Top 3 Fears for First Time Home Buyers

Buying your first home is a BIG DEAL.  But it may not be as “scary” as you thought!

We have helped tons of first time home buyers get into their first homes.  Time and time again, the concerns, misconceptions and fears we discuss are the same.

Here are just 3 we hear all the time and often the reasons buyers decide they need to wait or that it “just wont for for them”.

We are here to tell you, its not as hard you think and when you work with someone like us, we will get all of the questions answered and guide you through the process each step of the way.  Believe us, whatever you worried about or are afraid to ask, we have dealt with it before and can help you too!

If you are curious about buying and want to know more, let’s connect!  We are here to help you Make Awesome Happen.

Also be sure to watch our First Time Buyer Play List on YouTube    for more helpful information about buying your first home.


Posted on August 19, 2019 at 8:41 pm
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Tindall Faves: Burgers

The all-American classic: the burger. A lakeside town tucked in next to the Rockies is just the place you’d expect to have a great burger scene, and Coeur d’Alene does not disappoint.  

 

 

 

 

Nosworthy’s Hall of Fame

Once again, Nosworthy’s is our favorite all around establishment.  They are known for their burgers and they deliver every time. Everything is made to order, handcrafted goodness on a bun.  The Mootz Sister and King Kong are some of our favorites. For a keto friendly meal, try the Hoss burger with no bun. It’s excellent!  Be sure to come hungry too, as these burgers are quite the meal. We can’t say enough good things about Nosworthy’s. We love the food; we love the people there; and we just can’t get enough of our casual, old school Coeur d’Alene gathering spot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

Hudsons

Hudsons has been around for over 100 years.  Their food is tasty and simple; they don’t need any extra flair! Their location in downtown Coeur d’Alene is quaint and comfortable.  Their bar allows customers to watch as they hand slice pickles and onions for each burger. A double cheeseburger, taken to-go and eaten in the park is the perfect choice to fulfill those summer burger cravings. Despite being a very burgercentric restaurant, they also offer some great breakfast options and phenomenal pies for those with a sweet tooth!  There’s a reason they’ve been voted top 10 across America for burgers…they are simply the best!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

Messy Burger

Located in Spirit Lake, Messy Burger has a great take on burgers.  They provide big, bold flavors in their small little location on main street.  The staff is always friendly and great at giving suggestions for what to order (there are A LOT of choices!) Their Drunken Cowboy and Southwest Mess are some of our favorite burgers there.  Grab a burger with fries and fry sauce and take it to go, or dine outside at their outdoor picnic table seating. There’s a reason this place is rated #1 for quick bites in Spirit Lake!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seasons of CDA

Seasons is one of the most upscale locations on our list.  With live music, a large bar, and a beautiful interior, Seasons is firing on all cylinders. Their menu is quite diverse, with burger and non-burger options.  All sauces for their burgers are made in house (we recommend their carmelized onion tarter!).Our favorite is the wonderful Kobe beef burger that is excellent with and without the bun.  With a convenient location right in the heart of downtown, and fresh local ingredients, it’s a no-brainer! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Penny’s Pit

If you are not looking you can drive right by this gem.  Penny’s Pit is located in Rathdrum in a little strip mall next to a gas station.  Based on the location, you might have some doubts, but trust us; this place is an absolute must-visit. Their burgers, sandwiches and really, anything you might like to order are out of this world.  This very tiny establishment, run by a husband and wife team, makes all their food to order with fresh and tasty ingredients. Their portions are massive, so don’t worry about leaving hungry. It’s hard for us to pick favorites because we love everything on the menu, but some of the standouts to us are the Sinatra with gorgonzola cheese, the James Dean, and the Naked Lady (for our keto friends.)  You truly can’t go wrong with anything you might order. Don’t miss out on this hidden gem!  

 

 

 

 


Posted on August 13, 2019 at 2:56 pm
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Fire Safety

As fire season continues, it’s good to take a moment and review some fire safety tips for both in the home and while outdoors. Having the basic knowledge may help prevent a home fire or a wildfire.

 

 

Outdoors

Below are 3 steps to follow when you have a fire outdoors:

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  • Picking Your Campfire Spot: Be sure you follow any rules or regulations if planning to build a pit in a campground. Ensure you pick a level spot and you are approximately 10-15 feet away from anything that could catch fire. This includes low hanging branches, trees/shrubs, and your own gear. Take the weather into account as well, for example if there will be high wind and which direction it’s going in. Make sure rocks line the pit so your fire stays within the boarder.

 

  • While You Maintain Your Fire: Once your fire is going, do not add dangerous items such as aerosol cans, pressurized containers or aluminum cans. This items could explode, cause harmful fumes or shatter. Keep your fire at a manageable size. If it gets too large it could easily become out of hand with no way to put it out on your own. Also, always watch it. This is especially true if there are pets or children nearby. As a safety precaution, always have water close by.

 

  • Extinguishing Your Fire: If possible, let you fire burn down to ash. Then, pour water over all the embers, not just the red ones, until the hissing sounds spots. You could also put dirt or sand over the fire, if water isn’t available. Continue adding the water or dirt/sand, stirring around with a shovel, until everything is cool. Never walk away or go to bed when your fire is still warm.

 

General Safety Tips to Help Prevent a Wildfire:

 

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  • Be careful while camping and using & fueling fueling lanterns, stoves, and heaters. Make sure it’s cool before refueling. Do your best not to spill flammable liquids and store appropriately.

 

  • Do not dispose of your cigarettes, matches or any smoking material out of a moving vehicle or anywhere near an area that could catch fire. Always put your cigarette out before disposing of it.

 

  • When burning yard waste, avoid burning in windy conditions. Have a shovel, water and fire retardant nearby and avoid all flammable materials from your yard. Follow all fire rules, such as not letting the fire get out of hand, ALWAYS keep an eye on it and put it out completely before walking away.

 

  • If you notice an unattended or out of control fire, contact your local fire department or 9-1-1.

 

  • If using fireworks, consider wetting down the grass and surrounding areas before lighting them. Always have a bucket of water, garden hose or fire extinguisher ready nearby. Avoid lighting fireworks on a windy night.

 

 

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Below is 6 ways to prevent a fire in your home and help to avoid injury:

  • Smoke Alarms: Be sure you have the correct number of smoke alarms installed in your home. Test them once a month to ensure they are still is working order. Have spare batteries in your home so if the batteries die, you can replace them right away. Replace them at least once a year. Learn more about smoke alarms by clicking here, such as how many and where to install in your home.

 

  • Fire Extinguishers: They are a good idea to have to put out a small fire in your home or garage. Go over the 5 different types of fire extinguishers to be sure you have the correct one. Be sure your fire extinguisher is checked and tested regularly by a professional. Also, make sure you know how to use the fire extinguisher by following the P.A.S.S. rule below:
    • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
    • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
    • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
    • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

 

  • Teach Your Children the Basics: Don’t let them play with matches, candles or fire and teach them that it can be dangerous. Show your child what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do when one goes off. If your child is old enough teach them not to touch a door knob if it’s hot, how to stop drop & roll, to crawl on the ground when they see smoke, and not to hide under a bed or in a closet if there is a fire. And if you have the opportunity, go to a fire station and have them meet a firefighter so they can be familiar with what they do and their gear.

 

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  • Create A Fire Escape Plan: Draw your home’s floor plan that shows all the windows & doors. Make a plan of escape and go over it with your family, be sure there are at least 2 ways to get out of ever room, if possible. Have a spot you meet your family once outside. And be sure to practice the plan at least twice a year. Click here for a printable sheet to draw out your escape.

 

  • Create A Family Emergency Communication Plan: Be sure every family member knows who to contact in case they can not find one another. This goes for any type of emergency, not just a fire. Also, be sure everybody know how to properly use 9-1-1.

 

  • Stay Safe When Grilling: Do not use your grill unless it’s away from siding, decking or anything that could catch fire. Make sure your children and pets remain at least 3 feet away from the grill when it’s in use. Always stay with your grill when using it and clean it regularly.

 

 

Although it’s impossible to guarantee a fire will never get started in your home or your camp fire never gets out of hand, taking the precautions and steps above can help avoid it from happening. Always stay safe!

 

Credit: American Red Cross, Safety.com, U.S. Fire Administration, SmokeyBear, Active.com, FEMA, National Geographic


Posted on August 9, 2019 at 2:24 pm
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How is the North Idaho Market?

