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.

Putting your best foot forward

By | Inlander Weekly Content, Summer

Enjoy fall in north Idaho with these amazing hikes

As summer transitions to fall, take advantage of slightly cooler temperatures to explore all the beauty North Idaho offers. Here are five hikes that showcase the region’s lakes, mountains and its history.
TUBBS HILL is a classic Coeur d’Alene hike, with hiking options from easier to more strenuous (or you could run the trails!). Access is from either Tenth or Third streets with restrooms and picnic spots on both ends. Do a leisurely perimeter hike or climb up for priceless view at 2,500 feet. It’s 165 acres of publicly held land right in downtown Coeur d’Alene, close to the library, dog park, playground, shopping, restaurants and with plenty of parking.
CANFIELD MOUNTAIN is maintained by the Forest Service and tucked into a residential neighborhood on the east end of town at 2305 E. Mountain Vista Drive. Although the larger Canfield trail system was designed for motorized bicycles, mountain bikers and hikers are welcome on the smaller, mile-and-a-half of moderately challenging trails with epic views clear across the prairie.
Head to MINERAL RIDGE for a 3+ mile, moderately challenging hike overlooking Beauty Bay — a popular eagle-watching spot during the late winter when the majestic birds’ feed off the local salmon. Maintained by the Bureau of Land Management, the trail includes 22 marked interpretive signs describing native plants and animals, as well as a picnic spot, potable water and a rustic restroom. This is a must-do during the off-season.
Nearby in Post Falls, the 78.5 acre Q’EMILN PARK combines a swimming area, picnic tables, pavilion, restrooms, parking and play areas, with numerous hiking trails. Located at 12365 West Parkway, Q’emiln Park provides access to both the Q’emiln and Riverview trailheads, which meander along the Spokane River and provide unparalleled views of the falls.
If history is your thing, walk in the footsteps of those who created the PULASKI TUNNEL TRAIL, located south of Wallace, Idaho. This is the route taken by firefighters fleeing the inferno that devastated the nearby town in 1910. The well-maintained 2+ mile trail, the first 725-feet of which are wheelchair-accessible, is surrounded by forested slopes and dotted with interpretive signage.

Special Events

Grandparents Weekend
Silverwood shows their appreciation for grandmas and grandpas by admitting them to the park for free when accompanied by a paid grandchild. Plus everyone receives special pricing with $38 general admission (ages 8-64) or $21 for ages 3-7 and 65+.

Emerge Ink! Print Rally
This parking lot party will feature large-scale prints being made in Emerge’s parking lot. Live music and beer add to the energy created by all the featured artists. 1-7 pm; Emerge, 208 N. Fourth St.

Pinot’s Palette
It’s easy to be creative — especially with a pint of Coeur d’Alene Cider in hand! The talented instructors from Pinot’s Palette will guide you as you create your own version of a whimsical owl, while enjoying the best CdA Cider has to offer. $35; 4:30-6:30 pm; 1327 E. Sherman Ave.

