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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Tri-Cities

THE HEART OF WASHINGTON WINE COUNTRY STORY AND PHOTOS BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND

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hat were once the three small Eastern Washington towns of Kennewick, Pasco and Richland has now transformed into the bustling metropolitan area known as the Tri-Cities. “Fun in the Sun” is the motto due to almost 300 sunny days each year, making the area popular year round for outdoor activities. The confluence of the Yakima, Snake and Columbia rivers creates a water paradise for kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, sailing, power boating, water skiing, fishing and much more. Golf is one of the top sports in the region, and it’s easy to see why with 10 challenging courses which can be played almost every day of the year. It is no wonder that the Tri-Cities are becoming a top vacation destination in Washington state. A great vacation starts with a great place to stay. The Columbia Point area is a nice central location with a marina, walking trails, restaurants and lodging. You can even catch a dinner cruise. The Courtyard Marriott is business oriented during the week and more family friendly on the weekends. An indoor heated pool and on-site bicycle rentals make this a perfect family destination. The wine-themed Lodge at Columbia Point is a more upscale experience and conducive to a couple’s getaway. Step up to a Grand Cru Riverfront King Premium and enjoy a custom, architect-designed room with an incredible view of the Columbia River. A walk-in shower, soaking tub and gas fireplace add to the luxury. Both hotels have riverfront views and are on the Richland Riverfront Trail. It is easy walking distance to restaurants, and the upscale Columbia Point Golf Club is close by. After checking into your hotel, stroll down the trail along the cove to LU LU Craft Bar + Kitchen. The restaurant is family owned, farm to table, with a made-from-scratch kitchen. The owner’s family has owned the Easterday Farms since 1958. Most of the food in the restaurant is sourced from their farm to include the beef and pork as well as potatoes and onions. Fresh

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July 2018 Sandpoint Living Local  

July 2018 Sandpoint Living Local

July 2018 Sandpoint Living Local  

July 2018 Sandpoint Living Local