Lakeside in Coeur d’Alene | Travel Tips + Guide

Happy hump day, beautiful people! We’re only one day away from July 4th festivities and I cannot wait for a much needed 4-day weekend.

If you know me, you know that family and friends have the biggest impact on my life. Last month, my boyfriend and I went to visit my grandma, aunt and uncle in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. This was my first time going with my boyfriend, and it was so great to have him meet some really awesome people in my life for the first time. It was also the first time I went to visit without just my family, so it was a bit different than usual.

Today I have for you a list of places to check out while you’re there!


PLACES TO STAY

Baymont by Wyndham

While the hotel has a bit of an older vibe, the price and type of room we got was great. For 3 days, we paid around $200 for a studio suite that came equipped with a jacuzzi hot tub!

The location is also really great, cause you’re only a 20 minute stroll from Downtown and Lake Coeur d’Alene. The walk is super nice and refreshing, especially if you’re from a usually congested and busy city.

Springhill Suites

This is where my family always stays, and the rooms are really spacious and it’s perfect for groups or for just a couple people. The staff is really friendly and the hotel has a great continental breakfast. It is further from Downtown, but closer to the bigger grocery stores.


PLACES TO EAT

Jimmy’s Down the Street

This diner is everyone’s go-to breakfast/brunch place. It was once featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and is always packed, especially on the weekends. The owners and staff are so nice and you really feel like you’re getting the ultimate movie-made diner experience.

This trip, I went two mornings in a row, and got the same ting – the Irish Benedict. Two juicy slices of jalapeño cornbread under a heaping pile of homemade corned beef, and two eggs smothered in Hollandaise sauce. HEA-VEN! They’re also known for the giant pecan roll. I didn’t have it this trip, but I’ve had it before and it is delicious.

The Relic Smokehouse and Pub

Located just a block away from Jimmy’s is Relic. Being that my boyfriend and I are huge BBQ lovers, we of course had to check this place out. We went ham with our order cause Argentina had one their game and Lucas was in a really celebratory mood.

What we ordered:

Drinks

Bloody Beer – SO SO GOOD! I love micheladas and usually am not a fan of bloody Mary’s or Bloody Mary mix, but this was so good. For one thing, it’s huge and comes with a large prawn, thick cut of candied bacon, and pickled veggies. It’s kinda like a meal in itself. Just one sip will get you hooked.

Food –

Drunken Oyster Shooter – Two words: So. Strong. I think I would go with the non-alcoholic version next time haha

Pulled Pork Sliders – While the perfect size for an appetizer, the pork was slightly dry. It was still a delicious bite, but I felt like I had to add extra sauce to make up for the lack of pork juice.

Brisket – really good! Especially with their honey mustard bbq sauce


THINGS TO DO

Kootenai County Farmers’ Market

Growing up, I always longed to live in a small town like from Gilmore Girls or One Tree Hill. When I went to the Kootenai County Farmers’ Market, I really felt like I was living out my small town dreams. There are so many great handmade items to buy, artisan cheeses, breads and wines to try and buy, and a great array of savory and sweet treats.

Coeur d’Alene Casino

The space has been newly renovated and has a ton of digital games (sorry no tables with actual humans). Sign up for the members club and get a free $10 in play credits.

The Floating Boardwalk

Located on Lake Coeur d’Alene is the world’s longest floating boardwalk! It’s such a beautiful walk and extra cool cause you can drink along the boardwalk. Warning, if you have vertigo or motion sickness, it does get a little rocky and might be too much to handle and while it is pretty wide, there aren’t guardrails to keep you from falling in the marina/lake.

You can also sign up for/purchase water activity packages, like pontoons, jet skis, speedboats, etc.

Downtown

Downtown near the boardwalk has a bunch of cute little stores, pubs, and bars. A lot of the places have outdoor seating, so it’s really lively and you really get to enjoy a day out on the town.


Coeur d’Alene is so beautiful and is home to a lot of wildlife not common to the city. You can definitely hop in your car and just drive around and see how many deer, elk or moose you can spot. Fishing areas are all around, as well, and day permits are really cheap.

The town is also a 5 hour drive to Banff, Canada and a 6 hour drive to Portland, OR, so you can definitely make it a fun multi-stop road trip!

When you’re there, be sure to eat anything with huckleberry or elderberry. They are hot items over there!

Lastly, my main trip advice is to just really bask in the beauty, nature, and slower pace of the town. Being from a big city, visiting my family here is always such a peaceful retreat and helps you remember there’s more to life than Instagram, nice cars, and expensive meals. I find myself wishing I could be back there for one more day just to wind down.

Have you ever been to Coeur d’Alene? If so, what is one thing you think people HAVE to do? Comment below!

XO, Julia

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