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A Country Drive to Naches, WA

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

View from Naches Heights

Orchards blooming in spring and apples ripening in the fall, plus sweet cherries, apricots, pears and peaches in season. Vineyards grown in the bio-dynamic manner and organic wine. This 29-mile circle driving tour (great bicycle or motorcycle ride) takes a little over an hour, starting at the Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center, then circling through Naches Heights to the City of Naches, returning via the Old Naches Highway to Downtown Yakima. This tour is popular in apple blossom and harvest time, enjoy the excellent vistas any time of the year.
Starting at the Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center at 101 North Fair Avenue:

  • Turn right out of the parking lot onto Fair Avenue, which becomes Lincoln Avenue, a one way street, continue on this route all the way to 40th Avenue.
  • Turn right at 40th Avenue, proceeding about 1.2 miles.
  • Turn left onto West Powerhouse Road and proceed on this road west for about 2.4 miles.
  • Turn left up the Naches Heights Road.
This route is along the top of the ‘heights” passing through one of the largest fruit growing area and the Naches Heights American Viticulture Area, designated in January 2012.
 Naches Heights road climbs steeply us the side of the hill where you can see out and across the Cowiche Canyon to the south, and the Naches Valley to the north.  After a short drive, on left side of Naches Heights Road is Ehler Road, leading to Tasting Room Yakima at Wilridge Vineyard,  in a 100 year old country house. Taste wine from biodynamic vineyards on the porch and enjoy the view. Naches Heights Winery opened their tasting room in the gallery space next door.
  • At 5 miles, continue straight after stop sign on the Naches Heights Road.
  • Traveling 6.2 miles further, at the stop sign, turn right onto the Naches-Tieton road to begin the steep drop down into the valley below. Looking north across the valley to the lower hills, you will discover the many layers of sedimentary rock from the time this area was under water.  Mt. Cleman rises to almost 5,000 feet elevation to the northwest of the town of Naches.
  • Naches Grade  joins the Naches-Tieton Road. Bear to the left and continue across the Naches River to the City of Naches and the junction with Highway 12.
Naches was first settled in 1853 by members of the Longmire Wagon Train. This family opted to stay in the milder climate on this side of the Cascades to farm, starting orchards and raising dairy cows and cattle.
  1.  Turn left at this intersection and you can visit the unique La Kat Gallery.
In May of 2006, after 50 year of operation, Layman Lumber Company ceased production. The management team and several key employees remained to retool the old mill into a woodshop, retraining the mill workers. The result was LaKat, a photo and crafts gallery featuring the skills of our talented craftsmen. All photographs are printed at Layman Lumber Studios and all frames are made from wood produced at the mill before it was closed. With few exceptions, the handicrafts use Layman Lumber wood. A testament to the commitment of the Naches business owner to their employees. The Naches Ranger Station, on the right side of Highway 12, is a short drive further on. There you will find information on the Okanogan and Wenatchee forests trails, camping, rock climbing, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, off road ORV trails and wilderness area information.
          2.  Turning right at the intersection, Thompson Farm Market will be on the right side of the road, offering local farm fresh produce, wine tasting, cider, jams and gifts. Visit their old fashioned soda fountain in the country store.
          3. Proceeding straight through the intersection, visit thenaches 014 train deport renovated Naches Train Depot operating as the visitor information center staffed by volunteers. The Naches Chamber of Commerce is also located in the depot. The complex includes public restrooms and outdoor eating areas.

There is a unique Art Deco historic gas station in the park near the restored depot.

Turn left onto Shafer Avenue, about.3 miles. Follow this for .3 mile, and then turn right onto the Old Naches Highway. Prior to 1935, this was part of the old route from Yakima over Chinook Pass to the west side of the state. Note the close-up view of the sedimentary layers you saw from the top of Naches Grade, on your right you will overlook many miles of fruit orchards, as well as views up to Naches Heights. The Thompson Family Farm is on this road offering U-pick opportunities in season featuring a pumpkin canon in the fall.

