As the snow melts in Sandpoint and with summer just around the corner, Sandpoint begins to ramp up its festival and celebration season. Fishing derbies are held, and by mid-May the local farmers’ market is up and running offering fresh produce and unique crafts. The Chafe 150 bike ride continues to expand in popularity and Lost in the 50’s car show is a must for anyone who appreciates vintage American muscle. Flowers bloom, and although the water is still pretty chilly, eager boaters are already out on the water. Enjoy seasonal dining menus as well as spring barrel releases at local wineries.
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.
Lake Pend Oreille Tours
Lake Pend Oreille Cruises offers a variety of public tours including eagle watching, history and dinner cruises as well as private charters. Visit www.lakependoreillecruises.com for more information and reservations.
Lost in the 50's Car Show
It's Sandpoint's biggest party of the year, happening in May, with hundreds of classic cars on parade and on show throughout downtown, parties, music, dancing...and fun! Visit www.sandpoint.org/lostin50s for more information.
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.
ROW Adventures, having started out as offering white water rafting trips, is a company with an eclectic collection of adventures around the world with travel to over 20 countries. "World's #1 Tour Operator", Travel + Leisure Magazine. "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth", National Geographic Adventure. "Tours of a Lifetime" 5 time winner, National Geographic Traveler. Visit www.rowadventures.com for trips and more information.
Sandpoint Farmer's Market
The Sandpoint Farmer's Market is open from the first Saturday in May through the Second Saturday in October. Location: Corner of Third Avenue and Oak Street, in Farmin Park and Jeff Jones Town Square. Hours: Saturdays 9am-1pm, Wednesdays 3:00pm-6:00pm. Visit www.sandpointfarmersmarket.com for more information.
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.
Silverwood Theme Park
Silverwood is the Northwest’s largest theme park, featuring over 200 acres and more than 70 rides, slides, shows and attractions. On a hot summer day, there’s no better place to be than the 21-acre Boulder Beach Water Park right next door. In the fall, Silverwood Theme Park transforms into Scarywood Haunted Nights, with five signature bone-chilling attractions as well as more scare zones scattered throughout the park. For more information visit www.silverwoodthemepark.com.
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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