The Best of North Idaho Dining Part Three – Best Place for Drinks

There’s nothing better than going out on a Friday night for good drinks with good friends. For part three of our series, Ken Huitt suggested the best places to stop and grab drinks in our area. During your vacation, make sure to check out some of the great places we have in North Idaho for beer, wine, cocktails and more. From the best bloody mary you’ve ever had to some killer happy hour, Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding areas have you covered during your vacation when it comes to catching a buzz.

The Boathouse Bar & Grill – Hayden

The Boathouse

3799 E Hayden Lake Rd, Hayden, ID 83835
(208) 772-5057

Located along the Hayden Lake public marina, the Boathouse is more than just a great stop for drinks. With a full menu of all-american dishes, The Boathouse is a great stop during a day cruise on the boat or for some delicious dinner and drinks with the gorgeous backdrop of Hayden Lake.

Why It’s Great for Drinks –  Drinks with names like the “Grand Cadillac Margarita” and the “Magic Mojito” have to be good, right? Well Ken Huitt says they are even better than the name suggests. With it’s location build right on the lake, The Boathouse attracts visitors of all kinds. It’s always a good time at The Boathouse.

Best Buys – Ken recommends The Boathouse Bloody Mary; their signature drink. He also recommends the Huckleberry Martini for those looking for a more fruity, refreshing summer drink.

Coeur d’Alene Wine Cellar

317 E Sherman Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
(208) 664-9463

Located in a prime location for downtown vacationers, the CDA Cellar is been a popular stop for locals and tourists alike. Great decor with a fabulous team of staff help make the Cellar’s vision come alive; “Wine isn’t just a beverage, it’s an experience.”

Why It’s Great for Drinks – The CDA Wine Cellar features a state-of-the-art, 3,000 bottle of wine selection that includes local, regional and even international bottles of wine. While in the Cellar, you will often hear the sounds of light blues and soft jazz. After their expansion, the Cellar now has a wine-tasting experience they call “unlike anything in the Northwest.”

Daft Badger Brewing – Coeur d’Alene

1710 North 2nd St. Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
(208) 665-9892

Ken says the Daft Badger brewing company attracts a young, outdoorsy crowd. He says it is always a friendly, welcoming feel complete with some really great beer. Located in mid-town Coeur d’Alene, you’ll often beat the downtown crowd coming in here.

Why It’s Great for Drinks – Always trying out new experimental beers on tap, the Daft Badger rarely has a keg that doesn’t run dry. The folks at Daft Badger really know their beer, and they’re proud of it too. They also frequently have live music throughout the week, so it’s always a good time when visiting the Daft Badger.

Did I miss something? Comment below if you have a best place for drinks recommendation!

The Best of North Idaho Dining Part Two – Best for Couples

Coming to Coeur d’Alene for a romantic getaway? Your choice of restaurant can either make or break a memorable evening with your sweetheart. I think we all have memories of walking into a restaurant thinking it would be a great place to bring our significant other, only to be shocked when we were greeted by unpleasant servers, a loud dining room, and just plain old bad food. Luckily, Ken Huitt of Idaho Trust has three restaurants he recommends as best for couples coming to North Idaho. These three restaurants vary in what’s on their menu, but they all have some things in common that are sure to woo even the most die-hard romantics. In no particular order, here are Ken’s top three restaurant recommendations for couples.

Syringa (Coeur d’Alene)


1401 N 4th St, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
(208) 664-2718

Syringa features an eclectic atmosphere, cheery servers, vegetarian/vegan options and an innovative mix of chef-inspired sushi rolls. Coeur d’Alene and Spokane residents can’t get enough of this quiet, locally owned gem.

Why it’s great for couples – A small dining room with classic Japanese artistry give Syringa it’s charming, intimate appeal. If you enjoy sushi, this is the place to go in Coeur d’Alene. They only have about a 30 person occupancy so plan ahead and make reservations. Syringa also has a great wine selection, a must-have for couples.

Price – $20 – $30 a person

Location – Right on 4th street, Syringa is a great option for anybody staying in the downtown Coeur d’Alene area, Beach Town Cottage or the Bennett Bay Beach House are great choices for couples.

When To Go – With it’s small occupancy, weekends are sure to be packed. Make sure and call ahead if you are planning on going in on the weekend. Even on Monday or Tuesday nights Syringa can get quite crowded, so reservations are your best bet here.

Best Buys – Ken recommends the Dragon roll, featuring Tempura shrimp and vegetable with smelt roe; topped with tuna, avocado, Siracha sauce and spicy mayo. ($13)

Beverly’s (Coeur d’Alene)

115 South 2nd Street, 7th Floor, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
(208) 765-2300

Beverly’s is a must for couples visiting the Coeur d’Alene area for the first time. Located inside the CDA Resort, walking into the restaurant you will know you are in for a treat. Towering windows that allow for spectacular views of the lake delight guests as they dine on five star cuisine. Oh, and did I mention they have an award-winning wine list?

Why it’s great for couples – Location, location, location. I can’t say enough good things about the atmosphere Beverly’s has. The expansive views of lake Coeur d’Alene are enough to make anyone swoon. Beverly’s has over 10,000 bottles of wine available! Their menu ranges from apricot chicken to wild mushroom risotto and firecracker prawns.

Price – $50 -$75 a person

Location – As if I haven’t already said enough about their great location, you can find Beverly’s on the 7th floor of the Coeur d’Alene resort. Staying in Coeur d’Alene Place or our Coeur d’Alene Condos? Beverly’s is walking distance from your vacation rental.

When To Go – Beverly’s is a popular spot for those visiting town looking for high-end cuisine. On the weekends it tends to be busier, but they have a fairly large dining room and professional staff that keeps guests a priority. Reservations recommended.

Best Buys – Ken recommends you try Beverly’s happy hour, everyday from 5-7pm. Bonus points if you make even a small dent in their 10,000 bottle selection.

Forty-One South (The Lodge at Sandpoint)

The Lodge at Sandpoint, 41 Lakeshore Dr, Sagle, ID 83860
(208) 265-2000

Taking your sweetheart out for a skiing or snowboarding excursion at Schweitzer? Stop by the Lodge at Sandpoint and try some exclusive waterfront dining at Forty-One South!

Why it’s great for couples – Again, the view takes the cake for Forty-One South. As you can see in the image above, Forty-One South has a great waterfront dining porch, with several tables outside for the summer, and plenty inside for those winter months. Not as pricey as Beverly’s but will run you back a tad more than Syringa, Forty-One South is the ideal stop for couples in the Sandpoint area.

Price – $25 – $30 a person

Location – 30 minutes away from the mountain, an excellent choice after a long day of skiiing or if you are staying in our Sandpoint Place vacation rental.

When To Go – Compared to our other two recommendations, Forty-One South is off the beaten path. Sandpoint is a fairly small town compared to Coeur d’Alene, and this restaurant shouldn’t be too busy except on the weekends. Stop by after swimming in Lake Pend Orielle or skiing at Schweitzer!

Best Buys – Ken recommends the fried avocado fritters, a great starter for any meal.

Have you tried any of these restaurants? Let me know what you think below!

Tomorrow! Free Easter Egg Extravaganza

Kids eager to get out and enjoy some early Easter fun? Visit the PACC Easter Egg Extravaganza happening at two locations tomorrow, 4/4/15!

Coeur d’Alene Location:

Fernan Elementary – 520 N. 21st Street

Hayden Location:

Prairie Avenue Community Church – 3639 W Prairie Ave

Time Schedule:

11:00 – Event Begins

12:00 – Egg Hunt

12:15 – Prizes

The event will feature a free lunch, painting, crafts and live music. Lots of prizes will be given away including eight bikes! This is a free event for children grades 0-5. For more information call (208) 699-1142 or email PACC at You can also visit PACC’s website for more information on this and all their upcoming events at

Meet Our New Property Manager, Sheri Pierson!

Today we welcomed our newest member to the VRA team, Sheri Pierson. Sheri will be working as our property manager specialist for our new property management company, Action Property Management. I sat down with Sheri and got to know a little more about our newest team member, including why she loves property management and what her ideal family vacation is.

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Q. Tell me a little about yourself and your background in the property management field.

A. Well, I am happily married to my husband now of three years. I have four kids of my own, and two step-children. All three of our boys are married and all of our girls are still single. As for my work background, I started doing property management in 2008. I worked for a residential property management company dealing mostly with apartments. I also worked as a licensed Realtor in Spokane for JuliaSellsHomes. As a property manager, I managed over 103 apartments ranging from 1 bedroom-3 bedroom townhouses. I also have a background working in home maintenance and remodeling.

Q. What is your job title here at VRA and what do you hope to accomplish within your position?

A. I am our property manager for long-term rentals. I hope to build a great network of residents and owners and build a strong company base. I hope to expand our capabilities beyond just homes and possibly begin to include apartments, condos, and townhouses.

Q. What is the best experience you’ve had working as a property manager and why do you love it so much?

A. I love working with the people. I like helping people really. It’s challenging and fun at the same time doing this line of work. I’m working a really thin line and it keeps me on my toes. Helping people find somewhere to live while also helping owners make money with their homes puts me in an interesting position. I love the feeling of accomplishment I get from doing this work. Like I said, it’s challenging, its fun, I love it.

