Shelley A. Gable

Correspondent

  • Boise, Idaho, USA

Shelley A. Gable is a correspondent who lives in Boise, Idaho, and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. As a freelance writer, Gable offers travel advice about destinations locally and abroad. She also writes articles about the psychology of learning. As a traveler, she has touched five of the world’s continents and aspires to visit all seven. In her free time, she’s most likely out for a run, curled up with a book or participating in a local event.

  • On July 2, 2014
  • On December 9, 2013
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    What kinds of massages are offered at Grove Fitness Club & Spa?

    Grove Fitness Club & Spa classifies its massage offerings into three categories: massage, specialty massage and treatment massage. Duration options and rates vary for each category.

    The basic massage category includes options typically offered by most spas, such as Swedish, trigger point, reflexology and prenatal. This category also includes options that are not as typical, such as a cranial sacral massage, which uses various holds on the head, sacrum and feet to help shift cranial plates and restore energy.

    The specialty massage category includes three options: hot stone, in which heat from stones helps to promote relaxation; Russian sports massage, which focuses on the lymph system and passive stretching; and structural integration, in which an hour is spent working on a single area of the body with deep pressure.

    The massage treatment programs consist of a series of massages designed to promote recovery and healing. One targets pain management and the other supports an active lifestyle.
  • On December 9, 2013
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    What is the style of Grove Fitness Club & Spa?

    Primarily a fitness facility, Grove Fitness Club & Spa at The Grove Hotel has a very open, metropolitan feel. Upon entering, the views of downtown Boise and the nearby foothills from the fifth-floor location immediately command your attention. The sophistication of the gym’s technologically advanced, state-of-the-art equipment also seeks to impress.

    While the fitness areas aim to energize, the spa treatment rooms possess an appropriately calming aura. Expect rooms with earth-toned hues and lightly decorated walls. The functional yet minimalist setting focuses your attention inward and helps you drift away while enjoying a luxury treatment. With the spa and fitness areas in opposite directions from the facility’s entrance, you can take in the entire scene before letting the soothing spa space truly shape your experience.
  • On December 9, 2013
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    What is the best way to get an appointment at Grove Fitness Club & Spa?

    Making an appointment at Grove Fitness Club & Spa is as easy as a few clicks on the spa’s website. Start on the Grove Fitness Club & Spa’s homepage, go to the Spa Treatments page and click the Book an Appointment icon. From there, the site asks a couple of questions about the type of service you want to schedule, presents you with a list of available appointment times and allows you to select the one you want. Appointments are typically available from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m.

    Not sure which spa treatment is best for you? Then you can opt to call the spa between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. to speak with their staff to identify the best service for you and schedule an appointment.
  • On December 9, 2013
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    What is the dress code at Emilio’s?

    While the décor at Emilio’s is elegant, its ambience is unpretentious, resulting in relatively casual dress among many of its patrons. Expect to see much of the crowd in stylish jeans, fostering a look that feels comfortably trendy rather than completely casual.

    Since Emilio’s is also popular among business travelers, those who work downtown and conference attendees at the adjacent Boise Centre convention center, varying forms of business attire are also common. And with an ambience that makes for an intimate date night, those dressed more formally also fit right in.

    The good news is that if you’re dressed for an evening downtown — whatever that evening might entail — you’re likely dressed appropriately for dinner at Emilio’s.
  • On December 9, 2013
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    When is Emilio’s open?

    Given its downtown Boise location inside The Grove Hotel, Emilio’s caters to the breakfast crowd by opening at 6 a.m. during the week and at 7 a.m. on the weekends. At that hour, patrons can wake up with almond French toast, smoked salmon Benedict, smokehouse chicken crepes and other morning favorites. The restaurant remains open for lunch each day, offering midday fare ranging from ahi tuna burgers and chimichurri steak wraps to roasted turkey ciabatta sandwiches.

    Emilio’s really comes alive during its dinner service, from 5 to 9 p.m. daily. Look forward to a spread of creative appetizers (lobster tail corn dogs, anyone?), artfully assembled salads and unique entrees composed of locally sourced ingredients such as Idaho ranch steak.
  • On December 9, 2013
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    Where is Emilio’s located?

    Emilio’s sits just inside the entrance to Boise’s The Grove Hotel, three blocks south of the Idaho State Capitol, at the corner of Front Street and Capitol Boulevard. Those driving to the restaurant can pull up to the front door using the entrance off of Front Street and take advantage of the hotel’s valet service. There is also plenty of nearby street parking and multiple parking garages within a few blocks.

    If you’re already spending the day in downtown Boise, you can walk to Emilio’s from numerous shops, event locations and other iconic local landmarks within just a few minutes. The Grove Hotel is attached to the CenturyLink Arena and adjacent to the Boise Centre convention facility, making Emilio’s an ideal choice for discerning event attendees.
  • On November 21, 2013
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    What is the design style of The Grove Hotel?

