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“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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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
“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.”
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
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
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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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
The walkability, close proximity to downtown, success of Kendall
Yards and new businesses such as The Backyard have been key to West
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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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,
“For 10 years
I described the
Perry District as
upcoming but not
arrived—now it has
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
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.
“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
“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
If you’ve lived in Spokane 20 years or 20 minutes,
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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
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Predictions on how the online retailer will
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— 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
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
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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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
“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
“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
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
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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
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
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
property—or not. They know it matters. You can count on fast, personalized
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RElationship Oriented - In real estate, properties are the commodity, but
it’s the relationships that drive the Davies’ business vision. They listen; really
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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
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“It’s a cliché to say that a company treats you like one of their family, but that
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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
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BUILDERS AND ARCHITECTS IMPLEMENT
UNIQUE FEATURES TO THEIR CREATIONS
BY PATTY HUTCHENS
SAYLER • OWENS • KERR
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
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.
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.
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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
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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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
SPANNING THE INLAND
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
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.
THE ARTS ARE
CREATING A HEALTHY,
VIBRANT AND SAFE
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
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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2nd Fridays | January, February & March
Mardi Gras Krewe d’Alene
Saturday February 16, 2019
2nd Fridays | April through December
Artist Studio Tour
Early June 2019
Thursdays | July and August
Kids Draw Architecture
Art from the Heart
Support the Arts in your community!
Become a friend of the arts
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2018 - 2019
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
A SEASON TO ADVENTURE
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
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
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
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
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!
DECEMBER & JANUARY
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
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
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.
Chef’s Table: A Multicourse
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.
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.
A Taste of Hope Benefit
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
emotional and financial support
programs for families in our area
impacted by autism. 2019 marks the
11th annual Taste of Hope Benefit
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Orchestras, Percussion & Choirs
• Summer Camps for Music,
Theater & International Exchange
• Fostering Music & Theater
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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.
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
42nd Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show
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!
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
- 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
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.
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.
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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
“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
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
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 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
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.
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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!
— BY PATTY HUTCHENS —
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
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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,
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We answer your most asked questions about Botox
BY BRI WILLIAMS, RN, BSN, REFINED AESTHETICS MED SPA
recent study conducted
by Allergan, the
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
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
If not now...
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).
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
The original skincare
BY BRI WILLIAMS, RN, BSN, REFINED AESTHETICS MED SPA
hen it comes to
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
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
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
• 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
• 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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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
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
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OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXTREME WINTER SPORTS
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
“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.
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
“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.
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
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“Spokane: You can fly in from anywhere
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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.”
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Spokane, Omni Divers in Oregon/Washington/Idaho
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.
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
“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.
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— 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
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!
— 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
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
In addition, the distillery is eco-friendly and
utilizes wind power. They also recycle waste
water and use their by-product for livestock
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
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
Pub and Grill, The Moose, Rusty’s and
Sandpoint’s historic 219 Lounge.
If you are looking for a superior product
Idaho grown, look no further than Party
PARTY ANIMAL VODKA
151 4TH ST. W. UNIT 4833
— 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
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
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
at Nadine’s and upscale pub food at Westwood Brewing
Taste the flavors North Idaho is dishing out.
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.
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
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.
41 Lakeshore Dr.
Shoga Sushi Bar
41 Lakeshore Dr.
— BY PATTY HUTCHENS —
TRINITY AT CITY BEACH IS ONE OF SANDPOINT’S
PREMIER DINING LOCATIONS
SERVING UP SEASONAL CUISINE WHILE
SUPPORTING THE LOCAL ECONOMY
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
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
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
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.
Trinity At City Beach
58 Bridge St.
serving you 7 days a
week at two locations!
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— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —
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
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
1658 E. Miles Ave.
1602 Sherman Avenue, Coeur d’Alene
The Moon Burger
1658 E Miles Ave., Hayden Lake
CHECK OUT SPECIALS AND FULL MENUS AT:
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
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!
East Coeur d’Alene
1602 E. Sherman Ave. #116
Fresh food in a
215 W. Kathleen
Coeur d’alene, ID. 83815
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
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
Grill & Sushi
North Coeur d’Alene
215 W. Kathleen Ave.
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
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
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
COEUR D’ALENE IS HOME TO LOCAL FAVORITES
SYRINGA AND BLUEBIRD
— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —
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
1401 N. Fourth St.
Midtown Coeur d’Alene
816 N. Fourth St.
Syringa Japanese Cafe & Sushi Bar
New Location Coming Winter 2018/2019!
