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Farragut State Park :: Exploring Coeur d’Alene

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Farragut State Park, one of the state’s many beautiful preserved patches of land, is about 20 miles north of Coeur d’Alene in northern Idaho. During World War II, the land functioned as a training station for sailors in the US Navy, but now, it is an expansive park used for camping which boasts 223 individual camp sites, 10 cabins for overnight stays and 7 camps which can accommodate groups. The state park encompasses 4,000 acres of beautiful northern Idaho and is open year round with a number of amenities for campers to use.

Fishing

Whether staying overnight or just stopping by for the day, a visit to Farragut State Park is sure to be of interest to the whole family. Docks and a boat launch are available for those who would like to spend time on the water fishing or just enjoying a sunny day. Hiking and biking trails provide a scenic view of flora and fauna. Orienteering lets aspiring survivalists hone their skills, while disc golfers, archers and model plane pilots can all enjoy the expanse of space the park has to offer. The fascinating Museum at the Brig offers the opportunity to learn all about the World War II era naval training station, which was the second largest of its kind in the world.

Biking

A family overnight trip to Farragut State Park can be a fun adventure for the whole family. Arriving midday, you can set up camp and get ready to head out for some fun in the sun. Hike the trails and head out onto the lake to catch some fish, and then head back to shore to cook them up over the fire. Rent some horseshoes and a disc golf set and unwind at your campsite, enjoying a fire grilled meal and family games before a night spent under the stars.

If your wanderlust brings you to Coeur d’Alene and you’re ready to put down stakes and go camping, pay a visit to Farragut State Park. Fish for bass and trout, observe white tail deer and mountain goats in their natural habitat, and learn more about American military history all while enjoying camping that features electricity, flush toilets, showers and a dump station. If you want to experience all the best wildlife and outdoor recreation that the Pacific Northwest has to offer, spend a night camping in Farragut State Park.

The North Idaho Centennial Trail :: Exploring Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Near the border of Idaho and Washington, a beloved waterfront trail draws nature loving hikers from near and far. From where it begins at picturesque Higgins Point, the North Idaho Centennial Trail follows the shoreline of Lake Coeur d’Alene, eventually meeting up with the Spokane River. The trail, which spans 24 miles, extends to the state border where it becomes the Spokane River Centennial Trail, extending for an additional 37 miles. The popular hike is a paved multi-use trail which does not allow motor vehicles, making it a great location for biking, skating and walking.

Sunset

The well-maintained trail offers a roundabout view of the area’s lake and its many beautiful waterfowl. The dense woodlands clear a wide path for intrepid adventurers, with the flat, paved surface making the hike a safe one for any skill level. Bikers and skaters often pedal by, enjoying the sunshine and the breeze on the charming trail. The trail features a multitude of places where hikers can stop and rest, enjoy a picnic or simply quietly observe nature. Additionally, many overlooks are present on the trail, giving hikers a spectacular vantage point of Idaho’s gorgeous mountains and Pacific Northwestern wildlife.

Girl

A family biking trip along the North Idaho Centennial Trail would be the perfect way to spend a day when vacationing in Coeur d’Alene. With picnic lunches secured in your packs, you can make your way to the head of the beautiful trail at Higgins Point. There, you can start your scenic bike ride down the wide and safely paved trails. A day of fresh air, sunshine and togetherness is exactly what makes unforgettable vacation memories. You and your family can stop at any of the resting places available to cool off, enjoy your picnics, rest a while and observe the plants and animals native to the area.

If you’re on a family trip to the Coeur d’Alene area and you’re looking for a fun, fit day trip full of sunshine and fresh air, the North Idaho Centennial Trail may just be the place for you. Get the whole family away from the TV and off their cell phones and enjoy a family bike ride in the majesty of nature. There, you can enjoy looking at the wildlife, taking pictures, getting a great workout with the people you love and making memories that none of you will ever forget.

 

Mineral Ridge Trail :: Exploring Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Statuesque Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir trees guide visitors down the shady paths and rocky overlooks that make up the beautiful Mineral Ridge trail. For visitors to the Coeur d’Alene area who want to experience all of the beauty there is to behold but don’t necessarily love swimming and boating, Mineral Ridge is a perfect scenic hike for wildlife observation, photography, exercise and family fun. The trail spans 3.3 miles, and ends in a stunning overlook gazing out upon beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene. The overlook gives a spectacular view from 700 feet above the crystal blue lake, a unique vantage point inaccessible by any other method.

