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Summer 2021 REAL Northwest Living

SUMMER | 2021


NORTHWEST LIVING

TOP

SPOTS

Best of the Inland

Northwest

Travel

Entertainment

An Epic Road Trip

~

Music is in the Air

Welcoming neighbors for 20 years

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Coeur d’Alene Realty Inc.

Windermere Hayden LLC

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Serving North Idaho’s real estate needs since 1922.

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HAYDEN

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Since 1945, ACME Integration has brought Home Entertainment and Home Security systems into homes

all over the Inland Northwest. Whether you are looking for convenience, entertainment or security,

our professional system designers, installers and programmers are here to make sure that your home

technology is optimized, secure and working properly so that you can focus on what’s really important.

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• GARAGE DOOR CONTROL AND SMART LOCKS

• WHOLE HOME AND LANDSCAPE MUSIC

• SECURITY/SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS

• CENTRAL VACUUM

Even if you didn’t buy it from Acme we can service, optimize and repair your current systems.

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Serving the Inland Northwest

for over 30 Years!

Grizzly Glass Centers has the best reputation

and provides only top-quality services. Expert

auto-glass services with top-qualified 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!

THREE LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU

SANDPOINT

337 Olive Ave., Sandpoint, ID

208.255.2686

HAYDEN

11950 N. Warren St., Hayden, ID

208.762.3453

SPOKANE

16011 E. Trent Ave., Spokane Valley, WA

509.922.8300

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Going above & beyond

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TODD BRADSHAW

208.304.1000

KILEY FOURNIER

208.290.0200

TOBY ATENCIO

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JEREMY DUNN

208.610.5501

JON NASS

208.920.0998

JOHN ERICKSON

208.597.5367

MARK JENSEN

307.760.8863

KEN GEDDE

208.721.0730

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Features

CONTENTS

REAL Northwest Living

Summer

2021

Edition

26

RECLAIMING THE PAST

Restoration projects continue

to bring new life to the old

44

DINING WITH A VIEW

This summer, dine al fresco

at restaurants with the best

views around

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HYGGE LIFE

We look to the Danes for some

added comfort, coziness and the

feeling of home this season

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ASPEN HOMES

PREMIUM BUILDERS

PREMIUM MATERIALS

Our home designers, interior designers and project managers

are all cut from the same cloth:

We keep an open dialogue, deliver what we say we will deliver and

place the highest priority on honesty. And the result is always the

same: superior quality homes that seamlessly embody the spirit of

the Great Northwest - no matter what your style is.

208.664.9171 | AspenHomes.com

1831 N.Lakewood Dr., Cd’a, ID

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CONTENTS

SUMMER 2021

LOCAL EXPERTS

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FINANCIAL FOCUS

What can investors learn from 2020?

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GOD. FAMILY. RELATIONSHIPS.

North Idaho Realtor with a unique perspective

WINE TASTINGS, COOKING CLASSES &

OUTDOOR BBQS

Your summer culinary experience awaits

COMBINING A LOVE OF WOOD

AND MUSIC

Inland Northwest musician creates beautifully

crafted instruments

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

62

MUSIC IS IN THE AIR

From festivals to summer music series

and live music at the venues we love,

music is back in the Inland Northwest

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BEST OF THE INLAND NORTHWEST

Discover the area’s favorite beaches, campsites,

hiking trails, golf courses and more!

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HEALTH & BEAUTY SCENE

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UNPARALLELED PERSONALIZED

SERVICE WITH THE

LATEST TREATMENTS AND

TECHNOLOGIES

Award-winning med spa expanding

with a second location

BEAUTY GETS A TECH UPLIFT

Look for these new technologies

to level up your beauty routine

in 2021

WELCOME TO YOUR ‘BEST SELF’

Realizing your vision of beauty

BEAUTY

The five most sought-after

treatments

BODY TALK

Warning signs of a serious injury

try this recipe

There's no better way to

cool down on a hot day

than sipping this

cold cocktail

with a spicy

kick! You

can find

this recipe,

sure to

impress not

only you but

your guests,

on page 165.

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GUIDING YOU home.

Movement is natural. People have always traveled to try and capture new

opportunities available to them in new areas. Brenda Burk has been helping folks make

this transition in the Inland Northwest for nearly a decade and has created lasting

friendships through her work. Brenda has an energy that she uses with every client

she works with. This energy she brings to the table has helped her place in the top 2%

of Coldwell Bankers worldwide year after year. Reach out to Brenda to let her put her

energy to work for you!

PROUDLY

Serving North Idaho & Eastern Washington

208.818.3668

Brenda@BrendaBurk.com | BrendaBurkGroup.com

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CONTENTS

SUMMER 2021

FASHION

148

SUMMER STYLE WATCH

Rediscover a love for fashion with this

season’s bright and breezy trends

TRAVEL

154

AN EPIC ROAD TRIP

Explore Texas Hill Country, the South Texas

Plains and the Gulf Coast Region

148

FRESH AND IN SEASON

162

168

RECIPES OF SUMMER

Berries are the theme for these delicious

creations, perfect for the hot summer days

SIZZLE EATS AND DRINKS

Your one-stop guide to the Inland

Northwest’s best dining and imbibing

The best

LOCAL EATS

in the Inland

Northwest

NORTHWEST DINING SCENE

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106

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DINING IN THE INLAND NORTHWEST

The Local Culinary Scene is Full of Flavor:

Area chefs cook up magic in the kitchen

NORTH IDAHO

Where Food Inspires: The variety of

cuisine ensures to spark memories and

new experiences

SPOKANE, WASHINGTON

A Hub for Award-Winning Chefs: This culinary

hotspot has a focus on innovation

FINAL THOUGHTS

178

162

CHANGE IS HERE

A small reminder that patience, kindness

and a little grace can go a long way

WINE TIME

140

SHOP WINE ONLINE

Local wineries and wine stores make it easy

for you to find your next bottle of wine

146

39TH ANNIVERSARY!

Celebrating the award-winning wines

of Spokane’s long-standing winery

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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 awardwinning

experience from start to finish. If you

are looking for something different, you are

looking for a Monarch Custom Home.

JOEL ANDERSON & SHAWN ANDERSON

5097 N. Building Center Dr. | Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

www.MonarchCustomHomes.com | 208.772.9333

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PUBLISHER’S PICKS SUMMER 2021

Steve Russo | Publisher

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The stories, trends and hidden gems that you need to hear

about, handpicked by our publisher for you!

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HYGGE LIFE

We look to the Danes for some

added comfort, coziness and the

feeling of home this season

MUSIC IS IN THE AIR

From festivals to summer music series and

live music at the venues we love, music is

back in the Inland Northwest

AN EPIC ROAD TRIP

With summer here, it’s time for a road

trip! Explore the Hill Country, South

Texas Plains and Gulf Coast Region

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Effort is

always

in style.

Kate Kuhlman-Wood, MD

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

NON-SURGICAL TREATMENT OPTIONS AVAILABLE:

learn more at www.cdaplasticsurgery.com

Coeur d’Alene Plastic Surgery offers more ways to look your best than any area practice.

From our industry leading non-surgical treatment options (via THE SPA) to our diverse range of surgical

corrections, Dr. Kate Kuhlman-Wood and her staff are ready to help you achieve real and lasting results.

Schedule a consultation today by visiting www.cdaplasticsurgery.com or call 208 758 0486

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Wherever Life

Takes You,

Best Western Is

There.®

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EDITORIAL

EDITOR IN CHIEF

Jillian Chandler | jillian@like-media.com

STAFF WRITERS

Colin Anderson | Abigail Thorpe | Taylor Shillam

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Marguerite Cleveland, Bri Williams, Sheree DiBiase, Tina VanDenHeuvel

ART/DESIGN

CREATIVE DIRECTOR | Maddie Horton

LEAD GRAPHIC DESIGNER | Darbey Russo

GRAPHIC DESIGNER | Rachel Figgins

GRAPHIC DESIGNER | Kennedy Pew

GRAPHIC DESIGNER | Marisa Inahara

DIGITAL CREATIVE DIRECTOR | Whitney Lebsock

ACCOUNTING/OPERATIONS

MANAGING PARTNER | Kim Russo

PUBLISHER | Steve Russo

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS | Rachel Figgins

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

7B Photography - Brad Frerkson, A.JO Scott, Annie Zasadny Photography,

Brady Campbell Photography, Cameron Barnes Photography, Diane Fetzner,

DreamArt Photography, Doug Marshall, Doyle Wheeler, Keith Boe, Kiersten

Patterson Photography, Lisa Turner, Marguerite Cleveland, Owen Aird,

Racheal Baker, Tina VanDenHeuvel, Valley Studio Photography

COURTESY PHOTOS

1989 Public House, Anthony's, Coeur d'Alene Resort, Erik Lee, Explore Texas,

Explore Victoria, Grand Terrace Bar, Sarah Hamilton Face, Schweitzer Mountain

Resort, The Idaho Club, Trinity at City Beach, Versalia Pizza, Westwood Brewing

DISTRIBUTION

DISTRIBUTION MANAGER | Colin Anderson

EDITORIAL INQUIRIES

editorial@like-media.com

ADVERTISING

LIKE MEDIA DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Allyia Briggs | allyia@like-media.com

MARKETING & SALES EXECUTIVE

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PONDERAY MOUNTAIN LODGE

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Located next to Sweet Lou’s!

477326 Highway 95 North, Ponderay, ID

MARKETING & SALES EXECUTIVE

Alyssa Koberstien | alyssa@like-media.com

MARKETING COORDINATOR

Morgan Redal | morgan.redal@like-media.com

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A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Our secret paradise has

been discovered!

It was this time last year that we rebranded as REAL

Northwest Living, and we are pleased to share that

our biannual publication continues to be the number

one distributed and picked-up magazine across the

entire Inland Northwest! Featuring lifestyle, dining,

entertainment, real estate, beauty and so much more,

REAL Northwest Living can be found throughout the Inland

Northwest, from Spokane to Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry to the

Canadian border—and everywhere in between!

Showcasing all that is wonderful in our own slice of heaven,

it’s no wonder why we’re seeing an influx of people moving

here like never before! They are coming here for the same

reasons we chose to make this place home—the mountains,

trees, lakes and rivers; the small-town values and kindness

found within our growing communities; the arts, music and

entertainment; and the creative and inspiring culinary scene,

with wineries, breweries and distilleries continuing to expand.

Our little secret is out!

For those of us who have lived here all of our lives, relocated

here 20 years ago, or those who just recently chose this place to

call home, we are reminded daily of the splendor and serenity that

surrounds us. This is REAL Northwest Living, and why we choose to

live our lives here. Visitors are drawn from all over the country—and

even the world—to savor just a small taste of what we are blessed with. We

welcome you with arms wide open and invite you to embrace what we have to

offer, if only just for a moment.

The Inland Northwest offers unmatched beauty any time of year, with plenty of

recreational activities for all ages to enjoy. Now that summer has arrived, locals—

both old and new—as well as visitors are eager to get outdoors to enjoy the warm

weather, sunshine and blue skies, as well as all of the outdoor activities, entertainment

and events that take place this time of year.

We, at REAL Northwest Living, want to share all that is great in our local communities and

a glimpse of our way of life. As you flip through the pages of our 2021 Summer Edition, we are

certain you’ll quickly fall in love—if you haven’t already—with this special place and its people.

Jillian Chandler

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this publication may be reproduced or transmitted

without the permission of the publisher. Like Media

is not responsible for omissions or information that

has been misrepresented to the magazine. Opinions

expressed in articles or advertisements do not

necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher.

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• Diversification pays off. Bond prices often

move in a different direction from stocks.

• The market looks ahead. The pandemicdriven

market plunge may have been

stunning, but it made a kind of intrinsic

sense—after all, the sudden arrival of a

pandemic that threatened lives, closed

businesses and cost millions of jobs doesn’t

sound like a positive event for the financial

markets. But the strong rally that followed

the initial drop and continued into 2021

has surprised many people. After all, the

pandemic’s effects were felt throughout the

rest of 2020, and are still being felt now, so

why did stock prices rise? The answer is

pretty straightforward: The financial markets

always look ahead, not behind. And for a

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vaccinations, anticipated economic stimulus

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RECLAIMING

the past

Restoration projects continue to

bring new life to the old

By Colin Anderson

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THOUGH

THEY

WERE

SOME of the last territories

given statehood, pioneers, entrepreneurs, homesteaders

and fortune seekers were making their mark in

Washington and Idaho well before they became states

number 42 and number 43 on November 11, 1889, and

July 3, 1890, respectively. Some came to stake claim to

the fertile farming lands, while others heard tales of

vast riches to be found buried within the Silver Valley.

Spokane was a boom with train traffic, as goods from

the Pacific were sent back east, and people from the

east continued to move west and branch out. While

some boomtowns have all but vanished and other cities

have moved from working class to main street business

and catering to tourism, remnants of the days of

mining, logging, rail and industrial factories remain all

around us. With so much immense change happening

across the Inland Northwest, it would have been easy

to level many of these old structures and make way for

shiny new buildings. Instead, conscious community

members, local leaders, businesses and organizations

have remained steadfast in keeping these important

signs of our past ever present in our communities.

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BRINGING GREAT DESIGN TO

your space

COMMERCIAL | RESIDENTIAL | CABINS | AND MORE

Marti Kellogg, ASID ~ Interior Designer

208.265.0949 | www.martikellogg.com | martiasid@gmail.com | Sandpoint, ID

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There might be no better example of this than the town of Wallace. In

fact, the entire town is on the National Historic Register. Founded in

the mid-1880s, its location nestled in the Bitterroot Mountains was

used extensively for logging and expanded greatly with the discovery

of precious metals in what was soon to be known as the Silver Valley.

Like all “Gold Rush” stories, few made it ultra rich, but the craze

brought people from all around—at the time creating one of the most

ethnically diverse areas in the West.

A stroll through downtown Wallace today is like living through

history. Everything from the courthouse to the saloons has been

preserved much as they were since the day they were erected. One

of the last remnants of the Wild West was the Oasis Bordello, which

didn’t close until 1988—the last legal bordello in the country to do so

outside of Nevada. Today, the Oasis is a museum and was left exactly

as it was on the day it was closed. Visitors get a firsthand look at

how working girls conducted business here, and learn how this was

just one of many similar bordellos that littered the streets during

Wallace’s heyday.

The Northern Pacific Depot Building also stands tall today and

provides a look into what life was like for your average rail worker

and track layer. Rail played a key role in moving both harvested

timber and precious metal out of the valley. Many original tracks

have been paved over, in some cases becoming recreational

bike paths.

Over Moon Pass is the small town of Avery, Idaho. It’s hard to

believe more than 5,000 people once lived in the tiny valley, which

now has less than 100 residents. Avery was a major railroad hub but

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today caters more as a fly fishing locale and pit stop for those picking up camping supplies before heading to their spot along

the St. Joe River. Here you can hop aboard a once-functioning train car, which includes a cramped kitchen and many photos

of the old rail yard.

Murray, Idaho, carries a similar feel. Another boomtown that saw its population dry up considerably once the rush for silver

slowed. The Bedroom Goldmine Bar is a wonderfully preserved building that now functions as a bar and restaurant. Its

namesake perfectly encapsulates what it was used for, as you can still see the owner’s original bedroom and the hole in which

he was digging for gold directly below it.

While not encompassing the entire town, a large portion of downtown Sandpoint, including Cedar and Main streets and

1st and 2nd avenues, is also listed under the National Register of Historic Places. In 2018, the number of buildings on the

register expanded. The Panida Theater was built in 1927 and still provides a wide range of entertainment while maintaining

its decades-old charm. Today, The Hive is one of the Northwest’s favorite live music venues, but that wasn’t always the case.

The building it’s housed in at 207 North First Avenue was once a notorious gambling hall. Longtime Sandpoint locals can

also recall when it was the Pastime Sports Shop and Pastime Café.

The Sandpoint Historic Preservation Commission has constructed a wonderful self-guided walking tour packet that’s

available in print and digitally. In it you can see which buildings housed general stores, financial establishments, libraries,

dentists and even brothels.

While there are many fascinating buildings in greater Coeur d’Alene, there’s a particular house that’s stood for well over

100 years and has an impressive list of former residents. The Hamilton House, at 627 Government Way, is now the Music

Conservatory of Coeur d’Alene. According to its owners, the building was constructed in 1908 for the second mayor of

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Coeur d’Alene, Boyd Hamilton. An Idaho Supreme

Court Justice and county prosecutor once lived here,

as did several prominent opera singers, drummers

and vocalists of the 1920s and 1930s. The home was

actually designated for demolition in 2019, before the

conservatory, with the help and support of those in the

community, pushed back and eventually purchased

the home, keeping the music going for yet another

generation of artists.

Just a block from the center point of downtown Coeur

d’Alene, at Fourth and Lakeside, another long-standing

building was saved from demolition and is now an

integral part of town again. The Wiggett Building has

stood for more than 90 years and is coming to life once

again. The building served many purposes over time,

with its beginnings as a Montgomery Ward in the

late 1920s. It sat empty from 2006 until a renovation

began in 2018. The sidewalk level now contains a

bakeshop selling coffee and yummy treats. The upper

levels are still being updated and once completed will

be functioning offices with a mixture of current design

trends and homage to the building’s past. The Wiggett

Building now contains elevators as well as a fitness

room with lockers and showers.

Another fun stop is the visit to the old downtown of

Westwood, or as it is known today, Rathdrum. The

original Kootenai County Jail, built in 1892, still stands.

It functioned as a jail up until 1908 and has since been

used as a library, maintenance shop, and even as City

Hall. Today it serves as a museum.

Westwood Brewing has become the new local hangout

and place to go for dinner since opening in 2016. It sits

in a building built in 1897 that was originally known as

Hart Hall. The building served as both a private bank

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Spokane

became

the

greatest

urban hub


and a hardware store. A massive fire destroyed two city blocks in 1924, but

the Hart building survived. Diners can still see burned sections of the building,

now almost 125 years old.

While there was money to be made in the woods, not everyone wanted to live in the

wilderness. To this end, Spokane became the urban hub of the greater Inland Northwest.

It served as a starting point for newcomers to the region, and a place of commerce and

trade. It continued to thrive, eventually landing Expo ’74, which attracted more than 5

million visitors to the area. After a downturn, Spokane has roared back to life over the past

20 years, and many buildings that have stood for a century or more serve a new purpose today.

The Davenport Hotel housed dignitaries, movie stars and the well to do before falling into disrepair

for much of the 20th century. The painstaking process of bringing one of the centerpieces of downtown

back to its former glory has helped set off a wave of renovations all across greater Spokane.

One of the original—and still most iconic repurposed projects—is the Steam Plant. The facility once

powered all of downtown but today houses several businesses and well as a restaurant and brewpub.

Working gears and control panels are found throughout the space, and you can even peek up inside one of the

225-foot smokestacks.

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A more recent renovation was done

on the Washington Cracker Company

building, found in the Northeast section

of downtown adjacent to the railroad

tracks. Workers labored in this factory

for decades making biscuits and other

sweets. After sitting vacant, it’s now

become one of the more popular hubs

in downtown. In the basement you will

find Hogwash Whiskey Den, a lowly lit

cocktail bar with a speakeasy vibe and

rare spirits. On the main floor is Inland

Pacific Kitchen, which features a wideopen

room and open kitchen where you

can watch the chefs prepare your meal. A

tasting room for Overbluff Cellars is also

found here adjacent to Terrain Spokane,

which operates as a galley, performing

arts space, as well as wedding or private

event space. With trains continuing to

run just a few feet from the building, it’s a

very unique experience no matter where

you go.

