Written by guest blogger Danielle Gruden
Blue skies for miles. Blue waters beyond what the eyes can see. Coeur d’ Alene — This place is crazy-beautiful. The Coeur d’ Alene Resort is filled with treasures, from the lakeside rooms, to an out-of-this-world wine cellar, to the new event center. You can take a walk at Tubb’s hill, grab a bite at the famous and exquisite Beverly’s restaurant or take a cruise on Lake Coeur d’ Alene for dinner and entertainment.
It didn’t take long to pick my favorites: First, Lake Coeur d’Alene. It was beautiful and I couldn’t help but stare. People were sailing, fishing, boating and water skiing while the lake cruise boats passed slowly by. Blue waters lapped at sandy beaches and giant trees painted the landscape green. A bad picture isn’t possible – trust me, I tried. I thought maybe my eyes were playing tricks, but somehow at every awkward angle, the shots were still stunning.
Another favorite – my meal at Beverly’s. What a treat. From the service, to the wine, to the orange muffins – everything was perfect. The view of the lake only heightened the experience.
And finally, the wine cellar at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Tours of the wine cellar are offered, so I jumped at the opportunity. I was lucky enough to hold a 1945 French Bordeaux in my hands and wanted to cry when I let it go. Shelves and racks covered the cellar, creating an elaborate display of not only amazing worldly varietals, but the best selection of Northwest wines I have seen. I kept reminding myself I was in Idaho.
I am in no way a jet-setter, but have been lucky enough to travel quite a bit. One of my favorite places in this world is Italy – and now I’m adding Coeur d’Alene to that list. I have fallen in love. Coeur d’ Alene stole my heart the second I stepped onto the sandy beaches. Miles away from work, school and life, I found calm in this serene setting. This place was like having ice cream – but in a chocolate dipped waffle cone, topped with hot fudge, fresh whipped cream, roasted almonds and a cherry.