Continue on the Old Naches Highway from about 9.5 miles to a stop sign with its intersection with Highway 12. Turn left onto Hwy. 12.(bicyclists may prefer to go straight at this intersection, to connect with Powerhouse Road again.) As you proceed south and east, you may take the 40th Avenue exit, turning right and continuing to Summitview Avenue, returning the way you came. Or, you may continue on the freeway, bypassing the 40th Avenue exit, merge into the I-82 freeway, and take the Yakima Avenue exit 33B to return to downtown Yakima.

 

Bicycling to Naches, WA:

Bike Ride in Yakima Valley: Yakima to Naches. More Info.
Bicycle the 10 mile Yakima Greenway from Yakima Hotels.  More Info.

Preparations for bike ride Yakima Valley: Goat heads a low-growing weed with 2 sharp thorns that puncture bike tires. Use thorn proof tires, plastic thorn shields or bring extra tube and bicycle tire slime.

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The Answer: “A Marathon, Family Biking Day & Cattle Drive.”

Monday, March 24th, 2014

The Question:”When Does the Yakima River Canyon close to thru traffic?”

The Yakima River Canyon closes to thru traffic for 3 events. A USATF Certified 26.2 Mile Marathon, A Family Biking the Canyon Day and cattle drive.

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The Yakima River Canyon Marathon for 2014 is Saturday April 5. This is an exceptionally scenic and extremely popular run along the river for both novice and seasoned marathoners.   The course headquarters is in Selah, WA. The run starts at the north end of the canyon and ends in Selah. (See Map) Runners pick up their packets Friday evening  at the pasta feed, which features a  guest  speaker. A shuttle bus brings runners from Selah to the start of the course.

Your Canyon for a Day Bike Tour takes place on May 18th, 2014.  The canyon closes from 9am – 3pm. Make plans to visit with the whole family and enjoy the great outdoors. The total length is 35 miles with gentle grade following the Yakima River.  This is a sponsored event and there is a nominal fee. (Register Here)Bike-Canyon-s-300x199

The Annual Yakima River Canyon Cattle Drive takes place during the winter, near the end  January. Hundreds of cattle are herded  by cowboys on horseback  along a 5 Mile stretch of the Yakima River Canyon Road. The drive usually starts in the morning at Burbank Creek Road and ends around 3pm at Mount Baldy Ranch to the north.  This Eaton Family Tradition moves from winter pasture to where the cows will calve. The trail drive stops at Big Pines Campground to rest.

 

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Off to See the Wizard @ White Pass Ski Area Winter Carnival!

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Are you ready for  28th Annual White Pass Winter Carnival, March 1 & 2, 2014?   This year’s theme is the Wizard of Oz in recognition of the film’s 75th Anniversary.  The Castle Construction Crew will be replicating the Emerald Castle and the Yellow Brick Road!  Costumes are encouraged! Be  Dorothy, Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, or Scarecrow on skis or a snowboard! Flying monkeys??

Bring the whole family, the kids will have fun climbing  through the snow castle and tubing down the snow slide. (I know I did!).  Enjoy this huge snow castle, carnival games, races, snow sculptures, fireworks, and live music during this annual winter celebration. A tradition for Northwest families since 1987. (Full Schedule of Events)

If you haven’t been to the White Pass Ski Area in the past few years, you will be surprised at the expansion and the new ski in lodge. Check out White Pass Ski Resort’s Paradise Basin, which doubled the size of the ski area by 767 acres.   Whether you ski or snowboard, the views of Mt Rainier are spectacular.   Start at the White Pass Resort Day Lodge (Trail map) on Highway 12,  ride the Great White Quad to the top, off the quad, ski down straight to base of Chair 5, take the Basin Quad/Chair 5, follow signs to the new High Camp Lodge (pictured).  At High Camp enjoy a morning waffle bar on select days, lunch daily. 

