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10 Activities for the Best North Idaho Summer

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Whether you’re a North Idaho local, or someone looking to the beautiful Pacific Northwest as your getaway, there are numerous must-have experiences in North Idaho to keep you busy throughout the summer!

1.) Check out one (or more) of our many lakes!

Lake Coeur d Alene
(image from Wikimedia)

There are multiple lakes in the area, ranging from the very busy to the very quiet. Whether you want to sunbathe, swim, water ski, kayak, parasail, people watch…. and the list goes on! There’s even rafting on the Spokane River that feeds into Lake Coeur d’ Alene, and several different companies – like ROW Adventures – who could make the experience unforgettable! Tell them we sent you!

2.) Car d’Lane

Car d'Lane Car Show
(image from The Looney Team)

Car d’Lane is our incredible car show! It starts Friday night with a classic car cruise downtown. Watch all varieties of car as they roll on by, some of them even shooting flames! The festivities continue on into Saturday, where you can stroll through the car show, look under the hoods, check out some local vendors, and enjoy great downtown cuisine. Once you finish with the car show, there’s also the annual pinup contest.

3.) Fly through the sky on ziplines

Zipline in North Idaho
(image from Silver Streak Zipline)

There are multiple different zipline companies in the area spanning a wide range of intensity and difficulty. Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush or something more suited for those faint of heart, you’ll find a range of options for you. One great family friendly location is Tree to Tree, up in Athol, Idaho.

4.) Check out various historic sites

Cataldo Mission
(image from Scenic USA)

North Idaho has so many historic sites for you to see. Cataldo Mission at Old Mission State Park in Cataldo is chock full of history, as are the Sunshine silver and Crystal Gold mines in Kellogg. Guided tours will give you a look at unique things to see as well as a fascinating lesson of history!

5.) A lovely afternoon tea with the girls

High Tea at the Roosevelt Inn
(img from The Roosevelt Inn)

After a busy morning of seeing the sights or shopping downtown, a wonderful way to relax is at a High Tea at The Roosevelt Inn! Take two hours to sit back, enjoy a pot of tea, and snack on a variety of different edibles prepared by the Inn staff. It’s a great way to enjoy some time with friends or family. Come hungry!

6.) Art On the Green & CdA Street Fair

Art on the Green
(image from The Inlander)

Art On the Green is one of the biggest community gatherings in the area! For over 50 years, the annual art show has been held on the North Idaho College campus, and is a great way to find the perfect art piece for your home, or meet with friends. Perhaps you want to just wander and look, listen to one of the multiple musical artists, see the performances, or just grab some food from one of the many vendors. Once you finish at the campus, you can walk just down the road – or ride the free shuttle provided – to the downtown street fair where you will find hundreds of other booths of vendors, food, and more!

7.) Kootenai County Farmers Market

Kootenai Farmers Market
(image from The Inlander)

Starting in mid-May, the Kootenai County Farmers Market is a must-stop for any produce, several baked goods, and artisan goods that you may desire. Every Saturday morning from 9am-1pm in Hayden on the corner of Prairie Ave and Highway 95, and every Wednesday evening from 4pm-6:30pm on 5th Street in Downtown CdA, you can come and check out the wares. We’re huge fans of the fresh baked pies, the fresh bread, the produce, the flowers, the…. really, we’re fans of all of it!

8.) Spend the day on the Green

Coeur d' Alene Golfing
(image from Coeur d

No matter if you’re old hat at golfing, or totally green (pun intended), you’re guaran-teed (see what we did there?) to find the course for you. If you’re looking for something with some real pizzazz, the Coeur d Alene Resort Golf Course is home to the world’s only floating green. Get your clubs, your golfing shoes, and take a tour of lots of different courses in the area!

9.) Hike the trails

Hiking trails can be found all over North Idaho! Some of them are very easy and great for the scenic nature, and others are challenging and good for a workout. One of our favorite hikes is up in Priest Lake at the natural waterslide!

10.) Catch the big one!

Fly fishing in Idaho
(image from The Spokesman Review)

Like we mentioned above, there are lots of lakes in the area, as well as the Spokane River. You can fish by boat, on a dock, and even fly fish. Several bait shops and other sports stores will have all that you need to meet your angling desires.

However you choose to spend your summer in North Idaho, make it a memorable one! Visit Scenic Idaho!

Best Breweries in Coeur d’Alene

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Beer lovers staying with us at our Coeur d’Alene inn will be delighted to hear about all the best breweries nearby. Let us guide you to the best of them and ensure that your Coeur d’Alene getaway is one to remember.

