After the ride yesterday my hip was still sore so we decided that walking might be a better activity today and we decided to explore the town of Coeur d’Alene. Both of us have driven by it countless times on the way to Montana but never stopped so today is the day. The town is settled around the lakeshore and as with many small towns the main street leading to the lake is lined with shops, galleries and eateries. We parked on the eastern end of town near one of the lakeshore parks and walked west along the water. The scene is dominated by a high rise hotel and marina with a long, 3/4 mile floating boardwalk that surrounds the marina and gets the walkers out into the lake.
The western end of the boardwalk takes us right into another lakeshore park with a swimming beach and large grassy area with picnic tables and lots of shade trees, a bandstand where summer concerts are held. Continuing west along the lakeshore we enter a charming old residential area, large old trees create a canopy of shade along the streets lined with beautiful old craftsman homes and a sprinkling of new construction.
As we circle back into town we decide lunch is in order and we opt for the Iron Horse. The walls are covered with memorabilia, wonderful old photographs, signed photos of old baseball stars, Micky Mantle, Joe Dimaggio; an old gas pump sits at the entrance and vintage peddle cars hang from the ceiling. The cash register was a classic.
The town has a good deal of public art tucked here and there and a number of parks running along the lakeshore, all connected by paths or boardwalk. The Northern Idaho Centennial Bicycle trail passes right through the city park continuing on to Wolf Bay east of town. If only my butt wasn’t still sore I would love to ride the trail. The area has a lot to offer the outdoor enthusiast and on this beautiful day the outdoor tables at the restaurants and the parks were filled with folks enjoying the sunshine.
We will be back to ride the Northern Idaho Centennial Trail.