White Pass offers 18k of double-tracked groomed Nordic trails, as well as single tracked snowshoeing trails and  a terrain park, with 14 challenging features, including rails and c-boxes.

White Pass Ski Resort, is located only 40 minutes from the city of Yakima on the White Pass Scenic Byway.  Visitors and locals enjoy the opportunity to ski during the day and return to Yakima for wine tasting and a fine meal in one of the many restaurants

 

 

 

 

Winter Recreation Information:

White Pass Ski Resort History

Vacation Rentals, Retreats and Guesthouses

Winter Fun: Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Snowmobile Recreation: Where are the trails?

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Port Wine for a Perfect Winter Weekend

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Winter has settled in, the mountains are frosted in white.  Spend the day cross country skiing, snowmobiling, or viewing wild elk, then snuggle by the fireplace or relax in a hot tub with a fine Yakima Valley Port Wine.   Whistlin’ Jack Lodge offers Bungalows which are 125 feet from the Naches River, complete with rock fireplace and  private outdoor hot tub with relaxing view.  Enjoy dining at the lodge restaurant and live music in the lounge before retiring to your private retreat.

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Bethel Ridge Retreat

Looking for a larger space, the Bethel Ridge Retreat features 2 mountain lodges, each with a gas fireplace, beautiful leather furniture, luxurious bedrooms (one king master suite and two queen bedrooms), dining area and outdoor hot tub.

Soak in the tub or sit by the fireplace and  savor one of these Port Wines.  Purchase at the winery or the Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center.

  • gilbertThurston Wolfe Winery- JTW’s Port 2009: “Taste Black cherry, boysenberry, chocolate, spice and black pepper. Curl up nest to a winter fire to enjoy with anything chocolate, Stilton cheese and Bartlett pears.”
  •  Gilbert Cellars – Tempranillo Port: “This Port offers bright red fruit, luscious tannin’s and pleasant sweetness. It pairs well with dark chocolate, cheesecake, and many other rich desserts”.
  •  Paradisos del Sol – 2010 Zort: 375ml Zort?!? ” Yes! A Ruby Angelica wine based on Zinfandel grapes. This very limited production is meant to be consumed with friends — and a raspberry-infused chocolate truffle — or a pear with Stilton cheese — as an aperitif with salted nuts — or in front of a fire on a howling winter night while releasing its captive sunshine.”
  • Claar Cellars Fouled Anchor Port:  “Dried cherries, raisins, honey and maple syrup are the heart of this powerful Port style fortified wine. The mouth is sweet, velvety and finishes on dark, juicy plums. Racy and elegant like a pure breed stallion. The term “Fouled Anchor” is when a ship’s anchor snags or becomes “entangled” preventing one from leaving, or opening a port. This Non-Vintage Port is thus an entanglement of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot, a different grape each year. A ship doesn’t want a fouled anchor, but you will enjoy untangling this delicious blend.”

 

Bring along special cheeses, farm fresh fruit, cured meats and chocolate, plus a  fine cigar for him from Lil’ Brown Smoke Shack. Check one of the Friday special cigar events for great deals.   Add a great cigar to one of the Yakima Valley Ports, romantic fire in the fireplace or a relaxing soak in the outdoor hot tub.

“Voila!” a perfect winter weekend!

 

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View Elk & Bighorn Sheep Up Close!

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Due to unusually warm winter the elk have not come down from higher elevation to feed. Contact WDFW to see if they are feeding yet.

View wild Elk up close at the Oak Creek Wildlife Feeding Station.  See the herd of bighorn sheep at the Cleman Mountain Feeding Site nearby. This is a unique experience where your family can learn about nature, animals living in the Cascade Mountains and the habits of wildlife.

