Tuesday, June 30, 2015

IRONMAN Announces Changes in Coeur d'Alene for 2016

IRONMAN Introduces IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d'Alene, and IRONMAN Coeur d'Alene moves to August.

IRONMAN today announced that it will continue its long-standing relationship with the city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho thanks to an agreement that moves the event to late August, while also extending IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene through 2020. This change in date allows for the addition of IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene to the North American schedule starting in 2016. 

34th Race In the North American IRONMAN 70.3 Series

IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene will become the 34th race in the North American IRONMAN 70.3 series. The IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene triathlon will take place on August 21, 2016, with the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene triathlon taking place on June 26, 2016. General registration will open on Monday, June 29 for IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene and Monday, July 6 for IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene.

Known for its breathtaking scenery, Coeur d’Alene is a classic resort and vacation destination that features a glacier-fed lake, surrounding forests, the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, the Kroc Center and the beautiful new McEuen Park that provide exciting activities for all ages.

IRONMAN Started in Coeur d'Alene in 2003

One of more than 40 events in the global IRONMAN Series, IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene first took place in 2003 and features a beautiful course that is a staple on the IRONMAN triathlon circuit. IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene athletes begin their day with a two-loop swim in the clear waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene. The change in date to late August allows the water to warm up through the summer months prior to race day. Athletes will continue on a challenging two-loop bike course that leads participants through rural northern Idaho and boasts long sections with no turns where athletes can enjoy the scenic course. The marathon run course, known for its small-town resort atmosphere and spectator support, loops along the shores of the lake finishing in downtown Coeur d’Alene. The single transition area and multiple loop course at the "hot corner" make IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene a favorite among athletes and their friends and families.

Same Course Different Lengths

IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene follows the same course as IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene, but with athlete’s completing only one loop of each discipline. This makes IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene accessible to a broader audience and allows athletes who are planning to race IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene to prepare for it on the same course.

Originally from: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon-news/articles/2015/06/coeur-dalene-changes.aspx#ixzz3eln1f7AA

Things to Consider:

1. Register for the races early as they can sell out quickly.
2. While registering for either race also book your lodging. Coeur d'Alene and the surrounding area are busy during these times of year.
3. Coeur d'Alene Lake can be pretty chilly even in July and August. Arriving early to train in the lake is usually a good idea. 
4. Be sure to take some time to explore our community. You won't regret it! 

American Country Bed and Breakfast has been a base camp for 50+ IRONMAN athletes and would welcome you for either race! Let us be your home away from home. 

When booking 5 nights or more, the last night is just $99.
We will still provide you with all the extra attention your athletic schedule requires:
  • Upon your arrival you will receive a welcome basket filled with items geared toward your participation as an athlete or as an observer.
  • Breakfast will be served at 4:30 a.m. the day of the race.
  • One of our highlights on race day is a carb-laden dinner served late in the evening. Our hungry athletes in the past really enjoyed this feature. After the race is over, most of our athletes return to the B&B ready to shower, nap and eat! We are happy to give them the opportunity to stay here for that evening meal and not have to return to the downtown area.
  • We keep our guest refrigerator stocked with an endless supply of sports drinks, sodas, juices and water.
  • Your special dietary needs will also be addressed during our gourmet breakfast served each morning.
  • Of course, all these extras coupled with our everyday attention to detail will make your stay exemplary.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Coeur d'Alene's Classic Car Show Car d'Lane Turned 25

Coeur d'Alene's Classic Car Show Car d'Lane Turned 25

Car d'Lane celebrated it's 25th anniversary this past weekend. Classic cars and their owners descended on downtown Coeur d'Alene to show off their cars from around the Pacific Northwest.

Many of the spectators commented that they thought the Friday night cruise had more cars in it this year. As a spectator myself the cars did seem to keep coming. 

Maybe it was the beautiful weather we have been having or there are just more people into classic cars. 

