Monthly Archives: July 2009

Whitewater Fun this Summer

Whew, it has been a hot summer here in North Idaho.  Whitewater or float trips on any of the  rivers that run through this beautiful country are such a great way to spend time with the family and keep everyone cool.  Whether you are visiting us here in Coeur d’Alene or any of the surrounding communities, TMI Tours can find a river trip that is perfect for you.

clarkfork-river1If you have small children, then a day trip through Alberton Gorge on the Clark Fork River might be just what you are looking for.  The water has calmed down a little and the Clark Fork offers roller-coaster waves with intermittent warm pools that invite you to jump right in.  These trips leave daily through September 2nd  near  Superior, Montana and have you back to your vehicle by dinner time.  Lunch is served picnic style on a big, sandy beach where the kids can splash and explore.  This whitewater experience is suitable for ages 5 years and up.

Also suitable for the younger set,  try a 4 -day family camping whitewater adventure leaving salmon-river2every Sunday and Tuesday through September 13th from Lewiston, Idaho.   Cascading down 60 miles of Idaho’s Salmon “River of No Return”, everyone will love the whitewater excitement, warm water, expansive white sand beaches and historical sites.   This river is famous for it’s rich Native American history and ancient pioneer homesteads tucked into the mountansides and valleys.  Kids will love the “River Jester” who will entertain  with nature hikes and other special activities just for them.  Parents will love camping without the work..let the river guides handle all the details for you.  This camping adventure is also suitable for ages 5 years and up.

Coeur dAlene River

Coeur dAlene River

If you are just looking for a gentle float down a river, try the Spokane River, below the falls.  Every afternoon  you can relax and enjoy 3 hours of the beautiful Spokane River, letting your cares drift away.  The scenery is beautiful, the companionship enjoyable and the water is warm and inviting.    Looking for a little longer float trip, then it’s definitely the Coeur d’Alene River you want.  With a minimum group of 6, you can get transportation and floats for 1/2 day or a full day and enjoy the clean mountain air and crystal clear waters of the Coeur d’Alene.  You’ll have plenty of company because all the locals will be there too.

Call Rhonda or Linda at TMI Tours & Cruises for prices, availability and water updates for these and other great whitewater destinations throughout Idaho and Montana.  1-800-975-777 or [email protected]  We are your vacation specialists for the Pacific Northwest.

Priest Lake-Idaho's Wilderness Retreat


Ask anyone who has ever been there and they will tell you– Priest Lake is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It has that perfect combination of wilderness and civilization that tempts you to return again and again. Nestled high in the Selkirk Mountain Range of North Idaho, surrounded by thick forest and rugged peaks, Priest Lake has earned the name of Idaho’s Crown Jewel.priest-lake-11

Priest Lake is approximately 25 miles long and consists of two lakes connected by a 2-mile thorofare. Upper Priest Lake is accessible only by trail or by water, offering a solitude you just won’t find at North Idaho’s other lake destinations. Lower Priest Lake is a vacation paradise with numerous campgrounds, marina’s for boat access and lakefront resorts offering vacation cabin rentals, fine dining and access to water sports. Priest Lake is also famous for it’s fishing offering trophy size Mackinaw as well as brook trout and cutthroat in the alpine lakes and streams that occupy the Priest Lake Basin.

priest-lake-2Vacation rentals are at a premium during the summer season on Priest Lake and reservations are required. You will find accomodations lean toward log cabins set in the forest with stunning lake views, furnished in true western flavor with full kitchens and natural stone fireplaces. There are plenty of restaurants and lounges serving delicious breakfast, lunches and dinners as well as enticing you with that Priest Lake favorite–the huckleberry. You’ll find it in everything from your pancakes to your daiquiri’s and it is a treat not to be missed. Without a doubt, Priest Lake has some of the best huckleberry picking in the State of Idaho, combining the perfect elevation with the perfect climate.

If you are looking for outdoor adventure, the rugged area surrounding Priest Lake offers unlimited hiking, mountain bike and ATV trails. Streams tumble down the rocky hillsides into amazing waterfalls and pools and the mountains are dotted with alpine lakes. The shoreline of Priest Lake offers easy hiking and great opportunities to view all kinds of wildlife. Kayaking, canoeing and water skiing are available from the beaches of the resorts as well as evening campfires and real western bar-b-ques.

