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Why Coeur d’Alene?


 

You’ve undoubtedly heard of or perhaps read the famous Wall Street Journal article that came out

in April of this year. In that article, our little “Lakeside Idaho City” was put on the map and we saw an additional influx of people visiting and moving into our region. If you’ve made it into my blogs, I’m sure you’re asking, “Why Coeur d’Alene?” What makes our not-so-little town, so desirable?


  • The people. I’ve had the opportunity to travel across our beautiful country and internationally. The one thing that I can definitively say is that the people in our community are unique. If you take a simple walk downtown Coeur d’Alene, you will certainly be engaged in conversation by anyone and everyone. There is a genuine feeling of curiosity. When you walk into Figpickles, the employees there are genuinely interested in learning about you and what brings you in. Not only are people insanely friendly here, they are also equally generous. It’s not uncommon to see community members pitching in to clean up The Children’s Village grounds or perhaps simply cleaning up trash on the side of the road.


  • The Mountains, Lakes and Rivers (Oh, my!): If you’re looking for something to do in our area, you do not have to look too far to find an activity. Whether it be a quick hike on Tubbs Hill or alonger hike up to Fault Lake in Sandpoint, Idaho, there are endless opportunities to get outside and explore everything our area has to offer! Enjoying our lakes is not just an activity for the summer either. The Coeur d’Alene resort hosts the famous “Journey to the North Pole,” where you take a boat to the actual North Pole and meet Santa!!!! This is such a fun activity for kids and adults alike. If you’re more of a summer person, you can head down to Coeur d’Alene lake and rent a paddleboard or kayak from North Idaho College and explore. I think I could write an entire novel on things to do in Coeur d’Alene so I’ll save you from that and stop here!

  • Outdoor Activities: If you’re not a fan of the water, there is so much more you can do outdoors! One simple example is Timberline Adventures in Coeur d’Alene. This zipline experience offers 7 ziplines, 2 sky bridges and 2 auto belaying stations. If you’re interested in more information, check them out here: https://www.ziptimberline.com/. I’d fail at my job if I didn’t tell you about riding the Hiawatha trail. You can either bike or hike the 15 mile long trail with 10 train tunnels and 7 trestles. This is an experience of a lifetime that you can’t miss! Check them out here! https://www.ridethehiawatha.com/

  • Restaurants: Last but certainly not least, food. Err.. I mean restaurants. When you’re out exploring all day long, you need fuel to keep going. Coeur d’Alene offers such a wide range of food. A few of my personal favorites are: 1) Café Carambola: Locally owned and operated, this Latin-inspired restaurant is a must-see. https://cafecarambola.com/ 2) Seasons: Located downtown Coeur d’Alene, this restaurant is my favorite for lunch, dinner or drinks. The food is good and the company is better! And last but not least, 3) Angelos’ Ristorante. Angelo prepares his Italian dishes every day from scratch. He has such a passion for educating people on the benefits of fresh and organic ingredients and his food is delicious! https://www.angelosristorante.net/

It’s so hard for me to pinpoint the exact reason or reasons why Coeur d’Alene is simply the best. All that I know is that I love our town, the people and what these people stand for. I can honestly say I’ve never experienced anything quite like it and I’m grateful that I’ll never have to search elsewhere for this.

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