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Bethany Luck-Hutson

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                         Spring is Spectacular in Spokane
                 Excellent Events, Great Getaways, First-Rate Rafting and Wines that Wow

                    In This Issue                  Dear Bethany,

                    Spokane's Super                Looking to plan your warm weather getaway? Whether
                     Spring Events                 you are looking for cuisine, culture or some solid
                                                   adventure, Spokane has it all! Here's just some of what
                 Plan Your Sensational             the Spokane Region has to offer this spring!
                   Spring or Summer
                   Spokane Getaway
                     Wild Wonderful                Plan Your Sensational Spring or Summer
                                                   Spokane Getaway
                  Succulent Spring
                 Wines & Wine Events               From quaint B&Bs to luxurious
                                                   resorts, boutique properties to family-
                                                   friendly chain hotels,
                                                   accommodations here were designed
                     Quick Links                   with you in mind.
                   Visitor Information             And now hotels and motels in the
                                                   Spokane Region are offering great summer packages for your
                                                   enjoyment! These packages include options for biking, rafting,

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                                        shopping, romance, theme parks, relaxing and so much more!
              Golf Packages
                                        Click on the links below to see the packages available at each
            Summer Packages             property. Click here for golf stay and play packages.
            Spokane Weather
                                                 Best Western Peppertree Airport Inn
                                                 Best Western Peppertree Liberty Lake Inn
            Upcoming Spokane
                                                 Cedars inn Spokane at Liberty Lake
                                                 Courtyard by Marriott Downtown at the Convention
                                                 The Davenport Hotel and Tower
                                                 Doubletree Hotel Spokane City Center
                                                 Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Spokane Airport
                                                 Fairfield Inn by Marriott
                                                 Holiday Inn Express Downtown
                                                 Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Cheney
                                                 Holiday Inn Express Spokane Valley
                                                 Hotel Lusso
                                                 Howard Johnson Inn North
                                                 Marianna Stoltz Bed & Breakfast
            Spokane's Super                      Mirabeau Park Hotel & Convention Center
             Spring Events                       Montvale Hotel
                                                 Oxford Suites Downtown
                                                 Oxford Suites Spokane Valley
                                                 Pheasant Hill Inn and Suites
                                                 Quality Inn Downtown 4th Avenue
                                                 Quality Inn Oakwood
                                                 Quality Inn Valley Suites
                                                 Red Lion Hotel at the Park
            Spokane hosts some                   Red Lion River Inn
            sensational events this              Super 8 Motel
            spring and summer.                   Travelodge at the Convention Center
            Mark your calendar for               Wallace Inn
            these excellent events:
                                        Click on these links to see more great Spokane Region spring
            First Friday
                                        and summer offers:
            DATE: Friday, May 2nd
                                                       Attractions | Restaurants | Retail
            TIME: 5-8pm (most
            venues)                     All offers available April 15 through September 15, 2008. "Summer in Spokane"
            COST: Free!                 promotion offers are not valid with any other coupons, discounts or offers.
            LOCATION: Downtown          Reservations must be made in advance. Please request "Summer in Spokane"
                                        promotional rates when making reservations. All offers are subject to state and local
            Spokane                     taxes. Offers are subject to space and/or product availability.
            Enjoy an evening of
            drawings, paintings,
            prints, sculpture,
            ceramics, photography
            and other visual             Visited                              If you have recently visited the
                                                                              Spokane region and had a great
            art. Take in diverse live
            performances, including
                                         Spokane                              experience, please tell us about
            music, dance and theatre     Lately?
            and don't forget the
            exceptional shopping
            and dining downtown                                Click here to tell us about your experience.
            has to offer. Art will be
            displayed in many
            galleries, shops, coffee
            houses and wineries in      Wild Wonderful Whitewater
            the downtown area.
            509.456.0580                Whether you're looking for some serious raging river rapids or
                                        you prefer softer adventure, the Spokane Region has the perfect

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                                         rafting company for you! Plan your whitewater trip now - some
                                         of the best water is in the late spring! Check out what these
                                         outfitters are offering:

