Summer 2020 REAL Northwest Living

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Summer 2020 REAL Northwest Living

must

read!

AN EVENING UNDER

THE STARS

Stargaze at these must-visit

camping destinations

SUMMER 2020

get out!

TOP SUMMER SPOTS

Summer experiences you can’t miss in

the Inland Northwest

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Guiding

you home.

From searching to signing, we’re building

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Proudly selling in

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HONEST FOOD, SIMPLY SERVED.

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HIGHLIGHTING THE INLAND

NORTHWEST THROUGH FOOD

Chef Adam Hegsted’s Eat Good Group is devoted to

serving delicious food and continuing to be a pioneer

of culinary innovation and employee success. From our

restaurants, bakery, catering, kitchens and events, we tell

the unique stories of INW neighborhoods and regions

with nostalgic foods, bold flavors focused on old-world

cooking techniques and seasonal ingredients, simply

served. Every plate is thought out in a meaningful way

utilizing local growers, foragers, farmers, artisans and

talented employees. We look forward to serving you in

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IT MIGHT BE HERE

This might be where you watch your children grow up. It might be where your family gathers for holiday

dinners. Or it might be where you bake Grandma’s cookies. It might be where you gather for movie and

game nights. Or it might be where you fall in love. One thing is for certain, it will be where life happens.

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estate for the past 40 years. Experience counts!

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LOCAL EXPERT

WORLD - CLASS REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL

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See more homes online at JackieSuarez.com

Or follow us on Facebook @JackieSuarezAssociateBroker


Since 2000 Jackie Suarez has been helping clients

buy and sell in North Idaho.

Honored to be Voted

Sandpoint’s Finest REALTOR®

2017, 2018 & 2019!

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38

50

features

contents

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INVESTING IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES

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50

EXPERIENTIAL DINING

BACKYARD PARADISE

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Contents

SUMMER 2020

50 47

Stay Up to Date

on the

Latest Beauty

Trends

84

Local Experts

35 74 What’ll You Have?

82

47

58

70

Ease Retirement Worries

Prepare your portfolio for all

circumstances

Introducing a Better Way of

Buying and Selling Real Estate

Where buyers and sellers

become lifelong friends

Arts & Entertainment

Entertainment in the Northwest

The Northwest offers adventure

seekers many options

Top Spots to Visit

Summer experiences you can’t

miss in the Inland Northwest

Check out all

the Northwest

has to offer

See page 58

Top-notch entertainment,

drinks and friends await at

Sandpoint icon

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89

Beauty Scene

Award-Winning Team of

Professionals

Changing lives from the

outside in

Summer Skin Care

Your guide to safe sun

Exceptional Service and

Desired Results

Your skin care deserves to be

in experienced hands

try this recipe

Check out some of

our fresh recipes

to zest up your

summer, including

this Huckleberry

and Sage Butter, a

delightful topping

to your choice of

grilled steak or

salmon on pg. 165

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Free Home Search

All homes, all companies at www.BrendaBurkGroup.com

$1,000,000 | MLS # 20-3770

Enjoy this breaktaking 5,400-sq-ft. custom home

that sits on 4.6 acres overlooking Coeur d’ Alene

Lake. This home is ideally located just minutes

from the charming downtown of Coeur d’Alene,

Idaho, where you can enjoy shopping and dining.

This home provides the privacy you desire with

its end-of-the-road location. There is room for

everyone! Including 2 master suites, 2 family

rooms, main floor utilities, abundant storage

on each level, multiple outdoor entertaining

areas that include a cascading water feature. As

a bonus, it even has a 24 x 36 shop for all of your

toys. Don’t miss out on this North Idaho Dream,

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$2,195,000 | MLS # 20-1927

The log cabin lifestyle awaits you at the lodge

at 122 Makridge Lane in Kingston, Idaho. Placed

right in the middle of grand forests, this is a

home for every leisurely activity and for every

conceivable guest. Whether you use it for vacation

or live in it full-time, the beauty needs to be

experienced. Climb the rock wall, play basketball,

ski mountain virtually next door, ATV riding and

all on luscious 9 acres, then relax with a sweet

nighttime elixir at the bar. Entertain your friends

and family in one of two dens, each equipped

with a fireplace. Shoot pool in the loft or steam

out your worries in the dry sauna.

$2,150,000 | MLS # 20-3471

This Stunning Spokane River Waterfront home

located in Post Falls, Idaho, truly has it all. Spend

your day in your own private pool or dip your toes

in the sand with a private beachfront including a

boat dock. The home features a climate-controlled

wine room, professional kitchen appliances

flanked by double island of granite, an oversized

open great room, a lower level bar and game room

plus a gym. The large master bedroom suite has

a romantic fireplace, soothing soaker tub and a

private deck just for you with panoramic views of

the clean water, blue sky and rugged mountains.

Stretched out with over 5,400 sq. ft. of luxury, 5

bedrooms, 4.5 baths and 3-car garage.

$325,000 | MLS # 20-4278

Well-maintained log home with new appliances

and fresh paint! Enjoy your own private Idaho

with over 5 acres. The charming 3 plus bedroom

and 2 bath home has loads of natural light, extra

tall ceilings , mountain views and a wraparound

deck to enjoy fresh crisp mountain air. Open floor

plan, 2 master suites, fireplace, a barn and storage

sheds, plus chicken coop and a garden. This is

a quaint log home ready to enjoy, move in ready.

$1,200,000 | MLS # 20-169

Elegance and grandeur abound in the exclusive

gated Wandermere Estates Golf & Country Club

community. This estate sits on two premium view

lots nestled in the hillside of one of Spokane’s

most prestigious 55+ gated communities

and features beautifully landscaped grounds

showcasing breathtaking views of the golf course.

High ceilings, oversized doors and windows,

and custom Italian tile flooring. Gourmet chef’s

kitchen is outfitted with granite counters, Viking

stainless appliances and knotty alder woodwork.

$1,500,000 | MLS MLS # 20-4269

Magnificent waterfront estate on the Pend

Oreille River sitting on 6.64 acres and 1,231

feet of extraordinary waterfront. Meticulous

log craftsmanship, chef’s kitchen, hand-picked

knotty cedar throughout, oversized master suite,

including private office, fantastic indoor raquet

ball court, indoor inground pool, sauna, 48x60

shop, 9-hole golf course out your front door with

gorgeous mountain views along with 2 ponds and

2 year-round creeks. The Serendipity Estate is a

private retreat not to be missed.

Proudly Selling North Idaho & Eastern Washington

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Contents

SUMMER 2020

91 141

168

Outdoors

91 141

96

100

122

An Evening Under the Stars

Top spots in the Inland

Northwest to up your camping

game this summer

Northwest Dining

Scene

A World of Flavors

Cuisine options continue to

flourish in the Inland Northwest

North Idaho

You won’t want to miss the

fresh, seasonal menus local

restaurants are dishing up

Spokane, Washington

Take a seat to taste what

Spokane’s bringing to the table

this summer

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148

154

Wine Time

Destination Wine!

A tour through Idaho and

Washington’s finest

A Refreshing Wine

Experience Awaits

Visit. Sip. Enjoy.

Summer Experience

It’s Race Season!

The top races in the Inland

Northwest find ways to adjust

and accommodate, and keep

the community spirit alive

Travel

Circling the U.K.

Train travel makes multiple

destinations easy

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168

178

Summertime

Delights

Gourmet From Home

Check out some of our fresh

recipes to zest up your summer

Regional Restaurant Guide

Your one-stop guide to the Inland

Northwest’s best dining and

imbibing destinations

Final Thoughts

Cheers to summer living in

the Northwest!

REAL Northwest Living fully

embraces our culture, lifestyle

and surroundings in a way no

other magazine can. Take a stroll

through every page and see for

yourself; we absolutely do live in

the best place on earth.

The BEST

Local Eats

in the Inland

Northwest

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BUILDING

QUALITY

CUSTOM

HOMES

Here at Monarch Custom Homes, we specialize in a variety of custom home

designs ranging from Northwest rustic to the most modern trends and styles.

We work with you to create a floorplan to fit your individual needs. Innovation,

quality and trust is the commitment we make to every client. Joel and Shawn,

along with the experienced team at Monarch Custom Homes, combine their

unmatched experience and attention to detail to deliver an award-winning

experience from start to finish. If you are looking for something different, you

are looking for a Monarch Custom Home.

JOEL & SHAWN ANDERSON

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ublisher’s

icks

SUMMER 2020

Steve Russo | Publisher

The stories, trends and hidden gems that

you need to hear about handpicked by our

publisher for you!

24

INVESTING IN OUR

AN

LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Nonprofits making a difference

in the Inland Northwest

91

EVENING UNDER

THE STARS

Top spots to up your camping

game this summer

154

CIRCLING THE U.K.

Train travel makes multiple

destinations easy

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EDITORIAL

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Jake Holt Photography, Kiersten Patterson Photography, Jason Still,

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Maddie Horton, Owen Aird, Whitney Lebsock

COURTESY PHOTOS

Chad Case - River Dance Lodge, Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper,

Negative Split, Peak 7 Adventures, Tina VanDenHeuvel,

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

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Jillian Chandler

letter from the editor

This past May, SIZZLE Lifestyle Magazine was

rebranded to REAL Northwest Living! Still

produced by Like Media, our new endeavor

truly embraces our lifestyle here in the Inland

Northwest. For nearly two decades, SIZZLE (formerly

known as Idaho Cuisine, Spokane Sizzle and Sizzle’n

Cuisine) has been the top magazine when it comes to the

local dining scene, and still, to this day, continues to be!

But as so many of you already know, SIZZLE has become

so much more over the past few years. It is a true staple of

the Northwest, representing not only our local dining scene,

but our neighbors and communities, which include so many

diverse businesses that represent us in the eclectic lifestyle

that we all share together.

We live and breathe the communities that we all work,

play and thrive in, and wanted our brand to truly reflect the

content inside. REAL Northwest Living will continue to be

the number one distributed and picked-up magazine across

the entire Inland Northwest, and we are proud to be able to

continue to showcase all of the beauty that this area has to

offer. From the bottom of our hearts, we all appreciate your

support and encouragement. Here is to a new incredible

chapter that we’re thrilled to share with you.

There is a deep appreciation for this place we are proud and

honored to call home. Our lifestyle is reflected in everything

from our food and hospitality, to our businesses and

community events, and we are excited to share just a taste

of what our area has to offer in the pages of our summer

edition of REAL Northwest Living.

We strive to make our home unique and inviting, and we

hope that you find our generosity here warm and welcoming.

Stay a while, explore, enjoy. Cheers to a glorious summer in

the Inland Northwest!

Connect with us

Jillian Chandler | Editor In Chief

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IN OUR

LOCAL

COMMUNITIES

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NONPROFITS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN

THE INLAND NORTHWEST

By Abigail Thorpe

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The backbone of many of our communities are their nonprofits—from feeding and housing

the homeless, to providing a safe haven for kids and the abused, to helping keep the

environment, waterways and nature we value so deeply flourishing, the many volunteers

and workers at these organizations are the unsung heroes.

We’ve heard of many of the big, international or national nonprofits that bring in millions each year to

address pressing needs throughout the world. These organizations and the work they do is vital, but

there are so many local organizations that make a big impact on a more intimate and centralized level.

Throughout the Inland Northwest, we are blessed by a community that often pulls together to address

needs that surround us, yet so many still go unmet. Many small nonprofits don’t have the backing

national organizations see, and they rely heavily on the volunteer hours, donations and

fundraisers that make their mission possible. With summer upon us and (hopefully)

extra free hours in the day, take some time to support and encourage the nonprofits

that keep our communities thriving—here are just a few.

Transitions started in Spokane in 1995, a joining of programs that began

as Miryam’s House in 1986 with the aim to help end poverty and

homelessness for women and children in Spokane. “At Transitions,

families are reunited, women gain confidence and independence,

and lives are moved forward from poverty and homelessness to

hope and self-sufficiency,” says Development Director Sarah

Lickfold.

The nonprofit operates six programs to help provide safety,

support and skills for success to women and children

in need. The Women’s Hearth is a drop-in center that

provides basic needs and community to women, and

Miryam’s House and Transitional Living Center provide

housing programs to meet women where they’re at and

help support their goals, with a further program that

provides a forever home for the chronically homeless.

The organization also provides care for the young

through EduCare and offers training for women in

barista and catering programs at New Leaf Kitchen &

Café.

“There are so many barriers that women have to face

every single day, but Transitions empowers women and

families to remove these barriers and build a path to

success,” says Lickfold.

In response to a growing need to

help women and children

facing hardship from

a community that

pulls together

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HELPING

HANDS

Protecting children,

enriching their lives

violent situations in Coeur d’Alene, Safe Passage opened its doors in

1977. “At the time there were no organized options available to give

support and information to the displaced families,” says Chauntelle

Lieske, executive director of Safe House.

In the year prior, three families in the area had opened their homes

as safe houses to victims of domestic violence, but private citizens

took up the call for something more permanent. The name changed

to Safe Passage in 2015, but the goal remains the same. “Today

the mission of Safe Passage is to provide safety, education and

empowerment to victims of violence and to the community,” says

Lieske.

The nonprofit provides safe shelter, 24-hour crisis lines, court-based

advocacy and 24-hour hospital response for victims of domestic

abuse and rape. Its Children’s Advocacy Center includes clinical

counseling, housing assistance and financial support. The center

also focuses on providing education to the community to help

prevent domestic violence, offering healthy relationships education

for teens and bystander training for middle school, high school and

college students.

In Sandpoint, an effort was spearheaded by former mayor Marsha

Ogilvie when a group of locals learned children removed from homes

for their own safety were sometimes housed in juvenile detention

because of a lack of foster homes. Kinderhaven was formed in 1996

to be a safe haven for these children.

Their mission is simple but profound: “Protecting children,

enriching their lives and giving them back their right to thrive.

We are here for our local children when there is nowhere else for

them to go,” says Executive Director Jennifer Plummer. “The most

gratifying moments are those when you can see the kids relax, begin

to emerge out of survival mode, and really trust that the adults in

their lives will take care of them—when you see them just be kids

and let their guard down.”

Kinderhaven has been a strong part of the Sandpoint community

since its start, offering a safe and loving home for children to heal

from their past. “The children build strong connections with our

Kinderhaven staff, and the power of these connections has the

power to transform their lives,” says Plummer. “We demonstrate

to the children with everyday experiences what it feels like to be

respected, valued and nurtured on a consistent basis.”

In 2006 Ryan Kerrigan saw an unmet need for under-resourced

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RECOGNIZING

THE

VALUE

OF EVERY

HUMAN

youth in Spokane: opportunities for outdoor adventures. He

developed an idea to partner with organizations already serving

youth to provide experiences for those who were unable to

provide them for themselves, and Peak 7 was founded.

“While we are a faith-based organization, we serve youth and

partner with organizations of all faiths and no faith recognizing

the value of every human being,” says Executive Director Brian

Kienle.

Statistics show a general downtrend in youth getting outdoors,

a result of technology, home, work and school commitments,

and often a lack of resources or encouragement to participate

in outdoor adventures.

“In a normal year, we know that getting youth outside is

instrumental in their emotional and physical health as well

as providing challenges, which when overcome, can lead to

transformation outside of that experience,” says Kienle. “I have

directly heard a student share that conquering a rock wall gave

her the confidence to conquer the challenges of high school.

... The ability to put down devices and soak up the incredible

natural world around them puts them in a distinct place to ask

some of the bigger questions of life in a place of safety and care.”

Conserving incredible natural resources so that communities

and programs like Peak 7 can continue to enjoy and experience

nature as intended is something Kootenai Environmental

Alliance (KEA) is committed to. Established in 1972 with a

mission “to conserve, protect and restore the environment with

a particular emphasis on the Idaho Panhandle and the Coeur

d’Alene Basin,” KEA is Idaho’s oldest environmental nonprofit

and a leading grassroots advocacy group focused on forests,

land-use, wildlife, water and climate.

KEA was formed by a group of passionate community members

including former Idaho state senators Mary Lou Reed and Art

Manley, and nationally renowned environmental attorney

Scott Reed. “KEA believes that an informed public is essential

to safeguarding the environment,” says KEA Environmental

Programs Director Amy Anderson. To that end, they offer a

wide selection of classes, programs and education initiatives

in addition to their work to preserve North Idaho’s natural

resources.

“Now, more than ever, it is imperative that individuals

and communities become active stewards of their local

environments, conserving, protecting and restoring our land,

air and water,” says Anderson.

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natural resources

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Put

community

before self

Environmentally concerned locals in Sandpoint furthered environmental

efforts in the area. Started in 2006 as an effort to combat the Idaho State

Department of Agriculture’s plan to use herbicides in the lake to control the

noxious weed Eurasian watermilfoil, the group affiliated with Waterkeeper

Alliance in 2009 to become Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper.

LPOW’s mission is to protect the water quality of the Clark Fork/Pend Oreille

Watershed so local waterways remain drinkable, fishable and swimmable for

future generations. Through education, advocacy and community initiatives,

the nonprofit has preserved Sandpoint’s prize waterways through ecologically

sustainable methods.

“Our educational programs help foster the next generation of environmental

stewards by engaging with local kids and providing them with hands-on

activities regarding water quality and aquatic ecology,” says Executive Director

Steve Holt and Programs Director Carolyn Knaack.

“It is essential that we care for and protect our environment because of the

importance it plays in our past, our future, and in our everyday lives. This lake

has attracted humans for thousands of years, and it holds a deep importance

for those of us who live around it today. Our economy, health and livelihoods

all depend upon the lake and the surrounding watershed.”

LPWK is one of many local nonprofits that make our Northwest communities

and lifestyle so incredible. The men and women behind these organizations, as

well as many others, put community before self, working to make our towns

and cities the kind of places we’re proud to call home.

Find a cause you’re passionate about, and chances are there’s a nonprofit just

waiting for a helping hand.

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Your Life,

Your Goals

EASE YOUR RETIREMENT INCOME WORRIES

DURING YOUR RETIREMENT, YOU WILL LIKELY NEED TO

WITHDRAW FROM YOUR INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO to help

pay for your living expenses. So, naturally, you’d rather not see the

value of that portfolio decline. Yet, if you spend two or three decades

in retirement, you might experience several steep market declines—

in fact, drops of at least 20 percent have typically occurred about

every four years. So when a decline occurs, how concerned should

you be? Actually, maybe not all that much—if you’ve prepared your

portfolio for all circumstances.

Here’s the key thing to remember: While the financial markets may

drop sharply at any time, it doesn’t mean your portfolio will fall as

precipitously. For example, the S&P 500, an index that tracks the

stocks of 500 large U.S. companies, might fall 20 percent, but does

your own portfolio only consist of these stocks? Most likely, it doesn’t.

In fact, it’s generally a good idea to maintain a portfolio balanced

between stocks and bonds, with the percentages of each based on

your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. While diversification

cannot guarantee a profit or protect against a drop, it certainly can

reduce the impact of a decline.

In fact, during a significant market downturn, the difference in

performance between an all-stock portfolio and one containing a mix

of stocks, bonds and other investments can be dramatic. Consider this:

From January 1 through March 31 of this year, the period covering

the initial market decline caused by the coronavirus pandemic,

the S&P 500 fell almost 20 percent, but a more balanced portfolio

(containing 45 percent in U.S. stocks, 20 percent in international

stocks and 35 percent in investment-grade bonds) declined about 12

percent—a sizable drop, to be sure, but far smaller than the tumble

of the S&P 500. *

Make your

financial

future a

priority.

Ken Wood

Financial Advisor

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477100 Highway 95 Suite B

Ponderay, ID 83852

208-255-2613

www.edwardjones.com

Clearly, owning a mix of investments can help reduce the effects

of market volatility on your portfolio. But it’s also important to

diversify with a purpose in mind. Your stocks and stock-based

mutual funds are designed to provide long-term growth potential—

which you’ll still need during your retirement to help you stay ahead

of inflation. But as a retiree, you should also be able to rely on your

cash and short-term, fixed-income investments—such as bonds with

short maturities, Treasury bills and certificates of deposit—for your

income needs over the next three to five years. Also, it’s a good idea

to have about a year’s worth of your living expenses in cash and cash

equivalent vehicles.

Cash instruments and short-term, fixed-income investments offer

you two key advantages. First, they’re highly liquid, so you typically

will have no trouble accessing them when you choose. Second, by

having sufficient amounts in these cash and short-term instruments,

you will have some protection against having to tap into your longerterm,

variable investments when the financial markets are down.

With sufficient cash and the right short-term investments in place,

you can reduce your worries about what’s happening in the stock

market during your retirement years. And the fewer concerns you

have, the more you can enjoy this time in your life.

*Morningstar. U.S. Stocks represented by S&P 500; International Stocks

represented by MSCI EAFE; Investment grade bonds represented by

Barclays Aggregate Bond Index.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones

Financial Advisor Ken Wood.

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Financial Advisor

Ken.Wood@edwardjones.com

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It’s summertime, which means it’s also every

foodie’s paradise. In the Inland Northwest,

summer means a time for savoring the sun,

making new memories—and delicious

outdoor dining! For many of us, there is more than

a short list of new restaurants we’re eager to try, and

a little day or weekend food destination is well worth

the drive.

This year, we’ve rounded up some Northwest favorites

that offer much more than just a tasty bite. From

boating adventures to farm-to-table dining, these

experiential dining destinations offer incredible

experiences alongside the gourmet meal.

Outstanding in the Field, Monteillet Fromagerie

Outstanding in the Field originated with a simple

idea: Connect diners with the source of their food.

Every summer, the company travels around the

country and world setting up farm-to-table dinners

on farms, vineyards, beaches, meadows and city

streets. “Our roving restaurant without walls is rebuilt

every morning and disappears every night. It is a

momentary experience and a joyful celebration of

human connection. Together we gather at one long

table to share the most fundamental and universal

human conversation: a meal.”

