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Sizzle Winter 2018

The Northwest Dining

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features

WINTER 2018 EDITION

24.

What’s in a

Neighborhood?

Developers meeting demands

of new buyers

A Giant Comes

36.

To Spokane

Predictions on how this online

retailer will impact the local

real estate market

Creative Construction

Adds Character

46.Builders and architects implement

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CONTENTS

66

94

THE LOCAL

SCENE

54 STIMULATE YOUR

SENSES

Experience the art scene

in Coeur d’Alene

59 WINTER CALENDAR

OF EVENTS

A season to adventure

66 INFUSE YOUR SPIRIT

Sandpoint’s music scene

is exploding with local

and regional talent

WINTER

BEAUTY

74 HELLO THERE

We answer your most

asked questions about

botox

77 FACIAL OILS

The original skincare

EXTREME

WINTER

SPORTS

83 EXPERIENCE ULTIMATE

ADVENTURE

The Inland Northwest

provides many

opportunities for extreme

winter sports

NORTHWEST

DINING SCENE

90 NORTHWEST DINING

CONTINUES TO EXPAND

Diners’ options are now

greater than ever

94 NORTH IDAHO

The dining scene here is

made up of long-standing

staples mixed with new

favorites

122 SPOKANE, WASHINGTON

Discover an amazing

culinary scene no matter

what part of town

you find yourself in

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CONTENTS

CONTINUED

148

138

164

THIRST

QUENCHERS

138 WINE TIME

There is more to explore

and taste than ever

146 REGIONAL

DISTILLERIES &

CELLARS

The flavors of the

Northwest

WHERE THE

LOCALS GO

148 THE LOBBY BAR

10 great spots locals

shouldn’t miss

152 REGIONAL

RESTAURANT GUIDE

Every mouth-watering,

thirst-quenching

establishment in town

worth the visit

GOING

SOMEWHERE?

164 DESTINATION

PARADISE

Kauai offers both

serenity and adventure

FINAL

THOUGHTS

174 THAT’S A WRAP

The Northwest can’t

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Steve Russo

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THE STORIES, TRENDS AND HIDDEN GEMS

THAT YOU NEED TO HEAR ABOUT

HANDPICKED BY OUR PUBLISHER FOR YOU!

OUR CULTURE

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THE LOCALS

KNOW BEST

ALOHA,

NORTHWEST!

We live in an inspiring

place, and this is clearly

evident from the many

talented artists we find

all over the region.

Coeur d’Alene is putting

the arts in the forefront

with weekly and monthly

celebrations. Art and

music walks, live shows

and special performances

are coming up fast. Check

out our art and music

section, and find out

more about how you

can get involved.

Fresh is what it is all about

in the Inland Northwest

dining scene. Eat at the

best restaurants, and

you’ll find locally sourced

meats, grains, cheeses

and the perfect regional

beer or wine to pair it

with. We are blessed with

an incredible selection

of casual and fine-dining

restaurants, quality quick

bites and unforgettable

special-occasion

experiences. Hope

you’re hungry!

If you’ve ever ponied up to

the bar in your hotel lobby,

you’ve probably had an

interesting conversation

or two with the travelers

sitting next to you. It’s a

fun place to swap stories,

and luckily for us you

don’t have to book a room

to experience some of the

best bars in the region.

Check out our ten favorite

hotel bars and restaurants.

While many of us enjoy

a day on the slopes or a

hot drink by a roaring

fire, at some point during

long winter days our

minds drift to someplace

tropical. Hawaii is a

dream destination, and

each island has its own

unique charm. But for

awe-inspiring scenery,

pristine beaches, peace

and tranquility, head to

the oldest of the Hawaiian

chain—Kauai. Escape the

winter doldrums at one of

our favorite destinations.

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WE ALL ENJOYED the summer months, basking in

the sun, playing in the sand on the many lake beaches

that surround us, hiking, boating, swimming and

whatever else contented our hearts.

Winter has now arrived, and now is the time to

relish what these colder months have in store for us.

Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho are home

to insurmountable activities year round, and we are

thankful for what each season brings. During these

colder months in the Inland Northwest, whether it’s

snowshoeing, skiing or building snowmen with our

littles, it’s a magical—and beautiful—time of year.

Here at Sizzle, we know how fortunate we are to live

in this paradise we call home. Many travel from all

over the world to taste a minute of what we are blessed

with each and every day throughout the year; the

mountains, the prairies, the lakes and rivers. We truly

live in paradise.

Add in the locally renowned cuisine, wineries and

breweries, art galleries, specialty shopping, superb

businesses and entertainment; these add the finishing

touch to making the Inland Northwest a sought-after

destination.

We are truly blessed as Sizzle continues to grow, and

with it, our distribution, which now covers all of

Spokane, Washington, through Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

With this growth, Sizzle welcomed our new public

relations manager, Keith Boe, this past summer,

and we’ve partnered with influential social groups

including North Idaho Life, North Idaho Life Foodies

and Spokane Life Foodies. As the local food scene is

exploding with new restaurants and flavors, Sizzle is

excited to be a part of this growth and help spread the

word, along with our partners, to highlight the best in

the local culinary scene.

Our lifestyle is reflected in everything from our

food and hospitality, to our businesses and local

philanthropies. We strive to make our home unique

and inviting, and we hope that you find our generosity

here warm and welcoming. Stay a while, explore,

enjoy—you won’t be disappointed.

Be sure to check out our winter calendar of events in

this issue, which features some of the biggest and best

annual area happenings that await you. They’re sure to

make you forget the cold and snow—at least for a little

while.

With the Sizzle 2018 Winter Edition, all there is to

discover right here in Northern Idaho and Eastern

Washington is at your fingertips. It’s time to get

exploring. Enjoy.

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What’s in a

“In the past, living downtown was only for the affluent.

With the development of Kendall Yards and the

downtown corridor, a young professional can now afford

to live, work and play downtown,” said Gant.

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Developers meeting demands of new buyers

— BY COLIN ANDERSON —

A

steady local economy, availability of jobs, affordable homeownership and

year-round recreation are just a few of the reasons many locals are staying

put in Spokane and many couples and families from larger markets

are deciding to move here. As the population grows, the metropolitan

area continues to expand. Five Mile, Mead, the Upper South Hill and the corridor

between Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake are all seeing new condo and apartment

complexes and designed neighborhoods. Being no further than 20 minutes from

the downtown core from just about anywhere in town allows workers to choose the

area of town they most enjoy while not being nearly as affected by their commute as

larger metropolitan areas.

While the expansion outward is to be expected, a resurgence and reinvestment in

longstanding Spokane neighborhoods is also becoming more and more common.

If you ask someone from Seattle where they are from, they will almost always tell

you a very specific neighborhood: Green Lake, Belltown, Ballard, West Seattle. In

Spokane, a common reply was a lot more broad: South Hill, Northside, Valley. But

as neighborhoods continue to add a mix of business and residential, more and more

locals are eager to share just “exactly” where they are from.

Developers and those looking to open a business are finding that more and more

homeowners are seeking a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with a mixture of

restaurants, shops and services near their home. While this is consumer driven,

there are also other factors that are aiding in creation of these neighborhoods within

Spokane.

“For Spokane to continue to grow within the state-issued urban growth boundary

we must develop smaller chunks of land,” said Nate Gant, a Broker at RE/MAX of

Spokane with 12 years experience in the market. “To make these chunks of land

financially feasible for development mixed use is the key. The commercial aspect

offsets many of the costs of the residential development.”

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The prime example of this is the Kendall Yards neighborhood, an area

which is exploding in popularity. A five-minute stroll down Summit

Parkway and you’ll encounter a myriad of dining options, several

tasting rooms, ice cream, art space and local shops. The proximity to

the Centennial Trail allows residents an easy commute into Downtown

Spokane. Even with its close proximity to downtown, Kendall Yards

feels far removed from a crowded city.

“In the past, living downtown was only for the affluent. With the

development of Kendall Yards and the downtown corridor, a young

professional can now afford to live, work and play downtown,” said

Gant.

The diversity in dining options is a big draw here. You can get woodfired

pizza whole or by the slice at Veraci, share delicious small plates at

Wandering Table or have classic diner-style or a slightly more creative

breakfast at The Yards Bruncheon. There are two wineries as well as a

specialty shop for those in search of an easy place to sample multiple

Washington wines.

Housing here is mixed with everything from studios to multi-level

family living. A few apartments are located directly above the street

with larger complexes adjacent to the core of the neighborhood. A

little further down the street, there are condos, as well as single-family

homes. Parks and plenty of green space are appealing to buyers, and the

western front of the development is also seeing additional businesses

and food options pop up.

While prices are starting to stabilize, homes in Kendall Yards tend to be

much higher than other areas of town, which is also having an impact

on the neighborhood directly behind it.

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Spokane, WA

West Central Spokane has gotten a bad rap for a long time, however,

buyers who aren’t afraid of a little work on a home are finding

affordable decades-old homes they can put their own stamp on.

“Owner occupants have taken pride in the homes they purchase

and really done wonders for the neighborhood,” said Gant. “This

has allowed investors to purchase properties with a troubled past to

renovate or vacant lots and build homes that have become the hot

commodity.”

Kendall than

Yards

The walkability, close proximity to downtown, success of Kendall

Yards and new businesses such as The Backyard have been key to West

Central’s growth.

Another neighborhood north of downtown that is seeing resurgence is

the Garland District. Home prices here are typically still a little lower

newer developments, and the neighborhood features the same

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eclectic mix of shops, dining, drinking and entertainment.

Where Kendall Yards created something shiny, new and modern from

a patch of barren ground, to the south, the Perry District is focused on

keeping the look of the original neighborhood, and buyers are putting this

neighborhood toward the top of their list.

“For 10 years I described the Perry District as upcoming but not arrived—

now it has absolutely arrived,” said Gant.

Buyers are again drawn in by the neighborhood feel and easy walk to

restaurants, cafés, studios and shops. Perry Street Brewing is a local

favorite and kid friendly, Casper Fry serves up Southern home cooking,

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“For 10 years

I described the

Perry District as

upcoming but not

arrived—now it has

absolutely arrived,”

said Gant.

Perry

District

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and The Shop is a comfortable place for a coffee. The weekly summer farmers market is a huge draw, and kids love to run around Grant

Park. Having an elementary school right in the middle of all the action is something young families find very appealing. There are also

places to eat off the main drag like Wisconsinburger, located in the middle of a neighborhood at 9th and Hatch, and The Grain Shed, a

local bakery with small brewery adjacent.

Moving further up the hill, the addition of a Target superstore several years ago transformed the area of Regal Street between 46th and

57th. The City of Spokane is currently renovating the Southeast Sports Complex to include even more soccer fields, and the early stages

of a new neighborhood adjacent to the fields are also in the works. Dubbed Radio Tower Village, the new development located across the

street from Target will be a model very similar to Kendall Yards—a mixture of businesses, single-family homes and condos. Initial plans

call for seven different commercial structures within the village

Booming

and a total of more than 180,000 square feet of retail space. There are

already several apartment complexes surrounding the area, giving these tenants an additional easily walkable neighborhood as well. Gant

feels this trend is not likely to slow down anytime soon.

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Unique Neighborhoods

“People place high value on walkability, nearby shopping

and local restaurants and are willing to pay for these

conveniences and this simpler lifestyle.”

While the housing market is fluid, the popularity of

these neighborhoods has definitely driven up home

values as more and more locals and newcomers find

this style of living appealing. Gant says buyers should be

prepared for as low as $175,000 for a nice home in West

Central. In the Perry District they should always be

prepared for a bidding war on property below $300,000.

In Kendall Yards, a homebuyer should be prepared to

pay over $300,000.

It’s easy to fall in love with a home upon first impression,

but planting roots in a neighborhood is a life-altering

decision. Young people might not be thinking about

kids playing in the front yard, and empty nesters might

not realize the additional traffic or potential parking

issues they might have to deal with. Gant recommends

really getting to know an area before committing to

living there.

“Walk through each neighborhood at various times of

day and on different days of the week. Friday night at

10pm might feel far different than Sunday at 10am. This

will give you a true sense of what suits your lifestyle,” he

said.

If you’ve lived in Spokane 20 years or 20 minutes,

checking out these and other unique neighborhoods is a

must do. You’ll find business owners committed to their

neighborhood and a community that is proud to back

them. Fun events, music and festivals are held often

and bring out the best in neighborhood pride. The next

time someone asks you where you’re from, will you say

Spokane, North Spokane or perhaps something a little

more specific?

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A GIANT

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T O S P O K A N E

Predictions on how the online retailer will

impact the local real estate market

— BY COLIN ANDERSON —

Anyone driving I-90 west of Spokane has surely noticed the

massive construction site near the airport. There are only

so many companies out there that would build a facility

of such size in our neck of the woods, and already having

50,000 employees in the state of Washington, Amazon was the prime

suspect.

Spokane’s worst-kept secret was confirmed this past summer, as

the online retailer announced it is constructing another fulfillment

center. This will be the fourth such center in the state, soon to join

existing centers in DuPont, Kent and Sumner. According to Amazon,

the facility will create 1,500 full-time jobs, and the number could

swell to around 2,000 total jobs near the peak holiday seasons.

“We’re excited to open a new state-of-the-art fulfillment center in

Spokane and to continue innovating in our home state,” said Mark

Stewart, Amazon’s vice president of North America Customer

Fulfillment. “Washington is known for providing great opportunities

for jobs and customer experience, and we are grateful to the

dedicated local and state officials and teams who came together to

support Amazon in bringing a new fulfillment center to Eastern

Washington.”

Amazon employees at the more than 600,000-square-foot fulfillment

center will work alongside Amazon Robotics to pick, pack, label and

ship items to customers such as games, housewares, school supplies

and pet toys. With more and more consumers choosing Amazon’s

Prime service, the facility was necessary to continue to meet the

demands of guaranteed two-day shipping around our region. Stateof-the-art

technology combines human and robotic elements to

ensure as smooth a process as you will find.

“We are excited to have Amazon join our business community with a

significant financial investment and new employment opportunities,”

said Al French, Spokane County Commissioner for West Spokane.

“Amazon is another Fortune 100 company to see Spokane as a critical

part of their success and want to be part of Spokane’s growth.”

Additional income opportunities are also likely to come along

with the building of the new fulfillment center. Amazon is actively

building its own distribution network to have more control over

how and when packages are received. The company is using a model

similar to Uber or Lyft, in which those with a working vehicle

can sign up for a block of time to deliver packages without having

to commit to full-time employment. Called Amazon Flex (Flex.

Amazon.com) drivers choose a block of time they are available,

pick up their assigned deliveries and make the drop. Depending on

demand and workload, hourly rates can range anywhere from $18 to

$25 per hour, according to the company.

Amazon Delivery Service Partners are also being recruited around

the country (Logistics.Amazon.com). This service is intended for

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WASHINGTON IS KNOWN

FOR PROVIDING GREAT

OPPORTUNITIES FOR JOBS AND

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE.

entrepreneurs who want to start up their own business but don’t have a lot of

capital or equity to do so. Startup costs are as little as $10,000, and Amazon

provides branded delivery vans, uniforms and consistent schedules while

the owner of the business focuses on building and managing their team of

employees. Carriers are encouraged to expand their fleet to several delivery

vehicles, and six-figure incomes are very possible.

In the fall, Amazon announced it would be upping the minimum wage to all

workers to $15 per hour. Many of the fulfillment center jobs will be in this range,

but there will also be several management-level positions as well. A concern

amongst citizens is the potential to see large increases in home and rental prices

with an influx of new industry heading to town.

The Spokane real estate market is currently in a seller’s market with quite low

inventory and has been for some time, according to Ken Sax, designated Broker

at Keller Williams Spokane and 2018 president of the Spokane Association of

Realtors.

“As a result, we have seen consistent price increases with demand being greater

than inventory. Think back to 12th-grade economics class and learning about

supply and demand,” he said.

Another factor in the rise in home prices is individuals and families moving in

from areas such as Seattle, Portland and California, where home prices are much

steeper. “This places additional demand on our already low inventory, which

continues putting an upward pressure on our prices,” said Sax.

While the facility will employ many at or around the $15-per-hour rate, many

managerial and professional jobs will also be available. People in these positions

are more likely to look at purchasing a home, whether they are already a

Spokane-area resident or moving here from another location. As inventory

continues to remain low, Sax expects that the completion of the Amazon

fulfillment center will aid in prices continuing to rise.

“I expect the completion of the Amazon facility to do the same thing … put

upward pressure on our prices as demand continues to increase.”

It isn’t just home owners who are battling to find housing, but renters are also

having a difficult time securing homes, condos and apartments. Average rent

continues to rise with a two-bedroom apartment coming in at around $920 per

month. Occupancy has been historically low as well, hovering under 3 percent

for much of the past few years.

Individuals working full time at Amazon’s base pay would make around $31,000.

For the employee to rent the average two-bedroom apartment in Spokane, they

would need to devote 35 percent of their pre-tax income to rent.

The federal definition of being “moderately to severely cost burden’” is set at 30

percent. Developers are constructing new complexes in the north, south, valley

and Kendall Yards, and most units are being scooped up before the complex is

even completed. Sax feels that additional workers will put additional demand on

the rental market as well.

“The same supply-and-demand dynamics work the same in the rental arena. And

in the rental market, we see demand being greater than inventory. Therefore, my

feelings here are the same as in the sales arena,” he said.

The news is good for sellers, however. Anyone who picked up a home during the

recession or those who bought in the peak pre-recession have likely regained

their value and should have plenty of equity to work with if they are looking to

upgrade. While inventory is low and there is competition out there, The Spokane

County Association of Realtors feels that many homeowners are listing too high

and might have unrealistic expectations of their home’s value, even in a seller’s

market.

“As a result, we are seeing more and more sellers sitting on the market since

they are overpriced. Then the perception by many is that the market is shifting

because they’re seeing their neighbor’s house not selling when in fact, the house

isn’t selling because it’s overpriced,” said Sax.

He recommends finding an experienced Realtor and listening to them as they

understand market dynamics.

In the case of buyers, Sax said now is not the time to low-ball offer and make

huge demands from sellers. Those sellers will often move off from these offers

and wait for one more to their liking. As in any market he recommends being

pre-approved for your mortgage so you are able to show the seller you are

serious.

There are many factors that go into the ebb and flow of a housing market. The

state of the economy, interest rates, unemployment, inventory and even what

time of year. The opening of Amazon’s new fulfillment center is simply another

factor to consider whether you are looking for a first home, an upgrade or

looking to downsize.

Spokane is growing and currently shows no signs of slowing down. With a

Fortune 100 company placing a major employment center in the city’s backyard,

local officials are hopeful that more companies will notice what the city has to

offer and bring additional professional jobs to the region. There will be impacts

felt from this facility for years to come, and what exactly those will be are still to

be determined.

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buy or sell your NEXT home. Here’s to success in your transaction! ~ Lisa ~


INTRODUCING A BETTER WAY OF

BUYING AND SELLING REAL ESTATE

It’s the place where you build your life, your family and create lifelong memories. Your home

is the foundation of all that happens in your life, and it’s also likely the largest financial

investment you will ever make. The process of buying or selling a home is exciting; but the

reality is that it can also be stressful. With The Davies Real Estate Team of NextHome Living

the Northwest, clients are finding that the experience is one they actually find enjoyable.

The Davies Real Estate Team includes licensed agents Tom and Lisa Davies and their

assistant, licensed agent Keanon Naumann. Their success is rooted in their desire to provide

customer service that far exceeds their clients’ expectations, with a mission to provide 7 Star

Service.

You’ll find The Davies Real estate Team to be:

REliable - You can rely on their integrity, hard work, advanced technology and personalized

service in every detail of your real estate transaction. Over 25 years of professional

business experience and marketing will result in making you money and saving you

time.

REsponsive - The Davies’ customer-driven business history means they

understand the value of quick response when you contact them. It can make

the difference between getting your dream home—or not; selling your current

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property—or not. They know it matters. You can count on fast, personalized

service every time, all the time.

RElationship Oriented - In real estate, properties are the commodity, but

it’s the relationships that drive the Davies’ business vision. They listen; really

listen to your needs and desires. They’ve been there, so they can relate.

Buyers and sellers become lifelong friends. It’s not just another sale or

listing; it’s a commitment beyond that—a foundation for business. Studies

demonstrate that 85 percent of buyers and sellers say they would use their

agent again. Only 24 percent do. Why? Follow through. The Davies Real

Estate Team are Zillow Premier Agents and have buyers from all over the

country call on them to assist them in finding the perfect home in North

Idaho. When clients arrive from out of town, the team provides concierge

service, picking up their clients at the airport in Spokane and arranging local

accommodations. Several of their clients have purchased property in North

Idaho without ever actually visiting the area, thanks to the team’s ability

to provide exceptional photography, videos and drone footage to potential

buyers. Read what one of their clients recently stated in a Zillow review:

“It’s a cliché to say that a company treats you like one of their family, but that

is exactly how Lisa, Tom and Keanon made me feel. They were exceedingly

generous with their time and expertise and worked tirelessly until we found the

exact right fit for me. I could not be happier with the experience I had while

working with them. They turned what can be a tiresome, frustrating search into

an enjoyable adventure. They have a deep knowledge of the region and never

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REsources - As a residential real estate team fully supported by NextHome

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handle the details and take the pressure off so you can make a clear and

concise decision. It’s not just the customized strategic plan that sets them

apart. They focus on success through exceptional service based on your

needs to surprise and delight you at every stage of the process.

Today’s homebuyers begin their search for properties and information on

the Internet. The Davies Real Estate Team’s listings go into three Multiple

Listing Services—Selkirk, Coeur d’Alene and Spokane. This gives your home

unparalleled exposure to all key homebuyer-searched websites. The top two

ways to sell or buy a home are Internet 86 percent and agent 79 percent. At

NextHome, the focus is to maximize your property’s exposure to the fastest

growing segment: mobile. Strategic marketing equals results marketing.

NextHomes’ expertise was recognized in a recent article in Forbes Magazine

where they interviewed chief strategy officer, Keith Ronson, who addressed

that it is critical to understand where the market is trending so realtors can

better position both buyers and sellers when it comes to negotiation.

REsults - “How soon can you sell my house and for how much?” “How

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For The Davies Real Estate Team, it’s all about providing expertise,

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Creative

Construction

Adds Character

BUILDERS AND ARCHITECTS IMPLEMENT

UNIQUE FEATURES TO THEIR CREATIONS

BY PATTY HUTCHENS

CREEKSIDE CONSTRUCTION

SAYLER • OWENS • KERR

SANDPOINT BUILDERS

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When it comes time to building a home, many are focused on countertops, flooring and other

finishes that will bring to life their personality through the design of their home. But why not

dare to be different? Adding some unique characteristics and features to your home, while they

can be implemented later, are typically much easier (and less expensive) to do from the outset.

Here are just a few of the things area builders and architects have done in recent years to add character to the

homes they design and build.

FOR CREEKSIDE CONSTRUCTION IN COEUR D’ALENE, they recently completed a home that utilized its garage rooftop

as a patio—something that is a perfect solution if you have limited yard space or live in the heart of the city

yet love to relax outside during the warm weather months. Some of the best benefits of a rooftop patio include

beautiful sunsets and privacy. Want even more privacy? White lattice planted with vines will add to a wonderful

outdoor entertaining space! If you enjoy gardening, don’t let the idea of a rooftop patio discourage you. Decorate

the area with containers and add plants, vegetables, and more to your outdoor space.

