Stay the Night, or Longer, in Sandpoint, Idaho

Living in Boise, Idaho is great, and you wouldn’t trade it for anything. The city has the perfect Idaho lifestyle. It’s that wonderful fusion of outdoor recreational opportunities while still having all of the modern amenities just as close. You can bike in the foothills, and still be home in time for a nice dinner in Downtown Boise. But you haven’t seen all of Idaho until you head up north to the town of Sandpoint, Idaho.

This town sits on the 43-mile long Lake Pend Oreille and has been named the “Most Beautiful Town in America” by both Rand McNally and USA Today. Looking at pictures of Sandpoint will give you an Idaho of just how incredible this lake town is, but the pictures don’t do it justice. Don’t let the nearly eight-hour drive stop you. It’s worth it. You can easily make a weekend adventure out of Sandpoint, Idaho although you’ll probably want to spend much longer there.

Lodging in Sandpoint

Sandpoint, Idaho is surrounded by the rugged beauty of Idaho, namely through the Selkirk and Cabinet Mountains. To the south of Sandpoint, you’ll find the Silverwood Theme Park, the largest theme park in the Northwest. The theme park alone is worth the trip to Sandpoint, but just wait until you see the town and its incredible recreational, cultural, and shopping opportunities. Sandpoint has an event schedule that is always packed full, spring, summer, fall, or winter.

With so much to do in Sandpoint, you are obviously going to need a place to stay. You have plenty of variety. You can use a more traditional hotel, or you can even stay at bed and breakfast or a cabin. Sandpoint has as much variety in lodging as it does in activities.

Hotels and Motels

· Holiday Inn Express and Suites. For a chain hotel, you can use the Holiday Inn. You’ll be able to use the indoor pool and hot tub. You’ll be just steps away from the family sports bar, Sweet Lou’s. Holiday Inn is the closest off-mountain Hotel to Schweitzer.

· Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Spend the night on Schweitzer at the resort. Enjoy incredible views and access to the resort, as well as the resort village with lodging and dining. The mountain is open year round.

· Lodge at Sandpoint. Luxury and affordable aren’t usually two words you hear together, but that’s exactly what happens at this lakefront lodge. Enjoy the 600 feet of sandy beach. Take to the lake for boating, or enjoy biking around the area.

Bed and Breakfast

· Huckleberry Tent and Breakfast. Looking for a unique lodging experience? You’ve found it. Sleep in the wilderness in a canvas tent, but keep all of the comforts of a bed and breakfast. You’ll even have a queen-size bed.

· Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. Here, you’ll have your choice of staying in the main lodge or the private log cabins. This is life on a ranch, complete with horseback riding. Your hosts will share their love and family history of ranching.

· Estate on the Lake. This is a beautiful lakefront bed and breakfast. You’ll sleep in luxury in the three bed plus bath suites. Marble and tile bathrooms, plus modern amenities like Wi-Fi.


· Sleep’s Cabins. Staying here will make your Sandpoint vacation an unforgettable experience. Stay in the historic, waterfront cabins. Combine the beautiful Lake Pend Oreille with the warm hospitality of North Idaho, and you are in for a treat.

· Dover Bay Waterfront Resort and Bungalows. This beautiful resort community sits on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. It’s just a few miles away from the wonderful downtown of Sandpoint, Idaho, and it’s only a short drive away from the Schweitzer Resort. You’ll have access to a marina and beach bungalow vacation rentals. There’s also a café and a market.

A Stay to Remember

Sandpoint, Idaho is a place that you will always remember, and you will return year after year. The lodging at Sandpoint is just as memorable, and it might even be a part of why you keep coming back. Whatever the reason, Sandpoint has a lot going on for it, and it’s the perfect example of the Idaho lifestyle.

You have plenty of chances to experience nature, from sleeping in a tent, to heading out the trails and rivers, or even the lake itself. Combine all of that with a thriving arts community, fine dining, and unique shopping, and Sandpoint, Idaho is a winner. You live in Boise, but Sandpoint is a great playground. It’s your home away from home, and you can’t wait to go back.

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