This famed wooded relic was first constructed around 1880 and has a fascinating history--at one time being a boom town bar, railroad layover, wayside hotel, starting point for loggers and miners of yesteryear, and brothel.
These days it is a destination eatery with better-than-average burgers, buffalo chips, salad bar and rocky mountain oysters.
But, what it really has going for it is a four-star atmosphere. Its interior is an informal regional museum that features hundreds of unique memorabilia including souvenir plates, black-and-white photographs, yellowing posters, stuffed animal trophies and unusual arts and crafts pieces. In a far corner of the restaurant, there are also pool tables and a couple arcade video games.
The original rustic bar is the same one at which movie star Pierce Brosnan sat and was filmed for a couple of scenes in the adventure movie 'Dante's Peak.'
The SnakePit / Evaville Resort
1480 Coeur d'Alene River Rd.
Kingston, ID 83839
Phone: (208) 682-3453
No reservations needed
Price Range: $$
Directions: From I-90, take the Kingston Exit 43, turn north and drive 1.5 miles up the Coeur d'Alene River. The SnakePit is on the right
Photos: Top: RVers Bill (in front) and Mary Knowles (on stairs) leaving the historic SnakePit bar and restaurant. (Bottom) Fascinating stone fireplace dominates the SnakePit restaurant. By Julianne Crane