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Stay and Play

This summer we’re reviving a popular feature from 2008: road trips around the Inland Northwest. Every week we’ll feature a new destination. Some will be tried and true favorites, and some will be a quirky and different. The destinations will be within a day’s drive, out and back, and featured attractions will be either free or very low cost. E-mail Pia Hallenberg with your ideas for future stories.


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  • Thu., Aug. 19, 2010, midnight

    Stay and Play: Get sidetracked to Sandpoint

    If there’s one problem with Sandpoint, it’s that there is too much to do. Between Schweitzer Mountain and City Beach, the Festival at Sandpoint and the Panida Theater, there is …


  • Thu., Aug. 12, 2010, midnight

    Another side of Lake CdA

    Say “Lake Coeur d’Alene” in Spokane and most people think of boating or maybe swimming off the beaches at Coeur d’Alene City Park and taking a walk on the floating …


  • Thu., July 29, 2010, midnight

    Short trip west features lake, loads of history

    When the temperatures around here creep toward the 90s and the air turns dry and dusty, people go “to the lake” and that’s exactly what this road trip is doing: …


  • Thu., July 8, 2010, midnight

    Check out Mullan trail, mission on the way to Wallace

    This road trip to Wallace, Idaho, began on a sunny Saturday morning – the first really sunny morning in a long time. Locals say Wallace is “the center of the …


  • Thu., July 1, 2010, midnight

    Taste wine country off the beaten path

    Sleeping Dog Wines. Kiona Vineyards Winery. Fidelitas Winery. Terra Blanca Winery. Most Washington wine nerds have heard of at least one of these places, but may not be aware that …


  • Tue., Sept. 30, 2008, midnight

    Keeping your car stocked, safe

    Stay ready for road excursions with these tips covering food, first aid and auto maintenance.


  • Mon., Sept. 8, 2008, midnight

    Disc golf a free walk in the park

    That other game – the one with the clubs and cart – Steve Simmons calls it “ball-golf.” His game is disc golf. And while there are plenty of similarities, Simmons …


  • Mon., Sept. 8, 2008, midnight

    Birds brake here

    There is a place in the middle of Washington where sandhill cranes stop for a rest and a snack in the spring, before they continue their migration. They congregate in …


  • Mon., Sept. 8, 2008, midnight

    Tour of landscape ends with summer

    Summer vacation is over and it’s time for students across the Inland Northwest to write their “what I did this summer” essays. So, what did you do this summer? I …


  • Mon., Sept. 1, 2008, midnight

    Vivid colors await hikers in area north of Lake Pend Oreille

    The crowds will be withdrawing from the mountains today, leaving a colorful and solitary experience for a hiker heading into autumn on forest trails. Wise hikers wear bright clothing in …


  • Mon., Aug. 25, 2008, midnight

    Gardner Cave draws visitors from all over

    If you’re already in Metaline Falls, there’s an underground treat waiting for you just a bit farther north. In Crawford State Park – which is so close to the Canadian …


  • Mon., Aug. 25, 2008, midnight

    Metaline Falls holds yearly Affair on Main Street

    The drive from Spokane to Metaline Falls is worth the trip on its own. Highway 20 will take you along the Pend Oreille River, between the mountains rising on both …


  • Mon., Aug. 25, 2008, midnight

    Archery is accessible, affordable and an Olympic sport

    Probably, it’s too late for your kid to become the next Shawn Johnson, the 16-year-old darling of U.S. gymnastics. She started hitting the gym at age 3.


  • Mon., Aug. 18, 2008, midnight

    Tour the Palouse

    It’s harvest time on the Palouse. Almost anywhere you stop amid the rolling, golden wheat fields, you can hear the hum of combines and see the white harvest dust clouds …


  • Mon., Aug. 18, 2008, midnight

    Just for Kids: Dig up some creativity

    There’s a big black guinea pig named King Kong, butterflies and snakes, turtles and fish, a handful of curious rats and a bird named Steve. They’ve all found a home …


  • Mon., Aug. 18, 2008, midnight

    Bullfrog: It’s what’s for dinner

    In the realm of delicious activities conducted after dark with a fishing rod, one obscure sport is leaps and bounds above the rest. Bullfrogging is a fully sanctioned “green” activity, …


  • Mon., Aug. 11, 2008, midnight

    Bus to the beach

    When the mercury creeps upward almost as fast as gas prices, it’s pretty miserable to be stuck in the city. Everyone eventually wants to go to “the lake” for a …


  • Mon., Aug. 11, 2008, midnight

    Refuge is for the birds, moose …

    Charmaine Gural should have a bumper sticker that reads: “Brakes for snakes.” On a morning drive inside Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge south of Cheney, she carefully stopped, got out of …


  • Mon., Aug. 11, 2008, midnight

    Discover forest’s hidden fruits

    It’s often said that the Inland Northwest has four distinct seasons. Which overlooks the obvious: Huckleberry season. And it’s on right now.


  • Mon., Aug. 4, 2008, midnight

    Rediscover Riverfront Park

    There’s no mistaking the excited squeals that echo off the cement walls at the Riverfront Park Pavilion: the rides remain a summer hit. Sure, the park turned 30 years old …