Advertise Here

Huckleberries Online

Posts tagged: Coeur d'Alene Resort

CdA Resort Bar Dodges Stiffer Penalty

The Coeur d’Alene Resort will dodge a costly penalty after one of its bars was hit with a second state liquor law violation in just over a year. Splash, a resort sports bar at Sherman Avenue and Second Street, was cited by the Idaho State Police for serving a minor in early May. A similar violation there in April 2013 resulted in a five-day suspension of the resort’s liquor license, and because the license covers multiple venues, the resort closed several of its restaurants and lounges during that suspension in early January. A second offense within three years could lead to a license suspension of 15 to 30 days. But the resort recently made a change to its alcohol license structure that protects it from a penalty that severe/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (SR file photo)


Wooden Boat Show Comes To Resort

The annual wooden boat show of the Antique & Classic Boat Society meets for the third time in Coeur d'Alene this weekend. (SR file photo)

If you’re thinking you missed the annual wooden boat show in Coeur d’Alene this summer, don’t abandon ship just yet. The event was postponed until this weekend. And in lieu of the usual display of classic boats from the Northwest, this one features a larger, more varied collection from owners across the U.S. and Canada. The Antique & Classic Boat Society is meeting this week at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, and attendees will have more than 100 boats on display there today and Saturday. “It’s an appreciation of the past; it’s an appreciation of a culture,” said B.K. Powell, a Spokane resident who will be there with Bon Bois, his 1955 Chris-Craft Sportsman. “It’s like walking through the past. All these boats have a story to tell.” This is the third time since 2002 the organization has met in Coeur d’Alene, with the Inland Empire chapter hosting/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Will you attend the annual wooden boat show this weekend?

AM (5-16.13): Geraniums Are In

On her Facebook wall, Kerri Thoreson posts: “An Upstate Idaho rite of Spring … the first of over 10,000 red geraniums were planted in front of The Coeur d'Alene Resort today. Let the season begin!”

Question: Do you plant geraniums in your garden?

Blast From Past: Seeweewana Sinks

Another story that I covered 25 years ago (published March 26, 1988 in the SR):

Sitting with his grandmother in a restaurant overlooking Lake Coeur d'Alene Friday, 5-year-old Grant Helgeson predicted the fate of the Seeweewana. It's probably going to go like this,” he said. Then he plunked a 3-inch toy boat bow-first into his water glass. About 20 minutes later, the Seeweewana, the last of the wooden tour boats to ply the lake, did just that. In front of a crowd of hundreds, the boat sunk about a quarter mile offshore, west of the Coeur d'Alene Resort boardwalk rest area. Sinking was the best solution diver Tom Michalski could find for the boat, after the city of Coeur d'Alene and Museum of North Idaho refused to accept it as a memorial to the boats that helped establish the city as a lakeside tourist spot. The sinking, he figures, will preserve the boat, if only for divers. (Coeur d'Alene Press file photo of the Seeweewana)

Question: Do you remember any of the great boats that once navigated the waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene?

Asian Markets Hungry For Our Wood

Asia is growing hungrier for American wood products, and producers in the Northwest are delving deeper into exports even as domestic lumber demand rebounds from an epic building slump. Representatives from 15 Chinese and three South Korean companies are in Coeur d’Alene this week to see what more the Inland Northwest has to offer and build trade relationships. The delegations toured mills Wednesday in Kettle Falls and Colville and attended a conference on small-diameter logs and wood exports Thursday at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Exports of both logs and finished wood products provided a lifeline to many Northwest mills during the recession, industry representatives said/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (Kathy Plonka SR photo: Devin Ding, center, general manager of Shanghia Zhenyuan Timber Structures Engineering, made the trip from China to attend the Small Log Conference at the Coeur d’Alene Resort on Thursday.)

Question: Do you support increasing export of American wood products to Asia?

