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11 Q&A: ERIC SKINNER
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14 THE LONG BRIDGE
Sandpoint’s iconic approach
18 SANDPOINT REAL ESTATE
20-22 Real Estate is on the Rise
24-26 Market Report
29-30 Featured Listings
34 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Calendar of great local events, arts
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38 Places to Stay
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On this month’s cover of Go Sandpoint Magazine
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“I am passionate
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moves to Idaho?” Eric
Skinner jokingly asked his
sister when she said she and
her husband were moving
here. Fast forward a few years, and Eric and
his wife, Julina, were finding their own way to
Idaho, realizing this is where they wanted to
raise their kids. “We loaded up and moved here
with little more than a passion for Sandpoint
in 1991,” recalls Eric. His wife and he started
with a small computer and internet service
company, offering a real estate database that
made properties searchable long before Zillow
or any of the nationally known sites. Today, he
helps people fulfill their own dream of moving
to Sandpoint as an owner and associate Broker
with Century 21 RiverStone.
Q. Is there a specific memory, story or person
that has greatly influenced who you are today?
A. That’s a hard one, as at different stages in
life, many people stepped in and influenced me
greatly. That being said, Julina and I were both
greatly inspired and influenced by my sister,
Leigh, and my brother-in-law, Joe Mire, when
we were first starting our lives together. Julina
and I both grew up in families with divorced
parents and the normal life junk associated with
divorces. So family unity was something we both
Leigh and Joe were great inspirations to us in
how they raised their three kids. They invested
heavily in the time they spent with their kids,
and it showed early on and into the adults they
became. Julina and I tried, in many ways, to
mimic what we saw in their family with Ryan
and later our daughter Bethany.
Q. What makes our town such a special,
unique place to live?
A. Sandpoint is a community where you feel
connected. Of course, the lake and mountains
are extremely beautiful, but the kinds of folks
that are attracted to our area generally want
something different than what you can find
anywhere else. Family and traditions matter
more than jobs and possessions. Most kids
from the Sandpoint area try to figure out how to
stay here and raise their families here, not how
to leave the town where they grew up. That is
special and hard to find. To me, that’s Sandpoint.
Q. What are you most passionate about in
your role as a Realtor and Broker?
A. The people you get to know. I find myself
personally invested and caring about those we
work with and our clients. You spend time with
them learning about their families and story,
and by finding common ground with them,
I oftentimes become friends with my clients.
Naturally, this makes the process of matching
them with the right property that much easier.
It’s not a job when hanging out with friends. I’m
also passionate about finding unique properties
and seeing something special that others don’t
see—until you show them.
Q. The current real estate market is
unprecedented. How have you managed to
navigate it, and what are the key takeaways/
advice you would offer buyers and sellers as a
A. First, I navigate everything with a great
business partnership with Brent Stevens and his
mother, Margie Stevens, our designated Broker.
My smartest moves in life have always been by
surrounding myself with people who are smarter
than I am, from my wife to my business partners,
to our great staff and agents.
At Century 21 RiverStone, we have a great core
group of professionals that know this industry
inside and out. Our internal communication
is a major key to our success. This mindset of
agents helping other agents is a powerful benefit
in navigating crazy market swings, and it is our
secret sauce in my opinion.
Q. What is exciting about the current market
and changes in North Idaho, and what do you
expect to see in the future?
A. It’s easy to focus on the concerns we all have
about the rapid growth of our area. We all feel
that way as we see some things changing. Let’s
face it, the secret of Sandpoint is out. But one
thing I find as we are growing as a community,
we are seeing great new products and properties
hitting the market.
I think it’s important for people to understand
there is a lot of responsible development
happening. I believe with the new standards
developers must go through, we are going to see
better planned communities, with amenities that
serve to keep North Idaho a special place to live.
Q. What has been a piece of advice or
experience that you’ve carried with you and
that has impacted your life for the better?
