Compact and convenient, this convention district is changing in a big way
It’s official: Spokane is having a moment.
Within its riverfront downtown, a small
renaissance is taking place — and there’s
never been a better time to meet in Spokane.
Perhaps the biggest news for meeting planners, the Spokane Convention Center recently completed a $55-million renovation and
expansion project that added 91,000 square
feet of new space. A new wing with 15 breakout rooms and a well-equipped boardroom,
plus ample outdoor event space, has vastly
increased the center’s appeal to corporate
groups. In total, the center has more than
500,000 square feet of event space, including a 120,000-square-foot exhibition hall,
three ballrooms, 40 breakout rooms, and a
2,683-seat performing-arts center.
Plenty of new development is happening outside the center’s doors as well. After
the recent opening of the Davenport Grand
Hotel, the center now has more than 1,000
hotel rooms within a quick skywalk stroll.
The 716-room property, part of Marriott’s
Autograph collection, has more than 63,000
square feet of meeting space, including an
18,000-square-foot ballroom and 32 meeting
rooms. And one of the hotel’s three restaurant and bar options, Table 13, is garnering
plenty of attention for its whiskey bar and
In and around the Spokane Convention Center, a surge of new development is
reshaping downtown Spokane’s East End
neighborhood. For example, Saranac Commons, which opened in 2015, includes a handful of local retailers and purveyors like Black
Label Brewing Co. and Cafe Affogato. And
Barrister Winery, housed in a 100-year-old
warehouse that can be rented for events, will
open its second tasting room in the historic
Liberty Building across from the Spokane
Convention Center this fall.
Spokane sits at the heart of the Inland
Northwest Ale Trail, which has recently
grown from 27 breweries to 46. Visitors can
follow the ale-trail map — available at participating locations and at inlandnwaletrail
.com — and once they check off 12 locations,
they will receive a free mini-growler. Growing just as quickly, Spokane’s culinary scene
includes a number of award-winning restaurants within walking distance of the Spokane
Convention Center. In fact, The Wall Street
Journal recently named Spokane one of “ 6
Great Small Cities for Food Lovers.”
For more information: Visit Spokane —
(888) SPOKANE; visitspokane.com
Now open The Davenport Grand Hotel,
directly connected to the Spokane Convention Center, offers 716 rooms, 40 suites, 63,177
square feet of meeting space, three restaurants,
and 900 parking spaces.
Up and away Just a few blocks from the
Spokane Convention Center, the downtown
Spokane Falls SkyRide has been named one
of the world’s top 12 scenic cable rides.