Friday night rolls around, you’re with your significant other and the popular (sometimes dreaded) question comes up…what should we do? From dinner to activities to places to stay, the list of options can be hard to narrow down sometimes. Fear not, lovebirds - I’ve put together seven different themed date night/weekend ideas in the Spokane region to help you plan the best date ever, based on specific interests:
You live, breathe and, of course, eat food. Lucky for you, Spokane’s culinary scene is sort of famous (named by The Wall Street Journal as one of “6 Great Small Cities for Food Lovers”).
Play: Put your hands to work with a cooking class at The Kitchen Engine. Learn how to make everything from artisan pizza to vegetarian brunch.
Eat: Looking for an intimate spot? Try Mizuna or Wild Sage Bistro. Laid-back vibe? Casper Fry. Scenic view? Clinkerdagger or Anthony’s. I could go on and on with my favorites, so be sure to check out our restaurant directory for a full list.
Stay: The Davenport Grand (the new hotel also boasts a new restaurant, Table 13, where small plates can be paired with a whiskey flight and more).
Always on the move, looking for the next adventure? If so, enjoy some of the great parks and trails in the Spokane region.
Play: Visit Mt. Spokane State Park for a variety of hiking and snowshoeing trails. Or, hang around indoors at Wild Walls Climbing Gym (they even have membership plans for couples!).
Eat: Let the chef decide what you eat at The Wandering Table! You pick your price, and an array of small plate courses will be served to you based on your price limit.
Stay: Riverside State Park offers a vacation rental house that is open year-round, as well as five campgrounds (varied availability). Whatever you choose, you’re in the midst of a 14,000-acre park, so trails and scenic views are everywhere you turn.
Wine, beer, cider, spirits – whatever your taste, there’s something for every palate.
Play: Sign up for a date night class at Pinot’s Palette – which lets you drink while being led through a painting by an instructor.
Eat: Clover is known for its craft cocktails, but their food is also divine.
Explore: Check out the local craft brew scene, which now features 41 breweries, through the Inland Northwest Ale Trail. Grab a map and get a stamp at each brewery - when you visit 12, you’ll receive a free mini-growler.
Stay: The Centennial Hotel Spokane offers hotel packages for the Ale Trail, as well as the Cork District - Spokane’s winery district that includes more than 20 wineries and tasting rooms.
Spokane’s vibrant entertainment scene provides plenty of live music, shows, concerts and more.
See: The Best of Broadway Series is in the thick of its season, with acclaimed productions every couple of weeks. Also, check out the show schedules at Spokane Civic Theatre, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, The Bing Theater and Blue Door Theatre, all of which have great line-ups.
Eat: Sit back and relax as the chefs at Shogun Restaurant cut, steam and cook your food right in front of you.
Stay: If you happen to be seeing a show at The Bing Theater or Spokane Civic Theatre, you’ll want to stay at Hotel Ruby, Hotel Ruby 2 or the Montvale Hotel (show your ticket stub at check-in, and they’ll give you a discounted rate).
Do you pull over to look at heritage markers on road trips? Is a historic hotel stay your first choice for lodging when visiting a city? Explore historic Spokane.
See: The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture has one of the largest collections of Plateau Indian artifacts in the country and can be viewed along with other rotating exhibits. Make sure you take a tour of The Campbell House next door!
Eat: Stacks at the Steam Plant is a restaurant located in a former, fully operating steam plant. The boilers, pipes, and catwalks are still exposed, making the view from your dinner table almost as exciting as the meal itself.
Stay: Originally opened in 1914, The Historic Davenport Hotel exudes elegance and luxury. Take a self-guided tour of the property to view the beautiful ballrooms, and see if you can spot the words “will you marry me” hidden on the mezzanine.
Feel the need to go somewhere for the night without having to leave? Northern Quest Resort & Casino is your spot.
Play: With a 55,000sf casino floor, you won’t have an issue finding your lucky slot machine.
Relax: Book a couples massage at La Rive Spa, the Forbes Travel Four-Star spa. After your treatment, stick around and enjoy the indoor pool and cedar warming rooms.
Eat: Masselow’s Steakhouse serves up USDA Prime steaks, as well as delicious, fresh seafood. And that’s just one of nine restaurants on-site (yes….nine!).
Stay: Your hotel room won’t just be a place to crash for the night. In fact, Northern Quest is famous for its amazing beds, triple-head showers, and luxurious rooms.
If staying downtown isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other places throughout the Spokane region that you could go to.
See: Arbor Crest Wine Cellars in Spokane Valley is located at the Cliff House Estate, a beautiful venue perched on a cliff that overlooks all of Spokane.
Play: Dishman Hills, Iller Creek, and the Liberty Lake Loop Trail are some of the best hikes in the region, and offer breathtaking views of Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake.
Eat: Barlow’s in Liberty Lake serves up delicious eats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Pair your meal with a refreshing hand-crafted cocktail from Market Side Lounge.
Stay: Mirabeau Park Hotel offers comfy rooms, as well as an onsite restaurant and lounge, MAX at Mirabeau, which features live music on the weekends.