Fall activities at Coeur d’Alene Resort include Golfoberfest and Whiskey Barrel Weekend

The vibe at Coeur d’Alene Resort is significantly different from what it was a year ago. The pandemic has plagued the popular destination since groups from other parts of the country and the world did not visit in the summer of 2020.

Rooms were available last year, but the scene was very different at the Coeur d’Alene Resort during the 2021 heatwaves. The resort was at full capacity for much of the season.

“It has been a fantastic summer here,” said Bill Reagan, President of Coeur d’Alene Resort. “People flocked here for all the outdoor activities. I have never seen a summer like this. People stay at the resort, enjoying our restaurants and shops throughout Coeur d’Alene.

“It was incredible. More and more people are moving to the area, and they have found out about us. People on the way to national parks, Glacier and Yellowstone, have visited. And then there are all the people who have been quarantined throughout the pandemic. They finally feel comfortable going out, and that has contributed to a huge summer we’ve had here.

Some people have looked outside, but there will be more availability and space to experience Lac de Coeur d’Alene in the fall. “There are so many reasons to visit in the fall,” Reagan said. “In September and October, the days are beautiful and the nights cooler. We have fall cruises, and if you want to get out on the lake on a jet ski or pontoon boat, it’s a little nicer because there aren’t that many boats there.

Special events are planned for October after the popular Coeur d’Alene Fondo, which took place from September 18-19. “One of my favorite events is Fondo,” Reagan said. “There is something for all cyclists in our Fondo. It’s never too early to start planning for next year’s Fondo, especially if you’re new to the annual attraction.

There are five different distances for excursions around the lake. Cyclists can choose between a 15 mile route and a nearly 120 mile route. The latter is the Gran Fondo, which is 116 miles and loops all over Lac Coeur d’Alene, plus a loop through the chain lakes along the Coeur d’Alene River.

The Medio Fondo begins and ends at the resort with an 87 mile loop across the whole of Lac Coeur d’Alene. The Centro Fondo begins with a hike on the Coeur d’Alene Resort cruise ship to Harrison at the southern end of the lake. After the scenic 90-minute ride, cyclists cycle 50 miles around the south and west sides of Lac Coeur d’Alene. The Family Fondo is a 15 mile drive along the scenic Centennial Trail to Higgen’s Point and back.

The Piccolo Fondo is a 39 mile drive around the lake to the east. The runners end up in Harrison and board a cruise ship back to downtown Coeur d’Alene. Those who participate in all four races receive an Oktoberfest ticket, 32 ounces of beer for runners aged 21 and over, an Oktoberfest post-race meal, fully-stocked aid stations, technical assistance on the course, and timing. lice or fleas.

The speeds change the following month as Golfoberfest is set for October 9. Sample the flavors of seasonal harvest-brewed microbreweries throughout the golf course with grilled Bavarian-style bratwurst, sausage and complimentary hot dogs. The package also includes a souvenir gift to commemorate the experience.

Whiskey Barrel Weekend returns for a third year. The resort’s female-led team traveled to Kentucky to create a sweet and personalized Maker’s Mark blend for the 2021 Whiskey Barrel Weekend October 15-16 for the chance to try all three Heart lots. ‘Alene Resort, including the Heart of 2021. Alene Resort’ Whiskey Women ‘Lot. It is also possible to take courses taught by industry insiders, master distillers and tastings by the lake.

After indulging in Whiskey Barrel Weekend, maybe it’s time to go the other way for October’s Live Well Retreat. Hit the reset button with a spooky Halloween-inspired yoga class, and experience the changing colors of the season with a guided tubbs Hill nature walk by the lake.

End the month with the annual Monsters Ball Bash, which is scheduled for October 30. The event will be held at Resorts Plaza stores and will feature a costume contest, DJ and unhosted bars. “It will be a very busy fall at our resort,” Reagan said. “The fun doesn’t stop after summer is over.”

Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second St., (208) 209-5031 and cdaresort.com.

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