Saturday, January 31, 2015

A Chocolate Lovers Dream Evening in Coeur d'Alene

Coeur d'Alene's favorite winter event! Chocolate samples throughout the Downtown; try them all...if you can. Truffles, brownies, chocolate baklava, chocolate covered strawberries, and more. All pair nicely with a glass of wine or some bubbly.

Be sure to vote for your favorite in the People's Choice award. Judges will also be sampling and choosing their favorites. 

Tickets are just $10 for an individual or $15 for couples! Start in the Plaza Shops to purchase your tickets and then you're ready to try some amazing chocolate treats!

Also happening that same evening and the second Friday of the month through March is Music Walk. 

Event date: 
Friday, February 13, 2015 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Coeur d'Alene's favorite winter event!  Chocolate samples throughout the Downtown at local businesses for all to sample. Come early to taste the very best samples! Start in the Plaza Shops to get your tickets and then start your Chocolate Affair.

Event date: 
Friday, February 13, 2015 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
5-8pm every second Friday from January to March, Downtown Coeur d'Alene rings with live musical performances from some of our local favorites! Visit supporting restaurants, shops, businesses and galleries with your friends and family! A family-friendly, free event! Feb 13, Mar 13

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. Be sure to have a designated driver if you plan on pairing your chocolate with wine or champagne. 
3. Make sure you make a night of it by enjoying not only the chocolate, but checking out the venues that are participating in Music Walk. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Have Fun Year Round at Silver Mountain

Conveniently located in Kellogg, Idaho just off I-90 Silver Mountain is a year-round resort.

Photo Courtesy of Silver Mountain Resort

The Resort offers skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and snowshoeing during the winter months. Once summer arrives try mountain biking in the region's best bike park, go for a scenic gondola ride, hike to the fire lookout on Kellogg Peak, or just settle in for huckleberry ribs and live music at the Mountain House Grill.  How about a round of golf at Galena Ridge, or grab some pavement bikes from Silver Mountain Sports and hit the 72 mile Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes bike path. 

Photo Courtesy of Silver Mountain Resort

Top 5 Things to Do in and Around Silver Mountain: 
-Ride or run the Trail of the Coeur D'alenes, a 72 mile paved scenic bike path that follows the beautiful CDA river .  
-Fly fishing on the Coeur D'alene river. The majestic North Fork is just 10 minutes away and provides easy access to world class fly fishing.
-Ride the Trail of the Hiawatha, one of the most scenic bike paths in the U.S.  This re-purposed gravel trail goes over old railroad trestles and through some amazing tunnels, the longest of which is almost two miles.  This is a must do.
-Mine Tours are a fun and interactive way to explore the rich heritage of the "Silver Valley".  Go under ground and get a behind the scenes look at what is happening right under your feet.
-Micro Brew for you! Wallace, just 10 minutes down the road, is home to two microbreweries! Always worth a visit to The City Limits or Wallace Brewing.
Let American Country Bed and Breakfast be your home base in the beautiful countryside of Coeur d’Alene and then take the short drive to Kellogg. Make it a day of winter or summer adventure! 
Things to Consider:
1. Check the road reports especially if you plan to travel to Wallace in winter. You will want to know what the driving conditions will be so there won't be any surprises.
2. Wear layers whether you visit in the Winter or Summer. Taking the mine tour or riding the Hiawatha can get a bit chilly even in the Summer. 
3.  Be prepared to be spontaneous. Once you make the trip to the Silver Valley you may discover things to do that we haven't even mentioned. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Music Walk Starts Again in Downtown Coeur d Alene

Downtown Coeur d'Alene comes alive with the sound of music! Join other music lovers the second Friday from 5-8pm in January through March for Music Walk. Whether you like jazz, rock, classical or pop, you will find music you enjoy. All of the participating businesses are open extended hours, and 2-hours of street parking is free. 

While enjoying the music don't forget to grab a bite to eat at one of these downtown favorites!

Crafted Taphouse  
523 E. Sherman Avenue
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
Offering a wide ion of craft beers from all over the world with plenty of local products, too. The food menu includes gourmet hamburgers,salads, sausages and appetizers.

Cricket's Downtown Bar & Grill
424 E. Sherman Ave.
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
A landmark downtown restaurant, Cricket's has recently undergone a remodel to accommodate our casual, lively entertaining atmosphere!

Fire Artisan Pizza
517 E. Sherman Avenue
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
The idea behind Fire Artisan Pizza is simple enough: Do pizzas, and do them right.

