Idaho is known as the gem state, and while it has many precious stones, some only found in Idaho, its biggest hidden gem is Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Tucked away, 2,152 feet above sea level, Coeur d’Alene is home to many festivals, concerts, unique restaurants and wineries and plenty of great outdoor activities. Within the last 10 years, Coeur d’Alene has been building up up and is now an up and coming lake town.
This year, it gained a new feature. The DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 has placed its stylish, mountain retreat in the city with a beautiful view of the lake and its gorgeous sunsets. This year’s winner will also receive $50,000 from Quicken Loans!
What else is there to do in Coeur d’Alene if you win the DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015? Plenty! Check out our top four attractions in Coeur d’Alene.
Lake Coeur d’Alene is beautiful! Set inside the mountains, it provides a breathtaking sunset and plenty of watersports and lakeside fun! The cities slogan is actually “Your Lakeside Playground.”
The lake itself spans over 25 miles and is up to 3 miles wide in some spots. There are nearly endless opportunities to enjoy the water here! Whether you’re into boating, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking or water skiing, Lake Coeur d’Alene has you covered.
If you need a change of scenery, there are 55 other lakes in driving distance of Coeur d’Alene.
The Great Outdoors
Coeur d’Alene’s warm summer and long nights are perfect for walking around town or taking a hike in the surrounding mountains. There are miles of hiking trails all over the area. From short, kid friendly trails to longer, more rigorous paths, there is something for the whole family!
Tubbs Hill is a popular hiking spot for locals and visitors. It boasts breathtaking views of wildlife and the lake along its 120 acres.
The Coeur d’Alene Boardwalk is not a hike per say, but it sure is a fun walk! It’s the longest, floating boardwalk! The 3,300 floating boardwalk has picnic and rest areas, and even a convenience store!
After a day at the lake or hiking the trails, there’s no better way to unwind then with some good food and a glass of wine. Coeur d’Alene offers that and more with their culinary scene. Unique restaurants and wineries galore!
Get both great food and wine at The Cellar. They’re known as a trendy dining location with live music. It’s a great atmosphere for a night out! They were even awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2014.
If you want a more casual atmosphere, the city has that too! Capones is a local favorite for pizza and bar food. It was visited by Guy Fieri for his show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” on the Food Network.
For something unique to a lake town, you have to try The Cedars Floating Restaurant. Yeah, you heard right, it’s a floating restaurant. The Cedars was founded in 1965 and is buoyed by 600,000 pounds of concrete encased Styrofoam. There’s no better view for dinner than at The Cedars – and you’ll get the freshest fish around!
Downtown Coeur d’Alene offers that quaint, small town, feel with plenty of unique shops and boutiques. With more than 125 retail shops right by the lake, they offer everything from fine art to chocolate.
If you want a more local experience, check out the farmer’s market every Wednesday and Saturday and the music nights in mid-town on Thursday nights in the summer.
Along with hundreds of shops and places to dine, downtown Coeur d’Alene also has plenty of activities like carriage rides in the summer and Oktoberfest in the fall.
Want a chance to experience life on Lake Coeur d’Alene? Enter for your chance to win the DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 and $50,000 from Quicken Loans.