|Spokane Falls: Amazing in Spring|
Spokane has a developed a vibrant, beautiful area along their urban river. You can enjoy viewing the rushing falls, shop the new River Park Square, and go wine tasting in the Cork District.
Even with this vitalization of the downtown area, Spokane has been careful to retain some of the historic architecture such as the beautifully restored iconic Davenport Hotel. I enjoyed a walking tour of the area which took me by historic buildings and along the Spokane River. There is much to do and explore in Spokane.
2. Washington's Long Beach Peninsula. In SW Washington, you'll find the Long Beach Peninsula, a Depot Restaurant with the locally sourced cuisine of Chef Michael Lalewicz.
|The kites on the Long Beach Peninsula will surprise you.|
The Long Beach Peninsula has an extensive list of enticing events. In the lead is the annual International Kite Festival. Long Beach is a great place to fly kites. You'll see competitors from around the world during the festival. Year 'round you can enjoy the colorful kites and displays at the two story kite museum, a must-visit when you are in Long Beach.
When you are ready to go home (IF you are ready to go home) stop at Jesse's Seafood market in Ilwaco for some fresh off-the-boat seafood to take home and cook.
|SE Wine Collective|
SE Division has become a popular place to open a restaurant. The newly trendy street is home to such foodie destinations as St. Honoré Boulangerie, Lauretta Jean's, Block + Tackle, Son of a Biscuit and Cibo.
It's a great way to enjoy such amazing sights as Multnomah Falls, Dry Creek Falls and Wahclella Falls. The trails are measured and rated so you won't over-do unnecessarily. My favorite, event or not, is the beautiful Multnomah Falls, just a short drive east of Portland.
5. Washington's Olympic Peninsula. Rain forests, Native American culture and a wild and exciting coastline are features of the Olympic Peninsula.
A great destination for hikers and walkers is the Hoh Rain Forest.
|View at sunset from Kalaloch Lodge|
When you aren't out hiking or kayaking, a great place to stay and dine is the scenic Kalaloch Lodge.
Photos copyright: Elizabeth R. Rose Photography