things to do in sandpoint: Seasons of Sandpoint, Idaho - A Photographic Journal: 2012 Sandpoint Follies...way too much fun - 03/03/12 11:59 AM
This series of blog entries features the various seasons in and around Sandpoint, Idaho. Sandpoint, North Idaho, Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort, and Lake Pend Oreille have been featured in the national news repeatedly over the last several years. Autumn of 2011 found Sandpoint, Idaho being voted America's Most Beautiful Small Town by Rand McNally, and in the winter of 2011/2012 Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort was named the Best Ski Resort of the Season byUSA Today/Rand McNally.
Real Estate in Sandpoint has been on the rise approximately 7% a year for three years, much in part due to the decrease in pricing. … (0 comments)

things to do in sandpoint: The Eagles Return to North Idaho: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 12/12/11 09:10 AM
The count of Eagles on Lake CdA so far is lower this year than the peak of 254 for 2010.
This article appeared in the CdA Press on December 12, 2011: Eagles have landed
Just a few years ago I posted this article about the Eagles of North Idaho: Eagles of North Idaho - Awe inspiring, and a reminder of our National Heritage
This video from 2007 really displays them well:
http://youtu.be/66ZdyDuFlZs
 
http://youtu.be/71I24uNajAA
 
Eagle perched along Lake Coeur d'Alene
Eagle hunting Kokoanee
Eagle as seen from Pend Oreille Bay Trail
Eagle as seen from Pend Oreille Bay Trail
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things to do in sandpoint: Downtown Sandpoint Hosts Events and Santa Claus: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 12/08/11 08:52 AM
Last week Marcy Timblin, Manager for the Downtown Sandpoint Business Association appeared on my radio show: North Idaho Business.
Marcy was on the show to talk about two things: What’s happening in Sandpoint for the month of December and the new movement called Genuine Sandpoint.
Marcy Timblin, Downtown Manager for the DSBA
Downtown hosts Santa Claus, special events

This holiday season, the jolly old gent otherwise known as Santa Claus will be making visits every week until Christmas at "The North Pole" on the Cedar Street Bridge. All children are invited to bring their adults and visit with Santa; there … (0 comments)

things to do in sandpoint: Wine of the Day: Sandpoint Blog - 09/29/11 06:36 AM
Efeste Big Papa Old Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
 
93 points and a Cellar Selection in the Wine Enthusiast, the 2007 scored 94 points and 95 in the Wine Spectator.
 
An immense wine, inky purple, packed with black and purple fruits, laced with smoke and espresso, and finished with fine-grained, substantial tannins. This Cab lives up to its name––it’s a Big Muthah as well as Papa, and should be cellared for optimal expression.
 
Few wines get these kinds of scores and you won’t find this wine for this price anywhere but Yoke’s.
 
I am very proud of our … (2 comments)

things to do in sandpoint: A Wine Tasting with Gordy Venneri of Walla Walla Vintners: Sandpoint Blog - 09/25/11 12:12 PM
Over the last two weeks I have been to several wine tastings and met with the winemakers from some of our region’s best wineries.
Last week I met Welcome Gordy Venneri, Owner/Winemaker of Walla Walla Vintners. Now, to be fair, we carry virtually every wine they make, so I wasn’t there to be sold. I was there to sample his wonderful wines and you should, too.
See, in 1997 when I wrote my first book, Passion For Wine, I stated that Washington State was the best wine producing area in the world. I have to tell you, I was living in … (1 comments)

things to do in sandpoint: The Victor – A Short Feature Film About Redemption: Sandpoint Blog - 09/25/11 04:00 AM
In the last seven years, I have interviewed hundreds of people on my radio shows showcasing Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry, and North Idaho. With the total of folks being on the shows over 1,000 now, I guess you can say I know a bit about my community and have encountered all kinds and talked about most subjects.
That being said, this movie touched me.
I first met Luke Jiles when I was getting a new iPhone. Luke helped me and we talked about the short film he was making. He starred in the flick, but had a great cast of characters and … (0 comments)