See You in September

By | Inlander Weekly Content, Summer

Celebrate the end of summer and the glorious start to fall in Coeur d’Alene

September means back to school, sweaters at night and scrambling to enjoy every last moment outdoors. Mark your calendar for these September must-do events.
Ride the waterslide one last time at SILVERWOOD THEME PARK’S BOULDER BEACH, which closes Sept. 2. The main park, however, remains open on weekends until the end of September. Starting Oct. 3 things get scary… as in the chilling, thrilling SCARYWOOD!
Work Hard and Play Harder is the name of the game at CIRCLING RAVEN GOLF COURSE on Sept. 2 when the usual pin and tee positions have been moved to make a magnificent course even more challenging to play. Enjoy this Golf Digest Top 100 course on a perfect early fall day, then pop into their Twisted Earth Grill for a special $15/person dinner. Can’t make it? That’s OK. Aim instead for Sept. 20 when Twisted Earth Grill is home to a $20 Scotland-inspired Whiskey and Cigar Tasting for players.
Back by popular demand, The Rub returns to LIVE AFTER FIVE for a Sept. 5 performance ($5). It’s classic rock and roll and more from this favorite local band in a family-friendly concert at McEuen Park against the backdrop of the lake. Bonus: Visit the KOOTENAI FARMER’S WEDNESDAY MARKET on Sherman and Fifth before they conclude for the summer (Sept. 25) and enjoy live music, fresh produce, scratch-made goods and plenty of socializing.
With five levels of participation, the annual COEUR D’FONDO on Sept. 21 showcases beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene by bicycle. Families might enjoy the 15-mile leisurely fun ride from downtown out along Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive and back ($35). For competitors, your paid admission includes entrance to OKTOBERFEST downtown Coeur d’Alene at the conclusion of the race and offers four distance levels. The Piccolo is 40 miles departing from Harrison, while the Centro is 50 miles departing from downtown and arriving in Harrison ($90, including boat ride one way). The Medio is 90 miles roundtrip while the Gran Fondo is 117 miles ($90). Register before Aug. 31 to receive a $5 discount.
Not interested in riding but want to support the riders? Join them on the boat ride down and back to Harrison ($30, exclusions apply).
You can also experience Oktoberfest without two wheels. The two day bash, Sept. 20-21, features eight live bands, 30+ beers and ciders, and three biergartens. Dress up in lederhosen or a dirndl and you’ll earn a free meal ticket! Speaking of tickets, don’t wait to purchase yours. They’re on sale now for $25-$35 and include a commemorative glass or stein and eight 4 oz. tastings.
Another way to experience the lake is like a bird… with CDA PARASAIL, which is accepting reservations up until Sept. 15 (weather permitting). Do a solo ride ($79) or tandem ($109) over the lake at an astonishing elevation of 600 feet or for $20 more, go 200 feet higher and get a digital image to commemorate your aerial adventure.

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Special Events

Bands on Boats
AUG. 30
The Ryan Larson Band offers the season finale of the Bands on Boats summer concert series aboard the Mish-an-Nock. Enjoy country tunes, good views and good times. $26.50; ages 21+; boarding begins at 6:30 at Independence Point.

Coaster Classic Car Show
AUG. 31-SEPT. 1
Classic cars converge on Silverwood for the 14th Annual Coaster Classic Car Show — one of the biggest events of its kind in the Inland Northwest. If you like cars that go fast, look good, or just remind you of the good ol’ days, then head to Silverwood. Participants pay only $20 for one-day admission or $35 for two-days. With entry, each driver and one passenger will get FREE admission into the theme park.

Fall Fest
AUG. 30-SEPT. 2
Head to the hills, Schweitzer, that is, for four days of live music and a bevy of regional wines, microbrews and hard ciders. Kids can create their own concoctions at the soda tent. This is also the final weekend of summer operations and the chairlift will be open for sightseeing, hiking and biking. Go to for the schedule of events.

Classic Coeur d’Alene

By | Inlander Weekly Content, Summer

Vintage boats, cars and more are on display with several events designed to highlight the classics

