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Snake River Wine Tours, owned and operated by Samantha Maxey, is southwestern Idaho’s premier wine tour operator. Due to Samantha’s incredible taste for hospitality, hard work and ability to make friends everywhere, Snake River Wine Tours was voted the #1 Best Wine Tour in the North America by USA Today in 2022 and 2023.

After moving to Marsing, Idaho, from the Midwest to be with her husband in 2016, Samantha got a job in the local hospitality industry at a winery. Over the next year, Samantha created personal Idaho wine country tours for family and friends, and quickly recognized the opportunity to turn her passion into a full-blown business. Taking that leap of faith in 2018, she launched Snake River Wine Tours with the purchase of their first Sprinter Van, and she quickly became an influential entrepreneur in Southwest Idaho.

Samantha now offers tours to over 20 wineries in the Snake River Valley Wine Region, each offering exceptional wines and unique tasting experiences in one of three vans in her fleet. Samantha takes exceptional pride in her guests’ experience and focuses on what’s most important: their wine tour experience. Meet Samantha and explore Idaho wines during your Southwest Idaho visit.

Owned and operated by Samantha Maxey, Snake River Wine Tours is southwestern Idaho’s premier wine tour operator, offering tours to over 20 wineries in the Snake River Valley Wine Region. Photo courtesy of Southwest Idaho Travel Association

For more information on Southwest Idaho, visit VisitSouthwestIdaho.org.

Every year, the city of Caldwell transforms into a real-life winter wonderland from the weekend before Thanksgiving until the first week of January.

Over 1 million LED Christmas lights decorate the city, painting its streets in glowing reds, purples and blues. The more than 1 million holiday lights cover trees, buildings and bridges all over town, painting the city in a mesmerizing glow. Children, families and couples skate under the lights on a huge outdoor skating rink, and a singing Christmas tree stands tall on the corner of Indian Creek Plaza. Visiting Caldwell in the winter is a reminder of just how magical this season can truly be.

Indian Creek Plaza in downtown Caldwell is your holiday headquarters. Take the family to enjoy ice skating at Idaho’s only, and the seventh in the USA, ice skating ribbon. The ribbon is great for skaters of any ability with skate rentals available.

Every year, the city of Caldwell transforms into a real-life winter wonderland from the weekend before Thanksgiving until the first week of January. Visiting Caldwell in the winter is a reminder of just how magical this season can truly be. Photo courtesy of Southwest Idaho Travel Association

For more information on Southwest Idaho, visit VisitSouthwestIdaho.org.

Towering over the southernmost part of the Owyhee desert are the Owyhee Mountains, a rugged range extending from Southwest Idaho to northern Nevada. The elevation varies from 2,000-8,000 feet (600-2,400 meters) above sea level. Nearly a half-million acres are protected by the U.S. government, making it one of the largest strongholds of undeveloped wilderness in the country.

When miners discovered silver in the mountains surrounding Hayden Peak, the once-sleepy settlement of Silver City transformed into a booming mining metropolis. Then, it was home to eight saloons, two hotels, six general stores and Idaho’s first-ever newspaper. When mines closed in 1942, the city faded into a boarded-up ghost town. Today, Silver City is one of the last towns from Idaho’s silver rush that hasn’t been developed or destroyed by wildfires. It looks nearly the same now as it did over 150 years ago … and it’s open to the public. Visit in late spring, summer or fall.

Past the rugged mountain peaks and ghost towns, three rivers cut through the Owyhee desert. Each of them is a crucial source of freshwater to 200-plus species – including trophy bass and world-famous brown trout – that call this place home.

Towering over the southernmost part of the Owyhee desert are the Owyhee Mountains, a rugged range extending from Southwest Idaho to northern Nevada. Photo courtesy of the Southwest Idaho Travel Association

For more information on Southwest Idaho, visit VisitSouthwestIdaho.org.