This weeks vacation spotlight is about Sandpoint! There are a TON of small Idaho towns to visit, and right at the top of that list is Sandpoint. Situated in the heart of the northwest, this small town of about 7500 is an absolute GEM of a vacation spot! Strongly featuring some great local food, and a ton of places to stay right on the lake, you are sure to enjoy your time spend in this little lake town. For starters, the food here is AMAZING! There are several awesome restaurants you will want to eat at. Breakfast here starts early and is good at all the local diners. Our particular favorites have to be the amazing Mexican/American fusion breakfasts at Joel’s, and anything on the menu at Panhandler’s. Their pies are the things of legend, and they are the best anywhere I’ve tested in North Idaho! Stick to their breakfast menu, and you will be a huge fan of their laid-back atmosphere and really satisfying food. After you stuff your face with food, there is a ton of shopping just down the street from Panhandler’s. All the local boutiques are right down the street and feature a ton of local artists and crafts. Its about a 2 hour shopping trip down the street, and that will prep you for lunch. All the locals know to eat at McDuff’s Pub! The food is amazing and the beer is some of the best in the northwest! If your in the mood for a bit lighter fair you can get a great lunch salad at Laughing Dog. Both breweries have great lunch menus and will set you back less then 15 bucks with an ice cold brew! Eat quickly though, because afternoon is the perfect time to check out the lake. There are several marinas that will rent you a boat for under 100 bucks, but I might suggest walking on the beaches. There are a few nice little parks along the waters edge walking distance from where you just had lunch! If you like golfing there are 2 courses SOMEWHAT close to Sandpoint. Priest River and the Elks. Both are easy courses, and make for a good couple hours after a light lunch. Depending on the season your visiting there are many art and beer festivals, and a ton of hiking trails as spring starts to break into summer.
The true highlight of the trip will be your dinner. There are so many great dinner spots its hard to just pick a few! The Hydra Steakhouse is the BOMB. Everything on the menu is super good. No matter what you end up eating, SAVE SPACE for a mud pie. Trust me, their amazingly tasty. Trinity has great seafood dishes and has an amazing location as well. If your hoping to save a few bucks, you can hit up the brewery you missed for lunch, or stop in to Spud’s or Jalapeños. Both feature great price cuisine that is delicious. After dinner, sitting on the beach watching the sunset is THE BEST thing you will do on the whole trip. Really, this is what vacations are about. Great food and relaxing. So pull up a chair and enjoy. Theres more to do in Sandpoint, but who really cares? Enjoy the view, theres more activities tomorrow!