Drove 5 1/2 hours to arrive with a friendly welcome and tour of the facility. Reserved the Midnight room with the private jacuzzi outdoors which was the best part of the stay! The breakfast one morning was eggs benedict with a peach rhubarb crisp for appetizer fresh pressed apple cider and another fruit juice, coffee, or tea. The second morning was strawberry shortcake, fried battered apples-apple fritters, cranberry and chocolate chip scones, and ham with juice, coffee, or tea.
Unfortunately Robin and Lew scheduled the local open house for the same weekend as well as an afternoon tea the next day, so they seemed rather harried and overbooked. Robin also operates her own salon down the street as a second full-time job in addition to being a full-time BNB hostess. While the facility and grounds are peaceful and relaxing with no TVs or phones in rooms, this weekend felt like the center of a three ring circus with the guests being one show, the open house another, and the tea time a third show all running simultaneously. Even other guests pitched in to help prepare for the open house and tea time. As guests of the facility, we felt time would've been better managed if they closed the accommodations to focus on the local events or rescheduled the open house and tea time during a more vacant weekend as only one of the five rooms was unoccupied during our stay... a pretty full house!
Robin says she's the tornado, while Lew is the Breeze. While the metaphor suits the owners, not sure the message to the guests is appropriate for a relaxing peaceful getaway. We felt rather swept up in the hassles and a little in the way as well.
We approached Robin for a coupon/voucher for drinks to a local Rib Ranch where her brother is a chef, on another guest's recommendations. In the midst of her chaos planning and baking for other events we felt ignored and left without the coupon, but rather an invitation to come back for 4 course turkey dinner at $20 per person that night. Rather than return to chaos, we chose the Rib Ranch and were pleasantly surprised.
Upon our return for the night, we asked for directions to another local destination to which the owners defered to another guest again, perhaps another unwelcome interruption.
The facility is a simple, rustic log cabin surrounded by a covered porch, irises, a herbal garden, and a cascading water fountain out front. The rooms are pleasant, the bathrooms basic with a toilet squeezed uniquely sideways between a chest of drawers, sink, tub/shower, and teriffic views of the constellations from the private outdoor jacuzzi which needed some maintenance as the bubbles weren't working. The library stashed with books, videos, and games, and a piano and karaoke machine offered some entertainment.
Though I'm sure none of the problems were intentional, the owner's preoccupation to an additional agenda during our stay contributed to a less than ultimate experience. Not quite the peaceful relaxing getaway we expected.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Award-winning Log Spirit Bed & Breakfast is a magnificent log lodge, nestled in 30 secluded acres, surrounded by woods and mountains - between Coeur d'Alene and Sandpoint, in the heart of scenic North Idaho. It's a quiet place to relax, yet close to a wide variety of year-round activities. From gourmet breakfasts you won't forget to spacious, comfortable rooms that all offer their own personalities, you'll enjoy our warm country hospitality at every turn. For vacations, getaways, weddings, anniversaries, family reunions, or any other special time, we invite you to share our spirit. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Log Spirit Bed And Breakfast Idaho/Athol