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The Old Northern Inn, built in 1900, is celebrated as the most historic building on Priest Lake. Today you can stay in modern comfort at this one-of-a-kind Northern Idaho retreat. ONI Exterior

The area surrounding Priest Lake is known for tall forests and abundant wildlife. Priest Lake itself is a monument to the glacial action of the ice age with deep, crystal clear water teeming with lake trout.

The Great Northern Railway Company built the Northern Hotel here in 1890, the first permanent structure on the lake. Situated on a forested hillside above the growing village of Coolin on Priest Lake's southern shore, the hotel provided a panoramic vista of the lake andONI Exterior surrounding mountains. This great old building and its history of hospitality has been resurrected as the Priest Lake area's premier bed & breakfast — The Old Northern Inn.

With its shaded verandah, original white pine floors and cedar paneling, the Old Northern Inn offers rustic beauty and comfort, a perfect escape for those who seek the rhythm of a simpler time coupled with a warm, friendly atmosphere. Although only steps from the historic Leonard Paul Store and Bishop Marina in the village of Coolin, the inn is secluded by the surrounding forest, with a wooded path leading to a private dock.

The Old Northern Inn has been carefully restored to its original look, a classic two-story wooden hotel filled with antiques from the era. Each of the individual rooms and suites features country furnishings, a goose down comforter, and beautiful handcrafted quilts. All accommodations have private baths.

ONI Guest Area The inviting guest parlor includes a stone fireplace, comfortable armchairs and picture windows overlooking the lake and the forested Selkirk mountains. Guests enjoy delicious breakfasts in the Cedar Dining Room, with wine and cheese offered every afternoon.

The Old Northern Inn has a private dock where guests can moor their boats, sun and swim. The broad deck in front of the inn features shaded tables and an outdoor stone hearth for summer evening fires. ONI Dining Room

The Priest Lake area looks much as it did at the last period of Alpine glaciation around 20,000 years ago, and much as it did when the first road survey was completed in 1865. National concern over conservation of natural resources led to the Forest Reserve Act of 1891, under which the Priest River Forest Reserve was established in 1897; these areas are now part of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests system. Many visitors to this secluded basin of the Selkirk Mountains return generation after generation.

ONI Mini-Marina Priest Lake abounds in recreational opportunities. Rental watercraft are available in Coolin and guided fishing tours for the lake's trophy lake trout (Mackinaw) can be arranged.

Restaurants serving everything from burgers to gourmet meals thrive on both sides of the lake. Detailed information on these attractions can be found on the Priest Lake Chamber of Commerce web site.

The Old Northern Inn is a 90 minute drive from Spokane and approximately the same distance from Coeur d'Alene. Directions to Coolin.

The Inn opens on Memorial Day weekend and operates through mid-October.

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Rates: $125 to $185, breakfast included
Children over 12 welcome — No pets — Smoking outdoors only
Old Northern Inn Bed & Breakfast
PO Box 177
Coolin (Priest Lake), ID 83821
[May 15-October 15]
571-251-5107 [off season]

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web site updated: December 2013

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