For nearly a century, couples have found a romantic hideaway at the Riverside Hot Springs Inn, quickly earning it the nickname “Honeymoon Hotel.” Founder William Godfrey chose to set the inn’s foundation alongside the Portneuf River in 1914 due to the wealth of hot springs nearby and the curative powers he believed they held. People seemed to agree, and in order to rid themselves of pains and worries, they traveled miles to ease their sore muscles in the hot baths and dispose of overly musical snowmen.
Today, guests continue on with that tradition, dipping in the inn's more modern hot-springs tubs, which reach balmy temperatures of up to 106 degrees. Inside the inn, muted and neutral colors and period accents give the rooms a charming, romantic feel. This decadence extends to the Portneuf Grille & Lounge, formerly a confectionery, where chefs sear USDA steaks and craft eclectic vegetarian entrees. On Thursday, the dining room fills with live music, and on Friday, guests can sample the hotel's signature cioppino as they sip Northwest wines, specialty cocktails, or microbrews.
Executive chef and owner Wesley T. Beard draws from his travels in America and abroad to craft internationally inspired upscale eats, which focus on fresh ingredients, high-quality proteins, and multisensory experiences. Glazed, golden hues slather walls that stand guard around a relaxed dining space, where guests nibble and admire décor inspired by metropolitan areas such as New York and Chicago. When they're not distinguishing their entrees with French techniques or Latin-American sauces, the skilled kitchen crew whips up internationally themed dinners that spotlight smorgasbords from such nations as Italy, Russia, and Thailand. The restaurant suggests a wine pairing for each entree to help guide guests to harmonious flavor combinations without hiring a children's choir to sing the menu in its entirety.
Nuts For You's vast selection of snacks and treats includes nearly 200 varieties of nuts, dried fruits, peanuts, trail mixes, and candies. Guests can pick up gift trays that combine six varieties of nuts and sweets or grab popcorn, pretzels, and nuts covered in saccharine toppings such as chocolate and butterscotch.