This summer, they return to Monteillet Fromagerie in

Dayton, Washington, on July 23 for a feast in the field.

Monteillet Fromagerie produces artisanal small batch

goat and sheep's milk cheeses. The evening includes

a tour of the beautiful farm, followed by a meal in

the golden pastures. The Outstanding in the Field

team will be joined by Chef Chad Bostwick of Walla

Walla Steak Co., and the meal will center around local

ingredients, accompanied by brews from Bostwick’s

own brewery, Crossbuck. Tickets must be purchased

in advance. Visit OutstandingInTheField.com/2020-

tour for more information and to purchase tickets.

Arbor Crest Winery

Situated 450 feet above the Spokane River valley,

the Historic Cliff House that houses the Arbor

Crest Winery tasting room offers spectacular views.

Alongside a customized flight, their Exclusive Tasting

Experience includes a cheese and charcuterie pairing

on the third floor of the Cliff House, so you can take

in the stunning views while you sip.

The historic home was built in 1924 by inventor Royal

Newton Riblet. A beautiful three-story Florentinestyle

mansion, the original grounds included

imaginative landscape and architecture like a life-size

checkerboard, four acres of terraced gardens and the

“Eagle’s Nest” stone gazebo that offers an incredible

view of the valley below.

For the architecture and gardening gurus, the Estate

Tour & Tasting Experience offers a guided tour of

the gardens and grounds while you sip and dine on

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a personalized tasting and cheese and charcuterie pairing.

Either way, it’s guaranteed to be a relaxing, delicious getaway.

Visit ArborCrest.com for more information.

OARS Wilderness Gourmet Culinary Tours

A six-day rafting trip on the Salmon River is far from the

ordinary adventure. Throw in gourmet meals and wine

pairings after you set up camp each evening, and it’s an

unforgettable experience that is the caviar to experiential

dining.

The cost of the trip includes the short scenic flight from

McCall to Salmon, Idaho, as well as all food, equipment

and accommodations. Every trip includes meals, but the

Wilderness Gourmet rafting trip is only offered on August 16

for the Salmon River six-day trip. Revel in hot springs, sandy

beaches and exciting class III rapids on the “river of no return.”

OARS offers other trips on the Salmon and Snake rivers

throughout the summer, and is renowned for their incredible

guided rafting tours down the country’s most famous rivers.

Visit OARS.com for more information.

Cave B Inn & Spa

Cave B Inn & Spa Resort offers the ultimate in relaxation,

located in the Ancient Lakes viticulture region in the heart

of Washington’s Columbia Valley wine country and offering

vineyard views of the neighboring boutique estate winery.

Cave B offers an on-site inn, The Spa at Sagecliffe and

delicious gourmet meals at Tendrils restaurant overlooking

Cave B Estate Winery, which shares a driveway, name and

history with the resort, but is owned and operated separately

and is just a short walk away for tastings. Stop in for a bottle

of award-winning wine from winemaker Freddy Arredondo

to enjoy in the evening while taking in the summer sunset.

Desert Yurts offer an alternative to the Cliffhouse stay, but

you’ll experience the breathtaking views from either. Settled in

the gorge below the estate lies the famed Gorge Amphitheater,

where you can often find a famous artist or band playing

amidst the red rocks.

What better way is there to spend a summer weekend

away than savoring gourmet meals, tasting award-winning

wines and relaxing? VisitCaveBInn.com/home for more

information.

A SIX-DAY RAFTING TRIP ON THE SALMON RIVER

IS FAR FROM THE ORDINARY ADVENTURE. THROW

IN GOURMET MEALS AND WINE PAIRINGS AFTER

YOU SET UP CAMP EACH EVENING, AND IT’S AN

UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE.

Candle in the Woods

A charming North Idaho family home nestled in Athol is also

home to prix fixe, reservation-only, 10- to 12-course dinners

prepared by the owner himself, Chef Dave Adlard. “Dinner

here is more than just a meal; it is an entire experience that

you will not soon forget. Enter as strangers, leave as friends!”

Each meal is exquisitely prepared and served with wine from

the cellar, which houses almost 1,800 different labels, 4,200

bottles and more than 200 international varietals—one of the

best collections in the Northwest. Dinner is served family

style, with strangers mingling over wine and every course,

usually turned to fast friends by the end of the night. Wine

pairings are pre-selected, though guests can choose a more

select pairing option (but every guest must agree to the

change).

OUTSTANDING IN THE FIELD

EVERY SUMMER, THE COMPANY

TRAVELS AROUND THE COUNTRY AND

WORLD SETTING UP FARM-TO-TABLE

DINNERS ON FARMS, VINEYARDS,

BEACHES, MEADOWS AND CITY

STREETS.

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For those who don’t want to drive, limo service is

provided for a minimal cost to and from the Coeur

d’Alene area, and given the wine list, we’d recommend

taking advantage of the ride! Visit CandleInTheWoods.

com for more information.

Dinner and Eagle Watching Cruise on the

Shawnodese

Depart from Sandpoint’s City Beach for several hours

of great food and sightseeing on beautiful Lake Pend

Oreille. Lake Pend Oreille Cruises offers dinner and

dessert cruises aboard the Shawnodese. The dinner

cruise on Tuesday and Thursday nights is a must for

first timers. It includes a three-hour cruise with a full

meal catered by local restaurant Trinity at City Beach,

with a full bar available on board. Eagle viewing is a

particularly special part of the cruise.

“We have had many memorable cruises over the

years including birthdays, anniversaries and family

reunions,” says the captain of the Shawnodese. “We

also see wildlife frequently including bald eagles,

osprey and other birds. Oftentimes beautiful sunsets

are viewed toward the end of the cruise as we are

heading back to shore.”

If you’re more interested in the sweets, Mondays,

Fridays and Saturdays they offer a sunset dessert

and eagle watching cruise, and every full moon of

June, July and August you can enjoy a full moon and

dessert cruise. Visit LakePendOreilleCruises.com for

more information.

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THE ALL INCLUSIVE GUEST RANCH ADVENTURE

VACATION INCLUDES LODGING IN THE GRAND

LODGE OR IN ONE OF THE QUAINT LOG CABINS,

DAILY HORSEBACK RIDES, COUNTRY GOURMET

DAILY MEALS AND EVENING ENTERTAINMENT.

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

Located just outside of Sandpoint, Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

was started by the Wood Family 100 years ago as Wood V-X Cattle

Ranch. Five generations later it is still an operating ranch, offering

amazing dude ranch experiences throughout the summer and

winter.

The All Inclusive Guest Ranch Adventure Vacation includes

lodging in the Grand Lodge or in one of the quaint log cabins,

daily horseback rides, country gourmet daily meals and evening

entertainment—not to mention access to all that the ranch has to

offer, including archery, hiking, observing ranch operations, and a

nice hot tub soak when the day is over.

“The warm, Western hospitality, country gourmet dining, and the

beauty of Idaho’s wilderness will make your guest ranch stay not

just a vacation, but an authentic western experience with memories

that last a lifetime,” say your hosts.

Wednesday nights feature the beloved dutch-oven dinner around

the fire, where guests can have their leather boots or wallets

branded with the ranch brand, and Friday includes a special

dining excursion. You set off at 5pm on horseback, and enjoy a

full country-style steak dinner in the middle of spectacular natural

beauty, including wine and beer. Most guests arrive on Sunday

and leave on Saturday, but you have the option to arrive between

Sunday and Wednesday, and can opt for a shorter stay if you don’t

want the full week-long experience (three-night minimum stay

required). Visit WesternPleasureRanch.com for more information.

What are you waiting for? Take your dinner game to the next level

this summer.

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

home is the foundation of all that happens in your life, and it’s 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.

After two years doing business in Sandpoint, Idaho, The Davies Real Estate Team officially

became an independently owned and operated business on January 1, 2020, when Dr. Tom

Davies became the licensed Designated Broker of NextHome Living the Northwest. The entire

team is excited to be affiliated with NextHome, which was recently named the number one

Real Estate Franchise by Franchise Business Review.

With NextHome Living the Northwest, you will find professionals who are:

• REliable - You can rely on the NextHome Living the Northwest’s 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 not only getting

top dollar for your home but saving you time.

• RElationship Oriented - In real estate, properties are the commodity, but it’s the relationships

that drive the business vision of the team. They really listen to your needs and desires. They’ve

been where you are, so they can relate. Buyers and sellers become lifelong friends. It’s not

just another sale or listing; it’s a commitment beyond that, a foundation for business. Studies

demonstrate that 85 percent of buyers and sellers said they would use their agent again. Only

24 percent actually do. Why? Follow through. NextHome Living the Northwest is a Zillow

Premier Agent and has buyers from all over the world 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 and arranging local accommodations.

Several of their clients have purchased property in North Idaho without ever actually visiting

the area, thanks to the team’s ability to provide exceptional photography, videos and drone

footage to potential buyers.

• REcent Review - “While considering Sandpoint as a possible location for the next adventure

in our lives, I encountered Lisa Davies. Lisa put me first when we were together to discover

my needs for a property, pricing, location, build vs. pre-owned. This willingness on her part

to test those assumptions with a push-pull/give-and-take approach revealed surprises to me

about my own expectations. Through it all, I came to know the team (Amy, Victoria, and of

course, Lisa’s extremely professional and personable husband and partner, Tom). Thank you

to Lisa and the entire team for an outstanding experience—from connecting me with the best

in home inspection professionals, lending experts, minor home repair contractors, to hotels

for my visits—she had my back! She has extensive market knowledge, relationships in the

area, and most importantly, the desire to do the best job possible for her clients! Loved it!”

• REmaining Thankful - All the professionals at NextHome Living the Northwest feel very

blessed to have helped so many buyers and sellers in their new journey in the Panhandle.

Additionally, they were very honored that the people of Bonner County selected their

brokerage as the #1 Real Estate Office! Not only did the local community recognize them,

but Zillow clients all over the U.S. have rated them “Best of Zillow,” representing the top 10

percent of all Realtors in customer satisfaction! That’s quite an honor.

The bar has been set high, and NextHome Living the Northwest will strive to continue to

deliver 7-Star service through the entire home buying or selling process. And they don’t stop

there! They continue to be thankful for their relationships with their clients and have their

“Friends and Family” quarterly seasonal events throughout the year. The recent Fall Clark Fork

Delta Lake Cruise was undoubtedly a hit: “We enjoyed perfect fall weather, new friendships

were made with one another, and we had an opportunity to build lasting relationships with

our new friends.” The Winter Friends and Family event at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

in December was enjoyed by over 60 clients who took a winter sleigh ride and enjoyed a

wonderful dinner with live music.

For NextHome Living the Northwest, it’s all about providing expertise, exceptional

personalized service and building relationships.

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Outdoor features your

neighbors will envy

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Now’s the perfect time to transform

your backyard into a private paradise

that will have your neighbors peeking

over the fence for an invite.

finally warm in the Northwest, and we’re celebrating the best

way we know how: by getting out in our backyards. A few

small additions like some comfy seating or a water feature

can make a world of difference in creating a relaxing oasis

in your own backyard. Or for a complete transformation, go

big and create an adults’ (and kids’) dreamland that will rival

the inside of your home—and keep you outdoors a lot more this summer.

From hammocks and outdoor fireplaces to treehouses and a summer kitchen, here are

some outdoor additions large and small that will have you opting for staying home and

inviting the party to your place. Now’s the perfect time to transform your backyard into a

private paradise that will have your neighbors peeking over the fence for an invite.

1. Large outdoor hammock

When one’s not enough. Are you constantly competing over hammock space in the

backyard? Here’s the perfect solution: a hammock large enough for two, or the whole

family, if you don’t mind a snuggle. Depending on your space, you can hang it between

two trees, or use a stand to keep it right out in the open. Prices range from around $50 to

several hundred dollars, depending on how deluxe you want to go. Keep in mind stands

and hammock tree straps are often sold separately, so make sure you have everything you

need before you set out to create your cozy nap nook.

2. In-ground trampoline

The kids will love it for the fun, and Mom will love it for not creating an eyesore in the

backyard. Plus, you’ll limit the number of falls off the trampoline during flip practice. An

in-ground trampoline is discreetly dug in flush with the ground, keeping the backyard

aesthetic clean and uncluttered, while still allowing for a fun playground to keep the kids

busy. It’s a win for everyone.

3. Outdoor projector screen

Warm summer evenings make us want to spend as much time outside as possible. Take

your theater outdoors this summer with an outdoor projector screen—the dark nights

make for a perfect light contrast to your favorite film, and you can stay out long after the

sun goes down. You can make your own projector screen from a white sheet, install a more

permanent screen on an outside wall or frame, or purchase a portable screen and projector

so you can take the movie with you wherever you go.

4. Summer kitchen

For the chef who wants to keep it all outside, including the meal prep, an outdoor kitchen

will do the trick. Installing an outdoor kitchen is a bit more involved than, say, hanging a

large hammock. But if you’re someone who cooks a lot and loves to host, it can be a game

changer. You can prep and toss your meal right on the grill, all without having to go back

and forth inside. And your indoor kitchen stays a lot cleaner all summer long.

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Plan out your outdoor kitchen carefully, and consider what appliances

you will need to best fit your lifestyle—it can be as simple as a grill, or

the full layout with refrigeration, sink, grill and/or oven and prep/dining

space. Because we have cold winters, make sure the materials you use can

withstand whatever January throws at them (particularly if it’s not covered).

5. Cocoon hanging (or free-standing) swing

You’ll find the comfort and swing of a hammock, with the cozy cocoon

feeling of three sides. Cocoon hanging swings are the new outdoor

comfort seating. An added bonus—they take up less space horizontally

than a hammock, so you can place them in a corner or under the porch.

Cocoon swings can hang from a beam or come with a free-standing frame,

depending on your outdoor needs. It’s the perfect place to snuggle up and

enjoy a book or relax by an outdoor fire.

6. Outdoor fireplace

Speaking of outdoor fires—an outdoor fireplace is one feature that can add

a whole lot of ambiance and comfort to your backyard and is definitely a

crowd pleaser with the guests. Depending on where you like to entertain

most, you can do a built-in or freestanding fireplace, and can choose

between wood-burning, propane, natural gas, charcoal, bio-ethanol and

gel. If a permanent fixture is too much commitment, or you like to move

the party around your space, opt for a portable device that will let you enjoy

all of the benefits of a wood-burning fire, without the commitment.

7. Guest yurt

It’s like a guest house, but with a little more natural glamping feel. This

requires quite a bit of free space in your backyard and is not for the faint of

heart, but it can add a lot to your yard, serve as a fun place to get away for

a few hours and relax, and is a great spot for guests to stay when they visit,

so you (and they) have a little privacy. Choose your space carefully—you

want enough air flow and room for the yurt. You can order a yurt kit online

and do it yourself, or you can hire a professional (which is recommended if

you’re not experienced with carpentry). Just keep in mind that depending

on the yurt, it may need to be taken down in winter.

8. Swing sofas

We’re not talking your grandmother’s old standing porch swing (though

we love those too). These guys are full on comfortable outdoor sofas—that

swing. They are often hung with rope or steel cables, and create a dramatic

look and ultra-comfortable seating. You can place them under a porch or

deck hung from a beam, or position multiple around an outdoor fireplace

or dining area to create a welcoming and lounge-worthy outdoor living

room just begging for an afternoon nap.

9. Outdoor bar

When you don’t want to go full-out kitchen, opt for an outdoor bar. It’s the

perfect addition if you like to entertain and is much less involved than a

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glass gets empty. It can be as simple as a small bar top

with space for bottles and a tub of ice, or you can get more

involved and install refrigeration, a sink, an ice sink, and

an area for glasses and bottles. Just make sure you’ve got

bottles and ice ready and waiting when the party starts.

10. Treehouse

It doesn’t just have to be for kids! Swiss Family Robinson

your backyard by using those trees to house your secret

hideaway. Or go all out and build a series of tree houses

joined by hanging bridges—just make sure it’s structurally

sound. It can be a kid’s outdoor paradise, or can serve as

an art studio, hideaway nook or even a guest house. If it’s

going to be more than just an outside fort, make sure you

get the professionals involved to keep it safe. You don’t

want your guest falling through the air, after all.

11. Outdoor shower

Nothing beats an outdoor shower after a nice long day

in the sun (although it’s equally as nice as a morning

wakeup). Listen to the birds sing and take in the sweet

smells of summer during your daily scrub. The key is to

make sure there’s plenty of privacy, good drainage and hot

water—a cold shower is only fun for a few seconds. Side

tip—make sure there is somewhere clear of the shower to

set or hang your dry clothing and a towel for when you

are finished.

12. Pergola

Pergolas are a great way to add some shade and partial

covering to your backyard, as well as some structural

beauty. For an added pop—and to filter even more sun

rays out—grow a creeping or flowering vine up the sides

of the pergola. You can purchase pergolas ready made and

assemble them at home, or you can build from scratch.

Add to a back-porch area to make an extension of your

home, or situate as a stand-alone statement in your

backyard. Some even come with canopies to help up your

shade factor.

13. Convertible daybed

A daybed is the perfect place to relax and sunbathe while

reading a book or watching the kids play. Add in some

built-in shade with an awning or umbrella and an iced tea

and you’re set. The best part about choosing a convertible

daybed, though, is it easily transforms into the perfect

sitting area when you have company. Just pull the sides

away, and you have bench seating to fit the entire crew,

with an ottoman to set your drinks (or feet).

14. “Causeway” over a pond

A water feature adds so much to the backyard visually and

audibly. The look and sound of water helps to calm, adding

tranquility to the space, and helps cool a hot backyard.

For a modern, extra touch, make it part of the entrance

to your backyard space by creating a walkway over a pond

to either enter the house or access part of the backyard. It

instantly takes your space to the next level and will make

you feel like you’re in a botanical garden instead of your

own backyard.

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ENTERTAINMENT IN THE NORTHWEST

From art festivals to roller coasters, the Northwest offers

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As the warmer weather has settled in after a long spring

of being stuck inside, now is the time to stretch

our legs and get out and enjoy these nicer days and

gorgeous Northwest sunsets. Even though life was

temporarily canceled for us earlier this year, life has resumed, and

there are plenty of enjoyable things to get out and do. Lucky for

us in the Northwest, our region offers a multitude of activities for

everyone to enjoy, whether it’s indoors or out. Now more than

ever, the busy bodies of the Inland Northwest are looking outside

seeking fun, adventure and social life that brings us back to life.

Whether it’s hiking the trails, boating on one of the numerous

lakes or attending a local event, you will be sure to find something

fun and entertaining to do right here in the Northwest.

farmers'

Markets

Warmer weather means local farmers' markets begin to line

the streets and parking lots around the Inland Northwest. The

markets are filled with folks seeking to sell and buy fresh farmed

goods, delicious homemade foods and local handmade wares. No

need to worry about scheduling days to get to one as there are

several markets to choose from nearly any day of the week.

The Kendall Yards Night Market is held every Wednesday in the

summer through September in Spokane and has quickly become

one of the biggest farmers' markets around. They close down the

entire street in Kendall Yards and fill it with vendors, food trucks

and live musicians. Hillyard has a wonderful Farmers' Market that

is held every Monday evening and is focused around community,

local businesses and farmers. The Fairwood Farmers' Market in

North Spokane is held every Tuesday through October and also

offers a diverse array of goods and merchandise to its patrons.

Millwood Farmers' market is held in the historic Millwood

District and operates every Wednesday through September and

provides the neighborhood with educational interactions with

the farmers. South Perry District offers a Farmers' Market every

Thursday through October and takes pride in offering affordable

and high-quality food to its visitors. The Emerson-Garfield Farmers'

Market is held every Friday through September and features several

children’s activities, cooking demos and even book readings. The

Spokane Farmers' Market is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays

through October downtown and provides local growers a venue to

sell directly to the public.

North Idaho offers its share of family friendly markets as well.

The Kootenai County Farmers' Market runs every Wednesday in

Downtown Coeur d’Alene and every Saturday in Hayden, offering

folks in the area a few options to visit. Sandpoint offers its farmers'

market twice a week at Farmin Park; Wednesday afternoons and

Saturday mornings, though as of press time, the Wednesday market

opening had been postponed. In addition to the market, you’ll enjoy

a variety of live musical performances throughout the season.

These summer markets are filled with a diverse amount of goods

and are a great place to support our local farmers, businesses and

community members. Please check websites for all market events

where you can find info on more locations and hours of operations.

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If you’re one that prefers live entertainment, there are plenty

of live shows of all kinds all around the area. If you enjoy live

comedy shows, the Spokane Comedy Club hosts many shows

with big named guests and headliners such as Sean Wayans,

Sarah Colona and Pauly Shore. They also host weekly local shows,

open mic nights, or you can register for one of their classes and

learn the ins-and-outs of live comedy. You can also find live

music shows under the newly remodeled Pavilion in Riverfront

Park, which offers a whole new nighttime outdoor experience

for visitors. For a smaller vibe, but equally as entertaining, check

out the Lucky You Lounge for some great local and regional

musicians. The Spokane Arena hosts a large variety of live shows

with big named stars such as Cher, Def Leppard & ZZ Top and

The Backstreet Boys. Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Airway

Heights offers a Summer Concert Series as well with several

big-name lineups throughout the season including Ice Cube and

Weezer. North Idaho is known for its many outdoor concerts

during the summer months. From Coeur d'Alene's Live After 5 at

McEuen Park and Summer Concerts at Riverstone to Handshake

Productions' 2020 North Idaho Concert Series at Coeur d'Alene

City Park, Sherman Park Square, and McIntire Family Park in

Hayden, music fills the air all summer long! Be sure to check

websites for updates on each event, as some scheduled acts and

show dates may change.

