Nestled in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, and just south of the Canadian border is a small sleepy town of Sandpoint Idaho. There is little industry of any kind, and functions as a gateway for people who want to enjoy nature, and to ski some of the best slopes in the USA. The area is home to wild moose, elk and other exotic animals only seen in North America.
Our time there was during this winter January 2014 with temperatures now ranging in the -20 Fahrenheit and warming from time to time.
We stayed at the Holiday Inn just outside of Sandpoint, ID, and were able to secure a family room capable of sleeping five people comfortably. The hotel staff was nice, and very helpful. The hotel serves a decent continental breakfast that is included in the rate of around $100 USD (family room) . There is a restaurant next door, and the food is good, although we found the prices to be somewhat high.
There is shopping close by at Walmart, Big R, and other local shops for any needs you might have. If you need to stock up before returning overseas then we recommend Spokane Valley Mall about twenty minutes from the Airport you will fly in at.
It was a great trip meeting up with family and friends, and highly recommended as international travel to one of the most beautiful areas in the pacific north west.