5 Questions With The Coeur d’Alene Resort

​There are a few accommodations around the Pacific Northwest that both residents and visitors know by sight or name. The Coeur d’Alene Resort is just that type of spot. It features an amazing location, right on the shore of beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene, an incredible boardwalk and golf course, and so much more. Inside its walls, the Coeur d’Alene Resort offers the same level of top notch amenities and comforts.

With it being such a well known Northwest asset, I took the chance and reached out to the Coeur d’Alene Resort to see if they would take the time to answer some of our pesky questions. Thankfully, they agreed as I was able to touch base with the director of marketing at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, Danielle Beaudine.

5 Questions With The Coeur d’Alene Resort

The Coeur d'Alene Resort

1st Question:
The Coeur d’Alene Resort is one of the most iconic lodging opportunities in the area. In what year did it first open?

The Coeur d’Alene Resort opened its doors in May of 1986.

2nd Question:
The Coeur d’Alene Resort features some distinctive architecture. How many hotel rooms are available in resort?

There are a variety of room types at The Resort, including Lakeview rooms with unique fireplaces, balconies and automated curtains. In total there are 338 rooms.

3rd Question:
Possibly my favorite question, is there a little known fact or piece of trivia that most people don’t know about the Coeur d’Alene Resort?

There is a wine cellar in the basement of Beverly’s restaurants on the 7th floor, you take a spiral staircase down to access it. There are FREE daily tours with a wine taster daily at 4pm. Beverly’s also has a secret room, called the Owners Dining Room. It is cantilevered out from the side of the Resort over lake Coeur d’Alene with incredible views and can be booked in advance for small special occasions.

4th Question:
One of the most visible outdoor attractions near the Coeur d’Alene Resort is the boardwalk that shelters the marina. Do you have any idea what the length of the boardwalk is there?

It is the World’s Longest Floating Boardwalk and is ¾ mile in length.

5th Question:
What’s one of the most interesting things to see inside The Coeur d’Alene Resort?

There are a wide variety of amenities at The Resort depending on your preference! The Spa Coeur d’Alene has a $100,000 TAG Signature Shower with 18 shower heads, and an incredible two-story relaxation room with a full skylight ceiling. Dockside’s world famous Gooey sundaes are not to be missed for any special occasion! In the summer, Guests can take a complimentary ride on our custom wooden boats, the Eagle Boats, to our infinity pool & beach located around Tubbs Hill at The Resort Golf Course. For families, there’s a book based on Coeur d’Alene, called Mudgy & Millie, that gives you a walking tour with large bronze statues of the moose & mouse featured in the story!

Once again, I’d like to thank Danielle Beaudine and the Coeur d’Alene Resort for putting up with our questions!

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2/19/2017 – Pacific Northwest Social Media Greatest Hits

PNW Social Media Greatest Hits

It’s been a long cold winter but it’s time for Social Media Greatest Hits to come out of hibernation. Here’s a quick look at some of the best in social media in the Pacific Northwest recently!

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One Photo:  Vintage Life Ring At Tumwater Dam Viewpoint

Tumwater Dam is located in Tumwater Canyon on Highway 2, just a few miles west of the Bavarian destination of Leavenworth .  This is a historic dam and is often overlooked because of its size.  It’s not only an interesting attractionbthough, it’s also located in a very scenic location.

On my last stop there I became a little focused on the metal life ring holder mounted on the railing at the dam’s viewpoint.  It has a very cool look to it, especially with the rapids of the Wenatchee River trailing off behind it.  It got me thinking about why it’s there.  Yes, to rescue someone.  But to rescue someone at that spot someone else has to think it’s a good idea to disregard the posted DANGER signs and instead jump into a cold, mountain, boulder-filled river either right above or right below a concrete dam.  Not smart.

Cool contrast with the surrounding scenery though.

5 Questions With North Cascades National Park

5 Questions With North Cascades NP

North Cascades National Park is one of the top attractions in the state of Washington. There’s a really good reason for this too as there is just so much to see there. If you love history, natural beauty, or just the opportunity to get away from it all, this is the place to go. You can walk back in time, see amazing engineering marvels, stare up at incredible mountain peaks, and so much more. When you visit there, bring your camera and your sense of wonder. Both will be fully occupied in North Cascades National Park.

I reached out to the fine people who take care of North Cascades National Park for the rest of us, and Visitor Services Assistant Charlie Kolb was more than generous with his time as he took a moment to answer our five questions.

5 Questions With North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park Visitors Center

1st Question:
Do you know about how many people visit North Cascades National Park every year?

Answer: North Cascades National Park is actually part of a three unit complex which also includes Ross Lake National Recreation Area and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. Combined, these three units receive approximately 800,000 visitors per year.

