“I live where everyone else wants to go on vacation”

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Have you always dreamed about living in the most perfect place in the world? Look no further, you’ve found it! Surrounded by three vast mountain ranges, and along the shores of Idaho’s largest lake, lies beautiful Sandpoint, Idaho.

“I live where everyone else wants to go on vacation.” – Every Sandpoint Resident

Once home to the Salish tribes, better known in modern times as the Kalispell and Kootenai Tribes, Sandpoint would later be discovered by explorers, and eventually the railroad would come through and bring with it Chinese and European Settlers. It became officially incorporated in 1898. Today it hosts a thriving forest industry, ever-growing tourism, utility aircraft building, and manufacturing as well as headquarters to Litehouse Dressing and home to the wildly popular Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Most importantly it is home to a community full of wonderful folks from all walks of life ready to make you feel at home in our cozy little town!

City Beach, Downtown Sandpoint, Idaho
Pieces of diverse history can still be found throughout downtown Sandpoint. One of the first buildings you see after the breathtaking drive across the long bridge is the old powerhouse building. While the inside has been changed many times over the years and it no longer is a source of power for the town, the outside of the building still resembles much of its past appearance. Old beds from the brothels used to hang from the ceiling at A&Ps Bar and Grill, although they’ve been removed in recent days. The Panida Theater is a truly unique sight to see. Built in 1927 it hosts a variety of events such as live theatre, house films, dance, comedy, concerts and was part of the beginnings of famous actor and local Viggo Mortensen’s career. Its an easy search to find a local with stories of resident ghosts in a local restaurant as well as other pieces of Sandpoint’s “Dark History”, if you’re into that. You can also discover more about Sandpoint’s past at the Bonner County Historical Museum located at 611 S. Ella Ave as well as other little tidbits by browsing stores, buildings and restaurants throughout the town.

The list of amazing things Sandpoint has to offer could go on for days! There is something for everyone here. Lake Pend Oreille, the 5th deepest lake in the nation, boasts world class fishing along with plenty of room to participate in your favorite watersports including wake surfing and parasailing. While the lake is best known for Kamloops, Mackinaw, and Kokanee, there’s more than plenty of opportunity for other fish species such as bass, crappy, walleye and more. For those more into winter sports, there is Schweitzer Mountain resort, voted “Best in the Inland Northwest” consecutively for more than a decade. The mountain offers a 2900-acre playground for the avid skier and snowboarder. If that’s not your cup of tea, just a short drive in any direction will take you to explore the scenic mountains on your snowmobile, snowshoes, or cross-country skis. In the summer months, explore the backcountry lakes, fish the creeks, hike mountain trails, pick huckleberries and morels, or horseback ride. There are so many sights to see!

View of Lake Pend Oreille from the top of the mountain near Sandpoint, Idaho
While clearly there is an abundance of outdoor activities here, we know that’s not for everyone! Not to fear! You can find many other activities such as the internationally renowned Festival at Sandpoint, occasional concerts at The Hive downtown, various theatre and dance at The Panida, local beer fests, art walks, Crazy Days, Lost in the 50’s car show, Sandpoint’s Winter Carnival, sports events, or shop the eclectic shops downtown.
Don’t take our word for it though! Come visit, stay awhile. Join our one of a kind community and indulge in the North Idaho experience!

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