(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.
— 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
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
“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.
Open through the Holidays
6823 E. Coeur d’Alene Lake Dr., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
208.667.9885 | TonysOnTheLake.com
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
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
During the months of November and March, they will be hosting
special wine dinners you won’t want to miss.
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
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
Casual Fine Dining at the Greenbriar
315 Restaurant at
The Greenbriar Inn
Midtown Coeur d’Alene
315 Wallace Ave.
A DREAM AND
and Dedication Leads to Success
— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —
2345 W. Prairie Ave.
2345 W. Prairie Ave.
most proud of opening our doors,”
says Sarah Baker. “It took so much to get
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
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.
501 SHERMAN AVE., COEUR D’ALENE, ID 83814
MON – SUN 11:00AM – 9PM | 209.930.4762
• DINNER •
• DRINKS •
• LUNCH •
• ATMOSPHERE •
8162 W. Main St.
Rathdrum, Idaho 83858
f Westwood Brewing Co.
— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —
LIVING HISTORY PAIRS WITH
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
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
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
Westwood Brewing Co.
8162 W. Main St.
Comfort Food Reimagined
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.
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
— 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
cocktails, 12 beers on
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
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
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;
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
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
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
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.
The Whitehouse Grill
702 N. Spokane St.
The Oval Office Bistro & Martini Bar
620 N. Spokane St.
— 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
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!
Downtown Spokane is bustling
with entertainment year round, and
the food here is sure to impress.
— 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
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
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
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
MAX at Mirabeau Park Hotel
1100 N. Sullivan Rd.
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.
FOR MORE THAN
— 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
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.
The Onion Taphouse and Grill
302 W. Riverside Ave.
The Onion Taphouse and Grill
North Side Spokane
7522 N. Division St.
1516 W. 2nd Ave.
North Side Spokane
10929 N. Newport Highway
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
“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
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
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.
Steam Plant Kitchen + Brewery
159 S. Lincoln St.
French Dining at its Finest!
Private Room Available
Nominated Best Chef
in the Northwest
James Beard Foundation
Open Tuesday - Saturday 5pm - Close | Closed Sunday and Monday | Reservations are recommended
4365 Inverness Dr. | Post Falls, ID 83854 | 208.777.7600
Casual, warm, friendly,
Open Every Day
909 S. Grand Blvd. | Spokane, WA 99202 | 509.242.3725
Dishing Up Delicious
WOOD-FIRED PIZZA AND
SPECTACULAR VIEWS IN KENDALL YARDS!
— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —
1333 W. Summit Pkwy
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
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,”
Dedicated To Quality
Libations and Cuisine
— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —
The scratch food, exceptional service and extensive offerings of beer, wine
and spirits are better than they’ve ever been at The Blackbird Tavern +
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
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.
905 N. Washington St.
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
date or 50th
The Elk will
treat you to
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.
2727 South Mt. Vernon #5
1931 West Pacific,
1414 N Hamilton St,
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Right by The Elk
Continuing the Tradition of
— 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
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
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
Food & Ales
1414 N Hamilton St.
Spokane North • Spokane South Hill • Coeur d’Alene
9225 N. Nevada St.
2910 E. 57th St.
405 W. Canfield Ave.
craft beer •salads
burgers • flatbreads
gourmet pizzas • full bar
pasta • happy hour
O N L I N E O R D E R I N G N O W A V A I L A B L E
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —
EXCELLENCE INTO EACH GLASS
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
“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
Latah Creek Wine Cellars
13030 E. Indiana Ave.
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
301 CEDAR STREET
A Passion for Perfection
— BY PATTY HUTCHENS —
SANDPOINT’S AWARD-WINNING WINERY
Pend d’Oreille Winery
Pend d’Oreille Winery
301 Cedar St.
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
“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
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
Dry Fly Distilling continues to
create excellence in each bottle
— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —
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
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
Dry Fly Distilling
1003 E. Trent Ave.
10 Great Spots Locals
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.
