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Shop, Stay & Play …in beautiful Boundary County


shop Boundary County

 

By Christian Weaner


Imagine a place where the pace slows, the scenery captivates and the community welcomes.


Welcome to Bonners Ferry — North Idaho's secret sanctuary for those seeking the extraordinary in the everyday. From the best shopping experiences to enchanting stays and exciting entertainment, here is a look at some of the must-stop spots that this town has to offer. Dive into our guide and see why Bonners Ferry is more than just a stop — it's a destination.


Shop


Housed in an historic downtown building and featuring an inventory of unique home goods, Under the Sun is the place to start for a shopping day in town.  Pick up a gift for a loved one, grab a coffee and a sandwich from the bistro, and be sure to check out the high-quality thrifted clothing section in the basement.


Another unique shopping experience can be had at UnBoxed, a retail outlet store that buys overstock and store returns from other retailers and re-sells them at affordable prices. UnBoxed is a great place to search for anything from clothing and cookware to food and home furnishings.


Just down the road from UnBoxed is another spot to check out — Sharon’s Country Store at The Gathering Place. Offering a wide variety of farm-to-table bulk foods, handcrafted furniture and decor, children’s toys and a deli, Sharon’s has something for everyone. Plus, The Gathering Place also features a full-scale bakery, coffee shop and produce stand to top off the experience.

If shopping second-hand or searching for unique finds is your cup of tea, then be sure to also swing through 3 Mile Antique Mall, Selkirk Northern Treasures, Boundary Consignments and Community Thrift Center.


And of course, a small-town shopping spree would not be complete without heading to the local book store, Bonners Books, to pick up a new page-turner.


Stay


If you’re traveling through Boundary County and looking for a suitable place to lay your head for the night, then you are in luck because Bonners Ferry has some compelling lodging options to choose from.


Speaking of lodging, the Dodge Peak Lodge offers a cozy cabin structure with various accommodations available to guests. With influences from Europe and America throughout its menu, the Tavern at the Lodge restaurant on grounds offers guests one of the best dining experiences in town at their fingertips.


Dodge Peak also offers RV parking, group packages for weddings or other gatherings and weekly rates for extended stays that include meal packages.


If a bed and breakfast is more your speed, then look no further than Northside Bed and Breakfast, a highly rated B&B with a history dating back more than 100 years. Located in an old school building, Northside is walking distance from downtown, and the friendly staff offers a delicious homemade breakfast for guests each morning. Plus, they have a pool!


Another option for a luxurious yet unique stay is the North Haven Campground. With 21 RV spots, spacious one- and two-bedroom luxury cabins and 25-foot Conestoga Glamping Wagons to choose from, North Haven has fun and affordable options that the whole family will enjoy.


Lastly, located in the heart of downtown and along the bank of the picturesque Kootenai River is the Best Western Plus Kootenai River Inn Casino & Spa. The Inn features great food at The Springs Restaurant, relaxation at the spa and, of course, a good time at the casino.


Play


Aside from the endless outdoor activities that Boundary County has to offer, Bonners Ferry also has some exciting entertainment opportunities that are perfect for a family outing or day activity.


The Historic Pearl Theater is a renovated church building downtown that hosts various shows and gatherings that locals and visitors alike have come to love.


Recently renovated, the Liberty Lanes Bowling Alley is a great spot to bowl a few games with the kids, grab a beer and watch the game with your friends — or maybe both!


Finally, the Boundary County Museum is a great place to learn about the history of the area and see fascinating exhibits full of artifacts from Boundary County through the years.


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