Hotel at a Glance: Greenbriar Inn
The Greenbriar Inn has been winning awards since it opened 29 years ago. Good Housekeeping and Forbes Travel readers have voted this circa-1908 inn as a great getaway. Inside, it’s homey, with an elegant country style; outside, you’ll be in the heart of downtown Coeur d’Alene. It’s four blocks from the lake, close to shopping and restaurants. Its pedigree and peaceful setting make it a good choice for a holiday gift.
- Have a glass of wine on the wraparound deck as you watch the sunset.
- Rooms and suites are individually decorated and feature private baths and queen beds.
- Perk up your morning with a complimentary continental breakfast.
- Onsite tapas bar: Small plates rule at 315 Martinis and Tapas. Try the black and white ahi tuna or the Jack Daniels clams served with garlic bread.
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho: Resort Town on a Big Lake
A twisting, beautiful lake with more than 100 miles of shoreline, Lake Coeur d’Alene is popular with tourists in the summer for its beaches, and you can appreciate its scenic vistas all year. Hike and bike on its trails and you might see bald eagles feeding on sockeye salmon from the lake.
Downtown Coeur d’Alene is quaint and strollable, and historic buildings line the streets, with alpine mountains in the background. CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg ranked the resort town Coeur d’Alene in his list of the “Top 25 Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns,” noting how it relies on its small businesses. You’ll find outdoors outfitters, coffee shops, and laid-back pubs, as well as plenty of lights—the city is known for its incredible Christmas light display, which has been broadcast on Good Morning America.