Some in Spokane achieved great wealth,

as evidenced by the many massive homes

found along Manito Boulevard, Sumner

Drive and Cliff Drive. While most are

private residences, you’ll find homes

you can still tour east of downtown in

Browne’s Addition. The Campbell House

is located adjacent to the Northwest

Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC).

Inside you can see preserved formal

dining and entertaining spaces, the

kitchen, as well as servants’ quarters.

One of Spokane’s oldest and most

celebrated homes will also soon be

opening up more to the public. The

12,000-square-foot Patsy Clark Mansion

was recently sold, and while the top

floors will remain business offices, the

new owners plan on opening the lower

level more to the community. Initial

plans would allow the first floor to be

used for weddings, charitable events and

holiday parties.

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Finally, what’s more fun than finding vintage goods in one of

Spokane’s oldest neighborhoods? If you’re in search of bits of history

or unique finds, you can head into historic Hillyard in search of

one-of-a-kind antiques and memorabilia. After the turn of the 20th

century, you would find workers here assembling and repairing

trains for the BNSF. Hillyard didn’t actually become part of the city

of Spokane until 1924. While industry is long gone, many of the

original buildings remain. Today you’ll find coffee shops, markets,

and several antiques and vintage goods stores.


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OTHERS WILL STAND ON AS REMINDERS

With such rapid change and growth, it could be easy

to bulldoze the past and replace it with the future.

While older buildings will continue to fall to progress,

others will stand on as reminders of the incredible

and evolving history the region has experienced

all in less than 200 years. If you’ve ever wondered

about a home, building, bridge or boulevard in your

community, there are city resources and historical

societies with loads of information available to satisfy

your curiosity.

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God. Family. Relationships.

North Idaho Realtor with a unique perspective

by Jillian Chandler

R

ecently voted Sandpoint’s Finest Realtor® for the fourth

consecutive year, Jackie Suarez offers a unique perspective on

the ever-changing real estate market as she brings her years

of experience and expertise home.

She attributes the success she and her business have seen over the years to

hard work, faith in God and the importance of relationships. A real estate

broker for the past two decades, selling in Sandpoint and throughout

North Idaho, she plays a crucial role in uniting buyers with their dream

homes and helping sellers reach their goals.

Whether it’s your first home, retirement, land, development or

commercial property, Jackie will map the way and prepare you for every

step. Throughout the entire process, she can ensure open communication

to make the experience as smooth and rewarding as possible.

Consistently ranked among the top Realtors in the area, Jackie states that

communication and attention to detail are key. And experience matters.

Let her lead the way. She’ll work hard and remain with you to help you

get the best price and terms.

Her years of prior experience give her a unique inside perspective of

the mechanics of financing and closing real estate transactions. Her

customers, fellow agents and business professionals rely on her expertise

and integrity—and you can too. Jackie knows the market, and she’ll make

sure you know your options.

As one recent client wrote, “Jackie is a great example of an outstanding

real estate agent. She communicates thoroughly, in a very timely manner,

and finds answers to any questions asked. We highly recommend Jackie

to others.”

Jackie is grateful for the small-town atmosphere Sandpoint has to offer,

along with the relationships she has built over the years. She is humbled

to be a part of such a generous community.

If you are in the market of buying, or selling, reach out to Jackie today.

She will guide you on your journey and take you home.

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Dining With A View

This summer, dine al fresco at restaurants with the best views around

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

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FORTY-ONE SOUTH

When it

comes to

dining during

the summer,

nothing beats a waterfront setting or incredible view. Whether it be a

cityscape, water features or natural outdoor splendor, the view makes

all the difference when you’re dining al fresco. Lucky for us here in the

Northwest, our towns and cities come alive in the summer months, with

a host of options to choose from for enjoying the sun and warm weather

while we indulge in a delightful drink or meal. Here are a few of the mustsee

places that top our list for providing spectacular views, great food and

relaxing outdoor dining.

Sandpoint

Nothing beats watching the sun descend over the mountains and Lake Pend

Oreille from the expansive tiered outdoor deck at Forty-One South located

right on the lake. A gourmet menu completes the night, and there is even

free docking if you arrive by boat—which we’d absolutely recommend.

Speaking of boating in ... Ivano’s Del Lago at the Beyond Hope Resort,

located out on Lake Pend Oreille’s Hope Peninsula, is the destination of

choice for many a boater enjoying a summer cruise on the lake. Arrive

by boat or by car, and relax on the large deck while you breathe deep, sip

a refreshing drink (the coconut lime is perfection) and take in the most

relaxing lakefront afternoon views you can find.

Sandpoint has its own floating restaurant, and its food, views and

accessibility is the perfect way to enjoy a summer on Lake Pend Oreille.

Arrive at The Floater by boat or car, and take a seat out on the large floating

deck while you enjoy great food, awesome drinks and a fun view of boaters

heading in and out from the surrounding Hope Marina.

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GRAND TERRACE BAR


Enjoy an expansive view overlooking

the Spokane River and heart of

downtown from the elevated hillside

of Kendall Yards.


VERSALIA PIZZA

After a day splashing in the water at City Beach or out

exploring the lake, head into Trinity at City Beach to keep the

lake vibes going. Perched right along City Beach with views

of the harbor and park, the Sandpoint staple serves up a wide

mix of seafood, meats, vegetarian, pasta and other dishes,

all accompanied by that ideal lake-style vibe. Opt for a seat

outdoors, where you really will feel like you’re still relaxing

on the lake.

Guests to Elkins Resort on Priest Lake will be treated to the

amazing views of the Selkirk Mountains and Chimney Rock

when visiting the resort. The full-service restaurant onsite

is open to not only guests staying at the resort but visitors

who are looking to enjoy an unforgettable meal. Long-time

favorites paired with new flavors ensure an unforgettable

dining experience in an unbeatable setting.

Spokane

When it comes to exceptional views and fresh Northwest

seafood and produce, Anthony’s in Spokane takes the cake.

Set overlooking the majestic Spokane River along the upper

falls in downtown Spokane, Anthony’s offers some of the best

views in town of the falls from their bright, window-lined

interior and breezy outdoor deck. It’s a memorable meal from

start to finish here, with great service, excellent food and

unforgettable views.

Settled in the charming South Hill neighborhood of Spokane,

Remedy Kitchen serves up a collection of tasty concoctions,

take in

the cityscape

from a mouth-watering burger to more eclectic fare, accompanied

by some delicious “cures”—or cocktails. The main dining room

is fantastic, but it’s the seasonal rooftop that really makes this

place stand out. Grab the friends and hit the sunny rooftop for a

weekend brunch, or head out for happy hour. Either way, you’ll

relish basking in the sun with sweeping views of the upper

South Hill.

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the

spectacular

views are

VERSALIA PIZZA

For upscale al fresco drinks and small bites, head to the Grand Terrace

Bar perched atop The Davenport Grand Restaurant and Lounge right in

the heart of downtown Spokane. The open-air terrace bar features a tasty

selection of craft cocktails, wine and beer, with bites to accompany. The

best part is the Riverfront Park views you’ll take in while enjoying drinks

with friends, a relaxing after-work refreshment or a romantic date.

Versalia Pizza isn’t just about the mouth-watering, hand-crafted and

wood-fired artisan pizzas that’ll keep you coming back for more; the

view from the outdoor patio is just as fantastic. Hop in for a delicious

lunch or dinner, and enjoy an expansive view overlooking the Spokane

River and heart of downtown from the elevated hillside of Kendall

Yards. With pizza and a beer in hand, it’s the best way to take in

the cityscape.

1898 Public House at the Kalispel Golf and Country Club has been

serving up delicious plates since its founding in, you guessed it, 1898.

They combine their history with modern flair and the freshest, locally

sourced ingredients they can find (they even grow their own herbs),

and its views are pretty incredible as well. Take a seat on the outdoor

patio for lunch, dinner or the daily happy hour, and enjoy sweeping

views of the golf course below. You might even be inspired to set a

tee time.

Coeur d’Alene

The most scenic way to reach the Coeur d’Alene Resort’s Floating Green

Restaurant is by the Wooden Eagle Boats that depart from the resort

every 30 minutes, but you can drive there as well. As you enjoy a delicious

brunch, lunch or dinner, you can watch golfers try to hit the famous hole

14 on the floating green, not to mention the epic views of Lake Coeur

d’Alene that alone are worth the journey out.

Bardenay sits overlooking the pond in the Village at Riverstone, and its

patio is a delightfully relaxing, sunny place to enjoy the outdoors along

the waterfront while partaking in a variety of great lunch and dinner

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Make sure to take

some time out to relax

at one—or all—of the

incredible restaurants

that offer the best

views of our spectacular

Inland Northwest.


ANTHONY’S

favorites, as well as a broad beer, wine and cocktail

list. Whether it’s for a quick work lunch, or to take

in the sunset over dinner, Bardenay is an easy choice

when it comes to dining options.

Talk about dining on the water ... Cedars is

Coeur d’Alene’s famous floating restaurant. Enjoy

360-degree views of Lake Coeur d’Alene where

it joins the Spokane River while you dine from a

delightful menu that includes daily fresh fish, locally

sourced beef and some unique Northwest delicacies.

Started in 2015 by three friends who wanted to

bring food, drinks and fun out to the lake, The Buoy

began as a floating food truck to feed hungry boaters

working up an appetite out on the water. Today, it

operates multiple Buoy Food Boats out on the water

as well as a lakeside bar and grill in McEuen Park.

Stop in for some good old favorites, a delicious beer

or blended cocktail, and some fun conversation

between your ski runs on the water.

Looking for some epic evening views of Lake Coeur

d’Alene? Head to Whispers cocktail lounge at the

Coeur d’Alene Resort, and enjoy a specialty list of

delicious cocktails while you take in the sunset. Opt

for outside seating where blazing fire pits will take

the chill off a Northwestern evening, or when it gets

too chilly, head indoors and enjoy the view from the

window-surrounded lounge.

Wherever your summer explorations take you, make

sure to take some time out to relax at one—or all—of

the incredible restaurants that offer the best views

of our spectacular Inland Northwest surroundings.

Cheers to a fresh—and more normal—summer in

our beautiful paradise!

FLOATING GREEN RESTAURANT

1898 PUBLIC HOUSE

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As The Culinary Stone approaches its eighth anniversary, it has truly become a

Coeur d’Alene staple. Once inside, visitors are welcomed with everything from

kitchenware, specialty food and gift items, to the deli and café, cooking classes

and wine tastings, and much more—all under one roof!

WINE TASTINGS,

COOKING CLASSES

& OUTDOOR BBQS

Your summer culinary experience awaits

by Jillian Chandler

Start the morning off at The Café, where guests will be greeted by their friendly baristas.

Enjoy European pastries, freshly baked breads and authentic French quiche, along with a

variety of smoothies, iced coffee drinks and fresh treats to indulge during the long North

Idaho summer days.

For a quick and delicious lunch, check out their Italian-style delicatessen, where sandwiches

are made using only the highest quality meats, sliced to order, and unique cheeses from

around the world. Find seasonal specials and salads, and homemade soups made daily

Monday through Friday.

If wine is on your list, their on-site certified sommelier can curate that perfect wine for any

occasion. Wine tasting classes are offered at an incredible value at $15 per person, and include

a sandwich, generous pours of at least five, and up to eight, wines each session, valuable

instruction from their sommelier and a lively Q&A after each event. All wines tasted are

available for purchase after the class.

Demo-style cooking classes provide a variety of cuisines and personalities to feed your

culinary tastes and knowledge. “Our cooking classes and chefs offer a variety of menus from

across the globe,” says Sandy Volkar, owner. “They are a perfect night out to broaden your

culinary skills in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.”

The heart of any culinary enthusiast will be delighted at the vast array of kitchen accessories,

cookery and cooking utensils available at The Culinary Stone. Stop in to see their selection

of specialty barbecue accessories, local sauces, seasonings and spices, summertime kitchen

accessories and gift items to create that perfect summer.

During the summer months, The Culinary Stone hosts their weekly Thursday Night BBQ.

Join them as they prepare a classic summertime barbecue menu, with choice of beer, wine or

non-alcoholic beverage, accompanied by live performances from a variety of local musicians,

playing everything from country and folk to classic and not-so-classic rock, and even the

artists’ original music. All for $15!

“We take pride in seeing our customers come in and enjoying all that we offer,” Sandy shares.

“We have created a one-of-a-kind experience all under one roof for all members of the

community to enjoy.”

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hygge

[hoog-uh] • Danish

(n.) (especially in reference to the Danish lifestyle)

the feeling of coziness and contentment evoked by

simple comforts, as being wrapped in a blanket,

having good conversations, enjoying food, etc.

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hygge

LIFE

WE LOOK TO THE DANES FOR SOME ADDED COMFORT,

COZINESS AND THE FEELING OF HOME THIS SEASON

by ABIGAIL THORPE

This summer is all about relishing moments with friends and family,

and bringing that feeling of coziness, comfort and joy to the inside

and outside of your home no matter the occasion. Particularly after

the difficulties of the past year and a half, we’re ready to live each

moment to its fullest in a way that goes beyond mere possessions

and mindless distractions.

For inspiration on how to live this summer mindfully, taking extra care to make

moments sweet, intentional and oh so full of peace and joy, we look to a Danish

concept for inspiration that’s been taking the world by storm over the past few

years: Hygge.

Hygge (pronounced HOO-gah) is the Danish word for cozy, but it embodies so

much more. Originally from Norwegian and old Nordic dialect meaning to seek

protection, refuge and shelter from the outside elements, the word was adopted

into the Danish language in the 18th century, and it’s become an intrinsic value

and practice of the Danish people.

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Hygge can be that feeling of ease when you’re someplace comforting; it

can be enjoying a moment like that first cup of coffee in the morning or

a laugh with a close friend, or it can be a gathering of close friends over

food and drinks. It means different things to different people, but at its

heart is a feeling of being home, of comfort, warmth, happiness and ...

coziness. Even in summer, Hygge is a big part of daily life in Denmark,

and Americans are starting to catch on too. Here’s how you can make

your summer a bit more hyggelig, courtesy of the Danes.

ENVIRONMENT

At its core, the concept of Hygge is about enjoying the moment, and

so much of that feeling of comfort comes from your surroundings and

space—even more than we know. While you’re getting into the spirit of

adding some hygge to your life, look to how you can set up the ideal

environment right at home.

Keep it simple.

The Danes know how to keep things simple and tidy; even their furniture

and design concepts are minimalistic, ergonomic and convey a sense of

calm. Having a clean, tidy space you can relax and enjoy is conducive to

a cozy environment to welcome family and friends or enjoy some time

alone. Don’t overdue your space; focus on things that make it welcoming

and restful, and add a few small touches here and there to make it a

peaceful oasis you can enjoy all summer long.

Lighten the mood.

That’s where lighting comes in. It might sound silly, but lighting is a big

part of creating that hygge moment and space. It adds depth, comfort,

beauty and relaxation, and can completely transform any indoor or

outdoor space. Candles are an easy way to add lighting, but also think

about lamps, natural sources of light, and even some outdoor additions

like a fire pit or tiki torches. But keep the light calm and natural.

Fluorescent brightness isn’t a great way to set the mood.

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Add some green to your space.

No, not in the paint sense, we’re

talking about adding some

plants. Particularly here

in the Inland Northwest

during the summer,

it’s time to embrace the green, lush blooms we’ve

missed all winter. Add some indoor and outdoor

plants to your space to create a calm, beautiful

environment that’s as great for entertaining

as it is to relax and have that perfect cup of

lemonade in the middle of a summer day.

You can even take the “green” concept one

step further and find some additional ways

you can be more environmentally friendly

in your household this summer, whether

it be doing away with toxic cleaners and

chemicals, or starting to save scraps for your

garden mulch.

Make it personal.

Hygge is a feeling and sense of being at home, so it’s

only fitting that some personal touches will make all

the difference in creating that safe haven you won’t

want to leave all summer long. These are items that

have meaning for some specific reason: things you

love, family mementos, something beautiful you

found during a trip. We all love a good Target trip, but it’s often the

items that tell a story or bring back fond memories that make a place

feel like home.

Take some extra time to add those little details to a dinner party or

cocktail hour. Build an outdoor fire, add cushions and blankets for

comfort, light the candles, and pull out the good glasses. One of the

keys to hygge is living in the moment and enjoying the simple things

in life.

HABITS

Because hygge is as much a practice or experience as it is about your

surrounding environment, there are certain habits or perspectives

that are central to the concept. They are things we’ve heard before, but

sometimes in the midst of the summer business and whirlwind, they

go by the wayside. Here are some helpful ways you can slow down this

summer and live in the moment.

Be present.

Right at the heart of hygge is the concept of being present in the

moment. When people talk about hygge, they are referring to gatherings

or moments of enjoyment that are focused on that particular moment,

and not clouded by what’s been or what is to come. Even if it’s just a

small moment, if you make a point to enjoy it simply as it is, without

rushing it or clouding it with the stress of what you have to do the rest

of the day, you’ll learn to slow down and enjoy the small things in life.


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Make a point to enjoy it simply as it is, slow down and

enjoy the small things in life.

Be intentional.

Intentionality goes right along with being present in the moment. Take

the time to be intentional, whether it is with the friends and family in

your life, or simply in the way you spend your time. Take the time to

make a cup of coffee in that mug you love and enjoy it in a beautiful

space before you start your day; or invite a friend over for lunch, and be

intentional about spending undistracted time together.

This extends to how you host or plan the night. Be intentional about

creating a welcoming space that makes enjoying the night even that

much easier, but don’t go running around trying to make everything

perfect while your guests or family are together. Part of being intentional

and in the moment is being there. Plan ahead, and when the time comes,

relax and enjoy.

Disconnect.

These days, we are all attached to our mobile devices, ready at a moment’s

notice to respond to that text, call or email. This summer, make an active

choice to disconnect for those hygge moments. If you’re having friends

over for backyard drinks, or having a family game night together, turn

the phones off, or leave them in another room. This goes for video games

and other electronics as well. Hygge is a feeling of togetherness in the

moment, not watching a movie or talking on your phone while you’re

trying to relax with your family.

Along these same lines, make a decision to leave topics that cause

division or heightened emotions for another time. There are plenty of

opportunities to talk about politics, religion or that argument you had

the other night, but perhaps that relaxing gathering with your closest

friends to reconnect is not that time. If hygge is about enjoying the

moment and a sense of being at home, then a debate, no matter how

well-meaning or polite, isn’t part of the menu.

Make it a daily habit.

Hygge doesn’t have to be a big affair or throwing a dinner party; it is

simply part of every day. Make a point to set aside moments each day to

disconnect, relax and soak up the moment. It could be with an iced tea in

the garden, reading a book in a quiet nook, playing games outside with

the kids, cooking with your loved one, or even just relaxing after dinner

together with a glass of wine.

Set aside time to enjoy moments with close friends and family that are

intentional and fun, whether it be outside dinner parties, barbecues,

afternoon tea or a summer cocktail hour, but then also make time for the

daily things that we often take for granted, but that

bring so much joy into our lives. Go out for a walk

without your phone, stop to enjoy breakfast

and coffee solo or with someone you

love, or take an extra 20 minutes and

soak up the sun while you catch up

on that magazine you haven’t had a

chance to read.

