The tipi on Lake Pend Oreille at Hawkins Point is a dream come true for glamping lake lovers! It's situated on a private beach with a privacy fence that's part of 800 feet of shoreline facing south over Idaho's largest lake, just minutes from town. The tipi includes access to the beach and dock, a fire pit and campwood, outdoor shower and sink, and other amenities, plus access to an outdoor hot tub and 30-plus private acres.
Imagine a private beach on Idaho's largest lake with spectacular views of water, islands and mountains, where you can sleep in a tipi next to the water and watch the day unfold. Have access to all the amenities of a family-owned beach: a dock, fire pit, barbecue grill, horseshoe pit, boat launch, a table that converts to two benches, hammock and more. We even supply wood for the fire pit and drinking water from the well!
New for the summer of 2017: a beach cabana shelter! a new tipi canvas and ozan, a drop ceiling for the back part!
Hawkins Point is the farthest point on the Sunnyside Peninsula, named for the fact that it faces south; it's a gateway to the northern end of the lake and the Pack River Delta. The tipi is equipped with cots and fold-up, roll-away beds, electric lamp/table, and even an electric heater in the colder parts of the season, to give guests a wonderful experience camping on the lake with style. Tipis are magical spaces that allow you to sleep under the stars and imagine living in simpler times.
The tipi is erected around a round wooden floor. A double hammock, handmade in Mexico, is hung in the shade for guests to enjoy some lazy time lounging near the water on the east side of the boathouse. And maybe best of all, a fabulous outdoor hot tub is available for soaking under the stars overlooking the lake! The hot tub is found behind the host's home and is only a two-minute walk from the beach.
Down at the beach, guests are provided with a small fridge, a clean, well-kept porta-potty, and outdoor shower and sink with an on-demand propane hot water heater. The large wooden fence blocks off the beach from Sunnyside Road, adding to the privacy of this special spot. The lake is at your doorstep in this special spot on Lake Pend Oreille!
The price includes tax and accommodations for up to four guests max. We cannot accommodate large, multi-family groups. Extra vehicles may be parked off the road outside the gate or at the host's property.
Accès des voyageurs
Guests have access to the beach, where there's room to park a vehicle and hang out on the dock, lawn and, of course, in the water! The family owns 800 feet of shoreline, which includes a second beach with dock and a sitting area among the trees between the two beaches. Guests are invited to walk trails in the woods on 30 acres of private land that adjoins 60 acres of state-owned forest. Guests are also welcome to use the hot tub behind the host's home, a two-minute walk from the beach. Be prepared to cross Sunnyside Road to reach the hot tub or the state land adjacent to the family-owned property.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
We love meeting our guests and having personal interaction. You won't find friendlier hosts or a more unique space in Sandpoint!
Tipi guests don't have exclusive use of the beach; they may see family members or other guests from time to time. In reality, you usually have the beach all to yourselves, but it's not guaranteed. Be friendly and welcoming if you see us or other guests. We don't charge enough for the tipi to guarantee exclusive use! The outdoor hot tub is behind the host's home, which is a vacation rental in summer. It may be used by other guests, so expect to share or alternate usage. Follow the host's directions! Do not trust your GPS out here in the country. The tipi is not 100% waterproof or weatherproof. In case of rain, close the smoke flaps, unfold the ozan and secure the door. If water comes through the hole at the tripod above the smoke flaps and rolls down the inside of the tipi poles, meet the drip with your finger and draw a path for it down the pole. The water will follow the path you drew for it. Be prepared for showers or thunderstorms and keep your belonging or bedding in your vehicle, if necessary, during bad weather. A porta-potty and outdoor shower are on-site at the beach as well as access to lake water at a hydrant. Guests can bring their own potable water or use the camp water container with well water provided by the host. Bring everything you normally would bring for camping, except a tent and cots. The small fridge will keep items cold, but if you need ice for coolers, the hosts can provide ice for a buck a bag. There's a picnic table that converts to two benches and a few camp chairs, but if you want more comfortable seating, please bring your own. If you want to bring dogs, please tell me about them and agree to our rules for dogs. They must be friendly with other dogs and people and be well-behaved. They are not allowed to be left unattended on the beach, and guests must clean up after their dogs on a regular, ongoing basis. Be prepared to add $20 per dog for your reservation, two dogs max. Please dispose of normal household garbage only in the can provided on the beach. Take large, unwanted items with you to dispose of at home.
The beach is private, but family members or other guests may be present from time to time. Please be cordial and friendly should you see other folks on the beach. While tipi guests don't have exclusive use of the beach, they do enjoy a lot of private time (see reviews). There's plenty of room for everyone! All guests have access to 800 feet of shoreline, including the other private beach and dock and the sitting area in between. Quiet time is from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., when tipi guests can expect to have the beach to themselves and enjoy a good night's sleep. Pets must be leashed and cleaned up after, they may not be tied to beach furniture, horseshoe stakes or the beach shelter, but they may be tied to fence posts. Dogs will be limited to two per party. A pet fee of $20 per dog will be collected in advance or upon check-in. Smoking is not allowed in the tipi. Fires are only allowed in the fire pit. A maximum of four people and one vehicle is allowed, and guests may not bring RVs onto the beach. They may park RVs at one of three RV sites on the property, depending on availability, for an extra fee. Guests may use the hot tub behind the house if they shower first and wear shoes to the tub, getting in with clean feet. Children may not use the hot tub unattended. No horseplay, splashing or getting in and out repeatedly. If guests misuse the hot tub, such as introducing a lot of dirt and debris, a minimum $50 cleaning fee will be added to your reservation. If guests don't clean up after their dogs on the beach, a $20 cleaning fee will be added to your reservation.
Si vous annulez jusqu'à 5 jours avant le voyage, vous recevez un remboursement intégral. En cas d'annulation au cours des 5 jours précédant le voyage, la première nuit est non remboursable, mais vous recevrez un remboursement à hauteur de 50 % du coût des nuits restantes.
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I'm a backcountry horse woman, downhill skier and bicyclist who loves the outdoors and being active. I recently retired from working professionally as an editor for a local publishing company for 25 years, editing Sandpoint Magazine, Schweitzer Magazine and books, such as trail guides and natural history titles. I have one dog, Beau, whom I call a North Idaho hound terrier, one cat who's old and mostly stays inside, and an Arabian/quarter horse mare named Bunny (no, I didn't name her!).
Originally from Wisconsin, I grew up in North Idaho riding horses, skiing, snowmobiling, dirt biking and voraciously reading books. While I was growing up in Sandpoint and Bayview in the 1970s-80s, I lived without electricity and running water three different times, so I'm not afraid of outhouses or roughing it.
After graduating from Sandpoint High School in 1985, I moved back to Madison, Wisconsin, to study journalism at the University of Wisconsin. I returned to Sandpoint in 1990, bought property, married, built a house, raised a son and stepdaughter, got unmarried, and am now married to my present partner, Mike, whom I convinced to join me in offering vacation rentals. We formed Twin Cedars Camping and Vacation Rentals LLC in 2014 with the goal of semi-retiring together. Between the two of us and our properties, we have two homes, three RV sites, a camping cabin and a tipi available. We plan to live in each of our homes for half the year, while the other home is open as a vacation rental.
I'm a home brewer who's passionate about good beer, cooking from scratch, and seemingly endless home improvement projects. Mike is a private pilot, and we enjoy flying around the area and airplane camping, as well as backcountry trail riding and horse camping.
I love having guests and sharing my knowledge of the area. We live in an outdoor paradise, and we like to share our pieces of paradise with others.