Farm to Fork at Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort + Hotel in North Idaho
There’s always something new cooking at Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort + Hotel. From six fabulous dining venues to recurring foodie festivals, such as the recent Celebrity Series of Farm to Fork celebrations, guests can expect to dine well and enjoy the area’s local offerings when visiting this North Idaho resort. During the 2016 BBQ Rib Cook-Off, local celebrity chefs competed and Chef Adam Hegsted won the Judge’s Choice for his Non-Traditional Watermelon Rind infused BBQ Rib. The People’s Choice Winners were Tom Edlin and Doug Groat who competed with a Traditional Smoky Rib.
Throughout the year, guests will want to spend time discovering the restaurants of Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort + Hotel. Situated in the rolling hills of North Idaho, in picturesque Kootenai County, the resort offers travelers a relaxing retreat with an array of amenities. The resort features six restaurants, one of the largest day spas in the Northwest, a highly rated golf course, and over 100,000 square feet of gaming space. For a great night’s sleep, there are 300 luxury rooms divided into the Spa Tower and the Mountain Lodge.
Hotel rooms provide panoramic views of the surrounding sun-kissed landscape. The Spa Tower offers a modern décor with luxury at the forefront of its design. I stayed in the Mountain Lodge as I was drawn to experiencing the rustic décor. My room was packed with comfortable amenities including two queen size beds with super plush pillows, a full sofa along with a lounge chair, and all the items I hope to see including an in-room coffee maker, a large desk and working space for catching up on to-do lists, and high-speed WiFi. Access to the indoor pool and Jacuzzi were just around the corner. For special occasions, Executive and Presidential Suites are also available.
Located in the Spa Tower, Spa Ssakwa´q´n offers an impressive menu of services including a variety of massages and body treatments, manicures and pedicures, and facials. Room and spa packages are available, and guests will want to peruse the monthly spa specials for great deals. Stay and play packages are also available for the resort’s Circling Raven Golf Club, ranked among Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play.”
During my time at the resort, I was impressed with the incredible variety of dining venues. From upscale to casual grab-and-go, Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort + Hotel caters to every taste and budget. Jackpot Java and Creamery has an assortment of espresso beverages and bakery selections, while the Red Tail Bar & Grill has comfortable seating and glowing fireplaces to set the mood for an evening of wining and dining. Chinook Steak provides an upscale experience with Nisqually salmon, prime beef, and homemade pastas and pizza.
I dined at Sweetgrass Cafe because I couldn’t resist the sautéed Idaho Trout with an amaretto almond glaze. This was a wonderful flavor combination. The crunch of the almonds offered just the right amount of texture to pair with the delicate and flakey trout. On my second night at the resort, I tried High Mt. Buffet for Friday’s seafood night. This was a lovely display of Northwest and local favorites including Alaska snow crab, beer steamed mussels, shrimp scampi, smoked salmon, and steamed clams. For landlovers, there was a fair selection of choices including a beautiful chef-carved baron of beef.
My time at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort + Hotel was welcoming and luxurious and it’s definitely a place I will return in the future. From farm fresh dining to luxurious amenities, I felt pampered and catered to during my Northwest getaway.
FTC Disclaimer: A portion of my itinerary was provided by hosts at Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort + Hotel, though all opinions shared are my own based on my specific experience.