Q. Favorite thing about living in this area?

A. My favorite thing about living in this area are the four seasons. Even though I don’t like winter as much, everything is so beautiful. You don’t realize until you leave how beautiful this area really is.

Q. Ideal family vacation?

A. I would love to take my kids on a cruise. I went to the Caribbean for my honeymoon and absolutely loved it.

Q. Any unusual talents or little known facts about yourself you’d like to share?

A. I sing karaoke! My husband manages karaoke at Fizzie Mulligan’s in Spokane. Also, I’m deathly afraid of sharks but during my honeymoon I went scuba diving in the Caribbean and it was incredible.

Get to know more about Sheri on our “Meet the Team” page on our vacation rental authority website!

The Best of North Idaho Dining Part One – Best Family Restaurants

Some of our most popular vacationers are families. Whether you have a large or small group, a family vacation is a special time that all of us look forward to. I know that during my families vacations, some of our best times are those spent in a new restaurant that we have never tried before. Sometimes it can be hard to find the best restaurants to go to when you’re in a place you are not familiar with, so this series is meant to help vacationers pick the best places to eat in the entire North Idaho area. Family dining should be a mix of age-appropriate atmosphere, food selection and great extras like TV or games. After sitting down with Ken Huitt of Idaho Trust, he narrowed his recommendations down into a top two for families – Seasons of Coeur d’Alene and The Porch Public House in Hayden.


209 E Lakeside Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
(208) 664-8008

Seasons of CDA is located at an old brewery’s location. Seasons has a wide assortment of food, from top burgers and brews, soup and salad, seafood, steak, chicken and more.

Why it’s great for families – Seasons has a large TV, big dining area and Ken says the restaurant is “never too loud.” They also have a great selection of food for all preferences.  Seasons wins big points with their year-round catering service, so if you have a big family event happening during your stay, consider them to cater your event. They also have a large event space within the restaurant that Ken says is great for birthday parties and family celebrations.

Price – $10-$20 a person for dinner.

Location – Seasons is located downtown, close enough to walk from many of our downtown properties like Coyote Cottage or Mill Street Lodge.

When To Go – On Tuesday nights, Seasons offers a seafood night that Ken recommends. On Thursdays, Seasons does a popular “burgers, beer and fries” special.

Best Buy – Ken recommends the Mahi Fish Tacos ($10). Includes mango salsa, cilantro cabbage, and an assortment of tortillas.


(Season’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese)


1658 E Miles Ave, Hayden, ID 83835
(208) 772-7711

The Porch is located in between the Hayden and Avondale golf courses. Ken loves it because you can walk or drive your golf cart right up to the restaurant after a game. Salads, sandwiches and specialty dishes shine among their menu.

Why it’s great for families – They have a giant porch open during the summertime, where you can look out onto the golf courses. Ken says it is an exclusive location, where many families come to relax and unwind after a game.

Price – $15 a person

Location – A short drive from our multiple Hayden Lake properties, The Porch is a great choice for our families staying at the Hayden Lake Lodge or Water’s Edge Cabin.

When To Go – The most popular time is during summer, when the large porch dining is open and there are people coming in from the lake and golf courses. However, The Porch is open year-round.

Best Buys – Ken recommends the Santa Fey Chicken Sandwich ($10.95) and he says the kids will love their dessert called The Moon Unit; a giant brownie covered with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with chocolate syrup.


The Best of North Idaho Dining – A 5 Part Series

Earlier this week, I sat down with Ken Huitt of Idaho Trust in downtown Coeur d’Alene. Having tried many of the restaurants in our area, Ken gave me an inside look at what all the best restaurants have to offer. If you’re coming to our area for the first time this summer, knowing where to grab the best drink or dessert will come in handy in making your vacation a success. Over the next few weeks, I will discussing all of Ken’s recommendations, and a few of my own. My first post entitled “Best Family Dining” will be released on Monday March 30th! If you’re bringing the kiddos to Coeur d’Alene this summer, this first post is for you! Be sure to follow our blog to stay updated on all this and more from! Stay tuned for this tasty treat!cedars_tout_interior

Spring Break Fun For Kids Of All Ages

Spring is steadily approaching, and students everywhere are becoming more and more anxious to get out of the classroom and enjoy some time with friends and family. If you’re a parent however, you may be worried about how your little ones are going to spend their time away from school while you’re at work. Thankfully, the Coeur d’Alene Kroc Center has a week of fun, games and activities planned!


From March 30th until April 3rd, The Salvation Army Kroc Center will be hosting a variety of activities for kids of all ages; including basketball, dodgeball, indoor soccer, movies, climbing, volleyball, and wibit, their indoor aquatic playground where they will have splash sports taking place. These are only a few of the many activities they will be organizing throughout the week. The Spring Break event is free for all members, and the Kroc Center will have day passes available for anyone who would like to join in on the fun. Check out more information on Spring Break at the Kroc here. Also check out the full schedule of planned events here.


Each day during the Spring Break event calendar, the Kroc Center will be hosting a free community movie. This showing will be free to the public, so no day pass or membership is required. All showings will take place at 2:30 P.M in the theater. Here is the movie schedule for the week:

  • Monday, March 30th – Big Hero 6
  • Tuesday, March 31st – The Book of Life
  • Wednesday, April 1st – Boxtrolls
  • Thursday, April 2nd – The Lorax
  • Friday, April 3rd – Penguins of Madagascar

Aside from the Spring Break events schedule, the Kroc Center also has a School’s Out Day Camp Program they will be running. Available from 9 A.M to 4 P.M for kids ages 6-13, the Day Camp will provide an opportunity for kids to make new friends, discover new talents and learn new skills. The Kroc staff will provide an assortment of fun-filled activities including rock climbing, swimming, crafts, cooking, games and more. Lunch and a snack will be provided. Sign up for the entire week and save big! Check out pricing and more information here and to register online click here

Club 7-10 will also be offered during the week of March 30th-April 3rd. This play care program offers a chance for children ages 7-10 to play and explore with old and new friends. This program is offered everyday 8 A.M to noon and an adult must remain on site with their child. Click here for more information and pricing details.


The Kroc Center is located at 1765 W Golf Course Road, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815.

(208) 667-1857

Monday – Friday: 5 A.M to 10 P.M

Saturday: 7 A.M to 9 P.M

Sunday: 8 A.M to 6 P.M


What Is The Cancellation Policy?

As a property management company, we strive to provide the highest level of satisfaction for both our owners and our guests. Our goal is to ensure that every rental experience is a success for all parties involved. Vacation Rentals tend to have a different cancellation policy than hotels, due to the fact that each and every one of our homes are unique. Unlike a hotel that has hundreds if not thousands of similar rooms, each of our vacation rentals provide a completely distinct experience.

When you book a home with us, we make a commitment to you that the home you decided on will be made exclusively available to you for the dates you reserved. Once a reservation is made, not only have we made a commitment to you, but we have made a commitment to our owners as well. Working as a middleman between our property owners and our guests this partnership ensures a streamlined reservation process that is sure to be satisfactory for our owners and our guests. When booking a rental with us, be sure to review our cancellation policy.

  • To safeguard your investment, we recommend you purchase travel protection for your vacation rental. If for any reason you decide to cancel, travel protection will allow for a 100% refund. Travel protection is available for every rental, for an additional 6.95% of the total rental price.
  • If you did not purchase travel protection but you must cancel, we can provide a 100% refund ONLY if we can re-book your exact dates in that home. During busy summer months like July, re-booking is usually not a problem.

Within our cancellation policy, we have tried to create a system that is mutually beneficial for all parties involved. We are happy to work with you to make the cancellation and re-booking process as hassle-free as possible, so please do not hesitate to contact us in the case of an emergency.

March Boat Special!

Now until the end of the month, we will be offering a great deal on our Harris Deluxe Pontoon. This boat is brand new for summer 2015 and still hasn’t come out of storage! Until the 31st, when you book 5+ Summer days on our deluxe pontoon, you will receive a $250 discount off the total price! This deal is only running for a couple more weeks, so be sure to book your rental now before the promotion expires. Remember all of our rentals include free delivery to the 3rd street marina dock in CDA and Honeysuckle on Hayden Lake. We also provide water skis, wake-boards or tubes at no additional cost to you. Our team can also arrange delivery to any location in CDA for a small delivery fee.

March_Boat_SpecialThis Deluxe Pontoon allows for a 12-16 person occupancy, 200 HP engine, Bimini top, step ladder, luxurious seating, multiple storage compartments, steering tilt options and comfortable captains seating chair. Check out this pontoon and our full selection of rentals at 

Click here to reserve your 5+ days rental and receive $250 off now!

Liberty Lake Loop Trail

60 degree weather means it’s time for a hike! On March 8th, I set out to explore the Liberty Lake Loop, a popular trail in Spokane County that normally runs from April to October. This hike is one of the best trails I have done in a long time. A 9-mile loop that stretches deep into the forest, the Liberty Lake Loop is full of incredible scenery, plenty of shade and infrequent, but breathtaking views.

Starting out, you walk along a nicely maintained path from the county park for about a mile before really getting into the forest. As you travel into the forestry, a cool breeze greets you as you walk along the creek. We did this hike around 2 PM, and it was still pretty chilly down by the water. Wooden bridges that connect to lots of places to stop and explore are prominent throughout this first stretch. The trail is very well marked and you should not have trouble following the path, especially as the creek guides you along.

