By Linnea Schuster
Boise
Idaho
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Boise, Idaho is the third largest city in the Pacific Northwest and the largest metropolitan area in the entire state of Idaho. The city is also the state’s capitol, and features a myriad of fun tourism opportunities for any palette. Situated along the Boise River, when French explorers first encoutered the lush landscape they exclaimed, “Les bois! Les bois!” which means “The woods! The woods!” Tourists today still find sanctuary in this mid-sized city with a small-town feel, and can enjoy both active and laid-back activities.

Boise is home to the Boise Airport (BOI), also known as the Air Terminal Gowen Field. A joint civilian and military airport, tourists and natives alike no doubt feel extra-safe when flying with those that serve their country, so book your flight at EscapeWizard.com today (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php)! Then, select from our array of low prices on hotels and accommodations to establish your home-base in Boise for the rest of your visit. Just click here to book with EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
   
The most nationally prominent feature of Boise is its capitol. Completed in 1913, the capitol stood as the tallest building in all of Boise until 1975 when urban explosion prompted the construction of skyscrapers. The capitol features four types of marble imported from around the country and also Italy, and apart from housing Idaho’s governmental offices like the Supreme Court and governor’s office, legend has it that the capitol is also haunted by a page boy who fell three stories from a railing near the dome. Other artistic attractions within the capitol include the statue, “Winged Victory,” a plastic replica of “Nike of Samothrace.” The original was gifted to America in 1949 after the Nazis were defeated and evicted from France. Tours of the capitol are available to the public.
   
International influence on Boise does not begin and end with France, however. Boise is home to the second-largest Basque population in America, the first being Bakersfield, California. Located on Grove Street in the downtown district is the Basque Block, a community of Basque businesses and community centers which feature sports, exhibits, restaurants, bars, and the Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga Boarding House, the oldest brick building in all of Boise, erected in 1864. Every five years the community celebrates Jaialdi, translated to festival, with dances, food, music and more! The next Jaialdi is to take place in 2015. Numerous other celebrations and cultural performances occur throughout the non-Jaialdi years.
   
If Basque sports are not on your top-ten list, EscapeWizard.com recommends that you check out the Boise State Broncos, a division-1 level sports program that is the athletic pulse of Boise throughout the school year. In 2006, the Broncos football team was undefeated and won the Fiesta Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners in 2007. Watch one of their games in the Bronco Stadium with its unique blue turf. Wrestling, men’s basketball, and tennis are also big sports to watch at Boise State.
   
Finally, to celebrate in style from a big game, or just to unwind in the beautiful surroundings of the city, check out not the potato farms, but a budding winery community. Cinder Wines and Fraser Vineyard are among the more famous vineyards, and even more exist within easy distance of the city center. Many of these wines are never shipped out of Boise, so enjoy the fruits of the volcanic soil surrounding the Snake River during your stay. A bottle of boutique wine not found anywhere else in the country is a great gift or souvenir for friends back home.
   
Boise, Idaho is so much more than the typical potato-driven stereotype attached to the state. Featuring excursions, events, and attractions with rich history and great quality, any tourist can find fun and excitement within the city or just beyond its limits. EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your trip to Boise, Idaho today!
Hotels in Boise
By Shaina Amienyi
La Quinta
2613 South Vista Avenue, Boise, ID
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La Quinta (formally The Holiday Inn Express) Boise Airport is a great option for hotels in Boise because of its proximity to Boise International Airport (BOI) and downtown Boise, the place to go in the city for great restaurants and shops. The friendly and knowledgeable staff can assist guests in English and Spanish. Guests can check in after 3pm and should check out by noon on their departure day to avoid late checkout.

La Quinta Inn provides guests with 63 rooms, 8 of which are suites. Rooms have either two queen beds or one king bed. Standard items that come with all rooms include a microwave, refrigerator, coffee and tea maker, hair dryer, and more. Suites are larger than standard rooms and have a sofa bed. Guests can entertain themselves by listening to music on the stereo or watching movies or TV shows on the cable television that comes with pay-per-view movies.

The hotel provides plenty of amenities for your convenience. There is a business center open 24 hours a day. Guests looking for recreation or relaxation will want to use the indoor swimming pool or spa whirlpool.