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THEATRE

Throughout the year, from Spokane to Coeur d’Alene and the

surrounding area, there are an array of local, regional and

national theatre productions. First Interstate Center for the

Arts in Downtown Spokane is known for bringing in big

name productions from The Best of Broadway, though,

unfortunately, many of this season's productions have been

postponed until later in the year or canceled. For a local

vibe with a smaller venue, there are several shows at the

Spokane Civic Theatre, where locals are encouraged to

get involved volunteering in a production. The Spokane

Children’s Theatre, which is the oldest nonprofit theatre in

Spokane, offers six shows throughout the year, plus they

offer summer camps and classes for kids ages 5 to 18. The

Christian Youth Theatre in Coeur d’Alene offers classes as

well and holds auditions for their live performances three

times a year. They also offer many different workshops such

as makeup, improv and song writing, just to name a few.

Founded in 2011 and with a completely renovated theatre,

Stage Left Theatre brings the big theatre vibe into an intimate

and inviting setting. The Blue Door Theatre in the historic

Garland District has been bringing hilarious Improv comedy

shows to Spokane since 1996. They offer several shows throughout

the week as well as an eight-week-long course on how to master live

improv. The Lake City Playhouse is a nonprofit community theatre

located in Coeur d’Alene and features timeless classics year-round. The Lake

City Playhouse also has a community outreach program where they give back

locally by offering scholarships and giving back to programs like The Wishing Star

Foundation. Ignite! Community Theatre “is a diverse group of volunteers passionate

about bringing full staged shows, readers theatre and improv to Spokane Valley,” says

Ignite! historian LuRicka Kougl. Ignite! takes pride in serving the community by providing an

affordable theatre experience and by also offering affordable advertising for local businesses. And

one of the most unique and inspiring theatre organizations you can find in North Idaho is Out

of the Shadows. The only theater of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, Out of the Shadows is live

theater unlike any other, as the unique nonprofit community theater company brings actors with

special needs to the stage.

As you can see, live theatre is alive and well in the Inland Northwest, and there are a plethora of

options to choose from.

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Between galleries, art walks and art festivals, the art happenings of the Northwest are more lively now than ever. First

Friday is held the first Friday of each month in Spokane and offers patrons a chance to view many local artists and talent,

with some locations adding live music, wine and food to the mix. Throughout the city, different artists line the walls

of galleries, wineries and restaurants with their unique pieces and creations. Many of the art styles range in a variety

from traditional to abstract to even the most eclectic masterpieces that are forged together with paint, glue, glass and

sweat.

Originally opened in 2012 and now located in the revitalized Sprague District is New Moon Art Gallery. They

showcase the talents of the Northwest and host art parties, art classes and shows throughout each month. They

also host monthly artists receptions and workshops that you can attend. The Avenue West Gallery in Spokane,

which was established in 2003, is a cooperative and 100 percent owned by its members. It features many artists

from around the region and boasts a wide array of art from paintings, to photography. One of the main goals

of the gallery is to allow guests to walk around at their own pace, leisurely enjoying each individual piece of

art. It is one of the oldest and most unique galleries in the city as well.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of Art Fest, which is hosted and sponsored by the Museum of Arts &

Culture in Spokane from May 29 through 31. This festival is best for being noted as the official beginning

of summer and is held every year in historic Browne’s Addition. With over 150 vendors showcasing their

creations from art to handmade books, this family themed event is a great way to bring everyone out for a

day of fun. For the first time ever, for the health and safety of the community, this year’s festival of art and

fine craft will be digital. Held the last weekend in May, be sure to save the date for the 2021 event, May 28

through 30.

Coeur d’Alene also hosts a plethora of art galleries and events filled with local, regional and national artists.

The Coeur d’Alene Arts and Culture Alliance brings the belief that combining food and art equals life. They

take pride in showcasing local art and food events such as the Art Walk, which is held every second Friday of

the month from April to December in beautiful Downtown Coeur d’Alene. There are several businesses, galleries

and restaurants that participate in this family friendly event displaying the works of local and acclaimed artists of

all kinds.

The Art on the Green in Coeur d’Alene is an annual visual and performing arts festival held on the beautiful North

Idaho College campus, with this year’s event scheduled for July 31 through August 2. This family friendly event is a

gathering place for those who enjoy art and handcrafted wares and is North Idaho’s highlight event of the summer. As a

precaution this year, the event will go virtual.

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Wineries

The Northwest is home to over 1,000 wineries, which opens up several

options for those seeking some of the world’s best wines. It’s been said the

diversity of Washington and Idaho wines come from a mix of the nutrientrich

soils, the terrain and the weather. A mixture of this climate offers wine

growers some of the best conditions in growing fruity and complex wines.

The Northwest offers many events throughout the year that are specifically

catered around our local award-winning wines. Arbor Crest Winery in

Spokane Valley not only offers weekly summer concerts with a gorgeous

view of the bluff but also offers their visitors the option of bringing in a

picnic to enjoy while attending one of their shows. The Cork District in

Spokane focuses on the urban core of downtown by offering a map of 15

wineries, all within walking distance of each other. Latah Creek Winery in

the Spokane Valley is open daily and offers wine tastings, delicious bites

for pairing and a gift shop. Liberty Lake Wine Cellars is a boutique winery

that hosts wine tastings, a book club, painting classes and several other

events throughout the summer. Barrister Winery in Downtown Spokane

offers delicious wines as well as a gorgeous urban courtyard and an intimate

gathering space for weddings and events. Maryhill Winery in Kendall

Yards offers wine tastings and bites with an incredible view of Downtown

Spokane and the Spokane River. Coeur d’Alene Cellars in North Idaho

offers its visitors a gorgeous outdoor landscape where weddings can be

held, a beautifully laid-out tasting room, and also offers guests painting

classes, club events and winemaking classes.

With more than 150 wineries and tasting rooms to choose from locally, you

will be charmed by the uniqueness of each one you visit. Be sure to check

out each winery’s website for hours, events and location.

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Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Airway Heights offers visitors that Vegas gaming-like experience but with less

chaos. In addition to the Summer Concert Series they also have a world-class luxury day spa with features like a his

and hers lounge, whirlpool spas, massages and skin care. They also offer over a dozen restaurants to choose from,

from a fancy steak dinner to a burger to go, there are plenty of family friendly options to choose from. They also

now feature M&D, a dinner and a movie restaurant with lounge seating and a menu you can access during the show.

If you find yourself in North Idaho, The Coeur d’Alene Casino in Worley not only has several gambling options they

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family focused

entertainment

Family focused entertainment is aplenty in the Northwest. Whether

your kids want to be indoors or out, you will be sure to find many

entertaining options that both parents and kids will collectively enjoy.

Serving over 100,000 visitors a year, the Northwest Museum of Art and

Culture (MAC) helps preserve history by bringing in large national

exhibits. They also offer smaller, more local and regional exhibits that

teach of our area’s history and even offer tours of the Campbell House,

which is rich in history for both Spokane and North Idaho. The Mobius

Science Center in Downtown Spokane is focused around creating

innovative experiences for mind thinkers alike. With many hands-on

exhibits this cultural educational science center stimulates the mind

and entertains through experimental exhibits.

In Hayden, Idaho, the Bird Aviation Museum and

Invention Center is the perfect stop for imaginations

to take flight. The museum strives to educate its

visitors about the historic contributions of

“aviators and innovators who have helped

create modern technology, and celebrate

these individuals who have forever

changed the way we live.” And ...

admission is free.

Silverwood in Athol, Idaho, has been

creating memories for families since

1988. With roller-coaster rides, water

slides, a train, and loads of good food and

entertainment, Silverwood is known as

the family event of the summer. They also

have an RV park where you can come and

camp and extend your fun experience over a

few days. They also host “Scarywood” in October,

turning the park and rides into a spooky Halloween

experience. Be sure to check online for ticket specials and

discounts throughout the summer and dates of operations.

As you can see, the Inland Northwest is filled with many fun and

entertaining things to do no matter who you are. Whether you’re

living here or visiting, it's a wonderful place to explore all the

offerings. Get out and stretch those legs, and go explore all of the

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TOP SPOTS TO VISIT

SUMMER EXPERIENCES YOU CAN’T

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SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN

The 2,900 acres of terrain including two massive

bowls and epic tree skiing make Schweitzer Mountain

a skier’s paradise in winter, but it’s equally as fun in

summer, when it transforms into a mountain-top

playground, complete with mountain biking, hiking,

zip lines, a climbing wall and trampoline jumper.

The just over 10-mile drive to the mountaintop boasts

epic views of Lake Pend Oreille and the valley below.

At the main lodge, make sure to take the lift ride to

the summit, stop for a bite at the Sky House, and enjoy

the 360-degree view from on top.

KOOTENAI RIVER -

LONG DRIFT OUTFITTERS

The North Idaho section of the Kootenai River flows

through a scenic, breathtaking canyon primarily

accessible only by boat. Long Drift Outfitters out of

Sandpoint offers guided fly fishing and float trips on

the Kootenai in their restored wood drift boat. You

will often find yourself the only one on the water and

can enjoy the breathtaking scenery in the peaceful

canyon surroundings.

SANDPOINT CITY BEACH

One of Sandpoint’s most popular parks, City Beach

lies along the Lake Pend Oreille shore at the end of

Bridge Street and includes 22 acres of sandy beach,

grassy picnic areas and walking paths. A park, covered

picnic area, tennis courts and snack shack make this

an ideal spot for a summer afternoon of playing in the

water and watching the boats cruise by on the lake.

The park, which has lifeguards on duty during the

summer months in the swim area, also includes a

marina and boat launch.

MUSEUM AT THE BRIG

Situated on the southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille, the

Museum at the Brig details the history of the Farragut

Naval Training Station, a WWII-era training station

that was once the world’s second largest. Walk through

the museum, and then spend some time exploring

Farragut State Park’s 4,000 acres. Boating and camping

are permitted in the park if you want to make it a

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Ask any Sandpoint local and most will be able to share a

story of a fun night at the 219. The stories might vary a

bit depending on the age of the storyteller, but fun is

always the theme of the story. While the interior might

have changed several times over the past 85 years, the top-notch

entertainment, cocktails and lively atmosphere remain the same. For

owner Mel Dick and his staff, it’s all about showing customers a great

time. They see everything from the recently turned 21 crowd to adults

in their 70s enjoying the scene and dancing away to the music. “Our

customers love our live music. We are the place they come to have fun,

relax and listen to music ranging from classic rock ‘n roll to blues, jazz,

Americana, indie rock and more,” says Mel.

Those in their 70s might remember a time during the 1950s when their

parents would frequent the ‘Niner’ as it’s come to be known, for a Las

Vegas-style lounge experience complete with working slot machines.

A quick glance at the photos that line the walls of The 219 and you

can revisit some of the amazing history inside one of Idaho’s oldest

establishments. Recently awarded the top music venue in Sandpoint

by Sandpoint Living Local magazine, you’ll find live local and

regional musical acts and entertainment, karaoke and drink specials

throughout the week. Acts and entertainment change weekly, so check

out the 219’s Facebook page for the most up-to-date entertainment

calendar.

Not just for music, the Niner has Sandpoint’s largest selection of craft

beer on tap. Featuring 20 rotating taps, you’ll always have a choice of

something new and different. Beer isn’t for you? “We pride ourselves in

crafting classic cocktails with fresh ingredients and an eye for detail,”

says Mark Terry, 219 general manager. “With the largest selection of

liquor in town, we want to make sure you have your needs met.”

Locals keep coming back and summer travelers continue to make

The 219 Lounge a must stop during their trip. The atmosphere,

entertainment, camaraderie and commitment to service keep The 219

rocking, even into its 80s!

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TUBBS HILL

COEUR

D’ALENE

Lake Coeur d’Alene surrounds Tubbs Hill’s over 120 acres

of natural landscape on its south, east and west sides. The

entrance to the hill is on South Third Street, just south of

Coeur d’Alene’s downtown area. You can enjoy breathtaking

scenery while hiking the several miles of trails throughout

the area, or wander the 2.2-mile interpretive trail that

follows the perimeter of the park and provides historical

markers along the way.

THE FLOATNG BOARDWALK

At 3,300 feet long, the Floating Boardwalk in Coeur d’Alene

is the longest floating boardwalk in the world. Extending out

into Lake Coeur d’Alene and wrapping around, the almost

mile-long boardwalk offers visitors stunning views of the

lake. The boardwalk is part of the Coeur d’Alene Resort but

is free to the public to enjoy. Stop by the Boardwalk Bar for

a refreshing drink, or dine at the nearby Cedars Floating

Restaurant and enjoy the 360-degree view from the lake.

HIAWATHA TRAIL

The former path of the Milwaukee Road railway through the

Bitterroot Mountains is now a 15-mile rail-to-trail biking

adventure through 10 train tunnels and seven towering

trestles, starting with the epic 1.66-mile-long St. Paul Pass

Tunnel. The “crown jewel” of biking adventures in the area,

the Hiawatha Trail is mostly downhill, making it a family

friendly outing for young and old alike. A shuttle is available

for riders in need of a return ride. Trail passes, shuttle tickets

and mountain bike rentals for the trail on the abandoned

railway are available at Lookout Pass.

SILVERWOOD THEME PARK

Just north of Coeur d’Alene in Athol lies the Northwest’s

largest theme and water park. The Western theme-inspired

park includes over 70 rides and slides, in addition to various

shows, restaurants and attractions. Silverwood offers four

thrill-inducing roller coasters and several fast-paced water

rides in the Boulder Beach Water Park for the adrenaline

seekers, as well as many fun rides and attractions for families

and younger kids, including two big wave pools, a carousel,

climbing trees, and the children’s Polliwog Park.

TREE TO TREE IDAHO

Tree to Tree Adventure Park in Athol just outside of Coeur

d’Alene offers over 100 aerial adventure activities including

zip lines, nets, Tarzan swings and other obstacles. The aerial

adventure course offers various difficulty levels so the entire

family can participate at a level they feel comfortable yet

challenged. It is the perfect spot to get up high in the trees

and enjoy some North Idaho fun.

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NORTH IDAHO CENTENNIAL TRAIL

This 23-mile trail connects Washington and Idaho states, starting

at the state line and heading east through Coeur d’Alene, ending 6

miles east of the city at Higgins Point. To the west, the trail connects

with the Spokane River Centennial Trail Park which extends 22.5

miles west of the state line to Nine Miles Falls in Washington. The

trail is paved and offers class I and II sections to bike, walk or jog.

COUGAR BAY

Nestled on the northwest shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene just miles

from downtown lies the 240-acre nature preserve called Cougar Bay.

The nature preserve comprises The Nature Conservancy and Bureau

of Land Management, and includes a network of trails to explore the

wildlife and wetland habitat and observe the many animal species

that frequent the bay, including moose, beaver, otter, deer and

varieties of waterfowl.

MINERAL RIDGE NATIONAL

RECREATION TRAIL

Built in 1962, Mineral Ridge was the Bureau of Land Management’s

first developed recreation site in Idaho. In 1982 the site was

designated as a National Recreation Trail. The 3.3-mile loop offers

majestic views of the Beauty and Wolf Lodge bays on Lake Coeur

d’Alene, and a picnic area, bathrooms and trail guide markers along

the trail are available to visitors. From November to December

migrating Bald Eagles can be viewed from the trail, which offers an

interpretive viewing program.

INDEPENDENCE POINT

This family friendly, sunny beachfront park occupies 4 acres on

Lake Coeur d’Alene just adjacent to City Park in downtown. The

park includes a sandy beach, swim area, benches and water features

for visitors to enjoy the lakefront. Tour boats, seaplanes, parasailing

and other aquatic equipment is available for beachgoers looking

to get out and explore the lake. From the park, take the short walk

downtown to grab an ice cream or gourmet dinner.

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SPOKANE

JOHN A. FINCH ARBORETUM

Named after English-born Spokane businessman, investor and

senator John A. Finch, the arboretum in southwest Spokane

includes 65 acres of wooded hills. A botanical collection of trees and

woody plants labelled for field study make up landscapes that range

from native pine forests to shady glens filled with Rhododendrons.

The arboretum provides seasonal, year-round activities and tours,

and offers free admission to the park. Download the online walking

tour before visiting to enjoy all the arboretum has to offer.

MANITO PARK

Meaning “spirit of nature,” Manito Park is a beautiful public park

located in the South Hill neighborhood of Spokane. Originally

Montrose Park, it was renamed in 1903 and to this day provides

an escape to wander and appreciate the gardens and grounds. The

90-acre park includes five gardens, a conservatory and a duck

pond. Expansive lawns, playgrounds and walking and biking paths

provide visitors to the park with plenty of opportunity to explore

Spokane’s premier botanic garden.

NORTHWEST MUSEUM OF

ARTS & CULTURE

Founded in 1916, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture,

located in Spokane’s historic Browne’s Addition neighborhood, is

the largest cultural organization in the Inland Northwest. One of

only five Smithsonian affiliates in Washington state, the MAC is

dedicated to preserving and cultivating the heritage of the Inland

Northwest people, and boasts the largest collection of Plateau

Indian art and artifacts in the world. A must see during your visit is

the 13,000-square-foot Campbell House. Built in 1898, the historic

residence is a pristine first-hand experience of Spokane life at the

turn of the 20th century.

RIVERFRONT PARK

Situated in the heart of Downtown Spokane, Riverfront Park is

a 100-acre park situated along the Spokane River and includes

views of the Upper Spokane Falls. The park includes a pavilion for

park concerts and events, the Numerica SkyRide over the Spokane

River offering dramatic views of the city, and the Looff Carrousel.

The park offers fitness classes, storytimes, and hosts various music

artists throughout the summer, as well as popular regional events

like the Fourth of July Festival. Various walking paths include the

engaging Sculpture Walk, and the park offers Centennial Trail bike

access for visitors.

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Award-Winning Team of Professionals

CHANGING LIVES FROM THE OUTSIDE IN

By Jillian Chandler

Discover the power of deciding for yourself what your

beautiful is. For the past 18 years, Nancy Andrews, RN-C

and owner of Signature Aesthetics, has been changing lives

from the outside in; bringing each client’s vision of beauty

to reality.

Signature Aesthetics, which offers two locations to better serve their

clients—in the Sandcreek Plaza in Sandpoint, Idaho, and at Prairie

Family Medicine in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho—works with you to bring

your vision to fruition.

“I am blessed to be able to help others achieve their own confidence

and experience the joy of having synergy with their inner and outer

beauty,” says Nancy. “It’s all about love and the focus being centered

on others. It has been my goal to help one person at a time to achieve

some of their dreams and hopes. I feel if one person’s life has changed

because of Signature Aesthetics, then it was worth it!”

Nancy has had a very fulfilling career as a registered nurse for 37

years, with her career evolving as a medical professional treating the

aftermath of injury. As technology and techniques advance, Nancy is

engaged in ongoing training curriculum. This allows her to provide

the best services to her clients. She invests hundreds of hours, keeping

current in all techniques while expanding her knowledge in the latest

equipment and products.

“During these difficult times, you can rest assured that our staff and

providers are doing the best possible to keep you and your loved

ones safe,” affirms Nancy, who has completed 45 hours of continued

education on these current health issues—including COVID-19.

“We are offering the finest compounded vitamin drips in the nation,

which help to boost the immune system, recharge energy levels, feel

revitalized in minutes and rehydrate your brain.”

Signature Aesthetics proudly provides the latest technology and

techniques in anti-aging medicine. This includes laser skin treatments,

advanced rejuvenation procedures, rehydration therapy and women’s

wellness treatments. They are also a certified CoolSculpting® practice

offering three machines, as well as a HydraFacial® machine and the

body contouring device CoolTone. In addition, they have extensive

treatments to relieve potential pain with laughing gas, numbing creams

and standing orders from their doctor.

The team at Signature Aesthetics is proud to announce Cynosures’

Potenza RF microneedling system—they are the first clinic in the

United States to offer this service! The world’s first 4-MODE RF

microneedling device, it can treat a larger variety of patients’ conditions,

both superficial and deep. This new technology is used for scars from

acne and C-sections, and also tightens laxity without surgery.

Signature Aesthetics feels privileged to personally escort their clients

to achieving their beauty potential. Nancy and her team witness your

confident, healthy appearance as you partner in recreating a beautiful

reflection. “We strive to meet everyone exactly where they’re at on their

self-improvement journey and tailor our treatments to their specific

goals,” says Nancy.

If you are ready to take the next step to making your vision of beauty a

reality, look no further than Signature Aesthetics. Nancy and her team

are excited to help you on your journey of transformation.

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Summer

SKI N CARE

YOUR GUIDE TO STAYING SAFE IN THE SUN

By Bri Williams, RN, BSN

Refined Aesthetics Med Spa, pllc

With the arrival of summer, many of us are making plans to get the most out of the nice weather. And

while summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, there are steps you should take to ensure you are

safe in the sun.

Many of us already know that we need to be wearing sunscreen every day, and this is especially

important in the sunny summer months. Unprotected sun exposure increases your risk for skin cancer

and premature aging. When the skin is unprotected from ultraviolet radiation (UVR), our skin cells are

damaged. Skin cancers (most commonly melanoma, basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas) and aging occur when this damage

affects the DNA of genes that control skin cell growth. One easy way to protect our skin and decrease our risk is to wear sunscreen.

What sunscreen do I choose?

With dozens of sunscreen choices on the shelf, it can be difficult to know what to look for in a sunscreen. All sunscreens protect

against UVB rays, which are the main cause of sunburns and skin cancers, but UVA rays also contribute to skin cancers and

premature aging. Having protection from both is crucial. When selecting a sunscreen, be sure it is labeled “broad spectrum,”

meaning it blocks both UVA and UVB rays.

Choose a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. The higher the SPF the more protection the

sunscreen provides against UVB rays. However, there is only a small increase in protection as you go higher. For

example, SPF 15 filters out approximately 93 percent of UVB rays, while SPF 30 filters 97 percent and SPF 100

filters 99 percent.

Even more important than the strength of the sunscreen is how often you reapply it. Sunscreen

should be reapplied at least once every two hours and more frequently after swimming, sweating

or towel drying. Don’t forget to apply it on your ears, tops of your feet, neck, chest and scalp.

