IMG_1339

Spokane Sports Update

Posted by Jake Browne

All right, now it’s time you all get to hear from the baby of the group! For those who do not yet know me, I call myself the son of Chelsea and Stuart (no they aren’t married). They took me under the MFP team in June of 2020 and we have hit the ground running ever since! Our personalities are a little different from each others, however, the camaraderie couldn’t be better. Chelsea is more of marketing guru, Stuart kisses babies and shakes hands, while I get to be the outgoing sports lover of the group (no really, sports are a foreign language to mom and dad).

I have been an avid sports lover for as long as I can remember, which brings me to the focus of my blogs. I thought it would be interesting for our followers to learn about the different sports activities that our great city of Spokane has to offer. From golfing, hiking, bowling, skiing, softball, hunting, fishing, you name it, we have it. One I would like to focus on for the next few weeks (before the weather turns) is golf!

Once my baseball career ended, I did what most washed-up collegiate athletes do, make the switch to golf. I am not sure what it is but something about hitting a tiny white ball into a tiny hole 400 yards away really gets the blood pumping. Of course, shanking one into the trees gets the blood pumping too, just for other obvious reasons. After my Real Estate career started, I quickly realized that golf would be a big part of my life for both business and pleasure (YAY!). And how cool is it that I get to play golf on some of the nicest public courses in the PNW?

Within about a 30-minute drive from Downton Spokane, you can play 25 different public courses. Anything from the small Pine Acres Par 3 course to the award-winning Circling Raven found at the CDA Casino. Spokane and the surrounding areas have it all. Throughout the next few posts, I will take the time to talk about each of the courses we have to offer. Now, keep in mind these will be my personal views on each of the courses and what I like (and dislike) about them. For instance, I might be a little biased towards MeadowWood Golf Course because I got my first hole-in-one of my life there this summer (of course I had to tie this in). I will talk about the location, upkeep, driving range, clubhouse, beer selection, price, and anything else that I can think of because I just love this game so damn much.

So, what you will get to take away from my future blog posts are all the fun sports activities we get to do here in Spokane and a little snippet of my personal experiences at each one of them! I will have photos and videos (that my face will be in according to mom) to show what each one of these has to offer! After all, someone in this little family of ours has to be the one to write about sports! 


What are some of your favorite spots? We’d love to hear!

Send us a message on social or shoot us an email team@mcfarlandprey.com

IMG_1339

In Spokane for the weekend!

Posted by Chelsea McFarland

My little (not so little anymore) brother Nick flew in from the Bay Area for the weekend for the closing of our very first investment property. We just purchased our first “doors” (which is the hip way we can now refer to our rental property investments). It is a stunning, newly-constructed two-story duplex in Cheney, WA (3 bed, 2.5 bath on each side). Ours is already fully rented, but an identical one next door is still available if you know someone looking!

While he was in town I decided to make the most of it and try to show him a (covid-cautious) fun time!

First we grabbed a quick snack at Baba in Kendall Yards—so hip, so good.
What did we get? Fresh (warm) Pita, Hummus with Tahini, Whipped Feta with Honey and an Iced Chai.
And for dinner we HAD to go to one of my local favorite Zona Blanca by the incomparable Chad White.
What did we get? Baja Atun Ceviche, Oyster Shooters with Quail Egg, Guacamole & Chips, Piña Colada and a Spicy Margarita!
Brunch at Crepe Cafe Sisters in Kendall Yards.
What did we get? This week they were doing a HARRY POTTER THEME for their crepes. The winner at our table was the Marauder’s Map dessert crepe (a chocolate/peanut butter magical creation).
For a little dessert we stopped by miFLAVOUR (Modern French Bakery)
What did we get? Delicious London Fog Ice Cream (insiders tip, you can have them split the ice cream into two and just pay for an extra cone… otherwise their standard two scoop serving is huge!). Did you know they stay open late? This was 8:15pm on Saturday!
And drinks on the South Hill at the Rooftop Patio at Remedy—such a great outdoor space!
Breakfast the next morning at the Mason Jar in Cheney
What did we get? Eggs En Cocotte, and a Continental Kick breakfast sandwich on a croissant (substituting the meat for avocado on both). Did you know they have live music? Tim Taylor and Chris Bovey playing on the 23rd!
And before he left for the airport we swung by West Plains Roasters in Cheney.
What did we get? Espresso, and an Oatmeal Cookie Latte


What are some of your favorite spots? We’d love to hear!

Send us a message on social or shoot us an email team@mcfarlandprey.com

IMG_1339

Spokane in September!

Posted by Stuart Prey

As I sit here and think of things that I want to write about our beautiful city my mind wanders to many different places. Those of you that know me probably find that as no surprise as I am commonly equated to the dog off Up that can focus on… Squirrel! But in all seriousness, this is an entirely new venue for me to just put some of my thoughts to paper. Travel, probably coming up. Food scene? Definitely coming up. 

But as I sit here today, and I ponder who my reader is, I realize that I really need to focus on something that is a little closer to home, and probably more prevalent for those looking to move to the Greater Spokane area. And today I get to talk about one of my favorite things, Spokane in September. 

Now it’s more than just September as the fall is the best time (in my opinion) in the #PNW. It’s when we are leaving Smaugust and entering the time of year that we get that morning chill that makes us think of hoodies and hiking boots. It’s when the day warms up and we can ditch the hoodies, pull out some good burgers, and invite our friends over for some BBQ and watch the sun slowly turn the sky into an orange masterpiece that not even Bob Ross could outdo. It’s when we get to start to light the campfire, pull out some smores, and chat the evening away. Then, as more time goes past we can put the little ones to bed, break out a good bottle of bourbon, and lose ourselves in the campfire thinking how lucky we are to live where we live.

