If you enjoy historic buildings rich with character and charm, the Yakima Valley has the perfect places for you to stay on your next trip. Stay overnight in one of the Valley’s older buildings, restored, renovated and repurposed with new life. These iconic, historic structures are sure to please and will make your stay a visit to remember. Each is unique architecturally, and worth taking the time to explore the artistic embellishments and architectural styles showcasing the history of a bygone era. Some are located in Downtown Yakima and Downtown Prosser, while others are in the countryside.
1911 Masonic Temple
Hotel Maison is housed in a building originally built in 1911 by the Yakima Masons to house their temple. This boutique hotel has been modernized, yet retains the elegant classical architectural elements of the Second-Empire style. In addition, local artists’ works are regularly displayed in the main lobby. In the upper floor corridor, you’ll find a display of photos of historic Yakima. Located in the center of Downtown Yakima, the Hotel Maison is within walking distance to many restaurants, wineries, breweries, entertainment venues, sculptures, the Window Alive Art Project and Millennium Plaza.
1910 Manor House
Birchfield Manor Inn & Restaurant. Built in 1910, this home sits on a 14-acre property with an onsite swimming pool, pond, vineyard and beautiful garden. The Manor rooms feature old-world craftsmanship, original woodworking, luxurious linens, oversized, jetted tubs, large, flat-screen TVs and gas fireplaces. Fine dining is offered on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Call for reservations.
The Simonds Guest House, This 1908 newly restored craftsman-style farmhouse is in Wapato, WA. Period furnishings, original sink, cabinets, an inviting entry hall, beautiful antiques and private porch off the dining room all set the stage for an enjoyable stay surrounded by orchards and hop yards in the heart of the Yakima Valley Wine Country.
1900’s Craftsman Home!
The Farmhouse at Cornerstone Ranches is a beautiful, turn-of-the-century craftsman home located in a vineyard, surrounded by hop fields and apple orchards, In Toppenish, WA. This home has been updated with modern amenities but still retains the elements that make it an historic craftsman; hardwood floors, wood paneling, trims, wooden staircase and welcoming front porch. In addition, this vacation rental features a pool and hot tub, updated kitchen and family room. With accommodations for 12, this is a perfect stepping off place to visit Yakima Valley wineries.
1906 Commercial Building!
Historic Mercer Guest Suites is located in the heart of Downtown Prosser where you can walk to weekend evening entertainment and dining. Built in 1906 by Willis Mercer, the beautifully restored suites contain the original wood floors, stunning 8-foot windows, full kitchens, en suite bathrooms and super fast Wi-Fi. Owned by the Mercer Family, this was the “hub” of commercial activities in Prosser’s early years. The 18,000-square-foot, two-story building featured three commercial real estate fronts housing through the year’s grocery, equipment and hardware stores. The second floor contained 6 two-room office suites, housing a variety of professional services and two large ballrooms. Each suite has more information on the history of the building. It’s located a quick five-minute drive to the numerous Prosser Wineries and farmers market. Be sure to bring home a bottle of Mercer Estates wine from the tasting room in Prosser.
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