Isn’t Winter over yet?

beach2We think that we should be done with Winter for one Winter, however, it doesn’t seem like Winter is quite done with us.  Where can you go to escape the snow, rain, cold, mud and mess that is headed our way?

We have discussed this before, but now things are about to get desperate.  Rain is forecast for the next while, followed by sun, which should be good news, but will bring the snow thaw and all that that means.  Mud, ice, mud, flooding in the low areas, and of course, mud.

If you really need to get out of town until the weather calms itself, here are two  suggestions.

Ever visited South Carolina?

Well, we never have, but after doing this research, we just may need to!

South Carolina boasts over 380 golf courses, so if golf is your game, this might look like heaven.  The courses range in difficulty and varied terrain, and some are even State Parks.

If your’e not a golfer, maybe you should be, but there are plenty of other ways to enjoy your time away from snow shoveling.  For instance, there are beaches.  Seabrook Island is an excellent choice of a lovely beachy place to visit.  Of course, they have sand and the ocean, as well as golf, but if you are looking for more ways to enjoy being outdoors, there is horseback riding, tennis, and nature walks.  Or head to Charleston, only twenty miles away for all of it’s historic charm and exciting dining and shopping opportunities.  Seabrook Island is a steal!  At two-bedroom weekly rental will only cost $995 on average.  Hardly pays to stay home!

If you are looking for something even more family-friendly, check out Edisto Island, also in South Carolina.  The average weekly rental cost for a two-bedroom vacation home here is only $784.  Edisto Island is quiet, but, if you need something to do, you can charter a fishing trip or go dolphin watching.

In conclusion, either of these destinations will be snow-free and warm, and a welcome break from our current weather.

 

 

 

 

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Idaho Vacation Spotlight: Spokane (Part 2)

spokaneThis week we decided to finish the “Idaho” Vacation Spotlight for Spokane! Last week, we covered some of the amazing food options in Spokane, and this week we want to check out great places to see. Spokane manages to be centrally linked between urban and rural. With only a few hour drive in either direction you can be in a big city, or Canada! Finding the perfect weekend activity is super simple. Staying in town? Great! Riverfront Park is a great place to take the family! Originally created for the Olympics in the 80’s, Riverfront Park just recently started a multi year expansion. There is an arcade, gondolas over the falls, and Primo shopping throughout this beautiful walkthrough. Check their website (above) for notice on special events like farmers markets and concerts. There is always something to do down there and its a great day trip if you have never been!

Many people don’t know, but there is a gorgeous arboretum in Spokane! Known as Manito Park, it is about 90 acres of ponds, flowers, ducks and geese! This fantastic place to take the family is free entry, and is open most of the year. The flowers mid spring-summer are the “people draw” here! It is worth an afternoon at least! There are a few other great parks in spokane. Several hundred year old churches line downtown, and most are open for tours. You can also stop by the falls for a breathtaking view of the Spokane river.

spokaneIf you are a fan of the arts, you don’t have to look any further! Spokane Civic theater has shows year round. The theater is known for the quality of acting and directing. It is the best theatre anywhere before getting to Seattle! Make sure and check their website for most recent shows to find one your in love with! Downtown also has 2 great movie theaters and tons of food!

While not as pristine and forested as the “official” members of the Vacation Spotlight, Spokane does offer a big city feel in a little town! If your planing a trip, make sure and include it in your plans. Next time we will cover the best places to stay!

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Idaho Vacation Spotlight: Spokane (Part 1)

SpokanePutting a Washington city in the Idaho Vacation Spotlight is cheating! Who writes these rules anyways? After some careful deliberation, I have decided to include Spokane in our spotlight because: A) Its not even an hour away and B) I like Spokane. Now then…the “Idaho” Vacation Spotlight this week!

Spokane is a cool city. It blends just enough “small town but city” feel (alla Boise) with “real city, but spread out enough to feel homey.” Aside from being a great place to live (you can choose urban or country housing and STILL get to work on time) Spokane manages to have a ton of great local events, and just the right amount of city flair! This week I will cover some of Spokane’s great venues, and we will follow up with food and events in later weeks!

Idaho Vacation SpotlightAh, food! My favorite subject! Typically getting high quality cuisine this far inland is a chore. Somehow the local business owners manage to get fantastic quality food and it shows! Whenever you think of a foodie city, your mind wanders to New York, or Portland kind of places. Fact is, food network has made several trips to the amazing local restaurants up here, and eating at any of them is a treat! Guy Fieri liked the area enough drive-ins, diners and dives made FIVE appearances in Spokane!

