The weather's absolutely delightful in September ... see it for yourself!

Music on the mountain

Schweitzer hosts end-of-summer celebration      

It's our favorite Labor Day Weekend event as Schweitzer hosts the popular Fall Fest spanning four days, Friday, Sept. 3, through Monday, Sept. 6. The festival includes live bands all four days (bring your blankets and chairs!), and features tastings of 80 beers, ciders, seltzers, and a handful of wines at the beer tent; kiddos can create their own wild concoctions at the Soda Station. Plus, shop arts and crafts vendors throughout the village and a food court nearby. This is the final weekend of summer operations and the chairlift will be open for sightseeing, hiking, and mountain biking. The free shuttle takes folks from the Red Barn parking lot at the base of the mountain right up to Schweitzer Village; click to pre-purchase glassware and get more details!
september events
3-6 Fall Fest
4-5 Coaster Classic
4-5 Funky Junk Antique Sale
11 CHAFE 150
18 Hope Oktoberfest
30 Yappy Hour
... and much more!
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Magnificent fall cruises

See the lake at its prettiest  

September and October are special months in North Idaho with their fall colors and a return to the slower pace of life. Lake Pend Oreille Cruises shifts their outings to take full advantage of this beautiful time of year with several unique autumn-only outings. Cruise up the spectacular Clark Fork Delta with views of towering cliffs, resident wildlife, and great photo opportunities. Or check out the Island and Eagle Watching Tour, featuring a scenic tour around the four islands of Hope. See a bald eagle sanctuary and cruise in comfort in the salon-heated boat (the Shawnodese, above).

Great time to check Scotchman Peak off! 

Every semi-serious hiker who hangs out in North Idaho has Scotchman Peak on their must-trek list - and late summer/early autumn is just about the best time to hit this challenging trail with fewer folks around. The hike is around 8 miles round-trip, but the elevation gain of over 3,700 feet is what makes it a true test of endurance. The views from the top can't be beat, plus you'll find yourself standing at the highest point in Bonner County at 7,009 feet. The Visit Sandpoint Hiking Page has more info; also check out the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness website for lots more information on the area.

Haunted nights ... who's ready?

It's baaaaaack! Get ready for a month of screams as Silverwood Theme Park transitions into Scarywood -- full of haunted attractions and roaming monsters! The Halloween-themed park, just a half-hour south of Sandpoint on Highway 95, opens Sept. 30, and continues Thursdays through Saturdays until October 30 from 7 p.m. 'til 11 p.m. As seen on Travel Channel's "Halloween's Scariest Thrills," Scarywood offers five haunted attractions, nine scare zones, and most of Silverwood's signature rides in the dark. It's definitely a memorable experience .... that is, if you survive the night!
And in the meantime, Silverwood is just awesome ol' Silverwood until then, with a Coaster Classic Car Show on Sept. 4-5, and then open weekends only after Labor Day with a terrific Community Appreciation Days event featuring special pricing and community goodwill.

Still time to join the CHAFE 150

Registration remains open for the CHAFE 150 event, coming up Saturday, Sept. 11. Organized by the Sandpoint Rotary, the annual 150-mile CHAFE bike ride through Montana and Idaho, along with other options including 100, 80, 40, and 25 mile rides, offers fantastic scenery and well-stocked rest stops. Best part is that proceeds benefit the Lake Pend Oreille School District's Literacy Initiative and after-school reading programs. Learn more and register at

We have a winner ... of our getaway contest

Honors front-line workers

In recognition of the dedication and difficulties of front-line workers during the pandemic, we held a Sandpoint Getaway contest for a front-line worker who could use it. We invited anyone to nominate a front-line worker – including those who wanted to put in their own name. The winner, drawn at random, was Nathan of Libby, Montana, who was nominated by his wife, Michele.

Here's what Michele wrote: My husband works at the hospital as an x-ray technologist. He has worked hard all through the pandemic and has not had much of a break. They are shorthanded at the moment, so that puts more pressure on him. He often stays 1-2 hours after his day shift is over to help with extra patients or emergencies. They call him in even on his days off and he goes in willingly and with a good attitude. He always gives his best effort … even in 2021, especially the last 2-3 months, his exposure to COVID patients has been more frequent, putting himself at risk to help others. I am amazed at what a man of compassion, diligence and great work ethic he is!

We were amazed too, at the heartfelt responses we got from so many of the entrants. So we’ve collected many of the compassionate stories telling how our front-line workers have sacrificed during the pandemic. Click to read them»

As for that prize: It includes two nights’ lodging at Cedar Street Hotel & Suites, a terrific cruise with Lake Pend Oreille Cruises, two passes for a day of fun at Silverwood Theme Park, certificates for food and beverage at Trinity at City Beach, MickDuff's Brew Pub and Pend d'Oreille Winery, and copies of local books guidebooks for our lake and mountains from Keokee Books. Thank you to all who entered... and keep an eye out for future contests we will be holding.

Idaho remains in Stage 4 reopening

The State of Idaho remains in Stage 4 of Reopening. The guidelines basically allow gatherings of any size, private or public, and should adhere to social distancing and sanitation guidelines. Get the latest information on the pandemic locally at our community COVID-19 Update page.
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