How did The Resort come to be?

The Coeur d’Alene Resort is one of the most iconic structures in the Northwest. The tower on Lake Coeur d’Alene’s blue waters, surrounded by Idaho’s famous mountains, is a sight that many associate with great memories — cruising on the water, strolling through downtown or watching thousands of Christmas lights come to life.

The Coeur d’Alene Resort has been a staple for downtown Coeur d’Alene for decades. Before becoming the icon it is today, it came from humble roots.

The North Shore Resort opened in the same location in 1965, and the seven-story tower was completed in 1973. Just 10 years later, Hagadone Hospitality took over the structure, improving the structure and dubbing it “The Coeur d’Alene: A Resort on the Lake.”

A newly renovated resort opened in May 1986. It was 18 stories tall, with 338 guest rooms. The building, called the Lake Tower, housed Hagadone Hospitality, which later became the Hagadone Corporation.

When the doors opened in 1986, an article ran in Forbes magazine under the headline: “Duane Hagadone has built himself a fancy resort in the middle of nowhere. Why?”

However, today, it is easy to see how Duane Hagadone’s vision manifested: with towering mountains, lush forests and a glimmering lake, Coeur d’Alene is a destination for tourists, travelers and business people alike. From families riding bikes down the Centennial Trail to convention-goers squeezing in a round of golf on the famous Floating Green, the Coeur d’Alene Resort has attracted all kinds of people. Even locals are known to frequent Dockside Restaurant for a famous Gooey dessert.

The Hagadone Corporation also introduced Coeur d’Alene Cruises, which gives visitors a one-of-a-kind tour of the lake, including everything from wildlife and scenic sails, to the annual Holiday Light Show tour.

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See all of Coeur d’Alene and the famous Floating Green from a new angle

Tours with Coeur d’Alene Cruise are a great way to see wildlife, get some sun and view some spectacular north Idaho sunsets on the water. But did you know our cruises also offer a peek into some of the area’s most famous history?

When you cruise with us, you’ll get an insider’s peak at The Floating Green, one of the world’s most unique, highly ranked golf greens. The green is exactly what the name says, floating just off-shore where golf newbies and enthusiasts alike can tee off, trying their luck at hitting a hole-in-one on the famous course.

Seeing the course from the water is a rewarding experience, giving the viewer a full picture of what the green looks like and how beautiful the grounds really are.

The Floating Green was founded in 1991, after Duane Hagadone, founder of the Coeur d’Alene Resort, had a vision for the project while walking his dog.

Golfers tee off from land, and once their ball reaches the floating course, they are whisked away to the manicured green via a sleek mahogany boat.

So whether you’re a golf enthusiast or a history buff, seeing the full Floating Green is a treat for everyone.

Call us today to find out when our next ship sets sail.