Seattlelites searching for sun are sure to find it in Spokane. With more than 171 sunny days a year, Spokane might be just the weekend destination to soak up some sun, explore outdoor wonders and snag an amazing cup of coffee.
Washington’s second-largest metro area lies east of the mountains and is often overlooked as a weekend getaway. But don’t overlook Spokane. This city has a lot going on and has an impressive food scene.
Spokane’s most famous tourist activity, Riverfront Park is currently undergoing an extensive renovation with plans for re-opening later this fall. Visitors can still access viewpoints to catch a glimpse of Spokane Falls or jump onto the Centennial Trail for a run, bike ride or gentle stroll. The Centennial Trail winds through downtown alongside the Spokane River for 40 miles and through Gonzaga University. The Spokane River rushes through the heart of downtown Spokane each spring and brings with it awe-inspiring views.
Riverfront Park is the former site of Expo ’74 the World’s Fair and the current renovation bring s a significant update to the park’s attractions. Upgrades are being made to the Looff Carrousel Building, SkyRide Facility, Recreational Rink, along with a redesign of much of the park.
Spokane offers much in the way of outdoor enjoyment from hiking and biking to Manito Park which features 20 acres of world class botanical gardens and the John A. Finch Arboretum with walking tours of a native pine forest. Head to Mirabeau Point Park for beautiful waterfall views and Liberty Lake’s Pavillion Park for summer concerts and family fun. Head over soon to enjoy Spokane’s Lilac Festival from May 18 to 21st.
After getting your fill of the outdoors, make sure to check out Spokane’s food scene. Just like Seattleites, Spokane residents enjoy a good cup of coffee and the city offers some fantastic offerings.
Attitcus Coffee & Gifts is ideal an afternoon pick me up. The coffee shop is at the back of the store which you’ll want to browse once you’ve enjoyed one of their delicious in-house baked cookies. After fueling up, browse the storefront for books, Spokane merchandise and other quirky items. Some of Spokane’s other great coffee shops include Caffe Affogato, Indaba Coffee and Spaceman Coffee. You’ll leave Spokane caffeinated and happy.
If you are a BBQ lover, make sure to stop at Chicken 'N More on Sprague for an incredibly affordable and delicious meal. The meat melts in your mouth and the hot dogs are big enough for two to share. Breakfast can’t be beat at Frank's Diner in a converted railroad car and the wide selection of benedicts. The Ruins is just the place for an upscale night out.
Instagramer, Spokane Eats offers up snaps of some of the best food Spokane has to offer. Chandler Anderson Baird runs the site and started it in her search for great food in Spokane. Spoiler Alert! She found a ton and her grams show off delicious offerings.
For the hops lover, head down the Inland Northwest Ale Trail to discover great brews at over 41 breweries. Spokane is also home to more than 20 wineries with award-winning wines. Take time to to catch a Broadway show or a community theatre show while in town and don’t miss a performance of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra at the historic Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.
Wrap up the weekend with a visit to Gonzaga University and a stay at one of the four Davenport properties. Started in 1881, Gonzaga University was founded by Father Joseph Cataldo, S.J. on 320 acres near Spokane Falls. The school was originally only for young men looking to become priests. The school eventually grew to become a 4 year private institution for women and men looking for a great education and has an exceptional basketball team. The campus includes two large libraries along with the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center.
The Davenport Collection started with the Historic Davenport Hotel in 1914. The collection has grown to include The Davenport Tower, The Davenport Lusso and the Davenport Grand Hotel. The Historic Davenport Hotel is a regional landmark and was built by acclaimed architect Kirtland Cutter. Check out the Spanish Renaissance lobby and the Hall of Doges ballroom for some architectural grandeur. Staying at one of the four Davenport hotels is a treat alone but combined with great food, fun adventure and good coffee, one is guaranteed to have a great weekend (or longer) in Spokane.