things to do in sandpoint: Sandpoint & North Idaho Autumn Recreation Guide 2011 - What's new this Fall: Sandpoint Real Estate Guide - 09/15/11 06:49 AM
Every year I put out North Idaho's only Fall Recreation Guide. With Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort (Top 25 Ski Resorts-Skiing Magazine) right above Sandpoint, and 148 square mile Lake Pend Oreille at our shores, summer and winter are our natural draws.
However, last year, we had a beautiful and extended Autumn season. In fact, it was so wonderful, three national articles touted our region.
This year portends to be the same. Point is, there is lots to do during Fall in North Idaho.
Here is the link to the North Idaho Fall Recreation Guide.
Here are some pics to entice you:
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things to do in sandpoint: Interview with Kyler Wolf about the upcoming Wild & Scenic Film festival: Sandpoint Blog - 09/14/11 01:57 PM
I worked with Kyler in real estate for years. Currently he is the Board President of the Clark Fork – Pend Oreille Conservancy.
Kyler was on my North Idaho Business show to talk about the upcoming Wild & Scenic Film festival on October 7th & 8th at the Panida Theater.
Here is how the interview went:
Tell me a little about the Clark Fork – Pend Oreille Conservancy:
The Clark Fork-Pend Oreille Conservancy (CFPOC) is a land trust that works with the landowners and organizations in the Clark Fork River and Lake Pend Oreille watersheds to protect, maintain, and enhance natural … (0 comments)

things to do in sandpoint: Scootin' Sisters 4th Annual Toys for Tots Ride: Sandpoint Blog - 09/14/11 03:20 AM
For the 4th year in a row the Scootin' Sisters appeared on my show: North Idaho Business. They were talking about the 4th Annual Toys for Tots Ride.
Held on September 17th, the ride starts at May’s Honda, in Sagle, ID. Registration: 9:00am Kickstands up: 10:00am There's going to be plenty of activities at this ride, and they will include live music, various raffles, live auction, 50/50 and much more....
The sisters, Chris and Alex, explained that a few years ago some gals were sitting in Eichardt’s, enjoying a brew after a bike ride together. They talked about getting together … (0 comments)

things to do in sandpoint: Sandpoint Visitor Guide wins first place award Idaho Department of Commerce 2nd year: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 09/12/11 02:19 PM
FYI, the Sandpoint Visitor Guide won a Blue Ribbon for the second year in a row from Idaho Department of Commerce. You can read the article that was in the Bee way back in May here. Click the link for the downloadable PDF or click here to go to the online book on issuu. It is a quick and easy way to find out what to do in Sandpoint and our surrounding area.

 
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things to do in sandpoint: Bullet Points from my conversation with Kate McAllister of the Greater Sandpoint Chamber: Sandpoint Blog - 09/06/11 07:26 AM
As promised, here are the bullet points from my interview with Kate McAllister of the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce. She's my second fav Irish gurl, and the notes are about what's going on in Sandpoint. These notes are raw, and I asked Kate for them, so don't be critical. She works smart and hard and we are so, so lucky to have her on our side. Here they are:
Radio Show
 
1.        Things at the Chamber going well:
a.        Staff Great
b.        New board members and strategic planning
c.        Leadership Program
                                                                   i.       Alumni assn Justin Dick
                                                                 ii.       … (0 comments)

things to do in sandpoint: An afternoon hike to Snow Falls and the Roman Nose Lakes: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 09/06/11 07:00 AM
I was interviewed by Ralph Bartholdt from the Idaho Outdoor Journal this week about waterfalls in North Idaho. I have the most viewed page about our local falls, and he wanted to know more.
The issue is upcoming, and will apparently be free and around town in Sandpoint as well as other Idaho communities.
He asked for some pics, so I took the opportunity to hike the Upper and Lower Snow Falls, and then, since the Roman Nose Lakes are just up the road, I hiked to the top.
Here are the pics:
Lower Snow Falls, North Idaho
Lower Snow Falls, … (0 comments)

things to do in sandpoint: Spud Cup on Lake Pend Oreille: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 09/06/11 06:37 AM
My realty team partner, Judy Delucchi, and I met the children of our current (and 2nd group) of clients from Texas Saturday. We met at Trinity at City Beach, formerly the Beach House.
The Spud Cup was just beginning on the lake. Took a couple of candids. It was a glorious day. Here are the pics:






