Ophidia Dance transforms women's bodies into living works of art during dance fitness classes held in a safe, judgement-free environment. Twerk'n Hip Hop builds up a sweat with a powerful beat, and Ballet Booty Barre combines grace and energetic motion. Pole Dance classes, meanwhile, teaches students how to workout with sensual moves and the ability to laugh in the face of gravity.
Children enjoy physical and imaginative play at Jabbers, wiggling out kilojoules of energy in a safe, 5,000-square-foot indoor activity center. Day passes ($5.66 for kids 1–3 years old; $7 for kids 4 and over) allow energetic youngsters to bound through padded obstacles in a colorful, 13-foot play structure, or hone artistic talents and beret-wearing abilities in the art studio. A mock farmers' market teaches tykes about the fun of everyday errands as they load up on plastic produce and wheel miniature grocery carts to the checkout lane. Pedal-powered cars and scooters roll laps around the roadway cutting through the pretend construction zone, where kids can protect noggin tops with hard hats and take union-mandated naps. A two-story playhouse shelters domestic games like House or Pin the Check on the Mortgage Payment, and a separate toddler area showcases gentler toys for the extra-young.
As winner of one of Boise Weekly's 2009 Best of Boise awards, Need to Bead earns local recognition with friendly, knowledgeable staffers who teach a variety of classic and modern jewelry-making techniques. Customers can tote along their own beads or purchase beads ($0.02–$150 each) from the store's glittering selection—which includes vintage beads from the 1930s–1960s, Swarovski crystals, and hand-blown kryptonite—to assemble into lobe adornments under the guidance of experienced instructors. Up to 12 students gather at a long, wooden table to peruse 1,300 available project designs for inspiration and use the studio's tools to craft earrings with a personalized touch. The enclosed kids' room allows children to play, watch movies, or imagine what it's like to fill out tax forms as their parents fashion glimmering accessories.
Seasoned barkeeps fill glasses with the aromatic pours from a rotating selection of 12 wines, and the cellar stocks a slew of bottled vintages from Idaho wineries to far-flung international locales. Guests can also indulge in sips of 38 domestic and international beers. It's all a part of the new ownership at Corkscrews, who complement their libations with a freshly concocted menu that showcases pizza, salads, a spread of cheeses, and desserts, from cheesecake to ice cream with almonds. On top of filling Corkscrews' cozy environs with daily live entertainment, the owners enjoy renting out the facility and its team of wine handlers for private events such as holiday parties and Flat Earth Society meetings.
Originally built in 1892, the Historic Jameson Inn combines the beauty of an upscale hotel with the quaint charm of the 19th century. Step back in time with a stay in one of the hotel’s six rooms, decorated with antiques and hand-carved furniture from the 1800’s and free from the distraction of television or phone (although free wifi is included). Situated within 10 minutes to two ski resorts, the Historic Jameson Inn is conveniently located to adventurous and entertaining recreational activities. Allow the friendly staff to arrange an afternoon of skiing, fly-fishing, snowmobiling, mountain-biking, or hunting for you.
In 1805, Lewis and Clark ventured down the Salmon River in dugout canoes carved from hollowed-out trees. They were enormous crafts— up to 40 feet in length and 3 feet and diameter—but they could barely navigate even calmer stretches of this river, not to mention the rapids. That's a testament to the power of the Salmon River, which regularly has Class III rapids, as well as a testament to how much boating technology has improved. Today, thankfully, it's easier and much more fun to attack this wild whitewater in a smaller craft. Yellow Jacket River Guides has an experienced team that directs rafting tours and camping trips on and around the mighty Salmon.The company has three types of watercraft: large oar boats, paddleboats, and inflatable kayaks. “If you’re not comfortable in the water, you can ride in the oar boat where the guide steers," says owner Alison Steen. "If you’re ready to try something more intense, the inflatable kayaks are a lot of fun.” Both trips begin with a chartered jet-boat ride upriver; the three-day Treasure Valley Weekend Getaway will go about 25 miles up, and the four-day Whitewater Escape ventures by jet boat about 80 miles from the launch point in Vinegar Creek. The four-day Whitewater Escape also concludes with a 25-mile jet boat ride through a final stretch of un-floatable water. The two excursions are virtually identical, with the exception of their lengths and a few different stopping points. Both trips will start downriver, and groups will break camp each night on white sand beaches along the waterway. Typically 10–12 people make up each group, but groups can be as large as 24. Everyone can enjoy a late start to the day to let the morning chill pass over and to catch the season finale of a hilarious dream sequence. Soon after, you can spend a few hours paddling with plenty of downtime for swimming, hiking, and fishing."It’s not a cookie-cutter trip where everyone has to do the same thing," says Steen. "Only half the day is spent on the river, so there’s a lot of free time. Some people want to go on a strenuous hike, others want to sit and read, and some just want to take a nap. It’s very customizable.” The area is prime for bird watching; also keep an eye out for moose, big-horned sheep, and deer.In addition to their mastery of Idaho’s first-aid and rescue training requirements, Yellow Jacket’s guides are well-versed in interesting facts about the land. Along the way, they’ll point out where to spot Sheepeater Indian pictographs and historical pioneer homesteads. They’ll also point the way to the all-natural hot spring. At each day’s end, as campers finish up a hike or take a nap, guides will preside over the campfire to craft a gourmet meal made from savory meats and locally grown vegetables. The meal changes each night, but a highlight of the trip is Saturday’s luau on the beach, where groups will dig into a feast of polynesian pork tenderloin with a tropical salsa, stir-fried veggies over island rice, watermelon, and a dessert of pineapple upside-down cake.