Experiences can be the very best gifts! This year give the gift of a memory-making special experience – a getaway adventure to the Yakima Valley. Choose an outdoor adventure and give the gift of skiing, biking, paddle boarding, white water rafting, fishing and more! Or give a weekend wine country getaway or guided craft beer trail tour. No matter what you choose, these gifts are sure to please!
The Gift of Adventure
For an unforgettable outdoor adventure and learning experience, give the gift of a group or private skiing, mountain biking, stand up paddle boarding (SUP) or trail running clinics, classes and retreats. Husband and wife team, Andy and Shannon Mahre offer unique outdoor experiences with their two operations, Girls with Grit and Mahre Athletic Development Experience (MADE). They feature experiences designed to help you build confidence, reach further and achieve your next level. Andy and Shannon offer beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert clinics, classes, training and retreats in a range of outdoor pursuits. For the first time this winter, they will be offering private intermediate and advanced ski lessons at White Pass Ski Area. Check the MADE website for information! Shannon also offers outdoor photography lessons. Purchase current season clinics and lessons, as well as gift certificates for future experiences, such as SUP, trail running and mountain biking clinics, on their website.
For the person who loves to fish, the Yakima River Canyon is the state’s only blue ribbon catch and release river – and fly fishing heaven. Red’s Fly Shop is the premier fly fishing and upland bird hunting outfitter in the Pacific Northwest, offering casting lessons, guided float trips, scenic raft rides and upland bird hunting adventures. Their outings make perfect gifts for the outdoor lover in your life. They also have a spectacular sporting clays shooting course with first-class instruction. Fly rods, shotguns, ammo and other equipment can be provided for their instructional offerings. Stay at the beautiful, well-appointed Canyon River Lodge next door for an exceptional experience. With a half mile of private river-front space, it’s an ideal destination for a peaceful getaway in our beautiful corner of the Northwest. Guests can enjoy a wonderful meal at the Canyon River Grill overlooking the river and towering canyon wall.
Want to give an adventure that gets the adrenaline going? Give the gift of a whitewater rafting experience with Osprey Rafting during the Tieton River flip flop with a stay in Yakima! When water is released from Lake Rimrock in September, the water rises and the river develops class 3 (sometimes class 4) rapids that only last for one month. Osprey Rafting provides all the gear for a memorable whitewater rafting experience on the Tieton River!
Wine Country & Hop Country Getaway Gifts
The Yakima Valley is where Washington wine was born and where 50% of Washington wine grapes are grown. This means expansive vineyard views to enjoy along with the fine wines produced here by boutique and estate wineries. Give the gift of a wine country getaway with someone special or with family and friends! Gift an overnight stay at Yakima Valley hotels and bed and breakfasts. Take an elegant carriage ride through Rattlesnake Hills AVA vineyards to the wineries with Yakima Valley Carriage Company for visits at four wineries at a leisurely pace for a relaxing afternoon.
For a different kind of wine country adventure, take a trail ride or wagon ride with Red Mountain Trails in The Red Mountain AVA and Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast and Barn in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA. They’ll escort you to the wineries by horseback or wagon for a memorable tasting experience. Cowboy events are encouraged! You can even take a trail ride for a vineyard picnic lunch or vineyard dinner with Red Mountain Trails! Give a memorable gift of their sunset wagon ride to a four-course dinner, where you’ll sip Red Mountain wines and savor locally sourced cuisine as the sun sets over the valley below you.
Looking for a different wine country excursion? Give a stay at the tiny houses of Alexandria Nicole Cellars. Located in the heart of their estate vineyard, Destiny Ridge, the tiny houses feature stunning views of the mighty Columbia River. Wake up in wine country at your choice of 4 well-appointed tiny houses. Another unique option for wine country getaway gift is Freehand Cellars, one of the newest wineries in the Yakima Valley. Situated at the top of a hill, with stunning views of Mt Adams, orchards, vineyards and the hills across the Valley, their two-unit Vineyard House is steps from the winery tasting room. One has two bedrooms and the other has one. Both have full kitchens. You can sip wine by the cozy fireplace or enjoy the view from the hot tub. It’s the perfect gift to find under the tree on Christmas morning. We can’t forget about Desert Wind Winery’s luxurious guest rooms, each with a balcony overlooking the Yakima River.
We can’t just mention wine when talking about the Yakima Valley. After all, the valley produces 75% of the hops grown in the United States. Yakima Valley Hop Country is a beer lover’s destination! For the beer aficionado, sign up for an excursion on The Little Hopper – Yakima’s Beer Bus. The Little Hopper offers hop on-hop off day passes allowing riders to hop on and off at breweries and taprooms. On Saturdays, they offer guided, four-hour tours and include an opportunity to learn about the valley’s hops, breweries, beers and more! This is a great gift that comes with a designated driver!
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