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A Place to Park It

By | Inlander Weekly Content, Summer

Find your new favorite park this
summer in North Idaho

Did you know Coeur d’Alene has more than 64 miles of bike paths and 200+ acres of park space? Bill Greenwood knows. He’s the director of Coeur d’Alene Parks and Recreation and likes to bike downtown from his home in Hayden — where his grandkids enjoy the splash pad at nearby Landings Park.
Landings, which features volleyball, horseshoes, tennis courts, a playground for smallest to largest-sized kiddos, and restrooms, is just one of nearly 40 Coeur d’Alene parks.
There’s CHERRY HILL, great in any weather: sledding in winter, BMX racing and 18-hole disc golf in warmer months. Located on 30-acres bordered by undeveloped forested areas, it’s a lovely spot to view elk, deer, even turkeys.
Your fur-family members will appreciate the dog park at both Cherry Hill and the iconic waterfront park and public use area known as TUBBS HILL, which is 160-acres rich with town history. Tubbs is home to all kinds of critters, and offers easy to rigorous lakefront hiking with one-of-a-kind lake views. Portions of it are even ADA-accessible, notes Greenwood.
Nearby is MCEUEN PARK, which Greenwood likes for Wednesday events like Live After Five, a live music festival-like event, and the farmers market.
A few streets away is CITY PARK, where people gather around the bandshell for summer concerts and Free Movies in the Park atop a grassy carpet and beneath old-growth pine trees. It’s where kids play, big and small: pickup basketball, Fort Sherman Playground, and Ironman competitors (June 29). It’s where people go to celebrate living local, from family reunions to local culture like the Taste of Coeur d’Alene (Aug. 1-3).
Just across from City Park is MEMORIAL PARK, including the baseball field, popular pickleball courts, carousel and a rad new skate park.
Looking for a little more elbow room? Head north to FARRAGUT STATE PARK, once home to World War II naval base, that now offers 4,000 acres of camping, hiking and outdoor activities. To get to Farragut, you’ll pass through the charming town of Bayview. Stop for ice cream at Ralph’s Coffee House or head to Athol for an overnight at nearby Cedar Mountain Farm Bed & Breakfast.
South of Coeur d’Alene is OLD MISSION STATE PARK, home of the oldest building in Idaho: The Mission of the Sacred Heart, whose origins are narrated in the Sacred Encounters exhibit, which explores the confluence of Coeur d’Alene Tribal members and Jesuit missionaries during the late-1850s. The park is also an excellent resting place for the amazing trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, a 72-mile bike path through beautiful North Idaho.


Special Events

From the Ashes
JUNE 21-22
From the Ashes welcomes nationally recognized pitmasters from all over the United States to showcase the best American barbecue. Friday is the Light the Fires dinner, 5-9 pm, Saturday is the Smoked and Fired Food Showcase, 11 am-4 pm; $29-$35 adults, $15 youth; Settler’s Creek.

Gathering of the Bands
JUNE 22
It might feel like St. Patrick’s Day at Coeur d’Alene’s City Park when regional pipe bands gather for an enjoyable afternoon of bagpiping, hosted by the Coeur d’Alene Firefighters Pipes and Drums. Free; 12:30-4 pm; City Park.

Beauty and the Beast
JUNE 20-30
Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre presents “the tale as old as time” based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film. $49 adults, $42 senior, $27 children; Thursday-Saturday 7:30 pm; Saturday-Sunday 2 pm; Salvation Army Kroc Center.

The Longest Day
JUNE 21
Take advantage of the longest day of the year on the links at Circling Raven, a Golf Digest Top 100 course. Your second round of golf is only $40 a person and a third round that day is free.

Doing Dad’s Day

By | Inlander Weekly Content, Spring

Amazing engines, excellent eats and everything else for Father’s Day in North Idaho

