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Best of the Inland Northwest Readers Poll 2016
You voted, we counted and here you have it — the results of the 23rd annual Best of the Inland Northwest readers poll. We asked 125 questions this year, and you offered up thousands of nominees — each and every one the very best in at least one voter's eyes.

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Sandpoint

Best of Sandpoint

The Festival at Sandpoint offers the perfect reason to spend time in this charming North Idaho town on Lake Pend Oreille. Voted Best Community Event, the Festival at Sandpoint is in its 34th year, having morphed from mostly classical music to eight days of classical, funk, folk, rock and everything in between.

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Spokane Style

Spokane Style

Our Best Of issue shares the strengths and weaknesses of American democracy. On the one hand, the will of the voters, no matter how capricious their whims, is honored.

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Food & Drink

Best of Food & Drink

Best Asian Food GORDY'S SICHUAN CAFE

Food & Drink

Best Ice Cream

BRAIN FREEZE CREAMERY
You would think that bars and ice cream shops would have absolutely nothing in common. But if you ask Brain Freeze Creamery owner and ex-bartender Tom Purdum, he'd tell you otherwise.

Food & Drink

Best Farmers Market

SOUTH PERRY THURSDAY MARKET
The way we shop for food and the way we eat is changing. If anyone's noticed that more, it's South Perry Thursday Market manager Karyna Hamilton, who says the farmers market has easily tripled in size over the last couple of seasons.

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Nightlife

Best of Nightlife

Best of the Inland Northwest Readers Poll 2016
Best Bloody Mary PRESS

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Best Cocktails

TWIGS BISTRO & MARTINI BAR: 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee
Floating above the atrium of River Park Square, tables full of people converse over their meals while looking out at the corner of Main Street and Post Street downtown. Twigs Bistro & Martini bar began as a small bar in the corner of the food court back in 2001, but has since transformed into what co-owner Trevor Blackwell views as a full dining experience unlike any other in Spokane.

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North Idaho's Best Pub

TAPHOUSE UNCHAINED
It's not often that a new restaurant opens right before its busiest weekend of the year without significant time to work out the kinks in service. But that's what Taphouse Unchained did in June 2015, ahead of the famed Ironman triathlon weekend.

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Recreation

Best of Recreation

Best of the Inland Northwest Readers Poll 2016
Best Summer Camp CAMP REED

Recreation

Best Yoga Studio

THE UNION
Walk into the Union's Downtown studio and you'll be greeted with a sweet-smelling aroma, the work of a single grapefruit candle. "People are pretty stinky, so this helps," the front desk attendant says.

Recreation

North Idaho's Best Bike Shop

VERTICAL EARTH
No matter the season, you can find Mike Gaertner, the owner of Vertical Earth, on a bike. In the warmer months, he's on mountain trails.

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Arts

Best of the Arts

Best of the Inland Northwest Readers Poll 2016
Best Band, Covers THE CRONKITES

Arts

Best Concert of 2015-16

THE EAGLES, SPOKANE ARENA
In 2014, the Spokane Arena announced "The Bucket List," a promotion asking Spokane music fans to think big and create a list of who they'd like to see perform at the Arena. More than 10,000 responses later, the Bucket List was complete, with pop singer Pink, country star Luke Bryan, and the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen, topping the list.

Arts

Best Local Play/Musical of 2015-16

WHITE CHRISTMAS (Spokane Civic Theatre): 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee
"Who doesn't love White Christmas?" asks Keith Dixon, executive director of the Spokane Civic Theatre. It's a rhetorical question, clearly, but a rough answer lies in the votes that propelled the Civic's most recent holiday show to a comfortable victory over some fierce competition — including the theater's own well-received production of Evil Dead: The Musical, which took second place.

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People

Best of People

Best of the Inland Northwest Readers Poll 2016
Best Athlete KYLE WILTJER, GONZAGA

People

North Idaho's Best Environmentalist

ADRIENNE CRONEBAUGH
We're not in Kansas anymore, Toto. Though when Adrienne Cronebaugh first laid eyes on the Inland Northwest and Lake Coeur d'Alene, it wasn't her dog at her side, but her husband.

People

Best Budtender

ZACK KROGH
Zack Krogh has worked in the marijuana industry for less than a year, but he's a natural, and his career has evolved as much as the industry itself. While working as a bartender, Krogh applied for positions at local marijuana shops.

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Shopping

Best of Shopping

Best of the Inland Northwest Readers Poll 2016
Best Gifts BOO RADLEY'S

Shopping

Best Hotel

THE DAVENPORT GRAND HOTEL
It didn't take long for the people of the Inland Northwest to notice the Davenport Grand Hotel. Upon its completion in June of last year, the imposing and modern white structure made a dramatic change to the Spokane skyline.

Shopping

Best Florist

LIBERTY PARK FLORIST & GREENHOUSE: 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee
Though the threat of a nighttime frost yet lingers for many more weeks, tiny life forms spring forth from the soil in the safety of the greenhouses' tropical warmth.

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The Palouse

Best of the Palouse

Best of the Inland Northwest Readers Poll 2016
THE COUG's place as Best Palouse Late-Night Hangout is secure for another year. Not that it needs to be reminded of its influence; after more than eight decades, the Coug is more like an institution than a bar.

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