eat:

  • Alavita – Scrumptious homemade Italian food in the heart of downtown Boise. Save room for dessert.
  • Capitol Cellars – The place to go for an upscale dinner with an extensive wine list. Housed in The Belgravia, a historic building from 1904, the restuarant exudes elegance and romance.
  • Petite 4 – A small but mighty restaurant in the Bench neighborhood of Boise. Serving french inspired dishes with a whismical twist, it’s a must do for food lovers.

Romantic Places To Stay

Photo courtesy of the Inn at 500 Capitol.
North End Studio Cottage. Photo courtesy of VRBO.
  • Hotel Choice: Inn at 500 Capitol is a luxury, boutique hotel located in downtown Boise. Excellent walkability, complimentary bikes, suites with fireplaces, and a James Beard nominated chef make it a stellar choice for romance seeking couples. Perfect if you’re looking to splurge on a nice stay.
  • Home Rental: North End Studio Cottage is an affordable, private getaway in the hip and walkable North End neighborhood. Perfect for the couple who want the feeling of luxury at an affordable price.

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3. COEUR D’ALENE (CDA)

Elegant and beautiful Coeur d’Alene is a top choice for anyone looking for romantic getaways in northern Idaho. Located in the panhandle of Idaho, CDA sits on picturesque Lake Coeur d’Alene. With its cute downtown and dazzling nature, CDA is ideal for couples who want to hole up in a cabin and go out and explore.

Romantic Things To Do:

  • Hike to the top of Tubbs Hills for beautiful views of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Afterward, strip down to your swimsuits for cliff jumping in to the lake.
  • Stand up paddleboarding or tandem parasailing on Lake Coeur d’Alene.
  • Adventure couples can take to the trees with Timberline Adventure. With seven zip lines, two sky bridges, and heights of 400 feet, you’ll get in plenty of thrills.

**For more fun options in the area, check out our post on 25 of the best things to do in North Idaho.

Romantic Places To Eat:

  • Beverly’s – A fine dining restaurant that boasts a 2 million dollar wine collection. With sweeping views of Lake Coeur d’Alene, dining at Beverly’s is for a night of luscious decadence.
  • Cedars – Dinner on top of the lake? Cedars is CDA’s only floating restaurant and has been serving up the best meat and seafood since 1965.

Romantic Places To Stay

Executive Suite House Rental. Image courtesy of VRBO.
  • Hotel Choice: The Coeur d’Alene Resort is a top choice for anyone looking for romantic hotels in Idaho. With an infinity pool, private beach, luxury spa, and top notch restaurants it’s a perfect spot for couples Splurge on a lake view room with a fireplace and you might be tempted to never leave.
  • Home Rental Choice: The luxury exective suite is a one bedroom guesthouse with upscale amenities. This highly rated rental is walking distance from the water, restaurants, and the Coeur d’Alene Resort.

4. SANDPOINT

Sandpoint, Idaho, is an idyllic small town that sits cozily between Lake Pend Oreille and three mountain ranges, the Selkirk, Cabinet, and Bitterroot mountain ranges. While Idaho has an abundance of charming mountain towns, Sandpoint stands out for its majestic outdoors and its vibrant community of artisans. Spend the morning skiing or hiking at Schweitzer and later come down the hill to explore the bustling downtown of local shops, galleries, and hip eateries.

Romantic Things To Do:

  • Horse back riding in the summer or a horse drawn sleigh ride in the winter at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch.
  • A sunset or full moon cruise on Lake Pend Oreille. Lake Pend Oreille Cruises offers a variety of different sailing options, including a private charter option if you’re looking for solitude.
  • Paddleboard, kayak, or lounge at City Beach and see why everyone loves lake life.

**For more things to do, check out our article on 25 fun things to do in Sandpoint.

Romantic Places To Eat:

  • Trinity – If you’re looking to dine with waterfront views, Trinity delivers as one of the few lakeside restaurants in Sandpoint.
  • Pend d’Oreille Winery – With live music, locally produced wines, and scrumptious pizzas, the winery is an excellent date night choice.
  • Baxters – A cozy restaurant serving American cuisine in the heart of downtown Sandpoint.

**For more restaurant suggestions, check out our article on 15 amazing restaurants in Sandpoint.

Romantic Places To Stay

The Arbor Room at the Talus Rock Retreat.
  • Hotel Choice: Talus Rock Retreat is a heavenly sanctuary that seems tucked away in the middle of nowhere, but is only 1 mile from downtown Sandpoint. Couples will love the Arbor Room for its jetted bathtub, double headed “tree shower” and french doors that lead to a private deck.
  • Home Rental: The chic Loft Style Apartment is in the center of downtown, making it the ideal location for anyone who wants to walk to nearby restaurants and city beach. Located in the historic W.A. Bernd Building, it’s a great choice for anyone who loves the charm of exposed brick and old buildings.

