Historically speaking, the Manito neighborhood on Spokane’s South Hill is always a huge draw. Why? It has the 90-acre Manito Park surrounded by hundreds of grand old homes. The vision of Spokane’s original city planners shines through in this experiment in planned beauty and urban development.

Walk boulevards under the impressive canopies of hundred-year old maple trees, sniff the roses in the formal garden, let the beauty of the Duncan Gardens blow you away in its perfectly planned floral display, find inner peace in the Japanese garden.

You could spend hours ambling through the gardens. Take your children for a spin around the duck pond, swing on the playground or run through the splash pad. Stop for a picnic lunch at the Park Bench Café. The building used to be the peanut house for the zoo that used to reside there. Peanuts aren’t sold there anymore, but they make a mean egg salad sandwich.

Manito means “spirit of nature” in the native Salish language. Today, you’ll find that spirit and more. The vision has naturally evolved into a neighborhood filled with cozy coffee shops, inventive restaurants and grocery stores.

Find your spirit on Spokane’s South Hill.

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