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.
If they can't make it to the game, sports fans find The Ref Sports Bar a good substitute for the live action. Flat screens flicker on all four sides of a jumbotron-style feature hanging above the bar. Friends gather around creatively named pizzas, such as the Classic Homerun Margherita and the The Man Cave, with buffalo sauce, crispy chicken, jalapeño bacon, and ranch dressing forming the image of the buttons on a remote control. They can also share a plate of chicken wings doused in various sauces, including six buffalo sauces in varying levels of heat. Ambitious eaters who complete the Unnecessary Roughness Challenge—devouring five total pounds of burger, toppings, and fries—get their meal for free plus a pallet in the corner to sleep off the food coma.
Since 1974, Nancy Jones has been mastering her skills in the decorative arts, transforming boring surfaces into beautiful, multi-dimensional works that dazzle the eye. As the owner and creative director of Artworks Spokane, Nancy continually visits seminars and workshops to maintain and develop her craft, while also overseeing a talented team of artists, each with their own style and approach. The staff leads workshops to share insight into their techniques, ranging from cabinet and furniture painting to manipulating plasters.
BodyinMotion's massage therapists help keep limbs limber with a variety of massage modalities. They relieve stress with the light, sweeping strokes of Swedish massage, gentle enough to engender mental relaxation. They use deep-tissue massages to target pain and posture management, addressing areas of tension with more intense pressure. They perform each treatment in a private room, sheltered from the outside world by gauzy curtains hanging in the windows.