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On the Hunt

By | Fall, Inlander Weekly Content

Idaho’s natural beauty and abundant game make it a target for hunters in-state and beyond

It’s called the “gem state,” yet Idaho could easily be known as the “game state” with its natural beauty and diverse hunting opportunities.

Idaho Fish and Game, which manages hunting in Idaho, provides access to 370,000 acres of huntable land, including specialized wildlife management areas. They also work with companies like Potlatch to open up 567,000 acres of private land. In addition, 2.3 million acres of public land is available to hunters, including national forest lands that cover more than 40 percent of the state.

Idaho has seven hunting regions including the Panhandle, which features a diverse range of habitats from rivers, lakes and small waterways to open prairie to forested lands that climb up into elevations ensuring the biggest of big game hunting. In fact, of Idaho’s 11 big game animals — white-tailed deer, elk, mountain goat, moose, bear, mountain lion and wolves — nine of them can be found in the Panhandle. Even better, Idaho Fish and Game forecasts indicate a good season for mule deer and slightly better than good for elk and white-tail deer. Across the country, Idaho consistently ranks in the top 10 for ungulates like elk.

Hunters flock to Idaho (pardon the pun) for its bird hunting, from waterfowl, like mallards and wigeons, to upland game birds, like turkey and grouse; bag limits are generous. Besides geography — numerous lowland lakes and rivers — Idaho’s location in between high-traffic migration areas mean more Canada geese and mallards especially.

Idaho is one of the few Western states left where you can still pursue multiple game species during the same time frame, providing you have both the necessary license and tags, including for nonresidents. Deer and elk tags, for example, may also be used to harvest a black bear or mountain lion.Inlander

Idaho also offers numerous packages for those with multisport and multiseason interests. The Sportsman’s Package lets residents hunt and fish for one low price $145 (with a $20 discount for early season purchases). In addition to a combined hunting and fishing license, package purchasers get tags for deer, elk, bear, mountain lion, wolf and turkey, as well as salmon and steelhead fishing.

Second-chance opportunities to hunters who have purchased a license and initial tag is the same price for residents and nonresidents. By purchasing a “second tag,” you can even switch between deer species and eligible hunting zones.

Idaho’s “hunting passport” encourages young first-time hunters to learn about hunting under the supervision of a qualified adult mentor prior to taking the $10 required hunter education class. It is open to both residents and nonresidents, ages 8 and older for a mere $1.75 plus necessary permits and tags.

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Special Events

Live Well Retreat
Schedule some zen before the holiday madness sets in. The Coeur d’Alene Resort’s Yoga and Spa Retreat features overnight accommodations, a spa service, sunrise yoga, a mindfulness workshop and more.

Small Artworks Invitational
The Art Spirit unveils its 21st annual holiday exhibition featuring small artworks by over 50 local and regional artists. This unique show is opening earlier this year, to allow more time for holiday shopping. Wednesdays-Sundays 11 am-6 pm; Art Spirit Gallery.

Dueling Pianos: Dinner and a Show
Get a taste of a New York City piano bar without leaving the Inland Northwest. Song requests are taken all night long with talented artists playing and singing all night long. A full dinner menu is served until 10 pm. NYC Piano Bar; 8-11:30 pm.

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Cuppa Coeur d’Alene

By | Fall, Inlander Weekly Content

Downtown coffee culture can’t be beat for flavor, variety and places to try

Do you do drip? Or are you a latte lover? Whatever your coffee craving, downtown Coeur d’Alene has you covered. More than just providing excellent coffee, however, Coeur d’Alene’s coffee shops serve as a social hub for those in need of a place to work on the laptop, have a quick meeting, catch up with friends, or enjoy one of the numerous free events hosted there from live music to community gatherings.

CALYPSO’S COFFEE is one of the grooviest places to get a cup of coffee, which they roast in-house and serve for you to enjoy in a cavernous space stocked with funky, mismatched chairs amidst all kinds of local artwork.

COEUR D’ALENE COFFEE is locally owned and features on-site roasting in a modest space inside the thriving social and entrepreneurial hub called the Innovation Den. Bring the kids — they’ll love writing on the giant chalkboard while you sip seasonal specials like the Scotch nog shake.