Hike

The Mineral Ridge trail leads visitors in a slight ascent as they explore the wooded wilderness, fluttering birds, chirping squirrels and playful deer all tucked away in their nests. There, they are granted a unique view of the wide variety of plants and animals native to northern Oregon. As they ascend, visitors have a lovely view of the area around Lake Coeur d’Alene, with dense forests and foggy mountains painting the distance in rich living color. Hiking Mineral Ridge is a unique experience, not to be missed. Aside from the natural inhabitants, visitors can also view an abandoned mine created before the United States legally forbade private mining on federal land in 1920.

Hiking

Only 11 miles to the east of Coeur d’Alene, the Mineral Ridge Trail is a perfect day getaway for nature lovers of most skill levels. The trail’s gentle ascent is manageable for most, and the trail head provides a charming picnic area where friends and families can share a meal after an exciting day of hiking the trail. A journey down the Mineral Ridge Trail is a wonderful opportunity to observe Idaho’s wildlife in their natural environment, learn about the remarkable ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest and get away from the hectic hustle and bustle of day to day life.

If you are a nature enthusiast visiting the Coeur d’Alene area and are looking to check out local hiking trails to make the most of your trip, hiking the Mineral Ridge Trail should definitely be on your to-do list. With a picturesque view that can not be obtained anywhere else, Mineral Ridge Trail is the perfect place for photography, meditation, quiet time and an incredible view of the power of nature.

Cruise the Lake with Your Love

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Outdoor fun in Coeur d'Alene is here! Cruise the lake together and take in the beauty.

At our elegant Coeur d’Alene bed and breakfast, you will enjoy more than your luxurious room and top-of-the-line amenities, you will also enjoy all the activities that the area offers! Couples who stay with us love to get outdoors and experience natural Idaho. This summer, we are offering a special package for couples who want an up close look at one of the most gorgeous lakes around! Sit back, relax, be together, and take in the great outdoors and glistening water.

Outdoor fun in Coeur d'Alene is here! Cruise the lake together and take in the beauty.

Book our Cruise the Lake package and enjoy a relaxing cruise on one of the world’s most beautiful lakes. This 90 minute cruise is both informative with a history of the formation of the area and town, as well as a scenic delight. You may see osprey and eagles for an experience you’ll never forget! With this package, just choose your favorite room, then add your tickets for this special reduced rate of $40 for two tickets. Requires 1 night stay in any room or suite.

Call (208) 765-5200 to book.

 

 

 

Car d’Lane :: A Classic Car Weekend

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Wheel

Coeur d’Alene is changing it’s name for a weekend to “Car d’Lane”. During Father’s Day Weekend our town is converted into a 1950’s American Graffiti look-a-like! Enjoy three days of unique events and good old-fashioned fun. Celebrate Father’s Day with the special dads in your life and bring them to this fun event in Coeur d’Alene.

Cruise Friday, June 17, 6pm-9pm – Get a good look at each 1975 and older cars and trucks as they make their way down the street.

Show Saturday, June 18, 8am-4pm – Get a chance to get up close to these amazing cars and trucks and their engines!

There will even be an auction on Sunday, if you want to take one home, this event is a car lover’s dream vacation!

 

Old Cars

We were lucky enough last year to host the Billings Model A Club, and even got to go for a spin in some of these remarkable vintage cars. I don’t think our building ever looked so good as it did that morning with all those beautiful cars parked our front as they gave our staff a horn salute as they drove off into the “sunrise”. Stay with us and experience this favorite event for yourselves. We would love to share the experience with our valued guests, both old and new.

Coming to town for these amazing car events? Book our Adventure Package and enjoy a two night stay with an adventurous outdoor activity! Check our availability and book today.

Take The Time & Have Tea with Loved Ones in Coeur d’Alene

Monday, March 7th, 2016

I’ve discovered lately that you cannot take time for granted. The two ladies in the photo are my sweet mother, and my Aunt Bea. Yes I was as lucky as Opie to have an Aunt Bea. Anyway I lost them both this past winter,Take The Time to Have Tea with Loved Ones in Coeur d'Alene in a matter of months. There are things that we planned to do together that kept getting bumped to “next time”. They both went relatively quickly my Mother, in 6 days, my Aunt a few months, but I never thought that time was that short. I now have the attitude to “make time”, no more “next time’s” for me. Make the time to call, to visit, or to experience something together. Our memories are a great consolation when that is all we have left.