CREEKSIDE CONSTRUCTION ALSO RECENTLY completed an interesting project, a “hangar home”—a home above an

airplane hangar. For many private pilots this is a dream come true, allowing them to get up in the morning, have

a cup of coffee and maybe take off to places far away for lunch or dinner before returning home for the evening.

For many in North Idaho, this has become a very popular feature as we see more and more people calling this

area their home away from home.

MATT KERR AND ERIC OWENS ARE PARTNERS at Sayler • Owens • Kerr Design Studio in Sandpoint and are involved

in many unique projects. Living in North Idaho, much of their work also involves making the most of the natural

beauty of the great outdoors and utilizing it both indoors and out.

In what they refer to as the Loon Lake Residence, they designed a bridge that spans from the parking area

across a shallow, tree-filled ravine leading to the front door of the home.

“The owners wanted it to feel light even though the span required steel,” said Matt. “We used an open grate for

the floor of the bridge so as you walk across you can look down into the ravine and see the undergrowth. This

inspired the owners to ask for an organic railing to complement the experience of being in the tree canopy.”

Matt and Eric sketched out a four-foot section of overlapping branches and let the metal fabricator go from

there. They then created the down-light handrail which not only illuminates the bridge but also the landscape

below.

ANOTHER HOME DESIGNED BY SAYLER • OWENS • KERR sits on the Pend Oreille River and has a unique design of a

tree column in the interior.

“The owners are huge Greene & Greene Brothers fans (influential early 20th century American architects) and

modeled many elements of the house after the Greene Brothers’ Gamble House in Pasadena,” said Matt. “One

of the elements of craftsman-style architecture is the relationship between nature and the built environment,

and the owners wanted to bring something organic, some reference to its place on the land. We chose a tree

to work with the rock chimney to anchor the living room on this rock cliff in a forest. Once we proposed a

natural log column (also at the entry), the owners took that idea and ran with it, creating what looks like an

existing tree that we built the house around.”

NORTH IDAHO HAS AMAZING PLACES THAT CAPTURE some of the most breathtaking views around. And who

wouldn’t want to wake up each day to a view of the mountains and water? While it’s not affordable for

everyone to live right on the shoreline, Bruce Wickboldt of Sandpoint Builders recently completed a screen

room on Glu Lam stilts, giving the owners of the property breathtaking views of the mountains and water.

“It’s like a tall forest lookout tower overlooking the Pend Oreille River,” said Bruce of the unique construction.

Craftsman-style architecture

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ASPEN HOMES

DESIGN IDEAS DO NOT HAVE TO STOP AT THE FLOORING AND FIXTURES. A few years ago, Aspen Homes designed a home with a copper ceiling in the

kitchen. “We really wanted to spice it up,” said Zetta Stam, who along with her husband Todd owns Aspen Homes in Coeur d’Alene. While it is not an

inexpensive feature, Zetta shares that there are many ways to integrate this look that are more cost effective than utilizing true copper. With knock-off

tiles that have the appearance of copper, many with different unique finishes, this can be a great option for people on a limited budget who would like

to incorporate this into their home.

FEELING A LITTLE RUSHED IN THE MORNING WHILE GETTING READY FOR WORK but still want to catch some of the morning news? By integrating a TV

behind your mirror that is fully accessible with the remote, you can do both at the same time. This is becoming an increasingly popular feature and

one that is relatively easy to achieve. The TV in this design by Aspen Homes is housed in the master closet adjacent to the master bathroom. Its

components are hidden but easily accessed through a compartment in the closet.

WHETHER IT IS THE OCEAN WAVES OR THE TRICKLING OF A WATERFALL, the sound of water can be soothing. While we all cannot have beachfront homes,

we can bring the sound of water into our home through an interior water feature. This feature by Aspen Homes is one that many home owners have

incorporated into their home not only for the soothing sound of the water but also as an artistic feature as well.

These features by Aspen Homes are just

a few of many unique pieces.

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Are you

feeling

inspired?

BRANDON JOHNSON OF AFFORDABLE CUSTOM BUILDERS in

Coeur d’Alene shares that his company’s most recent fresh

ideas have come from Millennials wanting to show their

love for man’s best friend. “We learned that 89 percent of

those Millennials who bought a home this year owned a

pet,” said Brandon. “So we decided to incorporate a couple

pet-friendly ideas into their lives. We started with some

pocket doors made for dogs but of course would work well

for those with toddlers, too. Since adopting these concepts,

most of our clients we share these ideas with add a similar

feature to their custom home.”

AFFORDABLE CUSTOM BUILDERS ALSO HAD A REQUEST to

incorporate a safe doggy door access. “We really liked

this idea because it allows the pets to enter at their own

will but prevents intruders from gaining access to your

home without ending up in ‘the klink’ themselves,” said

Brandon. “It’s essentially a kennel location under a utility

room cabinet base. Very simple, yet functional, and

looks great!”

ANOTHER INCREASINGLY POPULAR FEATURE in North Idaho

is a request for hidden gun rooms or vaults. Brandon said

they generally hide these rooms with bookshelves, and

they require a fairly complex hinge mechanism and some

serious structural reinforcement, but in the end it provides

the homeowners peace of mind.

BUILDING OR RENOVATING A HOME provides a unique

opportunity to explore various ways to meet your needs

with adding something functional, artistic or simply

an expression of your own personality with distinctive

features. If these or other ideas inspire you, be sure to

contact a builder or architect and find out more! They can

help you estimate the cost and even provide you with other

inspiration. Go ahead … dare to dream!

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STIMULATE

YOUR SENSES

EXPERIENCE THE ART SCENE IN COEUR D’ALENE!

By Ali Shute, Executive Director for Coeur d’Alene Arts & Culture Alliance

It’s amazing to find such a dynamic art culture in this small town in the

Pacific Northwest, but Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, has it going on.

The arts are essential to creating a healthy, vibrant and safe community.

The role of the Arts & Culture Alliance is to foster creative outlets for

artists, challenge convention and inspire new thinking. The Coeur

d’Alene Arts & Culture Alliance leads the way with its support of the

arts in all forms, including 23 regional arts organizations. With the many

opportunities here, there is always something to do and never a dull

moment.

The following are the events created by the Arts & Culture Alliance:

ArtWalk is a very popular event. From 5 to 8pm every second Friday

April through December, hundreds of people stroll through downtown

and enjoy local and nationally acclaimed artists. Supporting galleries,

shops, restaurants and businesses provide a lively and free family friendly

experience. While a great tourist draw, this is also a time for the local

community to come together.

Music Walk follows in the

winter months from 5 to

8pm every second Friday

in January, February and

March. Also a free event, Downtown Coeur d'Alene rings with live

musical performances from many of the area’s talented musicians!

Music for the Wise brings entertainment to those at various assisted living

facilities and retirement residences who may not have the opportunity to

enjoy live performances, particularly during the winter months. Local

musicians and choral groups perform for the enjoyment of all who

attend. It is amazing to see the positive effect of music on the elderly,

particularly those with memory issues. Music has a powerful impact on

the human psyche and memory retrieval.

Kids Draw Architecture is held annually in the fall, with aspiring young

artists and architects working directly with local experts. They learn

to draw while at the same time discovering how our community’s

architecture and art represents us as a culture. Thanks to a generous

grant from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, this year’s Kids Draw was held at the

Cataldo Mission. This was not only a great opportunity for the drawing

experience, but thanks to the Tribe’s historian, Raymond Brinkman, the

kids learned about the historic significance of the site. Transportation

was provided by the Coeur d’Alene Casino for a record 36 kids and

15 volunteers. Samples of the kids’

artwork will be produced as

notecards for sale.

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The Riverstone Summer Concert Series has been growing each year

in popularity. Held every Thursday in July and August in beautiful

Riverstone Park, audiences can enjoy a free professional concert of a

variety of genres from local and regional performers. What could be

better than a beautiful summer evening in a lovely setting listening and

dancing to great music?

The Coeur d’Alene Artist Studio Tour is an opportunity for the general

public to visit local artists’ open studios. Held in early June, the tour

showcases the talents of many artists who may not be represented in local

galleries, while providing a fun, engaging and interactive experience for

those who are interested in witnessing the creative process.

Held each year during October, Art from the Heart is a communitywide

celebration of the arts held in honor of National Arts & Humanities

month, bringing awareness to our community about the wonderful

opportunities in the arts that are available. The Arts & Culture Alliance,

with the help of local artists, puts on the Art in the Making event at

the Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza Shops—another great opportunity for

the general public to experience art in action. And the annual Mayor’s

Awards in the Arts is held at the Hagadone Event Center honoring those

who have contributed to Coeur d’Alene’s art culture.

Every first Friday of the month, the Arts & Culture Alliance hosts Arts

Buzz, which provides a networking opportunity for nonprofit arts

organizations, artists, performers and anyone interested in the arts. This

is a valuable resource for our arts community, allowing us to share events

and talents, give advice and seek collaboration opportunities. It continues

to grow and draw current and new members excited to be a part of the

art scene.

The annual fundraiser, Mardi Gras Krewe d’Alene, bridges the gap

in the Arts & Culture Alliance’s funding, allowing for expansion in

programming and increasing the quality of art experiences. The fourth

annual Mardi Gras Krewe d’Alene will be held on Saturday, February

16, 2019, at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza Shops on Sherman Avenue.

With a New Orleans-style cook-off between local restaurants, attendees

sample the best foods and vote on the People’s Choice Award, while a

team of professional chefs choose the Chef ’s Award. Traditional street

entertainment makes for a lively evening, followed this year by a full-on

drag queen show.

Why have so many art experiences and events? The arts have a positive

economic impact on our community. With the help of the Americans

for the Arts economic impact calculator, arts organizations can easily

calculate their individual economic impact. The Arts & Culture Alliance

generates just over $1 million in our local economy. With audiences

spending an average of $31.47 per person per event, every dollar

invested in the arts generates $12 back into the community. What a great

investment. Visit AmericansForTheArts.org for more information on the

positive impact the arts have on our economy.

Consider supporting your local arts organization. The investment is

worth it. For more information, visit ArtsAndCultureCdA.org.

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Music Walk

2nd Fridays | January, February & March

Mardi Gras Krewe d’Alene

Saturday February 16, 2019

ArtWalk

2nd Fridays | April through December

Artist Studio Tour

Early June 2019

Riverstone Summer

Concert Series

Thursdays | July and August

Kids Draw Architecture

Fall 2019

Art from the Heart

October 2019

Support the Arts in your community!

Become a friend of the arts

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NOVEMBER

37th Annual Epicurean Delight

An annual black-tie event held at the Spokane Convention

Center, Epicurean Delight features 30 restaurants and 30

libations showcasing some of the most amazing food and

drink the region has to offer. All proceeds raised from

Epicurean Delight 2018 benefit the Inland Northwest

Blood Center. Doors open at 6pm with festivities and

dancing until 11pm. Tickets are $200 each and sell out

quickly; purchase yours today. EpicureanDelight.org

NOVEMBER

Sandpoint Tree Lighting Ceremony

A Sandpoint tradition, bundle up the kids and head to Jeff

Jones Town Square for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

and visit from good ol’ St. Nick himself. The event takes

place from 5:30 to 7pm, with the tree lighting and Santa’s

arrival at 6pm. Holiday carolers, cookies and hot cider

round out this festive holiday event, which is free and open

to all. DowntownSandpoint.com

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NOVEMBER

30th Annual Festival of Trees

Join the Kootenai Health Foundation for the 30th

Annual Festival of Trees at the Coeur d’Alene Resort in

Downtown Coeur d’Alene. This multi-day event kicks off

the Christmas season in Northern Idaho with its beautiful

Festival of Trees displays while benefiting Kootenai

Medical Center’s expansion of emergency and surgical

services. Special events include Friday d’Lights, Festival

Brunch, Festival Gala, Family Day, and Luncheon and

Dinner Fashion Shows. KootenaiHealthFoundation.org

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER

36th Annual Christmas Tree Elegance

Christmas Tree Elegance is a fundraising event dedicated

to financial and volunteer support of the Spokane

Symphony Orchestra. This spectacular holiday event began

in 1983 by the Spokane Symphony Associates and has

become a holiday season tradition for the entire family.

View 18 themed trees, including two special-event trees,

which are beautifully decorated and raffled off at both

the Historic Davenport Hotel and River Park Square in

Downtown Spokane.

NOVEMBER

23 Coeur d’Alene Lighting Ceremony Parade

Each year, the day after Thanksgiving, locals and visitors alike head to Sherman Avenue in Downtown Coeur d’Alene

for the Lighting Ceremony and Parade. All ages will enjoy the Christmas parade followed by the incredible fireworks

display. To top it off, with a flip of a switch, downtown is illuminated with more than 1.5 million Christmas lights! The

event starts at 5pm, with the sky illuminated by the bright lights of fireworks at 6:15pm. This is truly a magical evening

worth making an annual family event. CdADowntown.com

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Hayden Lights Parade and

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Presented by P1FCU, the event starts at 5pm with the

parade, which heads south along Government Way from

Hayden Avenue to Honeysuckle Avenue, immediately

followed by the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Bring the whole family and enjoy all the festivities

during this annual holiday celebration! Head to McIntire

Family Park for free cookies, and hot chocolate is available

for purchase. Be sure to watch for the arrival of a very

special guest! CityOfHaydenId.us

DECEMBER

Holiday Memories

Create your own family tradition with a trip to Green

Bluff to cut your own Christmas tree and take pictures

with Santa. Each farm offers select gifts of fresh fruits,

unique food items, candy and wine. There is fun

for all during Holiday Memories time on the Bluff!

GreenBluffGrowers.com

DEC

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Journey to the North Pole Cruises

Kids 5 and younger ride free on this magical Journey

to see 1.5 million lights, with a visit to the North Pole

to meet Santa and his elves, The Grinch, Rudolph,

the Giant Animated Christmas Tree and much more!

Children will be amazed to find that Santa calls them

out by name! The 40-minute Journey to the North Pole

cruise departs every night the day after Thanksgiving

through New Year’s Day. CdAResort.com

DECEMBER

New Year’s Eve Celebrations at Schweitzer

Join Schweitzer for their Midnight Celebration

11:45pm to 12:15am and bring in the New Year with

complimentary sparkling apple cider and sparklers.

Or, for those 21 and older, head to the Taps New Year’s

Eve Party, which takes place on the entire upper floor

of the Lakeview lodge starting at 8pm. The festivities

include live music, drink specials, free late-night snacks,

party favors and a special cider toast of Stella Cider at

midnight. Schweitzer.com

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February

Music Matters!

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JANUARY

Polar Bear Plunge

Looking for a thrilling—yet

freezing—way to start off the New

Year? Then head down to Sander’s

Beach in Coeur d’Alene and take

part in the annual Polar Bear

Plunge. The “plunge” may last but

a few seconds, but the adrenaline

rush and accomplishment you get

from dipping your body into the

frigid waters will get your year off

to a great start. Grab a group of

friends, or family, and mark this

on your calendars. It could become

an annual tradition of your own.

The plunge happens at noon.

CoeurdAlene.org

JANUARY

Chef’s Table: A Multicourse

Celebration

This exclusive premier dining event

is presented by the Inland Northwest

Culinary Academy and held at The

Historic Davenport Hotel 6 to 10pm.

This event is a true culinary experience

featuring six exquisite courses

paired with amazing wines. Unleash

your inner foodie and experience

a distinct evening of dining while

helping children treated at Sacred

Heart Children’s Hospital. Tickets

can be purchased online. Washington.

Providence.org/events/ewa/cmnh-chefs

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FEBRUARY

21st Annual Spokane

International Film Festival

SPIFF brings a small, selective

offering of world-class films to

the heart of Downtown Spokane.

These are the very best features,

documentaries and shorts that

have been made around the

world during the past year not

yet been commercially released

for wide distribution. SpIFF hosts

a variety of parties, events and

filmmaker panels open to the

public and encourages lively and

educational interactions between

filmmakers and their audiences.

SpokaneFilmFestival.org

FEBRUARY

A Taste of Hope Benefit

Auction

The Taste of Hope auction benefit in

Spokane is an evening of acclaimed

food, brews, wines and spirits that

features a silent and live auction

with plenty of entertainment

sprinkled throughout the event.

Proceeds from this event provide

critical funding for The ISAAC

Foundation’s educational,

emotional and financial support

programs for families in our area

impacted by autism. 2019 marks the

11th annual Taste of Hope Benefit

Auction. TheISAACFoundation.org

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Sandpoint Winter Carnival

Every year in the dead of winter since 1973, Sandpoint,

Idaho, cooks up a sure antidote to cabin fever. It’s the

Sandpoint Winter Carnival, pure fun celebrating the best

of the snowy season. Sandpoint’s annual Winter Carnival

includes fireworks and fun at Schweitzer, live music all

over town, parties galore plus other traditional favorites

including the Parade of Lights and the K9 Keg Pull.

SandpointWinterCarnival.com

MARCH

Wine, Stein & Dine

This annual event is an evening filled with tastings from

more than 85 vendors of microbrews and hard ciders from

local breweries, wine from area wineries, with an array of

foods from local restaurants, live music, wine tree raffle,

photo booth and silent auction. Held at the Greyhound

Park and Event Center in Post Falls, Idaho, this annual

fundraiser of the Post Falls Education Foundation funds

innovative classroom grants for Post Falls School District

educators in grades K-12. PFEFWSD.org

MARCH

42nd Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show

MARCH

16 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Join in the fun at this celebration to remember! Gather

friends and family, dress in green from head-to-toe and

get ready to celebrate this Irish adventure Coeur d’Alene

style! Brought to you by the Coeur d’Alene Downtown

Association, the annual St. Patrick’s Parade will begin at

4pm on Sherman Avenue. This family friendly event is free

to the public and is truly an event you do not want to miss!

CdADowntown.com

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Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival

The 10th Annual Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival features

the best talent in local, regional and national blues artists.

Winner of the Inland Empire Blues Society Best Blues

Festival each of the past three years, it will once again be

hosted at The Coeur d’Alene Resort. The invitation is open

to all for a soul swingin’ weekend celebrating the best of

modern blues. CdAResort.com

The largest show of its kind in the Inland Northwest, this annual event, held at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center,

features 300 professional artists and crafters from across the U.S. Shop everything from hand-painted furniture and

whimsical birdhouses to clay fountains, pottery, jewelry, photography and more! Specialty and gourmet foods will be

available such as truffles, jams and vinegars, with many of the items available to sample. CusterShows.com

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- BY PATTY HUTCHENS -

Sandpoint’s music scene is exploding

with local and regional talent

Walking through the streets of Downtown Sandpoint on

a weekend night, you may be surprised at what you

hear coming from various establishments throughout

the area. Music of all genres fill the streets from places

such as The 219 Lounge, The Hive, Pend d’Oreille Winery, MickDuff ’s

Beer Hall, Trinity at City Beach, Di Luna’s, The Back Door and more. And

it’s not just your everyday wanna-be star who is performing; these are

well-known musicians on a regional, and some national, level who delight

the locals and tourists with their amazing talent.

The 219 Lounge is a leader in the music scene here. While it has hosted

music since it first opened 84 years ago, it was three years ago when

it began to host bands on nearly every Friday and Saturday evening

throughout the year to a packed house. A year ago, the “Niner” as it is

known by locals, added Wind Down Wednesday, which features live

music with locally and regionally acclaimed musician Truck Mills.

“The addition of mid-week music along with half-priced bottles of wine

and featured cocktails is a midweek draw during the early evening hours.

We have a different guest musician playing with Truck every Wednesday,

and this past summer we did a solo or duo music series every Thursday

evening during July and August. Occasionally, we will book bands on

other evenings during the year,” said Mel Dick, who along with his wife

Claudia own the 219.

At The 219 Lounge, they have hosted Karaoke every Tuesday evening

from 9pm to midnight for nearly a decade. In fact, they were recently

named as No. 1 out of the five top places in the country that you wouldn’t

expect to find great karaoke. The other four locations were all in major

cities in the U.S.

And it’s not just the local favorites such as Devon Wade, Bum Jungle,

Miah Kohal, Bridges Home, Harold’s IGA, Bright Moments Jazz, Muffy

and the Riff Hangers, Still Tipsy and the Hangovers and many other local

favorite musicians and bands that draw crowds each week. This year

The 219 hosted bands and singer/songwriters from all around the U.S.

including Seattle, Missoula, Bozeman, Omaha, Los Angeles, Minnesota,

New York, Texas, Portland, Southern Idaho and Maine, to name a few.

“We have so much good music that runs the spectrum from rock ‘n roll,

jazz, blues, Latin, Indie, ska, bluegrass/newgrass, Celtic, folk, Americana,

funk, country and Southern rock,” said Mel. “Some are pure cover bands

while others play only original music.”

With such an eclectic schedule of musical entertainment, Mel said both

their live music and popular comedy shows attract a wide spectrum of

guests. “It is not uncommon to have a crowd of 21 to 60-plus years of age

for just about any of our events,” he said. For more information on The

219’s lineup, go to their website 219.bar.

On the same block as The 219 Lounge is The Hive, which for the past five

years has also been host to a thriving music scene. Jeff Grady, a music

enthusiast, purchased the Pastime building and began an extensive

renovation before reopening in August of 2014. Since that time, The

Hive has hosted many amazing musical events including what has now

become the traditional “Aftival”—musical entertainment that takes place

at The Hive following the concerts at the annual Festival at Sandpoint

each August.

With two full-service bars, four mezzanine-level VIP booths and state-ofthe-art

sound and light systems, The Hive is host to the Annual Halloween

Bash, a New Year’s Eve Ball and various concerts throughout the year.

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Some of the acts that have graced the stage at The Hive over the past year include JJ Grey and Mofro,

Leftover Salmon, Anders Osborne, Sam Bus and Who’s Bad?–the Michael Jackson Tribute Band.

THEY HOST MANY LOCAL

FAVORITES INCLUDING DEVON

WADE, BRIAN JACOBS &

CHRIS LYNCH, AND THE BEAT

DIGGERS IN ADDITION TO

REGIONAL ARTISTS.

It’s a venue that is unique, fun and worth the visit! Check out their website, LiveFromTheHive.com, for

information and a calendar of their events.

Along Cedar Street in Downtown Sandpoint, you will also find places such as Pend d’Oreille Winery,

The Back Door and MickDuff ’s Beer Hall, all of which host musical entertainment on a regular basis.

Pend d’Oreille Winery, located at the corner of Cedar Street and Third Avenue in the beautifully

renovated Belwood Building, is host to live music during the winter months every Friday evening from 5

to 8pm. They also have live music during special events on Saturdays such as the 2nd Saturday Art Walk.

Music makes the

world go ‘round

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“Our most popular local bands are Mike Wagoner and Sadie, Jake Robin, One Street Over and Brian

Jacobs,” said Kylie Presta, who along with Jim Bopp owns Pend d’Oreille Winery. “Musical guests usually

represent folk, pop, alternative and country styles.”

Pend d’Oreille Winery also brings in musicians from out of town, such as Tom Catmull and Britchy from

Missoula.

And if you are looking for a beautiful place to relax on a Sunday, Pend d’Oreille Winery welcomes local

and experienced pianists for Piano Sundays. “Piano Sundays are becoming our most attended events,”

said Kylie. “Scott Kirby, Bob Beadling, Peter Lucht and Annie Welle are four of our most popular pianists.”

