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===Reception===
[[Image:Sandpoint Idaho from Schweitzer.jpg|300px|left]]
Sandpoint is a region in transition. From humble timber and fishing beginnings, Sandpoint has been rocketed to among the top destinations in the West, indeed the nation. It was number one on USA Today's List of Unforgettable Summer Vacations, as well as Sunset Magazine's top small Western Town, along with numerous other distinctions. Obviously, the locals have mixed feelings about this. Along with needed additional revenue and diversity, tourists and new transplants bring additional traffic in an already choked town, pollution from extra cars, and a crowded downtown. The average cost of a house in Sandpoint has rocketed, and property taxes are high.Although most residents are at least tolerant of the load and many are friendly with tourists, visitors must be prepared to read anti-tourist bumper stickers. Few, however, will ever encounter the wrath of a truly annoyed local, a force to be reckoned with. To avoid this, one only needs to arm oneself with some basic knowledge of the town, as most of this stems from annoyance with perceived ignorance.The bottom line - don't skip this beautiful town because of the rumors. Just read up on the town and ''please'' don't walk out in front of cars in a crosswalk under the assumption that they'll [be able to] stop!you are gay. And should get off this site.
===Geographical Layout===
===Public transportation===
A plan for public transportation Sandpoint's S.P.O.T. bus is in free to ride and runs from approximately 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. There are stops at multiple area destinations including Ponderay, Kootenai, Sagle, Dover and the worksSchweitzer Bus Barn, but for now as well as many stops in town. Schweitzer runs shuttles from the only buses are bus barn to the privately owned ones that take you up and down Schweitzer Mountain lodge multiple times daily during [[Alpine Skiing|Ski]] Season and the ski season. The NICE Bus, which runs from Sandpoint to Coeur d'Alene. White Tail Transportation is a paid shuttle service which covers the entire region.
===Taxis===
===Car Rental===
For car rentals from the airport, see [[Spokane]].
* <buy name="Dollar Rent-A-Hertz CarRental" alt="Silver Wing Flight Services" address="800 1100 Airport Way" directions="" phone="(208) 263-9102" url="www.hertz.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Sandpoint's only full service fixed base operations for aircraft big and small. Hertz Car Rentals are available on the field.</buy>
* <buy name="Thrifty Car Rental" address="31466 Highway 200" phone="(208) 255-7909"></buy>
* <see name="Festival at Sandpoint" phone="(888) 265-4554" url="http://www.festivalatsandpoint.com">Yearly music festival.</see>
*<see name="Farmers Market at Sandpoint" alt="" address="Farmin Park" directions="in the middle of the one-way roads, downtown" phone="" url="" hours="sat 9-1, wed 3-5" price="" lat="" long="">Rockin' good veggies, flowers, crafts and food. Real people doin' real things.</see>
*<see name="Wings Over Sandpoint" alt="" address="1100 Airport Way" directions="" phone="208-263-9102" url="http://www.wingsoversandpoint.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Annual, family friendly fly-in event showcasing aviation in the northwest including classics and home built aircraft. Every August!</see>
==Do==
*<do name="Travers Park" alt="" address="Pine Street" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.sandpointinsider.com/LPMArticle.asp?ID=279" hours="" price="Free" lat="" long="">24.5 acres, 3 full size softball diamonds, medium size baseball diamond, soccer fields, football fields, and 2 tennis courts. Kids' play area includes slide, swing sets, and youth climbing apparatus.</do>
*<do name="Wings Over Sandpoint" alt="" address="1100 Airport Way" directions="" phone="208-263-9102" url="http://wingsoversandpoint.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Annual, family friendly fly-in event showcasing aviation in the northwest including classics and home built aircraft. Every August!</do>
*<do name="Wings Over Sandpoint" alt="" address="1100 Airport Way" directions="" phone="208-263-9102" url="http://www.wingoversandpoint.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Annual, family friendly fly-in event showcasing aviation in the northwest including classics and home built aircraft. Every August!</do>
 
==Buy==
Price guide for an average entrée: $ = <$10, $$ = $10-20, $$$ = >$20
 *<eat name="The Tunnel Cookery + Drinkery" alt="" address="202 1/2 N.1st ave. Sandpoint ID 83864" directions="" phone="208-255-4169" url="" hours="4pm4PM- LATE" price="Affordable" lat="" long="">Great food, great wine and beer, kitchen always open late!!!! Great venue for live music and dancing every Friday and Saturday night. Menu is very affordable and offers something for everyone.</eat>