Have some of the best baked goodies in town with your cup of Umbria brand coffee at BAKERY BY THE LAKE, located across from McEuen Park and the library. It’s a favorite meeting spot for small groups, families and people heading out to or in from the lake, including for breakfast and lunch on their fresh-baked assortment of breads.

Originally from Sandpoint (and with a soon-to-open shop in Spokane), EVANS BROTHERS COFFEE features organic, fair trade coffee thoughtfully sourced and roasted locally. Look to the Coeur d’Alene cafe for occasional live music, coffee tastings and warm and cozy space that cultivates community.

FINE BREWED advertises as baristas, bagels and brews but they’re even more than that, especially for breakfast — acai bowls, smoothies, artisan toast — and extending into happy hour. Keep an eye out for their $10 bottomless mimosa events.

VAULT COFFEE is located inside a former 1904 bank, a theme it carries through the décor. Look for locally roasted coffee and in-house breakfast and lunch items in a cozy setting with classic Coeur d’Alene views of busy Sherman Avenue.

Every single thing about WOOPS! BAKERY is adorbs. The farmhouse kitchen shabby-chic style, the rainbow of artfully arranged macaroons, the café seating next to big, bright windows. This is the place to treat yourself to a little something sweet and a hot, fresh cuppa Joe.

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Special Events

Rebel Junk Vintage Holiday Market
One of the top vintage markets in the country makes its way to the Kootenai County Fairgrounds this weekend. Shop for antiques, farmhouse accents and funky junk, while also enjoying music, cocktails and food. Tickets $5-$10 at the gate or online; Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday 10 am-4 pm.

Dawna Stafford
Head to Honey Social Club and Eatery this Friday to enjoy the acoustic arrangements of singer-songwriter Dawna Stafford. Her upbeat and modern take on folk is fun, relatable and family friendly. Even better — there’s no cover charge. Free; 6:30-8:30 pm; Honey Eatery and Social Club.

Exposure yourself to art in charming downtown Coeur d’Alene. On the second Friday of each month from April-December, more than two dozen galleries, businesses and restaurants showcase local and regional artworks. Free; 5-8 pm.

North Idaho Beer Fest
Idaho Brewers United and Idaho Craft Brewers Guild is proud to present one of the first beer festivals to feature only Idaho breweries. Your general admission ticket gets you a festival cup and eight beer tokens! A screening of For the Love of Craft, a documentary about what it means to be a craft brewer starts at 4:45 pm. $25; noon-6 pm; Kootenai County Fairgrounds.

NYC Comedy Night
The NYC Piano Bar presents a night of comedy with headliner Deece Casillas, who was recently voted the Inland Northwest’s Best Comic by Inlander Readers. Deece started his career in improv and as a comedy writer and now tours as a stand-up comic and is the host of a weekly talk show, the Social Hour. Tickets $8; 7-8:30 pm.

Paired to Share

By | Fall, Inlander Weekly Content

Discover your new favorite wines just in time for holidays

The holidays will soon be upon us and with it, a social season of visiting, gift-giving and sharing good food. Whether you’re hosting at your home or have a hostess gift in mind, the Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association’s WINE FOR THE HOLIDAYS on Nov. 2 from 1-5 pm has you discovering the perfect wine to pair with any meal, no matter who makes it.

Getting your tickets is easy; purchase them online or call to find out about getting them the day of the event. For $15, you get six 1-ounce tastings and a commemorative wine glass, which you’ll pick up at the Resort Plaza Shops (201 E. Sherman Ave.). Bring an unwrapped, unused toy in support of the Marine Corps’ long-standing Toys for Tots program and get an extra tasting ticket.

Your experience is entirely self-guided and a terrific opportunity to do a little shopping while you’re downtown. Look for artwork at BLACKWELL GALLERY or THE ART SPIRIT GALLERY or home décor and more at MIX IT UP and INTO THE WOODS, all of which will be pouring for Wines for the Holiday ticket-holders.

