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Washington Wine Country Yakima, Columbia & Walla Walla Valleys

5 nights

Explore this amazing area of Washington on your fly drive holiday.  Visit the best wineries and eat amazing food. 

Best take a designated driver with you!

The Breakdown

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Day 1

Seattle

Arrive into Seattle and head to your downtown hotel for 1 night before collecting your car hire...

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Day 2

Seattle to Yakima

Leave Seattle early so that you can breakfast at Snoqualmie Falls - Savor...

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Day 3

Yakima to Prosser

Visit the Wine and Food Park: Home of Prosser’s numerous wineries a...

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Day 4

Prosser to Kennewick

Washington’s smallest, and most premium wine-growing r...

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Day 5

Kennewick to Walla Walla

As you make your way to Walla Walla, taste what the wine world is talking...

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Day 6

Walla Walla to Seattle

Take the scenic way back to Seattle by traveling north on the Yakima Rive...

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Day 1

Seattle

Arrive into Seattle and head to your downtown hotel for 1 night before collecting your car hire

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Day 2

Seattle to Yakima

Leave Seattle early so that you can breakfast at Snoqualmie Falls - Savor a scrumptious breakfast made from organic, fresh, and local ingredients, and enjoy spectacular views of Snoqualmie Falls, featuring a 2-acre park, hiking trail, observation deck, gift shop, and a famous, 270-foot waterfall.

Thorp Fruit Stand (outside Cle Elum): Shop or simply sample fresh, organic fruit and vegetables in this historic barn-turned-market. Check out their large selection of wine, desserts, and preserves.

Historic Yakima: Savor an incredible array of some of Yakima Valley’s best wines at one of the many downtown tasting rooms that are all within a short walking distance of each other including Kana, Donitelia, Masset Winery, and Gilbert Cellars.

Lunch: In the heart of Yakima, stop for lunch at Essencia Bakery, featuring European style quiches, Panini, and other delectables.

Heading to Zillah and perched on the hillsides, visit Sagelands, Sheridan Vineyards, Bonair Winery, Porteus Winery, and Windy Point Vineyards, for some of the best wines in the valley:  With luscious flavors of berries and cherries, the reds are big, complex, silky, and ridiculously dark. In contrast, the whites are like liquid Yakima Valley sunlight, with delicate structure, and whiffs of tropical fruit.

Be sure to stop by Donalds Fruit & Mercantile at Piety Flats Winery, a good old fashioned country store with unique gift items and plenty of charm.

Dinner: Try Gasparetti’s famous onion rings!
1 night in Yakima

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Day 3

Yakima to Prosser

Visit the Wine and Food Park: Home of Prosser’s numerous wineries and tasting rooms, including Hogue Cellars. Stop at Kestrel Vintners which provides sample cheese from around the world.

Cross the street to regroup at the latest winery hub, Vintner’s Village, a pleasant wine village for wine enthusiasts, designed for casual pedestrian exploration of over 13 wineries. Don’t miss Airfield Estates, Olsen Estates, Willow Crest Winery, and Thurston Wolfe.

Stroll through downtown or over the Yakima Valley River. For an afternoon pick-me-up and some take-home treats, stop in Chukar Cherries and taste chocolate-drenched cherries and more.

Lunch: Savour lunch at the brand new Desert Wind Winery and Inn restaurant, with acclaimed Chef Gene Soto at the helm, offering unique seasonal cuisine paired with the region’s one-of-a-kind wines.

Dinner: Enjoy elegant dining at Taverna Tagaris in Richland, Cedars Restaurant on the Columbia River in Kennewick, or Anthony’s Homeport on the Columbia River.

Overnight: Richland or Kennewick

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Day 4

Prosser to Kennewick

Washington’s smallest, and most premium wine-growing region, Red Mountain is receiving worldwide acclaim for its special territory. Red Mountain grapes command more dollars per ton than any other wine region in the state. Don’t miss the spectacular views and exceptional wines at some of the top estate wineries including Kiona Vineyards, Terra Blanca, and Hedges Family Estate.

Lunch: Richland offers a variety of restaurant options from brewpubs, park side bistros and wine bars, to Greek, Italian, Mexican, Asian, and more!

 

After lunch, wander Tulip Lane, where you won’t want to miss the award-winning winery trio of Barnard Griffin, J. Bookwalter, and Tagaris Winery.

Pasco Farmer’s Market: the largest open-air, fresh-produce farmers’ market in Washington State; and Country Mercantile, an agricultural entertainment destination in Pasco offering local gourmet food.

