Our company was looking for a destination management company in Coeur d’Alene that could help plan a weekend incentive meeting. TMI gave us a great choice of luxury vacations rentals on the lake to choose from. They even helped us arrange a very special afternoon for the wives, with wine tasting at a local artist’s gallery and lessons in oil painting. Everyone came away with their own special creation. The meeting was a great success and we will definitely return to CDA for a family vacation in the future.
It is the perfect fall day in northern Idaho, blue skies, crisp air and lot of sunshine. We stopped in at TMI for sightseeing suggestions and they chartered a boat for the whole family to cruise Lake Coeur d’Alene. We left from Independence Point on a Fall Foliage/Wildlife tour up to the St. Joe River on a private boat complete with our own captain/guide. We cruised by the impressive nests of osprey perched on tugboat pilings studding the lake everywhere. There were eagles soaring above us, swooping down to investigate ripples in the water left by surfacing fish. Deer were drinking at the water’s edge in untouched meadows and there were ducks and geese everywhere. The kids could look through the crystal clear water and see fish swimming nearby. The foliage all around the lake and the river was bursting in gold, crimson, and green and was even more beautiful as it reflected in the water. We enjoyed a gourmet lunch served in the warm, cozy cabin before getting ready for our return to Coeur d’Alene.
North Idaho in October…could anything be more beautiful? The family rented bicycles and took to the high mountains on the Trail of the Hiawatha. Breathtaking scenery everywhere with the fall colors in full swing all viewed from the comfort of this historic trail. Back in the afternoon to enjoy Oktoberfest in Coeur d’Alene with downtown concerts in the plaza and wine tasting of local Paciifc Northwest wines and instruction from a guest chef on preparing wild game. The view this evening from the deck of our private lakefront cabin is of the moon rippling over the water as the leaves fall gently onto the beach.
It is 82 degrees and there isn’t a cloud in the sky! Lake Coeur d’Alene is like glass today and you can see the smiles of those anxious to get out on the lake. You would never know tomorrow is October 1st! The best hike this season is up around the mountain top lakes. Up in the mountains the leaves are beginning to turn. We head out of the small community on 4WD vehicles in the summer and snowmobiles in the winter. We make it as far as the trail head and then enjoy the majestic walk. We pass waterfalls and all sorts of great stops. One of the lakes is called Moose Lake and you got it – tons of moose lounge around in the lake! It is like something out of Alaska, but it is in our own little private Idaho.
There is a group that left for heli fishing today. They are picked up at the Cougar Lodge (pure luxury!) and flown out to one of the rivers that is adjacent to our National Forest. The nice thing about staying in the lodge is the access to the professional kitchen. They have its use exclusively with a chef coming in 3 times a day.