Just down the street is The Back Door, which opened in the fall of 2017. Located next to Baxter’s on

Cedar, The Back Door has hosted several musical guests on Friday and Saturday throughout the year.

Its quaint setting is a great place to enjoy all genres of music including pop, rock, country folk and

Americana.

Whether it is summer out on the lawn or inside on the dance floor, MickDuff ’s Beer Hall is a great place

to enjoy music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

They host many local favorites include Devon Wade, Brian Jacobs & Chris Lynch, and The Beat Diggers

in addition to regional artists. Regardless, there is always a packed house with room to dance if you want

to move to the music.

Just across Fifth Avenue in the Granary District, you will find Matchwood Brewing Company, which

opened in October 2018. Husband-and-wife owners Kennden Culp and Andrea Marcoccio, along

with their entire crew, have a deep appreciation for talented artists bringing music and high quality

performances for the community to experience together.


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“WE BELIEVE

MUSIC CAN

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POSITIVE

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CHANGE,

PROMPT

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AND

INCREASE

LAUGHTER.”

“We believe music can foster positive community change, prompt

dialogue and increase laughter,” said Andrea. “It is our goal to provide

artists with an authentic experience while making positive, face-toface

connections with our guests and neighbors as well as honor and

appreciate the time, commitment and creativity behind the art forms

being performed.”

From creating a warm and intimate setting to working with sound

specialists, Andrea said that Matchwood Brewing will be an authentic

place to perform, watch and listen. “In addition, while conducting

our apprenticeship at Imagine Nation Brewing Company, we watched

firsthand the power of diversity in music performance and seek to

engage community members with unique musical and performance

talents as much as possible,” she said.

At Matchwood Brewing there will be both local and regional artists

performing on weekdays, weekends and for specialty events, all in

a family friendly environment. Andrea said they look forward to

launching a summer series of outdoor concerts at the historic Molasses

Tower stage with the grain elevator as a beautiful backdrop in 2019. Be

sure and check them out at MatchwoodBrewing.com.

After living in the Sandpoint area for a number of years, Mel shares that

he is excited to see how the music scene is emerging not just at The 219

Lounge but many venues throughout town.

“Sandpoint has developed a great music scene ranging from great singer/

songwriters and bands performing at local restaurants, bars, pubs and

breweries to top-notch bands playing at Schweitzer during ski season

and festivals and national acts playing the Festival and the Hive,” said

Mel. “I believe The 219 and others have led a renaissance of the latenight

scene in Sandpoint, and we are becoming a destination for great

music on a year-round basis, not just during the annual Sandpoint Music

Festival. We have some great local bands and musicians.”

This is just a sampling of what one can experience when it comes to

music in Sandpoint. There are many businesses that have done much to

make Sandpoint a great music venue over the years including Di Luna’s,

Trinity at City Beach, Eichardt’s, MickDuff ’s Beer Hall, Schweitzer

Mountain, Arlo’s, Forty-One South, Pend d’Oreille Winery and The 219

Lounge, all of which have hosted local and regional musicians and bands

for years. In addition, The Hive and the Festival at Sandpoint have put

Sandpoint on the scene with the national acts they bring to town. And

one can’t forget the great music that the Panida Theater hosts.

Come and explore! It may be a small town, but the music culture is

global.

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Health and beauty go hand in hand. When your body is

healthy on the outside, it radiates through outwardly.

Eating well, drinking plenty of water, exercising, spending

time outdoors breathing in the fresh air—all of these are

crucial to being your best you. If you’re looking for a little

help improving yourself beyond what’s in your control, our area is

home to many trustworthy medical spas ready to help you in your

journey to becoming your best self. You only have one life and one

you. You deserve to shine!

BEAUTY 101

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— BY PATTY HUTCHENS —

Authenticity

The true definition of beauty

EMPOWERING PEOPLE to love themselves and love their skin

within is the mission of Sarah Hamilton, owner of Sarah Hamilton FACE, and

her staff. With over 15 years experience as a cosmetic, aesthetic registered nurse

specializing in Botox and dermal fillers, Sarah has a unique ability to connect

with her patients. Her advanced degree in clinical nutrition coupled with a

passion for wellness is indicative of the holistic approach she takes when it comes

to working with her clients.

As one ages, we may not feel old on the inside, but we notice the outward signs

are definitely beginning to show. At Sarah Hamilton FACE they understand

that each person’s skin is different and unique, requiring an educated approach

to what will work best for that individual. FACE is in the top 5 percent in the

country in Botox and Juvederm injections, which lends them to be one of the

most experienced cosmetic injectable practices in the area. They are known for

their natural-looking, undetectable approach to injectables leaving their clients

looking and feeling confident in their own skin.

Besides Botox and dermal fillers, Sarah and her staff also provide treatments

such as Kybella for fat loss, Fractional Halo resurfacing lasers, BBL or IPL Lasers,

microneedling, acne treatments, PRP or platelet-rich plasma

facials, platelet rich plasma treatments, HydraFacials,

hair restoration, laser hair removal, and much more. They are continuing to

grow and expand, and all of the products they use for their facial and injectable

services have been named the safest, most effective and are FDA approved.

When it comes to maintaining your beautiful skin, Sarah Hamilton FACE

can help you keep your complexion brilliant. Their line of complex, medicalgrade

skincare products, which include everything from corrective serums

to hydrators and exfoliants, will ensure your skin will always feel fresh and

rejuvenated.

Working with Sarah at Sarah Hamilton FACE is her staff of six and growing,

including Aesthetic RN Ashley Stepp, Dr. Geoffrey Stiller, a board-certified

cosmetic surgeon and FACE’s medical director, Master Aesthetician Niki Hart,

Jessica Cuevas who serves as office manager, Calico Svendsen and Nikki Calkins,

the patient coordinators. Together they have worked to build lasting and trusted

relationships with their clients.

Intrigued? Find out more by scheduling a consultation. Your skin will thank you

for it!

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Hello There

We answer your most asked questions about Botox

BY BRI WILLIAMS, RN, BSN, REFINED AESTHETICS MED SPA

recent study conducted

by Allergan, the

pharmaceutical company

that produces Botox, found that

100 percent of women, aged 26

to 55, are aware of Botox Cosmetic.

It’s pretty fascinating when you think

about the fact that every single woman

in that age group is aware of a single drug

that is used to treat wrinkles. What many of

the women in that same group did not know,

however, is how the drug works, how much it costs,

how long it lasts and what to expect during a Botox

treatment.

Many women, and men, are surprised to find how

simple, quick and easy a Botox treatment is. Below we

answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

How exactly does Botox work?

Botox works by blocking the synapse that sends the message

from the nerve to the muscle to contract. Because that

communication circuit has been broken, the injected muscle

is not able to contract, which in turn causes the wrinkles to

relax and soften. Over the next three to four months, new nerve

connections are naturally created within the treatment area, and

the muscle slowly gets movement back.

Are Botox treatments painful?

No. A very small needle is used to inject Botox. Many clients find

the treatment to be very well tolerated and do not experience

any discomfort. A typical treatment only takes a few minutes

and involves superficial injections of the Botox into the desired

treatment area. Numbing cream can be applied prior to your

treatment if discomfort is a concern.

How long does Botox last?

Botox takes two to 14 days to become effective and lasts

three to four months on average. Many clients find that

with continued treatments they can go longer between

appointments.

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Is there any social downtime after Botox injections?

No. Most clients leave the office with small bumps

at the injection sites, and they go away in 10 to 15

minutes. It is possible that you could get a small

bruise, but unlikely. Many clients do their

treatment on their lunch break and

return to work immediately. You need

to avoid vigorous exercise the day of

your treatment, and do not massage

your face for eight to 12 hours after

your treatment (use very gentle

pressure while washing your face).

H

ow much does Botox cost?

The price of Botox varies

from practice to practice.

On average Botox is $11 per unit.

The amount of Botox a person

needs also varies from person to

person. Generally, the area between

the eyebrows (frown lines) requires

20 units, the forehead 10 to 12 units

and the crow’s feet 12 units/side. Men

typically need more Botox than women

to have the same effect. Botox can

also be used in other areas of the face.

Consult with your aesthetic provider to

discuss other common treatment areas.

Is Botox safe?

Botox Cosmetic received FDA approval in 2002

and is approved for use in over 75 countries.

There have been more than 500 peer-reviewed

articles in scientific and medical journals, and it is

the most widely researched and studied treatment of

its kind. There were over 7 million Botox Cosmetic

treatments performed last year alone, and the medical

community considers it to be low risk and safe.

When done conservatively and dosed

appropriately, Botox can help to soften

wrinkles and prevent deep lines

from forming, without making

you look unnatural or frozen.

Consult your aesthetic

provider to discuss if Botox

Cosmetic is right for you,

and learn how you can look

refreshed, youthful and

rested.

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FACIAL OILS

The original skincare

BY BRI WILLIAMS, RN, BSN, REFINED AESTHETICS MED SPA

hen it comes to

choosing skincare

products, it can

be difficult to know

which ones are right for

you. There are thousands

of products ranging from

cleansers to eye serums, and

knowing which products will

work for you, your skin type

and the issues you are trying

to correct (acne, fine lines,

large pores, etc.) can seem like

a daunting task. Let’s get back to

basics and discuss some of the first

products that were used to cleanse

and correct our skin woes.

What are facial oils?

Facial oils (often called beauty oils

or serums) are a blend of beneficial

plant oils that work to moisturize

and deeply nourish the skin.

Derived from plants rather than

animal or petroleum products, their

starring role in the beauty routine

comes after cleanser and before

creams/lotions. They work best

to rejuvenate your complexion by

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supplying nutrients to the skin in a form that penetrates deeply into the

layers of your skin, giving you the most benefit. Unlike conventional

moisturizers that combine water and wax, facial oil blends are typically

100-percent active ingredients and contain no fillers.

Natural plant oils have been used as moisturizers and skin conditioners

for thousands of years. The complex biology of plant compounds

delivers vitamins, antioxidants and omega fatty acids, resulting in

endless skin benefits. Scientists have tried extensively to replicate the

beneficial plant compounds in labs but have not been able to reproduce

them in their entirety. So, while many skincare products deliver amazing

results, if you desire an all-natural skincare approach, consider the use

of oils.

Won’t facial oils cause breakouts and excessive oil?

When you first hear about adding oil to your beauty routine, it is natural

to be concerned about breakouts and excessive oiliness. The truth is

that adding oils to your beauty routine helps to normalize your oil

production. When we use products that strip our natural oils from our

skin, our body produces more oil to prevent over drying. But when you

use the right type and amount of oil, excess oil production can calm

down. And, most natural plant oils are non-comedogenic, meaning they

will not clog your pores.

Which facial oils are best for my skin type?

Now that you know the many benefits of adding facial oils to your

skincare routine, let’s talk about which oils are best for your skin type or

concern.

• Dry/Mature Skin - Jojoba seed and rosehip oils will help to fade

discolorations and encourage cell regeneration while moisturizing.

These oils are lightly scented, provide rich hydration and are absorbed

quickly.

• Combination Skin - Bergamot and marula oil help prevent skin

damage and fight breakouts, while jasmine and lapis oils are great to

boost emollient moisture and calm oil production in prone areas.

• Sensitive Skin - Chia, shea and lavender oils have a calming effect and

nourish sensitive, dry and irritable skin. They are rich in omega-3 fatty

acids as well as powerful antioxidants and plant-based probiotics to

nourish even the most sensitive skin.

Mother Earth provides so many beautiful resources that have benefits

beyond what can be created in a lab. They can be beneficial on their own

or in conjunction with other skincare products. Take advantage of these

natural resources and take your skincare routine back to the basics.

Natural plant oils have been used as moisturizers and skin

conditioners for thousands of years. The complex biology of

plant compounds delivers vitamins, antioxidants and omega

fatty acids, resulting in endless skin benefits.

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OUTSIDE

BY PATTY HUTCHENS

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When Zach and Hannah Vollmer were presented with the

opportunity to purchase the Alpine Shop in Sandpoint, they

knew they could not pass it up. For the previous two years, Zach

had worked as general manager for both Alpine Shop locations,

one in Downtown Sandpoint and the other in Schweitzer Village, and

already knew the business thoroughly. And besides, working side by side was

something the couple had long talked about.

“We have always wanted to work together and own our own business,” says

Hannah. “Owning and operating the Alpine Shop not only allows us to do

this but also utilizes our strengths. Above all it allows us to be a part of the

Sandpoint community, which we love.”

The Alpine Shop has been a staple in Sandpoint for more than 50 years. As

new owners, both Zach and Hannah are grateful to previous owners for

building such a great foundation upon which they can continue to expand to

serve locals and tourists alike. Since purchasing the business at the beginning

of summer, Zach and Hannah already have regular customers from Sandpoint

and beyond who they now call friends.

With a mission to provide superior customer service, Zach and Hannah look

forward to doing all they can to maximize their customers’ experience when

it comes to both shopping and embarking on adventure. The couple has

more than 20 years combined experience as sales reps, buyers and managers

for various outdoor industry companies and also have a passion for outdoor

adventure themselves. “Our professional experience and participation in

outdoor recreation makes us a great resource for our customers,” says Zach.

When you walk into both of the Alpine Shop locations, you will experience a

welcoming atmosphere with staff that is eager to assist you with whatever you

need. They provide boot fitting and ski tuning at both locations, so you can

be ready for your day on the mountain. If you are looking to rent, they offer

rental packages on skis, snowboards, cross-country skis and snow shoes.

“We offer everything from basic to high-performance equipment for rent and

for purchase,” says Zach of the products they carry, which include brands such

as Salomon, Atomic, Nordica, Blizzard, Volkl and Rossignol.

And with so many brands from which to choose, the Alpine Shop at

Schweitzer provides a unique opportunity for customers to demo skis before

purchasing them. “It provides our customers a chance to have the experience

of trying them out before making the decision to purchase,” Zach says.

At both locations, there is also much to choose from when it comes to

clothing, jackets, ski gloves and more. Among the name brands they carry are

Arc’teryx, Flylow, Hestra, Picture, Helly Hansen, Smartwool, Descente and

Spyder.

And if you think the Alpine Shop is all about winter adventure, think

again! As soon as the snow is gone and the air begins to warm up, the shop

turns over its inventory to a place where summer adventures await. With

paddleboards, kayaks, water skis, wake surfers, tubes and more, you can have

all you need for a day on the water.

Stop by and visit and see all the Alpine Shop has to offer. I promise you won’t

leave empty handed!

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With just about every variety of terrain no more than a couple hours away, the arc

from Spokane to Sandpoint is among the finest places in the country for winter

recreation. It’s so good, in fact, that expert climber Jess Roskelley wouldn’t live

anywhere else.

“The reason I have lived here my entire life is because it’s the center of a lot of areas to go

climbing or skiing,” Roskelley said.

And so much more.

Options for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and other well-known recreations abound

in the Inland Northwest.

“Spokane: You can fly in from anywhere in the world,” said Alf Cromwell, Selkirk Powder’s

director of marketing, “and within that day you can be skiing crazy cool stuff.”

But if you’ve grown tired of that usual slate of options, consider the more extreme sports

available to those who want to push their limits—at just about any altitude.

Heli-Skiing

One of the most exclusive extreme sports opportunities in the region is to heli-ski your way

through the Selkirk Mountains. A helicopter picks you up and your group basically can

decide where you want to be dropped off. And then you ski.

line while the divers—including a safety

guide—explore the underside of the ice.

“It’s a bit thrilling,” said Phillip Graf, who

has been leading such dives for almost

two decades for Omni Divers in Oregon.

“When you get underneath the ice you can

look up and see the bubbles forming.”

The sediment normally in the lake settles

in the cold, still water, so you can see more

clearly than on a hot summer day. You

can also touch the bubbles and play with

them, like the Mercury effect, Graf said.

He’s even done some water skiing along

the underside of the ice.

Local outfitter Jake Powlison of Jake’s

Diving—which, along with Atlantis

Aquatics, offers dives in the Inland

Northwest—cautioned that this is only for

advanced divers.

“Imagine you’re on a ski lift. You’re deposited at the top and have the choice of a few runs.

Heli-skiing is like that but on steroids,” Cromwell said. “You go where you want to go.

… You have this portable ski lift at your disposal to ski runs wherever you want that are

appealing to your eye and ability level.”

In short, you get exclusivity. Which comes at a price: $1,975 per person.

“It’s that amazing, romantic adventure that’s irresistible,” Cromwell said, “and for those who

are bold enough, they will be rewarded with world-class snow and ease of access.”

Selkirk Powder runs excursions out of Sandpoint Airport from March 2 through April 14.

Ice Diving

Not for the beginner, ice diving offers the chance to explore lakes at their most serene.

Guides start by cutting a triangular hole in the ice and shoving the

triangle down and under to form an opening. Then,

divers take the plunge, tethered to a line at

the surface. Guides mind the

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“Spokane: You can fly in from anywhere

in the world,” said Alf Cromwell,

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“It adds another aspect of excitement because you can’t go straight up,

you can’t punch through the ice,” Powlison said. “It’s exciting. When

you jump in, there’s an adrenaline rush for sure.”

Guides: Jake’s Scuba Adventures in Coeur d’Alene, Atlantis Aquatics in

Spokane, Omni Divers in Oregon/Washington/Idaho

Terrain Parks

Skiers and snowboarders looking for a place to hone their jumping and

maneuvering skills can look to the area’s various terrain parks.

Schweitzer Mountain Resort has three, of varying levels of difficulty,

from beginner to expert. Skills developed in the terrain parks transfer

well to other parts of the mountain, said Matt Conger, marketing

coordinator at Schweitzer.

“It’s a really good way to hone some skills for getting comfortable in the

air on a man-made built feature with the proper takeoff and landing,”

Conger said. “Then you can go, ‘OK, that cliff isn’t so scary.’”

They also offer another way to enjoy the mountains when the powder

isn’t fresh or the ski conditions aren’t ideal for the slopes, Conger said.

“The terrain park is one of those things that’s always there.”

Safety is paramount, he said, so those who want to enjoy the Stomping

Grounds, Schweitzer’s largest park, are required to complete some basic

safety and etiquette training.

Ice Climbing

For those willing to go a little bit farther—or to pay close attention to

conditions nearby—ice climbing in this region is some of the world’s

best.

“We’re a really pretty day’s drive from the best place in the world to

ice climb,” said Roskelley, who has climbed ice around the globe. “Ice

climbing is basically when there’s either frozen waterfalls or snowmelt

or the rain water table leaks through cliffs, and as soon as it ends up

freezing up, guys like me decide to go hang out on it.”

Much like any form of rock climbing, climbing ice takes proper

equipment and training. But if people are willing to watch the ice at

local places, such as Banks Lake near the Grand Coulee Dam, or are

willing to drive six hours into Canada, the reward is worth it.

If you’re new to climbing on any surface, Roskelley recommends

learning at a gym and doing some rock climbing first, “and working

your way up to using sharp metal objects” like ice picks.

People can also look into ice climbing guides, classes and outfitters.

Motorized Snow Biking

Take a dirt bike, remove its tires and add snowmobile treads. That’s how

you end up with motorized snow biking, or Snow BikeCross, a recent

addition to the X-Games as an official event.

Timbersled, a company that began in Sandpoint and was bought by

Polaris three years ago, is a pioneer in the industry. It sells various kits

to convert motorbikes to snow bikes. Various dealers in the area are

able to outfit those who are interested.

As for where you can use them, the general rule is to follow regulations

for snowmobiles. So, people should check with parks and other

locations before riding.

Whatever your adventure, enjoy the ride.

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Northwest Dining

Continues to Expand

Diners’ options ARE NOW

greater than ever

— BY COLIN ANDERSON —

Those living in the Northwest tend to take a more casual approach to life. This does not

mean you’ll find lazy and uninspired chefs in the kitchen, in fact, it’s quite the opposite.

Evidenced by the continued abundance of new restaurants, the regional dining scene is

thriving, and diners are continually seeking out the freshest and most creative menus.

Sourcing locally is a priority for all of the top regional chefs. Seafood is purchased from trusted

contacts along the coast and grains grown in the vast Palouse farmland are utilized in breads

and pastries. Chefs focus on creating most of their dishes in house but also work with local

bakers, butchers and farmers to ensure only the best and freshest ingredients make it to their

guests.

With dozens of wineries, breweries, distilleries and cider houses scattered across the region,

chefs can also find wonderful pairings for the dishes and often collaborate on specialty sauces,

menu items and beverage-pairing dinners.

Ever-expanding Spokane, Washington, is the place to go for a big-city dining experience

without losing that down-home feel. There are a few restaurants you’ll want to dress up for, but

you can still find a wonderful meal in a casual atmosphere. No matter what area of town you

are in, you’ll find unique food with exceptional taste and quality.

The picturesque town of Sandpoint, Idaho, is home to a variety of restaurants that combine a

pleasant dining atmosphere, many offering breathtaking views with local flair. You won’t have

a difficult time finding something to please your palate with everything from Italian to sushi to

exquisite cuts of meat.

Coeur d’Alene, another North Idaho town offering impressive views of the lake and mountains,

takes advantage of distinctive food options influenced by the region. Though the variety of

cuisine is distinct, you’ll find that restaurants here offer menus that are Northwest inspired,

incorporating as much local product as possible.

For those blessed to call this area home, and for those who are just visiting for a while, the

splendid scenery and generous hospitality, combined with one-of-a-kind dining experiences, is

truly unmatched. Bon appétit!

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— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

QUALITY, PHILANTHROPY, LIFESTYLE

PARTY ANIMAL VODKA LIVES UP TO ITS NAME

Agirl, a small Idaho town and potato

vodka. That’s how the story begins.

Fast forward to today, and Party

Animal Vodka is taking Idaho by

storm, one bottle at a time.

Katherine Cullen is the woman behind Party

Animal Vodka. Founded in 2017 and officially

bottled in 2018, Katherine, along with fiancé

and co-founder Joshua Hanson, launched the

company right here in Idaho in April 2018

when bottles officially began hitting shelves.

“I really wanted to drink a brand of vodka

that had a story behind it that I could not

only relate to but also stood for a just cause,”

recalls Katherine. “I wanted a brand that

related to me no matter if I was planning

on staying in and having friends over or out

at the bar taking shooters with all the other

‘party animals.’ Then it clicked. I began a quest

to create a vodka that contained three simple

factors: quality, philanthropy and a brand that

relates to a live-in-the-moment lifestyle.”

Today, more than ever, consumers care

about the products they use and consume.

Party Animal Vodka provides an extremely

high-quality product at a reasonable price.

“Our product also uses its name to relate

to the consumer, as well as symbolize

the philanthropy,” says Katherine. “The

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Party Animal brand name and culture is

synonymous with giving back to animals.”

Traditionally, vodka was made from potatoes,

but today, most are made from corn, grain

or wheat. Party Animal Vodka is distilled in

Idaho from locally sourced famous Idaho

russet potatoes. “We like to say we are ‘getting

back to the roots,’” smiles Katherine. There

are no added sugars, preservatives or flavors

in their product, and it is low calorie and

low carbohydrates. She adds, “Our vodka is

distilled once; done right the first time.”

