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SPOKANE

A Pleasant Stay

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Good Morning!

My usual routine when visiting a town for the first time is to drive downtown to reconnoiter the area to get an idea of places I want to visit. And, if possible, chat with locals for suggestions of things to see not mentioned in the travel literature. I stopped for a 'Happy Hour' meal downtown and a local gentleman suggested that I try a place for dinner called, Anthony's Overlooking the Falls. My friend, Pat & I enjoyed the splendid view and a very nice meal, also.

Spokane underwent a revitalization in their downtown starting about 45 years ago. The city hosted the World's Fair in 1974 and in preparation for that event they created a 'City Center' near the Spokane River and Falls. Called Riverfront Park, there are suspended foot bridges, a glass-enclosed carousel, interactive fountain, convention center with hotels, gondola rides over the falls, and the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture. The area encompasses about 3-4 blocks and in it are numerous shops, restaurants, bars, and boutiques. River Park Square is a 'stacked' 5 level upscale shopping mall anchored by Nordstrom's Dept. Store located in the downtown center. Also there are 2 historic theaters, The Fox Theater, and the Bing Crosby Theater stage productions are held. The famous singer & actor of the 1930's, 40's, and 50's era, Bing Crosby, is from Spokane where he attended Gonzega University. Gonzega is today a basketball power and usually has a team in March Madness competition.

Nearby is the iconic Hotel Davenport, listed on the National Historic Register. A grand 5-star hotel of the railroad heyday era it has the multi-story lobby with elaborately decorated ceiling and tapestry & marble walls. There are 3 ballrooms and half dozen meeting rooms for conferences, etc. One of the ballrooms, 'The Antoinette', a beautifully French-themed room was set up for Sunday Brunch. A little pricey perhaps but Pat & I enjoyed the experience and the elaborate display of tasty food choices made it worthwhile.

My Spokane friends, Gary & Linda Baker invited us to their home for dinner. Located in a hill-top neighborhood overlooking Spokane Valley their Frank Lloyd Wright inspired house was a delight to visit. They treated us to dinner in their garden patio filled with plants & flowers, and a beautiful cascading waterfall w/ pool. It was a lovely scene and we enjoyed the evening with them. Gary & I are on SCI's Mainstreet Advisory Board together.
Tomorrow we leave for Coeur d' Alene, Idaho so see the sights.

Posted by dixter 07:56 Archived in USA Tagged spokane

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