Gourmet goodies are available at CDA FRESH and MIGLIORE GOURMET, which stocks premium olive oil, vinegar and seasonings.Inlander

Find something to wear for yourself or your bestie at KANDY’S BOUTIQUE, MARMALADE, and T BLUE.

For men or women, the best-smelling soaps and related personal products are at MOUNTAIN MADNESS SOAP COMPANY. Look for outdoor wear at FINAN MCDONALD.

All that shopping is bound to make you hungry, so save some time to sample the wines at HONEY EATERY AND SOCIAL CLUB restaurant or go straight for dessert at ABI’S ICE CREAM or WOOPS! bakeshop.

Of course you don’t have to limit your travels to participants in the Wine for Holidays event. Downtown Coeur d’Alene is home to more than 125 businesses from retail clothing to jewelry to gourmet foods to bars, bakeries, coffee shops and restaurants.

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Special Events

Trick or Treat Downtown
Trick or Treating has never been so much fun! Enjoy safe, family fun from 4-6 pm in Downtown Coeur d’Alene, throughout participating businesses. Plus, stop by Sixth and Sherman for “Trunk or Treat” put on by First Presbyterian Church!

Comedy Nights at the Inn
Get ready to laugh at back-to-back comedy nights at the Coeur d’Alene Inn. This weekend’s shows feature comics you’ve seen on Comedy Central (Steve “Mudflap” McGrew) and Last Comic Standing (Kristin Key).
Tickets $17.50; doors open at 7 pm, show starts at 8 pm; 208-765-3200.

This weekend is your last chance to be scared at Scarywood this year. Enjoy all the haunted attractions and rides through Saturday night. Friday-Saturday, 7 pm-12 am.

Falling for Coeur d’Alene

By | Fall, Inlander Weekly Content

Do downtown during Fall Fest and Apple Palooza

The smell of leaves and woodsmoke in the air. Crisp mornings and a hastening sunset. More pumpkins and fewer tomatoes on the shelves. That must mean fall is officially here. And even though Kootenai Farmers Market’s Hayden-area location closed last week, downtown gets a special end-of-season celebration with their annual FALL FEST harvest market.

On Saturday Oct. 26, from 10 am-3 pm and at the same location as the weekly Wednesday market, enjoy a free celebration of fall. Peruse the plentiful produce from area vendors, tap your toe to some of your favorite tunes by Scott Reid, and soak up the last bit of fabulous fall in Coeur d’Alene from more than 50 vendors.

“This year we’ll be bringing back the pet costume contest, which was super fun last year,” according to market manager Beth Tysdal. Pet owners can get photos of their pet, or of themselves with their pet inside a custom booth, and post them to the market Facebook page. “The winning costume is selected at the end of the day and the winner’s human receives a gift certificate to the farmers market.”

Nearby, check out APPLE PALOOZA sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association. This free event, which also features free horse-drawn carriage rides, has you roaming downtown in search of the perfect bite — or sip — of apple. Last year’s offerings included apple cider, Bundt cake and caramel apple waffles, according to organizer Emily Boyd.


To participate, simply pick up your map at the corner of Fifth Street and Sherman Avenue — head towards the farmer’s market — and remember to vote for your favorite. The winner gets the Golden Apple award for the year.

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Special Events

Through NOVEMBER 2
This October, the theme park you love has transformed into a nightmare you’ll never forget! Seven scare zones, five haunted attractions and most of Silverwood’s rides are guaranteed to thrill. Thursday 7-11 pm, Friday 7 pm-12 am, Saturday 7 pm-12 am.

Monster’s Ball
It’s time to get spooky in the Resort Plaza Shops! Grab your friends, put on your best Halloween costume, and get ready for a festive night of drinks, dancing, and games. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door; ages 21+ only. Coeur d’Alene Resort overnight room packages are still available.

Moonlit Monster Cruises
There’s no better way to spend Halloween week than on the spooky waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene! These fright-filled trips feature spooky décor and a grand prize photo contest, signature Halloween cocktails and more. On the adults only (21+) cruise, the drinks are stronger, the cruise is spookier and the music is louder. Gates open at 4:30 pm with first departure at 5 pm.