By sourcing and producing their product in

Idaho, Party Animal Vodka is supporting the

local economy, from the local potato farmer

to creating jobs at the distillery and in the

sales force. “Idaho potatoes and our Idaho

distillery are what make our vodka so great,

so why outsource?” says Katherine. “Keeping

it local keeps the quality high and the revenue

and jobs local. And last but not least, a portion

of every bottle sold in Idaho gives back to

Idaho wildlife conservation and local animal

shelters.”

In addition, the distillery is eco-friendly and

utilizes wind power. They also recycle waste

water and use their by-product for livestock

feed.

When it comes to the success that Katherine

and Joshua have found with Party Animal

Vodka, they credit it to hard work, dedication

and determination—and their customers.

“Our market is flooded with various brands

and options for consumers, however, being

able to show people why our product is

superior through sampling, communication

and effective marketing has provided immense

success.”

Party Animal Vodka is starting to make an

appearance in select restaurants throughout

Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Hayden and

Sandpoint including: Corner Bar, Capones

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North Idaho

— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

North Idaho is a year-round paradise. The

lakes, rivers and mountains truly make it an

unmatched destination, no matter the season.

Home to Sandpoint, Hayden, Coeur d’Alene,

Post Falls and a sprinkling of other small towns, locals and

visitors alike will be treated to outdoor adventures and

entertainment, with an unbelievable dining scene to top it

all off.

A world of flavors abounds with everything from coffee

cafes and pub and grills, Asian and sushi to authentic

Italian, inventive modern cuisine and more! Whether

you’re looking for a casual experience or fine dining, North

Idaho has it all! Multiple breweries and wineries can be

found throughout the area, with distinct flavors that can

complement any meal.

Crossing the Long Bridge into Sandpoint, you will discover

this quaint town offering a great dining scene! Incredible

fare can be found throughout the city, with several

waterfront restaurant destinations. A stop at Trinity at City

Beach, Forty-One South or Shoga Sushi is a must for great

food and a view. Other restaurants that are worth a visit

include Farmhouse Kitchen and Silo Bar, Baxters on Cedar,

The Back Door and Powder Hound Pizza. Sandpoint is also

home to the award-winning Pend d’Oreille Winery and

Laughing Dog Brewing.

Heading south to Hayden and Coeur d’Alene, both of these

lake towns have a variety of restaurants to suit any taste and

budget. With new restaurants popping up each year, there’s

no shortage of great places to dine: 315 Restaurant housed

in a historic inn, the area’s original public house at Moon

Time or its sister location The Porch, inspired cuisine

at Honey Eatery, great sushi at Syringa and Fisherman’s

Market, comfort foods at Chomper Café—the options are

endless.

Heading west toward Spokane brings you to Post Falls. The

restaurant scene here is made up of long-standing staples

mixed with new favorites. The White House Grill and Oval

Office are popular stops, and Fleur de Sel overlooking the

city is an experience that won’t soon be forgotten. A short

drive north to Rathdrum leads diners to the best Mexican

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When you walk into Forty-One South,

you instantly feel the warm and friendly

atmosphere. The restaurant sits on the shore

of Lake Pend Oreille and offers incredible

views, delicious American cuisine and a true North Idaho

feel with its rustic beamed ceilings and real wood-burning

fireplace. In the summer, you can enjoy outside dining from

their spacious patio area, and no matter what time of year,

there is no better place from which to take in the incredible

sunsets over the mountains and water.

Dinner

WITH A VIEW

— BY PATTY HUTCHENS —

FORTY-ONE SOUTH AND SHOGA SUSHI BAR

OFFER FRESH, INNOVATIVE CUISINE FOR

THE WHOLE FAMILY

While all this may lead one to think that an evening at Forty-

One South is only for that romantic night out or certain

special occasions, the truth is that it is a favorite of many

families as well. With a children’s menu that will appeal to the

younger members of the family, Forty-One South’s innovative

cuisine offers both unique and traditional food choices

including their popular Stone Harbor crab bisque, warm goat

cheese appetizer, smoked filet mignon, wild sockeye salmon

as well as pasta just to name a few. And for those who love to

enjoy some comfort food on occasion, you cannot pass up the

“Lakeshore” burger or the buffalo meatloaf.

Their exquisite food preparation coupled with the ambiance

of Forty-One South makes it an experience that has both

locals and tourists returning again and again. They have a full

bar as well as a bar menu for those wanting to stop in for a

cocktail and appetizer or light meal.

With a menu that changes with the seasons, Forty-One South

is not only the perfect place to enjoy a memorable night out,

but they also host many special events throughout the year.

Their monthly wine dinners throughout the winter season

are especially popular. Guests enjoy a five-course dinner

accompanied by a hearty wine to complement each course.

Featuring a different winery every month, the wine dinners

are always a sellout, so reservations are required. If you are

looking to host a celebration, Forty-One South also provides

in-house and off-site catering for small and large groups

including weddings, birthdays, business meetings and holiday

parties. They also have a private dining room available.

Cassandra Cayson has owned Forty-One South for just over

eight years and has earned a reputation for providing not

only excellent food and spirits but also exceptional service as

well. With the success of Forty-One South, it was no surprise

when Cassandra opened a second restaurant in 2012, Shoga

Sushi Bar, right next door to Forty-One South. Offering

customers an alternative option, the menu at Shoga offers a

variety of nigiri, sashimi and specialty rolls as well as many

Asian-inspired entrees such as the chicken teriyaki or beef

and broccoli.

Cassandra and her staff pride themselves on building

relationships with the locals and tourists alike. The chefs use

only the freshest ingredients and source them from as many

local sustainable farms as possible. Both restaurants focus on

accommodating each guest’s tastes and preferences above all.

Hours do vary by season, so it is recommended to call ahead.

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Offering an

dining experience

— BY PATTY HUTCHENS —

TRINITY AT CITY BEACH IS ONE OF SANDPOINT’S

PREMIER DINING LOCATIONS

SERVING UP SEASONAL CUISINE WHILE

SUPPORTING THE LOCAL ECONOMY

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A

taste of something

local. That is what you

will experience when

you visit Trinity at City

Beach in Sandpoint. For the past

10 years, Trinity at City Beach,

owned by Justin and Shaunavee

Dick, has been one of the premier

restaurants in the community

offering a variety of timeless food,

a beautiful view and superior

customer service.

Located inside the Best Western

Edgewater Hotel, Trinity at City

Beach is open for breakfast, lunch

and dinner, with the exception of

Christmas day. And when tourist

season is over, Trinity is still

thriving with locals and numerous

community events.

With a menu driven by their loyal

customers, Trinity at City Beach

is a place in tune with not only its

customers but local purveyors as

well, working with several local

farmers to procure fresh lettuce,

vegetables and more. Supporting

the local economy is important

to Justin, which is why he also

offers wine from local wineries

including Pend d’Oreille Winery

and Small House Winery, as

well as beer from Laughing Dog

Brewery and MickDuffs, coffee

from Evans Brothers Coffee and

spirits from Mill Town Distillery.

Trinity at City Beach offers

timeless and consistent food

while still changing it up with

the seasons. The menu at Trinity

at City Beach is not only full of

variety and consistently delicious,

but it is also accommodating to

special diets including those who

suffer from allergies, are gluten

free, vegetarian or vegan.

In addition to a wide selection of

wine and craft beer, Trinity at City

Beach also offers a full bar. They

often partner with local wineries

to host wine dinners, pairing fine

wine with each course of one’s

meal—just one of many special

events hosted by Trinity at City

Beach throughout the year.

While it is clear that Justin and his

staff are great supporters of the

local economy with their choice

of local purveyors, they also open

their hearts and donate much

back to the community they call

home. As the most communityactive

restaurant in Sandpoint

over the last decade, Trinity at

City Beach has worked with and

supported every major nonprofit

throughout the Sandpoint area

including CHAFE 150, Sandpoint

Chamber of Commerce’s Beerfest,

Ride Idaho, Spokane to Sandpoint

Relay, Scenic Half Marathon,

Leadership Sandpoint’s Cinco

de Mayo, Sandpoint Rotary’s

WaCanID Bicycle Ride, Mountain

States Chili Cook-Off, Shriners

Club of Sandpoint Huckleberry

Pancake Breakfast, Community

Assistance League Wine Pairing

Dinner, Dine Out for a Cause -

Bonner Community Food Bank,

Idaho Conservation League Pend

Oreille Bay Trail Fun Run and

Panhandle Alliance for Education.

In recognition of Trinity at

City Beach’s commitment to

community, they were recently

named the Outstanding

Philanthropic Company for

North Idaho by the Idaho Non-

Profit Center, recognizing them

as an outstanding company

that demonstrates a strong

commitment to leadership

in philanthropy and brings

philanthropic work to the core of

its mission. “We are truly honored

to receive this award,” said Justin,

who considers it a privilege

to work in such a wonderful

community and is grateful to

all who have supported him

throughout the years.

“We have an eclectic Inland

Northwest cuisine among

Sandpoint, Coeur d’Alene and

Spokane,” he says, adding that

customer service, fine cuisine and

music are all intertwined to create

a one-of-a-kind experience. “Food

is only one part of a restaurant

experience.”

Trinity at City Beach is open

Sunday through Thursday from

7:30am to 9pm and Friday

and Saturday from 7:30am to

10pm. Enjoy the live musical

entertainment each Friday and

Saturday night from 5 to 8pm.


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— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

Hayden Lake’s

GATHERING PLACE

The Porch Public House is worth

the visit each and every time

Opened in 2003 in Hayden Lake, Idaho, by John Grollmus

and Brad Fosseen—the duo behind Moon Time in Coeur

d’Alene—the Porch Public House offers diners exceptional

food, brews, cocktails and service, all complemented by a

beautiful golf-course view. It’s the perfect setting to dine and imbibe with

friends, family or co-workers any time of year no matter what the occasion.

With Moon Time being a neighborhood favorite for Coeur d’Alene diners

since 1996, John and Brad decided to bring a similar concept to the Hayden

community. The Porch features many similar menu items to Moon Time,

with some that are distinct to its locale. From the delicious sandwiches,

salads and soups to scratch-made specials, you’ll be treated to great food

at even better prices. In addition to the selection of great regional brews

and wines, The Porch offers a full bar and the area’s finest cocktails to

accompany your meal.

Whether you choose to dine in the comfortable pub-style dining room

or enjoy the view from their outdoor dining area, you’ll feel like you’re at

home.

At The Porch, the values are consistent with those implemented at Moon

Time. The owners and staff have a relationship built on mutual respect and

friendship. “We value each employee personally, not just taking the time

to say thanks every day, but also to know about their families, friends and

significant others, and ask questions to know what is happening in their

personal lives,” says John.

With all of the success these friends and business partners have secured

in the restaurant business, Brad says what makes him truly proud is that

guests keep coming back and have become friends, and he has a staff who

sees to it.

Every neighborhood should be so lucky, and thanks to John and Brad,

Hayden Lake is one lucky place.

The Porch Public House

Hayden

1658 E. Miles Ave.

208.772.7711

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1602 Sherman Avenue, Coeur d’Alene

208.667.2331

The Moon Burger

1658 E Miles Ave., Hayden Lake

208.772.7711

CHECK OUT SPECIALS AND FULL MENUS AT:

WWW.WEDONTHAVEONE.COM

Salmon Cakes

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RECIPE FOR

Success


EMPOWERING EMPLOYEES

AND COMMUNITY

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

You can’t help but notice all of the gastropubs and

public houses that have been popping up all

around North Idaho the past few years, yet, there

is one that started it all back in 1996 right here in

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. And it has stood the test of time.

Any local will tell you Moon Time is a very casual,

comfortable place to hang out. It’s like its own community.

There are customers who have been going there for more

than 20 years who are still seeing the same staff who has

been working there nearly or just as long.

Friends and owners John Grollmus and Brad Fosseen have

seen to it, since day one, that Moon Time gives their guests

consistency. Offering great food at a reasonable price, paired

with excellent service and a familiar face, has always been

their goal. Guests get what they have come to expect.

The menu, from the start, has featured unique and upscale

pub food bringing a variety of items from many different

cultures together, paired with a carefully selected 19 beer

handles and a wide variety of wines, which complement the

food.

John and Brad care about the success of their restaurants,

but even more importantly, they care about their employees.

They are not blind to the realities of life, and it is important

to them to take care of those who work for them. That is just

one reason they try to pay better than any other restaurant

in the area.

“I think it’s important that both Brad and myself spent our

whole lives working in restaurants. That experience helps us

to make the kinds of decisions which employees appreciate

as they come from a perspective which understands the

employee,” says John.

When in Coeur d’Alene and looking for a great neighborhood

pub, pull up a chair at Moon Time, where the staff is ready

to serve you the best!

Moon Time

East Coeur d’Alene

1602 E. Sherman Ave. #116

208.667.2331

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Fresh food in a

beautiful place!

215 W. Kathleen

Coeur d’alene, ID. 83815

208.664.4800

www.FishermansMarketCdA.com

THIS IS THE PLACE FOR THE

FRESHEST FISH IN TOWN!

— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

FISHERMAN’S MARKET, GRILL AND

SUSHI … the only place in Coeur d’Alene

where you can sit down, enjoy a fresh seafood

meal with a cold beer or glass of wine, and

then bring home the freshest seafood and

prepare it at home for yourself or a dinner

party later!

A huge glass cooler displays the wide

selection of wild-caught fish, shellfish

and in-house smoked fish, with fresh fish

overnighted from Hawaii. Restaurant menu

items feature fresh catches, and among the

most popular are fish tacos and the crowdpleasing

coconut-crusted snapper special.

From calamari and eel to salmon, tuna and

shellfish, Fisherman’s Market has it all.

A full sushi bar has drawn fans from around

North Idaho offering a quick sushi lunch. The

menu has all the regular favorites and a few

addicting local creations such as the North

Idaho roll—containing salmon, green onion,

avocado and cucumber. Not only can you

enjoy sushi in the restaurant, but you can call

ahead and have them build a custom platter

to take home as well!

Shop, dine and take out, all at Fisherman’s

Market.

Fisherman’s Market,

Grill & Sushi

North Coeur d’Alene

215 W. Kathleen Ave.

208.664.4800

FishermansMarketCdA.com

From fresh seafood and fish for sale to entrees and sushi,

Fisherman’s Market, Grill and Sushi has it all

A taste of our menu

OYSTER OR CATFISH PO’ BOY

Lettuce, tomato, red onion and Cajun

mayo served on a hoagie roll

FRESH CRAB SANDWICH

Fresh dungeness crab, lettuce, egg and

Louis sauce served on a hoagie roll

FISH AND CHIPS

Choices include Alaskan cod, mahimahi,

wild salmon, catfish, Alaskan

halibut, black tiger shrimp, small oysters,

clam strips or calamari strips, served

with traditional coleslaw and your choice

of two tartars

POKI TUNA

Raw ahi and julienne vegetables tossed in

a spicy Asian dressing

1 LB. STEAMER

Manila clams, beer, butter and choice of

garlic or Cajun spices

POSEIDON ADVENTURE

Fried cod, prawns and calamari atop

baby spinach, sundried tomatoes, capers

and lemon-pesto dressing

TASTE OF BAJA

Fish or shrimp taco plate with two tacos

topped with shredded cabbage, cilantro,

salsa, cotija and jalapeño cream, served

with rice and beans

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TWO DISTINCT

Dining Destinations

COEUR D’ALENE IS HOME TO LOCAL FAVORITES

SYRINGA AND BLUEBIRD

— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

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Syringa Japanese Café and Sushi Bar has been satisfying

locals since 2007, and since day one, owners Viljo and

Autumn Basso have been serving guests the best sushi

and modern Japanese cuisine North Idaho has to offer!

High-quality, fresh ingredients and wonderful flavors are used in

each dish they serve. With a flare for originality and excellence, this

quaint little restaurant has set itself apart from the rest.

“We feel so blessed to be a part of this amazing community,” says

Autumn. “We are fortunate to have a crew that is passionate about

great service and providing our customers with a quality product.”

In 2016, the husband-and-wife team opened The Bluebird, a

midtown eatery, which quickly gained a large following that

continues to grow. Viljo and Autumn have delivered a casual

neighborhood bistro-style restaurant offering a cozy rustic

interior, with reclaimed warm rustic wood and metal, and vintage

photographs decorating the walls. The Bluebird is an eclectic

Northwest bistro—the menu inspired by the couple’s 20-plus years

of culinary travels and adventures. Seasonal as much as possible, the

menu items change frequently with specials offered weekly, allowing

diners to try something new each time they visit.

“We have a daily scallop special and the tater tot poutine (Cougar

gold cheese sauce, pork belly and green onion),” says Autumn. “Our

fried chicken (breast, thigh, leg and wing with honey miso glaze and

pickle) is a must try. And you can’t pass up dessert. Kayla Carey, the

manager of our White Pine Coffee Shoppe, makes the desserts for

The Bluebird, and she just works magic.”

To accompany the deliciously unique menu, The Bluebird has an

outstanding wine list offering incredible selections from all over

the world. In addition to the wine, they have a great variety of beer,

ciders and sours.

The Bluebird has found its home in Coeur d’Alene’s midtown, and

the neighborhood couldn’t be happier. “Our goal was to open the

kind of restaurant we like to dine at and bring more dining variety

to Coeur d’Alene,” says Autumn. And guests continue to eat it up.

When it comes to what makes both Syringa and The Bluebird

distinct, Viljo says, “At each place, we’ve had the ability to create,

in our small place, a friendly local neighborhood vibe. The food is

unique, the customers are unique and the employees are unique.”

More is on the horizon for Viljo and Autumn, as Syringa will make

its new home in its bigger location just up the street at 1710 N.

Fourth St., in the former Bistro On Spruce location. Set to open

winter 2018/2019, Autumn says she loves the new restaurant space,

and they plan to “Syringa-fy” it.

“We hope the transition to the bigger place is fairly seamless for our

customers,” she says. “We are still going to be a local neighborhood

restaurant with the same friendly faces.”

Syringa Japanese Cafe & Sushi Bar

Coeur d’Alene

1401 N. Fourth St.

208.664.2718

SyringaSushi.com

The Bluebird

Midtown Coeur d’Alene

816 N. Fourth St.

208.665.3777

MidtownBluebird.com

Syringa Japanese Cafe & Sushi Bar

New Location Coming Winter 2018/2019!

Coeur d’Alene

(Corner of Fourth and Spruce) 1710 N. Fourth St.

The new location offers guests ample parking, has more seating

and a private banquet room, which Autumn says they hope to

rent out in the future. She adds, “We’re really excited to be next to

Slate Creek and the Corner Bar!” They will continue to host beer

and winemaker dinners (at both Syringa and The Bluebird), and

customers can keep up with upcoming events on their Facebook

and Instagram page.

Whether you take a seat at Syringa or The Bluebird, Viljo, Autumn

and their staff are ready to serve you and help create a memorable—

and delicious—dining experience.

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— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

LIFE NEVER TASTED BETTER

Discover specialty foods, cheese, Italian meats,

wines and more at The Culinary Stone

With the hustle and bustle of life, it is important not to forget to

slow down and take time to appreciate those around us. Enjoy

your family and friends by gathering for a meal, spending

uninterrupted time conversing and connecting.

This is the humble—yet essential—foundation that The Culinary Stone

was built on: getting people back to the table. In 2014, Brad and Sandra

Gunn partnered with Sandy Volkar and introduced their culinary

lifestyle marketplace to the Coeur d’Alene community. Here they invite

you to come to the table, inspire you to cook and share a meal with

those most important to you.

“Eating together, and eating well, should be a daily

activity—not just for special occasions,” says

Sandra.

The largest kitchen supply store

in the area, discover specialty

foods, cheese and Italian

meats, and wines from

around the region—

and world—in the

The

Culinary

Stone

“EATING TOGETHER, AND EATING WELL, SHOULD BE A DAILY

ACTIVITY—NOT JUST FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS,” SAYS SANDRA.

5,500-square-foot space. Explore new flavor combinations at the Spice

Bar, or be introduced to nouveau Coeur d’Alene Olive Oil Co. olive oils.

Stop by their neighborhood boutique deli for artisan deli meats and

cheeses, and homemade sausages, and don’t forget about their café

featuring artisan breads, European pastries and cakes. Stop by the deli

any time of day, take a seat, and enjoy great food. Try their delicious

gourmet sandwiches, salads and homemade soups—all made to order!

In addition, The Culinary Stone has everything you need to outfit your

kitchen with the greatest in unique and handy kitchen gadgets, cutlery

and dinnerware, pots and pans and cookbooks, perfect for the home

chef and entertaining company.

Each week, area chefs invite you to pull up a seat and learn to

create new delicious meals that you can share with others, all

while engaging with new friends. They also hold weekly

wine tastings, so you can explore new wines to pair

with your meals at home.

Enjoy an experience you won’t find anywhere

else … at The Culinary Stone.

The Culinary Stone

Coeur d’Alene at Riverstone

2129 Main St.

208.277.4116

CulinaryStone.com

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Tonys Italian

Inspired Cuisine

Open through the Holidays

6823 E. Coeur d’Alene Lake Dr., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

208.667.9885 | TonysOnTheLake.com

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One-of-a-Kind Dining

EXPERIENCE

in Century-Old Inn

— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

ONE STOP AT THE 315 RESTAURANT AT THE

GREENBRIAR INN KEEPS GUESTS

COMING BACK FOR MORE

During the colder season, you will

fInd more small-plate options

than ever at prices as low as

$3 per plate. And when it comes

to their handcrafted cocktail

selection, they offer specials

weekly, and you can be assured

that their award-winning bar

and bartenders will be doing

something special.

The Greenbriar Inn opened its doors back in 1985 in a beautiful

historic 1908 building just a few blocks from Downtown

Coeur d’Alene. For more than three decades, owners Bob and

Kris McIlvenna have welcomed their guests into their warm and inviting

inn offering seven suites, each with its own distinct look mixed

with antique and replica furnishings.

There are many antiques mixed with more modern comforts,

providing guests a cozy and eclectic atmosphere. “We have strived

to remain as true to its original structure as possible, with a nod to

modern conveniences,” says Kris.

What started as a bed and breakfast added catering to the mix in 1986.

Greenbriar Catering is the largest independent caterer in North Idaho,

also catering to Eastern Washington, and has won many awards over

the years. Greenbriar has gone through three major remodels, the

most recent being the 315 Restaurant, which Bob and Kris opened in

2008 with a martini and tapas bar.

Today, the 110-year-old inn greets you with its simplicity and elegance

the moment you walk through the door. Take a seat at the stylish bar

and order from the modestly priced wine list or dine at a table near

one of the two fireplaces. To add to the ambiance, live soft music plays

every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evening.

The restaurant sits on the main floor, featuring a flavorful and diverse

menu of starters, tapas and entrées. In addition, you can choose from

a selection of handcrafted martinis and cocktails, beer and wine, and

nonalcoholic beverages and cocktails.

During the colder season, you will find more small-plate options

than ever at prices as low as $3 per plate. And when it comes to their

handcrafted cocktail selection, they offer specials weekly, and you can

be assured that their award-winning bar and bartenders will be doing

something special.

During the months of November and March, they will be hosting

special wine dinners you won’t want to miss.

