Sandpoint City, Idaho USA

This northern Idaho town of approximately 7,300 residents is located on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, one of America’s deepest and most beautiful lakes and only 11 miles from the well-known Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort in the Selkirk Mountains. The town is also located just 60 miles from the Canadian border and 75 miles northeast of Spokane, Wash. Its location and pleasant four-season climate makes Sandpoint and the surrounding area a wonderland for outdoor activities. With the Selkirk Mountains and Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort just miles away, winter activities such as Nordic and alpine skiing, snowboarding, skate skiing, sledding and tubing are all very popular. Sandpoint is also surrounded by thousands of acres of backcountry wilderness and miles upon miles of groomed trails perfect for snowmobiling.

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Ice skating and ice fishing are some other examples of wintertime activities that are enjoyed by the locals and visitors alike. In the summer, there are many outdoor activities for people to enjoy, such as horseback riding, biking, golfing, fishing, fly-fishing, hunting, hiking and camping. Due to its convenient lakeside location on Lake Pend Oreille, water sports are also extremely popular. On top of being an excellent destination for outdoor enthusiasts, Sandpoint is nationally acclaimed for its small town arts scene. The town has approximately two dozen art galleries and hosts many events each year such as the Art Walk, the Artists’ Studio Tour, Lost in the 50’s Musical Weekend and the very popular Festival at Sandpoint, a two to three-week long festival of musical concerts ranging anywhere from the Sandpoint Symphony to Willie Nelson and the Beach Boys. The town is also known for its historic Panida Theater, which is now renovated and used as the local performing arts theater.

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