Stumped for what to do with Dad this Father’s Day weekend? Look no further than North Idaho for plenty of places to celebrate your father’s favorite things to do.
Start with CAR D’LANE, an annual free event for car lovers of all ages. The pre-funk at SLATE CREEK BREWING starts at noon, while the custom car cruise starts at 6 pm Friday, June 14 (insider tip: park midtown and walk downtown or grab a seat along the parade route and enjoy the festivities with a bite or a beverage). The “show and shine” is Saturday downtown, letting you get close to these automotive beauties.
Looking for a different way to celebrate car culture? Go to STATELINE SPEEDWAY for Saturday night at the races, featuring 18-wheeler “big rigs” (minus their cargo), professional cars and hobby stock racers, plus fireworks. Get the whole family in for as little as $20.
Keeping with the engine theme, what about a special sightseeing flight over the lake and nearby mountains with BROOKS SEAPLANE? Get out on the water with a lake cruise COEUR D’ALENE RESORT LAKE CRUISE, which for Father’s Day includes brunch (adults $49.25, seniors 55-and-up $45.25, children ages 6-12 $29.25, 5-and-under free).
Another brunch option is the Dad’s and Grads brunch at the COEUR D’ALENE RESORT, this year prepared by the resort’s very own father-and-son chef duo at DOCKSIDE. Ask about overnight packages starting at $289. Do Dad’s brunch Sunday, June 16, at the COEUR D’ALENE CASINO AND RESORT’S Father’s Day buffet with $3 “manmosas.”
On Monday, June 17, the casino hosts Dads & Doubles day at CIRCLING RAVEN GOLF COURSE. Golf for two of you is $150 (a $30 savings), plus double well drinks for just $6.
Properly fueled, you’ll all be ready to spend the day on two wheels. Pack up the bikes and check out any number of area parks and trails, including the 23-mile CENTENNIAL TRAIL from stateline to the lake. The HIAWATHA TRAIL is open, too, and if you’re OK with celebrating after Father’s Day, consider the new full-moon ride Monday, June 17 ($32-60, reservations required).
Dad gets in free at SILVERWOOD THEME PARK on Father’s Day weekend (with purchase of paid admission). Speaking of free, how about some good, old-fashioned quality time with Dad: hike TUBBS HILL, take in one of the many free, family-friendly events like the RIVERSTONE CONCERT SERIES or the MOVIES IN THE PARK because being together is priceless.


Special Events

Beauty and the Beast
JUNE 13-30
Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater presents “the tale as old as time” based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film. $49 adults, $42 senior, $27 children; Thursday-Saturday 7:30 pm; Saturday-Sunday 2 pm; Salvation Army Kroc Center.

Paddlepalooza
JUNE 15
This is your chance to try out a large selection of kayaks, paddleboards and pedalboards for free — thanks to Tri State Outfitters. 10 am-4 pm; North Idaho College Beach.

LOCASH
JUNE 15
This Saturday, the Coeur Jams Concert Series presents LOCASH, the modern country vocal duo known for their hits “I Love This Life,” “I Know Somebody” and “Ring on Every Finger.” $25-45; 7 pm; Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel.

Bison Ranch Tour
JUNE 17
Learn the cultural significance of this mighty animal as a Coeur d’Alene Tribal member provides a guided tour of a working bison ranch. $40; 10-2 pm; depart from the Coeur d’Alene Casino.

Saving at Silverwood

By | Inlander Weekly Content, Spring

Follow these handy tips to make the most out of your day at North Idaho’s favorite theme park

Summer and Silverwood go hand in hand. To make sure you can go back as often as you’d like without breaking the bank, here are some ways to save without sacrificing fun.
Special admission days offer a range of buy one-get-one ticket programs, starting with Father’s Day weekend, June 15-16, when dads get in free. In September, it’s grandpa’s and grandma’s turn on Grandparents Day weekend, Sept. 7-8.
More is better at Silverwood. Purchasing a multiday admission pass knocks some dollars off and you don’t have to use the passes all at once; you can spread out your visits over the summer! Same goes for adults ages 65-and-up and children ages 3-to-7. And of course, children 2-and-under are always free.
Consider getting each loved one a Silverwood VIP card. It’s essentially a reloadable, secure debit card for any in-park purchases. You can set the budget in advance, and then there’s no waiting or having to find mom or dad to make a purchase and less risk of kids losing cash in the park.
Evening discounts begin June 8, the same day Boulder Beach opens (yay!). After 4 pm, entry is just $30. Even better, in the summer, when the park stays open later, you get to experience the park all lit up!
Bring some friends and make a day of it. Groups of 15 or more qualify for a group discount (call 208-216-4300 in advance).
Make your food dollars count. Purchase bottled water, a soda or slushie from the park and refill it throughout the day (nominal charge for soda or slushies). You can also bring your own drinks, but they must be sealed (unopened) and non-alcoholic. You can also bring small snacks into the park or pack a lunch (you’ll pass several grocery stores and sandwich shops heading up Highway 95 when driving to Silverwood). You’ll need to leave the park to eat lunch, but there are picnic tables where you can relax in the shade while you plan your next move.
Plan ahead for next year to get a jump on savings, including early admission ticket sales. Silverwood’s website (silverwoodthemepark.com) has more easy-as-pie ways to save money. Under “Contests & Fun,” click “Enter-to-Win” four general admission passes for 2020. Pay it forward by nominating another deserving family in the Family-A-Day drawing. Under Tickets & AddOns, save on season passes, which this year went for $150 (single) and $502 (gold for you and two guests). Benefits of a season pass? Unlimited admission, of course, but also free parking; discounted food, beverages (excluding alcohol), and RV park entry; and a discount for the opening weekend of Silverwood’s spooky alter-ego, Scarywood.
And to stay up-to-date on all things Silverwood, remember to “like” them on social media or subscribe to their handy Silverwood Express newsletter.

