Five More Fun Facts About Spokane, Washington

Spokane Riverfront Park

Spokane is the second largest city in the State of Washington and the largest east of the Cascade Mountains. Spokane is home to a number of great lodging options, some awesome places to eat, and some fun things to do and see including shopping, Riverfront Park, Mt. Spokane, museums, and more.

It’s always fun to know some little known info about some of our local destinations. With that in mind, we hope you enjoy Five Fun Facts About Spokane, Washington.

Happy Father’s Day!

On June 19, 1910, at the YMCA in Spokane, a Father’s Day celebration was held. This was the first celebration of the event. It wouldn’t receive a presidential proclamation until Lyndon Johnson did so in 1966 and in 1972 became a national holiday when signed into law by Richard Nixon.

A Cow Town?

The first settlers in what is now Spokane were cattle ranchers S.R. Scranton and J.J. Downing.

What’s It Mean?

In the local native language, “Spokane” means “Children of the Sun” or “Sun People”.


Spokane’s Hoopfest, an annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament, is the largest event of its kind in the world. It began in 1990 and is held on the streets of downtown Spokane.

A Narrow Interstate

The Spokane River Centennial Trail connects Spokane all the way to the Washington-Idaho border. It’s 37 miles in length and follows the Spokane River. At the border, the trail continues on for another 24 miles under the name of the North Idaho Centennial Trail.

One Photo:  “Modern Apartments” Ghost Sign in Cashmere, Washington

Cashmere is a small town in the Wenatchee Valley, just a few minutes west of Wenatchee and a short drive east from Leavenworth.  It’s largely agricultural based, but has a fun downtown area, some nice parks, the Cashmere Cider Mill, 9/11 Memorial, and of course Aplets & Cotlets.

From the Aplets & Cotlets parking lot, you get a great view of this classic ghost sign.  It’s on the backside of one of the downtown storefronts and has a great vintage look to it.

How long was this sign made?  Small town experiences are largely about a simpler time and we don’t normally think of associating them with the word “modern”.  That wasn’t always the case, apparently.
Beautiful ghost signs are a nice surprise on any road trip.

Stop At The Leavenworth Reindeer Farm On A Road Trip To Leavenworth

Leavenworth Reindeer Farm

You can have a really nice road trip experience by heading west or east over Highway 2 and Stevens Pass. This is a beautiful area with high mountain peaks, incredible lakes and rivers, and several small towns worth visiting. One of those great small towns is the Bavarian themed community of Leavenworth. Spend some time there and you’ll find your appetite completely satisfied with all sort of options, ranging from burgers and brautwurst to fine dining.

Leavenworth also has a long list of fun attractions too. Every road trip enthusiast knows that you need to schedule a few stops here and there for breaks and for adding to the variety of experiences. One of the newest Leavenworth area things to see is the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm and it’s quickly becoming one of the most glowingly reviewed and overall popular. It’s easy to see why too. Reindeer are, to many people, almost mythical creatures. You see them done in claymation in Christmas movies on television or they make appearances on calendars and in greeting cards you display in your home during the cold winter months. If you visit the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm though, you can see them in person. You can even reach out and touch them.

Leavenworth Reindeer Farm

Visit the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm and you’ll be treated to a great family friendly experience. The visual as you walk up to the historic barn treats you with things like beautiful scenery, the sounds of a small country farm, historic farm equipment, and more. As you’d expect, there are several types of animals that call the farm home, including chickens, horses, geese, and pigs. But you’re there for one reason, to see the reindeer.

Leavenworth Reindeer Farm

The tour of Leavenworth Reindeer Farm starts off with some background information on the animals, as well as an in-depth look at how these special animals live around the world. You’ll find out things you never knew before and you’ll probably also find it to be extremely interesting too.

Leavenworth Reindeer Farm

Getting the chance to feed the reindeer right from your hand is something you’ll always remember about your visit to the Leavenworth area. The animals will meander around you, some passing you by and some walking right up and nibbling at the leaves off the willow branch you’re holding. If you’re holding a bowl full of feed pellets, don’t be surprised if you have a new velvet covered antler adorned friend. At some point, you’ll find yourself staring at the animal in front of you and realize this is something most people don’t ever get to do.