As you make your way past the creek, you enter into an open forestry area that contains some of the last old growth cedar trees in Spokane County. This is a great place to stop and have a picnic or simply take some pictures. At this point in the trail, you really feel like you are cut off from the city and are fairly deep inside the forest. Now, prepare for the toughest part of the trail as you cross the last wooden bridge and start trekking on some serious switchbacks straight up the hill. After you reach the top of the switchbacks, a glorious view meets you that shows just how deep into the forest you are. You can see the beach and Liberty Lake from this vantage point.

The final stretch of the initial loop is about 2 1/2 miles to the year-round waterfall. Another incredible view along this trail allows you to look far into a giant clearing of the forest. At this point you’re at about 1,500 feet elevation. The waterfall is located in a wonderful little spot, with plenty of room to enjoy the beauty around you. From here you can either continue through the loop or return the way you came. The trail begins to move fairly steep upwards, as you follow the waterfall along. We turned around after reaching about 3,000 feet, unfortunately there are no views from this part of the trial.

Overall, this was an impeccable hike, and a great way to spend a Sunday. The only disadvantage to this venture was the amount of mud on the trail. The mud became quite thick in areas, and my shoes needed a good cleaning after returning home. Here are some pictures I took from various points in the hike.


To get to the Liberty Lake Loop Trail (from Coeur d’Alene) exit off I-90 at Liberty Lake. Take the roundabout towards Liberty Lake and turn left on Appleway at the intersection. Turn right on Molter and continue past the golf course until Valleyway. Turn left on Valleyway and follow until it becomes Lakeside Road. Turn right at the signs for Liberty Lake County Park. There is a nice parking area and a children’s playground but follow the trail away from the playground and you will be on your way! Post your experiences the Liberty Lake Loop here!

I’m ready to book my vacation home, what is the next step?

Call us! We want to make the rental process as simple, quick and convenient as possible for you. If you have questions about a specific property, do not hesitate to call or e-mail us; our wonderful guest services team are here to answer any questions you may have about the rental process. Generally, when you are ready to book your home, there are three important things to keep in mind.

1.) A 50% down payment is required at the time of booking. This payment must be made with a credit card (Visa or MasterCard). We require the payment by credit card so that one can be kept on file in the event of significant damage or other special circumstances. NOTE: Your total price includes a $39 damage fee that covers you for up to $3000 of damage incurred during your stay.

2.) After we receive your initial payment, we will send you a guest contract to sign. You can sign this electronically and send it back to us via email. Once the guest contract is signed, we can release the address information for your vacation rental. NOTE: We are not allowed to release address information prior to this for owner safety and home security. Before the home address is released, we are happy to give you general area information and answer any questions you may have about the home.

3.) You’re almost done! The final payment for your stay is not due until 60 days prior to arrival. You are welcome to make this payment anytime before the 60 days at your convenience. This final payment can be made in any form; cash, check, credit or check by phone.

These are the three most important steps that go into booking your vacation rental. As always, call us anytime at 800-679-3661 for inquiries or questions. We have an excellent team here at Vacation Rental Authority invested in creating unforgettable vacations for all of our guests.

Thinking about renting a vacation home but don’t know much about them? Check out my blog post entitled “Considering a Vacation Rental?” here. You can also view our website to view our full selection of North Idaho vacation homes and get information on Coeur d’Alene and surrounding areas.

Wanderlust Wednesdays – Triple Play Family Fun Center

Eager to get out and do something tonight? Why not try Triple Play Family Fun Center? Located just 15 minutes from Coeur d’Alene, Triple Play is a great place for all kinds of fun activities.


Date night? Try bowling or mini-golf! Triple Play has both an indoor and outdoor course (However I am not sure if the outdoor course is open yet). Indoors is a 9-hole black light course with exciting twists and turns at every hole. The 9-hole course is perfect for a quick game and you can easily do two rounds within an hour and a half or two hours. Afterwards make a stop at the Garden Fresh Grill for pizza, hot dogs, burgers, appetizers and more.

Triple Play is an excellent choice to get the kids out if they are feeling restless. With a full sized indoor water park, hours of fun can be had. Raptor Reef is a 25,00 sq. foot facility featuring a wave pool, children’s lagoon with a two-story play structure complete with slides, water guns and a tipping bucket full of water. There is also a Jacuzzi and three huge water slides with over 1000 ft of combined slides. The water park sits at a nice 86 degrees so you won’t have to worry about being cold. The kids are sure to be tired and happy after a few hours at the water park.


Get a group together and go for a round of laser tag or try your hand at the go-karts! Go karts are exciting and tons of fun. Triple Play’s outdoor track is over 860 feet long! Strap in and get ready for some serious fun! Note – the drive height for go-karts is 58″ minimum and passengers must be at least 40″ tall to ride along.


Whatever your in the mood for, Triple Play will have an activity for you. Aside from what I listed here, Triple Play also has an arcade, climbing wall and more. Triple Play has also announced that they are expanding! Soon they will have an expanded laser tag arena and a three-story ropes course! I can’t wait to see what they come up with! A perfect way to spend a Wednesday night, get the whole group together and take a trip down to Triple Play Family Fun Center!

To get to Triple Play, head north on US-95 for 6 miles. Triple Play will be directly off the highway on the right-hand side. If you decide to go to Triple Play tonight, comment your experience below! Happy wanderings!

Cleaning Up Our New Home!

On Saturday, the VRA team got together and made some major changes to the look and feel of our new office. Our new sign was put in, which we share with Property Research Inc., formally known as Dan Davis Realty. The sign is a bright white color with our logo neatly placed on bottom. The new sign gives a nice boost of color to our office atmosphere. The landscape renovation was the biggest project. We took out all of the old shrubbery and now have a nice bed of washed grey landscaping rock in it’s place. We also have our large blue welcome signs attached on each side of the fence in front of the office. The new look is very clean and polished, and we hope it provides a welcoming, professional look for all of our guests.

We all love the new office and are very excited about all the new changes. We hope to call this place our home for many years to come. If you haven’t come by the new location, please do! We would love to see you and give you a tour of the new space. We are located at 1001 E Sherman Ave, just east of downtown.

A big thank you to all of our owners and guests, without you these changes wouldn’t be possible and we are continually grateful that you have entrusted us with your vacation rental needs. We are looking forward to everything 2015 has in store, it’s going to be a great year!

Office landscape

What do you think of the new office?

Sunday Hike to Mineral Ridge

On Sunday, Cheryl, Robert and I greeted an early morning and a beautiful blue sky to hike the Mineral Ridge Loop just outside of Harrison Idaho, about 20 minutes away from Coeur d’Alene. This was my first time doing this hike, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that all of the wonderful things I had heard about this trail were absolutely true.

Mineral Ridge is located on the east side of lake Coeur d’Alene, near Beauty bay. It is part of the Coeur d’Alene National Forest area. The Scenic Area at the bottom of the trail has wonderful landscape, drinking fountains, covered picnic pavilions, pit toilets and garbage receptacles. The Mineral Ridge Boat Launch also lies below the Scenic Area, where fishing is a popular activity. The hike itself is a self-guided 3.3 mile uphill loop, with plenty of switchbacks and nicely groomed trails along the way. The trail is mostly shaded with a moderate incline to the top. There are many benches put in place along the way for stops and has incredible views at many points during the hike. Diverse, lush vegetation is rampant throughout this forest environment, and the primary tree species you will find here are the Ponderosa Pine and the Douglas-fir.

Each winter, from November to February, the migrating population of up to 150 bald eagles visit the area to feed on spawning kokanee salmon. Unfortunately, we did not catch a glimpse of any of the bald eagles, but being that February is coming to an end, we may have just missed their feeding season. An interpretative viewing program is offered during the peak season between Christmas and New Years annually, for those of you interested in going next year.

As we ventured toward the top, we ran into a bit of history that lies within the Mineral Ridge Trail. Robert explained how miners who came to this area during the Gold Rush began to dig large holes in the ground in hopes of striking it rich. These holes are very apparent and along the trail they have guided markers explaining different pieces of history that Mineral Ridge holds.

The Wolf Lodge Bay is the view that you hike up the trail for. An absolutely stunning view of Coeur d’Alene that stretches for miles greets you as you reach the top of the hike. This site is situated at an elevation of 2,824 feet, about 700 feet above lake level. For a late-February morning, this hike could not have been more enjoyable. A tad bit chilly, but with plenty of sunshine, made this excursion quite refreshing. Check out some pics I took from the top.


meatmineralTo get to Mineral Ridge, head east on I-90 from Coeur d’Alene toward Harrison. Take exit 22 for Harrison/Wolf Lodge Bay. Then head south on State Highway 97 for 3 miles. The trail head is at the Mineral Ridge Scenic Area on the left side of the highway. You will see the parking area and trail head. Have fun! Be sure to comment your experiences at Mineral Ridge on this post! What other hikes do you love in the Coeur d’Alene area?

Considering A Vacation Rental?