These areas are often overlooked and need protection. Also, a chapstick with SPF is important

to protect your lips.

Is there more I can be doing?

Beyond wearing (and reapplying) sunscreen daily, there are additional steps you can take

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to further decrease your risk of skin cancer and premature aging. Look

for shade to limit your direct exposure to the sun between the hours of

10am to 4pm, when UV rays are the strongest. Keep your sunroof closed

in your car, find a shady tree at the beach or pack an umbrella to make

shade, and choose lightweight clothing and wide-brimmed hats to cover

as much skin as possible. Be sure to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.

Lastly, avoid tanning beds and sunlamps. A tan today is not worth skin

cancer tomorrow. There are a lot of safe self-tanner products that can give

a beautiful faux glow.

Do I need to change my skin-care routine?

The short answer, maybe. There are several things to consider when

transitioning from the cold winter to the hot summer. During the winter

months, many people experience drier skin due to the lack of moisture

in the air outside, and the heat sources indoors that dry out the air. You

may have added a heavier moisturizer to combat the dryness, and during

the summer months, you more than likely can use a light hydrator versus

a heavy moisturizer.

Another thing to consider is that certain products in your skin-care

routine or medications you take can cause photosensitivity.

What is photosensitivity?

Photosensitivity is an extreme sensitivity to ultraviolet (UV) rays from

the sun and other light sources. UV rays come directly from the sun, but

also bounce off water, snow and even sand, causing indirect exposure

from the elements around you. Symptoms of photosensitivity vary from

mild to severe. The most common symptom is a skin rash or sunburn.

In some cases, a sunburn can be so severe that blistering or peeling can

occur. Reactions vary, depending on length of exposure and what is in

and on your body.

What causes photosensitivity?

There are many causes of photosensitivity. Medications such as certain

antibiotics, diuretics, chemotherapy drugs and oral acne medications can

cause photosensitivity. If you are given a prescription with a warning of

photosensitivity or “to limit your sun exposure,” take it seriously. This

means the medication has been known to cause a reaction to UV rays.

It is also important to pay attention to ingredients in your skin-care

products that may cause sensitivity to the sun. Tretinoins (or retinoids

like Retin-A), Alpha Hydroxy Acids (glycolic acid), Beta Hydroxy Acids

(salicylic acid) and Benzoyl Peroxide cause a thinning of the outermost

layers of the skin and increase sensitivity. While these ingredients are

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ALWAYS

WEAR

SUNSCREEN

amazing for treating acne and signs of aging (fine lines and dark spots),

they cause more damage with prolonged sun exposure.

How do we avoid photosensitivity?

The best way to prevent symptoms of photosensitivity is to limit the

amount of time you spend in the sun. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy

the outdoors, but be sure to follow our guidelines above. Always wear

sunscreen, reapply often, find shade when possible, and wear protective

clothing and sunglasses.

If you are a sun lover and know you will be exposed regularly, you may

consider putting certain skin-care products on the back shelf for the

summer. After all, getting a sunburn is counterproductive for anti-aging.

The fall is a great time to add these products back into your routine when

the sun is much less intense. Remember, don’t discontinue medications

without talking to your health-care provider first.

With proper skin protection there is no reason you can’t enjoy all that

summer has to offer. Check the ingredients on your skin-care products to

identify any ingredients that will make you more susceptible to sun damage.

Look at your prescription bottles to see if any of your medications cause

photosensitivity, and lastly, wear your sunscreen.

Rain or shine, you need to protect your skin. The sun’s out; go enjoy it!

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Exceptional Service and Desired Results

Your skin care deserves to be in

experienced hands

— By Jillian Chandler —

Unparalleled customer service combined with experienced providers

and supreme rejuvenation services is what sets Sarah Hamilton Face apart

from every other medical spa in the area.

The office, which can be found in Liberty Lake, Washington, is recognized

as being in the top 1 percent in the country for Botox and dermal fillers,

provides a beautiful and bright boutique-style space and feel, complemented

by a pristine medical environment. A skin rejuvenation medical practice,

Sarah Hamilton Face incorporates injectables such as Botox and fillers, lasers

and skin care. “Our goal is to help you achieve glowing skin,” affirms Sarah

Hamilton, owner.

Sarah, a registered nurse for 25 years, an aesthetics nurse specialist for 18 and

a clinical nutritionist, believes it is a privilege to be able to be in a field where

she can educate patients. She and her team create long-term plans for patients

to achieve their goals, spending time during the initial consultation to discuss

skin care, treatments and timelines to ensure each client receives the ultimate

desired results.

“Empowering women and men to feel and look their best is so rewarding

to me,” says Sarah. “As a national trainer and speaker for both Allergan

and Galderma (the two main companies in the industry), I love educating

patients and colleagues.”

Having the opportunity to positively transform lives is where Sarah finds true

fulfillment.

As one grateful client expresses: “I started to see signs of aging, and I knew it

was time to seek some professional advice. I was nervous about getting any

treatments done but decided to at least go for a consultation. I am so glad that

I did! Sarah and her friendly staff are super knowledgeable and make you feel

right at home. They helped me figure out what options were right for me, and

I am ecstatic with the results! I always leave feeling confident and rejuvenated.

I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else. Thank you, Sarah and team! You’ve

got another lifelong client!”

Sarah Hamilton Face has six providers on staff, including nurse practitioners,

registered nurses and master aestheticians, all of whom have seven to 18 years

of experience in the aesthetics field. “You won’t find this caliber of experience

anywhere else,” says Sarah. “It sounds cliché, but experience really matters.

One of our nurses is also a national laser trainer.”

Their medical director, Dr. Geoffrey Stiller of Stiller

Aesthetics in Spokane, is a double board-certified

cosmetic surgeon who has won national awards

for his work.

If you are looking for an advanced

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in a team who will dedicate their time

and experience to ensure they achieve

your desired results, now is the time to

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An Evening

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TOP SPOTS IN THE INLAND NORTHWEST TO UP YOUR

CAMPING GAME THIS SUMMER

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

ISCOVER

It’s summertime, and the many secluded lakes, rivers and vast woodlands around the Inland Northwest are begging to be

explored. After a long winter, we’re all ready to grab the camping gear and head out on a weekend adventure far from the

crowds and fast pace of usual daily life.

Whether you’re a seasoned camper who can pack it all in and prefers to sleep tentless under the stars, or a first-timer who likes

a soft pillow under her head, a bed and the comfort of a running shower, there are options for everyone. From secluded hike or

boat access only campsites to luxurious “glamping” tents, here are some of the Northwest’s top spots to enjoy a star-studded night.

PRIEST LAKE STATE PARK

Priest Lake is known as one of North Idaho’s greatest gems. A beautiful 19-mile-long pristine lake just 30 miles from the Canadian

border nestled in the Selkirk Mountains, it is the perfect spot to unplug and reconnect with nature.

The lake offers several different campgrounds, though traditional tent or small RV camping is the lay of the land. Lionhead at the

north end of the lake is a picturesque location with showers and flush toilets, and there is a convenience store close by just in case

you run out of the essentials. Spend your days hiking, swimming, boating and fishing, and settle in for a beautiful night beneath

the stars of a clear North Idaho night. Keep in mind camp spots often sell out months in advance, so plan ahead.

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SPEND YOUR DAYS HIKING, SWIMMING, BOATING AND

FISHING, AND SETTLE IN FOR A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT BENEATH

THE STARS OF A CLEAR NORTH IDAHO NIGHT.

HUCKLEBERRY TENT AND BREAKFAST

If you want the serenity and feel of being in the wilderness, without

the mess, this glamped-up tent camp in Clark Fork may be just

the thing. Situated in the North Idaho wilderness just 30 miles

from Sandpoint, each “tent” at Huckleberry includes a queen bed,

planked flooring, canvas walls and a wood-burning stove.

Awake to the sounds of nature and enjoy a homegrown farm-style

breakfast at the homestead. Each private tent site also includes an

outdoor shower—so you don’t have to resort to the creek or a water

spigot—and there are s’mores to enjoy under the stars each night.

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HEYBURN STATE PARK

The oldest state park in the Pacific Northwest, Heyburn was created

by an act of Congress in 1908. Today, you can still enjoy the three

lakes—Chatcolet, Benewah and Hidden Lake—as well as the acres

of meadows and ponderosa pines. There are three campgrounds

in the park, located just over 30 miles south of Coeur d’Alene.

Hawleys Landing Campground and Chatcolet Campground are

available for reservations, and Benewah Campground is first come,

first served for those last-minute campers. The park also offers

several cottages and camper cabins for those who want to enjoy the

outdoors recreations with indoor accommodations.

One of the most unforgettable biking trails in the Western U.S.—

the “Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes”—runs directly through the park.

Hop on your bike or throw on some hiking shoes and explore the

many trails that span the park’s more than 8,000 acres.

ParksAndRecreation.idaho.gov/parks/heyburn

TREEHOUSE ON LAKE PEND OREILLE

It may not be camping, but there are still plenty of stars. For the

couple or individual who wants an unusual adventure with familiar

luxuries, this three-story Airbnb treehouse on Lake Pend Oreille is

the perfect thing. It’s not tucked away in a wood, but you’ll have your

own private deck and living quarters (including a kitchenette,) with

a great view of the lake and private dock access. Located 2 miles

from town, you can easily bike in for an evening meal if getting off

the grid isn’t on your summer to-do list.

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WENDOVER CAMPGROUND

Nestled along the Lochsa River among the woods of the Nez-

Perce Clearwater National Forest, Wendover Campground is

located just along the Idaho-Montana border, just outside the

town of Lolo. Campsites are all available on a first come, first

served basis. This is a fairly primitive campground, with only

two vault toilets and water hand pumps, so come prepared for a

true camping experience—minus the luxuries, but with plenty of

natural beauty and quiet.

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LAKE CHELAN STATE PARK

This 139-acre campground in Central Washington offers lots

of shoreline and activity. You’ll be camping, but with amenities

like showers, restrooms and picnic areas. You can rent paddle

boards and kayaks, and families return to the lake year after year,

making this a fun family adventure without being too remote.

Set out to explore the North Cascades or relax by the lakeshore

and enjoy some fun in the sun. At night, enjoy s’mores around an

open fire while you find the constellations.

Parks.State.Wa.us/531/Lake-Chelan

RIVER DANCE LODGE

Situated along the Clearwater River south of Coeur d’Alene,

River Dance Lodge offers the true glamping experience. Each

tent is outfitted with a pillow-top bed, wood floors and a small

wood stove. Luxuriate in your own private clawfoot soaking tub

located (privately) outside in the back of each cabin after a day

hiking, fishing or rafting the river.

For those looking for the true camping experience, River Dance

also offers a tent campground and some RV spaces, with a

showerhouse for guests.

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MAIDEN ROCK

Located on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille in Cocolalla, the

granite rock known as Maiden Rock rises 300 feet above the

shores. At its base is a peaceful, sandy camp spot with picnic

tables, campfire rings and a restroom. Because this camp spot

is only accessible by boat or by hiking down the trail that starts

1,000 feet above the water, it is secluded and remote—you won’t

find a glamping tent here. But there will be lots of stars.

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A WORLD OF flavors

Cuisine options continue to flourish in

the Inland Northwest

By Jillian Chandler

The Inland Northwest has a bounty of restaurants. From Sandpoint, Idaho, to Spokane,

Washington, and everywhere in between, the beauty and outdoor recreation the

area has to offer year-round is complemented by the arts, entertainment and … an

unmatched, distinctive dining scene—sure to impress.

With hundreds of locally owned, one-of-a-kind dining establishments, locals and visitors

alike are sure to find everything from the comforts of home to unexplored flavors you

would only expect to find halfway around the world.

American, Chinese, Southern, Cajun and French to Italian, Indian, Mediterranean and

distinct Northwest options—think trout, huckleberries, wild game and grains—the

options are endless.

With a variety of waterfront dining locations, from lakes and rivers to waterfalls,

summertime is the ideal time of year to grab a window seat or outdoor spot on

a restaurant deck or patio, enjoy the warm air and sunshine, and partake in a

casual or upscale dining experience. Where you choose to dine is up to you!

During these warmer months, farmers’ markets can be found throughout the

area, offering the freshest in produce along with artisan foods, which more and

more local restaurants are taking advantage of and utilizing in their menu offerings.

With the coast only a drive away, you will find a bounty of fresh fish on nearly every

restaurant menu.

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

region, chefs take full advantage of the opportunities at hand, offering drink menus

featuring these local products as well as specialty dinners paired with some of these

superior wines, brews, ciders and spirits.

Whether you’re looking for that laid-back casual restaurant with a homey feel, or searching

for that finer-than-life dining experience, you’ll find just the restaurant you are looking for.

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

experiences, is truly matchless. Where will your next dining adventure lead you?

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There’s nothing like summertime in North Idaho. Beauty abounds year-round,

but the warmer months give diners something extra special. Being able to enjoy

the outdoors while taking in the clear blue skies, sunshine and ample waterfront

views make dining out this time of year truly unforgettable. Whether you choose

to take a seat inside or outdoors on your favorite restaurant patio, you won’t want

to miss the fresh, seasonal menus local restaurants are dishing up!

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Gourmet

ON THE LAKE

— BY MANDY BRAVIROFF —

MOUTHWATERING DISHES, EXCELLENT SERVICE AND

PANORAMIC LAKE VIEWS

Widely known in our region as one of

the best restaurants in Sandpoint,

Forty-One South proudly exhibits

award-winning service and gourmet

dishes that are crafted around bold Pacific

Northwest flavors. When first stepping inside, you

will be immediately greeted by the warmth of the

eclectic lodge interior, the friendly service and

the scenic views of gorgeous Lake Pend Oreille.

While offering guests comfortable and romantic

indoor dining year-round, Forty-One South also

offers its summertime guests multiple outdoor

patios and easy access boat-up docks for the laketime

visitors. It’s the perfect place to soak up the

panoramic sunset view and enjoy one of the many

savory dishes they have to offer.

Presenting visitors a fresh, seasonal menu, that is

locally sourced as much as possible, allows Forty-

One South to create new dishes that are true to its

location in beautiful North Idaho. Main-course

dishes such as the Buffalo Meatloaf, the Duck

Confit and the popular Steelhead Trout are just

a few of the creative and inviting options offered

here. Pair one of your meals with a cocktail or a

glass of wine from their extensive drink menu,

which offers hundreds of wines from all over the

world. Be sure to save room for dessert, which

offers diners simple and delicious choices that

combine sweet and savory flavors such as the

Peanut Butter Mousse Cake or the Southern-Style

Bread Pudding. Don’t worry, Forty-One South also

provides a tasty children’s menu that is focused

around healthy and delicious options that even

picky eaters will enjoy.

Cassandra Cayson has owned Forty-One South

for 10 years now and takes pride in the service

that she and her team consistently provide to

their year-round visitors. With a constant drive

to bring in fresh menu ideas while keeping to the

traditions they have made for themselves, Forty-

One South aims to please the palates of those who

enjoy the tastier things in life. Classic culinary

techniques, blended together with the desire to

satisfy the masses, helps Forty-One South deliver

a unique flavor to their dishes. Their plating is

done in a meticulous way, making the meal almost

too gorgeous to even eat. Almost. It’s sort of a

“superlative experience” in whole, you could say,

where a divine combination of culinary ambrosia

meets the palate.

Forty-One South also provides full-service on- or

off-site catering for weddings and special events,

making this a great place when seeking to gather

with family and friends. It’s more than a meal

here at Forty-One South; it’s an experience, and

anyone living in the Northwest should visit at

least once. Hours vary by season, and reservations

are recommended to guarantee a perfectly

orchestrated dining experience, so please call

ahead.

Next time you are in the area, be sure to take the

short drive over the long bridge and see what

everyone’s talking about at Forty-One South.

Forty-One South | Sagle | 41 Lakeshore Dr. | 208.265.2000 | 41SouthSandpoint.com

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Dine and Imbibe Amongst Friends

TAKE A SEAT AT HAYDEN LAKE’S GATHERING PLACE

— By Jillian Chandler —

Extraordinary customer service paired with delicious food, good value and great

location … The Porch Pubic House in Hayden Lake has you covered.

Since opening its doors in 2003, The Porch has earned the distinct reputation as

“Hayden Lake’s gathering place," and owners John Grollmus and Brad Fosseen—

the duo behind Moon Time in Coeur d’Alene (and The Elk, El Que, Two Seven and

Geno’s in Spokane)—continue to offer 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.

“The location is really off the beaten track and quite beautiful, which makes the

outside seating truly one-of-a-kind,” notes John. With a large seating area featuring

both covered and open-air tables, there’s a spot for everyone, whatever their preference

might be.

The Porch features many menu items similar to what you will find at 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. “We provide

new specials every week as well as updating our menus twice per year so that guests can

develop new favorites to go along with their old ones,” affirms John.

In addition to extensive selection of great regional brews and wines, The Porch offers

its customers a full bar, which enables them to provide guests a variety of delicious and

creative cocktails to accompany any meal.

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

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

and friendship, valuing each employee personally. This trickles down to how the

staff engages with each guest, bringing the community together while also providing

nothing but the best.

If you’re looking for a place to gather with friends or treat your out-of-town guests to

an unforgettable meal and experience, The Porch Public House has just what you’re

looking for. After all, it is known as “Hayden Lake’s gathering place.”

The Porch Public House

1658 E. Miles Ave.

Hayden Lake

208.772.7711

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&

“IT’S

WHERE

THE

LOCALS

GO.”

The Porch Public House

1658 E. Miles Ave.

Hayden Lake, Idaho

208.772.7711

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Moon Time

1602 E. Sherman Ave. #116

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

208.667.2331

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STANDING THE TEST OF

time

A COMMUNITY STAPLE CELEBRATES 24 YEARS IN BUSINESS

— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

1996. That’s when it all began, when friends John Grollmus and

Brad Fosseen sought out to open their first restaurant; a warm

and comfortable atmosphere where guests would feel at home

and provided an exceptional experience—every time.

Twenty-four years later, their philosophy has never wavered, and

Moon Time continues to provide their guests with familiar faces,

great service, a comfortable atmosphere, and great food and drink at

a reasonable price.

“We love becoming a part of our local communities,” smiles John.

“One of my favorite things as I go from restaurant to restaurant to

work (as John and Brad are also the owners of The Elk, El Que, Two

Seven and Geno’s in Spokane; and The Porch in Hayden Lake) is seeing

the faces of friends I’ve made over the years and having a chance to

chat. It’s not uncommon these days for me to be friends with the adult

children of guests who I became friends with at a particular restaurant

decades ago.”

When you walk into Moon Time, you’ll find a staff that is

knowledgeable, friendly, fast, accommodating and efficient, and John

credits them for Moon Time’s longtime success: “Our manager, Chris

Schultz, has worked there all but two months of its 24-year existence.

He knows more about the place than I will ever know. Additionally,

he’s just one of three 20-plus year employees working there, and there

are several more who aren’t too far behind. Collectively, the staff there

is the best you’ll ever find, and they make the place what it is.”

The menu, from the start, has featured creative and upscale pub food,

made to order from scratch, bringing a variety of items from many

different cultures together, paired with carefully selected 19 beer

handles and a wide variety of wines, chosen specifically to complement

the food.

When it comes to what John finds most rewarding about the family of

restaurants they’ve built, he says it’s “providing good jobs to so many

people. It’s extremely rewarding to help people be able to live happy

and healthy lives, start families and grow roots in their communities.”

Community is at the forefront of all that John and Brad do, not only

Moon Time but at all of their establishments. As you walk through the

door, you are sure to be welcomed with a warm smile and a warm meal,

surrounded by the wonderful folks of our community and beyond.

Moon Time

1602 E. Sherman Ave. #116

East Coeur d’Alene

208.667.2331

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BAR | BREWERY

RESTAURANT | CATERING

BRING

YOUR

APPETITE

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CRAFT BEERS & DELICIOUS PUB

FOOD SINCE 2016.

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Nominated Best Chef in the Northwest by the James Beard Foundation

Private Room Available for Events

“A wonderful, unique restaurant. Very creative

entrees, appetizers and desserts all at surprisingly

reasonable prices. My favorite in the CDA area.

Highly recommend.”

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— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

WHETHER YOU’RE LOOKING TO

SHOP FOR THE FRESHEST FISH AND

SEAFOOD in town or opting to dine in or

order to go, Fisherman’s Market, Grill & Sushi

in Coeur d’Alene can cater to you!

Opened in August of 2007 by husband-andwife

team Bob and Jennifer Palm, Fisherman’s

Market, Grill & Sushi has been satisfying

customers one order at a time. Offering their

guests a relaxed atmosphere that is family

friendly, this is your one-stop shop for the

freshest fish and seafood in town, whether

you’re looking to shop the market to prepare

a meal at home or wanting a fast, casual lunch

or dinner.

This is the only place in Coeur d’Alene where

you can sit down, enjoy a fresh seafood meal

with a cold beer or a glass of wine, and then

bring home the freshest seafood and prepare

it for yourself or a dinner party later!

If you’re looking to dine in, menu items feature

fresh catches and everything from calamari

and eel to salmon, tuna and shellfish. Among

the most popular menu items are 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) and of course their 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).

A full sushi bar has drawn fans from

around North Idaho offering a quick—and

satisfying—sushi lunch. The menu has all the

regular favorites and a few addicting local

creations. And there’s sake! 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!

The market, with its huge glass cooler, displays

the wide selection of wild-caught fish, shellfish

and in-house smoked fish. They are proud to

sell fresh fish overnighted from Hawaii and

Alaska, with scallops and lobsters from Maine

and shellfish from the Washington coast.

“We feel fortunate to have our business in such

a supportive community for local businesses,”

smiles Jennifer. “It feels like an extended

family!”

Fisherman’s Market, Grill & Sushi is open

Monday through Saturday, 11am to 8pm,

year-round.