Happy Hours Daily
3-6pm & 9pm-Close
50% off Bottles of Wine
Wednesdays & Sundays
Ladies’ Night Thursdays
Live Rockin’ Blues Music
Fridays & Saturdays
Private Dining / Banquets
Courtyard Patio Dining
1100 N. Sullivan Rd. - Spokane Valley - (509) 922-6252
OPEN MON - THURS 6AM - 1AM | FRI & SAT 6AM - 2AM | SUN 6AM - MIDNIGHT
Not just for visitors.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
REGIONAL RESTAURANT GUIDE
Where the Locals Go
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 $-$$$ | 1898PublicHouse.com
Masselow’s Steakhouse features an impressive variety of prime-grade
Midwestern steaks, fresh seafood and an expansive wine selection. Much
like their wine list, all ingredients are personally sought, sourced and
tasted to meet the chef’s highest standards so that you get only the best.
100 N. Hayford Rd. | 509.481.6020
West Side Spokane $-$$$ | 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 $-$$$ | TrinityAtCityBeach.com
CHINOOK STEAK, PASTA AND SPIRITS
Experience the best of the Northwest at the Chinook Steak, Pasta and
Spirits located in the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Worley,
Idaho. Enjoy the authentic taste of the wild Nisqually king salmon,
Northwest Cattle Company premium angus beef, Makah halibut and
local wild huckleberries. The menu caters to a variety of tastes, with
offerings of elk stew, lobster tail dinner and Old-World rustic-style
pastas, all with thought given to affordability and five-star quality.
37914 S. Nukwalqw | 800.523.2464
Worley $-$$$ | CdACasino.com
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
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
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 $-$$ | GildedUnicorn.com
HIGH MOUNTAIN BUFFET
The expanded buffet at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel features
live-action cooking, fresh, locally sourced ingredients and flacorful
dishes. Enjoy made-to-order omelets, hand-carved meats, a delectable
dessert bar and more!
37914 S. Nukwalqw | 800.523.2464
Worley $$ | CdACasino.com
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
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
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
219 N. 1st Ave. | 208.263.5673
Sandpoint $-$$ | 219.bar
Fetchingly good beer! Brewing award-winning beer since 2005, what
began as a dream in a small North Idaho town turned into an insatiable
desire to craft beers of all flavors. With a focus on quality while exploring
various techniques and styles, Laughing Dog has a firm belief that
craft beer creates community, and they invite you to join them in their
taproom. Gather with friends and neighbors to watch a game, enjoy the
fireplace on a winter day, listen to live music on a summer weekend or
enjoy a tasting tray!
805 Schweitzer Plaza Dr. | 208.263.9222
Ponderay $-$$ | 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 $-$$ | PartyAnimalVodka.com
BREAKFAST & LUNCH
BURGERS & DINERS
Locally owned and family friendly, Chomper Cafe has quickly made a
name for itself. Offering the freshest, made-from-scratch breakfast and
lunch utilizing high-quality ingredients, owner Sarah Baker invites you to
take a seat at her casual and comfortable restaurant, where passion for
food and service is paramount.
2345 W. Prairie Ave. | 208.719.0441
Hayden $ | ChomperCafe.com
DUELING IRONS RESTAURANT
Dueling Irons offers its guests a traditional American menu of breakfast
and burgers. From the biscuits and gravy, chicken fried steak and eggs
benedict to the burgers, sandwiches and salads, you’ll enjoy great food
served in generous portions complemented by fast and friendly service.
1780 E. Schneidmiller Ave. | 208.262.9716
Post Falls $-$$
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
$-$$ | FranksDiners.com
INCREDIBURGER AND EGGS
One of Chef Adam Hegsted’s latest additions to his family of
restaurants, Incrediburger and Eggs offers just that—incredibly unique
upscale burgers and a variety of inspired egg concoctions. This upper
fast-casual dining experience features all types of burgers (including
the Earth and Turf with its mushroom and beef blend, the Steelhead
made with a blackened steelhead patty and the Lil Greeky featuring
a chickpea patty), a variety of egg sandwiches, breakfast bowls, fries,
sweet potato tots and adult beverages created using local producers and
farmers as much as possible. Be sure to keep an eye out for their second
Incrediburger and Eggs location, opening soon in Coeur d’Alene!
