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This city will steal your coeur

Visitors, residents agree Coeur d'Alene hits all the romantic marks

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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 12:35 am, Thu Feb 14, 2013.

Phil Fowler has the restaurants and shops of Coeur d'Alene to thank for his engagement with Nicole Chichenoff, he said.

The two had their first date at Angelo's Ristorante Italiano, where the owner showed them special attention.

"Angelo's earned me some major points," Fowler said.

The Coeur d'Alene couple has spent hours talking at Calypso's Coffee, too, he said. At Bonsai Bistro, he changed Chichenoff's mind about sushi.

Often, they have simply strolled by Lake Coeur d'Alene and shopped downtown.

"If it wasn't for Coeur d'Alene, we wouldn't have gotten to know each other as we did," said Fowler, who said Chichenoff brings out the best in him.

The two are expecting to have their first child, Delilah Fowler, today.

"If it was a different city, I don't think it would've been the same," Fowler said.

Don't bother visiting anywhere else to pamper your significant other this Valentine's Day.

When it comes to Cupid-friendly venues, Coeur d'Alene visitors and residents agree that ours hits all the marks as a romantic city.

Even Paris doesn't have the French word for heart in its name, after all.

"Beautiful lake, great sunsets. I don't know where you could find a more romantic place," said Steve Wilson, president and CEO of the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce.

As far as intimate spots for couples to swap sweet nothings, we've got it all covered, Wilson said.

He noted the floating boardwalk, the multitude of restaurants downtown.

"I always like a drive along the lake. You can't beat the sunset," he added.

Folks strolling around Coeur d'Alene on Wednesday said they have finessed their dates wine tasting downtown, having picnics by the water, walking along the beach.

"Downtown is beautiful," said Carmen Murphy, a North Idaho College student, of why the city is conducive to coupling. "The lake, the view."

Her best dates have involved cozying up in the string of coffee shops downtown, she said.

"Like Java. It's just enough to be public, but you're still in a private setting," Murphy said.

Holding hands as they moseyed through the NIC campus, Sara Martinez and Andrew Steiner said their first date was strolling the floating boardwalk.

In the following five months of dating, they've bonded hiking on Tubbs Hill, enjoying the beach, swimming.

Being surrounded by forest and lake has brought them closer together, Martinez said.

"When you're surrounded by beautiful things, you appreciate more beauty in things," she said.

It's common for couples to perch in a quiet corner at downtown's Fire Artisan Pizza with a bottle of wine, said owner Doug Johnson.

The restaurant's blazing oven fire will stoke romantic feelings, he said, as well as the lengthy wine list.

"We don't have a TV always going in the restaurant. Girls don't have to compete with sports," he added. "We generally have some old movies playing, so that's a lot more romantic than a sporting event."

Some couples have met, dated and held their weddings at the Greenbriar Inn, said co-owner Kris McIlvenna.

"It's not a bar scene. A lot of women that come here for a drink or appetizer after work don't feel like they're being preyed upon," she said of the inn's restaurant, 315 Martinis and Tapas.

The Greenbriar has hosted thousands of weddings and receptions, she added.

"Coeur d'Alene has served Washington as a marriage destination," McIlvenna said. "It's got so many nice restaurants, the beach and the lake, and art galleries. Just generally speaking, it has the certain amount of intimacy you don't find in a big city."

Aaron and Brooke Nicholson, in the process of settling in Coeur d'Alene, have already enjoyed romantic excursions in Coeur d'Alene.

Those include a one-year anniversary dinner at Beverly's, they said, and boating on the river.

"We love being outdoors, and we're trying to incorporate that here," Brooke said as the couple strolled by City Park with their newborn daughter.

They plan to give couples here more to do, too. Brooke, a ballerina, and Aaron, an opera singer, say they're hoping to expand Opera of Coeur d'Alene.

Brooke envisions couples bringing wine to the new McEuen Park to hear outdoor opera, she said.

"We're trying to make it more romantic," she said with a smile.

Community website also offers a list of 10 best date ideas in Coeur d'Alene.

They include dinner and a movie, playing disc golf, garage sale hopping.

"You can learn a lot about someone by the things that catch their interest at a garage sale," insisted site administrator Stan Drennan.

One aspect where Coeur d'Alene could use a leg up, he admitted, is venues to meet someone.

