When the snow is falling and the air is brisk, there is no greater feeling than warming up by the fire. It's especially nice while enjoying a meal! A few area restaurants have fireside dining where the fireplace is almost as great as the food. Here are a couple of my favorites:
Palm Court Grill
Located in the lobby of The Davenport Hotel, Palm Court Grill may have one of the most famous fireplaces in Spokane. In the early 1900s, Louis Davenport insisted that the fireplace stay lit year-round as a sign of warmth and hospitality, a practice the hotel continues today! Seating for the Palm Court Grill extends out in front of the fireplace so you can enjoy your meal sitting by the fire. Don't have time to eat? You can still enjoy it walking through the lobby and the staff encourages visitors to check out the hotel's stunning historic features. If you want nostalgia and classic elegance, this is your spot.
Clinkerdagger is a Spokane icon, serving up great eats and unmatched views of the Spokane Falls. The restaurant actually has two fireplaces, the first one welcomes you in the lounge and the second is in the inner dining room. In the summer, prime seating is on the patio because of the spectacular views of the Spokane Falls. The colder months keep people indoors however, and while sitting by the windows to view the falls is incredible, cozying up by the fire while enjoying a delicious prime rib will warm you to the core.
Northern Quest Resort & Casino
The fireplace at Northern Quest puts off warm heat with a cool vibe. Long and sleek and set in a tall granite wall in Fireside Lounge, it's a chic place to grab a cocktail or glass of wine. They even have seasonal drinks to ensure you completely embrace the winter ambiance near the fire. For me, it's the perfect way to start a night out at the casino!
The Coeur d' Alene Resort
Lake Coeur d' Alene is beautiful in the winter, but also very cold! Thankfully, there is a large, square-shaped fireplace in the lobby of The Coeur d' Alene Resort that is an ideal place to take in the scenic view of the lake. Order a drink and an appetizer from nearby Whispers, then grab a seat by the fire and enjoy the lake from indoors. I find that even with the bustle of the popular Coeur d' Alene Resort lobby in the background, it's totally relaxing.
Pretty soon it's going to be too warm in Spokane to be sitting by the fire, so don't miss your opportunity! While I love these fireplaces, I'm curious to know about other fireside dining in Spokane. Comment below!
Speaking of dining, have you heard about Spokane Restaurant Week? Check it out, February 22-March 3.