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Our beautiful renovated Steam Plant transports you through time. We provide exciting indoor/outdoor spaces with a wide range of capacity for your private event, whether it’s a party, a wedding, or a corporate event. We have the space for you.
Our Steam Plant restaurant and brew pub is one of the few historically renovated Steam Plants in the nation. The restaurant utilizes their wood burning oven and old-world techniques to produce seasonal food with thoughtfully selected ingredients.
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If you’re reading this, it means you’re planning a visit, already in Spokane, or considering a permanent move to the Spokane region. Whatever your reasons, we’re happy to have you. The area is more significant than you may realize, with several cities surrounding the city of Spokane. We highly recommend seeing as much as you can. You’ve come at the right time. Spokane is growing, diversifying, and thriving. Pick your passion, and you’ll most likely find it here. Outdoor adventures await, food and craft drinks are sure to excite, and events are back post-COVID.
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Spokane’s Past & Present Spokane artist, Chris Bovey, found inspiration in Spokane’s railroad history when creating this year’s cover art. The old Union Pacific rail bridge you see on the cover once existed in downtown Spokane but was torn down in 1973 as crews built Riverfront Park for the World’s Fair.
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By Laura Kiniry
Arriving in Spokane via Amtrak train is an experience unlike any other. The train travels alongside the Columbia River Gorge from Portland, Oregon, amid a dazzling display of lush forest, pristine waters, and rising peaks, offering ample sightseeing before even reaching the city. Spokane’s convenient location along Amtrak's Empire Builder line (which also leaves from Seattle) makes a stop here too enticing to pass up. As it turns out, it’s one that’s worth every minute.
Here are some tips for making the most of your own 36 hours in Spokane:
12:15 a.m. On Arrival
The train arrives in Spokane during the late evening/early morning hours, so book an Uber from the station and bed down at one of the city's downtown Davenport hotels. With hand-painted frescoes and meticulously-restored ballrooms, the ornate Historic Davenport Hotel is an attraction within itself. For sleek and modern decor, try the nearby Davenport Tower.
10 a.m. Easing In
Savor a latte and bowl of housemade granola at Atticus Coffee & Gifts, then make your way to Riverfront Park, a once-railway yard transformed for the Expo '74 World's Fair. Now the heart of the city, it’s 100 riverside acres with attractions galore—including an LED-illuminated, open-air pavilion hosting free light shows on weekend evenings and Spokane’s beloved Garbage Goat. This steel goat sculpture sucks up small pieces of garbage through an interior vacuum.
Historic Davenport Hotel
Atticus Coffee & Gifts
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1 p.m. Come Hungry
O’Doherty’s Irish Grille
Meet your guide from Wander Spokane for an afternoon walking tour encompassing some of downtown’s finest eats. Owner Alana Scalise Livingston is a wealth of local knowledge and will fill you up on Spokane history, as well as samples of corned beef Reubens, charcuterie and cheese, and delectable peanut ‘bruttle’, depending on the day. Expect surprises as well. For example, if you want a discounted drink at O’Doherty’s Irish Grille, be prepared to sing!
4 p.m. Get Active Numerica SkyRide
Back at Riverfront Park, rent a bike for a meander along a portion of the 40-mile Spokane River Centennial Trail, or hop aboard the Numerica SkyRide for a gondola excursion above the breathtaking lower Spokane Falls.
7 p.m. Night Vibes
Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox
Restaurants like the fast-casual Cochinito, where the lamb merguez tacos with mint chutney are a must, and the Mediterranean-style comfort food of Baba are great dinner options. Prefer a drink? Sip martinis beneath a 5,000-piece stained-glass ceiling at The Peacock Lounge, or opt for bourbon at the Hogwash Whiskey Den. Another evening alternative: the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, a meticulously restored Art Deco space hosting everything from the Spokane Symphony to comedy pros.
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9 a.m. Food and History
Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture
Browne's Addition is Spokane’s oldest and most historic neighborhood. It’s also home to Italia Trattoria, the perfect place for lingering over zeppole doughnuts and baked eggs with tomato ragu. Afterward, stroll over to the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, where exhibits range from Tiffany glass to traditional American Indian canoes.
12 p.m. Garden Delights
Enjoy a few afternoon hours at Manito Park, 90 acres of exquisitely manicured gardens, and an indoor conservatory where orchids and cacti thrive. Duncan Garden in Manito Park
3 p.m. Neighborhood Finds
Head to the city’s revitalized South Perry District for a spent grain beer with freshly baked bread at The Grain Shed. There’s also Perry Street Brewing for craft beers and Texan BLTs.
5 p.m. Get Cooking Wanderlust Delicato
Wind up your visit with a cooking class at Wanderlust Delicato, where Thai food, Moroccan cuisine, and a fruit-oriented condiments class are all par for the course.
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Spokane is perfect for people who love being outside. If you’re not a local, it’s tough to figure out where to go. Save your energy for the hills because we’ve made it easy for you and chosen the most popular trails in the area. They’re all mixed-use and perfect for running, biking or hiking.
This trail system sits on 1,000 acres of public and private land. With 30 mountain bike trails to choose from, you’re sure to have fun. The elevation gain is moderate, with the highest point at 2,604’ above sea level.
Centennial Trail Spokane, WA Trail: Easy Parking: Depends on where you start
Riverside State Park/Bowl and Pitcher 4427 Aubrey L White Parkway Spokane, WA Trail: Easy Parking: Discovery Pass Required
Make a day of it and start in Riverside State Park, where the Centennial Trail begins. Bike the entire 40 miles across state lines to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The whole trail is paved and flat.
This hike follows the Little Spokane River on an old railroad grade. This hike is not very hard, nor does it change elevation too much. The suspension bridge is the perfect spot to view the rocks that resemble a bowl and pitcher.
High Drive Bluff Trails 3418 S Jefferson Drive Spokane, WA Trail: Easy/Intermediate Parking: Free
Mount Spokane State Park 26107 N Mt Spokane Park Drive Mead, WA Trail: Easy/Intermediate/Difficult Parking: Discovery Pass Required
You’ll fit in with the locals on these trails that allow for spectacular views of southwest Spokane. Go at sunset to have your socks knocked off by brilliance. You don’t even have to climb to get the views; they magically appear the second you get on the trail.
Iller Creek/Rocks of Sharon 9100 E Rockcrest Lane Spokane Valley, WA Trail: Intermediate Parking: Free Located in Spokane Valley right off Dishman-Mica Road and Appleway Boulevard, you'll find a small parking lot and south entry to Rocks of Sharon. This hike has various trails to the top, including more challenging terrain, including a 1,200 ft gain in elevation. Don't be intimidated.
Liberty Lake Loop Trail 3707 S Zephyr Road Liberty Lake, WA Trail: Difficult Parking: $2 Parking Fee TLC got it wrong. You should go chasin’ waterfalls but do it on the Liberty Lake Loop Trail! The trail is an 8.5-mile trek filled with cedar groves, a cute little waterfall and beautiful views of Liberty Lake.
This vast state park has plenty of trails. If you're looking for something easy, you'll find it. If you want something challenging, you'll find steep inclines! Mount Spokane is enjoyable all year long. You will pass through alpine meadows and rocky slopes along this climb before reaching the summit.
Dishman Hills Natural Area 625 S Sargent Road Spokane Valley, WA Trail: Easy/Intermediate Parking: Free Dishman Hills is a tremendous four-mile, out-and-back trail located in Spokane Valley. Most cyclists and hikers love the options it provides. This area is unique because it's a neat woodland tucked away in a residential area. The gradual incline makes it a fantastic choice for families.
Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail palousetocascadestrail.org Trail: Easy/Intermediate Parking: Discover Pass Required The Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail is an up-and-coming 250-mile trail that crosses multi-state trails. Start with the portion that begins in Tekoa or Rosalia, WA, and head west to the Cascades.
Black People Hike @BlackPeopleHike Inclusivity is vital to the Spokane outdoor community. You’ll find it in groups like Black People Hike. The group was founded in 2016 by Dorian Waller, Clarence Henderson, and Toiya Taylor. They found most people of color were hesitant to participate in the Pacific Northwest’s plethora of outdoor activities due to the microaggressions experienced by being a person of color in non-traditional spaces like ski slopes and hiking trails. Shamefully, segregation in the 1960s prohibited Blacks in most National Parks. Black People Hike is working to change perception and introduce people of color to the beautiful outdoors. The group hikes, led by Joseph Thaddeus, focus on exploring trails all over the State of Washington. Also included are rock climbing, river floats, and nature walks. Find your next adventure and follow Black People Hike on Instagram. BPH is not exclusive to people of color; all are welcome.
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Enjoy the Gardens of Spokane
Sitting at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Spokane has an abundance of snowshoeing trails to choose from, ranging from family-friendly to snow-pros only. Head to Mount Spokane State Park and discover the Centennial Hut Trail and Mount Kit Carson. For other places nearby, venture out to Big Rock Trail in Iller Creek Conservation Area after a big snow. You can also cross the state line into Idaho, and take a guided snowshoe tour at Schweitzer Mountain - all-inclusive with snowshoe rentals and an informative guide.
Spring is one of the best seasons for outdoor activities in Spokane - it’s called the Lilac City for a reason. Take some time this season to explore the abundant and gorgeous gardens and greenways in the city. Stop by Manito Park and take a stroll through the Duncan Garden, Japanese Garden, and the Lilac Garden on a warm, spring day. You can take a walk near Kendall Yards on the Centennial Trail through downtown, and admire the community gardens along the way. If you have a green thumb, this is a great time to attend outdoor events like the Friends of Manito Plant Sale for local goodies and lots of knowledge from master gardeners.
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When planning an outdoor adventure in Spokane, you may be wondering “When is the best time to visit?” The truth is, no matter what season you plan a trip to Spokane, the possibilities are plentiful. Adventure can be found year-round - keep reading for the highlights of each season!
Plan a Day At The Lake
Book a Stay at Quartz Mountain Lookout
With the abundance of lakes surrounding Spokane, it’s only natural to seek them out during the hot summer season. With 76 lakes within a 1-hour’s drive of Spokane, you can plan a day trip by the water and still be home by nightfall. Relax at Eloika Lake, Badger Lake, Newman Lake, or Horseshoe Lake (to name just a few) for easy and convenient day access. Most day-use areas provide picnic tables, bathrooms, and areas to set up lawn chairs and let children play near the shore. Looking for something a little more daring? Try cliff jumping at The Cove in Fisk State Park or at Tubbs Hill near the Coeur d’Alene Resort.
Quartz Mountain Fire Lookout was once on top of Mount Spokane but was decommissioned and moved in 2001 to become a recreational rental. Reservations are available until September 30th, so snag a spot in the fall to savor those last mountain sunsets of the year. Quartz Mountain Lookout can sleep up to four guests and makes for a fun, unique alternative to regular tent camping in the fall. From the scenic drive to the Selkirk Lodge (where vehicles park for the day), and the trek along with huckleberry dotted trails to reading a book or playing cards, there is so much to love about renting a fire lookout on Mount Spokane.
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It’s impossible not to notice the river running right through the middle of the city. That’s the Spokane River, and you can raft it, paddleboard it, kayak or swim it. Expert guides from Wiley E. Waters and ROW Adventures will take you for water adventures that begin just below the Spokane Falls in downtown Spokane and take you along the river gorge to Riverside State Park. If you’re looking for calmer waters, grab a kayak or stand-up paddleboard from Fun Unlimited at the river access point under the Division Street Bridge and make your way through the waters of the upper Spokane River. It’s an urban water adventure and affordable too!
Hiking, running, meandering. Whatever you prefer, you’ll find it in the state's two largest state parks: Mount Spokane State Park and Riverside State Park. The two cover a combined total of nearly 25,000 acres. Riverside State Park 9711 W Charles Road Nine Mile Falls, WA 509.465.5064 You’d think a park as vast as Riverside would be a trek. You thought wrong. Located just nine miles northwest of downtown Spokane, there’s something for every outdoor enthusiast. The 40-mile long, paved Centennial Trail starts here. Follow it to the end, and you’ll end up in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The park has hiking and biking trails, horse trails complete with an obstacle course, and a 60-foot round pen, plus it is ORV friendly. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention plenty of campsites.
9,000 acres 55 miles of hiking trails One mile of ADA-accessible hiking trail 25 miles of horse trails 600 acres of ORV special terrain Campsites available Discovery Pass required
Mount Spokane State Park 26107 N Mount Spokane Park Drive Mead, WA 509.238.4258 Every season is the perfect time to visit Mount Spokane State Park. With hiking, biking and horse trails, you’ll get a different view every time. The mountain is home to Mt Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park if you love winter sports. Make sure to stop at the historic Vista House for a photo op.
13,000 acres 100 miles of hiking trails 100 miles of horse trails 90 miles of bike trails Ski, snowboard, tubing, nordic skiing Campsites available Discovery Pass required
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Spokane Lake (Long Lake) Liberty Lake Medical Lake Sprague Lake
Lake Coeur d’Alene
Lake Pend Oreille
Spokane may be landlocked, but there’s no shortage of watersports and fun.
We don’t mean to brag, but Spokane caught FishingBooker.com’s title of “12 Best US Fishing Cities for 2022.” For anglers who like bustling city life mixed with their fishing, you’ll do well on the Spokane River. Rainbow, Brown, and Brook Trout are on the menu. Two outfitters offer guided fly fishing tours on the river.
With 76 lakes around the region and dozens of rivers, you’re sure to find the perfect place to paddle, float or boat. If you would instead find tranquility fishing on an area lake, you’ll find trout, bass, whitefish, and more all year round.
Fly Fish Spokane 509.808.3066 flyfishspokane.com Silver Bow Fly Shop 509.924.9998 silverbowflyshop.com
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Does that even make sense? It does when you get here and realize five ski resorts are within a 90-minute drive of downtown Spokane. Each mountain is host to adventures like skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing,
and much more.
49 Degrees North Chewelah, WA ski49n.com (509) 935-6649
Lookout Pass I-90 on Idaho|Montana border skilookout.com (208) 744-1301
Mt Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park
Drive time: 55-minutes mtspokane.com
Silver Mountain Resort
Drive time: 1 hour 5 minutes silvermt.com 49 Degrees North
Drive time: 1 hour 18 minutes ski49n.com Lookout Pass
Drive time: 1 hour 26 minutes skilookout.com Silver Mountain Kellogg, ID www.silvermt.com (866) 344-2675
Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Drive time: 1 hour 46 minutes schweitzer.com
Adrenaline Rushes Soar Mica Moon Zip Tours & Aerial Park (micamoon.com) is worth every penny. The tour, which involves nine zip lines, two hikes, and one 3500’ zip, is about five hours, so plan to make a day of it.
Rent kayaks or paddleboards from Fun Unlimited, Inc. They have a location in Spokane along the Centennial Trail in Riverfront Park or go to their Post Falls, Idaho location. (cdasports.com) Or take a guided whitewater rafting trip on the Spokane River with Wiley E. Waters (riverrafting.net) or ROW Adventure (rowadventurecenter.com) offers guided trips on St. Joe and Clark Fork Rivers.
Basalt makes up a good portion of the geologic makeup of the Spokane region, making it perfect for rock climbing enthusiasts. Deep Creek in Riverside State Park (parks.wa.gov/573/ Riverside) has some of the best climbing in the area. You’ll also do well at Minnehaha or Mirabeau Point Park in Spokane Valley.
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e d i R y k S About The memorable gondolas, originally a feature at the 1974 World’s Fair, remain a popular Spokane attraction.
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It’s 100-acres of beauty, filled with family-friendly attractions and peaceful park settings. 50-years ago, it was a brownfield polluted by decades of railyard waste. Thanks to the pioneering spirits of a handful of civic leaders, the area was cleaned up and turned into the 1974 World's Fair site-the first to be environmentally themed, no less.
Ice Age Floods Playground
Let your children play and learn about the events that shaped the region’s geography! The Ice Age Floods Playground features a splash pad, skateboard park, a three-story slide and basketball courts.
It’s the center of the Riverfront Park universe and now, thanks to recent renovations, a shining beacon. The new light blades on the cables make for a cavalcade of color every night. Grab a blanket, and some snacks, and make a night of it.
The city’s first all-inclusive playground, Providence Playscape, allows free movement for children with assisted devices. It’s sensory-rich and designed to promote physical activity and gross motor development skills.
The lilac gondolas, relics of the World’s Fair, take riders over the lower Falls. The cars are ADA-accessible and hold six passengers.
Great Northern Clock Tower
Handcarved by Charles Looff in 1909, the carrousel was a gift for Looff’s daughter and her husband, who owned Spokane’s Natatorium Park. That park is long gone, but the carrousel remains and delights both young and old.
Numerica Skate Ribbon
It’s not your typical skating rink. The Numerica Skate Ribbon meanders through the west end of Riverfront Park. In the winter, it’s ice skating, but in the summer months, you can roller skate.
A remnant of the Great Northern rail depot, the tower is a silent sentinel tracking the time. It takes a technician 99 cranks to keep the clock going for one week.
As advertised--he eats any garbage you may have in your purse or pockets. This iconic metal sculpture, created by Sister Paula Turnbull, has a vacuum inside that sucks everything up.
Radio Flyer Red Wagon
Its official title is “The Childhood Express,” but locals call it the giant red wagon. Not only is this whimsical sculpture fun to look at, but it’s a working play structure, too!
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n u F y l i m Fa Let’s face it, trying to please the entire family while you’re on vacation can be challenging. Here’s a handful of ideas sure to please the mercurial toddler or surly teenager.
The best way to get to know a city is to walk it or run it. The Centennial Trail gives you a 40-mile opportunity to do just that. The paved trail starts at Riverside State Park and meanders along the Spokane River to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Cats & Fishes
Perhaps you’d rather get up close with sea life in landlocked Spokane? Blue Zoo Aquarium (4705 N Division Street) has a stingray touch pool, starfish touch tank and much, much more. While you’re headed north, make a trip to Cat Tales Wildlife Center (17020 N Newport Highway). It’s Spokane’s wildlife rescue and sanctuary. You’ll get a chance to see big cats and other wildlife in a safe setting.
The Historic Flight Foundation (5829 E Rutter Avenue) is a must-see, must-experience. Even the most disinterested teenager will appreciate the beauty of the restored airplanes and buses.
Harvest House at Green Bluff
Fresh air and fresh fruit greet you at Green Bluff (8110 E Greenbluff Road). This collection of family-owned farms is just north of Spokane. Depending on the time of year, you can pick strawberries, cherries, peaches, apples, pumpkins or Christmas trees. It’s the perfect spot to get a family photo!
If you don’t feel like picking your own produce at Green Bluff, consider one of the many farmers markets. In Spokane County alone, there are 2,500 farms. With this much bounty, there are plenty of places to purchase fresh fruit and veggies. From May to October, Spokane is a cornucopia of farmers markets. Local favorites include Kendall Yards Night Market(1335 W Summit Parkway), Perry Street Thursday Market (924 S Perry Street), Spokane Valley Farmers Market (2426 N Discovery Place) and Liberty Lake Farmers Market (1421 N Meadowwood Lane).
Spokane starts here Riverfront is the height of the urban experience - a place to explore scenic green spaces surrounded by the best dining, shopping and entertainment in the region. Whirl around the historic Looff Carrousel. Skate at the Numerica Skate Ribbon. Soar on the Numerica SkyRide. Gaze at the Pavilion lights. Step into a world of waterfalls. These and other attractions await at the roaring heart of Spokane.
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It’s a low rumble that gets you first.
It rises to a roaring crescendo the closer you get. You’ll know when you’re there, your jaw-dropping slightly at the raw undulating power of the Spokane Falls. It’s mesmerizing. No visit to Spokane is complete without a glimpse of the Falls. Make sure you see both parts of the country’s largest urban waterfall. Upper and lower.
The upper falls are easy to find on the park's north side. Walking through, you’ll come upon two suspension bridges next to the stately white Washington Water Power building. The water is high enough during the spring runoff that it often soaks the pedestrian bridge. It’s the best way to get up close and personal with the Spokane Falls. Better yet, grab a drink at Clinkerdagger (621 W Mallon Avenue) or Anthony’s by the Falls (510 N Lincoln Street) outdoor patios for leisurely views. When you finish gazing at the upper falls, head to the lower falls.
