Mar 16th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Travelers Wooed to Sandpoint, Idaho

Sandpoint, Idaho was recently selected by Rand McNally and USA Today and Sunset Magazine  as The Most Beautiful Town in the country.  Wow, that’s quite an honor.  I had to find out why.  So seniors, let’s explore a bit and see what there is to see and do and why it is so neat in Sandpoint.

Sandpoint is the county seat of, Bonner County, Idaho. Sandpoint’s major industry is tourism and recreation, thanks to its proximity to scenic Lake Pend Oreille and Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort. It is the headquarters of Coldwater Creek, a women’s apparel retailer, Litehouse, a national salad dressing manufacturer, and the location of one of the largest film festivals in the Northwestern United States, the Lakedance International Film Festival.

The city is nestled at the base of the Selkirk Mountains in North Idaho‘s Panhandle region, the community of Sandpoint can be found 60 miles south of the Canadian border and 75 miles northeast of Spokane, Washington. With a population of approximately 6,000 residents, Sandpoint is located in a land of uncompromising natural beauty on the northern shore of Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced Pon-da-raya) and in French that’s “Hanging Ear.” A spectacular, glaciated body of water 43 miles long, Pend Oreille is the fifth deepest lake (1,158 feet at its greatest depth) in the United States with 111 miles of shoreline. Its pristine waters are a major factor in the community of Sandpoint’s high ranking as a premier senior tourist destination.

Sandpoint…a Welcomed Timeout for Seniors

Senior visiters to Sandpoint sense quickly that this year-round resort town and artists’ community seems to be made for some welcomed “time-outs” from the stresses of traveling. With its streets lined by vintage maple trees and towering pine and fir, thoughts begin to occur that the community of Sandpoint might well make for an excellent destination. Both summer and winter will find plenty keep you busy. TripAdvisor is big on Sandpoint too.

Sandpoint is blessed with outstanding attractions. But it goes deeper than that. The town itself is exceptional, home to a thriving arts community, the historic Panida Theater, a busy events schedule, a plethora of excellent restaurants, fine hotels and unusual shopping keynoted by the national retailer, Coldwater Creek. How do you describe extraordinary? Just say “Sandpoint, Idaho.” Now I know why seniors find this city so neat. Do check it out for yourself.  jeb

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