Here are our favorite nearby breweries, the furthest one is just 6 miles away…

Slate Creek Brewing Co.

Just 1.2 miles from the inn, Slate Creek Brewing Co. is a true local gem! It’s a favorite for craft beer enthusiasts. Enjoy hand crafted ales and more. Join us and find your new favorite brew!

Open Wednesday 5:00-10:00pm, Thursday-Saturday, 2:00-10:00pm

“They might look and seem busy but service is always top notch! Great variety of beers on tap and new varieties always showing up. Throwing peanuts on the floor is just an awesome added bonus.” -Alice P., TripAdvisor

Daft Badger Brewing

(Photo Provided by Daft Badger Brewing)

Daft Badger is a must stop for beer lovers in Coeur d’Alene! Come savor selections from a robust beer and restaurant menu and enjoy heated outdoor seating, all just 1.2 miles from the inn!

Open Tuesday-Thursday 11:00am-8:00pm, Friday-Saturday 11:00am-9:00pm, Sunday 11:00am-8:00pm

“This is my favorite pub in town! Cozy and friendly environment with great beers and food. Gotta try the beer bacon appetizer and pulled pork nachos. In the warmer months the outside seating is nice and they have a ping pong table.” -Lori D., TripAdvisor

The Growler Guys

1.9 miles from the inn, you will find The Growler Guys, a huge selection of beers on tap to be enjoyed with fabulous foods like pizza, wings, and nachos, and your new favorite place to have a drink.

Open Monday-Thursday 10:00am-10:00pm, Friday-Saturday 10:00am-11:00pm, Sunday 11:00am-8:00pm

“Place is amazing! They carry the best selection of local nw beer and craft cider. Customer Service is amazing and fast. I am excited about getting my favorite beers and cider, a pizza and chill out!” Thanks Guys! -Grant B., TripAdvisor

Paragon Brewing

(Photos Provided by Paragon Brewing)

Located just 3.3 miles from the inn, Paragon Brewing is known for a fun and casual atmosphere with delicious food and brews at affordable prices. Come enjoy some of the best craft beer in the northwest! You won’t be sorry.

Open Monday-Saturday, 11:00am to 10:00pm

“This locally owned joint, offers up friendly and efficient service, with a truly satisfying craft beer selection and food that you FEEL someone in the kitchen cares about. No matter how busy, or slow it has been, when I have popped into Paragon, the atmosphere is warm and inviting.” -Shelby G., TripAdvisor

Tricksters Brewing

Tricksters is located 3.7 miles from the inn and offers amazing and unique brews like summer ales, amber ales, and IPAs.

Open Monday-Wednesday, 3:00-7:00pm, Thursday-Saturday, 11:00am-7:00pm

“We had been cycling on the Centennial Trail and stopped for a pint and to fill a growler. One of the best IPAs available anywhere!” -Rob S., TripAdvisor

(Photo Provided by Summit Cider)

Summit Cider

(Photo Provided by Summit Cider)

Established in 2014, Summit Cider was the first hard cider company in the state! It is now known as Idaho’s premier cider house. Come experience the unique ciders in their taproom, just 3.9 miles from the inn.

Open Thursday-Saturday 4:00pm-10:00pm

“The tasting room is cozy and has a skiing theme which is really fun.  The apricot cider is absolutely delicious and refreshing on a hot summer day.” -Hannah R., TripAdvisor

Mad Bomber Brewing Company

(Photo Provided by Mad Bomber Brewing Company)

Mad Bomber is located 6 miles from the inn and features delicious craft brews from a company with a lot of heart and a cozy, fun atmosphere.

Open Monday-Thursday 2:00-10:00pm, Friday-Saturday 11:00-12:00am, Sunday 11:00am-9:00pm

“Great beer! Try the sampler. Can’t say enough good things about the owners. Hard working and built this brewery from the ground up. Give them a try!” Joel P., TripAdvisor

Celebrate Your Marriage With a Romantic Getaway

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

I was driving down the road the other day and as I was approaching a stop light, I saw a car ahead of me with writing in the back window. I automatically thought they had just gotten married. However, as I got closer, I saw that it said “Still Married” instead of “Just Married”! What a novel concept, I thought! Love and marriage is a journey and every part of it deserves to be celebrated. Whether you have been married for 1 day 11 years or 31 years, celebrate the success at our Coeur d’Alene bed and breakfast.

Having a date night or embarking on a romantic getaway to keep the romance alive is important in every stage of a relationship. Come spend a romantic night or two with us and celebrate love. We have some wonderful packages available so check our availability and surprise that special someone in your life.

