Field Report No. 20160627
Topic: Savoring summer in downtown Coeur d’Alene
Conditions: Full and friendly
COMMENTS: Travelers and kids out on break certainly do fill the streets, but summer is still an ideal time to be downtown in CdA, especially early in the morning when the crowds aren't as thick and the sun has yet to show its full might. Let's begin.
Walk or bike to Bakery by the Lake for a cinnamon roll and a cuppa. Sit outside on the patio and admire the view: brightly-colored mosaic tiles beneath your feet, blue skies overhead, the vibrant green of nearby McEuen Park, the ever-changing blue hues of Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Earn some tummy room with a hike on Tubbs Hill or walk through Memorial Park, following the road bordering North Idaho College and the lake. Wade in for a quick swim in the lake if you brought your suit. Great people-watching abounds, as do reminders of the region’s rich traditions of logging, lakefront, and Native American culture.
Back into town, the first signs of stirring amongst the shops, restaurants, and businesses tell you it’s almost time to get on with your day. Will you stay in town and browse the all-American leather goods at Thrux Lawrence or fair-trade treasures and handcrafted jewelry at Lucky Monkey, (both locally-owned)? Do you have time for a more substantial meal at Collective Kitchen Public House—crème brulee French Toast is served all day—or did the painting in the window of The Art Spirit Gallery catch your eye?
Not enough time? No worries; downtown Coeur d’Alene will still be there later when you’re ready.