The Oak Creek Wildlife Feeding Station is located on The White Pass Scenic Byway (Hwy 12), less then 30 minutes from downtown Yakima.  Elk migrate from the mountains to the feeding station in the foothills when the snow pack gets deep. The Rocky Mountain Elk bulls’ average weight is 450-900 lbs. During severe winters as many as 8,000 elk may use the  feeding areas. See these majestic animals up close as they are being fed daily at 1:30pm.  A normal winter season is mid-December to early March. Truck tours take visitors out amongst the elk by reservation. These tours are supported by donations.

The Visitor Center at the Oak Creek Headquarters is open every day between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The Center features a video program, exhibits, and a kids’ corner. There is no charge to view the exhibits but donations are welcomed. The Discover Pass is required for parking.

Cleman Mountain Feeding Site: Bighorn sheep can be viewed at the Cleman Mountain feeding site nearby. The sheep are fed mid-morning.  Driving from Yakima, the entrance to the site is the first right just passed the junction of Highway 12 and 410.

 

The Yakima Area Wildlife Viewing Guide is a valuable resource outlining all the areas to view nature and wildlife up-close in the Yakima Valley. The brochure includes a map to the natural areas and descriptions of the wildlife seen. The printed brochure is available at the Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center.

 

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Fall Hiking in the Yakima River Canyon

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
The Umtanum Creek Recreation Area is at the northern end of the Yakima River Canyon, carved out of the basalt cliffs between the Yakima Valley and Ellensburg. This recreation area, located in the 105,460 acre Wenas Wildlife Area, features a great family hike that starts by walking on a suspension bridge over the Yakima River and crossing over the railroad tracks. The well worn trail follows Umtanum Creek for 4 miles before it narrows and turns into a less defined trail. This is a great wildflower hike in the spring, and the golden aspens are beautiful in the fall. Umtanum Creek runs for ten miles up the Umtanum Valley with steep basaltic cliff on both sides.
Washington Audubon Society has designated Umtanum Creek Valley an Important Bird Area in Eastern Washington. Information about sightings in the area are included on the Sun & Sage Loop edition of The Great Washington State Birding Trail Map. Best known for nesting birds of prey, or raptors, from Red Tailed Hawks, Golden Eagles and Kestrels in spring, Coopers Hawks in the fall, and the endangered Bald Eagle searching the Yakima River for Chinook salmon in winter.

Homesteads existed in the area in a bygone era. Marking those homestead sites are old fruit orchards. Beavers have chewed down most of the apple orchard but there are a few fruit trees still producing apples.

You may choose to hike up and along the Manastash and Umtanum ridges for expansive views of the terrain and wildlife such as bighorn sheep, mule deer and elk.

This is a dog friendly hike.

Directions:

From Yakima: Travel north on Interstate 82. Take Exit 26 and turn left onto Canyon Road. Drive north up the canyon, 17 miles to the Umtanum Creek Recreation site.   From Seattle: Take I-90 East. At Ellensburg take the Yakima River Canyon exit to the Umtanum Creek Recreation site. The canyon road continues to the Yakima Valley following the Yakima River.

The Umtanum Recreation site features paved parking and there is a required parking fee.

photos by Patty DiRienzo

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Harvest Festivals: Apple Pickin’, Hay Rides, Cider, Corn Mazes, Pony Rides…more

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

grandpa drivin the truckHarvest is here, time to load the family in the car and head for the Yakima Valley for farm fresh fun. Young and old will enjoy the harvest activities Bills Berry Farm in Grandview offers.  Pick ripe, juicy apples off the trees, squeeze your own fresh apple juice, enjoy warm kailey in corn mazeapple cider doughnuts.  There is a hay ride through the orchards, corn mazes for kids and adults, fire pits to sit by to warm up. Choose your pumpkins decorations,  from small to large pumpkins and gourds in the open fields.