909 W. 1st Ave., Ste. A | 509.443.4215
Downtown Spokane $-$$ | IncrediburgerAndEggs.com
RD MESSY’S BURGERS
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
Spirit Lake $-$$
CATERING & MEAL DELIVERY
Brought to you by award-winning chef Adam Hegsted of Eat Good
Group, Doughlicious Bakery provides delicious breads and baked goods
using high-quality ingredients.
24001 E. Mission Ave. Ste. 190 | 509.210.0880
Liberty Lake $-$$
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
1248 W. Summit Parkway | 509.290.5952
Kendall Yards Spokane $-$$ | TheYardsBruncheon.com
Le Catering features the best Inland Northwest producers and products
cooked by award-winning chefs who strive to create a great experience
for each and every guest. Le Catering’s goal is to serve their guests
beyond their expectations. Le Catering Co. is locally owned by Chef
Adam Hegsted as part of the Eat Good Group. Their restaurants include
Wandering Table, Yards Bruncheon, Gilded Unicorn, Farmhouse Kitchen
and Silo Bar, Republic Kitchen + Taphouse, Incrediburger & Eggs and Eat
Good Café. With a combination of the best chefs and managers from
across the Northwest and beyond, they create a unique experience and
build memories for a lifetime. Call to set up your special event.
24001 E. Mission Ave. | 509.210.0880
Spokane Valley $-$$$ | LeCatering.co
Voted North Idaho’s Best Burger!
208.623.4298 | 6285 W Maine St. | Spirit Lake, Idaho
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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 $-$$$ | VitalFitMeals.com
CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN & ECLECTIC
THE BLACKBIRD TAVERN + KITCHEN
Discover an eclectic menu with Southern influences. The restaurant
features a wood-fired grill and smoker and in-house charcuterie, along
with a full bar with four wines on tap, 34 beers on draft and a selection of
more than 155 bottled beers. They serve brunch on the weekends.
905 N. Washington St. | 509.381.2473
Downtown Spokane $$ | TheBlackbirdSpokane.com
The 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 $$ | MidtownBluebird.com
HONEY EATERY AND SOCIAL CLUB
Brought to you by chef and restaurateur Adam Hegsted, Honey Eatery
and Social Club is inspired by and pays homage to a favorite local
ingredient—honey! Offering an eclectic, artistic feeling with modern
industrial decor to the heart of Downtown Coeur d’Alene and located
in what was previously The Cellar, Honey Eatery will treat its guests
to an all-day menu featuring local foods and producers. Honey Social
Club downstairs is where guests will want to head to enjoy live music and
concerts, craft cocktails, American-style tapas and Inland Northwestinspired
small plates, a self-service wine bar and more!
317 Sherman Ave. | 208.930.1514
Downtown Coeur d’Alene $-$$$ | HoneyEateryAndSocialClub.com
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 $-$$$ | CollectiveKitchenPublicHouse.co
MAX AT MIRABEAU
Find eclectic cuisine, an award-winning menu including steaks, chops,
seafood, salads, burgers and more than 100 other menu items at MAX,
along with a wine list that boasts more than 500 labels; a perfect match
for everything on the menu. The lounge menu features more than 75
of the most eclectic and innovative cocktails and martinis from retro
to nouveau. Enjoy two happy hours daily, an award-winning a la carte
brunch featuring multiple Benedicts, fabulous Bloody Marys and Mimosa
specials every day, live Rockin’ Blues weekends, private dining rooms,
courtyard dining and more! Late-night dining with a full menu is offered
until close. Open daily at 6am.
1100 N. Sullivan Rd. | 509.922.6252
Spokane Valley $-$$$ | MAXatMirabeau.com
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 $$ | SteamPlantSpokane.com
Located in Downtown Coeur d’Alene, discover unique flavors and
modern cuisine offered in a wide variety of small plates at Global Kitchen.
Focused on locally sourced produce, seasonal cooking and healthy eating,
the menu offers elevated simplicity with fresh, flavorful foods that shine.
The rotating seasonal menu offers fresh ingredients and bold flavors. Pair
your meal with a glass of wine from their extensive wine list or choose
from their selection of regional craft brews. Combined with the beautiful
and relaxed atmosphere, it’s an ideal dining out destination, no matter
the occasion. Private dining and catering are available.