Perhaps the most spectacular place to view the lower falls is Huntington Park, which sits west of Riverfront Park between Mobius Discovery Center and City Hall. Stop at the Tribal Gathering Place, the plaza surrounded by soothing water features and basalt stonework. Walk straight ahead to the viewing areas and take in the panorama of the lower falls below, framed above by the historic Monroe Street Bridge. If you want to skip all the walking and would rather sit in comfort, the Numerica SkyRide is ADA accessible and offers a 20-minute fly-over for a bird’s eye view. Considered one of the best cable car rides in the world, you’ll gradually descend 200 feet for some great vantage points.
Numerica SkyRide 720 W Spokane Falls Boulevard my.spokanecity.org/riverfrontspokane/ attractions/skyride
o t i n rk a M Pa Whatever you decide to do in Spokane while you’re visiting, make sure you head to Spokane’s South Hill for a stroll through the magnificent Manito Park.
Reminiscent of the manicured to perfection gardens of Europe, the moment you see the Duncan Garden the first time, you might gasp. The symmetrical simplicity is something to behold. The flowers and plants change seasonally.
Ferris Perennial Garden
This section of Manito Park contains more than 300 species of perennial plants. In early spring, you’ll find bulbs and primroses and in autumn beds of asters. Ferris Perennial Garden
Spokane may have the moniker “Lilac City,” but did you know lilacs are not native to the region? The first record of a lilac bush in Spokane was in 1906. The garden planted in 1912 now contains more than 100 named cultivars from 23 distinct species. It’s now one of the essential lilac gardens in the West. Lilac Garden
Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden
Find inner peace with a stroll and sit next to the koi pond in the Japanese Garden. Completed in 1974, it symbolizes the friendship of Spokane and its sister city, Nishinomiya, Japan.
Rose Hill Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden
If you love the fragrance and beauty of roses, stop here. The rose garden has over 150 varieties of hybrid tea roses, Grandiflora, floribunda, and miniature roses, along with a collection of old-fashioned roses. In the summer months, be sure to grab lunch at the Park Bench Cafe.
Manito Park 1702 S Grand Blvd Spokaneparks.org Admission: Free Dogs welcome, leash required
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About Spokane City: 87 parks Spokane Valley: 12 parks Spokane County: 21 parks
k l k a r a e h W in t P COVID ushered in a new love of outdoor public spaces. Breathe deep and safely because perfectly planned city parks pack the region. We picked out a few of our personal favorites for you to check out.
Audubon Park 3401 N Milton Street Spokane, WA
Finch Arboretum 3404 W Woodland Boulevard Spokane, WA
Audubon Park anchors one of the city's quaintest neighborhoods. It's 27 acres of rolling green space, Ponderosa pines and play space.
Sixty-five acres jammed with hundreds of tree species make for a lovely afternoon. We recommend a fall stroll to enjoy the colors fully.
Cannon Hill Park 625 W 19th Avenue Spokane, WA
Pavillion Park 727 N Molter Road Liberty Lake, WA
Tucked in a historic South Hill neighborhood, Cannon Hill Park is charming and close to Manito Park. The famous Olmsted brothers designed this park.
The city of Liberty Lake calls Pavillion Park its flagship park. Like Comstock Park in Spokane, the Spokane Symphony plays a free Labor Day weekend concert in the park's amphitheater.
Comstock Park 600 W 29th Avenue Spokane, WA
Minnehaha Park 4001 E Euclid Avenue Spokane, WA
Comstock is a perfect spot to cool off if you're visiting in the summer. It's the location of one of six city-owned swimming pools. Don't miss the Spokane Symphony's free concert on Labor Day weekend in the park.
Minnehaha Park has stories. It was once a spa, the site of a brewery, and now a city park. The park has trails, tennis courts, a playground and is a popular rock climbing spot. Some claim a ghost haunts the old stone house on the property.
Mirabeau Point Park 2426 N Discovery Place Spokane Valley, WA
Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens 507 W 7th Ave Spokane, WA
This multi-use educational and recreational park offers geology enthusiasts a chance to explore bedrock exposures and a small waterfall. Young children will adore playing in the attached Discovery Playground.
Lost to the ravages of time for decades, the MooreTurner Heritage Gardens emerged during the 1996 Ice Storm. The gardens have been meticulously restored.
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Distinctive Districts You’ll find something new in each of Spokane’s neighborhoods.
A 1940s era movie theater anchors the charming neighborhood north of downtown Spokane called The Garland District. Ironically, it’s been the backdrop for several movies,
Benny & Joon, VisionQuest, and Why Would I Lie?
Eat & Drink
Love diners? Go with Ferguson’s Cafe for an old-fashioned dining experience. You’ll be seated in the same space actor Matthew Modine sat in VisionQuest. Next door is Mary Lou’s Milk Bottle, true to form and aptly named. Go there for a patty melt and huckleberry milkshake, and you’ll be seated in the same space Johnny Depp sat in a scene from Benny & Joon. You haven’t lived until you’ve had The Big Dill at the Garland Sandwich Shoppe. If comfort food is your thing, try North Hill on Garland, located inside the old Masonic Lodge. Take a seat and tip your hat to the bartender at The Brown Derby– one of the oldest bars in Washington. For the patio lovers, try The Garland Drinkery.
About You’ll find distinctive personalities in each of Spokane’s districts. This artwork depicts the iconic Garland Theater in the Garland District.
The prominent place to start for fun is the Garland Theater. It’s a perfect example of Art Deco architecture and shows discounted movies. Catch a laugh at Blue Door Theatre, an improvisational comedy theatre.
Spokane's oldest neighborhood has personality. You'll see it in the mix of Victorian mansions, Arts & Crafts bungalows and modern apartment buildings.
Eat & Drink The Elk
You can eat your way through Browne’s Addition and die happy. Sunday brunch at Browne's Bistro is a classic affair. A prime lunch spot is The Elk, which sits inside an old pharmacy and soda fountain. Next door is El Que, which features Mexican-style street food and house-made tequila infusions. Have kids? Enjoy a slice at Pacific Pizza. For a fancy dinner, you have to try Italia Trattoria. The lamb ragu was named best in the country by Food Network. Coffee shop by day, a cocktail bar by night, Bijou wears two faces. Go to Capri Coffee or Ladder Coffee--adjacent to Rind & Wheat, a cheese shop and bakery– for a handcrafted coffee.
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If you love live music, you'd be remiss if you skipped Lucky You Lounge. If you're looking for an educational experience, go to the Smithsonian-affiliated Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. On the docket from MarchSeptember 2022 is the coveted DreamWorks exhibit, never seen in the U.S.
Spokane’s youngest neighborhood, the University District, is about innovation and entrepreneurship. As the name implies, it is home to six universities and two med schools.
Eat & Drink
Jack & Dan’s should be top of the list of all the places you should go. The college bar is a Spokane icon. Just across the street is Logan Tavern. You’ll mingle with a mass of college students that may make you feel young or old, depending on your outlook. One of Spokane’s most prolific craft breweries, No-Li Brewhouse, is in the area and well worth a visit. Try Tasty Bun or grab a quick bite at Caruso’s Sandwiches for dining. Pete’s Pizza is another tried and true that claims to have some of the best calzones ever. No visit to the U-District is complete without a stop at Donut Parade. The shop has been making and selling donuts since 1961.
For some swag, make a stop at the Gonzaga University Bookstore or The Bookie, Washington State University’s bookstore, to fit in with the college kids. For entertainment, you’ll find it with Gonzaga athletics. Go to Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center for ballet, concerts, and theater. No visit is complete without stopping in the Jundt Art Museum and Bing Crosby Museum.
HILLYARD HISTORIC BUSINESS DISTRICT
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Sprague Union District
East Sprague has a reputation. It wasn’t what locals would have ever considered a place to go. Boy, has that changed.
Eat & Drink
Grab a pint and a slice at Bennidito’s Brewpub. Go to Sonnenberg’s Market & Deli for a bit of flavorful history. Established in 1891, it is the oldest meat market in Spokane. Bennidito’s Brewpub
We see in your future a trip to The Union Tavern. Inside what was once the “Palmistry Building,” the cool hangout has everything from beer, wine, and spirits to typical tavern food. For a delightful dive bar experience, go to Sam and Dom’s. With pool tables and Bloody Marys everyone talks about, you can’t go wrong. Get your just desserts at Spokane Cheesecakes. Make sure to sample the limón cheesecake with a vanilla-lemon crust. Grab a cappuccino at Cravens Coffee Company.
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Take your Cravens coffee to go and wander through some of the fun shops along the street. Shop at Katze Boutique, Blue Cat Vintage, ERA Vintage Home, Sprague Ave Vintage and Two Women Vintage Goods. Wander through New Moon Art Gallery to enrich your creative side. For a clean getaway, stop at Greencastle Soap Company for some sustainably sourced, handmade soaps.
North Monroe Business District symbolizes revitalization in Spokane. Once a pass-through for vehicles, the corridor is now a destination for diners, craft beer lovers, antique enthusiasts, and shoppers.
Eat & Drink
For Mediterranean fare, try Azar’s. The family-owned restaurant serves classic gyros and has for nearly 40 years. For burgers, go to Prohibition Gastropub. For simply delicious flavor, Elliots An Urban Kitchen is the way to go. Hawaiian cuisine is available at Aloha Island Grill. Get a perfect cappuccino at Ladder Coffee. Craft beer enthusiasts will be thrilled to discover Four-Eyed Guys Brewing or Bellwether Brewing Company. While away the hours watching sports and making new friends at Hi Neighbor Tavern.
The shopping options genuinely make the neighborhood a destination. The shops seem endless for anyone who loves thrifting, antiques, and vintage clothing. Find pin-up style clothing at Atomic Threads Clothing Boutique. Kingsley & Scout has men's clothing and handcrafted goods. Paint in My Hair, 1889 Salvage Company and Chic & Shab are also a must. 42 VisitSpokane.com
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South Perry District
The South Perry District is a funky, thriving area filled with fun shops and eateries.
