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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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So, there are some trails that are not exactly legal, like the one off Brisboys and Lakeshore, or the Pend Oreille Bay Trail. Why go on one of those when there are so many great ones to choose from in North Idaho? Here are two great trails that are perfectly Kosher: North Idaho Bikeways - Sandpoi...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Nine years ago Lisa and Tom Guscott gave up the corporate life in New York and started their new life in Sandpoint, Idaho. Theirs was a storybook romance. Lisa had been a model and Tom worked the corporate world. They came here looking for a simpler life. The early years were fun and trying, Lisa...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Have you ever been so busy you wonder if you are actually accomplishing your real goals? I have had a good and busy week. Last week I added another million dollars in listings, and will add another mil next week. On Monday I will be finalizing an offer for a home in the $800,000 range. The client...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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As another beautiful summer shines upon Sandpoint, Lake Pend Oreille, and North Idaho the NEW Dover Bay Café is updated and upgraded by the experienced restaurateur Gary Peitz and his team. You will remember fondly his Dish Home Cooking was featured in Country Living magazine and voted the Best N...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Several years ago I had the great pleasure of meeting Jackie Henrion and Dan Earle. Dan was displaying his art at the annual show I used to host: the Midwinter Art Fest. This particular year the show was at the Cedar Street Bridge. The last one was at Dover Bay Resort, and each one was pretty suc...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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I stopped at Tango Cafe on the way to my weekly meeting for Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby's International Realty at the Panhandle State Bank. Tango Cafe is a great place to have breakfast or lunch. You can eat in the beautiful lobby or even relax with your cup of Joe upstairs overlooking the water ...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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I have this great part-time job as Wine Steward at Yoke's in Sandpoint. This is the #1 wine store in Yoke's chain and I am very proud of the selections there. In my book Passion for Wine published in 1997, I claimed that Washington state wines were the best in the world. I am not ashamed of that ...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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For a couple of years two Sandpoint landmarks have sat in Purgatory. Both the K2 Inn and the Coit House B&B had been owned by Gary Peitz, who sold them to an operator who went under. The new owner had done some nice upgrades to the Coit House, but has gone unsold in spite of a generously low pric...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Today I will be presenting three great wines at Yoke's plus Banana Cake and finally a Strawberrry Sabayon. The wines are two of the great Columbia Crest Grand Estates new releases: Amitage and Moscato. The third we are making the Sabayon with: Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante. I do this every Fri...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Today on my North Idaho Arts & Adventure show I had the good luck to talk for a few minutes with Bill Collier. Bill is a Vietnam-era helicopter hero who, with some other army buddies, brought a H-34 Helicopter to Sandpoint to be used as a memorial. It arrived today about an hour after my show. I ...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Anyone who has listened to my North Idaho Arts & Adventure radio show knows I have a special place in my heart for Lake Pend Oreille. We all do. Time after time I have heard the story about how when first approaching Sandpoint crossing the Long Bridge, a love affair with this place has kindled f...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Karen and Rich e-mailed this to me: Rich and I are hosting Yappy Hour for the Panhandle Animal Shelter (PAS). This is an event that was started in order to have a social hour for owners and their dogs. Last year, PAS began bringing shelter dogs to these events. They found that not only did the do...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Sandpoint Activities and Attractions for our warm season Hiking and biking are on the minds of many in North Idaho as the winter blues give way to spring fun. As we have blogged about, two of our favs are Scotchman Peaks and the Roman Nose, but there are many, many more. Learn all about Hiking an...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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I recently spoke with Sharon Lewis about the NeighborWoods Tree Program and their admirable efforts to plant our aborial friends around Sandpoint. Here is what she related to me: Since 2008 the NeighborWoods program has helped Sandpoint residents plant 325 trees in the city's public right-of-ways...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Volunteers sought to help spruce up Sand Creek Yesterday Kate Buska, the new head of the Downtown Sandpoint Business Association, appeared on my show North Idaho Business to talk about some of the upcoming events and happenings in Sandpoint. The clean up of Sand Creek has been ongoing for about t...

By Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene)
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Janna Rankin Scharf, CLHMS, GRI, SFR - Coeur d'Alene Idaho Homes For Sale Real Estate Randomness... Saturday I had an opportunity to take a pleasant drive north to Sandpoint, Idaho.  The sun was out, for a change, and I had an excuse opportunity for a nice diversion from the mundane.  Although I ...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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That great time of year is fast approaching. Better weather, big crowds, sock hop, street dance, and so much fun. Here is an article published in the Bonner County Daily Bee about last year's party: click here. They reported over 600 cars in the vintage car parade. To see what was going on, visit...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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To understand the history of Sandpoint, and Bonner County, North Idaho, one must first take into account our geography. While our area is dominated by mountains, the most prominent feature is Lake Pend Oreille, with an area of 148 square miles, and 111 miles of coastline. Only Flathead Lake in Mo...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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A woman I know stopped me today to tell me a story. Her son had joined the army and had returned for a visit post-basic training. Pretty typical to come home between AIT and basic. The soldier and his mother had decided to have a bite to eat at Dish Home Cooking. The young man had been self-consc...
"David Thompson first referred to it in one of his journals as "a point of sand" that pushed into Lake Pend Oreille. Members of the Kalispell tribe called it Qapquape, which translates to "sandy place." Today, Sandpoint is nothing similar to the remote spot familiar to Thompson and numerous Nativ...

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