Special Events

ArtWalk
JUNE 7
ArtWalk is a week early this month, due to Car d’Lane festivities next week. Stroll through beautiful downtownCoeur d’Alene and enjoy the many galleries, shops and restaurants showcasing locally and nationally acclaimed artists.

Emerge’s Pop Up Show
JUNE 7
Emerge’s dynamic annual pop up show features 50+ artists, three stages of live poetry and music, plus awesome food and drinks. Get a sneak peek of the show Thursday, June 6, 6-9 pm for $15. Friday, 5 pm, 525 Sherman Ave.

Wynonna & the Big Noise
JUNE 7
Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. This summer she brings her undeniable talent to the Coeur d’Alene Casino’s Coeur Jams Concert Series. $30-$60, Friday, 8 pm, Coeur d’Alene Casino.

Well Above Par

By | Inlander Weekly Content, Spring

Idaho golf courses worthy of your bucket list

Google “golf” in North Idaho for a list of no fewer than 20 courses, a handful private and a smaller few worthy of your bucket list, especially according to Golf Digest who noted that five out of the top 10 courses statewide were in the Coeur d’Alene area. Top-scoring clubs include CIRCLING RAVEN, THE COEUR D’ALENE RESORT and THE CLUB AT ROCK CREEK, as well as THE GOLF CLUB AT BLACK ROCK and GOZZER RANCH GOLF AND LAKE CLUB, the latter two also making the nationwide Top 100 list for 2019 at No. 32 and No. 91 respectively.
Located in Worley, Idaho, and part of the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort & Hotel, CIRCLING RAVEN is an unparalleled experience amidst 620 acres of wildlife, wetlands and woodlands in a Gene Bates course designed to make each hole feel secluded and majestic. It’s known as a challenging players’ course, although five sets of tee boxes allow success for every player level.
THE COEUR D’ALENE RESORT course treats you like a private member with luxury golf carts, complementary caddies and a private shuttle to and from the world’s only floating green. The Scott Miller-designed course is expertly maintained, offering stunning views of the lake with five sets of tees to match your play level. And when it comes time to wind down, you can’t get a better view than the Floating Green Restaurant.
A short drive south of Coeur d’Alene lands you at THE CLUB AT ROCK CREEK, a private course designed by former professional golfer Tom Weiskopf initially as a second course for the award-winning Black Rock course nearby. The fairly flat front nine lures you in, while the back nine sculpted out of the forested slopes will leave you breathless over this course’s rugged beauty.
The photos don’t do it justice. Located right around the corner from Rock Creek is the prestigious THE GOLF CLUB AT BLACK ROCK, which is picture-perfect from every angle. Cascading waterfalls beyond the pin? That’s hole 11 for this course, also voted best new private course in America.
If GOZZER RANCH GOLF AND LAKE CLUB sounds like paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, it’s because it is. With more Top 100 courses than any other architect, course designer Tom Fazio designed Gozzer’s 18 holes to encompass sweeping views, dramatic elevations and challenging play. Relax in between holes at one of many rustic yet refined comfort stations. And as if golf wasn’t enough, this private, resort-like club offers land and water sports — tennis, anyone? — community gardens, a clubhouse with a world-class spa and fitness center, and plenty of places for kids to recreate including a movie theater and pool.
While Black Rock, Gozzer and Rock Creek are exclusive private clubs, there are some options to play these legendary courses without joining. First option, cozy up to a member. Summer tournaments are another opportunity to play these greens. For instance, Boy Scouts Inland Northwest Council is hosting a charity golf classic at Black Rock on May 30.
AVONDALE GOLF CLUB is a stately private course dating to 1969 that also offers public play alongside Hayden Lake and amidst well-maintained greens.Relax at the clubhouse afterward or pop into the pro shop to find out about golf clinics and tournaments.
The COEUR D’ ALENE GOLF CLUB was the first public golf course in Kootenai County. Established in the early 1950’s, its mature foliage and tree-lined fairways give this gem of a course a majestic feel. It’s worthy of your bucket list, and for less than $35 a round, it won’t break the bank.