                                         Confluence Rafting Expeditions
                                         River rafting, canoe and kayak trips are a
                                         spectacular natural theme park - truly the
                                         confluence of adventure, beauty, renewal,
                                         friendship and family! You're likely to see
                                         ospreys, bald eagles, deer, bear, beaver
                                         and marmots. 406.677.6268, 888.655.5388

            32nd Annual Lilac                                 Pangaea River Rafting
            Bloomsday Run                                     From adrenaline pumping whitewater to
            DATE: Sunday, May 4th                             sophisticated river wine tours to family-
            TIME: First group starts                          friendly scenic floats, Pangaea has
            at 9am                                            something for everyone. Pangaea River
            COST: $15 through April                           Rafting offers lots of trips on the Spokane,
            20, $30 April 21-27          Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers! Trips are perfect for ages six to
            LOCATION: starting line      76. 406.239.2392, 877.239.2392
            is in the heart of
            downtown Spokane             River City River Runners
            This 12-kilometer (7.46-     The tree-lined Spokane River offers views
            mile) race, which started    of wildlife, fascinating history and exciting
            in 1977, is open to all      rapids within minutes of a bustling
            runners, walkers,            downtown. One trip option offers rapids
            wheelchairs, assisted        and views of rugged basalt cliffs and
            wheelchairs and              wildlife, while the other presents pieces of
            strollers. Also enjoy the    Spokane's history (remnants of railroading, sacred tribal land,
            post-race celebration in     Ft. George Wright, Natatorium Amusement Park). 509.844.5834
            Riverfront Park with
            music, food and activities                         ROW Adventures
            until 5pm. Click here to                           Whitewater fun for all ages just two hours
            register. 509.838.1579                             from Spokane on three great rivers -
                                                                Moyie, St. Joe and Clark Fork! One day
                                                               trips include rafting gear, life jackets,
                                                               professional guides and lunch. Longer trips
                                         are available on the Snake, Salmon, Missouri and Lochsa
                                         Rivers. ROW Adventures offers whitewater rafting, fly fishing,
                                         canoeing and guided hiking trips. 208.765.0841, 800.451.6034

                                         Wiley E. Waters
                                         Enjoy some outstanding adventure on the
                                         Clark Fork and Spokane Rivers. The Clark
            Spokane Lilac                Fork River offers superb Class III and IV
            Festival's 70th Annual       rapids as well as calm stretches to take a
            Armed Forces                 leisurely swim or sit back and enjoy the
            Torchlight Parade            spectacular beauty of the wilderness. An
            DATE: Saturday, May          all-you-can-eat deli-bar lunch is served along a designated
            17th                         "pullover" area. Clark Fork trips can accommodate up to 48
            TIME: 7:45pm                 people. Spokane River half-day trips are available for groups of
            COST: Free!                  five to 50 people! 208.457.1092, 888.502.1900
            LOCATION: Downtown
            Check out sensational
            high school bands and        Succulent Spring Wines & Wine Events
            drill teams, royalty,
            floats, antique cars,        Check out these new spring releases from Spokane area
            horses, civic groups and     wineries:

