Sometimes you just need to get away, right down the street.
We both have high pressure jobs, and it's nice to get a little time together away from the kids to just be kids ourselves. The Coeur d' Alene Resort has done it right. The rooms are peaceful oasis from our daily responsibilities without a kids' toy or chore to do in sight. The pool and hot tub are indoor and beautifully remodeled with glittering blue tile and it feels very much like an oasis in the middle of the chilly spring weather here in the Northwest.
Mr. Plately was gifted a night's stay here for playing a holiday Christmas show here, and we were excited to finally have a chance to use it. We're in disbelief that we don't take advantage of this lovely backyard we have here. I mean, when do you get a view this spectacular? We so often think we have to go far away to get away from it all, but this did the trick.
The room we were given also had a cozy fireplace to snuggle up by.
The package also came with a dining credit, so we decided to go to my very favorite restaurant at the Resort - Beverly's. That name is synonymous with wine, as they have a very well curated and vast selection in their cellar, as well as an on-site sommelier who has never led us astray.
Obviously, I wasn't the only one excited about the wine.
On this excursion, we had nothing but time and an adventurous spirit. We decided to order virtually all of the appetizers on the menu. We've both always preferred small plates with lots of variety to nibble on here and there to an immense dish that remains largely one note.
The first course we chose was the cheese plate. It was bright, vibrant and provided plenty of options with some delicious local cheeses. Beverly's is well-known for their refined presentation, and it truly makes for a special experience.
We also chose a complex and elegant 2010 Vietti Nebbiolo Perbacco, which was absolutely delicious, and well matched with the variety of choices we had made.
Actually, this very versatile wine has the same vinification and aging as Vietti's famed Barolo "Castiglione," so it's a real bargain at $30 and less. If you can find a bottle, pick up one or a whole case.
Pictured left to right, spring gnocchi, bison carpaccio, and hot artichoke and crab dip.
The seasonal oysters came with a delicious huckleberry granita, cocktail sauce, lemon, and the ubiquitous tiny bottle of hot sauce. It always makes us feel like hungry giants.
There were two stars of this meal - the excellent fresh oysters with the huckleberry granita and the bison carpaccio with horseradish whipped cream. The oysters were light and fresh, without a shard of shell in sight (a deep pet peeve of mine), and the lightly sweet and tart huckleberry granita gave them a nice contrast to the salty brine.
We also had a pair of unexpected visitors that day. When you're on the seventh floor and suddenly hear a loud thud against the window, you have to muster the ability to calm your jettisoning heart very quickly. Luckily for us, we do not have heart conditions, but do possess a solid sense of humor. They became our in-meal entertainment for the duration of the evening. Apparently this pair come back to nest here every year, and you, too can enjoy their antics if you're lucky enough to get a window seat halfway down the east side of the restaurant.
During the dessert course, they continued to make a great deal of fuss over their nest. We ordered the beignets, and were a little let down by the dense, doughy texture as opposed to the light, fluffy pillowy one we have come to love and expect thanks to Cafe du Monde, and honestly they were more like biscuits with great dipping sauces. Named something else, they'd still be delicious and more accurate.
Still, the birds cracked us up throughout.
Cheers, love birds!
We went back to our nest and headed to the hot tub, like love birds so often do, and then slept off a delightful food coma. Waking up to the resort's well-appointed room service with our favorite local lox and bagels made this stay a perfect lover's getaway.