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Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference


Davenport The Davenport Grand | 333 West Spokane Falls Boulevard Spokane WA 99201
All WAHESC attendees can receive a discounted hotel room at The Davenport Grand, Autograph Collection for $99.00 a night + tax. Please click here to make your reservations.

You must reserve by Tuesday, January 24 to receive the discounted price. Rooms are at a very limited basis so please reserve immediately.

Student Housing

A limited number of student-host housing is available during the conference on a first-come, first-serve basis. All hosts are located off campus within walking distance of the conference center. A warm place to stay and transportation to and from the conference will be provided, and meals will be provided by the conference. The deadline for homestay requests is January 20. Students who have questions or are interested in a homestay should contact Makenna Sellers at msellers3@zagmail.gonzaga.edu or by phone at 406.850.4491.


Arriving in Spokane early or just want a bite to eat for dinner after the conference? There are a large variety of great dining options in and around Spokane. Here are some options to start your search:

Downtown: With an array of entertainment and dining options, Downtown Spokane is a great place for attendees to spend their extra leisure time when they are not at WAHESC. Although there are countless other great dining options around the downtown area here are some of the WAHESC staffs top picks:

  • Boots Bakery and Lounge There is no spot quite like Boots in Spokane. Not only is all their food and drinks completely vegan, but at night the venue also converts itself into a bar.
  • Durkin's Liquor Bar This bar has a comfortable, speakeasy feel and is a great place to relax after a day at the conference. Their drink menu is extensive, and there are plenty of choices on their dinner menu to keep any guest happy.
  • Mizuna Restaurant and Wine Bar If you are looking for a restaurant with tons of options for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, this is the restaurant for you. Their menus are seasonal, innovative, and accommodating to dietary restrictions.
  • Madeleine's Cafe and Patisserie This breakfast or lunch spot is a local favorite. Not only are there many amazing in house options, the table service is quick and all the food is absolutely wonderful.
  • Main Market Co-Op If you are searching for a quick spot to eat, main market provides a bunch of healthy and quick take away options at the deli.
  • Sante Restaurant & Charcuterie If you are looking for a sustainable upscale restaurant choice Sante could be a great pick for you! Not only does the restaurant have a unique group dining feel, they also work by the philosophy of thinking globally while eating locally.
  • Zola This bar is great for older conference attendees who are also searching for a place to get bite to eat. The lounge is one of the trendiest places to get a drink in Spokane and is less than a mile from Gonzaga's Campus.

Kendall Yards: Just a quick 10-minute drive from Gonzaga, Kendall Yards is an up-and-coming area in Spokane. Located by the Spokane waterfront, it boasts beautiful views of the river as well as a row of amazing local businesses.

  • Brain Freeze Creamery If you like ice cream, brain freeze is an awesome local option. Everyday the flavors change based on customer suggestions and seasonal produce.
  • Central Foods This restaurant is a great option for breakfast or dinner. All of the food is either made in house or comes from local producers. The views from the restaurant are great, and the food is even better making it a great dining option.
  • Veraci This gourmet pizza restaurant is a northwest favorite has recently come to Spokane. With plenty of room for groups it is great place for attendees to gather for some food.
  • The Wandering Table If you looking for a place to have a small meal and a drink, the wandering table is a great local choice. Not only does this restaurant strive for sustainable eating selections, it also is great for larger groups.
  • Yards Bruncheon Whether it be breakfast, lunch, or a big brunch, yards is a great spot to get some dinner food with a local twist.

South Perry: This street which runs up to the South Hill of Spokane is a cute little neighborhood find. Only 15 minutes from Gonzaga, this up and coming area boast some of Spokane's trendiest local eateries and bars. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Casper Fry This unique restaurant gives diners a pacific northwest twist on typical southern comfort food. Their menu is full of flavorful options, and is welcoming to vegetarians and any who have dietary restrictions.
  • Lantern Tap House If you are looking for great local drinks on tap and a large variety of bar food options Lantern Tap House is a great place for you to visit.
  • Perry Street Brewing Although this brewery is newer to the scene in Spokane the drinks are a great local option, and frequent goers love the friendly vibes of the bar.
  • The Shop Located on South Perry this coffee shop also provides a great place to have a casual lunch or dinner, or even some drinks and a board game.
  • South Perry Pizza This community based pizza place has a big open concept and is a great cheaper option for groups.


Have some free time during your trip to Spokane? Check out the many attractions the city offers including vibrant local businesses and much more. For recommended activities during conference downtime, please visit the Visit Spokane website