“Even Better” at The Coeur d’Alene Resort

After twenty-five years, the Coeur d’Alene Resort (on the lake of the same name) has officially gotten a makeover. Not that this renowned Idaho resort needed much of a facelift to begin with, but that’s one of the undeniable truths about the resort industry: one must always remain on the cutting-edge of hospitality. In the spirit of the season, then, the Coeur d’Alene Resort has done just that: the renovations they’ve unveiled this month are far better than a blast of Botox.

Owners Duane Hagadone and Jerry Jaeger recently revealed their resort’s facelift with the tagline “even better,” claiming that their multi-million dollar facelift will help keep their lakeside lodging competitive as the eclectic city of Coeur d’Alene continues to establish itself as the vacation destination of the Northwest. Whether or not the resort needed to be “even better” than before, though, the marvelous renovations essentially speak for themselves: where there was once a poolside veranda with plastic lounge chairs and rows of plant boxes blocking the view is now a beautiful granite-top terrace with glass railings and a delicate overhang. Where there was once laminate flooring and ordinary cupboards are now three kinds of Italian tile and granite cabinetry from Brazil. And where there was empty space is now a huge 2,200-gallon aquarium with 22 new tank-dwelling residents, including what looks to be an impressive collection of Japanese and Floridian Koi. While I haven’t met them yet, I’ll meet these new residents on our way to my fiancee’s annual family reunion in Spirit Lake, Idaho this July. (I’ll report back then).

Right now, the resort is offering discounted rates for travelers interested in witnessing the unveiling of the new design. If you book before April 30th, they’re offering an all-inclusive package for $199 a night, which includes overnight accommodations, two dinner entrées with salad bar, and two full breakfast entrées at the fabulously beautiful Dockside Restaurant. Also, if there’s a special mom in your life, there’s always the upcoming Mother’s Day package, which includes overnight lakeside accommodations, one 50-minute Swedish massage, and one pedicure at The Spa Coeur d’Alene for $224. Or, if you’re just interested in a springtime getaway to one of the premier vacation destinations in the Northwest, rent a room for the night and check out some of Coeur d’Alene’s lakeside activities, pristine golfing (so I’ve heard–I’m unfortunately not a credible source on golf courses), eclectic shopping, winding wooden boardwalk, funky bars and breweries, and collection of downtown art galleries.

Now, I could be biased about this place, since I’m getting married next summer on the very terrace that has just been remodeled, but nonetheless: Sounds heavenly, doesn’t it?

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The Coeur d’Alene Resort is located on the lake in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Check out their website for more information here: http://www.cdaresort.com/

You can also book online through Expedia or Priceline.

Review and photographs (except for the first one, which is a non-copyrighted photo) by Kristin Mock.

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