By a show of hands… Who else spent the entire quarantine thinking about all of the things you cannot wait to do once life gets back to normal? I know I certainly did. From sipping a delightful mimosa on the patio to exploring the lake by paddleboard with my best friend… I missed it all. I can’t be the only one who has been dreaming of listening to live music again or surprising my dad with a round of golf. And I certainly can’t be the only one who craved some fine dining as I polished off my quarantine snacks.
From the ordinary and normal to the exquisite and extraordinary, I yearned for it all. So you can imagine my excitement when I returned to the playground of the Northwest and saw the changes they made to accommodate social distancing. With spacious restaurants and patios, an expansive golf course, and more, The Coeur d’Alene Resort has easily adapted to this new normal. Yet they’ve managed to maintain the atmosphere, food, activities, and everything else we’ve been missing while cooped up inside.
Bites & Bevs
Eating at a crowded restaurant seems counterproductive to our quarantining efforts, so The Resort’s restaurants decreased capacity and spaced tables apart. The restaurants and patio dining areas at The Coeur d’Alene Resort are sanitized often. I was pleasantly surprised to see someone wiping down both the table and seat after I finished eating and left the table. Their attention to detail immediately made me feel at ease.
I’ve found that relaxing on an open-air patio with a mimosa and appetizer feels incredibly safe. It’s also the perfect way to start the summer. After all, it’s an opportunity to soak up some sun and some much-needed vitamin D after being stuck inside.
Looking for a wonderful patio to relax at and enjoy a meal? Try The Floating Green Restaurant. The Floating Green Restaurant, located on the gorgeous Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course, offers distinctive northwest flavors. With delicious cuisine plus breathtaking views, this will be the perfect spot to kick back all summer long.
You can also visit the Boardwalk Bar for some fruity cocktails and appetizers while surrounded by stunning lake views. The Cedars Floating Restaurant also offers a patio on the water, where you can enjoy some of the best steak and seafood in Coeur d’Alene. They’re also offering dockside pick-up for a unique experience. Boaters can pull up to Cedars and pick up all the favorites plus wine and craft cocktails to-go!
My suggestion? Plan a picnic on the lake with loved ones. Rent a boat from Resort Boat Rentals and order a meal from Cedars Floating Restaurant’s dockside pick-up. Imagine their excitement when you park the boat by the dock AND surprise them with a bottle of wine and some exquisite food to enjoy.
Speaking of renting a boat, Resort Boat Rentals offers a fleet of 2020 Harris Pontoon Boats, 2020 Cobalt Sports Boats, jet skis, paddleboards, and tubing equipment. They sanitize their rental fleet after each use and leave a sanitation card to ensure that it’s clean. With 25 miles of lake to explore, there’s plenty of space to keep your distance from others while having a great time with your family.
Now that it’s warming up, there’s no better time to get back in the swing of things… Especially golf! The Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course has made some changes to ensure everyone’s safety while enjoying the fresh air. They’ve reduced their capacity, implemented strict sanitation protocols, and mandated social distancing. Yet, they kept their posh features such as forecaddie service, luxury golf carts, and gorgeous lake views from nearly every hole.
It’s great viewing the lake from the patios and golf course but nothing beats being surrounded by fresh air and lake views in every direction. Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises has returned with their Daily Cruises and Sunset Dinner Cruises, both of which have a menu I can best describe as delightful. To ensure the safety of guests, Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises have implemented social distance-friendly seating arrangements, cut capacity, and require tickets to be purchased in advance. They’re also offering Yoga and Mimosa sessions every Thursday in July and August. Stress and worries? They can stay six feet away while I get my vinyasa with a view on.
And we can’t forget the hiking trails. While quarantining, I probably walked my dog 10 times a day and crossed streets to avoid running into people. Did you know there are 35 different hiking trails around Coeur d’Alene? Well, my dog and I are ready to get a change of scenery and explore all of them.
The first six months of 2020 have been surreal. They’ve completely rocked our perception of normal. It didn’t take long to realize how much I missed, well, everything. Going out with friends, trying on new clothes at my favorite shops, dining in a restaurant… I can’t wait to safely experience everyday life again. The Coeur d’Alene Resort, as always, has managed to find a way to create safe and spectacular memories for guests even in difficult times.