Our Best Winter Vacation Ideas
Summer vacations are easy! Pack a swimsuit and off you go to…well, pretty much anywhere. It’s always been more challenging to come up with winter vacation ideas, though.
Well, it was challenging until I moved to Coeur d’Alene several years ago. Turns out this is the secret capitol of winter vacation ideas, so I’ve compiled my Top 5. Hint: They all start here in CDA!
#5. Extreme Snow Vacation
Best for: Adventurers
The Idaho wild is here for you to explore during your winter vacation. Pick 3 of the following for every 5 days of vacation; then add in some hot cocoa, a little warm fire and some loved-ones for the perfect winter vacation.
- Snow Shoe (you’ll love this if you’re a hiker!)
- Cross Country Ski
- Ice Skating
- Build a Snowman
- Snowball Fight
- Downhill Ski
#4. Eat Your Heart Out – A 2 State Tour
Best for: Girls’ Getaway or Couples
One of the best winter vacation ideas ever is to secure a great vacation rental in Coeur d’Alene with your girlfriends (or family). When you book through Vacation Rental Authority, use the concierge service to set up a gourmet cooking class right there in your “home.” Turn on the fire, pop open some wine, learn to cook a yummy meal and then sit down and devour.
Another evening during your winter vacation, you’ll get picked up and taken on a delicious culinary tour of Spokane. If you’ve never been on one, this is like a wine tasting tour but with food! (And you can still have wine J)
Breakfasts can be just as exciting, visiting a local restaurant, or whipping up some customary huckleberry pancakes in your pjs. Again your concierge at Vacation Rental Authority can supply the fixings on request. SO good.
#3. Summertime in the Snow
Best for: Families
There’s a little secret I know of, which can turn your winter woes into summertime delight during a winter vacation. Right nearby Coeur d’Alene is an indoor waterpark! Bring your swimsuit, bring your trashy beach novel, and enjoy some relaxing time pool side. Or, wave-pool side I should say.
Back to your vacation rental to enjoy frozen margaritas, summer flicks and a soak in the hot tub. Aaahhhh.
#2. Get Your Quad On
Best for: Boys Week, or Anyone Up for a Challenge
Now I’ve never conquered this personally, but I’ve heard tale…If you stay in Coeur d’Alene, there are at least 4 ski hills within 90 minutes. Those up for a real challenge ski a different hill each day, 4 days in a row. Whoa. If you think you can do it, I suggest documenting the evidence. So far, it’s only legend, and you are sure to need proof!
#1. Visit the North Pole
Best for: Families
Okay, this is not really the North Pole, but we will not tell your kids. Here in Coeur d’Alene, there’s a ferry boat that takes you on a lovely tour of Lake Coeur d’Alene, passing by Santa and the North Pole! It’s magical, and something kids remember forever.
The Christmas light show, downtown shopping magic, festival of trees, Christmas parade, pageant and much more are going on in our magical town. I never knew, but it is definitely the best winter vacation idea of them all!
Ho, Ho, Ho!! If we can help you plan one of these winter vacation ideas, let me know!