The Perfect Idaho Vacation

Sandpoint, Idaho, is not like other vacation destinations. Though filled with recreational opportunities, you won't be left with the feeling that recreation is all that is offered in Sandpoint.

Resort properties are abundantly located around the city of Sandpoint. In fact, Seasons at Sandpoint - a private residential resort nestled on Lake Pend Oreille - is only a footbridge away from the charms of this small town. Whatever your preference, Sandpoint has accommodations to fit your desire.

The area has many different things to experience. Shopping in downtown Sandpoint will surprise even the most seasoned veteran consumer. You'll discover a wide array of many eclectic shops and galleries with clothing, antiques, fine art, and local music.

And if you're looking for a perfect place to enjoy a Friday evening, saunter into Coldwater Creek where you can purchase some of the finest outerwear while enjoying their wine bar and live music. For more than 20 years, Coldwater Creek has been headquartered in Sandpoint.

Resort aficionados know that the key to a great vacation is providing activities for all members of the family. With Sandpoint's abundance of water sports, the days belong to the kids. However, the nights belong to mom and dad. Sandpoint features the Pend d' Oreille Winery, winner of the coveted "2003 Idaho Winery of the Year" award and recipient of the 2005 Small Business Association's "Business of the Year." The winery features live music on Fridays and Saturdays so mom and dad can unwind.

If your family enjoys winter sports instead of water sports, world-class skiing and snowboarding is only 11 miles from Sandpoint. Resort ownership of Schweitzer has changed hands several times over the past 10 years, but their master plan is still on track to create a comprehensive village environment and add additional lodging, while upgrading existing facilities and mountain offerings. Your entire family can get their fill of dry Idaho powder snow, while lodging in downtown Sandpoint. Resort opening date averages late November, and Schweitzer typically closes in early April.

Whatever activities you choose to enjoy in Sandpoint, it is the beauty of the area that will capture your heart and keep you mesmerized for a lifetime.