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moments look like, take the time

to relish them to the fullest,

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Combining a love of

WOOD & MUSIC

Inland Northwest musician creates beautifully crafted instruments

By Jillian Chandler

Growing up in the Missouri Ozarks, Edward Byler began woodworking with

his father from a young age, and when it comes to his fine craftsmanship with

wood today, he follows his heritage. “My father worked as a carpenter, and

my grandfather built furniture,” Edward says.

The close-knit family also had a love for making music. Developing his skills in the

carpentry business with his father and brothers, paired with the love of music fostered

in him throughout his childhood, inspired Edward to unite those woodworking skills

with his passion for music—and he began to build his own musical instruments. As a

teenager, he crafted a banjo, followed by a hammered dulcimer and then a guitar.

A true artist, Edward was also afforded the opportunity to take painting lessons during

his youth, and he received training in art and sculpture by the late Dennis Anderson.

It was 30 years ago that Edward, his parents and brothers moved to Bonners Ferry,

Idaho. “We loved the west—and in particular North Idaho,” he smiles. Today, you will

find Edward carefully crafting violins and violas as a luthier at Edward Byler Violins,

which he introduced to the community—and musicians across the globe—in 2013. It

is here where his senses of sight, sound and touch come to life through the elements of

wood and string, uniting his love of music and wood craftsmanship to create beautiful

violins with world-class tone.

“My goal is not to build quantity as much as it is to build them with personality,”

affirms Edward. He makes his own purfling and cuts the channel by hand, giving each

instrument a more organic appeal. He cooks his own varnish and pigments in the

attempt to have them look as much like the colors on the old Italian instruments as

possible. “I build mostly del Gesu model violins and am impressed by the humanity

that shows through the originals by the tool marks and wear they’ve gotten over

the centuries.”

More recently, in addition to the del Gesu model violins he is known for, Edward has

focused on making Amatis; each handcrafted violin is built with undeniable love of

his craft.

“My wife and family have been huge supporters of my passion, and God has given me

the ambition and the talent to rise above the challenges and stay focused,” says Edward.

“I have also been very fortunate to have my friend, and world-class violin maker, Ryan

Soltis, teach me everything from construction and varnish to tonal adjustments in the

final setup of the violin.”

Edward has attended the Acoustic Workshop at Oberlin College and is a member of

The Violin Society of America. Over the last few years he has won numerous gold and

silver medals for tone and workmanship at the SVA and VMAAI competitions.

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solitude of my shop and the antiquity of the craft; also competing in violin makers

competitions and hearing brilliant players playing my instruments. It is truly fulfilling

meeting players who can present my work with their gift of playing.”

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usic

is in the air

From festivals to summer music series

and live music at the venues we love,

music is back in the Inland Northwest

By Abigail Thorpe

The sun is shining, the outdoors is beckoning, and live music is back! 2020 brought with it many challenges,

but one thing we all missed was the fun of letting go at a summer concert series while enjoying the best the

Inland Northwest has to offer in live music. From the yearly music series and festivals we wait for with bated

breath to last-minute enjoyment of some live music at our favorite winery or brewery, last year put a halt to

many of our live music pursuits, but this year promises to make up for the loss.

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From Spokane to Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint, the festivals, series and intimate live music events we love are back,

and we won’t soon take them for granted again. The health of attendees, workers and performers is still a central

concern, but a return to a bit more normalcy means we can take out the blankets and chairs, grab our friends and

family, and head out to enjoy summer the way we know best: with some great artists and the sounds of summer.

So, whether you want to go all out and attend a regionally and internationally recognized music festival, or are looking

to keep it more intimate and small with an outdoor weekly summer music series or even a performance at one of the

local hot spots, here is what the Inland Northwest is tuning up for this summer season.


after-school, in-school and summer programming

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Sandpoint

SongFest

Join us for this unique event, hosted by Thom Shepherd and

Coley McCabe Shepherd, featuring nationally recognized

hit songwriters performing their original music, as well as

songwriters and artists from the Inland Northwest.

Listen in for three nights to acclaimed writers and musicians

as they share stories behind their number one songs at

intimate venues.

Proceeds go to the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint!

Tickets on sale now

September 16-18, 2021

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SUMMER OF FUN.

Last summer didn’t pan out exactly as you planned. So seize this one with

A-list outdoor concerts, shopping, gaming and family fun for all ages. Rest and

rejuvenate in our luxury hotel and spa. There’s even an RV Resort so you can

park poolside and still be steps away from all the action. Grab your mask

and come make up for lost time at Northern Quest Resort & Casino.

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Let’s Get to

the Festival,

Baby!

Yes, you heard correctly, summer music

festivals are back! Though a bit different

than in years past, they’re still as fun and full

of the artists we’ve missed. These are the big

once-a-year events you can’t miss, so mark them on

your calendars, and don’t forget to get tickets before

they sell out—space may be more limited than in

previous years.

SPOKANE The VOLUME Inlander Music Festival is expected to return to

Spokane this year. Set at various locations across downtown over

SPOKANE

SPOKANE

SPOKANE

a weekend, the summer festival is a music mecca for all, featuring

up-and-coming performers from around the area as well as

iconic Northwest bands.

Stay up to date on expected festival dates as well as a lineup by

visiting Volume.Inlander.com or following @volumespokane

on Facebook. Like in 2019, a festival pass should get you into all

participating venues to experience the different bands, but keep

in mind things are subject to change depending on city and state

health precautions.

Music performances are slowly returning to the Spokane Arena,

with performances from headliners like the Backstreet Boys.

While summer concerts at the Arena are still spaced out, check

out SpokaneArena.com for updates as the summer progresses

and to purchase tickets for some of the biggest concerts of the

season. The First Interstate Center for the Arts is also opening

back up to live productions and performances, including Wilco

& Sleater-Kinney, with some theater productions coming later in

the fall. To learn more, visit FirstInterstateCenter.org.

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COEUR D’ALENE

COEUR D’ALENE

COEUR D’ALENE

COEUR D’ALENE

Just across the state line, the music will be flowing the weekend of July 9

through 11 at both the Post Falls Festival at Q’emiln Park on the Spokane

River, and the Stateline Summer Jam at Cruisers Bar and Grill. The Post

Falls Festival will feature live music from local bands, food vendors, a craft

fair, beer garden and movie night in the park during the three-day festival,

while the Stateline Summer Jam on July 10 will include a host of local rock,

metal, country and other bands from the Spokane area and North Idaho.

Later in July, Hayden Days will be taking over Hayden and Coeur d’Alene the

weekend of July 23 and 24 with live music, dancing, food and craft vendors,

and a parade and car show that will provide fun for the whole family. The

free event is essential North Idaho summer, with local community spirit

and family centered fun that harkens back to old-fashioned times.

SANDPOINT

SANDPOINT

SANDPOINT

SANDPOINT

The Festival at Sandpoint is back this year after being canceled last year,

and it promises to deliver all of the fun, excitement and great music that

fans from around the area—and even country—have come to expect. The

eight-day festival will take place at the newly redone Memorial Field July 29

through August 8, with a range of eclectic music and artists from all over the

country, many of them leading names in the industry.

Grab a chair or blanket, bring some goodies—BYOB is allowed—and settle

in for a night (or eight) of pure enjoyment. Food and drink vendors will be

back, with a slightly new format this year. You can order your goodies (including merch)

from the app whenever you’re ready, or even in advance, and you’ll be notified when it’s

ready to pick up. Tickets will be more limited than in years past, so get yours early so you

don’t miss out on the bands you love. Visit FestivalatSandpoint.com to stay in the know

and grab your tickets.

The Sandpoint SummerFest is expected to return this year. Presented by the Eureka

Institute (Eureka-Institute.org), the event features local, regional and national musical

talent along with performers, artists and craftsmen, all focusing on sustainable, local and

handmade items.

The intimate three-night Sandpoint SongFest in September features nationally recognized

hit songwriters, along with Inland Northwest songwriters and artists, performing their

original music live. This is your chance to hear the stories behind the music and meet the

artists. For additional details and to purchase tickets, visit SandpointSongFest.com.

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2 1

Visit festivalatsandpoint.com to buy

tickets and view the rest of the lineup!

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JULY 29

- AUG 8

St. Paul & the Broken Bones

Jake Owen

Shakey Graves

Keb’ Mo’

Gladys Knight

Young the Giant

REO Speedwagon

Family Matinee

Grand Finale

feat. Spokane Symphony

and Whitney Kaufman

JUL 29

JUL 30

JUL 31

AUG 1

AUG 5

AUG 6

AUG 7

AUG 8


JULY 29

JULY 30

ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES

JULY 31

JAKE OWEN

AUG 1

SHAKEY GRAVES

AUG 5

KEB’ MO’ & BAND

AUG 6

GLADYS KNIGHT

YOUNG THE GIANT

AUG 7 AUG 8

REO SPEEDWAGON

FAMILY MATINEE & GRAND FINALE

feat. Spokane Symphony

and Whitney Kaufman

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Summer

Series Will

Keep You

Swaying

All Season

Long

SPOKANE

SPOKANE

SPOKANE

SPOKANE

The fun doesn’t end with the closing day of your festival

of choice. For those looking for a more laid back—and

ongoing—summer music adventure, there are many

summer concert series that you can attend all season

long. Grab some friends or family and head out to catch one or

two of these outstanding (mostly outdoor) series, or make it a

weekly or monthly outing, and spend the summer surrounded

by music, relaxing under the open sky.

Northern Quest’s Outdoor Summer Concert series are back throughout the summer. Stay up to date with the ever-expanding

lineup on NorthernQuest.com, and grab tickets to get a chance to see famous bands and artists like Foreigner, Darius Rucker,

Billy Idol and Ice Cube at the large BECU outdoor concert venue. There are new artists hopping on stage every week, with a

wide range of styles that’ll have everyone out cheering and singing along.

The setting doesn’t get much better than the Spokane Pavilion at Riverfront along the Spokane River, and this summer the

Spokane Pavilion Concerts are back for the dog days of summer. See a range of big-name artists like Machine Gun Kelly,

Counting Crows, Primus, and Nathaniel Rateliff while you soak up the sun and outdoors, right in downtown Spokane. For

ticket information and the summer lineup, head to SpokanePavilion.com.

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COEUR D’ALENE

COEUR D’ALENE

COEUR D’ALENE

COEUR D’ALENE

No summer would be complete without Live After 5 in downtown

Coeur d’Alene. Every summer, family and friends gather each

Wednesday to enjoy live music performances in McEuen Park

right next to Tubbs Hill and beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene. You can

grab a day pass, or spring for a season ticket and enjoy music all

summer long each week starting in June. To see the summer lineup

and order ticket, head over to LiveAfter5Events.com.

Every Thursday throughout July and August, the Riverstone

Summer Concert Series will be offering free concerts at the Idaho

Central Credit Union Amphitheatre. Featuring a wide selection

of artists from throughout the area, the concerts are a perfect

opportunity to drop in for some live music and relaxation after you wander, shop and eat through Riverstone. Whether you come to

one or all of the concerts, you don’t want to miss taking in the magic of music on a warm Thursday night. Visit ArtsandCultureCdA.org

to learn more.

Sunday afternoons in Coeur d’Alene City Park, Handshake Productions brings free summer concerts to the community every week.

Head out to enjoy local sounds from favorite bands throughout the area, and enjoy the park setting and plenty of space for the kids to

run free. Keep in mind, concerts are subject to change without notice. Handshake Productions also hosts weekly concerts at Sherman

Square Park in downtown Coeur d'Alene on Tuesdays and at McIntire Family Park in Hayden on Thursdays. To stay up to date, visit

HandshakeProductions.net.

SANDPOINT

SANDPOINT

SANDPOINT

SANDPOINT

The Sandpoint Summer Music Series is working to bring free family friendly concerts

back to downtown Sandpoint throughout the summer. Mattox Farm Productions

brings the free concerts to the community, with a focus on introducing people to the

incredible Americana musicians who live and play throughout the Inland Northwest.

Things may look a bit different this year, but keep an eye out for concert announcements

and future artists at MattoxFarm.com, and get excited to welcome live music back to

Sandpoint’s parks and downtown!

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Keep

the Tunes

Going

All Week

Long

We all love a summer music festival, large headliner

concert and outdoor regular concert series, but that

doesn’t mean there aren’t lots of other places to catch

some good tunes on the weekend or weeknight. The

Inland Northwest is filled with talented artists that you can usually find

playing at one of the artsy, fun or fashionable venues from Spokane to

Sandpoint. Make a point to explore new places this summer and stop in

for some live music, delicious food and great drinks. Chances are, you’ll

be back for more.

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SPOKANE

SPOKANE

SPOKANE

SPOKANE

Spokane is home to some incredible music talent, and some great bars,

restaurants, wineries and breweries that host them. The pandemic slowed

things down and canceled live music for a time, but places are slowly

getting up and running.

Wander Spokane’s downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, and you’re

likely to find some local favorites, like Mootsy’s, a chill neighborhood

bar that often plays host to some great bands and offers good beers and

cocktails. Zola is the place to be when it comes to live music, good food,

great drinks and a fantastic atmosphere.

For a larger venue, the Knitting Factory Spokane hosts a variety of

concerts throughout the year, and is attached to an adults-only restaurant.

BridgePress Cellars on West Pacific Avenue plays host to a collection of

live concerts over the summer, and you can sip on some of their delightful

wines while you soak up the tunes.

If you’re in the mood for more instrumental and classical music, the

Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox is the permanent home of the

Spokane Symphony, and hosts their regular performances in addition to

other special music events.

These are just a few of the many hot spots for live music in Spokane, so

take some time to explore and find your own favorite spot. Just keep in

mind things are opening at different paces, and depending on health

conditions and local rules, certain places may not be offering live music.

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COEUR D’ALENE

COEUR D’ALENE

COEUR D’ALENE

COEUR D’ALENE

Walk the charming Lake City’s downtown and you’ll be hard put to

find a good spot that’s not hosting live music. From the NYC Piano

Bar’s dueling pianos and colorful performances to local watering holes

Moose Lounge and Iron Horse, there's a lot of fun to be had, often

without charge (or just a small cover).

Many of the local winery tasting rooms also bring live music in over the

weekend, so stop in Cork & Tap, Coeur d’Alene Cellars and other places

to toast some whites or reds and enjoy some relaxing tunes. Downstairs

of Honey Eatery you’ll find the Social Club, ready with delicious

cocktails and usually playing host to live music on the weekends (and

even some weeknights).

If you’re looking for a more elegant and romantic atmosphere, Seasons

of Coeur d’Alene and Beverly’s will often have live music on the

weekends to accompany a delicious dinner and drinks.

For those looking for a more broadway-esque night, Coeur d’Alene

Summer Theatre features some of the most beloved musicals

throughout its summer season, and is a fun and entertaining way to

spend an evening out.

SANDPOINT

SANDPOINT

SANDPOINT

SANDPOINT

Music is a part of Sandpoint’s restaurant and bar culture. You can easily

hop between the several local favorite spots for music in the intimate

downtown, and you’ll find a different style of music at each place.

Over the weekends, live bands grace the stages of Pend d’Oreille

Winery, MickDuffs’ Beer Hall, Eichardt’s Pub and more. For a hidden

gem, wander down to the Back Door below Baxter’s and enjoy live

music multiple nights a week accompanied by a great wine and beer list

and jovial company.

The 219 is Sandpoint’s oldest bar and often features live bands over the

weekends for a late-night spot to hit up. Looking for weeknight tunes?

Eichardt’s hosts Monday Night Blues Jam every week to help stave off

the weekday blues.

Whether you’re ready to jump right back into the spirit of music with a

grand ol’ festival, or looking to keep things relaxed with a local summer

outdoor concert or casual dinner and drinks accompanied by live

music, the Inland Northwest abounds with opportunities to enjoy the

varied talent that comes from our streets, and this is the year to get out

and enjoy every single moment (and note) of it.

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OF THE INLAND

NORTHWEST

DISCOVER THE AREA’S FAVORITE

BEACHES, CAMPSITES, HIKING TRAILS,

GOLF COURSES AND MORE!

By Colin Anderson

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With so much to do and only a short summer in which to do it, it’s hard to

get to all the wonderful sights and experiences the Inland Northwest has

to offer in just a few months. Whether you’re seeking fun and sun on the

water, a relaxing day on the links, a challenging hike in the deep woods,

or something even more off the beaten path, there are near endless options. Check out

some of these can’t-miss summer favorites and enjoy being outside this summer in this

wonderful place we call home!


BEACHES

HARRISON, IDAHO

People find this small town of less than 1,000 residents

via scenic drive, boat or bicycle, and the city’s small

beach is the main summer gathering point at the

sound end of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Boaters can tie up

in the marina for up to 72 hours, and there are tent

and RV camp spots adjacent to the beach as well.

Its location on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alene’s bike

path makes it a quick cool-off for cyclists. It creates

for a unique mix of families, motorcyclists, bicyclists

and overnight boaters, all seeking a relaxing day on

the water.

CITY BEACH, SANDPOINT

It’s tough to find a more picturesque view than that

of City Beach in the heart of downtown Sandpoint.

The peaceful, shallow waters with striking mountain

backdrop will instantly set you at ease. There is plenty

of beach to spread out across the 22-acre park, which

also includes tennis, volleyball and basketball courts,

picnic benches, a boat launch and playground. After a

beach day, it’s an easy stroll into Sandpoint for a bite to

eat or afternoon beverage.

SUNSPOT AT YAP-KEEHN-UM BEACH,

COEUR D’ALENE

Better known to most as the beach at North Idaho

College, a simple stroll west along the shoreline from

Coeur d'Alene City Park, you’ll find more space to

stretch out as well as a few opportunities to get out and

paddle the lake. North Idaho College rents various

craft right on the beach. From Memorial through

Labor Day, you can rent sailboats, one- and twoperson

kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards.

Walk down far enough and you’ll see where the

Spokane River begins its journey. Mature trees

provide plenty of shade, and there are many picnic

benches to enjoy.

CAMPING & HIKING

REVETT & BLOSSOM LAKES

If you are relatively new to backpack camping, these sites are a great place to

start. The hike into Revett Lake is 2 miles each way or, for a bit longer trip, climb

to Blossom Lake—a 6-mile round trip. Both are located on the Idaho/Montana

border near Thompson Pass, and those not wanting to spend the night should be

able to complete a day hike in a few hours. Both trails are wide, well marked and

offer gradual upward slopes. Keep an eye out for huckleberries when in season.

Several primitive campsites are available along the lake. On your way back, stop

in the one-time boomtown of Murray for a look back at the area’s mining history.

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KALISPELL ISLAND, BARTOO ISLAND

Instead of pulling up the RV or hiking into your campsite, why

not arrive by water? Whether by boat, canoe or kayak, there are

several fun and unique locations on Priest Lake, accessible only

by water. Bartoo Island is 219 acres and includes 25 campsites

each with a fire ring and picnic table. Another popular location is

Kalispell Island, which is a 3.5-mile boat or paddle up to the Upper

Priest Lake Scenic Area. There are 52 campsites on this island.

There are no showers or toilets, but toilet buckets are available for

checkout at the Kalispell Island boat launch. Reservations can be

made through Recreation.gov.

RIVERSIDE STATE PARK

While it’s just a few miles from the bustle of downtown Spokane,

you can feel worlds away exploring the more than 9,000 acres that

is Riverside State Park. Within its boundaries you’ll find miles

of hiking and mountain biking trails. Paddle your way down

the Spokane and Little Spokane River or cast a line from shore.

Off-road enthusiasts can enjoy 600 designated acres of terrain,

and horseback riders have 25 miles of trail in which to ride

and explore. There is a designated equestrian campsite with 21

spots and corrals, as well as three other campgrounds—the most

popular being at Bowl and Pitcher. Book early!

