Best Western Plus Peppertree Liberty Lake Inn
Designed under the Best Western Plus ethos, Peppertree Liberty Lake Inn sits just outside Spokane, making it an ideal headquarters for exploring eastern Washington's myriad attractions. The hotel features a 24-hour indoor pool, complimentary WiFi, and a daily breakfast buffet including egg soufflés, waffles, juice, and coffee. Sip beverages and eat appetizers during manager's receptions, held every Monday–Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., or kick back in the Pepper Zone sports lounge, where two 55-inch plasma TVs look out over two reclining couches and a pool table's equally comfy felt.
Far away from the bustle of Seattle, Spokane thrives amid its beautiful natural surroundings. The Centennial Trail, a 37-mile paved multipurpose path, follows the swift-moving Spokane River throughout the city and beyond. The 90-acre Manito Park features five landscaped gardens, playgrounds, and a pond where goslings can be seen inflating their water wings for the first time every spring.
Spokane, Washington: Bustling Arts District and Riverfront Park near the Rocky Mountains
Spokane is Washington’s second largest city, but it manages to stay in touch with its green side. In fact, the town’s motto is “Near nature. Near perfect.” Throughout Spokane, you’ll find tons of parks and gardens as well as the Spokane River, which flows directly through downtown. And then there’s the thundering Spokane Falls at Riverfront Park. The 100-acre public green space also features a century-old carousel, an opera house, and an outdoor Ice Palace that’s open for skating from October through March. There’s a host of recreational opportunities just outside of Spokane as well. You can go boating and fishing on Lake Coeur d'Alene across the Idaho border (it’ll take you about an hour to get there), and the nearby Rocky Mountains offer unparalleled skiing, biking, and hiking.
In recent years, Spokane has emerged as a bona fide cultural hub with a thriving arts scene. On the first Friday of every month, dozens of downtown venues stay open late to showcase paintings, sculptures, photography, and other works by local artists. At the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, you can take in a performance by the Spokane Symphony. For a quick bite before the show, check out one of the casual eateries highlighted on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, such as Elk Public House. A good bet for wine lovers is Barrister Winery, which produces fruit-forward vintages in a 100-year-old brick building.