The kids will enjoy petting the farm animals, the barnyard train ride and the pony rides. It is easy to spend the day playing  at the farm.  BBQ burgers, hotdogs and chili are available for lunch. There are picnic tables to enjoy your meal while listening to live music. There are numerous photo opportunities, play areas, even a tire swing and tree house. Bills Berry Farm is open Fridays and Saturdays during the month of October. Admission is free. $5. parking fee.

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Washington’s Fruit Place and Gift Shop @ Barrett Orchards, Yakima, celebrates October Days.  Every weekend in October enjoy farm fresh apple cider squeeze, Pumpkin Patch, hay maze and hay rides all for free. Donation only. Also school tours are being booked for weekdays in October.

Thompson’s Farm Pumpkin Patch in Naches, WA. Friday and Saturdays in October enjoy hayrides, corn maze, pumpkin cannon and life on the farm with farm animals for viewing. Free admission . Pumpkin Patch School Tours are available weekdays during the month of October.  The tours include hayrides, a corn maze, one pumpkin that the child can carry, farm setting, pumpkin cannon firing, and farm animals for viewing. Plan for two hours 

Jones Farms  in the lower Yakima Valley. During the month of October come pick out your pumpkin for carving, buy your apple for those apple pies. Enjoy the picnic area, duck pond, and awesome hay maze.

The Yakima Valley also offers massive corn mazes. There are entrance fees and they are open in the evenings to enjoy the maze in the darkness.

Schells Corn Maze and Harvest Funland, 10 Harris Road, Toppenish WA

Massive Corn Maze and Fall Harvest Land, 3213 S. Tacoma St. Union Gap, Wa 98903 October 4-31

Come out to the Yakima Valley with the whole family and enjoy the warm days of the fall harvest.

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Wine Country Hot Air Balloon Rally

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

prosser3The 24th Annual Great Prosser Balloon Rally, a popular wine country event fills the sky with color. The balloons launch at sunrise from the Prosser Washington Airport on September 27, 28, 29, 2013 (weather permitting) . 

Spectators are encouraged to arrive early (about 6:15 a.m.) to watch the pilots prepare the giant balloons. Some lucky spectators are even asked to assist the balloon pilots inflate, chase, and recover the Hot-Air-Balloons. Here is some helpful information  and ballooning terms on crewing a Hot Air Balloon, just in case you’re lucky enough to help. Get ready to take some spectacular pictures as the balloons float over the Yakima River which runs through the center of the city, some balloonists may even attempt a touch and go on the river.

While the balloons are traveling over the valley during the day there are family friendly events, including live entertainment to enjoy. The Harvest Festival features hand-crafted Arts and Crafts, Fine Art, Photography,and  Food Vendors.Children’s activities include chalk painting, inflatable bounce toys, pony rides, etc  The Farmers Market will be open with Farm Fresh Yakima Valley fruit and produce. There will also be a Street Painting Festival.

Wine tasting while waiting for the balloons to return for the night glow is another option. Prosser is in Washington Wine Country and home to Vintners Village, 12 wineries in 7 huge beautiful buildings. Take Exit 80 off I-82 to visit Airfield Estates, Willow Crest, Thurston-Wolfe, Apex Cellars, Milbrandt, Gamache Winery to mention a few. Take Exit 82, off I-82 to visit Desert Wind Winery, Hogue, Kestrel, Alexandria Nicole, and Cowan Wineries.

The balloons return to Prosser for the night glow of the huge balloons choreographed to music, a spectacular highlight!

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Whitewater Rafting Class III – Last Summer Run in Washington State!

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Osprey Rafting Company Class III whitewater rafting on the Tieton River begins August 31 and lasts for the month of September.  The water is released from Rimrock Lake to irrigate the orchards and vineyards in the Yakima Valley. This annual release is called the “flip-flop” where the Tieton River becomes a swift 12 mile Class III thrilling ride for rafters during September only.  If you have never taken the ride, this is the time to experience  an amazing adventure and adrenalin rush. If you arrive for an early morning rafting run, you might see a mist rising from the swift, rolling river which  may seem a bit intimidating. Don’t worry though, after getting suited up in your wetsuit, helmet, life jacket,  your friendly & experienced guide will instruct on  procedures. The guide will be along for the ride to keep your adventure safe and fun. After a few minutes on the water you will feel confident and relaxed and enjoy the wild ride, water spray, beautiful scenery and may even sit on the front of the raft for a, “buckin’ bronco” ride down the river.

