Mar. 27, 2015

Forbes Travel: 5 Things We Love About Idaho

If you’re an Instagram user, it would be in your best interest to follow @visitidaho. The state’s official travel resource posts some amazing images of everything from its 50-mile Snake River Canyon to its powder-filled terrain. But in the event that “liking” a photo or two feels more like a tease, planning a trip to the 14th largest state in the union (with a population of 1.6 million) should be your next move.

During our most recent whirlwind tour, we visited the capital city of Boise and also spent some time in Central Idaho’s small town of McCall. Here are our top five must-do activities in the northwestern sector of the United States — don’t forget your iPhone.

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Dec. 8, 2017

Boise Among The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2018

With an exciting influx of new and revamped hotels, an up-and-coming restaurant scene, and a blossoming wine industry, Idaho’s capital city—traditionally known as a convention destination — has started to attract the attention of leisure travelers. Boise’s invigorated downtown is evidence of the trend, with the newly opened Inn at 500, a 110-room boutique property whose perks include balconies overlooking the capitol, and its on-site restaurant, Richard’s, owned by James Beard Award-nominated chef Richard Langston, leading the way. (Meanwhile, Hotel 43 and The Grove both recently unveiled swank renovations.) The city’s craft-beer scene continues to impress; one noteworthy newcomer is White Dog Brewing, whose rustic taproom features a 24-foot “frost rail” that keeps your beer, well, frosty. In other toast-worthy news, Boise has become a hub for Idaho’s growing wine industry. Oenophiles shouldn’t miss a stop at the new downtown tasting room of Coiled Wines. Owner Leslie Preston — a native Idahoan who sharpened her skills at Clos du Bois and Stags’ Leap in California — makes a spectacular dry Riesling. Getting there is easier than ever: to meet rising demand, American Airlines has launched new nonstop service from Chicago O’Hare, while Southwest now runs a nonstop from San Diego.

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Jul. 14, 2016

Boise, Idaho - Travel Thru History

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Travel History takes you on your own private tour of Boise Idaho. You'll tour one of the most stunning buildings in the frontier west at the Idaho State Capitol, dance all night with the Basques at the Basque museum and cultural center, soar to new heights at the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa, and get a shiver down our spines at the Idaho state penitentiary.

Jan. 4, 2016

4 Cities Shift Focus to Boost Business Travel

Many cities develop reputations for their leisure activities, whether that involves beautiful beaches, outdoor adventures or glitzy casinos. But many city planners and developers are realizing that it is never wise to put all your eggs in one (recreational) basket. These four cities are on the cusp of a renaissance, as they blend their leisure strengths with an increased focus on both business investment and business travelers.

USA Today Travel: "Known as the City of Trees, Boise (it's pronounced Boi-see, not Boi-zee) is a popular outdoors destination. Skiing is less than an hour away, and nature trails, hiking, river jogs, kayaking and many other outdoor adventures are accessible from the heart of the state capital. According to the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau, this is a popular perk for road warriors coming to town on business. And come, they do, because Albertson's, ClickBank, and Simplot among others are headquartered here."

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Jan. 3, 2017

Vogue Ranks Idaho in Top Places to Travel in 2017

Idaho is having a moment. The capital, Boise, may not have an Ace Hotel yet, but it’s quietly setting itself up to be one of America’s most desirable second-tier cities with hip lodging like the Modern Hotel + Bar, indie coffee shops, creative hubs, distilleries, and a serious craft beer scene. And then of course, there’s the incredible access to the outdoors, including more than 190 miles of trails to hike, run, and bike in the Boise Foothills.

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Jan. 14, 2016

Things To Do in Boise: A Boise, Idaho Travel Guide

Boise may not be a typical vacation destination, and most may not know much about the city except that it’s the capital of Idaho, or that the football field has blue turf. However, there’s a lot more to Boise than you may realize. unbeknownst to visitors, Boise boasts a growing brewery scene, as well as a nearby wine country and growing urban wine trail. While the city is still small by comparison, Boise is quickly growing and developing a unique culture while maintaining its small town roots. If, by chance, you find yourself visiting the “City of Trees”, below are some of the best places to eat and drink in my hometown,

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Dec. 1, 2015

Northwest Travel: Boise’s Beer Boom

As Boise’s culinary scene has taken off in recent years, so has its beer and spirits culture. The city now boasts 15 breweries, including the state’s largest craft brewer, Payette Brewing, which in May announced its plans for a $4.5 million production facility and tasting room in downtown Boise.

Add in a dynamic mix of colorful dives, well-stocked taphouses and trendy bars created to cater to the city’s growing number of young professionals, and a trip to Boise makes for a perfect drinks vacation.

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Jun. 4, 2015

Boisean Heads Cruise Line’s New ‘Social Impact Travel’ Unit

Carnival Corp. named Create Common Good founder Tara Russell president of its new business, Fathom. Starting in April, the company best known for its ocean cruises will offer seven-day trips from Miami to the Dominican Republic. The 700-passenger Adonia won’t offer the games and shows featured on traditional cruises. Instead, travelers will learn about Dominican culture while cruising through the Caribbean to prepare them for their destination.

