things to do: Madcap Mardi Gras takes over Sandpoint, Idaho: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 02/06/10 02:14 AM
The first year I came to Sandpoint I was invited to putt-putt at the Downtown Golf Scramble. We had a blast. You golf on tiny courses set up at various businesses, several of which serve you cocktails, then end up at a restaurant where prizes for best round and such are handed out. It was a cold February day, and we finished at Ivano's. My team won 'Worst Dressed.'
Another year my restaurant, Wigleys, was one of the vendors for the Mardi Gras Ball.
I love the event. After all, I am from New Orleans.
There are events that take place … (2 comments)

things to do: Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Blog: Sandpoint is a community that doesn't give up - 01/09/10 05:12 AM
With the Sandpoint Winter Carnival beginning Thursday with the annual Taste of Sandpoint, we kick off our late winter season of happenings.
One thing that was glaring this year was how many North Idaho communities dropped event after event. Every month I update the events calendar. Unlike other calendars, I try to include other areas, such as Hayden, Priest Lake, and Schweitzer Mountain. As I updated from last year, I began to notice that other small towns, and even Schweitzer and Stoneridge Golf community were dropping annual music events and activities like crazy. I understand. Times are tough and revenues … (0 comments)

things to do: Camping and Parks in Sandpoint and all around North Idaho: Outdoors Activities and Attractions - 08/14/09 07:07 AM
North Idaho & Sandpoint Area Parks & Campgrounds
Sandpoint is a jewel that has been recognized by Sunset Magazine as The Best Small Town in the West, and by Outsider Magazine as one of America's Best Small Towns. However, when National Geographic Adventure named Sandpoint one its Top 10 Adventure Towns, they got it right. North Idaho and the surrounds of Sandpoint and Lake Pend Oreille, with the majestic Cabinet, Monarchs and other mountain ranges rising out of Alpine lakes and rivers is opulently beautiful. Camping and RVing is one of the best ways to see the area.
This resource provides … (0 comments)

things to do: North Idaho and Sandpoint Summer Events - 07/08/09 02:04 AM
Remember, you can view the complete Calendar of Events and much, much more, including hundreds of articles and web resources plus over 1,000 pictures of North Idaho by visiting my website.
Go to for everything you want to know about North Idaho.
Weekly and Ongoing Events
Sandpoint - Pend d'Oreille Winery has regular acts, 220 Cedar St. No cover charge. 208-265-8545
Sandpoint - Three Glasses Wine Bar and Restaurant has regular live music, 202 1/2 208-265-0230
Sandpoint: Di Luna's Café, 207 Cedar St. has music and other events. Check for ticket prices and line-up. 208-263-0846
Weekends: Sandpoint - Eichardt's … (0 comments)

things to do: Sandpoint is an Art Town - 12/21/08 05:17 AM
The 1970s brought hippies and environmentalism as well as arts and more theater to the Sandpoint area. This spelled the downfall of the lumber industry. Jim Brown, of the Pack River Lumber Company, wisely diversified his business and, as one of the original founders of Schweitzer Mountain, bought out the rest of the shareholders to make Schweitzer a privately owned venture. To this very day one can still see the occasional psychedelic bus or love bug traversing county roads. Now the hippies are augmented by the winter ski bum, and the warm weather off-road cyclists.
Around this time the Hope Peninsula … (0 comments)

things to do: Things to Do in Sandpoint & Schweitzer Mountain - 12/13/08 11:41 AM
Wow! What a run we have had here in the North Idaho Panhandle. Schweitzer has spent millions on improvements and finally made Skiing Mag's Top 25. Spring 2008 had naming Sandpoint and Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort one of the nation's Top 10 Resort Towns. There's always something going one. Winter events like Holly Eve, Winter Carnival, and Mardi Gras added to some great downhill runs. Spring brought Lost in the 50s, Spring Festivals, and marathons, and the fun continued through summer, with art and festivals, fishing derbys, Summer Sampler, 4th of July, the Wooden Boat Festival, the Festival at Sandpoint … (0 comments)

things to do: The Skinny on Sandpoint, Idaho - 12/13/08 11:38 AM
First, Lake Pend Oreille is the second largest freshwater lake and the deepest in the West with 111 miles of shoreline. Watersports, sailing, and racing are common and several boat cruises are offered. Next is Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort, a top winter destination rated in the Top 25 in Skiing Magazine and Top 10 in Sunset Magazine, with the finest skiing and snowboarding with unbelievable panoramic views overlooking Lake Pend Oreille. With over 2,900 acres, 2,400 feet of vertical, 67 named runs and seven chairlifts, Schweitzer Mountain is a dream for downhill enthusiasts. There's also 32k of cross country trails, beautiful … (0 comments)

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