Eat & Drink South Perry Pizza
Start your day with a coffee at The Shop. It’s near the site of the Thursday Market during the summer months. Grab a pint of the Bee’s Knees IPA and a bite at Perry Street Brewing. The South Perry Lantern across the street is a cozy spot with a slew of microbrews and pub food. The Grain Shed is truly special. It’s a brewery and a bakery. Eastern Washington is a wheat-growing utopia, so all ingredients are locally sourced. Go for a loaf. Stay for a pint. For lunch, try South Perry Pizza, or if you’re in the mood for a burger, head to Wisconsin Burger.
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Go shopping on the main drag, which features a quaint windmill. Built initially as an ice cream shop, it is now home to Lorien Herbs and Natural Foods. Next door, Veda Lux Boutique is sure to catch the discerning shopper’s eye. Title 9 offers everything from yoga pants to swimsuits. Windfall Thrift Store is your spot for shoppers who love to treasure hunt.
Hillyard Historic Business District
Aged to perfection, the Hillyard Historic Business District is on the Spokane and National Historic Registers. The working-class neighborhood was built around the rails in the 1800s, making for cool architecture now filled with pubs, shops, and entertainment.
Eat & Drink
For a dining experience you won’t forget, the freshly opened Kismet is where you want to be. Dogtown Taphouse & BBQ is a favorite for delicious barbecue brisket and ribs. Red Dragon Chinese serves up spicy Kung Pao Chicken.
Market Street, the main drag through Hillyard, lives up to its name. If antiquing is your thing, you'll find a plethora of opportunities. Hillyard Variety, Vintage Mercantile & Auction and B&B Junk Co. are the right places to start. Market Street Antiques is also packed with decades of stuff to sift through and employs a few cats, as well. Try skateboarding at the Hillyard Skate Park, golf at Esmeralda, and take a quick hike at nearby Beacon Hill. The annual Hillyard Festival, complete with a parade, food and music, is always a local favorite.
Kendall Yards is one of Spokane’s youngest districts, built on the north bank of the Spokane River. The name pays homage to the site’s railroad history.
Eat & Drink
Complete with a modern, outdoorsy vibe, Kendall Yards has a lot going on. Breakfast enthusiasts will be satisfied at Yards Bruncheon or up the street at The Bruncheonette with its special Bloody Marys. For lunch, grab a sandwich at 3 Ninjas Curbside Catering, a slice at Versalia Pizza or a sushi roll at Umi Kitchen & Sushi. Dinnertime calls for Park Lodge or, perhaps, Baba, which is a Middle Eastern-inspired menu. For a simple drink, stop in at Craftsman Cellar Tasting Room, Nectar Wine & Beer or the award-winning winery, Maryhill. For dessert, grab a vegan ice cream cone at The Scoop.
Wander through Marmot Art Space. If you have children, then make sure you pop into Spark Central, a place where innovation and creativity are encouraged. If shopping is what you seek, there’s something for everyone. There’s French Toast, a children’s toy and clothing boutique, Boutique Bleu for women, Fleet Feet for the sports enthusiast, and Prairie Dog Mercantile for pets. Mom’s Custom Tattoo & Piercing is for the visitor looking for something more permanent.
Kendall Yards Night Market
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Drive east from Spokane on I-90, and you’ll run into Liberty Lake. Once the summer playground for old Spokane, the lake remains a top attraction. Modern Liberty Lake is so much more than the lake. If you love watersports, golf, food, wine, and beer, well, this is the spot for you.
Eat & Drink Liberty Lake Beach
Liberty Lake Farmers’ Market
Like its population, Liberty Lake is small but has everything you need. Start your day with a quick breakfast, coffee, or boba tea at Bocopop. True Legends Grill or Palenque Mexican have both been longstanding establishments for lunch. We recommend Hay J’s Bistro, Fujiyama, or Piccolo Artisan Pizza Kitchen for dinner. Sweet Annie’s Artisan Creamery is a dessert favorite. Drink-wise, you’ll find a bit of something for every taste. Go to Trailbreaker Cider, a family-owned establishment that also offers food. They press the locally grown apples on site. Hop over to craft brewery Snow Eater and try the Sparkle Pony Hazy IPA. It’ll put a little prance in your step. For a truly delightful wine experience, go to Liberty Lake Wine Cellars. In 2021 the winery took home seven titles at the Great Northwest Wine Platinum Awards. A record!
Great Northwest Wine’s 2022 WA Winery to Watch Red Mountain Excellence, Handcrafted in Eastern Washington
Boutique Winery featuring Red Mountain Fruit
Liberty Lake has no shortage of things to do. Plan a camping trip and stay at Liberty Lake Regional Park. Trek up the Liberty Lake Loop Trail and breathe in the scents from the ancient cedar grove and peek at the waterfall. Take a risk and book a guided trip with Mica Moon Zip Tours & Aerial Park. It’s a rip-roaring good time. Or spend a casual summer afternoon tearing up the greens at Liberty Lake Golf Course or MeadowWood Golf Course. Take the kids to play at Pavillion Park, then take a swim at the public beach at Liberty Lake Regional Park.. The seasonal Liberty Lake Farmers’ Market is excellent for fresh fruits, veggies, and locally made goods.
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The City of Spokane Valley is a family-friendly community directly east of Spokane. It offers all the fun, shopping and outdoor activity you can imagine.
Eat & Drink Max at Mirabeau
Start your day off right with breakfast at the Skyway Cafe at historic Felts Field. The cinnamon rolls are bigger than your face. Cottage Café is also a popular breakfast spot. Roll into Smokeridge BBQ or TT’s Old Iron Brewery & BBQ for lunch. Dinner options include Ambrosia Bistro & Wine Bar, Haymaker Kitchen & Tavern, Twigs Bistro, or Max at Mirabeau. The craft beer scene is quickly becoming big in Spokane Valley. Yaya Brewing, Badass Backyard Brewing, No Drought Brewing, V Twin Brewing Company, Natural 20 Brewing, Bardic Brewing and Cider are perfect places to stop as you explore the Inland Northwest Ale Trail. For oenophiles, Latah Creek Wine Cellars is one of the oldest wineries in Washington. This family-owned winery has been passed down from father to daughter and has produced new varieties since 1982.
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Outdoor activities are the prime entertainment option. With access to the Centennial Trail along the Spokane River, the Dishman Hills Natural Area, and Antoine Peak, walkers, bikers, and hikers will fall in love. 55-acres at Mirabeau Point Park is a stroll made in heaven, and spend some time at Discovery Playground, designed with accessible, imaginative learn-and-play activities. Historic Flight Foundation
If you love learning, make a stop at the Historic Flight Foundation. Meticulously restored vintage planes live in the hangar at Felts Field. If you’d rather shop, stop at Spokane Valley Mall, home to H & M, Old Navy, and Nordstrom Rack stores. For the sports fans, summer brings Spokane Indians Baseball games. Spokane Valley is also home to annual events like Crave Northwest and Spokane Valleyfest.
Dishman Mica Natural Area
OUR LOCATION IS YOUR ADVANTAGE Spokane Valley is the perfect basecamp for exploring the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene corridor.
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Join us for these events Crave! Food & Drink Festival July 14-16, 2022 n cravenw.com CenterPlace Regional Event Center
July 31, 2022 n cyclecelebration.com Mirabeau Point Park
Sept. 23-25, 2022 (citywide) n valleyfest.org
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About The timeless Art Deco beauty of Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox makes a trip to see the Spokane Symphony feel decadent.
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Best of Broadway
The lilting sounds of the Spokane Symphony have entertained Spokane audiences for an impressive 76 seasons. James Lowe conducts the symphony, housed in the architecturally stunning Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.
You don’t have to travel to New York City to catch the latest Broadway show. The shows come to you at First Interstate Center for the Arts. The 2022-23 season offers Tony award winners such as Dear Evan Hansen, Hadestown and Hairspray.
Spokane Civic Theatre
Spokane Comedy Club
Entertaining people since 1947, the Spokane Civic Theatre is officially one of the oldest and longest-running community theatres. The playbill for 2022: Funny Girl and Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express.
You’ll frequently find the best comedic acts in the world headlining this venue. Guests will always find something to laugh about with comedians like Marc Maron and Whitney Cummings.
1001 W Sprague Avenue spokanesymphony.org
334 W Spokane Falls Boulevard spokanebroadway.com
1020 N Howard Street spokanecivictheatre.com
315 W Sprague Avenue spokanecomedyclub.com
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Whether you want the world’s largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament or a good old-fashioned torchlight parade, Spokane has it all. Pick one of these annual events and make an entire trip out of it. As seems to be the way of it, always check before you go. COVID has a way of changing the best-laid plans.
JANUARY NATIONAL RV SHOW
Spokane County Fair & Expo Center nationalrvshow.com
If anything, COVID inspired wanderlust in even the strictest homebody. What better way to satiate that desire to travel than with a recreational vehicle?
FEBRUARY INLANDER RESTAURANT WEEK Various locations inlanderrestaurantweek.com
It’s the most delicious time of year and a chance to try three-course meals at a set price of either $22, $33, $44. With over one hundred participating restaurants, you’re sure to find something that strikes your fancy.
SPOKANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Various locations spokanefilmfestival.org
Let’s face it, Spokane is usually chilly in February, so snuggling up inside a toasty theater is the perfect way to take in a small, selective round-up of cinematic art.
SPOKANE GOLF SHOW
Spokane Convention Center spokanegolfshow.com
Golf Advisor named Spokane the “greatest municipal golf city in the country,” which means it’s a serious destination for anyone interested in teeing off. You’ll find over a hundred exhibitors and the latest in golf gear.
MARCH ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
Downtown Spokane friendlysonsofsaintpatrick.com
Rain, snow or shine this parade winds its way through downtown Spokane, celebrating all things Irish. It’s such a big deal, the town is painted green, and bagpipers run amok.
BIG HORN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE SHOW Spokane County Fair & Expo Center bighornshow.com
For outdoor enthusiasts, this event has been a big draw since 1960. It’s one of the oldest and longest continually operated sports and recreation shows in the United States.
APRIL GET LIT!
Various locations getlitfestival.org
What started as one day of literary readings has now turned into a week-long festival. Started in 1998 by Eastern Washington University, this event is replete with poetry slams, readings, lectures, panel discussions, workshops and writing contests.
Browne’s Addition neighborhood northwestmuseum.org/support/artfest
The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture presents this Inland Northwest tradition that’s fun for the entire family. With the historic Browne’s Addition neighborhood as the backdrop, you’ll enjoy 150 juried art vendors representing sculpture, painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry and more. Plus, there’s art for the children to create!