With only 23 days until the official start of spring, most of us are looking forward to relaxing days on the lake and time away from work. Many steps go into making a summer vacation memorable and stress-free. Finding lodging that accommodates your whole family and fits with everyone’s interests and needs can sometimes be very challenging. The last thing any of us want when trying to plan our summer vacation is stress concerning where you are going to stay and if it will make everyone happy. Where you stay can impact the overall enjoyment of your vacation in many ways; including location, amenities, cleanliness and services available. Do the kids want a pool? Do you need a microwave, fridge and closet space? Are TV, movies and games available? How many beds do you need? Are you bringing pets on your vacation? All of these traditional questions can play a large part in creating the perfect hassle-free vacation.


The traditional route when looking for a place to stay is a hotel; quick, convenient and easily accessible, hotels have been the go-to lodging option for many years. But as popularity in vacation rentals grows, more and more people are looking into this option for their vacations. Vacation rentals offer many benefits, but they may not be for everyone. Here is my breakdown of staying in a hotel vs. a vacation rental. This guide is meant to help you decide on the best option for you and your unique vacation needs.



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-Average Sq. Footage: 400 sq. ft

-Average Price (in the US): $118 a night

-Food Costs: Average of $30 a person when eating out three meals a day

-Laundry Services: Average of $10 a garment for laundry or dry cleaning services

-Extras: Movies cost an average of $15 a piece. Valet parking services can cost $20-50 per day

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-Average Sq. Footage: 2000 sq. ft

-Average Price: A 1,500 sq. foot rental can sleep more than 8. Average price of $99 per night

-Food Costs: With a vacation rental, you’ll have access to a fully equipped kitchen, and be able to save money on eating out at restaurants every day.

-Laundry Services: You’ll also have your own washer and dryer, allowing you to do your own laundry when it is convenient for you, and for free.

-Extras: TV’s, movies, games and more are free in vacation homes. Magazines, books and board games are also available in many homes. You will also have your own garage or parking space, so no parking fees are needed at a vacation home.


So, is it worth it?

In a vacation rental, you’ll have more space for less money, privacy and access to tons of amenities and extras. You’ll also save money on the added costs that come with eating out at restaurants, laundry and parking services. Vacation rentals also give you a wide range of options as to what type of home you can rent; waterfront, pet friendly, condos, cabins, and luxury resort homes are just a few of the options available to you. Finding a great hotel deal is still a viable option, but here at Vacation Rental Authority, we have built our business around the idea that a vacation home is always superior to a hotel stay. Here are some of the services we offer to all of our guests that you cannot get simply staying at a hotel.

What We Offer –

Housekeeping services

Concierge services (Need groceries? We’ll go get them for you)

Free toiletries, shampoo, conditioner, etc.

Free dish soap, laundry soap, garbage bags, etc.

Almost all of our rentals have barbecues on site, private beach access, and covered parking.

Most of our rentals have satellite TV service, WiFi, DVD Players, movies, games, and more available for free.

Our rentals all come fully furnished and equipped, with name brand appliances, comfortable bedding and space for 1-15 people.

I’ve never rented a vacation home before, is it easy?

Our staff are all friendly and knowledgeable, and renting one of our vacation homes could not be easier. Our rental process is simple and convenient and our rental agreement is easy to understand. We are here to make your vacation unforgettable and we strive for 100% customer satisfaction. Simply give us a call at 1-800-679-3661 to request a quote or just inquire about one of our properties. Our guest services manager, Lindsey, is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable and we are confident that we have a home that will fit your needs. Ask any of our guests, and they will tell you that their experience exceeded their expectations. Below are only a few of our many properties, call us today or click the link below to view our full selection of rentals!


What Makes Coeur d’Alene Such An Amazing Vacation Destination


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Here at Vacation Rental Authority, our passion for the Northwest goes far beyond our property management capabilities. We know Coeur d’Alene better than anyone else because this is where we have lived our entire lives. City Beach is where we learned how to swim as young kids, Sherman Ave is where we would meet our friends and family for a burger at Hudson’s. And on the boardwalk is where many of us took our prom pictures or wedding vows. After years of living and working in Coeur d’Alene, our love and enthusiasm for this area only grows. We want everyone to someday come experience our lakeside heaven. Although there are many features of Coeur d’Alene that draw visitors; including the world’s only floating green located on the 14th hole of the CDA golf course and the Tubbs Hill nature trails where you can always find someone hiking or cliff jumping, we believe that what makes Coeur d’Alene a true stand out are the hidden treasures that can be found around nearly every corner.

cdaskyviewCoeur d’Alene lake is a 50 square mile area of deep blue waters, murky lagoons and small bays. Surrounded by 125 miles of shoreline and towering mountain ranges, it’s not hard to see why many have called Coeur d’Alene the most beautiful lake in the U.S. The Northwest is an area of simple pleasures and remarkable landscapes. Growing up here creates a special kind of appreciation for nature and all its glories. Our team is invested in creating the same kind of experience for our guests that we have fallen in love with time and time again here in North Idaho. If you are looking for an area that holds hours of endless activities with a diverse amount of wildlife and an ever-changing landscape, Coeur d’Alene could be the perfect place for your summer vacation.


Lake Coeur d’Alene offers many activities that will interest vacationers of young and old. Hours of fishing await as salmon, trout and both large and small mouthed bass swim throughout the lake. Fall into a state of total relaxation as you quietly wait for a catch to rattle your line. One of the largest northern pike ever caught in Coeur d’Alene weighed 39 pounds! This record was recently beat, and you could be next! Take a kayak out and make your way through many of the small bays. Stand up paddle boarding is one of the most popular summer activities and offers quite a workout as well. During the summer the sun does not go down until 10:00, and watching the sun fall beyond the lake horizon is truly dazzling.


Coeur d’Alene hosts one of the most unusual hiking and mountain biking trails in the world. The Route of the Hiawatha is a long-abandoned railroad track which takes riders through a series of tunnels and across hundred-foot high wooden trestles. The longest of the tunnels is over 2 miles long and when you emerge on the other side you will be stunned by the incredible views that stretch deep into Montana. If you enjoy getting active and exploring new and exciting terrain, the route of the Hiawatha is a perfect activity for you.


Coeur d’Alene is special in the fact that no matter what season you visit, or what activities you enjoy, Coeur d’Alene has something for you. During the winter is perhaps one of the most incredible times to visit our area. With five ski resorts all within two hours of Coeur d’Alene, winter sports are one of the biggest industries here. Perhaps the most popular of these resorts is Schweitzer. With a summit elevation of around 6,400 ft and a 2,400 ft vertical drop, Schweitzer features impeccable views from all sides of the mountain. With runs for every skill level, Schweitzer is a snow lovers dream. The resort has nine chair lifts, which will take you to every one of the 92 ski-able runs and open bowls. 2,900 acres of terrain and over 300 inches of snowfall annually, make this resort one of the most popular ski and snowboard locations in the Northwest.


Two hours outside of Coeur d’Alene lies a smaller lake that is well worth the drive. Priest Lake is one of my favorite North Idaho camping destinations. 151 campsites across 755 acres surround the ice-blue water and jetting mountain ranges. Hidden throughout Priest Lake are it’s own incredible treasures. Waterfalls, gentle creeks, and small white-water rapids hold fun for all. Miles of beautiful hiking trails that overlook this breathtaking lake hold many hours of exploration and discovery. One of the most popular camp sites in all of Priest Lake is Lionshead. A natural water slide that has entertained campers for years awaits you here. The only cost to partake in this incredible feature is a mile-and-a half long hike that puts you at a perfect incline for the slide. During the middle of July, Priest Lake hosts its annual Huckleberry Festival, where pickers of young and old come to partake in the simple delicacy of natural grown fresh-picked huckleberries. During the festival, music, arts and boutique booths fill the area. This family friendly festival is a favorite year-after-year for travelers. Check out this short video done by the guys over at Rush Hour Productions, an inside look at the beautiful, serene landscape that Priest Lake offers.

The national forests surrounding Coeur d’Alene are incredibly magical and offer some of my favorite summer activities. Old growth forests, incredible waterfalls and spectacular views are only a few of the reasons to visit the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. Wildlife and forestry of all sorts are abundant here, and you are sure to find something different every time you choose to get lost in the forest. Over 20% of the three forests that make up the Idaho Panhandle stretch into Washington and Montana, so the diversity is truly endless. Hundreds of miles of hiking trails offer a new adventure around every turn. You could easily spend a week backpacking in the Panhandle and not see everything here.

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Coeur d’Alene is an area that must be experienced to be explained. Whether you are looking for a family friendly vacation, a romantic getaway, an exciting ski and snowboard trip, or simply a lakefront paradise to swim, kayak, boat and just relax on the beach, Coeur d’Alene has it all. We are committed to making your vacation an experience that you will never forget. We create personalized vacation packages and are happy to plan events and activities for you that fit your needs. When you visit Coeur d’Alene, it will be easy to see why so many people have built such magnificent homes here, and why we want to share it with you.


Now that you’ve heard my take on what makes Coeur d’Alene an amazing vacation destination, I want to hear from you!

Why do you love Coeur d’Alene? 

Create an Unforgettable Valentine’s Day Experience


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“Love is the only gold” – Alfred Lord Tennyson


Many times we think of Valentine’s day as a holiday only celebrated by those in a romantic relationship; but this is simply not the case. When we broaden our horizons, we can see that Valentine’s day is a perfect opportunity to express appreciate and gratitude to anyone we care about in our lives. This may be your romantic partner, but could also be your parents, your siblings, a dear friend, a pet or maybe even a colleague or your boss. 

