Parker Arrien grew up rafting through whitewater rapids on the Snake and Salmon Rivers with his family, feeling the crash of waves and the force of the water pulling him forward. As an adult, he knew it would be impossible to ignore his desire to seek outdoor adventures, so he founded America's Rafting Company with his wife, Becky, to share this exhilarating experience with others. His adventures take people whitewater rafting down canyons, fishing for steelhead in the winter, backpacking in the immense wilderness of the Seven Devils Mountains, and making excursions on the Idaho rivers. Participants can expect enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides on all adventures.
Piloted by a professional driving staff, Boise Party Bus's fleet whisks between 16 and 24 clientele away on celebratory jaunts customized for special occasions and tours. Each non-smoking ride arrives equipped with a full bar, hardwood dance floor, and miniature water park built into the tire rims as a driver accommodates requests you make throughout the trip.
Alongside services for private parties, Boise Party Bus's passengers charter the fleet for the Best of the Northwest Wine Tour or Snake River Valley Vineyard Tour to sample boutique wines at five local destinations. Guests on The Great Idaho Brew Tour make pit stops at up to six of the state's best brewers for pours of craft brew on a voyage that Boise Weekly lauds as "a genius idea."
As the early-morning sky lightens and the sun paints the horizon in purples, blues, oranges, and yellows, a fleet of balloons takes flight. These are Boise Hot Air Company?s balloons?colorful inflated vessels bedecked with purple and yellow stripes, red checkerboard patterns, and the stars and stripes of the American flag. Captains take groups aloft at 30 minutes before official sunrise in baskets equipped with seats and dividers for added safety. Flying only in fair weather and usually at speeds of no more than 8 miles per hour, the captains pilot leisurely flights low over the countryside of rolling hills from March through November.
After more than 20 years in business, what began with one aircraft shepherding fishers through the Idaho backcountry has blossomed into a gleaming six-Cessna fleet offering charter service deep into the wilderness. Overseeing the whole operation is SP Aircraft?s founder, Scott Patrick, a charter-industry veteran with many close contacts in the backcountry-outfitter, river-guide, and tour-company arena. The outfit?s trip packages dispense wild majesty and creature comforts in equal measure, much like receiving a foot massage from a grizzly bear. The Sawtooth Air Tour and Backcountry Brunch, for example, begins with a 90-minute flight over the Sawtooth Range, Dagger Falls, and the Deadwood Reservoir and culminates in a multicourse brunch. Meanwhile, the Mackay Bar Overnight Steelhead Fishing on the Main Salmon River trip invites travelers to try their luck on the ?River of No Return??so-called because, unlike most rivers, it only flows one way.
When Sean and Ginger Glaccum look wilderness in the eye, wilderness always blinks first. Sean, a licensed river guide for more than 14 years, and Ginger, an accomplished tour leader and photographer, have conquered rivers throughout the United States, Africa, Nepal, and India. Sean boasts certifications as a wilderness first responder and outdoor emergency medical-care provider, and Ginger has survived the croc-infested waters of the Zambezi river. Together, they lead adventurers through Idaho waterways on Payette River Company's half-, full-, and multiday whitewater rafting trips. They help visitors navigate four designated sections of the south fork of the Payette River, taking them plunging through Class II, III, and IV rapids, traversing rocky outcrops, and paddling through picturesque local scenery. On some trips, they also make stops at local swimming holes and the Kirkham Hot Springs.
Euphoria stylists work from a playbook of geometric shapes and face-flattering cuts that aim to perfectly suit each client’s style. Perhaps that’s why Boise Weekly readers have voted Euphoria as Best Local Hair Salon for three years in a row. Nestled deep in Hyde Park's shopping district, the elegant salon transforms manes with classic or on-trend cuts, and subtle or bold color highlights with an arsenal of high-end styling products by PureOlogy and Redken. Euphoria also employs full-time nail technician Robin Drake to keep fingernails, toenails, and reindeer antlers looking festive all year round.