Friday, September 25, 2015
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Thursday, September 10, 2015
By Satinder Haer, guest blogger
|Sunset View from Arbor Crest Wine Cellars (Laurie L Ross)|
Spokane should be at the top of the list when considering where to live in the Pacific Northwest. This vibrant city—the 2nd largest in Washington—remains largely underrated. Spokane’s residents have access to all the elements of a classic Pacific Northwest lifestyle without the price tags of Seattle and Portland. For outdoor adventures, a taste of eastern Washington’s booming wine scene and a low cost of living, Spokane is the ideal place to find a home.
Access to the Outdoors
When it comes to the outdoors, Spokane’s motto describes their attitude succinctly: “Near nature, near perfect.” Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or just want to take the family out for a stroll, you’ll have your pick of hiking trails, parks and gardens. The Centennial Trail, a paved trail that runs along the river for 37-miles from just west of downtown Spokane in Kendall Yards all the way to the lake in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Bikers might opt to head to Fish Lake Trail instead, as the Riverside State Park Connector Trail is a popular unpaved, 1-mile option for mountain biking. For those seeking something at a slower pace, the picturesque Manito Park is a great option—the 90 acre park on the South Hill houses an arboretum, conservatory and several gardens—all free for the general public. Riverfront Park, which acts as a gathering place for numerous annual events is nestled in the downtown core with walking bridges over the river and falls. There's also rafting or tubing on slower parts of the Spokane River and camping at close by Riverside State Park. There are 76 nearby lakes, 5 unique ski resorts and 33 golf courses within a 50-mile radius.
Wine enthusiasts have delicious options from a growing local wine scene. A great place to begin is Spokane’s Cork District—a cluster of 15 wineries in downtown Spokane. Barrister Winery is a stand-out stop for downtown’s First Friday Art Walk, where patrons enjoy live music, good food and of course wonderful wine. Outside the downtown area, wineries such as Arbor Crest which offers stunning views of the Valley and Latah Creek Wine Cellars, just off I-90 in the valley are two of the regions oldest wineries. The wine scene in Spokane is intimate with the opportunity to learn from the vintners and try the new releases. If the winemaker isn't pouring they are often close by.
Low cost of living
If nature and wine aren’t enough to have you already packing, the cost of living in Spokane might be the deciding factor. In the U. S., the median price of a home is $179,900. In Spokane, the median cost of a home is a whopping $42,000 lower. Additionally, the cost of living in Spokane is 4 percent lower than the national average, with utilities and groceries being substantially cheaper than the rest of the nation. Not only are you likely to be spending less on housing, utilities and food in Spokane than most other places in the U. S., for those relocating from out of state, the lack of state tax in Washington may save you some additional money.
Spokane undeniable attractiveness is for the quality of life it provides. The city offers activities everyone can enjoy and the cost of living is a bonus. If you’re ready for affordable living, four seasons and practically no traffic, you may want to make your next great move to Spokane, WA.
Friday, September 4, 2015
Last night I went to a preview of the new Anthropologie that opens today. Oh Spokane, you're getting pretty cool. Fun merchandise and inspiring displays.
The new store next door, &Kloth opens today as well. This is a sister store to Fringe, a local boutique that started on the South Hill and now has a second store in Wandermere.
Both of these stores are located in downtown Spokane on W Main across from Nordstrom. Ohh Nordy's you have some trendy competition.
(&Kloth photo credit: Snagged from the &Kloth facebook page)
Found at Trader Joe's in Spokane, WA. An ensemble of seafood (cod, scallops, mussels & shrimp) in a hearty tomato sauce. This cioppino seafood stew is a delicious way to stay warm as Summer fades into Fall. I suggest adding crispy crust Bouzie's Bread available fresh daily to-go at Luna Restaurant on the 57th.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Wine is more than a liquid libation. Most locapours (lovers of local wine) will claim Washington wine has meaning, depth and even truth in every glass. Wine is an experience, sometimes even a ritual that’s meant to be shared and from there the truth often flows. Vino Veritas is a Latin phrase that translates “in wine [there is the] truth.”
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Some of my early articles were published under the pen name, Coco Irving. I pretended it was highly creative and mysterious to have an alias. The truth was I was insecure about my writing. After many years and countless published works, I still am.
When I inquired about using a pen name, my editor quickly agreed and asked what it was. I had no idea. In response to the blank look on my face, she asked what my stripper name was. What? Stripper name? Why would I have a Stripper name? She explained it was my dog's name followed by my mother's maiden name. Too funny!
So Coco Irving it was. After a year of being published under my dog's name, I bravely applied my real name to the byline.
Sunday, August 9, 2015
While you were sleeping, countless drops of water fell from the sky and nourished the parched earth. It was an answer to prayer for many and still we were all blessed by the peaceful morning symphony. Find joy in the seemingly ordinary as rain is nothing less than a familiar miracle. LLR