It’s Fun To Do The “Tourist” Thing

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Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day. Sunny and in the 80’s. The Husband and I decided to drive to Sandpoint, ID and browse around, doing the tourist thing for the day. We decided to take the back road instead of sticking with the main road (Hwy 2).

While it was fun to explore the backroad, I had forgotten my motion sickness wristbands. Not a good thing to forget when you are on winding roads. If you have a family member who suffers from carsickness you might give these a try. When I wear them it alleviates the need for dramamine.

Back Onto The Main Roads

By the time we reached Newport, WA (and were now back on a main road) I needed a break. We stopped at a lovely little city park  in Newport where, after about 1/2 hour of fresh air, I started to feel better and we continued towards Sandpoint, ID. The road follows the Pend Oreille River as it winds it’s way toward Sandpoint and made for a beautiful drive. Situated on Lake Pend Oreille and surrounded by mountains, Sandpoint turned out to be a lovely place to spend the day.

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Lake Pend Oreille fun to do the tourist thing
Lake Pend Oreille

Wandering through the downtown area of Sandpoint we found a wide variety of interesting shops including bookstores, boutiques,  Northwest Handmade Furniture and Gallery and more. We were beginning to get hungry and looked up to see we were at the Cedar Street Bistro . We opted to stop here for some dinner and what a great choice that turned out to be!

The Husband had a panini with pasta salad and I had pizza. We then had the gelato for dessert. Wonderful dinner eaten overlooking the boats on the water right beneath the restaurant. We then wandered the shops that occupy the two story log building on the pier that houses Cedar Street Bistro, the Carousel Emporium  and others. Interesting, eclectic variety.

Street Musicians, Bookstores And More

Street musicians were set up and playing for a small audience when we exited the shops on the Cedar Street Bridge. Larson’s Department Store  caught our eye next and we wandered in. The Husband scored a good deal on a couple new pairs of shorts (yes, he’s anticipating needing a few extras since we winter in AZ.)  I’m a sucker for bookstores and rarely can walk past one. Inquire Within warrants the time to stop if you are in Sandpoint. Friendly staff, a good selection of books and a sale table where I scored a new book for the littlest grandchildren made it well worth our time.

Isn’t it amazing what we can discover in our own backyards when we slow down long enough to do a little exploring? We thoroughly enjoyed our day in Sandpoint and will plan to return another time. Below you can find some links to additional information about Sandpoint events.

City of Sandpoint

Sandpoint online

Sandpoint Entertainment and Events


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