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Moving can be a drag, but prices just seem to keep going higher. Is now the time to sell? Changing homes is a big decision that affects your entire family. For some a new home is necessary but for others renovating and updating their current space could save thousands and keep you from weeks of packing and unpacking. We weigh the options with the experts and find out what to keep in mind when making this life-altering decision.

Why wait for the weekend to be entertained? Across the Inland Northwest you’ll find music, art, farmers markets, sports, comedy and plenty for the kids as well every night of the week. We take you on a tour of some of our favorite venues and many of the must-attend regional festivals and annual events. Baseball or fresh food, rock and roll, wine or a cold brew, you’ll be sure to find great things to do all summer long.

Are you unsure what wines to open up and pair with those sautéed shrimp or perhaps that mediumrare ribeye? We chat with Spokane winemaker Natalie Barnes about some easy-to-remember tips to match your reds and whites with your favorite summer meals. We’ve also included a delicious recipe for fruity Sangria and even what to do with remaining Sangria-soaked fruit. It’s summer; relax and have a glass.

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THE INLAND NORTHWEST offers unmatched beauty any time of year, with plenty of recreational activities for all ages to enjoy. Now that summer has arrived, locals and visitors are eager to get outdoors to enjoy the warm weather, sunshine and blue skies—and all the happenings this time of year brings. There is an abundance of things to do and places to see from North Idaho to Spokane, Washington. We, at Sizzle, want to share with you all that is great in our local communities and give you a taste of our way of life. The mountains, trees, lakes and rivers of the area welcome both locals and visitors alike. For those of us who live in these parts and who call this home, we are grateful for this splendor and serenity that surrounds us each and every day. This is truly Northwest living and why we choose to make our homes here. From incredibly unique and delicious year-round dining and wining destinations to unique shopping offerings, the summer comes alive with the hustle and bustle of friends and families, young and old, soaking in the sunshine and all this area has to offer. In this, our Summer 2019 issue of Sizzle magazine, we have once again compiled all that’s great in the Inland Northwest—from Sandpoint to Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls to greater Spokane—and have beautifully displayed it all in one attractive publication for you to have at your fingertips. Discover not only area 18


restaurants, wineries and specialty shops, but premier businesses and entertainment, as well as the plethora of activities that are at our disposal. It’s time to get exploring. If opting for a day on the lake or river, there are a variety of ways in which you can take advantage of the waters— from lounging lakeside and swimming, to boating, jet skiing, wakeboarding, parasailing, kayaking, canoeing and more. And with the many area businesses providing water-sport rentals of all kinds, there’s no reason to not take advantage and get out on the water while you can. Camping is a favorite among many, and what better place? There are numerous trails for hiking and biking for all skill levels, and if you’re looking to explore the area from the treetops, there are several treetop adventure courses and zip lining choices. And though the ski season has passed, many mountain ski resorts offer summer activities throughout the season. Marathons and triathlons, outdoor festivals, summer concerts, fairs, amusement and water parks ... summertime in the Inland Northwest offers them all. Be sure to check out this issue’s calendar of events, featuring some of the biggest and best summer happenings that await you. There is a deep appreciation for this place we are proud and honored to call home. Our lifestyle is reflected in everything from our food and hospitality, to our businesses and community events. We strive to make our home unique and inviting, and we hope that you find our generosity here warm and inviting. Stay a while, explore, enjoy … you won’t be disappointed.

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LOVE IT OR LIST IT Whether you are single, part of a couple or have a family, there might come a time when your home no longer meets your needs. You might have a couple of options, including renovating your home to add the features or space that you desire or place it for sale and look for a different home that works better for you. Before you decide to pursue either path, there are several factors to consider. Critically thinking about your decision can help you to make the right choice for you.





What you think about your neighborhood Your first consideration should be the location of your home and your neighborhood. If you love your neighborhood and have an emotional connection to your home, it might make sense for you to think about renovating your home instead of calling it quits and moving on. Renovating your home in a neighborhood and area that you love might be preferable to moving to a more desirable home in a less-prime location. If you have children, you will want to consider whether they will have to change schools if you sell your home. Your ability to retire in your home with renovations is also important. If you are growing older, ask yourself whether you can make modifications that can allow you to age in place or if you might be better off purchasing a new home that will fit your needs better. The length of time that you have lived in your home Think about how long you have lived in your home. When you purchase a house, it takes around three to five years before you will break even. This consideration includes your moving expenses, realtor commissions and other expenses that are associated with buying a home. If you haven’t lived in your home for very long, it might be wise to wait before you list it. Your ability to create a realistic budget plan for renovations to home The ability to create a realistic budget plan for renovations to your home is crucial. You need to figure out exactly what improvements you want for your dream house and determine the total costs. Accurate budgeting of the cost of




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remodel jobs is vital if you think that you might want to renovate your home instead of listing it. This includes determining the materials that you want to use in advance and getting multiple quotes and consultations with designers and contractors about what you would like to accomplish. Some homeowners do not really know what they want. If you change your mind and decide to go with different materials or designs in the middle of the renovation project, the cost of remodel may be substantially higher than you had planned. Consultations with designers and contractors to weigh the costs can help you to determine whether to proceed with a renovation or put your home up for sale. Whether the improvements will truly turn your house into your dream home Another of the factors to consider is whether the improvements that 28


you envision will truly turn your house into your dream home. In some cases, people complete renovations to their existing homes only to grow tired of them in a few years. If you believe that the renovations that you think that you will make will actually make your dreams a reality, renovating may be a good idea. If you think that you will outgrow them, however, you might want to sell your home instead. The value of your home The value of your home and what you might get by selling it for is an important consideration. A consultation with realtors in your area can help you to figure out what your home is worth for the real estate market in your community. Think about the equity that you have built in your home and figure out how much you might have to pay to purchase a home that has the space and features that you want. A consultation with realtors can help you to determine whether it is a good idea to list your home or if you should instead renovate it.




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Do you need more space? One of the main reasons that homeowners decide to list their homes is that they need more space. Your family might have outgrown the space that you have. However, you might be able to use your existing space to add more rooms. An architect or designer might be able to suggest a smarter layout so that you can add the additional rooms that you need to accommodate your family. Another option might be to add an addition for more space. Compare the costs of these types of major renovations against your budget and the costs that you might pay to purchase a new home and to move.



Will your renovations be an over-improvement? It is important for you to think about whether the renovations that you want would over-improve your home. Compare the renovations that you anticipate making with the other homes on your block. Think about whether you might want to sell it in the future. A home that is over-improved in comparison to other homes in its neighborhood will not sell for as much money as similar homes in different neighborhoods.



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You should also think about the types of renovations that provide the highest returns on investment. For example, bathroom remodels, kitchen remodels and landscaping might return 80 or above on your investment. Other types of renovations will not allow you to recoup as much of your investment in a future sale. The reality of renovations Think about the reality of renovations. When your home is being renovated, you may be unable to use certain areas of your home. For some types of major renovations, you might have to spend some time away from your home for a few months while the work is completed. Think about how long the renovations will take and whether you will be able to handle the inconvenience. The decision about whether to renovate your existing home or to sell it in search of your dream house is an important one. Think carefully and critically about all of the factors so that you can make the right decision for you and your loved ones.




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rends come and go in the way of home designs and exteriors, but in the West, the log home or cabin will never go out of style. You’ll find these beautiful structures slope side on area ski hills, overlooking our pristine lakes, and also tucked away on a peaceful plot of land outside city limits. For many, building a custom log home is a lifelong dream, and to be able to help design the home adds an even greater sense of pride in homeownership. Creativity and customization is something that the builders and design team at Caribou Creek Log and Timber in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, are happy to include in all their builds. In the 30 years since opening its doors, Caribou Creek has created hundreds of unique structures—everything from estates, multi-level log homes and cabins to timber-framed homes and eye-catching business buildings. People are astonished at their work from the outside, and the amazement continues once inside as well, often leading others to think about their own dream home.



“Quality and value is the reason 75 percent of our business comes from customer referrals,” said David Byler, president and owner. David and his co-owners, son Darin who serves as general manager and son-in-law Ken Shrock, project manager, approach each job as if they were building their very own home. Unlike a traditional neighborhood developer where you choose from only a few floor plans and limited customization, Caribou Creek tailors each build to exactly what a customer wants. The company has previous designs and layouts in-house that are often a starting point for a build but also work with architects or even just scribbles on a napkin. No matter how the idea is laid out, the Caribou Creek team goes to work to make it happen. “Traditional craftsmanship and an old-fashioned work ethic turn exceptional designs into works of unsurpassed warmth and quality,” said David.

Once a design is in place and the type of wood and materials are chosen, the real fun begins for everyone involved. Timber from sustainably managed forests is always utilized, and even the leftover cuts are used as firewood for local Bonners Ferry residents. The home is assembled at the facility so they can maximize quality control. Once complete, each piece is marked as the home is disassembled and shipped to its final destination. Crews then put the home back together like a giant puzzle and finish the final touches on-site. Those who are already in their dream homes but are looking at an update or adding to their home can also utilize the beauty of wood in many ways. Caribou Creek can create custom wood staircases, timber siding, entries and gates, place wood beams, and create a detached garage or outbuilding, just to name a few. The build is fascinating to watch, and the staff at Caribou Creek takes each customer through each step in the process. In the end they come away with exactly what they want. The timeless beauty of a log structure is an iconic symbol of Western living, and Caribou Creek is happy to continue to make those log home dreams a reality.


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New farmers market opens in Spokane Valley BY COLIN ANDERSON

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THE LOCAL FARMERS MARKET IS A WEEKLY ritual for many in the Inland Northwest. From the larger metropolitan areas to the smaller communities, you’re never too far from a weekly market offering a variety of fresh produce and local products for your dinner table. Buying your produce direct from the farmers themselves not only gives you the freshest possible ingredients but helps you support local businesses—which in turn reinvest in your community. While many regional markets started as just a few vendors offering fresh fruits and vegetables, a stroll through your weekly market today and you’ll often spot food trucks and other meals to-go, butchers, crafts, spices, flowers and live entertainment. The market is not only a weekly stop for fresh food but also a central gathering place for neighbors to come together, kids to play and learn about nutrition, and an all out fun place to spend a cool morning or a wonderful long summer evening. The newest market in the region is hoping to capture many of the same qualities as its peers but with a few twists of its own. The Spokane Valley Farmers Market is open this summer. You’ll find it centrally located in the parking lot of CenterPlace Event Center right near the Discovery Playground. It will be open from 5 to 8pm each Friday from June 7 through September 13. “Spokane Valley has been lacking a farmers market, and we are happy to bring one to the table,” said Market Manager Katy Ryder. “The market highlights local farming heritage and local business, as well as creates a vibrant event each week to meet and engage with the community.” In the works for almost two years, the Spokane Valley Farmers Market is another event brought to life by the JAKT Foundation. The nonprofit is focused on creating events that celebrate the local culinary scene and culture in the Pacific Northwest, especially highlighting Spokane Valley’s vibrant and diverse community and culture. These events include Crave!, a food and drink celebration in Spokane Valley of which Sizzle magazine is primary sponsor, as well as Oktoberfest in the fall. “We are proud to be a partner in bringing a farmers market to Spokane Valley,” said Mayor Rod Higgins. “It’s a great way to bring together the community, and we are looking forward to its launch.” Each Friday evening, stop by the market on your way home from work or as a meeting spot to start your night. There will be a variety of musicians playing throughout the season, and you’ll also find a beer garden with a featured local brewery announced each week. Food trucks will be present for easy grab-and-go options, and once each

month is Food Truck Night, which will highlight the growing mobile food truck scene taking over the greater Spokane area. “We will also be doing some cooking and nutritional classes throughout the season so you can learn how to prepare your farm-to-table meal from the fresh produce at our market,” said Ryder. As you stroll through the market you’ll encounter roughly 40 different vendors each week. A sampling of participants includes: Thompson Creek Farm, Woodard Family Farms, Tall Grass Farms, Peak of Abundance Farm, Dietz Farms & Big Barn Brewing, Twilight Cider Works, Bean & Pie, Scone Ranger, Mama Torrez Salsa, and Nuts on the Run. Staples like fresh fruits and vegetables will be readily available as will a greater variety of other foods and services as well. These include crafters and community groups, bakers and meat processors, natural and holistic medicine, and brewers. NORTHWESTSIZZLE.COM


Many of your favorite local restaurant owners and head chefs get their foods from some of the same farmers and vendors you’ll find across our region. Eat Good Group’s Adam Hegsted sources much of his fresh ingredients from farmers market participants, as does Trinity at City Beach owner Justin Dick, who, like many others, uses local Sandpoint companies like Evans Brothers coffee, Pend d’Oreille Winery wine and Laughing Dog beer to complement the restaurant menu. The Spokane Valley Farmers Market is also partnering with local nonprofits that help feed low-income families. EBT cards will be accepted throughout the market, and it is also participating in a SNAP program called ‘Fresh Bucks.’ “Every $5 you spend on your SNAP/EBT card, you will receive $2 in ‘Fresh Bucks’—which gets you 40 percent more fresh fruit and produce at our market,” explained Ryder. If your kids are picky eaters and always seem to leave their vegetables for last (if at all), there’s another program aimed at getting them excited about fresh foods. The KERNEL program (Kids Eating Right Nutrition and Exercise for Life) is a youth-oriented nutrition and physical activity program designed to engage children in learning about lifelong healthy eating habits, gardening and exercise. There will be a KERNEL booth each week at the market, and kids are encouraged to join a fun and educational activity. Once the activity is completed, the kids will be given a $2 voucher for fresh fruit and vegetables. In 2020 the market will qualify to join the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Farmers Market program and be able to accept WIC checks. Residents of Spokane Valley have been waiting a long time for a market to call their own, and organizers are excited to bring an exciting and full-scale weekly market to the community. “We are honored to host the Spokane Valley Farmers Market and are thrilled for a great season of getting to know our local farmers, vendors and community!” said Ryder.

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Sandpoint Farmers Market Farmin Park Saturdays 9am - 1pm Wednesdays 3 - 5:30pm May – October

Kootenai Farmers Market Hayden Highway 95 and Prairie Avenue Saturdays 9am - 1:30pm May - October

Kootenai Farmers Market Downtown Coeur d’Alene Sherman Avenue and Fifth Street Wednesdays 4 - 6:30pm May - October

The Night Market at Kendall Yards Spokane at Summit Parkway Wednesdays 5 - 9pm May - September


Spokane Farmers Market Fifth Avenue between Division and Browne streets Saturdays May - October Wednesdays June - October 8am - 1pm








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hen we buy or build a new home, we often focus primarily on the interior. How many square feet does it have? Will there be enough room for entertaining? How much natural sunlight will come into the home? While all these things are important, the trend is now to also expand and focus our attention on our outside living space, taking full advantage of nature and the additional space our lawns and patios provide. And the options are endless. Whether it’s outdoor furniture, appliances or lighting, there are an abundance of choices now readily available to allow consumers to optimize their outdoor living space while also increasing the value of their homes. With busy schedules and on-the-go lifestyles, outdoor living spaces offer a chance to relax, enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and connect with friends and family. With all of the latest designs and the superior quality of outdoor products, our outdoor living spaces are coming to rival the convenience, comfort and design of our homes’ interiors. As the heart of the home shifts outdoors, here are some of the top trends that will dominate the outdoor living landscape this season.

I. Televisions It’s not only restaurants and bars that are placing TVs outdoors for entertainment pleasure; more and more homeowners are opting for the specialized TVs made specifically for the outdoor elements. When purchasing one, make sure the TV is rated for outdoor use; these TVs have extra bright panels to resist glare and can withstand the elements. TV mounts and cables also need to be rated for outdoor use with UV protection. When deciding just where to place the TV, a spot that is protected from the elements and where there is not direct sunlight is optimal—under a pergola, a gazebo or a covered deck will be your best option! II. Outdoor Kitchens It’s frequently said that people tend to gather in the kitchen. Well, what better place to gather on a beautiful day than in an outdoor kitchen! When creating a kitchen on the exterior of your home, you can make it as basic or elaborate as you like depending upon your space and budget. Typically, you will need both a cooking area and an area for prep (if it is in your budget, opt for granite for ease of cleaning and durability) as well as some storage. If you don’t want to extend a gas line from your home to your cooking area, propane tanks or charcoal are a good way to go. These very basic elements don’t require utilities, which makes them a good option for those on a lower scale budget. III. Fireplaces Who doesn’t enjoy the warmth and beauty of a fireplace? By bringing this typically indoor feature to the outdoors, we can enjoy our outdoor living space significantly longer over the course of the year. While it is not only functional, fireplaces can become the focal point of your outdoor living space; a place where family and friends gather and make memories. Some of the things to consider when implementing an outdoor fireplace to your home are how the outdoor fireplace complements your home design. What purpose will your fireplace serve—provide warmth or be an aesthetically inviting place? Whether you want the fireplace to be the focal point of your outdoor living space or simply a feature that accentuates the natural surroundings, be sure it is scaled correctly and proportional to your home and surroundings.





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REVEALING A PIECE OF SANDPOINT HISTORY Sandpoint’s place for nightlife, live music, classic cocktails, craft beer and wine


hether you are looking for a sports bar, a cocktail lounge, a place for a cold beer, a glass of unique wine, somewhere to enjoy live entertainment or to just chill out with friends, The 219 Lounge on First Avenue in Sandpoint has it all. The 219 has undergone extensive restoration over the last three years and reveals a unique part of Sandpoint’s history. Not only that, it is now smoke free and was recently named the Best SmallTown Bar in Idaho.

Known as one of the best night-time entertainment spots in North Idaho, The 219 has become a favorite for live entertainment, hosting live music during Wind Down Wednesdays and every Friday and Saturday year-round. The outdoor patio comes alive with bands from around the region every Thursday through Saturday on summer evenings. Several times a year, nationally known comedians perform in the intimate “comedy club” atmosphere in the main bar with its exposed original brick and large ceiling beams.

“The character of the bar has changed multiple times over its 84-year history,” says Mel Dick, who along with his wife Claudia own the “Niner,” as it has come to be known over the years. “In the early 1950s it was a Las Vegas-style lounge complete with one-arm bandit gaming machines.”

“We love local musicians and also have bands from around the Pacific Northwest,” says Mel. “It’s everything from rock ‘n’ roll, Americana, the blues and more.”

The original bar was located on Pine Street and was moved to its current location in 1934 and was called the Diamond, with the original diamond logo still visible on the Lounge’s façade. But a fire destroyed the building, and it was rebuilt in late 1934 and early 1935 with the front and back exterior walls constructed in solid concrete with an artdeco style. The beams in the newly exposed ceiling show signs of the fire from over 80 years ago. One of the treasures discovered in the restoration was a 40-foot mural painted by “Cowboy Joe” in 1935 that was hidden under multiple walls. It has since been restored by local artist Diana Schuppel. Other smaller murals, painted by Gene Hayes in 1967, were also uncovered.