The Cellar
317 E. Sherman Ave.
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
With a world class wine list, amazing-seasonal-farm fresh foods and live music that has been a mainstay for over twenty years; we are sure to please all of your senses. We also have an impressive list of single malts, liquors from all over the world and crafted drinks that are above and beyond the rest.

Things to Consider:
1. Weather is unpredictable this time of year. Wear layers to make sure you stay warm while walking from venue to venue. 
2. Bring cash of $1 and $5 bills to tip the fantastic musical performers.
3. Invite friends...things are always more fun when done with people you enjoy being with.
4. Remember to have a designated driver or call a cab if you plan on imbibing. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

New Twist on the Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich

The best part about Thanksgiving has to be leftovers! This recipe by Chef Eric Greenspan will give you a new twist on the usual turkey sandwich.  This turkey-stuffed grilled cheese is likely to make your taste buds dance.

Thanksgiving Grilled Cheese


For cranberry sage jam:
2 cups fresh cranberries
2 cups granulated sugar
2 ounces fresh sage leaves
For fried shallots:
1 cup shallots, peeled and sliced
2 cups buttermilk
Oil for frying
1 cup flour
Salt and pepper, to taste

For grilled cheese:
8 slices rye bread
1/4 cup cranberry sage jam
8 slices medium cheddar cheese
1/2 pound thinly sliced turkey breast
1/4 pound green beans, ends trimmed
1/4 cup fried shallots
1/2 pound butter
1/4 cup parmesan, finely grated
2 ounces fresh sage leaves


To make cranberry sage jam: Add fresh cranberries, sugar, and sage to a saucepan set over medium heat. Let cook until cranberries have broken down, and a jam-like consistency is reached. Remove from heat and let cool.

To make fried shallots: Soak sliced shallots in buttermilk for at least 30 minutes. Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet. Season the flour with salt and pepper. Remove shallots from buttermilk and toss in seasoned flour. Fry until crispy and let drain on a paper-towel-lined plate.

To make grilled cheese: Assemble sandwich in the following order: rye bread, cranberry sage jam, slice of cheddar cheese, 2 slices of turkey breast, green beans, fried shallots, another slice of cheese, and top with bread.

Heat cooktop to a medium-high heat and coat with butter. Spread a generous layer of butter on top of the sandwich, sprinkle with sage leaves, and dust with parmesan. Place the parmesan cheese side down in the pan and cook until crispy. Flip and cook the bottom until the cheese melts, and the bread toasts. Serve immediately.

Things to Consider

1. Find Organic Turkey's and Ingredients Pre-Thanksgiving at Pilgrim's Market
2. Try Cougar Gold Cheese in the sandwich
3. Be Thankful every day!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Cellar in Downtown Coeur d'Alene Has New Owner and A New Menu

The hustle and bustle of summer in downtown Coeur d'Alene has ended, but that doesn't mean it isn't still a great place to visit. Downtown shops, art galleries and restaurants are ready to welcome you this holiday season and all the time. Especially one of the many fixtures in downtown The Cellar, (formerly The Wine Cellar), because they have some exciting news!

Seven Year Journey Leads Back to the Beginning

Tom and Patricia Power after purchasing The Wine Cellar moved it from its old location in the "Cellar" on Sherman Ave. to the former location of Brix Restaurant at 317 Sherman Avenue. With the move they also renamed it The Cellar in 2010 and added a full service bar. 

Adam Hegsted was the Chef at Brix when it first opened. Now seven years later, numerous national awards, and several restaurants later, Hegsted is back. This time though, he is not just the chef he's the owner! 

Exciting New Menu Items

Hegsted has revamped the menu toward shared plates. Bites and Tastes are priced per piece: bacon-wrapped dates, jalapeƱo poppers, salt-roasted escargot ($2 each) or sockeye salmon cakes ($3). Order dishes like baby kale with shaved celery and candied lemon ($6/$12), charcuterie ($5/$18), bouillabaisse ($8/$12) as half or full plates.

Along with the new menu items several new specials will be offered including: Pints & Pies (pizza and beer, $10), Drink Your Glass Off ($5 wine, $20 house bottle), Taco Tuesdays, a daily happy hour from 2-6 pm.

Live music, which has always been popular, will be continued. So get on your toe tapping shoes and check out the new menu! 

