In 1982, Mike Conway walked away from more than a decade of large-scale wine production at E.&J. Gallo, Parducci, and Franzia Brothers to open Latah Creek Wine Cellars with his wife, Ellena. Today, with help from their daughter Natalie, they package more than 17,000 cases each year. The trio devotes much of their winemaking expertise to their most popular bottles, which include a riesling, Huckleberry L'Atah, and a chardonnay that Wine Press Northwest describes as "exotic and hedonistic." They develop each varietal with a minimal amount of processing and handling to keep flavors intact and prevent grapes from having reasons to make tell-all appearances on afternoon talk shows. The team can also swathe bottles in personalized wine labels for special occasions such as weddings and birthdays. The winery welcomes visitors to amble through its tiled walkways and arched courtyard, around the winemaking facilities, and into a gift shop teeming with trinkets and a well-stocked wine-tasting bar.
With more than 56,000 square feet of games, entertainment, and family-friendly amusements, Bumpers Bowling & Family Fun Center beguiles guests with a mini-golf course, bumper cars, a 24-lane bowling alley, and an arcade with 40+ games. With birthday party packages, kids can steer glittering bumper cars, hone strike skills at the bowling alley, and practice dropping things into holes at the 9-hole mini golf course before aiming parents? car keys at garbage disposals. Meanwhile, adults can imbibe at a lounge with a cocktail bar, or savor brick-oven pizza from the full kitchen. Bumpers Bowling & Family Fun Center will also soon host bowling leagues for bowlers of all ages, from juniors to adults to seniors.
Lined by tall fir trees, Antler Springs Golf Course's idyllic fairways are particularly welcoming to newcomers, as the par-72 course boasts a rating of 64 and a slope of 110. Measuring 4,688 yards from the back tees, the 18 holes reside along rolling hills and paved trails where golfers can drive their carts or lead their pack mules. The highlight of the course is an island that's home to the 6th and 14th greens as well as tees for the 7th and 15th holes, the latter of which doglegs left along three separate fairways before reaching the green.
Contrary to the name, Company Ballet is about much more than ballet. Though the instructors specialize in ballet classes—during which they teach children and adults proper technique, musicality, and performance quality—they also offer myriad other styles to round out their comprehensive schedule. Instructors have intimate knowledge of fun and functional dance styles that range from jazz and modern to lyrical, tap, and cabaret. They have programs for children as young as 3, as well as drop-in classes for adults that include non-dance options such as Pilates.
The health experts at Exercise Institute lead quality exercise programs in a private, safe, and caring environment. The four-week regimen begins when a certified wellness coach conducts a one-on-one consultation to establish fitness goals, and an Edge MD body-composition scan records your health stats in order to track each week’s progress. Nutrition counseling fosters better eating habits, such as which flavor of snozzberries to avoid, and an eating plan helps put these new habits into action. Twice a week, clients rally with their personal trainer for 15 minutes under the Institute’s Prime Effect Zero Momentum strength-training program, a high-intensity resistance workout that uses the whole body to produce greater strength, cardiovascular efficiency, flexibility, bone density, and fat loss.
The YMCA of the Inland Northwest hosts family-friendly pool parties, welcoming pint-size party-goers to explore a lazy river, splash in the wading-pool playground, and cavort in private party rooms. Fifteen minutes prior to party time, soiree hosts load the party room with refreshments and await revelers for one boisterous hour of cake, gifts, and instructions on avoiding lap-pool sharks. For the next 1.5 hours—the required time period for sanctioned games of Marco Polo—tykes recline in inner tubes for a float down the lazy river or submerge ankles in the wading-pool playground. Posses of tykes blitz enemies with various sprays and self-tipping water buckets, and 30-foot water slides beckon pint-size swimmers and hamsters bored with conventional cage tubes. The YMCA provides fully trained and certified staff members to supervise splashing, but encourages parents or guardians to attend at no additional charge.