When it comes to Washington state getaways, why not look to the east for a weekend filled with everything from wine tastings to historic architecture? Here’s how to make the most of a weekend in Spokane.
- It’s historic. It’s grand. It’s opulent. And it’s well worth a stay. The Davenport Hotel is a century-old landmark in downtown Spokane, putting you within walking distance of restaurants, shopping districts and theaters. Even if you opt to stay somewhere else, do yourself a favor and pop into the Davenport to check out the architecture for yourself.
- If you’re looking for something a little closer to Spokane’s Riverside Park, try the Red Lion Hotel at the Park. This family-friendly stay is just a short walk from the park, and you don’t even have to leave the hotel to enjoy some water-based fun: The Red Lion has its own outdoor pool with a waterfall and water slide.
- You’ll find one of Spokane’s most unique dining experiences at Steam Plant Grill, housed in a former steam heat and electric power factory. Today, the historic landmark serves up farm-to-table dishes that offer a taste of what Spokane has to offer. Much of the original plant creates the ambiance at Steam Plant Grill, including the massive pipework running overhead.
- Another Spokane favorite, Elk Public House is also an historic building-turned-eatery that continues to draw a crowd. Originally an early 20th-century pharmacy, the Elk Public House is now known for churning out homestyle pub fare like burgers, sandwiches, salads and tacos.
- When it comes time to explore the city, plan to relax by the water at Spokane’s Riverfront Park. With the Great Northern Clock Tower setting the scene, you can enjoy the park’s amusement rides, wandering garden paths, fountains and ongoing festivals.
- Did you know Spokane is home to much of Washington’s wine country? While you’re in Eastern Washington, sip your way through Spokane at more than 20 area wineries. Local companies like Uncorked Northwest offer custom itineraries through the vineyards, or you can hit up some of the tasting rooms right in downtown Spokane.
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