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Life Well Lived

By | Fall, Inlander Weekly Content

Retune, recharge at Coeur d’Alene Resort wellness retreats

Fall has us relishing every opportunity to be outdoors, but also focusing on our inner world, from the cozy spots we seek out in our homes to being more mindful about maintaining health through the winter. The COEUR D’ALENE RESORT has three events to help you do both with their series of LIVE WELL SPA RETREATS.

Starting at $149.50 per person/double occupancy ($199, single occupancy) the resort’s Live Well retreats include overnight accommodations in their plush, redecorated Lake Tower rooms with late checkout, of course. Book a 50-minute treatment of your choice — a pedicure, perhaps, or a facial — on either Sunday or Monday at their world class spa, which has been ranked one of the top resort spas in America according to Condé Nast. You’ll also enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast bar serving fresh-made pastries, seasonal fruit, grains and breakfast beverages before heading out on Monday to your retreat activities.

Add mimosas to your experience during the Mountains and Mimosa Retreat, Oct. 27-28. Check in on Sunday at 4 pm and enjoy complimentary kombucha, have breakfast Monday then suit up for a guided hike of beautiful Mineral Ridge which offers stunning views over Beauty and Wolf Lodge bays on Lake Coeur d’Alene.

The resort is also offering two yoga retreats through the end of the year. “If you’ve experienced the stress-relieving benefits of a deep sleep or the rejuvenating effects of a lakeside getaway, then you’re already familiar with the stress-relieving elements of yoga,” says Emily Hudson, who teaches yoga for the resort.The Inlander

The Yoga and Spa Retreat Nov. 17-18 includes a sunrise yoga class and mindfulness workshop on Monday. The Live Well Mindfulness Workshop will focus on specific techniques for living in the present moment, with a focus on gratitude as we approach the holiday season,” Hudson says. “Attendees will be guided through techniques and learn about the many health benefits of mindfulness during the workshop and will receive a recap handout to continue the practice at home.”

The Sushi and Sunrise Yoga Retreat Dec. 15-16 has you working with local chef Hyun Son to learn to make healthy sushi on Sunday evening. After breakfast Monday, experience the smooth, flowing movements of a vinyasa yoga class, ideal for beginners and experienced yogis alike.

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Special Events

Through NOVEMBER 2
Get ready for a month of screams as the theme park you love transforms into a nightmare you’ll never forget! Seven scare zones, five haunted attractions and most of Silverwood’s rides are guaranteed to thrill. Thursday 7-11 pm, Friday 7 pm-12 am, Saturday 7 pm-12 am.

The Addams Family
Based on the bizarre and beloved characters created by Charles Addams, this original story finds the famously macabre Addams Family put to the test when outsiders come to diner, hurdling the Addams household into comic chaos. $19-25; Thursday-Saturday 7:30 pm; Saturday-Sunday 2 pm; Kroc Center Theater.

Lake City Comicon
Lake City Comicon is Idaho’s newest comic book and pop culture convention presented by Nathan O’Brien, the creator of the Lilac City Comicon in Spokane. His Coeur d’Alene show will feature 75 exhibitors selling a variety of comics, toys, collectibles, local artists, and special guests $6; Kootenai County Fairgrounds; 10 am-4 pm.

Moonlit Monster Cruises
There’s no better way to spend Halloween week than on the spooky waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene! These fright-filled trips feature spooky décor and a grand prize photo contest, signature Halloween cocktails and more. On the adults only (21+) drinks are stronger, the cruise is spookier and the music is louder. Gates open at 4:30 pm with first departure at 5 pm. Must be in line before 7:30 pm for final 8 pm departure.

