- North Idaho College
Some people call North Idaho College “Harvard by the Lake.” We think that’s a bit of a stretch, but it is on a lake. And that means there’s plenty to do outside: hiking, swimming, paddleboarding, disc golf, parasailing. The campus is small and dense, but it borders Coeur d’Alene’s sprawling parks and public beaches.
The Beer Cycle
You’re broke, but your mom sent you some change to do your laundry. Let’s be real: You’re not washing those clothes anytime soon. So, make that dollar go the distance on Thursday night at Moon Time, near the eastern end of Sherman Ave, where dollar-pint nights are a local favorite every week. It’s cheap beer and the chance to meet some people who aren’t in your English 101 class.
If you’re looking to study outside, but campus is too busy with Frisbee-throwing dudes, try the Coeur d’Alene Public Library’s back patio. (It’s at Seventh Avenue and Front Street.) But watch out: The library’s hours are restrictive. If you’re a night owl or an early-morning studier, their daytime hours won’t suffice.
Word of Warning
Very few cheap restaurants are open late in downtown Coeur d’Alene. So stock up and learn to cook, or you’ll end up broke and hungry. Well — more broke and hungry.
For karaoke, trivia and general debaucheries, head to the Moose bar at Fourth and Sherman, which also has open mic and open DJ nights just about every night. For something a bit more intellectual, check out exhibits and volunteer opportunities at the Human Rights Center next to campus.
If it’s something casual, grab a signature Bowl of Soul (think coffee, cinnamon, chocolate and homemade whipped cream), a beer, or an appetizer at Java on Sherman. If you’re looking to impress your newfound interest with your adorable creativity, pack a picnic and drive (or, better, bike!) to Lakeside Drive at the eastern edge of town for a quiet, tourist-free spot overlooking the lake.