Big town, small city

By Diane Mettler

It’s rare when a city is able to retain its small-town charm as it matures and becomes more sophisticated. Somehow Coeur d’Alene, a city in the Idaho panhandle, has managed to pull it off.

Whether you’re a lover of music, performance art or fine art, Coeur d’Alene offers it. It boasts an opera, a symphony, a variety of galleries and a summer theater, which was ranked by USA Today as one of the 10 top places in America to see Broadway-quality shows off-Broadway. At the same time the quaint, downtown streets offer a welcoming atmosphere—a far cry from a bustling metropolis.

The city is also a popular tourist destination, but that wasn’t always the case. In 1986, the Coeur d’Alene Resort was built on Lake Coeur d’Alene, creating a trendy vacation spot. Today, with the resort, the art, the friendly atmosphere and amazing list of things to do, it’s no wonder the city is listed in Patricia Schultz’s popular book, 1000 Places to See Before You Die.

The full text of this article is available in the Fall issue of Artisan Northwest.

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