Classic cars aren’t the only mechanical beauties the Coeur d’Alene area is happy to showcase. On Aug. 24-25, visitors will be treated to an extraordinary display of more than 40 boats, from magnificent antique wooden boats to vintage aluminum and fiberglass models during the 2019 COEUR D’ALENE CLASSIC BOAT SHOW.
This is the 12th year the Antique and Classic Boat Society has put on the free event, which typically draws up to 10,000 visitors to the area. It takes place at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Hotel marina and floating boardwalk, which has actually been hosting similar events for more than 20 years.
The stories are as intriguing as the boats are beautiful. There’s “At Last,” Carolyn and Daryl Reynolds’ 1936 Chris Craft, which the couple restored and named to honor later-in-life blessings like marriage, children and the opportunity to restore a truly magnificent boat. Murray Danzig’s “Jefe” and Jim Edwards’ “Pure” are exotic beauties, crafted of African mahogany and Western red cedar, while John and Jan Keener gave “Donna Rossa” new life after its brief time on the Great Lakes.
In addition to boats, a selection of wood-paneled vintage vehicles known as “woodies” will be on display, so make a day of it with a picnic lunch or plan for a shared meal at any of more than a dozen restaurants within walking distance of the resort, including their own restaurants: Dockside and Beverly’s. It’s sure to be a day of reminiscing about the past, maybe even dreaming about your future as a vintage vehicle or vessel owner.
And if the prospect of viewing classic cars has your motor revving, mark you calendar for the annual COASTER CLASSIC CAR SHOW at Silverwood Theme Park Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, free with paid admission to the park.
For the 14th consecutive year, classic cars of all makes and models have rolled into Silverwood over Labor Day weekend, some dating as far back as the 1930s. Cars will be competing across several categories, including “rat rods,” best paint, trucks of the ’50s, American sports cars through 1985, and best vintage cars. Sponsored by the Inland Empire, Lilac City, Late Great Chevy Club 55-72, the classic car show invites viewers to vote too!
If bragging rights aren’t enough and you’re tempted to bring your pristine, vintage mustang to the show, know that the $20 participant entry to the car show (or $35 for both days) provides each driver and one passenger free admission into the theme park. That means competitors can put down the polish and get some thrills on the park’s roller coasters and water slides.


Special Events

North Idaho State Fair
AUGUST 21-25
Five days of fair fun begins on Wednesday, Aug. 21, when Kootenai County Fairgrounds hosts the North Idaho State Fair. More than a half-dozen musical performers are scheduled every day, in addition to a bevy of entertainment from the extreme bulls rodeo, a demolition derby, the Top Cop High Dive Show, a petting zoo, and of course, all kinds of food booths. Adults $8, seniors, youth and military $8, children 5 and under free. See for exhibit and carnival hours.

Ride and Dine
Savor the final days of summer with a scenic gondola ride, live music and a mountaintop barbecue at Silver Mountain. Dinner is served 2-8 pm, and live music from Gemini Dei begins performing at 5 pm. Tickets are $33.95 for adults or $50.95 with a mountain bike ticket included.

Smokey Joe’s Cafe
AUGUST 22-25
Set in the idealized ’50s, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, presented by Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, is a compelling musical about love lost and won, brought to life with some of the greatest songs ever recorded. $49 adult, $42 senior, $27 child; Friday-Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm; Salvation Army Kroc Center.

View to a brew

By | Inlander Weekly Content, Summer

Check out the 23rd Annual BrewsFest at Silver Mountain for a sampling of the best of the Northwest

What could be better than a whole lot of craft beer in one place? If that place is Silver Mountain, 3,600 feet up the mountain where on Saturday, Aug. 17, more than 20 breweries and a handful of cideries will be filling your commemorative BREWSFEST mug with craft beverages from throughout the Northwest.

Many of your favorite breweries will be represented, including Spokane-based Waddell’s Brewing, No-Li Brewhouse and One Tree Hard Cider. Idaho breweries are well-represented too. There’s Payette Brewing and Mad Swede Brewing — they serve up a sense of humor with their hops in beers like the Naked Sunbather Nut Brown Ale — both from Boise.

Closer to home, local favorites include Radio Brewing from nearby Kellogg, and Wallace Brewing from Wallace. An extra special treat — you can’t get their beers outside the area — is Wallace’s other brewery, North Idaho Mountain Brew.

Hailing from Wyoming, try Roadhouse Brewing and from Montana, Lewis & Clark Brewing, home of Back Country Scottish Ale and Miner’s Gold Hefeweizen, as well as Jeremiah Johnson Brewing out of Great Falls. Of course Oregon beers are included, like 10 Barrel Brewing Company and Ninkasi Brewing.