From popular and practical gifts to those that are daring and different, there are infinite possibilities as to what you can do for your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Whether it be a card, flowers, a romantic dinner or the purchase of jewelry, what we are all really looking for in a Valentine’s gift is to create an experience. On Valentine’s day, we are all reminded how every single one of our loved ones is an important part of our daily happiness. With this year’s Valentine’s Day landing on a weekend, there is no better time to turn your gift into a full weekend excursion. What better way to express your love than by treating your valentine to a getaway in one of our many North Idaho vacation homes! Within our homes you will find impeccable views of the Coeur d’Alene area, proximity to entertainment and fine dining, and all the beauty and elegance of a luxurious retreat. Relax and unwind with ease and enjoy each other’s company with no distractions from the outside world.  Escape into a beautiful Northwest hideaway and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Now until Valentine’s day, book a three-day rental with us over the holiday weekend and receive 10% off. We’ll even include complimentary chocolates, flowers and champagne for you to enjoy. Let us put together an unforgettable Valentine’s day escape for you and your sweetheart.

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Living Room – Upstairs

The upstairs living room will have 1(one) queen sleeper sofa, 1(one) sofa, 2(two) warm brown leather chairs (not the same color listed below but it is the same style), 1(one) ottoman (not the same color listed below but it is the same style)1(one) marble coffee table, 2(two) marble side tables and 1(one) marble server.


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Sun Room

The sun room will have 1(one) canoe coffee table, 2(two) canoe end tables, 1(one) boat bookshelf and a couple comfy chairs (not shown below).


Sun Room Coffee table (1) Sunroom End Tables (2)  Day Room Shelving (1)

Bunk Room – Downstairs

The bunk room will have 2(two) sets of twin bunk beds to include mattresses and mattress pads. In between the two bunk bed sets will be the stairway chest, which has storage. In between the two windows will be a media chest.


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Dining/Bar – Downstairs

There is an option of either one of these game tables.

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Great Room – Downstairs

The furniture  in this room will blend throughout the area and warm up the room while complimenting the darker sectional couch (existing). There will be 1(one) TV stand with storage, 1(one) coffee table and 1(one) end table.


Dstairs TV Stand (1) Dstairs Coffee Table (1) Dstairs End Tables (1)

Dining Room

There is an option for either style of marble dining table. Both will accommodate a large group of guests!


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Bedroom 3 – Downstairs

This bedroom is located downstairs and will have a Queen frame/mattress/box spring (existing) and mattress pad, dresser/mirror combination, 2(two) night stands, 1(one) twin day bed with mattress and mattress pad, 1(one) twin pop-up trundle with mattress and mattress pad.

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Bedroom 2 – Downstairs

This is the bedroom downstairs that has the patio access. This room would have 1(one) Queen 1(one) Full bed frame, 1(one) Queen 1(one) Full mattress with pads, 1(one) Queen 1(one) Full box spring, a dresser (existing) and 2(two) night stands.

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Master Bedroom – Main Floor

The Master Bedroom would include a King bed frame, King mattress, King box spring, King mattress pad, 2(two) night stands, a dresser/mirror combo and a large chair (not shown).

Master Bedroom (1)

18 Summers / Fishing In Idaho

The Experience

I have always loved fly fishing the waters of Idaho. Just one time and I was hooked. It’s hard to believe that one fit-full day was actually one of my best. Yes, “fit-full” is right, I spent much of the day fixing my line, replacing flies and just trying to stay on my feet. My supposedly best friend through high school, Chris spend his day catching fish and laughing at me. He definitely had a good day. Chris and his father caught fish all day and I, well I caught nothing. I was completely smoked by these 2 fishermen who let me borrow the gear to make my first attempt at fly-fishing. I cannot thank them enough.

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Scenic Lake Coeur d’Alene

The efforts that accompany fly-fishing are what make it such a great sport, actually catching fish is fun but there is just so much more to this experience. You get to learn how to handle the high quality equipment so it can be used to its true purpose, travel to remote locations with few people, explore valleys to find the perfect fishing spot and even more important, actually seeing what you are looking at.

Fly-fishing is a study of your surroundings, especially the river and shoreline. You can become absorbed in the mesmerizing beauty of the flowing water, seeing what only an experienced fisherman can see, noting how the waters flow, drop, pool or glide over unseen obstacles below the surface that fish call home. There are moments in days like these that you look up and are astounded with beautiful scenery, shorelines empty of anything man-made, rolling mountains covered with dense stands of trees, mist rising from the waters and wildlife cannot be more abundant. Amazing moments of clarity and beauty appear and they are so powerful they stay with you forever.

The waters of north Idaho produce records so frequently, it is hard to keep up with the stats but you may be able to get your name on the record books, at least for a time. Just imagine standing in the cool, crystal clear flowing water of a pristine mountain stream tipping your fly rod back just one more time before releasing your carefully chosen fly out over the gliding waters. Your fly needs to land right above that submerged boulder. Just a moment ago, you saw the silvery side and flash of red from a Cutthroat Trout rising for a caddisfly. Now your locally hand-tied fly has landed gently above the small eddy and is being swept into the small pool where that monster Cut waits. You have a moment to savor the clear air and fresh breeze blowing slowly along the valley floor. Your feet are planted carefully in the swift waters that harbor these elusive Cutthroat Trout. A small trail of smoke has followed you down the river as your family sits cozy by the fire wondering why you would be waist deep in the cool mountain stream at such an early hour. Then you see the rise again, and this time he is coming for your dry fly

The Family

Taking long days to feel the joy of nature and explore a stretch of seemingly untouched shoreline is a wonderful way to spend time with a loved one or teach a child a new skill. These long days may not seem so important during your vacation but they remain some of the most memorable for a lifetime. Your trip to one of Idaho premier lakes or rivers is just a vacation right? Not really, it’s a chance to spend one of those extremely important first 18 summers with your children, deeply and intensely focused on an activity that touches our hearts forever.

Mothers and fathers know that time spend doing things together is how you really reach your children. Sure a good talking to is important now and then but nothing takes the place of long days spent together doing the things we love to do or even learning something new. Create those memories now, in those first 18 summers.

Now, if you ready to go fishing in Idaho, visit our more informational website were you can find a great lake side cabin, read about our fishing and book your trip to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Crystal clear waters, majestic mountains and long fun-filled days await.

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Silverwood History

The 6th Lit Times reports on Silverwood Theme Park

The Silverwood Slap

By: Amber

   Coeur d’Alene, a city in the state of Idaho. With a famous resort, town, and lake. Coeur d’Alene is known on the map mostly for having the Northwest’s largest theme park!

Founder Gary Norton started Silverwood Theme Park after coming here from California, to Spokane. From Gary Norton says “I didn’t do it as a buisness practice, or with a buisness plan; it was just having fun.” You can read more about him and his theme park in “American Theme Park : The Creation of Silverwood”

The park opened June 20, 1988 and wasn’t very successful at first. Currently Silverwood is as long as 216 acres and 34 miles!

Silverwood Theme Park does have a website that tells you about rides and attractions, park information, admission, events and deals, contests, lodging, and groups.

With over 65 rides, slides, shows, and rollercoasters, Silverwood is not as big as Disneyland, but it is the Northwest’s largest Theme Park! So come take a splash in the wavepool, or a ride on the carousel.

Rathdrum Rules According Local 6th Grader

Following is an article from 6th Lit Times, expressing one girl’s candid view of Rathdrum, Idaho.

The City Of Rathdrum

by: Aurora

   Rathdrum is a nice place to live. It is not very big and has a couple of restaurants and stores. You can walk about any were if you live in the right spot.

Rathdrum has a train track passing through, so every time you go over one don’t hit your head on the ceiling. The buildings look a little old but that doesn’t mean they look bad. Most of them are still used and have plenty of business and money. There’s a salsa store there that is told to sell good salsa or awesome sauce.

The buildings are always occupied by a couple customers and they’re always nice and cheery. Rathdrum is a nice place, and may sound boring but it truly isn’t so don’t be fooled.

Slice of Heaven

6th Lit Times is an 11- and 12-year old view of Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding area.  Enjoy another 6th grade article…

A Little Slice of Heaven in North Idaho

By:  Casidee

“Coeur d’Alene is a little slice of Heaven” once said Barbara Walters.  On Coeur d’Alene Lake visitors can choose from an array of water activities, fishing, boating, or walking on the world’s longest boardwalk that floats.

Coeur d’Alene Lake is 49.8 square miles when full with a water depth of 209 feet.  It sits 2128 feet above sea level.  The St. Joe River, St. Maries River, and the Coeur d’Alene River flow into the Coeur d’Alene Lake.   Coeur d’Alene Lake is a natural lake but its depth is controlled by the Post Falls Dam.  Once it flows through the dam, it runs into the Spokane River.

Anglers will find several different species of fish in the Coeur d’Alene Lake.  These include bass, trout, and catfish.

Coeur d’Alene bald eagles can be seen from November through the beginning of February.  By Christmas time it is not unusual to see more than 200 flying around.  The eagles eat Kokanee salmon.

Surrounding the marina at the Coeur d’Alene Resort visitors will find the world’s longest floating boardwalk.  It is 3300 feet long and 12 feet wide.