Downtown Spokane bloomsdayrun.org
Join 40,000 of your closest friends on the first Sunday of May for one of the country's largest timed road races. The brainchild of Spokane's Olympic marathoner, Don Kardong, this annual tradition has become a family favorite.
LILAC FESTIVAL & ARMED FORCES TORCHLIGHT PARADE Downtown Spokane Spokanelilacfestival.org
The Spokane Lilac Festival culminates on the third Saturday of May with the largest Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in the country winding through the streets of downtown Spokane. This event features bands, floats, military, and equestrian groups.
JUNE THE FARM CHICKS FAIR
Spokane County Fair & Expo Center thefarmchicks.com
What started in a barn as a simple way for a stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, to sell her vintage and handmade goods has turned into a nationally recognized event that features hundreds of spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods.
Downtown Spokane spokanehoopfest.net
Spokane Hoopfest is the largest 3on3 outdoor basketball tournament on earth. More than 6,000 teams, 3,000 volunteers, and 225,000 fans pack 45 downtown city blocks for two days. If you’ve never witnessed the spectacle, this might be the year.
LILAC CITY COMICON
Spokane Convention Center lilaccitycon.com
Pop culture and comic books combine to create the largest show of its kind in Eastern Washington. Dress up, find comics and collectibles. Past special guests include Sean Gunn, Chris Kattan, Ben Templesmith, and more.
Liberty Park inwjc.org
Celebrate the end of slavery in the United States with a celebration in the East Central neighborhood. Food, culture and music highlight this family-friendly event.
SPOKANE PRIDE PARADE & RAINBOW FESTIVAL Riverfront Park outspokane.org
Spokane comes out in full force to celebrate diversity and lift the LGBTQ+ community. Festivities kick off with the Pride Parade, followed by the family-friendly Rainbow Festival. It’s an all-day affair filled with lots of fun.
CenterPlace Regional Event Center cravenw.com
Three days of nothing but dishes made by some of the best culinary talents in the region is the central idea for Crave. The open outdoor concept allows guests to wander, sample, and interact with the chefs, winemakers, brewers and distillers.
Spokane Pride Parade
Gathering at the Falls Powwow
FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVITIES
SPOKANE COUNTY INTERSTATE FAIR
Why limit the celebration to just one day when you can spread it out over several? The city of Spokane does exactly that every year. Live music, beer gardens, food, games and fireworks are all available to enjoy.
Get your fill of fair food, amusement rides, concerts and adorable livestock at one of Spokane’s oldest events. It’s a celebration of Spokane’s deep agricultural roots.
Riverfront Park spokanecity.org/riverfrontspokane
Spokane Convention Center Kuronekocon.com
Celebrate all things anime, gaming and Japanese culture at this annual Spokane event. Thousands of attendees show up to take part.
AUGUST GATHERING AT THE FALLS POWWOW Riverfront Park
For hundreds of years, local tribes have gathered at the Spokane Falls to share stories, eat, dance and sing. Immerse yourself in Spokane’s rich cultural heritage at this free event.
Riverfront Park gleasonfest.org
Inspired by Spokane native Steve Gleason, diagnosed with ALS in 2011, this annual music festival raises funds to benefit the Gleason Initiative Foundation.
SEPTEMBER PIG OUT IN THE PARK Riverfront Park spokanepigout.com
As advertised: it's a six-day food festival where you can eat to your heart's content. With 40 food booths and 225 different menu items, you'll find the perfect dish for you. Plus, 85 concerts by national, regional and local artists are all free for you to enjoy.
Spokane County Fair & Expo Center spokanecounty.org
CenterPlace Regional Event Center valleyfest.org
Celebrate the city of Spokane Valley at this three-day extravaganza. Some of the highlights include bed races, pancake party, fun runs, bike rides and a parade.
OCTOBER KRAZINESS IN THE KENNEL Gonzaga University gozags.com
Spokane is home to Gonzaga University and the beloved Zags, one of the best college basketball teams in the nation. If you want to see the Zags in action, good luck, it’s the toughest ticket in town to get. Your best chance of getting into “The Kennel” is this one-day event that kicks off the season.
MT SPOKANE SKI PATROL SKI SWAP
Spokane County Fair & Expo Center skipatrolskiswap.com
For 55+ years, the Mt Spokane Ski Patrol has hosted this massive event. Need new gear, want to get rid of the old? The ski swap has more than 22,000 items to see. All the funds go to the Ski Patrol.
Started by a group of friends tired of seeing their most talented peers move to other cities, Terrain has helped revive Spokane’s art scene. This juried art show now brings out the crowds every October.
CHRISTMAS TREE ELEGANCE
This annual fundraiser for the Spokane Symphony has become a beloved tradition and a must-see. Dozens of trees are decorated and stuffed with thousands of dollars worth of prizes and raffled off. The trees are displayed at The Historic Davenport Hotel and River Park Square.
Every year, Santa sends his helper to River Park Square to much fanfare and applause. Bring the kids, enjoy the party. It’s all free!
NUMERICA TREE LIGHTING CELEBRATION Riverfront Park downtownspokane.org
Channel your inner Peanuts characters and gather around the tree to sing as the tree lights up. Make it an adventure and go skating on the Numerica Ice Ribbon while you’re there.
DECEMBER BING CROSBY FILM FESTIVAL bingcrosbytheater.com
Bing Crosby is Spokane’s hometown hero and significant claim to fame. Watch all Bing Crosby’s holiday films in one day at the theater named after him. It’s a fun tradition to add to your holiday repertoire.
Northwest Winterfest is the Pacific Northwest’s brightest & largest holiday lantern display and cultural celebration. Don't miss the brightest event of the year!
The State Street Ballet performs alongside the Spokane Symphony, bringing the holiday staple alive at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.
Liberty Lake’s Orchard Park is the backdrop to this annual free holiday light tour.
Museums Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
2316 W First Avenue northwestmuseum.org The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture is a lovely Smithsonian-affiliated museum worth visiting. Regularly hosting incredible exhibits, the museum is the first-ever U.S. destination to host the DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition Journey from Sketch to Screen. Guests can plan a visit to see over 400 items, including rare archival material, storyboards, and drawings from well-loved stories from DreamWorks. The exhibit opens from March-September 5, 2022.
NORTHWEST MUSEUM OF ARTS AND CULTURE EXHIBITIONS 2022-23
Historic Flight Foundation
5829 E Rutter Avenue historicflight.org/feltsfield Love vintage planes? The Historic Flight Foundation Museum at Felts Field is a must-see, must-experience. Aviation enthusiasts of all ages will appreciate the amazing collection of aircraft restored to flying condition.
Inland NW Rail Museum
27300 Sprinkle Road North inlandnwrailmuseum.com There’s just something about a train. This little museum just north of Spokane features restored trains, exhibits and model railroads.
Bing Crosby Museum
508 E Sharp Avenue researchguides.gonzaga.edu/bingcrosbyhouse Bing Crosby fans will want to make a stop at the museum set up in his former childhood home on Gonzaga University’s campus. His Oscar for his role in Going My Way is center stage in the exhibit.
Jundt Art Museum
200 E DeSmet Avenue gonzaga.edu/student-life/arts-culture/jundt-art-museum While you’re on Gonzaga’s campus, make a stop at the Jundt Art Museum. The museum houses work by Dürer, Rembrandt, Goya, Delacroix, and modern masters Rodin, Picasso, Chihuly, and Warhol.
Mobius Discovery Center
331 N Post Street mobiusspokane.org Science and discovery are the names of the game at Mobius. This museum is perfect for kids (and adults) of all ages.
AWAKENINGS TRADITIONAL CANOES AND CALLING THE SALMON HOME
GOLDEN HARVEST Flour Sacks from the Permanent Collection
DANCING WITH LIFE Mexican Masks in Context
American Impressionism Treasures from the Daywood Collection
Spokane Valley Heritage Museum
12114 E Sprague Avenue spokanevalleymuseum.com History buffs will enjoy a visit to Spokane Valley Heritage Museum. Learn about the area’s early history.
northwestmuseum.org 2316 West First Avenue Spokane Washington 99201
Established as the holiday center of Eastern Washington, the Spokane area is stuffed with a myriad of merry and magical things to experience. With a list of family fun this long, you’re sure to discover something to do.
Downtown Spokane BRRRZAAR December
Local artists and vendors set up shop in the common areas of River Park Square for one of the best local shopping days of the year.
Campbell House Holidays December
The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture turns its historic Campbell House into a holiday haven, complete with actors true to the early 20th century.
Christmas Tree Lighting November
Join the free annual celebration as Riverfront Park lights up a 63-foot spruce tree in the park.
Christmas Tree Elegance November-December
Check out the gloriously decorated trees at the Historic Davenport Hotel and River Park Square. Buy raffle tickets to win your favorite tree and all the goodies that go with it.
Holiday Lights At Manito December This event was created during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Enchanted Garden Drive-Thru Holiday Lights at Manito were so popular they stuck, and now there’s a walk-thru option. Explore a half-mile of twinkling, festive lights inside one of our city’s most historic parks.
Crescent Window Displays November-January
A mix of classic Holiday Window Displays, many from the historic Crescent Department Store, and new creations too will be on display at the Davenport Grand Hotel, The Fox Theater, and the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture.
Free Carriage Rides November-December
Free carriage rides, sponsored by Wheatland Bank, run through Riverfront Park during the entire holiday season.
Lilac Festival Holiday Parade November
You can’t kick off the festive season without a parade, right? Gather downtown with the family and hot chocolate.
Pavilion Holiday Light Show November-January
As a part of Riverfront Park's Light Up The Night festivities, the Pavilion's spectacular preprogrammed LED light show commences from sunset to 10 pm every night.
Spokane Symphony New Year's Eve Performance
Airway Heights Questmas Village November-January
Northern Quest Resort & Casino created a wonderland with its Questmas Village. Interactive displays honor the Kalispel Tribe’s lifestyle and history. Discover the stories behind Tribal folklore, and learn about traditional Indigenous practices and an honored heritage. Did we mention the free ice skating?
