Eat, Play and Stay in Spokane, WA

Nestled in northeastern Washington sits the city of Spokane along the beautiful Spokane River. Long, winding roads through the foothills of the Rocky Mountains lead the way into the heart of the city. Whether you’re in town for Hoopfest, touring Gonzaga University or just passing through, Spokane is a lovely place to discover, explore and learn.

Eat

Boots Bakery & Lounge

Boots Bakery is in the up-and-coming East end of Spokane in the historic Longbotham building. It is one of Spokane’s only completely vegan restaurants offering sweet treats like no bake cookies, muffins and pumpkin waffles, but also savory options like BBQ tofu cutlets, vegan mac & cheese and curried lentils. Even for the biggest meat-eater, this place is worth a try! Did we mention this place also serves well-crafted cocktails and coffees? We urge you to check it out.

The Clinkerdagger

The Clinkerdagger is an old-school steakhouse overlooking the Spokane River. This favorite is in the historic, century-old Flour Mill among other locally owned shops. It was also voted as one of the top 100 most scenic restaurants in America by OpenTable – head to the upper deck for the best views in town! The menu features house-made soups, pasta dishes, fresh seafood and steaks.

 Arbor Crest Wine Cellars

Arbor Crest Wine Cellars is one of the state’s oldest wineries. The Cliff House Tasting Room, located on a National Historic Site perched atop a cliff offers spectacular views of the Spokane Valley. Folks can snack on charcuterie selections, nut mixes, dips and pizzettes. In the summer time, be sure to catch their Summer Concert Series [http://www.arborcrest.com/winery-events/concert-series/]

Play

Riverfront Park

Riverfront Park is the site of Expo ’74, which revitalized the entire city. The park is a gathering place for concerts and IMAX movies and is the home of Hoopfest. The iconic Spokane clock tower, which was also built for Expo ’74, stands tall along the river. Families can enjoy the mini amusement park or a ride on the Looff Carousel. Built in 1909 and moved to Riverfront Park in 1969, the Looff Carousel is part of the National Register of Historic Places and still continues to operate today.

Check out: Pig Out In the Park, 4th of July and other annual events in the park

The Bartlett

In the mood for live music? Head to The Bartlett for the best intimate live music and cocktails in town. Tickets range from $5-$20 and can be purchased online or at the door. Tip: Happy Hour is daily (Tue-Sat) from 5:00-7:30 pm.

Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, aka MAC, is the largest cultural organization in the Inland Northwest and has association with the Smithsonian Institution. The MAC campus includes five underground galleries; a café, store and education center; the historic Campbell House, library and archives; an auditorium and outdoor amphitheater. This is the perfect spot to visit and learn!

Stay

The views of the Spokane River are spectacular at Hotel RL Spokane. Grab a cup of coffee from Victrola Coffee Roasters and kick back and enjoy the next act up on The Living Stage, our hub for community engagement and entertainment.

Dine in at our onsite restaurant offering Pacific Northwest eats with the freshest ingredients. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try the Candied Bacon, Quiche Me Quick and the PNW Salmon. A meal we must recommend is The Picnic – Pecan wood-smoked pork ribs with mango-guava BBQ sauce served with crunchy slaw and jalapeno cornbread. Yes, please!