The Anti-Hibernator

Much of Spokane’s charm lies in its proximity to the Pacific Northwest’s Narnia-esque natural beauty. For rugged, outdoorsy “anti-hibernators” looking for an adventurous weekend, Spokane is the perfect place to be.

There’s no better way to start off your stay than to wade into a winter wonderland at MT. SPOKANE with 52 runs for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. New this year at Mt. Spokane, No-Li Brewhouse has literally — by helicopter — dropped their tricked out No-Li mountain taphouse at the top of Parkway Express, where you can grab a cold one between runs. Or check out 49° NORTH, the popular ski resort just 59 miles north of downtown.

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Closer in and just southeast of town, enjoy a hike or snowshoe trip up to the legendary ROCKS OF SHARON in the Dishman Hills.

“Depending on where you position yourself, you can look out into the east over parts of the Palouse, and also into Idaho,” says Ruth Gifford, Dishman Hills Conservancy’s executive director. “You can also look south, into the Palouse, so you can see Steptoe Butte.” The Palouse hills with a fresh blanket of snow are a sight to behold.

Of course, you can always opt for the “indoorsy” option by hitting up JUMPING JACKALOPE AXE THROWING in downtown Spokane, where you can perfect your ax hurling game and also try knife throwing.

Hungry? Head over to THE ELK PUBLIC HOUSE in historic Browne’s Addition and order on-tap microbrews and selections from their creative pub-grub menu. Or, after an urban hike on the Centennial Trail, drop in at BRGR House in Kendall Yards for a real char-broiled burger. For some brews, hit up PERRY STREET BREWING, the neighborhood craft brewery and taproom nestled just east of downtown in the Perry District.

To get outfitted for your next adventure, look for rugged goods at CARHARTT and PENDLETON both downtown. And don’t miss THE GREAT PNW in Kendall Yards for unique, locally designed PNW apparel and memorabilia — just steps from a stunning view of the Spokane River running through the heart of the city.

Lean into the local vibes even more with a stay at a beautiful, historic downtown venue — HOTEL INDIGO. Splashed across its walls are murals of Spokane, all of which pay homage to the city’s story. At RUBY RIVER HOTEL just north of downtown, you’ll enjoy quick access to all downtown has to offer, featuring the Osprey Restaurant and Bar.

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