 

ospreyAdThe Tieton River and Osprey Rafting  is located about 35 minutes from Yakima and 2.5 hours east of Seattle along the White Pass Scenic Byway, Hiway 12.  This is considered the last summer run for rafters and kayakers. If you are an experienced whitewater rafter or plan on bringing your own kayak, here is  a description of the run; click here.

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Winery Tours: Step on a Tour Bus, Saddle Up, or Join a Bicycle Tour

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Come take a tour of the Yakima Valley wineries. Step on wine tour bus, join an organized bicycle tour or horseback ride for an educational and fun filled experience as you learn about the production of Yakima Valley wines.

The Yakima Valley has many boutique wineries where you will find the winery owner and/or winemaker on premise pouring his creations. This offers opportunities to, “talk wine, terrior, and the current state of the wine industry,” with those who are in the ”know” as you taste.

Where: Rattlesnake Hills AVA, Zillah, WA.  Vineyard and Winery Tours:  When: Sunday mornings and by appointment.

  • Bonair Winery & Vineyard Tours Winery tours:  Learn about how grapes are received, crushed, pressed, fermented, aged, and bottled.   Cost: 1 hour tour.  $10 per adult or $50 for a group tour. Vineyard tours:  Learn about the Rattlesnake Hills AVA, water rights, Missoula Floods, pruning, training, irrigation, and grape growing in general.  Tours 1.5 hours.  Cost:  $20 per person (max. 4 persons). Call to reserve: 509.829.6027
  • Paradisos del Sol Winery & Vineyard.  Schedule tours in advance. Call 509.829.9000. Winery & Vineyard tour: Paul Vandenberg, winegrower of Paradisos del Sol, leads tour of on-site vineyard, sharing insights of 27 vintages.

Where: Prosser, WA:

  • Alexander Nicole Cellars Winery & Vineyard Tours: Private wine and food pairing. There is no additional group fee for a general tasting however your tasting fee is non-refundable. Alexander Nicole Cellars Winery Tour: 1 hour private tasting.  Longer tasting experience can be scheduled. Call (509) 786-3497. Alexander Nicole Cellars Destiny Ridge Vineyard Tour: 1½ hour  tasting and walk through vines at estate vineyard Destiny Ridge. Cost: $50.00/person includes cheese pairings with our award winning wines. Call (509) 786-3497
  • Desert Wind Winery Tours: Informative tour for 2 to 50 people, of interest to novices and seasoned wine veterans alike. Options include tour and luncheon packages. Minimum of 48 hours notice to book, change or cancel. Reserve online or  call 509.786.7277.

Where: Patterson, WA -Horse Heaven Hills AVA 

  • Columbia Crest Winery Tours: Weekend guided tours at 11am, 1pm,  2:30pm and 4pm. Self-guided tours available daily. Tasting Room Hours: 10am to 4:30pm daily. Info: 509.875.4227 or 888.309.9463

Winery Tour Event

  • Wine Yakima Valley Summer Vineyard Tour Event July 27, 2013  Showcases Yakima Valley’s Pioneering Vineyards. Highlights the Region’s 30 Years as Washington’s First Growth.  Insider access to some of the oldest vineyards and most experienced grape growers in the state, featuring Kestrel View Estates, DuBrul Vineyard, and Kiona Vineyards. Tour tickets $95/ person,  include transportation, wine, food by Chef Jessica Smith, and grower-led educational discussions.

 “Step on” tours, van and limo tours.

