The Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center (VIC) celebrates 10 years of serving visitors to the Yakima Valley in 2013. Built in 2003, with the vision to promote the Yakima Valley’s growing wine country, the Visitor Center has become the first stop for information on lodging, restaurants, activities and events.
One of the events during this year long celebration, “Sneak Peek to Spring Barrel,” will be April 11, 2013, at Le Chateau. Wine Diva’s will be hosting this event. Come enjoy local wine tasting, live music, Hors D’Oeuvers, Spring fashions, shopping, raffle prizes and more. This is an all lady, 21 and over event. The Visitor Center will be offering a Gift Bag valued at $25 with every ticket. The gift bag will include 4 wine tasting coupons, to be used anytime during the evening, a glass of wine, a lite-up wine glass, Washington Wine Country Coasters; It’s All about the Pretzels, Spring Barrel Wine Tasting winery information, coupons and so much more. Tickets to the event are $30. Visit the Yakima Valley’s beautiful Tuscan style Visitor Center for your tickets.
The Yakima Valley Visitor Center provides information covering the Yakima Valley, most cities in Washington State, plus Oregon, Idaho, Montana. In 2006 the gift shop was added featuring local Yakima Valley made products and artwork, souvenirs plus specialty gift items. In 2011 the gift shop expanded its selection of local wines for purchase and began offering wine tasting 4 premiums Yakima Valley wines with the purchase of a $5.00 Govino wine glass.
The Yakima Valley Visitor Center is located across the street from Target Store at 101 North Fair Ave. Exit 33 off I-82. (map)
Come celebrate with us.
The Yakima Valley blog articles feature members of the Yakima Valley Visitors and Convention Bureau. If you would like to receive information regarding membership, Click here, or to request a membership application, please contact Michelle Hopkins at (509) 575-3010.
Selah, WAstretches out below, with the snow covered dome of Mt. Adams rising in the distance, as you crest the South Umtanum Ridge on I-82 East. You have just entered the Yakima Valley, Washington Wine Country, encompassing the cities of Selah, Yakima,Union Gap, Zillah, Toppenish, Grandview, Prosser, and Benton City. A rich agricultural area known for vast acres of vineyards and orchards watered by the Yakima River diverted through irrigation canals makes the Yakima Valley the 12th largest agricultural region in the country.
Enter the valley over the Fred G. Redmon Bridge, also known as the Selah Creek Bridge. The rest stop located south of the bridge offers a view of the imposing twin arches, once the longest concrete arch bridge in the United States.
Selah, with its friendly small town ambiance, can also be entered from the north, by the Yakima River Canyon, Washington State’s First Scenic Byway, State Route 821. The Yakima River Canyon is popular for its blue ribbon fly fishing, long lazy summer days floating down the river, wildlife viewing, camping and hiking in the Umtanum Recreation Area.
On April 6, 2013, runners will converge on Selah for the 12th Annual Yakima River Canyon Marathon, a standard 26.2 mile scenic point-to-point course, offering spectacular views of the Yakima River Canyon. The course follows the Yakima River downstream and finishes in rural Selah, attracting runners from all over the country to this scenic area. Special Speaker Friday April 5th Bart Yasso, chief running officer of Runner’s World magazine is the author of the book My Life on the Run….the wit, wisdom and insights of a road racing icon. He’ll be the guest speaker at the pasta feed on Friday. Included in his presentation is an interesting and humorous slide show, “Never Limit Where Running Can Take You”
“A marathon that you really should consider for the whole weekend’s experience is the Yakima River Canyon. It simply beats any other marathon experience PERIOD…not ready for a marathon, who cares? There are many, many slow runners and walkers and they are as well embraced, perhaps more so, than the front runners.You’ll rub elbows with many wide-eyed first timers and many knurly veterans that will astound middle of the packers, back of the packers, all equals at the end of the day.”
Your Canyon For A DayBike Tour! Enjoy the canyon without worrying about traffic. They are closing down the Yakima River Canyon for you and your family to take a ride on your bikes and enjoy the scenery! May 19, 2013 9:00am to 3:00pm
A perfect ride for the whole family! This 35-mile round trip ride is a great family event, riding through the scenic Yakima River Canyon. The road follows the Yakima River up a gentle grade with few hills. The highway will be closed to thru- traffic.
Begin the ride from either the south end of the canyon from Selah or on from the north, Ellensburg end of the canyon. The staging area is at the Roza Recreation Site at milepost 7 on SR 821 for those coming from Selah at the south end. This is the perfect weekend to plan your trip to Selah. Enjoy the beauty of the canyon with your family and celebrate the small town community days with the local residents.
Officially incorporated on April 3, 1919, the city of Selah will be celebrating Community Days, May 16-19, 2012. Experience the sunshine and friendly small town atmosphere during the annual Selah Community Days Festivalwithlive entertainment Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday, a carnival, food and craft vendors and Saturday night fireworks. On Saturday park in the Selah Jr. High parking lot and take the FREE Yakima Transit bus to the Selah Wixson Park festival grounds from 11am to 11pm.
Selah is known as the Apple Juice Capitol of the World and is home to Tree Top Natural Fruit Products made from farm fresh apples, grapes and pears grown in this abundant agricultural region. In response to the growing ag-tourism requests, on October 31, 2011, Tree Top opened its new Tree Top Store & Visitor Center. Here you can learn about farm-to-table production of apple juice and the history of Tree Top. The store is stocked with Tree Top products and gifts, and features a Café to enjoy sandwiches, baked goods, coffee, smoothies and juice. Tree Top hosts the Skewered Apple BBQ Championship sanctioned by the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association. This year, the event will be held near the Tree Top Corporation campus in Selah. On September 7th and 8th this event will attract 50 to 70 barbeque teams vying for $35,000 in prize money. This national BBQ championship includes cooking demos, BBQ samples to taste, activities, live entertainment and much more.
The Yakima Valley blog articles feature members of the Yakima Valley Visitors and Convention Bureau. If you would like to receive information regarding membership, Click here, or to request a membership application, please contact Michele Hopkins at (509) 575-3010.