Having traveled to Spokane 10 or so years ago, you really got the feeling that the proverbial “fork” was stuck, and this place was done. At that time GEG had really seen a better day, as it was the site of the 1974 World’s Fair. This place was the smallest town ever to host the Fair.
Enter the New Spokane.
A number of key developers and some serious $$$ have brought the city light years from 1974. The airport is still a little on the small side, but it is served by a number of good carriers, including Southwest.
The crown jewel of Spokane is of course the Davenport Hotel. If one has not seen the joint, one would second guess my opinion that it is one of the finest hotels on the face of the earth. Those that have stayed there, know the truth, it is just that good.
From the hotel’s site:
“The Davenport Hotel has been world famous since it opened in September of 1914. It was the first hotel with air conditioning, a central vacuum system, housekeeping carts (designed by Louis Davenport himself), accordion ballroom doors and Crab Louis (named for Louis Davenport). The Spokane newspaper introduced the hotel to the public with a special Sunday insert trumpeting “the new two million dollar hostelry of Spokane,” even though the project was 50% over budget and actually cost $3 million. At its opening, The Davenport Hotel was the largest private telephone branch exchange in the entire Pacific Northwest (with 450 handsets) and was similarly the largest and most complicated plumbing job (with 30-miles of pipes delivering hot, cold and drinking water to every one of its 405 rooms). Gilded with gold, sparkled by crystal and illuminated throughout with “electroliers,” it was as grand as the finest ocean liners of the day. It was truly one of America’s exceptional hotels.”
The Hotel offers some great food choices. The Sunday Brunch is really a production. The Palm Court is average, and offers expected upscale hotel fare.
A little bit of Italy in the GEG
The Italian Kitchen in Spokane is one of the very best Italian joints in the pac northwest. Food is all original and cooked to order. Desserts are worth the calories! Outside of the building is really not anything to write home about but the food and the beautiful bar inside make up for it.
The Greater Spokane Area offers much in the way or pastime.
The area sports two of the finest golf tracks:
And the world famous floating green of the CDA course:
The area abounds with really great Mtn bike trails, water sports, and just to the south is a number of really great Washington Wineries.