Spacation - Coeur d’ Alene Resort Spa
by Erin Peterson
featured in Spokane Cd'a Living Magazine
After crushing your goals in January, you deserve to treat yourself. When you live in an area that boasts a world-class resort, it’s easy to make a reservation and get to enjoy all of the benefits of the lake without having to travel too far to get there.
When it comes to the art of the staycation, the Coeur d' Alene Resort has it down. From the moment you walk through the revolving doors in the lobby, you will be transported into a state of pure relaxation. The rooms are a peaceful oasis from our daily responsibilities without a chore or to-do list in sight. If you want romance, this is your best bet in the Inland Northwest. From the panoramic views of the lake to the myriad of amenities and services, everyone who stays here is treated like a VIP. Be sure to pick a fireplace suite overlooking the lake, and if you’re planning on spending some quality time relaxing in your room, it is best to get one on a higher floor for an even better view. Pro tip: there is one suite in particular that has a hot tub on the deck, and the only way to request this one is by calling the hotel directly.
Looking for leisure? The indoor pool and hot tub are appointed with glittering blue tile and it feels every inch the high-end luxury destination. Even more pampering on your agenda? The day spa is utterly magic and no matter what treatment you select, you’ll be sure to melt away the stress of the workweek. For four consecutive years, The Spa at The Coeur d’Alene Resort has been ranked one of the top resort spas in America, according to Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List, while MSNBC.com has named it one of the “World’s Most Romantic Spas.” After visiting, I now know exactly why.
The menu of treatment options is relaxing in itself. You can choose between more than a dozen different massage treatments providing various kinds of relaxation and pain relief, or a spa package that leaves you breathless. With names like Lavender Mountain Spirit and Blissful Cedar Waters, the tone is set for the experience. I chose the “Fragrant Forest” treatment, which was code for three hours of bliss. It included a spruce and cedar exfoliation, the most self-indulgent showers I’ve ever been in with over a dozen showerheads, a leisurely soak in a jetted tub, Swedish massage and scalp massage. I practically floated back to my room afterward.
Looking to find something for two? Reward yourself and your loved one with a couple’s treatment. They have side-by-side Aromatherapy Massages in the romantic Couple’s Suite which has a beautiful cozy fireplace and a spectacular lake view, where you can relax and reconnect as you receive your massages together. If you’re more adventurous, they offer a series of “Live Well” retreats that include yoga, hikes, meditation and access to the heated infinity pool by the water.
Beverly's is open all year long and is the ultimate North Idaho dining experience. The restaurant’s name is synonymous with wine, as they have a very well-curated selection in their cellar, as well as an on-site sommelier (wine expert) whose job it is to be the matchmaker for every guest to find the perfect wine to pair with their meal. We always find something rare, memorable and delightful with their help. Executive Chef Jim Barrett has crafted a new menu that shows off the best products of the season and executed with the highest precision. He knows exactly what diners expect, and he takes great pleasure in delivering a satisfying meal in a refined style. Highly recommended appetizers on their current menu include the brie en croute, which is delicately wrapped in puff pastry and accompanied by dried cherries, pistachios, and a balsamic glaze, and the crispy crab cakes, which are served with tobiko caviar, and a particularly dazzling Bloody Mary sauce. As far as entrees go, you cannot go wrong in ordering the pan-seared British Columbia King Salmon, which has a vegetable quinoa salad and roasted skillet corn (which was the best that I’ve ever had!) or the osso bucco, which literally falls off the bone.
After a full day and night of indulgence, we woke up late to the Resort's well-appointed room service on our deck. Wrapped in our fluffy hotel robes watching the steam rise from our coffee while overlooking the lake made this stay a perfect getaway, and made us never want to leave.