===Grills/Barbeque===
* <eat name="Spuds Rotisserie & Grill" address="102 N 1st Ave" phone="(208) 265-4311" url="http://www.spudsonline.com">Perhaps Sandpoint's most well known local restaurant, Spuds' lunch menu is chock full of freshly made sandwiches of all sorts, plus delectable rotisserie chicken and, of course, lots of potatoes. At night, they pull the curtain on their walk up counter and do table service, with steaks, rotisserie chicken, tri-tip, and all sorts of other savory meals, plus several to-die-for desserts. '''$$'''</eat>
* <eat name="Eichardts Pub & Grill" address="212 Cedar St" phone="(208) 263-4005">Gourmet burgers seem to be the order of the day at Eichardts, but they also feature sandwiches, salads, and a full service bar. Sitting upstairs is recommended, especially with children. '''$-$$'''</eat>
* <eat name="Bistro at the Inn at Sand Creek " alt="" address="105 S. First Avenue" directions="" phone="208-265-2277" url="http://www.innatsandcreek.com" hours="4pm4PM" price="" lat="" long="">Serving up Northwest cuisine with a seasonally changing menu the Bistro has an extensive wine program and a full bar. Casual environment with a summer patio and fireplaces in both dining areas. open every evening at 4pm 4PM closed on Tuesday.'''$-$$$'''</eat>
* <eat name="Slates Prime Time Grill &amp; Sports Bar" alt="" address="477272 HWY 95, Ponderay" directions="" phone="208-263-1381" url="http://www.slatesprimetime.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Slates has moved into their new location off of HWY 95 just north of Sandpoint, more than just a sports bar, more like a sports restaurant. Beautiful log building, fitting for northern Idaho. Popular restaurant with the locals, serving gourmet burgers, steaks, seafood, pasta and salads.</eat>
* <eat name="Beyond Hope Resort Restaurant" address="Off Highway 200, Beyond Hope" phone="208-264-5251" url="">Located right on the lake with a beautiful lawn, this upscale restaurant offers all sorts of entrées, from steak and chicken to appetizers and a full service bar. '''$$'''</eat>
* <eat name="Floating Restaurant" address="Highway 200, Hope" phone="Phone: 208-264-5311" url="">Bonner County's only restaurant not actually attached to the ground (hence the name), the Floating Restaurant serves all sorts of Northwest specialties and is a great restaurant, but beware: the restrooms are on their own separate (small) floats, and during choppy water seasickness may be induced. (!) '''$$'''</eat>
===OrientalAsian===
* <eat name="Bamboo Chinese Restaurant" address="417 Church St" phone="(208) 263-9593"></eat>Located on busy Church street across from the Post Office, Bamboo Chinese restaurant is a great place for lunch, but parking can be an issue. '''$$'''
* <eat name="Bangkok Cuisine Thai Restaurant" address="202 N 2nd Ave" phone="(208) 265-4149"></eat>A local favorite, Bangkok is a hole in the wall place that serves up all sorts of authentic Thai meals in a delightfully decorated building. '''$$'''
==Sleep==
*<sleep name="Bistro at the Inn at Sand Creek" alt="" address="105 South First Ave" directions="" phone="208.265.2277" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">full bar, extensive wine list, regional micro brews. open 4PM wedneSday -monday. closed tuesday</sleep>
*<sleep name="Days Inn" alt="" address="363 Bonner Mall Way" directions="" phone="208-263-1222" url="http://www.daysinnsandpoint.com" checkin="3PM" checkout="12PM" price="$49-$129" lat="" long="">Located near the base of Schweitzer Mountain Ski Area with log cabin style rooms with premium 'log' furniture. Amenities include sauna and hot tub. Hotel is pet-friendly.</sleep>
* <sleep name="The Lodge at Sandpoint" address="41 Lakeshore Drive Sagle, ID 83860" phone="(208) 263-2211" url="http://www.lodgeatsandpoint.com"></sleep>
*<sleep name="Days Inn" alt="" address="363 Bonner Mall Way" directions="" phone="208-263-1222" url="http://www.daysinnsandpoint.com" checkin="3PM" checkout="12PM" price="$49-$129" lat="" long="">Located near the base of Schweitzer Mountain Ski Area with log cabin style rooms with premium 'log' furniture. Amenities include sauna and hot tub. Hotel is pet-friendly.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Bistro at the Inn at Sand Creek" alt="" address="105 South First Ave" directions="" phone="208.265.2277" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">full bar, extensive wine list, regional micro brews. open 4pm wedneSday -monday. closed tuesday</sleep>
 
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