Thirty years ago, the Mielke family shifted its trade from cherry packing to growing, harvesting, and aging the grapes at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, which has won CityVoter's award for Best Winery for the last three years. The winery encompasses a warm-toned tasting room downtown as well as a 1924 Florentine-style estate perched on a cliff overlooking the Spokane River. The estate, registered as a National Historic Landmark, is home to a stone gazebo, 4 acres of gardens, and a gigantic checkers board for trees bored with feigning stillness. At each tasting room, knowledgeable oenophiles introduce palates to more than 15 handcrafted vintages to taste and take home. In addition to fermenting wines from its own grapes, the Mielke family sources grapes from mature vineyards around Washington.
Anytime Fitness accommodates night crawlers and day denizens with 24-hour access to endless rows of equipment, group fitness classes, and personalized training. Custom regimens rounded out by nutritional advice from a certified trainer make each client feel special, like a diamond the size—and shape—of a horse. Group fitness classes, alternatively, promote camaraderie and help participants stave off boredom by presenting a mixed array of drills. The gym's rows of TV-equipped treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary cycles with stair climbers help prepare legs for marathons and broken escalators. Weight machines, dumbbells, and kettlebells enable gym-goers to crank up muscle mass, and an unwinding experience in a high-powered tanning bed sends clients off with a sense of relaxation.
North Bowl’s glossy lanes unravel into pin-filled pastures, fostering competitive, family-friendly action in a completely smoke-free environment. Between thunderous bouts, patrons can roam into one of the facility’s trio of ancillary spaces, including the game room, pro shop, and bar and grill, where burgers, sandwiches, and pizza fuel fingers for rematches. During lights and strikes bowling, lasers and fog dance across darkened alleys, while speakers help energize competitors by blasting out tunes. The alley’s expanse is ideal for groups of friends to battle gutter-to-gutter in league play or during birthday parties, which, like the prerogative to scream for ice cream, are available to kids and adults alike.
Nestled in the long shadows of Spokane's towering pine trees, the lush, open terrain of Pine Acres grants Spokane's golf community verdant recreation. With an average tee-to-green distance of 84 yards, Pine Acres provides an ideal, low-pressure training ground for club-wielding cadets still calibrating their optimal swing-speeds. Dedicated duffers can traverse the nine-hole turf-loop in roughly an hour, leaving the rest of their afternoon open to reflect rigorously on their on-course performance or start secretly moving shag carpet into their own private, putting-green-themed speakeasy. Though the course's relative ease and the pro shop's generous club-rental fare ($0.50 per club, not covered by this Groupon) make this a perfect haunt for neophytes, the course is also suitable for masters of the white orb looking for a relaxing atmosphere to practice their short-irons, still seeking the hole-in-one that never was, or continuing their quest to find the Sand Trap Rake of Destiny.
Flow Adventures’ intrepid explorers introduce adventurers of all ages and skill levels to the thrill of navigating Washington's backcountry. Tours take place on the Spokane River, with idle inner tubing on the TJ Meenach stretch and whitewater rafting on the lower Riverside State Park section. Before groups set out, staff conducts briefings to ensure safe expeditions. Though they stress safety, they still take a lighthearted approach to trips.
Snap Fitness's easyFIT monitor is a small, clip-on accelerometer that helps keep track of daily exercise. Unlike pedometers that merely measure steps and spy on daydreams, the easyFIT monitor senses the intensity and duration of physical activity, transmogrifying those stats into simple, numerical points that help assess activity levels from sedentary to peak performance. In addition to tracking exercise in real time, easyFIT monitors can connect to the wearer's personal web portal to upload data and create fitness graphs that help show progress, snag exercise suggestions, and stave off the temptation of living next to a hamburger farm. Watch a video about the easyFit here.