Beamers Hells Canyon Tours ferries passengers through the vacillating rapids of one of the deepest river gorges in North America. Along nearly 200 miles of majestic landscapes and American history, certified tour captains delve into detailed narratives on geological landmarks, Native American history, and how U.S. mail delivery developed from horseback to the modern-day jetpack. Wine-tasting and brunch cruises complement degustation with stunning scenes of mountain ranges, rivers, and rare glimpses of local wildlife foraging for food or preparing their tax-return forms, and fishing charters let anglers test their mettles against the river’s crafty steelhead, sturgeon, and bass.
Inside the 15,000-square-foot spa, specialists meticulously groom nails, soften skin, and knead out tension and toxins during massage services inside private rooms. Spa pools enhance visits, providing guests with therapeutic and weightless relaxation sessions while preventing their gills from permanently closing up.
The spa is nestled in the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel, where, in 2012, more than 6,200 jackpot winners collected nearly $14 million on the 20,000-square-foot floor equipped with more than 1,600 video games and other betting challenges.
The Harvester Restaurant and Lounge offers a hearty collection of classic American grub in its convivial, diner-like setting. Those coveting monstrous, hunger-destroying entrees can explore Harvester’s menu: options include the 100% chopped sirloin cougar burger, triple-teamed with cheddar, monterey jack, and swiss cheese ($8.79), with the option to substitute a lean buffalo patty for $1.19. Reward yourself after a long day of herding Gila monsters with the cowboy steak ($17.99), a voluptuous 14 oz. sirloin that’s topped with onion straws. The meatloaf mountain ($11.49) dares taste buds to climb its mound of savory ground meat and mashed potatoes. Huckleberry shakes ($3.99), Kahlua cream pies ($2.79), and cherry-topped hot fudge sundaes ($3.59) end meals in decadent bliss.
Helmed by Napa Valley Culinary Institute of America graduate Matt Irvin, Immix Fusion smelts international flavors into an eclectic menu and serves up a slew of complementary vinos and local beers. Raw-fish aficionados can belly flop into the ahi appetizer, made up of sweet and spicy raw tuna sidestroking in Thai soy sauce and garnished with fresh herbs, cucumber, and wasabi dressing ($9.95). Meanwhile, the roasted Danish brie is flavored with roasted garlic, tomatoes, a balsamic reduction, and fresh basil, making a mouthwatering first course or succulent lip balm ($9.95).