Hotel at a Glance: Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel
The casino at Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel encompasses 60,000 square feet of gaming space, including 1,600 video gaming machines and a bingo hall. In 2012, jackpot winners tallied up nearly $14 million in winnings. For non-gamblers, there are six restaurants and a day spa onsite, as well as nighttime entertainment.
- Gourmet dining: The resort’s executive chef, Adam Hegsted, cooked at New York's James Beard House—an honor he's shared with celebrity chefs such as Emeril Lagasse and Bobby Flay.
- Signature dishes at Chinook Steak, Pasta & Spirits include flatiron steak with marrow butter and Columbia River steelhead
- Get a mountain rain shower scrub and wrap or a vitamin-infused facial at the onsite spa
- Jacuzzi and indoor pool: located inside the Mountain Lodge
- Pick up an authentic western leather jacket at the resort’s Crystal Lake Boutique.
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho: Resort Town near Recreation Lake and Skiing
Coeur d'Alene, located in northern Idaho’s panhandle, was once an outpost for French fur traders who settled in the area to do business with a tribe of Native Americans living along the area's lakes and rivers in the late 18th century. Today, the city—dubbed "a little slice of heaven" by Barbara Walters—is rapidly expanding due to its thriving tourism industry. Lake Coeur d’Alene offers top-notch boating and swimming opportunities, and two major ski resorts are located within 1.5 hours of town. You can also hike through the surrounding pine forests, or travel down the Lake Coeur d’Alene Scenic Byway, which weaves past the Thompson Lake Wildlife Refuge. In downtown Coeur d'Alene, Sherman Avenue is lined with art galleries, cafes, and boutiques stocked with antiques and homemade candy.