About Sandpoint, Idaho
Nestled between Lake Pend Oreille and the base of the Selkirk Mountains, Sandpoint has something for everyone! There is no end to the outdoor activities, including skiing and riding in the winter; mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing and sailing in the warmer months. It’s easy to see why USA Today named Sandpoint the “most beautiful small town in America.”
Downtown Sandpoint is a charming area brimming with restaurants, bars, galleries and shops. At any time of the year you’ll find locals and visitors alike enjoying all that downtown has to offer.
Sandpoint’s dining scene is offers many types of cuisine in all sorts of environments, from waterfront restaurants to cozy cafes. There is no shortage of places to grab a drink, including boat-accessible pubs, wine bars and lounges featuring live music. For more information on dining and nightlife, visit Sandpoint Online.
Sandpoint is a thriving art community with over a dozen galleries and studios showcasing local artists. Movie lovers will enjoy the historic Panida Theater, the community-owned theater which features performing arts and weekly films. Sandpoint is also home to many festivals, including the two-week long Festival at Sandpoint. Learn more about the Arts in Sandpoint here.
Downtown Sandpoint offers an array of shopping from clothing to art and antiques. The Cedar Street Bridge Public Market is a one-of-kind shopping experience, the only place in the US where you can shop actually on a bridge.
Lake Pend Oreille
At 65 miles long and 1,150 feet deep, Lake Pend Oreille is Idaho’s largest and deepest lake. With crystal clear water and idyllic forest surroundings, it also may be its most beautiful. Activities in or around the lake are numerous and include sailing, fishing, cruises, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking and swimming.
Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort
Located only about 20 minutes from the SilverWing Development, Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort is, as MSN Travel said, “a 2,900-acre secret that won’t remain one forever.” From the top of mountain, at 6,400 feet, the stunning views include Canada’s Selkirks, Montana’s Cabinet and Bitterroot Mountain Ranges, as well as Lake Pend Oreille.
Schweitzer is home to some of the best skiing and riding in the Inland Northwest with its many terrain types—wide open bowls, gladed runs, and tree skiing. The 92 named runs range from double-diamond trails to those more approachable by beginners and kids, and for snowboarders, the “best park in the Pacific Northwest,” per Powder Magazine. Ski Magazine calls Schweitzer “unassuming and uncrowded,” with an average of one skier per acre, and notes it receives “100 more annual inches of snow than Sun Valley,” typically over 300 inches.
Throughout the year, Schweitzer is always a social hub, hosting numerous concerts and events, such as the Outrageous Air Show and Fall Fest. During the summer months, Schweitzer is open for many activities, including hiking and mountain biking, and ziplining.