- Kelsey Hawes
This week's travel feature in the Seattle Times trumpeting how Boise has become a bit of a hipster haven should be pushing a few more folks from the Emerald City our way.
Calling Boise "progressive" and "prospering," Times travel and outdoors editor Brian Cantwell writes, " I found the capital of this state with a reputation for root vegetables to be a hip and happening place, easily dashing many people’s notions about Idaho."
Cantwell chronicles his trip to Boise, including a stay at the Boise Guest House and trips the Boise Fry Company, Bacon, Bleubird, Bittercreek Alehouse, Guru Donuts, the Basque Market, Freak Alley and a stop at Jack's Urban Meeting Place, aka JUMP, which Cantwell dubs a "slightly Seussian complex."
Cantwell also took note of the city of Boise's ambitious project of wrapping traffic boxes in local art:
"Smart thing: You know how every traffic signal has a big metal box housing the controls? Sitting on sidewalks, they’re a target of taggers. Not here, where the arts office solicited artwork, scanned it to vinyl and wrapped more than 100 downtown traffic boxes. They’re works of street-corner art that taggers leave alone."Cantwell added that he didn't need to rent a car, instead opting to rent a cruiser bike from Boise Guest House for an extra $10 per night.