See the Blue Man Group, the Book of Mormon from the Creators of South Park, and William Shatner in the Best of Broadway 2014-2015 Season

Written by Stephanie on May 14th, 2014
The Book of Mormon. Copyright 2014 WestCoast Entertainment.

The Book of Mormon. Copyright 2014 WestCoast Entertainment.

WestCoast Entertainment will once again bring big Broadway hits to Spokane for the 2014-2015 theatre season. The season package features The Book of Mormon (August 12–17, 2014),  winner of 9 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and by the creators of South Park; the wildly outrageous Blue Man Group (October 16–29, 2014); the Tony Award winning Memphis (February 19–22, 2015); Camelot (March 26–29, 2015); and the classic Guys and Dolls (April 23– 26, 2014).

In addition to the season ticket package, Best of Broadway will also include six special engagements: Under the Streetlamp (Saturday, October 25, 2014), Cirque Dreams, Holidaze (Friday, November 21, 2014), GRINCH (November 26 – 30, 2014), Shatner’s World starring William Shatner (Thursday, December 4, 2014), Alton Brown LIVE! The Edible Inevitable Tour (Sunday, March 1, 2015), and Mamma Mia (March 20 – 21, 2015).

Camelot

Camelot. Copyright 2014 WestCoast Entertainment.

Your best chance of seeing all the shows you like is to purchase season tickets, which are on sale now ($147–$307; payment plans are available). Season tickets are discounted and include all five of the regular season package shows, and season ticket holders can buy tickets to special engagement shows before they go on sale to the public. All shows are held at the INB Performing Arts Center downtown, located next to Riverfront Park on the Spokane River (be sure to allow extra time for an evening stroll in the beautiful park before the show). Parking is available throughout downtown at garages, surface lots, and street metered parking areas.

Coming to a Best of Broadway show from out of town? Stay at Stratford Suites, just minutes from downtown, and you will enjoy affordable luxury suites with fully equipped kitchens, leather furniture, hi-speed wireless internet, 50″ HD TV and DVD, pillow top mattresses, and down pillows. Call 888-705-8877 for reservations and to ask about our Night on the Town package, perfect for Best of Broadway, which includes a bottle of wine and cab vouchers to take you to and from any destination within the downtown core and back to your luxury suite.

 

Painting, Drinking, and Fun at Pinot’s Palette: No Experience Required

Written by Stephanie on April 26th, 2014

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Since the Pinot’s Palette grand opening in the SoDo district on February 28, almost every class has sold out. It’s not hard to see why. Pinot’s Palette provides easy step-by-step instructions for painting along with local wines and beers. Owner Jackie Casey said, “There is a lot to do in Spokane, but this is something a little different. People embrace art and wine, and we are a combo of the two, so it’s perfect.”

The focus at Pinot’s Palette is less on education than fun. At each class, an instructor creates a specific painting while giving directions and tips to the class. Another instructor or two walks around to provide individual help. “It’s made for people who have never picked up a paintbrush,” said Jackie. “All of our paintings are for beginners. We encourage creativity, so sometimes we will be painting a purple peacock, and someone will change it to a green peacock. Sometimes someone will paint something completely different.”

There are Pinot’s Palette locations elsewhere in the country, but this is the very first one in the Northwest. Jackie was introduced to the idea when she was living in Oklahoma and working as a wine rep. She went with some friends and was apprehensive as she was not artistic, but she had so much fun that she decided to look into opening one of her own. Spokane seemed like the perfect place. Feedback from class participants has been extremely positive, with people showing up guarded and nervous but opening up and having a great time by the end of the class. The instructors are all local artists who excel at encouraging people and making them feel comfortable and confident.

Weeknight classes are two hours long and cost $35, while weekend classes are three hours long and cost $45. All materials are included: acrylic paints in every color you can imagine, paintbrushes, apron, easel, and a 16 x 20 inch cotton canvas, which you can either pin to your wall as is or have framed for an additional $35. While painting, you can purchase local wine and beer or nonalcoholic beverages to enjoy. A bottle of wine to share with friends is offered at a discount.

Pinot’s Palette offers all kinds of private parties, from team building meetings for businesses to bachelorette parties. There is no extra charge for renting the place out for your event, just a minimum of 15 people, and you choose the music, painting, and time and date.

To sign up for a class, you can register online or call 509-290-5098. Pinot’s Palette is located at 32 W 2nd Ave Suite 100, Spokane, WA 99201.

 

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.