  • Simple Love Special – A 2 night stay with romantic features like evening wine, use of the hot tub, and more
  • Coeur d’Alene Date Night Special – A one night stay with a dining certificate, movie tickets, and more

View All of Our Romantic Specials & Packages

Custom Itineraries for Coeur d’Alene Getaways

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Late summer in Coeur d’Alene is divine. The weather is perfect – warm but not too hot, the area is full of activity but still quiet enough for a peaceful getaway, and the fun things to do are nearly endless! It can be overwhelming to plan your getaway… let us do the work for you! We have created 3 custom itineraries for you. Choose how long you want to stay and enjoy the activities we have planned. We have blended active, romantic, and relaxing activities together for the perfect balance. You will leave feeling totally refreshed. This is just the getaway you’ve been looking for.

2 Day Stay

So Much to Do, So Little Time

Vacation in Coeur d'Alene - enjoy romantic dinners out

Day 1

  • Arrive at our Coeur d’Alene bed and breakfast at 3pm and receive your greeting tray of warm bread pudding and a rose.
  • Hike Tubbs Hill just a few blocks away (Read more about hiking Tubbs Hill here.)
  • Savor a divine dinner out at Seasons, a grill and bar with the freshest meals around or Bonsai Bistro for Pan-Asian cuisine
  • Stroll the World’s Longest Floating Boardwalk to make room for dessert
  • Indulge in a sweet treat, Dessert at Dockside for an infamous “Gooey” (a ginormous ice cream sundae)

Cruise the lake on your beautiful Coeur d'Alene
Day 2

  • Start with our spectacular breakfast at the inn, served between 8-10am in the dining room
  • Play a game of croquetor bocce ball on the lawn
  • Grab a Franklin’s Hoagie for the cruise
  • At 12:30pm take a 90 minute scenic lake cruise across the beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene, ranked the 5th most beautiful lake by National Geographic
  • Close out the perfect day with a late afternoon trail ride with complete pioneer style chuck wagon dinner at Rider Ranch

3 Day Stay

Super Summer Fun

Enjoy gorgeous biking on your vacation to Coeur d'Alene

Day 1

  • Arrive at 3 pm at The Roosevelt and receive your greeting tray of warm bread pudding and a rose.
  • Cycle the amazing Centennial Trail to Higgins Point and see American Bald Eagles
  • Dine at Cedar’s Floating Restaurant– it really does float!

Savor a delicious breakfast every morning on your Coeur d'Alene vacation
Day 2

Embark on a kayaking adventure on your Coeur d'Alene vacation

Day 3

  • Start with our mouth-watering breakfast at The Roosevelt served between 8-10am in the dining room
  • Kayak the Lake and soak up some summer rays
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch at Hudson’s Hamburgers, a local icon
  • Treat yourselves to a pampering Couples massage at the inn
  • Dinner at Satay Bistro with “farm to menu” cuisine
  • End the day with a late night soak in our wonderful hot tub, open 24 hours

4 Day Stay

Hot August Nights

Rekindle romance on a Coeur d'Alene vacation

Day 1

  • Arrive at 3pm at The Roosevelt and receive your greeting tray of warm bread pudding and a rose.
  • Enjoy a fabulous afternoon at the beach
  • Explore the Mudgy and Millie Trail and Story in downtown
  • Spend some quality time together with dinner at Dockside at the CDA Resort with free drinks on us!

Rekindle romance in Coeur d'Alene vacation
Day 2

Go on a zip lining adventure on a Coeur d'Alene vacation
Day 3

  • Start your day off right with a hearty breakfast, served between 8-10am in the dining room
  • Zip line through the treetops in Beauty Bay with Timberline Adventures
  • Lunch at Crafted Taphouse, (try the deep fried Oreo Cookies!)
  • Explore downtown CDA shops like Figpickels Toy Emporium, Christmas at the Lake, and CABELA’s
  • Play a leisurley game of Chess on the lawn on property
  • Savor dinner at The Cellar

Go on a sunset dinner cruise on your Coeur d'Alene vacation

Day 4

  • Start your day with breakfast at The Roosevelt, served between 8-10am in the dining room
  • Go on a walking History Tour with Bob Singletary CDA’s own historian
  • Enjoy lunch at Rogers Burgers and Ice Cream
  • Enjoy spectacular views among the clouds with a Sea Plane Flight over the lakes of North Idaho
  • Go on a romantic Sunset Dinner Cruise on the Lake

Now that your schedule is set and ready to go, all you have to do is choose your favorite room and check our availability. See you soon!

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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!