I took a little mini vacation this past weekend to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Cord a What? Yes, if you are not from the Northwest, you probably having a hard time pronouncing this. It is pronounced Cor-de-lane or CDA by the locals. CDA is a a beautiful little town in the Northern portion of Idaho just 30 miles from Spokane (Spo-can) Washington.
We were looking for a little family fun so we decided to head North for a change of pace. We stayed at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort, a beautiful hotel about 30 minutes outside downtown.
While most people don’t typically pick a “Casino” for a familyovernight stay, I have to say that I have found the Native American Casino Resorts in both Washington and Idaho that I have been to have all been very accommodating to children on site and I have no problem exposing my children to the rich history on display in the resorts. I myself am a Suquamish Indian and my own reservation has a Casino Resort of it’s own that provides money for countless programs. I am always happy to support the Native community which is why I was very excited to see the Coeur d’Alene Resort.
From the moment we parked our car, we were treated with hospitality. A friendly gentleman saw us pull into our spot and promptly pulled in behind with his golf cart offering us a ride to the entrance to our hotel. From there, since they were expecting me, I had a lovely chat with the onsite supervisor, Kathy. She told me all about the wonderful chef at the Chinook Steak and Pasta Restaurant and of the lovely Heyburn State Park just 10 miles East.
We checked in and as my kids would say, the room was “fancy smancy”. A serene view of the golf course from the floor to ceiling windows, Big bathroom with full size bath, silky soft bathrobes and a Keurig coffee machine. I considered not leaving the room again!
Despite my desire to relax, the family was hungry. (See… this is what happens when you bring the family… you have to put your own wants on hold, lol!). We decided we should go experience what Kathy had told us about and see first hand what a fabulous chef Adam Hegsted is. Adam is a Coeur d’Alene native who has had the opportunity to cook at the James Beard House in NYC which he shares that honor with the likes of Emeril Lagasse and Bobby Flay! He specializes in using local ingredients for a true Northwest experience.
The Chinook Restaurant is tucked into a corner near the Spa Tower. It is decorated nicely with rustic elements as the rest of the hotel is. All I can say is the meal was fantastic. I had the Casino label Red wine which was lovely followed by an appetizer of Proscuitto wrapped Mozzarella. WOW! So good. For my main course, I chose the Elk Stew followed by a Rib-Eye with a side of Red Potatoes and veggies. The Elk Stew was just amazing. I honestly think that was my favorite part of the whole dinner. It all was cooked to perfection and I couldn’t have been more pleased with my meal.
My family all really enjoyed their choices as well. While they didn’t offer a traditional “Children’s Menu”, they made each of their orders a “Child Size” and even customized my daughters choice of pasta. The waitress acted like spaghetti noodles with white sauce and meatballs was a normal order, lol! But that is exactly what she got in a portion perfect for a kid and at great price too. The other daughter ordered cheese pizza (adventurous, I know) and the hubby had Salmon with Smoky Mashed Potatoes and BLT Soup.
By the finish of our meal, we were exhausted. We had already had a long day playing at Triple Play and Raptor Reef. We found our way back to the room where my oldest promptly slipped on the soft bathrobe and we all crashed for the night. Day 2 promised to be just as busy with a trip to the spa for a massage and a visit to the State Park!
Read more about that later this week and find out more about our weekend getaway to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho or #CDAID!