Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tons of people visited Spokane last weekend — and liked it

Posted By on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 7:59 PM

OK, sure, not all the students planning to cheer on their basketball teams in the NCAA Tournament were that thrilled to spend spring break in Spokane instead of San Diego or Orlando.

But a lot of the people who were forced to spend time in Spokane this past week for the NCAA Tournament games — they had a great time. Between the NCAA games and the giant youth volleyball tournament, thousands of extra people were in town and practically every hotel in the county was full. And Spokane rose to the occasion by putting on the nicest version of its mid-March self. The weather was pretty, the falls were roaring and the downtown was so walkable.

Journalists walking from downtown to the Spokane Arena enjoyed the falls:

The most complimentary and comprehensive write-up came from Oklahoma sports columnist Berry Tramel, who enjoyed downtown Spokane and even made a side trip to Coeur d'Alene:

Confession time. I came to town with a bad attitude about Spokane. When I was here 13 years ago, I wasn’t all that impressed. It wasn’t that I didn’t have a good impression of Spokane. It was that I didn’t have a good impression at all.

I was wrong. Spokane is a cool place. I know what my problem was 13 years ago, when I covered the Sooner women in an NCAA regional. We didn’t stay downtown. Didn’t get a feel for the city.

We did this time, and it was great. I’ve written about the Spokane River and the bridges and the falls. An excellent downtown setting, with a vibrancy that you need from downtown.

So, everyone who's here more frequently than once every 13 years — it only took like two days for plenty of people who don't live here to realize we've got it pretty good.

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Lisa Waananen is the web editor and a staff writer at the Inlander. She specializes in data and graphics, and her recent cover stories have been about family history, the legacy of Spokane photographer Charles A. Libby and genetically modified food...