Winter Glow Spectacular November-January
The Winter Glow Spectacular has been a shining tradition since 2014. Head to Orchard Park in Liberty Lake to partake in the free self-guided tour through a stunning light display.
Northwest Winterfest November-January
Northwest Winterfest is the Pacific Northwest’s brightest & largest holiday lantern display and cultural celebration.
There’s no better place to reflect on the year ending and the one ahead than inside the luxurious Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, listening to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony -- Ode to Joy.
All are welcome. Spokane is by far the shining LGBTQ+ beacon within hundreds of miles. Along with the annual Pride Parade & Rainbow Festival put on by OutSpokane, you’ll find many events hosted in permanent year-round venues to cultivate a culture of pride. Many establishments not advertised as queer spaces, such as Andy’s Bar & Grill, Baby Bar or Boots Bakery, offer opportunities to congregate. 64 VisitSpokane.com
Great City Center Location • Walk to countless restaurants, the downtown shopping area & Riverfront Park • Complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar • Indoor Parking Garage
33 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA 99201 • 509.623.9727 bwcitycenter.com
nYne Bar & Bistro
Andy’s Bar & Grill
The Blind Buck
232 W Sprague Avenue nynebar.com The powerhouse of pride in Spokane, nYne is the place to dance, sing and play. nYne’s Halloween party is a must-experience. 204 N Division Street theblindbuck.com The Blind Buck is a historic bar in downtown that serves up craft cocktails with pride along with a seasonally rotating food menu. Happy Hour daily.
The Globe Bar & Kitchen
204 N Division Street globespokane.com Next door to the Blind Buck is The Globe, Spokane’s LGBTQIA+ Hotspot. Live and livestreamed Drag Shows and Events and Sunday Drag Brunch are sure to entertain.
1401 W First Avenue facebook.com/andysbarspokane Andy’s is that perfect corner spot in an up-andcoming west downtown location. The outdoor fire pit makes it a welcome place on cold winter nights. 827 W First Avenue As the name would suggest, this space is tiny, yet it makes a huge impression. Neko Case once tweeted to the world that it is “the best bar in America.”
24 W Main Avenue bootsbakery.com Two words: pumpkin waffles. This vegan-friendly spot is worth a visit.
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507 N Howard Street Lead artist Joshua Martel The City of Spokane takes public art seriously by including funds for art in certain public works projects and providing grants for others. Spokane Arts slam dunked its latest endeavor when it teamed up with Hoopfest, the world’s largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament, to paint the basketball courts in public parks. It’s art you can play on.
2515 E Sinto Avenue
100-108 N Maple Street
Thornton Murphy 3105 E 27th Avenue
302 W Queen Avenue
Lead artist Joshua Martel
Lead artist Tiffany Patterson
Lead artist Nick Goettling
Lead artist Ruben Marcilla
Chief Garry Park
You’ll rock out on this free self-guided tour curated by the Spokane Public Library. Granite and marble are two examples of building materials on downtown historic buildings. If you’re a rock nerd, you’ll love this one. Just search the library’s site for the downloadable map.
Public art is essential in Spokane. The free selfguided Sculpture Walk is a great way to see Riverfront Park, Gonzaga University’s campus, and feed your soul at the same time.
Spokane Wine or Beer Tour
historicspokane.org/ groupcoordinators. HeritageTours/downtown com/tours While you’re downtown, you can take the self-guided Heritage Walk. You’ll learn the history of significant historic buildings in downtown Spokane.
Two Dog City Tours
Group Coordinators puts together delightful 3-hour tours of just about anything you can think of in the Spokane area. Try the wine or beer tasting tours.
Wander Spokane is more Known for their Spokane Ghost than happy to take you on an urban wilderness Tours, take a walk and learn about haunted historical sites in or food tour. You’re guaranteed to have fun. Spokane.
Aerosmith had it right when they said, “Walk this way.” That perambulation never felt so informative and educational with all the paid guided tours and self-guided tours available.
FIESTA PLATTER Each platter includes a selection ofMini-Chimichangas, Quesadillas, Flautas, Taquitos Rancheros, Chicken Taquitos, Sour Cream, Guacamole and Pico de Gallo. Serves (8-10) $62.95
FIESTA FAMILY PACK Crispy Chicken Taquitos, Taquitos Rancheros ﬁlled with (shredded picadillo & pork) Fluatas ﬁlled with (shredded picadillo & pork)) Cheese Quesadillas. Served with Refried beans, Mexican rice, chips & Salsa and sour cream. Serves (4-6) $45.95
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About Dick’s Hamburgers is a Spokane skyline fixture and hasn’t changed since its inception in 1965. VisitSpokane.com
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Nothing beats the convenience of a burger or sandwich. We all know the bread is merely a conduit to shoveling the tasty meat and veggies into your mouth. With plenty of options, you’re sure to discover your perfect handheld in Spokane.
10 E 3rd Avenue facebook.com/ dickshamburgers
1625 N Division Street dlishs.com
703 W Sprague Avenue dominispokane.com
Garland Sandwich Shoppe
3903 N Madison Street garlandsandwich. com
Incrediburger & Eggs
909 W 1st Avenue incrediburgerandeggs. com 70 VisitSpokane.com
Lost Boys’ Garage Bar & Grill 6325 N Wall Street lostboysgarage.com
The Onion Taphouse & Grill
302 W Riverside Avenue 7522 N Division Street theonion.biz
Something Else Deli
152 S Sherman Street somethingelsedeli. mobilebytes.com
19 W Main Avenue facebook.com/ sandsandsoupsv
916 S Hatch Street wisconsinburger.com
Award Winning Regionally Sourced Northwest Cuisine Locally owned American Bistro and bar located in central downtown Spokane. 916 W. 2nd Ave Wild SageBistro.com 509.456.7575
916 West 2nd Ave. Spokane, WA WildSageBistro.com 509.456.7575
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By Adriana Janovich
Thursdays, it’s Indian fare. But the rest of the week, the menu rotates. Wednesday, customers might see Syrian chicken shawarma seasoned with cinnamon, cardamom and cumin. Friday, they could find Afghani meatballs marinated in tomato sauce and served with saffron rice with carrots, raisins and almonds.
Guests at downtown Spokane’s Feast World Kitchen dine on cuisine from different countries almost every day of the week. But the ever-changing menu of ethnic dishes — from Egypt, Ethiopia and Eritrea to Ukraine, Venezuela, Vietnam and more — is just one of the things that makes this nonprofit restaurant so special. This humble eatery embraces a huge mission: supporting Spokane’s immigrant and refugee community by serving delicious dishes from around the world. It partners with some 75 chef-entrepreneurs who come from nearly 40 different countries and take turns renting the kitchen to serve specialties from their homelands. Afghanistan. Brazil. Colombia. Ghana. Guatemala. Iraq. Kenya. Mexico. Nigeria. Pakistan. Rwanda. Sudan. Thailand. “People get a chance to try flavors that are maybe a little different from what they’re used to, like mansaf, the national dish of Jordan, made with lamb and yogurt sauce, or Senegalese maafe, a spicy peanut- and tomato-based stew,” says co-founder and executive director Ross Carper.
Ross Carper and Maisa Abudayha 72 VisitSpokane.com
Chef program director
“It really is fun, but it does go deeper than food. I love food. But I also love what food can do. It can bring people together around the table — a level playing field, if you will — and generate a really positive space to build community and break down barriers.”
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Opened for catering in fall 2019 and take-out in spring 2020, Feast World Kitchen also offers walk-up, dine-in service. It’s open for lunch and dinner five days a week. Menus are posted online Monday evenings.
www.sukiyaki-inn.com 119 N Bernard Street Spokane
(509) 624-0022 VisitSpokane.com
Its website promotes
“less fear, more falafel.” “We feel strongly that there need to be positive spaces in the community for us to get to know each other instead of forming opinions about groups of people without actually interacting with them.” Some of Feast World Kitchen’s chefs and their families came to Spokane from desperate circumstances, such as fleeing civil war or uprisings and living in refugee camps. The nonprofit provides them with a way to earn supplemental income, share their culture, connect with people and resources, and participate in food safety and other training. Twice a month, they’re invited to workshops on the food industry, small business, and immigration issues, such as English language learning and record-keeping.
Feast World Kitchen rents the building from First Presbyterian Church, and some church and community members volunteer at the nonprofit, which employs six staffers, including some from the local immigrant and refugee community. For example, chef program director Maisa Abudayha emigrated from Jordan with her husband and four children in 2013.
“We are really thankful and excited for all of the chef families we work with,” Carper says. “They all have different goals. Some want to open “It’s a way for them to earn and learn at the same restaurants. Some of them did own restaurants time,” Carper says, noting interest is high. “We in their home countries. For others, Feast World don’t have any trouble finding people.” Kitchen is a way to showcase their culture. They want to share the best of what represents where In fact, because of demand, most chefs — many they’re from. They all want success and to have of whom have other jobs — cook at Feast World friends in Spokane as they’re building their lives Kitchen once every two or three months. here. “We feel our chef families benefit. But we also believe the community benefits by having a cultural experience. We’re building cross-cultural connections and friendships. And we feel that makes Spokane a better place.” Feast World Kitchen 1321 W Third Avenue feastworldkitchen.org 509.608.1313
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3 Post Falls
taquerii awarded best new restaurant, best front of house, best casual, and of course, spokane's best tacos by the spokane culinary art guild!
full bar dine in takeout delivery Happy hour 3-6 daily and all day tuesday!
10 n post, spokane cochinitotaqueria.com (509) 474-9618
d e n w O s t n a k r u c a t s e a l R Betty Jean’s BBQ
101 W Spaatz Road, Fairchild AFB Airway Heights, WA 509.828.5931
3029 E 5th Avenue Spokane, WA 509.242.3377
Big Rod’s Texas BBQ
Owned by: Almaz Ainuu
Owned by: Omar Jones
Owned by: Rod Smith
Spokane, WA 509.218.7087
Cascadia Public House Co-owned by: Jordan Smith
6314 N Ash Street Spokane, WA 509.321.7051
Chkn-N-Mo Owned by: Bob Hemphill
414 ½ W Sprague Avenue Spokane, WA 509.838.5071
Coffee Corner Owned by: Jennifer Morton
12703 W 14th Avenue Airway Heights, WA 509-919-4190 76 VisitSpokane.com
Owned by: Michael Brown
Queen of Sheba
2621 W Mallon Avenue #426 Spokane, WA 509.328.3958
The Soul Lounge
Owned by: Cassondra Williams 2401 E Sprague Avenue Spokane, WA 509.433.3852
Owned by: Thomas and Gillian Speight 1420 E Sprague Avenue #104b Spokane, WA 509.570.0658
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By Kate Hudson
Spokane is a city bubbling with energy. That energy is evident in the region’s bustling craft beer scene–30 breweries and counting–and manifests in No-Li Brewhouse owner John Bryant. He's in constant motion, his mind racing with ideas for his brewery, from the addition of a game area for adults complete with Skee-ball to the freshly opened No-Li Bier Hall. The space is adjacent to the current pub near Gonzaga University. It offers all of the No-Li favorites, plus guest taps from other craft breweries from around the Pacific Northwest. This spirit of lifting others permeates the Spokane craft brew scene. "No-Li's focus is to serve the underrecognized, marginalized, and under-served," says No-Li owner John Bryant. "We believe in giving more than we take and to be engaged, community participants." No-Li leads by example, giving back to the community with its "25 Days of Christmas" campaign. Each day during the first 25 days of December, No-Li donates $1,000 to a different Spokane area charity for a total of $25,000. "No-Li has raised and donated $550,000 into communities through 75 plus charitable and non-profit community organizations since COVID started, says Bryant." It isn't just No-Li who uses its power for good. River City Brewing has long donated sales of its Riverkeeper IPA to Spokane Riverkeepers; the group committed to keeping the Spokane River a safe, clean place to explore. YaYa Brewing in Spokane Valley donates sales from its Dishman Hills Pilsner to the Dishman Hills Conservancy. Brick West Brewing's many fundraisers have already made a difference over its two years of existence. The soon to open Common Language Brewing hopes to help women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ advance in the world of craft brewing. The brewery also plans to donate a portion of its profits to organizations that support women, children, and BIPOC. The Spokane region’s breweries embrace collaboration, frequently teaming up to make IPAs, Pilsners, and other delights for customers. Lumberbeard Brewing-YaYa Brewing's Couples Skate hazy DIPA is a perfect example. As John Bryant puts it, "It has taken the collective effort of entire communities, partnerships, and collaborations to make this happen."
Brick West Brewing
River City Brewing
Common Language Brewing
1318 W First Avenue brickwestbrewingco.com
926 W Sprague Avenue Ste 101 commonlanguagebrewing.com
25 E Third Avenue lumberbeardbrewing.com
1003 E Trent Avenue nolibrewhouse.com
121 S Cedar Street rivercitybrewingspokane.com 11712 E Montgomery Drive yayabrewing.com VisitSpokane.com
From bright whites to sumptuous reds, here's a list of local favorites. Rose of Sangiovese Maryhill Winery-Spokane Tasting Room 1303 W Summit Parkway Ste 100
Dionysus Arbor Crest Wine Cellars 4705 Fruit Hill Road Estate Grown Syrah Cougar Crest Estate Winery 8 N Post Street #6
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Liberty Lake Wine Cellars 23110 E Knox Avenue
Claret Robert Karl 115 W Pacific Avenue
W g n i i n n e s n i W Rough Justice Barrister Winery 1213 W Railroad Avenue
Huckleberry Reisling Latah Creek Wine Cellars 13030 E Indiana Avenue
Signature Series Albarino Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard 926 W Sprague Ave
Washington is the second-largest producer of wine in the United States, and Spokane is a little slice of paradise for oenophiles. You could spend an entire weekend dedicating your efforts to tasting all the wines available. 23 wineries make up the city’s Cork District, and many of them have tasting rooms all within walking distance in downtown Spokane. For a full list of wineries-spokanewineries.com or scan the QR code. 78 VisitSpokane.com
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cocktail bars to try By Jamie Rand
A great cocktail is more than just a well-prepared drink. It's also about the feeling that the place and the people give you when you're enjoying it. I've never had a good drink served by bad people. So let's look at all that’s good in Spokane.
12 N Post Street Spokane, WA
Other things you should know: They serve free popcorn. You can order food off the Cochinito menu from Volstead Act. At midnight the Volstead Act transforms into an industry bar. They open at 3 pm most days, an hour earlier than most happy hours downtown.
Emma Rue’s 17 S Howard St Spokane, WA
Other things you should know: They serve brilliant coffee They have amazing desserts at any time of night They have jazz on Thursday nights They aren’t your typical whiskey bar
Located on the bottom level of the historic Peyton Building is the bar Volstead Act. The vibe welcomes you as soon as you walk in the door. The bartenders always see you coming in with the bar anchoring almost the entire back wall, and I've never walked in without being greeted. It's as approachable as a craft cocktail place can be. Most nights, Volstead Act is run by the ring leader of the craft cocktail scene in Spokane, Roman Harner. When I asked other bartenders who their favorite bartender was in town, they all mentioned Roman. The soft-spoken, reserved young bartender is talented at his craft and passionate about his place. Volstead Act was the first place that Harner ever had a cocktail at 21 years old, and it has been his spot ever since.
Emma Rue’s wraps the corner of Howard and First on the ground floor of the Historic Symons Block Building. When you enter Emma Rue’s, this new place does not follow the trendy, masculine, whiskey den, and leather couches type of feel. The french inspired color palette and wall art have a feminine and sensual tone without feeling girly. The art was a deliberate choice and created by local artist Hazel Miller, an authority in the art of the feminine figure. Emma Rue’s signature cocktail is not on the menu until this spring, but you can ask for it now and look like you know what you’re doing. The Murder She Wrote can’t be found anywhere else because Hein made it up on the fly when a customer ordered a Bourbon Renewal, and he had to improvise some of the ingredients. Hein replaced what he was lacking with an Icelandic Crowberry Liqueur. Yes, a group of crows is a murder, and that is how Hein came up with the name. The bourbon renewal guy loved the drink.
524 W Main Avenue Spokane, WA Other things you should know: They have the largest whiskey selection in the area They have weekly whiskey flights They have a pretzel appetizer that is to die for
Located on the ground floor of the Historic Bennet Block, Purgatory just feels like the perfect neighbor for Carharrt. Right? Whiskey and workwear just make sense together. Purgatory hits you on the nose as soon as you walk in the door. The smell of cedar chips and barbeque combined with the beautiful woodwork gives you a warm feeling. And then, you see the whiskey wall. It’s a beautiful thing. With over 600 bottles, Purgatory’s selection should be the most impressive thing about the place, but I am here to testify that its bartender Phoebe McShane’s energy and skill behind the bar are that will impress you most. But the humble mixologist prefers to talk about her struggle making Purgatory’s signature cocktail, the Up in Smoke Old Fashioned. The Up in Smoke Old Fashioned is a seamless blend of sweet and smoky accented with hints of citrus. It’s named the Up in Smoke because Phoebe lit her hair on fire on her second day working at Purgatory while trying to make the drink.
Hogwash Whiskey Den
Hidden in the basement of the Washington Cracker Building, Hogwash is the type of cool that you can’t fake. The low ceilings combined with the charred posts from a warehouse fire in the basement of this early 20th-century industrial space create an authenticity you cannot replicate.
Other things you should know: The honey miso wings are the best wing you’ll ever eat On Sundays, they do brunch upstairs at the Inland Pacific Kitchen
As you duck walking down into Hogwash, you feel like you just discovered something, and trust me, you have. Simon Moorby runs Hogwash. He is the master of the milk punch and a respected bartender in the craft cocktail scene.
Cease & Desist Book Club
On the first floor of the Historic Legion Building, Cease & Desist has made itself a little harder to find than the typical cocktail bar in Spokane. Like any good book club, there has to be a secret bookshelf that opens to let you inside.
304 W Pacific Avenue Spokane, WA
108 N Washington Street Suite 201 Spokane, WA Other things you should know: The bathroom code is on the door on your way to the bathroom Water is free and self-serve
Clarified milk punch is sweet, citrusy, smooth, and clear. The heavy consistency seems in brilliant contrast with the clarity of the drink. Moorby’s milk punch unifies the complex blend of tastes under a single note. It is as close to creative perfection as you will find in Spokane’s craft cocktail scene. Moorby always rims the glass with lemon and sprinkles with nutmeg before serving. It’s the best thing you’ll order in 2022. Trust me.
Charles Bukowski once spoke about the importance of style, and this book club’s foremost mixologist, Ben Butler, heard the message loud and clear. The tall, charismatic barkeep is unarguably one of the best in Spokane, but what’s more, is that he does it with a charm that makes you feel like your drink is the only one he’s making that evening. Butler has a simple philosophy of brokering the correct cocktail to the right person, so when I asked him what drink he would make us, he said the Randhattan. Yes, my last name is Rand, and the drink is named after me. It is a delicious spin on a classic. The Randhattan is made the same way as a Manhattan but with minor tweaks. First, China-China replaces sweet vermouth. It’s a bitter French liqueur. After the drink is shaken and strained into a cocktail glass, a floater of Grand Marnier is added before serving. The small changes rid the classic of the vermouth after taste and make it more citrusy on the finish.
AN AWARD-WINNING CONTEMPORARY TASTING MENU RESTAURANT 404 W. MAIN AVE | (509) 315-4613
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Locally owned and operated, the Ruby River Hotel is situated on 8 acres along the Spokane River. The pet-friendly hotel features 2 seasonal outdoor pools, year-round hot tub, fitness center, family outdoor activity area and is conveniently located in Downtown Spokane.
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With stunning year-round views of the Spokane River, the Osprey Restaurant and Bar serves New American Cuisine and crafted cocktails. The riverside patio features an outdoor entertainment area, fire pits and walk-up trail access.
OSPREYSPOKANE.COM I 700 N Division St • 509.326.5577 I RUBYRIVERHOTELSPOKANE.COM
The iconic Otis Hotel sign is gone, but the hotel still exists. If you want to stay there, book a room at Hotel Indigo.
y a t s o t e r e h W THE CENTENNIAL HOTEL SPOKANE (509) 326-8000 303 W NORTH RIVER DR
MONTVALE HOTEL (509) 624-1518 1005 W 1ST AVE
COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT (509) 456-7600 401 N RIVERPOINT BLVD
BAYMONT BY WYNDHAM (509) 279-2909 907 W 3RD AVE
THE DAVENPORT LUSSO (509) 747-9750 808 W SPRAGUE AVE THE DAVENPORT TOWER (509) 789-6965 111 S POST ST BEST WESTERN PLUS CITY CENTER (509) 623-972 33 W SPOKANE FALLS BLVD FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT (509) 747-9131 311 N RIVERPOINT BLVD HAMPTON INN & SUITES (509) 867-3676 675 S MCCLELLAN ST HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS DOWNTOWN (509) 328-8505 801 N DIVISION ST HOTEL INDIGO (509) 862-6400 110 S MADISON ST LA QUINTA INN & SUITES (509) 838-6630 211 S DIVISION ST OXFORD SUITES SPOKANE (509) 353-9000 115 W NORTH RIVER D
NORTHERN QUEST RESORT & CASINO (877) 871-6772 100 N HAYFORD RD, AIRWAY HEIGHTS BEST WESTERN PLUS PEPPERTREE (509) 289-2760 3711 S GEIGER BLVD
HILTON GARDEN INN (509) 244-5866 9015 W HWY 2, AIRWAY HEIGHTS HOLIDAY INN (509) 838-1170 1616 S WINDSOR RD HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS (509) 235-1100 111 W BETZ RD, CHENEY QUALITY INN & SUITES (509) 795-5777 4301 W SUNSET BLVD RAMADA BY WYNDHAM (509) 724-0019 8909 W AIRPORT DR
SPRINGHILL SUITES (509) 838-9540 8967 W AIRPORT DR STRATFORD SUITES (509) 321-1600 11808 W CENTER LN
COMFORT INN & SUITES (509) 728-9392 12415 E MISSION AVE FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES (509) 928-5218 8923 E MISSION AVE HAMPTON INN & SUITES (509) 928-6900 16418 E INDIANA AVE
SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM (509) 209-9971 11102 W WESTBOW
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS (509) 927-7100 9220 E MISSION AVE
WINGATE BY WYNDHAM (509) 343-2398 2726 S FLINT RD
MY PLACE HOTEL (509) 228-6105 16106 E INDIANA AVE
BEST WESTERN PLUS (509) 468-5020 9601 N NEWPORT HWY APPLE TREE INN (800) 323-5796 9508 N DIVISION ST QUALITY INN OAKWOOD (509) 530-2569 7919 N DIVISION ST SPOKANE CORPORATE HOUSING (509) 999-5694 LOCATIONS VARY
DAYS INN & SUITES (509) 850-9413 1215 S GARFIELD RD HAMPTON INN (509) 747-1100 2010 S ASSEMBLY RD
SLEEP INN MAINSTAY SUITES (509) 315-8922 3809 SOUTH GEIGER BLVD
AIRPORT/ WEST PLAINS
RUBY SUITES (509) 309-2400 1120 N DIVISION ST
RUBY RIVER HOTEL (509) 326-5577 700 N DIVISION ST
HOTEL RUBY (509) 747-1041 901 W 1ST AVE STEAM PLANT HOTEL (509) 290-5209 123 S POST ST
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THE DAVENPORT GRAND (509) 458-3330 333 W SPOKANE FALLS BLVD
RIVERFRONT PARK TRAVEL APTS (866) 648-1322 218 N BERNARD ST
THE HISTORIC DAVENPORT HOTEL (509) 455-8888 10 S POST ST
DOUBLETREE BY HILTON (509) 455-9600 322 N SPOKANE FALLS CT
AIRPORT/ WEST PLAINS
Spokane’s hotels have as much personality as the city itself. Revel in the grandeur of a historic hotels like The Historic Davenport or the Hotel Indigo, once The Otis Hotel. Want to be right on the Spokane River? Check out DoubleTree by Hilton or Ruby River Hotel. Whether you’re here for a convention or just a visit, you’ll find various price points and a style to fit any taste.
BEST WESTERN PLUS (509) 755-1111 1816 N PEPPER LN QUALITY INN & SUITES (509) 340-3333 2327 N MADSON ST
MIRABEAU PARK HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER (509) 924-9000 1100 N SULLIVAN RD TRU BY HILTON (509 782-9878 13509 E MANSFIELD AVE
PARK LANE MOTEL & RV PARK (509) 535-1626 4412 E SPRAGUE AVE RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT (509) 892-9300 15915 E INDIANA AVE SILVERSTONE INN & SUITES (509) 922-9002 2016 N ARGONNE RD MOTEL 6 (509) 926-5399 1919 N HUTCHINSON RD SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM (509) 724-0025 2020 N ARGONNE RD
OXFORD SUITES (509) 847-1000 15015 E INDIANA AVE RAMADA BY WYNDHAM (509) 828-4861 905 N SULLIVAN RD
Are you looking for an alternative to typical hotels? Might we suggest an old substation now a tiny home or a historic mansion instead?
1899 HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST 1728 W 1ST AVE SPOKANE (509) 301-1377
E.J. ROBERTS MANSION 1923 W 1ST AVE SPOKANE (509) 456-8839
RIVER HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST 14206 N TORMEY RD SPOKANE (509) 466-0890
THE FUNKEY HOUSE 7518 E BRIDGEPORT AVE SPOKANE VALLEY (540)388-8575
BLOCKHOUSE LIFE 1415 E 11TH AVE SPOKANE (509) 495-4963
NORTHERN QUEST RV RESORT & COTTAGES 303 SOUTH KALISPEL WAY AIRWAY HEIGHTS (833) 702-2082
LIL HOUSE SUBSTATION 4128 N MONROE AVE SPOKANE AIRBNB.COM
MARIANNA STOLTZ HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST 427 E INDIANA AVE SPOKANE (509) 483-4316
HIBACHI STEAK, SEAFOOD & SUSHI HOUSE
Dinner & Show Every Night Private Dining Available Take-out Orders
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p o h Sspokane Shop happens in Spokane. If brunch with friends followed by power shopping is your ideal Sunday afternoon, then you’ve landed in the correct city.
For the familiarity of national retailers, go to River Park Square (808 W Main Avenue). The usual suspects are all lined up, Nordstrom, Gap and Sephora. You’ll find Anthropologie, Free People, Urban Outfitters, Nike Factory Store, and Carhartt outside the mall and along Main Avenue. For gifts, try the quirky Boo Radley’s (232 N Howard Street), Atticus Coffee & Gifts (222 N Howard Street), Decorum (126 N Washington Street), Wonders of the World (621 W Mallon Avenue) and Kizuri (35 W Main Avenue). From Here (808 W Main Avenue) offers gifts made by local artists.
About The Bon Marche was the prime department store in downtown Spokane in the old days. The store is long gone, it’s the M building now, but artist Chris Bovey captures the mid-century shopping feel in Spokane.
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Have a thing for books? Auntie’s Bookstore (402 W Main Avenue) is a muststop. In the historic Liberty Building, Auntie’s has survived the onslaught of big-box bookstores and is a delight for bibliophiles.
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For that classic American mall experience, head to Spokane Valley Mall (14700 E Indiana Avenue). TJ Maxx, Old Navy, Nordstrom Rack and Macy’s are on the lineup.
You can also go to Northtown Mall (4750 N Division Street). H&M, American Eagle, Marshalls, and JC Penney are all there. voted 2nd best artist in spokane!!!
Try Ritters Garden & Gift (10120 N Division St) for gifts and flowers.
Try your luck at Windfall at Northern Quest Resort & Casino (100 N Hayford Road) for all things outdoorsy. The Kalispel Tribe runs this shop with everything from Pendleton to GSI Outdoors to Filson. etsy.com/shop/ VintagePrintNW
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Spokane Indians Baseball Avista Stadium Spokane, WA Season: May-September
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While some towns struggled through the reshuffling of Minor League Baseball teams in 2020, the Spokane Indians elevated to High-A status and became an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. The Indians now host 66 home games at Avista Stadium during their 132-game season.
The Sp’q’n’i Indians (Spo-ka-NEE) are notorious for their hospitality and a season filled with family-friendly themed event nights. The baseball franchise works with the Spokane Tribe to honor the heritage of the region. Avista Stadium is adorned with Salish language translations and historical markers, providing spectators the chance to engage in the region’s rich Native American history.
“The partnership between the Spokane Tribe of Indians and the Spokane Indians Baseball Club is built out of respect and inclusion. It has been a unique and rewarding collaborative effort that highlights elements that are important to the Spokane Tribe, while simultaneously providing a brand that Indians baseball fans can be proud of.” -Spokane Indians Baseball Club
Spokane Chiefs Hockey
Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena Spokane, WA Season: October-April
Spokane’s major junior ice hockey team plays in the Western Hockey League and has been a staple in the city for more than 60 years. In 1990, the franchise was purchased by Brett Sports, the same ownership group that acquired the Spokane Indians in 1986. The leadership of both teams share a commitment to history, culture, community, and offering affordable, family-friendly entertainment. Over 60 alumni have gone on to play in the NHL.
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Gonzaga University Basketball
McCarthey Athletic Center - “The Kennel” Spokane, WA Season: November-March Gonzaga University, founded in 1887, is a reputable Jesuit college that once held big basketball dreams. Dreams do come true, and both the men’s and women’s Zags have become college basketball perennial powerhouses, with 24 and 12 NCAA Tournament berths respectively. Even if you don’t have tickets to a game at The Kennel, on any game night head to a local sports bar and make new friends. We promise fans will be packed in watching and cheering on the Bulldogs.
Eastern Washington University Football
Roos Field Cheney, WA Season: August-November The Eagles have made a name for themselves in the Big Sky Conference with consistent participation in the postseason play and a National Title in 2010. Cooper Kupp, wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams and Superbowl LVI MVP (2022) played four accoladefilled seasons for EWU. Famous for its red turf and tailgates, Roos Field is a short 25 minute drive from downtown Spokane in the heart of the charming town of Cheney.
Washington State University Football
Martin Stadium Pullman, WA Season: August-November The Cougs are celebrated by locals as a hometown team, and experiencing a game at Martin Stadium is always worth the 90-minute drive south from Spokane through the rolling hills of Eastern Washington’s Palouse, one of the country’s lushest farmlands. The energy is electric when you’re watching The Crimson and Gray play.
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