Muse Bistro and Wine Bar dazzles diners and sates stomachs with a rotating menu of artfully designed and presented entrees built from seasonal ingredients and market-fresh fish. Lasso stampeding appetites with starters such as calamari fritti dredged in crispy panko crumbs and sidled up next to a lemon-basil aioli. Though entrees change weekly, like a fickle gorilla's opinions on foreign affairs, offerings include dishes such as top sirloin garbed in a sherried mushroom ragout and joined by a sidecar of vegetables and whipped potatoes. Gastronomic gurus tickle market-fresh fish en papillote with basting brushes coated in sun-dried-tomato-basil butter before nestling the piscatorial provender atop a bed of flavor-enhancing aromatics.
Planet Kid is Boise’s bounce-friendly headquarters for kids’ recreation and fitness, and is home to one of the largest soft indoor playgrounds in Idaho. Offering healthy recreational alternatives to the basketball-shaped video game consoles and vegetable-shaped junk food so heavily marketed to children, Planet Kid provides excitable tykes and active 12-and-unders with several blood-pumping playable obstacles. Gaze upwards at the towering climbing tube known as the astral ascent, or crane your neck further for a glimpse of moon mountain, a giant wadeable ball pit. A collection of space-themed slides like the comet, the Milky Way, and the star shoot test fundamental laws of gravity without resorting to pelting famous physicists in the face with apples. Finally, kids looking to conquer their fear of heights before moving onto their fear of inherently evil clowns will enjoy the ‘reach the peak’ two-sided mountain rope climb.
Payette Brewing Co. is an interesting mix of tradition and rebellion. It's founder, Mike Francis, gave up the corporate life to roll the die on a new venture in one of America's most time-honored industries. Using a 15-barrel brewing system, Mike and his staff cultivate high-quality brews in traditional styles—stouts, ales, and lagers—that aim to embody the adventurous spirit of Idaho and their own penchant for skiing, hiking, and kayaking. Inside the tasting room, they pour pint glasses or offer smaller samples for those who can't commit to one beer just yet.
Mothers always stand behind their children. Push 5K races run with that notion, only there isn't much standing involved. The co-ed events send moms—and dads, aunts, uncles, and grandparents—around scenic routes just over three miles in length, all while pushing pint-sized racers in strollers. Along the courses, spectators and professional photographers snap pictures, and multiple water stations provide chances for kids to hop out and fill their water cannons.
General manager Michael Baker shares his 25 years of pool-and-spa-industry experience to help Four Seasons' crews perform regular pool- and spa-maintenance services and outfit backyards with hot tubs, pools, grills, and full outdoor kitchens. The specialists keep household bodies of water in working order throughout the summer and ready pools for warm seasons by luring out any mermaids who may nested over the winter.