Fisherman’s Market

215 W. Kathleen Ave.

North Coeur d’Alene

208.664.4800

FishermansMarketCdA.com

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of F lavors

C o e u r d ’A l e n e c o u p l e c o n t i n u e s t o i m p r e s s

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White Pine

“we feel so blessed to be a part of this amazing community.”

For the past 13 years, Viljo and Autumn Basso have been

serving up unique and distinct flavors to North Idaho diners—

delighting the taste buds of locals and visitors alike day after

day. Offering four distinct dining destinations, the couple is

proud to provide each guest a unique—and delicious—meal, no matter

where they choose to take a seat.

The first in line of their family of restaurants was Syringa Japanese

Café and Sushi Bar. Satisfying customers since 2007, Viljo and Autumn

have been serving guests the best sushi and modern Japanese cuisine

North Idaho has to offer! Using only fresh high-quality ingredients

and wonderful flavors in each dish they serve, guests will taste the

difference. And with a flair for originality and excellence, Syringa

continues to stand apart from the rest.

Down the street from Syringa is where you will find The Bluebird, a

midtown eatery, which the husband-and-wife team opened in 2016.

It quickly gained a large following that continues to flourish. In their

endeavor, Viljo and Autumn have delivered a casual neighborhood

bistro-style restaurant. The Bluebird is an eclectic Northwest bistro—

the menu inspired by the couple’s 25 years of culinary travels and

adventures. “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.

Seasonal as much as possible, the menu items change frequently with

specials offered weekly, allowing diners to try something new each time

they visit. Whether you choose to stop in for lunch or dinner, the menu

selections are sure to please. Pair your meal with a glass of wine from

their outstanding wine list or something from their great selection of

beer, ciders and sours. And for those wine lovers, they invite you to join

their monthly wine club.

If you’re looking for a strong brew and freshly made baked treats, stop

in next door, where you’ll find The White Pine, midtown’s favorite

coffee café since 2018. Serving up DOMA Coffee, all syrups are house

made with no artificial ingredients, and the delicious fresh pastries

are baked in-house daily. From croissants and scones to macarons

and more, it’s the perfectly quaint little spot to warm you up on a cool

summer morning or brisk fall day.

When dining options offered by the couple seemed like they couldn’t

get any better, the Bassos added yet another restaurant to the mix—

Monarch Ramen + Noodle House. Opened fall of 2019, the intimate

and casual 42-seat restaurant features a menu of house-specialty ramen

and noodle dishes (including “build-your-own” ramen), as well as a

variety of small-plate options. “We are excited to have filled a void and

bring new flavors to town,” states Autumn.

Whether you take a seat at Syringa, The Bluebird, Monarch or White

Pine, Viljo, Autumn and their staff are ready to serve you and help

create a dining experience you’ll savor.

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

says Autumn.

Monarch Ramen + Noodle House

1401 N. Fourth St.

Coeur d’Alene

208.966.4230

MonarchNoodles.com

Syringa Japanese Café & Sushi Bar

1710 N. Fourth St.

Coeur d’Alene

208.664.2718

SyringaSushi.com

The Bluebird

816 N. Fourth St.

Midtown Coeur d’Alene

208.665.3777

MidtownBluebird.com

The White Pine

814 N. Fourth St.

Midtown Coeur d’Alene

208.966.4131

MidtownWhitePine.com

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BY MANDY BRAVIROFF

THE NORTHWEST’S GOURMET

GATHERING PLACE

A FOODIE’S AND

SHOPPER’S PARADISE

CENTRALLY LOCATED IN BEAUTIFUL COEUR D’ALENE IS

A FOODIE’S AND SHOPPER’S PARADISE better known as The

Culinary Stone. This 5,500-square-foot food gourmet heaven was dreamt

up back in 2013 and modeled after an old outdoor market setting. The

owner, Sandy Volkar, says they “wanted it to be a place for culinary

enthusiasts of all levels.” Offering cooking classes and affordable highquality

kitchen gadgets from all over the world make this place a fullon

experience when visiting. It’s a place for all to gather, shop, eat and

enjoy—a melting pot of all things culinary in just one stop.

Dealing with local farmers and suppliers keeps this grassroots-minded

company one of the best places to stop—not only in North Idaho but any

time you’re in the Northwest. Plan to spend some time while visiting, as

this isn’t your typical one-stop shop. Filled with gourmet food, wines and

culinary supplies, everyone is sure to find something to take home with

them. While visiting you will also notice the eclectic fixtures that adorn

the interior setting, which in itself tells a story about how this place came

to be. “The goal is to be able to continue to build upon what we have

started,” states Sandy, “to provide an exceptional customer experience

and culinary environment for the whole community.”

This epicurean paradise of all things delicious also offers a wide selection

of fine deli meats and cheeses to go. The deli also offers daily made fresh

soups, sandwiches, salads, and made-to-order meat trays and charcuterie

boards. The café showcases fresh roasted coffee, cakes, pastries and

other yummies, all locally made. The welcoming baristas will offer an

assortment of espresso drinks, teas and their famous Golden Milk.

Whether it’s food, wine or worldly kitchen gadgets you seek, every bon

vivant of the Northwest will be sure to find what they need and what they

didn’t know they needed. Be sure to check out the barbecues on Thursday

nights in the summer, which offer its goers delicious food while enjoying

the warm evenings and live music on the patio—just what summers are

all about!

The Culinary Stone | 2129 Main St. | Coeur d’Alene at Riverstone | 208.277.4116 | CulinaryStone.com

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SAME GREAT MENU

[ as found at the Ponderay location ]

+ 32 TAPS

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Your Table

AWAITS

DINE IN A PIECE OF COEUR D’ALENE’S HISTORY

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

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If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind dining experience, 315 Cuisine, located

on the main level of the 112-year-old historic Greenbriar 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 pull up a chair at a table indoors or outdoors on the patio. To add to

the ambiance, live soft music plays every Friday and Saturday during the summer.

Guests will be treated to a flavorful and diverse menu of starters, small plates

(tapas) and entrées. During the warmer months, you will find a menu featuring

many lighter dishes to satisfy your taste buds. Guests will be treated to everything

from delicious Seared Black and White Ahi, Brussels and Bacon with gouda cheese

sauce to Toasted Brie Boule with seasonal fruits and honey. During spring and

summer months, guests can look forward to specials weekly from local farms,

as well as Hazelnut encrusted Ruby Red Trout, Reuben Sliders with house-made

pastrami and slaw, Pasta Primavera with house-made pasta and market-fresh

veggies.

“Our menu draws from an international scope, so our chefs have a great deal of

freedom for their menu choices,” says Kris McIlvenna, owner.

To complement the cuisine, you can choose from a selection of handcrafted

martinis and cocktails, beer and wine, and nonalcoholic beverages and mocktails.

The 315 offers weekly specials, and you can be assured that their award-winning bar

and bartenders will be shaking up something special for your drinking pleasure.

A 150-foot wrap-around deck surrounds the dining room and looks out over

the garden and patio, where guests often sit under umbrella tables in the

summer. Brick patios in the front of the house and a shady porch are ideal for

fair-weather dining.

For 36 years, owners Bob and Kris McIlvenna have welcomed guests into their

warm and inviting 1908 Nationally Registered property—The Greenbriar Inn—

which not only houses 315 Cuisine but offers seven suites, each with its own distinct

look mixed with antique and replica furnishings, as well as modern conveniences.

The atmosphere is cozy yet eclectic, taking you back in time while still offering all

modern conveniences.

If you’re looking to have an upcoming special event catered on- or off-site, The

Greenbriar has you covered. Bob and Kris established this

award-winning catering business back in 1986. The largest

independent caterer in North Idaho, also catering to Eastern

Washington, they can cater up to 70 people indoors on the

main level of Greenbriar Inn and upward of 150 during the

summer months, as the grounds feature a large outdoor deck and

garden area. If you’re thinking of hosting a much larger event off-site,

Greenbriar can cater parties up to 1,000!

A unique place to gather with friends or family, dine in comfort while

enjoying a piece of Coeur d’Alene history. With the inn just steps from

downtown, Kris and the rest of the 315 team invite you to dine with them Tuesday

through Saturday starting at 3:15pm. It’s time to dine in history!

315 Cuisine at The Greenbriar Inn

315 Wallace Ave. | Midtown Coeur d’Alene

208.667.9660 | 315Cuisine.com

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AUTHENTIC

ITALIAN

An extensive menu of authentic Italian dishes are prepared every day, from

scratch, using only traditional family recipes, in Angelo’s kitchen. Angelo’s

Ristorante in Coeur d’Alene serves up recipes passed down from generation to

generation, ensuring his patrons the taste and flavors of Italy in every dish.

FOR RESERVATIONS: 208.765.2850 | 846 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

HOURS OF OPERATION: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00 - 9:00 PM | Friday & Saturday: 4:00 - 10:00 PM | Sunday & Monday: Closed

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GRATEFUL TO CREATE.

PASSIONATE TO DELIVER.

YOUR TABLE AWAITS IN THE

HEART OF RIVERSTONE

By JILLIAN CHANDLER

more than ever, I’m just grateful to run my own business, for the

ability to create and the opportunity to succeed without limitations.”

“Now,

The spring of 2020 was devastating for restaurants across the nation, and owners

here in the Inland Northwest were not immune to its effects. Vine & Olive Eatery

and Wine Bar owner Naomi Boutz and her team, with a little creativity, learned

quickly how to best adapt to the situation while keeping the restaurant open and

profitable. “I have a whole new appreciation for free enterprise,” she states. “Free

enterprise is not free, and it’s not something to be taken for granted.”

The doors are now open to diners, who have been eagerly awaiting to once again

pull out a chair and take a seat at the table. With an atmosphere that is warm and

inviting, guests can feel the pride of ownership Naomi exudes of the eatery she

created in the heart of Coeur d’Alene’s Riverstone less than three years ago.

“We keep things simple and soulful and as consistent as possible,” affirms Naomi.

Naomi is joined by Chef Josh Pebbles. An integral part of the V&O family since

August of 2019, his philosophy is to highlight the best local ingredients with classic

European influences while infusing new-age techniques—creating a memorable

experience for each guest who walks through the door.

“We are always finding new inspiration in food and wine to share with our

customers,” smiles Naomi. “We are passionate about everything we do here at V&O,

and customers like being a part of that high energy.”

From the staples of Escargot prepared in a classic French execution, to the

Pork Shank with Creamy Polenta and the Acorn Squash Frites, the menu never

disappoints. In addition, menu offerings change every few months for seasonality,

with new popular menu items including The Catch of the Day (served with wild

mushroom risotto) and the Niçoise Salad with seared Ahi. It is important for Naomi

to not only keep their menu enticing but their pricing competitive, and she says,

"You can definitely dine at V&O on a budget.”

Love and passion shine through in everything they do at Vine & Olive, where your

table awaits in the heart of Riverstone.

2037 N. Main St., Coeur d'Alene's Riverstone | 208.758.7770 | VineAndOliveCdA.com

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HERE’S A LONG LIST OF CHEMICALS

YOU SHOULD NEVER HAVE TO READ.

Prohibited From Use On Organic Farms:

Abamectin • Acephate • Acetamiprid • Aldrin • Aldicarb • Aluminum • Aminopyralid • Atruine • Avermectin • Anhydrous Ammonia • Ammonium Chloride • Ammonium Sulfate • Ammonium Nitrate • Aqua Ammonia • Ammoniated

Micronutrients • Azadirachtin • Azoxystrobin • Mono1mmonium Phosphite• Di1mmonium Phosphite• Bendiocarb • Bifenthrin • Boscalid • Bromadiolone • Captan • Captafol • Calcium Nitrate • Calcium Oxide • Carbamates •

Carbofuran • Carbaryl • Cresote • Cryolite • Calcium Cyanamide • Calcium Nitrate • Carbamates • Carbaryl • Carbendazim • Carbofuran • Chlordane • Chlorfenapyr • Chlorothalonil • Chlorpyrifos • Clopyralid • Clothianidin •

Creosote • Cryomazine • Cyflumetofen• Cyfluthrin • Cypermethrin • Cyprodinil • D-phenothrin • 2,4-d • Deet• 3-decene-2-one • Deltamethrin • Diazinon • Dic:.mb(B•nvel) • 1,3-dichloropropene (Telone li) • Dicloran • Dicrotophos •

Dimethoate • Dimethoate • Disulfoton •1,4 Dimethyl-naphthalene • Dimethyl Sulfoxide (Dmso) • Dinotefuran • Ethoprop • Ethoxyquin • Etoxazole • Fenpropathrin • Fenpyroximate • Fenazaquin • Folpet • Ferric Phosphate • Ferric

Chloride • Ferrous Ammonium Sulfate • Formaldehyde • Fenbuconazole • Fenoxycarb • Fenpropanthrin • Flame Retardants • Fluvalinate • Fipronil • Fluazifop • Fludioxonil • Fluoxastrobin • Fluridone • Glyphosate(Roundup) •

Gmo Crops And Seeds • Hexaflumuron• Hydramethylnon • Hydrochloric Acid • Hydroprene • lba (lndol-3-butyric Acid) • lmidacloprid • lprodione • Iron Chloride • Iron Phosphate • Kinoprene • Lambda-cyhalothrin • Lead Salts •

Lime Mud • Magnesium Hydroxide • Magnesium Oxide • Mancozeb • Maneb • Manure Ash • Malathion • Mefenoxam • Metolachlor • Metalaxyl• Metaldehyde • Metam Sodium • Methiocarb • Methoprene • Methyl Bromide • Methyl

Iodide • Metolachlor • Myclobutanil • Mgk-264 • Nabam • Naled • Naphthalene • Neonicotinoid• Nickel Salts • Nicotine Sulfate • Nithiazine • Novaluron • Organochlorides• Organophosphates • Oxyfluorfen • Paradichlorobenzene

• Pendimethalin • Pentachlorophenol• Permethrin• Phenylamide• Picaridin • Picloram • Piperonyl Butoxide • Potassium Carbonate • Potassium Permanganate • Potassium Phosphate • Potassium Nitrate • Pot1nium SoriNt•

Propamocarb • Propazine • Pyraclostrobin • Pyriproxyfen • Pyridaben • Resmethrin • Rockwool • Sew1ceSludce • Spriomesifen • Sprirotetramat • Sulfur Dioxide Smoke Bombs • Sulfuryl Fluoride • Sulfoxaflor• Streptomycin •

Strychnine • Sodium Fluoaluminate • Tetracycline • Triple Superph01phiile• Tebuconazole • Thiabendazole • Thiacloprid • Thiamethoxam • Triclopyr • Trifloxystrobin• Tolfenoyrade • Toxaphene • Urea•

Prohibited From Use With Organic Livestock:

Antibiotics• Recombin1nt BovineGrowthHormones CRbch) • Bha (Butlyated Hydroxylanisole) • Bht (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) • Butane • Gmo FHds • Plastic Feed Pellets • Sl•uchter ByproductFeeds • Sulfa Drugs• Strychnine •

Urea • Ascorbyl Palmitate • Benzoic Acid • Calcium Aluminosilicate • Calcium Formate • Calcium Sorbate • Dilauryl Thiodipropionate • Dexamethasone • Disteryl Thiodpropionate • Erythroboric Acid • Ethoxyquin •

Methylparaben • Propionic Acid • Propylparben • Sodium Benzoate • Sodium Nitrile • Sodium Propionate • Sodium Sorbate • Sorbic Acid • Stanous Chloride • TertiaryButyl Hydroquinone (Tbhq) • Thiodipropionic Acid • Carnitine

• Glycine • Lysine • Threonine • Tryptophan • Taurine • Acepromazine • Maleate • Acetazolamide Sodium • Afoxolaner • Albendazole • Albuterol Sulfate • Alfaxalone • Altrenogest • Amibcin Sulf1te • Aminopentamide •

Aminopropazine • Amitraz • Ammonium Bituminosulfonate • Amoxicillin • Amphomycin • Ampicillin • Amprolium • Apramycin • Arsenamide • Atipamezole • Atropine • Trichlorfon • Avilamycin • Azaperone • Bacitracin •

Bambermycins • Betamethasone • Boldenone Undecylenate • Somatotropin • Bunamidine • Hydrochloride • Bupivacaine • Buprenorphine • Butacaine Sulfate • Butamisole Hydrochloride • Cambendazole • Capromorelin •

Carbadox • Carnidazole • Carprofen • Cefadroxil • CefovecinSodium • Cefpodoxime Proxetil • Ceftiofur• C.lph1losparin• C.ph1lexin • Cephapirin • Chloramine-t Trihydrate • Chloramphenicol• Chlorobutanol• Chlorothiazide •

Chlorphenesin Carbamate • Chymotrypsin • Clindamycin • Clomipramine • Clopidol• Cloprostenol• Clorsulon • Clotrimazole • Cloxacillin • Colistimethate • Corticotropin • Coumaphos • Cyclosporine • Cythioate • Danofloxacin•

Decoquinate • Deracoxib • Deslorelin • Desoxycorticosterone • Detomidine • Dexmedetomidine • Dichlorophene• Dichlorvos • Diclazuril • Diclofenac • Dicloxacillin • Diethylcarbamazine Citrate • Difloxacin• Dihydrostreptomycin

• Dimethyl Sulfoxide • Dinoprost Tromethamine • Dipiperazine Sulfate • Diprenorphine • Dirlotapide • Dithiazanine • Domperidone • Doramectin • Doxapram • Doxycycline • Doxylamine • Droperidol • Efrotomycin •

Emodepside • Enalapril Maleate • Enrofloxacin• Eprinomectin • Erythromycin • Estradiol • Ethylisobutrazine • Etodolac • Famphur • Febantel • Pyrantel • Fenprostalene • Fentanyl • Fenthion • Firocoxib • Florfenicol •

Flumethasone • Fluocinolone • Fluoxetine Hydrochloride • Fluprostenol Sodium • Fluralaner • Fomepizole • Formalin • Furazolidone • Gamithromycin • Gentamicin • Miconazole Nitrate • Gleptoferron • Glycopyrrolate •

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• Selegiline • Selenium Disulfide• Semduramicin • Sevoflurane• Spectinomycin • Stanozolol • Streptomycin • Sulfadiazine • Sulfadimethoxine • Sulfaethoxypyridazine • Sulfamerazine • Sulfaquinoxaline • Sulfisoxazole•

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• Theobromine • Thiodipropionic Acid • Tibnium Dioxide • Tetrasodium Ed Ta • Toluene • Tricloun • Triclocarban • Trichloroethylene • Tridodecyl Amine • Triethanolamine • Trimethylamine • Urea • Vinyl Acetate Volatile

Fatty Acids • Yellow Prussiate Of Soda

AND IF YOU BUY ORGANIC,

YOU’LL NEVER HAVE TO.

1316

1316 N.

N. 4TH

4TH STREET,

STREET, COEUR

COEUR D’ALENE, ID |

ID (208) (208)

676-9730

676-9730

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PENTAGON BISTRO & MARTINI BAR

Chef Raci Erdem invites you to take a seat at The Pentagon Bistro & Martini

Bar in the heart of Liberty Lake. Enjoy delicious cuisine including signature

dishes paired with fine cocktails in this intimate bistro-style restaurant.

1400 N. MEADOWWOOD LANE | LIBERTY LAKE, WASHINGTON | 509.891.7790

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NO POLITICAL AGENDA HERE

Just Great Food and Drink!

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Three restaurants all offer a delightful experience

— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

WHETHER YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE

A SEAT AT The White House Grill, The Oval

Office Bistro & Martini Bar or Pentagon Bistro &

Martini Bar, you’re in for a delightful experience, sure

to leave you planning your next visit before you’ve

even finished your meal.

Chef Raci Erdem has been bringing the flavors of the

Mediterranean to eager diners at The White House

Grill in Post Falls, and guests continue to eat it up!

Serving the Inland Northwest since 1996, 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 noisy restaurant,

where Mediterranean music fills the air—as does the

aroma of garlic.

The menu features seafood, vegetables, pasta and

lamb dishes, and is complemented by a full bar

showcasing handcrafted cocktails, 12 beers on tap, an

extensive wine list and a beautiful scotch list—hand

selected by Chef Raci himself.

Open for lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday

11am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday 11am to 11pm,

Raci looks forward to guests coming into the

restaurant, not just for the food and drink, but to

enjoy the overall experience. “Our job is to put you

in a great mood with some cool music, delicious food

and awesome drinks, all for a great value,” he says.

With one successful restaurant under his belt, a

decade later, Raci welcomed diners to take a seat at

his second Post Falls restaurant—The Oval Office.

This American bistro with a foreigner flare provides a

different—yet still exceptional—experience from that

offered at The White House. At this cozy, romantic

small-seat eatery, patrons can appreciate world flavors

with the small-plate and entrée offerings.

Guests will be treated to a full bar featuring great

beer, wine and specialty cocktails. The martini lists

features politically inspired specialty martinis, from

The Border Patrol and Fake News to the New Yorker,

and the U.S. Mint makes for the perfect post-dinner

dessert cocktail. There’s something on the menu for

anyone looking for a good martini—and a good time!

The community fireplace on the large outside patio

can seat 12 around it, and the European-style awning

allows patio dining year-round! This is the place to

dine on a warm summer day or evening.

Known for its happiest of happy hours in the

Northwest, offered twice daily, enjoy all martinis and

appetizers offered at a fraction of the price! Open

Monday through Friday 11am to 11pm and Saturday

and Sunday 3 to 11pm, it’s the perfect spot for latenight

dining any day of the week.

Raci invites you to take a seat at his most recent

endeavor—the Pentagon Bistro & Martini Bar in the

heart of Liberty Lake. Opened in November 2019,

the 120-seat restaurant is warm and inviting yet

sophisticated, showcasing an open kitchen concept,

a large bar and two cozy dining rooms. Open daily

11am to 11pm, guests will be treated to a delicious and

diverse small-plate menu, as well as entrées featuring

steak and seafood, and their specialty politically

inspired martinis, just like its sister restaurant.