LIBERTY LAKE LOOP

While many go to Liberty Lake State Park for the beach, to paddle

or have a picnic, local hikers know that there is also an excellent

trail to be found at the south end of the lake. The roughly 8-mile

loop begins at the park and offers several different routes. All routes

connect and circle back, so there is no need to worry about getting

lost. In all you’ll gain about 1,500 feet in elevation but will be

treated to views that are stunning, especially considering how close

you are to downtown Spokane. A $2 entry fee is charged during

summer months.

SCOTCHMAN PEAK

While it is one of the more intimidating hikes in the region,

the view from the tallest point in Bonner County just can’t

be replicated. Trail #65 is about 4 miles long with 3,700 feet of

elevation gain as you climb to the top of 7,009-foot Scotchman

Peak. Forest quickly gives way to busted rock and steep climbs, but

the trail is well maintained due to its popularity with mountain

enthusiasts. Your legs will be on fire at the top, but the rewarding

view of Lake Pend Oreille and the Cabinet Mountains will make

it all worth it. You might even see a family of mountain goats that

have long called the area home.

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Guided Fly Fishing

&

Float Trips

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gem for fishermen in North Idaho

and is a classic dry fly fishery.

This classic large river holds many

species of fish and is best fished

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GOLF COURSES

THE IDAHO CLUB

Boasting Idaho’s only Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course, the Idaho Club’s 18 holes take full

advantage of the surrounding beauty of the area. The course, located in Sandpoint, Idaho, flows

naturally with the Pack River, so water is found all throughout the course. Tucked in a valley,

the surrounding forests are also striking. It’s not uncommon to come across deer, elk, or even

moose, during your round. Course members get the early tee times, but the public is welcome

beginning at 10:30am.

CIRCLING RAVEN

Not long after the first tee box, golfers find themselves in one of the most serene and peaceful

courses in the West. You won’t find homes or structures of any kind lining these fairways in

Worley, Idaho. Instead the course utilizes all aspects of nature across its 620 acres. You’ll weave

between holes surrounded by Palouse grass, natural wetlands and wooded forest, the views

never end. At roughly $100 per round with cart included, it’s among the more reasonably priced

top-notch courses you’ll come across. Stay and Play packages are also available through the

Coeur d’Alene Casino.

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OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

modern mountain luxury meets nature’s glory

In a stunning mountain community known for scenic grandeur and endless adventure, the rustically

elegant and much-anticipated Clubhouse has a patio overlooking the winding Pack River – along

with Idaho’s only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. The new Clubhouse has already become the

heartbeat of The Idaho Club: a dynamic, bustling gathering place for family and friends. A place where

lifelong memories are created each and every day.

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tee times available on www.theidahoclub.com

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UNIQUE ADVENTURES

EMERALD CREEK GARNET AREA

What do India and the Idaho Panhandle have in common? They are the only two places in the world you will find

the unique Star Garnet gem. You can channel your inner miner and search for these 12-sided crystals at the Emerald

Creek Garnet area in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. There are two sluice boxes in which you can process

material. Garnets range in size from tiny particles to golf balls. The site is run by the U.S. Forest Service and, as of this

writing, permits and advanced reservations are required. It’s truly a unique experience the whole family will enjoy.

ZIPLINE

If you’d like to get a taste of nature but aren’t in the mood for a strenuous hike, you can get a unique view by gliding

high up in the trees at one of the area’s zipline courses. Mica Moon offers a nine zip package that also includes a line

that’s 3,500 feet long! The property near Liberty Lake, Washington, also has an aerial park in which you can rise

high up in the trees and cross rickety bridges, tight ropes and other fun obstacles. In Coeur d’Alene, Timberline

Adventures offers several zip tours, two sky-high suspension bridges, and a lunch in a tree house 30 feet up in the air.

RIDE THE HIAWATHA

There are many wonderful bike trails in the Inland Northwest, but there are few that can match both the beauty and

ease of the Hiawatha Trail. The 15-mile stretch near Lookout Pass follows an old railroad route. In fact, riders go over

seven train trestles and through 10 tunnels, including the more than mile-and-a-half-long St. Paul Pass tunnel. The

route is paved, with occasional packed gravel, and nearly all downhill with a shuttle available to take you back to the

top, making it friendly for all level of rider. The sweeping views of the Bitterroot Mountains can’t be beat.

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GROW WITH US!

Idaho Forest Group is a privately owned company, based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. We operate six mills in Idaho, one in Montana and (by 2022)

one in Mississippi, employing more than 1,200 team members and producing in excess of 1.2 billion board feet of lumber each year. Our mission is

to enhance the lives and livelihoods of our employees, customers and partners, and the communities in which we operate by providing the earth’s best

renewable building products.

We understand the value of our employees. Each and every one of them plays such a vital role in our daily success. We are looking for driven

individuals with strong work ethics, morals and values. We offer a competitive total rewards compensation, including a wide range of benefits such as

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&HEALTH

BEAUTY

Nourishing our bodies and minds is important

to our overall wellness. No matter the time of

year, it is imperative that we take a little time

for ourselves, whether it’s an early morning at

the gym, a walk outdoors, a healthy meal out,

that nourishing facial or simply spending a few

minutes of meditation to clear our minds.

We have one body, and we should make it a

priority in maintaining its health, function and

beauty, inside and out. Whether you are looking

to enhance your inner beauty to exude outward,

or care for those ailments that are hindering

you from living an active lifestyle you aim for,

don’t wait. Address the changes in your health

and lifestyle you want to make—and start your

journey on achieving them today.

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Unparalleled Personalized Service with the

Latest Treatments and Technologies

Award-winning med spa expanding with a second location

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.

Providing a beautiful and bright boutique-style space and feel,

complemented by a pristine medical environment, it is recognized as

being in the top 1 percent of Cosmetic Injectable Practices in the nation

and has won multiple industry and local business awards.

“Medical spas such as ours offer a large variety of procedures, each

designed to address a wide range of concerns,” says Cindy Constance,

marketing director for Sarah Hamilton FACE.

Owner Sarah Hamilton, a registered nurse for 26 years, an aesthetics

nurse specialist for 19 and a clinical nutritionist, believes it is a privilege

to be able to be in a field where she can educate patients and create a

long-term plan to achieve their goals, spending time during the initial

consultation to discuss skin care, treatments and timelines to ensure each

client receives their ultimate desired results.

of Stiller Aesthetics in Spokane, is a double board-certified cosmetic

surgeon who has won national awards for his work.

Services offered include everything from peels and facials, wrinkle relaxers

and dermal and collagen fillers, to acne treatments, laser skin therapies,

RF and PRP microneedling treatments, body shaping and more. They are

thrilled to offer their newest treatment—EMSCULPT NEO®. This body

shaping procedure provides simultaneous fat elimination and muscle

building in a combined 30-minute session. Sarah Hamilton FACE is the

first in the area to offer this incredible non-invasive treatment.

Having the opportunity to positively transform lives is where Sarah finds

true fulfillment. “Empowering women and men to feel and look their

best is so rewarding to me,” she shares.

A second location will be opening this fall in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho,

offering many of the same amazing, high-quality products and services

that are currently found at their Liberty Lake location.

“At FACE, we offer unparalleled customer service and believe each person

deserves a personalized, one-of-a-kind treatment plan,” states Sarah, who

is an expert injector, as well as a national trainer and speaker for Allergan

(Botox®, Juvéderm®, Kybella®) and Galderma (Dysport®, Restylane®).

The award-winning team has more than 87 combined years of medical

and aesthetic experience, with eight providers on staff, including nurse

practitioners, registered nurses and master aestheticians, as well as a

national aesthetic laser trainer. “You won’t find this caliber of experience

anywhere else,” says Sarah. Their medical director, Dr. Geoffrey Stiller

1334 N. Whitman Lane, Ste. 210, Liberty Lake, WA

509.210.0228 | SarahHamiltonFACE.com

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Beauty Gets a

Tech Uplift

Look for these new technologies to

level up your beauty routine in 2021

BY TAYLOR SHILLAM

With some of the beauty industry’s very best

right here in our corner, the Inland Northwest

has a firsthand view of this year’s exciting new

developments in beauty technology.

The newest tools and technologies are making aesthetic

treatments less invasive, more time-efficient and more

effective. What’s even better is the opportunity that comes

with finding these technologies so close to home.

The ultimate goal of any beauty treatment is, of course, to see

results—results that promote greater confidence, enhanced

health and the natural glow that comes with it! Here, local

beauty experts share technologies they’re most excited about

implementing in 2021.

EMSCULPT NEO at Sarah Hamilton FACE

Sarah Hamilton FACE is the home of a new body contouring

device, the EMSCULPT NEO. The latest in EMSCULPT

technology is FDA-cleared for non-invasive lipolysis,

meaning the breakdown of fat—including the deeper visceral

fat surrounding the organs. Visceral fat is less obvious to the

eye but more ominous in its reputation for raising health

concerns for its close proximity to the heart and lungs.

The first of its kind, the innovative EMSCULPT NEO system

has the ability to treat both muscle and fat tissue to affect its

appearance and toning. This new tool works to strengthen,

tone and firm all areas of the body, including abdomen,

buttocks, thighs, calves and arms. It works by delivering radio

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SPA • AESTHETICS

WELLNESS • STYLE

REGAIN YOUR youthful appearance

At Odara, we specialize in non-surgical aesthetic and facial rejuvenation treatments

with an exceptional level of care. All injectable procedures are performed by our

highly skilled and experienced certified Nurse Practitioner, Jaime Crocker. Reduce

the appearance of frown lines and wrinkles; restore lips and facial fullness.

» Dermal Fillers

» Wrinkle Relaxers

» Skin Rejuvination

» Medical-Grade Skin-Care Products

» Laser Hair Removal

» Radiofrequency Microneedling

» IPL Photofacial

Find Odara Medical Spa at: 1105 N. Lincoln St., Spokane, WA

VidaSpaWellness.com | f Vida-Salon-Spa

VIDA Spa & Wellness is made up of independent practitioners.

Jaime Crocker, ARNP

509.443.4622 | Info@OdaraMedSpa.com

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FEEL

GOOD

frequency to targeted tissues, allowing it to

destroy fat while stimulating muscle.

Sarah Hamilton FACE calls the technology

“game-changing” with its ability to provide

body-contouring treatment without surgery.

The process stays non-invasive through its

efficiency. “By delivering optimal energy in a

short period of time, we can give our patients

more results and confidence in less time, and

for less costs,” the clinic shares.

Treatments with EMSCULPT NEO are

performed weekly over the course of four

weeks, but the resulting muscle build will

continue for up to six months following the

treatment—with aesthetic appearance peaking

at 90 days.

If you’re interested in treatment with the

EMSCULPT NEO, the best place to start is with

a consultation. The highly trained providers at

Sarah Hamilton FACE can help determine if

the treatment is an ideal fit. Generally, ideal

candidates will be under 30 BMI, with less than

6 inches of visceral fat.

Located in Liberty Lake, Sarah Hamilton FACE

hosts a wide array of beauty treatments for the

skin, hair and body. Its owner and namesake,

Sarah Hamilton herself boasts 17 years of

experience as an “expert injector, national

trainer and speaker” for cosmetic injection

companies Allergan and Galderma.

Their online store offers a variety of skin-care

products including cleansers, brighteners

and sunscreens to perfectly complement any

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STRENGTHEN

TONE

FIRM

BE BOLD.

BE BEAUTIFUL.

technology-based treatment and keep you glowing

into the summer! Visit SarahHamiltonFACE.com to

learn more.

CoolSculpting Elite with Signature Aesthetics

The CoolSculpting Elite body-contouring technology,

offered at Signature Aesthetics in Coeur d’Alene, is

designed to target stubborn fat in nine select areas that

patients most often name as “trouble zones.”

“It’s not magic, it’s science,” CoolSculpt states of its

technology, which works through freezing and killing

fat cells.

Newly refined after years of development and research,

CoolSculpt Elite has been shown to eliminate up to

20 to 25 percent of treated fat cells with a fine-tuned

freezing method that is now more efficient with the use

of dual applicators.

CoolSculpting Elite is cleared for the safe treatment

of visible bulges in select areas including under the

chin and jawline, thighs, abdomen and flank, along

with popular zones around the bra line, back and

upper arm.

CoolSculpting Elite promises a customized experience

for each recipient, with results in as little as one to

three months.

Signature Aesthetics’ service list offers additional

treatments ranging from pain management to skin

rejuvenation. Learn more about their selection of

aesthetic services at SignatureAesthetics.com.

Book today!

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HELLO

gorgeous

Radiofrequency Microneedling at Coeur d’Alene Plastic

Surgery & Spa

Adding to their non-surgical treatment menu,

Coeur d’Alene Plastic Surgery & Spa is excited to offer

Radiofrequency Microneedling, or RF Microneedling, used to

target loose skin, wrinkles, stretch marks and acne scars.

Traditional microneedling is a procedure using small needles

within a derma roller to prick the skin, with the purpose of

generating new collagen and skin tissue for a smoother result.

Most often used on the face, it is known to treat large pores,

scars, wrinkles and fine lines.

Combining microneedling and radio frequency waves, the RF

microneedling procedure is designed to be minimally invasive,

reducing downtime for the most effective use of patients’

appointment time. The radio frequency release serves to

further break down the skin, enhancing the effects of standard

microneedling and clearing the way for smoother, thicker skin

to grow.

Coeur d’Alene Plastic Surgery is owned and operated by Dr.

Kate Kuhlman-Wood, voted this year’s Best Plastic Surgeon

by the Business Journal of North Idaho. Located on Lakewood

Drive, its long service list includes both surgical and nonsurgical

procedures, injectables, treatments for the skin and

hair, and much more. Their full list of services can be found at

CdAPlasticSurgery.com.

Take-Home Technology

If you’re ready to implement new beauty technologies at home,

new tools like light therapy masks and facial steamers have hit

the market to complement your in-studio treatments.

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The Dr. Dennis Gross DRx Spectralite FaceWare

Pro, described as the “three-minute wrinkle-reducing,

acne-fighting LED device for the entire face,” is sold

online and in Sephora stores.

Designed for skin types of all kinds, the device is an

LED mask that offers professional-quality light therapy

from your home. The LED lights penetrate deep within

the skin to boost collagen production while targeting

lines and acne, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles

while calming redness and inflammation.

Clinical studies showed daily use of the product

resulting in 97 percent overall improvement in acne

after two weeks, and improvement in skin tone, fine

lines and wrinkles after 10 weeks.

The Aira Ionic Face Steamer, praised by top magazines

Vanity Fair and Bazaar, is designed to promote a

more cleansed, detoxified and hydrated face with

consistently less breakouts.

Through promoting circulation, the cleaning steamer

releases nano-sized water molecules enriched by an

ion generator that helps the steam further deepen into

the skin to clean and give users a trip to their “very

own personal sauna.” Find it online along with many

other new skin-care devices at VanityPlanet.com.

Supported by the latest technology, local beauty

clinics offer ample opportunity to treat yourself and

enhance your natural glow. This summer, choose your

treatment and enjoy every bit of love you give back to

your skin and body!

designed to promote

a more cleansed,

detoxified and

hydrated face with

consistently less

breakouts.

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Welcome to Your

‘Best Self’

REALIZING YOUR VISION OF BEAUTY

By Jillian Chandler

Signature Aesthetics

208.627.6869

SignatureAesthetics.com

102 S. First Ave., Ste. 202

Sandpoint, ID

1130 W. Prairie Ave.

Coeur d’Alene, ID

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CoolSculpting® is FDA-cleared to treat visible fat bulges

in 9 areas of the body. Some common side effects

include temporary numbness, discomfort and swelling.


Discover the power of deciding for yourself what

your beautiful is. For more than two decades,

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, works with you to bring your vision to

fruition. You can find them at their luxurious location at First and

Pine on the second floor above Ivano’s Restaurant in Sandpoint,

Idaho, and at Prairie Family Medicine in Coeur d’Alene.

“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 38

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 dozens of hours of continued

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

They 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 medicines. 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—including the new

CoolSculpting® Elite, which has been redesigned to eliminate fat cells

faster and target more areas of the body—as well as a HydraFacial®

machine and the body contouring device CoolTone.

“The newest member of our family of machines is our Cynosure

Picosure laser,” shares Nancy. “This laser removes unwanted tattoos

and treats pigment of any skin color with next to no recovery time.”

In addition, they have extensive treatments to relieve potential

pain with laughing gas, numbing creams and standing orders

from their doctor.

Signature Aesthetics is the first clinic in the U.S. to offer the Cynosure’s

Potenza RF microneedling system, the world’s first 4-MODE RF

microneedling device. The technology can treat a larger variety of

patients’ conditions, both superficial and deep, including scars from

acne and C-sections, while also tightening laxity without surgery.

Signature Aesthetics feels privileged to personally escort their clients

to achieving their beauty potential. “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. It’s

time to discover “your” beautiful.

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eauty guide

The five most sought-after treatments

By Bri Williams, RN, BSN | Refined Aesthetics Med Spa, pllc

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The aesthetic industry has taken the medical community by storm

with new treatments popping up every year! According to the

International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine,

there are five treatments that they consider the most sought after

due to convenience (no surgery or downtime), affordability, and the amazing

results they deliver. The countdown is on for the top treatments!

No. 5 - Chemical Peels

This in-office treatment is quick, easy, painless, and helps to reveal fresh

beautiful skin with a glow. Using a combination of skin-friendly acids (retinoic

acid, salicylic acid and kojic acid) and powerful antioxidants (glutathione and

vitamin C), a chemical peel works by safely removing top layers of skin to

reveal new skin, taking with it age spots, fine lines and acne. Chemical peels

range in price from $99 to $400, and treatment takes less than 30 minutes.

The level of peeling someone experiences can vary from light sloughing to

extreme peeling lasting up to a week. Plan your treatment a minimum of two

weeks before any big events or travel to ensure you are completely healed

and glowing.

No. 4 - HydraFacial

The HydraFacial resurfacing procedure thoroughly cares for your skin

providing cleansing, exfoliation, extraction and hydration, all while Vortex-

Fusing antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid into the skin. This is a

non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that delivers instant results with no

discomfort or downtime. The procedure is soothing, moisturizing, nonirritating

and immediately effective.

Pricing ranges from $149 to $299, and you will likely see results immediately

after treatment. Your skin will feel smooth and hydrated for one to four weeks.

For improved, longer-lasting results, consider using medical-grade skin care at

home and monthly HydraFacial treatments.

No. 3 - Laser Hair Removal

The aesthetic

industry

has taken

the medical

community

by storm.

If you are ready to ditch your razor and never dread another wax appointment

again, then laser hair removal is for you! During the laser treatment, a diode

laser beam passes through the skin toward the hair follicles. The penetrating

energy then heats up the root of the hair, which in turn prevents future

hair growth. Laser hair removal is safe on most areas of the body that have

unwanted hair. Most commonly treated areas include bikini, underarms, legs,

arms, chest, back, shoulders, stomach, neck, chin and sideburns. A series of

six to eight treatments is required to reach optimal results, and the number of

treatments varies depending on the type of laser used. Price varies depending

on the area of the body being treated, and treatment is generally $900 to $1,500

for a complete series of treatments. The best part? Results are permanent! Big

hormonal changes such as pregnancy or a change in medication can sometimes

cause hair regrowth, but most people can say goodbye to stubble forever.

