Occupying the crown of the seahorse-shaped Lake Pend Oreille, Sandpoint has transformed itself from timber and trains to tourism and high tech. It was recently rated as one of the “Top Ten Small Towns in the Western U.S.” by Sunset Magazine.

Just 45 minutes North of Coeur d’Alene, 90 minutes from Spokane and enviously positioned at the base of Schweitzer Mountain, this lively arts community has a full calendar of events in addition to a broad selection of fine dining and shopping. Winter carnivals and Summer festivals attract national touring acts, while the Panida Theater hosts art-house films and local theatrical productions.

Visitors to Sandpoint will find it easy to explore downtown on foot. On First Avenue, stroll shops selling rustic wood furniture and huckleberry treats. Sample local beers while classic cars cruise by, as part of a vintage car show. Or, lunch in hand, wander over to Sandpoint City Beach and linger on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille.