Fall Get-A-Way Travel Itinerary

Sandpoint Idaho sign painted on brick wall

Fall Get-A-Way Travel Itinerary

Fall is one of my favorite times of year to enjoy all that North Idaho has to offer outdoors in the mountains and in the quaint towns dotted throughout the Pandhandle. Travel in Fall not only offers colorful scenery but a quieter slower pace just about anywhere you go. Are you ready to start planning your next Fall travel adventure? Here is a five-night travel itinerary to follow or to inspire your next adventure!

Day One:

2:00 pm Stop in Sandpoint to grab food for your picnic dinner.

Picnic dinner of meat, cheese, vegetables and wine

3:00 pm Check in to your room or cabin at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch logo

4:00 pm Go for a Walk

Grab a trail map from the office and go for a walk to stretch out your legs after a day of travel. Don’t forget to stop by and say hello to the horses.

Girl in doorway looking out at ranch view with a stormy sky

6:00 pm Picnic Dinner at the Campfire

Grab your picnic basket and head to the campfire on the lawn (ask ahead of time to have a fire built). Enjoy your dinner and campfire as you watch the sunset.

Fall travel campfire with couple holding hands

Day Two

9:00 am Breakfast

Breakfast is served in the Great Room of the Lodge at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. Be sure to schedule this ahead of time.

10:00 am Horseback Ride at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

Go for a two hour guided horseback ride and explore the mountains, meadows, and valleys of this 5th generation ranch. Be sure to schedule your ride ahead of time.

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch cowboy riding a horse

12:30 pm Lunch

After your ride, grab a light lunch in your room or cabin.

2:30 pm – Explore Downtown Sandpoint

Stroll through downtown Sandpoint and explore the chops. Be sure to check out the Cedar Street Bridge, Panhandle Cone and Coffee, Sand Creek, Campfire Couture, and Northwest Handmade.

Sign on brick wall of Sandpoint, Idaho

6:00 pm Dinner at McDuff’s

McDuff’s is an airy microbrewery serving craft beers, delicious locally or organically sourced meals, refined bar eats in laid back digs with sports on TV.

Day Three

9:00 am Breakfast

Breakfast is served in the Great Room of the Lodge at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. Be sure to schedule this ahead of time.

10:00 am Nature Trail at Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Head to Schweitzer Mountain Resort and hike the nature trail up to the Sky Lodge. Ride the lift back down. This is a 2.5 mile trail. 5 miles round trip. Pack a lunch to eat along the way.

Man facing away, hiking on a trail

3:00 pm Spa Treatment at Wildflower Spa at Seasons

Enjoy the Silver package at Wildflower Day Spa which includes a 75 min Ceyet Massage, and 75 min Goddess Facial or Gentleman’s Facial $180. Relax on the deck overlooking Lake Pend Oreille between treatments. 

Spa treatment package woman receiving a massage

7:00 pm Dinner at Pend Oreille Winery’s in House Restaurant, The Fat Pig

Using traditional French methods and grapes sourced from world-class vineyards around the Northwest, Pend d’Oreille Winery produces award-winning wines including Chardonnay, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Gris, and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. The Fat Pig offers seasonally rotating menus made with lots of passion. Featuring local ingredients and a perpetually rotating craft beer and wine list.

Day 4

9:00 am Breakfast

Breakfast is served in the Great Room of the Lodge at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. Be sure to schedule this ahead of time.

10:00 am Hike to Harrison Lake

Harrison Lake Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sandpoint, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Be sure to pack a lunch to eat at the lake.

Harrison Lake, Sandpoint, Idaho

5:00 pm Dinner at the Blue Heron

Enjoy dinner after your hike at a local favorite, The Blue Heron at the Samuel’s Store.

Day Five

9:00 Breakfast

Breakfast is served in the Great Room of the Lodge at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. Be sure to schedule this ahead of time.

10:00 am Fly Fishing on the Kootenai River with Long Drift Outfitters

Meet your outfitter from Long Drift Outfitters and enjoy a scenic drive to the beginning of your river float. The Idaho section of the Kootenai flows through a beautiful canyon with virtually no access, except by boat. The seclusion and isolation of the river add to its Idaho ruggedness and beauty. The Kootenai River provides room to fish with most days leaving you the river to yourself. Lunch is provided. 

Long Drift Outfitters Fly Fishing Kootenai River boat in the river next to a train

6:00 pm Dinner at Fiesta Bonita in Ponderay

Day Six

9:00 am Breakfast

Breakfast is served in the Great Room of the Lodge at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. Be sure to schedule this ahead of time.

11:00 am Check Out and Head for Home

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch fall horseback riding horse and rider crossing a creek

Happy Trails!

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