Way Out West Where the Mountains Meet the Lakes Coeur d’Alene Awaits

Coeur d’Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (click name to learn more)

Inland Empire Chapter Pre-events September 13-16

Chapter Roundtable and Annual Membership Meeting September 17

International Boat Show September 18-19

Annual Auction September 18

Annual Awards Banquet September 19


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Schedule of Events (as of 3/23/2020 – subject to change)

Inland Empire Chapter Hosted Events
*Start your week in Priest Lake, Idaho (September 13-15)

Nestled in the woods and lined by the Selkirk Mountain Range, just two hours north of Coeur d’Alene, lies Priest Lake. Come join us “Way Out West, Where the Mountains Meet the Lakes”, to the most northern portion of the Idaho Panhandle, just 15 miles from the Canadian border. Priest Lake is 25 miles long and is surrounded by 80 miles of shoreline with sandy beaches that include seven islands. The Upper Lake, as it’s called and the main lake, Priest Lake, are connected by a three mile long, slow moving scenic river called the “Thoroughfare”. Moose, bear, deer and cougar are some of the familiar sights as you travel along this beautiful region. Once you have checked in Sunday afternoon, with most of you at Hill’s or Elkins Resorts, relax and reconnect with old friends while enjoying a huckleberry cocktail and meet new ones until the “Welcome Aboard” party begins, hosted at Hill’s Resort. Monday morning, you are on your own so get yourself a hearty breakfast at your resort. Don’t worry, if you’re not bringing a boat, we will find you a boat to ride in. Elkins Resort is our launching spot for the boat cruise to the Upper Lake. Once we reach the end of the Upper Lake, we will head back down the lake to Hill’s Resort for a beach side buffet lunch. After lunch, you will be on your own and can spend the rest of the day cruising the other parts of Priest Lake or head back to your cabin and relax. Monday night’s dinner will be hosted and held at Elkins Resort, a five-star resort, for a delicious prime rib, salmon & chicken entree with all the fixings. Start your engine early Tuesday morning, as we cruise over to Cavanaugh’s Resort for a tasty breakfast. After a great meal, we will continue south down the lake for a tour of the south end of Priest Lake. A late check out has been arranged at your resort before you head out to Coeur d’Alene. Questions – Contact Brian Fair 509-990-6796 or brianf@carlsonsheetmetal.com.

Sunday 9/13 – Welcome Board Reception at Hill’s Resort from 6pm-9pm.

Monday 9/14 – Breakfast on your own. Enjoy a guided cruise to Upper Priest Lake. Lunch is included and catered by Hill’s Resort. Cruise will return in time to rest a bit before an award winning dinner at Elkins Resort.

Tuesday 9/15 – Start your boat early for a cruise to Cavanaugh’s Resort for breakfast followed by a cruise to the south end of Priest Lake. Resorts will offer a late checkout, then drive to Coeur d’Alene.

Hotel Info – Elkins Resort 208-443-2432 | Hill’s Resort 208-443-2551

*Start your week in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho (September 14-15)

Monday 9/14 – Wallace, Idaho – Silver Mine Tour

Wallace Idaho (the entire town is on the National Historic Register) and the surrounding area are recognized as the richest silver mining district on earth having produced 1.2 billion ounces since 1884. Hop on the Sierra Silver Mine trolley in downtown Wallace and dig a little deeper into these rich mountains and their storied past. On the tour, an experienced miner guides you through the main drift of an actual underground silver mine. Exhibits and demonstrations of mining equipment present historic and modern techniques used to mine silver, gold, lead, zinc, and copper. Your guide will share his experiences as a hard-rock miner in the Coeur d’Alene District. The stories, demonstrations, and exhibits included in the Sierra Silver Mine Tour are entertaining and educational for visitors of all ages and interests. A bus will depart the Coeur d’Alene Resort at 10:00am. Returning to Coeur d’Alene at approximately 4:30pm The Bus is limited to 58 passengers. Register early. $46.00 Per Person. Questions – Contact Jan Keener at keener@my180.net or 208-661-0530