Monster’s Ball
It’s time to get spooky in the Resort Plaza Shops! Grab your friends, put on your best Halloween costume, and get ready for a festive night of drinks, dancing, and games. Dress to impress for the competitive costume contest and document the night in the photo booth! Look for ticket information at

On the Ball

By | Fall, Inlander Weekly Content

Four places to finish out your golf season in North Idaho

Golf fans: Were you discouraged by the recent dusting of snow and drop in temperature? Fear not; many golf courses are still open. In fact, fall is the preferred time for many players who appreciate thinned out crowds, blue bird days and walking the course in the crisp autumn air.
The COEUR D’ALENE RESORT is hosting its 13th Annual Golftoberfest, Saturday, Oct. 12, with a shotgun start at 11 am. Lunch is on them: complimentary grilled Bavarian-style bratwurst, as well as traditional sausages and hotdogs will be served throughout the day. Sample from numerous micro beers and ales, too. Rates begin at $168 and overnight stay packages are available.
Farther south, the COEUR D’ALENE CASINO RESORT & HOTEL is celebrating the end of their 15th season with their annual Circling Raven Golf Course end-of-season bash. Because it’s never too soon to plan for next year, they are offering tidy discounts on all Circling Raven apparel in the pro shop, which is where you’ll find plenty of dining and drink specials at their popular Twisted Earth Grill (aka the 19th hole). Even better, enjoy a whopping 15 percent off green fees and a sneak peek into 2020 scheduling, including incentives to book now. Make it an overnighter at Circling Raven with their popular stay-and-play packages (starting at $223).
They call it the “wurst” tournament ever, but you know they’re being clever at TWIN LAKES GOLF COURSE. Their OktoberFest Tournament on Oct. 13 gets you nine holes of golf with a cart, a beer and a German-inspired meal at MoonDollars Bistro for $39 (nonmembers).
Want to play a private course that’s open to the public? You can at AVONDALE GOLF COURSE, in beautiful Hayden, Idaho, which just rolled over to its fall rate schedule: $37 plus cart for nonmembers. For $35, nonmembers are also invited to participate in Avondale’s one remaining tournament on Oct. 19. It’s the Halloween Night Light Tournament with glow in the dark accessories. You might just say it will be the “highlight” of your season.

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Fall is the perfect time to explore downtown Coeur d’Alene and enjoy its vibrant art scene. More than two dozen locations, from galleries to shops, are showcasing local and regional artists. Free; 5-8 pm; download a map at

Get ready for a month of screams as the theme park you love transforms into a nightmare you’ll never forget! Seven scare zones, five haunted attractions and most of Silverwood’s rides are guaranteed to thrill. Thursday 7-11 pm, Friday 7 pm-12 am, Saturday 7 pm-12 am.

Full Moon Ride
Ready for a full moon adventure? Join the friendly folks at Slate Creek for their monthly full moon bike ride. The pre-party starts at 6 pm, and the ride gets rolling at 8 pm. Expect a mid-point stop at a local business to add to the fun. Go to for more details.

Nearly Famous Comedy
This October, Honey Social Club and Eatery features the nearly famous duo of Michael Glatzmaier and Deece Casillas for a night of comedy. 8:30-10:30 pm.

The Addams Family
Based on the bizarre and beloved characters created by Charles Addams, this original story finds the famously macabre Addams Family put to the test when outsiders come to diner, hurling the Addams household into comic chaos. $19-25; Thursday-Saturday 7:30 pm; Saturday-Sunday 2 pm; Kroc Center Theater.

That’s the Spirit

By | Fall, Inlander Weekly Content

You’ll have a whiskey barrel full of fun during a weekend of tasting and learning about this age-old distilled libation.

