More Explorations 

The intrepid team of BW explorers was not able to visit all the Canyon County locations they wanted. The following is a list of some of the other top reasons to make your own journey to the 2C.

Brick 29—Comfort food in a historic location. 320 11th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-468-0029, brick29.com.

Greenhurst Nursery and Garden Center—Testament to everything botanical, chock-full of home decor and gift items. 3209 S. Happy Valley Rd., Nampa, 208-466-5783.

Historic train depots—Check out temples to past modes of transportation. Historic train depots can be found in both downtown Nampa and Caldwell. Nampa's now serves as the home for the Canyon County Historical Museum, while Caldwell's is available for private events. Nampa Train Depot, 1200 Front St., Nampa, cchsociety1002.qwestoffice.net. Caldwell Train Depot, 701 Main St., Caldwell, caldwelldepot.com.

Karcher Mall—Long before there was a Boise Towne Square, residents of the valley migrated en masse to Nampa to supply themselves with the latest fashions. Karcher Mall—which has recently undergone a massive facelift—is still a place to check out in the western end of the valley. 1509 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 208-465-7845, shopkarchermall.com.

Lakeside Lavender Farm—Once a year, every summer, locals converge on the farm on the banks of Lake Lowell to collect this fragrant plant. 1003 W. Locust Lane, Nampa, 208-466-0523, lakesidelavender.com.

Mona Lisa—What explorer doesn't need fondue? 102 11th Ave. N., Nampa, 208-442-1400, mlfondue.com.

Nampa Civic Center—Celebratory gathering place for witnessing dancing, music and theatrical performances. 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5500, nampaciviccenter.com.

Nampa Roller Drome—Great place for an anthropological study about the culture of those who choose to spend their lives on wheels. 19 10th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-466-9905, namparollerdrome.net.

Pipe Dream Skate Park—Gathering center for local youth who perform exuberant maneuvers on a board with four wheels. Recently opened, the park draws skaters from across the valley. 4317 Challenger Way, Caldwell.

Say You Say Me—Morning fuel for hearty adventurers. 820 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 208-466-2728.

Squeezers Giant Burgers—The name says it all. 2121 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-466-5455, squeezersgiantburgers.com.

Warhawk Air Museum—Temple to the great military flying machines and the men who flew them. 201 Municipal Dr., Nampa, 208-465-6446, warhawkairmuseum.org.

Wheeler's Handout—Home of the unusual phenomenon known as the rectangular hamburger. 215 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 208-466-1684.

Wineries/Distilleries—Canyon County is home to more than a few of the vineyards that make up the state's burgeoning wine industry. Ste. Chapelle has long been a destination for those who seek out wine tastings, and one of the state's newest distilleries, Koenig, not only makes vodka and brandy, but wines as well. Check out their Web sites for tasting times and prices. Ste. Chapelle, 19348 Lowell Rd., Caldwell, 208-453-7843, stechapelle.com. Koenig Distillery and Winery, 20928 Grape Lane, Caldwell, 208-455-8386, idahopotatovodka.com.

Deanna Darr

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