One of the top questions we get from readers is for recommendations for places for out-of-town guests to stay. It can be hard to find strategically located accommodations that are nice, unique and fun for your guests. You want somewhere that offers a great taste of the Inland Northwest and will be a comfortable for the people who have made such an effort to come to your big day.
Since we’re always trying to go the extra mile and give our readers what they want (also we love an excuse to getaway!), we went and did some research and found a fabulous spot that is not only great for out-of-town friends and family, but also a perfect spot for a girls weekend, romantic getaway to just a local retreat!
I went with my little family to the beautiful town of Bayview, Idaho (located an easy drive from Sandpoint, Coeur d’Alene and Silverwood) situated on the southwest shore of Lake Pend O’reille. I came across a lovely condo on one of my many VRBO searches that I thought would be an ideal candidate for both out-of-town wedding guests and a perfect weekend getaway.
The condo is owned by Carol Huff who was very responsive in our correspondence and helpful as we planned out getaway. The condo is literally RIGHT on the marina with views of the lake and mountains and has a large balcony to enjoy them from. We spent our evenings sitting on the patio with a glass of wine and not a care in the world, as we watched the boats come and go and enjoyed the music from the Marina bar (don’t worry it wasn’t too loud, my baby and toddler slept right through it!).
The condo itself is tastefully decorated and is finished to an impeccable standard with granite countertops, tiled showers and wood framing, you can tell Carol spared no expense to create a luxurious and welcoming home for her guests. The kitchen is fully stocked with cooking supplies including a crockpot, coffee maker, plates, silverware and utensils, even a blender (perfect for making margaritas!). I’ve rarely seen such a fully stocked and well thought out vacation rental!
Three bedrooms dart off the main living room and adjacent kitchen with plenty of room for six people. The master bedroom has a queen bed and a large ensuite bathroom with a tiled shower. The other bedroom has a queen bed and the third features bunk beds. The condo also offers a washer and dryer and a flat screen TV.
All of Bayview’s restaurants and bars are within easy walking distance of the condo. We enjoyed drinks at Chris’ Floating Bar (the marina watering hole) and several meals at Mario’s a DELICIOUS Mexican restaurant offering street tacos and other authentic Mexican dishes. My sister went to culinary school in NYC and made the bold claim that the Barbacoa street tacos were some of the best she’s ever had! If you’re planning a girls weekend, the condo is centrally located to all of the town’s (many!) pubs.
Bayview is a tourist destination in and of itself. It’s located in Farragut State Park with several beaches, hikes and outdoor activities near by, but if you’re looking for other options, Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene are just 25 miles away and Silverwood is even closer. There are even more hikes, beaches and nice places to eat along the way.
If you need more convincing then check out the MANY reviews on VRBO for this gorgeous condo and location!