Years ago I had occasion to travel to Polson Montana for an annual vintage skeet shoot. On the way, and only 99 short miles from Coeur d’Alene, we passed Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort, located on Route 135 a little more that 20 miles north of St. Regis on I90 along the Clark Fork River.
The hot springs were the initial and biggest attraction for us. There are 6 pools for soaking and swimming. The 4 soaking pools range in temperature from 60 to 106 degrees. The swimming pools typically range from 80 to 95 degrees F. All pools are monitored for cleanliness and temperature every 3 hours and adjusted as necessary. The water is natural, chemical free and flows through continuously. The pools are emptied and cleaned every other day.
Quinn’s has many options for overnighting -
The Canyon Cabins
All these cabins are duplexes & each side rents separately. There are now 22. They offer standard cabins, deluxe couple’s cabins, and deluxe family cabins. There are 12 standard cabins that are pet-friendly. These standard cabins are the only pet-friendly rooms on the resort.
The Glacier Lodge
This is a beautiful two-story adult only building, features a locally built Montana saw mill-blade chandelier in the cozy lobby. Standard Lodge Rooms have a custom log King Bed. Sorry, these rooms are NOT pet-friendly.
Golden Eagle Suites
Situated on the riverside of the resort, this duplex building has a beautiful covered wrap-around porch. Each 2-Room suite has a bedroom with a Queen Bed, desk & chair. The spacious living area has a Queen Bed, a love seat/sleeper, a recliner, table & chairs, tv, coffee pot, private bath, refrigerator & microwave, bottle of wine & non-alcoholic beverages, special treats, & 2 pool/bath robes, & more. Luxury bed & bath linens and soft fluffy pool towels are also included. The flame flickering cast iron fireplace unit is a cozy touch for any cool evening or morning in. Sorry, these suites are NOT pet-friendly. These suites require a 2 night minimum reservation.
Mountain Side Suites
These Adult only Deluxe Suites are situated on the canyon side with beautiful views from the covered front porch which is complete with a bench porch swing.
River Side Cabins
These Adult only Deluxe Cabins are located by the Clark Fork River with gorgeous views from the covered front porch which is complete with a bench porch swing that overlooks the river and canyon mountains.
Quinn’s Tavern is a warm and cozy bistro & bar that offers a wide selection of drinks as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner items a la carte. The Tavern offers a large selection of domestic and international beers. For the wine connoisseurs there are over 100 different wines from which to choose!
The Restaurant – Harwood House Restaurant
The menu is varied and interesting. The wine list is well balanced and extensive if not exhaustive. We selected an Amacaya Cabernet/Malbec blend from the wine list. Nice wine, good value and reportedly one of the favorites of the owner.
Salads arrived at the table on chilled plates. Chilled forks and a small basket of interesting bread would have made for perfection.
I ordered the Breast of Duck – Grand Marnier. My dining partner chose the Linguine Alla Puttanesca, linguine with a light spicy tomato sauce, with Italian sausage, onions, Kalamata olives, asparagus and fresh basil. Both dishes were well prepared, served and plated.
The duck breast was fork tender, very flavorful and not overcooked. I love good duck breast and I must say, this duck breast was prepared perfectly. I sampled the Grand Marnier sauce that I asked be served on the side. It was good but the duck itself needed no sauce – it would have only detracted from a fantastic dish.
The Linguine Alla Puttanesca was perfectly prepared and served.
For dessert we chose the Caramel Cake and the Crème brûlée. The Caramel Cake was sweet and sticky – just the way is should be. It was made better with the fresh black coffee as a compliment. It would have been best with a freshly pressed espresso. Sadly The Harwood House does not have an espresso machine – no espresso – no lattes. Unfortunately the Crème brûlée did not measure up to even the lowest standard. While the sugar coating was perfectly browned and the custard beneath was nice and cold, it was also curdled. This is easily corrected by tempering the egg mixture slowly.
I would also recommend that, as is the custom at most fine dining establishments, a nice basket of fresh bread and butter be placed on each table – without charge.
Our dinning experience at the Harwood House was, with a couple of small exceptions, wonderful. The friendly staff, the ambiance and beautiful log structure of the dinning room made our evening truly memorable.
I would highly recommend Quinn’s Hot Springs for a truly memorable “mini-vacation” or side trip to anyone in or around western Montana, eastern Washington or north Idaho. It’s a great place to stop for a night or two on the way to or from Glacier National Park.
P.S. They also serve a great breakfast!