Enjoy great food during the summer from Shilla (Korean BBQ with Seoul), a new Korean BBQ fusion food truck operated by Chef Jeffrey Coleman, that will be at The 219 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Whether you are a local looking for a fun and smoke-free place to meet up with friends or a visitor coming to check out Sandpoint for the first time, stop by The 219 Lounge. Be sure and ask for Mel; if he’s around he would love to show you the historic nature of this Sandpoint icon.

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he longer days in the Inland Northwest provide plenty of daylight to get out and enjoy the many affordances of the region. Much of that includes getting out into nature: hiking, biking, camping and boating, to name a few.

can enter museums for free or at a reduced rate. But it is always good to check websites and call ahead, just to be sure.

But this summer also provides a full slate of arts and entertainment for locals and visitors to enjoy, from some of the season’s staples— Art on the Green in Coeur d’Alene and the Festival at Sandpoint— to any of the musical acts that come through the numerous venues in the region.

While Memorial Day tends to be the unofficial start of summer, the local art scene has its first big summer event the following weekend with the ArtFest at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane. About 150 art vendors will present their work, and children can make their own in the Kids Fair. Food and beverages are available, and local musicians will provide the backdrop for browsing the art booths. Admission is free.

Spokane is filled with concert halls and smaller theaters and clubs with a series of local and national acts, while wineries and breweries also play host to bands and orchestras, meaning that just about every night all summer there are plenty of options for live music. There are also plenty of places to see and buy art (along with food and drink from local vendors) on both sides of the WashingtonIdaho border, and many museums that offer stories and artifacts from the region’s rich history. If comedy is your thing, the region has that—you can even take your turn at an open mic night. Or if you’d rather spend a summer evening at the ballpark, the Spokane Indians’ season runs during the longest days of the year from June to August. And if golf is your thing, well, you’ve come to the right place. Always be sure to check theater and venue websites to confirm performances and secure tickets. New acts are often added—and sometimes subtracted—mid-summer. As for kids, just about every place welcomes them, and often they 58


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Hoopfest (June 29 - 30) Dubbed the Best Basketball Weekend on Earth, Hoopfest takes over Downtown Spokane every June, turning streets into courts as the city drums with the sound of bouncing basketballs. Form a team of three and participate in one of the many divisions, or just make your way downtown to watch the action and stroll Riverside Park. With thousands of teams and volunteers, nearly 500 courts and plenty of shopping, dining and sporting available downtown, it’s easy to make a day of it at the largest threeon-three tournament in the world.



Art on the Green (August 2 - 4) After celebrating its 50th anniversary a year ago, Art on the Green kicks off August with music, food and, of course, art at North Idaho College in Downtown Coeur d’Alene. It is free (including parking) and family friendly, and it features nearly 200 artist’s booths. Two stages of music will host live, local music all weekend, and a beer and wine garden will feature some of the best breweries and wineries in the region. There’s also a full lineup of food options. Check out the list of artists in advance at Festival at Sandpoint (August 1 - 11) Since its start in 1983, the annual Festival at Sandpoint brings in a variety of musical acts for its 11-day run. This year is no different, with performances from Jackson Browne, The Avett Brothers, Lake Street Dive and Walk Off The Earth headlining the event. Held at War Memorial Field on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, the festival shows off the natural beauty of North Idaho. Bringing your own food is fine; you can also buy from the dozen vendors onsite. And yes, by all means, come ready to dance. Blue Waters (August 9 - 11)



Overlapping the end of the Festival at Sandpoint is this event on the shores of a different lake—Medical Lake, just across the Washington border. Now in its 18th year, Blue Waters features performances from Wood & Wire, High Fidelity and Masontown among its 10 acts this season. Bring your own food or buy from vendors at the festival, and feel free to camp the entire weekend (for a $40 fee). The weekend also features the Blue Waters Youth Camp where anyone 20 or younger can begin to hone their skills on a variety of bluegrass instruments. Large music venues The First Interstate Center for the Arts in Spokane kicks off its summer musical season with “School of Rock” in early May and then hosts the touring performance of “Les Miserables” from August 6 through 11. Its summer slate also includes



performances by Bella Fleck and the Flecktones (June 3), Lonestar (August 1) and O.A.R. (August 13). Across the river at the Spokane Arena, Carrie Underwood performs on May 22, Khalid will be there July 9, and Disturbed takes the stage on July 31. Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Airway Heights, just west of Spokane, also brings in some big acts this summer. Colin Hay (May 11) and Charley Pride (May 30) start the season indoors, and then a few big acts take their concerts outdoors. Train and The Goo Goo Dolls perform on June 9, followed by Judas Priest on June 19. The Outdoor Concert Series continues with

LAST-MINUTE ARE ALWAYS a number of other performances, headlined by Toby Keith on August 6, Styx on August 22 and the Steve Miller Band on August 28. A full schedule is available on the Coeur d’Alene Casino’s website, Medium-sized music venues Downtown Spokane has a number of historic venues that major acts often make part of their national tours. Now 104 years old, the Bing Crosby Theater starts its summer bill with “Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical” from May 24 to June 2. Just a short walk away, the Spokane Knitting Factory is bringing in a variety of acts this




summer to the Bing as well as its own concert house downtown. Its lineup is eclectic with acts to suit a number of tastes. The full schedule is available online (, and often new performances are added during the summer.

The MAC’s late spring special exhibits focus on paintings and films from the Canadian North, Inuit Art, and Women of the Plateau Tribes. In July it will open its exhibit on “Giants, Dragons and Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures.”

The Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, another historic downtown venue, hosts Art Garfunkel on May 16. John Ford Coley (June 7), Indigo Girls (June 18) and Illusionist Jay Owenhouse (July 11) visit in the first half of the summer. Norah Jones also performs live on July 26.

In addition, the MAC’s permanent exhibits include one of the largest American Indian Art collections in the country, and its Campbell House recreates and captures life in Spokane 100 years ago.

Smaller music venues The indie music venue The Bartlett in Spokane hosts a series of acts this summer, most with tickets for $15 or less. The Big Dipper and The Pin in Spokane also bring in live music throughout the season. The Hive opened six years ago in Downtown Sandpoint, and a variety of acts will roll through this summer. The 219 Lounge in Sandpoint also hosts live music. While it doesn’t offer as many music events, The Panida Theater in Sandpoint screens films and hosts other small events throughout the summer. The Snake Pit, a restaurant and venue about 30 minutes east of Coeur d’Alene, has musical performances nearly every Friday all summer. Art galleries, museums and more A number of art galleries in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint offer visitors the chance to see and buy work from local painters, photographers, sculptors and other artists. But the area also boasts a number of places to learn about the region’s history and culture through a variety of lenses. The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, referred to as the MAC, is the region’s largest organization of its kind. Its exhibits, collections and buildings in the Browne’s Addition neighborhood of Spokane are open Tuesday through Sunday, with adult tickets $10 and less for other age groups. It has plenty to offer families of all ages.



Across town, the North Spokane Farm Museum highlights the region’s agricultural history, including farm machinery from as long as 160 years ago. On June 29 it will demonstrate how some of its equipment worked. The Spokane Valley Heritage Museum focuses on the local history of the cities between Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. It offers tours and a permanent exhibit that includes many historical photos and background on the area. The Museum of North Idaho in Coeur d’Alene offers visitors the chance to discover the history of the region, including that of Native Americans and the growth of sawmills and logging a century ago. It also offers “Living History Walking Tours” as a way to discover the background of the town. The Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center, formally located in Sagle and making its new home at Pappy Boyington Field in Hayden as of June 1, highlights the contributions of aviators and innovators. It has more than a dozen airplanes on-site. Entry to the museum, open Monday through Saturday during the summer, is free. The Bonner County History Museum, on the shores of Lake Pend d’Oreille in Sandpoint, contains a number of exhibits detailing the history of the peoples of the region as well as the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society arboretum. The Museum’s hours are a bit more limited—Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4pm—but offers a free first Saturday every month.


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Wineries A few local wineries host all sorts of events through the summer and often invite visitors to bring a blanket, buy some wine and enjoy music and entertainment in some of the region’s most beautiful settings. Arbor Crest Winery at the Cliff House overlooks Spokane and hosts weekly outdoor concerts on Thursday and Sundays from May through September, and on Sundays invites food trucks. Be aware, though: The estate has a strict age limit (21 years old) that cannot be broken for infants or toddlers. Pets are not allowed either. The Pend d’Oreille Winery regularly offers live music at its tasting room in Downtown Sandpoint. It also hosts “paint and sip” events where, for a fee, guests get specialized instruction, supplies and wine as they paint. Comedy A night out doesn’t need to include music. The Spokane Comedy Club hosts a number of acts through the summer, many for multiple nights in a row. Its summer slate includes Drew Lynch, Steve-O and Michael Quu in May; and Matt Bellassai, Jose Bolanos, Carlos Mencia and Gary Owen in June. The rest of its acts will be posted later in the summer. And, there’s always open mic night on Wednesdays. The 219 Lounge in Sandpoint also is host to several comedy acts throughout the year. Local sports In addition to Hoopfest, Spokane’s summer sports scene is punctuated more regularly with the Spokane Indians, a Single-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers organization. The Indians play at Avista Stadium, and their season runs from June until the end of August, right up to the Interstate Fair.



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ree-top adventure bloomed within Farragut State Park in Athol, Idaho, in May of 2018. It has since provided the already picturesque state park with the sights and sounds of families experiencing aerial obstacle adventures within its majestic forest.

Tree To Tree Idaho features more than 60 different obstacles within six color-coded courses that participants ages 6 and older must swing, jump, climb or zipline through. “It’s 100 percent a family activity aimed for all ages and fitness levels,” says Manager Tom Brennan.

auto-belay system that gently navigates them to the ground. “It’s a favorite of our adrenaline junkies,” he adds. With adventure tourism a growing industry and parks like Tree To Tree becoming more popular, Dan Sullivan, operations manager, says, “What differentiates Tree To Tree Idaho is its home of Farragut State Park with its lush forest, mountain peaks and deep lakes. It’s truly magnificent.” For more information on Tree To Tree Idaho, check out their website for specific course age and height requirements, frequently asked questions, seasonal hours and to reserve your adventure.

The series of courses become progressively more challenging and vary in heights of 10 to 60 feet above the ground. After completing a course, climbers can choose to proceed to the next course or end their adventure. Each guest is equipped with a safety harness before being led on a 15- to 20-minute guided instructional course. Expect to spend two to three exhilarating hours in the trees. In addition to traditional adventure course elements, Tree To Tree Idaho fan favorites include an aerial skateboard, Tarzan swing and Tru Blu. “Tru Blu is our signature element located on our most challenging course,” says Tom. Participants jump off the course’s last platform 50 feet above the ground into a small freefall before being caught by an

Tree to Tree Idaho 17545 E. Locust Grove Rd. Athol, ID 208.423.8289







MAC’s ArtFest

More than 150 of the most talented artists from around the Northwest will gather in Coeur d’Alene Park in Browne’s Addition for the 34th annual ArtFest. This three-day outdoor festival of art, music and food includes vendors showcasing their paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, jewelry and more; ArtFest’s Make it Art Kids Fair, where kids can create their own art; Northwest bands playing an eclectic mix of music; fare from some of the city’s favorite food trucks and vendors; and local brews and wine in the Beer Garden.


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The Farm Chicks Vintage & Antique Fair

Held at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center, this two-day event features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. The Farm Chicks Vintage and Antique Fair continues to be described as both magical and inspirational, as they bring the best vintage and handmade fare in the country right to Spokane! Show hours are Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 9am to 4pm. Admission is $8 per day or $10 for a weekend pass.

Celebrating its 29th year, this is a classic car weekend—just in time for Father’s Day—featuring pre ’75 cars and trucks in the heart of Downtown Coeur d’Alene. To kick off the weekend fun, there’s the Car d’Lane Cruise Friday evening, 6 to 9pm, so head out to Sherman Avenue to see these beauties roll by, rev up their engines, shoot flames and sound their horns. Saturday, 8am to 4pm, cars will be on display as they line Sherman Avenue for the Show and Shine. Check out the cars, talk to the owners, enjoy vendors and more!


N OV E M B E R 1 - 3, 2019

(SPOKA NE FA IR & E X P O CEN T E R ) • Friday - 12:00pm - 8:00pm • Saturday - 10:00am - 7:00pm • Sunday - 10:00am - 5:00pm


($9 9 PE R N IG H T ) • Room accommodations for two • Breakfast voucher for two • Home Idea Show/ Northwest Taste show tickets for two • Commemorative glass for two • Round-trip shuttle to fairgrounds


Two great shows... One easy price... Three fun days. The Northwest Taste Show provides attendees the opportunity to watch and interact with local chefs during live cooking demos all the while tasting, sipping and sampling a variety of products — plus the Home Idea Show offers attendees the chance to browse hundreds of home-improvement exhibits and speak one-on-one with the experts.

• $10 - Adults • $8 - Seniors/Military • FREE - 12 years and younger







CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo

CHAFE 150 treats riders to seven fully stocked break stops, professional ride support, a larger-than-life after-ride party and prizes for top fundraisers. The ride starts and finishes in beautiful Sandpoint on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille after winding into Montana through lush river valleys of the Cabinet Mountains. CHAFE offers magnificent 100-, 80-, 40- and 30-mile routes, and a family fun ride for riders of any level! This event is staged by the Sandpoint Rotary Club, with proceeds benefiting after-school and literacy programs, as well as other community programs.

IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene

Held in scenic Coeur d’Alene, athletes will begin their day with a 1.2mile swim in the clear waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Next, athletes take on the challenging 56-mile bike course boasting with turns, followed by the 13.1-mile run that loops along the shores of the lake. The race finish is in the heart of Downtown Coeur d’Alene, as hundreds of spectators cheer on the tri-athletes. The 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene will offer 40 qualifying slots to the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France.


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Spokane Hoopfest

At Spokane’s Hoopfest, the largest three-on-three outdoor basketball tournament in the world, you’ll find more than 6,000 teams, 3,000 volunteers, 225,000 fans and 450 courts spanning 45 city blocks! Whether you are a player, a volunteer or a fan, Spokane Hoopfest has a place for you to enjoy the energy of more than 14,000 games played throughout the weekend. Whether you’re looking to play, volunteer or sponsor the event, you can find all the information you need online.





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Fourth of July Celebrations

There’s no better way to end Independence Day celebrations than with fireworks. Fourth of July events abound in the Inland Northwest, with awe-inspiring fireworks displays in various towns from Northern Idaho to Spokane, Washington. Some of the best shows can be found at Spokane’s Riverfront Park, Downtown Coeur d’Alene on the waterfront off of Sherman Avenue, Sandpoint’s City Beach, Harrison on the waterfront, Bayview’s Marina and Resort and Silverwood Theme Park in Athol. With so many to choose from, how will you decide? Visit to find out more about these events in our events calendar.

Crave Northwest is the Inland Northwest’s premier food and drink celebration. Held at CenterPlace at Mirabeau Point Park in Spokane Valley, Crave! is a unique culinary event showcasing the creative talents of visionary chefs from around the Northwest. 2019 marks the third annual event where guests are invited to savor the creative talents of award-winning chefs, specialty food purveyors, winemakers and craft drink providers. Culinary highlights include a grand tasting tent, foods from around the world, seafood bash, and fire and smoke fare.



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Hayden Days

Head to McIntire Family Park in Hayden, Idaho, for Hayden Days. Festivities start Friday at 2pm with live music, dancing, food and craft vendors, and the Hayden Senior Center Beer Garden. Saturday features NLFD Pancake Breakfast at 7am at the Northern Lakes Fire Station and The Hayden Days Parade at 10am along Government Way. Don’t miss the Hayden Days Car Show, sponsored by Hayden Cars. There will also be children’s games, food, craft vendors and other activities planned throughout each day.



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Art on the Green

Artists from all across the Northwest have been flocking to Coeur d’Alene for a weekend of arts and crafts. Held on the campus of North Idaho College, 165-plus artists, a variety of musicians and performers, and over 500 volunteers will come together to present the 51st annual Art on the Green. Paired with the Taste of the Coeur d’Alenes at City Park and the Coeur d’Alene Street Fair on Sherman Avenue, you’ll find more than 250 booths of artistry, food, crafts, home decoration and inspiration. All three celebrations are connected to each other and easily walkable.


The 2019 Julyamsh Powwow will be held at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene. Admission is just $10 for this incredible event and free for children 12 and younger. This three-day cultural event is filled with Native-American activities for all to enjoy, bringing people together and signifying the spirit of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in celebration of heritage, diversity and culture. This is a rare opportunity to view the beauty of these diverse native cultures through their traditional crafts and performances of tribal dancing and music.



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Post Falls Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon

Held at Q’emiln Park in Post Falls, Idaho, the annual Post Falls Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon is a USAT-sanctioned event and includes a 5k swim, 19k bike and 5k run. The race begins at 8am and is chip timed, and snacks and an award ceremony will follow the race. Wet suits are not mandatory but recommended. For additional information, contact Traci Stevenson at the Post Falls Recreation office at 208.773.0539.

Sandpoint puts an unforgettable live music experience each and every year and has for the past 36 years, where artists will play in an outdoor setting under the stars on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille at Memorial Field. Already announced for 2019 are Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Walk Off the Earth, Jackson Browne, Lake Street Dive, The Avett Brothers, and Kool & The Gang. Attendees can buy a season pass to see all shows or choose to attend one or more of the events. Ticketed guests are also allowed to bring in their own food and beverages into the venue, adding to the feel of a backyard get-together.


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North Idaho State Fair

There’s nothing that says family fun quite like a carnival. Each August, the Kootenai County Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene is host to the annual North Idaho State Fair, a five-day event with rides, food and fun! Featured attractions this year include the largest carnival in the state, Funtastic Kids Zone, 4-H Exhibits, All Aboard! Train Rides, Party in the Dirt Concert featuring Craig Morgan, Gem State Stampede PRCA Xtreme Bulls and Rodeo, and more! Gates open at 10am each morning.




Pig Out in the Park

Held during Labor Day Weekend at Riverfront Park in Spokane, 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of Pig Out in the Park! Open daily from 11am to 10pm, this favorite six-day food and free music festival offers a tasty menu of food and fun, with 50 food booths, 225 menu items, great food, cheap prices, three adult beverage gardens, special hours with $4 bites (3 to 5pm and 9 to10pm daily), dozens of free concerts on three stages featuring national, regional and local artists, and the Pig Out’s arts and crafts fair and public market under the Pavilion. Fun for the whole family!




