Looking for a wonderful lakeside getaway nestled in the mountains without the crowds?
Spend time in the Coeur d’Alene area of north Idaho where you can stay in charming renovated schoolhouses, a guest ranch, a turn-of-the-century Victorian hotel, a contemporary home overlooking the Spokane River and more. With Lake Coeur d’Alene as the center of a ton of activities, you’ll discover gorgeous trails, small towns and sandy beaches that are all easily accessible.
“You get the big town perks with a small-town feel,” says Tina Hough, co-owner of The Roosevelt Inn. “There’s no traffic. You don’t have lines. It’s just a relaxed small-town atmosphere.”
During the day, get outside. Relax at one of the sandy beaches along Lake Coeur d’Alene, a natural lake with 135 mile of shoreline wrapped around it. Or explore the lake by renting a stand-up paddleboard or boarding a two-deck scenic cruise boat where you take in the scenery from a climate-controlled setting.
Getting out on two wheels is another great way to see the area. Hit area biking trails like the mostly paved North Idaho Centennial Trail that meanders for 24 miles from the Idaho/Washington state line along the Spokane River to Higgins Point on Lake Coeur d’Alene. The legendary Route of the Hiawatha Rails to Trails bike route offers 10 tunnels and 7 high trestles along the 16-mile-long Old Milwaukee Rail grade.
In the evening return to lodging where you’ll be treated like a valued guest. At The Roosevelt Inn, stay in a 14-bedroom converted school where co-owner John Hough attended elementary school. At Cedar Mountain Farm Bed and Breakfast, choose from a number of cabins set on a 440-acre tree farm with farm animals. You can gather in the evenings or mornings at the oversized stone fireplace in the great room at Log Spirit Bed & Breakfast. At the historic McFarland Inn, you can stroll to downtown Coeur d’Alene. Or base out of Wallace, a perfect place to stretch your legs and stay the night at the historic, boutique Ryan Hotel built in 1903.
At Huckleberry Hill Bed and Breakfast at the edge of Sandpoint and the foot of Schweitzer Mountain, you’ll experience amazing scratch-made, locally sourced, breakfasts with wild huckleberries. Downtown Bonners Ferry is a short walk from Northside School Bed & Breakfast, which has a heated pool. Or fall asleep to the sounds of the Spokane River at the River Cove B&B. At Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, you’ll go on daily horse rides and enjoy three gourmet meals.
“All of us have really deep roots here,” Tina Hough says. “We are all on-site owners. We’re dedicated to our businesses and have strong community ties.”
Don’t miss the food and art scene when you’re out and about. The microbrewery scene has exploded, too, with 10 microbreweries in the Coeur d’Alene area. There's also the Coeur d’Alene Symphony and historic Lake City Playhouse, not to mention a slew of family fun parks, including Silverwood Theme Park & Boulder Beach Water Park.
For more information:
North Idaho Bed and Breakfast Association