The Hotel 43’s Web site got a facelift.
While that’s not usually something to shout about, this one includes an invite for guests to share their “43 story” — and a “43 Things” to do in Boise list.
Hat’s off to the inventive person behind the list, but, just for fun, I used the original 43 list as a sort of jumping off place to embellish — and add to.
Wanna get in on the fun? I bet we could notch up the “43” to a much higher number. Don’t worry Hotel 43, you don’t have to change your name (the moniker denotes the 43rd parallel and Idaho, the 43rd state), but you might want to re-title the list to:
43 — AND COUNTING — THINGS TO DO IN BOISE
1. Enjoy a steak or seafood dinner at swanky Chandler’s Steakhouse, 981 West Grove Street, just 43 steps from our lobby. Chandler’s is one of THE places to see and be seen and you MUST try the award-winning 10 Minute Martini created by Chandler’s mixologist Pat Carden.
2. Visit the city Rose Garden in Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capital Blvd. When the roses are in bloom, this is one of the most magical places, folks love to get married here in the midst of literally thousands of roses.
3. Catch a movie at the historic Egyptian Theatre, 700 W Main Street. In the 1940s, Jimmy Stewart, stationed at the air force base, played the organ here regularly.
4. Reflect at the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, 777 S. 8th Street. Walk among the 60 quotes drawn from leaders and human rights figures throughout history, representing almost every region of the world.
5. Have a burger and local brew on the patio of Bittercreek Alehouse, 246 N. 8Th Street. Then go next door to Red Feather for a fancy cocktail and dessert!
6. Run, walk or bike the Greenbelt along the Boise River. There’s nothing like strolling along the river, look for wildlife: deer, ducks, geese, hawks — even bald eagles! Wow.
7. See what’s up at the Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive. Exhibits, events, education — and a fantastic gift shop!
8. Get a classy men’s haircut at Napoleon’s, 110 North 8th Street. Or a shave. Or a massage, or ….
9. Count the murals downtown. While you’re at it, take a nice long look at these beauties.
10. Get the shoeshine of your life at Downtown Shoe Repair at 101 N. 10th Street.
11. Catch a Boise State Football game and see the Broncos on the famous blue turf. Or go to a Boise State Basketball game, men’s and women’s. Go Broncos!
12. Vogue with a chocolate eclair and cafe au lait at La Vie en Rose Cafe, 928 West Main Street. This place is inside the historic Idanha Hotel, which, some say, is haunted.
13. Visit the famous Basque Block, the entire 600 block of Grove Street, for chorizo, Basque history and a good time. This could take days. Get a lesson in history at the Basque Museum. Cooking classes and great lunches and soups at the Basque Market, great food and spirits with an in-house distillery (!) at Bardenay and great times, conversation and the best cheeseburger and fries at Bar Gernika. Don’t miss the Basque Center for some of the cheapest drinks in town and go across the street to Leku Ona for authentic, sit-down Basque dinners.
14. Hop a trolley for a narrated tour of Boise’s downtown and historic neighborhoods. This is especially fun on First Thursday, when art galleries, coffee shops and many retail stores Downtown feature local art and artists.
15. Browse books by Western authors at A Novel Adventure, 906 W. Main Street.
16. Start with a decadent Eggs Benedict breakfast at Goldy’s, 108 S. Capitol Boulevard.
17. Stroll the art galleries downtown—you may find something irresistible.
18. Acquire a fresh twin-set and capris at Cricket Clothing Company, 817 W. Idaho Street. Still feel like shopping? Get some fresh, hip threads and more at Urban Outfitters, 328 S. 8th Street.
19. Step in to the Old Ada County Courthouse, 514 W. Jefferson Street, to see WPA murals many find controversial.
20. See an exciting Boise Steelheads hockey game at Qwest Arena, 850 W. Front Street, up close and personal. You can get seats right on the ice for a song!
21. Hear live symphony at the Boise Philharmonic, 516 S. 9th Street, which draws musicians from around the world.
22. Get soaked in the fountain at the Grove, 850 W. Front Street. In the summertime, there’s also “Alive at Five,” a weekly concert featuring live music, food and drink.