Be a part of Spokane’s largest bicycling event at the 13th annual SpokeFest! SpokeFest returns to the heart of Kendall Yards, where riders will travel along some of the region’s most scenic roads. This event offers a course that is interesting, beautiful and a bit challenging, yet a trek the entire family can participate in and enjoy. Take part in this great community event, which encourages everyone to make biking a part of a healthy, active lifestyle while helping the environment.



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ValleyFest offers events at three locations: CenterPlace Regional Event Center and Mirabeau Point Park in Spokane Valley, and Plantes Ferry Sports Complex in Spokane. The weekend festivities included for 2019 include Totfest, a car show, astronomy, Step UP for Down Syndrome walk, country swing dance competition, interactive activities, fishing at the falls, family bike ride, robotics and STEM showcase, live entertainment on three stages, boat/bike/run triathlon, 5k/10k run, duathlon and more!

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“WE SEE SMILES, EXCITEMENT AND, BEST OF ALL, INCREASED CONFIDENCE.” For more than a decade, Signature Aesthetics has been changing lives from the outside in; bringing each client’s vision of beauty to reality. Owner Nancy Andrews, RN-C, has had a very fulfilling career as a registered nurse for more than 35 years, with her career evolving as a medical professional treating the aftermath of injury, as well as her own personal experience with a facial injury. “When I was young, I suffered an injury to my face that left me feeling insecure about my appearance for many years,” she says. “After receiving some facial procedures, it helped me regain my self-esteem and improved my self-confidence. Now I am blessed to be able to help others achieve their own confidence and experience the joy of having synergy with their inner and outer beauty.” Each patient will find themselves in good hands at Signature Aesthetics, as Nancy has an all-encompassing background, which will put clients at ease; from nursing in emergency, pediatric and adult intensive care, coronary care, flight team to home health, along with emergency transport via ground ambulance. She also has extensive education and certifications in aesthetic nursing that she’s held for the last 17 years. As technology and techniques advance, Nancy is engaged in ongoing training curriculum. This allows her to provide the best services to her clients. She invests hundreds of hours, keeping current in all techniques while expanding her knowledge in the latest equipment and products. Signature Aesthetics proudly provides the latest technology and techniques in anti-aging medicine. This includes laser skin treatments, chemical peels, rejuvenation procedures and rehydration therapy, women’s wellness and varicose vein treatments. They are also a certified CoolSculpting practice with three new machines. “We have held the top place for CoolSculpting in the Pacific Inland Northwest and the top in North Idaho most recently,” Nancy says. In addition, they have extensive treatments to relieve potential pain with laughing gas, numbing creams and standing orders from their doctor. “At Signature Aesthetics, we make it a priority to provide a welcoming and comfortable environment for all patients, and our staff has extensive training to meet our high standards,” states Nancy. “We strive to meet everyone exactly where they’re at on their self-improvement journey and tailor our treatments to their specific goals.” Signature Aesthetics feels privileged to personally escort their clients to achieving their beauty potential. Nancy and her team witness your confident, healthy appearance as you partner in recreating a beautiful reflection. “It’s all about love and the focus being centered on others,” says Nancy. “It has been my goal to help one person at a time to achieve some of their dreams and hopes. I feel if one person’s life has changed because of Signature Aesthetics, then it was worth it!” You can find Signature Aesthetics at two locations—in the Sandcreek Plaza in Sandpoint and at Prairie Family Medicine in Coeur d’Alene. Now is the time to let your beauty shine. NORTHWESTSIZZLE.COM





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o matter our age, we all desire that youthful glow. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle—including a well-balanced diet of highly nutritious foods, proper water intake for hydration and exercise— is the most beneficial way to help us age gracefully, but there are factors that are out of our control. That’s when it’s time to seek help from the professionals. The Inland Northwest is home to first-class med spas, and their specialists are ready to listen to your concerns and address the best possible treatments—individualized to achieve the results you desire. We can’t turn back the time on our age, but we sure can slow down and reverse the signs of aging. There’s no time like the present to restore that youthful glow. Here are some of the most popular treatments you will find at area med spas.


First approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 to treat frown lines, it remains one of the most popular cosmetic procedures on the market—and its popularity continues to climb.

Used for both cosmetic and therapeutic treatments, Botox, also referred to as dysport or xeomin, continues to be a popular treatment to reduce the signs of aging by reducing wrinkles while rejuvenating a maturing face. Botox is the injection of botulinum toxin, which is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe forehead lines, crow’s feet lines and frown lines between the eyebrows temporarily. The effects from Botox will last approximately three to six months as gradually, over time, muscle action returns, thus lines and wrinkles with begin to reappear.



If you’re looking to not only feel your best but look your best, there’s no time like the present. Facial Peels If you are looking to improve your skin’s texture and tone, improve superficial discoloration, reduce inflammation and smooth fine lines, skin rejuvenation through facial peels is an effective option. Facial peels can take anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes—depending on the area being treated. There are a variety of peels to choose from; the right one for you will be determined by evaluating your skin. To prepare the skin for the peel, it is first cleansed. The chemical peeling solution is applied to one area at a time (you may experience a slight tingling sensation), and causes the skin to exfoliate and eventually peel off—leaving you with new, regenerated skin. Facial peels work on two levels, first removing the outer layer of dead skin cells to reveal fresh new skin, then penetrating deeply to prompt collagen production. This transforms skin at a cellular level and leaves your skin smooth and glowing. Skin will be sensitive after a facial peel, so it is important to limit sun exposure during the peeling period and apply adequate sunscreen. For optimal results, facial peels can be performed every three to four months, so three to four peels per year. Chemical peels can also be performed on the neck and hands. Microneedling If you are looking to tighten your skin, reduce wrinkles and shrink your pores, you can expect ultimate results with microneedling. During a microneedling treatment, multiple tiny, sterile needles are used, creating controlled micro-injuries—puncturing the skin and causing physical trauma. This increases the production of collagen (an essential protein that helps keep the skin looking youthful with a smooth and supple texture) and additional healing factors, prompting a deeper layer of skin, the derma, to rebuild. This method can help with various skin issues including wrinkles, scarring, acne, alopecia, skin pigmentation issues, stretch marks, rosacea and loose skin.



Results from microneedling are accelerated when your own platelet-rich plasma is used in conjunction with microneedling. For this process, a small amount of your blood is drawn, and the whole blood is separated from the platelet-rich plasma (PRP)—which is rich in stem cells and growth factors. The platelet-rich plasma is rubbed on the surface of your face while microneedling and travels down the small channels that are created with microneedling. Once it reaches the dermis, it works to generate new collagen and elastin. Microneedling can be repeated safely every four to six weeks until you achieve the results you desire. Dermal Fillers Injectable hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are a kind of temporary dermal filler or soft tissue filler used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, facial folds, and to create structure and improve the volume of the face and lips. HA is found naturally throughout the body; the highest levels found in the joints, eyes and skin. Hyaluronic acid attracts water in the skin, allowing the skin to become more hydrated and elastic. Often recommended for first-time patients, hyaluronic acid fillers tend to be the most temporary option, lasting anywhere from six to 18 months. Many patients claim that they see results almost immediately, though filler can take up to two weeks to fully settle. If you’re looking to not only feel your best but look your best, there’s no time like the present. It is important to only seek treatments from a licensed and trained professional. Consult with a specialist to ensure you achieve the results you desire. As with any form of treatment, there can be side effects and/or complications, so be sure to ask questions prior to any treatment/procedure.


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No matter our age, we all desire that youthful glow.




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to love themselves and love their skin within is the mission of Sarah Hamilton, owner of Sarah Hamilton FACE, and her staff. With over 15 years experience as a cosmetic, aesthetic registered nurse specializing in Botox and dermal fillers, Sarah has a unique ability to connect with her patients. Her advanced degree in clinical nutrition coupled with a passion for wellness is indicative of the holistic approach she takes when it comes to working with her clients. As one ages, we may not feel old on the inside, but we notice the outward signs are definitely beginning to show. At Sarah Hamilton FACE they understand that each person’s skin is different and unique, requiring an educated approach to what will work best for that individual. FACE is in the top 5 percent in the country in Botox and Juvederm injections, which lends them to be one of the most experienced cosmetic injectable practices in the area. They are known for their natural-looking, undetectable approach to injectables, leaving their clients looking and feeling confident in their own skin. Sarah is a national trainer for Botox and fillers, training doctors and nurses on the safest and most effective injectable treatments. Besides Botox and dermal fillers,

Sarah and her staff also provide treatments such as Kybella for fat loss, Fractional Halo resurfacing lasers, BBL or IPL Lasers, microneedling, acne treatments, PRP or platelet-rich plasma facials, platelet-rich plasma treatments, HydraFacials, hair restoration, laser hair removal and much more. They are continuing to grow and expand, and all of the products they use for their facial and injectable services have been named the safest, most effective and are FDA approved. When it comes to maintaining your beautiful skin, Sarah Hamilton FACE can help you keep your complexion brilliant. Their line of complex, medical-grade skin-care products, which include everything from corrective serums to hydrators and exfoliants, will ensure your skin will always feel fresh and rejuvenated. Working with Sarah at Sarah Hamilton FACE is her staff of seven and growing, including Aesthetic RN Ashley Stepp; Dr. Geoffrey Stiller, a board-certified cosmetic surgeon and FACE’s medical director; Master Aesthetician Niki Hart; Aesthetic Nurse Brittany Rayson; Jessica Cuevas, who serves as office manager; and Calico Svendsen and Nikki Calkins, the patient coordinators. Together they have worked to build lasting and trusted relationships with their clients. Intrigued? Find out more by scheduling a consultation. Your skin will thank you for it!

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Enjoy the outdoor recreation local ski mountains have to offer all summer long BY COLIN ANDERSON






ummer weekends tend to fill up quickly. Between vacations and weddings, outdoor projects and keeping the kids occupied, it always seems to go by too fast. You want to take that backcountry hike but aren’t quite sure you can commit an entire weekend to the adventure. It’d be fun to bring the kids along, but are they ready for a long weekend deep in the woods? There is an outdoor adventure for just about every age and skill level in our area, and some of the most obvious places to start are sometimes overlooked. Skiers and riders are familiar with the incredible mountain slopes we have, all within a short drive of each other. What you might not know is that many of these ski hills offer some of the best and most easily accessible outdoor recreation opportunities around, not just in winter but during the warm summer months as well. As you ponder ways to get out and enjoy the outdoors this summer, take a peek at what’s available at your local ski hills.


Schweitzer Mountain in Sandpoint continues to bustle all summer long as if the snow never left. The on-property hotel rooms and condos are all available to rent, and the retail and restaurants are open for shoppers and diners alike. With 40 miles of mixed-use trails, the summer trail map is nearly as extensive as winter. There are hike-only trails, hike and bike trails, and downhill biking-only trails. The resort’s trail system also connects with those maintained by the Selkirk Recreation District. The Great Escape Chairlift transports guests to the peak to go out and explore or just enjoy a tasty lunch or beverage at the Sky House. Back in the village, kids will find an array of fun activities and an ‘Ultimate Fun Pass’ includes unlimited chairlift rides, zip line, climbing wall and trampoline jumper, as well as a bag of jewels for the sluice box.


The drive up to Lookout allows you to straddle two states and two time zones in the same trip. While the lifts don’t operate in the summer, Lookout Pass is home base for one of the most scenic bike rides you’ll ever be on. Ride the Hiawatha runs from the end of May through mid to late September. The trail is an old Milwaukee railroad grade that’s now paved and packed gravel, which creates a silky smooth ride down the mountain side. The 15-mile ride from East Portal to Pearson is almost all downhill or flat ground, perfect for young riders and those who like to keep the pace slow. As you cruise down the trail you’ll cross over several old railroad tresses and through multiple tunnels—including the 1.66-mile long St. Paul Pass Tunnel. Trail passes are available at the Lodge as well as bike rentals. Here you can also arrange shuttle service depending on where you would like to begin and end your ride.


While the water park alone might be enough to draw summer visitors to Silver Mountain in Kellogg, you’d be missing out if you didn’t head up the mountain as well. The Gondola operates all summer long, offering stunning views of the Silver Valley on your way up the mountain. A full scale Mountain Bike park awaits avid riders. You can watch some of the fastest downhill riders around during the Northwest Cup, June 22 through 24.

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Experience mountain adventures year-round.

Silver MOuntain 6,297 FT

Mt. Spokane 5,886 FT

The nine-hole Galena Ridge Golf Course is uniquely situated mountainside and includes dramatic elevation changes. You are likely to see birds and deer, and possibly elk and moose, during your round. Silver Mountain also hosts an annual Brewfest at the top of the mountain each August. Regional breweries and cideries stake their claim on top of the mountain, and you’re able to enjoy the spectacular views with a few brews and live music as well. Where else can you mountain bike, golf, and surf and splash all in the same day?


Within the last few years, Mt. Spokane has added a new lift and terrain, as well as great expanded seating in its lodges. If you’re looking for a unique wedding venue, you’ve definitely found it. The lodges can also be rented out for other special occasions throughout the summer. The adjacent Mt. Spokane State Park offers all kinds of summer recreation. There are nearly 14,000 acres to explore, all of which are open to hikers. You’ll find abundant wildlife and photo opportunities, and if you reach the summit on a clear day, you can view Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Steptoe Butte to the south, and the foothills of Glacier National Park and the Cabinet Mountains in Montana. Prefer not to hike? The summit road is drivable and usually opens up 90


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in mid-June. The road takes you all the way to the top of the mountain where you can picnic at the Vista House, which is also open all summer. You can camp at Bald Knob campground or, if you’re lucky, score a reservation to stay the night inside the old Quartz Mountain Fire Lookout.


At 49° North, summer is kind of a ‘choose your own adventure.’ While the lifts do not operate, everyone is welcome to explore the entirety of the mountain. Mountain bikers utilize the service roads that cut through the west, central and east basins in order to access all kinds of varying terrain. Those not on bikes can hike their favorite trails or create their own. Most of the snow is melted off by early July, but you will still find some stashes in the heavily shaded areas. There’s nothing quite like a pile of snow to jump into during a sweaty hike; nature’s perfect refresher. As you hike, keep an eye out on Chewelah Peak for the Northwest’s favorite berry. Best times for picking huckleberries are in the dog days of summer, usually most of July and into early August. Those who simply cannot put the skis away can also hike and ride the remaining snow even after the April closing. Packed snow can sometimes last into June, allowing you to take in some summer skiing.


WARNING: Polaris® off-road vehicles can be hazardous to operate and are not intended for on-road use. Driver must be at least 16 years old with a valid driver’s license to operate. Passengers, if permitted, must be at least 12 years old. All riders should always wear helmets, eye protection and protective clothing. Always use seat belts and cab nets or doors (as equipped). Never engage in stunt driving, and avoid excessive speeds and sharp turns. Riding and alcohol/drugs don’t mix. All riders should take a safety training course. Call 800-342-3764 for additional information. Check local laws before riding on trails. ©2019 Polaris Industries Inc.


Sandpoint Marine and Motorsports is your leading dealer for Polaris ATVs, UTVs & Snowmobiles along with our new line of Crest Pontoon Boats & Mercury Engines. Please visit our Sandpoint Boat and RV rental website for all your outdoor rental needs. We have Wake / Ski Boats & Pontoon Boats, Jet Skis/ PWCs / Kayaks and our brand new fleet of 28-foot Travel Trailers by Starcraft. 195 N. Triangle Dr., Ponderay, ID 83852 | PH: 208-263-1535 NORTHWESTSIZZLE.COM







hen Zach and Hannah Vollmer were presented with the opportunity to purchase the Alpine Shop in Sandpoint, they knew they could not pass it up. For the previous two years, Zach had worked as general manager for both Alpine Shop locations—one in Downtown Sandpoint and the other in Schweitzer Village—and already knew the business thoroughly. And besides, working side by side was something the couple had long talked about. “We have always wanted to work together and own our own business,” says Hannah. “Owning and operating the Alpine Shop not only allows us to do this but also utilizes our strengths. Above all it allows us to be a part of the Sandpoint community, which we love.” The Alpine Shop has been a staple in Sandpoint for more than 50 years. Both Zach and Hannah are grateful to previous owners for building such a great foundation upon which they can continue to expand to serve locals and tourists alike. Since purchasing the business in early summer of 2018, Zach and Hannah already have regular customers from Sandpoint and beyond, who they now call friends. With a mission to provide superior customer service, Zach and Hannah look forward to doing all they can to maximize their customers’ experience when it comes to both shopping and embarking on adventure. The couple has more than 20 years combined experience as sales reps, buyers and managers for various outdoor industry companies and also have a passion for outdoor adventure themselves. “Our professional experience and participation in outdoor recreation makes us a great resource for our customers,” says Zach. When you walk into both of the Alpine Shop locations, you will experience a welcoming atmosphere with staff that is eager to assist you with whatever you need. As a year-round outdoor adventure store, the Alpine Shop provides all you need to experience summer adventures including paddleboards, kayaks, water skis, wake surfers, tubes and more. “We are proud to carry premier watersports brands, including BOTE paddleboards, Hobie kayaks, wakeboards and wakesurfers from Liquid Force, Ronix and Hyperlite. We also have a great selection of water skis from Radar, HO and, new for us this year, Connelly,” says Zach. They also have an incredible assortment of water toys and tow-ables for kids and adults of all ages! Any way you want to enjoy beautiful Lake Pend Oreille, they have a knowledgeable staff and the equipment to outfit you for your adventure. The shop also has a great selection of lifestyle apparel and accessory brands to keep you looking and feeling good! Everything from technical outdoor apparel from The North Face and Arc’teryx, to cute summer dresses and bathing suits from Carve Designs, Billabong and O’Neill. Need a new pair of summer shades? Check out their assortment of Oakley and Smith sunglasses. They also carry fun accessories such as Yeti coolers and wine glasses and a lot of logo wear with which to remember your summer adventure! Stop by and visit and see all the Alpine Shop has to offer. I promise you won’t leave empty handed!

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Summer 2019 Cuisine options continue to flourish 94


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rom Sandpoint, Idaho, to Spokane, Washington, and beyond, the beauty and outdoor recreation the area has to offer yearround is complemented by the arts, entertainment and … an unmatched, distinctive dining scene—sure to impress.