 

Special Events

The Wizard of Oz
MAY 28-JUNE 2
CYT presents a faithful adaptation of the classic novel The Wizard of Oz. $14; Friday 7 pm, Saturday 3 pm and 7 pm, Sunday 3 pm; Kroc Center.

Vince Neil
JUNE 1
Vince Neil, the legendary frontman of Mötley Crüe will rock the Coeur d’Alene Casino as part of their Coeur Jams Concert Series. 8 pm; Coeur d’Alene Casino Event Center.

Boulder Beach Opens
JUNE 8
Break out the sunscreen and swimsuits! Boulder Beach reopens today, marking the unofficial start of summer. Silverwood Theme Park; 11 am-7 pm.

You Can’t Miss

By | Inlander Weekly Content, Spring

Five Weekends You Shouldn’t Skip in Coeur d’Alene This Summer

Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, kicks off three months of jam-packed events in the city by the lake. So get out your calendar, and block out the following five weekends you won’t want to miss.
Can’t swing a vacation in the Hamptons this summer? Then at least get a taste of that upscale New England haven at the COEUR D’ALENE RESORT’S Clambake by the Lake on Memorial Day. Let the Resort’s talented chefs treat you to an over-the-top New England-style buffet of clams, crab, shrimp, Hawaiian poke and much more. Enjoy spectacular lake views, oversized yard games and live music as you welcome the unofficial start of summer ($75 adults, $30 children 10-14, ages 9 and under eat free; Hagadone Event Center).

On June 14-15, CAR D’LANE takes over downtown Coeur d’Alene. The weekend starts off with the largest classic car cruise in North Idaho from 6-9 pm. Saturday, get up close to all these classic cars and even peek under the hood at the “show n’ shine” on Sherman Avenue, 8 am-4 pm, also free. Take a break from shop talk with live retro-styled music and a beer garden at McEuen Park.

Join your friends and neighbors honoring America’s independence with the Chamber of Commerce’s Fourth of July parade, 10 am along Sherman Avenue, then amble to City Park for live entertainment and food vendors, 10 am-7 pm. And what’s the Fourth without fireworks? You won’t have to find out; be back downtown at dusk when the sky lights up just past the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Looking for something with a little more sparkle? Check out the COEUR D’ALENE RESORT’S website for information on fireworks cruises, a special steak n’ sparklers buffet and other events.

Also in July, the second annual BREWFEST and live music event is Saturday, July 6, 2-8 pm in McEuen Park, and features several dozen of your favorite local beers and ciders, live music and food trucks. Your admission includes six 5-ounce pours — additional pours can be purchased for $2 — and is waived for designated drivers and children. Purchase your ticket online for $20 or pay $25 at the gate.

The first weekend in August has meant ART ON THE GREEN at the campus of North Idaho College for 50 years! Event hours this year, which runs Aug. 2-4, are Friday, noon-9 pm; Saturday, 11-9; Sunday, 11 am-5 pm. Featured are nearly 200 visual and performing artists, a juried art show and numerous food vendors. The same weekend as Art on the Green is the downtown STREET FAIR on Sherman Avenue, sponsored by Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association and TASTE OF THE COEUR D’ALENES in City Park, sponsored by the Panhandle Kiwanis. Just several hundred more reasons to stroll, shop and savor your way through Coeur d’Alene this summer.


Special Events

Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater Cruise
MAY 24
Get a taste of Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s summer season aboard a scenic lake cruise. The beloved theatre troupe will be performing songs from their upcoming seasons, accompanied by the Coeur d’Alene Symphony. $40; 5:30-8 pm.

