An Epicurean River Adventure on Idaho’s Salmon River

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oars_gourmetSo, you love the outdoors and good food? What about a gourmet whitewater rafting adventure?

O.A.R.S. has scheduled 11 gourmet-, beer- and wine-themed whitewater rafting trips for 2013. Whether travelers are sampling pints of craft beer on Oregon’s Rogue River or treating their taste buds to a venison sirloin steak with a huckleberry wine reduction on the company’s new Epicurean Adventure on the Salmon River with Whole Journeys, their palates will surely be satiated on these adventures.

“Foodie” trips are not a new travel trend, but they certainly are here to stay. O.A.R.S. began offering river trips with a culinary twist more than 15 years ago, and these trips have continued to grow in popularity ever since.

There’s nothing quite like enjoying a cold microbrew with a gourmet meal after an exciting day on the river. After navigating some of America’s most invigorating rapids in California, Oregon and Idaho, O.A.R.S. guests enjoy “après raft” with the finest suds from Sierra Nevada, Southern Oregon Brewing Company, and Big Sky Brewing Company. These Beer Vacations depart May through August and start at $525 per person.

O.A.R.S. has partnered with wineries from Northern California, Southern Oregon and Washington State to provide wines that are paired with each evening’s meal. Valley View Winery in Oregon, Fjellene Cellars from Washington, and Twisted Oak and Hatcher Winery from California’s Sierra Foothills are just a few of the wineries that have partnered with O.A.R.S. in 2013 for their Wine on the River series. Wine Tasting Tours depart May through September and start at $359 per person.

On the company’s new Epicurean Adventure on Idaho’s Salmon River, travelers will indulge themselves with organic, regional delicacies sourced from Whole Foods Market in Boise and prepared riverside by Chef Cristian Vargas. While rafting down the Rogue River in Oregon, Chef Bob Anderson of Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel delights adventurers with such creations as figs stuffed with Point Reyes Blue Cheese wrapped in bacon and filet mignon flambéed in a Jack Daniels sauce. These culinary tours depart July through September and start at $1,399 per person.

(Photo courtesy of O.A.R.S.)