Whether you choose to dine at The White House,

Oval Office or Pentagon, Raci and his staff can assure

you that you’ve made the right choice.


“WE WANTED TO HAVE A

GATHERING PLACE THAT FRIENDS

CAN GO TO AND RELAX WITH A

COCKTAIL OR QUICK LUNCH IN THE

AFTERNOON, OR FOR A BEAUTIFUL

DINNER OVER A BOTTLE OF WINE,”

RACI SAYS.

The White House Grill

​712 N. Spokane St., Post Falls, ID

208.777.9672

The Oval Office Bistro & Martini Bar

620 N. Spokane St., Post Falls, ID

208.777.2102

Pentagon Bistro & Martini Bar

1400 N. Meadowwood Lane

Liberty Lake, WA

509.891.7790

WhiteHouseGrill.com

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SPOKANE, WASHINGTON

From big-city dining and nationally acclaimed hot spots to those hidden local gems, Spokane

continues to make a name for itself as a true dining destination. The variety of flavors along

with the many options of locally made wines, brews and spirits to pair with your meal make

the Lilac City a culinary experience to be envied. Take a seat to taste what Spokane’s bringing

to the table this summer.

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Spencer’s

FOR STEAKS & CHOPS

322 NORTH SPOKANE FALLS COURT, SPOKANE, WASHINGTON 99201

FOR RESERVATIONS, FIND US ON OPENTABLE

OR CALL 509.744.2372

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CLOVER:

EXTRAORDINARY SERVED DAILY

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THE ELK PUBLIC HOUSE:

BROWNE’S ADDITION’S GATHERING PLACE

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TWO SEVEN PUBLIC HOUSE:

12 YEARS STRONG

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MAX AT MIRABEAU:

THE FOOD, THE ATMOSPHERE,

THE ENTERTAINMENT

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VERACI PIZZA:

SUMMERTIME CALLS FOR GREAT PIZZA

AND A COLD BREW

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DRY FLY DISTILLING:

DISTILLERS STEP UP IN TIME OF NEED

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STEAM PLANT KITCHEN + BREWERY

ICONIC. HISTORIC. MAJESTIC.

Spokane’s MOST UNIQUE special events and dining location.

KITCHEN + BREWERY

159 S. LINCOLN ST., SPOKANE | STEAMPLANTSPOKANE.COM

RESERVATIONS: 509.777.3900 | EVENTS: 509.242.3107

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EXTRAORDINARY

SERVED DAILY.

CHANGING THE WAY WE EAT

ONE PLATE AT A TIME

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

Alifelong love of food was instilled in Scott

McCandless starting at a young age, as he

watched his mother lovingly devote her time to

preparing farm fresh, locally sourced homemade

meals “during the time of TV dinners.”

With a degree in engineering and economics, Scott began his

career in the manufacturing industry as an industrial engineer,

but due to the demands and constant relocation that came with

the job, and raising a growing family, it was time to pursue his

deep-seeded passion for food. Together with his wife Liz, who

has degrees in both restaurant management and the culinary

arts, they made the perfect team.

Many years and business ventures later, today, the couple

demonstrates their mission in everything they do. Scott and Liz

are living their dream of being able to positively influence the

way people eat, providing them with healthy and nourishing

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foods—and hope they continue to do so for generations to come, at their

beloved Clover.

As you step into Clover, you will find walls adorned with photos of

the history of the building and owner. The lighting is warm and the

colors masculine. The perfect balance. The fixtures and décor are more

contemporary and industrial, a reflection of Scott’s history in engineering.

The space is intimate and inviting, from the cozy sunroom to the upstairs

bungalow. Guests can choose to dine outdoors on the charming patio,

which is filled with herbs and edible foliage, as the kitchen crew uses

Clover’s landscape to garden.

When it comes time to order, the cuisine has Mediterranean influences

with a focus and flare on Spanish and Italian fare; though they stay true to

their American roots, offering locally purveyed meat dishes, such as lamb

and duck.

Clover’s menu is always true to the season. The seasonings, vegetables, oils,

vinegars, game, seafood, drinks, you name it; the kitchen gets all possible

regionally and locally sourced and fresh elements for its dishes as they

become available or in season. The bar is thoughtful, taking into account

how it couples with the dishes, the season, and even the temperature

outside.

A “homegrown” chef hailing from Spokane, Executive Chef Bryan Doyle

leads the culinary team, bringing 13 years of experience with him to the

plate. His journey began as a sauté cook at the Davenport Hotel, and in

2014, an opportunity presented itself at Clover. Two years later, he would

take the helm at Durkin’s Liquor Bar as executive chef. But Clover was

calling him “home,” and in 2018, he returned with his passion for cooking

in the kitchen he loves.

“Chef Doyle is consistently challenging himself to balance out dishes with

proper acidity, sweetness, salt and spices, and is incredibly open to feedback

from a discerning tongue,” affirms Scott. “It is approachable for those who

have never tried some of the more uncommon cuisine options out there.”

Scott and Liz credit Bryan, their core management staff and operating crew

for showing up, working hard and adapting with all aspects that go into

creating what is Clover’s reputation in town. “We are proud to provide

our unique experience, our culinary expertise and our desire to leave one

satisfied,” smiles Scott.

Changing the way we eat … one plate at a time. Clover.

Clover

Downtown Spokane

913 E. Sharp Ave.

509.487.2937 | CloverSpokane.com

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BROWNE’S ADDITION’S

Gathering Place

DISCOVER WHAT YOU’VE BEEN MISSING

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

For more than two decades, owners John Grollmus and Brad Fosseen

have strived for one goal: to serve their guests the best—every time.

“The Elk appeals to anyone and everyone,” says John. “Hipsters to

grandmothers. Young and old. Professionals from downtown and

locals from the neighborhood.”

Consistently good food and atmosphere along with friendly service and menu

items offered at a reasonable price—these are what appeal to everybody, no

matter one’s age or financial status. And whether it’s your first date or 50th

anniversary, The Elk Public House will treat you to an experience that won’t

soon be forgotten. This is what The Elk, located in the heart of the historic

Browne’s Addition neighborhood, has delivered year after year to guests since

opening its doors in 1999.

Menu favorites among guests include the ever-popular Reuben, the Santa Fe

Chicken Sandwich, Mediterranean Grilled Lamb Sandwich and legendary

Roasted Corn Pasta. You can also choose from their creative weekly specials

and homemade soups, inventive cocktails and great brews, all which can be

found online on their website.

From maintaining consistency and low employee turnover, to weekly specials

and updating the menu twice a year, to their overall goal of delivering

the best experience possible to their guests is what John credits to

maintaining The Elk’s popularity year after year.

“The number one factor overall is probably just

our constant desire and effort to be the best we

can,” he says. “Even 21 years into this we are

still watching every little detail to be sure we

are creating the best possible environment for

our guests.”

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The Elk Public House

1931 W. Pacific Ave.

Spokane’s West Side

509.363.1973

WeDontHaveOne.com

At the end of the day, John is proud of his and

co-owner Brad’s ability to create lifetime fans

out of employees and guests alike, not only at The

Elk, but at their five other restaurants: 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 Lake.

John and Brad invite you to pull up a chair

indoors or outside in The Elk’s cozy courtyard, and

experience what they have to offer. You’ll quickly

discover what everyone’s been talking about.


&

“IT’S

WHERE

THE

LOCALS

GO.”

The Elk Public House

1931 W. Pacific Ave.

Spokane, Washington

509.363.1973

WeDontHaveOne.com

Two Seven Public House

2727 S. Mt. Vernon St. #5

Spokane, Washington

509.473.9766

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TWELVE

YEARS STRONG

Excellence dished up year after year

By Jillian Chandler

QUICKLY GAINING THE STATUS

as one of Spokane’s best-kept secrets, The

Two Seven Public House opened to an eager

community on the South Hill in April of 2008.

For 12 years now, the restaurant continues to

fulfill its reputation for great food, great drinks

and stellar service.

As owner John Grollmus says proudly, “We

have maintained consistency and growth year

after year.” And there’s a simple, yet important,

reason why.

The Two Seven follows the same simple

concept as its sister restaurants The Elk, El Que

and Geno’s in Spokane, Moon Time in Coeur

d’Alene and The Porch in Hayden Lake—

top-notch service, creative food and drink at

reasonable prices, all served up in a comfortable

environment.

Along with their inventive house-made soups

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and weekly specials, customer favorite menu

items include, but are most certainly not limited

to, the Salpicon Texas Shredded Beef Tacos, the

famous Smash Burger, Crispy Beer-Battered

Fish Tacos, and never forget the legendary

Roasted Corn Pasta.

John loves that he has built a fun and dynamic

environment at The Two Seven, and he enjoys

the constant interaction with his guests. “I love

that on a visit to the restaurant I might run

into guests who have been regulars for years,

new folks who just discovered us and even the

friendly faces of people I went to high school

with dining alongside their children.”

In addition, at each one of their establishments,

John and co-owner Brad Fosseen are proud

that they have had the opportunity to create

great jobs for their employees—which is why

you’ll see the same friendly faces paired with

exceptional service every time you visit.

Whether you’re looking for a place to take the

whole family or just a great spot for a cold beer

and a bite, check out the Two Seven in Spokane’s

South Hill, where the friendly staff will

ensure you a dining experience with superior

service, great food and drink, all offered at a

terrific value.

Two Seven Public House

2727 S. Mt. Vernon St. #5

Spokane’s South Hill

509.473.9766

WeDontHaveOne.com


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DELIVERING EXCELLENCE

The Food, the Atmosphere, the Entertainment

By Jillian Chandler

MAX at Mirabeau continues to offer nothing less than

award-winning service year after year. Paired with an

unforgettable experience, guests, both locals and visitors

alike, keep coming back for more.

“Three-hundred-sixty-five days a year, MAX strives to be an exceptional

Spokane restaurant, which serves as a focal point for your culinary and

entertainment needs,” says Ben Meharg, general manager.

Catering to diners of all ages since day one with its extraordinary breakfast,

lunch, dinner, dessert and weekend brunch, the exemplary culinary team

behind the eclectic bistro-style food at MAX strives to deliver both delicious

cuisine, using only the best product, with an equally pleasing presentation.

The round-the-clock team of experienced chefs and dedicated culinarians

are behind the magic that’s cooked up in the MAX kitchen.

Staple menu items include Voodoo Pasta with Grilled Chicken & Andouille

Sausage, Prime Rib French Dip with Horseradish White Cheddar, Idaho

Trout Salad with Cashew Crust, Spicy Chicken Curry, Butternut & Wild

Mushroom Arancini, Alaskan King Crab Legs, Huckleberry Baby Back

Pork Ribs, Creamy Lobster “Maccheroni” and the classic “MAX” Burger.

Their best-selling item, according to Ben, is their 14-ounce “USDA Prime”

Rib Eye Peppercorn Steak.

The food is complemented by the libations, which include more than

450 different bottles of local and regional wines, 12 draft beers on tap

(including the exclusive Mirabeau Blues Pale Ale made by Twelve String

Brewing Company) and a variety of signature cocktails made with their

house-made syrups.

During the summer months, guests have the option to enjoy a cocktail

or meal out on the extensive 55-seat outdoor patio, seated at umbrellashaded

tables surrounded by the beautiful and fragrant patio garden.

If you are looking for a location for that special occasion, MAX can host

large or small events in their restaurant. They offer private meeting rooms

from 10 to 400 people and can also do outside catering, setting a menu to

any request or theme.

MAX offers two daily happy hours from 3 to 6pm and again from 9pm to

close in the lounge and hosts live music each Friday and Saturday evening

starting at 9pm, a Saturday and Sunday Bloody Mary Bar from 9am to

2pm, and First Wednesday Wine Tasting and Art Exhibition featuring a

different winery and artist each month. Also, be sure to check the website

for special annual events hosted by Mirabeau Park Hotel.

“Our philosophy is to create, for our honored guests, the ambiance of a

dynamic dining environment that is both casual and relaxed, yet at the

same time exciting and stimulating,” says Ben.

MAX at Mirabeau is the only winner of Wine Spectator magazine’s two

glass “Best of Award of Excellence” in the entire Inland Northwest!

The restaurant is open daily starting at 6am and open until midnight on

Sunday, 1am Monday through Thursday and 2am on Friday and Saturday.

Whether it’s a Sunday brunch, business lunch, date night dinner or a latenight

snack you’re looking for, MAX is ready to serve you the best!

Whether it is the food, entertainment, atmosphere, service or just for

doing good business, MAX at Mirabeau continues to stand as a symbol

of excellence.

“We are dedicated to making our restaurant and lounge the ‘home away

from home’ for our hotel guests and the members of the community,”

says Ben. “We take pride in offering Spokane Valley’s eclectic and finest

dining experience.”

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MAX at Mirabeau

Spokane Valley, Washington

1100 N. Sullivan Rd.

509.922.6252

MAXatMirabeau.com

Wine Spectator

Award of Excellence

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012,

2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 & 2019

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ERACI

IZZA

SUMMERTIME CALLS FOR GREAT PIZZA

AND A COLD BREW

FIRING UP GOURMET PIZZAS SINCE 2009

— BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

Laura and Seth Carey are the proud owners of Veraci Pizza

in Spokane’s Kendall Yards. What started as a successful

restaurant on wheels back in 2009, the husband-and-wife team

found a permanent restaurant location in which to serve their

delicious wood-fired pizzas, and they opened their doors to Veraci

Pizza in the Kendall Yards neighborhood in 2014. And, to no surprise

to their customers, they’ve been satisfying diners ever since.

In business for more than a decade, Laura says, “In some ways it

seems like we just started, and in other ways it feels like a lifetime ago.

It’s just so incredible that we have customers who have been with us

since the very start!”

On the menu, of course, are their wood-fired thin-crust pizzas (with

vegetarian and gluten-free options available), fired up in their one-ofa-kind

ovens. “Our oven was built by hand and doesn’t have a chimney

like most wood-fired ovens do,” according to Laura. This allows them

to cook their gourmet pizzas at 800- to 1,000-degree temperatures,

which provides a unique—and delicious—product in the end; one

you won’t find anywhere else.

Guests can also choose from a selection of salads, appetizers, desserts,

beer and wine, as well as a variety of cool cocktails, beer and wine,

perfect to enjoy outdoors on the patio overlooking the Spokane

city skyline.

At the end of the day, Laura and Seth are inspired to continue the

work they do each and every day because of the community they

serve—their staff, the neighborhood, the lunch crowd and the

evening diners. This became even more evident, as restaurants across

the state and country had to close their doors earlier this year. “When

the dine-in shut down first happened, we were very uncertain on

how things would look with only doing takeout,” says Laura. “We

have been pleasantly surprised at how the community continued to

support us in our new model. We can make this work until times

are normal again, and we cannot wait until we are able to serve our

customers on our favorite patio with a view again.

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DISTILLERS STEP UP IN

TIME OF NEED

COMMUNITY ALWAYS COMES FIRST

By Colin Anderson

Dry Fly Distilling is well-known across the Inland

Northwest. In fact, it was one of the first 25 craft

distilleries in the nation when it opened its doors in 2007,

and the very first in Washington state post-prohibition.

Its gin, vodka and whiskeys have racked up regional and national

awards, but Don Poffenroth and Terry Nichols’ best work might

just be something they likely never dreamed of distilling.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, like so many others, Dry Fly was

forced to shutter its tasting room to guests, but its commitment

to the local community wouldn’t stop. Dry Fly stepped up to

help the surrounding community by using its alcohol to create

‘Spokanitizer.’ Not only did the distillery break from creating its

award-winning spirits, but the newly created hand sanitizer was

given out for free to individuals as well as bulk quantities to the

Spokane Country Emergency Response Center to be distributed

to first responders and health and safety workers all across the

region. This act of generosity won’t soon be forgotten.

Initially known for vodka, gin and wheat whiskey, Dry Fly’s

variety and selection has grown tremendously. As consumers

not just in the region but across the country demand a better

spirit, Dry Fly was ready to lead the way. “A 6-year-old Triticale, a

6-year-old Port Barrel-Aged Triticale and a DOMA Coffee Barrel-

Finished Triticale are now available as distillery-only features,”

says Terry.

A trip to the tasting room is a real treat for those who haven’t

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yet stopped by. Here you can sample vodka, gin, barrel-aged gin,

bourbon and multiple whiskeys aged anywhere from three to

11 years. Those who prefer their spirits in the form of a cocktail

can also have their samples made into miniature versions by the

friendly staff who are experts at blending the spirits made just

steps from the tasting room. Even better, you are supporting

local farmers with each sip. “The distillery gets everything, save

their juniper berries, from within an hour drive of its Spokane

operation, creating a true representation of the Northwest,” says

Terry.

As the demand for alternative drinks and on-the-go options

continues to increase, Dry Fly has added to its offerings with

canned craft cocktails. Dry Fly uses its quality ingredients, along

with premium craft cocktail syrups from Side Hustle Syrups, to

produce their on-the-fly cocktails like Moscow Mule, Gin & Tonic

and the especially popular Spicy Lemonade. This summer will see

a Huckleberry Lemonade added to the lineup! You can pick these

up at the tasting room and at local retailers.

Producing high-quality products while supporting local farmers,

connecting with their employees, community, customers and fans,

as well as supporting local nonprofit organizations are what

make Dry Fly stand out in the emerging craft spirits market.

Patience, persistence, presentation and perfection. With the

uncompromising commitment to quality and values, taste and

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A TOUR THROUGH IDAHO AND WASHINGTON’S FINEST

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

You

don’t have to travel far for a summer wine tour—

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when it’s warm and the days are long.

Wineries in the Columbia Valley AVA—which includes well-known growing regions of Walla Walla, Horse Heaven Hills,

Yakima Valley, Wahluke Slope and Rattlesnake Hills—have tripled over the last decade and now cover more than 11 million

acres. Extending into Idaho is one of the newest AVAs in Washington and Idaho—the Lewis-Clark Valley—which spans the

border between Washington and Idaho, with the Snake and Clearwater Rivers running through. Known as the “banana belt,”

this region was once a large wine growing region in the late 1800s and early 1900s, until prohibition shut down production.

Now the wineries are back and, dare we say ... better than ever?

Warm temperatures, well-draining, nutrient-rich soil and cooler nights in the higher elevations make for wines that are lush,

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Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, Petit Verdots, Chardonnays, Rieslings, Syrahs and more to your heart’s content.

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their Idaho Century Farm in the Lewiston Orchards, where Coco first

rented land from her grandfather when she was 21 to start a vineyard.

From the first vintage of four barrels to a now wide variety of whites

and reds you can find throughout Idaho and Washington, Clearwater

Canyon is a must visit in the Lewis-Clark Valley.

While you’re in Lewiston, make a stop at Vine 46. A boutique winery

focused on delivering interesting and exceptional wines, their mission

is simple: “Vine 46 delivers an intriguing wine that invokes conversation

and creates opportunities for people to share in the appreciation of a

good wine.” Created by a small group of diverse individuals, the winery

offers an intriguing collection of reds, and a small sampling of whites.

Northwest of Lewiston lies Colter’s Creek Winery. Head just past into

Juliaetta, Idaho, for a visit to their tasting room and restaurant. The

tasting room serves a variety of reds and whites made from their Arrow

Junction Vineyard, as well as a selection of grapes from vineyards in the

Sunny Slope region of Idaho and Clarkston, Washington. The winery

prides itself on growing quality wines with the least environmental

impact possible, and sources fresh local ingredients for its restaurant.

Head back toward the Walla Walla region of Washington to Gramercy

Cellars, a renowned winery started by Manhattan-based master

sommelier Greg Harrington, who tasted Washington wines, fell in love,

and started his vineyard in Walla Walla, the name and label a carryover

from his New York roots and Manhattan’s Gramercy Park. Specializing in

Rhone and Bordeaux blends and producing old-world style with a newworld

kick, the winery utilizes minimalist winemaking techniques, and

keeps it small—only producing 8,000 cases each year. Try their Columbia

Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Tastings are available Tuesday through

Friday by appointment, and Saturdays.

Next, up head to Seven Hills Winery. Founder Casey McClellan planted

the first grapes with his father in 1982, making it one of the first vineyards

in the now-famous wine region of Walla Walla. They operate the only

existing historic wine-making facility in Downtown Walla Walla, which

offers tastings in the old woodworking mill and a rare education into the

wine-making process and the growing history of the region. While you’re

there, make sure to try the 2014 Seven Hills Merlot—it’s still made from

the original vines planted in 1982.

Down the road, Rob Griffin and wife Deborah Barnard started Barnard

Griffin in 1983 with a truckload of borrowed fruit and a rented cellar.

Now their production facility in Richland boasts some of Washington’s

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premier wines sourced from their vineyards throughout the state. The estate features

a Wine Bar & Eatery in addition to the production facility, and Deborah houses her

fused-glass db Studio & Gallery there as well, with classes available to visitors. Sip on

a glass of their Cabernet while you wander the estate, and if you plan in advance,

schedule a fused-glass class to go along with the wine and food. You’ll feel miles

away from everyday life.

Just beyond Walla Walla, located in the Red Mountain region of Columbia Valley,

Kiona Winery’s panoramic views from the tasting room overlooking the vineyard

almost rival the wines—almost. Started in 1975 by Jim Holmes and John Williams

before Red Mountain became known as a premier grape growing region, the

vineyard is in its third generation and still family owned and operated. Their

mission? “Grow grapes that capture the essence of our place, and release wines of

utmost character and purpose that reward the drinker every time a cork is pulled.”

Diurnal temperature shifts and well-draining soil make for complex, deep reds like

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T

his July, Latah

Creek Wine Cellars

in Spokane Valley,

Washington,

celebrates their

38th anniversary! Established in 1982

by husband and wife Mike and Ellena

Conway, Latah Creek Wine Cellars

has been pouring excellence into each

glass and continues to bring affordable,

award-winning wines to the Inland

Northwest. Joined by their winemaker

daughter Natalie Barnes, and 39 harvests

later, they are continuing that mission.