5. SUN VALLEY/KETCHUM

The Sun Valley/Ketchum area is the ideal spot for anyone looking to plan an Idaho honeymoon. With top-notch restaurants, bucket list hiking, hot springs, luxurious hotels, and loads of adventure to be had, it’s one of the most “on the nose” romantic getaways in Idaho. While Sun Valley and Ketchum are two separate places, they sit adjacent to each other, and if you’re visiting one, you’re bound to visit the other. The Sun Valley area is most famous for its skiing, but it can be enjoyed year-round and is just as beautiful in the summer.

Romantic Things To Do:

  • A horse drawn sleigh ride to dinner for two at the rustic and inviting Trail Creek Cabin.
  • Paragliding off of Bald Mountain.
  • Charcuterie and wine at the annual free symphony in the park.

Romantic Places To Eat:

  • Michel’s Christiana – French fine dining in Idaho? Grab a reservation and splurge on a decadent meal at this long standing restaurant serving up french cuisine at its finest.
  • The Roundhouse – This perenial favorite sits at 7700 feet, perched high atop Bald Mountain. With a gondola ride, panoramic views, and delectable food, a night at The Roundhouse is sure to be remembered.

Romantic Places To Stay:

The inviting Knob Hill Inn.
Affordable studio in Ketchum. Image courtesy of VRBO.
  • Hotel Choice: Knob Hill Inn is a charming, old world feeling hotel wtih modern amenities. Spring for a mountain view room with a fireplace and you might never want to leave.
  • Home Rental Choice: This cute efficient studio in Ketchum is a great choice for a couple who want an affordable rental that’s walking distance to restaurants.

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6. IDAHO CITY

Hot Springs Pool in Boise

If you’re looking for romantic getaways near Boise, Idaho, then Idaho City is the perfect choice for a quick overnight. What was once the most populated city in Idaho is now an old west town with 471 people. The small enclave is a charming throwback to Idaho’s mining history, and the main street still retains its old west charm. A visit to this small town is like stepping back into another era. While it’s one of the most popular day trips from Boise, making it a weekend getaway means you’ll have plenty of time to lounge around with your love. Idaho City is a rustic town that’s best for the couple that doesn’t need a lot of amenities.

Romantic Things To Do:

  • Soak in a natural hot spring at The Springs, one of the best hot springs near Boise. Book a private hot tub and you can enjoy the mountain views all on your own. Be sure to make a reservation as soon as you know. It’s a popular spot that books out fast.
  • Stop by the Sasparilla Ice Cream Parlor for a sweet treat.
  • Take a scenic drive on the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway. It’s a beautiful drive that will take you to one of Idaho’s most popular hot spring, Kirkahm Hot Springs.

Romantic Places To Eat:

  • The Gold Mine – A lively old west style saloon serving up smoked meat, burgers, and BBQ.

Romantic Places To Stay:

Cozy cabin in Idaho City. Image courtesy of VRBO.
  • Hotel ChoiceInn the Pines is owned by The Springs and a great choice if you’re planning to spend the majority of your time at the hot springs. They offer comfortable rooms and a discount to The Springs.
  • Home Rental – This simple one bedroom cabin located a mile away from Idaho City is a cozy option for the couple who want to tuck away for a weekend in the woods.

7. STANLEY

A top choice for an Idaho couples getaway is the small town of Stanley, Idaho. With it’s sheer abundance of hot springs bubbling up from the earth, Stanley is easily one of the most romantic places in Idaho. Stanley is so much more than steamy hot springs, though! Sitting at the base of the rugged Sawtooth Mountain Range and on the banks of the Salmon River, Stanley is the perfect basecamp for a weekend of romantic adventure.

Romantic Things To Do:

  • Dip into some hot springs with a day of exploring Sunbeam Hot Springs, Boatbox Hot Springs, and Kirkham Hot Springs.
  • Pack some warm blankets, a hot drink, and look for shooting stars at America’s first Dark Sky Reserve. It’s one of only 12 in the world!
  • In the winter go fat tire biking across some fresh powder and in the summer go white water rafting down the Salmon River.

Romantic Places To Eat:

  • Bridge Street Grill – Located on the Salmon River, the Bridge Street Grill is a casual date night spot that serves up filet mignon and lamb chops.
  • Stanley Baking Company – A breakfast and lunch spot that is a must do when visiting Stanley. Grab a lunch to go or have a cozy late breakfast at this popular spot.

Romantic Places To Stay:

The Stanley Inn. Image courtesy of The Stanley Inn.
rustic bed in all wood log cabin
Iron Creek Log Home. Image Courtesy of VRBO.
  • Hotel Choice: The Stanley Inn is a warm and simple hotel with gorgeous views of the Sawtooth Mountains. Located in downtown Stanley, it offers a complementary shuttle to its sister property The Redlake Lodge.
  • Home Rental Choice: The Iron Creek Log Home is a beautiful airy cabin that’s perfect for hunkering down afer a long day exploring the wild beatuy of Stanley.

8. TWIN FALLS

Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls Idaho

With over 30 waterfalls, Twin Falls is the best romantic getaway in Idaho for waterfall lovers. That’s not all there is to do in this Southern Idaho city! There’s also the vibrant downtown for foodies, the rugged Snake River Canyon for outdoor lovers, and the iconic Perrine Bridge for photographers (and BASE jumpers!). With a little bit of everything, this growing city is a great spot for the vacationing couple who don’t want to spend all day in a chic cabin.