A. Don’t let others pull you down! I think we
live in a time where there is a lot of negative junk
going around. I would be the first to agree, there
is plenty to be worried about as a nation divided
making bad mistakes. But we need to not lose
our zest for life, or our passion for our future,
or that hope of that next generation figuring out
what we couldn’t.
Q. In your free time, how do you spend your
time? What is your biggest passion and outlet
outside of work?
A. I seriously enjoy hunting, fishing and pretty
much anything outdoors. I’ve been blessed to
enjoy activities like being a pilot and flying all
over the Northwest. But, without question or
hesitation, my greatest passion is spending time
with my family, specifically my grandchildren.
Julina and I have been given the greatest gift we
could have ever imagined in our lives. We moved
to Sandpoint to raise a family, and our children
and their spouses gave us a large family that is
extremely close. That was our dream when we
moved to Sandpoint, and Sandpoint provided
the quality of life that our kids wanted when
raising their kids. So, when I’m not working
these days, I’m setting up a fishing trip, planning
a sleepover or bleeding internally from them
jumping on me like a trampoline, and I wouldn’t
change a thing!
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SANDPOINT’S ICONIC APPROACH
BY ABIGAIL THORPE
No matter how many times you’ve driven across the bridge
connecting Sagle to Sandpoint, where the Pend Oreille
River flows out of Lake Pend Oreille, chances are the view
never ceases to amaze you. For those of us who live in Sandpoint,
there’s a moment when you arrive at the bridge from the south
when you seem to take a deep breath, relax and quietly realize
you’re home. For visitors, this first view of Sandpoint from south on
the bridge is one that’s not soon forgotten.
It’s a drive that consistently takes your breath away, whether it’s
shrouded in the mist of early morning, or the viewpoint from
which to take in one of North Idaho’s spectacular sunsets over the
mountains, reflecting into the lake and river below.
Come the summer months, the bridge serves as a point to take
in the many boaters and occasionally even boat parades that pass
beneath its storied pilings. The Long Bridge as we know it has
become intrinsically connected with Sandpoint and Lake Pend
Oreille; but as we pass along its lengths—many of us two or more
times per day—it’s easy to forget that this convenient behemoth
hasn’t always been there.
Local legend has it that sometime around 1900, the 2-1/2-yearold
son of local Tom Craig accidentally chopped his toe off. Since
the family lived on the south side of the lake, the only way to the
doctor in Sandpoint was by ferry, rowboat or the train trestle. Craig
gathered his son in his arms, and ran across the trestle, only to be
overtaken by a train, which conveniently slowed down for him to
The boy made it through, but the incident was a vivid example of
why a bridge was so desperately needed to connect the farms and
communities south of the river and lake with the necessities of
Several years and encouragement from many local farmers later,
the Kootenai County Commissioners began planning a new bridge,
and on May 26, 1908, the first pilings were driven for what would
become Sandpoint’s first Long Bridge, known in the early days as
the Wagon Bridge.
Completed and ready for use in March of 1910, the wooden
bridge connecting Sagle with Sandpoint spanned almost 2 miles,
incorporated 1,540 pilings and cost around $20,000. In the
middle was a steel lift to allow steamboat traffic to pass through
underneath. It was a massive undertaking that would gain renown
as the “longest wooden bridge in the world” at the time. Wooden
planks were placed lengthwise down the span of the bridge, which
connected directly with 1st Avenue at its arrival in Sandpoint.
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By the 1930s, the bridge had started to fall into disrepair,
its wooden structure and surface breaking down. It was
torn down to make room for a second bridge built during
the Great Depression with help from the Works Progress
Administration (WPA), a New Deal agency created by
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which employed millions
of job seekers during the Great Depression to work on public
buildings and roads.
At the time of its construction, the second long bridge
provided employment for members of around 750 families
in the area, writes May Garrison for Spokane Historical.
Timber for the bridge was logged from the area, amounting
to close to 3 million feet of lumber. Three thousand larch
pilings alone were driven into the river button to support
The bridge was dedicated on March 3 of 1934, and while it
was still built of wood, it proved a much safer and quieter
brother to its predecessor, and still retained its fame as the
longest wooden bridge in the world.
For 22 years the bridge served the area, accommodating
the heavy traffic of the World War II years when the naval
training station at Farragut brought thousands of people and
tons of traffic and heavy supplies through the area. Heavy
use and North Idaho winters took their toll on the bridge,
and in 1956 the third Long Bridge was built, this time of
steel and concrete, with the span consisting partly of fill and
The new bridge was built east of its predecessor and
connected just north of town instead of with 1st Avenue.
The historic bridge may have lost its title as the longest
wooden bridge in the world, but its scale and span was
nonetheless impressive, as was the cost. Less than 50 years
after construction of the first bridge, this new one cost a
whopping $12 million. It would be retired for vehicular use
in 1981, when the existing fourth bridge was dedicated, built
right alongside the previous one.
Now walkers, runners and bikers use the historic third
Long Bridge daily, enjoying the views and space, while cars
and trucks pass to the west, easily navigating the distance
between Sagle and Sandpoint. Long forgotten are the days
when a river and lake cut off easy connection from the south
of the river, although fishermen are occasionally reminded
of the area’s previous life when their lines snag on old wood
pilings sunk below the surface of the water.
Today, we jet between Coeur d’Alene, Rathdrum, Sandpoint
and Bonners Ferry without hesitation, pausing in the midst
of our drive to take in the view you can’t help but notice as
you cross the Long Bridge, decades of history passing below.
As you make the journey across the bridge, to the east
you’ll notice another bridge of almost equal length, bearing
hundreds of feet of train car on its north or southward
journey. The Sandpoint railroad bridge runs parallel to the
Long Bridge—oftentimes you’ll look over your shoulder to
the sight and sound of a train chugging the distance over the
large mass of water.
NOW WALKERS, RUNNERS AND BIKERS USE
THE HISTORIC THIRD LONG BRIDGE DAILY,
ENJOYING THE VIEWS AND SPACE, WHILE
CARS AND TRUCKS PASS TO THE WEST, EASILY
NAVIGATING THE DISTANCE BETWEEN SAGLE
TODAY, WE JET BETWEEN COEUR D’ALENE,
RATHDRUM, SANDPOINT AND BONNERS
FERRY WITHOUT HESITATION, PAUSING IN THE
MIDST OF OUR DRIVE TO TAKE IN THE VIEW
YOU CAN’T HELP BUT NOTICE AS YOU CROSS
THE LONG BRIDGE, DECADES OF HISTORY
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This bridge carries an even longer history than our beloved Long
Bridge. First built in 1905, it spent over a century helping trains
make the long trek through North Idaho’s scenic landscape,
crossing Idaho’s largest body of water. While large parts of the
bridge have been replaced over the years, there are still portions
of the 4,800-foot span that remain original.
Much has changed over the past 100 years as the region grows
and people move in from all across the country, but when you
cross the Long Bridge and glance east, the familiar sight of a
train whistling in across the bridge is a reminder of the early
days of Sandpoint, and the role the railroad has played in our
small town on the lake.
In modern days, the crucial—and sometimes controversial—
story of the Long Bridge and railroad bridge continue to evolve.
Now, a bypass extends the bridge over the city, allowing for a
more calm downtown without the traffic of Highway 95 adding
to the ever-growing bustle of Sandpoint, and construction is
underway on a second railroad bridge to help reduce congestion
at the crossing. It’s yet another sign that times are changing,
yet our small town in the middle of it remains connected to
the south by a lasting landmark whose history has become as
intrinsically tied to the town of Sandpoint as the trains that
hourly cross through the town on all sides.
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A popular destination for those looking simply
looking for a change of pace to celebrities, with
sightings from Kim Kardashian to Justin Bieber
generating buzz throughout the year, North Idaho
is the not-so-hidden gem that more and more
people are ready to claim a corner of.