  • “Step on” Wine Tours of Yakima Valley Wineries: Tours originate from and return to Yakima Valley Visitors Center.   Wineries Express Tours:  Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April to October.  Driver-guide, Eric G. Miller, has a Global Wine Studies degree from Central Washington University, knowledge of the wine industry, geography, agriculture and technology of wine-making.   Cost: Friday or Saturday tour is $55/person, Sundays/$40 for a shorter and closer to Yakima tour.  Time: Depart 11:00am and return between 3pm and 5pm, visiting 4 – 7 wineries. Special tour times/destinations can be arranged.  Call 509 654-9505 to schedule.  August 2013 Special:  Free box lunches by ‘NanaKates’ of Selah and partners, to increase awareness of Pegasus Project,  ‘an equine center providing therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities to those with special needs.’  A portion of each fare in August will be donated to the Pegasus Project.  More Tour Specials: Ask Eric about the great special discounts.
  • Yakima Valley Tours LLC:  Yakima Valley Tours can guide you through a truly unique wine-country, valley or farm-country experience. Enjoy your tour in spacious Limousine Van with wrap-around seating, to comfortably seat groups from 2-8. Cost:  $75 per hour, regardless of the number of guests.
  • SunCity Wine ToursTours led by guides educated in wine and the area. Custom package takes guests to their choice of wineries from Yakima to Prosser. Tour includes transportation, exclusive cellar tours, driver, mini-van and gas.  Call 541-350-9850
  •  Aladin LimosineFleets: 23-seat Excursion, 19-seat Yukon and 11-seat Lincoln Town Car. Call Steve 509-969-2877 to reserve. Special: Wineries of Yakima Wine Tour. Every 3rd Thursday of the month.  4:00pm-7:30pm. Limited to 10 people. Choose 4 wineries Antolin Cellars/Lookout Point, Gilbert Cellars, Kana Winery, Treveri Cellers, Naches Heights, Wilridge or Southard wineries. Cost: $65.00 includes box lunch.  Price does not include tasting fee.

Winery Tours by Bicycle –Organized events

  • Ride D’ Vine  August 10th A 25 mile scenic ride from Yakima to Zillah through hop fields, orchards and vineyards, and ending with wine tasting.  Ride D’Vine starts at Sarg Hubbard Park, travels along Yakima Greenway, through hop fields, up Konnowac Pass, meandering along the ridge top, then winding through apple, cherry orchards and vineyards.  Participants may stop at local wineries  of Zillah to enjoy wine tasting and sightseeing.  Registration includes: Event T-shirt, “Rattlesnake Hills” Passport ($15 value) Event highlights include: Wine tasting at select wineries along the route (last 1-2 miles of bike ride) – tasting fees may apply.  “Wine Wagon” –  to carry wine purchases to the final destination.  Local food vendors at Hyatt and Bonair wineries.  Live music. Picnic areas. Transportation available back to starting point ($5 fee)
  • Wine Country Trek 9.28-29, 2013 sponsored by Apple Valley Kiwanis .  Sample Yakima Valley Wines along  50-60 mile a day route. Enjoy sights and sound of agriculture up close. A wonderful meal in Sunnyside with music and entertainment, overnight camping. 100 percent proceeds go to help organizations in community and across the nation. Cost: $135 per rider. Registration must be prepaid. Space limited.

Saddle Up: Winery Tour by Horseback

  • Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast and Barn. Hoof it through the wine country with Trail BosTiffany Fewel. Ride through the sun-soaked vineyards. Stop for tastings at selected wineries and enjoy gourmet box lunch at Cultura Winery.  Rates & Policies for Horseback Winery Rides: Cost: $225 per day per person (plus tax) Lunch Included, 2 person minimum.  Guided rides include horse rental and picnic lunch, stops at selected wineries and delivery of wine purchases to Cherry Wood at the end of the day. Time: 11 am. – 4pm.

 

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