The Inland Northwest has a bounty of restaurants. Yes, you will find those chain restaurants that can be found no matter where you go, but with hundreds of locally owned, one-of-a-kind dining establishments, locals and visitors alike are sure to find everything from the comforts of home to unexplored flavors you would only expect to find halfway around the world. American, Chinese, Cajun and French to Italian, Indian, Mediterranean and distinct Northwest options trout, huckleberries, wild game and grains—the options are endless. With a variety of waterfront dining locations—think lakes, rivers and waterfalls— summertime is the ideal time of year to grab a window seat or outdoor spot on a restaurant patio, enjoy the warm air and sunshine paired with a casual or upscale dining experience. During these warmer months, farmers markets can be found throughout the area, offering the freshest in produce along with artisan foods, which more and more local restaurants are taking advantage of and utilizing in their menu offerings. With the coast only a drive away, you will find a bounty of fresh fish on nearly every restaurant menu. With dozens of wineries, breweries, distilleries and cider houses scattered across the region, chefs are taking full advantage, offering drink menus featuring these local products as well as specialty dinners, each course paired with wine, beer, cider or spirits. Whether you’re looking for a taste of big-city dining or that casual hometown feel, you’ll find what you’re looking for. For those blessed to call this area home, and for those who are just visiting for a while, the splendid scenery and generous hospitality, combined with one-of-a-kind dining experiences, is truly matchless. Bon appétit! NORTHWESTSIZZLE.COM





girl, a small Idaho town and potato vodka. That’s how the story begins. Fast forward to today, and Party Animal Vodka is taking Idaho by storm, one bottle at a time. Katherine Cullen is the woman behind Party Animal Vodka. Founded in 2017 and officially bottled in 2018, Katherine, along with fiancé and co-founder Joshua Hanson, launched the company in Idaho in April 2018 when bottles officially began hitting shelves. “I really wanted to drink a brand of vodka that had a story behind it that I could not only relate to but also stood for a just cause,” recalls Katherine. “I wanted a brand that related to me no matter if I was planning on staying in and having friends over or out at the bar taking shooters with all the other ‘party animals.’ Then it clicked. I began a quest to create a vodka that contained three simple factors: quality, philanthropy and a brand that relates to a live-in-the-moment lifestyle.” Today, more than ever, consumers care about the products they use and consume. Party Animal Vodka provides an extremely high-quality product at a reasonable price. “Our product also uses its name to relate to the consumer, as well as symbolize the philanthropy,” says Katherine. “The Party



Animal brand name and culture is synonymous with giving back to animals.” Traditionally, vodka was made from potatoes, but today, most are made from corn, grain or wheat. Party Animal Vodka is distilled in Idaho from locally sourced famous Idaho russet potatoes. “We like to say we are ‘getting back to the roots,’” smiles Katherine. There are no added sugars, preservatives or flavors in their product, and it is low calorie and low carbohydrates. She adds, “Our vodka is distilled once; done right the first time.” By sourcing and producing their product in Idaho, Party Animal Vodka is supporting the local economy, from the local potato farmer to creating jobs at the distillery and in the sales force. “Idaho potatoes and our Idaho distillery are what make our vodka so great, so why outsource?” says Katherine. “Keeping it local keeps the quality high and the revenue and jobs local. And last but not least, a portion of every bottle sold in Idaho gives back to Idaho wildlife conservation and local animal shelters.” In addition, the distillery is eco-friendly and

utilizes wind power. They also recycle waste water and use their by-product for livestock feed. When it comes to the success that Katherine and Joshua have found with Party Animal Vodka, they credit it to hard work, dedication and determination—and their customers. “Our market is flooded with various brands and options for consumers, however, being able to show people why our product is superior through sampling, communication and effective marketing has provided immense success.” Party Animal Vodka is starting to make an appearance in select restaurants throughout Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Hayden and Sandpoint including: Corner Bar, Capones Bar and Grill, The Moose, Rusty’s and Sandpoint’s historic 219 Lounge. If you are looking for a superior product Idaho grown, look no further than Party Animal Vodka.


A CONSCIENCE Party Animal Vodka Ketchum, Idaho 151 4th St. W. Unit 4833 f PartyAnimalVodka







ummer, fall, winter and spring. No matter the time of year, one can’t argue that anyone who is able to take in even just a minute of the Idaho Panhandle is blessed. The lakes, rivers and mountains truly make it an unmatched destination, no matter the season. Home to Sandpoint, Hayden, Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and a sprinkling of other small towns, locals and visitors alike will be treated to outdoor adventures and entertainment, with an unbelievable dining scene to top it all off. A world of flavors abounds with everything from coffee cafes and pub and grills, Asian and sushi to authentic Italian, inventive modern cuisine and more! Whether you’re looking for a casual experience or fine dining, North Idaho has it all! Multiple breweries and wineries can be found throughout the area, with distinct flavors that can complement any meal. Crossing the Long Bridge into Sandpoint, you will discover this quaint town offering a great dining

scene! Incredible fare can be found throughout the city, with several waterfront restaurant destinations. From Northwest fresh and sushi to Mexican and pizza, the delicious tastes don’t stop there. An awardwinning winery and brewery call Sandpoint home as well. Heading south to Hayden and Coeur d’Alene, both of these lake towns have a variety of restaurants to suit any taste and budget. With new restaurants opening their doors to enthusiastic diners eager to try the newest offerings in town, there’s no shortage of great places to dine. Heading west toward Spokane brings you to Post Falls. The restaurant scene here is made up of long-standing staples mixed with new favorites. A short drive north takes you to Rathdrum and Spirit Lake, where you can find some of the best upscale pub fare, along with burgers and Mexican cuisine. You won’t want to miss a taste of what North Idaho is dishing out.

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hen you walk into Forty-One South, you instantly feel the warm and friendly atmosphere. The restaurant sits on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille and offers incredible views, delicious American cuisine and a true North Idaho feel with its rustic beamed ceilings and real wood-burning fireplace. In the summer, you can enjoy outside dining from their spacious patio area, and no matter what time of year, there is no better place from which to take in the incredible sunsets over the mountains and water.



While all this may lead one to think that an evening at FortyOne South is only for that romantic night out or certain special occasions, the truth is that it is a favorite of many families as well. With a children’s menu that will appeal to the younger members of the family, Forty-One South’s innovative cuisine offers both unique and traditional food choices including their popular Stone Harbor crab bisque, warm goat cheese appetizer, smoked filet mignon, wild sockeye salmon, as well as pasta, just to name a few. And for those who love to enjoy some comfort food on occasion, you cannot pass up the “Lakeshore” burger or the buffalo meatloaf. Their exquisite food preparation coupled with the ambiance of Forty-One South makes it an experience that has both locals and tourists returning again and again. They have a full bar as well as a bar menu for those wanting to stop in for a cocktail and appetizer or light meal. With a menu that changes with the seasons, Forty-One South is not only the perfect place to enjoy a memorable night out, but they also host many special events throughout the year. Their monthly wine dinners throughout the winter season are especially popular. Guests enjoy a five-course dinner accompanied by a hearty wine to complement each course. Featuring a different winery every month, the wine dinners are always a sellout, so reservations are required. If you are looking to host a celebration, Forty-One South also provides in-house and off-site catering for small and large groups including weddings, birthdays, business meetings and holiday parties. They also have a private dining room available. Cassandra Cayson has owned Forty-One South for nearly a decade and has earned a reputation for providing not only excellent food and spirits but also exceptional service as well. With the success of Forty-One South, it was no surprise when Cassandra opened a second restaurant in 2012, Shoga Sushi Bar, right next door to Forty-One South. Offering customers an alternative option, the menu at Shoga offers a variety of nigiri, sashimi and specialty rolls as well as many Asian-inspired entrees such as the chicken teriyaki or beef and broccoli. Cassandra and her staff pride themselves on building relationships with the locals and tourists alike. The chefs use only the freshest ingredients and source them from as many local sustainable farms as possible. Both restaurants focus on accommodating each guest’s tastes and preferences above all. Hours do vary by season, so it is recommended to call ahead.

Forty-One South Sagle 41 Lakeshore Dr 208.265.2000

Shoga Sushi Bar Sagle 41 Lakeshore Dr 208.265.2001



Offering an

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taste of something local. That is what you will experience when you visit Trinity at City Beach in Sandpoint. For the past 11 years, Trinity at City Beach, owned by Justin and Shaunavee Dick, has been one of the premier restaurants in the community offering a variety of timeless food, a beautiful view and superior customer service. Located inside the Best Western Edgewater Hotel, Trinity at City Beach is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the exception of Christmas day. And when tourist season is over, Trinity is still thriving with locals and numerous community events. With a menu driven by their loyal customers, Trinity at City Beach is a place in tune with not only its customers but local purveyors as well, working with several local farmers to procure fresh lettuce, vegetables and more. Supporting the local economy is important to Justin, which is why he also offers wine from local wineries including Pend d’Oreille Winery and Small House Winery, as well as beer from Laughing Dog Brewery and MickDuffs, coffee from Evans Brothers Coffee and



spirits from Mill Town Distillery. Trinity at City Beach offers timeless and consistent food while still changing it up with the seasons. The menu at Trinity at City Beach is not only full of variety and consistently delicious, but it is also accommodating to special diets including those who suffer from allergies, are gluten free, vegetarian or vegan. In addition to a wide selection of wine and craft beer, Trinity at City Beach also offers a full bar. They often partner with local wineries to host wine dinners, pairing fine wine with each course of one’s meal—just one of many special events hosted by Trinity at City Beach throughout the year. While it is clear that Justin and his staff are great supporters of the local economy with their choice of local purveyors, they also open their hearts and donate much back to the community they call home. As the most communityactive restaurant in Sandpoint over the last decade, Trinity at City Beach has worked with and supported every major nonprofit throughout the Sandpoint area. In recognition of Trinity at City Beach’s commitment

to community, in 2018 they were named the Outstanding Philanthropic Company for North Idaho by the Idaho NonProfit Center, recognizing them as an outstanding company that demonstrates a strong commitment to leadership in philanthropy and brings philanthropic work to the core of its mission. “We are truly honored to receive this award,” said Justin, who considers it a privilege to work in such a wonderful community and is grateful to all who have supported him throughout the years. “We have an eclectic Inland Northwest cuisine among Sandpoint, Coeur d’Alene and Spokane,” he says, adding that customer service, fine cuisine and music are all intertwined to create a one-of-a-kind experience. “Food is only one part of a restaurant experience.” Trinity at City Beach is open Sunday through Thursday from 7:30am to 9pm and Friday and Saturday from 7:30am to 10pm. Enjoy the live musical entertainment each Thursday through Sunday during the summer months.

Trinity At City Beach Sandpoint 58 Bridge St. 208.255.7558 NORTHWESTSIZZLE.COM


serving you 7 days a week at two locations! wild salmon * smoked ribs * hand-cut Steaks

OPEN 7 days a week * family friendly Sweet lou’s restaurant & BaR Ponderay, Idaho 208.263.1381 Next to Holiday Inn Express

- sweet Lou sayS -

Come hungry, Stay late, Eat well!

Sweet lou’s restaurant & tap house 601 fRONT AVe. 208.667.1170 DOWNTOWN COEUR D’ALENe

SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN 166 Village Lane, Ste. 1A, Sandpoint, ID | | 208.255.5645



Hayden Lake’s Gathering Place — BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —



pened in 2003 in Hayden Lake, Idaho, by John Grollmus and Brad Fosseen—the duo behind Moon Time in Coeur d’Alene— the Porch Public House offers diners exceptional food, brews, cocktails and service, all complemented by a beautiful golfcourse view. It’s the perfect setting to dine and imbibe with friends, family or co-workers any time of year no matter what the occasion. With Moon Time being a neighborhood favorite for Coeur d’Alene diners since 1996, John and Brad decided to bring a similar concept to the Hayden community. The Porch features many similar menu items to Moon Time, with some that are distinct to its locale. From the delicious sandwiches, salads and soups to scratch-made specials, you’ll be treated to great food at even better prices. In addition to the selection of great regional brews and wines, The Porch offers a full bar and the area’s finest cocktails to accompany your meal. Whether you choose to dine in the comfortable pub-style dining room or enjoy the view from their outdoor dining area, you’ll feel like you’re at home. At The Porch, the values are consistent with those implemented at Moon Time. The owners and staff have a relationship built on mutual respect and

friendship. “We value each employee personally, not just taking the time to say thanks every day, but also to know about their families, friends and significant others, and ask questions to know what is happening in their personal lives,” says John. With all of the success these friends and business partners have secured in the restaurant business, Brad says what makes him truly proud is that guests keep coming back and have become friends, and he has a staff who sees to it. Every neighborhood should be so lucky, and thanks to John and Brad, Hayden Lake is one lucky place.

The Porch Public House Hayden Lake 1658 E. Miles Ave. 208.772.7711 NORTHWESTSIZZLE.COM



IT’S W HERE T HE LO C A L S G O . WeD ontHav eOne.c o m The Porch Public House 1658 E. Miles Ave. Hayden, Idaho

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Moon Time 1602 E. Sherman Ave. #116 Coeur d’Alene, Idaho






ou can’t help but notice all of the gastropubs and public houses that have been popping up all around North Idaho the past few years, yet, there is one that started it all back in 1996 right here in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. And it has stood the test of time. Any local will tell you Moon Time is a very casual, comfortable place to hang out. It’s like its own community. There are customers who have been going there for more than 20 years who are still seeing the same staff who has been working there nearly or just as long. Friends and owners John Grollmus and Brad Fosseen have seen to it, since day one, that Moon Time gives their guests consistency. Offering great food at a reasonable price, paired with excellent service and a familiar face, has always been their goal. Guests get what they have come to expect. The menu, from the start, has featured unique and upscale pub food bringing a variety of items from many different cultures together, paired with a carefully selected 19 beer handles and a wide variety of wines, all chosen to complement the food. John and Brad care about the success of their restaurants, but even more importantly, they care about their employees. They are not blind to the realities of life, and it is important to them to take care of those who work for them. That is just one reason they try to pay better than any other restaurant in the area. “I think it’s important that both Brad and myself spent our whole lives working in restaurants. That experience helps us to make the kinds of decisions which employees appreciate as they come from a perspective which understands the employee,” says John. When in Coeur d’Alene and looking for a great neighborhood pub, pull up a chair at Moon Time, where the staff is ready to serve you the best!

Moon Time East Coeur d’Alene 1602 E. Sherman Ave. #116 208.667.2331 NORTHWESTSIZZLE.COM



This is the place for the freshest fish in town


Fresh food in a beautiful place!

FROM FRESH SEAFOOD AND FISH for sale to entrees and sushi, Fisherman’s Market, Grill and Sushi has it all! This is the only place in Coeur d’Alene where you can sit down, enjoy a fresh seafood meal with a cold beer or glass of wine, and then bring home the freshest seafood and prepare it at home for yourself or a dinner party later! A huge glass cooler displays the wide selection of wild-caught fish, shellfish and in-house smoked fish, with fresh fish overnighted from Hawaii. Restaurant menu items feature fresh catches, and among the most popular are fish tacos and the crowdpleasing coconut-crusted snapper special. From calamari and eel to salmon, tuna and shellfish, Fisherman’s Market has it all. A full sushi bar has drawn fans from around North Idaho offering a quick sushi lunch. The menu has all the regular favorites and a few addicting local creations such as the North Idaho roll—containing salmon, green onion, avocado and cucumber. Not only can you enjoy sushi in the restaurant, but you can call ahead and have them build a custom platter to take home as well! Shop, dine and take out, all at Fisherman’s Market.

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Menu Highlights OYSTER OR CATFISH PO’ BOY Lettuce, tomato, red onion and Cajun mayo served on a hoagie roll FRESH CRAB SANDWICH Fresh dungeness crab, lettuce, egg and Louis sauce served on a hoagie roll FISH AND CHIPS Choices include Alaskan cod, mahimahi, wild salmon, catfish, Alaskan halibut, black tiger shrimp, small oysters, clam strips or calamari strips, served with traditional coleslaw and your choice of two tartars POKI TUNA Raw ahi and julienne vegetables tossed in a spicy Asian dressing 1 LB. STEAMER Manila clams, beer, butter and choice of garlic or Cajun spices TASTE OF BAJA Fish or shrimp taco plate with two tacos topped with shredded cabbage, cilantro, salsa, cotija and jalapeño cream, served with rice and beans

Fisherman’s Market North Coeur d’Alene 215 W. Kathleen Ave. 208.664.4800





Dining Destinations C O E U R D ’A L E N E I S H O M E T O L O CA L FAVO R I T E S SY R I N G A A N D B L U E B I R D — BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —




yringa Japanese Café and Sushi Bar has been satisfying locals since 2007, and since day one, owners Viljo and Autumn Basso have been serving guests the best sushi and modern Japanese cuisine North Idaho has to offer! High-quality, fresh ingredients and wonderful flavors are used in each dish they serve. With a flare for originality and excellence, this quaint little restaurant has set itself apart from the rest. “We feel so blessed to be a part of this amazing community,” says Autumn. “We are fortunate to have a crew that is passionate about great service and providing our customer with a quality product.” In January of this year, Syringa moved locations to make its new home in a bigger venue just up the street from their former location (in the former Bistro On Spruce location). Even with the change, Autumn says they are still the same local neighborhood restaurant with the same friendly faces. The new location offers guests ample parking, has more seating and a private banquet room. They will continue to host beer and winemaker dinners (at both Syringa and The Bluebird), and customers can keep up with upcoming events on their Facebook and Instagram page. Down the street from Syringa is where you will find The Bluebird, a midtown eatery, which the husband-and-wife team opened in 2016. It quickly gained a large following that continues to grow. In their endeavor, Viljo and Autumn have delivered a casual neighborhood bistro-style restaurant offering a cozy rustic interior, with reclaimed warm rustic wood and metal, and vintage photographs decorating the walls. The Bluebird is an eclectic Northwest bistro—the menu inspired by the couple’s 20plus years of culinary travels and adventures. Seasonal as much as possible, the menu items change frequently with specials offered weekly, allowing diners to try something new each time they visit. To accompany the deliciously unique menu, The Bluebird has an outstanding wine list offering incredible selections from all over the world. In addition to the wine, they have a great selection of beer, ciders and sours. The Bluebird has found its home in Coeur d’Alene’s midtown, and the neighborhood couldn’t be happier. “Our goal was to open the kind of restaurant we like to dine at and bring more dining variety to Coeur d’Alene,” says Autumn. And guests continue to eat it up. When it comes to what makes both Syringa and The Bluebird distinct, Viljo says, “At each place, we’ve had the ability to create a friendly local neighborhood vibe. The food is unique, the customers are unique and the employees are unique.” Whether you take a seat at Syringa or The Bluebird, Viljo, Autumn and their staff are ready to serve you and help create a memorable—and delicious—dining experience.