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TASTY

TAPAS

If you are looking for someone to cater your special event on site or off, The Greenbriar

has you covered. They can cater up to 70 people indoors at their location (up to

150 during the summer months) or off site for parties up to 1,000! Choose from

an extensive appetizer and dinner menu that includes many nationalities as well as

barbecue. “We have a special nonprofit pricing package,” says Kris. “We also offer

wedding events a special package on rooms at The Greenbriar, as well as special pricing

for the wedding or the reception if we’re doing a rehearsal dinner or vice versa.” Call

for an appointment or a phone consultation at 208.667.9660 ext.1. Ask for Kris or

Danielle.

With its garden setting in the middle of downtown, whether you’re a local or visitor to

the area, this is a unique place to gather with friends or family, as it is a 1908 Nationally

Registered property with lots of charm, a great bar and restaurant.

Looking for dinner and a romantic overnight stay? Look no further than the

Greenbriar Inn.

Casual Fine Dining at the Greenbriar

315 Restaurant at

The Greenbriar Inn

Midtown Coeur d’Alene

315 Wallace Ave.

208.667.9660

315MartinisAndTapas.com

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FantastiC

food.

Fast and

friendly

service.

Breakfast

LUNCH

CATERING

A DREAM AND

PASSION FULFILLED

Unwavering Determination

and Dedication Leads to Success

— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

Chomper Cafe

Hayden

2345 W. Prairie Ave.

208.719.0441

ChomperCafe.com

2345 W. Prairie Ave.

Hayden, Idaho

208.719.0441

ChomperCafe.com

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most proud of opening our doors,”

says Sarah Baker. “It took so much to get

“I’m

here.”

Growing up in Coeur d’Alene, Sarah got her

first taste of the restaurant industry while in

high school and quickly discovered her love for

the service industry. In 2000, while in college,

Sarah was hired as a busser at Europa, where

she remained for eight years, working her

way up to serving, bartending, managing and

bookkeeping. She left Europa in 2008 to work

at Cottage Café until 2015. “Between those two

restaurants, I learned everything about the

industry and what it takes to make it,” she says.

After years of hard work and perseverance, it

was time to fulfill her dream of opening her

own restaurant. “You have to work insanely

hard to get people to believe in you and your

vision,” Sarah says.

After renovating the old farmhouse in the

serene setting of Stoddard Park, Sarah opened

the doors to Chomper Café in April 2015.

Once inside guests will experience an inviting

atmosphere that is very unpretentious; a casual

place that is comfortable and warm, with

antique red chairs complemented by handpainted

murals and old local farm photos

adorning the walls.

On the menu you’ll find favorites like the

Reuben, unbelievably delicious and loaded

with corned beef, sauerkraut, house Russian

dressing, Swiss cheese and thick marbled rye.

The corned beef is slow braised for 10 hours,

incredibly tender and full of flavor. Enjoy it not

only in the Reuben but hash and Irish benny as

well. They’ll soon be adding smoked pork hash

to the menu! The chicken fried steak is their

pride and joy, with its hand-pounded steak,

breaded, fried and smothered in their house

sausage gravy.

At Chomper Café, they only utilize the best

ingredients to pour into every item they serve,

from the rice bran oil and 100-percent fresh

butter to homemade strawberry jam and

fresh potatoes sliced in house. And for guests

with food intolerances, they are happy to

accommodate those needs including providing

gluten-free buns and breads.

Open daily 7am to 3pm, Sarah and her team

are ready to bring high-quality, delicious fare to

the table paired with a memorable experience.


Eat.

Share.

Laugh.

501 SHERMAN AVE., COEUR D’ALENE, ID 83814

MON – SUN 11:00AM – 9PM | 209.930.4762

WWW.COLLECTIVEKITCHENPUBLICHOUSE.CO

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• DINNER •

• DRINKS •

• LUNCH •

• ATMOSPHERE •

8162 W. Main St.

Rathdrum, Idaho 83858

208.712.3423

f Westwood Brewing Co.

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— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

signature

LIVING HISTORY PAIRS WITH

DISHES

WESTWOOD BREWING CO. COMBINES RICH

TASTE WITH DELICIOUS NEW FLAVORS

Westwood Brewing in Rathdrum, Idaho, made its debut

in 2018 and has been pleasing patrons with their

unique upscale pub fare served in its renovated historic

130-year-old space.

Offering arched windows, rustic brickwork and stunning mountain

views, the relaxed and casual family friendly restaurant is filled with

living history, thanks to owners and brothers Spencer and Shaun

Howell and their wives Danielle and Jenny, who took great pride in

restoring the building while keeping its history alive.

While creating a relaxed and historic atmosphere to their restaurant,

quality has always been at the forefront of each meal served. Not only

are all meats smoked fresh in-house, but steaks and

Alaskan sockeye salmon are cut fresh daily. The

prime rib is certified angus and the burgers are ½

pound prime beef. From the hand-dipped haddock

to scratch-made dressings, sauces and desserts, the

quality is sure to satisfy. The food is complemented

by 16 rotating drafts that include seasonal offerings, a

cider and a silky smooth nitro.

In addition to the enjoyable atmosphere, great food and drink, they

offer events nearly every day of the week. If you’re looking to take a

break from the cold, enjoy some hot food and cold brews and have a

great time, Westwood has you covered.

Football fans can enjoy the big game Sundays on 12 screens, and for

Monday Night Football, guests can enjoy happy hour with deals on cold

drinks and crowd-pleasing appetizers. Taco Tuesday offers $3 pub tacos

and $3 margaritas all day! Each week, Wednesday Trivia starts at 7pm

and Friday Karaoke starts at 9pm. Saturdays feature their prime rib

dinner starting at 4pm, with live music filling the restaurant at 7pm. In

addition, each month they feature a Burger of the Month as well as new

monthly cocktails.

Its living history, signature dishes and fun

happenings have fast made Westwood Brewing

Company a local favorite. If you haven’t had the

chance to stop in, now’s the time. What are you

waiting for?

Westwood Brewing Co.

Rathdrum

8162 W. Main St.

208.712.3423

WestwoodBrewing.com

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8016 W. Main St. • Rathdrum, Idaho • 208.687.6441

NadinesMexicanKitchen.com • Catering Available!


A SMORGASBORD OF CULINARY DELIGHTS

HIT THE JACKPOT AT NORTHERN QUEST RESORT & CASINO

Decisions, decisions. Are you in the

mood for a USDA Prime grade

ribeye steak, a juicy cheeseburger

with all the fixings or some

mouthwatering Kansas City-style barbecue?

At Northern Quest Resort & Casino, the

dining options continue to multiply, providing

more than a dozen exciting choices all in one

world-class entertainment destination. The

latest additions to Northern Quest include

Riverbank Taphouse, Qdoba Mexican Eats,

Ben & Jerry’s and M&D, a new dining and

movie theater combination unlike anything

else in the Inland Northwest. So if you’re

having trouble deciding what you’re hungry

for, head to Northern Quest where there are

delectable options to suit your every mood!

Riverbank Taphouse (NEW!)

At Riverbank Taphouse, located just off of

the main casino floor, you’ll find 52 taps

that feature a variety of craft and domestic

beers, hard ciders, wines and a dozen rotating

seasonal options. The menu features a

delicious assortment of flatbreads, sliders

and charcuterie. Enjoy the sweet and spicy

popcorn, roasted mushrooms or the megasized

homemade pretzel with beer cheese dip.

Qdoba Mexican Eats (NEW!)

Serving a variety of Mexican food options, the

menu features burritos and salads filled with

fire-grilled steak, chicken, slow-roasted brisket

and ground beef, along with daily fresh-made

pico de gallo and hand-mashed guacamole.

Ben & Jerry’s (NEW!)

Indulge in your favorite Ben & Jerry’s ice

cream flavors, along with milkshakes, ice

cream cakes and more!

Thomas Hammer (NEW!)

Serving inspired roasts and coffee drinks

pulled by highly skilled baristas, get your pickme-up

at Thomas Hammer’s newest location

just off the casino floor.

M&D (NEW!)

This unique and exciting movie theater and

dinner combination brings a whole new level

of fun to Northern Quest. Reserve your seat

for a popular “New Release” movie and join

them for lunch or dinner before, during or

after your movie. Dine from a full menu of

options in the restaurant including Kansas

City-style barbecue, Middle Eastern-inspired

falafel and fresh seafood. If you’re dining

during a movie, select easy-to-eat hand-held

options from their “Dark Menu,” including

sliders, pizzas and more.

And don’t forget to visit the dining venues

Northern Quest guests have come to know

and love. There’s something for everyone at

Northern Quest Resort & Casino!

Masselow’s Steakhouse - USDA Prime Grade

steaks and fresh seafood

The Lounge at Masselow’s - Sip and savor

craft cocktails and world-class wines

EPIC - Enjoy burgers and pub fare while

watching the 30x10 foot LED HDTV

Fai’s Noodle House - Vietnamese Pho, plus

stir fry and sake

River’s Edge Buffet - More than 100 fresh

daily options for lunch and dinner

Fatburger - Fresh-made burgers, crispy fries

and hand-scooped ice cream shakes

The Deli - Made-to-order sandwiches, pizza

and stromboli

877.871.6772

NorthernQuest.com

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TWO AMAZING

RESTAURANTS

One Owner

— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

NO POLITICS HERE … JUST GREAT FOOD!

Open Late Every

Night of The Week!

THE WHITE HOUSE GRILL

For more than two decades, Raci Erdem, chef

and owner, has been bringing the flavors of the

Mediterranean—and its garlicky goodness—to

eager diners, and guests continue to eat it up!

Serving the Post Falls community for 22 years,

The White House Grill offers a comfortable

and relaxed family friendly environment,

where patrons of all ages are invited to take

a seat at this fun and loud—but by no means

obnoxious—restaurant. Mediterranean music

fills the air, as does the aroma of garlic. Seafood,

vegetables, pasta and lamb dishes fill the

menu, complemented by a full bar featuring

handcrafted

cocktails, 12 beers on

tap, an

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extensive wine list and a beautiful scotch list—

hand selected by Raci himself.

Raci looks forward to guests coming into the

restaurant, not just for the food and drink,

but to enjoy the overall experience The White

House has to offer. “Our job is to put you in a

great mood with some cool music, delicious

food and awesome drinks, all for a great value

that you won’t find at any chain restaurant,” he

says.

Since day one, The White House Grill has

offered the same freshness, quality of food,

fun environment and good prices. And every

year since first opening, the seats continue to

be filled. Join them for lunch and dinner daily

starting at 11am and open late.

THE OVAL OFFICE

With the success of The White House

Grill, Raci decided it was time to open

a second restaurant, and The Oval

Office was born in 2006. Here, the

cozy, romantic bistro-style eatery

is loud and busy, bustling like

a big-city restaurant with an

upscale appeal.

Patrons can appreciate

flavors from around the

world with the small

plate and entrée offerings.

Start your night off right

with the baked brie in filo

with spicy basil honey;

the Mediterranean-style

clams are a must! Combined

with the great steaks, seafood

and ever-changing fresh fish selection, there’s

something to appeal to any taste, and guests

keep coming back for more. The menu stays

consistent throughout the year so guests know

that the next time they return they will always

find the same great food. Don’t be surprised

though—you may just find a few new items on

the menu.

When it comes to libations, guests will be

treated to a full bar featuring great beer,

wine and specialty cocktails. Unlike other

martini lists, it features politically inspired

specialty martinis, from The President to The

Impeachment. There’s something on the menu

for anyone looking for a good martini—and a

good time!

The Oval Office is known for its happiest of

happy hours in the Northwest, offered twice

daily. With all martinis and appetizers offered

at a fraction of the price, it’s the best time to

head over to The Oval Office.

The community fireplace on the large outside

patio can seat 12 around it, where guests have

the option to dine and imbibe outside. The

European-style awning allows patio dining year

round!

Open Monday through Friday 11am to 11pm

and Saturday and Sunday 3 to 11pm, it’s the

perfect spot for late-night dining.

This American bistro with a foreigner chef

touch is reason alone to take a drive to Post

Falls and make a visit to The Oval Office.

Martini anyone?


The Whitehouse Grill

Post Falls

702 N. Spokane St.

208.777.9672

The Oval Office Bistro & Martini Bar

Post Falls

620 N. Spokane St.

208.777.2102

WhiteHouseGrill.com

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Spokane, Washington

— BY COLIN ANDERSON —

With so much to do in this Inland

Northwest city, visitors to Spokane are

often surprised at not only the amount

of culture that takes place here, but the

beauty and the friendliness of the city as well. All of this

is complemented by a culinary scene that is amazing

no matter what part of town you find yourself. From

quaint neighborhood bistros to large steak and seafood

restaurants, there is always something new to discover.

Downtown Spokane is bustling with entertainment year

round, and the food here is sure to impress. Here you

will find a plethora of dining experiences, each unique.

Favorites include Frank’s Diner, The Onion Taphouse and

Grill, Geno’s Traditional Food and Ales, Durkin’s Liquor

Bar, Incrediburger and Eggs, Satellite Diner and Lounge,

Scratch Restaurant, Steamplant Kitchen + Brewery and

The Blackbird Tavern + Kitchen. The list could go on!

The Kendall Yards neighborhood continues to grow, and

the restaurants here are top-notch, from The Wandering

Table and Yards Bruncheon to Veraci Pizza.

As you head west, your food choices definitely don’t end.

The Elk Public House serves up scratch-made sandwiches

and rotating specialties, and right behind it the El Que

has a more Mexican-focused menu. Continuing west will

lead you to Northern Quest Resort and Casino, home to

Masselow’s Steakhouse.

Whether at the bottom or the top of Spokane’s South

Hill, you’ll find an amazing variety of cafés and casual

dining. Looking for an unforgettable breakfast? Fleur de

Sel Artisan Creperie on Grand is a must for both savory

and sweet crepes like no other. Casper Fry continues to

serve up incredible Southern cuisine while MacKenzie

River Pizza, Grill and Pub (which also has a north-side

location) has something on the menu for the entire

family to enjoy.

Two local favorites that can be found in Spokane’s north

side include Landmark Restaurant’s The Onion Grill and

Taphouse and Frank’s Diner; worth a stop any time.

And you can’t pass up MAX at Mirabeau Park Hotel in

Spokane Valley—one of the area’s most talked-about

restaurants offering more than 100 menu items!

Whether you are a local or a visitor, take time to explore

Spokane and all that it has to offer. Enjoy the discovery!

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Downtown Spokane is bustling

with entertainment year round, and

the food here is sure to impress.

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Spokane Valley's

HOT SPOT

— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

MAX AT MIRABEAU PARK HOTEL BRINGS

14 YEARS OF AWARD-WINNING

EXCELLENCE TO THE TABLE

Everything is made from

raw, fresh ingredients,

allowing them to more easily

accommodate guests’ dietary

needs and preferences. MAX

can tailor itself to any type of

person who comes in the door.

Whether it is the food, atmosphere, service or just for doing

good business, MAX at Mirabeau in Spokane Valley has

repeatedly stood as a symbol of excellence.

Catering to diners with its extraordinary breakfast, lunch, dinner and

dessert for nearly 15 years, MAX at Mirabeau offers nothing less than

award-winning service year after year and an unforgettable experience

that keeps bringing locals and visitors back for more.

Looking for a spot to enjoy an informal lunch, drinks after a round of

golf with friends or that once-a-year birthday or anniversary date night

with the love of your life? MAX will cater to you. The entire staff strives

for guest satisfaction, doing all in its power to offer up a memorable

experience.

MAX is known for its extensive offerings, with five menus featuring

more than 100 menu items served 20 hours a day, all from scratch

and created in house. Everything is made from raw, fresh ingredients,

allowing them to more easily accommodate guests’ dietary needs and

preferences. MAX can tailor itself to any type of person who comes in

the door.

Executive Chef/Food and Beverage Director, Shawn Matlock, and Chef

de Cuisine, Michael Durbin, are serving up eclectic cuisine at MAX.

Both bring an overabundance of commitment to create only the best

product to serve each and every guest while developing the team from

within.

To keep the menu bright, Shawn, Michael and the rest of the MAX

culinary team are constantly exploring new flavors and experimenting

with new dishes and ingredients while perfecting existing menu items.

Each dish is plated so that it is visually appealing before the guest ever

tastes it. From recipe conception to plate presentation, the staff and

management are passionate about the product they are presenting to

the customer.

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MAX at Mirabeau Park Hotel

Spokane Valley

1100 N. Sullivan Rd.

509.922.6252

MAXatMirabeau.com

The food is complemented by the libations, which have blossomed over time and include

fresh new cocktails with their own house-made syrups. Happy hour at MAX sets itself

above the rest! Offered daily from 3 to 6 pm and again from 9pm to close in the lounge

during these colder months, guests are sure to warm up with a great food and drink

menu. In addition to happy hour, there is a special each day of the week: MAXed Out

Monday, Tap Beer Tuesday, Wine Wednesday (and Sunday), Ladies’ Night Thursday

and Martini Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, don’t miss the chance to build your own

Bloody Mary at the Inland Northwest’s Biggest Bloody Mary Bar from 9am to 2pm—also

featuring mimosas galore!

Every Friday and Saturday night, MAX offers live music featuring rockin’ blues

from 9pm to close with no cover charge. And don’t forget to join them for their First

Wednesday Wine Tastings that feature a different winery every month.

Over the years, MAX has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Spokane Living’s

Spokane Valley Best Restaurant of the Year, The Washington Restaurant Association’s

Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year and the multiple Epicurean Delight Awards for

various dishes through the years.

Take it to the MAX.

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SER VING

SPOKANE

FOR MORE THAN

FOUR DECADES

— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

SPOKANE’S LANDMARK RESTAURANTS

CONTINUE TO SATISFY CUSTOMERS.

Over the past four decades,

Spokane has welcomed, and said

its goodbyes, to dozens, if not

hundreds, of restaurants. But

during that time, there has been one locally

owned, longstanding restaurant group that has

stood the test of time—Spokane’s Landmark

Restaurant Group. The company behind the

Onion Taphouse and Grills and Frank’s Diners

has been catering to locals and visitors alike

since 1978, and they’re stronger and more

successful than ever.

Founded by Larry Brown, the downtown

Onion Tavern made its debut in 1975. Three

years later, Larry got a large loan from US Bank

and did a beautiful remodel of the space. “That

is when the official Onion Bar & Grill everyone

knows today was born,” says Ken Belisle,

president and managing partner of Landmark

Restaurants. In 2018, The Onion Taphouse

& Grill’s 40th anniversary in business was

marked, but the original 1975 Onion menu still

hangs in the restaurant today as a reminder of

its humble tavern roots.

With the success of The Onion downtown, it

was time to add to their restaurant family. Built

in 1982, the North Side’s Onion Taphouse and

Grill has been a north side hangout for large

parties and family gatherings for 36 years. In

2015, the new Area 51 Taphouse in the lounge

became an instant north side favorite.

Less than a decade later, it was time

for a new venture! In 1991, Downtown

Spokane was treated to its third Landmark

Restaurant—Frank’s Diner. “A lost ground

lease in Seattle was Spokane’s gain, and

Frank’s Diner railcar was introduced to

Downtown Spokane in the fall of 1991,” says

Ken. “This original, beautiful 1906 railcar in

which Franks’ Diner is housed was actually

the private railcar for the president and is as

beautiful today as when it was first built.”

In January 2004, a second Frank’s Diner began

its restoration journey. “We finally found

a transport route to bring our dilapidated

1916, 100-ton, 83-foot railcar over from the

coast,” says Ken. “It then spent the next year

in a hanger off Argonne as we began the slow,

painful restoration process. In 2005, after $1

million and thousands of man hours, she was

finally ready to make her debut and move to

her new home in North Spokane. With the help

of two huge 100-ton cranes and a massive semi

haul with police escort, our beautifully restored

1916 presidential railcar was moved to its final

home, and the second Frank’s Diner opened in

the summer of 2005 on Newport Highway.”

Forty years and four successful restaurants

certainly seems like they have created a recipe

to success. “We recognize the enormous

obligation to keep finding ways to exceed our

guests’ expectations,” says Ken. “We know

that to exceed our guests’ expectations means

we must exceed our crews’ expectations first.

My No. 1 goal is to be Spokane’s employer of

choice. Only then can we truly wow our guests.”

He adds, “Our guests’ desire for locally sourced

scratch-made food and craft beverage, prepared

fresh when they order by people who love what

they are doing, is our passion. We won’t rest

until we’ve exceeded our crewmembers’ and

every guest’s expectation.”

Ken and his team know time is valuable, so

when their guests can join them for a meal,

they are dedicated to creating an experience

that is truly wonderful for each and every

guest—every time.

Serving Spokane the best for more than 40

years, take a seat at The Onion or Frank’s Diner,

where Ken and his crew bring passion and

experience to the table.

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The Onion Taphouse and Grill

Downtown Spokane

302 W. Riverside Ave.

509.747.3852

The Onion Taphouse and Grill

North Side Spokane

7522 N. Division St.

509.483.3300

Frank’s Diner

Downtown Spokane

1516 W. 2nd Ave.

509.747.8798

Frank’s Diner

North Side Spokane

10929 N. Newport Highway

509.465.2464

TheOnion.biz

FranksDiners.com

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Great

New

Taste

CENTURY-OLD STEAM PLANT

REVOLUTIONIZING YOUR DINING EXPERIENCE

Nowhere else in the

region—and rare in the

U.S.—is there a facility

that so artfully exposes the

inner workings of an industrial plant

while providing an experience that

is truly unmatched in its vitality and

energy. Spokane’s Steam Plant is both

historic and contemporary; a visual

icon that typically results in a oneword

reaction from visitors: “Wow.”

Using materials that provide warmth

to the expansive four-story space,

the interiors are the perfect blend of

industrial and contemporary. The

main-level restaurant, Steam Plant

Kitchen + Brewery, is an open design

overlooking the bar area and features

comfortable, tufted seating in the

built-in booths next to steel-cladded

walls. The bar offers a mixture of large

community tables as well as both

semi-private and private booth seating.

For visual interest, large murals

showcase the plant’s historic roots,

while patterns of steam pipe lines

snake through the ceiling, providing

a creative way to hang lighting that

washes beams and columns. The

plant’s boilers are brought into the

forefront with a fresh coat of paint and

a splash of color.

Diners can now enjoy the spacious

atmosphere in the light of day, as lunch

service is back. And the addition of

the Rooftop Event Space is available

for a wide range of events from Beer

& Yoga Nights to wedding receptions

to corporate retreats. The space can

accommodate up to 150 people,

includes a ready room and a patio,

and offers a unique view of the plant’s

smokestacks and the Spokane skyline.

“What I’m most excited about,” says

Jeff Cooney, Steam Plant general

manager, “is not only the amazing

space this renovation has created

but also the energy of our staff. They

come to work every day ready to

deliver hospitality in a way Spokane

hasn’t seen before. They’re genuinely

committed to earning that ‘Wow’

reaction from every one of our

guests.” Jeff has more than 20 years of

experience in the hospitality industry.

After graduating from culinary school

in Scottsdale, Arizona, Jeff moved

to Spokane and has been managing

restaurants throughout the Northwest

for the last 10 years.

The enlarged kitchen includes a

wood-fired pizza oven, rotisserie,

char-broiler and smoker. The menu

focuses on handcrafted, authentic

foods. Specialties include a “woodkissed

Caesar” with grilled romaine,

a rotisserie chicken and a turkey

sandwich that is claimed to be

“World’s Best,” along with generouspour

signature cocktails and a regional

wine list.