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less invasive, more time-efficient and

more effective

No. 2 - Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers are a gel-like product made

up of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring

carbohydrate found in our bodies that can

hold up to 1,000 times their weight in water. As

we age, we lose hyaluronic acid, collagen and

elastin. Loss of hyaluronic acid in aging skin is

partially responsible for the formation of lines

and wrinkles.

Dermal fillers can replace the skin’s hyaluronic

acid and fill in and lift areas of the face that

may be less full—without the cost, recovery or

downtime of plastic surgery.

Common areas to treat for lost volume are

the cheeks, under eyes, nasolabial folds (lines

between the corner of the nose and corner

of the mouth), marionette lines (downward

turn of the mouth/creases at the corner of the

mouth), perioral lines (lip lines, lines around

the mouth) and more. Dermal fillers can also

be used to augment and enhance lips.

The cost for fillers is generally $500 to $800 per

syringe, and multiple syringes may be required

depending on the level of volume loss that

needs corrected. Results last six to 18 months

on average.

No. 1 - Botox

The number one aesthetic treatment for nearly

a decade goes to Botox! Botox is a safe, purified,

FDA-approved protein that relaxes and softens

the muscles responsible for causing frown lines

(creases between the brows), around the eyes,

and worry lines in the forehead. Years of muscle

use in our faces—from smiling, squinting,

stressing—create what begin as fine lines, and

deepen over time. Botox can heal that dermal

cracking or can be used preventatively to help

deter their deepening.

Botox treatment takes just a few minutes, and

results last three to four months. Cost varies

depending on how many areas you are treating

and the level of movement your muscle has.

On average, a treatment starts at approximately

$200 and can be upward of $800 to $900. Most

offices offer complimentary consultations,

so discuss dosing with your provider for a

cost estimate.

Deciding which treatments will help you reach

your aesthetic goals can be overwhelming and

is best left to the experts. The above list is only

the tip of the iceberg when it comes to aging

gracefully and turning back the hands of time.

Discuss with your provider which services

will help you to look and feel your best and

most confident.

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BODY TALK

Warning signs of a serious injury

By Sheree DiBiase, PT | Lake City Physical Therapy

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WINNER

Breathe. Relax. Release.

Join us this summer at Wildflower Spa & Salon at Seasons!

We are the exclusive Aveda Concept Spa in Sandpoint, providing all spa treatments

and a private, single-chair hair room featuring Aveda Color. Bridal parties and

large groups welcome. In-residence services provided at request of guest.

We’ll take care of everything and leave you feeling fabulous!

First-time clients receive $20 off their first visit on any service over $40

by downloading the coupon from our website.

Located on the shore of magnificent Lake Pend Oreille in Sandpoint, Idaho.

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MOVE

Often times with acute injuries, like a fall, it

is easy to know that the injury is serious.

However, other times, it may be more

difficult to identify whether an injury is

something to worry about or not. How do you know

when that constant irritation might be a signal of

something worse? Certain symptoms may indicate

that other, more serious, problems are present, and it is

important that you understand the warning signs and

when to seek professional help. As we find ourselves

engaging in more activities during the summer months,

which can increase our chances of injury, here are some

important signs and symptoms, whether you are an

athlete or outdoor enthusiast, to watch for:

Pain. If you have persistent pain that is not really going

away with rest. If you have pain when you touch an area

whether it is muscle, joint or bone, it could be serious. If

you have pain that is getting worse instead of better, then

you need to see your health-care provider.

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Swelling. If you have a great deal of swelling in an area,

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Loss of Motion at a Joint. If a joint feels stiff, like it doesn’t

want to move, has a sharp, throbbing pain when you try

to use it, and it lasts more than 48 hours, you need to see

your medical doctor.

Weakness. Muscles and joints that feel like they want to

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both. You should be symmetrical on both arms and legs.

If one side can do the motion and the other side is unable

to do it, then something is wrong and needs to be looked

at by a professional.

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Numbness and Tingling. If you ever have any numbness and

tingling associated with any injury, this is a sign that a nerve

has be compromised. This needs to be assessed by you MD.

Numbness and tingling is not normal and needs to be dealt

with quickly as not to damage the nerve.

Loss of Mobility. Any loss of mobility, whether in muscles or

other soft tissue, is a signal something is not right. An old scar

from surgery may be too tight, and when you started training

or becoming more active it hurt and made other tissue painful.

Loss of Balance. Any unusual, unexplained loss of balance

during your daily activities or training needs to be discussed

with your doctor if it does not subside. You should be able to

stand on one leg for three minutes if you train regularly.

Many of us, whether athletes or not, sometimes tend to

push our bodies too hard and do not listen to the warning

signs that our body is talking to us about. That back pain

that happens every day on our drive to work; that shoulder

that is so stiff you can’t put your arm behind your back; and

that foot that swells every day after standing at work. Many

times, more serious issues can be avoided if we just listen

and decide to be proactive. Start with the easy care first like

rest, ice, compression and elevation. If the body does not

respond, then seek the attention of your physical therapist.

They are movement specialists; it’s what they do every day.

They can screen you and help to determine if you have a more

serious injury.

If multiple symptoms listed above are affecting you, and you

are unable to participate in your daily life, gym or sports, please

call to schedule an appointment with your MD. You want to

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INLAND NORTHWEST CULINARY SCENE IS FULL OF FLAVOR

Area chefs cook up magic

in the kitchen

By Jillian Chandler

Our area is booming! Faster than ever before,

the Inland Northwest continues to grow,

with more people drawn here due to the

natural beauty and outdoor activities that abound,

and the wonderful, kind, generous people who make

up our local communities. From local shops and

boutiques to art galleries, locals and visitors will find

anything but ordinary. Add in the multitude of incredible

dining establishments, and you’re in for a true treat!

From Sandpoint, Idaho, to Spokane, Washington, you will

notice those chain restaurants that you would find in nearly

any town you visit, but the area is also home to hundreds of

locally owned, one-of-a-kind dining destinations. 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.

The options are endless! From menus that reflect our culture

here in the Northwest—think trout, huckleberries, wild game

and grains—to everything from good old American, Southern

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

and Japanese.

From food trucks to restaurants that offer dining with a view

overlooking the water, the array of experiences is vast, each catering

to exactly what you are seeking. Where you choose to dine is up to you!

During the summer and fall months, many local restaurants shop the

local farmers markets, patronizing local purveyors for the best products

and ingredients for their menus. And 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, offering drink menus featuring

these local producers. Whether you are looking for that laid-back casual

restaurant with a homey feel, or you’re looking for that finer-than-life dining

experience, you’ll find just the restaurant you are looking for, whether in

Spokane or North Idaho.

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

dining experiences, is truly unparalleled. Take a seat at one of our area’s prized

restaurants and explore the creativity and flavors that await.

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Food inspires, whether it is a homecooked

meal by your mother, using

an old family recipe, or a fourcourse

meal prepared by an awardwinning

chef at a fine-dining restaurant.

Food brings people together, while

the flavors may spark memories of

days past—or simply ignite feelings

you’ve never quite experienced before.

Throughout North Idaho, chefs continue

to bring incredible tastes to the table for

their guests to enjoy. If you haven’t treated

yourself to a meal out recently, or are

looking to discover a new favorite you’ve

yet to try, it’s time to see what local chefs

are crafting in the kitchen.

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FORTY-ONE SOUTH:

LAKEFRONT VIEWS PAIRED WITH FINE CUISINE

TRINITY AT CITY BEACH:

A NEW CULINARY CHAPTER SET TO BEGIN

THE PORCH PUBLIC HOUSE

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MOON TIME:

BRINGING COMMUNITY TOGETHER

FISHERMAN'S MARKET AND GRILL:

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THE FRESHEST FISH IN TOWN!

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THE BLUEBIRD - A MIDTOWN EATERY

SYRINGA JAPANESE CAFÉ + SUSHI BAR

MONARCH RAMEN + NOODLE HOUSE:

A WORLD OF CUISINE IN COEUR D’ALENE

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THE OVAL OFFICE BISTRO & MARTINI BAR

THE WHITE HOUSE GRILL:

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DINE WITH A VIEW

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ON PEND OREILLE

LAKEFRONT VIEWS PAIRED WITH FINE CUISINE

By Jillian Chandler

The combination of a beautiful location, warm atmosphere, delicious food and

friendly professional service makes Forty-One South a destination for both locals

and tourists. Located in Sagle, Idaho, just south of the Long Bridge, and housed next

to the Lodge at Sandpoint, owner Cassandra Cayson is honored to be able to serve

guests a truly unmatched dining experience unlike anywhere else in North Idaho.

“I am proud that Forty-One South is considered a ‘Sandpoint Staple’ now,” she smiles. “After

many years of turnover ownership, it was not expected that we would make it past two years.”

2020 marked Forty-One South’s 10th anniversary, “And we are looking forward to the next 10!”

Cassandra shares.

Cassandra is joined by Head Chef Michael Dabrowski, who brings his deep passion for food

and knowledge of various cuisines to the table. Raised in Sandpoint, Michael fell in love with

food creations as a young child. After attending the Seattle Culinary Academy and putting in

years of hands-on kitchen work, including working with Chef Tom Douglas in Seattle, Michael

returned to Sandpoint to continue his culinary career, joining Forty-One South in 2017.

Though they provide four seasonal menus throughout the year, many of the items remain on

the menu year-round, such as the Caramelized Goat Cheese appetizer, the Stone Harbor Crab

Bisque and the Smoked Filet. “About 50 percent of our menu changes, which allows us to work

with ingredients and preparations that are appropriate for each season,” says Cassandra. “We

also make all of our desserts in-house including Carrot Cake, Southern-Style Bread Pudding

and Flourless Chocolate Torte, to name a few.”

The cuisine is complemented by a full bar and extensive wine list. If you’re undecided on what

libation to indulge in, Cassandra recommends the Handmade Whiskey Sour or the Pend

Oreille Sunset Martini. The wine list has more than 100 selections covering a large spectrum

of varietals, regions and price ranges, with a strong influence from the Northwest. They also

feature some of the amazing beers and wines from local Sandpoint purveyors.

The restaurant can accommodate approximately 70 guests in the main dining room, not

including the bar/lounge and their private dining room—the perfect space for private groups

up to 18 guests. During the summer months and when weather permits, the expansive outdoor

patio can seat 150 patrons!

From in-house table service to takeout orders and custom family meals to-go, Cassandra and

her team ensure you a memorable meal, no matter where, or how, you choose to enjoy it.

Cassandra attributes the continued success of Forty-One South over the past decade to her staff

for their support, understanding and their continuous efforts, and to the Sandpoint community.

“I think that is one of the best things about being in a small town—you never feel like you are

just another business on a list.”

Dinner is served daily from 4:30 to 9pm (though hours are subject to change), with reservations

strongly encouraged. Dining with a view doesn’t get much better than Forty-One South. It’s

time to treat yourself.

“We love being your escape from the stresses of the day to just come relax, be taken care of, and

enjoy an amazing meal,” smiles Cassandra.

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A NEW

CULINARY

CHAPTER SET TO BEGIN

Local restaurateur excited for his next endeavor

By Jillian Chandler

It was 2009 when Café Trinity began to outgrow its space

on Sandpoint’s First Avenue, which turned out to be ideal

timing for the restaurant and its owners, as the lease was

soon set to expire. And as fate would have it, an incredible

location in the heart of City Beach became available—and

Trinity at City Beach was born. “City Beach is one of Sandpoint’s

greatest, most underutilized assets in our community,” says

Justin Dick, owner of Trinity at City Beach. “It’s been an amazing

ride to serve the locals, tourists and, in some cases, the wildlife,

and play host to some of the most memorable gatherings and

nonprofit events.”

In September 2022 (originally scheduled for September 2021),

the Best Western, in which Trinity at City Beach currently

resides, is set to be torn down. Though this will end one chapter

of the Dicks’ legacy, it has prompted the start of a new chapter.

Justin and wife Shaunavee recently purchased the 113 Main

Street location in downtown Sandpoint, which will be home to

a new restaurant.

While Trinity will remain open (and is set to return to City

Beach once the hotel rebuilds), they are moving forward with

their new eatery, and it will open as a separate concept to its

sister restaurant; the name still yet to be determined.

Nearly everything on the menu will be fresh and new; that is,

until they absorb Trinity once it closes its kitchen for the final

time. What will remain the same is much of the staff, according

to Justin. “We have an unbelievable opportunity to cross-train

staff among both locations and move staff freely between the

two restaurants as events pop up and business volume changes

for each locale.”

The new—emphasis on new—restaurant will be a great relief to

Justin and his team, as everything will be new! New floor. New

kitchen. New equipment. New bar. “I’ve been putting band-aids

on mortal wounds for the better part of six years at Trinity in

anticipation of the building teardown—and I’m out of bandaids,”

he reflects.

Guests can expect a space that is warm, cozy, open and inviting,

with a touch of rustic and modern. The restaurant will seat

between 75 and 80 guests and will include ample bar seating as

well as outdoor dining.

New Restaurant Coming Soon

Justin and Shaunavee are dedicated to creating a dining

destination that will appeal to everyone. “Our favorite part of

having Trinity at City Beach is the wide reach of customers we

have served from all walks of life and backgrounds, locals and

tourists, and the many newcomers to the area,” smiles Justin. “We

aim to have inclusive food and beverage services for everyone;

the overall experience will be defined by the customer, not us.

“We learned many years back that the customers will help

refine your services, but ultimately, we are responsible for

providing great service and the highest quality products at

affordable prices.”

Having been a part of the restaurant industry for more than

a decade, Justin is grateful for the opportunity that has been

afforded him to be a part of the community as a person, volunteer

and business owner. “My wife and I are eternally grateful for the

support of this community and our staff. We’ve always tried to

live by the motto, ‘Give back to the community that has given so

much to you.’”

New Restaurant Coming Soon

113 Main St. | Sandpoint, ID

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Trinity at City Beach

58 Bridge St.| Sandpoint, ID

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BRINGING

COMMUNITY

TOGETHER

NORTH IDAHO’S NEIGHBORHOOD PUBS

By Jillian Chandler

It was 1996. The Coeur d’Alene dining scene was

wanting, and two friends stepped up to fill a void.

That’s how it all began, when John Grollmus and

Brad Fosseen sought out to open their first restaurant—

and soon after, Moon Time was born.

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.

The food is paired with 19 carefully selected beer

handles and a wide variety of wines, chosen specifically

to complement the fare.

Since day one, Moon Time has provided the community

a warm and comfortable atmosphere where guests feel

at home and are provided an exceptional experience—

every time. Twenty-five 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. John and Brad created their own

small community within the larger community, and

it has been met with success and the satisfaction of

their diners.

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

smiles John.

The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, fast,

accommodating and efficient, and John credits them

for Moon Time’s longtime success. “Collectively, the

staff is the best you’ll ever find, and they make the place

what it is,” affirms John.

With Moon Time being a neighborhood favorite for

Coeur d’Alene diners, John and Brad decided to bring

a similar concept to the Hayden community. Hayden

Lake can be found just north of Coeur d’Alene, and this

small town has been dishing up some big flavors since

the debut of The Porch Public House in 2003. Here you

are invited to enjoy a meal in a comfortable setting

while overlooking golf-course views. “The location

is really off the beaten track and quite beautiful,”

says John.

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Since opening its doors 18 years ago, The Porch has

earned the distinct reputation as “Hayden Lake’s

gathering place,” and John and Brad could not be

prouder to be able to continue to offer a retreat for the

community to relax and enjoy a wonderful meal out.


Open year-round, The Porch features many similar

menu items to Moon Time, with some that are distinct

to its locale. From the delicious sandwiches, salads

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

to great food at even better prices. “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.

No meal would be complete without a great drink! In

addition to their extensive selection of great regional

brews and wines, The Porch offers its customers a full

bar, which allows them to provide guests a variety of

delicious and creative cocktails made to order by their

experienced bar staff.

Community is at the forefront of all that John and

Brad do. Experience what community should look like

… at Moon Time in Coeur d’Alene and The Porch in

Hayden Lake.

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THE FRESHEST FISH

IN TOWN!

North Idaho’s one and only fish market and grill

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

f 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 and Grill

in Coeur d’Alene can cater to you!

Opened in August of 2007 by husband-and-wife team Bob and

Jennifer Palm, guests will be treated to a relaxed atmosphere that is

family friendly; your one-stop shop for the freshest fish and seafood

in town. Whether you plan to shop the market to prepare a meal at

home or want a fast, casual lunch or dinner, Bob and Jennifer have

you covered.

“We feel so fortunate to be in our 14th year of business!” smiles Jennifer.

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.

When choosing to dine in, menu items feature fresh catches and

everything from calamari and eel to salmon, tuna and shellfish. Their

Fish and Chips continue to be one of their most popular items—

with nearly a dozen options including mahi-mahi, small oysters and

wild Patagonia pink shrimp. New to the menu are their vibrant poke

bowls—a must try!

“We have so many delicious

choices!” affirms Jennifer.

During the warm summer and fall months, those in the

Inland Northwest find themselves spending as much time outdoors as

possible. If you’re looking for a great way to bring some variety and

excitement to your next barbecue, Fisherman’s Market has everything

you’re looking for—and more!

“We have earned the trust of our customers for seafood. We are always

happy to help anyone by providing helpful hints and answer any

questions they may have,” shares Jennifer.

See for yourself what fresh catches can be found at Fisherman’s Market.

Bob and Jennifer invite you to dine and shop with them year-round

11am to 8pm Tuesday through Saturday.

215 W. Kathleen Ave.

Coeur d’Alene, ID

208.664.4800

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A WORLD OF CUISINE IN

COEUR D’ALENE

Local couple brings flair and flavor

By Jillian Chandler

The Syringa. The Bluebird. The Monarch. These are all symbolic

of Idaho, as they represent the state’s flower, bird and insect. In

addition, each represents a North Idaho dining establishment

that has become synonymous with Coeur d’Alene. Thanks to

owners Viljo and Autumn Basso, Syringa Japanese Café + Sushi Bar,

Bluebird - A Midtown Eatery and Monarch Ramen + Noodle House are

well-known and loved throughout the community—and beyond.

The names reflect an appreciation for this place they call home; the

restaurants an homage to their travels and the various cuisines they’ve

experienced throughout them.

It all began in 2007, when the couple introduced their first restaurant

to the Coeur d’Alene community—Syringa Japanese Café + Sushi Bar.

Satisfying customers since first opening their doors, you are guaranteed

to find 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 prepare, guests will taste the difference. And with a flair

for originality and excellence, Syringa continues to stand apart from the

rest. Stop in for lunch or dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

Down the street from Syringa is where you will find The Bluebird - A

Midtown Eatery, which the husband-and-wife team opened in 2016.

Quickly garnering a large following that continues to flourish, this casual

neighborhood bistro-style restaurant serves lunch and dinner Tuesday

through Sunday, featuring a menu inspired by the couple’s 25 years of

culinary travels and adventures.

Seasonal as much as possible, the menu items change frequently with

specials offered weekly, allowing diners to try something new each time

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they visit. Pair your meal with a glass of

wine from their outstanding wine list (don’t

forget to join their monthly wine club!) or

something from their great selection of beer,

ciders and sours.

Join them for dinner 4 to 9pm Tuesday

through Thursday and 4 to 10pm Friday, with

lunch and dinner served weekends, 11am to

10pm Saturday and 11am to 9pm Sunday.

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 to fill a void and bring

new flavor to town, the intimate and casual

42-seat restaurant serves lunch and dinner

11am to 8pm Tuesday through Sunday and

features a menu of house-specialty ramen

and noodle dishes (with vegetarian and

gluten-free option available), as well as a

variety of small-plate options.

