We’re spilling the beans—the official Explore Washington State coffee is here! Great coffee always comes to mind when you think of Washington, whether you’re starting off your work day with it, sipping a cup before heading out on a hike or taking a mug with you on a Sunday drive. And we wanted to bring…

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It’s Friday, and you and your friends are looking for something fun to do in Spokane. You run through the list of usual bars, nightclubs and restaurants, but nothing piques your interest. If you’re feeling like doing something different for a change, read on. You can spend an evening inside of an illuminated igloo, surrounded…

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It’s impossible to talk about Spokane’s thriving coffee scene without mentioning one of the best local roasters in town, Roast House Coffee. When owner Deborah Di Bernardo started the company, she implemented a literal open-door policy to encourage a passerby to stop in and learn about the roastery. The warehouse doors were open to the…

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For those of us with a sweet tooth in Spokane, or for those visiting, there are a variety of candy stores, ice cream shops and coffee shops ready to serve up a sugar rush. But what if we want something on the sweeter side for breakfast? How about something with flaky layers or chewy caramel?…

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Spokane is known for its Riverfront Park and stunning architecture, but what about food? Join Explore Washington State contributor Molly Lindquist as she takes you on a journey through 7 of the best brunch spots in Spokane. On Sunday mornings I like to take my time waking up. Life feels a little more peaceful, like…

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If you head south from Spokane’s downtown, you’ll come across the vibrant South Perry neighborhood. Here you’ll find a wellness bar, a brewery, thrift shops, a bakery, a coffee shop, a pizza place, art galleries and a greenhouse. One of the best farmer’s markets in Spokane occurs here on Thursday evening in summer and the…

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Cheney

Following the Cheney Spokane Road from southwest Spokane will take you through a scenic corridor filled with Ponderosa pine, lakes, farms and railroad tracks. You’ll see turn offs for Fish Lake, the Columbia Plateau Trail and eventually, a ‘Welcome to Cheney’ sign made of dark brown logs. Stores begin to show through the farm fields…

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Gonzaga

Nestled along the banks of the Spokane river, just to the east of downtown Spokane, lies the historic liberal arts college of Gonzaga University. Well known for its Men’s Basketball team, Gonzaga is a thriving Roman Catholic University that was established in 1887. At that time, Gonzaga enrollment totaled a mere 7 students, a far…

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Spokane River

On the hunt for your next easy hike to tackle in Eastern Washington? Find your next favorite day hike near Spokane with Explore Washington State contributor Molly Lindquist. Near nature, near perfect. Spokane is comfortably nestled at the start of the Rock Mountain foothills, has one hundred lakes within an hour’s drive, contains Washington’s largest…

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