Category Archives: Summer in North Idaho

Lake Coeur d’Alene House and Cabin Rentals

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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

Cruise the Columbia and Snake Rivers, Summer 2009

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Summer is in full swing here in the Pacific Northwest and Cruise West’s remarkable ship, the “Spirit of ’98″, is making her weekly voyages on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Having driven the highways along the Columbia River Gorge, I can attest to the dramatic, awe-inspiring scenery that opens in front of you. But to really get a feel for the pulse of life along this waterway and to experience the immensity of the Columbia River Gorge, there is nothing like seeing it from the surface of the river it’s self.

With it’s old fashioned smokestacks and victorian-style decor, the Spirit of ’98 resembles the steamships that once plied the rivers of North America. Adorned with ornate, carved wooden cabinety, floral upholstery, a Grand Salon and a full bar exuding Old-World charm, you will feel you are being transported aboard an early 20th century steamer. But this small ship offers all modern amenities and convienences including private bath in all cabins and email, internet and phone service on-board.

The weekly departures sail out of Portland, Oregon on the Willamette River which runs right through this west coast city. The following morning will find the ship entering the locks of the Bonneville Dam, a 1938 historic landmark with a fascinating visitors center.

This cruise will visit some unique and historic sights as well as transit 7 dams on its journey inland from the Pacific Ocean to the confluence of the Snake River.

  • Pendleton, Oregon: Visit the underground tunnels dug by Chinese immigrants in the late 1800′s connecting their saloons, bordellos and opium dens.  Visit the Pendleton Woolen Mills where native blankets are still woven.  The Tamastslikt Cultural Institute houses the 10,000 year history of the Umtilla, Cayuse and Walla Walla native tribes.
  • Hells Canyon: Enjoy a jet boat ride up the wild and scenic Snake River,  deep into the canyon filled with wildlife and ancient indian  petroglyphs.jet-boat-snake
  • Walla Walla, Washington: Enjoy a day filled with great food, art, shopping and wine-tasting at two  very unique Washington wineries.
  • Mt. St. Helens: Journey to the site of the 1980 volcanic eruption that levelled 230 square miles of forest.  View the crater left after the moutain blew 1,300 feet from its top and see how the area’s still trying to renew itself.

columbia-gorgeThe Columbia River scenery is dramatic and diverse with lush evergreen forests, cascading waterfalls, orchards, vineyards and stark basalt cliffs. Only Cruise West can get you so close, you’ll feel the spray of the falls on your face. Call Rhonda or Linda at TMI Tours to check available cabins and dates for a great adventure on the Mighty Columbia River. 1-800-975-7775 or 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.

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.