IF YOU GO! WHERE TO STAY Courtyard Richland Columbia Point Marriott.com The Lodge at Columbia Point LodgeAtColumbiaPoint.com
WHERE TO EAT LU LU’s Craft Bar + Kitchen LULUCraftBar.com Atomic Ale Brewpub & Eatery AtomicAleBrewPub.com Tagaris Winery and Taverna Tagaris TagarisWines.com The Spudnut Shop SpudnutShop.com
THINGS TO DO The B Reactor National Historic Landmark ManhattanProjectBReactor.Hanford.gov Northwest Paddleboarding NorthwestPaddleboarding.com REACH Museum VisitTheReach.org
Exlpore the Columbia River
class. It is held at Two Rivers Park in a lagoon off the Columbia River.
For dinner, head over to Tulip Lane to Tagaris Winery and Taverna Tagaris. This is a more upscale dinner experience, but the lovely outdoor seating area with a large fountain is also very kid friendly. They can get up from the table and there is plenty of room to explore the large patio and artwork. The menu has a large variety, and you can make a meal out of a selection of Tapas. In addition to wine there are some great craft cocktails.
For your last activity before heading home, visit the REACH Museum. This bright, airy museum’s focus is the natural and cultural history of the reach of the Columbia River and greater Columbia Basin. The exhibit on the Manhattan Project adds additional information and exhibits not seen at the Manhattan Project National Park. The section on the Ice Age Floods is very interesting and shows the great effects these floods had on the area. Make sure to step outside to see the vintage trailer and enjoy the views of the Columbia River.
In the morning, head over to the Uptown Shopping Center, which was created by the Atomic Energy Commission and opened in 1949. The shops will be closed but the center has a vintage feel with lots of artwork and is worth a drive by. You are here to visit The Spudnut Shop. It is Richland’s oldest coffee shop and home of the world-famous Spudnut, which is a doughnut made out of potato flour. There is a reason these Spudnuts are so famous. They are light, puffy and slightly sweet and oh so good. This is where the locals hang out. The shop has been featured on the Food Network’s “Unwrapped” and the Travel Channel special “Donut
It is easy to see why the Tri-Cities are a top vacation destination in Washington state. After one visit you are sure to return. The friendly locals are welcoming, and there is too much to see and do in just one weekend. For more information on the area, go online to VisitTri-Cities. com. The official Tri-Cities website has everything you need to know to plan a fun getaway. Make sure to check out local events like Food Truck Fridays or the Columbia Cup Boat Race weekend.
July 2018 Sandpoint Living Local