American Country Bed and Breakfast

The Coeur D' Alene Press: B&Bs to open doors

Holiday Tour Will Be From Noon To 5 P.M. Sunday
Maureen Dolan; Staff writer   
Published: December 7, 2007

COEUR d'ALENE - Bed and breakfasts from Bayview to St. Maries will open their doors Sunday for the North Idaho Bed and Breakfast Association's annual holiday tour. For the 18th year, the public is invited to visit and view several of the association's B & Bs.

"What's nice is that everyone is all decorated to the nines for the holidays," said association member Shar Scott and her husband, Brian, are the proprietors of American Country Bed and Breakfast in Coeur d'Alene. "Every bed and breakfast is so unique. You have everything from a log cabin to a gorgeous Victorian to beautiful country lodgings," Scott said.

American Country sits on five acres in the hills above downtown Coeur d'Alene, just across the Spokane River. Built in 2005, American Country will feature trees decorated with antique and country theme ornaments.

North of Coeur d'Alene, in Athol, Cedar Mountain Farm is decorated according to the philosophy of the B & B's owners, Al Kyle and his wife, Daryl. "We decorate simply, not extravagantly, kind of like what our basic tenet is," Kyle said. "It's like going home to grandma's." Visitors to Cedar Mountain will have a chance to see some farm animals while they sample homemade breaded braid candy canes and hot cocoa with chocolate-covered spoons. "This is an actual working farm and the bed and breakfast is in a log house," Kyle said.

Further north in Bayview, Dromore Manor is decorated true to its architectural style. "We're Victorian so we have Victorian Santas and we have a nice Christmas tree. It's fairly simple but very elegant," manager Cami Duclos said. Duclos runs the B & B, a replica of a Victorian home in San Francisco, for the owners, her parents, Shirley and Richard Hansen. Dromore Manor is situated at the south end of Lake Pend Oreille, overlooking the lake.

At the southern end of the tour, in St. Maries, visitors to Fort Hemenway Manor B & B will experience Christmas in a historic inn decorated in keeping with the building's 1910 era and style.

Another historic inn, The Roosevelt in Coeur d'Alene, promises 15 rooms to tour and 23 decorated trees. The B & B, once a schoolhouse, was constructed in 1905 and redesigned to represent a turn-of-the-century mansion. Tour goers who visit the Roosevelt Inn will hear live Christmas carolers and have a chance to sample holiday wassail and bread pudding.

Other B & Bs featured on this year's tour include Cedar Springs and Tranquility, each located in Rathdrum, Katie's Wild Rose Inn and The McFarland Inn in Coeur d'Alene and Log Spirit in Athol.

The bed and breakfast association anticipates crowds of up to 250 people will take advantage of the free tour that runs from noon until 5 p.m. Sunday.

B&B addresses, maps and driving directions are available at the group's Web site:
American Country Bed & Breakfast     |     705 S. Zircon Lane Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814     |      208-651-2191