Things to Consider

Make Reservations especially on Friday or Saturday night. (Can do so right from The Cellar website
Lunch is ONLY served on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am to 4:00pm
Dinner is served Tuesday - Sunday from 4:00pm to Close
The Cellar is closed on Monday

Monday, May 27, 2013

Get Your Cycling Gear For Ironman Coeur d'Alene

The Iron Man Triathlon is fast approaching in beautiful Coeur d'Alene Idaho. We wanted to take a moment to appraise all of our athletes on the availability of  great cycle shops that cater to all types of biking enthusiasts. You can be sure to fill your needs at any one of these shops.

Our favorite is locally owned "Vertical Earth," they offer a whole lot of everthing you might need, from bike rental to full computerized custom bike fitting. Mike Gaertner is the owner and we have enjoyed working with him in the past to provide a great experience for our guests that choose to bike ride during their visit. Mike and his staff always tell our guests that cycling is the best way to see the nicest views of the lake and offers such unique ways to see the town, up close and personal. He offers a variety of services and repairs from flats for $5 + tube costs, to derailleur adjustments, $10 front or rear.

Things To Consider:
  • Vertical Earth; 2175 N. Main; 208-667-5503 Choose from a fleet of bikes. $15 half day; $25 full day; Includes helmets. Trunk mount bike carriers: $15- 1 day rentals
  • For more information check out
  • Terra Sports 510 E. Sherman 208-765-5446
  • Cycle Metrix; 7656 Baillie St. in Dalton (our close neighbors) 208-755-6324

Monday, May 13, 2013

Come To The Farm Chicks Show In Spokane June 2013

Farm Chicks Shar Scott and Amy Lowery

Are you looking for a little added spice and creativity in your life? You won't want to miss a most amazing show coming to the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, June 1st and 2nd, 2013. It is always held that first weekend in June, no matter what the weather! It's called the "Farm Chicks" and yes, you will most certainly see some of the most creative Chicks on the planet, selling their wares and showing off their latest creative brainstorms!

It all started in 2002 in a little barn in Serena Thompson's & Terry Edward's little home town. It has grown beyond their wildest imaginings and now features over 200 "Chicks." I'm excited to tell you that American Country is one of those "Chicks!" We search all year long to find just the perfect treasures to re-purpose, re-think, re-design and re-sell. Believe me, it is just as much fun being a "Chick" as it is being a shopper!

The booth displays and designs alone are worth the price of admission, not to mention the "Chicks" themselves, who are all decked out in the latest barnyard fashions with aprons, boots and hats that are one-of-a-kind. See you there!

Things To Consider:
  • Parking is free
  • All indoor show
  • Admission is just $8
  • Advance tickets may be purchased on Friday, May 31, at the Fairgrounds from 3-5 at the ticket windows (Spokane County Fair & Expo Center 404 N Havana Street, spokane Valley, WA)
  • No early admissions offered this year 
  • No pets allowed
  • Show hours on Saturday, June 1 are from 9am to 6pm
  • Saturday is mega-crowded making it difficult to bring toddlers in strollers, we suggest baby packs
  • Camping and RV spaces are available right at the fairgrounds: 509-477-1766
  • Show hours on Sunday, June 2 are from 9am to 4pm
  • Crowds are a bit thinner on Sunday, and many of the dealers bring in fresh treasures
  • Visitors arrive from all over the country, the closest airport is Spokane International GEG
  • Spokane County Fair and Expo is located at 404 N Havana St. Spokane, WA
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  • Drive time from our front door to the show is 30 minutes

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Meet The New Chef At Tito's Italian Grill in Coeur d'Alene


Chef Jim Barrett

Chef and friend, Jim Barrett is waiting to share his culinary talents with you at the newly refurbished Italian restaurant in the downtown plaza shops. He is a master chef, and the variety on his menu is just a small sampling of his creative abilities. He enjoys featuring a full Italian menu with a Mediterranean flair and a variety of most unusual pizzas like "Loaded Idaho Potato" ...all quite amazing to the taste buds.

Our favorite treats are the fabulous "Steamer Clams" with "Cheesy Garlic Bread." A meal for two! He also makes a mean "Wedge" salad. He has been known to design an entire menu around our American Country B&B "Swill Seeker" evening events.

The wine selection is delightful as well. He has a wine display area that you walk through to reach your table. You may find something new on the way to tempt you, and all at prices that will go easy on your pocket book. We found a new favorite "Old Vine Zin" made by "Seghesio Vineyards." The best part is, you can also buy wines to take home.

Things To Consider:
  • Casual attire
  • Open for lunch and dinner
  • Join the wine club for $20 a month and forgo the corkage fees
  • Call 208-667-2782 for reservations
  • Visit
  • Outdoor sidewalk seating in the summer