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things to do in sandpoint: A Short Hike on Schweitzer Mountain Overlooking Sandpoint, Idaho: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 09/02/11 04:38 AM
After hosting the Speak Up North Idaho radio show today, I met with my realty partner, Judy Delucchi, up on Schweitzer Mountain, named in the Top 25 Ski Resorts by Skiing Magazine. Judy was on the mountain to preview listings for clients from Texas who are now sending their children to experience the area. I have to admit, we have been very busy this summer and our closings and offers on the table prove it.
Schweitzer Village is being prepped for this weekend's Fall Fest. Pretty cool. I went up the mountain to ride the ski lift to the top and hike … (2 comments)

things to do in sandpoint: Interesting cast of characters and events on the North Idaho Business radio show: Sandpoint Blog - 09/01/11 07:31 AM
First up on my show was Jupiter Jane. Jupiter Jane is a mobile eatery in a converted school bus put together by Laura Calvert Peitz and Maria Corsini and friends. I first got to know Laura when she owned the Coit House many years ago. More recently, she was the owner of Dish Home Cooking. I managed the restaurant for them, and after closing Laura was looking for her next venture. Jupiter Jane has some of the same menu ideas Dish had: gourmet vegan, gluten-free, and fresh foods.
We talked about how Joel’s got started: Sandpoint’s most popular lunch Mexican restaurant. … (0 comments)

things to do in sandpoint: In spite of the rain, Sandpoint held its first Farmers Market: Sandpoint Blog - 05/07/11 04:42 PM
So, music was scheduled, but electronics and rain don't get along. Still, there was fresh bread and produce, bric-a-brac, and all sorts of sundries at the Sandpoint Farmers Market today.
Anyway, I showed up early and took some pics:









Rick Evans of Evans Brothers Coffee
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things to do in sandpoint: National Day of Prayer in Farmin Park, Sandpoint, Idaho: Sandpoint Blog - 05/06/11 03:01 PM
National Day of Prayer was Thursday. It was held in Farmin Park at noon for a time of prayer. Many groups from area churches were there along with live music. Pastor Craig was on the 1400 am KSPT radio at noon sharing prayers over the airwaves. The rain held off and the turnout was great. Nice to see so many people in town on a Thursday for a good event.



Sandpoint Church of the Nazarene, First Baptist Church of Sandpoint, Sandpoint Assembly of God and many other churches were represented there along with individuals just wanting to participate … (1 comments)

things to do in sandpoint: Sandpoint Landmarks - America's Quintessential Great Small Town: Sandpoint Blog - 04/20/11 05:32 AM
After being chosen by Sunset magazine as the West's Best Small Town, then by Outside as America's Best Small Town, the pictures of First Avenue, Schweitzer Mountain, and Lake Pend Oreille in the national media has been impressive. However, there are lots of beautiful buildings and landmarks around town. Here are some of those landmarks:
St. Joseph's Catholic Church - http://www.st-joseph-church.net/
Bonner County Admin Building - http://www.co.bonner.id.us/
Mountain West Bank - https://www.mountainwestbank.com/
Bonner County Museum & Historical Society - http://www.bonnercountyhistory.org/
Memorial Field
The Long Bridge as seen from Memorial Field
Sandpoint homes are quaint and reminescent of another time
Litehouse Foods … (0 comments)

things to do in sandpoint: Spring & Summer Sandpoint Recreation Guide: Sandpoint Blog - 04/19/11 04:21 AM
Sandpoint Activities and Attractions for our warm season
Hiking and biking are on the minds of many in North Idaho as the winter blues give way to spring fun. As we have blogged about, two of our favs are Scotchman Peaks and the Roman Nose, but there are many, many more. Learn all about Hiking and Biking in North Idaho here.
Lost in the 50's begins May 19th, but other great events pepper the disappearance of snow. Sandpoint Farmers Market begins on May 7th and Bonners Ferry Farmers Market kicks off its season on May 14th. The Inland Northwest's best theme … (1 comments)

things to do in sandpoint: Sandpoint NeighborWoods Program - Free Trees to Beautify Sandpoint: Sandpoint Blog - 04/18/11 04:05 PM
I recently spoke with Sharon Lewis about the NeighborWoods Tree Program and their admirable efforts to plant our aborial friends around Sandpoint. Here is what she related to me:
Since 2008 the NeighborWoods program has helped Sandpoint residents plant 325 trees in the city's public right-of-ways.  This is a great opportunity for Sandpoint residents who have the available space to receive a FREE tree from the city.  Folks from the Sandpoint Tree Committee will help the resident choose an appropriate tree for their space and then help them plant the tree.  All that is required is submitting an application by April … (0 comments)

 
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