Fathom was designed to place travelers where they can do the most good for Dominicans, said Russell, who came up with the idea in 2013 and has been working since January 2014 to research, design and develop the business model. Russell said Boise will be the home base for herself and five or six Fathom employees. Carnival hopes to soon expand its social-impact traveling options beyond the Dominican Republic, she said. “Fathom is just the beginning,” she said. “The corporation has nine other global brands and 700 locations. My vision is to harness that platform and leverage it for impact.”

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Jan. 30, 2015

Boise Named Fourth Best Travel-Worthy Capitol in U.S.

by Amanda Watson

Boise lands at number four out of Ten Travel-Worthy Capitols in the U.S. Affordable and often overlooked, Boise offers big city sophistication -- wine bars, bistros and a modern cityscape -- in a small, unassuming package. Visitors can whitewater raft through an eco-conscious city where a revitalized downtown attracts crowds for culture (there's a significant Basque heritage) and cuisine.

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Jul. 13, 2015

3 Perfect Days in Boise, the Best Place You’ve Never Been

There's no better guide to a city than an enthusiastic transplant. Longtime locals, while knowledgeable, tend to stick with what they know, but an eager newbie is who I want showing me the ropes. They are the ones trying out all the old attractions along with the newest businesses to hit the block. The spirit of a tourist with the know-how of a local.

That person for me in Boise, Idaho, is my sister Stacey. She and her husband moved there a few years ago and have become unpaid representatives of the Chamber of Commerce. When my husband and I visited, we half expected our weekend to be filled with house showings (my sister is also on a mission to bring everyone she loves to Boise for good). She was right: By the end of our long weekend, I was seriously considering giving her realtor a call. It turns out Boise is full of surprises.  

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Aug. 27, 2015

Why I Could Live in Boise

While we were planning our six week road trip around the U.S. we knew we needed to make a stop to recover from several nights of camping at Grand Tetons and Yellowstone before driving on to Bend, Oregon and Crater Lake National Park.

Boise was the perfect distance. But we’d never been to Boise or knew much about it at all. We definitely weren’t expecting to absolutely love it.

After five weeks on the road, my husband asked me where I would like if I could live any of the places we’d been so far. St. Paul, MN was gorgeous, but I know I couldn’t survive the winters there. “Honestly…..I think Boise is the only place we’ve visited that I can really see myself living.” To my surprise, he agreed. Boise is cool, y’all.

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Oct. 3, 2016

Boise: Bits & Pieces of My Passport

by Carly Joerger

Growing up in Boise, I could hardly wait to leave Idaho. I dreamt of a big world with exciting people doing extraordinary things who were just waiting for me to join them. So I did. I spent a year as an exchange student in Spain, a summer interning in New York City, a semester abroad in France, a summer in Indonesia, and another semester interning in Zagreb, Croatia. In between my travels, I studied in Northern Idaho and rarely made it back down to Boise. I was knee-deep in the eye-opening world of the University and constantly planning my next trip to Destination Incredible.

I loved many aspects of all the cities and countries I’ve lived in but I also knew all that shimmered was not gold. Now I can say Boise is the perfect mash-up of all the people, languages, and literal flavors of life I’ve tasted elsewhere.

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Jan. 12, 2016

Idaho Idyll: A Traveler’s Take on Southwest Idaho

Scott W. Clemens, contributing writer for food, wine and travel blog Epicurean Traveler, recently took a trip to explore all Southwestern Idaho has to offer. 

"I spent less than a week in Idaho, but it was enough to seriously pique my interest. I suggest the next time you think about “passing through” on your way to somewhere else, make a point to spend a few days instead. Experience the restaurants, wineries, brewpubs, inspiring scenery and friendly people. Who knows — you might even choose to stay."

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Sep. 1, 2014

Whitewater, wineries add to Boise vacation value

With easy access to multiple national forests and recreation areas, an extensive Basque community with food and cultural offerings and an impressive urban green space, the city of Boise, Idaho, has a surprising number of experiences to offer the high-energy traveler.
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Dec. 31, 2014

Local Restaurants Now Open at the Boise Airport

by ​Jess Flynn

Boise travelers will have a couple of local favorite food options next time they fly. Parrilla Grill and Big City Coffee, located pre-security and on Concourse B, respectively, both opened this past week.

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Jul. 26, 2015

LA Times: Chill but changing downtown Boise boasts a sophisticated food scene

Oh, beloved Boise, or Boy-C, as the locals pronounce it. Spend a weekend in this rapidly changing Idaho city and you realize why its downtown has been rated as among the top 10 in the U.S. It also features cultural attractions such as the Basque Block and the Boise Philharmonic, and it's minutes (not hours) to hiking and biking trails.

My friend and I hit Boise this spring, finding a surprisingly sophisticated, expanding food and microbrewery scene, making this chill Northwestern town of sandstone and green open spaces a nice weekend (or longer) destination.

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Oct. 31, 2014

Fodor’s Gives Travelers 4 Reasons to Visit Idaho (hint…they start in the Boise Valley)

Boise mirrors the state’s national identity as an overlooked destination, but for wine lovers searching for America’s next grape frontier, one only has to drive a mere ten minutes from downtown to Garden City to find it.
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