Jobs. Get one before you move here. Just, trust me. I've seen the scenario of folks moving up here, buying a house, and *then* looking for a job. I haven't seen it end well yet.
Housing. You can usually get a decent house for $200K, give or take. There's a bit of variety. Historic looking houses from the turn of the century to new ones in HOA-run developments.
Recreation. Awesome if you're outdoorsy. If surfing's your thing, this is not the right climate for you.
Canoeing, hiking, camping, boating, swimming, etc. Gardening, wildlife watching, hunting, all sorts of random stuff.
Health care. Depends on your needs. My family's pretty benign. I just keep having babies at home, just get my asthma inhalers refilled, and do occasional WBC's for the kids. There is a hospital, and supposedly it's got a good cancer center and has a fancy robot or something for certain surgeries. Luckily I don't know much about that. I know my neighbor across the street works at the ER there, but that's about it.
Holistic. Not something I've really done. I think there's a few naturopaths and I seem to remember maybe two offices with a "holistic" or something on the sign down the main drag, but I've never ventured in 'em.
Food coops. There's Pilgrim's Natural Food Market down on 4th in CdA. I'm not impressed. Prices are a bit insane for my budget (unless I somehow find myself with a $1300/mo food budget). I can find better deals at Super 1 or Fred Meyer for some of the things that are more important to me - like organic milk. There's also a tiny cute little coop in Hayden behind the PO where the guy will special order stuff for you if need be. I really like the farmer's market - on Saturdays it's closer to my house, on Wednesday afternoons it's in downtown CdA. On 5th I believe. Only from mid-May to October though. It's not exactly a comprehensive market, but it's cute and the vendors are nice and fun. There may be CSA's available up by Sandpoint, but it's been a while since I've researched that since I just decided to grow my own stuff. I also think there's Azure Standard drops here and there, and maybe even a Fresh Abundance, I forget.
If you want to see what the area looks like right now after the biggest snow storm in years and years, just click my blog. I posted photos I took this morning.
So know that there will be snow - it varies from year to year, but it still comes.
I live in a town just barely north of CdA. Got a semi-cute little downtown, and I like the small-town feel and have gotten used to the 25mph speed limit through town. Most of the time I'll go that way rather than go 3 blocks over to the highway.
If we had the money, we'd be thrilled to get a few acres either right near where we are, or a few miles further north near Garwood or something where we know a few other people with land. But in the meantime, we're in our split-level and I keep turning more and more of our back yard into garden to grow food for us.
That the kind of thing what you're looking for?