One of my "blogging career" dreams came true when I was invited by the Stay Alfred team to spend a night in one of their new apartments at The Fowler in downtown Boise. Have you heard of the brand before? I was unfamiliar, but after my experience, they're now on my radar the next time I take a trip to one of their cities! Read on to hear more about my evening with Korri downtown, my home away from home, and a promo code if you decide to make Stay Alfred your next crash pad.
Please note that I received a complimentary overnight stay and gifted experience in downtown Boise in exchange for this post but no other monetary compensation. As always, everything I write here is in my own words, and I'm so grateful for your continued support. These opportunities are a dream!
After working our day jobs, Korri and I headed over to a happy hour with other local influencers at The Fowler, a hip new apartment building located in the up-and-coming Central Addition neighborhood of downtown Boise. Across the road to the south is beautiful Julia Davis Park and the Boise River, and if you head north, you'll end up right in the center of it all! It's a prime location within walking distance of a plethora of activities as well as restaurants, bars, grocery stores, movie theaters, and more.
Our happy hour—provided by our lovely Stay Alfred hosts—featured pizza by a relatively new locally-owned place called The Wylder, which is located on the first floor of the building. There are so many pizza places around town that I'm still trying to get to all of them, so it was a treat to try something new! We also enjoyed other sweet treats and wine while mingling with our hosts and the other attendees. I hadn't met any other local "influencers" (it's hard to call myself an influencer, haha), so it was fun to finally meet some people that share similar interests and totally understand the idea of getting the perfect shot for Instagram. ;)
After happy hour, we set off for our dinner reservations at Fork, a popular locally-owned restaurant in the heart of downtown along 8th Street, also provided by the Stay Alfred team. I hadn't been there in years, and it was Korri's first time, so we treated ourselves! We started with a couple of cocktails—a mule for me, of course—and then picked the glazed Brussels sprouts for an appetizer. After mulling over the menu for entirely too long because everything sounded delicious, I settled on the sirloin strip steak and Korri got the local ale-braised short ribs. My entreé was excellent! I can't wait to go back and have it again. Korri liked my meal better, too, but his was also very good. ;)
Bedtime arrived way too quickly, but we needed to be up bright and early so Korri could be to work by 7:30 am. I could have slept in a little longer, but he's my photographer, so it is what it is. Haha! We both hated getting up from our far-too-short night in the king-sized bed. You can definitely tell by my face and my maniacal hair that I was awake way too early. But, I will say that it was nice shooting photos in the early morning light. This may be the only time that ever happens!
Our stay was capped by grabbing a couple of drinks at Form & Function, a new coffee shop also located on the first floor of the building that focuses on sustainably-sourced product. Korri went with his usual iced mocha, and I went with my usual chai latte. Mmm! It was one of the best chai lattes I've had. Plus the small size was perfect for me as I don't normally drink coffee or tea first thing in the morning. The space was beautiful, too; I wish we had had time to enjoy our drinks there instead of on the go.
Stay Alfred has all the benefits of an Airbnb (fully furnished and stocked apartment all to yourself) at a price less than or comparable to that of a hotel. The idea of staying in someone else's house kind of freaks me out, which is why I've never stayed in an Airbnb, but my Stay Alfred apartment reminded me of high-end hotel room. My place featured two bedrooms (with king-sized beds!), two full bathrooms with tubs, a full kitchen with dishwasher, a living space, and laundry. Each room had its own TV (an essential!), and of course, Stay Alfred provided free wifi. The building itself has a 24-hour fitness facility complete with a TV to play workout videos and all the equipment you may need. There's also a common space to hang out with others as well as The Hub, a space for entertaining with a walkout to a patio and full kitchen. (Our happy hour event was at The Hub!)
One of the things I enjoyed most—besides sleeping in a huge bed, of course—was the check-in process. Instead of going to a front desk, we checked in at what was called the Keycafe. I hadn't heard of one of these before, but it's pretty genius. First, were given a code with our reservation to retrieve the keys to our room. We entered a space next to the lobby with a wall of compartments. The keys are kept in separate compartments that open when you enter your code. Check-out works the same way: use the code to open a compartment, place your keys in it, and you're good to go! Cool, right?! It was a quick and uncomplicated process.
Stay Alfred has apartments available in popular cities (such as Seattle, Chicago, and Nashville) as well as up-and-coming cities (such as here in Boise). Check out all 27 of their cities; new locations pop up regularly! Korri and I both enjoyed our Stay Alfred staycation in the heart of our vibrant city and wish it could have lasted longer (or that we didn't have to work, haha). It was truly an honor to be a part of their launch in Boise! :)
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