Tina’s Turn

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

First of all I’d like to thank the people who have posted on this blog while I have run screaming in the opposite direction! I am not the greatest when it comes to sitting down in front of this box (computer) and spending time composing anything of interest or that makes any sense. But after much nagging, I mean encouragement, I have decided to give it a go. For anyone who has read this blog in the past it may take on a different feel. Not only will I tell of things going on at our Coeur d’Alene, Idaho inn, but I want to talk about things that impress and inspire me. I hope you enjoy!
In the mean time here is a picture of the finished patio that John and his brother Scott completed in April. We have had several,weddings,evening managers receptions there, as well as guests just enjoying the area and shade of the Norwegian maple trees. Stay tuned for more.

Exploring Coeur d’Alene, Idaho: Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Coeur d'Alene Lake Cruises

Any visitor to the Coeur d’Alene area will no doubt take note of the magnificent lake that the city borders. Lake Coeur d’Alene is a popular spot for those vacationing in the area to go swimming, sailing, kayaking, wakeboarding and fishing, but for those who prefer a drier experience, there are alternative ways to experience the lake. Boat cruises on Lake Coeur d’Alene are a fantastic way to take in the remarkable beauty of the northern Idaho landscape from an entirely new vantage point and enjoy a sophisticated experience on your trip.


Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruise Package : 2 Cruise Tickets for $40

Enjoy a scenic 90 minute cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene for a special discounted rate. Just book your favorite room at our downtown Coeur d’Alene bed and breakfast and add your tickets at checkout. One night minimum stay required.

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Many different styles of lake cruise are available through Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises. Visitors may choose a scenic journey or a sunset dinner; perhaps they may prefer a Brunch cruise or a holiday cruise. Whatever they choose, cruise passengers enjoy a climate controlled environment with a full bar, sound system and picture windows, so they won’t miss a thing. Throughout the year, many different holiday and theme cruises are available. The Christmas cruise, perhaps the most famous of these, has been featured on Good Morning America for its’ unique vantage point of the Coeur d’Alene Resort Holiday Light Show.


There is plenty to see and do on a boat cruise across Lake Coeur d’Alene. You might spend your daytime cruise on the deck, spotting wildlife and bird watching with the kids. A sunset dinner cruise might find you and your spouse at a cozy corner table sipping wine and enjoying the stunning romantic backdrop of the Pacific Northwest. On a Holiday cruise, you could start a whole new beloved family tradition. If you have a big family or a business, cruises can even be chartered for an event during your trip.

Coeur d'Alene ID hotelTraveling to the Coeur d’Alene area sometime soon? Reserve your seats on a Lake Coeur d’Alene boat tour today. Public daytime cruises are available, but specialty cruises such as the holiday trips and brunch and dinner offerings fill up quickly. Don’t miss the Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar during Sunday brunch or the seasonal eagle watching cruises available on the lake during the Winter season. There are many exciting things to see and do in the Coeur d’Alene area, but if you want to experience Lake Coeur d’Alene and nature itself from a truly unique vantage point, take a boat cruise across the lake and see for yourself.

Exploring Settlers Grove of Ancient Cedars

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Awe-Inspiring Ancient Trees

Exploring the Settlers Grove of Ancient Cedars is an experience not to be missed during your stay at our Coeur d’Alene bed and breakfast. Some of the trees in Settlers Grove of Ancient Cedars are more than 500 years old. That makes most of the trees older than the painting of the Sistine Chapel, older than painting of the Mona Lisa, and older than Christopher Columbus’ third voyage to the New World. These ancient trees have survived war, drought, fire, logging (though they are protected today) and the advancement of the Western Civilization. If only these cedars could talk!

settlers grove of ancient cedars

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Take a Walk or a Bike Ride Back through Time

Walk or bike along the winding trail through enormous, ancient trees with leaves that rustle in the gentle breezes and whisper of times gone by. Remote, peaceful and very similar to how it looked a millennia ago; Settlers Grove of Ancient Cedars is a breathtaking journey into the past and a steadfast reminder that we alone do not inhabit the earth, that, in fact, we share it with these graceful giants that tower over the forest and loom like staunch guardians.

