Fly through the Trees on a Zip Line at Adventure Dynamics

Written by Stephanie on April 14th, 2014

  Looking for a new adventure? Adventure Dynamics has a few ideas for that. Their outdoor course in Nine Mile
Falls, WA (just northwest of Spokane) offers 50-foot high zip line rides, vertical climbing challenges, a giant swing that sends you high and far, and more. The programs are designed to build commitment, self-confidence, and teamwork within groups, so it’s a perfect place for family outings, birthday parties, or groups of any kind—it is the perfect alternative to boring company retreats.

Adventure Dynamics isn’t just for groups and teams. Aerial fun is available for individuals, too. Just grab an adventurous friend and go. A few hours here could also make for one of the best date options in Spokane, and you can find out what the other person is made of while improving communication and trust.

Although climbing on an obstacle course and moving through the trees like a flying squirrel looks scary and feels exhilarating, Adventure Dynamics is of course quite safe, with special equipment designed to keep you and everyone in your party happy and out of harm’s way. You don’t have to be an elite athlete to have a great time. According to the website, “People of all ages, shapes, and sizes have successfully completed the Adventure Dynamics program. Special athletic ability is not required. You need only bring a willingness to participate on your own level.”

Adventure Dynamics opens for the warm season on May 6. To make reservations for birthday parties or team programs, call 509-467-0800 or email adventuredynamics@earthlink.net. Reservations for aerial zip line adventures can be made online.

 

Bloomsday is Sunday, May 4! New This Year: Free Doomsday Hill and Finish Line Photos

Written by Stephanie on March 20th, 2014
Bloomsday starting line

Bloomsday starting line

The 2014 Lilac Bloomsday Run, one of the world’s largest timed running events, is just around the corner. Over 50,000 people participate, from families with strollers to elite runners from all over the world. The 12 km (7.46 miles) course begins and ends in downtown Spokane, with entertainment all along the way, including local bands and your favorite science fiction characters from SpoCon to take your mind off the physical challenge of the race.

You’ll want official photographic evidence of accomplishing Bloomsday, and, for the first time ever, the photographs taken of every participant at the top of Doomsday Hill and at the finish line will be available free of charge for you to share digitally or print. Also new this year, Washington Trust will bring the world’s largest interactive heart exhibit to the Bloomsday Trade Show, highlighting the heart-healthy lifestyle Bloomsday embodies. Eight more Bloomsday character cards will be available at the trade show as well, which are very popular with young racers.

Online registration is open until April 20; mail registration forms must be postmarked by April 15. Pick up your race number and instructions at the Bloomsday Trade Show Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, at the Spokane Convention Center (Exhibition Hall), 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. The trade show is an event in and of itself, as one of the country’s largest free trade shows devoted to fitness, health, and running. Click here for trade show and check-in hours. Bloomsday is open to all runners, walkers, wheelchairs, assisted wheelchairs, and strollers.

If you are coming from out of town, book your hotel rooms early, as most lodging in town does sell out. Stratford Suites is conveniently located minutes from the race, with fully equipped kitchens, 50” HDTV/DVD, and high-speed internet. Call 1-888-705-8877 to book your comfortable suite.

 

Bloomsday 2014

Written by admin on March 20th, 2014

326143_3278The 2014 Bloomsday poster has been released! What that means is that the weather in Spokane is about to change. There’s no surer sign of spring than Bloomsday registration. Officially named the Lilac Bloomsday Run, “Bloomsday” as it is typically called, has had over 40,000 participants every year since 1986. The 12k race has been held the first Saturday in May every year since 1977.

Registration for Bloomsday is well under way, but the deadline is coming up fast. After you register, head over to our website and check our special Race Package.

 

Washington Wine Month

Written by admin on March 17th, 2014

1354570_83682820March is known for being a lot of things – “in like a lion, out like a lamb,” a fervent college basketball time – but there’s another event to look forward in March. It’s called Taste Washington Wine Month, and it’s an annual celebration of the award winning wine industry in Washington State.

There are daily events happening and you can find them all at the website for Taste Washington.

 

Golfing in the Inland Northwest

Written by admin on March 7th, 2014

Though there is snow on the ground, we’re on the back nine of winter. In fact, we’re expecting temperatures into the 50’s by the end of the week. With spring is right around the corner, many of you might be thinking about golf.

1340146_93262505While there are plenty of courses throughout the region, there are eight municipal golf courses throughout Spokane County maintained by Spokane County, The City of Spokane, and Liberty Lake. The City of Spokane maintains four of those courses, while the county is responsible for three more. Liberty Lake also has it’s own city operated course.

The best part about these municipal courses is the cost of 18 holes, with the average cost  being less than $30. These local courses are known for being excellent public courses. The fact that they are public and affordable only adds to their appeal.

The courses may be unplayable now, but that shouldn’t stop you from planning the perfect golf getaway. Visit our packages page for more details on several golf packages.

 

Inlander Restaurant Week Is Here! Try Some of the Best Restaurants in Spokane at a Special Price

Written by Stephanie on February 25th, 2014

Treat yourself to a fine dinner created by Spokane’s elite culinary talent this week. During Spokane’s Restaurant Week, from February 21 to March 2, you can choose from 74 great restaurants in the Spokane area that are offering a special prix fixe menu for either $18 or $28. Each menu features a minimum of three courses, with different options for each course. You choose an appetizer, entrée, and dessert.

