Public Art in the LC Valley

Image Courtesy NWPassageScenicByway.orgFrom Lewis and Clark to wildlife and architecture to water, Lewiston Idaho’s history is commemorated with over twenty installations of public art. Pieces from as far back as 1902 and as new as 2011 are tucked into everyday places and not so common spaces throughout the town. Each one waiting for you to discover and explore a slice of Lewiston’s personality.

Artists including J. Shirly Bothum, Nancy N. Dreher, David Govedare and Keith Powell, Doug Hyde and Sharon Taylor-Hall have several pieces of artwork, ranging from 1911 to 2003, that pay tribute to the LC Valley’s ties to Native American culture and the Corps of Discovery’s journey through our area.

Turn of the century life in Lewiston is found in the more fanciful pieces around the valley. Fish-like cherubs in fountains, seahorse entry posts, grotesques and gargoyles invite today’s touch and provide a preserved bridge over 100 years of Lewiston’s past.

Contemporary people and life are also reflected in several sculptures like David G. Sears’ The Dance, Rip Caswell’s Cougar Beaver Otter Fish and Christopher Fennell’s Canoe Wave.

It’s an amazing thing to be able to touch a piece of art … to feel the textures under your fingertips and to understand with your hands the form your eyes see. The LC Valley’s public art not only allows this, it asks for personal attention.

Other public displays in or near the LC Valley include the Winter Spirit lights at Locomotive Park, the Lewiston Sesquicentennial Historic Kiosk Series and Maya Lin’s Confluence Project installation at Chief Timothy Park in Clarkston, Washington.

To help you get to know Lewiston through it’s public art, we’ve created the Google Map of Public Art in the LC Valley. On your tour, take a picture with your favorite piece and share it with us on Facebook – we’d love to see what you love most!

~image courtesy NWPassageScenicByway.org

A Taste, A Glass, A Bottle and More …. Wine in the LC Valley

Wine by ~TankPhotographySome people will tell you that the best time to visit a new place is on a weekend.
Some people are wrong.
Each week (not weekend, mind you), restaurants in the Lewis-Clark Valley host a number of tailored events that cater to fun-loving, adventurous wine lovers, their search for a taste of the region and something new in a stemmed glass.
Mid-week starts with Wine Down Wednesday at Tomato Bros. where you can get 40% off the purchase of any bottle of wine all day.  Any wine … and there are some great labels on their wine list.  Pair your bottle with a 1/2 price appetizer during Happy Hour from 4 to 6pm and you’re set for nice how-do-you-do.
Wednesday also means Women Who Wine, from 5 to 7pm, at Quality Inn & Suites.  Not just for women – men are also welcome to enjoy complimentary tastes of featured wines along with 40% off all bottle purchases and glass pours of the featured wines.  Add a half price appetizer and it’s a complete night out with a river view.
Wine O’clock Thursdays, from 6-8pm, The Exchange in Red Lion Hotel brings something a little different to the table.  With the purchase of your choice of 3 different flights, ranging from $5 to $15, you’ll receive 10% off the purchase of any bottle of wine.  Each flight brings 5 tastes of wine and for those of you choosing to make a night of it, pair your flight and bottle purchase with dinner and receive 20% off the entire bill.
The Basalt Cellars Tasting Room, in Clarkston, Washington, is open Monday through Saturday from 12-5:30pm.  Be sure to taste the triple-award winning 2007 Merlot, when you go.
Regular tasting hours for Clearwater Canyon Cellars are on Saturdays from 1 to 5pm, May thru Christmas.  The Renaissance Red and Lochsa are local favorites and, if you’re lucky, there’ll still be some Carmenere.

image courtesy ~TankPhotography

Skaters Welcome In Lewiston Idaho

Mtn. Dew Skate Park in Lewiston IdahoWho knew?

In a small North Central Idaho town in Idaho, there lies a little known, brand new, concrete mecca for skaters.  One of only three Idaho skateparks professionally designed and built by Grindline, the Mtn. Dew Skatepark is now open in Lewiston, Idaho.

I’m not a skater nor do I play one on TV but I do spend a lot of time walking my dog, Harvey (named for the Rabbit) on the Lewiston Levee by Kiwanis Park where the skatepark is located.  I have to tell you, it’s nothing short of amazing.

First, it’s HUGE!  As a parent, I’ve always been skiddish of the rocket-speeds and congestion that seem to gather in skateparks but there’s room for everyone in those bowls.  Second, it’s open and well-lit so riding doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down.  Third, it’s pretty to look at and fun to watch – I see parents watching young beginners in the upper bowl while the beginners watch more experienced skaters down below.  The smiles on everyone’s face says it all . . . “this place is great!”

Pack up the decks and come to Lewiston, Idaho – skaters are welcome here!

A Walk On The Wild Side

Nestled up in the Orchards of Lewiston, Idaho, is one of my most favorite spaces in the entire Lewis-Clark Valley – the Lewiston Wildlife Habitat.

There are five-acres of paved trails winding through a variety of trees, grasses and meadows that support wildlife I didn’t even know I could see here.   Canaries, hawks, deer, rabbits, tadpoles . . . and that was just on a Tuesday!   At each entrance, boxes are stocked with birding checklists and brochures for the 15-station, self-guided tour of habitat eco-systems and wildlife viewing at spots like the rock fountain and the Aspen colony.

Every season, the habitat offers something to enjoy – from underwater viewing of fish and frogs in the stream to birdwatching in the enclosed blind and rabbit watching in the meadow. Whatever the season, most of my time is spent at the pond. In the spring and summer, I love to sit on the small dock and watch the dragonflies in the cattails and the turtle on the lilypads. It’s where – in the dead of winter – my boyfriend proposed to me with snow falling on the barren, frozen water.  If there’s magic anywhere, it’s here.

There are other preserved nature areas in Lewiston, like the Ruth Modi Park Conservancy, but the Lewiston Wildlife Habitat has something special that draws me back for a walk on the wild side time and time again. Do yourself the favor and stop in – you can thank me later!

Ride Of Your Life Winners!

We sure appreciate your patience with this announcement – we’ve now contacted each winner and confirmed their ability to take the Ride Of Their Life Adventure.  So, without further ado . . . congratulations to:

  • Tyler Barkstrom of Spokane, WA, will enjoy the Ultimate Extreme Adventure Tour
  • Mary Kukowski of Missoula, MT, will enjoy the Historical Adventure Tour
  • Wendi Haught of Hayden, ID, will enjoy the Culinary Adventure Tour
  • Melissa Gephardt of Mountain Home, ID, will enjoy the Family Adventure Tour

If you weren’t one of the lucky four – you can still follow in their footsteps. Just head on over to Everlater and find the adventure itinerary of our choice. Happy adventuring!!

Back At Your Service

Lisa D. JenkinsDid you miss me?  I sure missed you and that’s what makes this announcement so exciting.  Today I, Lisa D. Jenkins, return as your online tour guide for all of the Lewiston, ID/Clarkston, WA valley at the north entrance to Hells Canyon.  I’m here to help you find and enjoy all things in, near and around the LC Valley!

  • Fountains to play in?  I dip my toes in regularly.
  • Directions?  I’ll get you there.
  • Excursions and diversions?  My specialty.
  • Can’t remember the name of that restaurant you loved but really want to eat there again?  I’ve got you covered.

Before, during and after your stay, I’m ready to help.  You can find me on Facebook (HellsCanyonVisitorBureau) and Twitter (@HellsCanyon), even here in the Comments.

Now, lets get started – what can I help you with?