Resort life out west in Idaho

When you dream about a relaxing trip away from it all, do you think Idaho?

Yeah, it never crossed this Jersey girl’s mind either, but when given an opportunity to visit a state I’ve never been to, I took it.

It started a few months ago. My kind father asked me if I wanted to be his plus one on his business trip. After careful consideration, I asked where it was this year.

“A resort in Idaho,” he answered. There was confusion…I didn’t know much about Idaho (and still don’t) but I was shocked to hear there was a resort out there.

Fast forward to August. I’m stepping off the plane in Spokane, Washington. I see mountains and pine trees stretch on for miles. It’s only 11:30 in the morning, but it feels like 3:00 p.m.

I board the shuttle to The Coeur d’Alene Resort, where I’ll be spending the next few days doing…nothing. I’m zoned out on the bus as we cross state lines. My first impression of Idaho: dry. many trees. not a cloud in the sky.

We pull up to the beautiful resort sitting right on Lake Coeur d’Alene. I am blown away by how picturesque the entire scene is.

Lake Coeur d’Alene

Boats of every size peppered the vast lake. Seaplanes float down from the sky, making landings every few hours. Mountains watch over in the distance, a reminder we’re not far from the Rockies.

For the next few days, I make the pool my home. The resort’s pool is actually on a different part of the lake, so it runs a water taxi to and from the pool and golf course. It’s a quick ride, very fast. If you’re wearing a hat, it probably won’t stay on for long.

It’s a beautiful infinity pool, so you can hang on the edge and look over the lake. If you would rather swim in the lake, no problem. Just a few steps down and you’re there. I enjoyed swimming in the lake but stepping on rocks to get there was a bit difficult.

Pool view at sunset

With extra time to kill in the morning, (thanks Jet lag) I went for some runs outside the resort. The lake made for an incredible background — I couldn’t get enough of the views.

Finally, the potatoes. The one thing I know about Idaho is they got the potatoes. I enjoyed several different styles of potatoes during my trip. All met my incredibly high standards, from potato chips, to breakfast hash browns, to my mashed potatoes at dinner. If I took one thing away from this trip, it’s that Idaho knows how to enjoy a potato.

Overall, it was a great trip with my dad out west. The resort was clean and welcoming. The lake was absolutely gorgeous (if I didn’t make that clear already).

Now I’m considering making more trips out west. Any recommendations? Let me know below!

(and yes…I did have to google how to spell Coeur d’Alene every time I used it)

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