What could be a more beautiful start to your marriage than a little slice of Heaven? That is, if Barbara Walters’ word is anything to go by! Featured on her list of most fascinating places to visit, Coeur d’Alene in Idaho, also known as Lake City, is just that. It is a beautiful, romantic getaway that will cater to all your whims for enjoyment and relaxation to celebrate your very young matrimonial life.
The city has come up alongside the very stunning, 30-mile long Lake Coeur d’Alene, and is surrounded by mountains, which are covered by a national forest. Peaceful and serene, the city is sure to leave honeymooners even more starry-eyed than before they arrived. Given its location, the city has a host of outdoor activities to offer tourists, and several of them are not only enjoyable and pleasant, but also compliment your couple-dynamics and help you bond even more.
While it remains postcard-worthy beautiful throughout the year, the best time to visit Coeur d’Alene however, is during the summer or winter. Be it boardwalking on the large, public beach in the summer, or skiing during frost-ridden winter months, this city can be experience and enjoyed to the fullest during these two peak seasons.
Finding accommodation in Coeur d’Alene: Having a tourist-dependent economy, the city offers several beautiful, reasonably-priced accommodations to holiday-makers. A honeymooners’ favourite is the Coeur d’Alene Resort itself! The resort has been built overlooking the lake, and its rooms provide great views of it, as well as activities for any season. In the winter months, the property’s Silver Mountain Ski Resort is the place to be. What began as a very basic ski arena for the locals has now evolved to include a glorious glass-roofed indoors water-themed park and offers exclusive gondola rides on the sparkling lake- a treat that couples will cherish owing to the romantic privacy of the ride and all the great vista points along the way. In summer months, the mountains are popular camping grounds and are used for hiking and mountain biking.
The Lake Tower has spacious, comfortable rooms that are splendidly furnished and offer greats views of the lake or the mountain. The resort also has luxury condominiums that can be rented for a never-to-be-forgotten holiday.
Activities, Nightlife, and Restaurants: While at Coeur d’Alene, you can explore the several watercourses and hike-and-bike trails that dot the city. Apart from the skiing at Silver Mountain and Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resorts, to experience its outdoors at its best, the guided tours at the ROW Adventure Centre are an excellent option. Among the several other features of the great outdoors that the tour will introduce you to, the fly fishing part is the most exhilarating experience to be a part of, as the fly fish animatedly skip and fly over the water surface. Wakeboarding, kayaking, canoeing, parasailing, whitewater rafting to the neighbouring Spokane river, and sightseeing lake cruises are some of the several other recreational activities that will allow you to take in the magnificent scenic views of the place.
Yet another place that is a hit with Coeur d’Alene tourists is the delightfully pastoral Rider Ranch with its trail rides through large, green paddocks, hayrides- yet another hit with honeymooning couples, and campfire dinners on Family Barn nights during summer months, and hot chocolate and marshmallows in winter.
At Coeur d’Alene, the calms waters, the wilderness, and rustic life, all come together to form a melange of the most soothing activities for a great romantic holiday. But before you dismiss it off as too laidback, the nightlife and restaurants of the town are lively dinner and party experiences that you just cannot afford to miss. After dark, the Beacon, a centrally-located, island-style bar comes alive as the favourite hangout of the locals. Along with great music, beer aficionados are sure to love the ambience of the place, as they will enjoy other local spots like Capone’s, and Iron Horse Bar & Grill with its live music and sumptuous grub.
If you are staying at the Coeur d’Alene resort, then Beverly’s on the seventh floor of the Lake Tower ought to be on you must-checkout list. Conferred with a position on the list of top restaurants by the Distinguished Restaurants of North America, it is a fine-dining experience that you do not want to miss out on.
The couple that runs together stays together: And in reiteration of that fact, enjoy running on the several, long, motor-free trails that the city has to offer. And if you would like something a little more easygoing and light, then hit up the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course- expansive and grand, take a shot at its 14th hole- the world’s first and only impermanent green that floats on water.
And after all the tiresome fun, unwind at the numerous spas that litter the place including the one at the resort and the intriguing Casino Spa.