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                                          Arbor Crest Wine Cellars
                                          2006 Sauvignon Blanc - Fresh, lively
                                          flavors with enticing grapefruit, pineapple
                                          and spicy characters that unfold nicely on
            more. This year's theme       the smooth finish.
            is "Salute to                 2005 Merlot - Ripe, full-bodied and
            Service." Click here for      concentrated, this wine strings layers of
            the parade route.             intense raspberry, complex currant and blueberry notes framed
            509.535.4554                  by spicy, vanilla-scented oak. Barrel aged in French oak for
                                          twenty months, this elegant wine finishes boldly with intense
                                          cherry, blackberry and plum flavors lingering nicely on the
                                          2006 Sangiovese - The aromas of ripe strawberry jam and spicy
                                          notes unfold on the palate as clove and currant. This well
                                          established vineyard, situated in a warm and arid climate with a
                                          unique soil profile, yields these wonderful, jammy characters
                                          and hints of smoke and cassis.
                                          2006 Riesling - Handpicked and hand-sorted, this wine shows
                                          bright pineapple, lemon and honey characters that unfold on the
            Hoopfest 2008
                                          palate as peach and almond. This wine is finished slightly sweet
            DATE: Saturday &
                                          to balance the bright acidity and to create a long and supple
            Sunday, June 28 & 29
            TIME: Varies based on
                                          Arbor Crest will also release their 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon this
            COST: $100 - $160 per
                                          Tasting room at the winery is open daily from 12-5pm
            team (must register by
                                          (509.927.9463). Downtown tasting room at River Park Square is
            May 5th!)
                                          open Sunday 12-5pm, Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday and
            LOCATION: Downtown
                                          Saturday 11am-10pm (509.747.3903).
            Hoopfest is the biggest
            3-on-3 street basketball      Grande Ronde Cellars
            tournament on the             This spring Grande Ronde will introduce Bridge Press Cellars
            planet. That means over       2005 Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley. Tasting
            6,200 teams, 3,000            room is open Thursday-Saturday 12-6pm (509.455.8161).
            volunteers, 140,000
            players and fans, 400                                  Latah Creek Wine Cellars
            courts spanning 40                                     2007 Spokane Blush - Enjoy the bright
            downtown city blocks,                                  fresh bouquet and flavors of berries and
            and that's just on day                                 cherries. This is an ideal accompaniment
            one! Beyond basketball,                                to summer barbeques and today's lighter
            though, Hoopfest is an                                 meals, but is also tasty on its own.
            outdoor festival chock full                            2007 Muscat Canelli - A delight by itself,
            of concerts, shopping,                                 this wonderfully-balanced wine is also a
            food and interactive                                   suitable compliment for any shellfish meal
            entertainment. Hoopfest       and goes especially well with food prepared with lots of garlic or
            is a place for players of     spice.
            all ages and abilities        2007 Moscato d'Latah - This wine's intense fruit characters are
            from all over the country     second to none. It's versatility with food is unmatched.
            to come together in           2007 Maywine - Described as "springtime in a bottle," this wine
            pursuit of the ultimate       is delicious served chilled or over ice as a wonderful aperitif.
            goal: to become a             2007 Huckleberry d'Latah - The subtle blueberry-like flavors of
            Hoopfest Champion.            the huckleberry add nice complexities to the wonderfully intense
            Click here to register        spice and floral characters of our Riesling.
            your team!                    Also keep your eye out for these future releases from Latah
            888.880.HOOP                  Creek: 2007 Riesling (With flavors of apples, pears, spices of
                                          clove, this wine finishes crisp and clean on the palate.), 2006
                                          Merlot (This wine is bold, intense and has lots of fruit. Beautiful
                                          colors of indigo and purple highlight this wine in the glass.
                                          Jammy black raspberry, subtle French oak vanillin and forward
                                          fruit highlight its flavor.) and 2007 Chardonnay (It's buttery with

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                                          rich fruit and honey flavors as and a long, smooth toasty finish.)
                                          Tasting room is open daily 9am-5pm (509.926.0164).

                                          Lone Canary Winery
                                          2007 Cuvee Rosé - Enjoy this unique
                                          blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Barbera. As
                                          far as we know, there is no other wine or
                                          winery that blends these two varietals
                                          together, and while it is completely dry, its
                                          delightful fragrances and delicious fruit
                                          culminate in bright, crisp flavors ideal for
                                          sipping and celebrating.
                                          Tasting room is open Thursday-Sunday 12pm-5pm or by
                                          appointment (509.534.9062).

