This weekend @Uteoholic and I, with our spouses, traveled to Boise and I’d like to report that it was indeed a few degrees warmer than SLC - downright pleasant in fact.
The downtown area was vibrant, walkable and had restaurant waits over an hour. The Indian restaurant we ended up at, which was mysteriously mostly vacant and had no wait time, served drinks with spoon straws like you get with a Slurpee, which we wondered if it was actually a feature or a regional nicety.
Our hotel was adjacent to the Boise St campus and so my wife and I took a walk through that night. I can report that their soccer practice field is not blue, and the parking terrace we observed appeared to be well lit. They also had a large B in the middle of the campus, which we assumed was how far they’d gotten in learning the alphabet. Baby steps. I also observed at least 5 more people wearing large belt buckles and wranglers than I typically see on a walkthrough of the U’s campus.
It also appears to have a vibrant street racing scene, as cars were heard racing from our hotel room until around 3 in the morning.
Overall, I give the city an A- rating, with the single hit coming from asking for a Diet Coke and them unabashedly serving Diet Pepsi without even flinching. In Utah that would be cause for death.
In short, we’re going to need to step up our game if we really want to compete for recruits.