While Talus Rock Retreat is a destination in itself, Sandpoint and the surrounding areas also have so much to offer for year-round enjoyment. Take a nature stroll, spy beautiful birds, or play with retreat-dwelling pets during your stay. Venture out to the surrounding Northwest for prime antique shopping, historical attraction wandering, museum touring, and beautiful wildflower gazing.
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National Geographic Adventurer describes Sandpoint as an “idyllic adventure haven…that will continue to fight off land rushes and unsightly sprawl.”

Outside Magazine names Sandpoint “one of the Nation’s top 10 outdoor towns.”

Forbes Magazine named Sandpoint one of the best 10 cities from which to telecommute.

USA Today describes Sandpoint: “It’s a Norman Rockwell-meet-Ansel-Adams classic, brought to life every summer…”

Business Week states, “It might sound like the middle of nowhere, but this funky community in the Idaho Panhandle pretty much has it all.”

Rand McNally/USA Today votes Sandpoint “The most beautiful town in the USA!”

Travel and Leisure Magazine calls it “America’s Prettiest Winter Towns”.

Sunset Magazine wins the accolades a “most under the radar ski town.”

USA Today claims Sandpoint is famous as “The Funnel” for railroads in the northern tier states.

County Living Magazine says Sandpoint is a “small town we love”.

USA Today reports that Sandpoint’s “a good destination for second home buyers”.

American Cowboy Magazine calls Sandpoint “A true gem in this Gem State” declare the town one of “The greatest places to live in the West.”

Big Sky Journal insists that Sandpoint should “be on your winter bucket list”

N.Y. Times writes in-depth article on the Sandpoint Transition Initiative.

Sunset Magazine calls Sandpoint a “four-season outdoorsy resort that’s also a real town with a strong community spirit.”

Mountain Living Magazine says Sandpoint is one of 5 “mountain markets to watch.”

The New York Times features Sandpoint and Lake Pend Oreille in a guide for “leaf lovers”.

The New York Times states, “Sandpoint has always emphasized the outdoors life”.

Business Week writes, “It might sound like the middle of nowhere, but this funky community in the Idaho Panhandle pretty much has it all.”

To be sure not to miss fabulous shows, festivals, and other local special events and activities during your stay, check out  the Calendar of Events:
THINGS TO DO AROUND TOWN:
If you only have a day or 2 in Sandpoint, don’t miss the activities in bold as they are some of the area’s best features!
 
Antiquing 
Art Walk (Downtown)
Athletic Club (swim, lift, workout, soak in hot tub, bake in sauna)
Albeni Falls Dam (Free Tour)
Alpaca Ranch (Free Tour)
Biking/Bike Rental
Bird Aviation and Innovation Museum (not birds, but airplanes and inventions. Museum is named after Dr. Forrest Bird, inventor of the Bird Respirator which replaced the Iron Lung. Ladies, trust us – you’ll love this place, too!)
Bird/Eagle Watching
Boating/water-ski/tube on Lake Pend Oreille

Bonner County Historical Society Museum
Bottle Bay

Bowling

Bungee Jump (Summer only)
City Beach Swimming/volleyball/tennis/barbeque/picnic (Summer only)
Cliff Jumping
Climbing Wall (Summer only)
Coeur d’Alene Resort and Casino
Coldwater Creek (wine bar and store headquarters)
Concerts at City Beach on Sundays (Free)
Cross Country Skiing
Dog Beach
Downtown Walk
Farmer’s Market (Summer: Saturdays 10-3, Wednesday 3-5. May through Oct)
Farragut Naval Training Center Museum
Farragut State Park (hike and bike)
Flyfish
Foster’s Crossing (funky antiques and gifts from mints and scarves to soaps and estate jewelry –hubbies can eat gelato and hang at Cafe Bodega while wives shops around 3 stories of treasure hunting)
Frisby Golf
Gold Hill
Golf at The Idaho Club (formerly Hidden Lakes Country Club) or Elks Club
Hayrides
Healing Garden
Hiawatha Bike Trail
Hiking (from beginner to expert–ask for list of hikes)
Horseback riding (hourly or day pack trip)
Horseshoes
Huckleberry Picking (Summer only)
Hunting
Ice cream/gelato
Jet skiing
Kayaking
Kootenai Falls and Swinging Bridge (72 miles)
Kootenai Wildlife Refuge Tour
Lake Pend O’reille Cruises (Lake Tour)
Litehouse Foods/Dressing Factory Tour
Manicure/Pedicure/Massage/Facial
Mickinnick Trail
Mineral Point Trail
Mirror Lake Canoe
Mountain Biking
Movies (local): www.reel.net
Myrtle Falls
North Idaho Native Plant Arboretum
Parasailing
Pick Huckleberries (summer only)
Pie Hut (best homemade pies around!)
Pine Street Bakery (best pecan sticky buns!)
Playground
Ride Chairlift (Schweitzer Mountain)
Ride SPOT (Selkirk Ponderay Transit)
Roadbiking (on the 15 miles bike path)
Rock Climbing Gym
Ross Creek Cedar Grove (40 miles)
Sample Local Breweries
Schweitzer Ski Resort
Seaplane Tours
Shooting Range (Archery and Gun)
Shopping: Sandpoint (2 min. drive), Coeur d’Alene (45 min. drive), Spokane (1.5 hr drive)
Shows (local): http://www.panida.org
Silverwood Theme Park and Water Slides (32 mile drive) www.silverwoodthemepark.com
Skateboard Traver’s Park
Skiing/Snowboarding
Sledding
Snowshoe
Tennis (Summer only)
Thrift Store Shop
Town Concerts (Saturday. May through August from 12pm-2pm (Farmin Park)
Triple Play (52 mile drive laser tag, go carts, indoor water park
Tubing (snow and water)
Walk The Dover Path
Walk The Long Bridge
Wine Tasting
Wolf People (see wolves in captivity)
SANDPOINT ANNUAL/SEASONAL EVENTS:
The Festival at Sandpoint: Usually last week in July and first week in August
Schweitzer Mountain Resort: Events
Bonner County Fairgrounds: Events
Bonner County Rodeo:  Approximately 2nd weekend in August at Bonner County Fairgrounds.
Bonner County Fair: ApproximatelyAugust 20-23 at Bonner County Fairgrounds
Lost in the 50’s (In May)
Sandpoint Bicycle Film Festival Friday Early June
Sunday Concerts on the Lawn: Every Sunday beginning in July with a free, live concert series on the lawn in front of the Edgewater Resort at City Beach, 2-4pm. POAC, 208-263-6139
Wooden Boat Festival Approximately July 12, 13. City Beach. 208-255-1876
Long Bridge Swim: Approximately first week of July. 1.76 mile swim across Lake Pend Oreille. 208-265-5412
 Farmer’s Market: Summer: Wednesdays (3pm-5pm) & Saturdays (9m-1pm). Visit the veggie & craft market next to post office.