UPDATE July 22, 2012 - The Enaville Resort AKA the Snake Pit on the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River is FOR SALE. Contact me if you would like more information.
Enaville Resort AKA The Snake Pit
I-90 Exit 43 (Kingston)
1.5 Miles north on Coeur d'alene River Road
Written in August, 2009:
The Snake Pit is the perfect starting off point for a day floating the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River. One glorious August day I (pink) joined up with my sisters Ronna (blue), Kerri (green) their husbands and a bunch of my nieces and nephews for a flotilla adventure. But the first item of business was a big breakfast at The Snake Pit to fortify us for a frolicking day in the sun.
The Snake Pit, AKA The Enaville Resort, has had a variety of owners and and a long and colorful history spanning back to 1880. For nearly 130 years it has become a beloved local landmark and source of some of the best barbecue to be found for miles around.
Kerri and I managed to corner current owner Joe Peak for a fun conversation and a photo by the big stone fireplace. Oh, if the walls could talk! Rumor has it that The Snake Pit got it's name during a period of time it served as a brothel. It wasn't until some time after he bought the place that someone clued Joe in on the skulls adorning the facade. Seems that in yesteryear, when the red light bulb eyes were lilt up, women were available. Joe did a little detective work, crawling into the attic, where he discovered that sure enough, there were electrical wires leading from the skull to a switch by the upstairs front window!
Located at the fork of The Coeur d'Alene River, The Snake Pit has served as a boom town bar, railroad layover, hotel, house of ill repute, and starting point for loggers and miners of yesteryear. Today, the Enaville Resort Snake Pit blends the old with the new. Meet old friends and new in the rustic atmosphere while enjoying your favorite food and drink.
And if you see Joe, tell him Janna sent you!