Magazine article Sunset

The Honeymooners

Magazine article Sunset

The Honeymooners

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Whether you're just married or just vacationing, Idaho's Coeur d'Alene offers a blissful number of inns

Visitors come to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, for the area's natural splendor and recreation (boating in the summer, skiing in winter, and golf in between), but sweethearts in particular have made this area their own.

Natural splendor aside, the attraction is Idaho's relaxed marriage laws: no waiting periods, blood tests, or witnesses are required.

A side benefit for travelers is the growing number of inns to accommodate this wedding boom. Although the high-profile Coeur d'Alene Resort (more than 330 rooms) is a perennially popular destination, lots of lovebirds choose more intimate quarters from among the area's two dozen bed-and-breakfasts (many of which hold weddings on-site, for those in that frame of mind). Here are six of the area's best inns.

Berry Patch Inn Bed & Breakfast Perched atop a mountain in the pines south of Coeur d'Alene, this chaletstyle inn has three rooms, including one with an entrance looking out onto a waterfall. From $125. 1150 N. Four Winds Rd.; (208) 765-4994.

Clark House. Once the most lavish mansion in Idaho, it's now an elegant country inn on 12 acres overlooking Hayden Lake. …

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