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Adventures In and Around Town

Adventures In and Around Town

 

Lewis-Clark State College

A beautiful campus and a gifted student body of 4,500 are the two core components at Lewis-Clark State College. The college was founded in 1893 and has grown by leaps and bounds since then. Today it offers a range of degrees including well-regarded nursing, education, criminal justice and technical programs. There’s always something happing at Lewis-Clark State College such as the Avista NAIA World Series, the Lewiston Round Up, campus speakers and art exhibitions.

  500 8th Avenue, Lewiston, ID.  www.lcsc.edu, (208) 792-5272

 

Nez Perce National Historical Park

Just 11 miles southeast of Lewiston is the Spalding Visitors’ Center of the Nez Perce National Historical Park and the start of a fascinating in-depth look at the Nez Perce Tribe. From there, branch out into any of the 38 sites spread throughout four states.  Center guides can help plan an itinerary based on the amount of time guests have and the weather (there are indoor and outdoor attractions.)  Highlights include Big Hole National Battlefield and Bear Paw Battlefield as well as the hieroglyphics of Buffalo Eddy. Be sure to check the calendar for upcoming powwows and other special events.

  39063 US Highway 95, Nezperce, ID. www.nps.gov/nepe/index.htm, (208) 843-7001

 

Shopping

For a fix of mass-market clothing, electronics and other necessities, stop by the Lewiston Center Mall. For something more local, visit the tree-lined Lewiston Historic Shopping District where you can find jewelry, home décor, salon services and gifts for friends and family back home.  There’s a historic walking tour that starts by picking up a map at the Lewiston Chamber of Commerce office. Nearby Clarkson also offers a shopping district with antique stores and art center.

 

Art Galleries

A short drive from Lewiston is the unique Artisans at the Dahmen Barn.  Founded in 2006, it provides studio space for artists to create and sell their works as well as a venue for performances and creative classes and workshops.  Another option is the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts and History and its rotating exhibits. On permanent display is the Beuk Aie Temple Exhibition which celebrates the religion of Chinese miners brought to the area by the gold rush in the 1860s.  The exhibition is undergoing a bit of a face lift and is expected to reopen in 2013.

  •  Artisans at the Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way Uniontown, WA.  (509) 229-3414 www.artisanbarn.org
  • Lewis-Clark College Center for Arts and History, 415 Main Street, Lewiston, ID.  (208) 792-2243 www.lcsc.edu/museum/

 

Wineries

Take a break from outdoor adrenaline activities at one of the region’s beautiful wineries. The area’s position as part of the new frontier of wine-growing in America is still a bit of a secret but it won’t stay that way for long. Visit Colter’s Creek for a wine made with the environment in mind (solar energy powers the irrigation pump and water is recycled,) or the weekly wine tasting at Clearwater Canyons Cellar where visitors can meet with the winemakers themselves. Several other wineries provide great tastings as well.

 

Breweries

Whether your drink is a pale ale or a full-bodied stout, the Lewis-Clark Valley has some great microbrews and handcrafted beers on tap. Stop by MJ Barleyhopper’s during the summer on Thursday nights for Blues & Brews or visit the taproom at the Moscow Brewing Company for a sample, pint or growler. The clever names (River Rat Red, Old Man River Oatmeal Stout, Blonde Moment) at Riverport Brewing Company are almost as good as the beers. Almost.