Come enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea at our Coeur d’Alene bed and breakfast and spend a few quality hours together. The Roosevelt Inn Afternoon Teas are on Tuesdays and Saturdays by reservation only with 48 hour notice. Make the time, and take the time. You’ll be glad you did!

Circling Raven :: Exploring Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Seasoned golfers love the courses offered in northern Idaho, and the Circling Raven Golf Course is no exception.The award winning 18 hole course features reasonable rates for a round of golf or two, a high quality pro shop for all your equipment needs, a rotation of special events, and, for a bite to eat after that round of golf, the Twisted Earth Grill is there to make you a delicious lunch or dinner.

Golf

The Circling Raven golf course spans the beautiful northern Idaho landscape, with purple mountains seated in the distance and lush pines blanketing the edges of the course. Natural hills and curves provide interesting obstacles to challenge even the most experienced golfer. The crisp, clean air, crystal blue water and cool temperatures seem to entice players to continue on through the beautiful course, seeing all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Expansive blue skies and snow capped hills complete the landscape that has drawn so many golfers to play at Circling Raven.

Golf 2

If you’re a golfer who appreciates all the splendor the Pacific Northwest has to offer and are planning on spending time in the Coeur d’Alene area, spend a day enjoying the magnificent landscape of the Gem State at the Circling Raven golf course. The 18 award winning holes are sure to give you a game of golf you’ll never forget, and the remarkable visuals will stick with you for years to come. Book your stay at our luxurious Coeur d’Alene bed and breakfast in the heart of downtown, and we will assist you securing tee times for the ultimate golf getaway in Idaho!

The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes :: Exploring Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Running from Montana westward across northern Idaho into Washington state, the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes is a scenic bike trail that is beloved by pedal pushers near and far. The trail follows the tracks of the Union Pacific Railroad across the state, and for visitors to Coeur d’Alene, it is an easy access trail that features all the natural highlights of the Pacific Northwest from plants to animals. The trail spans 71 miles and is paved for non-motorized vehicle use, making it the perfect spot for a long, scenic bike ride through the Gem State.

Tracks

Winding through the mountains and down into Silver Valley, the trail provides a challenging ride that is still family friendly. Throughout the trail are a variety of attractions that riders can stop to see while learning about the Native Americans that once lived in the area as well as the mining and railroading industries that once thrived there. Plenty of northern Idaho’s wildlife make themselves known on the trail, including moose, beavers, coyotes, otters and birds of prey. The Douglas Firs and Ponderosa Pines that line the bike trail are hallmarks of the state’s beautiful, dense forests.

Bike in Sun

For someone who loves adventure and history, it wouldn’t be out of line to dedicate a few days to exploring the trail from start to finish. Whether high atop a mountain, low in a valley or pedaling through the prairie, the natural wonders of the Gem State will unfold before your eyes, giving you a glimpse into the wonder of northern Idaho. Plan to explore those steep overlooks one day, and return the next for a picnic in the valley. Document your journey in photos, and create an adventure you’ll never forget.

For an intrepid adventurer paying a visit to the Coeur d’Alene area, the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes is a spot that should not be missed. The trail is packed with opportunities to learn about Native American and American Industrial history as well as to observe the richly populated land for native wildlife and plants. Setting forth on a journey on this lengthy trail requires dedication, but riders are rewarded with incredible sights and amazing memories. Hike the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes to swim in Heyburn State Park, visit the Center of the Universe and experience Idaho like you’ve never seen it before.

Book your stay at our historic Coeur d’Alene bed and breakfast in the heart downtown for the ultimate getaway!

Cougar Bay :: Exploring Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Only minutes from our downtown Coeur d’Alene’s bed and breakfast, a majestic wildlife preserve holds all of northern Idaho’s most beautiful treasures. Cougar Bay Preserve contains 88 acres of verdant lakeside land, with emerald hills and a sapphire waterfront creating an ideal environment for Idaho’s precious wildlife. Nature trails run throughout the preserve’s dense pine forest and around beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene’s northwestern shore. Waterfowl migrating North in Spring raise their young beside the lake, as do the beaver and otter native to the area. Deer and moose are also commonly spotted among the trees, a joyful sight as they gently graze in their habitat.