2nd Question:
What would you say are the top three easily accessible spots in North Cascades National Park to enjoy a picnic at?

Answer: In the village of Newhalem near the Skagit River, Colonial Creek Campground on the shores of Diablo Lake, and above the lake at Diablo Lake overlook.

3rd Question:
Is there a piece of little known info or “fun fact” about North Cascades National Park that most people wouldn’t know?

Answer: That the American Pika (*Ochotona princeps*), which can be seen running around rock fields and talus slopes at higher elevations, is actually a species of rabbit, rather than a rodent like the Hoary Marmot (*Marmota caligata*). The primary difference is in their up incisors (front teeth) of which they have four rather than two.

4th Question:
What are other more popular spots?

Answer: Diablo Lake is another great place to visit as is the Diablo Lake Overlook, which is just past Colonial Creek Campground on Highway 20. There are some great hikes as well, that start outside the park boundary, like the Maple Pass Loop that offer views deep into the park that most people rarely see.

5th Question:
Park rangers are the backbone of every national park. Do you have an estimate of how many work in North Cascades National Park?

Answer: As of 2015 we had 71 year round employees, performing all the tasks that kept the park running and then hired 104 seasonal employees to help out during the busy season in the summer.

I’d like to send out a big thank you to the staff at North Cascades National Park, both for answering our pesky questions and for the great service they provide. If you’re looking for a great road trip possibility, I can’t recommend the North Cascades Highway enough. It’ll take you right through North Cascades National Park and give you more than enough to do and see.

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One Photo:  Pacific Beach, Washington

When you visit Pacific Beach, Washington, you’ll love the beach of course, but you’ll also love the community.  This little town features a few shops, a delicious bakery, and a couple of places tobeat.  It also features some locally owned lodging options as well as Pacific Beach State Park.

The One Photo from our Pacific Beach trip that’s featured above shows off the quaint look of the town from the edge of the state park.  Doesn’t it look like the kind of place you could just escape from all the outside pressures of life too?  I look at this photo and just want to step right into it and explore the town on foot.

One Photo:  Welcome to Omak

As I drive around exploring the Pacific Northwest, I must admit I have a bit of an addiction to taking photos of “Welcome to” signs.  These signs come in all forms.  Some are plain metal signs put up by road departments, some are works of art, and some have a vintage look to them as they’ve been standing and welcoming travelers for years.

This One Photo above is the welcome sign you see when you enter the town of Omak in North Central Washington from the south.  The yellow lettering against the aged wood shows up well and it’s got a great Old West look to it.

One Photo:  Alstown, Washington

Exploring the back roads of the Pacific Northwest can allow you to find some incredible scenic spots.  If you’re lucky, you might also stumble across the remnants of a ghost town or abandoned settlement of some sort.

Depending on what map you look at, you may see the name “Alstown” just southeast of Waterville, Washington.  Alstown was located alongside Douglas Creek and is reachable by driving south for a few miles on Douglas Creek Road from the community of Douglas on Highway 2.  It was a stop on a branch of the Great Northern Railway.  When you drive by today there is an old house or two, a barn, some outbuildings, and a nearby grain elevator that still appears to be operational.

The One Photo I’m looking at today appears to show a small house that has seen better days.  It doesn’t take much though to imagine it back in its prime.  Was that second story a full floor of its own or a more simple loft?  The view of the rolling fields around it from that upstairs window must’ve been amazing.

Five Fun Facts About Hells Canyon

Hells Canyon

Hells Canyon is an impressive chunk of land on the Washington-Idaho border that the Snake River cuts through. The canyon is deep and is popular with boaters, anglers, hikers, jetskiers, waterskiers, birdwatchers, and more. There are few points to access the water from and the dams located there are very interesting too.

Here is a look at five fun facts about Hells Canyon.

How Deep?

Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America. At its deepest, it is measured at 7,993 feet.

Missed It By That Much

Members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, using the Salmon River, came extremely close to Hells Canyon during the Corps of Discovery’s journey west to the Pacific Ocean in 1806, but turned back before seeing the majestic deep canyons.

There’s Gold In That Thar Canyon!

Gold was discovered on the gravel river bars in Hells Canyon during the 1860s. Because of its inaccessibility and remoteness, most of the miners left soon after and the region was described as not being profitable.

Slow That River Up!

In 1955, the Federal Power Commission approved plans for three dams in Hells Canyon. The first to be completed was Brownlee Dam, then came Oxbow Dam, and finally Hells Canyon Dam.

A Whole Lotta Walkin!

In the entire Hells Cayon Wilderness Area there are approximately 360 miles of hiking trails.