We're not sure if there is anything we can say about this beautiful area that hasn't been said already. USA Today describes Sandpoint Idaho as "Norman Rockwell-meets-Ansel Adams". Hollywood game show host Ben Stein was recently quoted in American Spectator magazine as saying Sandpoint Idaho's "rugged mountains, dense forests (and) wide rivers," is "far more beautiful than I had dreamed". Sunset magazine recently voted Sandpoint as "best small town in the West". Sandpoint has also been featured in National Geographic Adventure, and Outside magazine.
The reality is that the only way to get a full grasp on the natural beauty of Northern Idaho is from a breathtaking scenic vista, atop a Western Pleasure horse ;) Sandpoint sits on the shores of the spectacular Lake Pend Oreille, one of the largest fresh water lakes in the United States. At 43 miles in length Lake Pend Oreille is the fifth deepest lake (1,158 feet at its greatest depth) in the United States with 111 miles of shoreline. Its pristine waters are a major factor in the community of Sandpoint's high ranking as a premier tourist destination.
The community of Sandpoint, at an elevation just over 2,000 ft., serves as the county seat of Bonner County (population 35,226 in 1999). For more than a century, its economy depended heavily on the lumber industry. Beginning in the late 1980's, the tourism industry began to grow rapidly in response to increasing awareness of the region's four season climate.
With an annual average rainfall of 33.5 inches and annual snowfall of 71.7 inches, residents experience few sub-zero days in the winter, while summer days rarely exceed 90°. The average year-round temperature is 47° and there are close to 125 frost-free days each year. The humidity level is comparatively low, the nights are generally comforting and summertime typically offers weeks of blue sky, sunny days. This is, of course, to the delight of boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing and hiking enthusiasts!
Resting at the base of the Selkirk Mountains in North Idaho's Panhandle region, the community of Sandpoint can be found 60 miles south of the Canadian border and 75 miles northeast of Spokane, Washington.
If you're looking for exciting family fun, be sure to visit the Northwest's largest theme park. Silverwood offers over 65 rides and attractions, including three roller coasters, the Boulder Beach Water Park, a steam engine train, live entertainment, restaurants, and more. Silverwood Theme Park is open daily June, July and August and select weekends in May, September and October.
Staying at the Ranch?
Ask about discounted Silverwood tickets!
Shhh! Shhh! Be very quiet! We're trying not to tell too many about this Northern Idaho treasure:http://www.schweitzer.com.
Schweitzer is a pristine jewel situated in the Selkirk Mountains, and is the perfect location for your next ski vacation. This mountain boasts 2,500 acres of the most beautiful, breathtaking scenery imaginable, with views of Canada and two states. Enjoy a variety of terrain from smooth corduroy groomers to wide open bowls and gladed runs, 62 trails, and Idaho's only high-speed, six-person ski lift... all at an elevation of 6,400 feet! The ski season at Schweitzer Mountain Resort lasts from November to April. If you're looking for one of the best getaway ski packages, check out ourSchweitzer Resort Ski Packages!
Coldwater Creek has opened their new flagship store in the historic W.A. Bernd building in downtown Sandpoint Idaho. The new the store is smaller than their previous location on the Cedar Street Bridge, although about twice the size of the average Coldwater Creek retail store.
The upper level boasts a cozy wine bar with delicious appetizers, deep leather lounge chairs and a fireplace.
This instant Sandpoint Idaho landmark is a must-see featuring the original brick walls, grand fir beams and rafters and slate waterfall.
The store located at 311 N. First Ave. is open Mon-Sat from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Offering over 700 miles of trails, Glacier National Park, located in West Glacier Montana makes the perfect vacation companion to a stay at the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch.
Glacier National Park is a beautiful 200 mile drive from the ranch across Northern MT, and boasts six peaks over 10,000 feet!
So the next time you're looking for a destination before or after your stay at the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, consider the majestic Glacier National Park.
The International Selkirk Loop has been called "North America's first and only International Scenic Byway". The International Selkirk Loop is a 450km / 280-mile scenic drive encircling the spectacular Selkirk Mountains in northeast Washington, northern Idaho and southeast British Columbia.
Almost all of the loop follows rivers and lake shores, which historically were used for transportation, a playground for gold seekers on the Wild Horse Trail, and early settlers.
When on the loop in Sandpoint, we hope you will have a chance to visit or stay with us.
For more information on the loop please visit the offical International Selkirk Loop website.