Leavenworth Reindeer Farm

This is also one of the best photo taking opportunities you’ll have too. I mean, who comes home with photos of reindeer after a road trip through Washington State? If you’re traveling with your family, you’ll even get to get some great photos of your kids posing with reindeer. Tell me those won’t come in handy down the road.

When you visit the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm, you’ll be doing more than finding a way to take a break from time spent out on the highway. You’ll be creating great memories at one of the most unique attractions in the entire Pacific Northwest.

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One Photo:  Huff ‘N Puff in Randle, WA

I love signs.  Huge historical roadside markers, faded ghost signs, classic neon signs, and any other sign, as long as it’s interesting.

In the small town of Randle, Washington, just west of Packwood and the entrance to the Mount Rainier National Park, you can find a small eating establishment that goes by the name of Huff ‘N Puff.  They serve awesome milkshakes, great burgers, tasty hot dogs, and a whole lot more.

They also have a classic vintage sign out front too.

Huff 'N Puff sign in Randle, WA

A Luxurious Waterfront Estate Between Chelan And Wenatchee

Lake Entiat Waterfront Estate

North Central Washington is totally worth being put on the list of road trip destinations to make. When you go there you can visit places like Lake Chelan, Grand Coulee Dam, Soap Lake, Dry Falls, the Methow Valley, the North Cascades Highway, and the Okanogan Valley. There are also a number of great state parks there, including Steamboat Rock State Park, Lake Wenatchee State Park, and Lake Chelan State Park. North Central Washington also features some fun communities worth visiting like Moses Lake, Wenatchee, Omak, Okanogan, Conconully, Winthrop, Leavenworth, and Cashmere. Another feature that dominates the landscape of this region is the Columbia River.

If you’re needing a base of operations to explore North Central Washington from, the Orondo area is pretty centrally located. You can stay there at this waterfront estate and have the time of your life. In fact, staying in a place might make it hard to tear yourself away and venture out to those other locations.

Lake Entiat Waterfront Estate

When you stay at this luxurious waterfront estate you’ll be treating yourself to an amazing vacation home. The house comfortably sleeps up to 16 people and features four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The dining area is large and the kitchen is fully equipped, perfect for feeding one or two people, even a small family, on up to a large group or extended family. The house features internet access, television, Bluetooth speaker capability throughout, and a number of private areas so that even at full capacity, people won’t be tripping over each other. There is also a media room with a 120 inch screen and projector too.

Lake Entiat Waterfront Estate

Step outside this home and into the backyard and that’s where you fall in love with the property. Right outside the backdoor is a full sized pool, perfect for adults and kids. Go beyond that and you’ll find the welcoming Columbia River, complete with a boat dock with a ladder to get down into or get up out of the water. Swimming in the river on a hot summer day can be the perfect ending to time outdoors in North Central Washington. that’s not all you can do there though. The home comes with kayaks and paddle boards that you are free to use, and even its own boat launch too. Combine all those things with a good sized backyard that is perfect for all kinds of outdoor games and it’s very easy to see just why renting this vacation home on the Columbia River could be one of the best travel decisions you ever make.

Lake Entiat Waterfront Estate

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Five Great Attractions Within An Easy Drive Of Packwood, Washington

Packwood Washington

Packwood Washington

The small town of Packwood is a very cool little community stuck way up in the Cascade Mountains, very near to both Mt. Rainier and the White Pass Ski Area. When you visit there you’ll be treated to some fun activities, beautiful scenery, and some nice places to get a bite to eat too. You’ll also get the chance to see some great examples of wildlife walking right through town. One of Packsood’s great assets too is that it is conveniently located very near to several other great attractions.

Here are five great attractions within an easy drive of Packwood, Washington.

Paradise at Mt. Rainier

The absolute top draw for anyone staying in or visiting Packwood is of course Mt. Rainier National Park. When you drive up into the park, make sure you drive about as far as you can go and make it all the way up to Paradise where the Paradise Inn, Paradise Ranger Station, and Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center are. Once there, check out all that you can learn in the visitor center, take some photos of the mountain in all its glory, and take the time to walk the 15 minutes up to Myrtle Falls. On the way back down the mountain, don’t forget to stop at Narada Falls, Reflection Lake, and the Box Canyon of the Cowlitz.

