Does food eaten outside, aka al fresco, really taste better? Decide for yourself with this list of perfect patio places, from, on or beside the water to downtown and beyond. COEUR D’ALENE RESORT offers numerous opportunities for dining with a view of the lake, including Dockside Restaurant and Beverly’s, but to get one of the best views of the lake with no glass separating you, check out THE FLOATING GREEN RESTAURANT on the world’s only “floating” golf green or CEDARS FLOATING RESTAURANT. After a two mile hike around Tubbs hill or an active day at McEuen Park, The Buoy Lakeside Restaurant is perfect for a casual meal, with million dollar lake views. It’s located right next to the entrance to Tubbs Hill. Elsewhere on the lake, enjoy Italian-themed dining at TONY’S ON THE LAKE.
Don’t forget about the region’s dining on the river, either. RED LION TEMPLIN’S HOTEL ON THE RIVER has two outdoor seating options — on the upper patio and down by the water.
There are numerous places downtown with patio seating including TITO’S ITALIAN GRILL, COLLECTIVE KITCHEN PUBLIC HOUSE and CRICKET’S RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR. One of the busiest and biggest patios in the summer is at CRAFTED, where outdoor fire pits add to the evening ambiance.
In midtown Coeur d’Alene, see and be seen at CAPONE’S SPORTS PUB & GRILL, where the outdoor patio wraps halfway around the Fourth Street locale.
Urban alternatives include FISHERMAN’S MARKET & GRILL, where you can also enjoy amazing sushi, and MACKENZIE RIVER PIZZA, with a family-friendly environment.
And if a place doesn’t have any interior seating, then everything is an outdoor patio experience. That’s ROGER’S ICE CREAM & BURGERS, where locals go for a classic summer treat that’s both sweet and savory.
Bands on Boats Summer Concert Series
Get ready to belt out “Living on a Prayer” when the Rub rocks the boat during the Bands on Boats Summer Concert Series. Their Bon Jovi covers are always crowd favorites. This 90 minute lake cruise departs from the Resort at 7 pm. Tickets $25; ages 21+.
Julyamsh Pow Wow
Native American dancers, drummers, food concessionaires, authentic tribal artists and craftspeople return to the fairgrounds for Julyamsh, one of the largest powwows in the nation. Admission is $10 for adults. Coeur d’Alene Tribal Members and children 12 and under are free; Pow Wow Tours $25; grand entries Friday 7 pm, Saturday at 1 pm and 7 pm. Located at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds.
Country music icon Trace Adkins brings his time-honored hits to Coeur d’Alene Casino this July. The “You’re Gonna Miss This” crooner has sold more than 11 million albums, won three Academy of Country Music Awards and lent his talents to several films and televisions shows. He recently released his 12th studio album, Something’s Going On. Tickets $35+; 7-10 pm; Coeur d’Alene Casino.