Valentine's Day in Spokane

The pressure’s on this year. Not only does Valentine’s Day fall on a Saturday. It falls on the Saturday of a three day weekend. If you’re a clueless guy like me: Pay Attention! These things matter. The 14th feeds hungry hearts and an open calendar means no excuses. The good news…I’ve conducted an extensive interview with the lovely ladies who work near my cube here at Visit Spokane. These kind souls have disabused me of more than one ill-conceived notion. (I thought a rice cooker would suffice as a romantic Christmas present.) And now they’re here to help you. So here it is: six ways to get original and get local this Valentine’s Day in Spokane.

Valenwine Weekend

Robert Louis Stevenson said, “Wine is bottled poetry.” If that’s true, Valenwine Weekend in Spokane is your chance to write that special someone a love sonnet. To celebrate the holiday, twenty local wineries and tasting rooms will open their doors February 14 - 15 from noon - 5pm.  This is a true grape-to-bottle experience, featuring regional vineyards, local winemakers and signature styles.

Watch the Sunset from Steptoe Butte

The sun sets every day, but how often do you take the time to enjoy it? Likewise, Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to appreciate someone you may tend to associate with doing the dishes or taking out the trash. Well, there’s no better place to enjoy the sunset than Steptoe Butte. Located just an hour south of Spokane, the 3,612-foot-tall National Natural Landmark towers over the rolling Palouse and is home to some of the country’s best sunsets. Native Americans called the butte “the power mountain” and believed that a journey to its peak bestowed a gift of power from the mountain’s guardian spirit. What better present to give your loved one?

Steam Plant

Get steamy in the Steam Plant. Okay, terrible pun aside, the historic Steam Plant makes this list because it offers more than great food and drinks. It offers an experience. As you wine and dine (or in this case you might opt for beer; the Steam Plant features its own nationally acclaimed brewery) check out the restaurant’s 80 foot ceilings, old boiler pipes and catwalks.  One of the Steam Plant’s towers even offers a viewing area that allows visitors to look up the 225 foot smokestack from below. Not a bad way to view the night sky and certainly not a bad place to steal a kiss. For the holiday, the restaurant will also have a complimentary photo booth from 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm. 

Europa’s Love Letters

For decades, the patrons of Europa Restaurant & Bakery have been leaving something much more intimate than a tip after their meal. Three of the establishment’s tables have drawers brimming with love letters written on napkins. No one’s quite sure how the tradition began, but today lovers can read through the sentiments of couples past and make their own contribution for visitors to come. If you have your heart set on one of these special tables, make sure to reserve your spot in advance!

Tamarack Public House’s Grand Opening Celebration

Spokane’s newest public house is celebrating their grand opening with a bang. For those of you haven’t heard, owners Leo and Teresa Gonder have spent the last year transforming the 118-year old building into a craftsman’s dream complete with a fir ceiling, walnut floors, soda-blasted brick and art glass windows. This Valentine’s Day that hard work will pair with an array of locally sourced dishes, craft cocktails and brews on tap. From 6 pm – 9 pm couples can enjoy live classical guitar music by Abe Kenney. Then from 10 pm – 2 am the night will loosen up with performances by five djs representing the art collective, Danktronics.

Find a Place to Kiss

A few years back, Visit Spokane’s “Top 14 Place to Kiss in Spokane” series proved to be one of our most read blogs. For those of you who missed it the first time or didn’t make it through the whole list, here it is again. From mountain vistas to historic buildings, footbridges to carousels, this list is nothing if not eclectic.