The key to understanding whiskey, besides the different varieties like bourbon, corn whiskey and traditional Scotch whiskey, is in tasting, which is exactly what you’ll do — a lot — at the upcoming WHISKEY BARREL WEEKEND at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Whiskey can be smoky, sweet, dense and pungent or light and refreshing, and no matter how you spell it — with or without the extra “e” — whiskey is a distilled spirit with plenty of personality.
Maker’s Mark, for example, is an industry leader in making bourbon (only whiskey made in Scotland gets to call itself Scotch whiskey). They’ve partnered with the Resort for the Oct. 4-5 event, traveling from their homebase in Kentucky, and bringing a custom blend they created just for the Resort.
“We have over 50 different whiskeys represented throughout the weekend, both local and national names,” says Director of Marketing Amy VanSickle. “Attendees will get to savor the benefits of seasoned distilleries as well as the ingenuity of small-batch operations.”Pick Up Your InlanderAlthough several of the events are already sold out — the Friday opening cocktail party and the Saturday golf tournament — there’s plenty left in the glass, so-to-speak. Do a tasting with Grand Teton, Heritage, Dry Fly, Koenig and High West on Saturday, 1-2 pm ($35), or learn how to make whiskey-themed cocktails from 2:30-3:30 pm ($35).
Settle in for four hours of live entertainment, fabulous food and plenty of whiskey, both in the glass and part of the cuisine during the Grand Whiskey Dinner, Saturday, 6-8 pm, followed by an 8-10 pm After-Party ($150). Dinner is served at the Resort’s Event Center — the views of the lake, especially at sunset and in the evening, are unparalleled — and features a blend of traditional and Southern-inspired cuisine. Try the Dungeness crab Louis salad, the deep fried turkey, the lobster or oyster po’ boy sandwiches, or the decadent roasted rib eye steak served on a salt block.

Special Events

OCT. 3-NOV. 2
Get ready for a month of screams as Silverwood transforms itself to Scarywood. Five haunted attractions, seven scare zones and most of Silverwood’s signature rides are sure to get your heart pumping. Thursday 7-11 pm, Friday 7 pm-12 am, Saturday 7 pm-12 am; tickets at

Art from the Heart
Each October, Coeur d’Alene celebrates the arts with workshops, free concerts and performances. Saturday, Oct. 5th’s performance, 19th Century Grandeur, features the Coeur d’Alene Symphony as it marks 40 years of exceptional shows. Friday 7:30 pm, Saturday 2 pm; Kroc Center.

Taste the flavors of fall, from seasonal microbrews to Bavarian Brats, as you play the world-renowned Coeur d’Alene Golf Course. Packages start at only $168 per player with resort accommodations. Play starts at 11 am with a shotgun start.

Scary Good

By | Fall, Inlander Weekly Content

Silverwood Theme Park morphs into Scarywood for a whole month of frighteningly good weekends

The countdown begins.
As leaves rustle, days shorten and nights get wonderfully crisp, many creatures are hunkering down for winter… but not at Silverwood Theme Park. There, in just seven days, the otherworldly assortment of creatures that transform Silverwood to SCARYWOOD come to life. On Oct. 3, demented clowns, creatures from the crypts, spooky scarecrows, and other frightening figures will be in position to do what they do best: making you scream with horror and delight.
Are you brave enough to enter the “scare zones?” There’s the Scarywood Nest filled with spidery scares, the Quarantine Zone where zombies rule, and Clown Town where the only ones laughing are the creepy clowns.
Not scary enough? Head to any of the park’s five “haunts,” special areas where warnings indicate the shock level from mild to maniacal. Make your way carefully through the Level 3 maze of Total Darkness. If you have a strong stomach, try the Level 4 Blood Bayou, full of gore. The Level 5 Planet Zombie haunt is a nightmare war zone where you become part of the fight for survival.
New this year, which is the 10th anniversary of Scarywood, is Dr. Delirium’s 3D Rockhouse. Get your 3D glasses and take a trip to crazyland as you navigate hidden scares and surreal illusions in this raucous new haunt.
Many of your favorite Silverwood rides are open too. The Log Flume has you hurtling into the night, in and out of tunnels and plunging over a steep drop. The Corkscrew features a 70-foot drop and gravity-defying twists and turns. Spincycle has you spinning on a stationary disk as you rock back and forth like a pendulum, higher and higher until — whoops — you flip over, still spinning and still screaming. After you leave the loading station on Timber Terror, you’ll climb up 85 feet in the air before dropping into the first chain of hills, when you’ll experience a sense of weightlessness the ride is known for. But the ride’s not over yet. As you head back, you’ll scream your way through another run of hills before roaring into a crushing 360-degree turn, finally arriving back at the loading station. All while facing backwards!
Scarywood is only open select dates through Nov. 2, Thursdays being the least crowded and best ticket value, starting at $27. Thursday-Saturday, Be there for opening weekend! Show your season pass on Oct. 3-5 and get $10 off regular admission. On the closing weekend in November, public service heroes get in free with appropriate identification. That means all firefighters, active military, veterans, police, and EMT’s on Nov. 1 or 2. Visit for more information including parking, restrictions (not recommended for children under 13) and ticketing.

