Monthly Archives: May 2009

Farragut State Park in North Idaho

Beaver Bay at Farragut

Beaver Bay at Farragut


If you are looking for an amazing outdoor experience, try an R.V. or tent-camping vacation to beautiful Farragut State Park.  Located 30 miles north of Coeur d’Alene, this 4,000 acre gem is situated on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho’s largest lake.  Farragut offers the traditional recreational opportunities of picnicing, boating, swimming, hiking, and camping and has some unique activities such as disc golf, a model airplane flying field, the Naval Training Center museum and an orienteering course. Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach Water Park are only 7 short miles away.

First stop must be the visitors center where you can pick up trail maps, travel guides, campground information and registration.  There are natural history and park displays as well as a gift shop with souvenir items and snacks.

Farragut offers over 40 miles of hiking and mountain bike trails.  Try hiking the Highpoint trail to Scout trail and up Bernard Peak to look back across the lake at the park.  Bernard Peak is famous for viewing mountain goats that live on it’s rocky face.

mack3Visit the Museum at the Brig and meet Mack, the “rite of passage” artwork located in Memorial Plaza.  This museum houses the U.S. Farragut Naval Training Station’s collection of memorabilia including two restored vehicles on display in the courtyard.

Play the 18 hole Wreckreator or North Star professional level disc golf courses or the Whole Nine Yards course offering 9 holes for beginners and young children.

The model airplane flying field is usually buzzing with kids and adults flying remote planes and helicopters.

Swimming anywhere along the shoreline of Lake Pend Oreille is refreshing, but the Beaver Bay Beach offers a unique horseshoe- shaped protected beach and swimming area perfect for younger children. 

A park Naturalist is on staff implementing programs such as trail hikes, junior rangers, evening campfires and films in the Brig theatre on history and geology.

best-views-of-glacier-3And don’t forget our abundant wildlife that lives in Farragut and the surrounding forests. Be watchful for deer, black bear, coyotes, bobcats, owls, hawks, hummingbirds, ducks and mountain bluebirds. If you look carefully, you will also spot mountain goats clinging to the cliffs across the bay. Lake Pend Oreille is a haven for a wide variety of fish such as rainbow trout, lake trout, perch, crappie, bas, whitefish and kokanee.

Farragut offers cabin rentals, full hook-up sites for R.V.’s as well as comfortable tent sites and all with modern facilities and hot showers. TMI Tours can help you plan a great outdoor vacation with an R.V. delivered and set up at the park, ready for you to arrive. For information and reservations please call Rhonda or Linda a 1-800-975-7775 or email us at info@tmitours.com.

Coeur d'Alene's Wooden Boat Festival

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Every year, on the 3rd weekend of August, Coeur d’Alene hosts its Wooden Boat Festival. For enthusiasts of these beautifully crafted vessels, this is an event not to be missed! Each year a stunning assortment of wooden boats are showcased. During the festival, there are also over 80 exhibitors along with excellent food and entertainment. Over the past few years, there has also been a showing of land-based “woody” automobiles too. There’s a lot going on during this three day event!

Combine the enjoyment of viewing these beautifully restored vintage boats with a stay at a local bed and breakfast, a lake-front home, or in one of our great hotels. We can also make arrangements for a special lake tour in one of these classic wooden boats. The experience of listening to the Corvette style motor while gliding along in a beautiful boat surrounded by gorgeous scenery is one that you will never forget! Let us make the arrangements for you. Please call us at 1-800-975-7775 for more information about this year’s Wooden Boat Festival!

Ironman in CDA is Less than a Month Away!

Are you a fan of the Ironman triathlon? If so, you need to be in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on June 21st for the big race! With over 2200 athletes from all over the globe expected to compete in this year’s race, it’s sure to be a great day to watch this awesome race. This fantastic event starts at 7am with a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and then a 26.2-mile marathon run.

Let TMI Tours arrange your lodging for this event, whether it be a home on one of our beautiful lakes (Coeur d’Alene or Hayden), a great bed & breakfast, or in one of our luxury hotels, we can make it happen. If you’d like, we can create a custom ‘get-away’ package for you that includes a boat tour on Lake CDA and a special dinner created for you by one of the top chefs in our area!

For more information, please call Linda Bruno or Rhonda Sand at 1-800-975-7775.

Silverwood Theme Park in North Idaho

 

Situated perfectly between Coeur dAlene, Idaho and Sandpoint, Idaho, lies the Pacific Northwest’s largest attraction, Silverwood Theme Park.  Sporting a lively western theme, Silverwood offers over 65 rides and attractions including four roller coasters, Boulder Beach Water Park, a steam engine train, live entertainment, restaurants and more. 

Garfield’s Summer Camp and the kiddie carnival rides are perfect for the youngest crowd as well as Toddler Springs and Polliwog Park for keeping them cool while having great fun.

The Country Carnival offers classic rides for all ages and for the more adventurous, roller coasters with names like “Timber Terror and Tremors”.  The newest ride, Aftershock, is only for the brave of heart, reaching speeds of 65 miles an hour forward and again, backward!  Entertainment includes country music tributes, magic shows, movie theaters, ice skating  exhibitions and a train robbery while aboard the authentic 1915 steam engine #7.  Main Street is lined with mercantiles, restaurants and plenty of refreshments and souveniers.

Boulder Beach Water Park offers thrilling slides, wave pools, raft rides and a lazy river to relax and unwind.  When the afternoon temperatures rise, there isn’t a better place to keep cool and your fee for the day includes entrance to both parks.

