Monthly Archives: June 2013

Feelin’ so hot, hot, HOT!

Can you believe it’s supposed to be 102 degrees by Tuesday!? Crazy. I seriously can’t remember the last time it was over 100. Maybe it happened last year… I don’t know. All I know is I’m ready to hit the lake!

What are you doing to stay cool? Jump in the lake, have a picnic in the shade, stay inside with the A/C cranked? All are great options. Another great option is to check out some local shows and live music and enjoy an icy-cool beverage.

Mojito anyone?

Entertainment this weekend

Friday

  • 315 Martini Bar and Tapas – All that Jazz,
  • Carlin Bay – The Coleman Underground (rock music)
  • The Cellar – Brad Perry, Kosh and the Jazz Cats
  • Conkling Marina – Bite the Bullet Band
  • The Country Club – Coyote Rose (country I’m guessing)
  • The Iron Horse – Cliff Park, 9 p.m. (rock)
  • The Moose – Bad Monkey (80’s rock)
  • Pend d’Oreille Winery – Bare Grass
  • Sandpoint Art Walk
  • Splash – Steve Denny, 5-8 p.m. (piano player and vocalist), followed by Phoenix (classic rock)

Lake City Playhouse – Into the Woods, 7:30 p.m., $19.75/adult
Panida Theater – The Wizard of Oz, 8 p.m.

Saturday

Bikes, Brews and BBQs – This fun event is at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. There will be both BMX and motocross shows, live music, BBQ, and a beer garden. Check out the full schedule of events here.

Hayden Farmers Market – In Hayden off of Prairie Ave. and Hwy 95. It’s open until 1 p.m.

Lake City Playhouse – Into the Woods, 7:30 p.m., $19.75/adult

Music and Micros – Event at the Cd’A Casino in Worley, ID. Food from 5-9 pm, live music from 6-9 pm. $14 buffet.

Strawberry Celebration – Head out to Green Bluff for their annual strawberry celebration on Saturday and Sunday. Yum!

  • 315 – All that Jazz,
  • Carlin Bay – The Coleman Underground (rock music)
  • The Cellar – Brad Perry, Kosh and the Jazz Cats
  • Conkling Marina – Bite the Bullet Band
  • The Country Club – Coyote Rose (country I’m guessing)
  • The Iron Horse – Cliff Park, 9 p.m. (rock)
  • The Moose – Bad Monkey (80’s rock)
  • Splash – Steve Denny, 5-8 p.m. (piano player and vocalist), followed by Phoenix (classic rock)

Sunday

The Coeur d’Alene City Park Concert Series begins this Sunday! Throughout the summer from 1-4 p.m. at the bandshell at the City Park.

Coeur d’Alene Farmer’s Market
Stroll down to 6th St. for some more farmer’s market action. It goes from 10-4.

Schweitzer Summer Celebration – Summer season opening day featuring scenic chairlift rides, live music, food, outdoor activities and more!

Steve Denny, 5-8 p.m. (piano player and vocalist) at Splash

That’s my weekend low-down for ya! Watch for a post on Monday or Tuesday about everything going on for the Fourth and a couple fun races coming up.

Happy Friday everyone!

xoxo
Andy

Camping love

I hope everyone had a fantastic Ironman weekend! I think I may have mentioned this before, but so far every year since we moved downtown, we’ve rented our house out for Ironman and so far (knock on wood) we’ve had nothing but good luck. Now it’s back to the old grind even though I’m still daydreaming of long hikes, bike rides and beautiful Pend d’Oreille lake.

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We spent a good majority of our time at camp due to a few pretty decent rainfalls. Luckily my parents came along with their fifth-wheel so we had a nice dry spot that was a little larger than our tent. We stayed in the Waldron campground, just minutes away from Bayview. It’s always so refreshing to get away from town and tune out for a while. I love Coeur d’Alene and am thankful to call myself a local, but I think it’s really good for us to just check out for a while and not have to worry about work, people or technology. It was such a blessing to just be with my family and enjoy the outdoors.

Sunday was the nicest day so we decided to hike up from Highpoint Trailhead and from there took the Scout Trail around for a few miles and then headed over to Buttonhook Bay. The view (see above photo) was amazing. I could see for miles and miles (channeling my inner Who) but really… it was amazing.