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Special Events

Comedy Night at the Inn
Get ready to bust a gut two nights in a row, when the Coeur d’Alene Inn hosts back-to-back comedy nights featuring Alvin Williams and Leeann Tooker (Friday) and John Roy and Harry Riley (Saturday). $17.50; doors open at 7 pm, show starts at 8 pm; Coeur d’Alene Inn.

Silverwood’s Community Appreciation Weekend
Squeeze some summer-like fun out of September during Silverwood’s Community Appreciation Weekends where park admission is discounted and $4 from every adult ticket and $1 from each youth/senior ticket is donated to local food banks. Admission is $38 (ages 8-64) and $21 (ages 3-7 and 65+). Save even more when you buy your tickets at

Whisky Barrel Weekend
Mark your calendars! The Coeur d’Alene Resort has partnered with Maker’s Mark Distillery for the first-ever Whisky Barrel Weekend. Taste up to 100 varieties of whiskey, attend a whiskey seminar or enjoy a whiskey themed lake cruise. Details at

Rolling into Fall

By | Fall, Inlander Weekly Content

Celebrate fall with Oktoberfest and the Coeur d’Fondo bicycle ride and race

Come to Coeur d’Alene for the bike ride and stay for the party or come for the party and stay to cheer on the riders. It all happens Sept. 20-21 when two terrific annual events take over Coeur d’Alene: OKTOBERFEST and COEUR D’FONDO.
Oktoberfest is a two-day event, kicking off at 4 pm on Friday, Sept. 20 with the tapping of the keg at 5:30 pm, when everyone gathers to celebrate the start of the festival, followed by music, beer, food and more of the same throughout that evening and next day.
This party is too big for a single location. The Wilma lot at Second and Sherman is home to Prostgarten, a tented venue and one of three bierhallen or beer halls. This is also where you’re grooving to live music from Jam Shack on Friday, 5-9 pm and on Saturday: North Hill Trio, 12:30-2:30 pm; Radio Shine, 3-5:30 pm; and Pastiche, 6-9 pm, closing out the evening with cover songs from the ’70s onward. Across the way on the front lawn of the Coeur d’Alene Resort — dubbed the Festzelt for the weekend — more bands will be performing Saturday: Laketown Sound, 12:30-2:30 pm; Red Light Challenge, 3-5:30 pm; and Royale, 6-9 pm. Next door, the Resort Plaza Shops have been transformed into the Bier Schmecken Halle for an indoor venue.
Sample beer at all three locations in either your commemorative beer-can-styled glass ($25) or bonafide beer stein ($30), both of which include eight tastings (equivalent to two full beers). Additional tastings can be purchased for $1 or fill-er-up for $4 each. Children and designated drivers accompanying a paid ticket holder get in free.
Of course there’s German-style food available for purchase. For $10, feast on beer brats or a certified Angus beef burger, as well as warm German potato salad and apple strudel for dessert.
There will be bicycles everywhere on Saturday, when COEUR D’FONDO welcomes you and several hundred of your friends, neighbors and out-of-town cycling enthusiasts to participate (limited registration available through Sept. 19) or just cheer on the riders.
Five different course maps means there’s plenty of room for everyone, with options for both competitive and noncompetitive rides, from the 116 mile Gran Fondo to the 37 mile Piccolo to Harrison, which includes a return boat ride. Bring the family and do the 15 mile Coeur d’Fondo, knowing that in addition to a day of fresh air and exercise, you’re benefiting the the Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation, too.
And all riders are rewarded with free admission to Oktoberfest, including a meal to go with your commemorative beer glass.

