Farm and Forest Towns comprise our northern region, as the Palouse turns into piny foothills with Coeur d'Alene Lake to the north.
No dog-and-pony show here, but a real, working orchard where visitors enjoy the pleasures of picking fruit, making cider and simply relaxing among the autumn bounty. Local honey is also available. Wander the u-pick orchard to partake of over ten different apple varieties, pears, and prunes—fill a bag or box and sample straight from the tree. An orchard outing is good fun for the entire family.
Seasonal, Sept.-Oct.; picking and cider-making Sat.-Sun. 9 am-5 pm; picking only (no cider) Thurs.-Fri. evenings, 5:15 pm to dusk 509.635.1551; email@example.com; 904 W. Adams St., Garfield, WA 99130
The stately 2-story 1898 Victorian McCroskey House has 3 bedrooms, each in Victorian décor. It’s on WA Highway 27, a scenic shortcut between Spokane and Moscow that winds through rolling Palouse wheat, lentil, mustard, and pea fields. Owner Donna Gwinn invented an organic lentil crunch, a breakfast specialty.
Open year-round. Call for rates; 509.635.1459; McCroskeyhouse@hotmail. com; 803 N. 4th Street, Garfield, WA 99130
Fine artists and artisans, many of them local, are represented in this beautiful, eclectic gallery overlooking Lake Coeur d’Alene. Masterful paintings, photographs, prints and other treasures selected for their beauty and originality make a pilgrimage to Harrison worth your time.
Open May-Oct. May: Fri.-Sun., June: Wed.-Sun., July /Aug.: Mon.-Sun., Sept.: Wed.-Sun., Oct.: Fri.-Sun; 208.689.9076; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 200 S. Coeur d’Alene Ave., Harrison, ID 83833
Open Memorial Day-Labor Day weekends 12–4 pm; call Berti at 208.689.3111; 201 Coeur d’Alene Ave, Harrison, ID 83833
Idaho’s first town with 20 National Historic Registered buildings. Brochures at the Crane House Historic Museum; call Berti at 208.689.3111; 201 Coeur d’Alene Ave, Harrison, ID 83833.
In the beautiful little town of Harrison, on the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene (which National Geographic says is one of the six most beautiful lakes in the world) you can hop on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes Bike Trail (see listing) with the help of Pedal Pushers - a bike shop, espresso bar serving locally roasted coffee and gift shop. Whether you need to rent or purchase a bike or just need directions to the many riding opportunities in the area, Pedal Pushers is there for you!
Open every day, 9 am-5 pm. At other times, call 208.689.3436; 101 N. Coeur d’Alene Ave., Harrison, ID 83833; www.bikenorthidaho.com
There was once 17 flour mills in Whitman County and now only one remains. email@example.com;
Nob Hill Historic District Walking Tour
For information about the history of Potlatch, Idaho’s only former company town, click here.
The historic Potlatch train depot is supported and restored by the Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway History Preservation Group (HPG), which puts on Potlatch Depot History Day each year with art, music and speeder car rides on the railroad.
185 6th St. You might also be interested in one of the people behind this heroic preservation effort who is an artist exhibiting in the depot: www.karenrohn.com.
Native Americans called this prominent ancient landform "the power mountain." It was believed that a journey to the butte bestowed a gift of power from the mountain's guardian spirit. From the top of the butte, the eye can see 200 miles! Steptoe, WA
ST. MARIES, ID
Linda Schardine, longtime and eclectic artist, shares her one-of-a-kind creations at her art gallery and studio. Much of her work is inspired by Native art and designs, yet always displays her own vibrant, inventive style. Linda’s array includes pottery, clay and wood pieces, metal sculptures, painted gourds, mixed media mosaics, fused glass jewelry and decorative art, paintings, and cards.
Her latest adventures in art are exploring with marbling on paper and other objects, and also sewing pottery, which is a new and unique art.
Check out her website for samples and call ahead to make sure she’ll be there to welcome you to her dynamic creative space.
9:30 am-3:30 pm Mon.-Fri. calling ahead recommended if coming from out of town; 208.245.3655; firstname.lastname@example.org; 83363 Hwy 3 S., St Maries, ID 83861
Happy’s Place Antiques
Possibly the largest antique store in the Two Degrees Northwest Region! 704 Main Ave. Saint Maries, ID 83861; 208.245.2590
208.245.3212; 528 Main Ave.
Between Harrison and St. Maries, a beautiful mountain drive up a mile and a half off State Highway 5 to this gallery lets you to see the inspiration for the mosaic and fused glass you’ll find by artist Rebecca York.
Hours vary by season because of snow, ice and travel for northwest art shows. Call ahead; 208.245.7234; mosaics@RimrockCreations.com; St. Maries, ID 83861
The diverse group of artists in and around the small town of St. Maries, Idaho share this gallery to feature their manifold talents. Located in Happy’s Place, an antique mall, the gallery, too, is a joyful celebration of creativity, exhibiting the artists’ work in a range of media. The contributors take turns making the gallery available to visitors, so it’s best to call ahead to be sure the doors will be open.
Wed.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm; calling ahead recommended if coming from out of town; 208.245.3417, 208.245.3655; email@example.com; 704 Main St., St. Maries, ID 83861
Downtown St. Maries, ID; Fridays 3-6 pm, May 18-Oct. 5; Pat Davenport (secretary) 208.245.2868; firstname.lastname@example.org
Tours of this historic theatre are available on request. Check the website for shows by local and touring performers. From Marimba bands to Country and Western, there is something for everyone throughout the year. Make a night of it with a dinner at Café Artisan followed by a show at the theatre.
509.284.2000; 126 S. Crosby, Tekoa, WA 99033
Amid rolling Palouse hills, you can hire your own dinner party. Public events include a Valentine’s Dinner, Easter Dinner, Mother’s Day Brunch, and dinners prior to all live concerts at the Tekoa Empire Theatre. The name conveys the food style: The owner makes everything from scratch. And yes, it’s absolutely delicious. Functions require a minimum of 12 to maximum 50 guests.
Available by order anytime. Reservations recommended for events. Check the website for schedule; 509.284.3456; email@example.com; 117 N. Crosby St., Tekoa, WA 99033
Alison Meyer’s photography is well known throughout the region. See and purchase her exquisite photos on her website, at the Moscow Farmers Market, or at any of the 30-plus regional shops and galleries that carry her photography. Meyer photographs the Palouse’s farms, wildlife, flowers, trees, old buildings, lakes and rivers.
The Casino gift shop features art and beadwork made by Coeur d’Alene Reservation artists. Contemporary and traditional beadwork and regalia are on display throughout the Casino, and the new hotel wing décor features beadwork murals that were commissioned by the Casino.
South of Coeur d’Alene on US 95 take the Highway 58 exit. 37914 South Nukwalqw Worley, Idaho 83876; 1.800.523.2464