Fortunately, you get six tastings with your ticket ($35/advance, $40/at the door) to sample the 44 beverages on tap. Purchase more tickets on-site ($1/3.5 ounce pour) and parlay your tickets for wine (three tickets/glass), soda or water (two tickets). Food is available for purchase, as well, including brats, Hawaiian pork tacos and teriyaki cheesesteak.

Two bands are booked for your listening enjoyment: Meghan Sullivan Band, a local blues powerhouse, starts just after 1 pm when gates open. And the super-fun Super Sparkle, which will get you dancin’ to their originals and covers of indie, pop and soul music from 6-9 pm, when the one-day festival draws to a close.

Are you a season pass holder? Even better. Season pass holders and regular scenic ride/bike park ticket holders get into BrewsFest for just $17 (available at the Mountain House Grill).

Make a weekend out of your BrewsFest adventure by staying overnight at the Morning Star Lodge (, where you might just bundle in a golfing, biking, rafting or waterpark package (from $74/person) for a memorable near-end-of-summer experience for the whole family.

Special Events

Riverstone Concert Series
Enjoy a special Saturday concert featuring the Coeur d’Alene Symphony promoting their upcoming Mountain Lake Music Festival coming in 2020. Featuring the Zonky Jazz Band, with vocalists Abby Crawford and Brandon Michael performing with the symphony band. Free; 6-8 pm; Riverstone Park.

Yoga and Brunch
Is there a better combination than yoga and brunch? We don’t think so! Enjoy and outdoor om session, followed with a delicious brunch and coffee at the Blackwell Hotel. $20; 8 am; Blackwell Hotel.

Monumentalists: A Tribute to Harold Balazs & Rudy Autio
This month, Coeur d’Alene’s esteemed Art Spirit Gallery showcases two luminaries and lifelong friends. Harold Balazs and Rudio Autio met at art school. Now, Balasz leaves behind a legacy of sculptures, like his Lantern outside Spokane’s First Interstate Center for the Arts (also known for the famous message to “transcend the bullshit” inscribed on it). Autio built a legacy as one of the most masterful artists working with clay in America.

A Guiding Hand

By | Inlander Weekly Content, Summer

Enhance your exploration of the Coeur d’Alene region with a guided tour tuned to your precise interests and level of adventure

There is so much to see and do in and around Coeur d’Alene, which makes guided tours a great way to ensure you don’t miss a single thing as you explore the outdoors.
Coeur d’Alene Lake, for example, might be one of the most majestic of North Idaho’s lakes, but it’s by no means the only one. Gain a new perspective on lake country with BROOKS SEAPLANE, which offers numerous scenic flight options guided by a former commercial airline pilot. The 30-minute Chain Lakes flight skirts the national forests and down the “chain” lakes, each one an oasis of wildlife and beauty, over to the charming town of Harrison and home again (adults, $150; ages 5-11, $100). Don’t forget your camera!
Rather be on the water than above it? ROW ADVENTURE CENTER can put you there, from white-knuckle rafting to gentle floats. ROW knows Idaho, with 40 years to their credit, including worldwide tours recognized by National Geographic. Their sunset kayak tours through Sept. 1 are a family-friendly way to enjoy beautiful Fernan Lake just off Lake Coeur d’Alene and popular with anglers. Tickets include all necessary gear for a gentle two-hour paddle (adults, $54; ages 5-12, $47).
Although they’re known for water-based tours, ROW is a great resource for other adventures, too, including hiking and biking. Join them on a guided bicycle tour of the TRAIL OF THE COEUR D’ALENES. Learn about the region’s history — miners, missionaries, fur traders, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe — as you pedal parts of the magnificent 73-mile trail. Tickets (adults, $89; ages 5-12, $79) include bicycle, helmet and transportation to and from your departure site.
Learn more about the region’s rich mining history on an hour-and-a-half tour of Wallace via their vintage trolley, then descend into the Earth for the SILVER MINE TOUR (adults, $16; ages 60-and-up, $14; ages 4-16, $8.50; family rate, two adults, two children, $49).
Less physically adventurous, but no less appealing to your curiosity are tours offered by the MUSEUM OF NORTH IDAHO. Tuesday through Saturday (by appointment), their local historian may arrive looking like any number of local figures — a fur trader, a riverboat captain — to walk you through Coeur d’Alene. Tickets are $15 and include admission to the museum, as well as parking nearby.
Finally, don’t forget the tummy. Eat your way through Coeur d’Alene, including six to seven tastings and a bit of local lore with BLUE MOOSE FOOD TOURS. Adults, $59 ($79 with alcohol); children, $45.