In fact, the KLIX radio station based in Idaho Falls
reported last month that 1,000 people move to
Idaho daily. Of course, Sandpoint is no exception
from this influx.
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eal estate is
New data shows just how popular North Idaho is for homebuyers
By Taylor Shillam
While the rising demand in the regional housing market is nothing new,
more information continues to emerge as North Idaho locals navigate
an influx of movers to the area.
Recently, Realtor.com highlighted hot housing markets very close to home for
Sandpoint, naming Coeur d’Alene the eighth-hottest housing market in the nation for
February 2021. Spokane ranked just behind it as the 10th hottest market.
With a significant jump from last year’s number 62 spot on the hotlist, up to its current
place in the top 10, the Coeur d’Alene area shows no signs of slowing down in drawing
in movers and homebuyers.
A popular destination for those looking simply looking for a change of pace to
celebrities, with sightings from Kim Kardashian to Justin Bieber generating buzz
throughout the year, North Idaho is the not-so-hidden gem that more and more people
are ready to claim a corner of.
In fact, the KLIX radio station based in Idaho Falls reported last month that 1,000
people move to Idaho daily. Of course, Sandpoint is no exception from this influx.
With the housing market steadily on the rise over the past year, the statistics are no real
surprise. Even still, seeing new numbers reflecting the reality of the housing market
packs a bigger punch with a new level of perspective on just how busy it’s becoming.
From its market research, Realtor.com named several locations “secondary cities”—
cities like Portland, Maine; Pueblo, Colorado; and, of course, “a slew of zip codes
in North Idaho”—that have become movers’ most sought-after destinations. Larger
metro cities are noticeably moving down in market rankings as buyers continue to
prioritize space and affordability in these areas that offer less hustle and bustle while
still remaining close to major hubs.
According to Housing Wire, Zillow researchers claimed millions of additional
households could enter the market this year. As lifestyles continue to adapt in the
midst of the pandemic, spending more time at home has inspired many to completely
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Partnering with Realtors who truly know the local marketplace, have access to
the most current information and understand how to use that information to best
support their clients will prove invaluable this year.
relocate their home base—and with its lake access and undeniable natural
beauty, it’s no surprise North Idaho has lured in many of those prospective
The influx of movers has driven the sales of North Idaho’s high-end and
high-priced homes, with more homes selling in the $1 to $2 million range
than ever before. As high-budget homes have become the norm and firsttime
buyers’ price points rise to new heights, the question becomes how
to best navigate the current market.
Despite North Idaho’s housing market remaining in the realm of high
demand and low inventory for at least the near future, locals who are
ready to buy or sell in the area can start now, with a proactive approach.
Staying on top of research and building strategic partnerships with real
estate experts can make all the difference in making your local house hunt
a successful, even enjoyable experience.
If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in 2021, having a realistic perspective
of the market is the first step. By staying on top of current trends, you’ll
have the ability to make the best, most educated decisions as you move
forward in finding a house you love.
The next step is teaming up with a Realtor who can stay in tune with your
goals and provide expert guidance to help you best navigate the market
to reach those goals. Partnering with Realtors who truly know the local
marketplace, have access to the most current information and understand
how to use that information to best support their clients will prove
invaluable this year.
Do your research and identify local teams or agents who have been
recently active near the areas you’re looking to buy or sell in, to secure the
guidance of a professional who knows the details of what’s available and
realistic for your needs. Be assertive about having conversations, holding
interviews and asking the right questions.
Statistics are showing the housing market is booming—but not impossible
to navigate. With the right approach, even a house hunt near the hottest
markets can result in a big win.
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Whether it’s vacant land, an existing home or a new build, the demand for housing
across Bonner County is showing no signs of a slow down. New residents who seek the
Northwest lifestyle are having a profound effect on the local housing market.