How is our local Real Estate Market?  What can we expect for our market for the rest of the year?  WHat are the indicators to watch ?

Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner shares his insights in the Gardner Report.

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW

Following a trend that started last fall, job growth in Idaho continues to moderate. The addition of 18,400 new jobs year-over-year represents an annual growth rate of 2.5%. This is to be expected at this point in the economic cycle, but it’s worth noting that the current rate of job growth remains well above the national average of 1.6%.

In May, the state unemployment rate was 2.8%, marginally lower than the 2.9% rate of a year ago. The state remains at full employment, though it is interesting to note that the employment rate remained below 3% even as the labor force rose 2%, suggesting that the economy remains very robust as there are still job openings to accommodate new workers.

Read the Full Report


Posted on August 7, 2019 at 10:19 pm
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Boating Safety

One thing you can almost be sure of is at some point you will find yourself on a boat during the summer here in North Idaho. With the numerous amount of lakes and rivers, it’s near impossible not to enjoy boat life, even if it’s only for a day. Whether you’re an avid boater, only enjoy it every now and then or are just getting into boating, it’s always a good idea to know the basics of boating safety before leaving the dock.

 

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1. Check the Weather Before You Leave

Be sure to check the weather of your route and destination, including the water conditions, before you depart. You can’t always tell a storm will roll in just by looking outside.

 

2. Have the Proper Gear Onboard

You never know if or when you’ll have an emergency. Being sure you have all the proper gear onboard will help avoid additional issues and will ensure you’re prepared for every type of situation. Check out a full checklist here!

 

3. Be Aware of Carbon Monoxide

Always maintain fresh air circulation in your boat and be sure you and others on the boat are aware of carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms. Click here to learn more about CO & CO poisoning.

 

4. Take a Boat Safety Course & Know the Rules

There are several different courses you can take online for boat safety that you can receive certification for them. Check out the list here.

Knowing your rules will ensure you and other boaters safety. Check out the navigation rules here.

 

 

5. Get your Boat Checked

You can receive a free boat check! The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadrons both offer that service. These checks make sure you have the proper safety equipment and that they are in the proper condition per state and federal regulations. Find out how to get your check scheduled by clicking here.

 

6. Use Common Sense

Many of the rules on the water are consistent with the rules on the road. Stay alert, operate at a safe speed, make sure passengers are following safety measures, avoid alcohol use when driving and stay clear of the engine are examples of just a few.

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7. Follow Proper Procedures

Knowing and following proper docking & anchoring procedures are an important part of boating. Depending on the type or boat you have and the weather conditions, the procedures you need to follow could be different. Be sure you know what to do.

 

 

Credit: Discover Boating & Nationwide


Posted on July 30, 2019 at 10:05 pm
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Tindall Faves: Breakfast

When it comes to starting off your day right, Coeur d’Alene has you covered.  Not only do we have a great coffee scene, which we highlighted in a previous Tindall Faves, they also have some incredible breakfast options.  All possessing a classic, hometown feel, these breakfast stops are sure to leave you full and happy, without making too much of a dent in your wallet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nosworthy’s Hall of Fame

It truly does not get any better than Nosworthy’s.  Whether we’re looking for a filling breakfast to start off the day, a burger for lunch, or a big schooner of beer, Nosworthy’s is always our top choice. It has a true home-town feel, with sports memorabilia filling the walls, friendly service, and huge plates to fill up on when we’re really hungry. Their outdoor seating makes it a great place for outdoor breakfast during summer mornings, or a drink in the fresh air at night.  Our favorites are the King Kong burger, Schweitzer omelett, and jojo’s with dip. Their diverse menu choices and consistent quality make them a perfect any-time go-to. We can’t recommend them enough!

 

 

 

 

     

 

The Garnet

The garnet is small, quaint and unique.  When you go inside, it feels like you’re at grandma’s, and their food follows in their environment. They have a great menu with plenty of options for everyone.  One of their shining stars is their homemade bread. With toast accompanying most breakfast options, it’s the perfect compliment to a salty, traditional breakfast, especially with their homemade lemon curd and raspberry jam! Everything they do never fails to impress.  Try their classic breakfast or their trout for a rustic and satisfying start to your day!