“There’s something special

happening here at the Steam

Plant,” says Executive Chef

Paul Taylor. “During my

almost 30 years in the

industry, I’ve been a

part of some truly great

kitchens, but nothing is

quite as unique as this

space.” Paul, who trained

at Northwest Culinary

Institute, has worked

at several restaurants in

Oregon and Washington,

including Hall Street Grill in

the Portland area and with

Bon Appetit and their “farm

to fork” program at Evergreen

State College.

Meanwhile, Head Brewer Ben

Quick continues to create craft brews

on site, offering a variety of permanent

taps and inventive seasonals created

by beer lovers for beer lovers! The

Steam Plant is constantly finding new

ways to use these delicious brews in

the kitchen’s recipes for a twist on

traditional favorites.

New space, new menu items and

a rotating selection of handcrafted

brews: The Steam Plant’s

transformation will definitely keep

you coming back for more.

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Steam Plant Kitchen + Brewery

Downtown Spokane

159 S. Lincoln St.

509.777.3900

SteamPlantSpokane.com

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French Dining at its Finest!

Private Room Available

Nominated Best Chef

in the Northwest

by the

James Beard Foundation

POST FALLS

Open Tuesday - Saturday 5pm - Close | Closed Sunday and Monday | Reservations are recommended

4365 Inverness Dr. | Post Falls, ID 83854 | 208.777.7600

www.Fleur-De-Sel.Weebly.com

Casual, warm, friendly,

quick-serve restaurant

SPOKANE

Open Every Day

909 S. Grand Blvd. | Spokane, WA 99202 | 509.242.3725

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Dishing Up Delicious

Wood-Fired Pizza

WOOD-FIRED PIZZA AND

SPECTACULAR VIEWS IN KENDALL YARDS!

— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

Veraci Pizza

Kendall Yards

1333 W. Summit Pkwy

509.389.0029

VeraciPizza.com

After years of a successful restaurant

on wheels, husband-and-wife team

Seth and Laura Carey decided it was

time to find a permanent restaurant

location in which to serve their delicious woodfired

pizzas, and they found that in Spokane’s

Kendall Yards. Veraci Pizza opened its doors

to the neighborhood in 2014, and they’ve been

satisfying diners since day one.

At Veraci, they fire up their gourmet pizzas

using apple wood from Yakima Valley in oven

temperatures around 1000 degrees, and pizzas

are cooked in less than two minutes!

The menu consists of more than just woodfired

thin-crust pizza, with vegetarian and

gluten-free options available. Choose from

a variety of appetizers, salads and desserts.

House specials are rotated every two weeks,

and various menu changes are made seasonally,

incorporating seasonal items purchased from

local farmers markets. The six rotating draft

beers—often from local breweries—as well as

the wide selection of bottled beer and wine are

a perfect match with the cuisine.

The family friendly casual space is perfect for

big sports fans, as there’s always a game on one

of their TVs. From prom groups and sports

enthusiasts to concert goers, couples and

families, Veraci caters to all.

Veraci is housed in a prime location for tourists

and visitors to enjoy the outdoors and stop

in for a bite. “Having the Centennial Trail

right behind our business really adds to the

environment and allows runners, bikers

and walkers immediate access and

creates a feeling of connection with

the community,” says Laura. “We also

have free 90-minute street parking

and one hour of free parking in the

parking lot across the street, which

allows for a quick stop in or a long

meal with friends. Dining while

overlooking the city and the river is always

enticing!”

Stop by Veraci Pizza, and you will see

that Kendall Yards has a vibe unlike any

neighborhood in the area. “There is truly

something special that is happening here,”

Laura says.

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Dedicated To Quality

Libations and Cuisine

— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

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FIrING

things up!

The scratch food, exceptional service and extensive offerings of beer, wine

and spirits are better than they’ve ever been at The Blackbird Tavern +

Kitchen.

For the past three years, residents and visitors alike have had the privilege

to dine and imbibe at The Blackbird on the restored first floor of the historic

Broadview Dairy building, adjacent to the Spokane River, in Downtown

Spokane. Opened by owners Patrick McPherson and Denise Hanson in the

summer of 2015, this 4 Star Certified Green Restaurant has been attracting

friends, family and travelers to gather for the fresh, locally minded food and

fun.

In 2018, The Blackbird has reinvented their atmosphere and cuisine to offer

Spokane a truly traditional taste of the South.

The new menu offers traditional Southern smokehouse barbecue (including

brisket, pork, jackfruit, hot links, spare ribs, chicken and more), and woodfired

smokers start smoking at midnight each day. Serving up traditional

Southern barbeque with a few twists, The Blackbird has the freshest woodfired

fare in Spokane. Their newly crafted cocktails are prepared to pair with

the smoky plates, adding to their already comprehensive spread of beers (33

on tap), kombucha on tap, wines (four on tap) and spirits. Guests will enjoy

the wood-fired Southern cuisine and libations in this casual, fun restaurant.

The new restaurant concept has been a learning curve for both the Blackbird

staff and their customers. “Spokane isn’t accustomed to barbecue like other

parts of the country. Many people are also used to sauce-slathered meats at

barbecue restaurants around here,” says Patrick. “Putting sauce on your meats

allows you to hide inferior products such as poorly smoked, dry or meats from

the previous day.” At The Blackbird, meats are made daily, and when they run

out, they’re out. Patrick believes strongly that a barbecue joint should only

make what they believe they can sell that day.

The menu is smokin’ at The Blackbird, from their specialty sandwiches

and tacos (choose from brisket, hot links, pulled jackfruit, pulled pork and

chicken) to the brisket chili, filthy fries (pulled pork, smoked cheddar, cheese

sauce and roasted garlic), smoked and fried wings and corn dogs (housebattered

chorizo sausage, smoked paprika ketchup and honey).

Patrick, who is a certified cicerone and publican, is in charge of the cellar as

well as writing the beer menus at The Blackbird. Beers are cellared on site as

well as an off-site temperature-controlled cellar.

“Our knowledgeable staff and our beer selection certainly sets The Blackbird

apart. We require all of our servers and bartenders to be Cicerone ®Certified

Beer Servers,” says Patrick.

The Blackbird is also proud of their cocktail program. “We make a bunch of

in-house infusions, which allows us to make our own unique cocktails such as

our mezcal old fashioned,” says Patrick. They also serve many classic cocktails

that pair well with barbecue such as their mint julep.

“We’re most proud of the fact that we try to not cut corners, whether it’s with

food or beer. Integrity is paramount to everything we do.”

What are you waiting for? Head to The Blackbird Tavern + Kitchen for the best

food—and drinks—in town.

The Blackbird

Downtown Spokane

905 N. Washington St.

509.381.2473

TheBlackbirdSpokane.com

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Loyal Customers Keep

Restaurant Going Strong

READY TO SERVE YOU THE BEST

“Here you will be treated like family, whether you’re an out-of-town guest dining in for the

first time or one of their loyal customers of nearly two decades.”

— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

Located just west of Downtown

Spokane in the heart of the historic

Browne’s Addition neighborhood is

where you will find one of the area’s

true treasures—The Elk Public House.

Consistently good food and atmosphere along

with friendly service and menu items offered

at a reasonable price—these are what

appeal to everybody, no matter

one’s age or

financial

status. And

whether it’s

your first

date or 50th

anniversary,

The Elk will

treat you to

an experience

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that won’t soon be forgotten. This is what The

Elk Public House has delivered year after year

to their guests since opening its doors in 1999.

Take a seat in the comfortable and inviting

welcome-to-my-house environment, which

is laid back, not pretentious. Here you will be

treated like family, whether you’re an out-oftown

guest dining in for the first time or one

of their loyal customers of nearly two decades.

Owned by John Grollmus and Brad Fosseen,

their employees most certainly care about the

restaurant and their guests as is reflected by

the many longtime staff members it employs.

From ownership down through management

and staff, when you walk into The Elk, it feels

like family. And they treat their guests as such.

Now let’s talk food. In addition to the

traditional Reuben, thanks to the Food

Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives show,

which featured the Elk back in 2010, the Santa

Fe chicken sandwich, Mediterranean grilled

lamb sandwich and legendary roasted corn

pasta are favorites. They also offer creative

weekly specials and homemade soups,

inventive cocktails and great brews.

John and Brad are also the duo behind Two

Seven Public House, El Que and Geno’s

Traditional Food and Ales in Spokane, Moon

Time in Coeur d’Alene and The Porch Public

House in Hayden. Their common philosophy

at each location is to make food from scratch,

price it affordably and serve it with a smile.

Every neighborhood should be so lucky.

The Elk Public House

West Side Spokane

1931 W. Pacific Ave.

509.363.1973

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2727 South Mt. Vernon #5

Spokane

(509) 473-9766

Moon Burger

Reuben

1931 West Pacific,

Spokane

(509) 363-1973

1414 N Hamilton St,

Spokane

(509) 368-9087

Smash Burger

check out specials & full menus at:

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509-624-5412

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Continuing the Tradition of

Great Service

— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

Geno’s celebrated its five-year anniversary this past October, and it’s no surprise that it

continues to be a local favorite as it carries on John and Brad’s long tradition of good food

and friendly service where guests are welcomed by a casual feels-like-home atmosphere.

It’s been five years since Geno’s changed ownership and ended up

in the hands of local friends and business partners John Grollmus

and Brad Fosseen. The two are the ones behind several area favorite

restaurants including The Elk, El Que and Two Seven in Spokane,

and Moon Time and The Porch in North Idaho. With the success its sister

restaurants have seen over the years, Geno’s Traditional Food and Ales

has established itself as another neighborhood gem the community has

embraced.

Geno’s celebrated its five-year anniversary

this past October, and it’s no surprise that it

continues to be a local favorite as it carries

on John and Brad’s long tradition of good

food and friendly service where guests

are welcomed by a casual feels-like-home

atmosphere.

The menu includes some of the same

favorites known in their other pubs, like

The Elk’s famous Reuben sandwich (guests

have the choice of a gluten-free bun for

all sandwiches) and Moon Time’s 74th

St. gumbo, but the menu is adorned with

items that are unique to Geno’s, such as the

Cuban pork sandwich and Geno’s chicken

wings with your choice of three sauces. For a twist on this menu, Geno’s

has french fries—which none of the other restaurant locations have—in

addition to the ever-popular, and addicting, roasted corn pasta. The food

is complemented by a great tap selection and cocktails.

Staying in tradition with the other pubs, Geno’s menu appeals to the

masses not only in taste but in price. No one leaves Geno’s hungry—or

broke. And It’s a perfect place to unwind and support the Gonzaga

Bulldogs, with plenty of TVs to watch the games.

The kitchen stays open late, so it’s a great spot to meet up after the game,

or for that matter, any event taking place at the Spokane Arena, thanks to

its close proximity.

Great brews and cocktails, and of course, the tasty food and good

company makes this a destination you will want to return again and

again.

Geno’s Traditional

Food & Ales

Downtown Spokane

1414 N Hamilton St.

509.368.9087

WeDontHaveOne.com

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Spokane North • Spokane South Hill • Coeur d’Alene

509-413-1043

9225 N. Nevada St.

509-315-9466

2910 E. 57th St.

208-772-5111

405 W. Canfield Ave.

fresh ingredients

craft beer •salads

burgers • flatbreads

gourmet pizzas • full bar

pasta • happy hour

MACKENZIERIVERPIZZA.COM

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Wine

Time

THERE’S MORE TO EXPLORE

AND TASTE THAN EVER!

— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

THE WINE SCENE in the Inland

Northwest is one to be envied. Spokane

is home to more than 30 wineries, with a

handful across the border in North Idaho.

Whether you live in this beautiful part of

the country, or are just in town for a visit, if

you have a palate for wine, a stop at one—or

more—of the tasting rooms found from

Sandpoint, Idaho, to Spokane, Washington,

will be sure to delight your taste buds

and only validate the passion behind the

magnificent wines the area is home to.

If you are someone who enjoys fine

wine, you no longer have to travel far to

experience them while enjoying the unique

and inviting tasting rooms found here. In

Sandpoint, Idaho, many come from near

and far to experience Pend d’Oreille Winery.

For more than two decades, the winery

continues to be dedicated to making awardwinning

wine and providing visitors with

the best experience possible, which includes

musical entertainment weekly and their

specialty gift shop. It is a destination many

enjoy.

A short drive south takes you to Coeur

d’Alene, home to two wineries—Coeur

d’Alene Cellars and CastAway Cellars.

With a passion for wine for more than two

decades, husband-and-wife team Scott and

Shelly Crawford opened CastAway Cellar in

Downtown Coeur d’Alene in 2017, allowing

them to share their love of wine with others.

Tasting Events

HOSPICE WINE TASTE

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

February 3, 2019

Held at the Hospice of North Idaho Community

Building, this elegant black-tie affair features

gourmet creations from the area’s finest chefs,

where attendees can sample from hundreds

of hand-selected specialty wines. Play to win

adventures and bid on live auction items! Join

mission-inspired philanthropists, fueling the

community’s hospice care to ensure that no

one is turned away because of their financial

circumstances. For more information about

the 34th Annual Hospice Wine Taste, call

208.772.7994 or visit HospiceWineTaste.org.

VALENWINE WEEKEND

Spokane, Washington

February 9 & 10, 2019

Looking for something to do with you sweetie to

celebrate Valentine’s Day? Saturday, February 9,

and Sunday, February 10, head to Spokane’s Cork

District for an afternoon wine tour and tasting,

where you’ll be treated to the best in wine and

company. Fifteen tasting rooms, walking tours

and new releases—what could be better? Every

Cork District Winery is open both days noon

to 5pm; some offering extended hours. If you’re

looking to find out more, call 888.776.5263 or go

online to VisitSpokane.com/cork-district.

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RIVERSTONE’S NEW

HOT SPOT.

European-inspired small plates executed with Northwest flair.

Simple, seasonal ingredients served with soul.

Where Passion is Plated and Poured.

OPEN DAILY FOR LUNCH & DINNER

2037 N. Main St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

208.758.7770 www.VineAndOliveCdA.com

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Tasting Events

FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

April 12 - April 14, 2019

Enjoy a weekend packed of fine wine and food at the

Food and Wine Festival at the Coeur d’Alene Resort.

Featuring exquisite wines from throughout the

Pacific Northwest, some of the weekend’s highlights

include wine tasting seminars, intimate luncheons

and hand-selected wine pairings.

From the Taste at Twilight Opening Reception on

Friday April 12 to the Grand Tasting featuring Bravo

TV Top Chef Chad White on Sunday, April 14, the

weekend is packed with something for everyone!

Find out more online at CdAresort.com.

SIP, SWIRL & SAVOR

SPOKANE, WASHINGTON

April 26, 2019

2019 marks the 12th anniversary of this spectacular

event! Held once again at Mukogawa Fort Wright

Institute in Spokane, Sip, Swirl and Savor is a

decadent event that benefits the Inland Northwest

Culinary Academy and the CCS Foundation.

The event raises over $100,000 each year through

generous sponsors, donors and guests. With your

help, they’ll be able to raise even more to help

students achieve their dreams of higher education!

INCA students showcase their education by

preparing and serving a gourmet, five-course dinner

paired with award-winning wines. Throughout the

evening, bid on marvelous live and silent auction

items, including trips, collectible fine wines, private

dinners, tickets to exclusive events and much more!

To find out more and to purchase tickets, call

509.434.5069 or visit CCSFoundation.org.

Stop in and join their wine club, listen to live music or partake in one of

their wine dinners.

Head west to Liberty Lake Wine Cellars and enjoy an unforgettable

tasting experience in the heart of Liberty Lake. At this boutique winery

offering big bold reds, all wine production—fermentation, barrel aging,

bottling and storage—takes place on site! Each month, Liberty Lake

Wine Cellars hosts First Friday art events, as well as paint classes and

their book club, and hold special events throughout the year.

Nearby in Spokane Valley is where you will be treated to Latah Creek

Winery. With more than 30 years in the winemaking business, stop

by for wine tastings daily. Make a stop in their one-of-a-kind gift shop

which offers gourmet foods, holiday décor and unique items to gift

yourself or others.

When it comes to musical events, no winery does it better than Arbor

Crest Winery at the Cliff House Estate. Situated high above and

overlooking the Spokane River and valley below, it is a beautiful place

to drink in the view—and wine—all while enjoying one of their many

concerts they host throughout the year. This is one of Spokane’s premier

winery experiences.

In Spokane, wineries are plentiful and the wines they produce unique.

One winery not to pass up is Robert Karl Cellars in Downtown Spokane,

where winemaker-physician Joe Gunselman and his wife Rebecca

produce handcrafted, premium cabernet sauvignon, claret, merlot,

sauvignon blanc, malbec and a dry cabernet franc rosé.

After just one taste, you’ll discover why these wineries are making a

big splash not only in the local, regional and national wine scene, but

internationally as well. The wine offerings are better than ever. Now’s the

time enjoy a glass from one of the many wineries our area has to offer.

Cheers.

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Dynamic Duo

FIRST FATHER/DAUGHTER WINEMAKING TEAM IN WASHINGTON STATE

Since 1982, it’s been our family’s commitment

to delight wine lovers with the best of Washington

state, while making award-winning wines affordable.

Two generations later, our father/daughter winemaking

team continues to deliver a unique experience with

each and every bottle. Every time a bottle is uncorked

or a glass is poured, we promise love at first sip. Visit

the Latah Creek winery and gift shop for the latest

vintages available for tasting and treats.

LATAHCREEK.COM | 509-926-0164 | 13030 E. Indiana Ave. | Spokane, WA 99216

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A FAMILYAffair

— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

POURING AWARD-WINNING

EXCELLENCE INTO EACH GLASS

E

stablished in 1982 by husband

and wife Mike and Ellena

Conway, Latah Creek Wine

Cellars in Spokane Valley

continues to bring affordable, award-winning

wines to the Inland Northwest. Thirty-seven

harvests and 36 years later, they, along with

their winemaker daughter Natalie Barnes,

continue that mission.

At Latah Creek, they never compromise

their standards while continuing to produce

remarkable wines. For more than three

decades, it has been important to the family

to keep their bottle prices low, and they have

stayed true to their objective. “We could very

easily raise our prices $5 to $15 per wine, but

we choose not to,” Natalie says. “We choose to

keep our wines inexpensively priced so that

everyone can enjoy award-winning wines

every day—not just on special occasions.”

In addition to Latah Creek’s more than 15

wines varying from red to white, dry to

sweet, light to full bodied and reserve reds,

their gift shop is filled with gourmet foods

and unique items hand selected by Ellena.

From Nora Fleming Ceramic-ware that can

be customized for any occasion or time of

year and beautiful holiday décor to authentic

Italian pastas and a variety of gluten-free

foods and mixes, it’s the perfect place to shop

for friends and family—and yourself!

“We also have a cookbook featuring over 250

of my mom’s recipes, each with a wine pairing

suggestion,” says Natalie. “Each month, we

select one wine to be our featured Wine of the

Month, and we choose three recipes to pair

with this wine, sharing the information to our

customers via email.”

Natalie attributes Latah

Creek Wine Cellar’s

long-standing success to

her parents. “My mom is

continually looking for unique

items for the gift shop that would

add to anyone’s experience as well as

new recipes, while my dad continues to

strive to make great wine,” she says. “Together

they started this winery, and together they

have brought it here to our 37th harvest.”

Natalie joined her father in winemaking

in 2004, and today it is still just the two of

them who handle the wines at Latah Creek.

When it comes to what Natalie finds most

rewarding about being in the winemaking

business, she says, “I love to see a person’s

face light up when they try a wine and fall

in love with it. I just want a person to find a

wine that they love, not something I think

they should love.”

Over the course of the next few years, they

are hoping to remodel and update their

tasting room and parts of the winery to

welcome their guests. And, as always, they

will continue to make award-winning wines

while looking for unique varietals to produce

and get out to their loyal, wine-loving

community.

“I love being part of a longstanding family

winery,” smiles Natalie. “I am deeply honored

that I get to carry on my parents’ legacy and

hope that one or both of my daughters would

choose to continue in the legacy of making

wines at Latah Creek.”

Raise a glass to Mike, Ellena and Natalie and

toast to another 36 years of award-winning

winemaking.

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Latah Creek Wine Cellars

Spokane Valley

13030 E. Indiana Ave.

509.926.0164

LatahCreek.com

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Celebrating More Than

20 Years of Vinting Excellence!

• Enjoy award-winning wine, locally crafted beer and small bites.

• Browse our gift shop of wine-related gifts and accessories.

• Live music every Friday evening!

Open Each Day of the Week, 11am to 8pm

POWINE.COM

301 CEDAR STREET

SANDPOINT, ID

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A Passion for Perfection

— BY PATTY HUTCHENS —

SANDPOINT’S AWARD-WINNING WINERY

Pend d’Oreille Winery

Pend d’Oreille Winery

Sandpoint

301 Cedar St.

208.265.8545

POWine.com

A

gathering place for locals and

tourists alike, Pend d’Oreille Winery

is the perfect place to enjoy fine

wine and create special memories.

The unique Downtown Sandpoint winery is

owned by Jim Bopp and Kylie Presta, both of

whom have several years of experience in the

winemaking business.

“I’m an artist, and you have to be to do what

I do,” says Jim. Kylie started out as a chemist

analyzing the wine and quickly became

involved in the winemaking process.

Consistency and quality are two of the many

reasons Pend d’Oreille Winery has received

countless awards and the respect of many wine

drinkers over the past two decades.

The refillable wine bottles remain popular, with

approximately 600 refilled on a monthly basis.

And while they have customers throughout the

country to whom they ship, they are grateful to

those in their hometown who support them on

a regular basis.

The music provided at the winery on Fridays

and an occasional Saturday draws performers

from all over the Northwest including Seattle

and Missoula, as well as many local performing

artists.

The winery is also host to Trivia Night the last

Thursday of the month beginning at 5:30pm.

They also offer monthly Paint ‘n Sip classes

and host a Second Saturday Artist Feature that

features a different local artist each month.

In addition to the opportunity to taste a variety

of incredible wine, the Tasting Room has small

bites available including a charcuterie board.

And for those who prefer, there is locally

crafted beer available.

Jim and Kylie express deep gratitude to their

families as well as the customers who have

supported them in this venture.

“It’s very humbling to see

people returning again

and again,” says Jim.

“It’s a gift to not only

be able to own

and operate this

winery but to

be able to live

in Sandpoint

as well.”

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Dry Fly Distilling continues to

create excellence in each bottle

— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

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It was 11 years ago that Dry Fly Distilling introduced itself to Spokane and not

before long, the world. And the inspiration began with a fishing trip.

While Don Poffenroth was entertaining clients on the Gallatin River in Montana,

the group drinking high-end vodka, he began to contemplate whether the glass in

hand was truly the best vodka the world had to offer. His response: No. It was at

that moment that the inspiration behind Dry Fly Distilling was born.

“The name Dry Fly not only recalled the original inspiration but also captured

the beauty of the Northwest and the qualities that fly fishing requires—patience,

persistence, presentation and perfection; the same qualities required to produce

and market fine spirits,” says co-owner Terry Nichols.

At that time, there was no craft distillers license in Washington state, so Don, with

local senator Chris Marr, drafted a piece of legislation that would allow for the

creation of a craft distillers license, as long as the producer used a high percentage

of Washington-grown ingredients in the manufacturing process.