Offering three distinct dining destinations,

Viljo and Autumn are proud to provide each

guest a unique—and delicious—meal, no

matter where they choose to take a seat.

The Bluebird - A Midtown Eatery

816 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, ID

208.665.3777 | MidtownBluebird.com

Syringa Japanese Café + Sushi Bar

1710 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, ID

208.664.2718 | SyringaSushi.com

Monarch Ramen + Noodle House

1401 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, ID

208.966.4230 | MonarchNoodles.com

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them good food, good service and

good prices, and they will come back again

and again!”

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It was a quarter century ago that Raci Erdem, a native of Turkey,

first brought the flavors of the Mediterranean to North Idaho.

And the delicious aromas and flavors have continued to keep the

seats filled and diners smiling at The White House Grill in Post

Falls. Here, in addition to the delicious cuisine, patrons will enjoy

a comfortable and relaxed family friendly environment, where 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.

More than a decade later, with one successful restaurant under his

belt, Raci opened the doors to The Oval Office Bistro & Martini

Bar. Located just down the street from The White House, here

diners would be treated to an American bistro with a foreigner flare

while still offering delicious cuisine and an exceptional experience.

At this cozy, romantic small-seat eatery, patrons can appreciate a

world of flavors with the small-plate and entrée offerings.

A full bar highlights great beer, wine and specialty cocktails, with a

martini list featuring 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! Known for its happiest of happy hours in the

Northwest, offered twice daily, enjoy all martinis and appetizers

at a fraction of the price! The community fireplace on the large

outside patio can seat 12 around it, and the European-style awning

allows patio dining year-round! It’s the perfect outdoor spot to

sit back and take in the warmth on a summer’s day or evening,

surrounded by friends with a cocktail in hand and a meal ready

to be enjoyed.

“Customer service is our number one priority!” affirms Raci.

The offerings found at The White House and Oval Office won’t be

found on any other menu in the area. “I am a lover of restaurants

and traveling to different countries, which gives me good, fresh

ideas!” smiles Raci. “People who’ve never been to our restaurants

should visit us to see how different and tasty our food is!”

Whether you choose to take a seat at The White House Grill or The

Oval Office Bistro & Martini Bar in Post Falls, you will be treated

to a delightful experience, sure to leave you planning your next

visit before you’ve even finished your meal.

Both White House Grill and Oval Office are open for lunch, dinner

and late-night dining daily starting at 11am. Raci looks forward to

guests coming in, not just for the food and drink, but to enjoy the

overall experience he and his team have created.

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Spokane has truly established itself as

a culinary hot spot here in the Inland

Northwest; a city where chefs—many

of whom are award winning and nationally

recognized—take pride in the meals they

create for their guests to enjoy. Innovation

and a respect for superior ingredients and

products can be seen on menus throughout

the city.

An adventure for your palate awaits at many

of Spokane-area restaurants; it’s up to you

where you want to explore first! Take a seat

and enjoy a memorable meal at one of the

locally owned dining destinations. You are

sure to leave inspired, with an appreciation

for a meal well done like never before.

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Let’s Dance!

Live music returns to Sandpoint icon

BY COLIN ANDERSON

andpoint’s “hometown bar,” the 219 is ready to celebrate

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this summer after a very difficult year. “Overcoming the

pandemic has probably been the single biggest challenge

bars have faced since the days of prohibition,” explains

219 owner Mel Dick. His team had to close its doors on

several occasions—and the music that is the lifeblood of

the historic bar was also put on hold. Now, they’re just ready to get back

to what the 219 does best: great drinks and great music.

Beginning over the Fourth of July weekend, the 219 will be featuring

live bands on the patio (weather permitting) every Saturday evening

and some additional Fridays as well. If the weather pushes the music

inside, fans won’t miss a beat while tapping their toes to a state-ofthe-art

sound system inside. “We love to feature local and regional

musicians,” says Mark Terry, manager. “We really work hard to line up

music that everyone can get into.” That range includes everything from

high-energy funk to classic rock and roll and bluegrass.

By October, the 219 will have been in continuous operation for 87

years—with the exception of a brief period during 1936 and 1937, when

the original bar, The Old Bohemia Club, was reconstructed on the site

due to a fire. “In fact, as you look up at the massive beams in the bar, you

can still see the charring from the fire,” says Mel.

Over the last several years, Mel says the “Niner” has evolved from a

smoke-filled dive bar to a non-smoking venue serving great classic

cocktails, craft beers and wine in a fun-filled atmosphere that everyone

enjoys. During the daytime you’ll also find a “Cheers” type atmosphere.

“Our regulars discuss everything from local happenings to solving the

world’s problems. The crowd at night is playing pool or listening to

music while enjoying a great rotating craft beer or cocktail,” he adds.

This summer, try the flagship margarita, old fashion, or choose from

a great selection of rare bourbons. Another favorite is the huckleberry

mojito, as the mint is grown on the outdoor patio, and Mark picks the

berries himself from his secret spot. Either way, make it a point to visit

one of the Northwest’s longest running—and still standing—watering

holes.

“We are a historic hometown bar that has evolved over the years, where

everyone is welcome and feels comfortable having a good time at the

‘Niner,’” shares Mel.

219 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, ID

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Lucky

A REPUTATION FOR GREAT FOOD

AND STELLAR SERVICE

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

It’s been more than two decades since

friends and owners John Grollmus and

Brad Fosseen opened the doors to The

Elk Public House in Browne’s Addition.

All these years later, and despite the

hurdles 2020 and early 2021 brought to

the restaurant industry, The Elk remains

a staple in the Spokane community that

diners continue to flock to.

With a long-standing reputation for

delicious food and top-notch service,

the staff at The Elk is sure to meet—if

not exceed—your expectations each and

every time you take a seat at one of their

tables. Guests, both young and young

at heart, continue to fill the seats and

show their unwavering support to John,

Brad and their dedicated team. “The Elk

appeals to anyone and everyone,” says

John. “And we strive to serve our guests

the best—every time.”

Consistently good food and atmosphere

along with friendly service and menu

items offered at a reasonable price

keep diners coming back for more.

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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 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.

Spokane’s South Hill neighborhood was in for a treat when the restaurant duo decided to expand

their restaurant family to include Two Seven Public House. Opening to an eager community in April

of 2008, it quickly gained the status as one of Spokane’s best-kept secrets. Now in its 14th year, the

restaurant continues to fulfill its reputation for great food, great drinks and stellar service.

Here you can choose from their inventive house-made soups and weekly specials, as well as customer

favorite menu items like the Salpicon Texas Shredded Beef Tacos, the famous Smash Burger, Crispy

Beer-Battered Fish Tacos—and you cannot forget that infamous Roasted Corn Pasta.

Maintaining consistency, quality and low employee turnover ensures guests the best each time they

visit The Elk and Two Seven. In addition, the staff is willing to adapt when needed, all while keeping

what people love consistent.

“We have always tried hard to be open and available to provide for our guests seven days a week, 363

days a year. We remain dedicated to doing whatever we can to serve our guests.”

John and Brad are proud to provide the community with great food while also affording them the

opportunity to create great jobs for their employees—which is why you will 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 to unwind with a cold

brew and a bite, check out The Elk Public House in Browne’s Addition or Two Seven in Spokane’s

South Hill, where the owners care for their staff, and the staff is honored to dish up excellence to the

community they serve.

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1931 W. Pacific Ave., Spokane, WA

509.363.1973

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BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

Year after year, MAX at Mirabeau, Spokane Valley’s premier

dining destination, continues to offer its award-winning

cuisine and service to each guest who walks through

their doors.

“MAX serves as a focal point for your culinary, special occasions

and entertainment needs,” says Ben Meharg, general manager for

MAX at Mirabeau.

Open 6am to 10pm Sunday through Thursday, 6am to 11pm Friday

and Saturday, and catering to diners of all ages with its extraordinary

breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and weekend brunch, the exemplary

culinary team behind the eclectic bistro-style food strives to deliver

delicious cuisine by using only the best products with an equally

pleasing presentation.

To enhance your dining experience, MAX’s chefs have created a menu

replete with thoughtfully planned items that are scratch made using

the freshest ingredients. At MAX, they utilize produce and products

from local purveyors, growers, bakers, winemakers and brewers

whenever possible in order to bring their guests the highest quality

products available. From the hand-carved prime beef MAX is known

for, to the made-from-scratch in-house sauces, appetizers, entrées

and desserts, a meal prepared and served by the MAX team always

impresses—and as you leave, you’ll already be planning your next

visit back.

“The round-the-clock team of experienced chefs and dedicated

culinarians are behind the magic that’s cooked up in the MAX

kitchen,” Ben says proudly. “In addition, our success is attributed to

our exceptional service team, who are dedicated to the profession of

truly engaged dining.”

You can also opt to dine in the courtyard on the outdoor patio, which

can seat 55 patrons.

MAX is located inside the Mirabeau Park Hotel & Convention

Center—a destination all its own!

Mirabeau Park Hotel & Convention Center is located within an easy

drive of 76 lakes, five major ski areas and 49 golf courses! Nestled in

the scenic Spokane Valley, just off Interstate 90 at Exit 291B, the hotel

is only minutes away from downtown Spokane, the Industrial Park,

Liberty Lake Technology Park, Spokane Valley Mall, Sports USA

complex, Spokane Arena, Splash Down Waterpark, Plante’s Ferry

Park, Riverfront Park, the Spokane International Airport, and Post

Falls and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

“We are an officially appointed three diamond AAA hotel and the only

full-service hotel in the Spokane Valley,” says Revenue, Marketing &

Administration Manager, Troy DeLatte. “And with over 17,000 square

feet of meeting space and on-site catering personnel, we can help with

all of your meeting needs.”

The hotel, which is in the midst of a multi-million-dollar renovation,

has everything to accommodate the business traveler or the entire

family. Amenities include: luxurious rooms and pristine bathrooms;

pool, hot tub and exercise room; two well-manicured dog parks

perfect for families traveling with their canine friends; relaxing

courtyard setting, offering an escape from the city and more!

Mirabeau Park Hotel & Convention Center also offers corporate and

sports tournament room rates and convention space. Combined with

the exceptional staff, your stay at Mirabeau Park Hotel & Convention

Center is sure to be a memorable experience that you will treasure!

Whether you are a visitor to the area or are looking for that perfect

staycation destination, let the staff at Mirabeau Park Hotel &

Convention Center take care of you, while you sit back, relax and

enjoy. And don’t forget to treat yourself to a wonderful meal at MAX!

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Veraci is Now

Versalia Pizza!

NEW NAME, SAME GREAT EXPERIENCE

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

For the past 12 years, Veraci Pizza had been a staple in

the Spokane community. Throughout the years, the

restaurant has evolved, and when the time came to

renegotiate their agreement with the Seattle-based trademark

brand, owners Laura and Seth Carey decided it was time to

move forward to expand under their own brand—and Versalia

Pizza was born in February 2021.

“We’ve been pleasantly surprised with how well the transition

has gone. The only complaint that we’ve heard is that people

don’t know how to pronounce our new name,” Laura laughs.

Guests will partake in the same experience as before and find

their favorite items—with the addition of some new musttry

menu choices. To complement the award-winning pizza,

guests will be treated to appetizers like the Caprese Plate,

Antipasto, Garlic and Herb Flatbread, a variety of salads and

mouth-watering house-made desserts. “Our food menu has

something for everyone,” Laura says. “Many people come for

the salads when they’re not craving pizzas, and we’ve added

vegan cheese as well as a vegan pizza to expand our offerings

to more customers!”

With a drink menu that changes seasonally, patrons will find

the ideal concoction perfect for a warm summer evening out

on the restaurant’s patio. They have a collaborative beer with

Hidden Mother Brewery called Hands on the Wire that is on

tap and very popular. “We look forward to more local brewery

collaborations,” states Laura.

When you dine at Versalia, you get the full Kendall Yards

experience. “You can shop, get a massage, go for a post-dinner

walk on the Centennial Trail or take your family to ice cream

when you’re done eating our smoky flavored wood-fired pizza!”

Laura says, adding, “When you come into our restaurant and

eat our food, buy our merchandise and spend your time with

us, you are 100 percent supporting a local Spokane business!”

Versalia Pizza is open daily 11am to 9pm. You may see their

mobile pizza oven around Spokane and North Idaho at special

events and weddings this summer.

Stay tuned for a second Versalia location opening this fall in

Liberty Lake’s River District!

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1021 W. Riverside Ave.

Spokane, WA

509.489.2112

DryFlyDistilling.com

Being the first post-prohibition craft distillery in Washington gave

Dry Fly Distilling owner’s Don Poffenroth and Terry Nichols a

head start on what is now a booming industry. Still, both knew

they had to create a superior product in order to keep customers

coming back and to continue to expand. As evidenced by its new home,

Dry Fly is atop the minds of spirit drinkers—not just in the Northwest,

but across the entire country. After adding New Jersey, Pennsylvania

and Maine to their goal of eventually distributing to all 50 states, the fly

fishing buddies are now more excited than ever to open the doors to a new

experience for their customers.

“The new facility brings together so many things that we need: increased

capacity, the ability to lay down more whiskey, as well as offering Spokane

a really cool gathering place downtown. I think I am most excited to see

the looks on people’s faces when they see the place for the first time,

says Terry.

The new 24,000-square-foot facility, located in the Spokesman-Review’s

previous printing operations building, will increase the production

capacity from 20,000-proof gallons to 75,000, with the ability to expand

even further in the future. The distillery will start with four 650-gallon

fermenters but can house as many as 10, along with an additional column

still. The bigger space will allow the bottling line to be optimized at 1,000

bottles per hour and increase the canning capacity of the very popular On

the Fly cocktails from 40 cans a minute to 100. Once the new distillery is

fully operational, Dry Fly will go from 16 to 35 employees.

The new 70-seat restaurant will pay homage to Spokane’s history and

include imagery of the distillery’s namesake. There will also be a separate

tasting room and gift shop, as well as an event space, and the state-of-theart

kitchen will allow chefs to exercise their creativity.

“There will be a focus on developing a variety of tasty small plates to

complement happy hour, as well as some handhelds and entrees. We will

incorporate some of our spirits and the gin botanicals into unique dishes

as well,” explains Terry.

Dry Fly is also seeing its On the Fly canned craft cocktails continue to

gain in popularity. While there are plenty of mild or nearly flavorless hard

seltzers on the market, Dry Fly’s line is not to be confused as a seltzer but

a true craft cocktail you can take “on the fly.”

“Premium Dry Fly spirits, fresh juices and cocktail syrups, all-natural

ingredients that actually taste good, and we focused on flavor first,”

says Terry. “I mean, we use real 100 percent Idaho huckleberry syrup in

our Huckleberry Lemonade. Who does that? Nobody, because it is too

expensive, but you taste that drink and you are glad we did!”

Be on the lookout for a new gin-based Greyhound in stores this summer.

Dry Fly will also be releasing a Huckleberry Vodka, and a few more

special bottles to commemorate its new home. Stop by the new location

and prepare to be wowed!

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SHOP WINE

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LOCAL WINERIES AND WINE STORES MAKE IT EASY

FOR YOU TO FIND YOUR NEXT BOTTLE OF WINE

- BY JILLIAN CHANDLER -

Online shopping has become popular over the past decade, but

even more so once the pandemic hit. While many of us may

have missed browsing the aisles, hand selecting each item

then gently placing it into our basket, many are enjoying the

freedom that virtual shopping has afforded them—mainly time saved

and shopping safely with most everything you’re looking for at your

fingertips with the press of a button.

While the Inland Northwest continues to open, whatever the current

phase is, the last thing you have to worry about is ensuring your wine

rack and fridge are filled with your favorite local wines.

As many area wineries and wine shops offer wine club memberships, this

benefits consumers in a number of ways: hand-selected wines from the

professionals, catered to your preferred tastes; pickup onsite or delivery

to your door; a tantalizing surprise with each new bottle you open and

taste; and, of course, convenience!

Latah Creek Wine Cellars in Spokane Valley, Washington, offers their

award-winning wines online. Just fill your online shopping cart with

your favorites, and select whether you'd like to pick up your order from

the winery, or have it shipped. They are able to ship to nearly half the

states in the county, including Idaho and Washington, New York, Alaska,

Florida, Washington, DC, and more!

“We are so excited to have our wines and more available for purchase

online!” shares Natalie Barnes, winemaker at Latah Creek. “The

convenience of being able to shop 24/7 is fantastic. It is great to be able to

order wine and/or gift baskets for any occasion and have it delivered right

to their door, or send it as the perfect gift for anyone on your list. It allows

us to be available to customers at the times that are most convenient

for them.”

Latah Creek also offers their WineClub, with five different categories,

featuring the best of their wines chosen to each member’s taste and budget.

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“With our

expertise, we

help with wine

selections that suit

your palate, pair well

with your meals and

broaden your experience.”

There are several benefits to joining Latah Creek's WineClub,

shares Natalie, from special discounts to invitations to

WineClub member-only events, complimentary tasting

fees and more. Each WineClub selection is based on a few

parameters, according to Natalie, including wines that are

ready to drink right now (pre-release and/or library wines,

new releases, and wines that pair with the season). Visit

LatahCreek.com and select “WineClub” to find out more and

sign up for the category that best suits your palate.

Wine4U, based in Sandpoint, Idaho, is a wine club subscription

service that prides itself on being able to provide wine lovers—

both near and far—access to exploring a wide range of different

and unique wines and varietals that may have never been

discovered otherwise! Pick-up times are available for those local

to Sandpoint, but for those residents in Idaho further from town,

they can ship it to your door. Wines are handpicked for clients to

try. Wine4U currently offers two tiers to the wine club, priced $35

and $65 respectively. To find out more about this wine collective, and

to sign up to join, visit Wine4UOnline.com.

In 2007, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was introduced to a one-of-akind

upscale wine and gift shop, where owners and husbandand-wife

team Mary Lancaster and George Balling offer a broad

selection of wines from most regions, both domestics and imports.

If you are looking for that perfect wine to pair with your next meal

or to gift a family member, friend or co-worker, look no further than

The Dinner Party.

“With our expertise, we help with wine selections that suit your palate, pair

well with your meals and broaden your experience,” smiles Mary.

At The Dinner Party, they offer wines for every taste and budget, with current wine

selections online ranging from just $13 to $135 per bottle.

You can choose between their two wine clubs: the Party Pack and the Sommelier

Club. The Party Pack wine club gives members the opportunity to try the best new wines

available, with all selections designed to expand one’s wine experience and knowledge. Club

months are February, May, August and November, with three bottles per pack averaging $20

per bottle. The Sommelier Club gives members access to the shop’s most sought-after, highly allocated

wines—focusing on collector wines from both domestic and international producers. Selections for this premier

club are priced at the $125 to $200 range, with one bottle selected for each club month (March, June, September and

December). Visit TheDinnerPartyShop.com to sign up and get shopping.

You can sign up for LiveForBlu Gallery Wine Bar's exclusive Club, in which they celebrate the best wines in the Northwest

and beyond.

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wine time is ALL summer long

Club members receive one or more monthly

bottles, and members are welcome to mix

and match any number of club membership

options. Owner Cameron Howard, with the

assistance of a Level 1 Certified Sommelier,

selects only the best tasting wines to be

shared with Club members, who also receive

discounts and perks within the Gallery Wine

Bar, which can be found at 505 Sherman

Avenue in downtown Coeur d'Alene. Sign

up today at LiveForBlu.com and click on

"The Club."

