Beginning today, our WAWednesday becomes WAWeekend. The focus will continue to be on short getaways and hidden treasurers not far from our Pacific Northwest home.
With our love of old places – the kind where the floors sometimes creak and the wood-frame windows still open - we chose The Spokane Club for our two night stay in Spokane, the second largest city in Washington State.
Like The Union Club of British Columbia, that we told you about last week, this is a private club – its origins dating back to the late 1800’s -- that has opened its guest rooms, The Inn, and athletic facility to the public.
The clubhouse, designed by Kirtland Cutter, whose name would become synonymous with Spokane’s Age of Elegance, put us within two blocks of the theatre district, Spokane Falls and its gondola ride, the River Park Square, and the city’s more famous historic hotel, The Davenport.
We paid $135 night which included various taxes, and it provided free parking at the Club’s nearby garage, in- room wireless and use of their modern-multi-storied athletic club.
We dined in the Club’s restaurant where we had some of the tastiest food of our entire road trip. Restaurant ‘regulars’ recommended the Crab Louie – they didn’t steer us wrong.
The Club’s common areas weren’t as inviting as were those at Victoria B.C.’s Union Club. But the Spokane folks were pretty proud of their recent room renovations which included new beds, so they had a bed on display in the middle of the lobby instead of seating. And their stately old library with a man-sized fireplace was under renovation one day of our stay and reserved for a private party the next. (We did sneak a peek – and that’s Joel standing inside the fireplace.)
If you go:
The Spokane Club Inn, 1002 W. Riverside Avenue, Spokane, WA, 99201, 1-866-599-6674. Two restaurants on-site, one bar, 37 guest rooms, 10 suites.
A quick check of Expedia showed a summer Mon/Tues stay rate at the Spokane Club to be $95 a night, about $50 a night less than the Davenport.
Tip: You can book travel on Expedia, by going through the Ebates.com site that provides rebates and cash back for booking through the site.