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.
These igloos were designed by the Davenport’s own design team and built in-house. They initially were inspired by other similar setups both nearby and afar, in cities like Boston and New York. Those cities tend to experience cold winters and as such, outdoor dining is usually not an option. So, the igloos provide the opportunity to dine al fresco even in the coldest of times. Crafted Taphouse & Kitchen in neighboring Coeur d’Alene first brought igloos to the area on their patio in late 2019, and the Davenport knew that Spokane needed to offer them as well.
The Davenport Grand will host six private igloos on their terrace, available for reservation now through March. The individual igloos are cozy, featuring couches and chairs adorned with fuzzy blankets and pillows. Plus, with a heater in each igloo, you may look wintery but will certainly stay warm. There is a music system available to connect to, so you can pick your favorite playlist. While there’s no specific dress code, glamorous winter attire is encouraged in order to keep with the theme. Groups of two to four people are recommended, but each igloo can accommodate up to six people.
Our group of friends thoroughly enjoyed the experience, finding our igloo quite comfortable and the scenery lovely. The great thing is that every single seat in the place is a window seat. In fact, every seat has a 360-degree view of the Spokane Convention Center, Riverfront Park and the Davenport Grand, plus some glimpses of the downtown Spokane skyline. It’s a wonderful environment, free of distractions, and the perfect setting for deep conversations with good friends. The lights and fire pits enliven the Davenport Grand patio, and in the deep of winter this is a very welcome thing.
We snacked on a generous charcuterie board consisting of salami, cheeses, olives, hummus, spiced mango chutney, smoked salmon spread and some impressively sized jumbo white prawns topped with horseradish cocktail sauce. This is part of the Grand Igloo Premiere Package, which accommodates up to six people and includes a $100 bar credit. Our server Tiffany was attentive, and served up some delicious drinks to pair with our finger food. They offer a special cocktail and wine menu for the igloos, including a boozy hot chocolate and special martinis. There are three packages in total to choose from: The Celebration Package features a sweet menu with chocolate covered strawberries, truffles, cheese and fig compote and peanut brittle. The Grand Igloo Package is a paired down version of the Premiere Package, featuring antipasto, smoked garlic hummus, Castelvetrano olives and Marcona almonds.
The igloos will be offered nightly through March, as it is an experience and theme unique to winter. They are a family-friendly experience and all ages are welcome. Not only are they a truly unique way to spend an evening, they photograph exceptionally well. So be sure to bring along your camera, as you’ll walk away with some gorgeous photos to share. The Davenport Grand asks that you use the hashtag #underthestars when sharing pictures of the igloos.