The New Staycation

Vacationing in the Age of COVID

Story By Chelsea Chambers  Photos By Tia Crabtree

A nearby firepit flickers gently as drinks are served poolside. The warmth from the water sends steam into the air, evaporating all worries and stressors as it disappears into the sky. Nothing, absolutely nothing, could stop this moment from being exactly what it should be: pure, unadulterated relaxation.

Just because things are different, doesn’t mean you can’t still treat yourself! The Riverside Hotel, located at 2900 W. Chinden Blvd in Boise, is the ideal location for a staycation. Many are familiar with the term: staying home or close to home for your vacation time and with the COVID-19 pandemic, this term is getting a whole lot more use.

Looking for an escape without venturing into crowded airports or dingy motels? Riverside has you absolutely covered! With a heated pool, excellent food, and first-class service—you’ll be so glad that you booked a stay. Your body will thank you for it.

We talked with Jennifer Mackay, Riverside’s Group Sales Manager and 20-year industry veteran, about some of the offerings Riverside has brought to the Treasure Valley. They have a lot of things coming down the pike (including brunch!) and a whole calendar of nightly live music.

As a locally owned and operated business, the age of COVID definitely took its toll. “But the support we have received from the community throughout the pandemic has been monumental!” Jennifer shared. “We just want to thank everyone and send out big virtual hugs.”

Our publisher, Tia Markland-Crabtree, took her family to Riverside for a well-deserved and much-needed staycation and the experience was just what they needed! “I needed a vacation and we had to cancel ours. It was time to just step away from the household activities and go on an adventure,” Tia said.

“We stayed two nights,” Tia continued. “We swam in 100-degree water and order drinks poolside, including hot chocolate for the kiddos! They had a blast with the large outdoor chess boards and ordering room service made them feel like royalty.”

The ambiance of Riverside is always clean and classy. With firepits and low hanging outdoor lights, the mood is consistently set to relaxation. With a complimentary breakfast buffet (complete with live entertainment), their renowned Sapphire Room, Sandbar in the summer, and spacious, well-decorated rooms, the Riverside Hotel is the place for Treasure Valley staycations.

You can stay safe and healthy, while still being fully immersed in a relaxing “getaway.” Just imagine: no cooking, no cleaning, no stress for an entire weekend… or more!

Room prices are extremely affordable and are well worth it! For more information about pricing, amenities, live music, or any of the other incredible Riverside offerings, visit them online at









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