There are a variety of activities for any visitor.  In the summer there is the ironman race, parasailing, a ferry ride and tour around the lake, swimming in the crystal clear waters, kayaking, and miles of sand to walk on.  In the winter you can feed ducks and geese, walk around the boardwalk to see the holiday lights, and go on eagle watching cruises.

Coeur d’Alene Vacation Rental Management

Originally posted on Heirloom Paddle Sports:

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Managing a Vacation Rental in Idaho

Vacation rentals are a wonderful way to use an income property to maximize your revenue and keep your investment in 5 star condition. Vacation rentals have come a long way as an industry and they are now being offered as luxury vacation options with vacation rental management in CDAguests seeking high quality homes at rates that still surprises our property owners. Quality, amenities and luxury are the new values in vacation homes and do it yourself, low value options are just not competitive. 

Cash-flow and property care for vacation rentals

Higher revenues means more cash-flow to maintain the home, furnishings and features like hot tubs, fireplaces and pools that make a vacation rental so attractive to guests. Proper weekly cleaning, seasonal maintenance and hands on property management assures your investment property is kept in resort quality…

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Hayden Lake



An expert from Sixth Lit Times

Love of Idaho and Vacation Rental Authority are proud to present another story from the 6th grade literature class at Charter Academy.

The Amazing Life in Hayden Lake

By:  Sydney

   Where can you find fresh water fish and aquatic plants?  One place is in the waters of Hayden Lake, Idaho.  Many people find these things daily when they’re out fishing in this lake.

If you want to know what fish you’ll find when you’re out fishing on Hayden Lake, here are a few examples of people’s favorites.  You could catch a rainbow trout, pumpkinseed, cutthroat trout, or a bullhead catfish.  Other favorites that you can find in Hayden Lake include smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, northern pike, or yellow perch.  As you can see, you’ll most likely catch a fish that you will be proud of and find delicious.

Not only are there fish in this lake, but plants, too!  Some of the most commonly found plants are the Robbins’ pondweed, elodea, large-leaved pondweed, Eurasian water milfoil, and flat-stemmed pondweed.  Other, less commonly known plants include coontail, musk grass, northern water milfoil, slender naiad, nitella, and yellow pond lily.  More aquatic plants that live in Hayden Lake include leafy pondweed, variable leaf  ponweed, floating leaf pondweed, whitestem ponweed, clasped leaf pondweed, white water buttercup, and wild celery.

Next time you go out on Hayden Lake look for these fish and plants.  Though not everyone likes the taste of fish or these water plants we still need to look for the environment and our community.

Silverwood’s #7 Train |An exerpt from Sixth Lit Times

Silverwood’s #7 Train

By Isaac

   Silverwood theme park has been opened since June 20, 1988. But back when Silverwood had only one attraction, the steam engine number 7.

Before Silverwood started, it was an air ship museum. Gary Norton, the owner, was at a air ship auction were they were selling a locomotive #7. As a kid he had a fascination with Disney Land and the train reminded him of it and he knew he had to have it. Surprisingly he won it from Disney.

He got the train and basically built the tracks around the museum. After two years he had lost two million $. So he decided to build a main street just like Disney Land. He even put a carnival section in that area.

Today we can go on the train. Millions of people go to Silverwood each year. Sometimes they get to go on the very first attraction that started the park.

This is a picture of the #7 train at Silverwood.Silverwood Theme Park train

Falls Park | An exerpt from “Sixth Lit Times”

Love Of Idaho is happy to present another story by the 6th grade literature class of Charter Academy.

Falls Park

By Sandy

   Falls Park is an old park with many historical parts. It is located in Post Falls, ID and helped develop nearby by areas like Spokane Valley and Post Falls.

North Channel Dam is a historical dam and is still very useful. It gave electrical power to mines in Kellogg, Wallace, and Burke. It was sold to Washington Waterpower in 1901, and in 1902, they gave it the longest high-voltage transmission. Its first capacity was 11,240 kilowatts, but in 1980, it made an immense jump! It then was 18,000 kilowatts! It is a good example of early technology.

The old construction tower had a large part in building the North cannel Dam. It was an anchor for a cable system and on the tower above it; a trolley transported much needed materials like form lumber. It also dumped concrete and helped lift head gates. When the dam was completed, it was too hard to take away so it was left behind. It had a big part in the construction of the North Channel Dam.

Corbin Gates Ditch was a main element of Falls Park. It gave power for a nearby shingle-mill and the largest flour-mill. It controlled the water used for irrigation and is 34 miles long. Even though it’s just a ditch, it had a crucial part in developing the areas of Post Falls and waterfall at falls parkSpokane Valley.

The North Channel Dam, old construction tower, and Corbin Gates Ditch all played important parts in the foundation of areas surrounding Post Falls.

I got all of my information from the signs at Falls Park.

North Idaho Wildlife

An excerpt from Sixth Lit Times

Love Of Idaho is proud to present a series of stories written by the 6th grade class of Charter Academy. Watch for all our postings from “Sixth Lit Times”

Wildlife of Northern Idaho: The moose and the Grizzly Bear

By: Ben

   There are many are amazing animals that live in Northern Idaho.  Two of the most famous of all them are the noose and the grizzly bear.  These two North Idaho favorites have unique qualities.

The bull-moose has antlers that can grow up the six feet in

family vacation ideasdiameter.  They can live up to fifteen to twenty year old.  Moose are naturally extremely good swimmers.  They can swim continously for several miles.  Moose can hold their breath under water for thirty seconds or more.   A moose can measure roughly six and a half feet tall, measured at the shoulder.   Moose can run at 35 mph, and trot at 20 mph.  Also they can weigh up to 1800 pounds, being the largest wilder herbivore in Idaho.

Grizzly bears are the largest bears in North Idaho, as well as the largest predator.  The easiest and most obvious way to tell grizzly bears from other bears is not their size but the distinct hump on their back.  That hump is made of pure muscle connected to their frontal paws, giving them enormous strength for digging and clawing.  Also, unlike other bears they have long claws, up to four inches long.  A grizzly bear’s color can be blond, black, or brown.  Adults can grow up to three to four feet tall on all fours, but when standing on their back paws they can be six to seven feet tall.  A grizzly bear’s average weight is 300 to 600 pounds and some can weigh as much as 1000 ponds.  Grizzly bears can live up to 30 years.  They are very agile animals. Can climb trees, are good swimmers, and can run at 35 mph.  Originally the grizzlies were hunted to near extinction.  The United States added grizzly bears to the endangered species list, illegalizing hunting the grizzly bears.  But today in the Northwestern United States they are no longer endangered, but in some places, like Idaho, they are still illegal to hunt.

Like most traits, there are advantages and disadvantages.  For example, a moose uses its large antlers in a wide space to rut (fight) with other moose or to fight off predators.  A disadvantage to these antlers would be in confined spaces a moose’s large antlers could get it stuck.  An advantage a grizzle bear has is that it can fun very fast, up to 35 mph, but only for short bursts.  A disadvantage would be, if a grizzly does use that burst of speed for too long than they become extremely tired and fatigued.

Northern Idaho is fortunate to be home to such massive animals.  The moose live in the forests and the wetlands while the grizzlies live in the forest and in mountainous terrain.  And it’s because of Idaho’s low population that the grizzly bears and the moose have such a large habitat.  Both of these animals are amazing, and both of them are native to Northern Idaho.

Sources:, Be Bear Aware. Org pamphlet, and Idaho Fish and

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Luxury Vacation Rentals in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho


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Luxury Vacation Rentals in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Luxury vacation rentals can be hard to find and you may never know what to expect until you arrive. A smart choice is to use a professional management service to find and rent your luxury vacation rental.

We always suggest Coeur d’Alenes premier vacation rental management team at Vacation Rental Authority.

Coeur d’Alene Lake Beaches and Swimming

Coeur d’Alene Lake Water Sports

If you are visiting Coeur d’Alene for the first time or if you are a returning guest, you will love the sandy and not so sandy shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene.  The mile long sandy beach in downtown Coeur d’Alene offers the best in waterfront lounging and crisp clear waters. Ideal for families and children.

If you like to swim, you will love the rocky shoreline of Tubbs Hill with deep crystal clear water. Take a leap off the rocks to the cool clear depths below to find a pure swimmers paradise. These rocky shorelines are spotted with innumerable places to lay out on the rocks, picnic or find a perch to launch into the waters below. 

If you are renting a vacation home with a private dock, you can order a ski boat, 16 person pontoon or jet ski (maybe 2) delivered to your dock.  Visit one of many local rental shops along the main street of Coeur d’Alene to rent an SUP, kayak or canoe. Water sport tours are also offered on a daily and hourly basis. 




The following is an excerpt from an article written by Vacation Rental Authority, Coeur d’Alene’s high service vacation rental management company. 


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                                                                     are in very high demand for vacation rentals. 


We are in the process of booking vacation rentals for the 2014 summer season and beyond. We also have a very high demand for March, May and June. If you are considering renting your vacation home for weekly rent, please do not wait to call. Many of our guests book a year in advance and our largest homes are fully booked for the summer season and all the large weekend from January through June.

We guarantee results!

