Tucked away along some industrial buildings you will find Trickster’s Brewing in Coure D Alene Idaho. Although more of a distributor location, there is a small tasting room located at the brewery. I stopped by on a Saturday afternoon and had the place to myself. Not my favorite scenario but it meant that I would have quick service!
Tucked behind a large hotel with a water park, a mini golf course and go karts is the Mad Bomber Brewery. Let’s be honest – you will always find me at a brewery over a water park! I look better with a beer in hand than in a swimsuit!
So I have a gift for spotting breweries. This is what happened with Kooteani River Brewing in Bonners Ferry Idaho. It was like any other day that I had spent in Bonners Ferry, I stopped by the casino, made my donation and was looking for something else to do. And what better way to forget about loosing my dollars at the casino than throwing back a few beers.
I spend a lot of time traveling away from where I live. It’s a bad habit that I am working on fixing. My first attempt to fix this behavior is by visiting local breweries near my home. It should not be too difficult for me, we know I like beer and due to my recent job loss I really should not be driving too far anyway… right?
Slate Creek Brewing is located off of 4th street in Coeur D Alene Idaho. I won’t lie to you – I had difficulty finding the place and I’m pretty familiar with Coeur D Alene… in fact, my former hair salon is connected to the building that houses this brewery. Should I be embarrassed, probably… was I – maybe a little.
When you travel with a dog you start to realize that there are a lot of places you can not take your dog. Most places are more than happy to let people bring their kids along, but a dog… meh not so much.
Which I ask the question why? My dog does not kick the back of your seat when flying on an airplane. Or start screaming at the top of his lungs because he did not get that ice cream cone he thinks he needs. Or plop himself down in the middle of a busy walkway because I have kept him up past his bedtime and he is too tired. No, Boomer would never…. well I’m not sure about the last one, as I have yet to see Boomer out of energy… ever.
I had a discussion with my friend, Nicole, the other day about the Pacific Northwest (PNW). We were talking about how each of us defines the Pacific Northwest and found that we did not totally agree about which states were included in the PNW (don’t worry there wasn’t any hair pulling or name calling over this disagreement). I did a little further research as I was curious about what the “all knowing” internet would say about the Pacific Northwest. According to many sites, there is no true agreement on what is considered the PNW. Some say it is just Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. Others sites included Northern Idaho and Western Montana (which I agree with). While others sites include parts of Wyoming (I don’t necessarily agree with that – not that I don’t like Wyoming or anything).
So you may be wondering where Sandpoint Idaho is and why you should visit there. Well my friends, I am here to answer both of those questions. Sandpoint is a great town that I firmly believe has the best of both worlds. How often do you find a town with a large lake, great for swimming in the summer and a prestigious ski mountain to keep you entertained in the winter? If you were wondering, Sandpoint has them both! On top of that, Sandpoint was voted Most Beautiful Small Town in America in 2011 by USA Travel. Not bad, right?
This wasn’t my first time to prison….
I usually never put much effort into finding a place to eat. Since I noticed this about myself I decided I would try to seek out interesting places to grab a bite while on our trip this go around. I can usually nail down the breweries with no problem (duh) and more often than not I eat at the breweries because I believe there is nothing better than a burger and a beer. Unless it is nachos and a beer… or tacos and a beer – OK it’s really burgers and beer – but I won’t lie – I love pub food!
Hells Canyon is a national recreation area located in Idaho and Oregon. It is primarily in Oregon but you can reach some of it from Idaho if you are traveling along Idaho Highway 95. Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America and has some pretty spectacular scenery. While planning for my trip I “googled” the best place to see Hells Canyon from Idaho and Heavens Gate came back as the number one spot to see the canyon.
Just so we are clear this Heavens Gate does not refer to the weird cult from the 1970’s.