 

 

 

         

Jimmy’s Down the Street

There’s a reason Jimmy’s Down the Street has been featured on the popular television show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.  With a large menu and classic cafe decor, Jimmy’s Down the Street knocks it out of the park in the “busy cafe” category. The staff are always helpful and accommodating, with the owner often visiting each table to ensure the satisfaction of his customers.  Their corned beef hash is a must-have, and their gigantic cinnamon rolls are the perfect finish to a big breakfast. Enjoy their ample parking and fast service for a pleasant breakfast or lunch.

 

 

Le Peep

Le Peep is a great breakfast option with a unique environment.  Their patio overlooks the Spokane River in Riverstone, making it the perfect place to sit outside and look out over the water while enjoying a great meal.  We love to boat here during the summer and tie up at their dock. They have a large menu with lots of options, some of our favorites being their mexican breakfast, and any of their scrambles. Their locally sourced ingredients and big portion sizes just make these that much better.  They also have some of the best gluten free options in town! If you’re looking for a tasty breakfast with a view, this is the place to visit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted on June 24, 2019 at 6:36 pm
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Summer Concerts

Who doesn’t LOVE live music? You’d be surprise by the amount of concerts in the area. With multiple venues and a wide range of artists scheduled to play, there is something for everybody. Here’s a few of the area venues & special events, a bit about them, and their headlining shows. Check it out and enjoy the music this summer!

 

 

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Knitting Factory

The setting in the Spokane location is one unlike any around. Very intimate venue, it makes it feel like you could reach out and touch the artist on stage and that they’re performImage result for knitting factory spokaneing just for you. With a large bar there is little to no standing in line for your drink.

Upcoming Shows:

Band of Horses

Bobaflex

Andy Grammer

 

 

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Spokane Arena

Although the arena hosts a multitude of different events, it‘s also known for it’s concerts. With 12,500 seats in the facility, many Image result for spokane arena concertsdifferent food vendors and plenty of alcoholic beverage options you’re sure to enjoy any show you attend. 

Upcoming Shows:

Khalid

Disturbed

Bob Seger

 

 

 

 

 

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First Interstate Center (INB Performing Arts Center)

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Newly  renovated to enhance the experience, including new seats. Not to mention, a lounge available for you to sit and enjoy a drink or a bite to eat before the show. Other bars are located throughout the facility for you to grab some beer, wine, or coffee.

Upcoming Shows:

Lonestar

O.A.R.

3 Doors Down

 

 

 

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The most one of a kind place you could ever see a show, where mother nature crafted the perfect concert location.  It’s not about what this venue has, but rather what it doesn’t have. There’s camping (or Glamping if you prefer), food, drinks, views and more!Image result for gorge in george concertImage result for gorge in george concert

Upcoming Shows:

Watershed Country Festival

Mumford & Sons

Dave Matthews Band

 

 

 

 

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North Quest Resort 

Enjoy the summer and live music at this outdoor concert venue. It has been newly expanded with a luxury grandstand, bring the seating to 5,000. Unique venue you can enjoy concerts under the stars, not to mention with free parking. Stay and play after the show.

 

Upcoming Shows:

Pitbull

Bret Eldredge

“Weird Al” Yankovic

Steve Miller Band

 

 

 

 

Local Shows You Can’t Miss

 

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The Festival at Sandpoint

Two week event in Sandpoint Idaho which has the goal to make great music accessible to the area. All types of artists are scheduled to play, from genres such as country, jazz, blues, folk, world, rock & pop. Live music with dancing, food and more. Located at War Memorial Field, this is one concert series you have to see.

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A Few Headliners:

Walk Off The Earth

The Avett Brothers

Kool and the Gang

 

 

 

 

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Spokane County Fair Concert Series

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This year at the Spokane County Fair concert series, there’s two days dedicated to country and two days dedicated to rock! After a day full of fair fun, be sure and join the music festivities at one of the 4 concerts!

 Headliners:

Shenandoah & Restless Heart

Trace Adkins

Foreigner

Pop Evil

 

 

 

 

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Live After 5

Weekly concert held at McEuen Park in Coeur d’Alene every Wednesday throughout June, July & August. This is a great family event with beautiful views of the lake.