If you have children, take advantage of the Kids Eat Free program where children under age 12 can eat for free when with a parent. Near the hotel are several restaurants that serve lunch and dinner. For breakfast, guests can take advantage of the complimentary Express Start Breakfast Bar in the hotel great room. Vacationers can dine on fruit, cereal, breads, and hot foods, including cinnamon rolls.

Choose La Quinta Inn Express Boise Airport and you will be in good commuting distance to major attractions such as the Boise Zoo, Discovery Center, Boise River, and Bogus Basin. This hotel is also close to Boise State University and the Idaho State Capitol. Business and leisure travelers are invited to click on the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to EscapeWizard.com and book their stay at the Holiday Inn Express.
Hotels in Boise
By Shaina Amienyi
Candlewood Suites
700 North Cole Road, Boise, ID
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The Candlewood Suites Boise offers accommodations for vacationers and extended stay travelers. Located near the Boise Town Square, this hotel is close to shops, restaurants, and other points of interest. Attractions such as the Idaho State Capitol, Boise Zoo, Edwards Cinema Complex, and Basque Cultural Center are all less than five miles from the hotel--a short driving distance for guests with cars. The hotel's 92 parking spaces offer ample parking at no extra charge.

Check-in is at 3pm, and at the end of their stay guest can review their balance and check out by 12pm using the in-room video checkout feature.

Guests can save money by cooking meals in the kitchen that comes in every suite. The kitchens in all 84 suites are fully stocked with major appliances--such as a full-sized fridge, stove, microwave, and dishwasher--as well as silverware, plates, and cookware. Entertainment options include a television with premium cable, CD player, DVD player, and stereo. The hotel offers video rental so guests do not have to worry about bringing movies.

The amenities at Candlewood Suites are there to present guests with anything they will need. If guests need a workout, they can visit the on-site fitness center, equipped with treadmills, weight machines, an elliptical machine, and a recumbent bike. If guests need to make copies or hold a meeting, they can use the business center or meeting rooms. Guests can find snacks and other small items at the convenience store or grab a drink at the bar. There are several restaurants in the Boise Town Square, within walking distance from the hotel, but guests also have the option of using the hotel's outdoor BBQ grill.

The Candlewood Suites is an excellent hotel choice for travelers to Boise. Its location makes it easy for guests to travel from the hotel to numerous restaurants and stores. Also, it is 6.3 miles from Boise International Airport (BOI). Book your stay at this hotel through the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Boise
By Sandy O\'Neal
Homewood Suites by Hilton Boise
7957 West Spectrum Way, Boise, ID
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When your travel plans take you to the Boise, Idaho area, an excellent choice for your stay is Homewood Suites by Hilton.  Whether you will be in the area for a quick weekend get-away, or planning a longer stay, the hotel will make you feel right at home.  It is centrally located with easy access to Boise Airport, and the Towne Square Mall and city center.  You will find the location within easy walking distance to an array of things to see and do.  Check in is 3 p.m. and check out is noon.  Non smoking rooms are available.

The hotel has 110 spacious suites with queen or king size beds with a pull out sofa bed.  You may prefer a one or two bedroom suite that has separate living and sleeping areas.  Rooms include a fully equipped kitchen with granite countertops and plenty of cabinet space.  Also included is a full size refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and two-burner stove.  Rooms are equipped with a 32” flat screen TV, and complimentary high speed internet with wireless capabilities.

The hotel is equipped with conference space that can accommodate your social event, or business meeting and can be arranged to meet your needs.  The conference space will accommodate up to 60 people.  The hotel’s 24 hour business center has audio/visual equipment available to rent.  The center also has printing, copying and fax capabilities as well.  You can rest assured that your business needs can be met during your stay.

During your leisure time, be sure to check out the on-site fitness center, pool, or gather with friends or colleagues for a game of pool.

Before you start your day, enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast in the Lodge which is located just off the main lobby area.  Monday through Thursday, you can unwind at the end of the day and gather with friends or colleagues in the Lodge and enjoy a complimentary light meal and beverages.

Homewood Suites by Hilton in Boise, Idaho is a magnificent place to stay.  EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next stay by clicking this link:  (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).