what to do in north idaho: Sandpoint & North Idaho Fall Fun Recreation Guide 2016 - Autumn Events - 09/24/16 10:02 AM
Things to Do in Sandpoint and North Idaho for Autumn 2016
By Gary Lirette - Your Inland Northwest Technology and Office Solutions Expert
Certainly with the turning of the leaves comes one of the most beautiful times of year for the North Idaho Panhandle. There are a lot of things to do, from Fall Foliage tours on Lake Pend Oreille offered by Pend d’Oreille Cruises to Historic Train Rides up the Pend Oreille River Valley put on by the Lions Club. If you’re going to do the train ride, better hurry and get your tickets. This is the last year this wonderful fall journey will be around. … (4 comments)

what to do in north idaho: 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
Eagle … (1 comments)

what to do in north idaho: 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)

what to do in north idaho: 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)

what to do in north idaho: 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)

what to do in north idaho: 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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what to do in north idaho: 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
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what to do in north idaho: 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)

what to do in north idaho: Cool stuff going on in Sandpoint on the North Idaho Business radio show: Sandpoint Blog - 08/09/11 01:54 PM
On my North Idaho Business radio show today we had a string of great events talked about. First, the Festival at Sandpoint continues with headliners such as Josh Ritter, Michael Franti, and Randy Crowell. Let's not forget the finale with a free wine tasting with over 30 area wineries represented.
Also, Sally Dennison appeared with a couple of her cohort artists to talk about the Artists' Studio Tour taking place this weekend and next. Learn more about this self-guided tour at www.ArtTourDrive.org
 
Next we had the 6th Annual Fly In taking place this Saturday at the Sandpoint Airport. http://www.eaa.org/calendar/eventdetail.aspx?id=9647
This … (1 comments)

what to do in north idaho: A Special Wine Tasting in Coeur d'Alene: Sandpoint Blog - 04/26/11 03:36 PM
I have this great part-time job as Wine Steward at Yoke's in Sandpoint. This is the #1 wine store in Yoke's chain and I am very proud of the selections there. In my book Passion for Wine published in 1997, I claimed that Washington state wines were the best in the world. I am not ashamed of that claim, though I was widely ridiculed then. In the last decade, the Wines from Washington have garnered more awards and ratings above 90 points than any other region on the globe.
While to a large part of the nation, we in North Idaho … (0 comments)

what to do in north idaho: 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)

what to do in north idaho: Sandpoint and North Idaho April Calendar of Events: Sandpoint Blog - 04/03/11 05:43 PM
Sandpoint Upcoming Events - This Week in Sandpoint from the Sandpoint Chamber
Coeur d'Alene Upcoming Events - from the CdA Chamber
Check out all daily Sandpoint Events in the Bonner Daily Bee
Bonner Mall Cinema Movie Schedule - click here!
April 1-2: Schweitzer - 24 Hours of Schweitzer Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts the third annual 24 Hours of Schweitzer - an all-day, all-night ski-a-thon which raises funds for cystinosis research. The ski relay is one of only a handful of events like it in the U.S., and it moves to a new spring timeslot this year. An incredible auction and awards party follows … (1 comments)

what to do in north idaho: Using YouTube to promote your community: Sandpoint Blog - 03/29/11 11:20 PM
While videos are great for selling things, in our case real estate, it is paramount to promote the communities you are targeting. In my case, I love my community. I want others to love it. Showing what our town and region is all about helps get that sentiment across. Pictures sell a listing, but videos really communicate the essence of a place.
Last Sunday I saw a great 'Traditions' band play rock and blues at a neighborhood spot. It was a great acoustic concert by Cody Beebe and the Crooks at Di Luna's in Sandpoint, Idaho. Always great festivals and things … (4 comments)

what to do in north idaho: St. Patrick's Day in Sandpoint: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 03/18/11 02:26 AM
On St. Patrick's Day I went around town a few spots a to see what was happening in Sandpoint, Idaho. Here are a few pics, and check out the link below for the video:
MicDuff's on St. Patrick's Day in Sandpoint, Idaho
Forty-one South Restaurant on the south end of the Long Bridge in Sandpoint
The Long Bridge at dusk in Sandpoint, Idaho
Sunset on Lake Pend Oreille at Forty-one South
Dusk on Lake Pend Oreille as seen from Forty-one South
Trinity at City Beach in Sandpoint, Idaho
Moonrise over Eichardt's Pub in Sandpoint, Idaho
Gary Lirette, featured in Where To … (3 comments)