Lodging is available in either Coeur d’Alene or Sandpoint and it is a short drive from either to Silverwood.   There are campgrounds and R.V. Parks located at Silverwood or at Farragut State Park which is just 7 miles away on Lake Pend Orielle.

TMI Tours offers great packages for Silverwood including farm stays, B&B’s, R.V. rentals, camping set-ups and cabins or local resorts.  Whether a couple, family or a group, we have a wide selection of accomodations and activities to help you plan the perfect vacation to our beautiful area.  Call Rhonda or Linda a 1-800-975-7775 or email us at info@tmitours.com.

Spring and Summer Golf Outings

With spring in full swing throughout North Idaho, now is the time to get the clubs out, and get to work on your handicap. Coeur d’Alene is quickly becoming a well known destination for beautiful and challenging golf courses. The premier courses in our area are geared up and ready for players. So, set aside some time from your busy schedule and let us help you spend a few days enjoying our stunning, panoramic North Idaho scenery while you work your way through some gorgeous fairways and greens.

TMI Tours has created a fantastic, luxurious golf package that features four of the best golf courses in the entire Inland Northwest. Read more about each of these courses and the entire package by clicking here. These courses are hard sought after by many golfer, so please contact Rhonda Sand or Linda Bruno today to ensure your tee times will get scheduled before these courses are booked up for the season.

Hot Springs Get-a-Way in Western Montana

Although North Idaho is famous for crystal, clear water and spectacular scenery, we don’t have any natural hot springs to boast of. But just across the border of Idaho/Montana, lies a wonderful, small hot spring resort which is easily accessible from Spokane and Coeur d’Alene.  This scenic resort situated on the Clark Fork River offers chemical-free mineral pools replenished with constant flowing spring water for maximum theraputic benefit.  The pool area is divided into 6 smaller pools of varying temperatures, ranging from 50 to 105 degrees ensuring comfort in any weather. 

 The fully-stocked tavern offers live music on Saturday nights in a relaxed environment and their historic restaurant serves delicious food 7 days a week from an extensive menu.  For years, this was a favorite retreat for locals from North Idaho and Montana and now, with the new cabins and facilities, it is sure to remain so for years to come. 

Clark Fork River

Clark Fork River

 Whether you are looking for a romantic couples weekend, or a place to take the kids away from home, the accomodations and facilities here have something for everyone.  With more than a half mile of private river frontage, guests can fly fish, float the river or take a whitewater raft trip and be delivered practically to their door.  This is also a great base-camp for day excursions to Flathead Lake or Glacier National Park.  For some authentic western culture, visit the National Bison Range or the People’s Center featuring a museum and art of the Salish, Kootenai and Pend d’Oreille tribes.

 

Call Rhonda or Linda at TMI Tours & Cruises, 1-800-975-7775,  for availability and details about this fantastic hot springs get-a-way.  With so many adventures to choose from, we can put together a fun-filled family vacation or a romantic weekend for two.  Email inquiries to info@tmitours.com

Spring & Coeur d’Alene Lake – Time for Salmon and Pike Fishing

Spring and early summer fishing on Coeur d’Alene Lake is a fantastic way to relax and enjoy the beauty of North Idaho. Combine the excellent scenery of the surrounding area around our magnificent lake with the ability to catch large fish and you’re in for a great experience!

11 lb. Chinook Salmon Caught in April 2009

11 lb. Chinook Salmon Caught in April 2009

Coeur d’Alene Lake is one of the few places in the United States that has a sustainable land-locked Chinook Salmon fishery. In 1982, Chinook Salmon were stocked in the lake and now the fishery has grown to be one of the most popular in the Northwest. The catch rate in the spring and early summer are good with the average Chinook weighing in at 3 to 8 pounds. However, it is not uncommon to catch 10 and 11 pound fish as well.

If you have never fished for Northern Pike, then you are in for a treat. These aggressive fish are the apex warm water predator in Coeur d’Alene Lake. Continue reading

Great Summer Vacations in Sandpoint, Idaho

 

Sandpoint City Beach

Sandpoint City Beach

Sandpoint, Idaho is the best getaway under the sun and under the stars: Unique shops, galleries and restaurants in downtown Sandpoint; Mountain biking, hiking and summer chair lift rides at Schweitzer Mountain; Boating and fishing on Lake Pend Oreille; the Annual Arts & Crafts Fair at City Beach; and, of course, great music at The Festival at Sandpoint.  This year the Festival at Sandpoint runs August 6-16, 2009 and with 8 major concerts planned, you don’t want to miss it.  By planning your vacation early, you can get great discounts on tickets and activities in and around the Sandpoint area.

Sandpoint is home to Schweitzer Mountain Ski and Summer Resort and this summer, they are gearing up for a fantastic season.  With the new family-friendly, 6 mile mountain bike trail, there are more ways than ever to enjoy Schweitzer Mountain this summer.  Let the Great Escape Quad lift whisk you to the to of the mountain where you can enjoy wildlife in it’s natural environment, miles of trails for hiking or biking and in season, huckleberry picking.  With the great packages being offered this summer, your family will get “adventure money” good toward all kinds of cool adventures for every night you stay, including Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach Water Park.

A visit to downtown Sandpoint will reveal all kinds of interesting shops, famous and local artist studios, fun eateries and the most beautiful city beach and park you could hope for.  With glistening white sand fronting Lake Pend Orielle, picnic tables and wading pools for the little ones, it is the perfect place for a picnic lunch and swimming.

TMI Tours has great mountain vacation packages and information on rates and discounts that will be available this summer for the Sandpoint area.  Call us for details and availability at 1-800-975-7775 or email info@tmitours.com.