Spring in Sandpoint, Idaho, brings with it a sense of renewal and rejuvenation. As the snow melts and the days grow longer, a special magic in the air makes it the perfect time to explore this charming mountain town. But when Spring is still a month or so around the corner, Winter hasn’t held up its end of the weather deal, and those winter blues have got you wishing for a break from the norm, a weekend escape, or just a change in scenery, Sandpoint still has lots of options for you in that in-between season that many locals affectionately call “mud season.” So, come join us at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch during this season of not-so-much-snow. Fear not the occasional shower; we've curated a list of the top ten activities to enjoy in Sandpoint, rain or shine, ensuring a cozy and memorable experience.
#1: Relax at the Ranch: Begin your retreat by settling into one of the charming log cabins or unique rooms in the 10,000-square-foot log lodge at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. Surrounded by the tranquil beauty of nature, these cozy retreats provide the perfect ambiance for disconnecting from the hustle of everyday life. Be sure to grab a book, a puzzle, a board game, or your latest crafty creation to enjoy as you sit in front of the crackling wood fire.
#2: Indulge in Sandpoint's Food Scene: Sandpoint's food scene is a delightful fusion of local flavors, artisanal craftsmanship, and farm-to-table dining. With an abundance of fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from nearby farms and producers, the culinary offerings in this charming mountain town are a true reflection of its natural bounty. Whether you're indulging in a gourmet meal prepared by talented chefs using locally sourced ingredients or savoring the simplicity of a freshly baked pastry from a neighborhood bakery, Sandpoint's food scene celebrates the essence of community, sustainability, and culinary creativity. Some great places to tempt your tastebuds include The Fat Pig, Panhandle Cone and Coffee, Joel's Mexican Restaurant, McDuff's Brewing Company, Powderhound Pizza, and The Pack River Store.
#3: Enjoy a Spa Day: Treat yourself to a pampering session at the ranch's spa cabin, nestled in the serenity of the surrounding forest. Relax and rejuvenate with a soothing massage steps away from your own cabin's front door. Call the ranch office to book your massage ahead of time.
#4: Explore Downtown Sandpoint: When the weather permits, take a leisurely stroll through downtown Sandpoint. Browse charming boutiques, discover local art galleries, learn about local history, and savor the flavors of the region at quaint cafes and restaurants.
#5: Visit the Pend Oreille Winery: Pend d'Oreille Winery, located in Sandpoint, Idaho, is a family-owned and operated winery that has been producing handcrafted wines since 1995. They specialize in a variety of wines, including reds, whites, rosés, and dessert wines, with an emphasis on showcasing the diverse grape varietals that thrive in the Pacific Northwest. Visitors to Pend d'Oreille Winery can enjoy guided tastings, tours of the production facilities, and the opportunity to learn about the winemaking process from the knowledgeable staff. Additionally, the winery hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including live music performances, wine pairing dinners, and educational seminars, providing an immersive and engaging experience for wine enthusiasts and novices alike. Whether you prefer reds, whites, or rosés, you're sure to find a new favorite to enjoy back at the ranch.
#6: Discover Local Breweries: Dive into the craft beer scene in Sandpoint by visiting one of the town's breweries such as McDuff's Brewing Company, Laughing Dog Brewery, and Utara Brewing Company. Sip on handcrafted ales and lagers while soaking in the laid-back atmosphere and mingling with fellow beer enthusiasts.
#7: Take a Cooking Class: Channel your inner chef with a cooking class at a local culinary studio. Learn new techniques, experiment with fresh ingredients, and create delicious dishes to impress your friends and family back home.
#8: Play Pickleball: Located just outside of Sandpoint, Idaho, the Ponder Pickle Pad is not just a place to play Pickleball—it's a vibrant hub of activity where players of all backgrounds and abilities can come together to share their love for the game and create lasting memories. Whether you're a local resident or just passing through, the Ponder Pickle Pad welcomes you to join in the fun and experience the joy of Pickleball in northern Idaho.
#9: Attend a Live Performance: Immerse yourself in the vibrant arts scene of Sandpoint by attending a live performance at the Panada Theater or The Hive. From live music to theatrical productions, there's always something captivating to experience.
#10: Cozy up by the Fireplace: End your day on a cozy note by gathering around the fireplace at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. Sip on hot cocoa, swap stories with fellow guests, and savor the warmth of the crackling fire as you reflect on the day's adventures.
Late non-winter in Sandpoint offers a delightful blend of indoor and outdoor activities, ensuring that there's something for everyone to enjoy, rain or shine. Whether you're seeking relaxation, culinary delights, or cultural experiences, this charming mountain town has it all. So pack your bags, escape to Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, and embrace the magic of spring in Sandpoint, Idaho.