Sandpoint Idaho named best place to retire

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Sandpoint Idaho named best place to retire

Sandpoint Idaho has received many accolades by travel writers, newspapers, magazines and websites. Sandpoint was just named the best place to retire on

Sandpoint Idaho named the best place to retire on

Everyone gets excited to hear when their hometown gets another accolade. Smart Asset created a Best Place to Retire Index based on recreation centers, doctors’, retirement centers and percentage of Seniors. Sandpoint Idaho was ranked number 1 in Idaho with Hayden Idaho right behind at number 5.

Over the years Sandpoint Idaho has had favorable write ups in the news, here are just a few of the Accolades Sandpoint has received.

USA Today The five best small towns in America
Majestic views of the forests and Lake Pend Oreille near the Schweitzer Mountain Resort await visitors in Sandpoint, Idaho.

America’s Prettiest Winter TownsTravel and Leisure Magazine

Second homes: Having it all in Sandpoint, Idaho USA Today

Sandpoint A Norman Rockwell meets Ansel Adams classic. USA Today

Fall Foliage: Bright Leaves, Big Country "Leaf lovers in the know drive the Pend Oreille National Scenic Byway"

National Geographic Idaho’s Last Stand
“Idaho’s Last Stand, Lakefront living in a tight-knit mountain retreat.”

Inlander August 2014 WHY SANDPOINT THRIVES nothing beats that first drive across the Long Bridge, a local production at the historic Panida Theater or just watching sailboats race from City Beach.

Sandpoint named Idaho e-city 2013
Surrounded by mountains and overlooking Idaho’s largest lake, scenic Sandpoint has another thing going for it: A business community of local shops and online retailers who’ve led the way in the state’s web presence.

Travel Channel on Lake Pend Oreille
Who said you need an ocean to go surfing? The 43-mile-long Lake Pend Oreille in Sandpoint, ID, has become popular for wakesurfing.

This Old House Sandpoint Best Old House Neighborhoods 2012

Ski Magazine Best-Kept Secret 2011-2012 Resorts Review
Schweitzer an editor’s pick for “Best-Kept Secret” thanks in part to “picture-perfect Sandpoint,” in their 2011-2012 Resorts review..

Best of the road Sandpoint Idaho
“Sandpoint, ID has an overwhelming view from the Long Bridge into town with Schweitzer Mountains.

Sunset Magazine June 2014 42 perfect summer trips
“Deep, blue, and busy are three words that sum up three of the West’s most beautiful lakes: Coeur d’Alene, Pend Oreille, and Priest.”

Senior Citizen Travel Sandpoint Attracts Seniors
Sandpoint is blessed with outstanding attractions and is no ordinary senior vacation destination.

CNN Travel lists Schweitzer Mountain Resort as one of 7 Underrated Ski Resorts
It’s unlikely you’ll wait more than five minutes in the lift line, in a Feb. 24, 2012 feature.

Business Week, July 2006, Best Places to Retire
First-time visitors to Sandpoint realize they have entered another world when they cross the bridge that spans the glacier-blue expanse of Lake Pend Oreille. It’s there they catch a glimpse of the charming town nestled beneath the mountains of northern Idaho. “It’s like turning back the clock 40 years,”

Rand McNally called Sandpoint Best of the Road’s Top Seven Ski Towns
Sandpoint, ID Our 2011 Most Beautiful Small Town in America is also our highest rated ski town. Schweitzer Mountain boasts skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and snowmobiling in addition to a spa, zip line, and village of diverse dining and shopping.

Most Beautiful Town Rand McNally Its quaint downtown shops and restaurants welcomed us in, and its landscape kept us in awe
10 picture-perfect mountain towns USA TODAY Smarter Travel Sandpoint’s Lake Pend Oreille reflects the rugged Selkirk and Cabinet mountains, doubling their visual impact. It’s the perfect backdrop for a small town that’s big on local culture.
America’s Prettiest Winter Towns Travel and Leisure December 2012
World Property Top 10 Mountain Towns in America
Idaho makes CNN’s top 10 ‘Dare to Go’ list – 5-29-2014

If you have never been to Sandpoint Idaho make sure you plan a trip to see what everyone is talking about.


It has a population of 7577. Sandpoint is a well kept secret. The scenery is gorgeous and there are tons of lakes, rivers, creeks, springs and the lake is deep enough to have a submarine base. Idaho is full of wildlife, the crime rate is low, the people are friendly, taxes and rates are low. I count my blessings to have landed in such a wonderful place.

Thanks Rain. Looks like a well kept secret with a population under 10K. May be one day I will visit there and see the beauty. Have a great day.

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