New to Spokane? Here's A List of Local Favorites to Introduce You to the Area

Are you new to Spokane? If so, welcome! 

There are so many things to love about the area; the pine trees, the brisk evenings, all the lakes within driving distance, the small town feeling.

Personally, I knew it was home the first time we dropped down from I-90 and took in the sprawling city with soft, twinkling lights. It was enchanting, enough city to get lost in without giving up the mountains and forests that I loved so much.

That feeling of being "home" grew with every conversation I had with people who'd grown up around the area. They told me about the best trails to hike, places to eat, and events to show up at. It was like I’d grown up down the street and they’d known me my whole life.

Talking to others, I soon realized that I wasn't the only one who received this kind of warm welcome. The people in this community were the type who brought cookies when a new neighbor moved in, stopped to help when a car slid off the road in an ice storm or turned out in droves to clear debris from driveways when strong winds took down trees all over the city.

I'm convinced that Spokane is a great place to raise a family, start a business, enjoy the great outdoors, and build a life. We’re glad you’re here! And to help you feel welcome, we put together some fun tips from the locals on a few of our favorite things. Hopefully, you come to love this area as much as we do!

 

Favorite Trails

 

Liberty Lake Trail

An 8.5-mile, moderate hike that is winds along water during parts of it and leads up to a small waterfall.

Local Tip: the hike to the waterfall is beautiful but bring the insect repellant to keep away the mosquitos

 

Iller Creek

A 4.5-mile hike that overlooks the Spokane Valley at one point. It's uphill for half the way but it's an easy hike.

Local Tip: this is a great trail for snow shoeing in the winter
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Dishman Hills Recreation Trails

A 4-mile loop with several different trails for varying hikes. There are lots of open spaces for kids to explore the area.

Local tip: smaller kids can enjoy some short hikes and end by exploring the playground. It’s a great introduction to outdoor life.

 

Tubbs Hill in Coeur D’Alene

A 2.4-mile loop that overlooks the lake for a good part of it. 

Local tip: Bring your swimming suit and stop to play in the water along the way.

 

Bowl and Pitcher Loop Trail

A beautiful 2-mile hike that overlooks the Spokane River. 

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Centennial Trail

A paved trail that extends for 37.5 miles. Great for biking!

Local Tip: There are several places to stop and start but Mirabeau Park is one of the best for families with kids. Make sure and check out the waterfall.

 

Beacon Hill Trail

A moderate 7.6 mile trail that's great for mountain biking.

 

 

Favorite Date Night Spots

 

Kendall Yards

There are several unique and fun restaurants to try, including The Wandering Table where you pay for the courses you want and the chef surprises you with the amazing dishes sent to your table.

Local Tip: Brain Freeze is the place to go for ice cream but be warned, it’s addictive!
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Wild Sage Bistro

Both the food and ambiance make this a favorite local restaurant. The staff is amazing at making you feel right at home and you’ll leave feeling like you grew up in the area.

Local Tip: don’t skip the appetizers. They’re worth it. 

 

Chaps Diner and Bakery

Looking for a cozy spot to have an intimate conversation? Chaps is not only charming but their food is incredible. 

Local Tip: the oatmeal is amazing but it's only served on Friday and Saturday.

 

Beck's Harvest House

The view is worth the drive to this popular cafe and store. In the fall season, it’s almost always a wait but the fresh cider and pumpkin donuts will make you forget all about it.

Local Tip: bring a blanket and sit outside to take in the scenery

 

The Flying Goat

If you like artisan pizza, you’ll love this menu! It’s usually busy on the weekends so be prepared for a wait.

Local Tip: try the Fairview. It will have you thinking all pizzas should include pears.
 

Craft & Gather

This is a great spot to meet some friends and make it a double date. You'll love the patio seating!

 

Boots Bakery

This is the place for amazing vegan food and it has a cozy feel that will keep you coming back again and again.

Local Tip: Pumpkin Waffles. Just do it! 
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Riverfront Park

Whether it's ice skating in the winter or gondola rides in the summer, this is a fun place for a date or a family night.

Local Tip: the Garbage Eating Goat is a favorite with the kids. Make sure and find it over by the Carousel.

 

Favorite family Places

 

Waffles Plus

What kid doesn’t love waffles? The staff is great and the prices won’t break the piggy bank.

 

Pavilion Park in Liberty Lake

If you love the idea of an outdoor movie then this is the perfect spot for you and the kiddos. Bring your blanket and settle in for a fun evening.

 

Spokane Fish Hatchery

Take a tour, feed the fish, and learn something new. It’s a fun adventure for kids of all ages.

 

Cat Tales Zoological Park

This sanctuary for big cats and wildlife rescue is a great learning experience and opportunity to see animals up close

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Manito Park

You could spend the entire day at this park. With splash pads, a Chinese garden, a greenhouse conservatory, and several playgrounds, this kids will stay entertained for hours.

Local Tip: get coffee and pastries at Rockwood Bakery or ice cream at The Scoop Spokane.

 

City Events

 

Bloomsday

The first Sunday in May, everyone shows up to walk or run in Bloomsday. If you’re not a big fan of crowds, you can also watch from a distance.

 

Hoopfest

The biggest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the world takes place right here in Spokane. People fly in from all over to play and cheer on the teams. 

 

Pig Out In the Park

Basically what it sounds like. Food vendors pack out the park with unique and fun food while people show up in droves to sample the fares. 

 

Green Bluff in the Fall

This is THE place for apple-picking, pumpkins right off the vine, hay rides, and a variety of fall activities. Prepare for an all-day experience because it gets busy.

 

Hopefully, this gives you some good ideas to check out. It’s not an exhaustive list but it’s a few of our favorite things about the Spokane area.

If you’re looking for a church community, we invite you to Sun City Church on Sundays at 9:15 or 11:00 am. We’re located in the heart of Spokane Valley and we’d love to be a part of welcoming you to our beautiful city!

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