What’s Good About Spokane WA? So Much!
Why did we choose Spokane WA as our base? What’s good about Spokane? Turns out there is so much good about Spokane. A big little city, it is just the right size. It offers all the amenities of larger metropolitan areas while still retaining the feel of a smaller, more close knit area.
We’ll take a little tour today while I share with you just a few of the things Spokane has to offer. Housing is still affordable in Spokane offering many the opportunity of home ownership without breaking the bank. Spokane has many older neighborhoods featuring homes built in the early 1900’s. Welcoming front porches grace these homes and on an evening walk residents wave to the walkers, holler hello and many stop a bit to chat.
Parks Parks And More Parks
Parks in Spokane are plentiful and well maintained by the City. Manito Park on the South Hill is a particularly popular one. Home to Japanese Gardens, Botanical Gardens, Rose Hill, Lilac Gardens in addition to a duck pond and a playground it is free and provides hours of relaxation for all.
Neighborhood parks like Mission Park (viewed below) dot the city. All provide free access to beautiful green spaces. Many additionally have playground equipment,barbecues, picnic facilities and some have splash pads.
Anybody Up For A Little Golf?
There Is No Shortage Of Interesting Iconic Buildings!
The Flour Mill is but one of the iconic buildings in downtown Spokane. Sitting above the Spokane River it now houses a variety of shops on several levels as well as Clinkerdagger Restaurant. Years ago Clinkerdagger was one of the first restaurants I ate at in Spokane. At that time it was called Clinkerdagger, Bickerstaff and Pett. Now that is a mouthful.
Another iconic restaurant in Spokane is Mary Lou’s Milk Bottle (viewed below). Located in the midst of the Garland District it is a very popular place serving, among other things, one of The Husband’s favorite hamburgers. They are also well known for their milkshakes which they serve in a glass with the remainder in a large steel milkshake mixer cup. Just like the ones that used to be served at soda fountains years back.
And There’s That Beautiful River. . .
Running right through Riverfront Park and downtown Spokane is the Spokane River. Viewing of the Spokane Falls is possible from numerous downtown locations. Calm and docile as it meanders its way through Riverfront Park providing a home for ducks and geese, fast, furious and dangerous is the best description of the Spokane River Falls area.
Riverfront Park has been the scene of massive construction and updating this summer. Viewed below is the park’s current state. The popular carousel ride is scheduled to reopen by Valentine’s Day 2018 in a new multi-story building. An ice skating rink will be a new feature of the park upon it’s completion.
Construction in Riverfront Park downtown Spokane WA
Downtown Continues To Grow!
Riverfront Park isn’t the only construction site in downtown Spokane. Scenes like the one below are common as new multi-story buildings spring up or old ones are updated.
River Park Square is always a busy place. Home to a wide variety of shops on multiple levels it provides comfortable climate controlled shopping. Mobius Children’s Museum also makes it’s home in the basement of River Park Square and provides hours of fun learning opportunities for the younger set.
A favorite Spokane icon for the kids is the giant white horse seen below. Representing the Terracotta Army warrior horses, I’m told that every P F Chang Restaurant sports some variation of these horses.
Plenty Of Opportunities To Learn
Spokane is home to several institutions of higher learning. Below is St. Aloysius Catholic Church found on the Gonzaga University Campus. Also making a home in Spokane are Whitworth University, Spokane campus of Eastern Washington University, Washington State University at Spokane, Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane Community College, Western Governor’s University, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, University of Phoenix, Spokane Tribal College, Moody Bible Institute-Spokane and Carrington College.
The Monaghan Mansion (seen below) built in 1898 was acquired by Gonzaga University in 1942. This beautiful building now serves as Gonzaga’s main music headquarters holding a classroom, computer technology lab, class piano lab and practice rooms.
One Of Our Favorite City Views
Spokane has a plethora of dining options. A favorite of mine and The Husband is Central Food in the Kendall Yards District of Spokane. Below is the city view we see each time we have dinner at Central Food on their outside deck overlooking the river and the city. Not bad!!
Pumpkin Doughnuts Anyone??
Green Bluff is a busy place in the fall as harvest is in full swing and locals and visitors alike arrive in search of fresh peaches, apples, corn and of course some pumpkins for the kids. A favorite each year are the pumpkin doughnuts. Long lines form as 3-4 doughnut making machines churn out freshly cooked doughnuts. If you haven’t had them you need to put Green Bluff on your travel list for the fall and get in line for the doughnuts. Live music is provided at many of the venues and people grab a seat to enjoy the music and a doughnut.
Schools in Spokane have all been undergoing remodeling and renovation over the past two years. Below is just one of the newly renovated middle schools.
But There’s Still That Little Bit Of Country
And just about the time you think you are living in a big city you turn a corner and directly in front of you are two wild turkeys sauntering across the road. Just a little reminder that there is still plenty of “country” left in this “city.”
Hope you’ve enjoyed this mini tour of Spokane. This barely touches the surface. There is so much more to explore and enjoy in Spokane. For all you travelers out there headed to the Pacific Northwest you’ll want to be sure to add Spokane into your travel itinerary. Check out the additional Spokane links provided at the bottom of this post.
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