Spokane House

4301 W Sunset Blvd, (Formerly Travelodge Spokane), Spokane, Washington, 99224, United States

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Spokane House Interpretive Center

by JessieLang

Spokane House was a fur trading post founded in 1810 by the British-Canadian North West Company under direction of David Thompson. The post was sited where the Spokane River and Little Spokane River meet, and it housed several fur trappers and traders for many years.

When established it was the North West Company's farthest outpost in the Columbia River region, and it is the oldest building in Washington State. The site is now within Riverside State Park. The Spokane House Interpretive Center tells the story of the Spokane Indians who lived here, and the first European people to meet them and live among them.

This is not a major museum--it's a small site that would be of interest to people who like frontier history, etc.

Open weekends in the summer:
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend
Admission is free, with donations accepted.

Location: On Highway 291 (Nine Mile Road), one-half mile north of Charles Road (the Nine Mile Falls Dam bridge). Watch for the entrance in the woods on the left.


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Forum Posts

Visit to Spokane

by moomintroll

I would love to visit Spokane in summer. How is the weather like? Is there any place to swim?

Re: Visit to Spokane

by royalempress

Spokane's weather in the summer is mostly sunny and temps. in the middle 80's F with low humidity. Spokane's summers are very nice.

There are many small lakes surrounding Spokane and on the South Hill there is a large outdoor pool at the park.

Re: Re: Visit to Spokane

by kxner

Great weather in the Summer! And there are many, many places to swim. Lakes are the best choice and there are 50 in a 75-mile radius (or is it 75 in a 50-mile radius?) ... anyway there are many from so small boats aren't allowed to LARGE and Deep enough to train submarines (Pend Oreille) Coeur d'Alene is 30 minutes away and it's a world class resort destination. Priest Lake is a little further but so, so scenic. There are also many music festivals scattered about ... really depends on your interests.

Re: Visit to Spokane

by ltt

i went to Coeur d'Alene - it was nice

Re: Visit to Spokane

by Celiana

I think Spokane weather is pretty hot in summer. It can raise up to 100 degrees but usually it stays around 90. (It's +30 Celsius) We don't get much rain during the summer and everything gets so dry.

There are several lakes around Spokane but not many in Spokane. You have to drive for example to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, if you want to swim. Lake Coeur d'Alene is a nice, big lake where you can swim, ski, canoe etc. I think water is pretty clean too. They have a gorgeous resort by the lake, where you can stay. The lake is worth of day trip as well, if you just want to spent some time on the beach.

Travel Tips for Spokane

Bringing a Bike? Join in Sept Events

by JessieLang

The Spokefest event offers a choice of two routes: The 21-mile route is a loop that covers some of Spokane’s most beautiful riding; the 1-mile loop runs through Riverfront Park and is perfect for families, young riders and those wanting to stay in the urban park. Riders get a t-shirt and a water bottle. After the ride, there will be musical entertainment and a bike rodeo.
Adult 13 or older - $12
Youth 12 or younger - $8

Tour des Lacs
A Cycling Tour from Spokane to Coeur d’Alene, ID and back. This is a 2-day tour, with a variety of routes to choose from, a boat cruise, and an overnight in Coeur d’Alene.

(509) 455-7657

Both are held in September. Check their web sites for dates.

Serve Yourself

by JessieLang about Froyo Earth

Froyo Earth is a self-serve frozen yogurt place. They have 8-10 flavors of frozen yogurt and 2 sorbets, plus about 20 toppings--everything from hot fudge to cereal; fresh fruit to crushed cookies and candies.

You get a paper bowl, fill it with whatever flavors and toppings you want, and place it on a scale. It costs 39¢ per ounce (with a discount for cash.) They have little free sample cups so you can check out flavors before buying them.

Open daily--10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (closing extended to 11 p.m. on Friday& Saturday)

There is a hallway between this shop and the Starbucks next door, so you can indulge in both if you like.

Their parking lot isn't very big, but there is quite a bit of street parking available on Second St. (not metered) I didn't sample everything, but I filled my bowl with a combination of pistachio and cheesecake flavors. Delicious!

Rushing waters flowing fast.

by dabidc

The site of Riverfront park is an interesting mix of slow moving water, islands, pathways and rapids to the north.

There are many view points for those interested in photography, those from the north side of the river or the north side of the Islands allow for some fast flowing water crashing across rocks as the river speeds west.

The Play's the Thing...

by JessieLang

If you enjoy live theater, Spokane has a variety of options:

Interplayers Professional Theater
174 S. Howard St. (509) 455-7529

Interplayers has been performing for 30 years, and their building is on the National Historic Register. They put on 7-8 plays per year, Sept.-May -- 3 weeks each, Wed-Sat, and some weekend matinees.

Spokane Civic Theater
1020 N. Howard St. (509) 325-2507
www.spokanecivictheatre.com (Note that theatre is spelled "re")

This community theater started in 1947, and is still going strong. There are 6-7 plays (Sept.- June) in the main theater, and another 4 (less mainstream) in the smaller theater

INB Performing Arts Center
334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (509) 279-7000

This is the place to see touring "Best of Broadway" shows (usually about 6 per year) as well as musical events.

Spokane Children's Theater
315 W. Mission (509) 328-4886

Plays for children (Willy Wonka, Snow White, etc.) - 4 plays this year.


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