Special Events

Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Set in the idealized ’50s, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, presented by Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, is a compelling musical about love lost and won, brought to life with some of the greatest songs ever recorded. $49 adult, $42 senior, $27 child; Friday-Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm; Salvation Army Kroc Center.

Enjoy the last ArtWalk of the summer, as dozens of art galleries, restaurants and businesses showcase the work of talented local, regional and national artists. Free; go to to download a map of locations.

Ales for the Trail
Sample great local and regional craft beer and cider from almost two dozen producers while supporting the North Idaho Centennial Trail. Live music from Kelly Hughs, food trucks and a free bike corral round out the event. $30 for six 5-ounce pours; 2-8 pm; McEuen Park.

Three-in-One Fun

By | Inlander Weekly Content, Summer

Art on the Green, Taste of Coeur d’Alene and the downtown Street Fair give you three big reasons to visit Coeur d’Alene

The first weekend in August is the perfect time to be in Coeur d’Alene. In addition to all the other activities — being on the water, outdoor dining, live music, shopping, spending time with family — the first weekend is the trifecta of events Friday-Sunday, Aug. 2-4.
Located throughout the campus of North Idaho College along the lake, ART ON THE GREEN started more than 50 years ago as a regional, high quality arts event. Stroll along more than 165 artist booths, including the juried art show. Look for your favorite artisans, or discover new makers, as there are more than 60 new artists showing their works this year. Children can create their own works of art in the Children’s Art Garden, where the art supplies and instructions are provided. Stop at either of the stage areas to rest your body and take in live performances from bluegrass, to jazz, to folk, all of it led by the blessing of the festival by members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe on Friday morning. Plenty of food is on hand, too, as well as a beer and wine garden. Friday, noon-10 pm, Saturday, 10 am-10 pm, Sunday 10 am-5 pm; North Idaho College.
For an even larger selection of food, continue on to City Park to find TASTE OF COEUR D’ALENE. Benefiting the local Kiwanis community service organization, this event features great eats: tacos, barbecue, coffee, ice cream pizza and more! The park is also filled with arts and crafts vendors and live entertainment in the City Park bandshell. Friday, noon-8:30 pm, Saturday 10 am-8:30 pm, Sunday 10 am-5 pm; Coeur d’Alene City Park.
The third event, the COEUR D’ALENE STREET FAIR, transforms several blocks of Sherman into a vibrant outdoor marketplace featuring more than 250 different vendors. Most of your favorite Sherman Avenue businesses will have a booth set up, interspersed with guest vendors selling everything from handcrafted clothing to candles to home décor. Friday, 10 am-8 pm, Saturday, 10 am-8 pm, Sunday 10 am-5 pm; Sherman Avenue, near the Coeur d’Alene Resort.
If you go: Consult a map for parking options first. Take advantage of free parking at North Idaho College and the free shuttle up to the street fair. There is free two hour parking in the Coeur d’Alene Avenue Parking Garage. Or park in town and plan on walking — a lot! Bring a water bottle to refill, but leave dogs at home — they are not allowed on campus, nor in the park except on city paths. This event is wheelchair and stroller-friendly. Finally, hours vary slightly for each event so check the respective website and plan accordingly.

