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Old 02-08-2021, 08:40 AM   #1
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Default Anybody been to Coeur D'Alene, ID?

We postponed our Summer vacation in 2020 to Jackson Hole with plans to return in 2021. Now we are talking about switching gears and going to Coeur D'Alene, ID. The plan is to play golf, shop, fly fish and eat.

For anybody that has been to Coeur D'Alene is there enough to do vs Jackson?
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Old 02-08-2021, 09:14 AM   #2
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I have a good customer that lives there I could get answers from. Pm me.............
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Old 02-08-2021, 09:18 AM   #3
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Great place. Fly SWA into Spokane and roll with it. Gold was awesome. We went sturgeon fishing one trip and had a blast. Plenty to do there. Jackson Hole has more to see, but you won't starve and I never knew Idaho was so beautiful. :-)
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Old 02-08-2021, 09:23 AM   #4
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If I went, I'd drop in on the Buck Knife Factory in Post Falls. Seems that might be a cool way to kill a couple hours.

That area has been on my list for a long time! I hope you make it!
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Old 02-08-2021, 09:24 AM   #5
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There’s a member on here that just moved there this past summer. I think his name is Bucksmasher? I’d message him and ask
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Old 02-08-2021, 09:33 AM   #6
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I went there on business a few years ago. The golf course (a resort style) is a fun one to play, especially the floating green. The Hagadone Suite is amazing. The hot tub hangs over the side of the hotel and the private pool is a nice touch.

Capones Pub and Hudson's Hamburgers are good grub.
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Old 02-08-2021, 09:36 AM   #7
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Thereís a member on here that just moved there this past summer. I think his name is Bucksmasher? Iíd message him and ask
Yep thatís his name. I came here to say the same.
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Old 02-08-2021, 09:43 AM   #8
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A buddy of mine moved there a few years ago and coaches football at one of the high schools. He says the resort and golf course there is breathtakingly beautiful.
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Old 02-08-2021, 11:06 AM   #9
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Thanks folks! I did move here last year, love talking about it.

Our mountains are not like the Tetons, with high jagged peaks and wide open parks. CDA is more heavily forested with lower, but still steep mountains almost completely covered in timber. What makes our area unique is all the large natural lakes set right into the mountains. Literally dozens of beautiful glacial lakes within 50 miles but the largest are CDA, Hayden, Pend O' Reille, Spirit, and Priest.

When are you planning your trip? The largest theme park in the PNW is here, thousands of miles of NF trails, literally all public land from here to Missoula except down near the highway. All the boating you could ask for. Good food, nice folks. The resort area in CDA is . I have seen a few golf courses around that look pretty but i dont golf so no experience there. I have never been to the buck knife factory but sounds neat.

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Old 02-08-2021, 11:23 AM   #10
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I'm sure you would love it. I have some cousins that live up there & they say it's amazing!
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Old 02-08-2021, 11:47 AM   #11
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From a couple of buddies:

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But, if you're interested in a short drive - head up to Sand Point on Lake Pend'Oreille. Beautiful place and I think maybe the deepest natural lake in the continental US. Schweitzer Ski Mountain is the backdrop.
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The resort course is great. Expensive but worth it. South fo the resort about 30 mins is another course that is awesome called circling Raven.
https://www.cdacasino.com/golf/?gcli...SAAEgLOM_D_BwE



Hiawatha Bike Trail is really cool:

https://www.ridethehiawatha.com

Sandpoint is really pretty as said above. About 45 mins north of CDA.


fishing and hiking is plentiful. Just depends on where you want to go. You could stay at the resort and stay near downtown and go to the beach everyday and be happy. They have a ton of free entertainment stuff during the summer downtown when itís not Covid. Hiking Tubbs hill downtown is fun.


Restaurants are great and plentiful since itís a resort town. I like Cedarís a lot. Beverlyís of you want a fancy meal. Eat a burger at Hudsonís downtown. My wife and I really like Collective Kitchen.
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Old 02-08-2021, 12:28 PM   #12
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I go every year on a golf trip with a small group, one of whom has a house on the lake. We play 4 fantastic courses, all of which we drive to by boat. Some of the prettiest views I've ever seen. From a golf perspective, it's fantastic. The lake is beautiful and there seems to be plenty to do besides golf. I look forward to this trip every year.
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Old 02-08-2021, 12:37 PM   #13
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I have spent a lot of time over the years in Spokane on business. I have always said it is one area of our country I would consider living.
I am sure you will find plenty to see and do in that whole area.

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Old 02-08-2021, 12:39 PM   #14
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Awesome info guys. Looks like we should keep it on the list.

I assume we can find some good fly fishing in the area? Any recommendations on guides or areas to fish. We do not mind driving a bit to find good spots either.
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Circling Raven golf course is awesome! Lived in Spokane for 4 yrs and visited CDA often. Good breweries all over the place.


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Old 02-08-2021, 02:56 PM   #16
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Beautiful lake
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Old 02-08-2021, 03:56 PM   #17
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That is a beautiful area Heath, I think you and Karla would really enjoy the golf, and you should be able to get into some good fly fishing up the St Joe.

https://www.orvis.com/fishing_report...ocationid=6105

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Old 02-08-2021, 05:08 PM   #18
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Awesome info guys. Looks like we should keep it on the list.

I assume we can find some good fly fishing in the area? Any recommendations on guides or areas to fish. We do not mind driving a bit to find good spots either.
From Coeur d'Alene you are not that far from the Clark Fork River there at St Regis. I would look at contacting some fly fishing outfitters in Missoula and talking to them about your best options. Lots of great fly fishing around all of that area.

