Gray and dreary is no way to spend a day. If the winter blahs have arrived at your house, a warm, indoor daytrip like the following may be in order:
Trip type: Indoor, all ages, historic, creative
Total time: 2-4 hours, plus drive time
Stop 1: One World Cafe
One World Cafe doesn’t just serve coffee — they’ve got killer sandwiches and affordable ones at that. You can build your own, choose from a handful of classics, or try something not typically on a sandwich menu, like Nutella & Banana.
Besides Grilled Cheese ($3.56), we had one with apple slices and brie on a warm, honey-drizzled croissant. They call it an Apple Honey Croissant ($4.50), we call it “heaven.” I also ordered the Totes Ma Goats ($6) — mostly because I’ll take any excuse to use the phrase properly, but also because turkey and goat cheese seemed like a solid combination; it was.
While waiting for our order, we started a game of cards, which were left out for such a purpose. We also had our first London Fog, a sweet chai-like drink. I only managed a sip before it disappeared.
Stop 2: Buy the Dozen
The idea with this stop was that we’d pick up some doughnuts before they close at 2 p.m. and have a little snack for later. But that was before we walked in the door. This tiny hole-in-the-wall down the street from One World Cafe has a glorious mini-doughnut machine that puts out serious deliciousness.
We got a dozen mini-doughnuts ($3.50), which come hot and sprinkled/drizzled with your flavoring of choice. We picked maple glaze and vanilla sugar. We accidentally ate them as soon as we walked out the door; the only reason it didn’t happen earlier is that there’s no seating inside.
Stop 3: McConnell Mansion
Next up was the McConnell Mansion, a large home built in 1886 for the McConnell family that is now a museum managed by the Latah County Historical Society. We wandered through the impressive home with the help of a printed guide describing the rooms and telling some stories of its past. The self-guided tour doesn’t take long, which was all my kids had attention for anyway — though now they’re asking for a pet bear (you’ll have to visit the museum to find out why). It’s open 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; other times can be arranged. There is no admission fee, but there is a suggested donation of $2/adult or $4/family group for non-members.
Stop 4: Wild @ Art
Up next was paint-your-own ceramics. Not only were the flat tiles the cheapest option, but I figured they’d be easier to paint than mugs, plates, figurines or other pieces that are also available. It took some of us a while to accept that our creative work would likely look a little — or a lot — homemade. Once we all accepted this fact, painting ended up being the most relaxing part of what was otherwise a fast-paced day. An hour later, everyone was pleased with their work. The pieces have to be fired before they’re ready to get picked up, which takes about a week.