Essential Guide Journal

Essential City – Coeur d’Alene

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Barbara Walters called it “a little slice of Heaven,” and in 2009 it was No. 12 on Newsmax magazine's list of the "Top 25 Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns." Coeur d’Alene may only have about 45,000 residents, but this town named after a local Native American tribe offers plenty to see and do.  
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Essential City – Walla Walla

Monday, June 30, 2014

Nestled near where the Walla Walla and Columbia Rivers meet, is the town of Walla Walla, Washington. Though the town has fewer than 50,000 residents, the people who live here help to give the town an air all of its own.

Walla Walla is the “City so nice they named it twice,” and it has stood up to this motto. In recent years the city has won numerous awards, including ‘Friendliest Small Town in the United States’ in 2011 by USA Today. It has also garnered several placements as runner up in Rand McNally’s ‘Best of the Road’ series for their Best Food category.

While there are many art galleries, boutiques, antique shops and more to explore, there is one thing in particular for which the region is quickly becoming known.

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Essential City - Spokane

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

While the city of Spokane might be relatively young, incorporated only in 1881, the area has long been settled. In fact the city got its name from the River upon which it sits and from the tribe of Native Americans that lived in the area. 

Spokane has gone through many changes, from fur trading post, to railroad hub; it was a destination for miners to acquire essential gear, and was a major source of planed wood products. It is a city that has been at the whim of change. However, like the lilacs that give the city its nickname, it continues to bloom.

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Uncork & Unwind

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Much goes into the perfect sip of wine. Long before the first whiff, first taste, the winemaker was making small decisions that impacted that glass in a big way. Therefore it is no wonder that the release of a wine is a cause for celebration. Months, and even years of work can be revealed with the pop of the cork and a swirl of the glass.  
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Northwest Fashion - Comfortably You

Thursday, March 20, 2014

“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” – Yves Saint-Laurent

Each region in the United States has its own sense of fashion. Weather, environment and even local culture all play a part in guiding the attire of an area. The Pacific Northwest is no different, but if on first glance you seem to spot a mix of styles it’s due to the value of personal expression.

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Sip & Savor

Friday, February 21, 2014

A delectable dinner or a night on the town is enhanced when you pair it with a fine wine or cocktail. The flavor is even more delightful when you are able to support local wineries, distilleries and cocktail crafters.  
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Discover The Northwest

Monday, February 03, 2014

The Pacific Northwest is a bustling region, with events year round bringing in visitors from across the globe. Whether you’re visiting or just looking for something to do close to home, here are some ideas to explore.  
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A Holiday to Remember in the Pacific Northwest

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Coeur D’Alene and Spokane are bursting with holiday festivities, and it really is a magical time of year in the Pacific Northwest. The historic Davenport Hotel and River Park Square kicked of the holiday splendor with a grand display of 18 themed Christmas trees. Raffle tickets were sold and prizes given, with proceeds benefiting the Spokane Symphony! 
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