Silver Mountain Opening Weekend
MAY 25-26
Take a scenic gondola ride or haul out your mountain bike and shred the shale. Silver Mountain reopens this weekend. Depending on snow levels, some bike trails may still be restricted.

Coeur d’Alene Marathon
MAY 26
Coeur d’Alene’s marathon is one of the most beloved in the country for its breathtaking views. This year’s event features some exciting changes, including a new 10K distance. Half marathon and 5K routes are also an option.

Setting the Scene

By | Inlander Weekly Content, Spring

Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater kicks off another season of quality entertainment

COEUR D’ALENE SUMMER THEATER is full of surprises, aren’t they? As one of the longest running theater companies in the region — they’ve been lighting up the stage since 1967 — you know they’re going to produce exciting shows. But this year, they’re changing things up just a bit, according to artistic associate, Chuck Ethridge.

The 2019 season kicks off with a lake cruise on Friday May 24 ($40, cdasummertheatre.com). Get a preview of the season as nine talented actors and actresses perform songs from across CST’s production season: Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma! and Smokey Joe’s Café. Even better, they’ll be accompanied by Coeur d’Alene’s own symphony.

Which one of Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater’s larger productions is a must-see? Ethridge can’t choose; he’s looking forward to all of them for different reasons.

“I’m really excited about Beauty and the Beast (June 18-30) because it’s a crowd favorite,” says Etheridge, who will also appear in the Disney classic.

Oklahoma! (July 11-28) is another classic, dating to 1943 and featuring the award-wining music of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. CST offers a slightly new take, blending classic and modern versions with a pared-down set design and few actors playing instruments, says Ethridge.

Get ready to sing along to pop faves from the ’50s like “Stand by Me” and “On Broadway” when Smokey Joe’s Café opens (Aug. 8-25).

“You’ll also see more local talent, along with some great folks that we auditioned from Seattle, New York and other places,” Ethridge says.

In between the larger productions, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater will conduct two stage readings, which gives the audience a behind-the-scenes look at how actors develop the process. Arsenic and Old Lace runs June 25, while Crimes of the Heart is July 23.

All productions take place at Salvation Army Kroc Center. Tickets are $49 adult, $42 seniors, $27 children for larger productions, $25 for staged readings. Visit cdasummertheater.com or call 208-660-2958.


Special Events

Silverwood Kids Weekend
MAY 18-19
Moms and dads get their own day — so why shouldn’t kids? Celebrate them with discounted pricing (only $38 for general admission/$21 for youth/seniors) at Silverwood. For even more discounts, check out visitcda.org.

Dozer Day
MAY 18-19
Stand in awe or let your child climb up in the cab of an excavator, dozer, or backhoe and DRIVE during Dozer Day benefiting local children’s charities. Tickets are on sale at Cabela’s, all Les Schwab stores and online. $5-$10; Cabela’s, State Line; 11 am-4 pm.

Wednesday Farmers Market
MAY 22
Enjoy live music as you browse amongst the 100 artisans and producers offering fresh vegetables and plant starts to breads and birdhouses. Free; 4-6:30 pm; Fifth and Sherman in downtown
Coeur d’Alene.

Baconfest
MAY 23
A new festival to celebrate the smokey goodness of bacon? Um, yes! Sample and then vote for your favorite bacon treats, while also enjoying live music and a beer garden. Proceeds benefit St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho. $25 adults/$10 kids 12 and under; 5:30-7:30 pm; Silver Lake Mall.

 

