The Enaville Resort/Snake Pit on the N Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene AB37665

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! 






















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Comments (7)

Caren Wallace
Premier Property Group LLC - Tualatin, OR
Portland Caren Real Estate

Janna, it looks like a fun place for a gathering. I love those rustic getaways....and also love jukeboxes!

Aug 02, 2009 10:07 PM
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Janna  If you find your lost post please contact me - I have two or three there also :)  I commend you on beating the deadline  Karen

Aug 03, 2009 02:07 AM
Susan Brown
Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too) - Kingwood, TX

This looks like a great place to visit.  I've had posts just disappear too.  Arggghhhh.

Aug 03, 2009 02:48 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

How frustrating.  I feel your pain!  After all that work, I would be sitting there crying!  Hope you find it or figure out where they go, at least!

Aug 03, 2009 01:38 PM
Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor
Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ

Janna, I think your area has to be spectacular!!! I would love to visit one day. The Snake Pit? Well, the food had better be good. I hate snakes. ;-) I post on Kompozer first...then copy and paste.

Aug 04, 2009 02:06 PM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Janna, love the post, looks like a great place to eat. Love the red light story too, LOL.

OK, I am confused, what lost post? LOL, I am sitting here scratching my head. :D

Aug 10, 2009 11:03 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Something really weird is happening have comments from another post in this post's comments.  What the heck?

Anyways...this Snake Pit  place looks awesome!  I love the history.  How cool that he found the wiring to validate the stories.  I love it!

Aug 10, 2009 11:33 PM