Turn-of-the-Century Schoolhouse Turned Charming Bed and Breakfast
When it was built in 1905, the red-brick building that would become The Roosevelt Inn served as a schoolhouse. For nearly 70 years, pupils filed beneath its neoclassical pediment—including John Hough, who, along with Tina Hough, now serves as the hotel's innkeeper. The blackboards and desks have been replaced with antique beds, but a row of old-fashioned, wrought-iron desks sits beside the stairwell, each bearing a gleaming apple on its wooden surface as a tribute to the building's scholastic legacy.
Upstairs, overnighters can sleep off memories of arm-wrestling school nurses inside comfy guest rooms with plush pillow-top mattresses and oversize clusters of pillows. The Johnson room boasts a four-poster oak bed covered in a lace canopy, with a private bath on the opposite side of an old chimney. In the Williams room, a wooden table displays a miniature sailing ship, and a peek out the window reveals views of the west lawn and the norway maples beyond. The Noble suite adds a second bedroom along with art-deco antiques.
An oversize whirlpool housed within a wood-framed glass atrium eases tense muscles while the sun sets. The next morning, a two-course breakfast starts the day with dishes such as belgian waffles covered in fruit. Within the dining room, a mural of rolling hills and glassy lakes wraps around the entire room. Guests then stroll to The Roosevelt's in-house spa to enjoy $20 off any hour-long massage per person.
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho: Lakeside Charm and Romantic Retreat
Located in northern Idaho’s panhandle and surrounded by pine-laden mountains, Lake Coeur d’Alene and its 125 miles of shoreline are a serene setting for kayaking, seaplane rides, and picnics. Along the shoreline, one can stroll down the world’s largest floating boardwalk, which stretches more than 3,000 feet into the lake. The Lake Coeur d’Alene Scenic Byway weaves past many natural attractions, including the Thompson Lake Wildlife Refuge and panoramic lake views at the Mineral Ridge Trail.
Shoppers can venture inland to sample vintage wines at a nearby winery where live music soundtracks each sip. The downtown area features eclectic restaurants and nostalgic boutiques brimming with antiques, homemade candy, and prototypes for steam-powered iPods.