Tuesday 9/15 Cruise from Coeur d’Alene to Harrison, Idaho

Visit historic Harrison Idaho. The community was founded in 1899 and named after U.S. President Benjamin Harrison. Harrison once was the largest city on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Logging and mining fueled the economy. Harrison is located approximately 16 miles down lake from Coeur d’Alene. The guided trip will begin at the gas dock on the Coeur d’Alene Resort Board Walk at 10:00am. You’ll travel along the eastern shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene-down to Harrison approximately an hour and half to two hours. Lunch in Harrison will be at “One Shot Charlies” (they’ll tell you what the “one shot” means). Lunch is lasagna, salad, breadsticks and a soft-drink for $17.50 (payable to the restaurant) if time permits, a “cruise” up the Coeur d’Alene River may be possible. Harrison is located at the mouth of the river. Allow approximately 6-7 hours for the round trip. Questions – contact Jan Keener at keener@my180.net or 208-661-0530

Coeur d’Alene Events (September 16-17)

Wednesday 9/16 Spokane River Breakfast/Poker Run

Departing the Coeur d’Alene Resort Boardwalk Marina at 8am rendezvous at the mouth of the Spokane River near Cedars floating restaurant at 8:15. At 8:30 we will arrive at Le Peep restaurant to pick up your first card and breakfast burrito. From there you will enjoy a nine mile ride along the Spokane River to Post Falls, Idaho. There will be seven stops at Inland Empire Chapter members’ homes along the way where you will pick up a playing card for the poker run. Many of the stops will offer boaters a beverage or snack to enjoy as you cruise the scenic ride down the river. The run should take approximately three hours. This will allow you time to return to the resort in time for the McEuen Park BBQ. The winner of the poker run will be announced and an award will be presented at the BBQ for the best poker hand. The BBQ is a separate event from the Poker Run. $20 per person. Questions – Contact Daryl Reynolds dreynoldsjr@me.com or 530-588-2800

Wednesday 9/16 BBQ at McEuen Park (12:30-2pm)

BBQ by Drummon Catering at McEuen Park. The Park is adjacent to the Coeur d’Alene Resort.
The park boasts the city’s largest playground, a colorful splash pad, tennis/pickle ball court, basketball court, off-leash dog park, Avista Pavilion, the Rotary Harbor House (waterfront concession stand/restroom facility), the sea wall overlook, grand plaza, Veterans Memorial, and 4-acre grassy area with room to hold events for up to 5,000 people. This park also hosts a boat launch, mooring facilities and a trail head for Tubbs Hill. $22 per person.
Questions – Contact Jan Keener at keener@my180.net or 208-661-0530

Thursday 9/17 Tour StanCraft Boats Facility and the Bird Aviation Museum

Enjoy the one hour tour (starting at 10am) of the state of the art boat building facility located in Hayden, Idaho, a short 15 minute drive from the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Tour the facility with owner Robb Bloem and his team from the very initial stages of design, to framing to finish and upholstery. StanCraft was founded in 1933 by W.H. “Billy” Young and his son Stanley C. Young on Flathead Lake, Montana in the town of Lakeside. Syd and Julie Young took over the company in 1968. In the early 1980’s the company relocated to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Syd Young’s son-in-law and youngest daughter now own the company and continue the StanCraft tradition of high-performance, elegant and state of the art wood boats. Light hors d’oeurvres and drinks will be provided. $10.00 donation requested for the Post Falls Food Bank
The Bird Aviation museum houses a collection of vintage aircraft and automobiles. A short walk from the StanCraft facility. Take flight at The Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center while touring 16,000 square feet of innovation and aviation. The focus of the museum is honoring the historic contributions of aviators and innovators who have helped create modern technology and celebrate these individuals who have forever changed the way we live. The Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center was founded by Dr. Forrest Bird, inventor of the medical respirator, and his wife, Pam. $ 5.00 donation is requested at the door. Questions – Contact Ron Yandt at: ronandjaney@aol.com

Hotel Information

The host hotel is the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Room rates for Tuesday-Sunday nights are as follows:
Lake Tower – $279 | Park Tower – $229 | North Wing – $159 (SOLD OUT)
To reserve a guest room, call the Coeur d’Alene Resort reservations department at 888-965-6542. The group name is “The Antique and Classic Boat Society, Inc.”

A room block is also available at the Coeur d’Alene Inn from Wed-Sun nights (Best Western Plus Property). The room rate is $140 per night plus applicable taxes. The address of the Coeur d’Alene Inn is 506 West Appleway, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. Please call 800-251-7829 to reserve a guest room.

For a complete list of lodging options, please visit the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce using this link, https://directory.cdachamber.com/list/ql/lodging-travel-15.