There is stiff competition for many properties, and persistence, patience and
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L O C A L E X P E R T
WORLD - CLASS REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL
REAL Market Update - Brought to you by Jackie Suarez, Associate Broker
What is the current real estate market climate in North Idaho?
Our market continues to favor Sellers. Good news for Buyers – Spring is here, and more properties are entering the
market. Mortgage lenders are still offering extremely low rates.
Is now a good time to buy or sell?
I always say when the time is right for you, the time is right.
Sellers, you currently have the advantage of high demand and relatively low supply. Rely on professionals, price
your home or land accordingly and know your next step.
Buyers be ready. Cash offers tend to take priority in this market. Approach your home search with proof of your purchasing
ability and keep an open mind to a property’s long-term potential.
One thing is certain - our market is constantly changing. What is important to me remains the same. God, Family
Contact Jackie Suarez, your local expert for help with your real estate needs.
What Jackie’s clients are saying
“Jackie is a pro hands down. Very clear and good communicaaon. A wealth of
knowledge that makes a difference! We highly recommend Jackie for any real
estate transacaon. You will not be disappointed!
Steve and Kim R., Sandpoint
“Jackie is an enthusiasac and energeac Realtor. Her posiave and forward-leaning
demeanor makes her a pleasure to work with. Not only did she find me a house,
she found one for my kids as well! All this in an excepaonally challenging
market. She has earned my highest level of trust and confidence!
Jesse, Naples, Idaho.
"Jackie Suarez did an excellent job markeang and selling our unique property.
Her price esamate was spot on and her diligence helped us get the price we
needed. Jackie was great at communicaang and we felt secure trusang the sale
of our property with her.
Lorraine B., Boundary County, ID
“Professional x 100…Excepaonal Customer Service…Excellent.”
Ken R., Sagle, ID
Honored to be voted Sandpoint’s nest 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020
Jackie Suarez, Associate Broker | 208-290-5888 | JackieSuarez.com
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WE FIXED IT.
FIRE | WIND | SMOKE | MOLD | WATER
24-HOUR EMERGENCY RESPONSE
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468211 Highway 95, Sagle, ID • www.northidahofloodandfire.com • 208.290.6660
FEATURED LISTING: $20,000,000
LOCATION: Hope, Idaho | SQUARE FOOTAGE: 13,000+ sq. ft. | LOT SIZE: 7+ Acres & 13 Acre Private Island
BEDROOMS: 6 | BATHROOMS: 9 | LISTING AGENTS: Eric Skinner, Associate Broker & Brent Stevens, Realtor
Nothing in North Idaho compares to this opportunity to own this one of a kind property. Kullyspell is the Historic original
home location and fur trading post of David Thompson, who is recognized as the first non-Native American settler in
Idaho. Kullyspell House was the name given to them based on their spelling of the local peoples’ name (Kalispel).
This 13,000 plus sq foot 6 bedroom 9 bathroom home and 2,700 plus sq foot gate house offers unmatched views of the
famed Monarch Mountain Range on Lake Pend Oreille. Additionally, this great property comes with a 13 acre private
island known as Memaloose Island. Don’t miss the once in a life-time opportunity to enjoy arguably the most beautiful
piece of property on Lake Pend Oreille.
Eric Skinner, Associate Broker cell: 208.290.6314 Eric.Skinner@Sandpoint.com
Brent Stevens, Realtor® cell: 208.290.0502 BStevens@Sandpoint.com
Century 21 RiverStone | 305 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, ID | IdahoRealEstateListings.com
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FEATURED LISTING: $599,000
MLS# 21-3352 MLS# 20210938 | LOCATION: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho | SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1,685 sq. ft.
