How to Spend a Tasteful Day in Spokane

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….

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Coeur d’Alene Property Management

Real Estate Managers

Finding the right company to handle your real estate investment can be a challenge.  Although there are a lot of choices, the variety of specialty companies can limit your perfect match.  Real estate is a great investment with the right partner so shop and find a company that suits you.  

Low cost companies compete for as much business as they can handle, and more.  Discount markets may not be what you are looking for.  If you want service and follow through for both you as an owner and for your guests and tenants than you may want to find a company that offers a niche market service.  

Vacation Rental Authority offer such a service.  High quality properties that owners wish to maintain and market for the highest rate of return need the high level of service that such a property demands.  It’s not easy to reach the top of the market flooded with homes, offices and vacation rentals but it can be done.  Hard work, experience and focus can bring your home to the pinnacle of success. 

It is not just by chance that Vacation Rental Authority has an inventory of stunning high end homes or that it lacks the mediocre or untended property.  Vacation Rental Authority can elevate any property to a quality an owner can be proud of. More importantly, a tenant can also be proud of their rental. Value for both owners and customers means something to investors and that translates into income.cda vacation rentals, cda property management,

Contact Vacation Rental Authority if you have a property you are considering tuning into an asset.  Don’t let a property languish when you can begin earning income right now.

 

Vacation Rental Authority

208-660-3944

info@vacationrentalauthority.com 

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Finally! Coeur d’Alene Corporate Housing

Affordable Corporate Rentals, Corporate Housing and Executive Retreat Locations

Professional Housing in Coeur d’Alene & Hayden

North Idaho is a growing area, regularly hosting professionals from nearly every industry.  Whether it’s a strategic planning location you need, executive retreat, board member, commuting medical specialist, or trainer from corporate, quality furnished corporate housing is now available.

Growing popularity as the region’s premier vacation rental management company, Vacation Rental Authority prides itself on high end, executive quality homes throughout Coeur d’Alene, Hayden and the surrounding area.

The best part? Corporate rental rates are now available when you register your company or organization in the corporate housing program.  Beautifully furnished homes with 3-5 bedrooms are available, right on the water or with stunning lake views from $350-$1,200/night.  Weekly rates can be even less, and your hosting skills will get 5 stars every time!

We’re talking full kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms, fireplaces, hot tubs, saunas…you don’t get this at any hotel or “resort.”  Concierge included, car service and catering available.

Check out a couple of Vacation Rental Authority’s many first class locations:

Coeur d’Alene Corporate Housing

Hayden Corporate Housing

 

Watch Idaho the Movie!

North Idaho Eagle

I’m excited about a new documentary about the wonders of Idaho, by someone who loves Idaho as much as I do! Can’t wait to see the full movie.

A quote I love from the trailer is “If you’re tired of Idaho, you’re tired of life. There’s always something different, something surprising…” SO TRUE! View the Trailer here: http://vimeo.com/44546590

 

Calling Writers & Coffee Lovers Everywhere

Writer Retreat in N. Idaho, Coeur d'AleneAs a creative-type who loves to be 72 degrees at all times, there is nothing like a cool breeze and brisk mountain air to get the creative juices flowing!  Admittedly it’s more like 50 degrees today, but with the help of some fuzzy socks, jeans, long sleeves and a hot drink, the temp is just right.

After a summer of iced coffee and cold drinks to get my caffeine fix, today is that first perfect day of fall for a steamy, milky and oh so yummy cup of hot coffee.  Maybe two.  For me it’s a classic cafe au lait (2/3 coffee +  1/3 milk), and my favorite winter boots that have me in a deliciously creative mood. Next I’ll take a stroll along the Centennial Trail, which would be perfect this afternoon!

But even better, I had the idea for a writer’s retreat, right here in the N. Idaho mountains next October. Picture it…fall colors all around, brisk breezes churning up imaginations, a warm fire dancing in the common room, and pensive writers all around, wrapped loosely in cozy blankets.  And there would be coffee…lots and lots of hot coffee!

Let the Pulitzer Prizes begin…

Part 3: What Do You Want From Me?

In our continued quest to understand each other, For the Love of Idaho introduces Part 3: What Do You Want From Me? 

Here’s what we’re asking.  Let us be your friend in North Idaho, for the inside scoop of where to stay, what to do and where to go!  Simply book a vacation home or vacation package on our full service site launching October 18, 2012 www.vacationrentalauthority.com.

As longtime lovers of Idaho, we hope to share her four seasons of beauty and fun with you soon.  Each time you visit can be the experience of a lifetime, and we’re here to help make that happen…for the love of Idaho!

Part 2: Who Knew?

Thank you for joining us as we provide insight into who we are, what we do and who knew what – when. Part 2: Who Knew?  expands upon our purpose, while providing examples of what Guest Services are really about.

Once you have a memory-making place to stay  via Vacation Rental Authority (see Part 1: What’s the Point? ), it’s time to take your vacation to the next level at no cost to you.  Our local experts answer your questions and point you to the best hiking, biking, skiing or swimming spots in the area.

Want a private boat tour of Lake Coeur d’Alene?  No problem.  Need ski passes for Schweitzer, 49 Degrees or Silver Mountain?  We have them. Bike rentals? Paddle boards? Photographer for unforgettable family photos? Done. Our contact list is long and we take care of as much (or as little) as you like.

This blog is just the tip of the iceberg – we have an infinite number of resources available for you, including our Travelers Newsletter “Love of Idaho”.

And that concludes this mini-bite into the passion, purpose and inspiration behind For the Love of Idaho.  Stay tuned for Part 3!

Part 1: What’s the Point?

Allow us to introduce ourselves, our philosophies and our purpose in bite-sized pieces!  Part 1: What’s the Point?  is the first scrumptious nibble…

Have you ever seen something so beautiful, or had an experience so joyful, you wished everyone you love could experience it too?  That’s how we feel everyday about living in North Idaho.

For the Love of Idaho is a heartfelt, 4-Season blog run by Vacation Rental Authority owner Cheryl Kerr. Her passion for the water, snow, trees, wildlife and limitless adventure has led her to market the ideal lodging and experiences available from Coeur d’Alene to Sandpoint, Post Falls to Hayden.

Kerr promises “You simply must find your way to North Idaho; see for yourself what all the fuss is about! You will find awe-inspiring views and unlimited possibilities for fun, relaxation, connection and inspiration.”

We’ve found the best way to see the sites is by tapping into the experience and knowledge of friendly locals, so that is exactly what we are in business to do.  At Vacation Rental Authority, we match you with the ideal vacation home for your stay with friends or family.  (Have business in mind?  We have management and project retreat locations that are out of this world!)

That was quick and easy, right?  Now that you know a bit more about us, stay tuned for the next installment.  Perhaps we may (or may not) get to the meat of the matter.