Today, owners Don, Terry, Ralph Quinsey and Patrick Donovan continue to

utilize 99 percent Washington-grown ingredients—from family owned farms

within approximately 30 miles of the distillery—for their products.

Dry Fly was the first distillery in Washington state and among the first 25 in the

country!

At its inception, Dry Fly Distilling produced two products—their superb

high-quality vodka (of course!) and gin. More than a decade later, the distillery

produces a wide range of spirits, vodka, gin and a line of whiskies that are

amongst the best in the world and distributed throughout the world.

At the 2018 Whiskies of the World event, Dry Fly Distilling was a three-time gold

recipient and a silver recipient.

“We are currently in the planning stages for an expansion of our capacity to

support growth in both our domestic and international markets,” says Terry. “We

see a continual increase in whiskey quality as our barrel inventories gracefully age

in the warehouse—6-year-old wheat whiskey tasted from the barrel is nothing

short of epic! We would ultimately like to be recognized as one of the highest

quality whiskey producers in the world.”

Thanks to the addition of the Dry Fly Tasting Room in 2017, the visitor

experience has been greatly enhanced. Serving some of the finest craft cocktails in

the region and offering retail bottle sales, the Tasting Room’s inviting space is also

ideal for meetings and parties. If you are looking for a location to host your private

event, the Tasting Room is available for nonprofit functions, company meetings,

birthday parties, bridal and baby showers, anniversary celebrations and more.

When it comes to what Don, Terry, Ralph and Patrick are most proud of when

it comes to Dry Fly, it is the high-quality products they continue to produce all

while supporting local farmers and connecting with their employees, community,

customers and fans, and the nonprofit community.

Terry credits the above, in addition to the foresight of founder Don and their

distributers and retail partners, for Dry Fly’s continued success over the years.

Patience, persistence, presentation and perfection. With the uncompromising

commitment to quality and values, taste and discover excellence embodied in

each bottle.

Dry Fly Distilling

Tasting Room

Downtown Spokane

1003 E. Trent Ave.

509.489.2112

DryFlyDistilling.com

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THE LOBBY

BAR

10 Great Spots Locals

Shouldn’t Miss

By Colin Anderson

Lobby bars and hotel restaurants can sometimes get a bad

rap. Plain décor, an uninspiring menu and low energy

can lead to an experience that is forgotten not soon

after the bill is paid. With so many dining and drinking

locales across the Inland Northwest, heading out to one of the

local hotels for an evening meal or cocktail might not be the first

thought for most, however, you are missing out on some of the

best places around. Here are our 10 favorite spots visitors will be

surprised by and locals shouldn’t miss.

The Lounge at Masselow’s

Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Airway Heights, Washington

There are numerous places to get a drink or a bite to eat inside

Northern Quest, but for some of the best food on property as

well as a more relaxed environment, look to this upscale bar

located between the hotel front desk and the famous steakhouse.

Masselow’s full menu is available here, but there is also a loungespecific

menu featuring shared plates and a few entrees. Seasonal

and fresh-pressed cocktails are highlighted, and there is an

extensive craft beer, wine and spirits menu. Happy hour runs 4

to 6pm and includes $1 off wells, domestics and house wines and

20-percent off appetizers.

MAX at Mirabeau

Mirabeau Park Hotel, Spokane Valley, Washington

Daily breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night

entertainment; there is always food and fun available at this

Spokane Valley favorite. The large restaurant and bar area offer

comfortable seating for dining and cushy chairs and couches for

sipping cocktails. Live bands and dance music entertains guests

and visitors on weekend nights, and a diverse and award-winning

menu offers something for everyone. The reservation staff can

book business or social gatherings with private dining options

and can accommodate events of up to 600 guests.

Trinity at City Beach

Best Western Edgewater Resort, Sandpoint, Idaho

Casual fine dining and spectacular views of Lake Pend Oreille

make Trinity a must visit when in Sandpoint. The patio is packed

on perfect summer evenings, but even in winter the views are

spectacular as you look through large windows that let in plenty

of natural light. Upscale enough for an anniversary dinner but

casual enough for a drink with friends after work, Trinity strikes

a fine balance. Happy hour includes $1 off draft beer and well

drinks daily from 4 to 6pm.

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Weekend Brunch

Happy Hours Daily

3-6pm & 9pm-Close

Late-Night Dining

50% off Bottles of Wine

Wednesdays & Sundays

Ladies’ Night Thursdays

Live Rockin’ Blues Music

Fridays & Saturdays

Private Dining / Banquets

Courtyard Patio Dining

Eclectic Menu

1100 N. Sullivan Rd. - Spokane Valley - (509) 922-6252

OPEN MON - THURS 6AM - 1AM | FRI & SAT 6AM - 2AM | SUN 6AM - MIDNIGHT

MAXatMirabeau.com

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Not just for visitors.

Forty-One South

The Lodge at Sandpoint, Sagle, Idaho

Take a left just before the long bridge to Sandpoint begins and you’ll

find incredible dining accompanied by even more incredible waterfront

views inside Forty-One South. Natural wood, floor-to-ceiling windows

and giant stone fireplaces create the feel of a soothing warm cabin

on a cold winter night. You can watch the sunset over the lake and

surrounding mountains while sipping on a glass of wine from the

restaurant’s extensive wine menu. Dinner includes steaks, seafood, fresh

Idaho trout and pastas. Desserts are easily shared and go great with

champagne or a warm cider drink.

Farmhouse Kitchen & Silo Bar

Hotel Ruby, Ponderay, Idaho

You’ll be hungry after a hard day of play at Schweitzer, and the

Farmhouse Kitchen & Silo Bar is the perfect place for your body to

relax and recharge. Shoot a game of pool or catch up on sports in the

bar area with a regional beer or unique cocktail. Don’t be fooled by the

casual environment—the food is much more than standard bar fare.

Bacon-maple deviled eggs and serrano chips are great to munch on, and

meatloaf, specialty fried chicken or the 1-pound dinosaur rib will help

you recover those recently burned calories.

Sweet Lou’s

Holiday Inn Express, Ponderay, Idaho

Offering 20 4k TVs, your game can be found inside one of North Idaho’s

favorite sports bars. With plenty of comfortable seating and a view of the

screens from all corners, Sweet Lou’s is a gathering place for Seahawks

and Gonzaga fans. Burgers, wings and sandwiches are staples, and firsttime

visitors might also be surprised to find ahi poke, grilled shrimp

and salmon, NY strips, and bison ribs on the menu as well. Sixteen tap

handles include domestics and regional favorites, and the full bar will

serve you up whatever cocktail you’re looking for.

315 Martinis and Tapas

Greenbriar Inn, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

The building this cozy Inn resides in is 110 years old, and seeing the

living history is one of the many delights at this one-of-a-kind bar. As

evidenced by its name, martinis are the specialty here; both traditional

and creative twists drummed up by the excellent bar staff. Seating is

intimate, and there is live music each Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

evening. Cheese and charcuterie plates start off the menu, and shared

plates include steamed clams and mussels, Cajun-seasoned ahi tuna and

huckleberry meatballs.

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Heading out to

one of the local

hotels for an

evening meal or

cocktail might not

be the first thought

for most, however,

you are missing out

on some of the best

places around.

Red Tail Bar & Grill

Coeur d’Alene Casino & Resort, Worley, Idaho

Executive Chef Steven Walk brings more than two decades of professional

experience to the casino’s multiple dining options, and the emphasis on tribal

hospitality and local ingredients is at the forefront inside Red Tail. You will find

dishes here that are very hard to come by including traditional Indian fry bread

served with local honey, huckleberry jam and whipped butter, buffalo chili and

the famous Indian taco. Drinks are very reasonably priced, and draft beer comes

in four different sizes.

Davenport Hotel Ballroom

The Historic Davenport Hotel, Spokane, Washington

The on-site dining options at Spokane’s landmark hotel are well regarded, but

the Sunday brunch is an experience no one should miss. Held in one of the

hotel’s legendary ballrooms, come hungry and be ready to be absolutely wowed

by the fresh and opulent selections. Bottomless champagne or mimosas pair

perfectly with made-to-order crepes and waffles. The meat carving station rotates

selections but always includes salt-and-herb crusted prime rib. Fresh gulf shrimp,

salmon and lox perk up the senses, while the chocolate fountain, fresh fruit,

truffles and coffee cake finish off your one of a kind experience.

Spencer’s Steakhouse

DoubleTree by Hilton, Spokane, Washington

Those looking for that perfect USDA Prime cut cooked to a delightful medium

rare need only to step a few feet into the DoubleTree Hotel. The steaks at

Spencer’s are legendary; each is dry aged between 21 and 28 days. Cooked in

1,600 degree heat, each comes out bursting with flavor. You’ll find an extensive

wine list with selections from around the world and an emphasis on great

regional selections. The atmosphere harkens back to a slower time, and the

experience, flavors and service is unlike any other.

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REGIONAL RESTAURANT GUIDE

Where the Locals Go

NS

AMERICAN FINE DINING

1898 PUBLIC HOUSE

Classic foods with a fresh twist using the finest ingredients is what you

will find here. Located at Kalispel Golf and Country Club, dining at 1898

will be an exciting culinary tour for your palate.

2010 W. Waikiki Rd. | 509.466.2121

North Side Spokane $-$$$ | 1898PublicHouse.com

WS

SP

MASSELOW’S STEAKHOUSE

Masselow’s Steakhouse features an impressive variety of prime-grade

Midwestern steaks, fresh seafood and an expansive wine selection. Much

like their wine list, all ingredients are personally sought, sourced and

tasted to meet the chef’s highest standards so that you get only the best.

100 N. Hayford Rd. | 509.481.6020

West Side Spokane $-$$$ | Masselows.com

TRINITY AT CITY BEACH

With a breathtaking view of Lake Pend Oreille and the surrounding

mountains, Trinity at City Beach’s menu of American cuisine offers a

modern spin on many classic dishes and changes with the seasons. They

also have a full bar.

58 Bridge St. | 208.255.7558

Sandpoint $-$$$ | TrinityAtCityBeach.com

CDA

CHINOOK STEAK, PASTA AND SPIRITS

Experience the best of the Northwest at the Chinook Steak, Pasta and

Spirits located in the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Worley,

Idaho. Enjoy the authentic taste of the wild Nisqually king salmon,

Northwest Cattle Company premium angus beef, Makah halibut and

local wild huckleberries. The menu caters to a variety of tastes, with

offerings of elk stew, lobster tail dinner and Old-World rustic-style

pastas, all with thought given to affordability and five-star quality.

37914 S. Nukwalqw | 800.523.2464

Worley $-$$$ | CdACasino.com

KY

WANDERING TABLE

At Wandering Table, the chefs have an insatiable appetite for cooking

and creating food and use a variety of techniques from around the globe.

Enjoy meals inspired by the season using local ingredients, still warm

from the sun, from the farmer you work with or from a day of foraging.

They seek the best products and honor those who grew them by serving

them to people in a way that makes food memorable, creating great

experiences, traditions and communities. You’re invited to one of the

most interesting and unique dining experiences in the Inland Northwest.

1242 W. Summit Parkway | 509.443.4410

Kendall Yards Spokane $$-$$$ | TheWanderingTable.com

AMERICAN & SOUTHERN COMFORT FOOD

SP

FORTY-ONE SOUTH

Forty-One South is North Idaho’s premier upscale dining restaurant

with breathtaking views from the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. Located

at the south end of the Long Bridge in Sandpoint, Forty-One South

has become a popular spot for locals, tourists and business travelers.

A relaxed lodge setting and exceptionally friendly service paired with

innovative modern-American cuisine makes for one of North Idaho’s

premier dining experiences. Enjoy mouthwatering cuisine, drinks by

the fire, outdoor seating and gorgeous sunset views. Located right next

door to The Lodge at Sandpoint and Shoga Sushi. Hours vary by season.

Reservations are recommended.

41 Lakeshore Dr. | 208.265.2000

Sagle $$-$$$ | 41SouthSandpoint.com

DS

GILDED UNICORN

Gilded Unicorn is a modern-American classic restaurant featuring

handcrafted food and drinks located in the historic Montvale Hotel in

Downtown Spokane. The restaurant showcases local, seasonal ingredients

from the Northwest and beyond created into new-fashioned flavors that

hit you in the soul. The food is created from nostalgic comfort foods

everyone has enjoyed but with a slightly modern twist, brought back to

life using fresh ingredients and an explosion of flavors.

110 S. Monroe St. | 509.309.3698

Downtown Spokane $-$$ | GildedUnicorn.com

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CDA

HIGH MOUNTAIN BUFFET

The expanded buffet at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel features

live-action cooking, fresh, locally sourced ingredients and flacorful

dishes. Enjoy made-to-order omelets, hand-carved meats, a delectable

dessert bar and more!

37914 S. Nukwalqw | 800.523.2464

Worley $$ | CdACasino.com

SP

CDA

SWEET LOU’S RESTAURANT AND BAR

Enjoy amazing burgers, Manny’s beer-battered onion rings, hand-cut top

sirloin or the crowd favorite—grilled PB&J with locally made huckleberry

jam and more. There is also a full bar featuring 16 draft beers.

477272 Highway 95 | 208.263.1381

Ponderay $-$$ | SweetLousIdaho.com

SWEET LOU’S RESTAURANT AND TAP HOUSE

Try the ribs (pork or bison) that are smoked in house at Sweet Lou’s. The

unique burger menu features 10 different burgers that are made from

freshly ground top sirloin and topped with decadent eats such as smoked

pulled pork, hand-battered onion rings or fresh jalapenos. Also choose

from 32 beers on tap.

601 E. Front St. Ste. 101 | 208.667.1170

Downtown Coeur d’Alene $-$$ | SweetLousIdaho.com

DS

DRY FLY DISTILLING

Since 2007, Dry Fly Distilling has been producing high-quality, awardwinning

vodka, gin and whiskies right here in Spokane, Washington.

The first distillery in Washington state and among the first 25 in the

country, the owners are committed to being 100 percent farm to

bottle, supporting local farmers in the process. Patience, persistence,

presentation and perfection are poured into each bottle. They invite

you to stop by the tasting room, which features some of the finest craft

cocktails in the region and offers retail bottle sales.

1003 E. Trent, Suite 200 | 509.489.2112

Downtown Spokane $$-$$$ | DryFlyDistilling.com

BAR, LOUNGE, BREWERY, DISTILLERY

SP

THE 219 LOUNGE

Sandpoint’s hometown bar for more than 80 years and recently selected

as the “Best Small Town Bar in Idaho,” you’ll find a friendly atmosphere

with folks from all walks of life at The 219. Recently renovated back

to its historic 1930’s roots, the 219 offers a full-service bar with classic

cocktails, 20 craft beers on tap and a unique wine list. There’s always

something to do at the “Niner,” from pool and karaoke to enjoying live

music. Enjoy the fire pit during the fall, winter and spring. 219 is the best

place in town to just relax or dance the night away with your favorite

beverage.

219 N. 1st Ave. | 208.263.5673

Sandpoint $-$$ | 219.bar

SP

LAUGHING DOG

Fetchingly good beer! Brewing award-winning beer since 2005, what

began as a dream in a small North Idaho town turned into an insatiable

desire to craft beers of all flavors. With a focus on quality while exploring

various techniques and styles, Laughing Dog has a firm belief that

craft beer creates community, and they invite you to join them in their

taproom. Gather with friends and neighbors to watch a game, enjoy the

fireplace on a winter day, listen to live music on a summer weekend or

enjoy a tasting tray!

805 Schweitzer Plaza Dr. | 208.263.9222

Ponderay $-$$ | LaughingDogBrewing.com

RESTAURANT GUIDE KEY

SP In or around the Sandpoint, Idaho area.

HY In or around the Hayden, Idaho area.

CDA In or around the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho area.

PF In or around the Post Falls, Idaho area.

RD In or around the Rathdrum, Idaho area.

SV In or around the Spokane Valley, Washington area.

DS In or around the Downtown Spokane, Washington area.

KY In or around the Kendall Yards Spokane, Washington area.

NS In or around the North Side Spokane, Washington area.

SH In or around the South Hill Spokane, Washington area.

WS In or around the West Side Spokane, Washington area.

PARTY ANIMAL VODKA

Launched in April 2018, Party Animal Vodka is an Idaho potato vodka

that gives back to animals with every sip. Proceeds from every bottle

gives back to Idaho wildlife conservation and local animal shelters. Party

Animal Vodka is farm-to-bottle: distilled in Idaho from locally sourced

Idaho russet potatoes for exceptional quality and a dangerously smooth

finish. There are no added sugars, preservatives or flavors and has zero

carbs and low calories. It’s only distilled once; done right the first time.

Find it at local restaurants including Corner Bar, Capones Pub and Grill,

The Moose, Rusty’s and 219 Lounge.

151 4th St. W. Unit 4833

Ketchum, Idaho $-$$ | PartyAnimalVodka.com

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BREAKFAST & LUNCH

BURGERS & DINERS

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CHOMPER CAFÉ

Locally owned and family friendly, Chomper Cafe has quickly made a

name for itself. Offering the freshest, made-from-scratch breakfast and

lunch utilizing high-quality ingredients, owner Sarah Baker invites you to

take a seat at her casual and comfortable restaurant, where passion for

food and service is paramount.

2345 W. Prairie Ave. | 208.719.0441

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DUELING IRONS RESTAURANT

Dueling Irons offers its guests a traditional American menu of breakfast

and burgers. From the biscuits and gravy, chicken fried steak and eggs

benedict to the burgers, sandwiches and salads, you’ll enjoy great food

served in generous portions complemented by fast and friendly service.

1780 E. Schneidmiller Ave. | 208.262.9716

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FRANK’S DINER

Voted Best Breakfast for decades, enjoy Frank’s 120-year-old family

hot cake recipe, extra thick Daily’s bacon, legendary chicken-fried steak,

five fresh gravies and grilled onions, giant malted waffles, quarter-pound

sausage links, buttermilk biscuits and gravy, artisan bread bowl soups and

chowders, and more.

North Side Spokane | 10929 N. Newport Hwy. | 509.465.2464

Downtown Spokane | 1516 W. Second Ave. | 509.747.8798

$-$$ | FranksDiners.com

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INCREDIBURGER AND EGGS

One of Chef Adam Hegsted’s latest additions to his family of

restaurants, Incrediburger and Eggs offers just that—incredibly unique

upscale burgers and a variety of inspired egg concoctions. This upper

fast-casual dining experience features all types of burgers (including

the Earth and Turf with its mushroom and beef blend, the Steelhead

made with a blackened steelhead patty and the Lil Greeky featuring

a chickpea patty), a variety of egg sandwiches, breakfast bowls, fries,

sweet potato tots and adult beverages created using local producers and

farmers as much as possible. Be sure to keep an eye out for their second

Incrediburger and Eggs location, opening soon in Coeur d’Alene!

909 W. 1st Ave., Ste. A | 509.443.4215

Downtown Spokane $-$$ | IncrediburgerAndEggs.com

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Messy’s Burgers’ signature burgers are half-pounders made of fresh

Angus beef. They even serve up chicken strips, sandwiches, salads,

fries, onion rings and rippers (deep fried hot dogs), and don’t forget the

milkshake and floats.

6285 W. Maine St. | 208.623.4298

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DOUGHLICIOUS BAKERY

Brought to you by award-winning chef Adam Hegsted of Eat Good

Group, Doughlicious Bakery provides delicious breads and baked goods

using high-quality ingredients.

24001 E. Mission Ave. Ste. 190 | 509.210.0880

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THE YARDS BRUNCHEON

At The Yards Bruncheon, they have extended the weekend to all week

by offering brunch every day! The menu features comfort food from all

over using local farms and producers in the season. They have fun and

want their passion for good ingredients to shine without too much fuss.

Most of the foods are made in house including their pastries, which are

some of the best around. They also feature some of the best coffees

and teas from around the world. Don’t miss out and come enjoy the

eatertainment!

1248 W. Summit Parkway | 509.290.5952

Kendall Yards Spokane $-$$ | TheYardsBruncheon.com

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LE CATERING

Le Catering features the best Inland Northwest producers and products

cooked by award-winning chefs who strive to create a great experience

for each and every guest. Le Catering’s goal is to serve their guests

beyond their expectations. Le Catering Co. is locally owned by Chef

Adam Hegsted as part of the Eat Good Group. Their restaurants include

Wandering Table, Yards Bruncheon, Gilded Unicorn, Farmhouse Kitchen

and Silo Bar, Republic Kitchen + Taphouse, Incrediburger & Eggs and Eat

Good Café. With a combination of the best chefs and managers from

across the Northwest and beyond, they create a unique experience and

build memories for a lifetime. Call to set up your special event.

24001 E. Mission Ave. | 509.210.0880

Spokane Valley $-$$$ | LeCatering.co

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VITAL FIT MEALS

Vital Fit Meals provides a convenient healthy meal service to make it

easy for their customers to eat better, feel better and live better, with

meals that are designed to be delicious and nutritious!

6501 N. Cedar Rd. | 509.703.7134

Spokane $-$$$ | VitalFitMeals.com

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CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN & ECLECTIC

THE BLACKBIRD TAVERN + KITCHEN

Discover an eclectic menu with Southern influences. The restaurant

features a wood-fired grill and smoker and in-house charcuterie, along

with a full bar with four wines on tap, 34 beers on draft and a selection of

more than 155 bottled beers. They serve brunch on the weekends.

905 N. Washington St. | 509.381.2473

Downtown Spokane $$ | TheBlackbirdSpokane.com

THE BLUEBIRD

The owners of Syringa Japanese Café and Sushi Bar bring you The

Bluebird, a midtown eatery. High-quality ingredients and locally sourced

products are used in every dish. The menu is unique, enticing and

delicious. Stay local. Support local. Eat and drink local. Live local.

816 N. Fourth St. | 208.665.3777

Midtown Coeur d’Alene $$ | MidtownBluebird.com

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HONEY EATERY AND SOCIAL CLUB

Brought to you by chef and restaurateur Adam Hegsted, Honey Eatery

and Social Club is inspired by and pays homage to a favorite local

ingredient—honey! Offering an eclectic, artistic feeling with modern

industrial decor to the heart of Downtown Coeur d’Alene and located

in what was previously The Cellar, Honey Eatery will treat its guests

to an all-day menu featuring local foods and producers. Honey Social

Club downstairs is where guests will want to head to enjoy live music and

concerts, craft cocktails, American-style tapas and Inland Northwestinspired

small plates, a self-service wine bar and more!

317 Sherman Ave. | 208.930.1514

Downtown Coeur d’Alene $-$$$ | HoneyEateryAndSocialClub.com

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COLLECTIVE KITCHEN

Eat. Share. Laugh. A modern restaurant with a retro vibe, the menu

features a wonderful selection of plates perfect for sharing and fresh

entrees. Flavorful appetizers, delightful sandwiches, savory meats and

an all-day breakfast menu are complemented by a wide selection of wine

and 51 brews on tap!

