I grew up going to Sandpoint, Idaho with my family. We stayed at places in Bottle Bay, in Hope and eventually my parents bought a fantastic cabin right on Lake Pend Oreille where we could swim, wakeboard and explore the flat rock islands all around the HUGE lake. Charles and I have made our way back to Sandpoint almost every year we’ve been together, but we no longer had a cabin there and the 6.5 hour drive from Bellingham is really only worth it when you have some extra time off. We got to spend 5 whole days there last summer and it was GREAT. We explored all of our favorite old spots including the point down in Garfield Bay, the lookout at Schwietzer, the city beach, the farmers market and my all time favorite house on 5th and Poplar street. We even checked out the new Evans Brothers Coffee Co in town!
SO, there is this house that lives in Sandpoint, Idaho… I have had my eyes on it for years and years. My family has vacationed in the Sandpoint area my entire life and as I got older and would travel there with friends, I would always find excuses to drive by "My House" and see what was happening. It sat empty for a good number of years, the roof grew a giant hole and water started leaking in, the roof and decks were in shambles and it was obvious that more and more windows were being broken. It was heart wrenching to watch such a beautiful old house dilapidate like that. A few weeks ago over Memorial Day weekend, Charles and I made our annual trip to visit My House.. and I literally jumped out of the moving car in panic and excitement at what we saw. The entire house has been completely restored by this charming and wonderful couple, James and Carol Harvey. They welcomed us inside, showed us around and told us the tales of this beautiful old home. I literally teared up seeing all the work they've put into 4th and Poplar and, as many other people in the Sandpoint area, thanked them for taking the time to restore this piece of history. They had a short article in a local magazine you should definitely check out here!
Unfortunately, I didn't photograph the inside of the home, but the photos below are pictures that I've taken over many years. I love unexpected treats like this and it was a complete delight to meet these two! Thanks for a fun afternoon Carol and James!
Welcome to my little slice of heaven on Earth :). This is a point very close to a cabin my family owns just outside Sandpoint, Idaho. We hike here every time we come to the cabin and look out onto the most beautiful lake I have ever seen: Lake Pend Oreille.
We had the chance to spend a week away hidden in the Garfield Bay area of Lake Pond Oreille, idaho- just outside Sandpoint. Check out this scenery- and our new pet bunny, Chai!