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Featured Travel Reviews

Bittercreek Alehouse, Boise

Bosie has so many wonderful local food options that you better schedule a few days in the city to accommodate all the must-experience meals. I have a fondness for locally grown farm to fork restaurants, and I found plenty to enjoy. Bittercreek Alehouse is an...

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Guru Donuts, Boise

In keeping with the local farm to fork philosophy I was so pleased to find in Boise restaurants, Guru Donuts follows the locavore trend, sourcing ingredients from the Farmers' Market. Donuts are made fresh daily, from scratch using local eggs and flour, and organic...

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Basque Block, Boise

Did you know there is a strong Basque heritage in Idaho? Idaho is home to the largest Basque diaspora in the country, with a population of about 15,000. It's a tight community, rich with history and full of present-day participation in tradition.     Basque...

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Brunch: Modern Hotel and Bar, Boise

There are a lot of excellent brunch options in Boise, but brunch at the Modern Hotel and Bar is off the charts fantastic. Food and drink is transformed into art and though it's ultra casual, this brunch menu is a mind blowing, internationally inspired culinary...

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Modern Hotel, Boise

When I first heard Boise had a hotel called Modern Hotel I couldn't wait to stay there--of course, because I am the Modern Traveler and I couldn't resist the idea. I love a modern aesthetic and I also appreciate history and vintage Americana. The Modern Hotel offers a...

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River Rafting with Cascade Raft & Kayak

It's been a long time since I went river rafting. The last time (apart from a gentle float on the Rio Grande in Taos) was ages ago on the Colorado River and I swore I'd never do it again. It was a harrowing ride down the white swirling river, I don't even remember the...

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Boise Brewing

Boise Brewing is an unassuming microbrewery that has the best beer I've ever tasted. As I write this, I have a coveted growler under my feet (I'm on the airport shuttle) that you'd have to wrestle from me to get to. It's probably the best, most interesting beer I've...

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Fork, Boise

Boise has wonderful, locally owned restaurants that serve locally grown food. Fork is one such restaurant, with a fabulous patio with red umbrellas and bistro lights. It's a great atmosphere perfect for summer dining, and the food is phenomenal.     I loved...

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Inn at 500, Boise

Boise's brand new 29 million dollar Inn at 500 is a luxurious, contemporary boutique hotel located conveniently in downtown Boise just a few minutes from the airport. An emphasis on attentive service, plush comfort and gallery level art displays makes the Inn at 500 a...

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CampChef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven

If you've been following me on social media, you know that lately I've been obsessed with making my own brick oven pizza. There are no decent pizza places where I live and after a recent Denver trip, where the pizza was amazing, I realized I was sorely lacking my...

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The Maven Hotel, Denver

The Maven Hotel wows you as soon as you walk through the door, and it doesn't stop until you leave. As you make your way to the front desk to check in, you encounter a giant wood carved hand suspended from the ceiling, a shiny Airstream camper, and a yarn wrapped...

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Kachina Southwestern Grill, Denver

Denver's new kid on the Dairy Block, Kachina Southwestern Grill, serves up authentic southwestern cuisine in an energizing atmosphere. Located in lower downtown in the Dairy Block, not far from Union Station, Kachina presents itself like edible art inside Denver's...

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The Ritz-Carlton, Denver Luxury

The Ritz-Carlton Denver, the city's oldest Five Diamond hotel, has undergone some gorgeous updates recently. If you haven't been in a while, it's time to return. This is one of my favorite hotels in Denver. Sumptuous, plush surroundings, luxurious amenities, and a...

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Westin Denver International Airport Hotel

Have you ever seen the movie Oblivion? It's a sci-fi Tom Cruise movie that was partially filmed in Iceland (I'll watch anything that was filmed in Iceland). Anyway, the Westin Denver International Airport Hotel reminded me of the Sky Apartment in this movie. The pool...

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Pink Jeep Tours, Sedona: Magnificent Views and Good Fun

I'm always up for a jeep tour. The more interesting the geography, the better, and Sedona is one place that begs for jeep travel. Pink Jeep Tours are a Sedona classic and unless you've rented your own jeep, you really should do a tour to see the area from this...

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Helijet Helicopter Service

I'm obsessed with helicopters. They fascinate me, and I get very excited to be near them or fly in them. The trouble is, I'm not a fan of heights. Terrified might be a better word for it if I'm honest. But I continue to push myself in this direction, because being up...

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The Cooper Lounge, Denver Union Station

"Imbibe in Style," they say, and I can't imagine a place more stylish than The Cooper Lounge at Denver Union Station. This is a place to get swanky and chill out with some quality cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. As someone madly in love with train travel and completely...

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The Crawford Hotel, Denver

The Crawford Hotel in Denver's Union Station offers one of a kind accommodations that will make anyone who loves train travel giddy with delight. I haven't been on the Orient Express yet (I can dream), but The Crawford embraces the wonder and mystique of luxury train...

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Four Seasons Seattle

Four Seasons Seattle is a beautiful oasis in the heart of downtown Seattle, just a couple of blocks from Pikes Place Market. A sparkling turquoise pool, panoramic views of Elliot Bay and Puget Sound and easy access to local attractions make it an excellent choice for...

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Westin Riverfront, Beaver Creek, Colorado

Located in Beaver Creek, on Gore River about ten minutes from Vail Village, The Westin Riverfront is a four diamond resort that offers cozy mountain luxury. It's such a pretty setting, and the way the light hits the place, I kept thinking I was seeing things in HD....

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Mountain Standard, Vail

Mountain Standard is a relaxed and rustic fine dining restaurant with a creative menu and a wonderful creekside indoor-outdoor atmosphere. Flowers, the water, mountains and bistro lights create the perfect mood, and the food is fantastic. With quality ingredients,...

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Denver Union Station

Denver Union Station is a 150 year old icon, the city's ground transportation hub, and my favorite Denver landmark. I'm enamored by train travel, and Union Station for train enthusiasts is nirvana. It's simultaneously glamorous and functional. Formal and relaxed. It's...

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L’Auberge de Sedona

Sedona is one of those places that feels special just by virtue of standing there. Maybe it has to do with all the Vortexes or the collective consciousness there, because every single local I spoke to had a story and every one of them felt reverence for the place....

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Hermosa Inn, Scottsdale

Scottsdale's Hermosa Inn is one of the most interesting properties I've ever visited. Rich with character and history, you feel like you've escaped ordinary life the moment you step foot on this gorgeous Paradise Valley property. This distinctly masculine inn makes...

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Northern Lights in Iceland with SuperJeep

Iceland’s lunar landscapes are mentioned in every guidebook. People talk about the terrain feeling like another planet, but I think it’s equally the lighting. The sky in Iceland is otherworldly. Blues, purples, oranges and yellows throughout the day are hypnotic. I...

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The Dolder Grand Hotel, Zurich

Brace yourself for unparalleled luxury. The Dolder Grand Hotel in Zurich is divine. If you go to the Dolder Grand, you must allow at least two days to marinate in this incredible atmosphere. It’s a soul-feeding destination in itself. A fascinating combination of a...

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The Dolder Grand Spa

The Dolder Grand Spa has to be the best spa experience I've ever had. And that is saying something, because I’ve been to some amazing spas. But this one is special. I also had one of my very best spa treatments here. The Dolder Grand Spa is ultra modern and so...

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