Bulletin: CdA Resort May Be NW Best

No destination resort in the Pacific Northwest combines comfort and sophistication — including a luxurious spa, fine dining options and recreational amenities — so well as The Coeur d'Alene. Nestled on the north shore of its 25-mile-long namesake lake, the resort was built in 1986 and immediately became the catalyst for the gentrification of the town of Coeur d'Alene (pronounced core-duh-LANE). “Downtown took off with a character of its own,” recalled Bill Reagan, the resort's general manager since it welcomed its first guests. “It's as if the hotel created a center from which Coeur d'Alene could grow.” After a 413-mile, 7½-hour drive northeast from Bend, via the Tri-Cities and Spokane, my traveling companion and I turned off Interstate 90 in the late afternoon and approached the hotel via a circular drive off Sherman Avenue. A team of valets and bellmen was there to greet us, unloading our luggage, parking our car and guiding us through the elegant, contemporary lobby to the long front desk, where we were quickly checked in for a three-night stay/John Gottberg Anderson, Bend Bulletin. More here. (Jesse Tinsley SR file photo: Coeur d'Alene Resort floating green)

Question: Can you think of a better Northwest resort than the Coeur d'Alene Resort?

Are Resort Guests Old, Rude, Mean?

Idawa: I just spoke to one of my co-workers who just spent the last couple days at the Cd’A Resort. While he had nice things to say about the resort and the town, he was, in his words, “disgusted” by the other guests at the resort. Generally, he observed that most of them were old, rude, mean to the staff, and just plain impolite (didn’t hold doors for his wife and kids, didn’t clap when performers were done performing for them, etc…). He just sensed a sort of obnoxious sense of entitlement from them. I told him that except for a one night stay at the resort on my honeymoon (I didn’t have a lot of interaction with the other guests except for one that night!), I didn’t have much experience with the Hagadone crowd growing up in Cd’A. So, does his perception hold up with everyone’s experience? (SR file photo)

Question: I interpret this as an observation re: the guests at the resort and not the quality of service and amenities offered there. I haven't spent a night at the resort. So I have no firsthand knowledge re: its customers. Anyone out there who does?

CdA Architect Nelson, 76, RIP

Prominent Coeur d'Alene architect R.G. “Bob” Nelson, who was known for his work designing the Hagadone Corp. headquarters building and The Coeur d'Alene Resort, died Thursday. He was 76. Kootenai County Commissioner Jai Nelson, his daughter, said his favorite project always was the one he was working on. “He'd be completely absorbed by the challenge of that project,” she said. “He was completely passionate.” He designed several buildings on the University of Idaho campus, including the award-winning student recreation center. Jai Nelson said she always admired his tenacity in life as well as his dedication to his profession. “I loved working with him,” she said. “If you stand downtown in Coeur d'Alene you can see so many of his buildings. He's really had an impact in his work”/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press courtesy photo of Hagadone HQ, designed by R.G. Nelson)

Question: Did you know R.G. Nelson?

Outcome Upsets Local Ron Pauler

On his Political Theater blog, Libertarian commenter Lew Rockwell quotes a friend who attended the Idaho GOP caucus at the Coeur d'Alene Resort last night: “As we stood watching the vote counting, a priest explained to me that RP was the only true pro-life candidate. He also said he hoped that Paul would run third-party. After this mess, I have to agree. I told one old man, a local state representative who confessed to voting for GW Bush twice before coming to his senses and supporting RP,  that I wouldn't cross the street for any of the candidates, yet here I was near midnight away from my warm bed and my family to support Ron Paul. He ruefully said in reply, “Well, I'll have to do more than cross the street for one of them, since I can't vote for Obama.” I think this sums up the vice that the powers that be have us in. As you and your writers have been saying for years, the establishment puts up two puppets, and we get to fight each other over which one to elect. I won't play that game again. I'll write in RP if I have to, or vote straight Constitution Party.” More here. (Katherine Jones' AP/Statesman photo: Sydney Walker, 4, holds a picture of Ron Paul, who spoke in Nampa Tuesday)

Question: What will become of Ron Paul voters if this continues to play out as it now appears to be?

MB: Resort Shoulda Kept Bar Open

Meesterbox: It was a bit frustrating after the first round when only (Buddy Roemer, pictured) was eliminated. He received zero votes at our location and only made the process that much longer. Also in the first round Gingrich received 15.1% of the votes. I did the math and if 4 people would not have voted for Newt county wide, he too would have been eliminated in the first round. Everyone had their phones and tablets out tracking the states progress and Romney did loose a significant number of supports once it was shown he had all Idaho regardless of our votes. Although it was frustrating at times, it was great to be involved in the process. There was one mistake made last night - the resort should have kept the drink bar open in the hallway. They could have made a lot of $$ in between rounds.

