Visiting Coeur d’Alene? Go up, up and away!

The marina at The Coeur d'Alene Resort

The marina at The Coeur d’Alene Resort

Whenever I think of Coeur d’Alene now, I think of the color blue, a color that defines this lovely town built on a dreamy blue lake in the middle of Idaho, a state known for its forest greens and soft brown fields of grain.

The Coeur d'Alene Resort

The Coeur d’Alene Resort

Looming large over the downtown area is The Coeur d’Alene, a classy resort and marina where boats rest easy on the lake while vacationers and residents dine in the restaurants, enjoy recreational facilities, and walk the world’s longest floating boardwalk.

The world's longest floating boardwalk!

The world’s longest floating boardwalk!

So surprised was I to see a sand beach in Idaho that I snapped this picture and quickly posted it on Facebook for my Tennessee friends to see!

Imagine -- a beach in Idaho!

Imagine — a beach in Idaho!

This fall, I brought my husband Bert to see the city on the lake where we just happened upon an adventure.  While strolling City Dock at Independence Point, we spied a poster advertising Brooks Sea Plane.  The owner said he had just had a cancellation, and we could go up, up and away, if we were ready to fly right then.  We jumped at the chance.

Bert, on right, boards the plane for a flight over Lake Coeur d'Alene.

Bert, on right, boards the plane for a flight over Lake Coeur d’Alene.

The 40-mile, 20-minute flight took us over 125 miles of Lake Coeur d’Alene’s shoreline where some of the city’s residents and a few of America’s well-known stars maintain homes we could only dream of seeing — like John Elway of the Denver Broncos, Dennis Franz from NYPD Blue, and Wayne Gretzky of National Hockey League fame. A bird’s eye view of paradise, Idaho-style!

At the end of the flight, we dined at Dockside in the Coeur d’Alene Resort while watching the sun set on the marina.  Coeur d’Alene looks good from the air AND by the sea!

A sunset view from Dockside restaurant

A sunset view from Dockside restaurant

For more information:

Brooks Sea Plane: 208.664.2842;

Coeur d’Alene Resort: 800.688.5253;

For more posts on the Inland Northwest, click on the Page at the top of this blog.

This post is #20 for National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) 2013.

About Oh, the Places We See

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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11 Responses to Visiting Coeur d’Alene? Go up, up and away!

  1. I’ve always heard of the beauty of that area of Idaho. It would be a great place to visit as you have so aptly shown! 🙂

  2. Kevin Brent says:

    Wow…. I had heard of it before, but had no idea just how nice it is. Thanks!

  3. cathy dunn says:

    You have once again shown travel sites and the unseen beauty that would attract outsiders to a state I myself would not think of as having such majestic views.

  4. Coeur d’Alene is one of our favorite places to visit, and it is very family friendly, too. The resort even offers a babysitting room, so my hubby and I can enjoy dinner while the boys are busy!

  5. suzjones says:

    Another beautiful place Rusha. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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