The Treasure of the Valley
Downtown Caldwell’s revitalization of Indian Creek Plaza has brought new life and vigor to this quiet town. The Plaza offers an outdoor venue and hosts wine and art festivals, music events and more. A new 11-screen movie theater recently opened, trendy new restaurants and retail boutiques are popping up. And in the winter, this place turns into a magical festival of lights and now offers outdoor ice skating on the all-new ice ribbon.
As you would guess, rodeo’s and county fairs are a pretty big deal in this little section of the Valley. The Caldwell Night Rodeo, or CNR as its known to most, is Idaho’s #1 large outdoor rodeo. It is the largest and longest running annual event in Canyon County drawing more than 45,000 engaging fans to this 5-night extravaganza.
What is surprising to many is the number of wineries in the region. Yes, oenophile’s (that is a connoisseur of wines) are learning about the excellent wineries in Caldwell’s Snake River Valley, booking their Airbnb’s, and taking to the wine trail. Idaho now has 51 wineries, and about 15 are within Caldwell’s vicinity. The rich soil found in the Snake River Valley along with Idaho’s cold winters and hot dry summers is an excellent climate to grow grapes.
The Canyon County Fair is the biggest summer attraction in Canyon County drawing more than 50,000 fair-goers over this four-day event. This super down-home country fair is fun, and affordable, for the family. Top country acts perform each night and attending is free with paid gate admission which was just $5 last year. And what fair wouldn’t be complete without farm animals, hair-raising carnival rides, and sticky cotton candy.
Golf is also a big deal in Caldwell with two great golf courses. Purple Sage Golf Course is one of the Valley’s most affordable and excellent shape 18-hole municipal golf course. And the 9-hole Fairview Municipal Golf Course has character and charm that reflects the city that surrounds it.
The Indian Creek Festival is a favorite local event for the residents of Caldwell. Taking place along, and in, Indian Creek in Downtown Caldwell, this two-day event is full of family fun, including the popular cardboard kayak races. Yes, kayaks made of cardboard take to this fast-flowing creek and even overcome some rapid whitewater. Something that is definitely worth coming out for and cheering on the participants.
Residents that live in Caldwell love that their city is not that big which keeps it very friendly and community minded. Although a smaller city, Boise is just 25 miles down the freeway making it an easy drive into the big city. The many parks, splash pads and farmer’s market rank right up there. They’re excited about all the renovation being done downtown. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the pride of Caldwell, Idaho’s first private college, The College of Idaho, founded in 1891 residing in the historic district of Caldwell.
Caldwell is the perfect mix of old and new. Where overalls and cowboy boots mix with designer jeans and high-heels. Where farm-to-table happens in Grandma’s kitchen or at the latest new restaurant downtown. Yes, this treasure of the Valley is an exciting place to live right now.