Northern Idaho is gorgeous country. Most of it’s sparsely populated but there are more than enough places to explore and find a quiet little corner that is just your own. Whether you’re looking for a campground setting, established hotel, or a lakefront cabin, it’s out there. And odds are it’s surrounded by some amazing landscape.
Sitting on the south shore of beautiful Lake Pend Oreille, right across from Sandpoint, we felt lucky to spend the night at Sleep’s Cabins. These adorable little cabins were during the middle part of the 1900s and are very welcoming. They all show off characteristics of being built long ago, but these imperfections add to their character and the experience you’ll have there.
There are several different cabins to pick from. Each with a distinctive feel to it, as well as with its own decor. Inside, you’ll appreciate that the rustic feel doesn’t dominate. We were very comfortable with the modern furnishings and everything we needed that we found in the kitchen. We could drive around the Sandpoint area and stop for a bite to eat at any of the nice places we came across. We could also cook our own meal right back in our own cabin.
Outside the cabin there is a lot of property to explore. There is a large terraced main yard, multiple fire pits, a deep swimming hole, and a shallow wading beach on the lake that comes complete with its own dock. It was very nice to be able to have fun and even participate in some activities without even having to leave the property. Being able to run around in the grass, down to the water, and back to the open door of our cabin was something the kids really appreciated too.
Sleep’s Cabins is a completely unique place to stay. We heard that many come back again and again for a visit there each and every year. That’s pretty easy to believe too. It isn’t often that you get the chance to spend the night right on the water of a beautiful lake in a historic cabin surrounded by that kind of natural beauty.
Learn more about this great overnight opportunity from their website: Sleep’s Cabins
Boise can be a real fun town to visit. There are a lot of things to do in the city, but there are also tons of things to do within an easy drive of the city. Everything there adds up to a great combination of urban and outdoor attractions and experiences.
I’d driven through Boise on my way to other places a few times, but recently I finally had the chance to stop there for a couple days and check everything out. I definitely fell a little bit in love with the city, I don’t mind telling you. The locals are very welcoming, the weather was awesome, and there was plenty to see.
I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn which ended up being a perfect choice. The rooms were clean, as expected, having stayed at one or two Hilton Garden Inns in the past. Everything about the property was spot on. They offered all kinds of business amenities, everything from photo copying services to a full featured business center.
As a road tripper, I am always looking for some comfort features wherever I lay my head. We hit the jackpot there too with the Hilton Garden Inn in Boise because they offered a complimentary beverage area, fitness center, newstand, convenience store right in the lobby, pool, hot tub, and more. I even sprang for the bed and breakfast package and wasn’t disappointed when the breakfast for four showed up the next morning.
Boise was fun… just as I thought it would be. I really enjoyed driving off into the surrounding landscape and seeing what was there. I also enjoyed knowing that I had a place like the Hilton Garden Inn to come back to at night.
One getaway spot in the Pacific Northwest that impresses everyone is the city of Coeur d’Alene. This small lakeside city in the Idaho Panhandle is absolutely gorgeous. But if you go there just to look at it, you’re going to miss so much.
Lake Coeur d’Alene is a deep blue play land of cold, fresh mountain water. Getting out on or in the water is one of the top ways to enjoy the lake. To do this though, you need somewhere to stay.
Coeur d’Alene has a lot of hotel options. Many of them are along Interstate 90 that bisects it and some are close to the water. The motel that jumped out at me was the Resort City Inn. This little motel has a great atmosphere and, almost more importantly, is located right downtown. I loved the fact that I could go for a walk in the immediate area and see all kinds of great restaurants, bars, and shops. McEuen Park is just two short blocks away. I was also within walking distance of the marina and boardwalk. It really was right in the heart of Coeur d’Alene.
I just can’t talk enough about the atmosphere of the Resort City Inn. It’s very clean and modern, but at the same time it has a very nostalgic feel to it. The continental breakfast was awesome and the free high speed internet is a nice touch. One very cool part of it all is the rooftop patio and barbecue grill. It’s a completely unique place that I don’t think I’ll ever forget.
I love Coeur d’Alene, but who doesn’t, really? I’d definitely say that my choice to stay in the Resort City Inn made my last trip there so much better.