Articles by njensen

Airport Art

Airport Art January 25, 2012 | Things to Do | Read More
The Boise airport is not the largest airport in the world—far from it.  But we have perhaps the most public art per square foot of any airport you’ve ever been in. So if you have a wait in the Boise airport, take in these pieces that nobody but air travelers ever sees: Reticulated Horizon is a fused...

Five Romantic Views in Idaho

Five Romantic Views in Idaho January 17, 2012 | Things to Do, What's New | Read More
Shafer Butteis just a half hour drive out of Boise, up a little curvy mountain two-lane highway. Once you get to the Bogus Basin parking lot, you keep going up a dirt road. Seems like a lot of work for the pay off, but it’s totally worth it. From the trails at Shafer Butte, you can see the entire Treasure...

Five Romanitc Restaurants

December 30, 2011 | What's New | Read More
Whether it’s a special night to ring in the New Year, celebrate Valentine’s Day, stage a marriage proposal, or just be together with your loved one, these five restaurants will do the job. They each have something special that I think brings romance to the table. Not all of them are fancy,...

Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Path December 28, 2011 | Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
  Anne Frank Memorial.  Situated behind the Log Cabin and the Boise Public Library, this quiet, unassuming memorial pays tribute to Anne Frank and her spirit. An enticing statue of Anne Frank peaking out of her window has center stage among a walkway of bricks donated by patrons. A gurgling stream...

Weekend Getaways: Idaho’s Hot Springs

Weekend Getaways: Idaho’s Hot Springs December 17, 2011 | Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Idaho has a unique geological setting which results in underground springs that bubble up to the surface. It makes sense: we’re right next to Yellowstone, with all of its geysers and bubbling sulfur pots. Hot springs are everywhere in Idaho, many of them undeveloped, just water trickling down the side...

Best Dessert Spots

Best Dessert Spots December 11, 2011 | What's New | Read More
I admit it, when I go out to eat, dessert is definitely included. I have always subscribed to the belief that if an occasion is special enough for dining out, then it is special enough for dessert. I tend to like desserts featuring pastries, chocolate, cream, and fruit. Okay, so that probably includes...

My New Year’s Travel Resolutions for Idaho

My New Year’s Travel Resolutions for Idaho November 30, 2011 | Things to Do, What's New | Read More
For someone who has lived in Idaho for nearly 22 years, you would think I have visited every corner and seen all there is. Not true. This is a big state. Really big. I have seen and done only a small percentage of what this great state has to offer. So I resolve to see some new places this coming year,...

Ski Idaho

Ski Idaho November 28, 2011 | Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
It’s just after Thanksgiving in Idaho, and skiers are anxious to strap on their boards and get shooshing down the mountains. I’ve mentioned before on this blog that Idahoans love our winter sports. And skiing (I include snowboarding in this as well) is one of our passions. Idaho is a fantastic place...

For Foodies, Head Downtown

November 23, 2011 | Food, What's New | Read More
By far, the best overall place for the foodie is downtown Boise. Here you can find fancy restaurants for that special occasion, late night places for a bite on the run, and terrific food of all kinds. For a very nice occasion: Cottonwood Grille: Mountain lodge atmosphere Fork: Urban farmer vibe Red Feather:...

Best Museums for Children

Best Museums for Children November 18, 2011 | What's New | Read More
  Speaking as a parent of three mostly grown children, I have a lot of experience in traveling with children and finding interesting museums they are going to like. The best ones go beyond displays behind glass that involve nothing more than walking around and looking. Children get bored with that...