The Educational Center of Northern Idaho
One of the reasons why Coeur d’Alene has gained notoriety for being the educational center of Northern Idaho is because it offers a large number of schools to the 10,300 students registered within the school district.
This includes 10 different elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools. As a way to boost education and reinsert dropouts into the system, the city also offers an alternative school for the high and middle school levels, as well as a dropout retrieval school and a district-wide Honors and Advanced Placement program.
In matters of higher education, Coeur d’Alene is the home of North Idaho College, a 2 year community college with a population of 6,000 students. Established in 1933, North Idaho College currently resides on the land where Fort Sherman once stood, adding a historical aura to an already popular institution which has been the home to such notable alumni as Sarah Palin (1983), Jason Bay (1997-1998), Rick Jore (1978), and a slew of other important sports figures, such as Steve Parker, Trevor Prangley, and Josh Thomson, among others.
Something to Do All Year Round
Coeur d’Alene offers a wonderfully varied selection of events and attractions throughout the year, as well as parks and recreational activities, to both locals and visitors alike.
Among the most popular events are the Ironman Triathlon, held every year at the end of June; the “Car d’Alene”, a renowned car show that features both old and new cars shown by their owners, and the delightful Christmas Lighting Ceremony, an annual ceremony performed on the Friday after Thanksgiving and which features a parade, fireworks and the lighting of special candles supplied to visitors by local businesses.
Outdoor activities such as golfing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting are also a favorite of tourists, and can be carried out in any of the scenic areas surrounding Coeur d’Alene during the summer.
A Winter Wonderland for all Tastes
As a consequence of its expansion and booming tourism, Coeur d’Alene has become a well-known resort town, popular with those who enjoy winter activities or simply want a change of scenery during the snowy season.
The main resort in the area is the Coeur d’Alene Resort, which is located downtown and takes up most of that part of the city. This renowned vacation spot offers year-round activities, such as a marina that allows boating access to the lake, exemplary convention facilities, a relaxing spa, as well as an 18-hole golf course, which has attracted players from around the world.
Other ski resorts in the area are Silver Mountain and Schweitzer Mountain, both of which are only a short drive away from the heart of the city and have become a bastion for America’s favorite winter sports.
Fine Dining Every Gourmet Will Love
One of the most attractive areas of Coeur d’Alene, or CDA as the locals call it, is the huge selection of businesses along Sherman Avenue, which is the city’s main artery, a good number of which consist of highly rated cafés, restaurants and bistros that cater to all tastes, ranging from spicy Mexican food to the most traditional American sandwiches. Amongst the best dining facilities in the area we can find are Café Carambola, an establishment serving a good variety of Latin American fare on Hubbard Street.
Satay Bistro, conveniently located on N 4th Street, displays romantic ambiance and dimmed lights with a posh and luxurious option for those who are looking for a menu that offers favorites such as butternut soup, stuffed sea bass and the typical filet mignon, among other savory dishes.
A favorite of the locals, The Garnet Café, located on Walnut Avenue, is well known for its welcoming and friendly service as well as the quirky names they give to their entrees. It is here where you can enjoy some of the most delicious breakfast fare in the area, including the locally famous green eggs and ham.