Spend a Day Here with the Family

Whether you choose to hike or bike ride through it, Settlers Grove of Ancient Cedars is a meandering route that takes you across the wooden bridges that still stand over the West Fork Eagle Creek. View nature in all its serene glory and also take advantage of the newly added amenities of a restroom and widened parking area to make your day even more pleasant.

A Cedar Tree’s Resilience against Impossible Odds

Cedars are a remarkable species of tree and sometimes their age is difficult to determine; various aspects like the tree’s environment, the amount of moisture available to the tree and weather patterns all factor in. However, some of the trees in this Ancient Grove stand more than 120 feet tall and are hollowed out. The resilient Cedar, however, overcomes the fire or disease damage and grows itself over the decayed area. Think of what we could learn from these trees!

Stand Next to a Living Time Machine

Where were you 1,200 years ago? And what will you be doing 1,200 years from now? The oldest trees in this Ancient Grove are about nine feet in diameter, making them 1,200 years old. That means that when one of these ancient titans was scarcely breaking through the soil, algebra was just being invented, and Charlemagne was being crowned Emperor. And what about the seedlings that are just now sprouting out of the earth, will they last for another 1,200 years from now, when it’s 3,200 A.D. What will they have survived?

Be Prepared to Have Fun!

When traveling along the Coeur d’Alenes, whether it’s along the trail that leads from Mullan to Plummer or the Settlers Grove of Ancient Cedars trail, be prepared not just to have fun, but also for every eventuality.

Idaho is a place of great beauty but can also experience weather changes so be prepared and bring plenty of liquids, carby snacks, appropriate clothing and bike gear.  Most of all, remember that whatever you take into the park, you must also bring out!


From our downtown Coeur d’Alene inn, head east on I-90 east for approximately 29 miles to the Kingston Exit 43. Take Coeur d’Alene River Road 23 miles towards Murray / Thompson Pass and veer right at the fork. In a couple miles watch for signs for the Settlers Grove turn-off. When the blacktop ends, a gravel road lead you in about 5 miles to the parking lot and from there you can take hiking trails into the Grove.

Spring is in the Air :: Renovations at The Roosevelt Inn

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Bed and Breakfast in Idaho

Renovations at the Inn

Spring is in the air…well at least in the Pacific Northwest, sorry New Englanders! This means we are able to start our 2015 renovations! We are building a patio for our guests to relax, watch the sunset and enjoy their favorite beverage with good company. The patio is made from re-purposed brick from Winton Elementary School (1925-2014), where our three girls attended school. Since we are supporters of the history of the area, The Roosevelt Inn being a historic building and schoolhouse, we thought it would be great to bring the history of another educational facility here. A fire pit is in the plan, along with a beautiful 6 ft. fountain! Stay tuned for photos as the job progresses and what the final result will look like. For those that have been guests of ours over the years, and know our “family”, there is a special tribute you’ll enjoy.

Tripadvisor 2013 Certificate of Excellence Award

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

The Roosevelt Inn Bed and Breakfast is proud to announce that they have once again received TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Congratulations to Tina and John, the Innkeepers, as well as the entire Roosevelt Inn staff for a job well done.

Certificate of Excellence Winner
To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

Superheroes of Ironman

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Ironman Wives

Here are a few of the “super hero” ironman wives who stayed with us at The Roosevelt Inn Bed and Breakfast! These ladies were awesome and true supporters with a splash of fashion!

B&B’s vs. Hotels : The Better Way to Stay

Monday, June 10th, 2013

The Huffington Post recently had a fantastic article about the great advantages of a B&B vs Hotel.  It’s great to see this kind of recognition! Studies show the travelers love amenities like free breakfast and WiFi internet, but many big hotel chains are now charging additional fees for everything from water to parking. Check out the great infographic below and you’ll quickly see why you may want to consider one of the many extraordinary B&B’s, such as our Coeur d’Alene inn, for your next getaway rather than the same old generic hotel stay.

hotels vs bed and breakfast