I know that Sandpoint is an amazing place, but it may be hard to find the best things to do if you just moved here. This article will give you some ideas of what different seasons are like in Sandpoint and what you can do at those times. Of course, everyone’s tastes are different so no matter what season you’re in Sandpoint during there should be something for everyone!
- Summer in Sandpoint
- Fall in Sandpoint, Idaho
- Winter in our area
- Spring in Sandpoint
Summer in Sandpoint
Summer is where Sandpoint shines here in North Idaho! We have amazing weather, and plenty to do here during the warm months (not to say there isn’t a ton to do in the winter as well). Here are things that most people don’t know about unless you have lived here for a while.
1. Shingle Mill Blueberry Farm
Welcome to Shingle Mill Blueberry Farm! This is a family-owned and operated farm located in beautiful North Idaho. The idyllic farm is the perfect place to spend a summer day picking fresh blueberries.
This farm has 10 varieties of berries, all tasting very different, so there’s something for everyone! Their knowledgeable staff is happy to help you find the perfect berries for your needs (there are many different types of blueberries).
We have spent many days picking blueberries at this farm, and not only is it a ton of fun, but also offers some of the best-tasting blueberries we have ever had.
2. Sandpoint City Beach
Sandpoint City Beach is a great place to spend a summer day. The beach has a playground, and volleyball courts for the whole family to enjoy. There’s also a concession stand with food and drinks available if you get hungry or thirsty.
The best part about Sandpoint City Beach is that it’s free to the public! So, pack up a picnic lunch and head on down for some fun in the sun.
3. Swimming Sunnyside Rd
If you are on the hunt for a great swimming spot, but don’t want to handle the larger crowds of the City Beach, Sunnyside road is an awesome option. Take a quick trip on Highway 200, and you will find Sunnyside Rd. This road makes its way along Lake Pend Oreille and offers plenty of great swimming spots.
The main issues are parking, and finding a good spot, as it is still popular with the locals. However once you do find a spot for parking and yourself, it does offer a somewhat secluded swim.
4. Floating the pack river
A common favorite of locals is floating the pack river! While this isn’t an official business or even, if you bring a tube and a friend, you can put into the Pack River at the Culburn Culver Rd, and then float along the river until you reach the Pack River Store (don’t forget to grab a bite to eat here).
5. Route of the Hiawatha
Looking for a fun and rewarding rail-to-trail adventure? Look no further than the Route of the Hiawatha! This beautiful and challenging trail is perfect for mountain biking or hiking enthusiasts of all levels.
With 10 tunnels and 7 sky-high trestles, this route is sure to impress. And don’t worry – the ride is mostly downhill, making it easy for everyone to enjoy. So what are you waiting for? Come experience the Route of the Hiawatha today!
While this isn’t necessarily in the Sandpoint area, it is easy to get there and is a ton of fun if you are visiting, or live in the area.
Fall in Sandpoint, Idaho
1. Hickey Farms
Hickey Farms is a family-owned and operated farm in the Inland Northwest. They offer endless family fun, including a fall pumpkin festival, u-pick veggies & fruits, and events & activities. Whether you’re looking for an adventure with your kids or simply want to spruce up your home with some fun fall decorations, they have got you covered!
Their farm partners with a variety of local vendors, so come by today and check out our selection. You won’t be disappointed! Your Family Adventure awaits!
2. Fall Fest on Schweitzer
Looking for a fun-filled fall festival that’s got something for everyone? Look no further than Fall Fest on Schweitzer! This awesome event features two days of live music, over 80 beers and ciders, arts and crafts vendors, a food court, and much more.
Plus, the kids will love the soda station where they can mix their own flavors and create wild concoctions. Not to mention, the ever-popular souvenir glassware is a must-have at this event. So go join them for a weekend full of fun and excitement at Fall Fest on Schweitzer!
3. Pine Street Woods Mountain Biking
Looking for a fun winter activity that the whole family can enjoy? Pine Street Woods Mountain Biking is perfect for you! The groomed trails are perfect for fat biking, and they have something for everyone – whether you’re looking for a quick loop or an all-day adventure.
They also have a “dog walking trail” to encourage those who like to get their furry friends out for a winter stroll. Updates on grooming conditions will be posted regularly, so make sure to check our website!
4. Green Bluff
Looking for a fun, family-friendly activity to do in the Inland Northwest? Look no further than Green Bluff Growers! Our association of local farmers helps bring agricultural tourism to the area, with fresh produce and beautiful landscapes. Come visit us and see what we’re all about!
This is located over in the Spokane area, however is easy to access, and is a favorite of mine to visit!
Winter in our area
1. Western Pleasure Guest Ranch
One of our favorite places to go during the winter is the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. This ranch offers sleigh rides, wagon rides, and even dog sledding! They also have a restaurant on-site that serves up some delicious home-cooked food.
2. Skiing on Schweitzer Mountain
In the winter months, Sandpoint turns into a ski town, but there’s also plenty to do for those who prefer snowboarding or other cold-weather activities. Sandpoint offers some of the best skiing and boarding in Idaho, so it is a great place to visit during the wintertime!
3. Cross Country Skiing & Snow Shoeing
There are tons of great places to go Cross Country Skiing and Snow Shoeing in our areas! Two great places are the Pine Street Woods, and on Schweitzer. Both offer some awesome trails that allow you to enjoy the snow while also getting in some great exercise.
Spring in Sandpoint
1. Mickinnick Trail
This trail is Sandpoint’s hidden gem, and it’s one of our favorite things to do in the summer. The trail is a little over two miles long and features stunning views of Lake Pend Oreille.
The best time to go is during sunset when the colors are just incredible. This trail is always a great time, and we highly recommend it for families looking to get out of the house on their summer vacation!
2. Farmer’s Market
Looking for fresh produce, hand-crafted goods, and delicious food? Then head on over to the Farmers’ Market at Sandpoint! This market has been a staple in the community for 32 years, and they’re proud to offer a wide variety of vendors.
Whether you’re looking for locally-sourced fruits and veggies or something special from a local artisan, you’ll find it all at the Farmers’ Market. Stop by today and enjoy some of the best shopping in town!
3. Selle Valley Flower Farm
The Flower Farm is a family owned greenhouse located in the beautiful Selle Valley, just a short scenic drive northeast of downtown Sandpoint Idaho. Their focus is on container gardening, and we grow an amazing array of annuals and perennials suitable for any landscape.
They specialize in handcrafted hanging baskets and patio gardens, including custom plantings for discerning clients. Our plants are always healthy and vibrant, and our selection is sure to please even the most discriminating gardener.
4. Spring Skiing on Schweitzer
Spring skiing on Schweitzer is the perfect way to shake off the winter doldrums and celebrate the coming of spring. The slopes are freshly groomed, the sun is shining, and the birds are singing. So come on up to Schweitzer and enjoy some of the best skiing of the season!
I hope you enjoyed this article about Sandpoint, Idaho and all of the great things to do here! If you want to visit Sandpoint during a different season, check out our other articles for more information.