Are you looking to escape the hustle and bustle of big city life? Maybe you just want to visit a place where every passerby wishes you a good morning. If so, you are looking for Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. It is only a 45-minute drive from Spokane, Washington or a 3-hour drive South from Trail, BC. Nestled on the Northern tip of Lake Coeur d’Alene this booming resort city was once a thriving logging town. Summer is high season, but if you crave a little bit of Winter Wonderland in your life then perhaps you’ll escape for a weekend adventure and call the Coeur d’Alene Resort home. Great food, holiday lights to brighten the sky, the largest floating Christmas Tree in the USA and a bed you just don’t want to get out of. Escape with me to Coeur d’ Alene.
Located on the banks of Lake Coeur d’Alene and steps away from “Main Street” aka Sherman Ave the Coeur d’Alene Resort is not to be missed. At night, it is lit up like a Christmas Tree and by day, it is the largest building in town. I imagine most visitors to the resort drive in. However, I flew from Vancouver to Spokane where I was met at the airport by the resort Shuttle. This is a car-free weekend for me as everything I need to relax and enjoy myself is just steps from the resort.
I have a busy first night planned at the resort as I am here just in time to enjoy the annual Holiday Light Show and Parade. So before the activities begin I head to the lobby to check into my room.
First off I have never seen a hotel lobby so busy before. I try a few times to snap some pics to capture the festive decor and layout, but every time I do people are walking through my shots. The lobby is the place to be it seems. After my quick registration, I am taken up to my room in the Tower wing of the property. First peek in the room and I am very happy as I have a separate sitting room with a workstation and a balcony to enjoy the sights.
Viewing my room from the other angle is, even more, impressive. Speaking of impressive check out the view I have from my balcony. It is gorgeous in the Winter, but I imagine in the summer months the beach would be filled with vacationers from all over.
The private areas of my room (aka bathroom) don’t disappoint either. It is divided up into two areas. The first being the closet and double sinks. If I packed more than just a backpack for the weekend, I could hang all my clothes up. The second area is the water closet where the toilet and bathtub are located. Spacious and great water pressure from the shower head make my morning ritual more than pleasant. Let’s just say I would be thrilled to have this space in my own condo.
Now that I’ve explored my room I’m off to enjoy the holiday festivities available in town. I’ll share those with you on another post to come, but if it is too cold out for you don’t fret because you don’t have to leave the Coeur d’Alene Resort to partake in the holiday festivities. Head on back down to the lobby and pick up a ticket to Christmas with Friends produced by Ellen Travolta, yes John Travolta’s sister.
Without a doubt, the Coeur d’Alene Resort offers some of the best customer service I’ve experienced in all my travels. Friendly, helpful and they even remember your name! Pick your season and call the Coeur d’Alene Resort home. For me, this is a great Winter Weekend escape destination. Just look at the night time view from my room.