Honoring Mom

By | Inlander Weekly Content, Spring

Stretch mom’s special day out across an entire weekend in North Idaho

Start Mom’s weekend off right with good food and good times. Saturday, May 11, is opening day at KOOTENAI FARMERS MARKET in Hayden at Highway 95 and Prairie Avenue (the downtown market opens the following Wednesday). How about fresh baked bread, local eggs, and other yummy items you can use to make Mom breakfast (or lunch or dinner) and don’t forget to pick up fresh flowers for the table!
Rather someone else do the cooking? No problem. Mother’s Day brunch options abound on Sunday, May 12, including inside the COEUR D’ALENE RESORT at both DOCKSIDE and BEVERLY’S restaurants and at the COEUR D’ALENE CASINO’S HIGH MOUNTAIN BUFFET. Have your brunch on the water when you book a Coeur d’Alene Resort brunch cruise or make it a weekend and stay overnight at the resort with special Mother’s Day packages.
How about an all-you-care-to-drink mimosa bar and lunch at CEDARS FLOATING RESTAURANT? The bottomless mimosa bar is only $12. Then stick around downtown for a free concert in the park featuring the North Idaho College chamber singers and wind symphony at the City Park bandshell beginning at 2 pm.
The mimosas (complimentary!) will also be flowing at the RESORT PLAZA SHOPS during their Cupcakes & Cocktails event on Saturday. Take Mom shopping and enjoy delicious treats scattered throughout the shops.
If you want to get out and play together, enjoy reduced ticket pricing and free entry for moms with paid ticket purchase at SILVERWOOD THEME PARK Mother’s Day weekend.
Spend some creative time with Mom, starting with free admission to the COEUR D’ALENE ART ASSOCIATION SHOWCASE at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds on May 10-11. Or make your own art together with a guided painting experience like “Elephant Love” at the PAINT BUZZ. At PINOT’S PALETTE, learn to paint “Pretty Petals” or a vintage rose on a bottle, so Mom can have beautiful flowers that remind her of you!.


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Special Events

Art Walk
MAY 10
Spring is in full swing and so is ArtWalk in beautiful downtown Coeur d’Alene. Sip wine and enjoy spectacular local and regional art at more than a dozen downtown galleries and businesses. Free; 5-8 pm; go to visitcda.org for a map of locations.

Kroc Center Anniversary
MAY 11
Celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Coeur d’Alene’s amazing Kroc Center. The community is invited to the celebration complete with cake, a free barbecue lunch and free access to everything: the pool, climbing wall, gym, bounce house and more.

Night Lights
May 11
Inspired by the traditional Thai Lantern Festival, Night Lights is an all-new and completely reimagined sky lantern experience. $15-$65; 3-10 pm; Stateline Speedway.

The Season of Fun

By | Inlander Weekly Content, Spring

Start the summer season of fun off right at
Silverwood Theme Park

It won’t be long now: SILVERWOOD THEME PARK opening day is this weekend! To celebrate, they’re offering “anniversary” pricing May 4 and 5, saving you nearly $20 per ticket per day.
The savings don’t end there, though. On Mother’s Day Weekend, May 11-12, enjoy reduced ticket pricing and free entry for moms with paid ticket purchase. Kids’ Weekend follows, May 18-19, and with every general admission ticket purchase, you’ll receive a free youth (ages 3-7) ticket. On Memorial Day Weekend, Silverwood honors police, fire and both active and retired military personnel from May 25-27 on American Heroes Weekend.
Never been to Silverwood? Here’s the scoop. There is plenty to see and do for all ages, with around 70 rides, from mellow to bone-rattling like the Panic Plunge. Relax in the picnic area or nibble your way through more than two dozen eateries from funnel cakes at the Sugar Shack to a sit-down meal at Country BBQ. Play arcade games, take a leisurely ride in the vintage train, or catch a Vegas-style magic show (offered twice a day) at the Theater of Illusion.
In June, BOULDER BEACH opens up for fun on and in the water, with rides like the Riptide Racer: a 60-foot tall slide with lanes for up to six individuals to race down more than 400 feet of rip, roarin’ slide.
Make a weekend out of it. Bring the RV and camp out in Silverwood’s convenient park. Amenities include laundry facilities, kids’ play areas, a picnic table and fire ring at each site and free Wi-Fi. Visit silverwoodthemepark.com/lodging for details.
Insider tip: You still have one more day to purchase “early bird” passes for entry to Silverwood and Boulder Beach anytime this summer, just $42 for one day or $75 for two days (ends May 3). And for the real inside scoop, like them on Facebook or sign up for Silverwood Express email blasts for all the latest deals and exciting events happening at one of America’s favorite theme parks.


Special Events

Cinco de Mayo
MAY 4
You don’t normally associate Cinco de Mayo with golf, but you might reconsider after participating in the Cinco de Mayo Weekend at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course which features top shelf tequila sampling and Mexican food and beer throughout the course. Packages start at $189 with resort accomodations; 1:30 pm shotgun start.