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The bathrooms were pretty clean and the showers were nice. On day three a hot shower was the best part of my day, not gonna lie. It was cold outside! My only complaint about the campground is, like most state or national parks, the sites are a little too close and because they really try to pack in the people there is very little wildlife hanging around. We were able to do something different everyday, which was great.

On Saturday our friend Blake and his friend even came up and the boys all went for a long ride. I’m hoping Kyle will do a post for you soon about their adventure since I’m not much of an adrenaline junkie. Though I did try trail riding for the first time ever and think I may be hooked and need to hit up Terra for a new bike soon. I’m sure there will be a post about that experience if it happens :)

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Buttonhook Bay was beautiful and had overnight docks available if you want to camp on your boat. I’m hoping someday we can go back with some paddleboards and see more of the lake that way. Our little day hike to Buttonhook was really the only time I saw the water. Granted, if the weather had been better we probably would have been more adventurous.

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It’s like Where’s Waldo, but instead it’s, Where’s Andrea and Juneau?

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Overall it was a great trip and I would recommend it for anyone wanting to get away without going very far. I think Farragut is only about 40 minutes away, which is just right for a quick trip. If you do go, make sure to check out the Museum at the Brig which  houses the world’s largest collection of  Farragut Naval Station memorabilia. We rode by it on our bikes but couldn’t go in because we had Juneau and my sister’s dog Olive. It looked really cool though and I’d really like to go back and check it out better.

Until next time!
Andy

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Top 5 things to do while visiting for Ironman

Ironman weekend is upon us. Soon our small, city streets will be full of athletes and their families all visiting our beautiful town. While some locals dread this busy and traffic-filled weekend, some of us enjoy watching these amazing competitors and sharing everything that’s so wonderful about our area.

So a message to the locals:

Be kind, courteous and welcoming to our guests. It’s one weekend a year and it will have a positive impact on our local economy for the entire summer.

For those coming to visit Coeur d’Alene, I’ve compiled a list of the top five things you should do while you’re here. Enjoy!

1. Sample our local cuisine.
If there’s one thing we have plenty of, it’s local restaurants and nightlife. Let’s break it down by meal. This could take a while…

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Breakfast
Bakery by the Lake – Located on Front Ave., this local bakery has the best of everything. Coffee, pasties, egg sandwiches, and (usually) a beautiful view.
Michael D’s – Locally owned and operated, Michael D’s is a great family restaurant. Although it’s always busy so call ahead or get there early.
Java– A coffee house for the Hipsters. If you go make sure to get the Bowl of Soul. You won’t regret it.
Le Peeps – A little newer on the scene, it’s also a great family place with a large menu and a great view of the Spokane River. Everything there is good. I recommend the breakfast burrito.

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Lunch/Dinner
Seasons- I recommend Seasons’ happy hour daily from 3-6. Great deals and a good way to try the food. They boast having a seasonal and local menu. I highly recommend the Kobe burger with the yam fries. Amazing!
Fire– By far my favorite restaurant in town, and perfect for a date night. Their artisan pizza is to die for and they have a great craft beer and wine selection. I recommend the Thai pizza if you want to be daring and the house Big Fire Red wine. Yum! You can’t go wrong, We’ve tried every pizza there and love them all. If you go, you HAVE to order the cookie. Just trust me on this one.
Tony’s– About 10-15 minutes away from downtown, Tony’s has great Italian food. Very romantic with gorgeous views, Tony’s is a memory-maker.

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I could go on and on about all our amazing restaurants, but there’s still so much to cover! Here’s a few more recommendations: Syringa (sushi), Moontime, the Cellar (wine and fine dining), Titos (Italian), and Capones (burgers, pizza and more. Featured on Diners, Dine-ins, and Dives).

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There is also an abundance of night life. Just take a stroll along Sherman Ave. and you’ll see Splash, the Beacon, the Moose, the Country Bar (on Lakeside), and the Ironhorse.

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2. Hike
Wow, did I spend enough time on food? Now how about burning off some of those calories with some hiking!
Definitely check out Tubbs Hill! Located right downtown on the lake, it’s a favorite spot for the locals. I’ve done several other hiking posts you can check out here:

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Mineral Ridge
Caribou Creek
Marie Creek
Canfield Mountain – Apparently I haven’t done a Canfield post yet… oops! It’s a challenging hike but the view from the top is amazing! You can see all the way over to Spokane. A must-do!

