In what it hopes will become an annual tradition, the Coeur d’Alene Resort is excited for the launch of its first annual FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL.
A dozen regional wines will be featured during the April 6-7 festival, which takes place at the resort or its corresponding restaurants. Wineries include: Barrister Winery, Castaway Cellars, Cinder Winery, Coeur d’Alene Cellars, Colter’s Creek, Doubleback, Forgeron Cellars, Huston Vineyards, Latah Creek Winery, Maryhill Winery Spokane and Townshend Cellar. Also featured are local brewers, Daft Badger and Post Falls Brewing, as well as Tito’s Vodka, out of Texas.
The weekend is packed full, starting with a Friday reception on the resort’s Lakeview Terrace rooftop ($49). Saturday starts with a champagne brunch ($55), followed by six entertaining and educational options ranging from making ceviche with celebrity chef and Zona Blanca owner Chad White to resort executive chef Rod Jessick’s culinary tour ($35).
Enjoy a leisurely lunch and wine tasting at the Cedar’s Floating Restaurant ($65) or rest up for dinner. Your evening starts with a boat ride — hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting included, of course — to the Event Center for a sumptuous meal with more local wines, then back on the boat for a rousing after-party ($125).
Can’t decide? Purchase an all-access pass ($249) but don’t wait; a few events, including dinner with Doubleback Winery owner and former WSU and NFL player Drew Bledsoe, have already sold out.
An even better way to enjoy the weekend is to stay local, avoiding driving and luxuriating in all the amenities the resort has to offer (room rates start at $159). Call 800-688-5253 or visit cdaresort.com/discover/activities/food_wine_festival for details.
Golf Opening Weekend
To celebrate the opening weekend of golf season, the Coeur d’Alene Resort and Golf Course is offering its lowest overnight golf package rates of the season to play the world famous floating green. Play Thursday through Sunday with rates starting at only $99 per player, based on double occupancy. The golf package includes overnight lakeside accommodations and golf for two players. Visit cdaresort.com/discover/golf or call 800-935-6283 to book your golf getaway.
The sixth annual Sweetheart’s Ball takes on a masquerade theme this year. This event, promising “decadence and magic” features dinner, a live and silent auction and dancing, all to assist children impacted by cancer attending Camp Journey. Tickets are $75 at sweetheartsball.com, 5 pm, the Coeur d’Alene Resort.
Spring gives way to silliness at Schweitzer during the Schpring Finale. On Saturday, it’s pond skimming and duck hunting (rubber duckies, that is) to win prizes like season passes, along with live music. Sunday brings a kids’ scavenger hunt, a yellow snow eating contest and a duct tape cardboard sledding derby. Visit schweitzer.com/event for the schedule and preregister.