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A Few Headliners:

Willie K

The Shook Twins

Eclectic Approach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer Concert Series

Free weekly concerts at Riverstone in Coeur d’Alene every Thursday throughout June, July & August. Going into their 13th year of concerts and with high quality audio sound, it’s sure to amaze every time.

A Few Headliners:

North Point Jazz

Jacob Maxwell

The Talbott Brothers

 

 

Want to browse all the area shows, take a look at the list of all the concerts coming up by clicking here!

 


Posted on June 20, 2019 at 8:19 pm
John and Tracey Tindall | Posted in Best of CDA, CDA is Awesome, Things to Do and See in North Idaho, Whats Happening | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Treat Your Dad on Father’s Day

All fathers deserve the best! But sometimes they might be a little difficult to shop for, so maybe treating them to an experience would be more ideal. There are loads of fun activities you can do with your dad this Father’s Day! Check out some ideas and events happening below.  And if worst comes to worst, there’s also some out of box gift ideas, which are all below $100. 

 

Activities:

 

Take advantage of our local lakes and rivers. Rent a boat and enjoy the water. Maybe fishing or just cruising around. Click here for a list of area lakes & rivers plus some boat launches. 

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Head out to a brewery. There are a ton of great breweries in our area. If beer is your dad’s thing, check out a list of local breweries by clicking here.

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Hike or Bike. Maybe being active is something your dad enjoys. We’re in North Idaho, so there are plenty of places to hike or bike. Check out a great list we put together bu clicking here.

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Take him to a live show. Everybody loves music! There are some concerts happening this weekend in the area, check it out here

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Check out some classic cars. You’re in luck! This weekend is the annual Car d’Alene in beautiful downtown. Check out the details here.

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Take him to the golf course. Hit a few balls at a local golf course. Click here for a list of the ones in the area.

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Just lay low. Keep it simple and make your dad a nice home cooked meal. Or take him to a nice restaurant in the area and have others doing the cooking for you. 

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Local Events:

Father’s Day Cocktail Class – On June 16th you and your dad can make two signature cocktails at Up North Distillery in Post Falls, plus get 20% off all merchandise. 

Father’s Day Buffet – On June 16th at the Coeur d’Alene Casino, dad’s can enjoy a yummy buffet and $3 Manmosas!

Car D’Alene – June 14th and 15th in Downtown Coeur d’Alene, check out some classic cars with your dad.

 

Out of the Box Gift Ideas

Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit

 

Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit – $35

If your dad is a spice lover, this great gift he help can create his own brand of spice. 

 

 

 

 

 

Personalized Spatula – $24.95

Nothing shows your dad you love him more than your name on an item he uses frequently. He’ll think of you every time he uses it.

 

 

 

 

BottleLoft

 

BeerLoft – $30

Save some room in your dad’s fridge with this beer loft. Now he’ll have more space for his snacks. 

 

 

 

Whiskey Wedge and Glass

 

Whisky Wedge and Glass – $18

Help minimize the water dilution in your dad’s whisky but also keeping it chilled. That way it’ll be good to the last drop.

 

 

 

Beer Jelly - Set of 4

 

Beer Jelly – $30

Now your dad can eat his favorite beers straight from the tap with jelly infused with craft beers. 

 

 

 

 

Personalized Engraved Glass Decanter – $29.99

Engrave one side or two sides of a glass decanter for your dad and help them savor whisky the way it was supposed to be.

 

 

 

Bottle Opener Slot Game

 

 

Bottle Opener Slot Game – $70

Make your dad’s house the place to drink with this slot game. Who knew drinking could become even more fun? 

 

 

Check out full lists of great ideas by following the links below:

Uncommongoods.com

Etsy

Personalizationmall.com

Mancrates.com

 

Credit: Goodhousekeeping


Posted on June 12, 2019 at 9:33 pm
John and Tracey Tindall | Posted in Best of CDA, Keeping it Real - With John & Tracey, Our Events!, Whats Happening | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Tindall Faves: Coffee

One of the things Coeur d’Alene does best is coffee.  For a smaller town, we boast an impressive lineup of roasters and coffee shops. If you’ve been following us on Instagram at all, you know that one of our favorite sayings is “coffee is for closers.”  Because we love it so much, we thought we’d make a list of our favorite places in town to grab a cup! Whether you’re a resident, visitor, or looking to move here, this list should give you a great start!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters

Conveniently located in downtown Coeur d’Alene, Evan’s Brothers truly shines as one of the best coffee shops in town.  The quality of their coffee beans not only contributes to incredible pour-over quality, but also gives their espresso and lattes a unique and pleasant flavor. They are true coffee enthusiasts. However, their expertise doesn’t stop a coffee roasting.  They have created some of the most refreshing summer drinks available, as well as the best turmeric chai latte one could dream of. Their location downtown makes it easy to grab a drink and find a bench at McEuen Park (just a two minute walk away!) to soak up the sun.  We love this spot for business meetings or just an environment to get our creative juices flowing. With their pleasant staff, meticulous attention to detail with their coffee, and overall low-key environment, Evans Brothers is one of the best in class. Also visit their dog-friendly Sandpoint location!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terre Coffee & Bakery

Despite the large amount of coffee chains in Coeur d’Alene, Terre has managed to stand out of the bunch as perhaps the best multi-location shop in town. They have three locations spread throughout Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls, making it very convenient to grab a cup wherever you are around the area.  There is ample parking at each of their locations, setting them apart from some of the coffee shops downtown. No matter the location, they have a great system that tracks customer loyalty without the hassle of a punch card or loyalty card. Their friendly staff will serve you with a smile inside the shop, or in their speedy drive through. If their amazing coffee wasn’t enough, they also provide perhaps the best pastry and breakfast options for any coffee shop around. My favorite here is their americano with steamed cream and breakfast bagel sandwich.   If you’re looking for something sweet, try their gigantic cinnamon roll and honey maple latte for a great treat! 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coeur d’Alene Coffee Company

Located inside one of downtown’s coolest buildings, CDA Coffee Company has mastered the art of creating a pleasant and productive environment.  Within the spacious Innovation Den, CDA Coffee Company is an open and comfortable place to grab a coffee with friends, read a book, or get some work done. Along with the wonderful feel of their shop, they also have an innovative and unique seasonal drink menu, complimented by their in-house coffee roasting. We love their vanilla lattes and fresh-daily pastries (especially their muffins.)  They are also conveniently located near some great restaurants, shops, and parks. Whether you’re warming up by the fire place in the winter, or soaking in the sun on their patio in the summer, CDA Coffee Company is a must-visit!

 

 

 

 

 

BONUS:

Lean Bean Coffee

In a town filled with espresso stands, it’s tough to stand out. By their incredible consistency and friendly staff, Lean Bean has done just that. We love this place for a quick drive through that has everything you need.  It’s our go-to for buying coffee for the office. Not only do they deliver great drinks at breakneck speed, but they also provide delicious breakfast options if you’re having a busy morning and need to grab something fast.  They have everything: from zipfizz to granitas to coffee, and number of delicious sandwich options. Our favorite is their Cali Bagel on a jalapeno bagel + bacon. Whenever I need to grab a quick breakfast, it’s my first choice.  Their loyalty program is also one of the best around, as they have loyalty cards that track points, rather than punching cards and forgetting or losing them all the time. This place has it all. Catch their happy hour every day from 4-6pm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted on June 5, 2019 at 10:11 pm
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Camping Preparation

Here in beautiful North Idaho, one of the most common past times in the summer is camping! Whether you pull an RV or rough it with a tent, it’s a hobby most enjoy. Although the first camping trip of the year can be exciting, it may also seem a little overwhelming. It’s been months since your last trip and you have nothing prepared. We’ve got you covered! Below are checklists, tips, cooking ideas and more! 

 

Before Your First Trip

First thing on your to-do list in spring is to make sure your tent or RV and all gear is ready ready. Camping would not be very fun if you realized during your trip that something wasn’t working or missing and you weren’t fully prepared.   These things can ruin any  camping trip.

 

Tents are pretty easy, but still it is very important to make sure your tent is in top shape and ready to go. Here are a few things to remember when prepping you tent and gear:

  1. Inspect your tent and tarps for any holes. Apply waterproof sealant where necessary.
  2. Wash and fully dry all of your gear made of fabric, this includes any sleeping bags, pillows and blankets.
  3. Check all your fasteners and ropes. Replace any broken or frayed ones.
  4. Make sure all your tent poles and stakes are accounted for
  5. Make sure you have a hammer for the stakes and a hatchet for wood
  6. Be sure all your battery powered gear has new and fully charged batteries and works.
  7. Wash, dry, inspect, and check that all camping equipment is acceptable working order.