Question: Tell us about your experience with the first Idaho GOP caucus?

Christa: Huge Caucus Line @ Resort

Christa Hazel reports from Coeur d'Alene Resort: “Reporting that the line into the Resort Caucus sit was out the the front door.  A lot of people checking in for what everyone is saying will be a long night.”

DFO: Feel free to use this post for notes/comments about the Idaho GOP caucuses.

Romney Rally Under Way At Resort

Gov. Butch Otter will be in Coeur d'Alene at 5:15 p.m. Monday for a meet-and-greet sponsored by the Romney campaign on the eve of Idaho's Super Tuesday caucus, according to a news release from the Romney campaign. The free event is at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Meanwhile, Ron Paul touted endorsements from GOP state Reps. Pete Neilsen, R-Mountain Home, Lenore Barrett, R-Challis, and Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, in a weekend news release. Also backing Paul are Mullan City Councilman Chuck Reitz, who is Shoshone County GOP Chairman, and Boise County GOP Chairman John Blattler/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question (for those who attend rally): How was it?

Read more here:

Resort’s Ground Floor Reopens

Coeur d'Alene Resort partner Jerry Jaeger walks past the new koi aquarium in the remodeled lobby Wednesday, the opening day of the two-month ground floor remodel, the first since 1986. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

CdA Resort Finished With Remodel

Coeur d'Alene Resort partner Jerry Jaeger shows off remodeled Dockside Restaurant earlier today, the opening day of the two-month ground floor remodel of the Resort. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

The Coeur d’Alene Resort will reopen its first floor to the public at noon today after a two-month remodel. The 35,000-square foot makeover includes new décor for the lobby and Dockside Restaurant, a larger fitness area and an expansion of Whispers, a bar and lounge. “We want people to feel like it’s a brand new place,” said architect Guy Dreier of Palm Desert, Calif. The remodel includes larger skylights to increase natural light, a 22,000-gallon Koi aquarium with imported fish from Japan, indoor plants, Italian tile and Brazilian granite. Conventions and meetings makes up about half of the business for the resort hotel on Lake Coeur d’Alene/Becky Kramer, SR. More here. (Jesse Tinsley Sr photo: Line cook Aaron Merrill prepares food in the new kitchen at the Dockside Restaurant earlier today)

Question: Becky Kramer tells Huckleberries that she's impressed with the remodel. Anyone else seen it today? Impression?

Hucks: Golfing With Santorum

Jimmy McAndrew, who caddied at the Coeur d’Alene Resort golf course before becoming a Coeur d’Alene banker, is skeptical about Rick Santorum’s golf prowess. According to eyewitnesses Tuesday, the Republican prez wannabe landed two golfballs on the floating green, at its winter distance. Doubting Jimmy told Huckleberries: “We are talking 270 yard (on the fly) in 30-40 degree weather over the lake which is always gusting heavily every day and always requires you to club up one minimum (usually two clubs up). Just look at the flag out there, it’s rarely blowing toward the lake.” And even if Santorum hit the green, he’d be lucky to keep the ball on it, says Jimmy. Who estimates the floating green is 30 yards deep. Tops. In the winter, Jimmy said, the surface would be as hard as an airport tarmac. “Hit the green? Maybe,” says Jimmy. “Held it?” Hmm/DFO, Sunday Huckleberries. More here.

Question: Do you brag about your golf game?

J-Mac Question Santorum Golf Shots

JimmyMAC: I’m still skeptical of Santorum holding the green in February on the floater from 270 out. WE ARE TALKING 270 yard fly in 30-40 degree weather over the lake which is always gusting heavily every day and ALWAYS requires you to club up 1 minimum (usually two clubs up). Just look at the flag out there, it’s RARELY blowing toward the lake. To put it in perspective, the tour average in driving distance so far this year is 279 yards and that includes rounds in Hawaii where the ball flies. In the conditions I mentioned above, that is easily 300-315 yards off the tees on the 14th. Santorum and everyone else aside from 20 guys on the PGA tour are hitting driver. I don’t know the exact depth of the floating green but let’s just say it’s 30 yards (it’s gotta be much less than that BTW). The hardness of the surface is probably more similar to a runway than a green right now given the temperature. Hit the green….MAYBE. Held it??? (Jesse Tinsley SR photo of Rick Santorum, with Jerry Jaeger and Tina Jacobson in background)

Question: Hey, don't look at me. The best I've ever golfed was to get a hole-in-one at a miniature course. Never knocked a golf ball on a big course. Or intend to do so. Are you a decent golfer?