Inlander Restaurant Week is a delicious, affordable way to discover some of the best chefs and restaurants around. Click here to search for participating establishments in your neighborhood, with a Restaurant Week menu for each. Be sure to make reservations.

If you want to make your night out even better, why not book a hotel and treat yourself to a mini staycation? Check out Stratford Suites’ luxurious rooms and our “Night on the Town” package.

 

Spokane Restaurant Week

Written by admin on February 18th, 2014

Visit Spokane and the Inlander have teamed up to present Restaurant Week. Officially titled ‘Inlander Restaurant Week,’ the event takes place between February 21 and March 2.

During Restaurant Week, participating restaurants present the public with specially priced menus. The menus offer minimum of three courses with several options for each course, and are priced at either $18 or $24. The courses offer appetizers, entrees and desserts.

For more information on Inlander Restaurant Week and the participating restaurants, visit the Restaurant Week website.

To make this special week even better, book our Night on the Town Package which offers you a taxi voucher from Stratford Suites to downtown, and back!

 

Fun Things to Do with Kids in Spokane

Written by Stephanie on February 11th, 2014

Traveling with children? There are plenty of fun things to do in Spokane to keep the whole family happy.

Mobius Science Center and Kids’ Museum

At the Mobius Science Center (811 W. Main), kids have fun while learning scientific concepts. Exhibits in the 26,000 foot facility feature hands-on learning in physics, acoustics, optics, engineering, flight, Northwest geology and ecology, chemistry, space, fluid dynamics, chaos theory, and more. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10–6 and Sunday 11–5. Admission prices are adults $10.00, ages 18 and under $7.00, ages 3 years and under free. Seniors (65+), military families, and students with ID receive $1.00 off daily admission.

Kids can play and interact in six themed exhibit areas at the Mobius Kids Children’s Museum, located on the lower level of River Park Square. Some fun activities include taking control of traffic lights in a miniature city, creating unique art in the Out of Hand Art Studio, and performing in costume with musical instruments in the Globe Theater. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10–5 and Sunday 11–5. Admission is $6.00 for adults and children, free for babies 12 months and under, and $5.00 for military families and seniors.

The Mobius Bounce Pass single day admission to both Mobius Kids Children’s Museum and Mobius Science Center is $15.00 for adults and $12.00 for children. Both facilities offer birthday party packages.

Cat Tales

Cat Tales

Cat Tales Zoo

Visit an entire zoo of wild cats, including tigers, lions, leopards, bob cats, and more. For a memorable experience, Cat Tales, offers hand feeding of a big cat for adults and kids 8 and older. It is a nonprofit zoological training center as well as a zoo. Some of the animals are rescues who lived in poor conditions, some were transferred from other facilities, and some were born at Cat Tales. You can learn about each animal’s story in the informational tour given by knowledgeable staff members. The zoo is open year round. Click here for hours and admission prices. Cat Tales is located in Mead, at 17020 Newport Hwy.

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A piece from the upcoming Patrick Siler exhibit at the MAC.

MAC Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture and the Campbell House

The MAC showcases the history, native cultures, and art of the Inland Northwest. Five galleries hold long-term and visiting exhibitions, including traveling exhibitions in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institute. Many exhibits are fun for kids (call to ask if you are not sure).

Historic Campbell House

Historic Campbell House

Upcoming exhibits include 100 Stories: A Centennial Exhibition, which will feature themes of the American West in honor of the Eastern Washington State Historical Society’s first century; and Meet Me at the Spot: The Art of Patrick Siler. Both open February 22. Your admission to the MAC also gets you a tour of the gorgeous Campbell House early 1900s mansion right next door, which is fascinating for kids and adults alike. Tours are available Wednesday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the hour. The MAC is open Wednesday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 for adults, $7.50 for seniors ages 60+, $5 for students with ID, and free for kids 5 and under.

Riverfront Park

Looff Carousel

Looff Carousel

Spokane’s beloved Riverfront Park is a great place to take energetic kids, even in the winter months. Although the IMAX is closed for the season, the Ice Palace, one of the best outdoor ice skating rinks in the nation, is open. The historic 1909 Looff Carousel is fun for all ages, as is the Skyride over the Spokane Falls, and during the winter you can often see beautiful ice-encased waterfalls. Don’t forget to take the kids to the giant red wagon slide. The garbage eating goat is another favorite with kids. Check the calendar for hours on all attractions—the Skyride closes in extreme weather, and the Looff Carousel has occasional maintenance closures.

Wonderland Family Fun Center

This is a great place to spend a few hours playing. Attractions in the 2,200 square foot Wonderland include black light or outdoor mini-golf, air hockey, climbing wall, lazer tag, batting cages, and go-karts. There are over 80 video and redemption games, with ticket rewards that can be exchanged for prizes. In the eating area (pizza, soda, and snacks available), kids can climb, crawl, and slide in the adventure playhouse. Outdoor activities are weather dependent, but there is plenty to do inside for adults and kids alike to have a great time. Click here for hours. Wonderland is located at 10515 N. Division.

Pattison’s North Skating Center

Get those restless kids out of the car and into the skating rink to use up some energy! Pattison’s North, located at 11309 N. Mayfair Rd. just north of Wonderland, offers affordable roller and inline skating for all ages. Click here for schedules of sessions and lessons.