Coeur d’Alene Symphony Season Finale
MAY 3-4
The Coeur d’Alene Symphony completes its 40th anniversary season with Dukas Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Glazunov Saxophone Concerto. $10-$20; Friday, 7:30 pm; Saturday, preconcert lecture at 1:30 pm; 2 pm concert start; Salvation Army Krock Center.

Cole Swindell
May 3
Cole Swindell’s debut album is now certified gold, thanks to millions of sales. Hear him perform his No. 1 single “Let Me See Ya Girl” and his other chart topping hits when he plays at the Coeur d’Alene Casino. $70-90; 7 pm; Coeur d’Alene Casino.

Spring into Action

By | Inlander Weekly Content, Spring

Freshen up your wardrobe with these shopping destinations

Spring is a time to clean out the old and welcome the new. Where else but downtown Coeur d’Alene will you find the latest fashions, the comfiest footwear and the freshest styles around?
Celebrate the colors of spring like zesty yellow-green, festive orange and what Pantone color experts and trend watchers call Princess Blue. Redefine your fashion palette at MARMALADE FRESH CLOTHING, downtown on Sherman Avenue. Upstairs, you’ll find up to the minute styles and on-point accessories. There are also treasures to be found downstairs at MARMALADE UNDERGROUND, like vintage Chanel bags in perfect condition. Just down the street at T-BLUE BOUTIQUE, look for designer labels, premium denim and the latest floral dresses — pairs well with boots, heels or bare feet! If you love what you find here, make sure to also visit T-BLUE II, its sister store in Coeur d’Alene’s Riverstone Village for more boho, funky and fresh styles, and an even slightly lower price point.
Boho chic is always in style at GRACE & JOY, where you can find unique items like a hand-felted purse or a cashmere wrap for those still cool spring mornings and evenings. Speaking of keeping warm, the perfect sheepskin slippers from THE LEATHERWORKS will keep your feet toasty warm year-round.
For off-road options, you’ll find clothing and footwear for everyone at FINAN MCDONALD inside the Resort Plaza Shops, including for children. Look for great brands — Tommy Bahama, North Face, Patagonia — designed to withstand whatever activities you have in mind from hiking to wine tasting adventures.
Maybe your spring to-do list includes some indoor activities? Add some shine to your wardrobe with a little bling from any number of local jewelry and accessory shops downtown. In addition to SUPER SILVER, check out funky fair trade earrings from all over the globe, rings and bracelets at LUCKY MONKEY TRADING COMPANY. And for something sparkly for that special someone, you can’t go wrong with CLARK’S JEWELRY, the go-to for fine jewelry since 1907.
Need a dress to go with that lovely new diamond ring? Make your dreams come true at CLOUD NINE BRIDAL inside the Resort Shops, with a wide range of bridal gowns, tuxedos and special occasion fashions.


Special Events

OozaPalooza Food Truck Festival
APRIL 27
Eat your heart out when nearly a dozen food trucks descend on Coeur d’Alene City Park. A portion of proceeds from the beer garden benefit Newby-ginnings of North Idaho, which provides resources to veterans. 11 am-5 pm Coeur d’alene City Park, 415 W. Mullan Rd

Hunchback of Notre Dame
APRIL 25-28
Based on the Victor Hugo’s epic story of love and acceptance, this lushly scored musical features songs from the Disney animated feature’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. $19-$25; Thursday-Saturday 7:30 pm; Saturday-Sunday 2 pm; Salvation Army Kroc Center.

Spring Dash
APRIL 27
Since 1982, the Spring Dash has been the official start of the running season and remains one of the last qualifiers for second seeding at Bloomsday. The beautiful five mile course offers lake views as it travels through Sander’s Beach down Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive and back to McEuen Park. $30 Spring Dash; $10 Spring Dash Tot Trot; Race start, 420 E. Front Ave; 9 am Tot Trot; 9:30 am Spring Dash. Go to visitcda.org for registration details.