Rimrock Lake

On the other side of the Cascade Mountains from Packwood is Rimrock Lake. Rimrock Lake is home to some great mountain boating and fishing opportunities. There are several campgrounds and places where you can get down to the water and splash around too. There are even some lakeside eating out opportunities too. The drive over to Rimrock Lake can be a fun outing when you’re staying in Packwood or the surrounding area.

Windy Ridge Viewpoint

One of the more popular attractions in the Cascade Mountains in Washington is Mt. St. Helens. When you visit or stay in Packwood, you’re less than a couple of hours from one of the best places to view the mountain’s volcanic crater from, Windy Ridge Viewpoint. After you wind through the local forest and pass by a couple of other fun stops you’ll come to the viewpoint. From there, you’ll look right into the impressive crater. For an even better view, hike up the hundreds of steps that lead you to a higher place to view the mountain from. This is another of the many places around Packwood that you want to remember to bring your camera to.

Grove of the Patriarchs

Located near the Ohanapecosh visitor center in Mt. Rainier National Park is a short hiking destination known as the Grove of the Patriarchs. When you walk along these level and easily accessible trails you’ll be among some of the biggest and oldest trees in Washington’s Cascade Mountains. Take your camera because there are a lot of fun photo opportunities, including some really huge trees just waiting for you to pose in front of them. The suspension bridge is a nice bonus that everyone loves.

Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad

Drive west and then north from Packwood and you’ll reach the tiny town of Elbe. This area is a fun little part of the Cascades to explore, but the top thing to do there is to take a ride on the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad. When you take this ride, you’ll be able to see the same scenic beauty that rail passengers saw long ago. You’ll also be treated to views you can’t get from riding in an automobile. Top that with a first class railroad museum and it’s easy to see why this experience is loved by people year after year.

One Photo:  A Crowded Crescent Bar Beach

A summer day saw us drop down off of Highway 28 in Eastern Washington into the vacation getaway of Crescent Bar.  This particular Saturday saw this little vacation spot absolutely packed.  The beach here is at the edge of the Columbia River and the inlet of water that allows boats to access the marina.

The scene looks like a multitude of memories being made as people from all walks of life cool themselves in the water or warm themselves in the sun.

Stay In Sunland Estates During A Road Trip Through Eastern Washington

Vacation Paradise in Sunland Estates

The freeway runs east and west through the central part of Washington State. Finding a place to vacation along Interstate 90 is pretty easy too as there are some wonderful destinations. Whether you’re driving east or west, somewhere between Spokane and Seattle. Or if you’re instead traveling north or south towards Wenatchee, the Okanogan, Grand Coulee Dam, Canada, the Tri-Cities, or Oregon, you’ll be passing right through a uniquely beautiful area of the state, the Columbia River at Vantage.

Across the river from Vantage, and just upriver a bit is a Vacation Paradise known as Sunland Estates. This small development features access to the water of the Columbia River as well as placement very near the top draw in the immediate vicinity, the Gorge Amphitheatre, which is home to some of the biggest concerts each summer. When you stay there, you’ll also be very near a number of other things to see and experience like major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River, fruit stands all over the place, the very interesting Wild Horse Wind Farm, a couple of very interesting state parks, and plenty of outdoor recreation whether you’re interested in boating or off road vehicle use.

This really is one of the nicest vacation properties in the area and the whole gang can stay there as it comfortably sleeps up to 10 people. The backyard is where the action happens, with a large patio, plenty of seating, an outdoor grill, and a hot tub. The yard is large so there’s plenty of shade and green grass for the kids to explore and play in too. You can also take the short walk down to the river and spend time on the small beach there, cooling off in the water if that’s what sounds good to you.

Vacation Paradise in Sunland Estates

Back inside at your vacation rental, you’ll find a large floor plan, generous kitchen space, and plenty of isolated areas where your family or friends can break apart and find spots for themselves. With three bedrooms and three bathrooms, no one will be tripping over each other either. The house comes with internet, multiple televisions, a full garage, toys, dvd players, and all the kitchen appliances you’ll need too. The fact that you don’t have to worry about packing anything along other than clothes and food is completely underrated.

Vacation Paradise in Sunland Estates

Regardless of where you’re driving to or from in this part of Washington State, you can’t go wrong by taking a couple of days to enjoy the Columbia River and the Vantage area with a stay at this little piece of heaven in Sunland Estates.

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Vacation Paradise in Sunland Estates