501 Sherman Ave. | 208.930.4762

Downtown Coeur d’Alene $-$$$ | CollectiveKitchenPublicHouse.co

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MAX AT MIRABEAU

Find eclectic cuisine, an award-winning menu including steaks, chops,

seafood, salads, burgers and more than 100 other menu items at MAX,

along with a wine list that boasts more than 500 labels; a perfect match

for everything on the menu. The lounge menu features more than 75

of the most eclectic and innovative cocktails and martinis from retro

to nouveau. Enjoy two happy hours daily, an award-winning a la carte

brunch featuring multiple Benedicts, fabulous Bloody Marys and Mimosa

specials every day, live Rockin’ Blues weekends, private dining rooms,

courtyard dining and more! Late-night dining with a full menu is offered

until close. Open daily at 6am.

1100 N. Sullivan Rd. | 509.922.6252

Spokane Valley $-$$$ | MAXatMirabeau.com

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STEAM PLANT KITCHEN + BREWERY

The Steam Plant’s menu includes handcrafted, authentic foods using a

wood-fired pizza oven, rotisserie, char-broiler and smoker. They offer

signature cocktails along with their onsite brewery which produces more

than 10 handcrafted microbrews, including inventive seasonals, that are

also available in kegs and growlers.

159 S. Lincoln St. | 509.777.3900

Downtown Spokane $$ | SteamPlantSpokane.com

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GLOBAL KITCHEN

Located in Downtown Coeur d’Alene, discover unique flavors and

modern cuisine offered in a wide variety of small plates at Global Kitchen.

Focused on locally sourced produce, seasonal cooking and healthy eating,

the menu offers elevated simplicity with fresh, flavorful foods that shine.

The rotating seasonal menu offers fresh ingredients and bold flavors. Pair

your meal with a glass of wine from their extensive wine list or choose

from their selection of regional craft brews. Combined with the beautiful

and relaxed atmosphere, it’s an ideal dining out destination, no matter

the occasion. Private dining and catering are available.

309 E. Lakeside Ave. | 208.930.4050

Downtown Coeur d’Alene $-$$$ | GlobalKitchen-CdA.com

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FAST & FRESH GOURMET

COSMIC COWBOY GRILL

Cosmic Cowboy offers delicious grilled meats like the marinated tri-tip

steak or half-pound burgers with incredible gourmet sides like charred

brussels sprouts, butternut squash and quinoa or crowd-pleasing thickcut

steak fries. They make their food from scratch using fresh ingredients

including locally sourced and organic ingredients.

412 W. Haycraft Ave. | 208.277.0000

North Coeur d’Alene $-$$ | CosmicCowboyGrill.com

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208.635.5821

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TONY’S ON THE LAKE

Tony’s is a landmark in Coeur d’Alene serving Italian-inspired cuisine. A

beautiful five-minute drive from the Sherman Avenue Exit off I-90, they

offer a full-service bar and extensive wine list. Visit the website for menu.

6823 Coeur d’Alene Lake Dr. | 208.667.9885

Coeur d’Alene $$$ | TonysOnTheLake.com

VINE & OLIVE EATERY AND WINE BAR

In the industrial chic space, Vine & Olive guests will be treated

to European-inspired small plates executed with Northwest flair,

charcuteries and desserts, a full wine bar serving thoughtful wines by the

glass and eight local taps.

2037 N. Main St. | 208.758.7770

Coeur d’Alene at Riverstone $$-$$$ | VineAndOliveCdA.com

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FARMHOUSE KITCHEN AND SILO BAR

Enjoy farm-fresh food, seasonally inspired. At the Farmhouse Kitchen,

they offer brunch served daily. Menu items include fresh apple donuts,

deviled eggs, corned beef hash, the BNG (buttermilk biscuits and

sausage gravy), caramelized banana pancakes, chicken and waffles and

much more! Dinner is served daily and features items that are sure to

impress! From the grilled meatloaf, smoked steelhead trout and the

bacon-wrapped halibut, to the roasted mushroom burger, clam chowder

and slow-cooked brisket, all can delight in this flavorful menu. Silo Bar,

also open seven days a week, features poutine, fish and chips and the

beer-battered onion, to name a few.

477227 Highway 95 N. | 208.255.2603

Ponderay $-$$ | FarmhouseKitchenAndSiloBar.com

FRENCH CUISINE

FLEUR DE SEL

Fleur de Sel brings a taste of France from snails in puff pastry and

rillette to duck confit and chicken and truffles. A glass of wine from

the beautifully chosen wine list or an elegant cocktail is the perfect

accompaniment to any dish.

4365 Inverness Dr. | 208.777.7600

Post Falls $-$$$ | Fleur-de-Sel.weebly.com

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WHITE HOUSE GRILL

If you want to feel like you’re in the Mediterranean drinking Ouzo and

eating a crazy amount of garlic, just drive to the White House Grill in

Post Falls and join in the fun of their crazy and noisy—but at the same

time romantic—restaurant. They offer a full bar with 12 beers on tap, and

guests can enjoy seasonal outdoor dining on the patio.

712 N. Spokane St. | 208.777.9672

Post Falls $-$$ | WhiteHouseGrill.com

MEXICAN

NADINE’S MEXICAN KITCHEN

Influenced by the bold, delicious flavors of Mexico, this family friendly

restaurant is serving up delicious scratch-made food daily featuring

everything from traditional favorites to Mexican poutine, housesmoked

brisket burritos and bowls, stacked enchiladas, mac and cheese,

shepherd’s pie and chicken fried steak with green chile gravy.

8016 W. Main St. | 208.687.6441

Rathdrum $-$$ | NadinesMexicanKitchen.com

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FLEUR DE SEL ARTISAN CRÊPERIE

Fleur de Sel Artisan Crêperie offers guests a variety of delectable French

crepes served all day. Guests can select from an assortment of sweet or

savory crepes, such as the Monte Cristo, bison meatloaf and horseradish,

salmon and capers, and lemon curd.

909 S. Grand Blvd. | 509.242.3725

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FLAME AND CORK

Specializing in authentic wood-fired pizzas, the menu also boasts

delicious salads and appetizers like their charcuterie plate and wood-fired

mac and cheese. Pair your meal with a glass of wine from their extensive

wine list or one of the local beers on tap.

9225 N. Government Way | 208.635.5836

Hayden $-$$ | FlameAndCork.com

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ITALIAN & EUROPEAN

ANGELO’S RISTORANTÉ

Angelo’s is the local favorite with a taste of homemade, authentic Italian

cuisine! Join them for a fresh, organic, hand-crafted menu of veal, steak,

chicken, seafood, pasta and gluten-free offerings. They also offer an

extensive wine selection and warm romantic décor.

846 N. Fourth St. | 208.765.2850

Midtown Coeur d’Alene $$ | AngelosRistorante.net

RADICCI ITALIAN BISTRO

Radicci is a family owned Italian bistro dishing up authentic scratch-made

pastas, pizzas, sandwiches, soups, salads and more using delicious family

recipes with a modern twist. Soups and sauces, such as the marinara, are

made fresh, and their pizzas are made with a sourdough crust.

8049 N. Wayne Dr. | 208.635.5821

Hayden $-$$$ | RadicciBistro.com

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MACKENZIE RIVER PIZZA, GRILL AND PUB

MacKenzie River’s acclaimed gourmet pizzas are offered on a variety

of crusts—original, thin and gluten free—with toppings from classic

pepperoni to pesto, ricotta and sun-dried tomatoes. Other popular menu

offerings include hearty sandwiches, burgers, homestyle entrées and

fresh salads.

Coeur d’Alene | 405 W. Canfield Ave. | 208.772.5111

North Side Spokane | 9225 N. Nevada St. | 509.413.1043

South Hill Spokane | 2910 E. 57th Ave., Ste. E | 509.315.9466

$-$$ | MacKenzieRiverPizza.com

POWDER HOUND PIZZA

With a reputation in the mountain community for the best pizza around,

PHP is where skiers and boarders collide for some of the best pizza

around. Stop in for killer pizza and delicious brews. Delivery and take out

are available as well.

166 Village Lane | PowderHoundPizza.com

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VERACI PIZZA

Gourmet pizzas fired with apple wood from Yakima Valley baked in oven

temperatures around 1,000 degrees! Veraci Pizza features a delicious

ultra-thin artisan crust made from their secret recipe. Each batch of

dough is hand prepared and topped with only the freshest and highest

quality natural ingredients.

1333 W. Summit Parkway | 509.389.0029

Kendall Yards Spokane $-$$ | VeraciSpokane.com

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MOON TIME

Established in 1996, Moon Time quickly became a favorite among locals

and tourists alike. Serving some of the best food around in a comfortable

pub-style atmosphere, you’ll want to visit as often as possible. The menu

offers soups, sandwiches, pastas, salads and other specialties prepared

from scratch daily, along with a fantastic selection of micro-brewed beers

and fine wines by the glass and bottle. Open daily at 11am, the kitchen

is open late every night. Be sure to stop in Thursday night for live music

featuring national and local artists. For more information including

photos, menu, specials and directions, make sure to visit their website.

1602 Sherman Ave. | 208.667.2331

East Coeur d’Alene $-$$ | WeDontHaveOne.com

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THE ELK PUBLIC HOUSE

Spokane’s not-so-secret neighborhood restaurant located in the heart

of Historic Browne’s Addition, the Elk Public House features fresh

salads, soups, sandwiches and pastas all made from scratch. Find a great

selection of microbrewed beers, wines by the glass and original cocktails

served in a comfortable pub-style atmosphere. They also feature some of

the region’s best outdoor seating. Open daily at 11am. For menu, specials

and more, visit their website.

1931 W. Pacific Ave. | 509.363.1973

West Side Spokane $-$$ | WeDontHaveOne.com

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THE ONION TAPHOUSE AND GRILL

At The Onion, chefs cook whole turkeys and choice top rounds of beef

daily to make their legendary sandwiches and only purchase fresh local

beef for the amazing burgers served on handmade brioche rolls. Enjoy

artisan pizza, fresh pasta, center-cut steaks, fresh seafood and kid

friendly atmosphere.

Downtown Spokane | 302 W. Riverside | 509.747.3852

North Side Spokane | 7522 N. Division St. | 509.482.6100

$-$$ | TheOnion.Biz

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GENO’S TRADITIONAL FOOD AND ALES

Geno’s joined the family of pubs that include The Elk and Two Seven

in Spokane, Moon Time in Coeur d’Alene and The Porch in Hayden

in 2014. The menu includes favorites like The Elk’s famous traditional

Reuben sandwich and Moon Time’s 74th St. gumbo, but additional items

include the Cuban pork sandwich and the Geno’s chicken wings. French

fries are offered as a side item, along with the ever-popular and addicting

roasted corn pasta. Open Sunday - Wednesday 11am - 11pm, Thursday -

Saturday 11am - midnight. Check out the full menu online.

1414 N. Hamilton Ave. | 509.368-9087

Downtown Spokane $-$$ | WeDontHaveOne.com

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THE PORCH PUBLIC HOUSE

A beautiful golf-course view without the cost of joining the country

club makes The Porch an ideal setting for a delicious meal any time of

year. They offer a full menu of sandwiches, salads, soups and specialties

prepared from scratch without the high price of fine dining, and the

region’s finest cocktails, microbrews and wines to accompany your meal.

Feel at home in the comfortable pub-style dining room or the fantastic

outdoor dining area. Open daily at 11am year round, The Porch keeps the

kitchen cooking up delicious food late every night. For more information

including specials, menu, photos and directions, please visit their website.

1658 E. Miles Ave. | 208.772.7711

Hayden $-$$ | WeDontHaveOne.com

REDTAIL BAR & GRILL

Located inside the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, enjoy hearty pub

fare and refreshing libations while catching your favorite game on one of

the many large-screen TVs!

37914 S. Nukwalqw | 800.523.2464

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TWO SEVEN PUBLIC HOUSE

Following the simple concept of great food and drink in a comfortable

atmosphere that won’t break the bank, whether it’s dinner with the

family, a business lunch or an after-work cocktail, Two Seven Public

House has you covered.

2727 S. Mt. Vernon #5 | 509.473.9766

South Hill Spokane $-$$ | WeDontHaveOne.com

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SEAFOOD, SUSHI & FISH MARKETS

FISHERMAN’S MARKET, GRILL AND SUSHI

Find fresh fish at Fisherman’s on the market side. The grill offers

everything from fish and chips, specialty tartars, fish tacos, salads,

steamers, catfish, oyster po’ boys and more. Check out the sushi bar and

the offerings of beer, wine and sake.

215 W. Kathleen Ave. Ste. A | 208.664.4800

North Coeur d’Alene $-$$ | FishermansMarketCdA.com

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WESTWOOD BREWING CO.

Westwood Brewing Co. is driven to provide exceptional beers and

delicious flavorful food in a casual setting. Housed in a historic late-

1800s building, Westwood is a full-service brewpub serving craft beers

from the Pacific Northwest, domestics, wine and cocktails, paired with

delicious pub food artfully crafted by their chef in house. Guests will

quickly discover the passion the owners have for both incredible beer

and incredible food! Families, friends and neighbors will be greeted by

friendly faces, experience consistent quality and feel at home.

8162 W. Main St. | 208.712.3423

Rathdrum $-$$ | WestwoodBrewing.com

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SHOGA SUSHI BAR

Shoga Sushi Bar offers the finest in sushi and Japanese cuisine—nigiri,

sashimi, specialty rolls and plenty of non-sushi appetizers and entrées

to choose from with breathtaking views over Lake Pend Oreille. Entrées

feature popular hot items such as orange chicken, beef and broccoli,

grilled salmon and an American Kobe burger.

41 Lakeshore Dr. | 208.265.2001

Sagle $-$$ | ShogaSushi.com

SYRINGA JAPANESE CAFE AND SUSHI BAR

Located on the corner of Fourth and Walnut, Syringa hits the spot for

a cozy lunch or dinner. Using organic produce, choice meats and wild

seafood whenever available (and no MSG), enjoy sushi, Japanese entrees,

salads and soups.

1401 N. Fourth St. | 208.664.2718

Coeur d’Alene $$-$$$ | SyringaSushi.com

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REPUBLIC KITCHEN + TAPHOUSE

Sharing the craft foods they love to eat and the local brews they love

to drink, Executive Chef Adam Hegsted is the one behind the flavorful

menu, which features appetizers like the roasted avocado nachos,

popcorn cauliflower and fried pork belly, and entrée items including the

Brush Creek blue burger and chimichurri steak asada. Serving lunch,

dinner and drinks, Republic Kitchen + Taphouse is a great stop for the

entire family and offers seasonal outdoor dining.

120 E. Fourth Ave. | 208.457.3610

Post Falls $$ | RepublicIdaho.com

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THE CULINARY STONE

Discover specialty foods from around the world and the region, outfit

your kitchen and learn how to “live to eat.” Located at the Riverstone

Shopping Center, they offer everything from gourmet foods, cheeses

and Italian meats, wine tastings, cooking classes and kitchen supplies.

2129 N. Main St. | 208.277.4116

Coeur d’Alene $-$$ | CulinaryStone.com

LITEHOUSE FOODS

Based out of Sandpoint, Idaho, Litehouse Foods offers a wide variety of

salad dressing flavors along with caramel, fruit dips, glaze, herbs, veggie

dips and cheese crumbles.

125 S. 2nd Ave. | 800.669.3169

Sandpoint $ | LitehouseFoods.com

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PILGRIM’S MARKET

Locally owned and operated since opening in 1999, Pilgrim’s Market is

the Inland Northwest’s hotspot for the finest natural and organic foods,

local products, health education and more. For the health-seeking

“green” consumer wanting to support local food growers and retailers,

Pilgrim’s is a homegrown, locally owned alternative to massive foreignowned

national chains. Pilgrim’s 25,000-square-foot store offers

everything from organic produce to gourmet cheese, beer and wine,

bulk foods, bakery, meat, deli, supplements, and an education and event

center. Located just minutes off I-90, Pilgrim’s is a frequent destination

for locals and a must see for the health-conscious traveler.

1316 N. Fourth St. | 208.676.9730

Midtown Coeur d’Alene $-$$ | PilgrimsMarket.com

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LATAH CREEK WINERY AND GIFT SHOP

For more than 36 years, it’s been the Conways’ commitment to delight

wine lovers with the best of Washington state while making their awardwinning

wines affordable. Two generations later, the father/daughter

winemaking team continues to deliver a unique experience with each and

every bottle. Every time a bottle is uncorked or a glass is poured, they

promise love at first sip. Located just minutes from Downtown Spokane,

visitors are offered the chance to sample Latah Creek’s award-winning

and reserve wines while browsing through one of the most unique gift

shops in the area.

13030 E. Indiana Ave. | 509.926.0164

Spokane Valley $-$$$ | LatahCreek.com

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315 RESTAURANT AT THE GREENBRIAR INN

315 offers a full dinner menu and tapas using fresh and seasonal food.

With more than 50 hand-crafted martinis, they use the best natural

ingredients for flavors that really pop! Also find great wine, beer and a

variety of non-alcoholic drinks. The Greenbriar Inn also offers getaway

and elopement packages.

315 Wallace Ave. | 208.667.9660

Midtown Coeur d’Alene $-$$ | 315MartinisandTapas.com

THE OVAL OFFICE

Come enjoy the Oval Office’s famous martinis like the Dirty Monica

and Cosmopolitician, and enjoy great steaks, seafood and pastas they

know you’ll love! Check out the fine scotch and wine lists and awesome

martinis and tasty appetizers.

620 N. Spokane St. | 208.777.2102

Post Falls $-$$$ | WhiteHouseGrill.com

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PEND D’OREILLE WINERY

Sandpoint’s own award-winning winery has pleased palates for more

than 20 years using select vineyards from Idaho and Washington. Visit

the winery for more than just a tasting and tour. In addition to the

opportunity to taste a variety of incredible wine, the Tasting Room has

small bites available including a charcuterie board. And for those who

prefer, there is locally crafted beer available. Pend d’Oreille Winery also

hosts live music and fun events throughout the month. A gathering place

for locals and tourists alike, Pend d’Oreille Winery is the perfect place to

enjoy fine wine and create special memories.

301 Cedar St. | 208.265.8545

Sandpoint $-$$$ | POWine.com

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KAUAI, HAWAII OFFERS BOTH SERENITY AND ADVENTURE

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There is a lot to be thankful for living in the Northwest, but the truth is during the

winter months we may long for some sunshine and warmer weather. When the days are

short, the temperatures are chilly and gray drizzle makes things just wet enough to mess

up your day, we remember the wonderful islands of Hawaii where it’s almost always 80

degrees and sunny. As a couple that has a serious travel bug, it’s rare we visit the same

place twice. But after our first trip to the island of Kauai, we were back again this past

May, less than two years later.

There are slices of paradise on each of the Hawaiian Islands, but for those looking to

step out from behind the all-inclusives, dinner shows and crowded Waikiki and add

some adventure to your vacation, the North Shore of Kauai simply can’t be beat. In and

around Hanalei Bay you will find some of the most spectacular beaches and scenery

in the world. You can surf, snorkel, scuba, hike, bike and fly. This truly is a remarkable

island, and your visit will bring you a new-found appreciation for nature.

As a traveler, I like to see and experience as much of an area as I can because who knows

if I’ll ever be back again. Relaxing on the beach is always part of the trip, but I can only

lounge for so long before wanting to find the next experience. This might be my favorite

thing about Kauai. You can drive up and down the North Shore, find plenty of places to

explore, and if you feel like a little beach time, just pull over and plop down your chair

and towel.

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Kauai is known for adventure both by sea and land. One of my favorite

excursions we’ve taken is something you wouldn’t likely come across

at the concierge desk. Our group of four hired a local by the name of

“T” to take us into the center of the island and float down a century-old

irrigation canal originally created to bring water from the mountains to

the taro fields and pineapple plantations in the valleys below. The drive

was on one of the roughest and craziest roads I have ever been on with

washed-out sections the size of a Mini Cooper. We passed through the

area where they shot the entrance to Jurassic Park, and we were soon

riding boogie boards down a 2-mile canal. We passed through several

pitch-black tunnels and ended at a beautiful swimming hole.

Another great land adventure is hiking the first 2 miles of the Kalalau

trail. This trail begins where the road literally dead ends. It’s an 11-mile

hike that wraps around the famous Na Pali Coast, which you can also

tour by sail boat, zodiac, kayak or helicopter. This hike is rated a difficulty

9.5 out of 10 by the Sierra Club, but the first 2 miles are doable if you are

in decent shape and have hiking experience. Permits are needed to go

further than 2 miles, but thousands of people make the 11-mile trek each

year to camp out at Kalalau Beach—one of the most beautiful beaches

and backdrops you will ever see. The trail is steep and rocky, and you

traverse streams that can swell at a moment’s notice. Both times we’ve

done this hike it has down poured for a short time making for an even

wilder experience.

Back in the water, you’ll find a colorful array of fish snorkeling at Ke’e

beach, excellent surf and boogie boarding waves in the picture-perfect

2-mile crest beach of Hanalei Bay, and will more than likely come across

giant sea turtles snorkeling at Anini Beach. Having such an immense

turtle swimming just feet away from you is really an amazing experience.

Like other vacation destinations, there are plenty of restaurants from

grab-and-go to upscale fine dining, and shops carrying trinket souvenirs

to fine art. You’ll notice that only a couple bars stay open past dinner, but

after a day of exploring and sunny beaches, most retire early instead of

seeking out the nightlife. If you get the chance to visit this island, enjoy

the beaches, but don’t be afraid to step out and find your own adventure.

Her Perspective

When my husband and I settled on a vacation to the island of Kauai and

began to talk to friends and colleagues about our trip, one of the most

common things we heard from other visitors of the island was, “Kauai is

incredible.” After having visited the island twice, I agree.

The Hawaiian island of Kauai is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

The island has natural presence that truly must be seen to be believed.

Kauai served as the backdrop to many famous movies (Jurassic Park and

Blue Hawaii for example), so you likely have seen this spectacular place

before without even realizing it.

If you are in search of tropical paradise that comes complete with

stunning high lush green mountain peaks that seem to always be draped

in a shroud of mist and that are contrasted against a coastline of white

sand beaches and rolling turquoise blue ocean waves, look no further

than Kauai.

The “Garden Island” is the perfect backdrop for burying your toes in the

sand and your nose in a book while the ocean crashes to the shore. You

can boogie board, surf and drink beer from your cooler while you get far

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than one encounter with some of the most colorful chickens you have

ever seen, as they inhabit the island and seem to be its most numerous

residents. These free-range creatures will probably be your morning

alarm clock, too. They seem to be lurking everywhere, including outside

your window.

Impressive sunrises on the island make for a perfect excuse for getting

up early for a run, taking a yoga class on the beach or walking down to

the nearby beach to stand in the ocean and watch the sun come up for

the day.

Opting for a vacation rental by owner over a hotel will usually include

the perks of having a little more privacy, a lot more space and typically

a cache of beach gear to let you create your own experience. Plus, if you

have a kitchen, it can easily be stocked. The island boasts multiple farmers

markets, with one happening most nights of the week. The markets are a

great chance to be amazed at how much better things grow in the tropical

climate (hello giant onions!) and to find and try fruit not typically found

at your regular Pacific Northwest farmers market (hello papayas!).

Creating your adventure not your style? There are also tons of resources

and companies that will ensure your vacation has just the right amount of

zip-lining, surfing, fishing, snorkeling or whatever you enjoy.

If you are looking to have rocking party where you stay up late and hop

from club to club, this is not the place for you. And no one is going to

walk up to you and try to sell you some trinket you don’t need. Kauai’s

charms are much more natural and serene—and when you leave you’ll

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