From its roost beside the lake of the same name, The Coeur d'Alene Resort towers over more than just water. It also dominates the skyline and presents views of the region's evergreen-coated mountains and valleys. Although the AAA Four Diamond award-winning resort’s rooms sate guests’ needs for creature comforts with down pillows, cotton robes, and pillow-top mattresses, the surrounding area’s activities lure them outside. During the warm seasons, lake cruises take passengers on quick tours and kayak rentals let them see the waterways at their own paces. Guided bike tours and hikes explore the natural beauty of the mountainous surroundings, and snowshoes and snowmobiles conquer icier paths.
Nearby, the golf course, which earned the relaxation haven a spot on Golf Digest’s 2011 list of the 75 Best Golf Resorts in the United States and Canada, challenges all skill levels. After winding along the lakeshore, a forested ridge, rolling woodlands, and a revitalized trout stream, it raises eyebrows with its 14th hole. There, players have to land their shots on an island green—150 yards from the shore and only accessible by boat or catapult.
An onsite spa fuels days of relaxation with treatments that incorporate lake algae as well as the scents of cedar and spruce for distinctively local interpretations of familiar services. Numerous dining options also surround the grounds, letting guests sample everything from the Northwest-inspired fine dining of Beverly's to the family-style barbecue and fish tacos of Beachouse Bar & Grill.
To get from Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon to Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina, you'd have to drive approximately 3,000 miles. To get from there to the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland, you could charter a plane or inflate your golf glove and float across the Atlantic. Or, you could simply head to Scarlett's Golf Experience.
At this virtual golf hub, each of these renowned golf destinations—plus nearly 100 more—live on a computer chip about the size of a thumbnail. You and your fellow golfers simply select a simulator bay and load up your course of choice, which sparkles to life on three 16'x9' screens—one in front of the tee on two on either side. The hitting surface features separate densities for fairway, rough, and green, and a pair of cameras captures shot metrics such as distance, swing velocity, and spin. When you're not hitting or giving noogies to virtual caddies, you can recline on the game rooms' comfortable couches and order drinks from the bar.
Staffers at Vacation Sports Rentals loan boats, paddleboards, and floatation devices to aqueous adventurers to explore the pristine waterways of Lake Coeur d'Alene while soaking in its surrounding beaches and mountain views. Water vessels available for half- or full-day rental include the Larson Senza speedboat, 24-foot pontoon, and 2011 Sea-Doo waverunners. Four-, 8-, or 24-hour rentals facilitate water sports such as tubing and wakeboarding. In addition to the boats, Vacation Sports Rentals doles out wakeboards, skis, kneeboards, standup paddleboards, and tubes. Safety necessities such as life vests, paddles, and wetsuits keep athletes protected from injury and icky seaweed.
Fun Unlimited rents high-octane outdoor equipment to adventurers interested in waverunners, boats, and their own brand of standup paddleboards, among other items, and also leads jet-ski and paddleboard tours. Rental periods can last from one day to one week, so clients have enough time to whittle a whole family of mannequins out of balsa wood and take them on a cross-country road trip before returning the equipment to the stores conveniently located beach adjacent storefront.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Scottish Highland Dancing is perfect for people who want to try a unique style of dance different from any other. At Lake City Highland Dance we teach everyone from ages 4 - Adult at their skill level and help students become excited as they learn new moves and dances.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Scottish Highland Dancing has been my passion for many years living and training in Canada, and now it is my joy to bring this style of dance to Idaho.
Rolling hills frame the sandy beaches of Lake Coeur d'Alene, providing a breathtaking backdrop as patrons glide over the calm waves aboard various watercrafts. At the mouth of the Coeur d'Alene River, aquatic adventurers shove off from Harrison Idaho Water Adventures' dock in ski boats, pontoons, and wave runners, or leisurely float about in kayaks, paddleboards, and rafts. They can admire the area's abundance of wildlife—including moose, beavers, and feral stock brokers—before docking at the sleepy town of Harrison to conquer hiking tails or peruse art galleries and shops.