Rest Your Head Comfortably At The Northern Inn – Republic, WA

North Central Washington is home to some remote places. Places that most people may never even drive through, much less spend the night in. The small community of Republic is just such a place.

Republic sits near the junction of highways 20 and 21, each of which is a major route through the area, the first a major east-west route across the northern part of the state and the latter heading north and south to and from the Canadian border. Republic is small, with just over 1,000 year round residents, but is located in a very beautiful part of North Central Washington, just inside the Ferry County line.

Republic was founded by prospectors mining for gold in the late 1800s and is today known for being a place to get away from it all and also to enjoy several different kinds of outdoor recreation. In the immediate vicinity of Republic, you could easily take part in or view hunting, fishing, rock hounding, mountain biking, snowmobiling, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, and bird watching. To do any of that though, you’re going to need a place to stay when you get there. One of the best overnight experiences in the area can be had right in the main part of town at the Northern Inn.

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You cannot miss the Northern Inn when you drive through Republic. This brightly painted lodging option has a distinctive Old West feel to it that starts with the lettering on the sign, extends along the wrap around balcony, and is appreciated in the architectural references.

Inside, the Northern Inn is unlike most places you’ve stayed. The rooms are very modern and up to date and are not of the cookie cutter variety you find in chain hotels located in other communities. As you walk through the lobby or spend time in your room, you will feel the historic ties this hotel has to the community and the region. It originally opened in 1901 and has been welcoming visitors ever since.

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Whatever reason you have for visiting Republic and the surrounding area, you are sure to appreciate the spirit and authenticity of the Old West you find at the Northern Inn.

A clean, comfortable, and friendly overnight stay awaits you at this classic Old West hotel located in one of the more beautiful and truly off the beaten path locations in the northwest. It’s the perfect spot to stop and rest your head on a road trip across the northern part of Washington State.

Check out the Northern Inn online!

Stay at Coulee Playland Resort and Experience Banks Lake

Banks Lake sits in North Central Washington and is located directly south from Grand Coulee Dam. The lake is a man made lake filled with water pumped up from the dam. It is one of the top recreational destinations in the region.

By far, one of the most popular places to stay on Banks Lake is Coulee Playland Resort in Electric City. This place really does have it all. You can go there and use the boat launch to put your own watercraft into the water or rent a personal watercraft of your choice. Coulee Playland rents out motorboats, pontoon boats, pedal boats, canoes, and kayaks. You can also rent space there in both tent and RV spaces. If you love the outdoors and water recreation, you have got to check out Coulee Playland Resort.


My visit to Coulee Playland was for a couple of nights and saw me staying in one of their popular yurts. A yurt is a circular building that is perfect for camping out. My yurt included some light furniture, a barbecue area, microwave, refrigerator, deck space, and room for up to five people. I had a group of four, including me, and there was plenty of room and the setup actually led to us having even more fun.

The first day we were there we rented kayaks. This was a fun way to get out on the water and a nice way to have some independent freedom. We stayed out on the water for a couple hours before heading back in for lunch. We then drove up to Grand Coulee Dam for the laser light show. Day number two saw us rent a pontoon boat. I have to tell you, pontoon boats are a lot easier on the arms than a kayak paddle. We stayed out a little longer and covered quite a bit of ground (er, water). Exploring the lake and taking in the sights was a lot of fun. We even saw some deer on the shore coming down to get a drink.

Leaving Coulee Playland Resort made me pretty unpopular with those I was traveling with, but as the plan was to keep on moving, two nights was all that could be done that time. I definitely see a return visit in our future though.

Spokane’s Landmark Davenport Hotel

The Davenport Hotel in Spokane is a local treasure and if you get the chance on a road trip through the area, you really need to experience it.

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First, a little history, this amazing building is on the National Register of Historic Places and originally opened in the early 1900s. This hotel has several firsts associated with it. This was the first hotel in the United States with air conditioning. It was also the location where the popular dish Crab Louis was served.

The hotel deteriorated in the latter half of the 20th century, but a complete renovation took place starting with the then vacant building being purchased by new owners in 2000. It has since been restored to the grand hotel that it had been in the early to mid 1900s. The gold leaf around the central fireplace is notable and a detail that is worth checking out.


I was lucky enough to stay at the Davenport Hotel on my way through Spokane and found it to be an experience that was far different from anything I’ve had before. Many of the visible areas throughout the hotel feature museum quality pieces of art. The rooms are modern and luxurious, but there are enough nostalgic touches there and throughout the public spaces that make it easy to imagine what it must have been like to stay there during the building’s prime.

I also loved the location of the Davenport Hotel. We walked out the front door and many of the best of what Spokane has to offer was right there within walking distance.

The service, cleanliness, and atmosphere cannot be beat in the region. My stay there made me really feel like I was staying in an honest to goodness landmark. Because I was.

Stay at the Comfort Inn Downtown Wenatchee

Wenatchee is a great place, not only for what it offers, but for what it is close to. You can setup your base of operations there and take day trips to Stevens Pass, Blewett Pass, the Cle Elum – Roslyn area, Lake Wenatchee, Moses Coulee, Grand Coulee Dam, Lake Lenore Caves, Soap Lake, Chelan, and more. There’s so much to do that it is a little mind boggling.

The Comfort Inn Downtown Wenatchee has provided me with clean, quality rooms for an economical price on more than one occasion. They offer a great continental breakfast in the morning too. Plus, a plunge in the swimming pool or hot tub can be the perfect way to end the day.


When you stay there you are also close to a number of local attractions, including the 11 mile long Apple Capital Loop Trail which is popular with walkers, joggers, and bicyclists.

The Comfort Inn Downtown Wenatchee also offers ski packages too which is convenient whether you are looking to ski at either Mission Ridge or Stevens Pass.

Having stayed there a number of times, I can always be confident in the service provided. Oh, and did I mention that breakfast? 😉

This is one place that is definitely worth a look.