Experts say that Generation X appreciates nostalgia, which would mean that there would be more people enjoying vintage automobiles. Personally I think it was a combination of both weather and more car owners. But lets be realistic...who can resist spending a weekend in beautiful Coeur d'Alene when they have the chance? 

Save the Date in 2016

Whatever the reason, between the car owners and the spectators every business in downtown Coeur d'Alene had a busy night! Fun was had by all! 

If you are a classic car owner or just want to enjoy the view mark your calendars for June 17th and 18th in 2016 for the 26th Annual Car d'Lane event.

Things to Consider:

1. Car Owners be sure to register for the event early so you reserve your spot. Watch this website for updates and to register when it opens. http://cdadowntown.com
2. Spectators, parking can be an issue on either day. Be sure to wear your walking shoes and plan ahead. (Maybe you come down early and get in some lake time, shopping or other recreation and stake out a parking spot early)
3. Be patient with the downtown restaurant staff. Things may arrive a bit slower, especially during the Friday night cruise. 
4. Book your lodging a month or two ahead of time. (or since you know the dates, just book it now) 

American Country Bed and Breakfast is happy to help you with suggestions on things to do in and around Coeur d'Alene! Our complimentary morning breakfast will get your motors running for an amazing trip

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Come For the Idaho Potatoes and the Lake But End Up Enjoying Some Wine

One thing that you may not know is Idaho is known for other things besides potatoes. One of those things is Idaho Wine. 

Idaho is a small but growing wine region with the natural resources to sustain world-class vineyards and wineries stretching from North Idaho down 500 miles to the Snake River Valley.

The warm climate, well-drained soils and direct access to water sources provides Idaho the key ingredients for fruit-forward wines with good structure. 

Leading Varietals: 


Cabernet Sauvignon

Here is a list of the Idaho Wineries within a short drive of our bed and breakfast: 

Coeur d'Alene Cellars
(Tues - Sat: 11:00 - 5:00 p.m.)
3890 N. Schreiber Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815

Pend d'Oreille Winery
(Open daily all year; tours by appt.)
220 Cedar Street
Mailing Address: PO Box 1821
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Small House Winery
(Saturdays:  11 am - 6 pm
and by appointment))
1636 Baldy Park Drive
Sandpoint, ID  83864

TimberRock Winery
(Please call for an appointment)
2338 S. Big Rock Road

Post Falls, ID  83854

You can also find several Idaho Wines at local restaurants and bars in Coeur d'Alene to enjoy! 

Things to Consider:

1. Call ahead to the wineries to verify hours and to schedule a tour. 
2. If you are flying you will need to put any wine you purchase in your checked baggage. Make sure you have a safe way to transport them. 
3. When dining out at a Coeur d'Alene restaurant ask your server if they offer a selection of Idaho wines. 
4. Our deck is the perfect place to enjoy any of the wines you purchase after your wine adventure. 

American Country Bed and Breakfast is happy to help you with suggestions on things to do in and around Coeur d'Alene! You will never hear us "wine" about providing you with an amazing trip experience

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Local Farmers Markets Are Up and Running in Coeur d'Alene 2015

The Farmer's Market is the place to buy from the grower, find one of a kind arts and crafts, listen to local  music and meet with friends, under the shaded canopy of tall native pines.  Come share a cup of coffee and wander the food court, find that unique perennial, and take home a beautiful hanging basket.  There is much to be enjoyed at your local Farmers' Market.  Chat with the farmer who grows the plants and produce, have your questions answered and feel good about supporting your local community.  

This will be the twentieth season for the Kootenai County Farmers' Market.  Watch for news about plans for our Twentieth Anniversary Celebration this year.  Yet another event to watch for is our second annual "Feast with the Farmers" in August.  And of course there will be a return of all the other special events we plan for throughout the market season, every year.  

Located at the Corner of Prairie Ave & Hwy 95 in Hayden, Idaho.