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Old 02-08-2021, 07:05 PM   #19
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Thanks folks! I did move here last year, love talking about it.

Our mountains are not like the Tetons, with high jagged peaks and wide open parks. CDA is more heavily forested with lower, but still steep mountains almost completely covered in timber. What makes our area unique is all the large natural lakes set right into the mountains. Literally dozens of beautiful glacial lakes within 50 miles but the largest are CDA, Hayden, Pend O' Reille, Spirit, and Priest.

When are you planning your trip? The largest theme park in the PNW is here, thousands of miles of NF trails, literally all public land from here to Missoula except down near the highway. All the boating you could ask for. Good food, nice folks. The resort area in CDA is . I have seen a few golf courses around that look pretty but i dont golf so no experience there. I have never been to the buck knife factory but sounds neat.

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Looking sometime in June / July, probably last week of June.

Looking forward to to picking your brain as we get closer. I assume Spokane is a cool enough city to spend a few days.
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Old 02-09-2021, 11:04 AM   #20
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Looking sometime in June / July, probably last week of June.

Looking forward to to picking your brain as we get closer. I assume Spokane is a cool enough city to spend a few days.
Sounds good! That will be a fun time to visit. We haven't spent a lot of time in Spokane yet. Lots of restaurants we want to try over there but being in WA they still have crazy restrictions and we havent bothered. If you are flying, Spokane is the nearest major airport. The drive up has some pretty scenery, and neat things to stop and do but it is a LONG drive. If you think of something I might know, just ask!

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Old 02-09-2021, 07:16 PM   #21
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One of the most scenic places I have ever been was there and the road south thru the state. Unbelievable
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Old 02-09-2021, 07:25 PM   #22
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I spent 4.5 weeks in the area back in 2008 while hunting moose, elk, deer, bear & mountain lion.

Plenty to see and do for the outdoorsman.
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Old 02-09-2021, 08:04 PM   #23
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I went there once for work. It was crazy beautiful country.
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Old 02-09-2021, 09:29 PM   #24
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I visited about 30 years ago. The lake is beautiful.
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Old 02-09-2021, 10:17 PM   #25
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Got a buddy who went to Jackson Hole before Christmas. Said it's gorgeous, but covered with rich folk from california. From what he told me, you lucked out. Enjoy Idaho!
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Old 06-10-2021, 09:06 PM   #26
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We leave early Saturday morning for Coeur díAlene. Fly Fishing the Spokane River and St. Joe River. Playing golf at the CDA Resort course and Circling Raven course. We are doing a Lake Dinner cruise to check out the lake.

We have an open day that we might head to Sandpoint or find another course to play.

Weather looks fantastic.
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Last week of June is an Ironman Triathlon. Not sure how that will affect things, but there will be an extra ~2500 folks running and riding around in lycra.
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Old 06-11-2021, 07:16 AM   #28
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We leave early Saturday morning for Coeur díAlene. Fly Fishing the Spokane River and St. Joe River. Playing golf at the CDA Resort course and Circling Raven course. We are doing a Lake Dinner cruise to check out the lake.

We have an open day that we might head to Sandpoint or find another course to play.

Weather looks fantastic.
Y'all be safe and have fun Heath!
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Old 06-11-2021, 07:35 AM   #29
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Jackson Hole is very nice, but Coeur D'Alene will have much more to do and every bit as beautiful, if not more so.
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Old 06-11-2021, 07:47 AM   #30
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We leave early Saturday morning for Coeur d’Alene. Fly Fishing the Spokane River and St. Joe River. Playing golf at the CDA Resort course and Circling Raven course. We are doing a Lake Dinner cruise to check out the lake.

We have an open day that we might head to Sandpoint or find another course to play.

Weather looks fantastic.
Pics or it didn’t happen!! . Bears? Are there bears?
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Old 06-11-2021, 09:56 AM   #31
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I am constantly amazed that I live here, not on vacation. Have fun!

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Old 06-22-2021, 11:41 AM   #32
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Bumping this up for Heath. I'd like to hear how your trip went. My wife and I are going September 18-25.

Thanks,

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Old 06-22-2021, 07:03 PM   #33
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It’s either the ugliest or prettiest place on earth. People there are the best
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Old 06-22-2021, 07:07 PM   #34
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Have been to Coeur D'Alene a couple of times, stayed at the Resort. It is fantastic. Lots to do, beautiful setting on the lake, great fishing and loads of outdoor activities in the area. Idaho is really great, have also spend a lot of time in the winter at Sun Valley, always wanted to go back there in the summer.
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Old 06-22-2021, 07:40 PM   #35
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We had a great time in CDA. We were impressed with how clean and landscaped everything was. The scenery, people, and restaurants were great as well. We will definitely be back to Idaho.

We golfed at the CDA Resort Course and Circling Raven. We fly fished the Spokane River and the St. Joe River.














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Old 06-22-2021, 07:47 PM   #36
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We ate well too

Wolf Lodge





Hudsonís and Bear Paw Cookies





CDA Resort Gooey



Honey was one of our favorite spots





Jimmyís Down the Street



Frankís in Spokane





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Old 06-22-2021, 07:49 PM   #37
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Incredible...thanks for the pics.

Lotsa visual differences from South Texas!!
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Old 06-22-2021, 07:55 PM   #38
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Livin' large!!!
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Old 06-23-2021, 07:36 AM   #39
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Looks like a great time! Glad yall had fun!
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Looks awesome!
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