Special Events

First Date
Award-winning Broadway producer Laura Little brings First Date back to Coeur d’Alene, for a special dinner theater engagement. Watch and laugh as a date unfolds in real time, and twists from dating disaster to something special. Theater-style seating $35, dinner and the show $55; Thursday-Sunday 7:30 pm; Sunday 2 pm; Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene Inn.

Support Red Bird Theatre and experience a magical evening as a piano and cello duo performs while you enjoy a decadent meal prepared by Satay Bistro. $60; 7 pm; the Innovation Den.

Circling Raven Anniversary
Circling Raven is turning 15, but golfers are the ones getting the presents when greens fees are rolled back to 2004 rates! Enjoy live music and killer golf equipment deals (only 10 percent over cost this day only) to boot. $70 per round; Circling Raven Golf Club, in Worley.

Silver Mt. shines bright this summer

By | Inlander Weekly Content, Summer, Uncategorized

Sure, you love tubing, skiing and snowboarding on the mountain when the snow flies, but when it melts, SILVER MOUNTAIN is your place for biking, riding, dining and more (
Take the scenic GONDOLA RIDE up from the base for any number of events, including Northwest Cup for the best of downhill mountain bike racing, Aug. 2-3, or BrewsFest, featuring more than two dozen breweries and cideries, Aug. 17.
Bring your MOUNTAIN BIKE for groomed trails at all ability levels, and epic scenery from the top-rated bike park in the Northwest. No bike? No problem. Grab a rental. You can even take lessons from their expert instructors.
Fridays are RIDE-AND-DINE nights, which includes a lift ticket and barbecue huckleberry rib dinner plus live music from some of the area’s favorite entertainers.
Rather GOLF than bike? Silver Mountain has you covered. Book a tee time at Galena Ridge, which offers an amazing $32 twilight golf special after 3 pm — it stays light until at least 9 pm — and youth accompanying a paid adult play for free!
HIKERS will appreciate the opportunity to see wildlife, pick huckleberries and see some beautiful countryside on two well-marked, interpretive trails.
There’s enough to do at Silver Mountain, you may want to STAY OVERNIGHT. The Morning Star Lodge makes it affordable to do so, with group discounts, and access to Silver Rapids waterpark included for all guests. Add a second day and stay overnight (packages starting at $46).
Additional stay-and-play packages make staying on the mountain a must-do at least once this summer: golf starting at $73.75; biking (includes lift ticket) starting at $74.25; rafting (in partnership with ROW adventures) starting at $78.25; and the romance package (includes complimentary wine or champagne) starting at $96.

Special Events

JULY 26-28
Native American dancers, drummers, food concessionaires, authentic tribal artists and craftspeople return to the Kootenai County Fairgrounds for one of the largest powwows in the nation. Don’t miss the Grand Entry, with horses and riders in full regalia. $10 adults, children 12 and under free; Friday night Grand Entry 7 pm, Saturday Grand Entry 1 pm and 7 pm; Sunday Grand Entry 1 pm.

First Date
AUG. 1-4
Award-winning Broadway producer Laura Little brings First Date back to Coeur d’Alene, for a special dinner theater engagement. Watch and laugh as a date unfolds in real time, and twists from dating disaster to something special before their dinner check arrives. Theater-style seating $35, dinner and the show $55; Thursday-Sunday 7:30 pm; Sunday 2 pm; Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene Inn. Call 208-765-3200 for tickets or visit

The Shook Twins at Live After 5
The Shook Twins return to their home state to share their unique brand of quirky folk music, resplendent with layered harmonies, acoustic instrumentation and occasional beat boxing. $10; 5-8 pm; McEuen Park

Playin’ it Cool

By | Inlander Weekly Content, Summer

When the temperature goes up, stay cool with these water activities in and around Coeur d’Alene

Hot sun and cool water adds up to fun when you’re in Coeur d’Alene. From beaches, to water parks, to being out on the water, here’s the 411 on cooling down around town.
Whether it’s just you and the family kickin’ back in your inner tubes or a whole flotilla of you and your friends, the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene is where people go to FLOAT THE RIVER. Two vehicles and inner tubes are all you need but for a whole-day adventure, we suggest towels, water shoes, beverages, snacks and extra tube to hold your gear. Take Interstate 90 exit 43 at Enaville and park near the gas station or Snake Pit, or venture on to put in near Bumblebee Campground. Visit for more places to float.
For whitewater action, RAFT THE RIVER with COEUR D’ALENE ADVENTURES or ROW ADVENTURES tours the Spokane, St. Joe and Clark Fork rivers.
Don’t just float; drive your next adventure with a BOAT RENTAL from KJ WATERSPORTS. Take the pontoon boat to find your favorite deepwater diving area, or make some waves with a jet ski or ski boat. Rent a wake surf, pontoon or cruiser boat from BUOY BOAT RENTALS and enjoy a meal at their lakeside eatery. JUST ADD WATER SPORTS can also get you out on the water in no time with dockside rental.
SILVERWOOD THEME PARK is two parks in one, so definitely hit Thunder Canyon’s river ride and slosh along the “rapids” to cool off. When you’re ready to get wet and stay that way, head to BOULDER BEACH where getting cool comes with a side of adrenaline rush.
An INDOOR WATER PARK? Absolutely, and even better: the roof retracts at TRIPLE PLAY’S RAPTOR REEF for indoor-outdoor fun. In Kellogg, splash, spin, swirl or lounge at SILVER RAPIDS INDOOR WATERPARK.
We know: The goal of stand-up paddleboarding is not to fall in the water, but when you RENT A PADDLEBOARD, KAYAK OR PADDLE BOAT, you’re on the water and get to be in it whenever you’re so inclined. Rent a board or boat at COEUR D’ALENE PARASAIL, COEUR D’ALENE ADVENTURES, KAYAK COEUR D’ALENE, FLOATERS COEUR D’ALENE or the ROW ADVENTURE CENTER. Find a quiet bay for a refreshing dip in the lake after all that effort. You can also rent paddleboards by the hour, or for a half-day or full day at the COEUR D’ALENE RESORT. If you’d prefer a guided adventure, make sure you check out the sunset or Cougar Bay guided trips offered by ROW, the Coeur d’Alene Resort’s exclusive outfitting company and adventure partner. We’re partial to the Cougar Bay paddle — a nature preserve just south of the resort — as it’s a popular destination for eagles, osprey and herons. Protect your phone with a clear dry bag and make sure to take a selfie with the beautiful flowering water lilies in the middle of the bay.
Keep it simple this summer: a towel, your swimsuit and a good book at your favorite BEACH is a great way to relax the body while exercising the imagination. Try the beach at CITY PARK, along NORTH IDAHO COLLEGE or SANDERS BEACH. A little further out of town, also try Q’EMLIN PARK in Post Falls and HONEYSUCKLE BEACH in Hayden.

Special Events

JULY 17-28
In this Roger and Hammerstein classic presented by Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, the road to true love never runs smoothly. $49 adult, $42 senior, $27 child; Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 pm; Saturday-Sunday, 2 pm; Salvation Army Kroc Center.

Northwest Winefest
JULY 20-21
Great wine, food and live music all equal great fun during Schweitzer’s fifth annual Northwest Winefest. Sample from 20 regional wineries with 80 wines and enjoy music from five different bands. $25; wine tasting noon-7 pm on Saturday, noon-5 pm on Sunday; Schweitzer Mountain village.

