I've lived in North Idaho long enough to witness her demise, and Coeur d'Alene was the first to fall: traffic, malls, chain stores and corporate motels....
But drive a couple blocks East of the crowds and you can still glimpse her former, small-town uniqueness. The neighborhood also boasts Coeur d'A's coolest, tastiest pub-restaurant: the Moon Time, and the State is just a block or two down the street.
The State's owner-manager reminded me of why nearly thirty years ago I fled the city and first fell in love with and settled Northern Idaho, and though I'm no doubt a part of the trend that has nearly loved her to death, it's good to know there are still some real people up here, offering real service and attention.
So, it's small, it's old, and it's funky, and if you want sterile and heartless, C d'A can certainly serve up a heapin' helpin' of chain alternatives, but if you want a taste of the Idaho you actually left home to see, check out the State.
- Also Known As:
- State Hotel Coeur d`Alene
- State Motel Idaho