PCAPPA Tours on September 30, 2018

The Historic Silver Valley, Snake Pit Lunch and the Crystal Gold Mine

Learn about the boom days of the late 1800’s on the way into the richest Silver Mining District in the world. Along the way, view beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene with its world-class Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course. Tour the Cataldo Mission, the oldest building in the State of Idaho, built by the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe and Jesuit Missionaries in 1853. At the Visitor Center, see “Sacred Encounters” a world class exhibit, telling the story of the “Black Robes” and Coeur d’Alene Tribe.
Enjoy lunch at the Snake Pit, built in 1880, for the fur traders and early miners during the Mining Rush. This log building has Elkhorn and driftwood furniture, a huge rock fireplace and no there are no snakes. The next stop is to the *Crystal Gold Mine, an authentic 1890’s underground gold mine. See native silver, gold bearing quartz, unusual crystal formations and mining artifacts.
Learn how the miners worked with only the use of a pick and dynamite, and a candle on their hard hat for light. Pan for gold and precious gem stones that are native to Idaho.

Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm
Includes: Bus transportation, guide, admission to the Cataldo Mission and Crystal Gold Mine and lunch.
Cost: $79.00 per person
*You walk into the side of the mountain, the ground is flat and it is fine for seniors.

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Wine, Food and Art, Walking Tour

Meet your local guide for an afternoon of Spokane delights including; a wine tasting at the Nectar Tasting Room, featuring wines from around Washington State, Cougar Crest Estate Winery, an “Estate Grown” designation is closely regulated, their wines are made from grapes grown in their own vineyards and fermented, aged and bottled at their family winery.
Then, we will walk through the Historic Davenport Hotel. Built in 1914, it has been restored to its’ original grandeur. Next, we will head to Sante’s for locally raised, in-house made Charcuterie and other things; where you’ll learn about the farm to table food movement. Our final stop is an art gallery with over 20 local artists with everything from pottery to glass blowing to fiber art. Learn about Washington’s Wine Industry and listen to stories about Spokane’s history, the Great Fire of 1889, and see historic buildings built in the late 1800’s during Spokane’s “Age of Elegance”, along the way.

Time: 1pm – 4:15pm
Includes: Local guide, two wine tastings and charcuterie board.
Cost: $32.00 per person

Walking the Ale Trail
With the largest hops growing area in the world just three hours from Spokane, local craft brewers have taken full advantage of the supply. We will start at Black Label Brewing Company, located in the Saranac Commons. They take the craft of brewing beer to the next level by producing as many ingredients in their beers as possible. We will take a tour of the production area and taste some of their creations.
We will also tour the Saranac Commons, fashioned after Melrose Market in Seattle, which was built by converting an old garage to a public market. Do not miss the glass bottle art overhead! Next we will head to Steel Barrel Brewing, an incubator of three craft breweries. Here, the breweries share equipment, prefect their craft, then move on to their own brewery. The anchor brewer, Young Buck Brewing, has produced some award winning brews and even has one made with apricots in a wine barrel. It is fascinating to see all the steps that go into making a craft beer. Taste some of their creations before departing.
Last stop is Iron Goat Brewing Co. where brews are bold, flavorful and meticulously crafted with names such as Head Butt IPA, Goatmeal Stout and Gruff Goat Tripel. Located in a 100 year old brick building, we’ll take a look at the brewing area where some beers are aged in whiskey barrels, then try some.

Time: 1pm – 4pm.
Includes: Local guide and beer tastings at three craft breweries.
Cost: $34.00 per person