The Perfect Idaho Vacation

Sandpoint Idaho merges the best of both worlds. It retains the small-town feel that so many people crave today with the refinement and elegance found in a much larger city, creating the solution to our time's largest dichotomy. Quaint coffee shops and traditional cafés exist in harmony next to funky boutiques and well-know retail stores like Coldwater Creek. Four star dining establishments, fine art galleries and charming antique stores all sit within the same city block. The vibrant downtown offers a thrilling showcase of activities and events, welcoming pedestrians to enjoy the streets and peaceful side escapes, while experiencing Sandpoint throughout each season, all year long.

Comparable to Taos New Mexico - in the sense that it not only is home to a nationally renowned arts community but also provides countless year round recreational opportunities - Sandpoint Idaho is the perfect blend of culture and nature.

An artistic sanctuary, Sandpoint features performing arts, outdoor music festivals, and art galleries among its diverse attractions. From catching a play at the recently restored Panida Theater to soaking in an era gone by during the retro "Lost 50's weekend", Sandpoint has something to offer everyone, including outdoor recreational opportunities.

Outside Magazine said Sandpoint has "...the most enviable outdoor recreation..." and anyone who visits knows that statement is true. Waterskiing, sailing, jetskiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing and swimming await during the summer months. Fishing, hiking, golfing, mountain biking and horseback riding are available almost year-round. Skiing, snowboarding, skating and snowmobiling are available during the winter months. Sandpoint Idaho is a recreation lover's dream. Though nature dictates a change in playground venue depending on the season, new adventures call to you all year long. "Dull" and "boring" are words that are never uttered in Sandpoint. Yet a quiet afternoon full of relaxation is always only a quick decision away. And with a population of only approximately 6,000 people, Sandpoint remains sparsely populated despite of all it has to offer.

If you are the nature loving type, Sandpoint Idaho should be on your list of "must visits." The splendor of the Idaho Panhandle and Colville National Forests patiently await your arrival. The Kootenai National Forest is home to the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge, over 2,000 acres of forest lands and river valleys. Deer, elk, moose, bear, and migrating birds all use this refuge. The wildlife viewing opportunities are endless, and all lie within easy access of Sandpoint.