CREHST Museum: featuring history of the area’s rich agricultural lands, hydroelectric power, and unique geology. Journey from prehistoric times to the nuclear age.

Golf: Play any one of the Tri-Cities seven beautiful courses. Challenges for the beginner to the experienced and the exceptional climate has made this activity one of the area’s most popular pastimes.

Hiking: The Tri-Cities terrain is unlike anywhere else in Washington State. Hikers explore a unique landscape of lava lands and ridgelines formed by the great Ice Age Floods. Badger Mountain and Wallula Gap are popular hiking areas.

1 night Richland or Kennewick

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Day 5

Kennewick to Walla Walla

As you make your way to Walla Walla, taste what the wine world is talking about at the Big 3: L’Ecole No. 41, Three Rivers Winery, and Reininger, all of which are eager to welcome tour groups to the valley.

Lunch: Have lunch in quaint downtown Walla Walla at any of the city’s latest trendy eateries including Luscious by Nature or Salumiere Cesario, Walla Walla’s gourmet grocery.

Stop in any one of a number of downtown wineries that are within blocks of each other. Groups can split up and tour on their own, and choose from some of these exceptional wine brands: Forgeron Cellars, Seven Hills Winery, Spring Valley Vineyard, Sleight of Hand, Ash Hollow, and Waterbrook Winery.

Just south of the city, don’t miss tours of the world-renowned estate wineries: Northstar, Pepper Bridge Winery, and Basel Cellars.

Explore living history exhibits at historic Fort Walla Walla. Tour a pioneer settlement of original buildings complete with costumed interpreters.

Sightsee beautiful Walla Walla by pedicab. Tour downtown wine tasting rooms, art displays, Pioneer Park and Aviary and more.

Travel above the treetops and below the clouds on a scenic and peaceful Hot Air Balloon Ride overlooking Walla Walla’s beautiful valley.

Dinner: Get ready for a night of casual elegance, when you step out downtown to one of the number of intimate restaurants in Walla Walla including 26brix, the Marc, or Whitehouse Crawford.

Overnight: Walla Walla Marcus Whitman Hotel.

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Day 6

Walla Walla to Seattle

Take the scenic way back to Seattle by traveling north on the Yakima River Scenic Byway, State Route 821.

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Top Ten Recommended Wineries to Visit:

 

  1. Sheridan Vineyard - Sheridan’s young winemaker began producing nothing but top notch wines right out of the gate. Taste the L’Orage, Kamiakan Red, and Cabernet Franc. This vineyard has a great barn to boot!
  2. Windy Point Vineyards - Sits along the bluff with a view of Mt. Adams and the scenic Yakima Valley. This Polish couple is crafting unique and exceptional estate wines from their grapes grown among the peach trees, bubbling brook, and apple groves that surround the winery.
  3. Kestrel Vineyards – Named after a raptor that is indigenous to Washington state, Kestrel is one of the original Washington wineries still in operation, crafting excellent wines including a perfectly balanced, 100-year-old vine Chardonnay.
  4. Chandler Reach Vineyards – Amidst the Chandler Reach Vineyards in a uniquely dry microclimate, lies this Tuscan style winery, producing some of the most amazing estate wines in the region.
  5. Hedges Family Estate- “La Grande Dame” of this region, Hedges is the largest family-owned winery in Washington, now famous for its Bordeaux-variety reds. The magnificent Hedges Family Estate Chateau could have been plucked right out of the Bordeaux countryside.
  6. J. Bookwalter –Sit back, relax, and enjoy the comfy couches, relaxing music and laid-back atmosphere at this California-style stucco winery. Saunter out to the patio and sip an array of lush red and vibrant white Columbia Valley wines.
  7. L’Ecole No. 41 – One of the original founders of the Walla Walla wine movement, winemaker Martin Clubb continues to build truly impressive wines that are internationally renowned. This winery is housed in a historical schoolhouse.
  8. Dunham Cellars – Eric Dunham and his father Mike craft beautiful wines, particularly exceptional reds from the Walla Walla Valley. Enjoy this art-filled winery and tasting room.
  9. Northstar – Chateau Ste. Michelle’s premium brand focusing solely on Merlot varietals. Crafted with extraordinary aplomb, surpassing its own standard with every vintage. This winery is situated at the base of the Blue Mountains in bucolic Walla Walla Valley.
  10. Long Shadows – Washington wine industry pioneer Allen Shoup continues to lead the way with the introduction of Long Shadows Wineries and Vineyards, featuring wines crafted by some of the most illustrious winemakers from around the world, with the distinctive terroir that showcases the viticultural excellence of the Columbia Valley.

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