Although the inventions of a waterproof fireplace and venetian porthole blinds improve its chances, the dream of building a permanent home on water is still hindered by the lack of buoyant cobblestones. Sing sea chanteys on a sea shanty with today's Groupon: for $900, you get $1,800 toward a houseboat rental, as well as two, two-day standup paddleboard rentals (a $200 value), at River Ranch Houseboats, with locations in Burbank and Kennewick. In addition to the Groupon price, a refundable $500 security deposit is required at the time of departure. The $500 nonrefundable deposit to confirm a registration is waived for Groupon customers.
Furnished with the amenities of a luxury apartment and featuring enough sleeping space for up to 12 people, with a total capacity of 50 people, River Ranch’s 59-foot houseboats transport passengers to a new floating home. Available in either weekend ($2,200) or Monday–Friday ($1,800) packages, vacation voyages set out from one of two marinas, feeding into either the Snake River, with rocky cliffs and more than 40 miles of shoreline, or the giant Columbia River, famous for its hydroelectric dams, which power the area’s majestic golf courses and electric grapevines. Before departure, a member of River Ranch’s staff orients captains and first mates on the boat’s operation, from controlling its two outboard engines to communicating with other skippers over the marine radio. Once on the main waterway, passengers can splash off the waterslide into the water, fish for bass, steelhead, and sturgeon to cook on the deck’s outdoor grill, or simply enjoy the comforts of the cabin, with a 40-inch flat-screen TV and a fully functional kitchen. Please click here for some common FAQs in regards to renting a houseboat.
This Groupon also includes the rental of two standup paddleboards for up to 16 hours ($50 each for 8 hours), and customers can also rent River Ranch's jet skis or ski boat for an additional fee. Renters are also encouraged to bring their own recreation items for use on the open river, from wakeboards and water skis to inner tubes, kayaks, and inflatable hockey rinks.
Today's deal does not include the cost of fuel, which can be deducted from your refundable deposit at the end of your trip.
River Ranch Boats
You walk into the sun-drenched room, padding across alternating swathes of slate tile and plush carpet. In the kitchen, your friend slices veggies atop a gleaming granite countertop, which will later top the burgers cooking on the stainless-steel gas grill outside. A cushy sectional beckons for you to curl up and watch a DVD on the flatscreen TV, but instead you decide to head up to the roof, where a few companions are sprawled out on lounge chairs on the expansive sun deck.
Though it sounds like this scenario could only take place on the French Riviera's star-studded coasts, River Ranch Boat makes it possible with luxury-houseboat rentals in the Northwest. The 59-foot beauties are appointed with contemporary furnishings and fixtures, sleeping up to 12 adults and holding parties of up to 25 during the day. The vessels, which can be rented for weekend or mid-week sojourns, also have an on-deck waterslide that deposits riders right into the Snake Rivers.
Those looking for single-day adventures can rent one of River Ranch's pontoons, which hold 12–16 people depending on the vessel. There is also a fleet of pleasure boats––speedboat-style watercraft that can be used for fishing, tubing, wakeboarding, or revving the engine to scare away lingering ghost ships.