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Things to do in Coeur d’Alene in the Winter

Winter inspires cozy daydreams of spending the days indoors under blankets by a warm fireplace. Here in North Idaho, our winters can range from lots of snow to tons of snow. Just the thought of trudging outside can feel like way too much effort. However, this doesn’t mean you have to lock yourself inside all winter long. Coeur d’Alene offers year-round experiences that don’t stop when the snow starts falling. With cold weather making up nearly half the year, our local businesses ensure that you always have something to do no matter the weather. Check out some of our recommendations for winter activities here in Coeur d’Alene.

Silver Mountain Resort

Ride the world’s longest gondola into a world of world-class skiing and boarding. With short lines and long runs, Silver Mountain is one of the most prized gems here in North Idaho. Take a lift up one side of the …

Blues festival of Coeur d’Alene is here!

It’s here!  It’s here!  What, you ask?  The annual Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival, hosted by our own Coeur d’Alene Resort!  This year marks the eighth year of the festival.  And interestingly, it has been the  winner of the title of “best blues festival” two years in a row.  This prestigious award is given out by the Inland Empire Blues Society.

What’s going on?

The festival starts Friday, March 31, and runs through Sunday, April 2.  This year’s headliner will be  Laith Al-Saadi, a finalist on the popular television program, “The Voice”.  He and his band will be performing in the big room at 8:30 PM.  Mr. Al-Saadi has worked with blues greats Taj Mahal,  Greg Allman, and B.B. King, to name a few only.  Most noteworthy,  Laith Al-Saadi was said to be  “a power performer who is so legitimate and memorable” by Entertainment Weekly magazine.  And, that’s not all!  The …

Idaho Vacation Spotlight: Spokane (Part 2)

spokaneThis week we decided to finish the “Idaho” Vacation Spotlight for Spokane! Last week, we covered some of the amazing food options in Spokane, and this week we want to check out great places to see. Spokane manages to be centrally linked between urban and rural. With only a few hour drive in either direction you can be in a big city, or Canada! Finding the perfect weekend activity is super simple. Staying in town? Great! Riverfront Park is a great place to take the family! Originally created for the Olympics in the 80’s, Riverfront Park just recently started a multi year expansion. There is an arcade, gondolas over the falls, and Primo shopping throughout this beautiful walkthrough. Check their website (above) for notice on special events like farmers markets and concerts. There is always something to do down there and its a great day trip if you have never …

Idaho Vacation Spotlight: Spokane (Part 1)

SpokanePutting a Washington city in the Idaho Vacation Spotlight is cheating! Who writes these rules anyways? After some careful deliberation, I have decided to include Spokane in our spotlight because: A) Its not even an hour away and B) I like Spokane. Now then…the “Idaho” Vacation Spotlight this week!

Spokane is a cool city. It blends just enough “small town but city” feel (alla Boise) with “real city, but spread out enough to feel homey.” Aside from being a great place to live (you can choose urban or country housing and STILL get to work on time) Spokane manages to have a ton of great local events, and just the right amount of city flair! This week I will cover some of Spokane’s great venues, and we will follow up with food and events in later weeks!

Idaho Vacation SpotlightAh, food! My favorite subject! Typically getting high quality cuisine this far inland …

Idaho Vacation Spotlight: Post Falls

Most outsiders wouldn’t consider Post Falls a “vacation” town. Geographically, it is located between Coeur d’Alene and Spokane and is typically considered a bedroom community. In less then 15 minutes you could be in Coeur d’Alene with the downtown bar scene, or watching an IMAX movie in River Park Square! Truth is your not going to stop in Post Falls for a weekend, but if you skip it altogether you will be greatly missing out. There are several amazing places to stop in Post Falls and you won’t want to skip it! The Spokane River dam (and where Post Falls gets it’s name) is an incredible site! Idaho Vacation Spotlight: Post FallsPictures never do rushing water justice, and its certainly true here! A short trip out from Post Falls proper is Falls Park. Surrounded by green forests and great places to each lunch or dinner, its a great stop for outdoors loving folks. …