Syringa Japanese Café & Sushi Bar Coeur d’Alene 1710 N. Fourth St. 208.664.2718

The Bluebird Midtown Coeur d’Alene 816 N. Fourth St. 208.665.3777



LIFE NEVER TASTED BETTER Sample the gourmet lifestyle


Culinary Stone



ith the hustle and bustle of life, it is important not to forget to slow down and take time to appreciate those around us. Enjoy your family and friends by gathering for a meal, spending uninterrupted time conversing and connecting. This is the humble—yet essential—foundation that The Culinary Stone was built on: getting people back to the table. In 2014, Brad and Sandra Gunn partnered with Sandy Volkar and introduced their culinary lifestyle marketplace to the Coeur d’Alene community. Here they invite you to come to the table, inspire you to cook and share a meal with those most important to you. “Eating together, and eating well, should be a daily activity—not just for special occasions,” says Sandra. The largest kitchen supply store in the area, discover specialty foods, cheese and Italian meats, and wines from around the region— and world—in the 5,500-square-foot space. Explore new flavor combinations at the Spice Bar or be introduced to nouveau Coeur d’Alene Olive Oil Co. olive oils.



Stop by their neighborhood boutique deli for artisan deli meats and cheeses, and homemade sausages, and don’t forget about their café featuring artisan breads, European pastries and cakes. Stop by the deli any time of day, take a seat and enjoy great food. Try their delicious gourmet sandwiches, salads and homemade soups—all made to order! In addition, The Culinary Stone has everything you need to outfit your kitchen with the greatest in unique and handy kitchen gadgets, cutlery and dinnerware, pots and pans and cookbooks, perfect for the home chef and entertaining company. Each week, area chefs invite you to pull up a seat and learn to create new delicious meals that you can share with others, all while engaging with new friends. They also hold weekly wine tastings, so you can explore new wines to pair with your meals at home. Enjoy an experience you won’t find anywhere else … at The Culinary Stone.

The Culinary Stone Coeur d’Alene at Riverstone 2129 Main St. 208.277.4116

come for the view, savor the experience

NOW OPEN FOR SUMMER 6823 E. Coeur d’Alene Lake Dr., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho




One-of-a-Kind Dining





he Greenbriar Inn opened its doors back in 1985 in a beautiful historic 1908 building just a few blocks from Downtown Coeur d’Alene. For more than three decades, owners Bob and Kris McIlvenna have welcomed their guests into their warm and inviting inn offering seven suites, each with its own distinct look mixed with antique and replica furnishings.

Today, the 111-year-old inn greets you with its simplicity and elegance the moment you walk through the door. Take a seat at the stylish bar and order from the modestly priced wine list, dine at a table near one of the two fireplaces or outdoors on the extensive deck or patio. To add to the ambiance, live soft music plays every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evening.

There are many antiques mixed with more modern comforts, providing guests a cozy and eclectic atmosphere. “We have strived to remain as true to its original structure as possible, with a nod to modern conveniences,” says Kris.

The restaurant sits on the main floor, featuring a flavorful and diverse menu of starters, tapas and entrées. In addition, you can choose from a selection of handcrafted martinis and cocktails, beer and wine, and nonalcoholic beverages and cocktails.

What started as a bed and breakfast added catering to the mix in 1986. Greenbriar Catering is the largest independent caterer in North Idaho, also catering to Eastern Washington, and has won many awards over the years. Greenbriar has gone through three major remodels, the most recent being the 315 Restaurant, which Bob and Kris opened in 2008 with a martini and tapas bar.

Find more small-plate options than ever at prices as low as $3 per plate. And when it comes to their handcrafted cocktail selection, they offer specials weekly, and you can be assured that their awardwinning bar and bartenders will be doing something special.


If you are looking for someone to cater your special event on-


With its garden setting just steps from downtown, whether you’re a local or visitor to the area, this is a unique place to gather with friends or family.

site or off, The Greenbriar has you covered. They can cater up to 70 people indoors at their location (up to 150 during the summer months) or off site for parties up to 1,000! Choose from an extensive appetizer and dinner menu that includes many nationalities as well as barbecue. “We have a special nonprofit pricing package,” says Kris. “We also offer wedding events a special package on rooms at The Greenbriar, as well as special pricing for the wedding or the reception if we’re doing a rehearsal dinner or vice versa.” Call for an appointment or a phone consultation at 208.667.9660 ext.1. Ask for Kris or Danielle. With its garden setting just steps from downtown, whether you’re a local or visitor to the area, this is a unique place to gather with friends or family, as it is a 1908 Nationally Registered property with lots of charm, a great bar and restaurant. Looking for dinner and a romantic overnight stay? Look no further than the Greenbriar Inn.

Casual Fine Dining at the Greenbriar 315 Restaurant at The Greenbriar Inn Midtown Coeur d’Alene 315 Wallace Ave. 208.667.9660 NORTHWESTSIZZLE.COM


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t’s no coincidence that there are 52 cards in a deck of playing cards and there are 52 rotating taps featured at Riverbank Taphouse, the exciting new venue inside Northern Quest Resort & Casino. Saunter on in from the busy gaming floor and you’ll find a quiet, sophisticated and cozy oasis. Snack on some of Riverbank’s signature sweet and spicy popcorn as you peruse the extensive menu of beverages, including a rotating list of mouthwatering IPAs, lagers, ambers, ales and stouts. And if you’re having trouble deciding, pick a flight of four, and enjoy multiple 4-ounce. pours while you taste your way through the menu. Whether you’re a craft beer connoisseur or you’re new to the culture and want to learn more, the craft beer-certified staff enjoys sharing their knowledge and recommendations. “We take our job very seriously,” says Riverbank Taphouse Manager Tara Wiley. “We’re passionate about beer, and our main goal is to educate guests not only about the types of beer but about the artistry and talent that brewers dedicate to creating those craft beers. It’s a culture that we’re proud of, and we want to help spread our passion to others who want to learn more.”

Chef Frank Comito recommends you sample your way through the flavorful menu as well! Pair the popular ahi poke with a delicious IPA, or the over-sized charcuterie pretzel with a refreshing pale ale. The combinations of beer and shareables are endless, and that’s the way Comito likes it. “We had so much fun curating the menu at Riverbank Taphouse,” he says. “Every item we selected pairs well with a variety of beers, cocktails and spirits. We wanted to feature flavorful plates with the ability to share bites with friends. From our in-house pickled vegetables to a touch of togarashi spice, the menu appeals to foodies and those who just want to enjoy comfort foods with a twist.” Riverbank Taphouse also features unique craft cocktails, like the Rhubarb Shrub. The Shrub includes Hendrick’s Gin, rhubarb, fresh lime juice, apple cider vinegar, ginger liqueur, house-made simple syrup and fresh ginger. Or if high-end spirits are more your style, let their servers guide you through a variety of Irish or American whiskey flights. For those who don’t want to leave the gaming floor behind, Riverbank features bar-top gaming so you can play while you relax with your drink of choice.

So bring your friends and your sense of adventure to Riverbank Taphouse. Your toughest decision will be which delicious drinks and plates to try, and whether or not you want to share them or keep them all to yourself! Open daily at 3pm, follow Riverbank Taphouse on the Untappd app to get the most updated list of beers, ciders and wines on tap and deal yourself in on the craft beer culture.



R A T H D R U M ’ S

D I N I N G D E S T I N AT I O N Historic 132-year-old building home to upscale brewpub

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estwood Brewing in Rathdrum, Idaho, has been a destination place since they opened in 2017. They serve unique upscale pub fare paired with their own craft beers in a renovated historic building that was built in 1887.

Offering arched windows, rustic brickwork and stunning mountain views, the relaxed and casual family friendly restaurant is filled with living history, thanks to owners and brothers Spencer and Shaun Howell and their wives Danielle and Jenny, who took great pride in restoring the building while keeping its history alive.

Taco Tuesday offers $3 pub tacos and $3 margaritas all day! Each week, Wednesday Trivia starts at 7pm and Friday Karaoke starts at 9pm. Saturdays feature their prime rib dinner starting at 4pm, with live music filling the restaurant at 7pm. In addition, each month they feature new food and cocktail specials, so make sure to check them out. Its living history, signature dishes, craft beer and atmosphere have fast made Westwood Brewing Company a local favorite. If you haven’t had the chance to stop in, now’s the time. What are you waiting for?

While creating a relaxed and historic atmosphere to their brewpub, quality has always been at the forefront of each meal served. Not only are all meats smoked fresh in-house, but steaks and Alaskan sockeye salmon are cut fresh daily. The prime rib is certified Angus and the burgers are half-pound prime beef. From the hand-dipped haddock to scratch-made dressings, sauces and desserts, the quality is sure to satisfy. The food is complemented by 16 rotating drafts that include multiple options brewed in-house as well as other craft beers from around the Pacific Northwest. In addition to the enjoyable atmosphere, great food and drink, they offer events nearly every day of the week. If you’re looking to have a great time while enjoying some delicious food and cold brews, Westwood has you covered. Sports fans can enjoy the big game on 12 screens; guests can enjoy happy hour with deals on cold drinks and crowd-pleasing appetizers.

Westwood Brewing Co. Rathdrum, Idaho 8162 Main St. 208.712.3423 NORTHWESTSIZZLE.COM


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Sometimes it is easy to forget that the small, everyday decisions we make, like what we eat, can be the most important ones. At Chomper, we want to feed you and your family the best possible food we can get our hands on. We are actively making choices that will better your body and our community.

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For more than two decades, Raci Erdem, chef and owner, has been bringing the flavors of the Mediterranean—and its garlicky goodness—to eager diners, and guests continue to eat it up!

Raci looks forward to guests coming into the restaurant, not just for the food and drink, but to enjoy the overall experience. “Our job is to put you in a great mood with some cool music, delicious food and awesome drinks, all for a great value that you won’t find at any chain restaurant,” he says.

Serving the Post Falls community for 23 years, The White House Grill offers a comfortable and relaxed family friendly environment, where patrons of all ages are invited to take a seat at this fun and loud—but by no means obnoxious—restaurant. Mediterranean music fills the air, as does the aroma of garlic. Seafood, vegetables, pasta and lamb dishes fill the menu, complemented by a full bar featuring handcrafted cocktails, 12 beers on tap, an extensive wine list and a beautiful scotch list—hand selected by Raci himself.

Since day one, The White House Grill has offered the same freshness, quality of food, fun environment and good prices. And every year since first opening, the seats continue to be filled. Join them for lunch and dinner daily: Sunday through Thursday 11am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday 11am to 11pm. They welcome late-night diners any day of the week.


THE OVAL OFFICE With the success of The White House Grill, Raci decided it was time to open a second restaurant, and The Oval Office was born in 2006. The cozy, romantic bistro-style eatery is loud and busy, bustling like a big-city restaurant with an upscale appeal. Here, patrons can appreciate flavors from around the world with the small-plate and entrée offerings. The menu stays consistent throughout the year so guests know that the next time they return they will always find the same great food. Don’t be surprised though— you may just find a few new items on the menu. When it comes to libations, guests will be treated to a full bar featuring great beer, wine and specialty cocktails. Unlike other martini lists, it features politically inspired specialty martinis, from The President to The Impeachment. There’s something on the menu for anyone looking for a good martini—and a good time! The Oval Office is known for its happiest of happy hours in the Northwest, offered twice daily. With all martinis and appetizers offered at a fraction of the price, it’s the best time to head over to The Oval Office. The community fireplace on the large outside patio can seat 12 around it, where guests have the option to dine and imbibe outside. The European-style awning allows patio dining year-round! Open Monday through Friday 11am to 11pm and Saturday and Sunday 3 to 11pm, it’s the perfect spot for late-night dining any day of the week.

The Whitehouse Grill ​712 N. Spokane St. Post Falls, Idaho 208.777.9672

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hange continues to come fast and furious to the Lilac City. A face lift for iconic Riverfront Park, continued expansion of neighborhoods new and old, and businesses planting their roots deeper into the community. Spokane is a place for outdoor enthusiasts, artists, entrepreneurs and families. A downtown that not long ago featured dozens of vacant and distressed buildings continues to thrive with new small businesses, offices, restaurants and tasting rooms taking up residence. Instead of bulldozing these buildings, they are being restored, keeping the charm and history of downtown alive. Locals and newcomers alike are planting roots in Kendall Yards, the Perry District, Browne’s Addition and Wandermere; some of the many neighborhoods each with its own shopping, dining and drinking establishments. Locals remember when you could count the craft breweries in town on a single hand. Now you’ll need all your fingers and toes, as well as your neighbor’s, as the award-winning craft beer scene is one of the best upand-comers in the nation. Wineries from the famed central part of the

state are also taking up tasting room residence as Spokane’s demand for great wine continues to rise. For a city its size, the choices in dining are nearly limitless. Fresh seafood from the coast, grass-fed Washington beef, grains from the Palouse and greens from local farmers markets are all utilized by chefs who understand that fresh is of the utmost importance and supporting local farmers, ranchers and fishermen is a benefit to all. The Spokane Arena continues to host popular headliners in the likes of rock, pop and country, as does the recently expanded outdoor concert venue at Northern Quest Casino. Live music from local and regional touring acts can be found just about any night of the week in the many downtown music venues. Summer brings a bevy of activities from large-scale events like Bloomsday and Hoopfest to quiet hikes and bike rides in the state parks and trails, floats down the Spokane River, and golf, fishing, camping and just enjoying the summer sun. There’s a lot to do and only a few short summer months to do it, so get going!

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hether it is the food, atmosphere, service or just for doing good business, MAX at Mirabeau in Spokane Valley has repeatedly stood as a symbol of excellence.

Catering to diners since day one with its extraordinary breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, MAX at Mirabeau offers nothing less than awardwinning service year after year paired with an unforgettable experience that keeps bringing locals and visitors back for more. Looking for a spot to enjoy an informal lunch, drinks after a round of golf with friends or that once-a-year birthday or anniversary date night with the love of your life? MAX will cater to you. The entire staff strives for guest satisfaction, doing all in its power to offer up a memorable experience. MAX is known for its extensive offerings, with five menus featuring more than 100 menu items served 20 hours a day, all from scratch and created in-house. Everything is made from raw, fresh ingredients, allowing them to more easily accommodate guests’ dietary needs and preferences. MAX can tailor itself to any type of person who comes in the door.



Executive Chef/Food and Beverage Director, Shawn Matlock, and Chef de Cuisine, Michael Durbin, are serving up eclectic cuisine at MAX. Both bring an overabundance of commitment to create only the best product to serve each and every guest while developing the team from within. To keep the menu bright, Shawn, Michael and the rest of the MAX culinary team are constantly exploring new flavors and experimenting with new dishes and ingredients while perfecting existing menu items. Each dish is plated so that it is visually appealing before the guest ever tastes it. From recipe conception to plate presentation, the staff and management are passionate about the product they are presenting to the customer. The food is complemented by the libations, which have blossomed over time and include fresh new cocktails with their own housemade syrups. Happy hour at MAX sets itself above the rest! Offered daily from 3 to 6 pm and again from 9pm to close in the lounge and outdoors during the warmer months, guests are sure to satisfy their cravings with a great food and drink menu. In addition to happy hour, there is a special each day of the week: MAXed Out Monday, Tap Beer

MAX at Mirabeau Spokane Valley 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. 509.922.6252

Tuesday, Wine Wednesday (and Sunday), Ladies’ Night Thursday and Martini Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, don’t miss the chance to build your own Bloody Mary at the Inland Northwest’s Biggest Bloody Mary Bar from 9am to 2pm—also featuring mimosas galore! Every Friday and Saturday night, MAX offers live music featuring rockin’ blues from 9pm to close with no cover charge. And don’t forget to join them for their First Wednesday Wine Tastings that feature a different winery every month. Over the years, MAX has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Spokane Living’s Spokane Valley Best Restaurant of the Year, The Washington Restaurant Association’s Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year and the multiple Epicurean Delight Awards for various dishes through the years. What are you waiting for? It’s time to take it to the MAX.





ver the past four decades, Spokane has welcomed, and said its goodbyes, to dozens, if not hundreds, of restaurants. But during that time, there has been one locally owned, long-standing restaurant group that has stood the test of time—Spokane’s Landmark Restaurant Group. The company behind the Onion Taphouse and Grills and Frank’s Diners has been catering to locals and visitors alike since 1978, and they’re stronger and more successful than ever. Founded by Larry Brown, the downtown Onion Tavern made its debut in 1975. Three years later, Larry got a large loan from US Bank and did a beautiful remodel of the space. “That is when the official Onion Bar & Grill everyone knows today was born,” says Ken Belisle, president and managing partner of Landmark Restaurants. In 2018, The Onion Taphouse & Grill’s 40th anniversary in business was marked, but the original 1975 Onion menu still hangs in the restaurant today as a reminder of its humble tavern roots. With the success of The Onion downtown, it was time to add to their restaurant family. Built in 1982, The North Side’s Onion Taphouse and Grill has been a north side hangout for large parties and family



gatherings for 36 years. In 2015, the new Area 51 Taphouse in the lounge became an instant northside favorite. Less than a decade later, it was time for a new venture! In 1991, Downtown Spokane was treated to its third Landmark Restaurant— Frank’s Diner. “A lost ground lease in Seattle was Spokane’s gain, and Frank’s Diner railcar was introduced to Downtown Spokane in the fall of 1991,” says Ken. “This original, beautiful 1906 railcar in which Franks’ Diner is housed was actually the private railcar for the president and is as beautiful today as when it was first built.” In January 2004, a second Frank’s Diner began its restoration journey. In 2005, after $1 million and thousands of man hours, the 1916, 100-ton, 83-foot railcar from the coast was finally ready to make her debut and move to her new home in North Spokane. And the second Frank’s Diner opened in the summer of 2005 on Newport Highway. Forty years and four successful restaurants certainly seems like they have created a recipe to success. “We recognize the enormous obligation to keep finding ways to exceed our

guests’ expectations,” says Ken. “We know that to exceed our guests’ expectations means we must exceed our crews’ expectations first. My No. 1 goal is to be Spokane’s employer of choice. Only then can we truly wow our guests.” He adds, “Our guests’ desire for locally sourced, scratch-made food and craft beverage, prepared fresh when they order by people who love what they are doing, is our passion. We won’t rest until we’ve exceeded our crewmembers’ and every guest’s expectation.” The teams of Frank’s Diner and The Onion Taphouse know your time is valuable. When you join them for a meal, they are truly dedicated to make your experience one you will never forget. Serving Spokane the best for more than 40 years, take a seat at The Onion or Frank’s Diner, where Ken and his crew bring passion and experience to the table.



