Here at the Inlander, the Best of the Inland Northwest is one of our faves. Obviously it's the same for you, dear readers, as it flies off the racks and across social media when it's published every March. All voters have strong feelings about where to grab an epic doughnut or taste a killer IPA; we collect, compile and count it all, wrap it up in a beautiful package of colorful newsprint and... well, here it is!
Speaking of beer, in case you hadn't noticed, it's become kind of a big deal around here, so we've added a Drink Local section and even more beer questions for 2017 — Best Beer Event, Best New Brewery and Best Growler Fills. And our readers in the Palouse stepped up, sharing their favorites from Pullman to Moscow and from Rockford to Spangle. Whether you live in Sandpoint or spend big chunks of your summer there, you can learn where the locals go for breakfast or happy hour. And our readers with young kids are offering advice on everything from where to hold your next birthday party to who gives the best music lessons.
As you peruse this, our 24th annual Best of the Inland Northwest issue, also keep a special lookout for an out-of-the-way little whiskey den with a big following, a great place to dance in downtown Coeur d'Alene and even a changing of the guard (sort of) in Best Gifts.
Congratulations to all of our 2017 winners, and to every vote-getter who is Best of the Inland Northwest in somebody's heart!
You can jump directly to different sections of this year's readers poll at the links below: