Where to stay, what to do, and where to eat in Spokane's Davenport District
The Davenport Hotel faced the wrecking ball, but local entrepreneurs intervened and, in 2002, reopened the grande dame in all its Spanish Renaissance/ French neoclassical glory.
A 2007 restoration of the 1931 Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox uncovered original cut-glass stars on the ceiling and murals of swimmers and ballplayers in the men's lounge. Home to the Spokane Symphony, the Fox hosts international performers like the Moscow Ballet yearround. Tickets $10-$70; 1001 W. Sprague St.; martinwoldson.com or 509/624-1200.
Scratch Restaurant and Rain Lounge ($$$; closed Sun; 1007 W. First St.; 509/ 456-5656), across the street from the Fox, stays hopping long past the final curtain call; order the local cheese plate. Or grab a booth and a burger at the Steam Plant Grill ($$; 159 S. Lincoln St.; 509/ 777-3900)--if you can't find it, just look for the twin smokestacks.
Of the district’s dozen plus galleries, our favorites are Gallery of Thum’ (closed Sun; 159 S. Lincoln St.; 509/294-9234), where you can pick up wind chimes from recovered silver and hand-painted gourds, and Artisans’ Wares (808 W. Main Ave., Ste. 216; 509/456-6030) for crafts by more than 150 artists.