"They call me geranium girl," said Rachel Johns as she planted geraniums on the grounds of the Coeur d'Alene Resort in Coeur d'Alene in May. (SR File Photo: Kathy Plonka)
Guess which local city ranks among the 10 Best American Vacation Towns to Live In Year round, according to the Money Crashers site? Bingo. Coeur d'Alene. Quoth writer Brian Bartucci: Believe it or not, the community is more than just a tourist destination. The massive, old-school Coeur d’Alene Resort is a fixture here, and favorable corporate tax laws have encouraged innovative businesses to set up shop as well. Kootenai Healthcare, a growing hospital system, is the largest local employer. The Pita Pit, a wildly successful food service franchise, is a homegrown success story. Hecla Mining, which focuses on silver deposits throughout North America (and employs dozens of engineers at six-figure salaries), has a growing presence in the region. And despite its apparent isolation, the city benefits from its strategic location at the eastern end of a 40-mile economic corridor that terminates west of Spokane, Washington. Complete list (not in any particular order) here.
Question: The writer describes the Coeur d'Alene Resort "old-school." What do you suppose he meant by that?