Have you ever been to the Pacific Northwest? If you have, then you know how picturesque it can be in the summer time. Everything is so green and flowers are blooming everywhere. I can only imagine what the mountains are like and how much fun it would be to hike them! And if you haven’t, well, come take a ride with me as we explore my trip to Spokane.
I flew over to the NW on one of my favorite airlines, Southwest, and if you’ve ever been on their flights, you’re in for a good time! And the flight isn’t a non-stop, you guys. I made 1 stop in Las Vegas and hopped on another plane to get there. That’s about 10-12 hrs of travel. Actually, the entire time I was mentally preparing myself for the weekend because 1.) I just found out that the company I worked for laid off 8 people 2.) I was heading into a packed weekend full teachings and of hearingpeople’s stories. So I didn’t have much time to physically rest the entire weekend so I had to keep mybody moving.
When I travel, I like to be comfortable and have quiet time to myself, if I need it. Staying in a hotel just doesn’t cut it for me as you have to deal with the check-in process and the rooms are super small. I need to have a kitchen, a stove, and living room space just in case I decide I want to use them all. I chose to use Airbnb because not only does it give me all of those options, I can also decide where I want to stay and in which neighborhood I’d like to stay in. The host made the check-in process super easy as she provided the instructions beforehand on what to do and how to access everything. Smooth and easy. Just how I like it.
When I stepped into my Airbnb apartment, I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful it was. It was a mix of a modern and rustic vibe, with enough space to have many people over (if I actually lived there). The entire apartment was decorated with eclectic pieces of art and yet was very minimal at the same time. It almost felt like it were my own apartment because it just fits so well to my personality. I explored the apartment a bit to familiarize myself a bit before I went to go out and see the city.
Downtown Spokane is a pretty small town so everything is completely walkable. I knew that I wasn’t going to have any leisure time so I made sure to Yelp around to see what options I had available to me and I found this cool bar called Volstead Act (oh the irony) I stepped into the quaint little bar and sat down. It was happy hour on a Friday, yet I expected many patrons to be there (or maybe I’m just so used South Florida that everyone loves to happy hour? lol) It was a bit quiet but I was welcomed by Kaycee, whom is a pretty cool chick. If you go, tell her I says, “Hey!” I spent the next 2 and half hours chatting with her along with some other folks at the bar when my stomach started to rumble. It literally was screaming “Feed Me!” I asked Kaycee what was good to check out in the area that was close and she recommended a place to eat called Durkin’s Liquor Bar. She mentioned I should sit at the bar and order there as you can see the chef prepare your food.
I took her recommendation and decided to make my way there. At that time, I was bit intoxicated, not going to lie, but I remember the inside being very upscale-looking, with booths along the left side of the restaurant and the bar extending as far I can see on the right. There’s a downstairs portion that I didn’t explore because all I could think of was food. I sat on the corner of the bar and found myself ordering their burger off the menu. I love a good burger so I always want to test them out at different restaurants I go to. And by far, it was one of the best burgers I’ve had in a long time! So flavorful and with the right amount of cheese that oozed down the side. I don’t have any pictures to prove to you how it looked because I literally devoured it when I got it. (Maybe next time!)