Please call or email for more information. We can send you a FREE INFORMATIONAL PACKET so you can decide for yourself if our service works for you. We can offer excellent references and clear details.

If you are considering using your property as a vacation rental, work with the professional team, Vacation Rental Authority. Locally owned and operated.

We offer;

  • Professional management
  • Full service concierge and guest services
  • Complete property care and maintenance
  • Staging and Cleaning
  • Year round property care
  • Listing on Multiple sites
  • Guest booking, marketing, online reservations, credit card processing, damage insurance and vacation packages
  • Bookkeeping

    Our goal is to make you money and maintain your valuable investment as a 5 star private resort.

    vacation rental management in CDA, cda vacation rentalsWe only get paid when we earn money for you. Please call now to find out more, just request your FREE informational packet. Please contact Vacation Rental Authority today. Vacation Rental Authority




Vacation Rental Authority is located at 100 E Neider Suite #1 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. 



Increasing Occupancy for Your Vacation Rental


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cda vacation rental management, vacation rentalsBoost your vacation rental occupancy with professional management

The vacation rental business has come a long way in the last 5 years. Although this industry started as a grass roots, mom and pop operation, it has advanced into a very profitable and high value option for property owners.

Operating a vacation rental for fun

If you want to run a vacation rental for fun and profit, you definitely can. You will find a market and customers who are searching for vacation rentals. You can generate income without a lot of effort and enjoy earning some extra income from your small business.

Operating a vacation rental for profit

If you are interested in optimizing the value of your income property and taking your inventment to the highest level, you should consider professional management. Take some time to interview a couple of managers and ask some hard questions. Making the most out of your vacation rental requires a lot of tools, a lot of expertise and experience caring for properties and marketing them to the world.

Vacation rental marketing is extremely important. If you are relying on a lot of free websites and local discount papers, you will completely miss your target. You will pick up a few customers but if you are not booking your vacation rentals full during the busy season and increasing occupancy during the off season, you are falling short of your potential.

Vacation Rental Services for Owners

Professional management must start with full service property care, vacation rental set up and add in marketing, online reservations, guest services and much more.  Property owners should expect a high level of service and look for tools that are far beyond a property management company.

Property management is great for property care and maintenance. It is even good for finding a renter once a year or so. But if you are going to be filling your vacation rental every 3-7 days, you have to have some great tools, or better yet, your vacation rental manager should.

Guests do not have to wait to book, they do not have to send checks or exchange old fashion faxes. Online reservations are the future and information should be provided at the click of a mouse. Many online website offer instant booking, instant responses and instant service. If you keep your guests waiting, they will book somewhere else.

Vacation Rental Services for guests

The limits are endless when it comes to providing services for your vacation rentals. Guests expect a lot and they are willing to pay a premium price for premium services. Expand your customer base by reaching out to everybody and offering a wide variety of services.

Discount lift tickets in the winter, vacation packages, tickets to local attractions are just the beginning of what guest are looking for. Guests ask for catering, wedding planers, boat rentals, high chairs and extra beds. Tours and bike rentals can make or break a deal so your manager better be well connected and extremely helpful.

It’s time to get serious about your vacation rental, if you are not booking for summer 6-12 months in advance you are not reaching your customers. Look for the best and you will find the best. Call Vacation Rental Authority today at 800-679-3661 and ask for a FREE informational packet. Vacation Rental Authority is Coeur d’Alene’s leader in vacation rental management.

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Sandpoint Vacation Rentals

A Sandpoint Vacation Condo

There is a new vacation rental available this summer in Sandpoint, Idaho.  This is not your regular mom and pop turnover, this is a professionally established vacation condo.  Imag, Sandpoint vacation rentals, Sandpoint condo rentals

What does that mean to you.  It means 4 and 5 star lodging at competitive prices. It means quality, new linens and towels. New dishes and furnishing that are meant to accommodate traveler and vacationers. Free WiFi, garage parking and beds for 6 with maximum occupancy for 8.

This is a luxury condo presented to you at great prices. If you are planning a trip to Sandpoint, Idaho and if you are looking for a Sandpoint Vacation Rental, you need to see this condo. The leather furniture is perfect for guests with children and adults who enjoy quality. The hardwood floors have a warm feel and the beds are plush and comfortable after a day on the lake or mountains.

Shopping makes sense and shopping for Sandpoint’s best vacation rental just paid off. Take a look at this Sandpoint vacation Condo and decide for yourself.  

Where to Stay for CDA Ironman

Did you know…it’s not too late to come support your favorite Ironman athlete!

What’s the perfect way to turn the race into an amazing family vacation?  A vacation rental, of course!  Try a comfortable 3 bedroom, 2 bath home, convenient to town and very close to the course.

Keep costs reasonable by cooking meals in your own kitchen, kicking the usual hefty deposit to the curb. (No damage deposits!)  Book at standard Summer rental rates – not inflated Ironman-only prices.

This is the full N. Idaho experience, with a waterfront home on Lake Coeur d’Alene, private boat dock, fire pit, amazing deck views, BBQ, the works.  Plus, it’s right off the race course for the bike portion of CDA Ironman 2014.

CDA Ironman Vacation Rental

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Discount Silverwood Theme Park Tickets for 2014


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Discount Silverwood Theme Park Tickets for the 2014 SeasonSilverwood Promo Code for 2014

 Are now available to vacation rental lovers

1.  Are you booking a vacation rental in Coeur d’Alene this year?

2.  Are you planning to visit Silverwood Theme Park?

3.  Would you like a Silverwood Theme Park Promo Code?

If you are looking to save some money on your trip to Coeur d’Alene and Silverwood Theme Park, consider booking your vacation rental with Vacation Rental Authority. You can now get some great discount tickets through VRA and all you have to do to qualify is book your vacation rental with them.

Guests of Vacation Rental Authority save up to $5 on 1 day adult tickets and more on multi-day. Seniors and Children ages 3-7 save up to $3 and children under 3 are FREE. Guest receive a Silverwood Theme Park Promo Code they can use to quickly and easily purchase all their tickets online and save a bundle. If you like, you can stop into the VRA centrally located office and pick up your tickets.

So, its as easy as;

    1. booking your lodging with Vacation Rental Authority.
    2. Promo code for silverwood theme park 2014Get your Silverwood Promo Code.
    3. Save money on
      Silverwood Theme Park Tickets.

Visit Vacation Rental Authority to shop for vacation rentals that sleep up to 21 people with 7 bedroom homes with hot tubs, fire places, master suites, spa tubs and full kitchens.

Ironman Coeur d’Alene 2014


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This 6 bedroom waterfront home is located on the bike and run portions of Ironman Coeur d’ on the race course

You will not believe the value of this huge waterfront vacation rental located just off of the race course for Ironman Coeur d’Alene. This 6 bedroom home offers beds for 14 people and has a kitchen large enough to seat everyone. 

Enjoy spending your days swimming in the lake along your own private waterfront and dock and have immediate access to the Centennial trail where the run and bike portions of Ironman take rentals on the race courseplace. Your family and friends can walk a very short distance to watch their athletes compete in the race while avoiding traffic during the busy race day. 

Bennett Bay is just 3 miles from downtown along the trail or by car. Bike, run or walk to everything downtown Coeur d’Alene has to offer.  If you are traveling with a large group and want the best location for Ironman, please call Vacation Rental Authority at 800-679-3661 and ask for Robert. ironman rentals on the race course

How to Spend a Tasteful Day in Spokane


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Admittedly, I’m an Idahoan at heart and am passionate about all Coeur d’Alene has to offer visitors.  Our neighboring city of Spokane, however, has a remarkable allure and worthy attraction all its own.  The afternoon spent there yesterday, on my first “culinary tour,” was definitely worth repeating!

foodie tour of Spokane, near Coeur d'AleneNot knowing what to expect, I figured a culinary tour would entail huge meals, over indulgence and leaving with the regret of an overly full stomach.  This couldn’t have been further from our experience with Savor Spokane, as the food stops were more like fun breaks, well-timed refreshment along our walking tour of the town.

A small group of us were lead on a sight seeing, story telling, history learning, river viewing, culinary tasting, friend making delight of an afternoon. The time passed quickly, as we walked a lovely path along the river, through town and from local restaurant to local restaurant.

Along the way we learned the significance of various art, buildings, people, events and geological structures.  Far from stuffy, it was a light-hearted, friendly environment, purposely crafted and energized at each step, by our knowledgeable guide Lesley.

Personally, I will join this tour many times more in the future, bringing local friends and sharing the experience with guests who visit from across the country.  Is there anything better?  Don’t know, I hear there’s also a wine tour….

How to BOOK your vacation rental


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Increasing Occupancy Rates For Vacation Rentals

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Increasing booking rates for vacation rentals is a very hot topic. It is simply not an easy thing to do but it can be done with a lot of hard work and/or money.  It requires concentrated effort on the part of a very interested party, either the property owner or a manager. If you or your manager are less than 100% focused on your booking efforts, you will continue to struggle. 

Increasing occupancy not only requires a substantial expenditure of time, it also requires spending some money. Marketing is expensive but it works. Adwords, listing sites, print media, radio and many more options are available and although costs can add up quickly, marketing pays off if you can commit to long term marketing efforts.

