Stunning sunsets from the Lodge at Sandpoint


Our trek through the Inland Northwest took us from Spokane, Washington, up Highway 2 through Green Bluff, an area boasting over 30 apple orchards and numerous at-home entrepreneurs.  From there, we drove north toward Bonners Ferry, Idaho, but only made it to Sandpoint when near-darkness and weariness overtook us.

Had we known that Sandpoint would become one of the classiest, most interesting cities on our trip, we would have planned it as a destination.  As it was, we sat in the car looking on our iPhones for the names of B&B’s, hotels, restaurants, etc.  What a find we made when we booked unknowingly one of the finest places we stayed on the whole trip:  the Lodge at Sandpoint!

Rooms facing Lake Pend Oreille

Rooms facing Lake Pend Oreille

Situated on Lake Pend Oreille, this Old World boutique hotel with modern conveniences charmed us with log construction and upscale lodge furniture.


The commons area exuded comfort with leather seating, patterned pillows, antiques, stained glass windows, and an oversize fireplace just waiting for us to stand with our backs to it and “warm up a spell.”

Fireplace in the main lobby where beamed ceilings and lodge furniture invite relaxation

Fireplace in the main lobby where beamed ceilings and lodge furniture invite relaxation

We could see why the website for The Lodge states that it’s “built on the proposition that Life at the lake is the most fun of all”! No wonder it’s a destination for small weddings, family gatherings, and weekends away for folks like us.

Spectacular sundown view of the lake from the porch at Lodge at Sandpoint

Spectacular sundown view of the lake from the porch at Lodge at Sandpoint

We wondered how long it would take to drive from Sandpoint city center to The Lodge, but the drive was short:  about two miles across the Long Bridge into Slagle.


We never had to leave The Lodge for dinner since Forty-One South (on the premises) offers gourmet cuisine in a lovely waterfront setting.

Our room was spacious even though we were only there for sleeping.  We mostly enjoyed spending time reading in the main lobby or wandering the more than 600 feet of sand beach outside.


With gorgeous evening views of Lake Pend Oreille, though, our first priority was to relax in the cushy seats on the porch until the last glimmer of light dipped into the horizon.IMG_4796

The Lodge at Sandpoint became one of the unexpected high points of our trip, and returning would be a plus, for sure.  According to calendar listings in Sandpoint Magazine, special events abound.  No matter what you enjoy doing — shopping, boating, rafting, fishing, celebrating — Sandpoint seemingly has it all.  It’s definitely on our radar as a Place To See Again!


The Lodge at Sandpoint

41 Lakeshore Drive

Slagle, ID 83860



Forty-One South


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Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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10 Responses to Stunning sunsets from the Lodge at Sandpoint

  1. Kevin Brent says:

    Very Nice! 🙂

  2. Sherry Galey says:

    I love to find out about these gems of places to stay on the blogs of others. I would never know otherwise. What a great place to stumble onto on your trip!

  3. FreeRangeCow says:

    I love how you keep surprising me with nuggets from these trips! Lake “Pon-duh-ray” is one of my favorites! It’s cool to me that it was glacially-formed, which is why it is so darned deep. Sigh. Thanks, Rusha. Glad you enjoyed yourself!

  4. My brother lives in Sandpoint and it is definitely a beautiful place to visit 🙂

    • Rusha Sams says:

      I really, really want to go back. We passed through downtown and saw a lot of interesting places. Then, when we read that magazine, we noted a lot of great things to do. So, it’s on the radar!!!

  5. This lodge looks divine…what a splendid time to be here.

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