Fall in Sandpoint is typically beautiful and warm. Autumn colors make a Sunday afternoon drive a thing of real beauty. Fall Fest at Schweitzer Mountain includes live music, chairlift rides and a brewfest featuring local and regional breweries. The Scenic Half Marathon takes places and also includes a 10k and 5k run. Locals rally around the Sandpoint High School football team. It’s also a great time to visit the Bird Aviation Museum named for one of Sandpoint’s most famous citizens – Dr. Forrest Bird. Camping spots and recreation trails become less crowded giving those brave enough for a couple cold nights a backcountry often all to themselves.
What started as a small ski rental shop to service the newly opened Schweitzer Ski Resort has grown into a year-round business of outfitting fun. Today, Alpine Shop is one of the largest full-service Marine and Snow Sport Outfits in the Inland Northwest. They have two retail locations: one in the heart of beautiful downtown Sandpoint, and the other in the village at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Alpine Shop is a family-owned business with a staff whose knowledge and tenure is second to none. Whether you’ve been a customer for 40 years or are just stopping in for the first time, they look forward to assisting you with your outdoor needs. Visit www.alpineshopsandpoint.com for more information.
Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center
The Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center educates visitors about the historic contributions of aviators and innovators who have helped create modern technology. The Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center was founded by Dr. Forrest Bird, inventor of the medical respirator, and wife Pam in 2007. Located in Sagle about 17 miles southeast of Sandpoint off Sagle Road on Bird Ranch Road. Open year-round Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from mid-May to mid-October. Admission is free. For more information visit www.birdaviationmuseum.com.
The Idaho Club
The only Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course in Idaho! Located only 12 miles from downtown Sandpoint on the winding Pack River. Head east on highway 200 and main gate will be on left side of the highway. Open to the public 7 days a week. For more information visit www.theidahoclub.com.
K&K Fishing Derby
The Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club (LPOIC) sponsors two fishing derbies, one in the spring and one in the fall. The Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club is a volunteer, non-profit organization formed in the mid 1940's, and its mission is to take an active role in protecting and enhancing Lake Pend Oreille and its fisheries. Revenue generated from derbies and membership fees stay in the area to fund projects to carry out the club's mission. In Sandpoint tickets are sold at North 40 Outfitters, Sandpoint Marine, and Alpine Sports. Tickets are also sold at Holiday Shores Resort in Hope. The Captn's Table and Odies Bayside Groc. have them at Garfield Bay. They are also sold in Bayview, CDA, and in Spokane. For more information visit www.lpoic.org.
The Panida Theater
The Panida Theater, Sandpoint’s historic performing arts center has year-round plays, concerts, events and fine art films. Visit www.panida.org for more.
Scarywood Haunted Nights
Starting in October, Silverwood Theme Park transforms into Scarywood Haunted Nights, with five signature bone-chilling attractions, more scare zones scattered throughout the park, as well as most of Silverwood's signature rides in the dark. For more information visit www.silverwoodthemepark.com.
The Scenic Half Marathon
Happening in September, the Scenic Half Marathon hosts a trio-race event, giving participants the option to compete in a 13.1 mile Half Marathon, a 10K or a 5K. Each independent race awards age category winners and Half Marathon competitors who complete the race receive a finisher’s medal. As the benefactor, the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, is committed to supporting the local community and Greater Sandpoint area. By donating a portion of each registration to the non-profit organization, Community Cancer Services, the Chamber hopes to impact the charity’s mission to support women’s health issues. Visit www.scenichalf.com for more information.
Schweitzer Fall Fest
This September, Schweitzer will have bands playing over 3 days and we’ll be serving up several regional wines, hard ciders and over 60 regional microbrews and beers on tap! For the kids they will have the soda tent where they can mix their own flavors and create wild concoctions. There will be arts, crafts and food vendors throughout the village. The ever-popular souvenir mugs, glasses and steins will be on sale all weekend as well as several other Fall Fest souvenirs. For more information visit www.schweitzer.com/events-activities/fall-fest.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Schweitzer Mountain Resort consists of 2900 skiable acres, 92 named trails and some of the finest tree skiing in North America. During the warm weather months try out their biking trails, chair lift rides, ziplines, climbing wall and air jumper and more! For more information visit www.schweitzer.com. Photo courtesy Schweitzer Mountain Resort.
Western Pleasure Guest Ranch
Located on 1100 acres of summer pastures with tall pines and breathtaking views of the Selkirk and Cabinet mountain ranges is the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. A fourth generation cattle ranch that has been operating on the same land since 1940. The ranch is located in Idaho's scenic Panhandle region, about 16 miles northeast of Sandpoint, Idaho. Roley and Janice Schoonover, and her parents, ranchers Jim and Virginia Wood, have transformed this historic ranch into one of Idaho's quality guest ranches. Your hosts Roley and Janice, share their love for their family ranch along with the rich history, beauty and traditions of the area. Western Pleasure is for folks who appreciate sincere, real country hospitality, while enjoying beautiful handcrafted log accommodations. Visit www.westernpleasureranch.com for more information.
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