The town of Coeur d’Alene is easy to navigate and has so much to explore. It is bursting with family-friendly entertainment, delicious cuisine, outdoor activities, and lakeside views that will take your breath away. The Resort’s location, right in the center of Coeur d’Alene’s top places to see, menus to try, and photos to take, makes it the Northwest’s Best Weekend Getaway. The delightful and diverse options will keep you returning forever!
That’s where our award-winning Concierge team comes in – we can help guide you in your memory-making. When you’re not sure where to begin with what to do in Coeur d’Alene, try our top guest-tested, Concierge-approved entertainment. Read on for the top activities our Concierge team recommends in response to our favorite guest questions.
Guest question: “What is there to do in Coeur d’Alene?”
Our Concierge recommends: “Immerse yourself in our favorite source of entertainment: Lake Coeur d’Alene!”
The activities we recommend most frequently are right here on the lake! In the summertime, soak up the sun and enjoy the many reasons Lake Coeur d’Alene is renowned for its recreation, from boating to paddle boarding to kayaking and jet skiing. Rentals are available right from The Boardwalk Marina. Wonderful beaches, parks, woodland adventure, and even North Idaho College are all within a few minutes’ walk of The Resort. If it’s wintertime, fear not – there are still many ways to enjoy the lake! We’ve created a whole list of Resort activities for those winter wonderland days.
Guest question: “What’s the best way to experience Lake Coeur d’Alene?”
The Resort has become famous for its daily Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises, available in every season. A cruise is the best way to see the lake’s signature ins and outs, as well as picture-perfect views of our lively downtown, stunning mountains, celebrity homes, and sunsets! Whether it’s a winter Journey to the North Pole cruise, summertime dinner cruise, or fall colors cruise up the St. Joe River, our Concierge team guarantees that “you’ll feel like you’re dreaming, and your head will be on a swivel to take in the beautiful scenery and incredible wildlife.”
Guest Question: “Where are the best viewpoints and photo ops in Coeur d’Alene?”
Coeur d’Alene is known for its natural beauty, so we’re never short on recommendations for just plain gorgeous views. The most accessible, guest-favorite view is from Tubbs Hill. As stated by a Resort Concierge, it’s “a majestic piece of forest right it the middle of the city. Our guests love that hill for both viewpoints and exercise; it’s just the right walking distance to be really enjoyable and family-friendly.”
Guests also rave about Higgins Point, the perfect combination of beach-combing, interesting rock formations, wildlife sightings, and of course, tremendous lake views. For those who are a seeking a local hike, try the Mineral Ridge hike. The trail is well-groomed, and the reward for the climb is a view of Lake Coeur d’Alene you’ll never forget.
Guest Question: “Is there a biking or walking trail nearby?”
The Centennial Trail extends in both directions from The Resort, offering guests an ultra-convenient breath of fresh air and lakeside feast for the eyes. Looking to rent a bike to go the extra mile? We always recommend CDA Bike Co. for easy rentals.
*Concierge hint: the hill gets quite steep at the end of Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive, so you may want to plan for an out-and-back experience!
Guest Question: “Where can I get the best cup of coffee in Coeur d’Alene?”
If you’re in a hurry, opt for the delicious Lobby Cafe, conveniently located right inside The Resort. The Lobby Cafe serves Starbucks coffee and has a shiny bakery case filled with irresistible homemade baked goods, as well as healthy grab-and-go snacks. For a downtown experience, try Vault Coffee, right up the street from The Coeur d’Alene Resort! The two-block stroll to a great cup of coffee will also give you the opportunity to experience our vibrant downtown… and window shop along the way.
Guest Question: “Where can I find the best happy hour in Coeur d’Alene?”
Our Concierge Recommends: “For a delicious happy hour menu and amazing lake views, head on up to the 7th floor for Beverly’s!”
For the happiest happy hour, all you have to do is take a short ride in The Resort elevator! Our very own Beverly’s wins all kinds of foodie awards for its fantastical happy hour menu. Complete with a breathtaking lake view, out of this world small plates, seasonal drinks, and the friendliest staff, Beverly’s delivers a happy hour experience that’s almost too good to be true.*
*Concierge hint: Get there on the early side of happy hour to snag a window seat for the best lake views! The Ahi Tuna Tower and Baked Brie en Croute are not to be missed.
Guest Question: “We’re celebrating this weekend – what is the best place for dinner in Coeur d’Alene?”
The Coeur d’Alene Resort offers complimentary transportation to The Cedars Floating Restaurant so our guests can experience incredible cuisine, right on the lake! We always recommend Cedars to guests who are in a celebratory mood, and to those who want to have Coeur d’Alene’s most memorable steakhouse experience.
Looking for more Coeur d’Alene Resort recommendations? Visit our Concierge in The Resort lobby for all things – directions, recommendations, and transportation tips.
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