                                          Robert Karl Winery
            Kids and kids at heart        2005 Horse Heaven Hills Claret - This wine is a blend of
            will love this fun summer     Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and
            activity:                     Malbec. Inviting dusty cherries and spices lead into a nice
                                          dinner table companion with dark cherries and a note of
            Rotary Fountain at            chocolate in the finish.
            Riverfront Park               2006 Horse Heaven Hills Syrah - Massive and meaty, with
            DATE: Open daily during       understated dark fruit flavors and hints of coffee and bittersweet
            warm weather                  chocolate.
            TIME: 6am-midnight            Tasting room is open Saturday 12-5pm or by appointment
            COST: Free!                   (509.363.1353, 888.425.2738).
            LOCATION: Riverfront
            Park in downtown                                      Vintage Hill Winery
            Spokane (Howard &                                     2006 Syrah - This impassioned fruit
            Spokane Falls Blvd)                                   delivers flavors of deep black cherry while
            The fountain has five 24'                             the smoky tannins surround the spice of
            tall stainless steel                                  this smooth and toasty wine. Leaving you
            columns that support a                                with a hint of white pepper the French and
            30' diameter ring             American oak provide the perfect balanced combination of spice
            containing 40 overhead        and vanilla bean after 14 months of barrel aging at Vintage Hill.
            jets. The jets spray          2007 Sauvignon Blanc - This wine leaves you thinking of
            towards the middle of the     grapefruit, with light pineapple and a soft grass breeze.
            fountain producing a          2007 Viognier - Softly-oaked, this wine provides undertones of
            dome of water and a           butterscotch, wild flower and apricot.
            waterfall in the fountain's   2007 Merlot Rosé - Reminiscent of an overflowing handful of
            center. Eight geysers         wild strawberries, this wine has a hint of smoky undertones.
            shoot water upwards.          Please call for tasting room hours (509.624.3792).
            The fountain also has
            dozens of mist jets and       Whitestone Winery
            the five boulders have        Pieces of Red v.3.04 - The wine has an amazing nose of rich
            jets that spray sideways.     cherries, exotic berries and just the exact right amount of oak.
            To conserve water, the        When it hits your palate be prepared, because this wine is
            fountain water is filtered    packed with flavor, tannin and structure. It goes great with grilled
            and recirculated. Bring       red meat!
            your towel and be ready       Tasting room is open Friday and Saturday 11am-5pm or by
            to get wet!                   appointment (509.647.5325).
                                          Check out these fabulous spring wine events:

                                          Spring Barrel Tasting
                                          Friday-Sunday, May 9-11, 11am-5pm
                                          Enjoy barrel tastings and winery tours at Spokane area
                                          wineries. Contact individual wineries for more information.

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                                         The Pour
                                         Saturday, June 7 at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars
                                         Honor the legacy of Michael Manz, MD,
                                         esteemed child psychiatrist and
                                         owner/winemaker at Mountain Dome Winery
                                         who passed away in 2006. Funds raised at
                                         this wine auction and dinner will support the
                                         BEST Program at Sacred Heart Children's
                                         Hospital, which was started by Michael, and
                                         the Davenport Arts District. 509.474.2800

                                                              Taste Washington - Spokane
                                                              Sunday, June 8, 5-8:30pm at The
                                                              Davenport Hotel,
                                         More than 100 Washington wineries and 30 area restaurants
                                         come together at this annual event. Meet winemakers, mingle
                                         with Spokane restaurateurs and enjoy extraordinary delights
            SAVE THE DATE!               from both.

            100 Years of                 The Spokane Regional CVB is always happy to assist you with
            Motorcycles Rally and        planning your first or next trip to the Spokane Region. Log onto
            Concert Series               VisitSpokane today or call 1.888.SPOKANE to talk with one of
            DATES: Friday-Sunday,        our experienced travel counselors!
            July 25-27
            COST: One-day ticket         Sincerely,
            $19.95, three-day ticket     Spokane Regional CVB
            $29.95, children 6 and
            under are free
            LOCATION: Spokane
            County Fair & Expo
            Check out 45 of the
            nation's premier custom
            bike builders. Also enjoy
            live entertainment,
            national celebrities, food
            court and beer gardens,
            contests and displays
            from the industry's top
            vendors. Click here for
            lodging information.

            Golf &                               It's time to plan your next trip to Spokane! Log onto
                                                 GolfInSpokane and SummerInSpokane now to plan

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                                                         your romantic getaway, family excursion or
              Summer in                                  super golf trip to Spokane!

                                                                   Packages Valid Through September 15, 2008

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