In the fall of 2019, Latah Creek Wine

Cellars unveiled their newly remodeled

tasting room and gift shop at the winery,

where they have created a space that

is open and inviting to all who walk

through the door. “We have loved the

new tasting room and the open space it

has given us!” says Natalie. “This space

allows for more interaction between

friends, other customers, and our

knowledgeable and friendly staff. “

When Latah Creek was established

in 1982, it was the 35th winery in

Washington state, and today, there

are more than 1,000 active wineries.

Natalie joined her father Mike in

2004 as co-winemaker at Latah Creek,

making them the first father/daughter

winemaking team in the state. Sixteen

years later, she remains passionate about

the art of winemaking. “I love tasting

the grapes on the vines, the juice as it

is fermenting, all the while imagining

what the finished wine will be,” Natalie

smiles. “I love working with my parents

and the interaction with my dad as we

taste our wine, make blends, and just

do winemaking together. And the most

rewarding part of it all is when someone

tastes our wine and falls in love with it.”

The father/daughter winemaker team

continues to work together to make

something exceptional that they both

love, and for the past several years,

they’ve been experimenting to create

unique blends and small lots. “We are

crafting these things together, listening

to and sharing with one another,” says

Natalie. “It is an experience that I can

only hope I will be able to have with my

own daughters.”

They are excited about the brand new

release of their award-winning Chenin

Blanc, as well as four new Reserve Reds

coming down the pipeline; a brand new

varietal the winery has never produced

before, a Mourvèdre; as well as a new

release of their extremely popular

Barbera. This fall Latah Creek Wine

Cellars will highlight their second

release of “A Toast to Best Friends”

white blend.

During these warmer months, Natalie

still enjoys red wines with dinner. “I just

love the flavor they add to any meal.”

But she recommends chilling them in

the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes

until they reach cellar temperature

(55 to 65˚F). She also recommends

Latah Creek’s Sangria, and during the

afternoon, lighter varietals such as a

Rosé, Pinot Gris or their new A Toast

to Best Friends white blend. “They all

have a crisp, fresh taste to them, making

them perfectly enjoyable any day of

the week!”

Mike, Natalie and Ellena invite you to

stop in at the tasting room, open daily

9am to 5pm, where you can shop, taste,

visit and enjoy.

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RACE SEASON

BY TAYLOR SHILLAM

The adrenaline of a public race—dynamic,

energizing, uniting—is a sensation unlike any that

can be produced from a companionless run. And yet,

in the name of safety and solidarity, training without

the company of others is exactly what local runners

found themselves doing earlier this year.

In light of the mandates put in place to address the COVID-19

pandemic this past spring, runners local to the Spokane and Coeur

d’Alene area have a different season ahead of them. While the

Inland Northwest races that so many look forward to each year are

not likely to happen on the dates they were planned for, it doesn’t

mean we must run alone. It means a time to keep looking forward,

and to get creative.

This is exactly what organizers of the top local races have been hard

at work to accomplish: finding ways to keep the 2020 race season

intact, and to keep the community connected.

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The good news is that despite the uncertain nature of this time

resulting in a heightened difficulty to plan large-scale events,

organizers of local favorites have taken every step not to cancel their

events. The Lilac Bloomsday Run, Windermere Marathon, The Split,

Coeur d’Alene Marathon and Hayden Lake Marathon events have

all been postponed to late summer and fall, with earnest plans to

maintain the high quality each is known for.

With a mission of inspiring health and fitness through world-class

group training programs and events, Spokane-based Negative Split

encourages runners to finish strong—not only in a race but when

The top races

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faced with life’s challenges. The organization focuses on memorable

experiences, community connection and prioritizing health. With the

decisions they’ve had to make in light of the pandemic, owner Ryan Hite

remains optimistic and committed to the company’s core values.

“Events have been flipped upside down by the coronavirus,” Hite said,

noting the difficulty the athletic and event industries have faced to adapt

their schedules so quickly. He confirmed that Negative Split did the best

they could to keep their events intact.

Postponing was the best way they could do so, Hite explained,

emphasizing their desire to reward local runners’ efforts and progress

they’ve made in training for the 2020 season.

Not taking lightly that races like the Coeur d’Alene and Windermere

marathons were Boston Marathon qualifiers, Negative Split event

organizers knew that making those races virtual would take that

opportunity away from runners who had been working hard to qualify.

“We want to try to make sure to reward their effort and recognize that

achievement,” Hite stated. “Organizers are in a tough spot,” as they do

their best to shift races and provide flexibility for the local running

community as much as possible. If an event could possibly be shifted

or rescheduled, rather than canceled or made virtual, that’s what they

would do.

In the meantime, Negative Split saw a way to keep runners motivated

and address a need in the community. They assembled a virtual run

fundraiser event in May to keep runners motivated while providing the

opportunity to aid local business owners.

The strategy was to give back. A virtual race would give back an

opportunity to runners who had trained in anticipation for the season

to begin—and making it a fundraiser would promote giving back to the

community during a difficult time.

“Runners still want to be running,” Hite said, who was appreciative of

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the immediate positive response from the community. In the first week,

they saw 400 registrations, and the numbers continued to climb. “We

wanted to create something with a positive light in a hard time for a lot

of people.”

With the catchphrase, “Make running viral!” Negative Split encouraged

runners to join in on their May 15 COVID-19k virtual run, to unite the

local running community and help support small businesses.

At a time when runners would be on the cusp of seeing their training

translate into results, a virtual run offered an opportunity to stay

connected despite the requirement to (physically) stay apart.

The race was simple. Participants could choose their distance: a full,

half or quarter of the 19k total (11.8 miles), run it on any course at any

time before May 15, and upload their results online. They would receive

a commemorative T-shirt and the chance to win one of the gift card

purchases. Nominations were taken for which local businesses to

support with gift card prizes and narrowed down to a top few.

While the races of spring and early summer were

largely virtually based, there is still a season to

look forward to, as the biggest races of the

Inland Northwest remain on the schedule

for late summer and early fall.

BLOOMSDAY RUN

For so many locals,

the first Sunday

in May is

WHILE THE RACES OF SPRING AND EARLY

SUMMER WERE LARGELY VIRTUALLY BASED,

THERE IS STILL A SEASON TO LOOK FORWARD

TO, AS THE BIGGEST RACES OF THE INLAND

NORTHWEST REMAIN ON THE SCHEDULE FOR

LATE SUMMER AND EARLY FALL.

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There is still a community of people

anxious to feel that adrenaline rush

of running together once more.

synonymous with Bloomsday: the 12k run that

sees tens of thousands of people fill the streets

of Downtown Spokane each year. While it

was difficult to reschedule the event for the

first time in 43 years, the determination to

continue—not cancel—the event held strong.

This year, the Lilac Bloomsday Run will be

held on September 20, and all registrations

will carry forward to the new date. Organizers

are determined to deliver the same great

experience, complete with the Corporate Cup

and accompanying events the Marmot March

and Jr. Bloomsday, with more details on their

new dates to follow.

“Bloomsday 2020 will be an event to

remember,” the organization promises,

encouraging Bloomies to rise up and return

stronger together in the face of unsettling

times. Registration for the rescheduled date

remains open; more details can be found at

BloomsdayRun.org.

COEUR D’ALENE MARATHON, HALF

MARATHON, 10K AND 5K

The Coeur d’Alene Marathon event will be

held on August 23, 2020. The new August

date will allow for the race to remain a Boston

Qualifier for 2021 and for the course to be as

identical to last year’s as possible at its popular

location using both McEuen Park and Coeur

d’Alene Resort.

Participants can stay after the event to celebrate

top finishers, visit a photo booth and enjoy an

after-party complete with a beer garden.

The event will continue to support the North

Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation in its trail

expansion and maintenance projects in the

greater Coeur d’Alene area.

The upcoming Full Athlete Guide, as well as

registration information, course information

and travel details, can be found on NSplit.com.

WINDERMERE MARATHON, HALF

MARATHON AND 5K

A favorite among beginners and seasoned

runners alike, the Windermere Marathon and

Half Marathon course follows the Centennial

Trail along the Spokane River and finishes in

Downtown Spokane.

Rescheduled for Sunday, September 6,

participants can look forward to swag bag, a

complete after-party experience, and a great

opportunity for a PR or Boston Marathon

qualification. Learn more about the course

and registration at NSplit.com.

THE SPLIT MARATHON, HALF

MARATHON, 10K AND 5K

Negative Split prioritized keeping the wellknown

Kendall Yards location for this

event, which will now be held September

27. Negative Split remains committed to the

event’s purpose of helping the underserved,

keeping their pledge to support the Union

Gospel Mission and Second Harvest Food

Bank. Event registration pricing will remain

the same until September 8. More information

can be found on NSplit.com.

HAYDEN LAKE MARATHON,

HALF MARATHON AND QUARTER

MARATHON

The Hayden Lake Marathon, located just 10

minutes north of Coeur d’Alene, is a unique

course that circles the perimeter of Hayden

Lake on a challenging course. Rescheduled

for October 17, the race offers the opportunity

for an immersive North Idaho experience,

taking runners alongside forests, past golf

courses, near farms and to a beautiful finish

at Honeysuckle Beach. Online registration

is open now, and course maps, FAQs and

registration information can be found online

at HaydenLakeMarathon.org.

This year has required communities of all

kinds to find a way to stay close and connected,

with Spokane and North Idaho area runners

being no exception. Although plans have

had to change since preparations began for

the 2020 race season, there will still be races

held, results shown and PRs achieved. The

beautiful Inland Northwest will still blossom

into summer, offering unmatched scenery

for those virtual races and the runners who

must create their own courses. There is still

a community of people anxious to feel that

adrenaline rush of running together once

more—ensuring the late, but not gone, 2020

race season will be that much sweeter.

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Circling the U.K.

Train travel makes multiple destinations easy

BY COLIN ANDERSON

London Glasgow Scottish Lowlands Edinburgh

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One of the most advantageous aspects of traveling to

Europe is once you’ve landed it’s generally very easy to see

multiple cities, countries and destinations during a single

trip. Timely train stations make getting from one place to

another economical, and for those who prefer to fly, regional carriers can

transport you to new destinations typically in about an hour’s time. If you

take the time to make the trek across the Atlantic, don’t be afraid to seek

out other destinations from your main locale—they might be closer and

more accessible than you think. One of my wife’s and my more recent

trips included London and the Scottish lowlands. Through some careful

planning we were able to stay in four places within eight days, while not

being overwhelmed with travel times and location changes.

One major advantage to beginning your trip in London is the daily direct

flights from Seattle to Heathrow. Just about any day of the week you can

depart for a red eye that puts you down around 11:30am local time in

the U.K. (Note: Fewer flights are available at the time of this writing due

to airline recovery from COVID-19). We flew Virgin Atlantic and were

very impressed. All meals, snacks and beverages, including alcohol, are

included with your ticket, and the staff was exceptionally friendly. There

are five different classes of traveler with basic coming in between just

$400 to $500 for the round trip.

The United Kingdom is eight hours ahead of U.S. Pacific time. Whether

you are able to sleep or not during the 9.5-hour flight, I recommend you

skip the nap after you get off the plane, and force yourself to stay up until

your adjusted normal bedtime. You’ll probably still experience some jet

lag, but your excitement upon reaching your destination should help

keep you awake.

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ondon

A bustling city and Europe’s financial capital, London can look

overwhelming at first but for a city of its magnitude is easy to

navigate. Much of London is laid out in neighborhoods, and

accommodations tend to cater more to the character of each

neighborhood. Covent Garden is near Piccadilly Circus, The

British Museum, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. Stay here and

you can easily walk to all these destinations, but you will pay a lot

for a small hotel room. More affordable options lay further out

from the main attractions.

There is no need to rent a car here, as short taxi rides are

generally affordable, and ‘The Tube’ (subway system) connects

every part of the city so you can easily bounce across town to

various locations. My wife, being a Harry Potter fan, had to make

a stop at King’s Cross Station, where you can have your photo

taken at Platform 9 ¾, well-known to any Potter fan.

If you are staying more than a couple of days, an Oyster Card will

save you some money on mass transit costs. Also slightly more

expensive but a fun way to see the city is by river ferries, which

run seven days a week.

London is an amazingly diverse place, and while you can get fish

‘n chips at many a pub, you can also find wonderful Indian, Thai,

French and Mediterranean options.

While we were here for just a couple of nights we were able to

see a show in the Theatre District, tour the British Museum and

National Portrait Gallery, stroll through Trafalgar Square, see

Parliament and Big Ben, and still take in a few local pubs and

great restaurants. The options are truly limitless.

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The bulk of our trip, however, was to be spent in Scotland.

There are about 20 trains a day that run from London to

Glasgow, and we hopped on one that took about 4.5 hours.

The birthplace of the Steam Engine, this city was home

to the biggest shipyards and shipbuilders in the world for

much of the 18th, 19th and portions of the 20th century.

The city hit a downturn in the ‘70s and ‘80s and was more

known for brawling than tourism, but a recent resurgence

has seen that image start to fade away again, although

not entirely.

The saying from Glasweigens goes like this: “We have

more fun at a Glasgow funeral than people from

Edinburgh do at a wedding.” This was evidenced by our

first restaurant stop where the waiter/owner asked us how

long we’d been in Scotland. As we told him we just arrived

his response was, “OK, let’s get ya drunk!” We wandered

the first night from pub to pub, sampling local beers and

whiskeys. While you can seek out rougher establishments,

we never felt unsafe, and there are also a surprisingly

large variety of restaurants here as well. In Glasgow, you

can check out the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum,

Riverside Museum and Glasgow Science Centre.

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scottish

Nearly half our trip was spent relaxing in the Scottish countryside, and it’s just as it’s portrayed on screen. Whereas the highlands are known for

dramatic cliffs and craggy coastlines, the lowlands are a sparsely populated area, much of which is covered by farmlands and sheep. Stone fences

draped with centuries-old vines line properties, and the country is immensely green due to the mist and almost daily light showers. We rented a

car and drove about 50 minutes out of Glasgow to a cottage with a view of Loch (Lake) Lomond. Driving on the opposite side of the road with the

steering wheel also opposite is very foreign, but after about 20 minutes or so it starts to feel more natural.

We had dinner in the village of Drymen and unknowingly stumbled into the oldest licensed pub in all of Scotland, The Clachan Inn, which has

been operating (legally) since 1734. We took a short day trip out to Stirling Castle, which has an amazing history and overlooks the battlefields

made famous in the movie “Braveheart.” And what would a trip to Scotland be without a visit to a distillery? Scotch whiskey enthusiasts will set up

entire weeks just to visit the popular distilling regions. We toured Glengoyne Distillery, where we learned the process and sampled 12- and 18-yearold

single malts.

While the general sense is all Scotch is heavily peated and smoky, different regions and different distillers each have their own signature taste. Many

places around the country you can order 25-milliliter (.85 ounce) sizes for between $4 and $6 U.S. This is a great way to try several without breaking

the bank—or your liver.

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We decided to stay one more night before departing for London again and settled on Edinburgh, the Scottish capital. The

train ride was not even an hour, and there are dozens of hotels within walking distance of the main station. While much

more touristy than Glasgow, the Royal Mile maintains its charm and history, even if it is filled with souvenir shops and

trinkets. This section of Old Town contains most of the major attractions all easily accessed along a single street. The view

from Edinburgh Castle is particularly striking as you can see the contrast between Old Town and New Town. Old Town is

steep, and some of the most fun is to slip in between narrow alleys and see where you come out.

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In a week we were able to see everything from a bustling metropolis to the peace and serenity of the countryside. We took in

ancient artifacts and paintings, as well as lakeside sunsets and the laughter of the local pub. If you’re planning a trip to Europe,

don’t be afraid to venture outside of London, Paris, Barcelona, Rome or Dublin. You'll be surprised by what you can experience

just a short distance away from the main cities, as often these are where you’ll find your favorite memories.

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YEAR-ROUND ENJOYMENT

Experience our Hot Springs Pools, Cave and Spirit Water Spa. Savour culinary

specialties created by Executive Chef Cory Chapman at the Ktunaxa Grill.

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SUMMERTIME

delights

Check out some of our fresh recipes to

zest up your summer!

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LEMON

chicken SALAD

START TO FINISH: 10-20 min

SERVES: 4

1 SMALL CHICKEN BREAST, COOKED

1 TBSP. CAPERS

10 GREEN OLIVES CUT IN HALVES

3 GREEN ONIONS, CHOPPED

1 TBSP. FRESH BASIL, CHOPPED

1 TBSP. FRESH PARSLEY, CHOPPED

Combine everything in a medium sized bowl with

your favorite greens and mix until all your leaves

are evenly dispersed.

The longer it sits in the fridge, the more flavorful it

will become!

PRO TIP: If you are looking for a shortcut,

buy a pre-baked rotisserie chicken from your

local grocery store!

2 TBSP. GARLIC OIL

1 CLOVE GARLIC, PRESSED

1 TSP. FRESHLY GROUND LEMON PEPPER

1/4 CUP FLAX SEEDS

ZEST OF 1 LARGE LEMON

JUICE OF 1 LARGE LEMON

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HUCKLEBERRY

AND SAGE

butter

START TO FINISH: 5 min

RECIPE COURTESY: Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP NHC

1 TBSP. SALTED BUTTER

2 LARGE SAGE LEAVES

8 OZ. SALTED BUTTER, SOFTENED

1/2 CUP FRESH OR THAWED

HUCKLEBERRIES

1 TBSP. HONEY

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 1

tablespoon of butter. Add sage leaves and fry

until leaves begin to turn golden brown. Remove

pan from heat and set aside.

Using a food processor blend butter,

huckleberries, honey and sage leaves.

Use to top your choice of steak or salmon after

grilling while they are resting. Allow butter to

melt over meat and enjoy.

PRO TIP: The butter spread may

be refrigerated in a glass jar with a

fitted lid up to one week or frozen

up to six months.

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AVOCADO

over easy

TOASTED BROWN BREAD

AVOCADO SPREAD

EGG OVER EASY

GREEN ONION

FRESH BLACK PEPPER

RICOTTA

and RADISH

TOASTED SOURDOUGH

AVOCADO SPREAD

CRÈME FRAî CHE

RADISH

ARUGULA

FRESH BLACK PEPPER

A “good” Egg!

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GREEK yogurt

CRIMINI

TOASTED WHITE BREAD

PLAIN GREEK YOGURT

ARUGULA

GRAPE TOMATOES

CRIMINI MUSHROOMS

GREEN ONION

CREAM

CHEESE

salmon

TOASTED WHITE BREAD

CREAM CHEESE SPREAD

SLICED CUCUMBER

PEAS

SPINACH

FRESH SALMON

Hard-Boiled Eggs:

Hard-boiled eggs are boiled long enough for the yolk to

solidify. These eggs are the basis for many dishes, such as

egg salad, Cobb salad and Scotch eggs, and may be further

prepared as deviled eggs.

Soft-Boiled Eggs:

Soft-boiled eggs may leave the yolk, and sometimes the white, at

least partially liquid and raw. These eggs are commonly served

in egg cups, where the top of the egg is cut off with a knife. Eat it

straight from the shell with some buttered toast for dipping!

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eats

SPOKANE,

SPOKANE VALLEY

& LIBERTY LAKE

Your local Dining Guide

LOCATION GUIDE

Spokane, Spokane Valley & Liberty Lake

Coeur d’Alene & Hayden

Post Falls & Rathdrum

Sandpoint, Pondery & Sagle

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1898 PUBLIC HOUSE

Classic foods with a fresh twist using the finest

ingredients is what guests will be treated to at 1898

Public House. Located at Kalispel Golf and Country

Club in Spokane, dining at 1898 Public House is an

exciting culinary tour for your palate. From handpressed

gourmet burgers and house-cured bacon,

to house-made rolls and charcuterie, signature

comfort food dishes and unique combinations

are designed for the more adventurous foodie. In

addition, ingredients are locally sourced. They

invite you to eat and drink inspired at 1898.

North Side Spokane $-$$$

2010 W. Waikiki Rd.

509.466.2121 | 1898PublicHouse.com

COCHINITO TAQUERIA

Spokane’s original chef-driven taqueria, guests

will be treated to fresh and delicious flavors,

where dishes are created using fine-dining

techniques paired with responsibly sourced

seasonal ingredients. Accompany your meal with

a craft cocktail or cerveza from their thoughtfully

selected list. Open for lunch and dinner, with

takeout available.

Downtown Spokane $-$$

10 N. Post St.

509.474.9618 | CochinitoTaqueria.com

CLOVER

If you are looking to have your dining experience

transformed, look no further than Clover, where

extraordinary is served daily. Perfectly executed

creations are made by employing the highest quality

and freshest ingredients, local whenever possible.

At Clover, they earn the trust of their guests one

plate at a time.

Downtown Spokane $$-$$$

913 E. Sharp Ave.

509. 487.2937 | CloverSpokane.com

DOUGHLICIOUS BAKERY

Making the world a “breader” place, Doughlicious

Bakery provides its delicious fresh baked breads,

pastries and desserts to all seven Eat Good Group

restaurant locations, with retail baked goods

available at Eat Good Cafe in Liberty Lake. Delivery

options are available.

Liberty Lake $-$$

24001 E. Mission Ave., Ste. 190

509.210.0880 | DoughliciousGoods.com

DRY FLY DISTILLING

Since 2007, Dry Fly Distilling has been producing

high-quality, award-winning vodka, gin and whiskey,

and more recently have added canned craft cocktails

to the list. 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.

