Pam Scott


  • Spokane, Washington, USA

Pam Scott is a Forbes Travel correspondent who lives in Spokane and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. She writes a hyper-local travel column called “Pam’s Picks” for Red Lion Hotels, a chain of hotels located in the Western United States. Born and raised between Scottsdale, Ariz., and Leawood, Kan., Scott enjoys sharing with readers the undiscovered and unexpected found in underrepresented small towns. She spends weekends kayaking, skiing and snowshoeing with her husband in Washington, Idaho and Montana — anywhere that has enough of a signal to post on various social media channels. Her photography has appeared in several online and print travel articles.

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  • On October 16, 2012
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    What event is Spokane best known for?

    Spokane hosts the world’s largest three-on-three basketball tournament in the streets of downtown. For 21 years, during the last weekend in June, Spokane’s Hoopfest takes over the streets of downtown Spokane with roughly 7,000 teams, 3,000 volunteers, 250,000 players and fans on 458 courts covering 42 city blocks. Ballers from third grade to 93-years-old take to the courts over two days until the best teams in each bracket are named. The event holds a Guinness World Record for the largest streetball tournament from back in 2009, and even a few NBA players have been known to join the crowd.
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    What is the best thing to bring home from Spokane?

    The best thing to bring home from Spokane is easily wine or whiskey.  Washington is the second-largest wine producing state following California. The wines crafted by the 20-plus wine brands in Spokane include cabernet sauvignon and merlot. While the region is best known for its red wines, the local whites produced in Spokane are now gaining ground. The local distillery in Spokane is also famous it its own right. The international award-winning Dry Fly Distillery hand crafts vodka, gin and whiskey so fine from local ingredients that it can be sipped straight.
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    What are the best Spokane food experiences?

    Before you leave Spokane, make sure you cross off at least one of these five best food experiences on our list:
    1. Frank’s Diner. Voted “Spokane’s Best Breakfast” by numerous local magazines for more years than anyone can count, this former rail car turned diner offers white gravy and fried onions on top of hash browns.
    2. The Onion. The popular spot has been around since 1978 and is the place to go to be deliciously bad: burgers of every kind, fish and chips, onion rings, even fried Oreo cookies (by request) make up the large menu. 
    3. Bruttles. Bruttles is the creation of Sophia Gerkensmeyer who came up with the idea to make soft peanut brittle. She developed the recipe on a large slab of marble she purchased from The Davenport Hotel back in 1951 for $20. Today, Gerkensmeyer’s great niece has mastered the secret recipe and turned it into a successful candy business, still using the original piece of marble.
    4. Mary Lou’s Milk Bottle. Located in a building shaped like a giant milk bottle, Mary Lou’s offers heavenly homemade ice cream and makes for a great stop while strolling through Spokane’s Garland District. The neat neighborhood has a local bakery, guitar shop and historic theater with one-dollar movies.
    5. Beck’s Harvest House. Situated on top of Green Bluff, Beck’s Harvest House makes pumpkin donuts from fresh pumpkins picked in their field. The donuts are served fresh and hot off the fryer, and aren’t to be missed.
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    Where is the best nightlife in Spokane?

    Downtown Spokane has an impressive nightlife scene for a city of its size. On the first Friday of every month, several dozen bars, restaurants, wineries, galleries and coffee shops stay open late and offer live bands, local artwork and food and drink specials. Spokane is known for its local live theater, lineup of Broadway shows and symphony and rock concerts. The Spokane Arena, Knitting Factory, Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox and INB Performing Arts Center offer everything from the Nutcracker ballet to Cirque du Soleil and George Lopez to the Broadway production of Jersey Boys. If playing the slots is more your thing, head west outside of downtown Spokane to Northern Quest Resort & Casino — the 45,000-square-foot casino is open 24 hours a day, so there’s plenty of time to get lucky.
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    What is the best way to see Spokane in one day?

    For visitors with limited time in Spokane, the city is very walkable and easy to navigate. First things first, coffee! Washingtonians obviously take coffee seriously with local java joints on nearly every corner. To start off your day, head to Atticus Coffee & Gifts for a caffeine fix and shopping hit. Across the street, discover Riverfront Park with a self-guided sculpture tour through the 100-acre park. Jump on the Spokane Falls SkyRide gondola for a leisurely 15-minute journey across the Spokane River and back. Then, walk the three-mile loop on the Centennial Trail to Gonzaga University, singer Bing Crosby’s alma mater and home to the largest collection of his memorabilia. Meander the trail back downtown and grab a real pastrami sandwich at O’Doherty’s Irish Grille, where visitors are encouraged to staple a dollar bill to the ceiling. Head one block to River Park Square and sample one of 28 martinis at Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar, or end the evening tasting wines at Arbor Crest Wine Cellar’s tasting room. The tasting room in River Park Square stays open until 10 p.m. on weekends.
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    Where is the best shopping in Spokane?

    Head to downtown Spokane for the best shopping in the area, where you’ll find everything from Nordstrom and Macy’s department stores in River Park Square to dozens of locally owned shops. Try Boo Radley’s for the best and most unique gag gift ideas and t-shirts with a local twist (or twistedly-local). Revival Lighting offers an incredible display of refurbished turn-of-the-century light fixtures. Finders Keepers II is a charming vintage boutique that has the best selection of costume jewelry around, and you’ll have fun exploring the glass cases full of potential treasures. For the literary set, head to Auntie’s Bookstore — a local favorite — which hosts regular author lectures and highlights regional authors.
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    What are the best things to do with kids in Spokane?

    Spokane offers a bunch of great things for kids, so feel free to bring them along for a family trip. Check out our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ list of the five best things to do with kids in Spokane:
    1. Explore Riverfront Park. This 100-acre park in downtown Spokane offers non-stop fun, including the Childhood Express, a gigantic interactive Radio Flyer wagon with a 26-foot-long bed, six-foot-tall wheels and a slide for a handle. From there, head to the wacky garbage-eating goat, a sculpture designed to eat garbage out of hands. The goat is next to the 100-year-old Looff Carrousel, with its hand-painted horses with real horsehair tails. The park also features an IMAX Theater, the Spokane Falls SkyRide and seasonal carnival rides and ice-skating.
    2. Spend the day at Mobius Kids Children’s Museum and Mobius Science Center. Spend a day exploring both the museum and the science center. These sister centers offer hours of entertainment for kids and adults alike with fixed exhibits, ranging in topics from teaching about living in third world countries to how to generate electricity, as well as traveling exhibits and themed classes. When mealtime rolls around, grab a bite to eat at the food court at River Park Square.
    3. Head to Green Bluff Growers. Just 20 miles northeast from downtown Spokane, Green Bluff is a loop of nearly 30 U-Pick farms. Located at the base of Mount Spokane, this is an incredible spot for fresh fruits and veggies, hay mazes, pumpkins and Christmas trees, as well as fresh baked goods, antiques and wine tasting for the adults.
    4. Visit Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC). The MAC offers exhibits with a tremendous historical perspective on the entire region. Best of all, the main exhibit always includes a hands-on learning opportunity for the youngest museum-goers.
    5. Go skiing and snow tubing. With five ski resorts within a two-hour drive of Spokane, downhill and cross country skiing and snow tubing are popular winter sports. Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park is 28 miles northeast of the city and offers more than 1,425 acres of space to hit the slopes.