Among the 16 wineries in the greater Spokane area, Barrister Winery, located downtown in an old turn-of-the-century warehouse, is the passion of the two local attorneys who founded it. Barrister offers jazz concerts and special events. It also has a tasting room where you can enjoy finely crafted red and white wines.

Dry Fly Distilling is the first new hard liquor distillery in the state since 1916. Started by a couple guys who met while fly fishing, Dry Fly produces 100-percent wheat vodka and 100-percent wheat whiskey (that's right, no corn). Although it's distributed in 25 states, Dry Fly has a local following, and city folks volunteer months in advance to spend weekends to help bottle the spirits. It also is located in an old warehouse, right next door to the Northern Lights Brewing Company, in fact.

Minutes north of town (take Highway 2 north to Green Bluff Road, turn right) is a collective of small agricultural entrepreneurs (a total of 18 small farms) called Green Bluff. These folks market themselves as U-pick farms and orchards. Depending upon the time of year, you can do a hands-on harvest of peaches, plums, apples, cherries, and other produce, and, around the holidays, Christmas trees. The bucolic hillsides of Green Bluff are carpeted with orchards and garden plots, and several of these farms also have eateries, such as Waltgers Apple Ranch, where delicious pies and baked goods are served right out of the oven.

Northeast of Spokane is a huge, beautiful playground that's way off the beaten path. A 90-minute drive takes you through low rolling mountains and valleys, along meandering rivers, and across pristine meadows to a getaway called Bull Hill Guest Ranch. At about 3500 feet above sea level, Bull Hill sits near the top of a mountain that overlooks Roosevelt Lake, one of the many lakes created back in the 1930s when the Columbia River was dammed to electrify and irrigate America.

Homesteaded circa 1900 by a family of Italian immigrants and still owned by the Guglielmino family, Bull Hill Guest Ranch enjoys a steady stream of visitors who return year after year. With cabins for couples and families, Bull Hill is a popular spot for family reunions. Each morning and afternoon organized horseback rides visit different areas on the 30,000-acre ranch spread. With 80 saddle horses on hand, wranglers pair you up with the steed that fits your size and riding skills. Guests have the opportunity to help move cows from meadow to meadow and, in the fall and spring, to participate in a cattle drive.