 

Now, RV‘s are much more complex to prepare.  Although every RV is going to be a bit different, the items detailed below will fit most RV’s and will be need to be completed.  Always best to check the manual for the specifics on your RV.

  1. Clean and inspect the inside and the outside of the RV.
  2. If you winterized your RV in the fall, steps will need to be taken to de-winterize the trailer. This is typically flushing the lines with clean water.
  3. Fill your water tank, run the water pump and check for leaks.
  4. Be sure your dump hose is in good and working order, with no holes or tears.
  5. Check all your fresh water, black and grey valves when at a dump station. Be sure they open and close property and these are no leaks.
  6. Inspect the caulking, tires, towing equipment, awning, appliances, lights, batteries and A/C Unit.
  7. Make sure all your safety equipment is on board along with a tool box with most often used items for small repairs

 

Image result for making a listThings to Pack

Although everybody camps a little differently, there are several things we all need to bring on every camping trip. We’ll save you the trouble of writing your own list, because we did it for you. Here are just a few very important items to remember:

1. Bedding – includes pillows, blankets and sleeping bags

2. Clothes – Plan for all types of weather from swim suits to coats

3. Toiletries – includes soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush, hair-ties, shaving items and deodorant

4. Lighting – lantern, flashlight and don’t forget the batteries or matches

5. Cook wear and utensils – Stove, dutch oven, griddle, coffee pot, knife, spatula and more

6. Don’t forget packing for your pups.  Leashes, food bowls, water bowls, dog bed, dog food

7. First Aid Kit, Stuff to Bug Bites,  Sunscreen, Ibuprofen etc.

 

That list is only scratching the surface. Need a more in depth list? Check out our Camping Checklist!

 

Cooking At Camp

Cooking while camping can seem like an overwhelming, difficult, and dreaded task. But, it can be easy and enjoyable if you follow some basic steps.

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Step 1: Plan Ahead.

Seems a little obvious, but it is one of the most important steps. Creating a list of everything you’ll need, even the little things, will insure less forgotten items. Things to consider in this step: the space and weight the food will take up, how you plan to cook things (stove, dutch oven, cast iron skillet), and that you eat food that spoils first.Image result for cleanup after meal in camp

Step 2: Choose your Equipment.

This step will mostly depend on how you camp and the amount of work you’re willing to do. If you prefer not to have any work while camping, pre made meals and snacks would be your go to. That would mean more prep work before you went camping. If you’re willing to do a little cooking, foil meals would be a great idea, that would be a little less prep work before you left.  If you can manage the extra weight and the extra work, dutch oven or a cast iron skillet would be a great way to prepare your food.  Dutch ovens seem to be a popular choice in cookware these days. Check out a video about dutch oven cooking for beginners by clicking here!

Step 3: Know how to Store Food.

A little organization will help big time when storing your food. There is a science behind stocking a cooler or fridge to ensure no wasted space and easy access to items you will need most often. A few ideas would be to bring a separate cooler for drinks, remove items from bulky packages, pack ingredients you’ll be using last at the bottom, and fill every nook and cranny with ice. Others things to keep in mind in regards to storing food is to be sure to keep everything clean, never to leave food unattended, and be aware of the wildlife in the area you’re camping and plan accordingly. Example would be bear proofing.

Image result for washing dishes in campStep 4: Clean Up. 

Proper clean up after your meal is also important, no matter how little we want to do it, as it prevents the spread of bacteria and the arrival of unwanted guests. Be prepared with items you’ll need: 2 dish tubs, dish cloth, drying towel and biodegradable soap. Thoroughly clean, dry and store your items. Store your unused food in airtight containers. Make sure all your trash has been picked up around your camp site and dispose of it properly. Either in the designated receptacle or pack it up and bring it out of the woods with you.  Remember, pack it in – pack it out.  Leave your camp spot or location better than when you arrived.

 

 

Have a great camping season! Be sure you’re prepared, have fun, and always be safe! 

 

Credit: Camping for Foodies, Camping with Gus, Chow Hound, National Park Service,


Posted on May 23, 2019 at 4:14 pm
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