Both designed under the Best Western Plus ethos, the Peppertree Airport Inn and Peppertree Liberty Lake Inn sit just outside Spokane, making either an ideal headquarters for exploring eastern Washington's myriad attractions. Along with the universal amenities—both hotels feature a 24-hour indoor pool, complimentary WiFi, and a daily breakfast buffet including egg soufflés, waffles, juice, and coffee—each hotel offers a unique experience. Befitting its name, the Peppertree Airport Inn lies less than 3 miles from Spokane International Airport, easily accessible thanks to a free 24-hour shuttle that also runs to the nearby Northern Quest Resort & Casino. At the Liberty Lake Inn just east of Spokane, guests sip beverages and appetizers during manager's receptions, held every Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., or kick back in a sports lounge called the Pepper Zone, where two 55-inch plasma TVs look out over two reclining couches and a pool table's equally cozy 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, and the 90-acre Manito Park features five landscaped gardens, playgrounds, and a duck pond where goslings can be seen inflating their water wings for the first time every spring.
A member of the United States Archery Association, Spokane Valley Archery grants bowmen plenty of room—10 acres’ worth—to safely sling their arrows at a host of targets. Visitors can knock their arrows and take aim on a 100-yard practice range with targets placed every 5 yards, a broad-head range, or an 18-target, 3-D range that mimics shooting at live game or vogueing woodland creatures. Beginners can learn the sport through the Introduction to Archery class led by Level II USAA–certified coaches, who demonstrate safe use of equipment, proper technique, and standard range setup.
The staff at Axis Aveda Salon—formerly known as Natural Rejuvenation Aveda—uses a full line of natural beauty products to gussy up clients from head to toe. The quaint, four-chair salon's stylists offer cuts, color, and a variety of Aveda deep-conditioning treatments, and aestheticians perform body waxing and facials within private rooms. During the Elemental Nature facial, beauticians combine Elemental Nature products with exfoliation and massage techniques to address client skin concerns such as aging, dryness, sensitivity, oiliness, and flaking like a sunburned biscuit. A revitalizing Aveda eye treatment pampers peepers with naturally based products that harness the power of pure plant and flower extracts to help deflate under-eye bags
Guided by socially conscious principles for more than 30 years, Aveda produces a full line of natural beauty products carried at nearly 7,000 salons and spas. Popular gorgeous-makers such as Shampure shampoo and witch-hazel hairspray deliver on Aveda's commitment to well-rounded earthly beauty with eco-friendly packaging cradling ingredients derived from the world's finest and least selfish plants.
The black-belt instructors of Warhorse Karate Jiu Jitsu believe that developing character on the inside matters as much as learning to defend oneself on the outside. That?s why throughout their classes, they emphasize principles such as modesty, integrity, and perseverance to help pupils overcome the conflicts that can?t be resolved through traditional coup d??tat. For the times when those skills are needed, they prepare students by training them in in a mix of styles such as Kenpo karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Through progressive classes for kids as young as 6 through adults, instructors drill participants in both unarmed and armed self-defense. For those interested in developing defense skills for the ground, they teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This focused approach, along with its sponsorship of charitable organizations such as the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation, has won the academy many accolades. Warhorse Karate Jiu Jitsu has won Krem?s The Best of Spokane contest in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 in addition to taking the top spot in the Inlander Best of the Inland NW awards.
Vintner Tim Nodland approaches blending his wines like arranging a song, which makes sense, because as a professional jazz musician he possesses an astute sense of creativity and balance. He describes his winery as being “more like a musician’s studio” and his wines as “liquid art.” Nodland's musical background inspires the names of wines such as "Bebop" and earned his winery a mention in Wine and Jazz magazine. Nodland Cellars produces only one red wine and one white wine every year, allowing the winery to focus all of its energy on refining each vintage. Nodland's meticulously selected grapes, sourced from quality Columbia Valley vineyards, are each handpicked before enjoying a gentle press in stainless steel. Each vintage, aged in 100% new french oak, uses a blend of six grapes, primarily made up of cabernet sauvignon and merlot, which recalls a classic bordeaux from the late 1700s or early 1800s. Nodland's private blend’s complex Old World flavor comes from rare carmenere grapes, which were wiped out in Europe by a phylloxera blight in the 1800s.
By the time he was in fifth grade, Physzique’s founder, Zach Hunt, weighed 200 pounds. Not being able to fit into school clothes, avoiding family photos—his weight became an obstacle he thought he might never overcome. After years of ineffective diets, exercise techniques, and fitness equipment, he decided that the only option left was to create a program that would work for him. Devoting himself to the study of exercise and nutrition finally helped him cut through the mist of misinformation and marketing gimmicks, and arrive at a straightforward formula for lasting fitness.
After friends began asking how they could achieve the same weight loss and muscle gain they’d noticed, Zach founded Physzique to share the same simple plan he’d discovered: intense but varied workouts, performed in groups large enough to form a network of support and accountability, but small enough for attention to each person’s needs. Physzique’s trainers supplement training sessions with realistic nutrition guidance that works in tandem with the exercises to tone muscle, reduce inches, and restore depleted energy reserves more effectively than a post-workout coffee bath.