Possibilities has been a staple in downtown

Coeur d'Alene since opening its doors

in 2004, adding their monthly

Wine Club six years later.

For more than a decade,

owners Lee and Jill Kausen

focus on wines from the

Northwest, along with

an extensive selection

from California and

more limited selection

of imports. They invite

those interested in the

wine club to stop in the

store so they can personally

share all the benefits of being

a member.

"We have the opportunity to taste through a

number of wines on a weekly basis, selecting

the wines that we think are worthy of being

a club wine, keeping in mind the profile of

what people like, but also moving individuals

to try something out of the box,” shares

Jill. Offering wine and custom gift baskets,

huckleberry products and gourmet food,

visit CdAGifts.com.

Vino! A Wine Shop in Spokane offers not

only their Wine of the Month Club but their

Connoisseur (Discount Buying) Club. They

offer their highly esteemed Cellar Collection

quarterly, with all wines priced less than $100.

At Vino!, they sample nearly 200 wines each

month, selecting the best wines from around

the world in specific price categories, which

range from around $15 per month to less

than $50. Check out VinoWine.com to get

started today!

For additional online shopping and/or

wine club options, check out Vine & Olive

(VineandOliveCdA.com) and Castaway

Cellars (CastawayCellars.com) in Coeur

d’Alene; Pend d'Oreille Winery (POWine.

com) in Sandpoint; and Nectar Wine and

Beer (NectarWineandBeer.com) and Arbor

Crest Winery (ArborCrest.com) in Spokane.

When it comes to selecting that next bottle

of wine, you can leave it up to the trusted

professionals. All you need to worry about is

imbibing that lovely glass of wine. Cheers.

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After a day at the lake stop by our wine bar &

enjoy the Northwest’s best wines by the glass or

bottle, pairing bites & artwork from modern local

artists all with great vibes. We also host private

parties/events; a perfect space & location to

dream up your next gathering!

liveforblu.com | 208.314.1804 | 505 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID

Open Tuesday-Saturday, 3pm-9pm & Sunday, 11am-5pm

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39TH ANNIVERSARY!

Celebrating the award-winning wines of Spokane’s long-standing winery

By Jillian Chandler

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stablished 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 daughter Natalie Barnes, they are

continuing that mission 39 harvests later.

Wine lovers have continued to enjoy sipping wines while visiting

with friends and neighbors in the beautifully remodeled tasting

room and gift shop at Latah Creek Wine Cellars in Spokane

Valley, Washington. The open space, which can comfortably

accommodate patrons and easily adhere to social distancing rules,

has become a gathering place to relax and taste. As winemaker

Natalie says, “We love that people can have a wonderful place to

sit and sip our wine, while being able to see all of our fabulous gifts

at the same time.”

Currently at the winery, you will find nearly 20 wines that are

available for tasting, by the glass or bottle purchase. They are

excited to once again be offering wine tastings, in which you can

enjoy five tastes of your choice for just $5! The new assortment

of recently released wines is just another reason to stop by

the winery.


“We have a few 2020 vintage wines that we are so excited for!” shares Natalie.

Latah Creek’s Orange Moscato was released in January after their one-year

supply sold out in less than eight months. They released their small-lot 2020

Chenin Blanc the end of March, which was followed by their Gold Medal

winning 2019 Pinot Gris in April.

“One of the most anticipated releases was our Sangria, which was released

on May 1. This is a limited time available wine that sells out every year!” says

Natalie. “Oh, and I can’t forget our 2020 Maywine!” Bottled in late March, it

was released in mid-April. “We have been sold out of this wine for over six

months, and we weren’t sure if we were going to be able to make it again,”

she explains. “But we were able to find a source for the woodruff herbs used

to make this wine (we had been unsuccessful at finding them since 2018).”

The gift shop, which is a labor of love for Ellena, is truly unique, offering

many gift and gourmet food items that can’t be found anywhere else! “We

love sending customers home with gift baskets that will make them shine,”

smiles Natalie.

Natalie joined her father in the family business of winemaking in 2004, and

her passion for her craft continues to grow with each season. She is grateful

to be able to do what she loves while working alongside her parents. “When

working with your family, there is a closeness that you can’t get on your own,”

she says. “We love sharing wine with one another.”

With two daughters of her own, Natalie looks forward to passing down her

love and appreciation of food and wine to the next generation. “I hope that I

can have the same experience with them as I am having with my parents and

being able to work alongside them.”

You won’t want to miss Latah Creek Wine Cellars’ 39th Anniversary

Celebration, which will take place mid-July at the winery.

13030 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley, WA

509.926.0164 | LatahCreek.com

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style

WATCH

Rediscover a love for fashion with this season’s

bright and breezy trends

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fashion will reflect a shift in energy alongside the shift in temperature. While stay-home comfort was

the emphasis of 2020’s clothing trends, the summer of 2021 reflects the refreshing new outlook that

comes with leaving last year behind.

From their months of working from home, many designers have emerged inspired, with looks that

will help us rediscover what we love about dressing up. This season’s top trending looks in fashion

are bold and colorful—stepping away from excess use of safe, neutral tones to reflect the dreamy

optimism of moving forward into a lighter, brighter period of time.

Now is the time to put away those sweatsuits and embrace the feel-good colors and prints headed

our way.

FULL-LENGTH FANTASY

Even as emphasis pulls away from cozy cottons and athleisure, you can still embrace maximum style

with minimal effort using a single statement piece: the maxi dress. Breezy and full-length dresses will

be everywhere this year, in hues and prints of all kinds.

SUMMER SHEERS

Functional summer fashion is all about staying cool, and light layers are one of the best ways to do

so. Sheer dresses and tops are here in abundance, for draping warm-weather layers in the form of

sheer maxi dresses, fishnet-inspired skirts and wide-open knits. Accessories will play a big part in

embracing this trend—add a thin belt to tie the open knit look together, or layer with a macrameinspired

boho bag sharing a similar, stringy vibe.

EMBELLISHMENTS AND SWEET DETAILS

The warmer season will hang onto accessories and jewelry enhanced by key elements like chains,

charms and pearls. Layered necklaces will add interest while shiny baubles on earrings and chokers

will add enough glitz to easily dress up an outfit.

BEACH VIBES

Many of this season’s looks will take you to the tropics without having to leave your hometown.

Beachy prints and island-inspired accessories will help you bring the vacation vibes wherever the

summer takes you.

PASTELS

Taking a softer turn from the neons trending in recent months, dreamy pastels will bring cooler pops

of color to your summer outfits. Seafoam green and lavender take the lead with this trend—pair them

with neutral staples like white and denim, or embrace a head-to-toe look with a suit, matching set

or maxi dress.

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SHADES FOR THE SEASON

This year’s eyewear are statement-making frames incorporating

modern updates to classic designs, creative tints and retroinspired

frames. Take your pick from sleek aviators, colored

lenses, and bright frames in new shapes like round, rectangle or

statement-making cat eyes.

YELLOW ACCESSORY AESTHETIC

Yellow purses are the must-have accessory this summer. More

versatile than you might expect, these bright accessories are a

seamless way to instantly brighten an outfit. Whether you choose a

sleek clutch or a structured handbag, a golden yellow or a mustard

hue, this is one accessory that will quickly make a difference in your

summer look. If you find one with fringe, even better—this highimpact

embellishment is back for 2021 and packs its biggest punch

as part of your wardrobe!

CROP TOPS

You’ve likely already seen them in abundance everywhere from major

retailers to your local boutiques—but crop tops are here to stay and

will continue to thrive in their prime season. Now a summertime

staple, crop tops are a go-to in 2021, with many variations available

from embellished and puffy-sleeved, to structured and tailored,

down to vacation-inspired printed bralettes. From the beach to the

farmers market, this trend will help you stay cool through all of

your summer adventures.

CUT-OUTS

Adding interest to full-length tops, minidresses and jumpsuits will

be a breeze with this year’s cutout trends. Let those obliques breathe

with subtle cutouts at the waistline that add a flattering element

to your silhouette.

WRAPPED IN STRAPS

This season, you’ll see summer tops with a twist. Straps wrapped

around an exposed waist will bring additional detail and interest

to summer silhouettes. This trend will most often be found at the

hem of crop tops, but you’ll even see it incorporated into this year’s

swimwear. Pair those strappy tops with wide trousers or mid-length

skirts and laid-back footwear for a seamlessly chic look.

STATEMENT SLEEVES

With ever-fluctuating temperatures in the Northwest, sleeves don’t

ever completely go away for a season. This year, statement sleeves are

trending—think voluminous sleeved blouses paired with short shorts,

underneath trousers or overalls, or incorporated into a light sundress.

WIDE-LEG TROUSERS

High-waisted, roomy trousers leave space to breathe while embracing

tomboy-inspired comfort. Wide-legged trousers can be paired with

fitted tops for a feminine accent and day-to-night look; or fully

embrace a slouchy-cool vibe with a vintage T-shirt.

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PLATFORM SHOES

Elevate your summer

shoe game this season

with platform sandals. This

season’s platforms come in

all shapes, styles and heights,

making it easy to find a pair that

suits you best, whether it’s a strappy

sandal or a taller take on the flip-flop.

TIE-DYE

Tie-dye made its return to popular fashion

months ago, but it’s clear that the trend is here

to stay with many more ways to wear it! This

summer, the colorful trend transfers from the stayhome

sweatsuits of 2020 and finds more fun in tiedyed

shorts, bathing suits and breezy tees with dyes of

all shades and color combinations.

SILK SCARVES

This new beach essential has new ways to rock it in 2021: as a

lightweight top or a smooth head wrap. Wrap a folded square

scarf over the top of the head and secure at the base of the neck

for keeping heated hair at bay, or pair with classic sunglasses for a

retro-inspired look.

SHOP LOCAL FOR SUMMER STYLE

The Inland Northwest has an array of stylish, forward-thinking boutiques ready

to help you step up your style game this season!

North Spokane’s Swank Boutique is full of selections both in-store and online

shopping with a range of trendy pieces from naturals to pastels that can be easily

incorporated into looks for day or night. The Swank team regularly posts to their

Instagram profile showcasing new arrivals! Catch them on social media at @swankgirl or

online at SwankBoutique.net.

Coeur d’Alene and Hayden’s three Tiffany Blue stores carry boutique and national brands that

are always on point with the most sought-after looks. Check their Riverstone, downtown Coeur

d’Alene or Hayden locations for dreamy dresses and sets, stand-out shoes and an accessory collection

wide enough to complete any look.

Additional local shopping destinations include Spokane’s Boutique Bleu, a boho-chic shop currently

operating online at BtqBleu.com, and Coeur d’Alene’s Muse + Maven boutique, promising closet essentials

for every occasion. Check out Muse + Maven’s Instagram profile @musemavenboutique for regularly updated

styling tips using trendy pieces!

The summer of 2021 will likely be a burst of fresh air after what has seemed like a very long time spent indoors. It’s

time to embrace all things bold and bright while reconnecting with the joy of expressing yourself through fashion.

The current fashion trends promise a chance to do just that, with just the right mix of color pops, effortless pieces and

retro nods. Take advantage of the beautiful boutique selection the Northwest has to offer and treat yourself to the novelty

of a refreshing new season!

embrace all things bold & bright

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an

EPIC

road

Explore Texas Hill Country, the South Texas Plains and the Gulf Coast Region

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trip

With summer upon

us, it is time for a

road trip. Texas is

so huge that the

best way to do this road trip is to fly into a city near

the areas you want to visit. For this trip we are flying

Alaska Airlines from either Spokane or Seattle to Austin,

Texas, and renting a car. This journey will take us through the

Texas Hill Country with visits to Austin and Waco, then down to the

South Texas Plains and San Antonio. The Gulf Coast Region and South

Padre Island will allow some beach time before heading back north to the

charming town of Victoria. Then it’s back to Austin for the flight home.

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AUSTIN

Make Austin your base for a few days. The city is known for its many

parks and outdoor spaces, as well as being the Live Music Capital of

the World. There is something for history lovers, foodies, outdoor

enthusiasts, music buffs and so much more. Start your visit at the

official Austin Visitor Center & Gift Shop on Fourth Street. They

offer Downtown Guided Walking Tours, and you can also book a

variety of activities and attractions right at the center. It also has a

great gift shop. There is so much to see and do in Austin; it can be

overwhelming. So, take the time before you arrive to look at all the

city has to offer and pick your favorites.

South Congress Avenue has a funky vibe with shops and great places

to eat. Kids will love the circus-themed Big Top Candy Shop, which

is like the Disney World of candy. For a fun sightseeing tour, take

an Austin Duck Adventure in an amphibious vehicle that will tour

the city, and then drive right into Lake Austin for a boat ride. In

the evening, check out one of Austin’s kid-friendly outdoor concert

venues like Guero’s Taco Bar and Oak Garden. Enjoy great food and

live music at this famed destination.

SAN ANTONIO

San Antonio is a city rich in history and a melting-pot culture

with diverse influences from Mexican, Tejano, German, Irish,

Czechoslovakian and many more. The Alamo and the San Antonio

Missions National Historical Park are a UNESCO World Heritage

Site. This site comprises the five Catholic Missions established along

the San Antonio River and represents the largest concentration of

Spanish colonial missions in North America. You can drive to the

individual sites or rent bikes through the San Antonio Bike Share

and ride along the Mission Reach Trail. With more than 65 docking

station and over 575 bikes, this is a great way to get around the area.

The city is one of two U.S. cities designated a UNESCO Creative City

of Gastronomy, and there is some amazing food. The best way to

enjoy the dining scene is at a riverfront café on San Antonio’s worldrenowned

River Walk. This 15-mile urban waterway sits tucked below

street level and can be accessed just steps away from the Alamo. You

can explore either side on the walking path or take a Go RIO river

barge for a guided tour. Go RIO also offers river shuttles that will

take you to the area known as the Museum Reach. From there you

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a great way to

REL AX

can access the Pearl, a unique culinary and shopping experience combining

retail, dining, green spaces, a riverside amphitheater, and a campus of the

Culinary Institute of America.

CORPUS CHRISTI - THE GULF COAST CAPITOL

Plan to rent a beach house on Padre Island, known as “the Island” by locals.

The Padre Island National Seashore is the longest undeveloped stretch of

barrier island in the world. Explore miles of white, sandy beaches with

windswept dunes and unobstructed views. Truly beautiful and such a

great way to relax. On this portion of your road trip, take some time to

slow down and don’t overschedule. Check out Doc’s Seafood and Steak

Restaurant for great food, live music and the most photographed sunset in

Corpus Christi. There are a variety of attractions and museums in the area.

The USS Lexington Museum is a vintage World War II aircraft carrier that

also served as a training ship for scores of Navy Pilots.

VICTORIA

The darling town of Victoria is one of the oldest cities in Texas. Immerse

yourself in history by taking the Explore Victoria Texas History Trail. Learn

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more about the area at the Museum of the Coastal Bend, which details

13,000 years of history. Add in the Old Victoria Driving Tour, featuring

over 80 homes and properties. You can even visit a historic place to

eat. Fossati’s Delicatessen was established in 1882 and is still owned

and run by the original family. You’ll be treated to great sandwiches,

soups and daily specials all in a building on the National Register of

Historic Places.

Head out of town to Goliad, home to the Presidio La Bahia, and one

of the world’s finest examples of a Spanish frontier fort. It played a

significant role in Texas history. A fun excursion is to rent a kayak

and explore the 25-mile-long Victoria Paddling Trail along the slowmoving

Guadalupe River; perfect for all levels of paddlers. Plan to

finish up near the PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar set in a

historic location with great food.

Insider’s Tip: You can earn a free specially designed “I Explored

Victoria, Texas” T-shirt when you visit at least three of the designated

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history stops and take a picture or selfie.

Visit ExploreVictoriaTexas.com for

more information.

Waco is

so much

more than

just the

TV show.

WACO

Most people know Waco from Chip

and Joanna Gaines home improvement

show, HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.” Due to its

popularity, the Waco Convention & Visitors

Bureau created the self-guided Magnolia

Trail. There are also local companies that

give tours to see some of the homes featured

on the show. If you can’t get enough, you can

rent one of the three homes renovated by

the Gaines and offered as vacation rentals.

Waco is so much more than just the TV

show. There is a lovely historic district and

a vibrant downtown area. One of the most

unique attractions in the area is the Waco

Mammoth National Monument, where the

remains of 25 mammoths can be found.

Tour the dig shelter, with its suspended

walkway that provides a stunning view of

the mammoths. Another not-to-miss site

is the 416-acre Cameron Park, which has

dramatic bluffs overlooking the Brazos

and Bosque rivers, and an extensive trail

system. It is considered one of Waco’s

greatest treasures.

From Waco, work your way back to Austin

for your plane ride home.

Insider Tip: Texas can get hot during

the summer. Plan to bring each person a

refillable water bottle and drink plenty of

water to stay hydrated. Make sure to bring

plenty of sunscreen, and hats go a long way

to protect you from the sun.

The Specifics

Austin Visitor Center and Gift Shop:

AustinTexas.org/plan-a-trip/visitor-center

San Antonio:

VisitSanAntonio.com

Corpus Christi:

VisitCorpusChristiTX.org

Victoria Texas:

ExploreVictoriaTexas.com

Waco:

WacoHeartofTexas.com

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COME FOR THE WINE,

STAY FOR THE

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STAY FOR THE

adventure

adventure

Discover the Lewis-Clark Valley AVA’s award-winning

Discover the Lewis-Clark Valley AVA’s award-winning

wine region, home to WinePress NW 2020 Idaho Winery

wine region, home to WinePress NW 2020 Idaho Winery

and Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year. Explore Hells

and Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year. Explore Hells

Canyon, North America’s deepest river gorge, aboard a

Canyon, North America’s deepest river gorge, aboard a

guided jet boat or rafting charter. Learn the rich history of

guided jet boat or rafting charter. Learn the rich history of

our region and its first people, the legendary Nimiipuu.

our region and its first people, the legendary Nimiipuu.

We think you’ll find more than a few adventures, and

We think you’ll find more than a few adventures, and

LEWISTON, ID • CLARKSTON, WA

wines, to fall in love with.

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summer

RECIPES OF

A SERIES OF RECIPES BY TINA VANDENHEUVEL, NTP

@MADEBETTERFORYOU ON INSTAGRAM

Treat your family and guests—and yourself, of course!—to some

delicious creations perfect for these warm summer months. As

fresh produce and berries are abundant during this time, be sure

to make a stop at your local farmers market to shop the fresh and

flavorful ingredients available.

Berries are the theme, adding a touch of sweetness to each

dish. Blueberry Lemon Zucchini Bread makes a delicious

accompaniment to any breakfast or brunch, while the Triple Berry

Chicken Summer Salad with Balsamic Dressing is ideal for a fresh

and healthy lunch or dinner. Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream is

the perfect treat to cool down on a hot day, and for the adults, a

refreshing Huckleberry Jalapeño Mojito is a great way to top off

a busy day.

It’s time to welcome—and taste—the flavors of summer.

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HOMEMADE

STRAWBERRY

ICE CREAM

INGREDIENTS

4 cups fresh strawberries

2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

5 organic eggs, whipped

4 cups heavy whipping cream

13.5 oz. can full fat coconut cream

1/2 cup Swerve confectioners sweetener

2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt

METHOD

• Remove stems from strawberries and cut

into quarters. Place strawberries in a large

bowl and add lemon juice. Using a fork,

mash strawberries until chunky and juice has

extracted from berries. Set aside.

• In a blender, blend eggs until mixed, about 10

seconds. Add whipping cream, coconut milk,

sweetener, vanilla and salt. Blend another

10 seconds.

• Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and

stir in strawberries. Freeze according to the ice

cream machine’s manufacturer’s directions.

When the ice cream is firm, place in a freezersafe

container and chill for 3 to 4 hours before

serving. Enjoy!

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Blueberry Lemon

Zucchini Bread

METHOD

For the Bread:

• Preheat oven to 325˚F. Line a 1.5-quart loaf pan with parchment paper and lightly butter parchment.

• In a medium size bowl sift almond flour, whey protein, coconut flour and baking soda. Ensure there are no lumps.

• In a separate medium bowl, beat melted butter, sweetener, sour cream, eggs and lemon extract. Stir in lemon zest.

Pour mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Mix in zucchini and blueberries.

• Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the

bread comes out clean. Allow bread to cool.

For the Glaze:

• In a small bowl, mix confectioners sweetener and milk until no clumps appear. Pour glaze over the top of the bread.

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INGREDIENTS

For the Bread:

I cup almond flour

1/4 cup whey protein powder

1/4 cup coconut flour

1 tbsp. baking powder

1/3 cup melted butter

1/3 cup Lakanto brand sweetener

1/3 cup sour cream

2 eggs

1 tbsp. lemon extract

zest of one lemon

1 cup shredded zucchini

1 cup fresh blueberries

For the Glaze:

1/2 cup Swerve confectioners

sweetener

2 tbsp. coconut or almond milk


Huckleberry

Jalapeño

Mojito

INGREDIENTS

4 - 6 mint leaves

1 lime wedge

1/8 cup fresh or frozen

huckleberries

1 small slice jalapeño, seeds

removed

(for more heat, add the

seeds)

1/2 tsp. Swerve

confectioners sweetener

2 oz. vodka

4 oz. club soda

METHOD

• In a 10-oz. drinking glass

of your choice, muddle mint

leaves, lime, huckleberries,

jalapeño and sweetener until

pulverized.

• Add vodka, ice and club

soda. Stir.

• For garnish, add a slice of

jalapeño and huckleberries.

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THIS YOUR

SUMMER

GO-TO!

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Triple Berry Chicken Summer

Salad with Balsamic Dressing

INGREDIENTS

For the Chicken:

1 tbsp. avocado oil

2 medium chicken breasts,

about 4 oz. each

salt and pepper

For the Salad:

1 container (5 oz.) baby spring

mix lettuce

1 medium avocado, sliced

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

1/2 cup fresh raspberries

1/2 cup fresh

strawberries, sliced

1/4 cup red onion, sliced thin

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/4 cup almonds, sliced

1/2 cup feta cheese

For the Dressing:

4 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp. brown mustard

salt and pepper

METHOD

• In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add oil. Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken

breasts and add to the pan. Cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Flip chicken over and

cook the other side until golden brown or cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove

chicken from the pan and set aside to cool.

• Using two large plates or one big platter, lay out mixed greens and top with remaining salad

ingredients. Slice chicken breasts and place on salad.

• In a mason jar, add dressing ingredients. Screw lid on mason jar and shake dressing until

completely combined. Pour dressing over salad and serve immediately.

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SIZZLE

Eats and Drinks

LOCATION GUIDE

Spokane, Spokane Valley & Liberty Lake

Coeur d’Alene & Hayden

Post Falls & Rathdrum

Sandpoint, Ponderay & Sagle

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SPOKANE,

SPOKANE VALLEY

& LIBERTY LAKE

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, 1898 grows their own herbs and locally

sources their ingredients. They invite you to eat

and drink inspired at 1898. Open starting at 11am

Monday through Thursday and 9am Saturday and

Sunday for brunch, lunch and dinner.

Spokane $-$$$

2010 W. Waikiki Rd.

509.466.2121 | 1898PublicHouse.com

BABA RESTAURANT

At Baba, guests will be treated to comfort food

with Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Asian

influences. Using techniques and spices from

around the world, paired with local, seasonal

ingredients, menu items promise to showcase

new and exciting flavors. From the Pan-Seared

Falafel and Curried Carrot Soup to the Shakshuka

(Red Pepper Stew) and Lamb Shank Tagine, and

desserts like the Honey-Walnut Baklava, Baba is

sure to become one of your new favorite dining

experiences. Open daily for brunch, happy hour

and dinner.

Spokane $$-$$$

1242 W. Summit Pkwy

509.443.4410 | BabaSpokane.com

COCHINITO TAQUERIA

Guests will be treated to fresh and delicious

cuisine created using fine-dining techniques paired

with locally and responsibly sourced seasonal

ingredients—served in a casual atmosphere along

with craft cocktails, thoughtfully selected cervezas

and spirits. From the fresh-made tortilla chips,

chicharrones and ceviche, to a variety of tacos (like

the Heritage Duroc Pork Cheek Carnitas, Steelhead

al Pastor, Grilled Adobo Chicken Breast and Fried

Maitake Mushroom) served on fresh house-made

corn tortillas, guests are in for a treat! Don’t forget

to order a side of beans, cumin and tomato rice,

pickled vegetables or guacamole. Open Monday

through Saturday starting at 11:30am, takeout is

available, and you can order online.

Spokane $-$$

10 N. Post St.

509.474.9618 | CochinitoTaqueria.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 Café in Liberty Lake and

Yards Bruncheon in Kendall Yards. Products are

baked using locally grown grains while honoring

classic techniques with hints of modern flair.

Liberty Lake $-$$

24001 E. Mission Ave., Ste. 190

EatGoodGroup.com

DRY FLY DISTILLING

Since 2007, Dry Fly Distilling has been producing

high-quality, award-winning vodka, gin and

whiskey, and more recently has added canned

craft cocktails to the list. The first distillery in

Washington state, the owners are committed

to being 100 percent farm to bottle, supporting

local farmers in the process. They invite you to

stop by their new 24,000-square-foot location,

which features the distillery, tasting room, 70-seat

restaurant with a state-of-the-art kitchen, and gift

shop. The tasty small-plate menu will complement

happy hour, as well as offer handhelds and entrees.

Dry Fly is proud to offer some of the finest craft

cocktails in the region and offers retail bottle sales.

Don’t forget to try one of their canned cocktails,

like the Moscow Mule, Gin & Tonic, Bloody Mary

and Spiced Cranberry.

Spokane $$-$$$

1021 W. Riverside Ave.

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 pubstyle

atmosphere. Open daily for lunch and dinner

from 11am to late night, check out their website

to view their menu and current specials. The Elk

Public House patio is an ideal location for outdoor

dining during the summer months to just sit back,

relax and enjoy a delicious meal and cold brew.

Spokane $-$$

1931 W. Pacific Ave.

509.363.1973 | 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 twist. Open daily

for happy hour, dinner, drinks and dessert; starting

at 4pm Sunday through Thursday, 3pm Friday

and Saturday. Dine-in, takeout and delivery are

available. They invite you to imbibe the magic!

Spokane $-$$

110 S. Monroe St.

509.309.3698 | GildedUnicorn.com

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. Choose to dine in, take out or have your

meal delivered to you. Open 11am to 8pm daily,

with happy hour 2 to 5pm!

Spokane $-$$

909 W. 1st Ave., Ste. A

509.443.4215 | IncrediburgerAndEggs.com

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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.

Since 1982, this family owned winery, with fatherdaughter

winemaker duo Mike Conway and Natalie

Barnes, has continued to deliver incredible wines at

affordable prices, with something to suit any palate.

You can 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.

Latah Creek Winery is open 9am to 5pm daily. And

don’t forget to join their WineClub!

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! Open daily

starting at 6am for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night dining, MAX at Mirabeau has made a name for

itself as Spokane Valley’s premier dining destination year after year.

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, which are highlighted 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

It’s time to take a culinary journey. Masselow’s

Steakhouse at Northern Quest Resort & Casino

features an impressive variety of prime-grade

Midwestern steaks, fresh seafood and an expansive

wine selection. Much like their wine list, all ingredients

are personally sought, sourced and tasted to meet the

chef ’s highest standards so that guests get only the

best. Masselow’s Steakhouse is fine dining at its best.

Spokane $$$

100 N. Hayford Rd.

509.481.6020 | Masselows.com

PENTAGON BISTRO & MARTINI BAR

Chef Raci Erdem (owner of The White House Grill and Oval Office Bistro & Martini Bar 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

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RIVERBANK TAPHOUSE

You’re invited to take a seat at Northern Quest Resort & Casino’s exciting and

newest 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.

Riverbank team members are Cicerone Certified Beer Servers. The taphouse is

currently operating as a top-tier venue, catering exclusively to Northern Quest’s

Titanium, Elite and VIP Camas Club members.

Spokane $-$$

100 N. Hayford Rd.

509.481.2418 | NorthernQuest.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.

Open from noon to 8pm Tuesday through Saturday for dine-in or carryout.

Catering is also available.

Spokane Valley $-$$

4110 S. Bowdish Rd.

509.919.4798 | TTsBreweryBBQ.com

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 and 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. Whether you’re seeking the best in local meats and

seafood, flour and bakery items, eggs, produce, coffee, artisan goods and more,

look no further than Share Farm.

Spokane.Share.farm

VERSALIA PIZZA

Gourmet pizzas fired with applewood from Yakima Valley baked in oven

temperatures around 1,000° F, Versalia 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, purchasing

from local farms whenever possible. These things combined result in the most

delicious pizza you’ll ever experience! And for those with food preferences or

allergies, vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.

Spokane $-$$

1333 W. Summit Pkwy

509.389.0029 | VersaliaPizza.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, Lamb Pita, 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 for lunch and dinner 11am daily until late night.

Spokane $-$$

2727 S. Mount Vernon St., Ste. 5

509.473.9766 | WeDontHaveOne.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. Here you will find the ordinary made extraordinary, from their

Wild Huckleberry Pancakes and Chicken n’ Waffles to the Breakfast Poutine

and Grilled Cheese Apple Sandwich, along with a variety of “Savory & Eggs”

breakfasts. Pair your meal with some of the best coffees and teas from around

the world.

Spokane $-$$

1248 W. Summit Pkwy

509.290.5952 | TheYardsBruncheon.com

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COEUR D’ALENE

& HAYDEN

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, there is both a café and deli onsite, as well

as gourmet foods, cheeses and Italian meats, wine

tastings, cooking classes and kitchen supplies.

Coeur d’Alene $-$$

2129 N. Main St.

208.277.4116 | CulinaryStone.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, an extensive

wine selection and warm romantic décor. Open for

dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Chef Angelo can

also cater events both big and small.

Coeur d’Alene $$

846 N. Fourth St.

208.765.2850 | AngelosRistorante.net

FISHERMAN’S MARKET

AND GRILL

Shop the freshest in fish and seafood at the fullservice

market, while the grill offers everything

from fish and chips, specialty tartars, fish tacos,

salads, steamers, catfish, oyster po’ boys and more.

And new to the menu are their vibrant poke

bowls—a must try! Complement your meal with

beer, wine or sake.

Coeur d’Alene $-$$

215 W. Kathleen Ave. Ste. A

208.664.4800 | FishermansMarketCdA.com

HONEY EATERY & SOCIAL CLUB

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu,

which offers American and Northwest-inspired

cuisine, features modern comfort foods created

using classic techniques, paired with a full bar

offering beer, wine and craft cocktails. Guests

can choose to dine in, take their order to go or

have it delivered. Open seven days a week from

8:30am to 8:30pm; Social Club hours are 7 to

11pm Thursday through Saturday.

Coeur d’Alene $-$$$

317 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. Vegetarian and glutenfree

options are available.

Coeur d’Alene $$

1401 N. Fourth St.

208.966.4230 | MonarchNoodles.com

THE BLUEBIRD -

A MIDTOWN EATERY

At this eclectic Northwest bistro in Coeur d’Alene’s

midtown, high-quality 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 Shrimp

and Grits to Osso Bucco. Open for lunch and dinner

Tuesday through Sunday.

Coeur d’Alene $$

816 N. Fourth St.

208.665.3777 | MidtownBluebird.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. Be sure

to stop on by Thursday nights for live music featuring national and local artists. You’re invited to take a seat

for lunch, dinner and late-night dining daily starting at 11am. For more information, including menu and

specials, visit their website.

Coeur d’Alene $-$$

1602 E. Sherman Ave., Ste. 116

208.667.2331 | WeDontHaveOne.com

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PILGRIM’S MARKET

Locally owned and operated since opening in 1999, Pilgrim’s Market is the Inland

Northwest’s hotspot for the finest natural and organic foods, local products,

health education and more. For the health-seeking “green” consumer wanting to

support local food growers and retailers, Pilgrim’s is a homegrown, locally owned

alternative to massive foreign-owned national chains. Pilgrim’s 25,000-squarefoot

store offers everything from organic produce to gourmet cheese, beer

and wine, bulk foods, bakery, meat, deli, supplements, gift and floral, and an

education and event center. There is also an urban farm on location. Located just

minutes off I-90, Pilgrim’s is a frequent destination for locals and a must see for

the health-conscious traveler.

Coeur d’Alene $-$$

1316 N. Fourth St.

208.676.9730 | PilgrimsMarket.com

THE PORCH PUBLIC HOUSE

A beautiful golf-course view without the cost of joining the country club makes

The Porch an ideal setting for a delicious meal any time of year. They offer a

full menu of sandwiches, salads, soups and specialties prepared from scratch

without the high price of fine dining, and the region’s finest cocktails, microbrews

and wines to accompany your meal. Feel at home in the comfortable pub-style

dining room or the fantastic outdoor dining area 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

VICINO PIZZA

Opened in October 2020, this Neapolitan-style wood-fired

pizzeria offers a creative and delicious selection of pizzas;

small plates like meatballs, fried calamari and focaccia; and an

assortment of salads and desserts. Complete your meal with

a glass of wine from the beautiful wine list or a cold craft brew.

Open daily for lunch and dinner, with outside dining available.

Coeur d’Alene $$-$$$

2385 N. Old Mill Loop

208.758.7997 | VicinoPizza.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 in midtown. Using organic produce, choice meats and wild seafood whenever

available (and no MSG), enjoy sushi, Japanese entrées, salads and soups. Syringa hits the spot

for a cozy lunch or dinner. Visit their website for current hours.

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 in Downtown Coeur d’Alene. 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! Come hungry, stay late, eat well.

Coeur d’Alene $-$$

601 E. Front Ave., Ste. 101

208.667.1170 | SweetLousIdaho.com

VINE & OLIVE EATERY AND WINE BAR

Located in Coeur d’Alene’s Riverstone Neighborhood, 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 $$-$$$

2037 N. Main St.

208.758.7770 | VineAndOliveCdA.com

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POST FALLS

& RATHDRUM

THE OVAL OFFICE BISTRO & MARTINI BAR

Open daily starting at 11am, come enjoy the Oval Office Bistro & Martini Bar’s

famous martinis and Northwest cuisine with a foreign flair. Owner and chef Raci

Erdem (also of The White House Grill, and Pentagon Bistro & Martini Bar in

Liberty Lake) has created a beautiful menu featuring great steaks, seafood and

pastas you’re sure to love! Check out the fine scotch and wine lists, and tasty

appetizers too! This is the perfect spot for after-work drinks, a night out with

friends or that special date night, with outdoor dining available.

REPUBLIC KITCHEN + TAPHOUSE

Open for dining daily, diners will find a love of American-inspired craft foods and

local brews at Republic Kitchen + Taphouse. Housed in a 1910 Post Falls home

on the National Historic Registry, take in a piece of history while celebrating

the foods you love. All beers on tap are 100 percent local or Northwest brewed;

a true “brewery to table” experience. Choose to dine indoors our outside on the

expansive patio, and takeout and delivery are also available.

Post Falls $$

120 E. Fourth Ave.

208.457.3610 | Repub.pub

Post Falls $-$$$

620 N. Spokane St.

208.777.2102 | WhiteHouseGrill.com

WESTWOOD BREWING CO.

Incredible beer and fantastic food shine 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 and

artfully crafted pub food. They invite you to dine with them for lunch and dinner

seven days a week starting at 11am.

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, where

owner/chef Raci Erdem has created a one-of-a-kind dining destination here in

North Idaho. In addition to the great food, they offer a full bar with 12 beers on

tap, a fine scotch list and seasonal outdoor dining on the patio. Open daily for

lunch and dinner, this is a great spot the entire family will enjoy.

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 “Niner.” 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.

208.263.5673 | 219.bar

LITEHOUSE FOODS

From a family owned restaurant to a 100 percent employee owned company, Litehouse foods in Sandpoint,

Idaho, has a passion and commitment to bring your family the very best products available. At Litehouse,

they only use real ingredients in all of their products ... because taste matters! From their rich, satisfying

and flavorful creamy dressings, rich and creamy cheese, vinaigrettes with a burst of flavor and Greek yogurt

dressings, to variety of dips for sweet and savory snacks as well as decadent caramel … if you’re looking for

the best in dressings, dips, cheeses and more, Litehouse serves up the best!

LitehouseFoods.com

SWEET LOU’S RESTAURANT AND BAR

Enjoy home-style comfort food made with high-quality ingredients at Sweet Lou’s. Open daily for lunch and

dinner, you’ll be treated to amazing burgers, Manny’s Beer-Battered Onion Rings, hand-cut top sirloin and

more, including the crowd favorite—Grilled PB&J with locally made huckleberry jam. There is also a full

bar featuring 16 draft beers. Open daily for lunch, dinner and drinks from 11am to 10pm.

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 next door to 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. Whether you take a seat inside

or out on the deck overlooking Lake Pend Oreille, the

views, the food, the service promise to be unmatched.

Call ahead, as hours vary by season.

Sagle $$-$$$

41 Lakeshore Dr.

208.265.2000 | 41SouthSandpoint.com

Ponderay $-$$

477272 Highway 95

208.263.1381 | SweetLousIdaho.com

TRINITY AT CITY BEACH

A seasonal menu of American cuisine with a modern spin, highlighting fresh seafood and local ingredients,

as well as Trinity’s classic dishes, will delight guests of all ages. The food is complemented by a full bar,

providing patrons great cocktails, wine and beer. An extensive menu, impressive drink list and amazing

views can all be found at Trinity at City Beach. Reservations are recommended, though not required.

Sandpoint $$-$$$

58 Bridge St.

208.255.7558 | TrinityAtCityBeach.com

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FINAL

THOUGHTS

As you may know, REAL Northwest Living is a biannual publication, and I am tasked with writing my final

thoughts every six months, which feels like six weeks (you know the feeling). This go-around feels no different,

but something has changed in these short six months—something major.

From Bonners Ferry to Spokane and everywhere in between, people have finally stopped talking about moving here and

actually did it, and they came all at once! People often want to know my opinions and have asked me why here and why now?

And I say the same thing: It’s simply a combination of things. They are fed up with big-city politics, taxes, home prices and,

of course, COVID. Yes, COVID has changed the way we work as video/email/phone are all replacing the face-to-face time

we used so prominently in the past. Add this to an underdeveloped, beautiful area; low taxes; small, accessible government;

and some of the nicest, friendliest people around. The Inland Northwest just became one of the hottest real estate markets

in the country!

As our population soars locally, we all need to be reminded that this area is still underdeveloped and undermanned. We don’t

have the infrastructure or manpower to handle the sudden surge of new residents, so let us all try to show extra patience and

kindness as we go about our day. And keep this in mind: More often than not, we are all just trying to do our best, and a little

grace goes a long way!

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