The Onion Taphouse and Grill Downtown 302 W. Riverside Ave. 509.747.3852

The Onion Taphouse and Grill North Side 7522 N. Division St. 509.483.3300

Frank’s Diner Downtown 1516 W. 2nd Ave. 509.747.8798

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FRESH TASTE Century-Old Steam Plant Revolutionizing your dining experience — BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —


hether it’s your first time stepping foot in the Steam Plant or you’ve been a patron for years, you are sure to be impressed by the warm welcome from the friendly staff, inventive cuisine, handcrafted brews and unforgettable atmosphere of the iconic and historic Steam Plant. On the main floor sits the Steam Plant Kitchen + Brewery, a restaurant unlike any you will find—anywhere! The space, which recently underwent an extensive renovation and beautification, captures the industrial feel of the space while offering a unique and memorable dining experience to each and every guest. The open design allows for guests to take in all the visuals the space has to offer, from the large murals to the original steam pipe lines. “The Steam Plant is a great dining location for everyone! Our unique atmosphere is a great place to bring out-of-town guests to show them a part of Spokane’s history,” says Kelli Campbell, Steam Plant sales director. “The Steam Plant is a museum.” The enlarged kitchen includes a wood-fired pizza oven, rotisserie, char-broiler and smoker.



The cuisine is eclectic Northwest and locally sourced. Popular menu items include the steelhead, pork chop and ribeye, with the summer menu featuring new house-smoked barbecue-inspired menu items. “Smoking a beef brisket, slow-cooking a chicken on the rotisserie … it all takes time and care and patience,” according to General Manager Jeff Cooney, adding that attention to detail—along with the restaurant’s location in the heart of Spokane’s entertainment and arts district—is why the Steam Plant Kitchen + Brewery has seen much success over the last year, along with their generous-pour signature cocktails and regional wine list. And don’t forget that the Steam Plant has also made a name for itself over the years with its craft brews created on-site, which allow beer lovers to choose from a variety of permanent taps and innovative seasonals. “There’s something special happening here at the Steam Plant,” says Executive Chef Paul Taylor. “During my almost 30 years in the industry, I’ve been a part of some truly great kitchens, but nothing is quite as unique as this space.”

The new rooftop event space is one of a kind, offering an indoor/outdoor experience and featuring two outdoor patios with extensive views of Downtown Spokane. It can accommodate parties up to 150, which makes it an ideal location for weddings, birthday and anniversary parties, corporate retreats and meetings, and more! In additional, the Steam Plant is a full-service location providing staff and an event coordinator to assist with all your planning needs. This is the place to host that special summer event. “The most rewarding part of the Steam Plant renovation is the overall increase of community awareness. We are frequently serving new guests who have never been inside the Steam Plant before,” says Kelli. “The Steam Plant is such a huge part of Spokane’s history, and we are honored to have the opportunity to share a piece of Spokane’s history with everyone!” Iconic building. Industrial ambience. Inventive cuisine. Find this and more at Spokane’s historic landmark, Steam Plant Kitchen + Brewery.

Steam Plant Kitchen + Brewery Downtown Spokane 159 S. Lincoln St. 509.777.3900



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his summer marks a decade in business for Laura and Seth Carey, the owners of Veraci Pizza. What started as a successful restaurant on wheels back in 2009, the husband-and-wife team found a permanent restaurant location in which to serve their delicious woodfired pizzas, and they opened their doors to Veraci Pizza in Spokane’s Kendall Yards neighborhood in 2014. And they’ve been satisfying diners ever since. “I think our commitment to keep it simple and build slowly has benefited us,” says Laura. “We have had multiple offers to try different things, or open additional restaurants, but we are committed to keeping things manageable, allowing us to have time to continue to build those employee and customer relationships which are so important to us.” On the menu, of course, are their wood-fired thin-crust pizzas, fired up in their one-of-a-

kind ovens. Hand built without a chimney, they provide a unique product you won’t find anywhere else. Guests can also choose from a selection of salads, appetizers, desserts, beer and wine, and, with the recent addition of a full bar, a variety of drinks.

Farmers Market every Tuesday, Coeur d’Alene’s Wednesday evening market, the Thursday Market in South Perry and the Liberty Lake Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. Veraci is also available to cater your summer event or wedding.

“Drinking an Aperol Spritz or the French 75 on the patio while enjoying the incredible view of Spokane and the river is a wonderful way to spend a warm summer evening,” smiles Laura.

Laura and Seth invite you dine with them at Veraci daily 11am to 9pm.

The Kendall Yards Night Market takes place right in front of the restaurant Wednesday evenings, 5 to 9pm, May through September. Stop by to shop local vendors, and when you’re done, be sure to stop in Veraci to enjoy a meal. Throughout the summer, you can find Veraci at area farmers markets with their mobile ovens, making their way to the Fairwood

Veraci Pizza Kendall Yards 1333 W. Summit Pkwy 509.389.0029






Here you will be treated like family, whether you’re an out-of-town guest dining in for the first time or one of their loyal customers for two decades.


ocated just west of Downtown Spokane in the heart of the historic Browne’s Addition neighborhood is where you will find one of the area’s true treasures—The Elk Public House. Consistently good food and atmosphere along with friendly service and menu items offered at a reasonable price—these are what appeal to everybody, no matter one’s age or financial status. And whether it’s your first date or 50th anniversary, The Elk will treat you to an experience that won’t soon be forgotten. This is what The Elk Public House has delivered year after year to their guests since opening its doors in 1999.



Take a seat in the comfortable and inviting welcome-to-my-house environment, which is laid back, not pretentious. Here you will be treated like family, whether you’re an out-oftown guest dining in for the first time or one of their loyal customers for two decades. Owned by John Grollmus and Brad Fosseen, their employees most certainly care about the restaurant and their guests as is reflected by the many longtime staff members it employs. From ownership down through management and staff, when you walk into The Elk, it feels like family. And they treat their guests as such. Now let’s talk food. In addition to the traditional Reuben, thanks to the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” show, which featured the Elk back in 2010, the Santa Fe chicken sandwich, Mediterranean grilled lamb sandwich and legendary roasted corn pasta are favorites. They also offer creative weekly specials and homemade soups, inventive cocktails and great brews.

John and Brad are also the duo behind Two Seven Public House, El Que and Geno’s Traditional Food and Ales in Spokane, Moon Time in Coeur d’Alene and The Porch Public House in Hayden. Their common philosophy at each location is to make food from scratch, price it affordably and serve it with a smile. Every neighborhood should be so lucky.

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t’s been nearly six years since Geno’s changed ownership and ended up in the hands of local friends and business partners John Grollmus and Brad Fosseen. The two are the ones behind several area favorite restaurants including The Elk, El Que and Two Seven in Spokane, and Moon Time and The Porch in North Idaho. With the success its sister restaurants have seen over the years, Geno’s Traditional Food and Ales has established itself as another neighborhood gem the community has embraced. Geno’s celebrated its five-year anniversary this past October, and it’s no surprise that it continues to be a local favorite as it carries on John and Brad’s long tradition of good food and friendly service where guests are welcomed by a casual feels-like-home atmosphere. The menu includes some of the same favorites known in their other pubs, like The Elk’s famous Reuben sandwich (guests have the choice of a glutenfree bun for all sandwiches) and Moon Time’s 74th St. gumbo, but the menu is



adorned with items that are unique to Geno’s, such as the Cuban pork sandwich and Geno’s chicken wings with your choice of three sauces. For a twist on this menu, Geno’s has french fries—which none of the other restaurant locations have—in addition to the ever-popular, and addicting, roasted corn pasta. The food is complemented by a great tap selection and cocktails. Staying in tradition with the other pubs, Geno’s menu appeals to the masses not only in taste but in price. No one leaves Geno’s hungry—or broke. And It’s a perfect place to unwind and support the Gonzaga Bulldogs, with plenty of TVs to watch the games. The kitchen stays open late, so it’s a great spot to meet up after the game, or for that matter, any event taking place at the Spokane Arena, thanks to its close proximity. Great brews and cocktails, and of course, the tasty food and good company make this a destination you will want to return again and again.

Geno’s Traditional Food & Ales Downtown Spokane 1414 N. Hamilton St. 509.368.9087

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RAISE A GLASS AND TOAST TO … Those Summertime Vibes


The sun is shining and warmth fills the air. There is nothing quite like relaxing on the patio after a long day,

opening that bottle of wine that has been calling your name and pouring a glass. Whether it's gathering with friends for the weekday happy hour or enjoying the weekend’s beautiful sunny afternoon, dining and imbibing with good company is a good time to share a nice bottle. Wine. No matter what the season, or the occasion, every day is worthy of a good glass of wine. Bold reds, crisp whites, rosés and bubbles … summertime is just as good as any time of year to enjoy any and all. Though we’ve all heard that certain wines pair best with particular flavor profiles, well, you can throw that out the window. There is no right or wrong when it comes to wine and your food-pairing selection. Though some may say a white wine will go best with fish, if you prefer a cabernet sauvignon or a pinot noir, know that your personal palate pairing will be the perfect one!


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THE POUR - A WINE EVENT Held on the beautiful grounds of Arbor Crest Winery in Spokane, Washington, The Pour is a spectacular evening with gourmet wine dinner and auction featuring some of the region’s finest vintages. The event includes a pre-dinner grand tasting as well as a selection of wines that are perfectly paired with four delectable courses. The wine will begin flowing at 5:30pm. Funds will be raised for Providence Health Care Foundation, with proceeds benefiting the B.E.S.T. child psychiatry program at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital and the Providence Neuroscience Institute. For more information, call 509.474.4594 or email Arbor Crest Winery 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd., Spokane, Washington

CRAVE! FO OD & DRINK CELEBRATION Discover the region's best tastemakers coming to Crave! Northwest. Sample and interact with a huge assortment of the Inland Northwest’s best wineries, breweries, ciders, distilleries, artisans, restaurants and caterers during this three-day event held at CenterPlace at Mirabeau Point Park in Spokane Valley. There will be more than a dozen wineries on-site throughout the weekend, including local wineries Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, Castaway Cellars, Maryhill Winery and Robert Karl Cellars. For more information, including event schedule and to purchase tickets, visit their website. CenterPlace at Mirabeau Point Park 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley, Washington


“I tend to think of white and rosé wines during the summer because of their light, fresh and fruity characteristics,” says Natalie Barnes, winemaker at Latah Creek Wine Cellars in Spokane Valley. “One reason why I love rosés is because you get all of the berry flavors from the red grape variety but in a light, fresh, whitestyled wine, making it absolutely delightful to enjoy on a warm, sunny day.” When selecting which wine will pair well, several things must be taken into consideration including the heartiness of the food and the dominant flavors. Both reds and whites can be light, medium or full bodied. If cooking up lighter foods, such as fish, chicken and vegetables, a lighter wine is the better choice, as you don’t want the wine to overpower the flavors of the food. Take note: For those foods such as barbecued chicken or marinated shrimp, the flavors of the ingredients and seasonings will dominate the dish. And for foods with a stronger flavor profile, such as steaks, burgers and sausage, a more robust wine is the best pairing in order to complement the flavors and without getting lost. Meat, no matter how it’s seasoned, will be the prominent flavor. Red wines typically pair well with a barbecued steak, but as Natalie suggests, you should be sure to chill your red in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to get it down to cellar temperature, which is between 55 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit.“I think that makes the pairing, especially for summer, perfect!” she says.

Natalie also suggests a nice sangria. Though you can purchase premade sangria, these tend to be overly sweet. Instead, opt for making your own. She recommends using one bottle of red wine (of your choice) and one can frozen concentrate pink lemonade. Prepare the lemonade as instructed on the can, add in wine, and then add sliced citrus fruits for a beautiful presentation. You can also add frozen grapes, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and/or strawberries to the pitcher with the sangria when serving (still frozen). “This will keep the Sangria chilled without watering it down,” says Natalie. “Then, at the end of the night, take the wine-soaked berries, scoop them out onto pound cake, add a dollop of whipped cream, and you have the best shortcake ever!” It is important to stay hydrated when imbibing in the warm days of summer, especially when day drinking, so be sure to drink one nonalcoholic beverage for every glass of wine. Water of course is best, and Natalie suggests making these drinks “fun” by adding frozen berries, cucumber and basil, or lemon and oregano. “And try adding sparkling water for additional texture in your mouth!” Good food, great wine and summertime. There’s no going wrong. Enjoy!

July 21

VINTAGE SPOKANE Vintage Spokane: A Wine and Food Affair, highlights the awardwinning and up-and-coming wineries throughout the Northwest, each offering samples of their amazing wine. Join them at The Davenport Grand Hotel and sip wines from more than 50 of the region’s most celebrated wineries. Vintage Spokane is one of the area’s largest summer wine and food events. VIP ticket holders have access to the event an hour early, from 2 to 6pm, and general admission tickets grant you access to the event from 3 to 6pm. There are a limited number of tickets available to attend this event—just 150 tickets—so purchase your ticket today. Davenport Grand Hotel Ballroom 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, Washington

“I tend to think of white and rosé wines during the summer because of their light,

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July 21 & 22

SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN NORTHWEST WINEFEST Join Schweitzer in Sandpoint, Idaho, at their fifth annual Northwest WineFest! Purchase your souvenir wine glass with tasting tickets and get tasting at “Wine Valley.” The two-day festival is held on the Schweitzer Village Lawn and features multiple bands playing throughout the weekend paired with more than a dozen regional wineries offering dozens of wines, a craft beer tent, barbecue, arts and crafts vendors and activities for the entire family. Wine tastings take place Saturday, 11am to 6pm and Sunday, 11am to 5pm. To find out more, call 208.263.9555. Schweitzer Mountain Resort 10,000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho NORTHWESTSIZZLE.COM




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t was the winter of 2017 when Naomi Boutz first introduced the Coeur d’Alene community to her new venture—Vine & Olive Eatery and Wine Bar in Riverstone. "I remember planning the opening thinking: I hope people come," she recalls. The doors opened to eager diners ready to take a seat at the table. And the seats continue to be filled. Naomi is joined by Chef Paul Mason, the brilliant mind behind the menu, which is European-inspired executed with Northwest flair. “He’s done an incredible job cultivating a team that is committed to hospitality and consistency,” says Naomi. “Our mission is to keep things simple yet soulful. Chef Paul has nailed that.” Guest favorites include the pork shank with creamy polenta, with pork that literally falls off the bone; the acorn squash frites served with spicy mayo, which nearly every table orders; and a Caesar salad to rival the best in the state. To complement the menu, Naomi, who has spent over a decade tasting and learning about wine to develop her palate, is committed to showcasing Northwest producers while balancing the list with interesting imports, venturing outside the box from many classic varietals for their wines by the glass. “Wine needs to be varietally correct and have good acidity to pair with food to be on our list,” she says. “It’s not a huge wine list, but it’s

“I didn’t realize the gratitude and humility I would feel when somebody makes the decision to spend money at Vine & Olive. I wasn’t expecting the community to embrace and support us so enthusiastically." thoughtful, dynamic and changes constantly. We offer a new wine flight each month too.” For those who prefer a cold brew, they can choose from eight rotating taps that focus on Northwest craft breweries or one of the nearly two dozen bottled beers. The cool vibe and energy combined with good food and wine make Vine & Olive a local favorite. One visit and you will see that passion is plated and poured for each and every guest. Naomi invites you to dine and imbibe at the eatery and wine bar, open daily for lunch and dinner starting at 11:30am.

Vine & Olive Eatery and Wine Bar Coeur d’Alene at Riverstone 2037 N. Main St. 208.758.7770 NORTHWESTSIZZLE.COM






stablished in 1982 by husband and wife Mike and Ellena Conway, Latah Creek Wine Cellars in Spokane Valley continues to bring affordable, award-winning wines to the Inland Northwest. Thirty-seven harvests and 36 years later, they, along with their winemaker daughter Natalie Barnes, continue that mission.

At Latah Creek, they never compromise their standards while continuing to produce remarkable wines. For more than three decades, it has been important to the family to keep their bottle prices low, and they have stayed true to their objective. “We could very easily raise our prices $5 to $15 per wine, but we choose not to,” Natalie says. “We choose to keep our wines inexpensively priced so that everyone can enjoy award-winning wines every day—not just on special occasions.” In addition to Latah Creek’s more than 15 wines varying from red to white, dry to sweet, light to full-bodied and reserve reds, their gift shop is filled with gourmet foods and unique items hand selected by Ellena. From Nora Fleming Ceramic-ware that can be customized



for any occasion or time of year and beautiful holiday décor to authentic Italian pastas and a variety of gluten-free foods and mixes, it’s the perfect place to shop for friends and family—and yourself! “We also have a cookbook featuring over 250 of my mom’s recipes, each with a wine pairing suggestion,” says Natalie. “Each month, we select one wine to be our featured Wine of the Month, and we choose three recipes to pair with this wine, sharing the information to our customers via email.” Natalie attributes Latah Creek Wine Cellar’s long-standing success to her parents. “My mom is continually looking for unique items for the gift shop that would add to anyone’s experience as well as new recipes, while my dad continues to strive to make great wine,” she says. “Together they started this winery, and together they have brought it here to our 37th harvest.” Natalie joined her father in winemaking in 2004, and today it is still just the two of them who handle the wines at Latah Creek. When it comes to what Natalie finds most rewarding about being in the winemaking business, she says, “I love to see a person’s face light up when they try a wine and fall in love with it. I just want a person to find a wine that they love, not something I think they should love.” Over the course of the next few years, they are hoping to remodel and update their tasting room and parts of the winery to welcome their guests. And, as always, they will continue to make award-winning wines while

looking for unique varietals to produce and get out to their loyal, wineloving community. “I love being part of a longstanding family winery,” smiles Natalie. “I am deeply honored that I get to carry on my parents’ legacy and hope that one or both of my daughters would choose to continue in the legacy of making wines at Latah Creek.” Raise a glass to Mike, Ellena and Natalie and toast to another 36 years of award-winning winemaking.

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gathering place for locals and tourists alike, Pend d’Oreille Winery is the perfect place to enjoy fine wine and create special memories.

The unique Downtown Sandpoint winery prides itself on consistency and quality, two of the many reasons it has received countless awards and the respect of many wine drinkers over the past 24 years.


The refillable wine bottles are a feature many guests take advantage of, bringing in their 1.5-liter bottle to be refilled with the popular Bistro Rouge and receiving their 10th bottle free. Refill stations are also located at Winter Ridge Natural Foods in Sandpoint, Pilgrim’s Market in Coeur d’Alene and The Old Ice House Pizzeria in Hope. If you are one who enjoys fine wine, be sure to join Pend d’Oreille Winery’s Wine Club. Membership is free and offers many benefits including discounts off the winemaker’s choice vintages. “Wine Club members receive discounts on bottle purchases, complimentary tastes in the tasting room and invitations to member-only winery sponsored events,” said Kylie Presta, who along with Jim Bopp owns Pend d’Oreille Winery. “Wine Club members may sign up for a two-, fouror six-bottle club of Pend d’Oreille wines. Wine Club releases occur four times a year, and it is no cost to join.” The music provided at the winery on Fridays and Saturdays draws performers from all over the Northwest, as well as many local performing artists. And each Sunday offers an opportunity to enjoy piano music while relaxing in the beautifully renovated brick building. In addition to the opportunity to taste a variety of incredible wine, the Tasting Room has small bites available including a charcuterie board, and they recently added pizza flatbreads to their menu offering customers even more choices. And for those who prefer, there is locally crafted beer available. Limited outside seating is also available on Cedar Street. Whether you live in Sandpoint or are visiting for your first time, Pend d’Oreille Winery is a must stop. Open 11am to 8pm daily, once you visit, you’re sure to return. “It’s very humbling to see people returning again and again,” says Jim. “It’s a gift to not only be able to own and operate this winery but to be able to live in Sandpoint as well.”

