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Exploring Boise's Basque culture

May 27, 2011

If you go

THE BEST WAY TO BOISE, IDAHO

From LAX, American and United offer nonstop service to Boise; Southwest offers direct service (stop, no change of plane), and Delta, Southwest, Frontier, US Airways and United offer connecting service (change of plane). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $402.

WHERE TO STAY

Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd.; (208) 333-8000, http://www.grovehotelboise.com. Weekday rates in June start at $115.

Leku Ona, 117 S. 6th St.; (208) 345-6665, http://www.lekuonaid.com. A five-room boutique hotel on the Basque Block next door to the restaurant of the same name. Rooms from $65.

WHERE TO EAT

Bar Gernika, 202 S. Capitol Blvd.; (208) 344-2175, http://www.bargernika.com. Tasty, traditional meals at low prices. Paella is priced at $8 and the lamb stew at $8.50.

Leku Ona, 117 S. 6th St., (208) 345-6665, http://www.lekuonaid.com., Serves traditional Basque dinners, family-style for $27.95 a person (two-person minimum).

WHAT TO DO

Basque Museum & Cultural Center, 611 Grove St.; (208) 343-2671, http://www.basquemuseum.com, and the Basque boarding house next door are the ideal places to begin exploring Boise's Basque heritage. The museum staff can provide information about neighboring attractions and various Basque events that take place throughout the year. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students and $3 for children ages 6-12. Closed Sunday and Monday.

TO LEARN MORE

Basque Block, http://www.thebasqueblock.com

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