Dover Bay Bungalows

Written by guest blogger Danielle Gruden

Sometimes you experience places that give you that white-picket fence, shuttered window, forget-me not garden type of feeling- perfection. These places find a corner, forever in your memory.

Dover Bay, about two miles outside of Sandpoint, ID sits on Lake Pend Oreille. I headed here for my birthday – by myself.  My travel partner dropped out last minute – which I was initially worried about, as were my parents. A mid twenty-something wrestling with the road and the wilderness. But once I arrived at Dover Bay Bungalows my frown instantly turned upside down. Who needs a travel partner when you have trails, boats and food? This little slice of heaven was all mine to enjoy – from the shores to the trails – with no agenda or plan in mind or on paper. I climbed out of my car, much like the people in the commercials climb out of their SUV’s – ready for danger, ready for an adventure, ready for whatever came my way..

I grabbed my camera and went exploring. From my first step from the ground to the dock, I wished I had planned a longer vacation.

Although it was a rainy weekend, the view was still one for the story books. I walked around the grounds and lay on docks to warm the bones when the sun decided to peak through. I also ventured to Sandpoint – stopping at some of the town’s hot spot like Eichardts and Monarch’s coffee. Here I read a book that I picked up from Vanderford’s Books. I met a few of the locals and enjoyed conversation and food with a few strangers turned friends.

I spent the nights sipping Pend Oreille Winery wine, sitting by the fire and doing nothing much more than laying low – chilling out – for once. It became more natural as the time to check out approached.

I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday getaway – the view was perfection, the calmness was empowering and the people were the typical Idaho sweethearts. Looking forward to another solo adventure.



  • Austin Rogerson

    Danielle, this sounds invigorating. Great article, and really encourages me to make it up North! As an Oregon native and only recently moving to Idaho, I’m delighted to hear about the beauty that it has. Dover Bay, Lake Pend Oreille and Sand Point are all great locations (from what I’ve heard) that I hope to venture toward in the new future.

  • Karen Jensen Fitch Ballard

    Nice, have always wanted to stay there. Have toured some of the cabins and was most impressed.