LOT SIZE: 0.10 Acre | BEDROOMS: 3 | BATHROOMS: 2.5 | LISTING AGENT: Kent Anderson, Realtor®
Enjoy this incredible waterfront community on the Spokane River! Exquisitely appointed, 3-BR/2.5-BA condo features open
floor plan, luxury LPV floors, granite counters, SS appliances, covered deck, jetted tub & elec. flpc. Recent upgrades include new
LVP flooring throughout, new Samsung washer, new ceiling fans, Venetian tile backsplash in dining area & kitchen, new disposal,
new kitchen faucet & new garage built-ins for max storage. Master suite w/ walk-in closet along with 2 additional BR’s provide
plenty of room for family & friends. Amenities include a heated 2-car garage, gas forced air heat, central air & common wall
privacy sound reduction insulation. Keyed access to gated beach/picnic area, gazebo & complete fitness center.
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Kent Anderson, Realtor®
Coldwell Banker Resort Realty
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ARE YOU HAPPY WITH YOUR
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SANDPOINT FARMERS MARKET
The Farmers Market at Sandpoint has made its return to Farmin Park. The season’s market kicked off May 1 to the
enjoyment of the community as they shopped local while wandering produce, goods, crafts and food from a variety
of local vendors throughout the area. Last year the farmers market looked a bit different than normal due to the
pandemic, but this year things will start to get back to normal with the return to Farmin Park, and even live music
will be returning on Saturdays to round out the fun, celebratory, community-centric gathering we all look forward
to every season. Market hours are 3 to 5:30pm Wednesdays and 9am to 1pm Saturdays. For additional details, visit
TOUCH A TRUCK
Kids of all ages won’t want to miss this event! Scheduled for Saturday, May 22, the community is invited to come
explore some very important vehicles in our community: ambulance, fire truck, police command center and more
during the Touch a Truck event. The fun takes place 10:30am to 1pm at the Hope Memorial Community Center,
located at 415 Wellington Place, in Hope. Free and open to the public, this is sure to bring smiles to the faces of both
young and old. For additional details about the event, call Memorial Community Center at 208.264.5481.
Come and celebrate Yappy Hour with the Better Together Animal Alliance (formerly Panhandle Animal Shelter). Bring
your canine companion to the Ponderay PetSafe Dog Park, located at 870 Kootenai Cutoff Road in Ponderay, on Thursday,
May 27. From 4 to 7pm, join other animal lovers in the community and enjoy local beer, local music, and hopefully some
sunshine! Yappy Hour is held on the last Thursday of each month May through September. The event is free and open
to the public. Find out more about the Better Together Animal Alliance atBetterTogetherAnimalAlliance.org. For more
information about Yappy Hour and upcoming locations, call 208.265.7297.
*Please note, as of press time, these events were still scheduled to take place as planned. Due to the
current health crisis, there is the possibility that event schedules may change or events canceled
completely. Be sure to visit event websites to stay up to date with current information.
SUBMIT YOUR EVENT ONLINE!
Want your event to appear on the largest event site in the Northwest? Submit your events to us
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Catchin’ the Big One …
It’s the season for fishing, so for all those
anglers out there, let’s talk trophies. Lake
Pend Oreille has long had a history for
delivering the big ones—everything from
rainbow and bull trout, to mackinaw and
Northern pike. So what are the biggest
fish that have ever been pulled from our
majestic waters? In 1995, Jim Eversole
caught the largest fish ever taken from
Lake Pend Oreille—a 43 pound, 6 ounce
Mackinaw. But the lake’s also known for its
huge rainbows, which are coming back. The
largest rainbow to be fished out of the lake
was a 37 pounder caught in 1947 by Wes
Hamlet. Why such big fish? An abundance
of Kokanee to feed on, for one.
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WHERE TO STAY
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BRINGING THE SUNSHINE
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208.263.5673 • 219.bar
Sandpoint’s hometown lounge and live music venue for over 87 years featuring 20 beers on tap, wine and classic
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Dover Bay Waterfront Resort 208.265.159
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HEALTH & BEAUTY
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A small group and private training studio for women only, Missi Balison Fitness provides certified personal trainers who will keep you exercising
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217 Cedar St., Ste. 260, Sandpoint, ID 83864
Locally owned and operated, Omni Carpet and Window Cleaning is your professional and affordable cleaning and building maintenance service
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carpet cleaning, window cleaning, pressure washing, gutter and downspout cleaning, stripping and waxing, and more.
