Article and image by: The Inlander

One of the great things about downtown Spokane’s River Park Square is its convenience. While you’re shopping at its incredible variety of retailers, you can always grab a bite to eat or a glass of vino at Whim Wine Bar. Come to think of it, you can even shop for the wine lovers on your list while you’re there.

“The holidays are a great time to get yourself or someone special enrolled in our Wine Club,” says Whim co-owner Paul Blacketer. “Purchasing a membership for someone in your family or circle of friends is really the gift that keeps on giving.” Members will get two bottles a month — two reds, two whites or one of each — along with “tech sheets” that tell you about the wine and where it’s made.

“My wife, Kori Henderson, tastes hundreds of wines per month,” Blacketer adds. “These are really awesome wines that you’re not going to find anywhere else. And there’s no commitment. You can do it for a month or a year and cancel at any time.”

Outdoor dining and drinks? In the winter? Well, thanks to the cozy comfort of heated igloos, you can enjoy the open-air atmosphere of the Grand Terrace Bar at the Grand Hotel (333 W Spokane Falls Blvd.) while taking a break from shopping. You can nibble on small-bite appetizers, sip on a cocktail, wine or beer and take in the views of snow-covered trees in Riverfront Park.

If you’re shopping in or near the Wonder Building (835 N. Post St.) and hankering after American or TexMex, rest assured that you can sate both cravings. Inside you’ll find Victory Burger as well as Uno Más Taco Shop, two eateries that are putting a gourmet spin on the most comforting of comfort food