309 E. Lakeside Ave. | 208.930.4050
Downtown Coeur d’Alene $-$$$ | GlobalKitchen-CdA.com
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 $-$$ | CosmicCowboyGrill.com
North Idaho’s Newest and Freshest Dining Destination
Italian Food, Craft Beer
8049 N. Wayne Dr. | Hayden, ID
TONY’S ON THE LAKE
Tony’s is a landmark in Coeur d’Alene serving Italian-inspired cuisine. A
beautiful five-minute drive from the Sherman Avenue Exit off I-90, they
offer a full-service bar and extensive wine list. Visit the website for menu.
6823 Coeur d’Alene Lake Dr. | 208.667.9885
Coeur d’Alene $$$ | 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
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 $-$$ | FarmhouseKitchenAndSiloBar.com
FLEUR DE SEL
Fleur de Sel brings a taste of France from snails in puff pastry and
rillette to duck confit and chicken and truffles. A glass of wine from
the beautifully chosen wine list or an elegant cocktail is the perfect
accompaniment to any dish.
4365 Inverness Dr. | 208.777.7600
Post Falls $-$$$ | Fleur-de-Sel.weebly.com
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 $-$$ | WhiteHouseGrill.com
NADINE’S MEXICAN KITCHEN
Influenced by the bold, delicious flavors of Mexico, this family friendly
restaurant is serving up delicious scratch-made food daily featuring
everything from traditional favorites to Mexican poutine, housesmoked
brisket burritos and bowls, stacked enchiladas, mac and cheese,
shepherd’s pie and chicken fried steak with green chile gravy.
8016 W. Main St. | 208.687.6441
Rathdrum $-$$ | NadinesMexicanKitchen.com
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
South Hill Spokane $ | FleurdeSelCreperie.com
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 $-$$ | FlameAndCork.com
ITALIAN & EUROPEAN
Angelo’s is the local favorite with a taste of homemade, authentic Italian
cuisine! Join them for a fresh, organic, hand-crafted menu of veal, steak,
chicken, seafood, pasta and gluten-free offerings. They also offer an
extensive wine selection and warm romantic décor.
846 N. Fourth St. | 208.765.2850
Midtown Coeur d’Alene $$ | 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 $-$$$ | RadicciBistro.com
MACKENZIE RIVER PIZZA, GRILL AND PUB
MacKenzie River’s acclaimed gourmet pizzas are offered on a variety
of crusts—original, thin and gluten free—with toppings from classic
pepperoni to pesto, ricotta and sun-dried tomatoes. Other popular menu
offerings include hearty sandwiches, burgers, homestyle entrées and
Coeur d’Alene | 405 W. Canfield Ave. | 208.772.5111
North Side Spokane | 9225 N. Nevada St. | 509.413.1043
South Hill Spokane | 2910 E. 57th Ave., Ste. E | 509.315.9466
$-$$ | 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
Sandpoint $-$$ | 208.255.5645
Gourmet pizzas fired with apple wood from Yakima Valley baked in oven
temperatures around 1,000 degrees! Veraci Pizza features a delicious
ultra-thin artisan crust made from their secret recipe. Each batch of
dough is hand prepared and topped with only the freshest and highest
quality natural ingredients.
1333 W. Summit Parkway | 509.389.0029
Kendall Yards Spokane $-$$ | VeraciSpokane.com
PUB & GRILL AND GASTROPUBS
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 $-$$ | WeDontHaveOne.com
THE ELK PUBLIC HOUSE
Spokane’s not-so-secret neighborhood restaurant located in the heart
of Historic Browne’s Addition, the Elk Public House features fresh
salads, soups, sandwiches and pastas all made from scratch. Find a great
selection of microbrewed beers, wines by the glass and original cocktails
served in a comfortable pub-style atmosphere. They also feature some of
the region’s best outdoor seating. Open daily at 11am. For menu, specials
and more, visit their website.
