If you enjoy breathtaking views, open water and a charming small town, your next Crownline vacation should be to Sandpoint, Idaho. Located on the edge of Big Sky Country, Sandpoint offers a range of activities that will appeal to just about everyone. If you’re a thrill seeker, go skiing (both on land and water), deep-water diving, and high-speed cruising. If you like to keep things calmer, explore a delightful small town filled with high-quality restaurants, breweries, shops, beaches, parks, and museums.
Where to Boat
Sandpoint is located on the northwest side of beautiful Lake Pend Oreille and the Pend Oreille River. It’s a large waterway surrounded by glorious mountains, lined with developed and undeveloped shoreline, and dotted with islands and beaches. The lake itself is deep, up to 1,150 feet. The military even uses the waters to test submarines. It’s just under 150 square miles in size, and every inch is simply breathtaking.
Where to Stay
Sandpoint is loaded with lovely places to stay. There’s Talus Rock Retreat, an upscale yet rustic lodge that sits just west of town. It’s an idyllic spot to take in the beauty of the surrounding area. Enjoy the spa, well-appointed rooms, tasty breakfasts, and romantic packages for couples who like adventure. For those looking for an even more relaxed experience, the Huckleberry Hill Bed and Breakfast is a friendly inn that offers incredible hospitality and is a nice middle point between Sandpoint and the mountains. Another recommended hotel is The Lodge at Sandpoint, a massive timber structure on the lakeshore. If you want to experience a luxurious waterside vacation, this is the spot. Their restaurants are top-notch, including modern-American Forty-One South and Shoga, serving the best sushi in town. For an affordable lodging option, try the Best Western Edgewater Resort. It’s centrally located and next to many nice restaurants, cafés and shops.
Where to Eat
For breakfast, try Spuds Waterfront Grill and Trinity at City Beach, two waterfront cafés that dish out huge servings of tasty food. Trinity also has a patio with live music. For lunch, you can’t miss Joel’s, an award-winning, family-operated Mexican restaurant that all the locals swear by. For drinks, try MickDuff’s Brewing Company or Matchwood Brewing Company. MickDuff’s has a cool, laid-back atmosphere that’s perfect for listening to live music or watching sports. The menu is full of finely crafted bar bites and house beers that straddle the line between its western-American location and Irish inspiration. Matchwood offers delicious beers in a contemporary environment. Stay up-to-date with beer trends and enjoy friendly conversation with a kind and knowledgeable staff. For dinner, we recommend The Hydra Steakhouse, the place for carnivores who love a good filet and cocktail. Another option is Farmhouse Kitchen and Silo Bar, a farm-to-table spot that serves an impressive range of fabulous local dishes.
Where to Explore
Take a stroll around the historic downtown and stop by the plentiful shops, public art installations, galleries, cafés, and museums. The friendly residents are more than happy to point you to a good spot. Don’t miss Sandpoint City Beach Park, a beautiful location for picture-taking. And The Festival at Sandpoint is a music celebration in August that offers entertainment on the beach for all types of music fans. This year, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are headlining.
Sandpoint is a town full of energy and surrounded by beauty. It’s a true Western gem just waiting to be discovered.
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