First Date
AUG 1-4
Award-winning Broadway producer Laura Little brings “First Date” back to Coeur d’Alene, for a special dinner theater engagement. Watch and laugh as a date unfolds in real time, and twists from dating disaster to something special before their dinner check arrives. Theater-style seating $35, dinner and the show $55; Thursday-Sunday 7:30 pm; Sunday 2 pm; Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene Inn. Call 208-765-3200 for tickets or visit

Sounds like Summer

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Where to go for live music outdoors in Coeur d’Alene and surrounding areas

Summer means being outdoors as much as possible, including for summer concerts, which occur all over the place in Coeur d’Alene.
With a view to Tubbs Hill, the lake and McEuen Park Coeur d’Alene Public Library is the place for MUSIC MONDAYS. This free outdoor concert series from 6-7:30 pm resumes July 22 with the Celtic and folk sounds of Deep Roots and continues through early September.
On Wednesdays nearby, LIVE AFTER 5 takes place in McEuen Park. Grab a beverage or bite to eat from participating food trucks and spend an early summer evening listening to Dreamin Wild (July 17), Jam Shack (Aug. 14) and more. New this year is a similar series Thursday night at Tullamore Park in Post Falls ( 5-8:30 pm).
Also downtown, the free COEUR D’ALENE CITY PARK CONCERT SERIES happens every Sunday from 1-4 pm in City Park. Bring a blanket or chair, some snacks, and sit back under the trees to enjoy performances by Soul Proprietor (July 14), the Ryan Larsen Band (July 21), Swing Street Band (July 28) and more through Sept. 15.
The RIVERSTONE PARK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES takes place in the plaza at Riverstone (1805 Tilford Ln.) every Thursday until end of August. Benefitting Coeur d’Alene’s Arts and Culture Alliance, the series features a range of musical stylings: Sway Wild’s folk-rock (July 11); North Point Jazz (July 18), doo wop to French pop music from Erin Hall (July 25); showtunes from Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater and the Weddle Twins (Aug. 1) and more. Seating is available on the concrete steps or bring a blanket for the lawn.
If you haven’t yet discovered the lake’s newest hot spot, THE BUOY BAR AND GRILL, you’re missing out. Nestled between the Coeur d’Alene Resort and Tubb’s hill, you won’t find better lake views. Catch the sunset and enjoy live music, cold beer and great company every Friday night from 6-9 pm. Everyone’s welcome, from your kids to your fur babies.
Luscious lake views are also on display during the WEEKLY HAPPY HOUR on the Resort’s floating boardwalk at the SIDE TIE BAR. You’ll find live music every Saturday from 4-7 pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day at this unique lakeside venue.
Take the summer concert experience up a notch with the Coeur d’Alene Resort’s BANDS ON BOATS cruise and concert series for the 21-and-over crowd. Tickets are $26.50 for the 90-minute cruise and sell out quickly, but there’s room left for August events like Too Slim and the Taildraggers (Aug. 2). New this year, the Resort is also presenting the LIVE AT THE LAKE Summer Concert series, held at the stunning Hagadone event center on the golf course. The first performer was Grammy Award winner, Bryan White. Stay tuned for the announcement of the next big artist.
Where else can you hear live music this summer? In HARRISON every Saturday from 2-5 pm at the City Park, and in HAYDEN on Thursdays in McIntire Family Park through the end of August with the popular rock ’n’ roll band Rhythm Dawgs (July 18).

Special Events

Summer is in full swing, and so is ArtWalk. Enjoy amazing art, live music and wine when more than two dozen galleries and businesses open their doors and showcase local and nationally acclaimed artists. Free; 5-8 pm; visit for a map of locations.

JULY 11-28
In this Roger and Hammerstein classic presented by Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, the road to true love never runs smoothly. $49 adult, $42 senior, $27 child; Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 pm; Saturday-Sunday, 2 pm; Salvation Army Kroc Center.

Yoga and Brunch
Start your Sunday right with an outdoor yoga session, followed by a tasty brunch at the charming Blackwell Hotel. $20; yoga 8 am; brunch 9-10 am; Blackwell Hotel.

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