As a Sandpoint , Idaho local you probably have heard it all when people ask where you live. I have even had people ask me why I don’t have a southern accent. We have heard the Ohio and Iowa jokes for sure. However what should you be telling people when they ask where you live?

View of Pend Oreille River from Pine Street Woods

Northern Idaho

Yes, most people that do actually know that Idaho is a state , think of us as potato country! However we actually live up in the northern panhandle of the state. This puts us in the Rocky Mountains, far away from where spuds grow.

This is a very different place than Southern Idaho! We have mountains, lakes, northwest style weather, and plenty of trees!

I generally tell people I am so north, that we are only about 60 miles south of the Canadian border, and that tends to help them picture where I live.

Nearby to Lakes and Ski Resorts

Another great way to describe our area is by letting people know that we live about 15 to 20 minutes away from the village of one of the best Ski Resorts in the area, Schweitzer! I then go on to discuss Lake Pend Oreille, and the fact that it is one of the largest lakes in the area, even to the point that the military tests submarines in it.

View of Schweitzer from one of the roads on the mountain

West of Montana, East of Washington

What many people that are from around here don’t know, is just how thin the panhandle of Idaho really is. You can easily drive from one side to the other in under 2 hours!

45 minutes from Coeur d’Alene

Another great way to let people know exactly where you live in Sandpoint, is by letting them know that you only live about 45 minutes north of Coeur d’Alene.

Surprisingly, most people in the USA seem to know exactly where that is, and are easily able to recognize where you mean. Many have even been to our lake, without even knowing the name Sandpoint.


Sandpoint is an awesome place to live, that not many people know the location of! So how do you describe to your friends that are out of state, as to where you live? Make sure to share this article on social media, and tag those friends.