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3. Shop
We have a lot of fun shops downtown and over at Riverstone. Kids love going to Figpickle’s and Mrs. Honeypeep’s. Also be sure to check out Fleet Feet (for the runners, located on Sherman) Tiffany Blue (downtown on Sherman and a second location in Riverstone), Daisy J’s and Escape Outdoors (both in Riverstone).

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4. Rentals
Terra Sports on Sherman can not only tune up your bike before the big race, but they also do day trips to Canfield and bike rentals. If you’re wanting to get out on the water (but maybe not in) Check out the Cd’A Paddleboard Co. They rent boards and have classes, including yoga. Row Adventures is also a great place to check out for rentals and day trips. Finally, if you’re wanting to rent a boat for the day, the Boardwalk Marina can hook you up!

5. Silverwood
Our local theme park, located about 20-30 minutes north of Coeur d’Alene. There’s rides, shows, games, and a water park. Definitely worth checking out, especially if you have kiddos.

So that’s it! That is the shortest list I could come up with because there is so much to do and see around here. Please explore our area and enjoy the sights and wildlife!

Hiking Mineral Ridge

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The view from the top is beautiful! I think I can see my house from here…

Last Sunday we decided to head up to Mineral Ridge and enjoy some of the sunshine before it went away. Which it did. But this weekend is supposed to beautiful again and even though there’s a ton going on it might be nice to get out of town for a couple hours.

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Juneau and I just taking in the sights.

The trail isn’t very steep and the hike is only about three miles. Easy to do in an hour or so. The only bad thing about it being easier was the amount of people we encountered. There was no letting Juneau off her leash on this hike. But we did our best to keep some distance from the other groups and it worked out great.

I can’t believe I’ve lived here for over 20 years and this was my first time hiking Cd’A’s most popular trail.

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I swear Kyle is part monkey…

There’s a little booklet you can pick up at the trail head and it gives you lots of facts about the trail and the area. Knowledge is power!

There was a couple tidbits that were interesting, but for the most part if you’ve been here a while you probably already know most of it. It would be great for out-of-towners or someone new to the area. There’s a BBQ pit at the top but it was locked so I don’t know how you’d go about using it.

Overall it was a great little trail and with the abundance of benches and viewpoints it would be a great place to take the kiddos.

Have a great weekend everyone! Hope to see you down at Car d’Alene!

xoxo
Andy

It’s Friday, People!

Hard to believe it’s Friday. But thank goodness! We’ve got a graduation party and some family in town, so it’s going to be busy! However, if you’re looking for something to do, here’s the rundown of this weekend in good ‘ol North Idaho…

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Friday, June 7

Live Music
315 Martini Bar and Tapas: TBA
Moose: The Wilsons
Iron Horse: Kozmik Dreamzz
The Cellar: Brad Perry, Max Daniels Trio
The Country Club: The Ryan Larsen Band
Pend d’Oreille Winery: Steve Neff
Fedora: Flying Mammals
Curly’s: Protocol
Splash: Shiner and Steve Denny
Beverly’s: Robert Vaughn

Coeur d’Alene Art Walk 5-8 downtown – It’s early this month due to Car d’Alene next weekend.
Make sure to go see my favorite local artist, Christina Hull, at Studio 107. She’s amazing and captures everything wonderful about Coeur d’Alene. Some day her paintings will be lining the walls of my home!

Saturday, June 8

Hayden Farmer’s Market
Come check out the largest farmer’s market in Kootenai County! On the corner of Highway 95 and Prairie in Hayden. I believe it ends at 1.

Live Music
315 Martini Bar and Tapas: TBA
Moose: The Wilsons
Iron Horse: Kozmik Dreamzz
The Cellar: Steven Harris
The Country Club: The Ryan Larsen Band
Pend d’Oreille Winery: Steve Neff
Fedora: Flying Mammals
Curly’s: Protocol
Splash: Shiner
Beverly’s: Robert Vaughn

Museum of North Idaho: “Shaping the Handle: Idaho Territory 1863-1890” exhibit

Sunday, June 9

Coeur d’Alene Farmer’s Market
Stroll down to 6th St. for some more farmer’s market action. It goes from 10-4.

That’s all I’ve got for you! Remember, if you want your event on the blog, or if you have any suggestions for events I’m missing (especially outside of the Cd’A area) let me know! You can email me from the “What is SINI?” page.

Happy Friday!
xoxo
Andy