Brilliant Brunch

By | Inlander Weekly Content, Spring

Rise and shine with these North Idaho breakfast options

You’re up earlier, are more active and working up an appetite. Or maybe you’re looking for a way to celebrate the weekend or a special occasion with that someone special. Brunch is about fueling up, feeling good and lingering just a bit longer at the table together.
Do a brisk hike of Tubbs or take a drive around the lake. Either way you’re right next door to DOCKSIDE RESTAURANT at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, where brunch is a way of life. The spread is epic: fresh fruit, seasonal salads, mountains of pastries, an entire lineup of entrees from smoked bacon to eggs benedict to French toast, savory meats carved on the spot, omelettes and crepes to order, and a whole table just for desserts. Don’t forget the kids’ section and mimosa bar.
Holidays also mean extra special buffets at the resort (reservations required). DOCKSIDE’S Easter and Mother’s Day brunches are particularly elaborate, with made-to-order eggs benedicts, signature seafoods and decadent dessert stations that include fresh fruit tarts, cupcakes, cake pops, Dockside’s signature cheesecake, filled Florentine’s and much more. (8 am-4 pm; $59.95 adults; $30.95 children 5-12; children 5 and under free) BEVERLY’S Easter brunch is also designed to wow, with artisan crepe and omelette stations and exquisite displays of fresh fruit, salads and pastries. Take note, that the start of the brunch cruise season is right around Father’s Day. Lucky dad. (9 am-3 pm; $47 adults; $24 children 5-12; children 5 and under free).
CURRENT KITCHEN + TAPHOUSE at TEMPLIN’S in Post Falls also serves up spectacular Easter brunch, complete with waterfront views. In the past, the brunch was held in a ballroom, but Chef Molly Patrick was passionate about moving it this year, “I really wanted to do it in the restaurant because it’s such a beautiful view and so inviting.” Patrick’s menu is fresh, scratch-made and over the top — baron of beef, ham, shoulder bacon, sausage, smoked salmon, spring pea and strawberry fields salads, creme brulee french toast, whole cakes and petit fours, all the traditional breakfast breads like scones, and of course mimosas and bloody Marys. For Patrick, building the elaborate charcuterie boards and vegetable displays is an invigorating creative outlet. “It’s fun to set up,” she says. (10 am- 3pm; $29 Adults; $26 Seniors; $15 Children 5-12; Children 5 and under free)
Another brunch buffet option is MULLIGAN’S BAR & GRILLE at the Coeur d’Alene Inn, which offers all-you-care-to-eat options like scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, fruit, and pastries.If you’ve ever been to the HIGH MOUNTAIN BUFFET at the Coeur d’Alene Casino, then you know how they do buffets: great food and plenty of it in a welcoming environment that might just make you want to stay a little longer and see what else they have to offer… like gaming, the spa, live entertainment and a hotel. Think about all that as you enjoy a breakfast buffet

to include carved pork loin, omelettes to-order, Belgium waffles, smoked salmon, chilled crab and shrimp, chicken fried steak, pastries, fresh fruit, and more.
Not everyone is a buffet fan, however, and Coeur d’Alene has plenty of breakfast options right downtown. Have Sunday brunch at HONEY EATERY & SOCIAL CLUB, with outdoor seating in warmer weather. Try steak and eggs with a bloody mary or the Idaho potato donut and a stout cup of coffee.
Nearby on Sherman Avenue, RUSTIC is both a bakery and restaurant, serving freshly made meals as well as take-home baked goods. Try a bagel, the breakfast panini or “hangover hash” (and add a pint for just a couple bucks more).
In midtown Coeur d’Alene, brunch options include TEN/6 for New Orleans-inspired cuisine like red beans and rice, beignets and crawfish biscuits.
The GARNET CAFÉ is an eclectic little eatery with a huge reputation for big plates of from-scratch breakfasts, like duck confit and eggs and omelettes named for Idaho locations… like the Coeur d’Alene with house-smoked ruby red trout.



Special Events

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
APRIL 19-28
Based on the Victor Hugo’s epic story of love and acceptance, this lushly scored musical features songs from the Disney animated feature’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. $19-25; 7:30 pm; Salvation Army Kroc Center.

Silver Mountain Weekend
APRIL 20
The ski season is winding to a close — so end it on a high note at Silver Mountain. This weekend features the rowdy Leadman competition, and an on-mountain easter egg hunt. Go to visitcda.org for more details.

Easter Egg Hunt
APRIL 21
This is the 15th year North Idaho Men’s Rugby Club has hosted a free Easter Egg Hunt in Coeur d’Alene. This year’s hunt features 8,000+ eggs. Find a Golden Egg and receive additional prizes. There will be designated areas for all ages so everyone has an opportunity to fill their basket! Hoppy the Bunny will be there ready to have his picture taken! Free; 1 pm; Fort Sherman Playground.

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Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814