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UNDER THE SUN
With over 35 years of service, we offer consistently reliable
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WE ARE ANNOUNCING NOW!
Check our website and social media frequently to see who is
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THINGS TO DO
Arts & Crafts Fair Art / Music Event Summer 208.263.6139 ArtinSandpoint.org/arts-crafts-fair
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Festival at Sandpoint Art / Music Event Summer 208.265.4554 FestivalatSandpoint.com
Sandpoint SummerFest Art / Music Event Summer 208.263.2217
Schweitzer Fall Fest
Experience some of North Idaho’s most scenic views along this
33.4-mile drive. VisitIdaho.org/things-to-do/scenic-bywaysbackcountry-drives/pend-oreille-scenic-byway
Fall 208.263.9555 Schweitzer.com
The Idaho Club
Sandpoint Elks Golf Course
Geo Hali Sandpoint Helicopter Charters
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Lake Pend Oreille Cruises Tours / Charters Summer 208.255.5253 LakePendOreilleCruises.com
Bottle Bay Resort & Marina
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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO
Sandpoint is home to four great breweries. Bike to each, or
take a walking tour: Matchood Brewing Co., Utara BrewingCo.,
MickDuff’s Brewing Co., Laughing Dog Brewing
Catch a Show at the Panida Theater
Stop in the historic theater for an independent feature or short
Enjoy fun in the sun at the sandy, grassy downtown public
beach on the lake. SandpointIdaho.gov
Visit Schweitzer Mountain
Explore the village dining and shopping and enjoy the
adventures in summer and winter. Schweitzer.com
Shop the Sandpoint Shopping District
Explore the many unique shops in charming downtown.
Explore Local Galleries
Walk the downtown and stop in at several local galleries to
enjoy local and regional art.
Drive The Pend Oreille Scenic Byway
Relax with a Spa Day
Visit the Wildflower Spa at Seasons Resort or Highlands North
Day Spa for a day of rejuvenation.TheWildflowerDaySpa.com |
Stop in Cedar Street Bridge
Explore various shops and restaurants in the downtown
bridge spanning Sand Creek. CedarStreetBridge.com
Do a Tasting at the Local Winery
Enjoy local sips from Pend d’Oreille Winery. POWine.com
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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Big Game Banquet
Saturday, May 22nd at 4pm
Bonner County Fairgrounds, Sandpoint, Idaho
Join us for an evening of great food, games, raffles & auctions — for the benefit of elk country!
Register Online at RMEF.org/events. Purchase tickets/tables early. Meal tickets are not sold at the door.
For more information call Quinnette Tarbert at 208-265-1888
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TRINITY AT CITY BEACH SWEET LOU’S JALAPENOS
219 Lounge Sandpoint
Baxter’s on Cedar
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Organic / Vegan
Dish at Dover Bay
Chimney Rock Grill
Fat Bass Bar & Grill Priest River 208.265.8854
Forty One South
Hoot Owl Cafe
Ivano’s Ristorante Sandpoint 208.263.0211 Italian
Jalapenos Mexican Restuarant
Pub / American
Pend d’Oreille Winery
Second Avenue Pizza
Sky House Schweitzer 208.263.9555 American
Spuds Waterfront Grill
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lake pend oreille
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dover bike path
pine st. park
cedar street bridge
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Lake Pend Oreille Dr.
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on Lake Pend Oreille
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I’m Helen Parsons and I’m running for the
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As a 3rd generation Sandpoint native, I’ve
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a community strong is good healthcare. I
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Sandpoint is essential.
May 18 at the polls, to help ensure our town continues
to support our local healthcare system.
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