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Idaho – Part 1: Sandpoint, ID is named “Most Beautiful Small Town”

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Named in 2011 by Rand McNally and USA Today as “Most Beautiful Small Town” Sandpoint is a a place we love to visit in Idaho’s Panhandle.  We stop there, usually for pie, at the Panhandler Restaurant and Bakery.  (But we’ve since discovered another Destination Diner.  Read on.)

Built on the north edge of 69 km long Lake Pond Oreille (say pond-u-RAY), the lake, its marinas and public beaches draw a lot of tourists.  The beaches are more gravelly than, say, the pure, super fine sand found at Varadero, Cuba, but remember, we’re in the Rockies.  We found it necessary to select carefully the sections of beach to stroll along.  Some stretches attract numerous geese, and they leave droppings everywhere.  Other sections of beach are clean of wildfowl deposits.

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Sandpoint has a reputation as a local hotbed for artists.  A popular shopping destination is an old bridge turned into the Cedar Street Bridge Public Market, which houses local shops, many featuring the work of local artists and craftsmen.

An old bridge houses the Cedar Street Bridge Public Market filled with boutiques featuring the work of local artists and craftsmen

An old bridge houses the Cedar Street Bridge Public Market filled with boutiques featuring the work of local artists and craftsmen

The Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort is nearby, and that’s good news for Drivers and motorcyclists – skiing means mountains, and mountains mean great driving roads.

Dining.  We always stop at the Panhandler Restaurant and Bakery, a local restaurant best known for breakfasts and pies.  We also ‘discovered’ Joel’s Mexican Restaurant, an inexpensive cafeteria-style diner where we one of the best meals of our two week road trip – pork tacos and Steelhead blackened salmon tacos.   Both restaurants are Destination Diners and not to be missed.

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