Category Archives: North Idaho

Hit the Open Road in an RV

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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!

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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.

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 info@tmitours.com 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 info@tmitours.com for all the latest events and great vacation ideas for the Pacific Northwest.

Explore the Depths of Lake Coeur d'Alene

Georgie Oaks, circa 1915

Georgie Oaks, circa 1915

Are you a diver? If so, let TMI Tours coordinate an underwater adventure for you. We can arrange for you to join local divers who will guide you in exploring the wreckage of two classic lake steamers that rest beneath the waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene. These guided tours will take you to the site of the Georgie Oaks, a sternwheeler that had a 100-ton capacity and carried both passengers and freight on the lake until 1917. You can also explore the wreckage of The Idaho, one of the largest steamers on the lake with twin side wheels and a capacity of 1,000 passengers. It was 147 feet long and owned by the Coeur d’Alene & St. Joe Transportation Company (later renamed the Red Collar Line). In 1915 the ship caught fire and sank in Blackrock Bay. One of its big paddle wheels is on display at the Museum of North Idaho (not far from the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce Building).

TMI Tours will be happy to make arrangements for you to dive on Lake CDA. We are also able to take care of your accommodations and transportation needs as well. Please feel free to call Linda Bruno or Rhonda Sand at 1-800-975-7775 or email them at info@tmitours.com for more information on creating your personalized diving adventure on Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Western Dude Ranch Vacations

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Dude Ranch vacations offer a taste of the Rocky Mountain outdoors and the option of adventures together as a family, as well as spending some time on your own.  Each day is filled with horseback riding and a wide mix of other local activities for all ages.

ranch13North Idaho and Western Montana have beautiful ranches nestled into the mountains and valleys of  the Rocky Mountains.  Surrounded by stunning scenery, activities center around the true western mode of travel–horseback.  Because most ranch stays are all-inclusive, meals, lodging and activities are all included in one price.

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Accomodations can range from guest rooms in a main lodge, to cozy cabins for the family or luxurious mountain retreats and private homes.  Three meals a day are served family style with special nights reserved for couples only and real western campfire cookouts.  Most activities are guided by the ranch hands such as trail rides, hiking, mountain bike rides, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, river floats, atv rides, gold panning and more.

ranch21Dude ranches cater to kids with special programs that are both educational and entertaining.  Hands on experience with their assigned horse is centerpeice for these programs along with daily adventures introducing them to riding, nature and ranch life.  Adults are always welcome to join their kids during any activity, or may use this special time to pursue their own adventures.

Ranch vacations are usually booked for 3-7 night stays during the summer months with shorter stays for spring and fall.  TMI Tours offers a wide selection of ranch vacation throughout Idaho and Montana.  Let us match you to your perfect western vacation.  Call Rhonda or Linda at 1-800-975-7775 or email info@tmitours.com

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.

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 & 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.