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t was 12 years ago that Dry Fly Distilling introduced itself to Spokane and, not before long, the world. And the inspiration began with a fishing trip.

contemplate whether the glass in hand was truly the best vodka the world had to offer. His response: No. It was at that moment that the inspiration behind Dry Fly Distilling was born.

While Don Poffenroth was entertaining clients on the Gallatin River in Montana, the group drinking high-end vodka, he began to

“The name Dry Fly not only recalled the original inspiration but also captured the beauty of the Northwest and the qualities that fly fishing requires—patience, persistence, presentation and perfection; the same qualities required to produce and market fine spirits,” says co-owner Terry Nichols. At that time, there was no craft distillers license in Washington state, so Don, with local senator Chris Marr, drafted a piece of legislation that would allow for the creation of a craft distillers license, as long as the producer used a high percentage of Washington-grown ingredients in the manufacturing process.

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Today, owners Don, Terry, Ralph Quinsey and Patrick Donovan continue to utilize 99 percent Washingtongrown ingredients— from family owned farms within approximately 30 miles of the distillery—for their products.

Dry Fly was the first distillery in Washington state and among the first 25 in the country! At its inception, Dry Fly Distilling produced two products—their superb high-quality vodka (of course!) and gin. More than a decade later, the distillery produces a wide range of spirits, vodka, gin and a line of whiskies that are among the best in the world and distributed throughout the world. At the 2018 Whiskies of the World event, Dry Fly Distilling was a three-time gold recipient and a silver recipient. “We are currently in the planning stages for an expansion of our capacity to support growth in both our domestic and international markets,” says Terry. “We see a continual increase in whiskey quality as our barrel inventories gracefully age in the warehouse—6-year-old wheat whiskey tasted from the barrel is nothing short of epic! We would ultimately like to be recognized as one of the highest quality whiskey producers in the world.”

Tasting Room is available for nonprofit functions, company meetings, birthday parties, bridal and baby showers, anniversary celebrations and more. When it comes to what Don, Terry, Ralph and Patrick are most proud of when it comes to Dry Fly, it is the high-quality products they continue to produce all while supporting local farmers and connecting with their employees, community, customers and fans, and the nonprofit community. Terry credits the above, in addition to the foresight of founder Don and their distributors and retail partners, for Dry Fly’s continued success over the years. Patience, persistence, presentation and perfection. With the uncompromising commitment to quality and values, taste and discover excellence embodied in each bottle.

Thanks to the addition of the Dry Fly Tasting Room in 2017, the visitor experience has been greatly enhanced. Serving some of the finest craft cocktails in the region and offering retail bottle sales, the Tasting Room’s inviting space is also ideal for meetings and parties. If you are looking for a location to host your private event, the






decade ago, before Airbnb existed, Wendy Hilliard and her family avoided hotels and instead vacationed the way many do now: They rented a house. It wasn’t as easy to do so as it is now, but they prioritized the advantages of having their own shared spaces. “I think people were looking for it because I know our family vacationed that way years and years ago. That’s why we got into the business,” said Hilliard. “But I don’t think access was as easy.” Hilliard and her husband are now on the other side of the industry—they own and operate DayStar Lodge on North Idaho’s Twin Lakes—and they are part of a shift in the way people stay when they travel. Hotels aren’t the only option anymore, and that’s most certainly true in the Inland Northwest. Vacation rental companies are growing to meet demand; more families with second homes are renting them out— and some are even acquiring second homes for the sole purpose of doing so. And now that it is so easy to find vacation rentals just about anywhere people vacation, all with a quick search of the Internet, the business is booming. In a March press release, Airbnb boasted that it has more than 6 million listings around the world, which it claims is more than the number of hotel rooms the six largest hotels have all together. “The biggest benefit is really the cost for what you end up getting,” said Steve Russo, owner of Go Sandpoint Vacation Rentals, which manages a dozen properties in the area. “A hotel typically is a room, with a kitchenette if you’re lucky. So when you can rent a

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HOME AWAY FROM HOME house and get a couple families in there, you’re getting a ton of space. It makes the whole experience so much better.” That includes in-house laundry, a wellappointed kitchen, large shared spaces along with private bedrooms, and, often in North Idaho, lake access; all for a comparable rate when split among a large enough group. With the rise has also come a professionalization of the industry, and the standards of quality have risen, Hilliard said. “Twenty, 30 years ago, a lot of these places were people’s family homes, filled with personal things, their clothes in the closets, castoffs from Goodwill in the kitchen,” Hilliard said. “Now it’s a lot more professional. Kitchens are better outfitted, no family pictures on the walls, so people can come in and feel this is their space. This is their home for a week. And you just don’t get that in a hotel. And you really didn’t get that 20 years ago, either.”

really good for the property values for the homes around them.” Local companies like these have a mixed relationship with the larger listing sites, like Airbnb, VRBO, and FlipKey, which list many local company’s properties. Those sites are great for marketing, they said, but not so much for direct service when, for example, the heat stops working or the dishwasher leaks. And that is becoming even more apparent, Cheryl said, now that some of those sites use outside call centers to handle client inquiries. They often will not list the local management company’s contact information, and that has led to some of the Lantzs’ clients receiving misinformation.


Cheryl and Robert Lantz entered the industry in 2012 when they noticed that many vacation rentals and second homes weren’t being monetized to their full potential. Many of their eventual clients had a second home they couldn’t sell for what they owed on it, Cheryl said. But by renting it out, they could make it profitable. Now their company, Vacation Rental Authority, manages 60 vacation homes in North Idaho. “Most of the inventory we brought on was creating new vacation rentals out of homes that were just sitting there,” Cheryl said. “The homes are taken better care of than long-term leased homes. It’s

All agreed that, when possible, it is best to book directly through the local management company. In some cases, it is less expensive, too, they said. “When someone rents from someone like me, they get a much more individualized experience,” said Hilliard, who will soon be removing her property from the large listing sites. “When your fridge goes out, VRBO’s going to be no help. I’m going to be the one to call and get a repairman out. … A good owner is going to take care of their guests. It makes me feel really good to help someone have a good vacation, and I think most owners are like that.”

There are benefits for renting out a home using a local company as well, Russo said. Something he sees often now is that people want a vacation home, but they only expect to use it a few weeks each year. That’s where management companies can help clients by renting out the house the rest of the year. “Having people at the house will alleviate problems,” Russo said. “A lot of homes get in trouble when they sit there. Having some activity in the house offsets that.” Still, local experts admitted that it often requires more effort and research to find and then vet vacation rental companies in places families are, often by the very nature of a vacation, unfamiliar with. Google comes in handy, they said. “Reviews are really important. Try to find Google reviews because they can’t be manipulated,” said Russo, who added that Airbnb, for example, doesn’t have to publish all reviews that are submitted. “Google is the No. 1 source.”



If you do book through a large listing service, he suggested people try to get in touch with the local agency that manages the property. “Call and talk to the people who actually have the house and ask all the questions you have,” he said. Hotels appear to be trying to keep up, as many major chains are expanding their extended stay brands; StayBridge Suites is expected to open a new location in Coeur d’Alene this summer, for example. Its website emphasizes its full-sized kitchens and its large shared spaces. But for many, the familiar comforts of a house, where they can still do a bit of work if they need to (thanks to the nearly ubiquitous Wi-Fi at vacation rentals) with a beautiful view and access to the outdoors, all with their family and friends around them, is too attractive to pass up—especially if the cost is comparable. “People are looking for a space, kind of a home away from home,” Hilliard said, “More personal than a hotel, where most people like to cook their own meals and feel like they have a private space on a lake.”



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ver the past few years my wife and I have come to really appreciate traveling in the month of September. With summer vacations over, kids going back to school and tolerable weather around most of the country, people aren’t necessarily putting travel high on their list during this month. Residing in the Northwest and being far from pale blue and bathtub warm ocean waters, we are happy to take a beach vacation any time of year. If you do head to the southern United States, Mexico or the Caribbean this time of year, you are always rolling the dice as mid-August through the end of October is peak hurricane season. While that can certainly ruin a vacation, your chances of being stuck in a major storm are pretty miniscule while your chances of having prime beaches, easy reservations and calmer streets are all but a sure thing.

be unrecognizable to those who visited some 30 years ago. The towns of Los Cabos and Cabo San Lucas are connected via “The Tourist Corridor,” where a staggering number of all-inclusive mega resorts reside. As our friendly cab driver pointed out, there were six new massive resort complexes currently under construction.

This past September we decided to book a six-night trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Located on the very southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, this once small fishing village would

Many come to Cabo San Lucas for the all-inclusive hotels. Here you’ve already pre-paid for just about everything: room, food, drinks and entertainment. While I can very


As we traveled the near hour-long (and $70) ride from the International Airport to Downtown Cabo San Lucas, we were pleasantly surprised at how green and beautiful the surrounding landscape was. The area is very much a desert but still quite colorful. The driver showed us where George Clooney’s oceanfront villa was (currently for sale) and some incredible golf courses where six-figure membership gets you through the front gate. Alas, these were not in our travel plans.



much understand a vacation in which you don’t have to plan anything, leave the pool or rarely take out your wallet (except to tip of course), we are much more into exploring new places, so our destination was an older condo complex set just a block back from the beach. When we talked with several Cabo veterans about going down in September, they all told us to push the trip off until October when the heat and humidity would both drop significantly. There is no sugar coating it; September is a hot and humid month for the Baja peninsula. With Hawaiian island-like weather most of the year, many locals actually leave during August and September to take their vacations away from the heat and humidity. With plane tickets and hotels 40 to 60 percent cheaper during these months, we decided the little bit of extra heat would be OK to deal with. The Beach The main attraction to most tropical vacations is the beach, and Playa el Medano is the center of all the daytime action in Cabo San Lucas. Playa el Medano stretches from the marina up along the entire bay and is the main safe swimmable beach in the area. The beachfront is littered with casual bars and restaurants, a few expensive all-inclusives



and, as like the rest of Mexico, plenty of vendors. Dressed in all white and constantly meandering up and down the beach, they are looking to sell you everything from hair braiding and henna tattoos to sombreros, jewelry and cigars. While it can be a little overwhelming at first, a simple “No thank you” or just ignoring their attention-grabbing pitch will often lead them to move on rather quickly. Vendors are not allowed inside the beachfront restaurants either, so as long as you aren’t in the first couple rows of beach-front seating, you’ll be left more at peace to take down your margarita or Dos Equis. Water sports are easy to arrange here with jet skis and parasailing easily rented right from the beach. A dip in the warm waters feels incredible after walking through the humid air. The seas are less tranquil in the fall, but you can still wade out about 20 to 30 yards with your feet on the bottom. Water taxis are running constantly to take visitors out to Lover’s Beach at El Arco, the area’s famous landmark. While still busy, there are no services here, so it’s a little less hectic than on Playa Medano, and seeing El Arco up close is also a memorable sight.







We splurged one evening and went to Los Tres Gallos. The Food As you would expect, seafood is the specialty in most restaurants and cafés in Cabo. With high heat during the day, we found ourselves mostly munching on appetizers and fish tacos. We found Tacos Gardenias right behind our condo and ended up eating there several times. The fresh fish ceviche and molcajete were incredible. Fresh fish or shrimp tacos were grilled or fried and came with a tray of about a dozen different sauces, salsas and garnishes to make an awesome and affordable lunch or latenight snack. Baja Brewing Company was started by a couple of friends from Colorado and now has three locations. We frequented the one atop the Cachet Beach Hotel roof just about every day. With so few tourists around, we were able to snag the tables with the best view, kick back and enjoy solid craft beers. As mentioned earlier, many locals will take off during the humid season, so a few of the more heralded restaurants were closed for a few weeks while the owners took their vacations. I would estimate this was only about 5 to 10 percent of the restaurants, and we were able to find plenty to eat everywhere we went. We splurged one evening and went to Los Tres Gallos, which focuses on locally sourced traditional Mexican fine dining. The open-air restaurant was dimly lit, and you feel like you are eating in a 200-year-old courtyard. The meal and ambiance were incredible. The Nightlife Other than the beach, many come to Cabo for its renowned nightlife, which is located around the marina and the streets directly behind it. Once the sun goes down the music goes up and loud beats pump into the streets as employees look to lure you into high-octane parties at places like The Giggling Marling, El Squid Roe and Mandala. The over-40 crowd often makes its way to Cabo Wabo in hopes of spotting owner Sammy Hagar or some of his buddies up on stage for an impromptu live set. We found a few of the smaller bars a bit more appealing like Happy Endings Cantina with its two beers and two shots for $5 daily promotion and Pochos with its open patio and views of the super yachts parked in the marina. While partying and beach going is always available, there is plenty more to do with a week in Cabo. Some of the best sport fishing in the world is found off its shores; there are horseback and ATV trips into the surrounding desert; and a day trip up to the town of Todos Santos can give you a break from fast-paced Cabo to enjoy a peaceful and artsy community where you can also visit the Hotel California from the famed Eagles’ song. There is always a reason off-season travel is cheaper, but those willing to risk the potential for less than ideal conditions often come away with an incredible experience for a lot less than they would have otherwise paid. What are you waiting for? It’s never too early to start planning your fall getaway today.




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Classic foods with a fresh twist using the finest ingredients is what you will find here. Located at Kalispel Golf and Country Club, dining at 1898 will be an exciting culinary tour for your palate.

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WS MASSELOW’S STEAKHOUSE Masselow’s Steakhouse at Northern Quest Resort & Casino features an impressive variety of prime-grade Midwestern steaks, fresh seafood and an expansive wine selection. Much like their wine list, all ingredients are personally sought, sourced and tasted to meet the chef’s highest standards so that you get only the best.

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With a breathtaking view of Lake Pend Oreille and the surrounding mountains, Trinity at City Beach’s menu of American cuisine offers a modern spin on many classic dishes and changes with the seasons. They also have a full bar and plenty of outdoor seating overlooking the lake.

58 Bridge St. | 208.255.7558 Sandpoint $-$$$ |



Experience the best of the Northwest at the Chinook Steak, Pasta and Spirits located in the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Worley, Idaho. Enjoy the authentic taste of the wild Nisqually king salmon, Northwest Cattle Company premium angus beef, Makah halibut and local wild huckleberries. The menu caters to a variety of tastes, with offerings of elk stew, lobster tail dinner and Old-World rustic-style pastas, all with thought given to affordability and five-star quality.

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At Wandering Table, the chefs have an insatiable appetite for cooking and creating food and use a variety of techniques from around the globe. Enjoy meals inspired by the season using local ingredients, still warm from the sun, from the farmer you work with or from a day of foraging. They seek the best products and honor those who grew them by serving them to people in a way that makes food memorable, creating great experiences, traditions and communities. You’re invited to one of the most interesting and unique dining experiences in the Inland Northwest.

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SP FORTY-ONE SOUTH Forty-One South is North Idaho’s premier upscale dining restaurant with breathtaking views from the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. Located at the south end of the Long Bridge in Sandpoint, Forty-One South has become a popular spot for locals, tourists and business travelers. A relaxed lodge setting and exceptionally friendly service paired with innovative modern-American cuisine makes for one of North Idaho’s premier dining experiences. Enjoy mouthwatering cuisine, drinks by the fire, outdoor seating and gorgeous sunset views. Located right next door to The Lodge at Sandpoint and Shoga Sushi. Hours vary by season. Reservations are recommended.

41 Lakeshore Dr. | 208.265.2000 Sagle $$-$$$ |



DS GILDED UNICORN Gilded Unicorn is a modern-American classic restaurant featuring handcrafted food and drinks located in the historic Montvale Hotel in Downtown Spokane. The restaurant showcases local, seasonal ingredients from the Northwest and beyond created into new-fashioned flavors that hit you in the soul. The food is created from nostalgic comfort foods everyone has enjoyed but with a slightly modern twist, brought back to life using fresh ingredients and an explosion of flavors.

110 S. Monroe St. | 509.309.3698 Downtown Spokane $-$$ |



The expanded buffet at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel features live-action cooking, fresh, locally sourced ingredients and flavorful dishes. Enjoy made-to-order omelets, hand-carved meats, a delectable dessert bar and more!

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SP SWEET LOU’S RESTAURANT AND BAR Enjoy amazing burgers, Manny’s beer-battered onion rings, hand-cut top sirloin or the crowd favorite—grilled PB&J with locally made huckleberry jam and more. There is also a full bar featuring 16 draft beers.

477272 Highway 95 | 208.263.1381 Ponderay $-$$ |



Try the ribs (pork or bison) that are smoked in house at Sweet Lou’s. The unique burger menu features 10 different burgers that are made from freshly ground top sirloin and topped with decadent eats such as smoked pulled pork, hand-battered onion rings or fresh jalapenos. Also choose from 32 beers on tap.

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DS DRY FLY DISTILLING Since 2007, Dry Fly Distilling has been producing high-quality, awardwinning vodka, gin and whiskeys right here in Spokane, Washington. The first distillery in Washington state and among the first 25 in the country, the owners are committed to being 100 percent farm to bottle, supporting local farmers in the process. Patience, persistence, presentation and perfection are poured into each bottle. They invite you to stop by the tasting room, which features some of the finest craft cocktails in the region and offers retail bottle sales.

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SP THE 219 LOUNGE Sandpoint’s hometown bar for more than 80 years and recently selected as the “Best Small Town Bar in Idaho,” you’ll find a friendly atmosphere with folks from all walks of life at The 219. Recently renovated back to its historic 1930’s roots, the 219 offers a full-service bar with classic cocktails, 20 craft beers on tap and a unique wine list. There’s always something to do at the “Niner,” from pool and karaoke to enjoying live music. 219 is the best place in town to just relax or dance the night away with your favorite beverage.

SP THE HIVE Bringing great music to Downtown Sandpoint year-round, The Hive, located in the historic Pastime building, has made itself known as Sandpoint’s premier music venue since opening in 2013. Top-notch concerts, great cocktails, private booths and more. Check out their website for upcoming concerts.

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SP LAUGHING DOG BREWING Fetchingly good beer! Brewing award-winning beer since 2005, what began as a dream in a small North Idaho town turned into an insatiable desire to craft beers of all flavors. With a focus on quality while exploring various techniques and styles, Laughing Dog has a firm belief that craft beer creates community, and they invite you to join them in their taproom. Gather with friends and neighbors to watch a game, enjoy the fireplace on a winter day, listen to live music on a summer weekend or enjoy a tasting tray!

