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In the fall of 1884, Robert Early McFarland, a 27-year old lawyer from Murray, Idaho was elected the first probate judge of Shoshone County. He served in that position until May of the following year when President Grover Cleveland appointed him registrar of the United States Land Office in Coeur d'Alene.

On November 21, 1885, Judge McFarland married Marie Vivian Pendy in Murray. Marie was the first white woman to be married in the Coeur d'Alenes. On their wedding day, the McFarland's came down the Coeur d'Alene River on a bateau and settled in the village of Coeur d'Alene. In 1890, after serving 5 years in the Land Office, Robert went into private practice in Coeur d'Alene.

 Land Office - Robert went into private practice in Coeur d'Alene. In 1894, he was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court. Two years later, as a candidate on the People's Democratic ticket, he was elected the Attorney General of Idaho. In 1905, he moved back to Coeur d'Alene with his wife and four children.

A gentleman named Mr. Landt built a large two story classic revival home at 601 E. Foster Avenue specifically for the McFarland family. A fifth child was born in 1907. Various members of the McFarland family lived in the home until 1971.

In 1985, the home was bought by Stephen and Winifred Gregory. They opened the home as Gregory's McFarland House Bed and Breakfast. In 1989, the home won the Special Heritage Award presented by the Cranbrook Archives, Museum and Landmark Foundation for the preservation and restoration of an historic building.

In 2004, the Gregory's sold the home to Nancy Harper. After extensive remodeling, Nancy is now operating the home as The McFarland Inn, in honor of Robert Early McFarland and his family.

Come Experience A Little Bit Of History! 

 General Policies

  • The McFarland Inn welcomes guests who are at least 18 years old.
  • We are a no-smoking facility. Smokers can relax in one of two areas on the porch or patio.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot accept your pet at this time. We will be happy to suggest a very nice pet resort nearby.

Booking & Cancellation

  • We do everything we can to accommodate last minute bookings but advance bookings of at least 24 hours would be appreciated. Please call if you want to make a same day reservation.
  • Your credit card will be required to guarantee your reservation. American Express, Visa, Master Card and Discover credit cards are accepted. If you wish to pay by personal check, the reservation will be held for 7 days before final confirmation.
  • Your booking is reserved with a one night deposit charged to the card you indicate at the time your reservation is made. This reservation may be cancelled without penalty up to 14 days prior to your scheduled arrival date. Should you cancel your reservation after that time, the inn will retain your reservation deposit. This will be refunded if another guest books the room for the same period of time. Should circumstances require that you depart Coeur d'Alene earlier than anticipated you will be responsible for the length of your reservation.

Check-in & Check-out

  • Check-in is from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm daily. It is no problem if you arrive after 6:00 pm.We would appreciate a call so we know when to expect you. It is generally not possible to check in or drop bags off early, especially during peak season. However, sometimes arrangements can be made if requested at least 48 hours in advance.
  • Check-out is 11:00 am. Sometimes this can be extended a few hours if your room is not booked the night of your departure.
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