WEEKEND GETAWAY AT COEUR D’ ALENE
For our latest trip to Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, we had time in our schedule to stay three nights. But whether we are travelling for three nights or three weeks, RV travel is the way to go! Our family met David’s parents there who have been traveling in their diesel pusher. The kids took one look at their grandparents’ much larger RV and with wide eyes asked when we were getting one of those. To their disappointment, I said not until they graduate college!
We stayed at Blackwell Island RV Resort which is one of the largest RV parks I have enjoyed. The resort was nice, clean and well maintained.
A mix of short-timers like us, families, couples, and retired folks stayed at the RV resort. It has gravel sites with paved loops around the park. Blackwell Island RV Resort boasts 500 feet of beach along the Spokane River, protected swimming area, docks for boats/jet skis, and even rental pontoon boats. They are strict with their rules, for example speed limits, but having my own kids out riding bikes, I am glad they enforce their guidelines.
Weather, surprisingly, was an issue for us during our stay. We only had two full days to explore Coeur d’ Alene, and we were rained out one of those days. Instead of staying put in the trailer during the rain, we decided to explore underground Idaho!
We drove about 40 minutes to Kellogg to see Crystal Gold Mine.
The kids had a blast on the mining tour and even panned for gold in the rain.
The mine owners are amazing and full of stories regarding local history. They have put their hearts and a lot of hard work into opening this mine to the public. My hat goes off to them. Plus, they have a small RV park on site, a perfect stop over along IH90.
After, we headed to Wallace, Idaho for lunch at The Fainting Goat. Check it out – a must eat!
The next day we took advantage of great weather and enjoyed an art walk at Northern Idaho University. My mother-in-law loves to shop! 🙂 The rest of the day we spent back at the Blackwell Island RV Resort and the kids played outside at the beach while the grownups lounged and enjoyed the views.
We had a great time visiting Coeur d’ Alene and surrounding Idaho. I definitely will go back to take advantage of this beautiful area. Plus, my husband is dying to play the famous floating green at The Coeur d’ Alene Golf and Spa Resort.
Below are some reminders to help plan your stay, so you know what to expect:
- If you want s’mores, you will need to bring a propane fueled fire pit, since there are no wood fires allowed at Blackwell Island RV Park.
- The Wi-Fi network was challenging for us to get on, so bring along other forms of entertainment like books and games. What a wonderful opportunity to unplug and spend some quality time with the family 🙂
- Reserve your site far in advance; there are some beautiful sites close to the beach area that you won’t want to miss!
- They had a volleyball net set up, so remember to bring a ball to play a game. The RV park has large lawn areas that are perfect for a number of games, such as ladder golf, and other sports.
- If you bring your boat or jet skis, they have boat trailer storage parking on the property.
- Bring water toys and floats for the kids at the beach/swimming area. The beach was more gravel than sand, so water shoes are recommended.
Thanks for reading and please comment or add any other suggestions for Coeur d’ Alene. We plan to revisit this area again and I love learning about your favorite hikes or hidden gems. God Bless:)