Idaho is vast and diverse, overflowing with spectacular scenery and abundant recreational opportunities. With the addition of a new LEED certified Springhill Suites by Marriott in Coeur d’Alene, The Springs Resort in Idaho City and kids water play area at Lava Hot Springs, finding an Idaho experience that’s right for you is easier than ever.
Idaho City Hot Springs Re-opens as The Springs Resort
The Springs Resort recently opened in the small mountain town of Idaho City, just 45 minutes north of Boise. The location was once known as Warm Springs Resort which closed in 2001. The new owners have completely rebuilt the facility which features a new 2,400-square-foot pool house with a welcoming atmosphere and a refurbished 96,000-gallon hot springs pool naturally heated to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
The new pool house has a rustic style enhanced with natural materials and earth tones. The front desk is wrapped in a piece of rusted steel with artistic finishes. The pool house is comfortable and warm with a large glass entry area leading to a public area with a wood burning stove. Men’s and women’s changing rooms include private lockers, hot springs showers, large, plush towels and signature shower gels, shampoos and moisturizers.
The pool refreshes itself completely every 6-8 hours, remains hot all winter and is actively cooled all summer with temperatures of 100F in the winter, 85F in the summer. The separate 16’ hot soaking tub also features natural flow-through and temperatures around 104-106F while the cold water splash deck with its 16 jets of cold water is perfect for a fast chill down. The walking paths, the pools, and the building are accented with low light in the evenings so navigation is easy and star watching is spectacular in the clear, dark mountain skies. Live concerts are popular in the warmer months.
Chaise lounges, deck chairs and tables flank the sunny side of the pool deck and several cabanas offer shade from the summer sun. The on-site café serves beverages and a small menu of quality sandwiches, salads and soups made fresh daily and is open from noon until early evening.
In the winter, The Springs Resort is a wonderful, warm respite after a full day of Nordic skiing or snowshoeing. A wood bonfire is lit at the far corner of the hot pool, perfect for gathering around with a warm drink while taking a break from your soak. The main pool deck is heated with hot water running under the cement promising a warm, safe and snow-free path. Learn more at www.thespringsid.com or www.facebook.com/TheSpringsiID
New SpringHill Suites by Marriott – Coeur d’Alene
The 118-suite SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is scheduled to open in August. Located two miles from downtown Coeur d’Alene, 35 miles from Spokane International Airport and five minutes from one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, Lake Coeur d’Alene, the hotel offers guests convenient access to the Centennial Trail, the Spokane River, Silverwood Theme Park and area attractions and outdoor activities.
The property’s furniture, lighting, colors and fabrics have been carefully selected to create calm and refreshing spaces. Separate living, working and sleeping spaces also provide guests with flexibility and functionality. Complimentary Wi-Fi in the hotel’s lobby and high-speed Internet access in every suite allow guests to remain connected at all times.
The SpringHill Suites Coeur d’Alene has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for its contributions in making the environment a healthier place by reducing waste and conserving energy and water. It is the newest SpringHill Suites to join the portfolio of Marriott properties that are registered or certified LEED, a voluntary rating program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council that provides third-party verification of green building. It is the first hotel in Idaho to receive this achievement.
New family play area opens at Lava Hot Springs Olympic Swimming Complex.
The Portneuf Kiddie Cove in Lava Hot Springs Olympic Swimming Complex opened in July to the thrill of families. Recent renovations added the Portneuf Kiddie Cove, a hot tub area and a birthday celebration room. This play area for children 11 and younger has a zero depth wading pool with a hydro structure featuring slides, a tipping bucket and water cascading from overhead. Deck jets, geyserinos, water flowers, water mushrooms, a spinbrella, and a vortex cascade complete the play area. The Olympic Swimming Complex is open daily in the summer from 11 am to 8 pm. The entrance fee covers admission to the 10 meter diving platforms, hydrotubes, 60-foot drop speed slides, indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, the aquatic climbing wall and the new Portneuf Kiddie Cove and hot tub area. For more information visit www.lavahotsprings.com.