Special Events

Into the Woods Dreamcast Musical
Red Bird Theatre presents the fantasy musical centered on a childless couple who set out to end a curse placed on them by a beautiful, vengeful witch. $25; Thursday-Saturday 7 pm; Saturday-Sunday 2 pm; Kroc Center.

Silverwood Community Appreciation Day
Save money, have fun and help local food banks when you play at Silverwood this weekend. General admission is only $38, and Silverwood will donate $4 from each adult ticket and $1 from each $21 senior/youth ticket to help local food banks. Save even more when you purchase your tickets online.

Head to Silver Mountain this weekend for a three-day celebration of two-wheel off-road fun featuring events for every type of rider type including a night ride, ladies day, kids’ races, downhill race, super-D (top to bottom) race, best trick, mini bike downhill, mini bike keg slalom, bunny hop content, and outdoor movies. The fun starts Friday at 11 am. Go to for a full schedule.

Think Big Festival
The Think Big Festival aims to educate and empower entrepreneurs. This year’s event will highlight robotics and host brilliant minds from companies like Microsoft, Boeing, Johns Hopkins APL, and more. Expect thought-provoking speakers, live startup pitch sessions, drones, autonomous vehicles, robots, and tech parties around town.

Hunting Season

By | Inlander Weekly Content, Summer

Fall is a perfect time for exploring the eclectic range of area antique and vintage shops

Does the thrill of the hunt get you going? Do you revel in rummaging through piles? Then Coeur d’Alene is your ideal hunting grounds for all things vintage, collectible and DIY-ready.
CISCO’S (220 N. Fourth St.) specializes in “rare and exceptional,” including more than 8,000 Native American and Western genre items of a bygone time. From belt buckles to baskets and lodge furnishings to firearms, Cisco’s keeps the lore of the West alive. Also downtown, try CROW’S NEST ANTIQUES (416 E. Sherman Ave.) for rows of items from teapots to turquoise jewelry. And nearby, visit ANGEL GALLERY FINE ART & ANTIQUES (416 E. Sherman Ave.), which is chock full of clever curiosities, locally made artwork and assorted antiques.
Head north on Fourth Street to Midtown for a plethora of places that cater to treasure-seekers. LOOKING GLASS ANTIQUES (848 N. Fourth St.) is a collection of vendors sharing their wares with a homey, welcoming vibe where looking is half the fun. Nearby is PARIS ANTIQUES (1815 N. Fourth St.), where you’re sure to find something new every day.
There is such a thing as too much junk, which is why the owners at JUNK in Midtown relocated and expanded to a much, much larger place recently. Plan on spending at least half a day exploring the 15,000 square feet of fabulous finds at MIDTOWN MARKET HOME & VINTAGE (1003 N. Fourth St.).
The Midtown corridor along Third and Fourth streets is home to numerous thrift stores, as well, where you just might find a vintage item the other stores have missed. Check out GOODWILL (1621 N. Third St.), HUMANE SOCIETY THRIFT SHOP (916 N. Third St.), HOSPICE THRIFT SHOP (1823 N. Fourth St.) and IDAHO YOUTH RANCH THRIFT STORE (845 N. Fourth St.) — all places where shopping is a win-win for shoppers and the organizations that benefit from them.
For an even bigger cache of cool stuff, mark your calendar for the REBEL JUNK VINTAGE MARKET ( on Nov. 8-9 at Kootenai County Fairgrounds (tickets $5-$10).

Special Events

Community Appreciation Day
Save money, have fun and help local food banks when you play at Silverwood this weekend. General admission is only $38, and Silverwood will donate $4 from each adult ticket and $1 from each $21 senior/youth ticket to help local food banks. Save even more when you purchase your tickets online.

Celebrate the last Artwalk of the summer in beautiful downtown Coeur d’Alene. Enjoy regionally and nationally acclaimed artists, along with wine and live music as you explore over two dozen locations showcasing sculptures, paintings and prints. Free; 5-8 pm; download a map of locations at

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, 11 brothers and the coat of many colors. The magical musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, from a parody of French ballads, to country-Western and calypso. $23-25; Thursday-Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 2 pm; Lake City Playhouse.

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