Enjoy the market on these dates:

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 8:00am to 1:00pm

Things to Consider:

1. Bring along plenty of reusable shopping bags to carry home your loot.
2. Make sure you stop at the ATM to get cash. Some of the vendors may not take credit cards or checks.
3. Arrive as early as possible to make sure you get the freshest picks and availability can sometimes be limited on popular items. 
4. Great place to find unique items to take home as a reminder of your trip.

American Country Bed and Breakfast is happy to help you with suggestions on things to do in and around Coeur d'Alene! We relish helping out when its all salad and done. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

June 2015 Is Bike To Work Week and Month in Coeur d'Alene

June 2015 Is Bike To Work Week and Month in Coeur d'Alene 

Across the nation everyone celebrates Bike to Work Month in May...not here in Coeur d'Alene. We aren't like everyone else, so Bike to Work Week and Month will be held in June. The weather is better, plus why not stand out from the crowd!

Bike to Work Week 2015 Events

Fun starts Monday, June 1st and ends Saturday, June 6th


Monday the 1st: Kick-Off Ride. We will meet at 7:30am in the Riverstone Park Parking Lot and ride down the Centennial Trail to Java on Sherman, where we will gather for coffee and doughnuts to talk about the upcoming bike events.

Tuesday the 2nd: Moonlight Ride. We will meet at Vertical Earth on Sherman Avenue at 8pm and embark on a moonlit ride on a route yet to be determined. We will gather at one of Coeur d'Alene's many new breweries afterwards for refreshments. Bring a bike light and wear reflective clothing.

Friday the 5th: Beer Tasting and a Movie. We will meet at Pilgrims market for beer tasting, free bike tune ups and a movie about cycling: "With My Own Two Wheels". Beer tasting starts at 6:00pm and the movie starts at 6:30pm.

Saturday the 6th: Roots Pursuit & Awards Ceremony. This bicycle scavenger hunt-type event begins at the Community Garden on the corner of 10th and Foster Ave at 10am. After-party and awards are from Noon to 2pm. PRIZES AND GIVE-A-WAYS TO PARTIPANTS!!!

Get out the spandex, (or not), tune up that bicycle and get out there for an exciting fun filled bicycle themed month. 

Things to Consider:

1. Don't forget your bicycle (mountain bike, cruiser, road bike, recumbent, etc).
2. Update yourself on the Idaho Bicycle Laws so you know the rules of the road.
3. Extend your stay: besides the several Bike to Work Week/Month events that are taking place there is also Car d'Lane and IRONMAN Coeur d'Alene that offer opportunities for bicyclists to ride! 
4. While downtown check out the newest taproom Unchained. It is a bicycle themed taproom that offers over 20 taps featuring micro brews and ciders and a selection of regional wines. 

American Country Bed and Breakfast is happy to help you with suggestions on things to do in and around Coeur d'Alene! Come "clip in" with us...you won't regret it!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Come Experience Spring in Coeur d'Alene Idaho In May

Come Experience Spring in Coeur d'Alene Idaho In May 

The days are getting longer and the sun is shining between intermittent rain showers. Neve fear though, a little rain that doesn't stop the activity from increasing in and around Coeur d'Alene this time of year. There are several events in May that get you prepared for all the events that will be happening this summer! 

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Dog d'Alene is an event where the Coeur d'Alene Downtown Association gives back to the community. 100% of the profits made from this event helps local dog related shelters, groups and associations. Past groups recieving donations include Kootenai Humane Society, Little Long Dog Dachshund Rescue, Second Chance Pet Rescue and Idaho Diaster Dogs Search and Rescue Team along with others.

Friday, May 8, 2015 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
5-8pm every second Friday from April - December, stroll through beautiful Downtown Coeur d'Alene and enjoy local and nationally acclaimed artists. Visit supporting galleries, shops, restaurants and businesses with your friends and family.  A family-friendly, free event!