what to do in north idaho: Reheasal for the Follies in Sandpoint, Idaho: Sandpoint Blog - 02/28/11 02:17 AM
This last week we had our rehearsal at the event center for the Follies. See pictures of our antics below.
The Follies is one of several events put on by Angels Over Sandpoint. The Angels Over Sandpoint is a non-profit (501c3) organization that helps needy Bonner County individuals. The Angels provide backpacks and school supplies to over 800 children annually. Other events include The Follies (a racy live variety show), Spring Mud Fling Dance, and the New Year's Eve Dance and Auction (because raising money should be fun!).
According to their website this event is loads of fun and a little bit … (2 comments)

what to do in north idaho: Chris Proctor performs his magic guitar-work at Di Luna's: Sandpoint Blog - 02/27/11 06:03 AM
I went to a concert at Di Luna's last night featuring one of the most amazing guitarists I have ever seen. What I mean by purposely saying 'seen' instead of 'listened to' was pointed out by the artist during his show. He asked, "How many of you in the audience are guitarists?" Many raised their hands including myself and my friend Steve. He made the point that guitarists come to his shows and watch his chord structures and hand movements. Chris Proctor is the U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion and his abilities are jaw-dropping.
Critics call his guitar playing "breathtaking," "haunting," and "rich." … (2 comments)

what to do in north idaho: Sandpoint & North Idaho March 2011 Calendar of Events: Sandpoint Blog - 02/26/11 06:53 AM
Sandpoint Upcoming Events - This Week in Sandpoint from the Sandpoint Chamber
Coeur d'Alene Upcoming Events - from the CdA Chamber
Check out all daily Sandpoint Events in the Bonner Daily Bee
Bonner Mall Cinema Movie Schedule - click here!
March 1: Sandpoint - Tuesdays with Mike www.trinityatcitybeach.com Bartender extraordinaire Yuri Simon introduces Tuesdays with Mike. Every Tuesday from 5-8 pm Mike Strain plays live acoustic music and is joined my local special musical guests. 208-255-7558 Check out Yuri's video intro here on Facebook
March 1: Sandpoint - Mickduff's host Trivia Tuesday 312  N. 1st  7 - 9pm. Teams of up … (0 comments)

what to do in north idaho: Pictures of Sandpoint, Idaho & Schweitzer Mountain-Scenic Winter: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 02/01/11 12:46 PM
We have had the same bitter cold the rest of the country is suffering from,  though we really can't complain when the ground is covered by snow and most of January has been in the upper 30s and low 40s. While driving around Sandpoint on a brilliant sunny winter day, I snapped these images:
Schweitzer Mountain


Winter scene of Cedar Street Bridge over Sand Creek http://sandpointid.net
Another view of Cedar Street Bridge over Sand Creek http://sandpointid.net
Cedar Street in Sandpoint, Idaho with mountains looming in the background http://sandpointid.net
Connie's Cafe in Sandpoint, Idaho
Distant mountains in Sandpoint, Idaho
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what to do in north idaho: Rail Jam & Bonfire during Sandpoint Winter Carnival 2011: Sandpoint Blog - 01/15/11 04:00 AM
Every year, Main Street right in front of my office at Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby's International Realty is closed off for one of the main events for Sandpoint Winter Carnival for the Rail Jam and Bonfire. Brent Sleeps handles the fire, and there is a DJ and plenty of skiers and onlookers.
Great time. Here are the pics:
Looking down Main St from the Clock Tower
People walk along First Ave to various Winter Carnival events
Bonfire blazes on Main St in front of the Rail Jam for Sandpoint Winter Carnival
Rail Jam at Sandpoint Winter Carnival
Rail Jam at Sandpoint Winter … (2 comments)

what to do in north idaho: Longest Ski Hat in the World Parade for Sandpoint Winter Carnival: Sandpoint Blog - 01/13/11 05:08 AM
I recently posted the World's Longest Ski Hat laid out circling our Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby's International Realty office 3 1/2 times. Here is the first posting. Here is an update.
We paraded the hat in Sandpoint yesterday. The history and pictures are below. Here is a YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIgiwCBkXds
Longest Ski Hat in the World
Kicking off the Sandpoint Winter Carnival, Susan Moon and her REALTOR® colleagues from Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby's International Realty parade "The World's Longest Ski Hat" from the Cedar Street Bridge Jones Square.
The 700 foot-long hat was made in 1977 by Gini Woodward on her knitting machine … (1 comments)

 
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