Sunday, September 14, 2014

Quick Guide for Phone Numbers

Dover Bay Health Club (Lake Club Fitness) Passes:  208.263.5493

Dish at Dover Bay (restaurant):  651 Lakeshore Ave.  208-265-6467

Dover Bay Market (very small; open seasonally):  208. 263.5493

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Our Kitchen  is fully stocked.  We often come up to clean and occasionally stay overnight, so I am careful to review what items we have and what needs replacing.  Often measuring cups are broken so these are replaced frequently.  The coffee pot is relatively new and we supply the filters; however, we do not have a grinder, so bring ground coffee. 
 Our stove is gas and includes an oven.  We also have a dishwasher, dishwasher soap packets, and dish soap for hand washing.  Other items include:
 I also include a few packets of hot chocolate, cider, and microwave popcorn; if you love these items and consume them frequently, I suggest you bring your own.

  • A strainer
  • Numerous pots and pans
  • toaster
  • microwave
  • dish towels
  • grill tools
  • cutting knives
  • ice maker (built into the fridge)
  • filtered water (built into fridge--filter changed); note:  our unfiltered water is completely safe to drink and IMHO tastes just fine.
  • electric griddle
  • hot water kettle
  • cookie sheets
  • various mixing bowls
  • blender
  • can opener/bottle opener

Dover Bay Resort Amenities

Dover Bay Resort is a planned community with a fitness center, marinamini grocery store, and full bar restaurant called The Dish The fitness center has a gorgeous heated salt water pool and outside jacuzzi (which is not salt water); both are open year round, although in the winter often I have to call to get them to have the cover removed on the pool; it's pretty quiet during this time and often I'm the only one at the fitness center during ski season. 
Salt water heated pool

No lifeguards (ever) and no diving;  bring your own towels (there are four in the condo hallway closet beside the second bedroom for your use).  No dogs around the pool or inside the fitness center, either; sorry.

Partial view of the marina 
 There is a cost to use both the pool and fitness club, which varies depending upon the number of people coming and how long you want access to it.  To find out more information and to purchase a pass, call 208.263.5493.  I strongly suggest you contact them during working hours, M-F, rather than waiting until the weekend, as you may not be able to get a hold of someone.  No glass, but I do see people with plastic drink containers. 
The Dish has a full service bar and is open full time during the summer and limited hours during the winter
As for the health club itself, it has the basics--treadmills, ark-like step machines, weights, other various machines, and a yoga/stretching area with mirrors, mats, and large balls.  Nice restrooms and a shower (no towels provided).  There are televisions with cable for your use as well.
View of The Dish restaurant's outdoor eating patio
Restaurant and SMALL mini mart in Dover

Walking trail into Dover's waterfront park
The marina, summer 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Dover Bay's City beach is easy walking distance from our condo.  To get there head towards the Dover Bay grocery store/marina/fitness club and keep walking through the rental bungalows until you see the City of Dover headquarters.  Beach is just passed this. There are a few picnic tables, a marginal "beach" with coarse sand, and one floating swim dock.  The bathrooms may or may not be open.  No lifeguards, either.

But if you're looking for a place to bring the kids and Fido, this is the beach for you, as dogs on leashes are allowed.

However, just this year there are three "private" public beaches that you can use that are just a ways passed this area.  To find them keep walking along the path through the city beach.  Cross the bridge (remember this is a walking bridge, not a bridge for cars) and just before you turn right to get onto the wetlands boardwalk take a left instead (there is a trail).  There are three small secluded beaches with even nicer access to the water.  My son and I discovered these in June of 2014--see below.  

If you're looking for fine white sand, life guards and crowds Sandpoint's City beach is the place for you.  Parking is free, and there are restrooms but don't bring your dog, as they are not allowed.

Monday, July 7, 2014


Master bath has two sinks, large walk in shower, and toilet

Guest bath has shower/tub combo, toilet, and sink.


The guest bedroom has one full bed and bunk beds plus a dresser, side table, and closet with plenty of hangers and extra linens.  Bunk beds are not suited for people over 130 lbs and or over 5 ft 7 inches. Full bed has memory foam mattress cover.  

Master bedroom has one queen bed with a memory foam mattress cover.  It also has a dresser, closet, small deck,  and private bath with shower, toilet, and two sinks.

Dover Bay Resort

View from a walking trail in summer.

A small dock on the pond directly in front of our condo.  Mostly used by geese, so not for sunbathing.

This photo was taken from our deck in early spring.  Osprey nesting box and pond.  

Boardwalk through wetlands.  Part of the extensive walking trails.

Outdoor year round salt water pool at the fitness club.  Extra entrance fee required.  To find out more and to purchase passes, call 208.263.5493

Walking bridge.

The Living Area

Our living room is spacious and comfortable.  A mini library provides over 100 books for children to adults.  I'm especially fond of mysteries and YA, so you'll find lots there.  You are welcome to take any book you like if you don't finish it by the end of your stay

We have a nice television with cable but we do not have any of the extra channels such as HBO or Showtime.

A DVD library is available with over 50 DVDs ranging from Twilight Zone episodes, old westerns, children's animated movies and Academy Award winners.  You may also rent videos from the local Super One grocery store.

Our garage is the second from the left.  Garbage pickup is every Friday.

The Kitchen

Our condo is fully furnished, which means it comes with all the pots, pans, dishes, and eating utensils you'll hopefully need.

This includes:
drip coffee maker
waffle maker
ice maker
cookie sheets
mixing bowls
dish towels
sugar (white)
coffee filters
plastic wrap
tin foil
paper towels
paper napkins
dish soap
dishwashing detergent (tablets)
dog dishes
broom/dust pan
Swiffer and wet Swiffer towelettes
laundry soap/stain remover
beach towels (four)

Dover Bay Summer 2014

A warmer than usual May and June's rains brought an early summer to Dover.  Not many changes to the community--a few new houses, bungalows, and a tennis court at the marina. 

However, one amazing addition are a few open and private beaches to the west of Dover Bay beach.  To find them head to the city beach but keep walking along the trail.  Cross the bridge but turn left before crossing the wooden raised walking platform through the wetlands.  You'll find three cleared small beaches.  These are not on private property and they are nicer than the city beach.  See my son and our dog Lu sitting on one in the photo below and to the right.  The photo above shows the trees that block these beaches from the trail.

The Dish is open and popular as ever with its outside patio dining along the river.

The Lake Club Fitness Center is open for extended hours.