Not Your Typical New Year Post

This post isn’t about unsustainable resolutions.  Time to lose weight. Time to exercise. Time to set goals. Nope.  We are smack in the middle of the cold and rainy season so naturally I start fantasizing about warm weather!  It is this time of the year that I start planning for summer vacays!   I have never been a  big traveler but I do enjoy a good road trip, camping,  and beach get-aways. And always with my kids.  Living in the Pacific Northwest we have so many options…..a road trip to California or Canada is just a day’s drive, the Oregon coast is only an hour and twenty minutes away, we have mountains, beautiful lakes and rivers.  Some of our favorite trips have been camping in the Redwoods, road trip to San Francisco and a drive along the Umpqua River to Crater Lake and then to Bend.  A few years ago at the suggestion of a coworker we discovered one of our favorite little vacation spots that I wanted to share.  Of all places it is a little town in northern Idaho called Sandpoint.  It is one of those places that I wish I would have known about when my kids were smaller, because it is the perfect place (I think) to take school age kids.  Below are pictures of Sandpoint, Idaho and the view from the Edgewater Best Western hotel we stay at:


The beach is right outside the hotel which is why I will suggest you book a room on the bottom floor.  The water is clear and surprisingly warm. The beach is staffed with lifeguards, a snack shack,  a park with a playground, tennis court and basketball court.  There are some fun restaurants within walking distance and a great trail that goes along the river between the hotel/beach and downtown.  The Best Western also has great reviews.

The other fun thing about Sandpoint, is about twenty five miles south is a GREAT amusement park called Silverwood.  I describe it as a small Disneyland without the crazy crowds and long lines.  One half of the park is a water park with some awesome water slides and wave pools. The other half of the park are the rides. It has some great roller coasters and rides that you couldn’t pay me a million dollars to go on.  See pics below:


We had so much fun!  They also have places to eat everywhere!  Its really clean and not so huge that you get lost, you can easily walk from one end of the park to another. Admission is $45 and if you go after 5:00pm its half price and the park is open until 10:00pm.

About twenty miles south of Silverwood Theme Park is Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Lake Coeur d’Alene is in the center of the city and offers a great trail along the lake.  It is gorgeous!  There are huge boulders to jump off of into the water all along the lake. The water is warm and clear also.  The lake and trail are right next to the cute downtown area, so after you walk/hike the trail you can get something to eat in town or browse the stores. See pics below (That’s me sitting on the rock in the pic on top right):


I don’t think we will be going there this summer only because I promised my son he could a plan a road trip for us to Los Angeles, but whenever we talk about Sandpoint we always talk about how much we love it!  I just wanted to share our little vacation spot and would love to hear about yours!

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