September is really when we start to get back into hiking in my family as well. It’s when it becomes easier to want to go outside and spend some time in the trees. Hear the water run below my feet as I cross the bridge at Bowl and Pitcher. Smell the pine on the air as I walk the hairpin curves going up to Mineral Ridge. It’s also when I get to show my kids how dad (used) to be able to clime at Stevens Creek (that was a lot easier 10 years ago.)

Finally, September is when Spokane starts to come more alive as people aren’t at “the lake” anymore every chance they can get. In fact, here is a highlight of some fun things to do in Spokane in September. 

-Greenbluff: At the end of the month is what Fall Harvest Festival really kicks off. It is a little different in the time of COVID (Ewww, Covid) but still there for you to enjoy in a safe and thoughtful manner. There are many places to enjoy up in Greenbluff but one of my favorites is Harvest House for some delicious pumpkin donuts and live music! (http://www.greenblufffarms.com/fall-harvest-festival-in-green-bluff.php)

-Fall Colors: As we get more and more into the month and we get our first real cold snap the fall colors will start to come out in force. In years past you were able to do a train ride up North (ran by the Rotary Club I believe,) but that has been shuttered these last two years. That doesn’t mean you cannot take some beautiful drives and/or hike as well. The Finch Arboretum, Manito Park and the Japanese Gardens, Greenbluff, and the Centennial Trail all have beautiful Maples, Ash, Beech, and Oak trees to see contrasted against the Evergreens. If you are lucky you may even see some Tamarack start to turn (more in Northern Idaho than around Spokane.)

-Wineries and Breweries: Around this time is when the local wineries will start to release some of their new blends and varietals, or if you are more of a beer person the dreaded/delicious (depends on who you are) Pumpkin Ale starts to be seen around Spokane too. I believe you may still be able to get into some Kumquat IPA at Perry Street Brewing or stop by our friends and Barrister to see some art and have a tasting flight. The Inland NW Craft Beer Festival is also on September 24th-25th down at Avista Stadium (https://washingtonbeer.com/festivals/inland-nw-craft-beer-festival.php)

-Spokane County Fair: Last but not least, you can go and check out the Spokane County Fair from the 11th to the 20th. This is usually one of the highlights of the area as you can go and see the animals and support the 4H kids, eat at the food trucks, and even ride some of the rides. There are concerts, rodeos, and other events to see as well. Always a fun way to kill some time, take someone on a date, or a family outing. (https://www.spokanecounty.org/1077/General-Information)


What are some of your favorite spots? We’d love to hear!

Send us a message on social or shoot us an email team@mcfarlandprey.com

IMG_1339

What a wonderful city we live in…

Hello all and a good day to you!

If you are reading this there is a high likelihood that you know me, in which case this first paragraph may be a little redundant. For those that don’t my name is Stuart Prey, and you are reading what is quite possibly my first blog post.

I never really thought of myself as someone that wanted to write ‘a blog’ but as I started to talk with more and more clients coming to Spokane I realized that many of them had the same questions. They wanted to know WHAT there was to do in Spokane, but even more deeply than that, they wanted to know WHY I thought they should do some of those things.

See, I had earned their trust already in helping them with the purchase of their home. I showed them that I was someone that loved my community, that loved the food that we had here, that loved the hiking trails, the golf, the river, the mountains. I think what they saw was someone who moved from outside the city (I am from the Wenatchee area originally) to a city they didn’t know, and fell in love with it.

And you know what I saw? I saw that I was giving the same pieces of advice over and over. I saw myself talking about the foodie scene. The courses I like to play. The movies I like to go see. I saw myself talking with them about the Children’s Hospital (heaven forbid they need it,) or volunteer opportunities with Vanessa Beehan. The excellent cardiac care they could get, or my favorite Trauma (ortho) surgeon who cared so much about his patients that he didn’t take care of himself always.

What they saw was the same as me, they saw that I love Spokane and that the city that we live in is so wonderful.

Then Jake Browne on my team and I had the chance to go and see a speaker talk to us about real estate. In this talk it made me feel good as so much of what I was doing were the things that the speaker told us about. Be genuine with your clients. Be kind to those in need. Listen to what they are telling you and truly want to help people. Don’t make it about the closing, but rather, the journey in getting there and making more and more friends.

He then brought up blogging, and how it helps those that might be on the fence see a bit more into the person who wrote it. It allows me (the writer) to share some of my own personal thoughts with you, and focus on what it is that I like and that I think you should know about. In talking about it with the Wise and Powerful Chelsea McFarland (my business partner for those that don’t know) she told me that she has only been trying to get me to do something like this for the last couple of years and that it was about time that I started to listen to her. (I am being tongue in cheek, those that know both Chelsea and I know how much better she is at this type of thing than me. :P)

So here is my commitment to you, and my challenge to my team. I will write a blog post twice a month and let Chelsea post it. Sometimes it will focus on the season and something going on in Spokane. Sometimes it will focus on a restaurant that I love and cherish and I want you all to know about. Sometimes it might just be about life, family, or something important enough that it speaks to me.

I have challenged Jake to do two a month as well as he is an avid sportsman and can talk about a side of Spokane that many know and love (and that I just would not do justice to, but I would still do better than Ben!) Chelsea will do the fill-in and hit on things that Jake and I don’t. She already takes care of all our marketing, our webpage, and all the other crazy stuff I think up, so she only has to do one.

My challenge to you is to read it. Comment. Let me know what you want to hear more about. Be real with us and let us know how we can serve you. I can’t guarantee that I am going to be able to do everything asked, but I will read them and take them all to heart.

Oh, and if you know anyone who wants to buy or sell, think about me and my team for that as well! <3