There are a lot of free online tools for property owners and managers that can be helpful and a lot more ideas, suggestions and offers that can be tried. All these tools and methods take time and require a very hands on approach so you can monitor what is effective and what does not work.  Some online products and suggestions can lead you away from your goal so be careful, research and monitor your efforts.

Property managers can make a huge difference in your vacation rental occupancy rates. A good manager will have in depth marketing, consumer analysis, local professional associations and a GREAT online presence. If you are looking for a manager ask about marketing strategy. We recommend Vacation Rental Authority for your vacation rental management in Coeur d’Alene and north Idaho. They can be contacted at 800-679-3661 or

Your manager should have a substantial marketing budget, remember they are marketing for many vacation rental homes. Your vacation rental property manager should have most if not all of the following;

  • FREE Marketing for your Vacation Rental Home
  • Multiple listing sites, at least 5cda vacation rentals, cda vacation management,
  • A successful online presence
  • Local networks and associations
  • Print Ads
  • National reach ads
  • Social media
  • Local search
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Your vacation rental management company should excel at marketing your vacation rental home and they should not charge you for marketing. Their job is to fill you vacation rental and they get paid when guests book. That is enough incentive.

National and international reach is also critical.  Your target market is international and you can easily reach that market with a properly organized vacation rental marketing plan. 




Valentines Day Specials


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Valentines Day Weekend Getaway

Remember guys, it all about her on February 14th and if you are not planning ahead you could be left out in the cold.  

So what are you planning? A ski trip, shopping in beautiful downtown Coeur d’Alene, dining at a nice restaurant, a couple nights of superb lodging or maybe a movie at home. How about all of these all rolled into one.

You can arrive to your private vacation home perfectly suited for 2 with a fireplace, flowers and luxury all around. experience water views from our luxurious waterfront homes or enjoy a downtown lifestyle just blocks from dining, shopping, cocktails and so much more. 

Call Vacation Rental Authority at 800-679-3661 to speak with Cheryl or Robert to plan your weekend getaway starting at just $250 a night and up. Waterfront locations for just $495/night. Each home offers unique ammenities like;

  • Hot tubs
  • Fire places
  • Lake views
  • Mountain views
  • WiFi
  • Satellite TV
  • beds for up to 15 people 
  • Fully outfitted gourmet kitchens
  • Luxury linens and towels
  • Spa tubs
  • Italian showers 

Vacation Rental Authority has a vacation rental home waiting for you. 


Winter Ski Packages

Enter to win FREE lift tickets to any North Idaho ski resort from Vacation Rental Authority. If you are ready to hit the slopes then contact them for an instant quote and save a bundle of money on your winter vacation. Your family can relax in the beautiful vacation homes and enjoy all the luxury of a vacation rental, downtown shopping, dining and indoor swimming at Triple Play. You can have it all.

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Ski and Lodging Special

FREE lift tickets and lodging in a 4 bedroom vacation home with full kitchen, fireplace and laundry for your ultimate luxury ski vacation. We also have homes with hot tubs.

  • $110/person with quad occupancy, add more friends and family for only $85 each. (up to 10)
  • Choose from Silver Mountain, Lookout Pass and 49 Degrees North.
  • No blackout dates through April 1st, 2014.
  • FREE lift tickets for each night you stay.

Call Robert or Cheryl for an instant quote and our best selection of vacation rentals. 800-679-3661 or email

Surviving Family Vacation Tip: Provide a Bonding Environment

What is a family vacation for, if not to strengthen family bonds?  This survival tip (number 2 in 7 part series) addresses the single most important aspect to achieving this objective: the vacation environment.

Surroundings are important, and the “go to” for many is a good ol’ fashioned hotel. Let’s consider the vacation environment provided by a nice one, with all of the great amenities such as complimentary wi-fi, tv, movies, clean comfortable beds, hot tub, continental breakfast, room service and the like.  Everyone can get rooms near each other, and it will be great, right?

In theory, a nice hotel will be fun and relaxing.  It’s a starting place and “home base” between vacation activities.  In reality, though, even the nicest of hotels become cramped quarters when everyone gathers in one room for games, pizza or to plan the next outing.  Suddenly everyone is very close, and there’s nowhere to breathe!

Two to four family members sharing a room and single bathroom is no big deal for a couple of days.  But four to seven days later it’s a different story…ready for some space to yourself yet?

At the end of a successful family vacation, everyone should be sad to go, missing the time together already.  If staying in a hotel produces the opposite effect of wanting to get back to your own space, the bonding mission hasn’t been as effective as it could be.

Sure, a hotel vacation works fine.  But don’t try to deny it…you will be ready for a break from your family after a week in a series of tiny hotel rooms together, and we both know it! Even very nice hotel rooms.

Isn’t there a better way??

My contention is that a family vacation rental is the ideal alternative.  Keep all the great amenities of a hotel, subtract the cramped quarters, add private common areas just for your family. Next, add a kitchen, dining room table and fenced yard for the kids.  

Anytime of year, a family vacation instantly gets a whole lot more survivable with the magic combination of common gathering rooms (living, dining, den), activity centers (kitchen, yard, hot tub, game room) and private space (bedrooms, bathrooms).

There is no better environment for bonding than one with common gathering spaces, while also allowing for the private space each person needs.  It is so much easier to get along, have fun and truly strengthen family bonds when you are not piled on top of each other the whole time!

Across the country and around the world, you will find quality vacation rental management companies to ensure your high end experience.  In Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding areas, it’s Vacation Rental Authority Inc.  Contact us to help you find the right place for your family at 800-679-3661 or


Idaho Fishing Guides


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Idaho Fishing Guides

Fishing Guides in Coeur d’Alene

You can find fishing guides and book fishing trips, boat rentals and so much more with Vacation Rental Authority, Find fishing guides for Coeur d’Alene, Hayden Lake and our local rivers.

Contact Robert or Cheryl at 800-679-3661 or email

Surviving a Family Vacation Tip: How to Satisfy Everyone

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times….

This famous quote may as well be a teenager’s take on the “required” family vacation, or that of parents who really feel the pressure.  You want to ensure happy memories, experience togetherness and bonding.  You want to keep the kids entertained, yourself relaxed and the whole thing under budget.  Planning, packing, driving, flying… Oh wow.

My intention is not to ramp up the stress, but instead share some of my best tips to surviving a family vacation.  After all, with luck you’re taking one at least every year. So, whether your family is large or small, loud or quiet, city or country, wild, dignified, or an impossible combination of everything under the sun…you really can survive!

Here’s my first of seven helpful tips to surviving a family vacation.

Family Vacation Tip: How to Satisfy Everyone

In most of life, we know there is no sense in even attempting to satisfy everyone! It just ain’t gonna happen.  A family vacation, however, is not such a situation. Everyone can enjoy the trip, and it is actually critical that they do.  If even one person feels the trip is a waste, or if one person is having a miserable time…everyone else will too.

Your mission is to plan an enjoyable time for all. Now I’m not saying that satisfying everyone in the family is easy to do.  But some vacation environments are definitely more conducive to individual personalities than others.

For example, how would each member of your family fare over a weeks time, on the following family vacations:  1. Disneyland 2. Tropical Island 3. Idaho Adventure.

I would submit that 2 of these vacations are “one note”, conducive to some personalities while downright aggravating to others.  The 3rd vacation has something for everyone.

Think this is a stretch?  As a well traveled thirty-something, I really don’t think so.

The Disneyland vacation I have done, as well as Disney World.  As much as these are world class destinations, they personally drove me crazy with all the people, lines, noise, heat, expense, etc.  Is this a fantastic vacation? Yes.  Is it for everyone? No.

Still, there are those in every family dying to ride rides, see attractions, eat cotton candy and hang upside while they twirl, right?  Instead of sacrificing the rest of your family, though, I recommend substituting the northwest’s largest theme park. Imagine tons of family rides, thrilling roller coasters and exciting attractions for the theme park types, but with low prices, short lines and reasonable temperatures for those who are normally, shall we say, theme park adverse.

Sounds too good to be true? Silverwood Theme Park, just north of Coeur d’Alene, is substantial enough to spend several days, plus a full day at their incredible water park, Boulder Beach.  Even so, you have not put all eggs in a single basket by selecting Silverwood (like you would be with Disney).  On additional  days you can still have relaxing, exciting or cultural adventures, depending on your group’s diverse tastes.

So what about a tropical vacation?

Sure, the tropics are heaven for some personalities, with sun, water, sand, pina coladas and sunscreen.  Sounds good to me!  But, oh wait. What about family members who need more activity?  The ones who can’t sit still for an hour, much less a week…and you know they’re bound to drive you crazy asking “what are we doing next?” and proclaiming boredom.

Worry not! If relaxation, sun, sand, beautiful water views and a good strong drink are what you crave,  I have the solution.  Everyone can be satisfied, even happy, and you will survive your family vacation with ease!

Select an amazing lakefront vacation rental on Lake Coeur d’Alene or Lake Hayden, double check there’s a blender waiting, and you are set! Your high energy cohorts can jump off the boat dock day and night, water ski, jet ski, dig in the sand, climb trees, bicycle, stand-up paddle, kayak, fish and a million other things…which you can observe with sleepy eyes as you nap on your beach chair.

Ah, heaven.  Finally, the real vacation you deserve.

Stay tuned for my 2nd tip to surviving a family vacation, coming soon!


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