Spokane, Washington: The Lilac City

Spokane is a lovely city nestled along the Spokane River in Eastern Washington State. It is a perfect mixture of city and easily accessible wilderness. I’ll be sharing a few ideas on what an adventure in Spokane may look like!

Where to Stay

If you’re looking to stay in Spokane, I have a few recommendations! My first choice is always the Historic Davenport. The Davenport is the place I spent my honeymoon with my wife, and we love taking the opportunity to go visit the Davenport whenever the opportunity arises. One of the more enjoyable aspects of the Davenport is the ability to read about the history of the hotel and its journey to restoration over the last few decades. 

Another option if you’re looking for something more affordable is the Ruby River Hotel. This hotel is right up against the Spokane River and the Centennial Trail, so if you want to just sit and relax it is a great option! It is also a five-minute walk from downtown and I would definitely recommend walking as your mode of transportation while in Spokane. 

Where to Eat

Spokane has had an absolutely thriving food scene, which is now rebounding as Covid-19 restrictions are easing. There is good variety in the downtown core, or easily accessible by public transportation or car. If you’re looking for breakfast, I would go with Franks Diner. The aesthetic is an old-time dining rail car, with classic breakfast food prepared on the stove top in front of you! (If you choose to sit at the bar top). 

For lunch I’d recommend a new local restaurant, Wooden City! This has become a local favorite of mine with some classic American comfort food and a cozy atmosphere that is perfect for a midday meal or a late-night drink.  If you go you should try the lamb bolognese, don’t ask me to pronounce it, or their take on a pepperoni pizza. 

As for dinner, Downriver Grill is my go-to. Located in the Audobon neighborhood, Downriver Grill has the best gorgonzola fries that I’ve ever had! I would say this place is great for some savory food that will fill you up and make you have that pleasantly full feeling. Downriver Grill is also right across the street from The Flying Goat so, you can grab a beer in a cozy atmosphere after dinner.

Things to Do

One of my favorite things to do in Spokane is to walk around the downtown core, window shop and enjoy Riverfront Park. My wife and I do this just about every weekend right now with our dog Bumi. The Spokane Falls bridges. are absolutely beautiful and you can get right over them with the pedestrian bridges. 

Another option is Flatstick Pub, which is right in the downtown area. Flatstick has a bunch of games, like mini golf, to play while having a drink over a pizza if you’re interested in that! My wife and I had a fun time with some couple friends going here to drink some local ciders and play golf! It was a wonderful night, and you should absolutely try it!

If you like thrift shopping, there is also. Boulevard Mercantile just up Washington Street from the downtown area. I would describe them as a ritzy thrift shop, with some highly marked up items, though everything is of high quality. Even if you don’t intend to purchase anything, it is worth browsing what they have simply for the fun of it.

Here is the link to my guide if you would like even more local recommendations! Enjoy!

About the Author

Hi, my name is Dustin and I’ve lived in Spokane since I was seven! My wife and I   love this city, it’s the perfect mix of city and wilderness. We love to hike, eat food, and enjoy the sights of the city we live in. One of my favorite spots is under the pavilion in Spokane, Washington. It lights up at night and is wonderful to sit under in the Summer. I hope you enjoy the city when you come to visit! 

Dustin Fischer

Dustin Fischer