23. Find Los Angeles style at Foxtrot in the Linen District, 1419 W. Grove Street, high fashion for men and women. Then hop across the street for the hippest cocktails in the hippest bar in town at The Modern, 1314 W. Grove Street.
24. Take your picture with Lewis and Clark, bronze statues by the Old Post Office downtown, 750 W. Bannock.
25. Then go see Sacagawea’s bronze in front of the Idaho Historical Museum, 610 North Julia Davis Drive.
26. Buy a weird chochke in the gift shop at the Flying M Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho. Don’t forget to grab a cuppa delicious, delicious Flying M coffee.
27. Meet the locals at Pengilly’s Saloon, 513 W. Main Street, for great conversation and top-notch live music — and one of the cheapest happy hours in town!
28. Eat a cherry scone as big as your head at Big City Coffee o, 1416 W. Grove Street. (That’s across the street from Foxtrot, too.) And, seriously, they really are as big as your head.
29. Go out for sushi at Happy Fish, 855 Broad Street, Superb Sushi, 280 N. 8th Street, or Shige. Or go out for sushi at all three, even better. (Check out this cool video I did at Shige!!)
30. Find lavish papers, notes, invitations, and gorgeous frippery at Paisley Roberts, 237 N. 9th Street, stationers. Don’t forget to tie it all up with ribbons and bows!
31. Shop for fresh flowers, produce and local goods at the Capitol City Market. You can also get great finds fashioned by local artisans and there’s live entertainment.
32. Try on wedges, slides, pumps and platforms at Shoe Fetish on 9th.
33. Visit Goody’s old-fashioned ice cream and candy shop in Hyde Park, 1502 N. 13th Street. (This is a bit of a hike from Downtown, you might want to take a cab.)
34. See an avant-garde play at Boise Contemporary Theatre, 854 Fulton Street.
35. Hear the African American story at the Idaho Black History Museum, 508 Julia Davis Drive. The permanent exhibit, “The Invisible Idahoan 1805-Present,” spans over 200 years of African Americans in Idaho.
36. Check out the wine list at the Red Feather Lounge, 246 N. 8th Street. Then go next door to Bittercreek for a fantastic salmon Ceaser salad.
37. Stroll through Old Boise and check out the brickwork. Then go across the street to Pengilly’s for happy hour.
38. Experience Opera Idaho, 513 S. 8th Street, where it’s okay to weep in the aisles. This is not a weekly gig. Be sure to check for dates and times.
39. Browse CD’s at The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho Street, with its completely muraled exterior
40. Buy your pregnant wife something amazing at The Stylish Stork, 405 S. 8th Street in BoDo.
41. Sip a locally-distilled gin and tonic at Bardenay, 610 Grove Street, America’s first restaurant distillery.
42. Head to the East End to see geothermally-heated mansions on historic Warm Springs Avenue.
43. Visit the 1925 Boise Depot, 1104 Royal Blvd., and its gardens overlooking the city. (Free!)
44. Visit the Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Old Penitentiary Road. In the summertime, it’s a magical, lush Alice-in-Wonderland garden. At Christmastime, the garden is transformed into a twinkling holiday extravaganza. Don’t miss the summer concerts on the lawn.
45. Take a tour at the Old Idaho State Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road. Walk the cement floors, peer into the cramped cells, read the sensational stories of the Idahoans who spent some time here. (Free!)
46. Hike up to Tablerock — ar any of the Ridge to Rivers trails in the foothills, where you can see for miles. (Free!)
47. Take your puppy to one of the two off-leash dog parks and see what happy pooches look like. (Free!)
48. Go see an indie movie at The Flicks, 646 Fulton Street. http://www.theflicksboise.com/
. Oh, and while you’re there, sip a glass of wine or beer with your popcorn that has REAL butter drizzled on top!
49. Check out Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Drive. http://www.zooboise.org/home.aspx You can get up close and personal with zebras, red pandas, monkeys, lions, tigers and bears, oh, my — and more.
50. Go ice skating at at Idaho IceWorld., 7072 S. Eisenman Road. http://www.cityofboise.org/Departments/Parks/IdahoIceWorld/index.aspx
You can learn to skate, play hockey and “curl” — even have a party.