Romantic Things To Do:

  • Bask in the glory of Twin Falls two most famous waterfalls: Shoshone Falls and Perrine Coulee.
  • Take a sunset stroll along the Canyon Rim Trail and leave a lock on the “Love Lock Gate.” Afterward, throw the key away to signify an unbreakable bond.
  • Kayak the Snake River to Shoshone Falls for an unforgettable, bucket list worthy view of the waterfalls.

Romantic Places To Eat:

  • Elevation 486 – A contemporary bistro perched high with views of the Perrine Bridge and the Snake River. A red brick interior and floor to ceiling windows make this a stunning restaurant with great food to match.
  • Saffron – Spice it up a bit with authentic Indian cuisine from Twin Falls favorite, Saffron. A cozy interior welcomes couples to nosh on their delightful butter curry and naan bread.

Romantic Places To Stay:

Twin Falls isn’t known for its extensive selection of romantic accommodations. It’s mostly chain hotels with standard rooms. Book a room at the Fairfield Inn and Suites for their comfortable beds, complimentary breakfast, and its close location to everything.


9. PRIEST LAKE

woman in swimming hole with small waterfalls flowing in

Priest Lake is considered the “crown jewel of the Gem State.” It’s not hard to see why. With crystal clear lakes and miles of emerald green forest, it’s the kind of place you go to retreat and commune with nature. The least developed of Northern Idaho’s three large lake towns, its tranquil quality will surely calm life’s frayed nerves. If you’re looking for North Idaho beauty at its finest, then Priest Lake is the right fit for a romantic getaway.

Romantic Things To Do:

  • Visit Priest Lake State Park and paddleboard or romp in the clear water beaches.
  • Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle the 2.5 mile thorofare that connects Upper and Lower Priest Lake.
  • Hike the Lakeshore Trail, a lakeside walk that that meanders through an an old growth forest and towering cedar trees.

Romantic Places To Eat

  • Hills Resort – A hearty robust menu with great ambiance.
  • Cavanaugh’s– Beautiful lakeside dining with a great selection of cocktails and wine.

Romantic Places To Stay:

red Adirondack chairs strewn on a green lawn  with lake in the background
Elkins Resort.
cabin in idaho looking over lake
Cabin over Priest Lake. Image courtesy of VRBO.
  • Hotel Choice: Elkins Resort offers a varierty of warm cozy cabins with options to stay creekside or lakeside.
  • Home Rental Choice: A picturesque lake view cabin that’s close to restaurants.

10. DRIGGS/VICTOR

Driggs, Idaho, and the nearby town of Victor might be Idaho’s best-kept secret. Overshadowed by the huge tourist destinations of Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National park, and Jackson, Wyoming, most people drive through Driggs on their way to these more popular spots. Not to be ignored, Driggs is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. With Grand Targhee Resort a 20-minute drive away and the Caribou-Targhee National Forest beckoning, Driggs is an excellent romantic Idaho getaway for the true adventure couple. Hip and straightforward, the town of Driggs is also home to some of the best beer and food in Idaho.

Romantic Things To Do:

Romantic Places To Eat:

  • Forage Bistro & Lounge – Considered by many to be the best restaurant in Idaho! A must do if you’re in the Teton Valley and are a true foodie. Reservations are highly recommended.
  • Three Peaks Dinner Table is a beloved western style restaurant with a focus on locally sourced fare.

Romantic Places To Stay:

romantic wood cabin with queen size bed and white sheets
Teton Valley Resort Cabin in Victor.
Slanted roof grey modern mountain home
Grand Teton Cabin in Driggs. Image courtesy of VRBO.
  • Hotel Choice: The Teton Valley Resort is located in Victor, Idaho and offers everything from luxury cabins, tipis, and RV sights. They have a great on site restaurant, a heated pool, hot tub, and can arrange tours to nearby sights.
  • Home Rental Choice: The Grand Teton Cabin is located right in the center of Driggs, making it perfect for anyone who wants to walk to nearby restaurants. The sleek modern design with heated bathroom floors make it a welcome respite after long days exploring.

BONUS: CAMPING IN A YURT OR FIRE LOOKOUT

a lit from within fire lookout with a purple blue night background.

If you’re looking for out of the box romantic getaways in Idaho, you might want to try camping in a yurt or fire lookout. Idaho is one of the best places for staying in a yurt or lookout. It’s a truly unique experience and perfect for a couple who is up for hiking, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling in to their typically remote locations. Some yurts and lookouts will have electricity, but others won’t, and most won’t have wifi. It’s for the couple who want to completely get away from it all and live out a weekend of cozy back-country exploration in the forest or mountains. Most yurt rentals can be found on peer to peer websites like VRBO and Airbnb while most fire lookouts can be booked through Recreation.gov. Surveyors Lookout, located in North Idaho, is a good example of a typical fire lookout.


That’s our list of 10 amazing romantic getaways in Idaho. Happy romancing and happy adventures!

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