For vacation assistance with reservations for Priest Lake, please call Rhonda or Linda at 1-800-975-7775 or email [email protected] Flights can be arranged into Spokane International Airport or one of the private airstrips located at Priest Lake. Let us help plan your perfect vacation into the Idaho wilderness this summer on beautiful Priest Lake, Idaho.

Lake Coeur d’Alene House and Cabin Rentals


Renting a lakefront home or cabin on Lake Coeur d’Alene is the perfect way to enjoy all that our area has to offer. Our luxury home and cabin rentals come with all the amenities you require for a summer vacation on the lake—private homes complete with beautiful lake views, open air decks, sandy beaches, dock space for boats, jet skis, and more.


Water sports are a huge part of lakefront living on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Water skiing, boogie boarding, wakeboarding, and tubing all are available right from your own private dock. We’ll be happy to arrange instruction for beginners too. Personal watercraft rentals are a great way to see the lake and a sure fire way to add some excitement to your day. We can arrange jet ski or wave runner rentals by the day or by the week.


If you have never experienced the thrill of sailing your own boat, this is the perfect place to try it. Lake Coeur d’Alene always has gentle breezes on the water and we can arrange for you to learn with one of our sailing experts. The perfect ending to a day of sailing is refreshments on the deck at Silver Beach where all the local sailors meet and hang out!


Your vacation won’t be complete until you’ve spent the day exploring the 130 miles of shoreline on a private lake tour. Armed with sun tan lotion, cool drinks, and a gourmet lunch, we can show you the most beautiful, secluded lake homes, wildlife drinking at the water’s edge, and the world’s only floating golf green. Enjoy lunch and a swim at an uncrowded beach or go ashore to enjoy one of the lake crowd’s favorite watering holes. Learn about the rich and lively history of this lake and the small towns that still thrive along its shores. Please email us or call us at 1-800-975-7775 for availability and additional information about cabin and house rentals.

Hit the Open Road in an RV


There is something very alluring about the open road and destinations unknown. Renting a recreational vehicle for your vacation is a great way to bond with your family and still experience that sense of open road adventure. TMI Tours takes the guess work out of renting an RV and planning an open road vacation by offering stocked RV’s with dishware, linens, BBQ’s, operating instructions, and pre-planned itineraries.

The Pacific Northwest has rugged, unspoiled national parks, sparkling clean lakes and rivers, and uncrowded campgrounds and RV parks. We can find and reserve your overnights according to your interests and the amenities that are important to you and your family. You can enjoy the fun and excitement of camping, yet retain the comforts of a full kitchen, TV, DVD, private bathroom, and shower. The kids will love traveling in their “home on wheels” and children of all ages enjoy old-fashioned campfires complete with stories, songs, and of course, s’mores!


TMI Tours offers a wide variety of optional activities such as whitewater rafting, mountain biking, helicopter and seaplane tours, parasailing, jet skiing, waverunners, boat rentals, horseback riding, and guides for hiking and fishing. We have all the information you need to start planning a RV vacation as well as recommendations for great places to stay and play in the Pacific Northwest. Please call Linda Bruno or Rhonda Sand at 1-800-975-7775 for more information about our exciting RV vacations.

Overnight Expedition into Glacier National Park


Enjoy the wonders of Glacier National Park with our private air tour from Spokane or Coeur d’Alene. Our 2 day/1 night mini-vacation offers all the great sights and adventure of Glacier National Park for those with limited time available.

Lobby of Lake McDonald Lodge

Lobby of Lake McDonald Lodge

Depart on a private scenic flight from Coeur d’Alene/Spokane to Glacier Airport in western Montana. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to the heli-pad at the edge of Glacier National Park for an amazing 1-hour helicopter tour of the rugged terrain, active glaciers, and sights unseen by most tourists. You’ll be treated to a bird-eye view of cascading waterfalls, ice-berg filled lakes, and the famous Continental Divide. Enjoy lunch and an afternoon of sightseeing and hiking the Going-to-the-Sun Road with overnight accommodations at the historic Lake McDonald Lodge.