1931 W. Pacific Ave. | 509.363.1973
West Side Spokane $-$$ | WeDontHaveOne.com
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
Downtown Spokane | 302 W. Riverside | 509.747.3852
North Side Spokane | 7522 N. Division St. | 509.482.6100
$-$$ | TheOnion.Biz
GENO’S TRADITIONAL FOOD AND ALES
Geno’s joined the family of pubs that include The Elk and Two Seven
in Spokane, Moon Time in Coeur d’Alene and The Porch in Hayden
in 2014. The menu includes favorites like The Elk’s famous traditional
Reuben sandwich and Moon Time’s 74th St. gumbo, but additional items
include the Cuban pork sandwich and the Geno’s chicken wings. French
fries are offered as a side item, along with the ever-popular and addicting
roasted corn pasta. Open Sunday - Wednesday 11am - 11pm, Thursday -
Saturday 11am - midnight. Check out the full menu online.
1414 N. Hamilton Ave. | 509.368-9087
Downtown Spokane $-$$ | WeDontHaveOne.com
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 $-$$ | WeDontHaveOne.com
REDTAIL BAR & GRILL
Located inside the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, enjoy hearty pub
fare and refreshing libations while catching your favorite game on one of
the many large-screen TVs!
37914 S. Nukwalqw | 800.523.2464
Worley $$ | CdACasino.com
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 $-$$ | WeDontHaveOne.com
SEAFOOD, SUSHI & FISH MARKETS
FISHERMAN’S MARKET, GRILL AND SUSHI
Find fresh fish at Fisherman’s on the market side. The grill offers
everything from fish and chips, specialty tartars, fish tacos, salads,
steamers, catfish, oyster po’ boys and more. Check out the sushi bar and
the offerings of beer, wine and sake.
215 W. Kathleen Ave. Ste. A | 208.664.4800
North Coeur d’Alene $-$$ | FishermansMarketCdA.com
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 $-$$ | WestwoodBrewing.com
SHOGA SUSHI BAR
Shoga Sushi Bar offers the finest in sushi and Japanese cuisine—nigiri,
sashimi, specialty rolls and plenty of non-sushi appetizers and entrées
to choose from with breathtaking views over Lake Pend Oreille. Entrées
feature popular hot items such as orange chicken, beef and broccoli,
grilled salmon and an American Kobe burger.
41 Lakeshore Dr. | 208.265.2001
Sagle $-$$ | 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
New Location Winter 2018/2019 | 1710 N. Fourth St.
SPECIALTY SHOPPING & WINE
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 $$ | RepublicIdaho.com
THE CULINARY STONE
Discover specialty foods from around the world and the region, outfit
your kitchen and learn how to “live to eat.” Located at the Riverstone
Shopping Center, they offer everything from gourmet foods, cheeses
and Italian meats, wine tastings, cooking classes and kitchen supplies.
2129 N. Main St. | 208.277.4116
Coeur d’Alene $-$$ | CulinaryStone.com
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
1780 E. Schneidmiller Ave., Post Falls, ID 83854 • 208.262.9716
WINE & WINERIES
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 $-$$ | PilgrimsMarket.com
TAPAS, DINNER, MARTINI, BEER & WINE BAR
LATAH CREEK WINERY AND GIFT SHOP
For more than 36 years, it’s been the Conways’ commitment to delight
wine lovers with the best of Washington state while making their awardwinning
wines affordable. Two generations later, the father/daughter
winemaking team continues to deliver a unique experience with each and
every bottle. Every time a bottle is uncorked or a glass is poured, they
promise love at first sip. Located just minutes from Downtown Spokane,
visitors are offered the chance to sample Latah Creek’s award-winning
and reserve wines while browsing through one of the most unique gift
shops in the area.
13030 E. Indiana Ave. | 509.926.0164
Spokane Valley $-$$$ | LatahCreek.com
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
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
KAUAI, HAWAII OFFERS BOTH SERENITY AND ADVENTURE
By Colin Anderson & Stephanie Krebs-Anderson
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
I KEKAHI. LOVE
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
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.
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
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
too much sun and apply too little sunblock. You will probably have more
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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
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
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
find yourself planning the next trip before you get home.
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When you see something every day, over and over, you sometimes take it for granted. The newness and excitement
starts to wear off. That can happen to all of us, but something that’s worth pointing out is we live, work, raise families
and play in one of the most incredible places on earth. Push on and keep exploring new local scenes, restaurants
and events throughout the Northwest. There is so much to do, every day, let’s keep the newness alive and
never take for granted what this area has to offer us!
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