For me, summer is synonymous with Coeur d’Alene. The city evokes visions of lovely sunny days on the lake, delectable downtown eating, intriguing craft beers, and the exhilarating romance of exploration. It is located on the gorgeous 30-mile Lake Coeur d’Alene in the mountains of northern Idaho, and it is the perfect summer escape for couples looking for a combination of adventure, romance, and relaxation during their summer vacation in the Rockies. Continue reading for a guide to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, written by a married couple.
The Infinity Pool is a great place to relax.
Instructions on how to go to Coeur d’Alene
The town of Coeur d’Alene is located around 40 miles north of the Spokane International Airport in Washington. A direct flight from most major airports in the United States and Canada will take you to Spokane, where you will arrive in less than an hour to the picturesque resort town of Coeur d’Alene in northern Idaho. Coeur d’Alene is around 300 miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which is convenient if you are traveling into Seattle. Even though Coeur d’Alene has its own airport, the facility is only available to private planes.
Paddle away the stress of the day.
Where to Stay in the City
It is the premier hotel in the region, known as the Coeur d’Alene Resort. It is centrally located in the city and offers lovely accommodations with views of Lake Coeur d’Alene, as well as a state-of-the-art spa and gym, as well as exquisite eateries. Its charming atmosphere makes it the ideal location for a romantic trip for two.
Where to Go on an Adventure
Golf course with a floating green in Coeur d’Alene
On this one-of-a-kind course, you can put your abilities to the test.
Standup Paddleboarding: Lake Coeur d’Alene is an excellent spot to practice paddleboarding in the open water. Standup paddleboards can be rented from the Boardwalk Marina Shop, which is located outside of the Coeur d’Alene Resort, and then taken out onto the lake for a leisurely sail along the shoreline.
Hiking: There are numerous hikes in the Coeur d’Alene region, but one of the most picturesque is Tubbs Hill, which is located in the Cascade Mountains. Visitors to Tubbs Hill will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Coeur d’Alene Resort and Lake Coeur d’Alene from the summit.
Golf: The Coeur d’Alene Resort’s golf course is one of the most iconic in the country, and it is home to the Coeur d’Alene Open every year. The Floating Green, the world’s only floating and mobile hole (the 14th hole), as well as the picturesque setting and beautiful surroundings, make this a must-see destination for golfers and non-golfers alike. There is also a restaurant, The Floating Green Restaurant, which opens its doors at 7:30 a.m. and provides great meals all day.
Going boating on Lake Coeur d’Alene would not be complete without spending some time on the water. Sunset dinner excursions are available, or you can lease your own boat to explore the lake on your own schedule.
Travel north to Sandpoint, Idaho, for horseback riding at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch if you have a couple of extra days on your hands.
Make time to visit Western Pleasure Guest Ranch and enjoy the scenery.
What to Eat and Where to Eat it
Bring the family to Beverly’s for the vistas, but stay for the delectable wine selection. Beverly’s is the fine dining restaurant in the Coeur d’Alene Resort, and it boasts some of the best vistas and wine selections in the entire city. The Level Two Sommelier is available for private tastings, after which you can relax in the dining area and enjoy a delicious supper.
Crafted Tap House + Kitchen: Crafted was the first establishment that we saw when we arrived in Coeur d’Alene, and we knew we had to get there right away. The wonderful artisan brews, delectable cuisine, and entertaining outdoor games make for a fantastic date night experience.
Since 1909, Hudson’s Hamburgers have served the people of Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding area. You will not be disappointed by these delectable burgers, which have a distinct taste of AMERICA.
This restaurant and distillery makes its own spirits, which is appropriate given that Bardenay is a term used by sailors to refer to a cocktail rather than a drink in general. Sit outside on a sunny summer day (first come, first served), sip a cocktail, and indulge on delectable fare (we recommend the fish with sundried tomato butter! ). Bardenay has other facilities in the Idaho cities of Boise and Eagle.
Definitely our favorite coffee shop in the Coeur d’Alene area was Vault Coffee, which we discovered by chance one day. We highly recommend getting a Cortado and an avocado toast to go with your meal.
A boat ride around Lake Coeur d’Alene is a great way to spend the day.
Where to Find Peace and Quiet
Coeur d’Alene Resort’s infinity pool is located close to the golf course and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. This lovely infinity pool is accessible from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and it’s the perfect place to unwind with a cocktail while overlooking the lake.
A relaxing and romantic experience awaits you at the Coeur d’Alene Spa. From the moment you enter, you are greeted with fanciful waterfalls and sweeping views of the lake, which seem to soothe the soul and set the stage for a serene and romantic experience. An invigorating couples massage in one of the spa’s specialized suites is the perfect way to wind down after a day of lake excursions.