Visitors to thLake Couplee Cougar Bay Preserve have at their fingertips a source of endless potential; there, they may enjoy a stroll along five miles of beautiful winding hiking trails. On the trails, they will find countless opportunities to observe and photograph the flora and fauna of northern Idaho in its most healthy and natural state. For those in search of an adventure, kayaking and regulated fishing are permitted in bordering Lake Coeur d’Alene. The pristine preserve is a regarded spot for bird watchers- many different species of waterfowl, songbirds and shorebirds make Cougar Bay their home.

The preserve is a popular spot for nature lovers visiting Coeur d’Alene, and for good reason- open in every season and close at hand for traveling, Cougar Bay is a fantastic spot for families. Children will love experiencing the amazing birds and other wildlife that thrives in the Gem state while adults will marvel at the majesty of nature and enjoy the serenity of open air. A trip out onto the lake to fish can bring memories the whole family will never forget. Family photos from this trip will be a beloved addition to albums with this unique natural backdrop. Book your family vacation to Idaho at our family-owned Coeur d’Alene hotel today, we offer several family-friendly suites!

Bird Watching

The forests and lakes of northern Idaho offer many hidden gems for those who seek them, and Cougar Bay Preserve is one of the best. Conveniently adjacent to downtown Coeur d’Alene, Cougar Bay is a must visit on any trip to the area. Plan to spend a day of your trip on this gorgeous piece of land to really take it in. Pack a picnic lunch and a blanket, put on your hiking shoes, grab your camera and your fishing pole and head down to the preserve for a day of hiking, fishing and fun you will never forget!

 

Settlers Grove of Ancient Cedars :: Exploring Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Nestled in the forested mountains of northern Idaho, a grove of cedar trees lay quietly in wait- the oldest of which has been doing so for some 1,200 years. Settlers Grove of Ancient Cedars is a gorgeous trail through the spellbinding forests of the Gem State. Hikers and bikers have been enjoying passage through the centuries-old cedars for years. The crisp, clear Coeur d’Alene river runs through the ancient grove, making the location perfect for picturesque hikes and bike rides for couples and families.

Hiking

About 40 miles from our Coeur d’Alene bed and breakfast by car and noted by trail enthusiasts as the easiest in the area to reach, the ancient cedar grove has been protected by the federal government to prevent loggers from damaging and removing the staid trees. The forest is monitored and maintained by the US Forest Service of Coeur d’Alene. There, experts in forest tree cultivation have studied the age of the trees and the various natural disasters they have withstood in order to stand the test of time. These experts say that it is likely that the area never succumbed to forest fires due to its propensity for frequent flooding during periods of heavy rain.

There are many things to see and do in Settlers Grove, and it is a perfect day trip for the whole family. Exploring the natural wonders of crystal clear rivers and trees topping off at 120 feet is sure to be an experience you’ll never forget. A family bike trip may lead up the trail to a shady spot by the river, where a picnic lunch brings opportunities to quietly enjoy the calming nature around you. Continuing down the trail, perhaps there will be a bird-watching excursion- you can delight in watching the grove’s well known American dippers dip and dive through the trees and into the river.

Dog Hiking

The trail through Settlers Grove spans five miles from start to finish and has an elevation gain of 700 feet. A hike takes an estimated minimum of three hours. The best months in which to visit the grove are May through October. Don’t leave your beloved family pet at home- she’s more than welcome on the trail, as Settlers Grove is pet friendly and a favorite of many dog owners who love a good hike. If you’d prefer to extend your stay in the grove, many individuals and families choose to go camping and fishing among the ancient giants.

Coeur d’Alene is full of unique, exciting opportunities to have fun and explore the natural beauty of the pristine area. If you’re going to be visiting the area, don’t miss out on the splendor of the ancient cedars in Settlers Grove. Measuring up to 10 feet in diameter, these massive trees are a once in a lifetime sight not to be missed. If you truly want to take in all that the Gem State has to offer, hike the trail through Settlers Grove and marvel at the natural wonders that have stood there for centuries.