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Summertime in the 509

Mountain Biking at Riverside State Park

Let’s face it. There are so many good reasons to live in Spokane, we’d blow our servers on this blog listing them all. With affordable housing, great schools, the two biggest state parks, five incredible ski resorts all within a two-hour drive, golf courses that Jack Nicklaus admires, and so much more, why would we want to live somewhere else?

Living in Spokane also allows us to enjoy a great summer. Let’s take a look at ten reasons summer in Spokane is simply the best.

On to the list….

This seems to be the kickoff to summer, and the 22nd Hoopfest was a big success last weekend. How many other cities across the nation shut down the downtown streets in favor of street basketball? Spokane embraces this event every year.

76 Regional Lakes
A summer day on the lake is one of the best feelings. It’s just you, the water, a boat, a beverage and the sun. With so many lake options nearby, you and your family will definitely find many you enjoy.

Mountain Biking
We’re not completely sure, but we’re confident that you could, theoretically, ride a different trail each day of the year around Spokane. Riverside State Park is prime property to crank. Beacon Hill in Spokane Valley has tracks that a seasoned vet would be proud of.

Much like mountain biking, hiking in Spokane is abundant. Riverside State Park, Mt. Spokane, Dishman Hills Area and Liberty Lake are just a few of the places you’ll be able to hike in a day.

Have you been to Arbor Crest yet? If you live in Spokane, this is a must. The incredible view of Spokane Valley on a warm summer evening, coupled with some wine and live music makes Spokane summer nights bliss. Don’t forget to check out Latah Creek and Barrister, too!

OK, so technically, this comes every other summer, but if you live in Spokane, chances are you’ll be here for at least two summers, right? Skyfest has featured the Thunderbirds, the Blue Angels and many other types of aircraft soaring over Fairchild Air Force Base. It’s quite the sight to see.

No Humidity
Those that have lived in humid parts of the country know what we’re talking about. Spokane’s dry, pleasant summers are perfect for spending time outdoors. With the sun out later, we want to be outside on the patio, or flipping steaks on a grill. Not inside changing our shirt and socks for the third time in a day.

Centennial Trail
The trail is the perfect spot for summer running, biking, tandem biking, skating, walking, and much more. Stretching from Nine Mile Falls to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, the trail runs along the Spokane River, giving users the perfect view for more than 40 miles.

Disc Golf
Commonly referred to as “Dolf,” (Edit: also commonly referred to as Frisbee Golf, or “Frolf”) this game has a pretty good cult following around here. The two major public courses in Spokane are Downriver and High Bridge. Be careful – you might run into Bigfoot at Downriver, though.

Spokane Indians Baseball
We’re making it official: Avista Stadium is the best minor league ballpark on the West Coast. We’re very fortunate to have a great organization such as the Spokane Indians Baseball Club. The team has entertained fans for decades. The organization puts on a great presentation and has a rich history. Did you know Tommy Lasorda once managed here? Now you do!

So that’s some on our list. What’s on yours?

5 Responses to Summertime in the 509

  1. #1: Downtown! Everything is so convenient, we have great local one-of-a-kind restaurants and shops along with services we need access to, traffic isn’t a problem, and it’s fun to sit at a sidewalk cafe and watch people going by.

    #2: The Spokane River. Being able to walk or bike or sit by a beautiful river running right through the heart of downtown, rafting it while the water is high, standing on a bridge and feeling the spray hit you–we’re very lucky to have it and to have so much publicly owned riverfront property so it’s accessible to everyone.

    #3: A beautiful park system thanks to the Olmsted Brothers and the additions over the years through voter-approved Conservation Futures investments.

    #4: Locally grown food available everywhere: Farmers’ markets, Green Bluff, the Spokane Public Market, Main Market Co-op, Fresh Abundance. We’re fortunate to live in a productive agricultural region and be able to eat fresh-picked food.

    #5: Outdoor concerts at parks, Arbor Crest etc. and area musical events.

    #6: Festivals and celebrations: Fourth of July fireworks, Allegro Royal Fireworks Festival, Summer Parkways, the various neighborhood street fairs like South Perry and Garland, Pig Out in the Park and more.

    #7: All kinds of biking in addition to the mountain biking listed above thanks to area bike clubs that put on various racing series and lots of cause-related long scenic rides.

    I could keep going….


  2. Yes! Summer in Spokane – at the MAC it is all about Leo. This world-class traveling exhibition is only in Spokane for the summer of 2011. And, the days are flying by. You and your family have about 8 weeks left to some explore. Visitors say it takes about 2 hours to really see it all! Special Summer 509 hours are Tuesday – Sunday 10-5pm.
    The MAC Campus offers a lot – I see people bringing picnics, frisbees flying, daily tours in historic Campbell House, and, folks using our new smartphone app for a Browne’s Addition Walking tour (54 properties are detailed!)
    Something not to miss. Just sayin’.

  3. Did I say it’s Leonardo da Vinci: Man-Inventor-Genius!

  4. David Jeter says:

    Spokane has some of the best golf in the world for the price. Hangman, Indian Canyon, Qualchan, and Down River are some of my favorites.

  5. Annie Matlow says:

    Take the fabulous Arbor Crest Winery and add the incredible music of the Spokane Symphony on a delightful summer evening and you have a winner! On July 9, the first Soiree on the Edge thrilled more than 400 as they looked out over the cliff on a crystal clear evening and heard tangos and more. On Aug. 12, the winning combination returns with a second Soiree on the Edge with Eckart Preu and a small chamber orchestra. Tickets are on sale now at 509-624-1200 or at Grab your picnic or purchase one from Catered for You, add a bottle of Arbor Crest wine and the Symphony will provide the music.

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