MY GUIDE TO COEUR D’ALENE
My sister made the move from Seattle to Coeur d’Alene in 2012 which was a very sad day for me. The silver lining is that my family has incorporated frequent weekend getaways to Idaho into our lives and it has been really fun getting to know another area really well. I can also thank this little resort town for that one time I thought the Iron Man 70.3 sounded like a good idea.
Over the past five years, I think it is safe to say I have gone into most of the little shops, art galleries and restaurants in “downtown” Coeur d’Alene. I am here to save you the trouble and give you my all time favorites!
Food, Drinks & Treats
Bluebird is a newer restaurant in Midtown, and is under the same ownership as Syringa (see below). If someone asked me where to go to for a nice meal in Coeur d’Alene, I would point you towards Bluebird. They know what’s up!
Franklin’s doesn’t look like much from the outside, but oh my gosh, their breakfast is the best. I wish we had one in Seattle. They make the simple breakfast sandwich something to write home about. No matter what you order, make sure it involves their homemade sausage.
Sushi in Idaho? Sounds like a bad idea, I know. But trust me on this one – top notch.
Moon Time has been a staple for our family since Sara moved to CDA. My favorite thing off the menu is the Santa Fe chicken sandwich. Also, you have to try their homemade pasta salad, it’s delicious. You can order anything off of their menu and know that it is going to be awesome.
Daft Badger Brewing
Daft Badger is my favorite lunch spot in CDA. Take my advice and order a side of bacon.
Sweet Peaks Ice Cream
Have I mentioned that I love ice cream? Sweet Peaks comes from beautiful Montana and is newer to CDA. It is my favorite place to go for my fix. They have great branding and even better flavors. They even sponsored me when I attempted the half Iron Man. I wish.
Crafted Tap House & Kitchen
Crafted has a great atmosphere, outdoor seating area and tasty grub. The food has always been good and they have a huge selection of rotating beers to pick from. They also have mini corn dogs, a family favorite. If you want to experience something very bizarre, go to Crafted on a Friday night for their weekly turtle races.
Lean Bean Coffee
There is certainly no shortage of options for caffeine in Coeur d’Alene. It seems like many of the cafes and coffee stands don’t last long because of all of the competition. For that reason, I am picking the Lean Bean coffee stands for my CDA coffee of choice. They are reliably good, everyone that works there is really nice and you can pick between skinny straws and normal straws, and that is just fun (skinny straws for life).
Figpickels Toy Emporium
I will forever love browsing toy stores. Buying adult things like car tabs is way less fun than buying a new, fun toy. This place is awesome, they have SO many games and pretty much any toy you could dream of. Toys are rad.
Mix It Up
Do I have any fellow Knick Knack lovers in the house? This place is consistently awesome for buying precious little things that you never knew you needed until you lay eyes on it. Over the years we have picked up some really cool stuff from here, my favorite being some really amazing, affordable art.
Boutiques are another thing that seem to come and go quite a bit in Coeur d’Alene. I had a few favorites that don’t exist anymore, but Tiffany Blue is tried-and-true. They carry some bigger brands like Free People, but mostly smaller brands I have never heard of before. I prefer their Riverstone location over the downtown store, but there is always lots of cute stuff in both.
Thrux Lawrence is the coolest man store you have ever been in. They makes handmade leather items, canvas and leather bags, and other super manly knick knacks.
Things To Do
I think time visiting CDA should be spent strolling through downtown, eating good food and doing some shopping. If you have access to a boat, Lake Coeur d’Alene is pretty spectacular. If you don’t have access to a boat, there is a public beach and tons of outdoor activities. Hiking Tubbs Hill is an easy activity to do close to the downtown area. I personally think the resort is pretty lame, but fun to check out at least once I suppose. Another one of my favorite things to do in CDA is to walk through the cute neighborhoods, there are tons of adorable homes.
There you have it! My favorite spots in the cute little town of CDA. Anybody have any other favorites?