Pleasant Surprises of Idaho – Ola Valley

Ola Valley Idaho

As far back as I can remember, I have always enjoyed road trips…I love to find those secluded places where I am alone to think, ponder and enjoy the beauty of nature.   For me and my husband, we find that most of those places lie along the back roads in the agriculture and ranching communities, and the allure of mountain lakes and streams in Idaho .  Since we live close to Boise, we often travel to outlying locations seeking new places where beauty combines with harmony, accord, and the absence of people.  We hit the jackpot when we drove to Ola Valley just 45 minutes north of Boise.  An established farming and ranching community, this valley is as lovely as Idaho has to offer.  Green pastures, rolling hills and plenty of space reminds you to slow down, that life is fragile, and to enjoy the moment.

Ola Country Store

Ola Valley lies on top of lava formations and uses rock cribs (steel fencing formed into a column and filled with rocks) to anchor their fence posts, but it’s evident that the soil is rich and fertile as you pass by acres of lush grassland.   Still, the lava rock formations add texture and interest to the landscape, and I found them to be quite fascinating. 

As you pass through Ola, you’ll enjoy the endearing country farmhouses and you’ll notice that the only restaurant in Ola is the Ola Inn Café, which I’ve heard has really good food. The Ola Inn Café is pretty much the whole commerce in town. There are only a few houses in town, but when standing among them you sense that you’ve traveled back in time to a more peaceful and quiet time.  A time of good friends, close neighbors and everyone caring about everyone else.  Pack a picnic, bring your camera and enjoy a daytrip to this delightful valley.  Dieter F. Uchtdorf reminds us that; “So often we become so focused on the finish line that we fail to enjoy the journey.” Come to Ola Valley to relax, to treasure, and to dream…

Ola Farms


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