Following breakfast, the day is yours to further explore Glacier National Park by participating in our optional activities such as whitewater rafting, horseback trail rides, guided fishing or hiking, vintage boat tour of Lake Mc Donald, Red Bus Interpretive tours, or hot air balloon experiences. Our escort will deliver you back to the airport in time to depart on your private flight back to Coeur d’Alene or Spokane in the late afternoon.

A Unique Bed & Breakfast Experience

Nestled into the rolling hills of agricultural northern Idaho is a Bed and Breakfast so unique, you’ll think you’ve slipped back into another era. Step back into rural America without phones or electricity—just the simple peace of the surrounding hills and the clean smell of fresh produce still on the vine. Mary Jane’s Farm offers wall-tents enclosing a full size bed covered with soft quilts, a woodstove, lanterns for light, each with its own farm style décor and of course, a full farm-fresh breakfast each morning. Each tent has its own outdoor kitchen providing a hot plate, campfire pit, and kitchen sink for cooking your own lunches and dinner. You may bring food with you, or pick fresh from the organic gardens all around you as well as purchase any of the organic meals offered on the farm.

During the day, learn about organic farming, pick fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs or gather farm-fresh eggs. Lend a hand with the many changing activities of the farm or just relax in a hammock, enjoying the cool, fresh gardens. Be sure to visit the historic flour mill where wheat is still ground to flour the old fashioned way. If you like to explore–hike, walk, or bike the miles of back roads and trails surrounding the farm or take a short drive into town to visit the quaint shops. Learn more about this unique and relaxing experience by contacting Linda Bruno or Rhonda Sand via email at [email protected] or telephone at 1-800-975-7775.

Come Visit Us in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Coeur d’Alene—what a beautiful and exciting vacation destination! Summer is the best time to enjoy our clear mountain air, sparkling jewel of a lake and the tasty restaurants and shops downtown. Even the name is fun as it rolls off your tongue…Coor de lane. Located just 39 miles from the Spokane International Airport, you can get here easily from just about anywhere in the world.

cdaPicturesque downtown Coeur d’Alene invites you to stroll along shady Sherman Avenue and enjoy the numerous shops, restaurants, and pubs. There is always something going on downtown with wine-tastings, the farmers market, artist galleries and outdoor concerts. Just a short walk from downtown is City Park with the public beach and it’s gently sloping sand, perfect for kids of all ages. Whether you come to play in the water, picnic in the park, sail a catamarran, parasail or take a scenic float plane ride, you can do it all on Lake Coeur d’Alene.

TMI Tours can arrange accomodations to fit any vacation request. We offer everything from private lake homes and cabins to romantic couples retreats with jacuzzi suites or spa services. The Coeur d’Alene Resort offers lakefront hotel rooms with balconies and world class dining and amenities. There is a wide variety of hotel and motels located through out Coeur d’Alene offering waterparks, indoor/outdoor pools and family suites.

cda4Lake cruises are a popular way to see the scenic shore and bays of Lake Coeur d’Alene and a fun way to spend a warm summer day. Whether you prefer to charter a private sightseeing tour or join one of the regularly scheduled cruises, TMI has a latest prices and schedules as well as local availability. Power boat rentals are available by the day or half-day as well as kayaks, sailboats, canoes, paddle-boats, jet skis and more.

cda21Fishing just comes naturally to North Idahoans and there is nothing we love more than showing off our talents with a fly-rod. Whether you are an experienced fisherman or just learning, we can offer excellent guide services on any number of local rivers and lakes. TMI Tours offers sportsman’s packages for any number of days and we have a wide selection of local fishing lodges to choose from.


cda31Oh, and did I mention golf? Coeur d’Alene is home to at least 13 local golf courses, some public and some private. TMI Tours has a unique golf package that will get you into some of the most exclusive clubs around, courses that aren’t open to the general public . We are home to the world’s only floating golf green, part of the Coeur d’Alene Resort’s famous golf course and a wonder in itself.


Come check out our amazing little “City by the Lake” this summer. Contact Linda or Rhonda at 1-800-975-7775 or [email protected] for all the latest events and great vacation ideas for the Pacific Northwest.