Elk Public House has amazing sandwiches and is well known for great atmosphere. The owners have several other restaurants around the area (MOON TIME SHOUTOUT!) that are fantastic and its an all around good idea to hit them up!

Hill’s is a cool divey place. Located in an old pharmacy, they make everything from scratch. Everything. The food tastes just like you would expect: amazing. Highly recommended and scrumptious. Waddell’s and Picabu’s both have the brew pub vibe. Great sandwiches, environment, and sides. Rather then mess with the menus just ask your server what is fresh. Sometimes the chefs go crazy and create awesome concoctions that are a sure bet! If your looking for a good time, and an awesome sandwich to get on your hands, any of Spokane’s finest will satisfy!

Sometimes I get carried away with my Pub Grub. Its amazing! There are also many folks out there that love the upscale dining scene.

BUT THAT WILL WAIT TILL NEXT WEEK! 

All this talk of sandwiches has me hungry…I’m going to make a stop at Meltz…

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Idaho Vacation Spotlight: Post Falls

Most outsiders wouldn’t consider Post Falls a “vacation” town. Geographically, it is located between Coeur d’Alene and Spokane and is typically considered a bedroom community. In less then 15 minutes you could be in Coeur d’Alene with the downtown bar scene, or watching an IMAX movie in River Park Square! Truth is your not going to stop in Post Falls for a weekend, but if you skip it altogether you will be greatly missing out. There are several amazing places to stop in Post Falls and you won’t want to skip it! The Spokane River dam (and where Post Falls gets it’s name) is an incredible site! Idaho Vacation Spotlight: Post FallsPictures never do rushing water justice, and its certainly true here! A short trip out from Post Falls proper is Falls Park. Surrounded by green forests and great places to each lunch or dinner, its a great stop for outdoors loving folks. It’s almost hidden gem status and the park is never stuffed with people. Truly a must stop!

Post Falls also has an excellent golf course in The Highlands! Often a venue for parties, weddings, the course features and excellent restaurant and pleasant, relaxed atmosphere. The golf pros keep their shop stocked with fantastic new products and it really is a friendly course to visit! If you love golfing and enjoy the North Idaho outdoors, make sure and mark this one down on your card.

Indépendant breweries and distilleries are really exploding in the United States, and it’s especially true here in Post Falls! In the past few years, half a dozen brewers have opened up small bistros where you can get great food, beer, and conversation! Of special note is Up North Distillery! They make fantastic whiskey and really strive to create an “underground” feel to the distillery. The food is amazing and you won’t be disappointed! We also have Selkirk Abbey and BiPlane Brewery offering fantastic ales to round out your slightly drunken trip through Post Falls! While not a vacation hotspot, there’s more then enough to do for a day! Whether your into relaxing in a spa, or enjoying the great outdoors, give the restaurants in Post Falls a shot! You will be glad you stopped in, even if you’re on your way someplace else!

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Vacation Rentals on the Lake!

Vacation Rentals are Filling Up Quickly!

Vacation Rentals on the Lake!We’re getting closer to summer time and everyone wants to come stay out on the lake! Vacation rentals are big business here in Coeur d’Alene and as we get nearer to warm weather it gets harder to find the right vacation spot! Here are a few helpful tips to make sure you get a great place to stay!

  1. DON’T WAIT. Most vacationers think we jack up the price closer to the season start! Vacation Rentals on the Lake!Truth is, we have people book so early the price never has a chance to increase! By waiting you just risk losing the perfect vacation home!
  2. Check with the Rental Company. Sometimes when we acquire a new vacation rental, we are able to rent it before posting it to our website or VRBO! Give us a call to check if we have any unlisted properties available!
  3. Ask about off weeks. We get a lot of phone calls. One of the less commonly asked questions is about when we’re NOT busy! Feel free to ask about potentially available weeks that might be close to the season start-end dates. We might be able to sneak you in!
  4. Check in monthly. If you really want a property, sometimes bookings get canceled! Before you give up hope and re-book, wait a month and call us again. While cancelations aren’t common, they do happen from time to time!
  5. Be willing to take advice. I often get calls from people for a very specific property. When it isn’t available, its likely I have something else in the same area or condition! Don’t be afraid to take our advice. We want you to enjoy your stay and give us great reviews!

We wouldn’t steer you wrong! In season it’s impossible to find any available vacation rentals but with some careful planning you might just end up in the perfect spot!

We can’t wait to see you up here soon!

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