The Pacific Northwest is a bustling region, with events year round bringing in visitors from across the globe. Whether you’re visiting or just looking for something to do close to home, here are some ideas to explore.
5 Things To Do In The Northwest
Tour A Winery
Just as each winery has its own flair when it comes to what goes into the bottle, they each have a unique style in décor. From cozy spaces that harken back to older buildings, or even the old world of Tuscany, to contemporary spaces that use natural light and the scenic views to decorate as much as the interior itself, you will have plenty of variety to sample when you tour the region’s wineries. Visit during spring and fall release weekends to taste the latest vintages as they are uncorked.
Explore Historic Architecture
If you ever wanted to experience the grandeur of early 1900’s architecture, then look no further than Spokane and Walla Walla. Stately hotels and repurposed buildings reveal the opulent designs of yesteryear. From marble flooring to renovated farmhouses, whatever you’re looking for in the construction of times past you are sure to find.
The trappings of years gone by offer not only insight into the mannerisms and customs of our forefathers, but also provide a unique opportunity to bring an old style to life in a new way. Whether you’re looking for a unique accent for a room, or desire upcycled and repurposed items to create a chic look, of your own there are plenty of places to search for that perfect piece. Spokane has several districts with an established history of housing antiques, while Northern Idaho and Walla Walla are known for rustic treasures from the farm styles of the past.
Take A Scenic Drive
If you’re looking to merely get from point A to point B then the highways are your best bet, however if you’re looking to discover the hidden gems of the Northwest, or experience the scenic beauty that the region offers, then leave the highway in favor of the winding roads that take you between the small communities and natural wonders that the area possesses. Wilderness areas, waterfalls, historic monuments, cozy towns and recreational opportunities abound.
The region seems to celebrate art at every opportunity. Spokane’s First Fridays invite visitors to stroll the downtown area to discover unique art and shopping while enjoying live entertainment and exceptional dining. And for those who want to explore more of the region’s treasures, there are art fairs and festivals year round. Spokane hosts ArtFest in late May. Coeur d’Alene is the place to be for the Northwest American Indian Art Show and Auction in July, and Art on the Green in August. For those starting early on their winter décor, the Walla Walla Valley Quilt Festival is the place to see demonstrations of the quilt-making process as well as bid on or purchase a new quilt.
For more information on any of these ideas refer to the 2013 Spokane/Coeur d’Alene/Walla Walla Essential Guide.