Summer Series: The Point of Vacation

1 Flares 1 Flares ×

This week I spoke with Kellee about her vacation rental in Sandpoint, Idaho, 51085. This rental not only has a water view, but both sunrise and sunset can be seen from the house. Take a look at what Kellee had to say about her rental.

Where is the rental located?

The Point at Sandpoint makes up the 2 acre tip of Ponder Point and is located on 360º frontage feet on Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced “Pon da ray”) in Sandpoint, Idaho. Sandpoint is in the Northern Panhandle of Idaho and is 1.5 hours from Spokane, Washington or 65 miles south of the Canadian border. USA Today just named Sandpoint as the most beautiful small town in the U.S. and is known for its incredible outdoor beauty, wealth of nature, wildlife and outdoor activities.


What’s the history of the home?

My husband and I dreamed of building a lake home that we could use for summer and winter play. We have 3 children and love the outdoors. We purchased the land in 2000 and The Point at Sandpoint was built in 2006.  Jon Saylor, a local and renowned architect, helped us design a home that reflects the natural beauty of the area and the special relationship the Kootenai and Pend Oreille Native Americans had with the land. Cedar, pine, hickory, granite, slate and large stones were used throughout. The Point has separate “pavilions” that in a way reflect Native American campgrounds.

The Great Room Pavillion has floor to ceiling windows, which gives guests the feeling of being surrounded by water. The Breezeway Pavillion features an entire glass wall that lifts up and hides away behind a cedar ceiling – all at the push of a button. It’s an amazing place to enjoy the scenery or watch a thunderstorm roll by. The Sleeping Pavillion has 4 bedrooms in a separate wing of the house, and all rooms face the lake with incredible mountain and lake views. Being on a point provides us with sunrise to sunset light and 180º views, which we all love.


How can guests spend their time?

Guests at The Point are here to enjoy nature and the wide variety of outdoor activities. In summer, guests enjoy swimming, boating, waterskiing/wakeboarding, kayak to town, jetski, fish for small mouth bass or rainbow trout off the dock, hike a variety of terrain, or lounge on the huge sandy beach. We also have basketball, volleyball, horseshoes and a tree house onsite. A private dock allows moorage for almost any size boat.

In winter, Schweitzer Mountain is just 25 minutes away and is the largest ski mountain in Idaho. Known for tremendous tree skiing, high speed chairs, a Terrain Park and 2 huge bowls, Schweitzer also offers cross country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. I love winter as much as summer at The Point, because I can cross country ski or snow shoe right in front of the house –or downhill with the kids – then come home to cozy, radiant heated floors, a huge fire in the fireplace and a long soak in the hot tub. Bald Eagles live on The Point from October through May and we’ll have as many as 10-15 eagles right outside the Great Room. Deer and moose also can be seen from the house in winter.

Fall is gorgeous with all the colors changing around the lake. Hiking is amazing and the lake is quiet and calm. Fall is a great season for adults traveling, as families with school age children are all back in school. Spring offers incredible fishing for small mouth bass and a fresh water salmon, called Kokanne.


What’s your decoration inspiration?

I looked at all the natural colors outside:  the blue of the lake and sky, greens and natural browns from 200 year old Ponderosa Pines and tried to reflect the earthy tones inside the home. The kitchen has flecked green granite countertops, slate floors, hickory cabinetry and a stripped alder wood bar. A unique dry stack stone fireplace anchors the Great Room and has the most incredible variety of stone patterns and color. I’m also a big believer in “great sleep” so each bedroom has high quality, pillow top mattresses and soft, comfortable linens.


What is your favorite room in the house?

Boy, sometimes it’s hard to pick a favorite, but I’ll say The Great Room. I love to cook and entertain, so friends will sit at the large U-shaped bar while I make dinner and enjoy the view. I also really like watching the wildlife migration of birds, Eagles and Ospreys hunting for fish or the solitary kayaker go by. My husband and I enjoy getting up before the kids and watching the sunrise – the landscape changes so much from summer to winter.


What do you hope guests get from a week at The Point?

In general, most people live such busy and hectic lives. I want guests to bask in the beauty of this area, enjoy the activities that fill their spirit and make life long memories with their loved ones. I have friends and guests who tell me The Point at Sandpoint has given them the best vacations – the best memories –they have ever had. It’s my favorite place in the world and until I retire there, I am thrilled to be able to offer the experience to others.

Talk about having everything! Wouldn’t waking up to those views be a great way to start your day? What would you do while at the Point?


Posted in All-season rentals, Family vacation spots, Lake vacation homes, summer series, Tips for property owners

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *