Northwest Destination: Spokane Rising

Spokane is the right jumping-off point for outdoor adventure and sophisticated city life

written by Cara Strickland

If you’re looking for an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, you’ll find it in Spokane. Five ski resorts, seventy-six lakes and five national parks are within driving distance, a river runs through the city, and the Centennial Trail offers 37 miles for hiking and biking with a mountain backdrop. If you’re feeling a little less extreme, you can stroll through one of Spokane’s many parks, including the crown jewel, Manito Park, which boasts 90 acres of gardens, a conservatory and a duck pond, plus two playgrounds for your little ones. Bring a picnic and enjoy the rose garden or get some zen in the Japanese garden. Just a couple blocks away, you’ll find Rockwood Bakery, a staple of Spokane’s historic South Hill neighborhood, known for its freshly made, decadent baked goods and quiche.

Swing by Riverside State Park to see Spokane in its glory.

Just down the hill, you’ll want to check out a newly renovated Riverfront Park. While there are still touches from when Spokane hosted the World’s Fair in 1974 (don’t forget to try out the big red wagon that doubles as a slide, as well as the vintage carousel) you’ll also find the new ice ribbon, the first on the West Coast. Those aren’t the only renovations you’ll encounter in the downtown area. The Historic Davenport Hotel has been restored to the glory days and is a luxurious lodging option, while the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox is back to its Art Deco splendor—it’s now home to the Spokane Symphony. The First Interstate Center for the Arts plays host to a range of traveling Broadway shows. If your kids are along, you’ll want to check out Mobius, a science center and children’s museum which recently moved to a larger home. In the summer, catch a minor league baseball game with the Spokane Indians and in the winter, check out Spokane’s hockey team, the Chiefs.

The food and drink scene has been undergoing changes as well. Hometown boy and Top Chef contestant Chad White has brought Mexican flavors with his ceviche bar Zona Blanca. Just across the river, you’ll find Ruins, known for its ever-switching menu and delicious lunchtime sandwiches. For breakfast, head off the beaten path to Chaps, known for long lines on the weekends and baked blueberry French toast.

A chocolate croissant from Chaps is a perfect way to start the day.

You can’t beat The Flying Goat for pizza, plus it’s on the way to Riverside State Park, another of Spokane’s natural gems. If you’re looking for a special occasion meal, try out Clover, near Gonzaga University, Wild Sage (known for its attention to special diets) and Mizuna (which has dedicated menus for vegetarians as well as carnivores). If you’re willing to drive a little farther, slide over the border to Post Falls, Idaho, for a James Beard-nominated taste of France at Fleur De Sel.

There’s no shortage of beer, wine and spirits in the area. For a glass with a view, visit Arbor Crest Wine Cellars in the Spokane Valley. The winery sits on a hill and features a historic estate. Bring your own picnic and spend a day, or swing by one of the summer concerts. Take a tour (and a taste) of Dry Fly Distillery’s new facility, whether you’re into gin, whiskey or vodka. Taste test small batches from local brewers at Steel Barrel Taproom. Whether your idea of a getaway involves adventure, relaxation, or eating and drinking your way through a city, there’s something for you in Spokane. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

EAT STAY PLAY - Spokane

EAT

Rockwood Bakery

www.bit.ly/2FO30x1

Zona Blanca

www.limefishsalt.com

Ruins

www.facebook.com/ruins.spokane

Chaps

www.chapsgirl.com

The Flying Goat

www.theflyinggoat.com

Clover

www.cloverspokane.com

Wild Sage

www.wildsagebistro.com

Mizuna

www.mizuna.com

Fleur De Sel

www.fleur-de-sel.weebly.com

STAY

The Davenport Hotels

www.davenporthotelcollection.com

Northern Quest Resort and Casino

www.northernquest.com

The Montvale Hotel

www.montvalespokane.com

PLAY

The Centennial Trail

www.spokanecentennialtrail.org

Manito Park

www.manitopark.org

Riverfront Park

www.my.spokanecity.org/riverfrontpark

The Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox

www.foxtheaterspokane.org

The First Interstate Center for the Arts

www.inbpac.com

Mobius

www.mobiusspokane.org

http://www.thesteelbarrel.comArbor Crest Wine Cellars

www.arborcrest.com

Riverside State Park

www.parks.state.wa.us/573/Riverside

Dry Fly Distillery

www.dryflydistilling.com

Steel Barrel Taproom

www.thesteelbarrel.com

Spokane Indians

www.milb.com/spokane

Spokane Chiefs

www.spokanechiefs.com

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