Peak 7 Adventures aims to help youth realize their mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional potential through outdoor adventures that remove them from their comfort zones and let them experience nature. Working with local schools, community centers, at-risk homes, and foster homes, Peak 7 Adventures exposes underserved youth to engaging trips and tours. It provides all the necessary transportation, lodging, food, and gear for each participant and employs guides certified in first aid and CPR. In the wilderness, underserved youth and youth who have experienced homelessness can take risks, build friendships, and develop self-confidence. The trips explore the natural environs of the Pacific Northwest through a variety of activities including rafting, kayaking, hiking, and camping.
Full-spectrum light is essential to the human body, and Inland Massage Institute gives clients a new way to weather days of darkness with the Sunspectra 9000—a technologically advanced machine that mimics the sun's mood-boosting rays. During your 45-minute photic-therapy session, high-tech shinings will gently restore the delicate corporeal balance of brain chemicals, which run amok when the body is denied its recommended dose of sunlight. Lay back and bask in a bath of blues-banishing, UV-free rays as you're recharged and relaxed by Sunspectra's gentle glances.
A stone’s throw from the Spokane Arena, more than 20 high-definition, flat-screen televisions line the walls of The Tailgater Sports Bar, where diners flock to take in a game while enjoying 10 beers on tap and wings doused in one of three sauces. In addition to classic appetizers including jalapeño poppers and fish and chips, the staff flips eight types of third-pound certified Angus burgers, and tops country-fried steak sandwiches with gravy. On select weekends, the bar hosts events where DJs spin top-40 tunes or notable poker players challenge guests.
Multiplatinum-selling and multiple-Grammy-winning quartet Third Day’s stirring Southern rock thrills multitudes on its Make Your Move spring tour. One of the most popular Christian bands of the A.D. era, Third Day has moved millions of fans with hits such as “Cry Out to Jesus” and “Love Song,” as well as hundreds of tumbleweeds with its tour bus. With a sound that evokes Lynyrd Skynyrd in its Sunday best, the band tenderly testifies while rocking through a hook-laden marathon live show.
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.
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.