Santorum Lands 2 On Floating Green

Prior to taking shots at President Obama and Mitt Romney at a campaign rally in Coeur d'Alene Tuesday, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum took by far his most impressive shots on an adjacent golf course. Before speaking at a rally at the Hagadone Events Center at the Coeur d'Alene Resort, Santorum showed his golfing prowess (or incredible luck) by allegedly landing two tee shots squarely on the resort's famed 'Floating Green' from 270 yards away. Twice. It's a feat that would be considered extremely difficult even for professional golfers. During the summer the green is stationed between 140-160 yards away from the regular men's tee box, but in the off-season when the water level of Lake Coeur d'Alene is lowered, the resort slides the Floating Green (on underwater tracks) another 120+ yards away from the tee box. Several staffers with the resort were on hand to witness Santorum's eye-opening golf shots/KHQ. More here. (Jess Tinsley SR photo of Hagadone Hospitality partner Jerry Jaeger kidding Rick Santorum re: his golf shots on resort Floating Green Tuesday)

Question: Is JimmyMac only Merry Huckster rich enough to afford to play on the Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course? How did you do on the hole with the floating green?

Coeur d’Alene Resort Remodels

Photographer Don Sausser writes of the remodeling occurring at the Coeur d'Alene Resort entrance & beyond today: “The resort’s entrance canopy appears as large plastic wrapped gift during it’s update.”

Santorum Attracts Overflow Crowd

Rick Santorum on Tuesday became the first presidential candidate to visit the Inland Northwest, just as national polls showed him at the top of the Republican field. In response to questions from reporters after a speech, Santorum downplayed the polls, noting that he had de-emphasized the same polls in recent weeks when they showed him behind. “We just have to earn it one state at a time,” he said. He added, however, that the boost “has helped us in fundraising.” Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, spoke for about 35 minutes and answered audience questions for an hour more at the Hagadone Events Center in Coeur d’Alene. About 600 packed the room, and police turned away dozens of cars/Jonathan Brunt, SR. More here. (Jesse Tinsley SR photo: Santorum, right, with Hagadone Hospitality partner Jerry Jaeger in Coeur d'Alene)

Question: Will Mitt Romney attract the enthusiastic Idaho crowds that Rick Santorum did, when Romney comes to Boise Friday?

Santorum Visits Coeur d’Alene

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum is speaking to a packed house at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Events Center (at the golf course) as I type this. I don't know the two people to the far left seated behind him. But Hagadone Hospitality partner Jerry Jaeger, then Tina Jacobson, Katie Brodie, and Ruthie Johnson. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

SReporter Jonathan Brunt (@bruntjon) & Chris Stein of the Inlander (@InlanderChris) are live-tweeting Santorum visit:

  • 1:27 p.m. Finishes after nearly an hour and a half — Brunt.
  • 1:27 p.m.  “I hope the conservative bastion of Idaho speaks loudly” on Super Tuesday — Brunt.
  • 1:26 p.m. As he wraps up urged people to become delegates. Calls Idaho Iowa — Stein.
  • 1:25 p.m. “Why do we let people at age 62 to collect” Social Security benefits? — Brunt.
  • 1:21 p.m. “[Obama] thinks that you are incapable of freedom” — Stein.
  • 1:19 p.m. Santorum talks about welfare reform, audience claps for requirement to look for work. Says would be model for other programs — Stein.
  • 1:17 p.m. Corrects himself before almost making an “Iowa” reference instead of Idaho — Brunt.
  • 1:15 p.m. backs foreign aid, says money spent in country. “Not the panacea some people think… Entitlements are the problem” — Stein.
  • 1:13 p.m. Would reduce federal pay 10 percent “across the board” — Brunt.
  • Much more below

Get blog updates by email

About this blog

D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

Find DFO on Facebook

DFO on Twitter

Betsy Russell on Twitter

HBO newsmakers Twitter list

Latest comments »

Read all the posts from recent conversations on Huckleberries Online.

Take this week's news quiz ›
Search this blog
Subscribe to this blog
Advertise Here