"Meeting someone new is probably the hardest thing to do in Coeur d'Alene," Drennan conceded.

He recommended joining some of the city's activity clubs. Even if there aren't appealing singles there, he said, a person might learn something about trail building or screenwriting.

"You have the tried and true method of heading down to one of the local bars to meet someone new, but I'm not sure how many lasting relationships have been built on that approach," Drennan stated. "Certainly a few."

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  • babydriver posted at 9:01 am on Fri, Feb 15, 2013.

    babydriver Posts: 1393

    Ain't it the truth?

    This paper is amazing, we have stories about poor perverts who worry their 'marriage' won't be honored, and now two 'lovers' about to bear a child have decided it is time to get married.

    Doncha love it!

  • skunkworks posted at 12:15 pm on Thu, Feb 14, 2013.

    skunkworks Posts: 252

    Rezoning,New Loopholes,Urban Renewal's,Again Anywhere you go.....Would you "Prefer" Empty Lots....Does the Low Income housing not help the Locals?..I have Many Friends here that are "Native" and live in those Low Income Properties...And they are Humble,Grateful And Productive People...I personally moved to Idaho to be closer to my "Sister" who was at the time "Sergeant" of the Post Falls,PD...Of course Idaho was less developed and more Rural but No-Matter where I moved to I would simply adjust to the Economy,Laws,People,Etc: I have found that most "Native Idahoans" are "Very Nice" People and I RESPECT their Concern for "Preservation"...

  • voxpop posted at 11:50 am on Thu, Feb 14, 2013.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    If it wasn't for Cda's growth Buttrey's would still be THE store in town and if you had any REAL medical issues you had to go to Spokane (or risk KMC). This area has changed a ton over the past 40yrs but me personally I like how advanced our local medical community is now. I like the quandary of deciding which food store I'll shop in today. I also really don't mind all the time I waste wandering around Home Depot and Lowes. Some have taken advantage of the growth for personal profit and even bought themselves one or two politicians but I'm guessing that's true for Worley or St Maries. I've lived in a lot of other places and countries and Cda is as good as any. The nice thing for those who differ is that you can always move.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 11:11 am on Thu, Feb 14, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530


    It is true that Anywhere is going to grow. However it should grow the way the people of the area want it to grow and not the out of town developers and opportunists funded by government loopholes such as Urban Renewal and high density low income housing. Housing is NOT a sustainable economic base. Once it ois built out it is done. What are all of the millions of people going to do for a living now? The developer makes his millions and moves on not haveing to live in what he has created. Ag land should remain ag land, rural should remain rural. Build cities in the city. If one is done farming, sell to another that will farm. Do NOT rezone creating urban sprawl. After all, Isn't that what you left?

  • skunkworks posted at 10:54 am on Thu, Feb 14, 2013.

    skunkworks Posts: 252

    CC..I see your Point... People sell "Homes" and "Businesses" due to "Financial" situation's all the Time...Native or Not ...Money Talks..

    imisscda: I moved to Post Falls 20 years ago from So Cal...But I left my "California Attitude" back in Cali... and "Embraced" the Local Views...Any city "Anywhere" is going to "Grow"...It's Healthy for its Economy...

  • concernedcitizen posted at 9:48 am on Thu, Feb 14, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    max and imisscda

    If you open your eyes you will see that it is our locals that are the sellouts. One cannot buy what is not for sale. Put blame where blame is due.

  • SamuelStanding posted at 9:02 am on Thu, Feb 14, 2013.

    SamuelStanding Posts: 467

    Wow Max power and imisscda! I could not agree with you both MORE!

  • imisscda posted at 8:36 am on Thu, Feb 14, 2013.

    imisscda Posts: 69

    CdA stole my heart, too, but the love has waned with all of the newbies succeeding in making it look just like the places they left. Now I'm looking for a new love with the look and feel of the CdA I fell in love with 30 years ago.

  • max power posted at 8:11 am on Thu, Feb 14, 2013.

    max power Posts: 559

    *** This Story Brought To You By Alecia Warren In Conjunction With The Chamber Of Commerce ***

    The only thing missing is a drive through Chapel, a rice spitting machine and a Justice of the Peace that looks like Elvis...

    "Don't forget a Papa Murphy's Heartbake Pizza to munch on!" - Jack Hammer

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