Spokane’s combination of natural beauty, outdoor activities, locally sourced foods and incredible wine tasting opportunities all combine to make Spokane a city that needs to be experienced. Read on to see what’s here that you won’t find anywhere else and get a taste of why meeting attendees and planners love Spokane.
Spokane is representative of the Northwest’s love of local food, and it’s easy to see why — delicious produce and world-class wine are grown and produced right here. Many downtown restaurants — Mizuna, Scratch and Santé are good examples — feature creative menus showcasing local and seasonal foods. And for creative souvenirs, Made in Washington sells locally made foods and artisan crafts including jewelry, clothing, wine and huckleberry-filled chocolates.
Spokane’s location in the Washington’s wine country makes it a perfect place for oenophiles. There are more than twenty wineries and tasting rooms located around Spokane, both in the heart of downtown and beyond the city. Barrister, Whitestone, and Robert Karl and many others offer world-class wine tasting conveniently located near hotels and restaurants. About 10 miles outside of town, Arbor Crest Winery offers spectacular views and an estate setting that would fit well among the hills of Italy.
At 5,883 feet in elevation, Mount Spokane is the highest peak in Spokane County and one of the tallest in the Inland Northwest. The views of Washington, Idaho and Montana are worth the trip to the top. With more than 100 miles of trails perfect for hiking, biking or skiing, active meeting attendees will find plenty to love as well.
During warm months, the river that flows through downtown Spokane is one of the city’s biggest attractions. Rafting trips are a popular activity, and several companies have trips that launch from downtown, so it’s easy to plan a fun group activity on the water. The river is great for beginner whitewater trips in early summer and calm float trips later in July and August.
Situated in the heart of downtown on the banks of the Spokane River, Riverfront Park is one of Spokane’s defining features. Site of Expo ’74, the first environmentally themed World’s Fair, the park features quirky landmarks like the Garbage Goat, a trash-eating statue erected for the expo, as well as more contemporary attractions such as an IMAX Theater, a hand-carved Looff Carrousel, the Ice Palace — one of the best outdoor ice skating rinks in the country — and the spectacular Spokane Falls. Conveniently located next to the Spokane Convention Center, the park is perfect for relaxing, or as a unique setting for group activities.
Spokane combines the arts, shopping and dining options of a larger city with the laid-back feel of a small town — a perfect recipe for delegate appeal. Meeting facilities, hotels, attractions and restaurants are within walking distance of each other. Shoppers can visit River Park Square, a large shopping center featuring many name-brand stores and a movie theater, or they can stroll by small, independent shops and boutiques downtown. Spokane offers a range of cultural events including art exhibits at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, plays or concerts at the INB Performing Arts Center or an arena football game at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.