Sunday, May 24, 2015 (All day)

The Coeur d'Alene Marathon, Half Marathon, and MyHealth 5k fun run offers one of the most spectacular events in the country. At an elevation of 2200 feet above sea level, the resort community of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, resting on the shores of spectacular Lake Coeur d'Alene, welcomes visitors to a plethora of vacation and recreational activities. The welcoming community and natural beauty have drawn events such as the Ironman USA Triathlon Coeur d'Alene, held here each year in June.

Grab you furry best friend, significant other or friend and take in the fun at Dog d'Alene or Art Walk. Or...challenge yourself and lace up those running shoes for the Coeur d'Alene Marathon. 

Things to Consider:
1. It can be rainy this time of year, so be sure to bring along an umbrella.
2. Remember to pick up after your furry friend while enjoying downtown. (no one wants poo on their shoe)
3. Extend your stay by taking in these events and all the things that Coeur d'Alene has to offer.

American Country Bed and Breakfast is happy to help you with suggestions on things to do in and around Coeur d'Alene! Come hang your hat with us...you won't regret it! 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

First Art Walk of 2015 Happens on April 10th 2015 in Coeur d'Alene

5-8 pm every second Friday from April - December, stroll through beautiful Downtown Coeur d'Alene and enjoy local and nationally acclaimed artists. Visit supporting galleries, shops, restaurants and businesses with your friends and family.  A family-friendly, free event!
Apr 11, May 9, Jun 6, Jul 11, Aug 8, Sep 12, Oct 10, Nov 14, Dec 12

Things to Consider:
1. It can be rainy this time of year, so be sure to bring along an umbrella for walking between venues. 
2. Make sure you make a night of it by enjoying not only the art, but be sure to try out one of the many downtown restaurants for a meal or drinks. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Coeur d'Alene Spring Break Unplug and Be Outside Activities


Check out all these great events that are being planned by the Coeur d'Alene Recreation Department and Ironman CDA for Spring Break. They are also some great tips for things you could do while vacationing or spending a day out in Coeur d'Alene. 

Monday, March 31st – Tennis – 11 AM–1 PM – Cherry Hill Courts – 1525 E. Hazel, Participants ages 10 and above will be introduced to tennis. Instruction will be given for those new to tennis. Please bring your own tennis racket. Adults are also welcome. 

Monday, March 31st – Fly Fishing - 2:00–4:00 pm – Persons Field– 15th & Garden. Castaway Fly Fishing Shop teaches the art of fly fishing in step by step procedure on how to make a consistent accurate cast. 

Monday, March 31st – Golf - 5:00 PM – Ponderosa Springs Golf Course – 1291 N. Galena Drive. Participants ages 6-9 will be introduced to golf. Instruction will be given for those new to golf. A putting green and driving range will be used. Golf Clubs will be provided. 

Tuesday, April 1st – Mudgy & Millie Storybook Tour -1:00 pm –– Starts at the base of Tubbs Hill. Mudgy the moose follows the story in the book from Tubbs Hill to the library to 3rd street and Sherman Park. From there they continue to City Park and then to Independence Point. The walk is 2 ¼ miles long. 

Tuesday, April 1 – Artwalk – 3:30–5 PM – PREREGISTRATION BY MARCH 28 REQUIRED FOR THIS ONE. For ages 10-adult. Child must be accompanied by adult. Take a 1 ½ to 2 hour walking and driving tour of the City’s public art collection. The tour will show and explain the significance and history of the City’s art collection. Participants will be shown how art has been integrated into our City’s buildings and public spaces. The tour will start at the Coeur d’Alene Library. Tour is limited to 24 people. 

