Location: Priest Lake

Old Northern Inn (Priest Lake)

The Old Northern Inn is the oldest hostelry in northern Idaho. Located on Priest Lake in Coolin, Idaho, the two-story log hotel was built in 1900 by Walt Williams, an employee of the Great Northern Railroad.

One of a number of lodges created to attract more passengers to the rail line, the Northern Inn is the only one that remains from the early days of Idaho statehood when mining, timber, and tourism businesses were beginning to develop around Priest Lake.

Although only steps from Bishop Marina in the village of Coolin, the hotel is secluded by the surrounding forest, with a wooded path leading to a private dock.

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