Monthly Archives: September 2014

Hallmark Homes Enjoys Another Incredible Idaho Summer!

There are so many beautiful places to see and so many fun things to do in Idaho during the summer. Many of them are less than a 2 hour drive from the Boise area. As we are coming to the end of another incredible Idaho summer, I thought I’d share some of our favorite things to do.

There are many lakes in and around the Boise area that are great for boating! Wakeboarding, surfing and tubing are some of my family’s favorite things to do on the lake.





There seem to be limitless trails in and around the Boise area for hiking. There are hundreds of high mountain lakes and streams to hike to that provide incredible fishing and camping spots!






There are hundreds of spectacular mountain biking trails within an hour or two of Boise. There are also hundreds of miles of green belt and Ridge to Rivers trails right in the Treasure Valley – So close that you can head up right after work and get in an awesome ride!

photos from a Western Spirit bike tour in the mountains around Stanley, Idaho



Idaho provides some of the best white water rafting anywhere! From first class, full guided trips to leisurely afternoon trips down the Payette River, Salmon River, and Boise River. It is a lot of fun and you see some incredibly gorgeous country!





If you are considering a move to the Boise, Idaho area, please contact your preferred Idaho custom home builder, Hallmark Homes, for more information on moving to this great state and/or for information on building your next dream home! Also, feel free to visit our website at for more information on our company and to see our current available inventory. Thanks for reading!

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic, great outdoor activity

Boise is a pretty amazing place to live.  That’s why we at Hallmark Homes love building homes here.  We have mountains, trees, and water.  Something else that we have here that not many people may know about is the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic.  This wonderful event just ended this past weekend in downtown Boise at Ann Morrison Park.    For those that might not be familiar the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic, here’s a rundown on what you missed (so that you can be prepared for next year!)   August 27 – The first inflation of the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic started  at 7:10 A.M. The activity was dubbed the Balloon Classic “Kids Day”. Children of all ages were invited for an up-close look at the balloons and an opportunity to go for a short tethered lift. About 15 balloons.Balloon LaunchLight em UP! August 28 – Balloon launch.   2014 Balloon Classic Media Day # 2. About 20 balloons. Balloon LaunchBoise State University Broncos Balloon August 29 – Thanks was shown to those who make the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic possible. Sponsors were taken up in the balloons on the morning of Friday, August 29th at 7:10 AM. About  50 balloons at this launch from beautiful Ann Morrison Park. Friday evening, was the Nite Glow, a line of balloons, inflated at dusk (approximately 8:30) and glowing like 100-foot tall lanterns. There was great food available, a variety of family activities, and live music.  If you have never seen this event, you should really check it out.  There is a video here: Night Glow August 30 – The weather did not cooperate this year and the launch was scrapped.  (The weather doesn’t always cooperate) August 31 – This flight was the last scheduled inflation and launch of the 2014 Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic. Pilots perform (weather permitting) “The Great Launch” at 7:10 AM with all fifty (50) balloons lifting off in an approximate two minute window. The Great Launch requires perfect weather so cross your fingers. If the weather cooperates, this is one of the most remarkable things you will ever see (and) the absolute “photo moment” in the history of the event. Balloon LaunchBalloon Launch The Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic is just one of the many activities that we really enjoy here in the Boise Area.  We look forward to this great event and the other wonderful activities that Boise has to offer.* If you haven’t come to Paramount Subdivision lately, you should.  Phase 24 of Paramount is now open for construction and things are moving fast.  There are several foundations in the ground and a few homes that are almost completely framed up. As always, your Premier Builder in the Boise Idaho area, Hallmark Homes , would like to invite you to visit our model home in the Paramount Subdivision at 6055 N. Fox Run Way.  We would love see you!

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