Spokane $$-$$$

1003 E. Trent Ave., Ste. 200

509.489.2112 | DryFlyDistilling.com

THE ELK PUBLIC HOUSE

Spokane’s not-so-secret neighborhood restaurant

located in the heart of Historic Browne’s Addition, and

serving the community for more than two decades, the

Elk features fresh salads, soups, sandwiches and pastas

all made from scratch. Find a great selection of brews,

wine by the glass and bottle, and original cocktails

served in a comfortable pub-style atmosphere. During

these warmer months, opt for a seat out on the patio,

which offers some of the best outdoor dining in the city.

Open daily, check out their website to view their menu

and specials.

West Side Spokane $-$$

1931 W. Pacific Ave.

509.363.1973 | WeDontHaveOne.com

FRANK’S DINER

Voted Best Breakfast for decades, enjoy Frank’s

120-year-old family hot cake recipe, extra thick Daily’s

bacon, legendary chicken-fried steak, five fresh gravies

and grilled onions, giant malted waffles, quarter-pound

sausage links, buttermilk biscuits and gravy, artisan

bread bowl soups and chowders, and more at this

family friendly restaurant, which offers two locations.

North Side Spokane $-$$

10929 N. Newport Hwy. | 509.465.2464

Downtown Spokane $-$$

1516 W. 2nd Ave. | 509.747.8798

FranksDiners.com

GENO’S TRADITIONAL FOOD

AND ALES

Part of the Elk, Moon Time and Porch family

of restaurants, Geno’s pub-style 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 daily, you

can view the menu online.

Downtown Spokane $-$$

1414 N. Hamilton St.

509.368.9087 | WeDontHaveOne.com

GILDED UNICORN

Gilded Unicorn is a modern-American classic

restaurant featuring handcrafted food and

drinks. Located in the historic Montvale Hotel

in Downtown Spokane, the restaurant showcases

local, seasonal ingredients from the Northwest and

beyond created into new-fashioned flavors that hit

you in the soul. The food is created from nostalgic

comfort foods everyone has enjoyed but with a

slightly modern twist, brought back to life using

fresh ingredients and an explosion of flavors. Think

Deviled Eggs and Crispy Duck Wings to Smoked

Salmon Chowder, Bulgogi Jackfruit Sliders, Duck

Stroganoff and more.

Downtown Spokane $-$$

110 S. Monroe St.

509.309.3698 | GildedUnicorn.com

HIGH TIDE LOBSTER BAR

Where East meets West, High Tide Lobster Bar is

all about bringing the flavors of the East Coast to

Spokane! Now serving customers at two locations,

enjoy New England-style lobster rolls (including

surf and turf, short ribs and more), clam chowder

and wedge salads.

Downtown Spokane $-$$

502 W. Riverside Ave., Ste. 204 | 509.315.8506

Spokane $-$$

835 N. Post St. | 509.381.5954

HighTideLobsterBar.com

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INCREDIBURGER & EGGS

Incrediburger & Eggs offers incredibly unique upscale

burgers and a variety of inspired egg concoctions.

This upper fast-casual dining experience features a

variety of burgers, egg sandwiches, breakfast bowls,

fries and more, using products from local producers

and farmers as much as possible.

Downtown Spokane $-$$

909 W. 1st Ave., Ste. A

509.443.4215 | IncrediburgerAndEggs.com

LATAH CREEK WINERY AND

GIFT SHOP

With a commitment to delight wine lovers with the

best of Washington state while making their awardwinning

wines affordable, Latah Creek continues

to deliver a unique experience with each and every

bottle. Sample award-winning and reserve wines in

their newly remodeled tasting room while browsing

through one of the most unique gift shops in the area.

Spokane Valley $-$$$

13030 E. Indiana Ave.

509.926.0164 | LatahCreek.com

MAX AT MIRABEAU

Join MAX at Mirabeau for an unforgettable experience. Located in Spokane Valley, you’ll be treated to eclectic

cuisine, an award-winning menu with more than 100 items, a wine list boasting more than 500 labels and 75

eclectic cocktails—a perfect match for everything on the menu. Enjoy two happy hours daily, a-la-carte brunch

featuring multiple benedicts, mimosas and the area’s best Bloody Mary Bar! There’s live music on Friday and

Saturday evenings, and late-night dining with a full menu is offered until close.

Spokane Valley $-$$$

1100 N. Sullivan Rd.

509.922.6252 | MAXatMirabeau.com

LE CATERING CO.

Locally owned and operated by Chef Adam Hegsted

as part of Eat Good Group, Le Catering Co. features

the best Inland Northwest producers and products

cooked by award-winning chefs. They specialize in

using local, seasonal ingredients and highlighting

them by cooking them simply and honestly. At Le

Catering Co., they strive to create a great experience

for their guests and to serve them beyond their

expectations. Their team is ready to build any type of

event, from small dinner parties to large corporate

events.​They invite you to call them to set up your

special event.

Liberty Lake $-$$$

24001 E. Mission Ave.

509.720.5412 | LeCatering.co

MASSELOW’S STEAKHOUSE

Masselow’s Steakhouse at Northern Quest Resort

& Casino features an impressive variety of primegrade

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

guests get only the best.

Spokane $$$

100 N. Hayford Rd.

509.481.6020 | Masselows.com

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PENTAGON BISTRO &

MARTINI BAR

Chef Raci Erdem (owner of The White House and

Oval Office in Post Falls) once again brings politics

to the table at the Pentagon Bistro & Martini Bar

in Liberty Lake. At this neighborhood restaurant,

guests will be treated to Northwest-inspired fare

along with signature dishes and cocktails, and a

warm and inviting atmosphere.

Liberty Lake $-$$$

1400 N. Meadowwood Lane

509.891.7790 | WhiteHouseGrill.com

RIVERBANK TAPHOUSE

You’re invited to take a seat at Northern Quest

Resort & Casino’s exciting new venue, Riverbank

Taphouse. Offering an extensive menu of beverages,

including 52 taps as well as house-made barrel-aged

cocktails, paired with a fun upscale pub menu of

delicious shareables, guests are sure to be delighted.

Spokane $-$$

100 N. Hayford Rd.

509.481.2418 | NorthernQuest.com

THE ONION TAPHOUSE AND GRILL

At The Onion, offering two locations, 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 kidfriendly

atmosphere.

Downtown Spokane $-$$

302 W. Riverside Ave. | 509.747.3852

North Side Spokane $-$$

7522 N. Division St. | 509.482.6100

TheOnion.biz

SHARE FARM

With the belief that buying sustainably sourced,

high-end food should be easy and accessible for

everyone in a community, Share Farm partners

with passionate cooperatives, farmers in local

markets or local distribution centers. Together,

they bring farm fresh produce to you and your

neighborhood as efficiently as possible, and it’s as

simple as finding the products and produce you

love and placing an order online.

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SPENCER’S FOR STEAKS

AND CHOPS

Celebrate life with the perfect meal, prepared and

served in style. Open daily for lunch and dinner,

discover the highest quality locally sourced USDA

prime beef, broiled at 1,600° for the perfect sear,

famous chops and innovative side dishes, and

fresh seafood. Pair with a classic cocktail, fine

wine or whiskey.

Downtown Spokane $$$

322 N. Spokane Falls Ct.

509.455.9600


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.

Downtown Spokane $$

159 S. Lincoln St.

509.777.3900 | SteamPlantSpokane.com

TT’S OLD IRON BREWERY & BBQ

TT’s Old Iron Brewery & BBQ … where beer meets barbecue all in

one great family friendly taproom. From the prime beef brisket to

smoked sausage and pulled pork, special attention to quality is at the

forefront of each dish served. Catering is also available.

Spokane Valley $-$$

4110 S. Bowdish Rd.

509.919.4798 | TTsBreweryBBQ.com

THE TWO SEVEN PUBLIC HOUSE

At Two Seven, you will find a menu featuring fresh salads like the Southwestern

Taco or Sweet Sesame Spinach; burgers, wraps and sandwiches (think Cuban Pork,

Mediterranean Lamb Burger, Buffalo Chicken and Philly Cheese Steak); and house

specialties including the Pork Chop Marsala.They offer a great selection of microbrewed

beers, wines by the glass and freshly squeezed juice cocktails to pair with your meal, all

served up by a friendly and experienced staff in a comfortable pub-style atmosphere.

Open daily.

Spokane’s South Hill $-$$

2727 S. Mount Vernon #5

509.473.9766 | WeDontHaveOne.com

VERACI PIZZA

Gourmet pizzas fired with apple wood from Yakima Valley baked in

oven temperatures around 1,000°! 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.

Kendall Yards Spokane $-$$

1333 W. Summit Parkway

509.389.0029 | VeraciSpokane.com

WANDERING TABLE

At Wandering Table, the chefs have an insatiable

appetite for cooking and creating food and use a

variety of techniques from around the globe. Enjoy

modern-American 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.

Kendall Yards Spokane $$-$$$

1242 W. Summit Parkway

509.443.4410 | TheWanderingTable.com

THE YARDS BRUNCHEON

Serving breakfast all day long! At The Yards

Bruncheon in Spokane’s Kendall Yards, part of the

Eat Good Group family of restaurants, they have

extended the weekend to all week by offering brunch

every day! Open daily, the inventive menu features

comfort food from around the world while utilizing

local farms and producers, and their passion for

good ingredients shines through every dish they

serve. Pair your meal with some of the best coffees

and teas from around the world.

Kendall Yards Spokane $-$$

1248 W. Summit Parkway

509.290.5952 | TheYardsBruncheon.com

ZONA BLANCA

This fast-casual counter-service Mexican ceviche

bar, located in the Steel Barrel Taproom, specializes

in Mexican coastal flavors featuring three main

ingredients: lime, fish and salt. Menu features items

like the Agua Chile Rojo, Baja-Style Tuna and more!

Downtown Spokane $$

154 S. Madison St.

509.443.5427 | LimeFishSalt.com

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& HAYDEN

315 CUISINE AT THE

GREENBRIAR INN

International flavors abound at 315, where

they offer a full dinner menu and tapas

using fresh and seasonal food. With more

than 50 hand-crafted martinis, great wine,

beer and a variety of non-alcoholic drinks,

choose a seat indoors or outdoors on the

expansive patio.

Midtown Coeur d’Alene $-$$

315 E. Wallace Ave.

208.667.9660 | 315Cuisine.com

ANGELO’S RISTORANTÉ

Angelo’s is the local favorite with a taste of

homemade, authentic Italian cuisine! Join

them for a fresh, organic, hand-crafted

menu of veal, steak, chicken, seafood,

pasta and gluten-free offerings. They also

offer an extensive wine selection and warm

romantic décor.

Midtown Coeur d’Alene $$-$$$

846 N. Fourth St.

208.765.2850 | AngelosRistorante.net

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, and deli to wine tastings,

cooking classes and kitchen supplies.

Coeur d’Alene at Riverstone $-$$

2129 N. Main St.

208.277.4116 | CulinaryStone.com

FISHERMAN’S MARKET, GRILL

AND SUSHI

Find fresh fish at Fisherman’s on the market

side, while 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.

North Coeur d’Alene $-$$

215 W. Kathleen Ave. Ste. A

208.664.4800 | FishermansMarketCdA.com

HONEY EATERY AND SOCIAL CLUB

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, the menu features

modern comfort foods created using classic techniques, paired

with a full bar offering beer, wine and craft cocktails. Honey

Eatery and Social Club is where guests will want to head to enjoy

not only American and Northwest-inspired cuisine and drinks

but live music performances as well.

Downtown Coeur d’Alene $-$$$

317 E. Sherman Ave.

208.930.1514 | HoneyEateryAndSocialClub.com

MONARCH RAMEN + NOODLE HOUSE

Monarch Ramen + Noodle House in Coeur d’Alene’s midtown

opened in fall 2019 to eager diners. Specializing in ramen and

noodle dishes, as well as a variety of small-plate options, guests

will be treated to incredible cuisine paired with great brews and

service.

Midtown Coeur d’Alene $$

1401 N. Fourth St.

208.966.4230 | MonarchNoodles.com

THE BLUEBIRD -

A MIDTOWN EATERY

At this eclectic Northwest bistro, highquality

ingredients and locally sourced

products are used in every dish. The menu

is unique, enticing and delicious, from the

Cougar Gold Mac-n-Cheese and Idaho

Po’ Boy to the Banh Mi and Duck Confit.

Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday

through Sunday.

Midtown Coeur d’Alene $$

816 N. Fourth St.

208.665.3777 | MidtownBluebird.com

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FLAME & CORK

Specializing in authentic wood-fired pizzas,

the menu also boasts delicious salads and

appetizers like their Chopped Caprese 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.

Hayden $-$$

8592 N. Government Way

208.635.5836 | FlameAndCork.com

MOON TIME

Established in 1996, Moon Time quickly became a favorite

among locals and tourists alike. Open daily and 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. Take a seat indoors

or street side. Be sure to stop on by Thursday nights for live

music featuring national and local artists. For more information

including menu and specials, visit their website.

East Coeur d’Alene $-$$

1602 E. Sherman Ave. #116

208.667.2331 | WeDontHaveOne.com


PILGRIM’S MARKET

Locally owned and operated since opening in 1999,

Pilgrim’s Market is the Inland Northwest’s hotspot for

the finest natural and organic foods, local products,

health education and more. For the health-seeking

“green” consumer wanting to support local food

growers and retailers, Pilgrim’s is a homegrown,

locally owned alternative to massive foreign-owned

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 healthconscious

traveler.

Midtown Coeur d’Alene $-$$

1316 N. Fourth St.

208.676.9730 | PilgrimsMarket.com

THE PORCH PUBLIC HOUSE

A beautiful golf-course 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 during the warmer

months. Open daily 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.

Hayden Lake $-$$

1658 E. Miles Ave.

208.772.7711 | WeDontHaveOne.com

SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE

At Seasons of Coeur d’Alene Fresh Grill, you will

find a menu that is delicious and always fresh!

Whether you choose to dine in the intimate dining

room, at the vibrant bar or quiet fireplace lounge,

it’s sure to be an unforgettable dining experience.

They also offer banquet and meeting facilities. You

can find Seasons in Downtown Coeur d’Alene just

one block off Sherman.

Downtown Coeur d’Alene $$-$$$

209 Lakeside Ave.

208.664.8008 | SeasonsofCdA.com

SYRINGA JAPANESE CAFE + SUSHI BAR

A Coeur d’Alene favorite, take a seat at Syringa’s new, larger location on the corner of Fourth

and Spruce. Using organic produce, choice meats and wild seafood whenever available (and no

MSG), enjoy sushi, Japanese entrees, salads and soups. Syringa hits the spot for a cozy lunch

or dinner.

Coeur d’Alene $$-$$$

1710 N. Fourth St.

208.664.2718 | SyringaSushi.com

SWEET LOU’S RESTAURANT AND TAP HOUSE

American fare is what you’ll be treated to at Sweet Lou’s. Try the ribs (pork or bison) that are

smoked in house, and choose from a variety of burgers made from freshly ground top sirloin

and topped with decadent eats such as smoked pulled pork, hand-battered onion rings or fresh

jalapenos. And find 32 beers on tap! Outdoor dining is available.

Downtown Coeur d’Alene $-$$

601 E. Front Ave., Ste. 101

208.667.1170 | SweetLousIdaho.com

VINE & OLIVE EATERY AND WINE BAR

Guests will be treated to European-inspired small plates using

simple, seasonal ingredients for simply good food served with

soul, executed with Northwest flair. Choose from the full wine

bar, which serves thoughtful wines by the glass and eight local

brews on tap, to complement your meal. Voted Best of 2019 Wine

Bar and Girls Night Out.

Coeur d’Alene at Riverstone $$-$$$

2037 N. Main St.

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POST FALLS & RATHDRUM

FLEUR DE SEL

Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday at the Highlands in Post Falls, Fleur de Sel brings a taste of

France to North Idaho. A glass of wine from the beautifully chosen wine list or an elegant cocktail is

the perfect accompaniment to any dish. Umbrella patio dining is available.

Post Falls $-$$$

4365 Inverness Dr.

208.777.7600 | Fleur-de-Sel.weebly.com

Experience our Gourmet

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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,

house-smoked brisket burritos and bowls, stacked enchiladas and more!

Rathdrum $-$$

8016 W. Main St.

208.687.6441 | NadinesMexicanKitchen.com

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Double Chocolate Salted Caramel Bark

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THE OVAL OFFICE BISTRO &

MARTINI BAR

Come enjoy the Oval Office’s famous martinis

like the Dirty Monica and Cosmopolitician,

and enjoy Northwest cuisine with a foreing

flare, including great steaks, seafood and

pastas you’re sure to love! Check out the fine

scotch and wine lists, and tasty appetizers.

Post Falls $-$$$

620 N. Spokane St.

208.777.2102 | WhiteHouseGrill.com

REPUBLIC KITCHEN

+ TAPHOUSE

A love of craft foods and local brews is what diners

will find at Republic Kitchen + Taphouse. Housed

in a 1910 Post Falls home on the National Historic

Registry, take a seat inside or outdoors to enjoy

your meal. Open daily.

Post Falls $$

120 E. Fourth Ave.

208.457.3610 | Repub.pub

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WESTWOOD BREWING CO.

Guests will quickly discover the passion the

owners have for both incredible beer and

fantastic food at Westwood Brewing Co. Housed

in a historic late-1800s building, this full-service

brewpub serves craft beers from the Pacific

Northwest, domestics, wine and cocktails paired

with delicious pub food artfully crafted by their

chef in-house.

Rathdrum $-$$

8162 W. Main St.

208.712.3423 | WestwoodBrewing.com

THE 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. In addition to the

great food, they offer a full bar with 12 beers on

tap and seasonal outdoor dining on the patio.

Post Falls $-$$

712 N. Spokane St.

208.777.9672 | WhiteHouseGrill.com

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SANDPOINT,

PONDERAY

& SAGLE

219 LOUNGE

Sandpoint’s hometown bar for more than

80 years, you’ll find a friendly atmosphere

with folks from all walks of life at The 219.

Find the full-service bar serving classic

cocktails, 20 craft beers on tap and a unique

wine list, with entertainment including

pool, karaoke, live music and more!

Sandpoint $-$$

219 N. 1st Ave.

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PEND D’OREILLE WINERY

Fantastic wine, delicious food, fun

entertainment and Sandpoint history all come

together at Sandpoint’s award-winning winery.

You’ll find the Pend d’Oreille Winery tasting

room right in the heart of downtown at Third

Avenue and Cedar Street inside the beautifully

restored Belwood Building. The 100-year-old

building provides the perfect ambiance for

trying some of the region’s best wines. Pleasing

palates for 25 years using select vineyards from

Idaho and Washington, visit the winery for a

tasting and tour, sip and shop their unique gift

shop, and enjoy a small bite.

Sandpoint $-$$

301 Cedar St.

208.265.8545 | POWine.com

SWEET LOU’S RESTAURANT AND BAR

Enjoy home-style comfort food made with high-quality

ingredients, from the amazing burgers, Manny’s beerbattered

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.

Ponderay $-$$

477272 Highway 95

208.263.1381 | SweetLousIdaho.com

FORTY-ONE SOUTH

Take in the gorgeous sunset views from

the shores of Lake Pend Oreille as you dine

and imbibe at Forty-One South in Sagle.

Located in The Lodge at Sandpoint, Forty-

One South is truly a dining destination

unlike any other. Open for dinner, you’ll

find innovative modern-American cuisine,

a full bar and extensive wine list. Call

ahead as hours vary by season.

Sagle $$-$$$

41 Lakeshore Dr.

208.265.2000 | 41SouthSandpoint.com

LITEHOUSE FOODS

With a passion and commitment to

bring your family the very best products

available, this 100 percent employeeowned

company only uses real ingredients

in all of their products ... because taste

matters! If you’re looking for the best

in dressings, dips, cheeses and more,

Litehouse serves up the best!

LitehouseFoods.com

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SHOGA POKÉ &

COCKTAIL BAR

Newly reopened and located in the Lodge at

Sandpoint, at Shoga Poké & Cocktail Bar,

guests will be treated to the finest in cuisine,

featuring fresh and unique poké bowls,

delicious Asian-fusion entrees and appetizer,

innovative, handcrafted cocktails, all paired

with amazing sunset views overlooking Lake

Pend Oreille.

Sagle $-$$

41 Lakeshore Dr.

208.265.2001 | ShogaSandpoint.com

TRINITY AT CITY BEACH

With a breathtaking view of Lake Pend Oreille and the

surrounding mountains, Trinity at City Beach offers its guests

a seasonal menu of American cuisine with a modern spin,

highlighting fresh seafood and local ingredients, as well as

Trinity’s classic dishes. The food is complemented by a full

bar, providing patrons great cocktails, and the expansive

outdoor patio is the perfect spot to enjoy a meal or glass of

wine while taking in the views.

Sandpoint $-$$$

58 Bridge St.

208.255.7558 | TrinityAtCityBeach.com


Three Locations to Serve You!

Grizzly Glass Centers offers more than 30 years of experience, with the best

reputation, and provides only top-quality services. Expert auto-glass services with topqualified

and certified technicians on staff, we use only professional-grade products

and up-to-date equipment. We offer quality work at an affordable price, guaranteed!

Sandpoint Shop

337 Olive Ave.

Sandpoint, ID 83864

208.255.2686

Spokane Shop

Spokane Shop

16011 E. Trent Ave.

Spokane Valley, WA 99216

509.922.8300

Hayden Shop

11950 N. Warren St.

Hayden, ID 83835

208.762.3453

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FINAL

As the Inland Northwest changes with more and more "new" residents, so does the

need to reflect everything this area offers to us all. The decision to change our name

to REAL Northwest Living from SIZZLE was a big one, but with full confidence and

excitement, we all embraced our new brand. The feedback we have received has been

so positive we now wonder why we took so long to take the plunge. REAL Northwest

Living now fully embraces our culture, lifestyle and surroundings in a way no other

magazine can. Take a stroll through every page and see for yourself; we absolutely

do live in the best place on earth, and we are so proud to present it to everyone.

Here's to a safe, fun and adventurous summer.

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