I've been on a business trip and busy at home the past week. Got to spend a few days in the paradise of Spokane, Washington last week. I lived there for a time in the 80s, and it wasn't much to speak of. However, I was a college student, and looking through the lens of a father, husband, professional and a hiker/skier it's a pretty nice place. They've worked pretty hard to make the downtown a really desirable place to spend time too.
If you ever get the chance, stop in and visit the park on the river where the World's Fair was held in the 70s. Nearby is Spokane Falls, which has a gondola ride across the falls. Take a walk on the 30+ mile bike trail created between Spokane and Couer d'Alene, ID.
For dinner check out the Steam Plant grill, which inhabits the old steam power plant with it's hundred foot high brick smoke stacks. The restaurant inhabits an area of the plant with catwalks and large machinery (no longer in service) and is two stories. They make their own beer there as well.