Tuesday, April 1st - Disc Golf - 5:30-7:00 pm. The Landings Park -3849 West Long Meadow Drive. In this introduction to disc golf participants will be instructed on proper throwing techniques with various types of discs. Participants will test their skill throwing at the disc golf goal as well as other objects while working on technique and throwing for accuracy. After instruction from Mr. Wardian and his team, participants will have the chance to test the skills they have learned by playing the disc golf course at Bluegrass Park. This is a great activity for ages 7 and up and for all ability levels. Equipment will be provided for those who need it, but do encourage you to bring your own if you have it. 

Wednesday, April 2nd – Skyhawks Camps Play Day – Woodland Fields – 2101 St. W. St. Michelle Drive – Skyhawks youth sports camp are committed to providing a safe, fun, and skill based experience for kids between the ages of 3 and 12. They are safe, fun and skill-focused. These camps and programs, led by expert staff, are generated toward youth looking for a sport introduction or those who want to refine and master their sport-specific skills. This play day is an introduction to Skyhawks Camps that are put on during the summer break. Tinyhawk – Ages 3-4 – 9 – 10 AM Mini-hawk – Ages 4-7 – 10:30-12 PM Soccer – Ages 7-12 – 1-2 PM Basketball – Ages 7-12 – 2-3 PM 

Wednesday, April 2nd – Historical Tour -2:00 pm – North Idaho Museum – 115 Northwest Boulevard. General Sherman (Robert Singletary) will conduct a guided tour discussing the History of Coeur d’Alene and the Area. This is an informative and fascinating story of Coeur d’Alene. 

Wednesday, April 2nd - Fly Tying Class - 5:30-6:30 pm - - Castaway Fly Fishing Shop – 1114 N. 4th St. Children will be taught how to tie their own flies so they can use them during their fly fishing experience. This will be taught by Joe Roope. 

Thursday April 3rd - Community trail bike ride- 11:00 a.m - parking lot Riverstone Park- 1805 Tilford Ln, CDA, Id 83814. Bike the Centennial Trail toward downtown and into Coeur d’Alene City Park. Monte McCully- Trails Coordinator will lead the ride and offer information on the trails system throughout the community. The ride is 2.5 miles each way and will take about an hour total. Bring your own bike, helmet and water. 

Thursday April 3rd - MLB Pitch, Hit and Run- Person Field – 15th & Garden – 1 – 3 PM. Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run (PHR) is a FREE, exciting skills event for boys and girls ages 7- 14, where participants have the opportunity to compete in four levels of competition starting at the local level and including Team Championship events at all 30 Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the MLB All-Star Game. Equipment is provided. Bring your own if you would like. 

Thursday, April 3 rd – Tubbs Hill Walk – 3 rd St. Tubbs Hill Entrance – 3:00 PM. The Tubbs Hill Nature Trail Walk will be guided by Mark Weadick from the Tubbs Hill Foundation. The walk will start at the 3rd street entrance and follow the loop trail approximately 2 miles. The interpretive walk will discuss the history of the hill and the major tree and plants on the hill. 

Friday, April 4th – Golf – 10 AM – Ponderosa Springs Golf Course – 1291 N. Galena Drive. Participants ages 10 and above will be introduced to golf. Instruction will be given for those new to golf. A putting green and driving range will be used. Golf Clubs will be provided. 

Friday, April 4th – Tennis – 2 PM– 4 PM – Ramsey Park – 3525 N. Ramsey Road. Participants ages 7-12 will be introduced to tennis. Instruction will be given for those new to tennis. Please bring your own tennis racket. Adults are also welcome. 

Friday April 4th – Archery - 5:30-7:30 pm – 6878 Meyer Road, Post Falls. Those attending this introduction to archery will have the opportunity to learn technique, safety and archery skills games that will allow them to begin and continue building on their archery skills. Through this activity participants will learn that archery can become a lifetime activity that builds skill, respect and character. All instruction will be done by the CDA Bowmen and their experienced members. Some equipment will be provided; however those who have their own are encouraged to bring it. 

For more information on any of the Unplug & Be Outside Activities call the Coeur d’Alene Recreation Department at 769-2250.