The Northwest’s largest theme park, located 25 miles south of Sandpoint on Highway 95, Silverwood Theme Park includes admission to Boulder Beach Water Park, so visitors get two parks for the price of one during Boulder Beach operating season. The park features Tremors, a 60-mile-per-hour underground roller coaster, plus Timber Terror and the Corkscrew. Ride a vintage steam train, challenge a gigantic wave pool and monster waterslides, or enjoy live entertainment. Silverwood has more than 60 rides, shows and attractions. Phone 208.683.3400.
Schweitzer Mountain Our ski resort, the best in the Inland Northwest. Ranked nationally in the top 32 resorts by both Ski and Snow Country magazines, Schweitzer is an award-winning winter retreat with the best skiing, snowboarding and views in the Inland Northwest.
Lake Pend Oreille Guide Lots of information about the lake
Kayak tours and rentals are offered through Full Spectrum Tours, 208.263.5975. Fishing charters for fishing or cruising the lake: Diamond Charters (208.265.2565), and Pend Oreille Charters (208.265.6781).
Lake Pend Oreille Cruises public cruises are scheduled daily, as well as Monday and Friday sunset dessert cruises, Tuesday and Thursday dinner cruises, wine tasting cruises and a Fourth of July fireworks cruise. This distinctive vessel can be chartered for two to 30 people. Look up Lake Pend Oreille Cruises for further details and pricing. 888.SANDPOINT (888.726.3764) or 208.255.LAKE (208.255.5253).
North Idaho Bikeways information and a map of the paths for biking.
Mountain Horse Adventures treats riders to leisurely horseback tours through rich mountain forests and alpine meadows at Schweitzer in summer; phone 208.263.TROT (208.263.8768) or 800.831.8810.
Stoneridge Golf Resort Another excellent nearby 18-hole golf course has a recently redesigned 19-hole course in Blanchard on Highway 41, phone 208.437.4653.
Elks Golf Club is just two miles from downtown Sandpoint on Highway 200, phone 208.263.4321. This well-maintained, 9-hole course is perfect for the beginner or intermediate golfer.
Mirror Lake Golf Course in Bonners Ferry on Highway 95, phone 208.267.5314.
Priest Lake Golf Course with a recently expanded 18-hole layout just west of Priest Lake, phone 208.443.2525.
Around Our Region
SandpointOnline.com Sandpoint’s Community website
Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce
Priest River Chamber of Commerce
Priest Lake Chamber of Commerce
Bayview Chamber of Commerce
Coeur d ‘Alene Chamber of Commerce
Panhandle National Forests
Official State of Idaho home page
Sandpoint Area Map & Directions
Bonner County Website for our county government
Bonner County Daily Bee Our local newspaper
Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce Our local chamber
Bonner County Economic Development Corp Help for business relocation
May to October, open-air market of fresh produce, garden starts, handcrafts, flowers, food and live music. Farmin Park Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 208.265.0780
Foster’s Crossing at Fifth between Cedar and Oak streets is a mini mall with antiques, books, jewelry and more. There’s also a fine, small restaurant. Phone 208.263.5911. Cocolalla Corner Antiques has a fine collection as well. Located in Cocollala 12 miles south of Sandpoint. (Closed January and February.) Phone 208.263.9033.
Sandpoint is home to its very own winery. Pend d’Oreille Winery, 2003 Idaho Winery of the Year and 2005 SBA Small Business of the Year, vints award-winning wines from the world-class vineyards of the Northwest. The wine bar features live music on Fridays and Saturdays, while wine tasting, wine sales and tours of the winery and gift shop are open daily. Drop into their storefront at 220 Cedar St., visit their website or call 208.265.8545.
Laughing Dog Brewing Co. opened in 2005 and brews several styles of beer in Ponderay. Tours and tastings, plus a gift shop are open daily, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Located just off Highway 200 in the Emerald Industrial Park across from the Bonner Mall. Phone 208.263.9222. Also see brewing in action at the new brewpub downtown, MickDuff’s, at 312 N. First Avenue. Phone 208.255.4351.
Pend Oreille Arts Council
For more than 20 years, POAC has been promoting the arts through Sunday Concerts on the Lawn in July, Summer Sounds at Park Place all summer long, the Arts & Crafts Fair in August, Artwalk all summer, a revolving art gallery in The Old Power House and the Performance Series from September to April at the Panida. 208.263.6139
Sandpoint has around two dozen galleries located in town and the surrounding area. In summer, up to 20 downtown venues become galleries in ArtWalk, a self-guided walking tour to browse revolving art exhibits, sponsored by POAC (208.263.6139). And about 15 area artists open their galleries for the Artists’ Studios Tour, a self-guided driving tour in the countryside, 800.800.2106.