    The spaces throughout The Grove Hotel feel modern and elegant. The work of Ward Hooper — a local art nouveau artist frequently commissioned to create Idaho-themed pieces featuring the area’s iconic landmarks — and his artistic style permeates the elevators, guest rooms, and social spaces. While the furnishings and cherry paneling throughout the property contribute to an upscale appearance, the layout facilitates a more laid-back ambiance that encourages patrons to settle in and relax. When you enter the hotel through the main entrance, the restaurant is immediately on your right and the lounge flows into the lobby area on the left, creating an open space that welcomes you to delight in the environment and sink into its warmth.
  • On November 21, 2013
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    What’s the best time to visit The Grove Hotel?

    Just as downtown Boise offers an array of activities year-round, The Grove Hotel remains a hospitable access point to the city’s events and attractions at any time of the year. In addition to events throughout the year, Boise is especially popular for hiking, fishing, and swimming when temperatures heat up, and remains popular among skiers and winter sport enthusiasts in the snowy months.

    Those who prefer to stay indoors when temperatures feel extreme can find plenty to do on the premises. The bar and lounge area bustles with guests, especially during winter, with the soothing notes of Grammy Award-winning piano player Randy Coryell in the background Tuesday through Saturday evenings. The fitness club on the fifth floor, which has an Olympic-length lap pool, boasts state-of-the-art equipment, strategically placed to allow guests stunning views of the city while they workout. A variety of spa services are also available.
  • On November 21, 2013
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    Where is The Grove Hotel located?

    Situated in the center of downtown Boise, The Grove Hotel makes it easy for guests to walk to numerous restaurants, shops, and event locations within just a few minutes. In fact, the hotel is attached to the Century Link Arena and adjacent to the Boise Centre convention center, making its location ideal for event attendees. If shuttling to and from the airport, expect a commute of approximately 15 minutes. Additionally, you can arrive at nearly any destination in the city in under 20 minutes, by car, from the hotel.

    The hotel’s location just across from the Basque blocks — buildings between 6th and Capitol Boulevard on Grove Street — offers inquisitive visitors easy access to restaurants and shops that provide a taste of culture from the ethnic group that hails from northern Spain. You can also reach several iconic landmarks by foot from the Boise hotel, including the Boise River, the greenbelt (a paved trail for foot and bicycle traffic alongside the river), the capitol building, the Boise Art Museum, Boise Zoo, and the public market on Saturdays.
  • On October 25, 2013
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    What is the scene like at Chandlers Prime Steaks & Fine Seafood?

    Chandlers Prime Steaks & Fine Seafood establishes its elegance as soon as you walk through the door — expect an inviting warmth of dark browns and blues around the low-lit entrance, with live music wafting over the wall from the dining room.

    Once seated, the live jazz complements the cozy ambiance without overpowering the conversation at your own table. The result is an intimate experience where the din of the crowd feels very much in the background, and your table’s chatter remains private yet easily heard by your dining companions. Elsewhere around the Boise restaurant, you’ll see groups celebrating a special occasion, young couples having a romantic filet mignon dinner and locals and business travelers unwinding with after-work rib-eyes.
  • On October 25, 2013
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    When is Chandlers Prime Steaks & Fine Seafood open?

    If you’re coming to Chandlers Prime Steaks & Fine Seafood for cocktails and light appetizers, grab a chair at the martini bar or at one of the high-top tables when the lounge opens at 4 p.m., seven days a week. Dinner service in the main restaurant begins at 5:30 p.m. daily. Chandlers remains open until the guests from the night’s last reservation — typically scheduled no later than 9 p.m. — leave. Groups can make special arrangements to dine as early as lunch.

    The Boise restaurant’s interior of primarily dark browns and blues emanates a warmth that creates an inviting ambiance for all seasons. Those who prefer the city’s fresh air in the warmer months can request patio seating. The steakhouse also strives to appeal to visitors throughout the year by partnering with Hotel 43 (Chandlers is on to the property) to offer seasonal lodging and dinner packages, such as the Shakespeare Festival-themed deal in the summer and a skiing getaway to Bogus Basin during the snowy months.
  • On October 25, 2013
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    Where is Chandlers Prime Steaks & Fine Seafood located?

    Chandlers Prime Steaks & Fine Seafood, attached to Hotel 43, sits near the center of downtown Boise. Those who drive can take advantage of the complimentary valet service by pulling into the building’s breezeway off of 10th and Grove streets. Drivers can also opt for nearby street parking or use one of the multiple parking garages located within a few blocks of the restaurant.

    For patrons exploring downtown by foot, Chandlers is within a 15-minute walk of most downtown hotels and shops. The steakhouse is also an easy stroll from many popular downtown attractions, such as the Egyptian Theatre, the Knitting Factory concert house and the Basque block, a strip that pays homage to the city’s sizeable Basque community with restaurants, a museum, a market and more.
  • On September 26, 2013
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  • On September 26, 2013
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    What is the design style of Hotel 43?

    Have we mentioned that Hotel 43 strives to create a uniquely local ambiance? To complement the framed art depicting Boise’s key landmarks, the hotel combines bold colors with hip furnishings. With a 60-foot high ceiling in the lobby, the first few floors of rooms take on a loft-like feel, overlooking the trendy yet functional lobby seating. The faint jazz notes that overflow into the lobby from the restaurant in the evenings further contribute to its chic sophistication. Looking up from the lobby floor, you’ll see staggered, brightly colored light fixtures and large windows offering broad views of the surroundings. The rest of the property follows suit, creating a casually trendy environment.