I’ve recently moved to Coeur d’Alene, ID. When people hear this, I typically hear one of two responses; “Oh, I love CDA! It’s so beautiful” or “WTF is CDA and why did you move to northern Idaho?”.
Truth is, it’s an awesome hidden treasure. For those of you that have been here, you know that. For those of you that have not been here, put it on your bucket list.
When I use to visit, people would take me here or there, but I wasn’t really in charge of the plans. I experienced what other people wanted me to experience, and for some reason, that kept being the same places over and over again. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my first experiences here but now it’s time to branch out.
Now that I live here, I’ve made it a point to try and explore and find all of the small treasures that CDA has to offer. Trying different restaurants, hiking spots, shops, etc. I feel like I’ve discovered some new spots, while also embracing some local favorites. Here’s a recap of some of my favorite CDA activities, most of which I found in one single weekend!
Hiking Tubbs hill
Tubb Hills is a 165 acre natural area located in downtown CDA. There are multiple hiking trails, hidden beaches, and beautiful sights of the lake. You can spend an hour or three walking around and experiencing it. A relatively easy hike for you non-hikers. This is a must-do in CDA. I’ve yet to talk to someone who lives in CDA who hasn’t done the hike at least once.
Downtown CDA is a haven for small businesses. Until I really took the time to walk around and experience it, I didn’t realize how diverse the small businesses are downtown. From toy shops to Christmas themed shops, there’s a little bit of everything. Some noteworthy shops to check out; Mix It Up & Christmas on the Lake.
Checking out the art studios
Not only are there a ton of shops downtown, but there are some incredible art studios. From glass work to oil paintings, each of the studios downtown had something special to offer. Many of them feature very local artists that you won’t see elsewhere. Some noteworthy art studios; The Art Spirit & Studio 107.
One of the art shops downtown deserved more than just a mention in the section above. This might be my favorite spot in CDA so far. This fine art and jewelry gallery serves wine and beer in a beautifully decorated and comfortable space in the heart of downtown. They also have live music almost every Friday and Saturday night. I sat down here for a glass or two of wine and didn’t want to leave.
Downtown CDA also has a plethora of fantastic restaurants! From 5 star restaurants to floating restaurants, there are plenty of food options to try. When I visited here, I found myself trying the same places over and over again, but since I’ve lived here, I’ve found some great new spots. Some noteworthy spots; Crafted Tap House & Kitchen, Uva, 315 Martinis and Tapas, and so, so many more.
Drinks at the CDA resort
One of the main attractions in CDA is the resort. The resort really does have some of the most beautiful views that I’ve ever seen. Not only is it nestled right on the lake, but it also boasts a golf course, various shops, restaurants and one of, if not the best spa in the NW.
It’s best to get to the CDA resort right at sunset. You can take in the change of colors while sipping on a martini at the bar Whispers, which boasts floor to ceiling windows to let you look out on the lake.
This is just a glimpse of what CDA has to offer. And I actually fit a lot of these things into one weekend! I’m going to continue to explore and find all of the hidden gems that this beautiful city has to offer. If you have any favorites that you think I need to experience, let me know!