SANDPOINT

Ahhhh. Sandpoint Idaho.

Sandpoint is a quaint, friendly resort mountain community located on the North Idaho Panhandle, which is located just 50 miles north of Lake Coeur D Alene and is located right on majestic Lake Pend Orielle, pronounced (pond dor’ ray ). The lake is so deep and clear that it serves as a site for the U.S………… Navy submarine tests (which doesn’t harm marine life as it would otherwise in the ocean). 

The lake is breathtaking, add scenic mountain vistas, and world-class skiing (Schweitzer Ski Resort)  what more could you ask for while you visit (or decide to stay) in Sandpoint or surrounding areas.

The community of Sandpoint, is at an elevation just over 2,000 ft., serves as the county seat of Bonner County (population 35,226 in 1999). For over 100 years century, its economy depended heavily on the lumber industry. Beginning in the late 1980s, the tourism industry began growing rapidly in response to increasing awareness of the region’s four-season climate.

With an annual average rainfall of 33.5 inches and annual snowfall of 71.7 inches, residents may experience few sub-zero days in the winter, while summer days rarely exceed 90°. The average year-round temperature is 47°, and there are close to 125 frost-free days each year. The humidity level is comparatively low, the nights are generally comforting, and summertime typically offers weeks of blue sky, sunny days. This is, of course, to the delight of boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing, and hiking enthusiasts!

A perfect match for the outdoor enthusiast.

North Idaho offers year-round outdoor activities; bikers can spend the day out on the Gold Hill Trail, an almost eight-mile biking and hiking trail with stunning views of the lake and the Selkirk Mountains, the countless biking and trekking trails through the region to swimming the Long Bridge Swim, an open-water 1.76-mile swim.

 Schweitzer Mountain Resort is a mere 10 miles from downtown Sandpoint and offers both summer and winter activities.  Indulge in over 20 miles of hiking and biking trails through wildflowers and gorgeous alpine vistas – you can take the chairlift to the top and have a drink or lunch at the Crows Nest on top of the Summit. Bring your cameras!

In the winter, the resort attracts skiers from across the globe, as the mountain features terrain parks, night skiing, cat skiing and snowmobiling, a Nordic center, and more! There are so many other locals (Hope for one) to exercise your cross country abilities are spend the day on your snowmobile never passing the same way twice. 

Did I mention the golf courses?

Sandpoint Elks Golf Course is just north of Historic Downtown Sandpoint (http://www.sandpointelks.com), the Idaho Club (http://www.theidahoclub.com), the Priest Lake Golf Course (https://www.plgolfcourse.com), and the Twin Lakes Resort in Rathdrum (https://golftwinlakes.com).

City beach is the highlight of Sandpoint. City Beach is Sandpoint is” 22 acre City Park, located at the end of Bridge Street. It is the oldest park in Sandpoint. It includes boat-launch facility, lake tours, kayaking, swimming, boating, volleyball,  and picnicking don’t miss the photo op at the Statue of Liberty.

If so inclined, you can also take a driving tour along the International Selkirk Loop(named “Best of the Roads” by Rand McNally). The full loop includes 280 miles through Idaho, Washington, and Canada, as well as stunning mountain, lake, and river views – even just a small chunk is completely jaw-dropping and inspiring!

For non-outdoor enthusiasts, there are many breweries, Laughing Dog or MickDuffs, to name a few top ones, a fabulous winery, and great shopping. Seasonal activities are many all year round. The ArtWalk around downtown galleries, and in August, you can attend the Arts and Crafts Fair, as well as an annual Artists’ Studio Tour, Lost in the ’50s in May (http:www.//sandpoint.org/lostin50s) and The Festival at Sandpoint in August (https://www.festivalatsandpoint.com).

The best location for updated events in Sandpoint is found here (http://www.sandpointonline.com).

Welcome to the secret of Sandpoint.