The Perfect Idaho Vacation

Sandpoint Idaho, located in Bonner County, is the perfect spot for your Idaho vacation. National Geographic Magazine described this area as "one of the ten most scenic and desirable areas in the country. An undiscovered Aspen of the Northwest on a spectacular lake." Sunset Magazine named Sandpoint "The Best Small Town in the West" in their January 2004 issue. Both accolades are a true testament to the beauty and serenity of the area.

In the wintertime, Schweitzer Mountain is the main attraction. With a world-class ski and snowboard resort only 9 miles from Sandpoint, you can soak up plenty of light, dry Idaho powder snow. If you happen to come to Sandpoint during the summer months, Schweitzer Mountain also provides mountain biking, scenic chairlift rides and plenty of hiking opportunities.

Summertime in Sandpoint is perfect for the water-sports enthusiast. Lake Pend Oreille provides swimming, windsurfing, jetskiing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and many more opportunities to cool off from the warm summer heat. Rent a houseboat and spend your entire Idaho vacation afloat on the lake! Take in a scenic evening dinner cruise meant for just the two of you and rekindle your romance.

Or maybe you are in search of fish to create your perfect Idaho vacation. Try your luck in the depths of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho's deepest lake measuring in at 1200 feet. With 143 miles of shoreline to explore, it might be worth your while to hiring a local fishing guide to show you the hotspots for Kokanee Salmon, Kamloops; Rainbows, Browns, and Brook Trout. Other game fish in Lake Pend Oreille include Large Mouth Bass, Whitefish, Yellow Perch, Black Crappie, Bluegill and Brown Bullhead. Whatever you choose to pursue, just make sure to practice safe boating procedures.

If you prefer a more tranquil wilderness setting, three major rivers traverse the area. The Clark Fork River drains into Lake Pend Oreille in the east, and the Pend Oreille River drains out of the lake on the western side. Priest River emerges from Priest Lake and reaches the waters of the Pend Oreille River. And the remote waters of Priest Lake are sure to provide an excellent angling experience. A number of other creeks, rivers and smaller lakes also dot the landscape.

Maybe you are the type of person who likes to take long walks in the woods during the fall. Through towering White Pines, you will catch sight of Bald Eagles and Osprey. Watch for Deer, Elk and Moose while stopping to enjoy wild Huckleberries. It's easy to appreciate the splendor of the Idaho Panhandle, Colville, and Kootenai National Forests, all within easy access of Sandpoint.

Or maybe a great round of golf is the main ingredient in your recipe for a perfect Idaho vacation. Five golf courses are within easy reach of Sandpoint: Idaho Club, Elks Golf Club, StoneRidge Golf, Mirror Lake Golf Course, and Priest Lake Golf Course all await you and your favorite foursome.