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WHERE HOT MEETS COLD Natural springs serve as winter haven By Dan Thompson Posted as fire lookouts deep in the forests of Idaho, Jim and Caroline Huntley became accustomed to living off the grid, and they were always up for a nice warm soak in a natural hot spring. In the heart of Idaho, such springs are relatively plentiful, even if they aren’t exactly common—or even known to exist—in the state’s panhandle, where the Huntleys lived when they weren’t working for the Forest Service. Read more...

THE SPIRIT WORLD A growing yet challenging industry By Colin Anderson When you pony up to the bar and order your favorite spirit, whether straight, in a mixer, martini or cocktail, the liquor within most likely traveled a long distance. Your tequila shot from Mexico, gin and tonic from Great Britain, scotch on the rocks from Scotland, and vodka martini from Russia, France and Sweden. Rum is often imported from across the Caribbean, and while American bourbon brands are well-known throughout the world, whiskeys from Ireland and Canada are plentiful here as well. It’s much easier nowadays to order a glass of wine that originated in Washington, Oregon or California, or beer brewed right in your own neighborhood, than it is to find a local spirit, but that isn’t to say the industry isn’t shifting as well. Read more...


THE GATHERING PLACE THE PORCH PUBLIC HOUSE Earning the reputation as “Hayden Lake’s gathering place” since opening in 2003, owners John Grollmus and Brad Fosseen—the duo behind Moon Time in Coeur d’Alene (and The Elk, El Que, Two Seven and Geno’s in Spokane)—continue to offer diners exceptional food, brews, cocktails and service, all complemented by a beautiful golf-course view, at The Porch Public House. It’s the perfect setting to dine and imbibe with friends, family or co-workers any time of year for any occasion. Read more...


SARAH HAMILTON FACE Unparalleled customer service combined with experienced providers and supreme rejuvenation services is what sets Sarah Hamilton Face in Liberty Lake apart from every other medical spa in the area. The office, which is in the top 1 percent in the country for Botox and dermal fillers, provides a beautiful and bright boutique-style space and feel, complemented by a pristine medical environment. “Our goal is to help you achieve glowing skin." Read more...

FINANCIAL FOCUS SMART INVESTMENT DECISIONS Regardless of what stage of life you're in, you must make financial and investment decisions that will be with you for the remainder of your years. But the moves you make when you’re just starting out in your career may be quite different from when you’re retired. So, let’s look at some of these moves, stretched out across your lifetime. Read more...


Considered a foodies’ paradise, it’s no wonder The Culinary Stone in Coeur d'Alene is a perfect place to gather with family and friends to shop, eat or attend one of the many classes they offer. The 5,500-square-foot gourmet heaven was dreamt up for and by those with a serious passion for the culinary arts and gathering of community. Read more...

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