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Launched in April 2018, Party Animal Vodka is an Idaho potato vodka that gives back to animals with every sip. Proceeds from every bottle gives back to Idaho wildlife conservation and local animal shelters. Party Animal Vodka is farm-to-bottle: distilled in Idaho from locally sourced Idaho russet potatoes for exceptional quality and a dangerously smooth finish. There are no added sugars, preservatives or flavors and has zero carbs and low calories. It’s only distilled once; done right the first time. Find it at local restaurants including Corner Bar, Capones Pub and Grill, The Moose, Rusty’s and 219 Lounge.

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HY CHOMPER CAFÉ Locally owned and family friendly, Chomper Cafe has quickly made a name for itself. Offering the freshest, made-from-scratch breakfast and lunch utilizing high-quality ingredients, owner Sarah Baker invites you to take a seat at her casual and comfortable restaurant, where passion for food and service is paramount.

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Voted Best Breakfast for decades, enjoy Frank’s 120-year-old family DS hot cake recipe, extra thick Daily’s bacon, legendary chicken-fried steak, five fresh gravies and grilled onions, giant malted waffles, quarter-pound sausage links, buttermilk biscuits and gravy, artisan bread bowl soups and chowders, and more.

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At The Yards Bruncheon, they have extended the weekend to all week by offering brunch every day! The menu features comfort food from all over using local farms and producers in the season. They have fun and want their passion for good ingredients to shine without too much fuss. Most of the foods are made in house including their pastries, which are some of the best around. They also feature some of the best coffees and teas from around the world. Don’t miss out and come enjoy the eatertainment!

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DS INCREDIBURGER AND EGGS One of Chef Adam Hegsted’s latest additions to his family of restaurants, Incrediburger and Eggs offers just that—incredibly unique upscale burgers and a variety of inspired egg concoctions. This upper fast-casual dining experience features all types of burgers (including the Earth and Turf with its mushroom and beef blend, the Steelhead made with a blackened steelhead patty and the Korean Honey Butter Fried Chicken, twice fried), a variety of breakfast sandwiches, bowls and salads, fries, sweet potato tots and adult beverages created using local producers and farmers as much as possible. Be sure to keep an eye out for their second Incrediburger and Eggs location, opening soon in Coeur d’Alene!

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Brought to you by award-winning chef Adam Hegsted of Eat Good Group, Doughlicious Bakery provides delicious breads and baked goods using high-quality ingredients.

24001 E. Mission Ave. | 509.210.0880 Liberty Lake, Washington $-$$ |


Le Catering features the best Inland Northwest producers and products cooked by award-winning chefs who strive to create a great experience for each and every guest. Le Catering’s goal is to serve their guests beyond their expectations. Le Catering Co. is locally owned by Chef Adam Hegsted as part of the Eat Good Group. Their restaurants include Wandering Table, Yards Bruncheon, Gilded Unicorn, Farmhouse Kitchen and Silo Bar, Republic Kitchen + Taphouse, Honey Eatery and Social Club, Incrediburger & Eggs and Eat Good Café. With a combination of the best chefs and managers from across the Northwest and beyond, they create a unique experience and build memories for a lifetime. Call to set up your special event.



Located in Downtown Coeur d’Alene, discover unique flavors and modern cuisine offered in a wide variety of small plates at Global Kitchen. Focused on locally sourced produce, seasonal cooking and healthy eating, the menu offers elevated simplicity with fresh, flavorful foods that shine. The rotating seasonal menu offers fresh ingredients and bold flavors. Pair your meal with a glass of wine from their extensive wine list or choose from their selection of regional craft brews. Combined with the beautiful and relaxed atmosphere, it’s an ideal dining out destination, no matter the occasion. Private dining and catering are available.

24001 E. Mission Ave. | 509.210.0880 Liberty Lake, Washington $-$$$ |

309 E. Lakeside Ave. | 208.930.4050 Downtown Coeur d’Alene $-$$$ |


Vital Fit Meals provides a convenient healthy meal service to make it easy for their customers to eat better, feel better and live better, with meals that are designed to be delicious and nutritious!

24001 E. Mission Ave. | 509.703.7134 Libery Lake, Washington $-$$$ |



Brought to you by chef and restaurateur Adam Hegsted, Honey Eatery and Social Club is inspired by and pays homage to a favorite local ingredient—honey! Offering an eclectic, artistic feeling with modern industrial decor to the heart of Downtown Coeur d’Alene and located in what was previously The Cellar, Honey Eatery will treat its guests to an all-day menu featuring local foods and producers. Honey Social Club downstairs is where guests will want to head to enjoy live music and concerts, craft cocktails, American-style tapas and Inland Northwestinspired small plates, a self-service wine bar and more!

317 Sherman Ave. | 208.930.1514 Downtown Coeur d’Alene $-$$$ |



The owners of Syringa Japanese Café and Sushi Bar bring you The Bluebird, a midtown eatery. High-quality ingredients and locally sourced products are used in every dish. The menu is unique, enticing and delicious. Stay local. Support local. Eat and drink local. Live local.

816 N. Fourth St. | 208.665.3777 Midtown Coeur d’Alene $$ | CDA


Eat. Share. Laugh. A modern restaurant with a retro vibe, the menu features a wonderful selection of plates perfect for sharing and fresh entrees. Flavorful appetizers, delightful sandwiches, savory meats and an all-day breakfast menu are complemented by a wide selection of wine and 51 brews on tap!

501 Sherman Ave. | 208.930.4762 Downtown Coeur d’Alene $-$$$ |


Find eclectic cuisine, an award-winning menu including steaks, chops, seafood, salads, burgers and more than 100 other menu items at MAX, along with a wine list that boasts more than 500 labels; a perfect match for everything on the menu. The lounge menu features more than 75 of the most eclectic and innovative cocktails and martinis from retro to nouveau. Enjoy two happy hours daily, an award-winning a la carte brunch featuring multiple Benedicts, fabulous Bloody Marys and Mimosa specials every day, live Rockin’ Blues weekends, private dining rooms, courtyard dining and more! Late-night dining with a full menu is offered until close. Open daily at 6am.

1100 N. Sullivan Rd. | 509.922.6252 Spokane Valley $-$$$ |




DS STEAM PLANT KITCHEN + BREWERY The Steam Plant’s menu includes handcrafted, authentic foods using a wood-fired pizza oven, rotisserie, char-broiler and smoker. They offer signature cocktails along with their onsite brewery which produces more than 10 handcrafted microbrews, including inventive seasonals, that are also available in kegs and growlers.

846 N. Fourth St. | 208.765.2850 Midtown Coeur d’Alene $$ |


159 S. Lincoln St. | 509.777.3900 Downtown Spokane $$-$$$ |


477227 Highway 95 N. | 208.255.2603 Ponderay $-$$ |



Tony’s is a landmark in Coeur d’Alene serving Italian-inspired cuisine. A beautiful five-minute drive from the Sherman Avenue Exit off I-90, they offer a full-service bar and extensive wine list, and outdoor dining overlooking the lake. Visit the website for menu.

6823 Coeur d’Alene Lake Dr. | 208.667.9885 East Coeur d’Alene $$$ |


SP FARMHOUSE KITCHEN AND SILO BAR Enjoy farm-fresh food, seasonally inspired. Chef Adam Hegsted brings his passion and love for food and dining culture to Farmhouse Kitchen & Silo Bar in Ponderay, where the staff strives to share the area’s abundance of offerings and resources by creating great food, great entertainment and a great culinary experience. Though the menu changes regularly based on the season, produces and kitchen’s inspiration, you’ll be treated to items like fresh apple donuts, poutine, mushroom po’boy, salmon hush puppies, inventive breakfast choices, seasonal soups, barbecue and more. View their current brunch and dinner menus online.


Angelo’s is the local favorite with a taste of homemade, authentic Italian cuisine! Join them for a fresh, organic, handcrafted menu of veal, steak, chicken, seafood, pasta and gluten-free offerings. They also offer an extensive wine selection and warm romantic décor.


In the industrial chic space, Vine & Olive guests will be treated to European-inspired small plates executed with Northwest flair, charcuteries and desserts, a full wine bar serving thoughtful wines by the glass and eight local taps.

2037 N. Main St. | 208.758.7770 Coeur d’Alene at Riverstone $$-$$$ |

PF WHITE HOUSE GRILL If you want to feel like you’re in the Mediterranean drinking Ouzo and eating a crazy amount of garlic, just drive to the White House Grill in Post Falls and join in the fun of their crazy and noisy—but at the same time romantic—restaurant. They offer a full bar with 12 beers on tap, and guests can enjoy seasonal outdoor dining on the patio.

712 N. Spokane St. | 208.777.9672 Post Falls $-$$ |


PF FLEUR DE SEL Fleur de Sel brings a taste of France from snails in puff pastry and rillette to duck confit and chicken and truffles. A glass of wine from the beautifully chosen wine list or an elegant cocktail is the perfect accompaniment to any dish. Choose to dine indoors or take a seat outdoors on the patio.

4365 Inverness Dr. | 208.777.7600 Post Falls $-$$$ |


Fleur de Sel Artisan Crêperie offers guests a variety of delectable French crepes served all day. Guests can select from an assortment of breakfast, sweet or savory crepes, such as the Monte Cristo, bison meatloaf and horseradish, salmon and capers, and lemon curd.

909 S. Grand Blvd. | 509.242.3725 South Hill Spokane $ | 168


HY FLAME AND CORK Specializing in authentic wood-fired pizzas, the menu also boasts delicious salads and appetizers like their charcuterie plate and wood-fired mac and cheese. Pair your meal with a glass of wine from their extensive wine list or one of the local beers on tap.

9225 N. Government Way | 208.635.5836 Hayden $-$$ |

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Gourmet pizzas fired with applewood from Yakima Valley baked in oven temperatures around 1,000 degrees! Veraci Pizza features a delicious ultra-thin artisan crust made from their secret recipe. Each batch of dough is hand prepared and topped with only the freshest and highest quality natural ingredients.

1333 W. Summit Parkway | 509.389.0029 Kendall Yards Spokane $-$$ |


Established in 1996, Moon Time quickly became a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Serving some of the best food around in a comfortable pub-style atmosphere, you’ll want to visit as often as possible. The menu offers soups, sandwiches, pastas, salads and other specialties prepared from scratch daily, along with a fantastic selection of micro-brewed beers and fine wines by the glass and bottle. Open daily at 11am, the kitchen is open late every night. Be sure to stop in Thursday night for live music featuring national and local artists. For more information including photos, menu, specials and directions, make sure to visit their website.

1602 Sherman Ave. | 208.667.2331 East Coeur d’Alene $-$$ |


DS THE ONION TAPHOUSE AND GRILL At The Onion, chefs cook whole turkeys and choice top rounds of beef NS daily to make their legendary sandwiches and only purchase fresh local beef for the amazing burgers served on handmade brioche rolls. Enjoy artisan pizza, fresh pasta, center-cut steaks, fresh seafood and kid-friendly atmosphere.

Downtown Spokane | 302 W. Riverside | 509.747.3852 North Side Spokane | 7522 N. Division St. | 509.482.6100 $-$$ | TheOnion.Biz

WS THE ELK PUBLIC HOUSE Spokane’s not-so-secret neighborhood restaurant located in the heart of Historic Browne’s Addition, the Elk Public House features fresh salads, soups, sandwiches and pastas all made from scratch. Find a great selection of microbrewed beers, wines by the glass and original cocktails served in a comfortable pub-style atmosphere. They also feature some of the region’s best outdoor seating. Open daily at 11am. For menu, specials and more, visit their website.

1931 W. Pacific Ave. | 509.363.1973 West Side Spokane $-$$ |

DS GENO’S TRADITIONAL FOOD AND ALES Geno’s joined the family of pubs that include The Elk and Two Seven in Spokane, Moon Time in Coeur d’Alene and The Porch in Hayden in 2014. The menu includes favorites like The Elk’s famous traditional Reuben sandwich and Moon Time’s 74th St. gumbo, but additional items include the Cuban pork sandwich and the Geno’s chicken wings. French fries are offered as a side item, along with the ever-popular and addicting roasted corn pasta. Open daily at 11am until late night. Check out the full menu online.

1414 N. Hamilton Ave. | 509.368-9087 Downtown Spokane $-$$ |



HY THE PORCH PUBLIC HOUSE A beautiful golf-course view without the cost of joining the country club makes The Porch an ideal setting for a delicious meal any time of year. They offer a full menu of sandwiches, salads, soups and specialties prepared from scratch without the high price of fine dining, and the region’s finest cocktails, microbrews and wines to accompany your meal. Feel at home in the comfortable pub-style dining room or the fantastic outdoor dining area. Open daily at 11am year-round, The Porch keeps the kitchen cooking up delicious food late every night. For more information including specials, menu, photos and directions, please visit their website.

1658 E. Miles Ave. | 208.772.7711 Hayden Lake $-$$ |



Find fresh fish at Fisherman’s on the market side. The grill offers everything from fish and chips, specialty tartars, fish tacos, salads, steamers, catfish, oyster po’ boys and more. Check out the sushi bar and the offerings of beer, wine and sake.

215 W. Kathleen Ave. Ste. A | 208.664.4800 North Coeur d’Alene $-$$ |

PF REPUBLIC KITCHEN + TAPHOUSE Sharing the craft foods they love to eat and the local brews they love to drink, Executive Chef Adam Hegsted is the one behind the flavorful menu, which features appetizers like the roasted avocado nachos, popcorn cauliflower and fried pork belly, and entrée items including the Brush Creek blue burger and chimichurri steak asada. Serving lunch, dinner and drinks, Republic Kitchen + Taphouse is a great stop for the entire family and offers seasonal outdoor dining.

120 E. Fourth Ave. | 208.457.3610 Post Falls $$ |




Located inside the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, enjoy hearty pub fare and refreshing libations while catching your favorite game on one of the many large-screen TVs!

37914 S. Nukwalqw | 800.523.2464 Worley $$ |


Shoga Sushi Bar offers the finest in sushi and Japanese cuisine—nigiri, sashimi, specialty rolls and plenty of non-sushi appetizers and entrées to choose from with breathtaking views over Lake Pend Oreille. Entrées feature popular hot items such as orange chicken, beef and broccoli, grilled salmon and an American Kobe burger.

41 Lakeshore Dr. | 208.265.2001 Sagle $-$$ |


Following the simple concept of great food and drink in a comfortable atmosphere that won’t break the bank, whether it’s dinner with the family, a business lunch or an after-work cocktail, Two Seven Public House has you covered.

2727 S. Mt. Vernon #5 | 509.473.9766 South Hill Spokane $-$$ |



Located on the corner of Fourth and Spruce, Syringa hits the spot for a cozy lunch or dinner. Using organic produce, choice meats and wild seafood whenever available (and no MSG), enjoy sushi, Japanese entrees, salads and soups.

1710 N. Fourth St. | 208.664.2718 Midtown Coeur d’Alene $$-$$$ |

SPECIALTY SHOPPING RD WESTWOOD BREWING CO. Westwood Brewing Co. is driven to provide exceptional beers and delicious flavorful food in a casual setting. Housed in a historic late1800s building, Westwood is a full-service brewpub serving craft beers from the Pacific Northwest, domestics, wine and cocktails, paired with delicious pub food artfully crafted by their chef in house. Guests will quickly discover the passion the owners have for both incredible beer and incredible food! Families, friends and neighbors will be greeted by friendly faces, experience consistent quality and feel at home.

8162 W. Main St. | 208.712.3423 Rathdrum $-$$ |



Discover specialty foods from around the world and the region, outfit your kitchen and learn how to “live to eat.” Located at the Riverstone Shopping Center, they offer everything from gourmet foods, cheeses and Italian meats, wine tastings, cooking classes and kitchen supplies.

2129 N. Main St. | 208.277.4116 Coeur d’Alene $-$$ | SP


Based out of Sandpoint, Idaho, Litehouse Foods offers a wide variety of salad dressing flavors along with caramel, fruit dips, glaze, herbs, veggie dips and cheese crumbles.

125 S. 2nd Ave. | 800.669.3169 Sandpoint $ |






Locally owned and operated since opening in 1999, Pilgrim’s Market is the Inland Northwest’s hotspot for the finest natural and organic foods, local products, health education and more. For the health-seeking “green” consumer wanting to support local food growers and retailers, Pilgrim’s is a homegrown, locally owned alternative to massive foreignowned national chains. Pilgrim’s 25,000-square-foot store offers everything from organic produce to gourmet cheese, beer and wine, bulk foods, bakery, meat, deli, supplements, and an education and event center. Located just minutes off I-90, Pilgrim’s is a frequent destination for locals and a must see for the health-conscious traveler.


1316 N. Fourth St. | 208.676.9730 Midtown Coeur d’Alene $-$$ |



For more than 36 years, it’s been the Conways’ commitment to delight wine lovers with the best of Washington state while making their awardwinning wines affordable. Two generations later, the father/daughter winemaking team continues to deliver a unique experience with each and every bottle. Every time a bottle is uncorked or a glass is poured, they promise love at first sip. Located just minutes from Downtown Spokane, visitors are offered the chance to sample Latah Creek’s award-winning and reserve wines while browsing through one of the most unique gift shops in the area.

13030 E. Indiana Ave. | 509.926.0164 Spokane Valley $-$$$ |


315 offers a full dinner menu and tapas using fresh and seasonal food. With more than 50 hand-crafted martinis, they use the best natural ingredients for flavors that really pop! Also find great wine, beer and a variety of non-alcoholic drinks. The Greenbriar Inn also offers getaway and elopement packages.

315 Wallace Ave. | 208.667.9660 Midtown Coeur d’Alene $-$$ |

PF THE OVAL OFFICE Come enjoy the Oval Office’s famous martinis like the Dirty Monica and Cosmopolitician, and enjoy great steaks, seafood and pastas they know you’ll love! Check out the fine scotch and wine lists and awesome martinis and tasty appetizers. Dine indoors or out on patio.

620 N. Spokane St. | 208.777.2102 Post Falls $-$$$ |






Sandpoint’s own award-winning winery has pleased palates for more than 20 years using select vineyards from Idaho and Washington. Visit the winery for more than just a tasting and tour. In addition to the opportunity to taste a variety of incredible wine, the Tasting Room has small bites available including a charcuterie board. And for those who prefer, there is locally crafted beer available. Pend d’Oreille Winery also hosts live music and fun events throughout the month. A gathering place for locals and tourists alike, Pend d’Oreille Winery is the perfect place to enjoy fine wine and create special memories.

301 Cedar St. | 208.265.8545 Sandpoint $-$$$ |

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