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DISCOVER YAKIMA VALLEY Updated year-round at

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GO OUTSIDE! Hiking • Biking • Fishing • Camping Climbing • Rafting • Floating • Outdoor Dining


Summer calendar • First Fridays • Wine map • Minor-league baseball • 3-on-3 hoops Bed & breakfasts • Farmers markets and harvest schedule • Museums • Much more


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Table of Contents FROM THE EDITOR The summer 2012 edition of Discover Yakima Valley is your guide to things to do and places to visit in Central Washington. From community festivals to restaurants, wineries to visit and places to swim, play golf or hike, this one-stop guide is a great resource for local residents as well as visitors to the Yakima Valley.

Discover Yakima Valley is a product of the Yakima Herald-Republic, available to our subscribers through home delivery and to others in racks and stores. Refer to this publication often as you plan your summer activities, and visit our website at — Bob Crider/Yakima Herald-Republic, editor

Meals will be served to children 1-18 years of age. All sites closed Wednesday, July 4th School Sites

Entertainment/Arts Page 5

Food Page 10

Outdoors Page 18

The Directory First Fridays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Live music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7 Museums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Amphitheatres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Outdoor dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-12 Produce/farmers markets . . . . . . 16-17 Hiking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Yakima Greenway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Biking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Camping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Climbing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Mount Rainier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Rafting/floating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Fishing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Wine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-31 Yakima Bears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32


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Camping g g • Fishing • Hiking • Bikin• Floating • Outdoor Dinin ng 3-on-3 hoops Climbing • Rafti ue baseball • • Much more map • Minor-leag


• Wine schedule • First Fridays Summer calendar• Farmers markets and harvest Bed & breakfasts

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Auto racing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Swimming pools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Golf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36-37 Tennis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Downtown Yakima . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 West Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44-49 Union Gap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50-52 Selah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Naches/Tieton/Cowiche . . . . . . . . 54-55 Toppenish/Wapato/Zillah . . . . . . . 56-58 Sunnyside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Ellensburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Prosser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Yakima map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Lodging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64-66 Summer calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68-74

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Virginia Rodriguez and Kim “Bones” Naasz cross a saddle south of Anderson Lake as they hike south from Chinook Pass to White Pass in one day. GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic file

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Beginning date: June 25th Ending date: July 20th Monday-Friday Breakfast 7:30-7:55 Lunch 12:00-12:30 Adams Elementary School 723 S. 8th Street, Yakima Garfield Elementary 612 N. 6th Ave., Yakima Hoover Elementary 400 W. Viola Ave., Yakima Robertson Elementary 2807 W. Lincoln Ave., Yakima Franklin Middle School 410 S. 19th Ave., Yakima Lewis & Clark Middle School 1114 W. Pierce Street, Yakima

Beginning date: June 15th Ending date: July 13th Monday-Friday Breakfast: 7:30-7:55 Lunch: 12:00-12:30 Davis High School 212 S. 6th Ave., Yakima Eisenhower High School 702 S. 40th Ave., Yakima Stanton Alternative HS 901 W. Whitman St., Yakima For more info call Cassie Davidson, 573-7145

Community Sites Bethel AME Church 515 S. 6th Street, Yakima Lunch only: 12:00-12:30 June 19th-July 26th Tue., Wed. & Thur Franklin Park 21st Ave. & Tieton Drive Lunch: 12:00-12:30 Snack: 2:00 June 18th-July 27th Monday-Friday SouthEast Community Ctr 1211 S. 7th St., Yakima Lunch: 12:00-12:30 Snack: 4:15-4:30 June 18th-Aug. 10th Monday-Friday YMCA 5 N. Naches Ave. Yakima Lunch: 12:30-1:00 Monday-Friday Sat. Dinner 7:30-8:00 pm Closed Sites Casey Family 404 N. 3rd St., Yakima Lunch only 12:00-12:30 June 18th-July 6th Monday-Friday

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Patrons enjoy a first Friday at Tequila’s Mexican restaurant in the Track 29 complex in Yakima. Jennifer Dagdagan/For the Yakima Herald-Republic

On the right foot First Fridays an opportunity for customers to see what Yakima offers


or some, the first of the month means a payday and a time to turn the page on that desk calendar. For others, it means First Fridays are here. The first Friday of each month, businesses in downtown Yakima offer great deals and live music as the downtown area comes alive. Many of the establishments are restaurants — like Tequila’s Family Mexican Restaurant, Santiago’s Gourmet Mexican Restaurant and Second Street Grill.

“We have a full patio, rain or snow or heat, every first Friday,” said Janet Betancourth, owner of Tequila’s on Track 29. “We have lime margaritas for $2 all day long and that’s what brings everyone in.” Tequila’s also brings in live entertainment for First Fridays during the summer months. In addition to full-service restaurants, places like Gilbert Cellars and the Kana Winery are hopping. And small businesses, like the Little Soapmaker on Yakima Av-

enue, have specials for customers. “The atmosphere has definitely got a great buzz to it,” said Laura Rankin, tasting room manager for Gilbert Cellars. “It’s really fun to see a lot of people walking around downtown and seeing a lot of people stopping in the different venues for live music. It’s been great to see Yakima’s attitude change toward downtown and it points to the success of downtown. It’s definitely a good buzz and a good atmosphere.” Betancourth says Tequila’s has

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twice as many patrons the first weekend of the month as compared to any other Friday. Adding that something extra is important for each business, Rankin said. “We have live music every First Friday and sometimes we’ll have a new gallery opening at our gallery space in the cellar,” she added. “It’s just a great night for getting people in and enjoying our wine bar atmosphere.”

— Scott Mayes



Concert-goers dance in front of the stage during the 2011 Case of the Blues and All That Jazz event at Sarg Hubbard Park. ANDY SAWYER/Yakima Herald-Republic file

Song and dance Live music options abound in the Yakima Valley during the summer


here are plenty of great opportunities for music and live entertainment in the Yakima Valley this summer. In fact, there are a couple of longtime events celebrating milestone anniversaries this season. So, if you enjoy live music and you’re looking for something to get out and do (and maybe shake your hips a little bit), here are some can’t-miss opportunities. 6

Yakima Folklife Festival The Yakima Folklife Festival turns 30 this summer. The annual event is scheduled for July 6-8. Held at Franklin Park and various downtown Yakima venues, this year’s festival features 20 food booths and another 30 craft booths. The featured artists are: the duo of Reggie Garrett (from Seattle) and Pat Moss (Yakima), as well as Tracy Spring, a former Yakima

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resident, and Dan Maher. Brian Felix, Yakima Folklife President, said the variety of music is the festival’s strength. “There’s almost no form of music that wouldn’t use the word ‘Folklife,’” Felix said. “We’ll have blues, rap, rock, country western. We’ll have something for everyone.” As it has been the first 29 years, the festival will be free of charge. For more information, visit

A Case of the Blues and All That Jazz While Yakima Folklife is turning 30, A Case of the Blues and All That Jazz is turning 20 this summer. The headliners for this event, held at Sarg Hubbard Park on Aug. 18, are LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends. Also scheduled to play are Shoot Jake, Mycle Wastman and Wired.


Members of the Society for Creative Anachronism perform during the Folklife Festival. KATHERINE LOTZE/Yakima Herald-Republic file

About 3,500 people are expected to attend. “It’s Yakima’s summer reunion. You get here and you see people you haven’t seen for the whole year,” said Al Brown, executive director of the Yakima Greenway. “It’s just a little bit of everything — music, beer, wine and great food. It’s that kind of class reunion atmosphere,” Tickets are $40 pre-sale and $45 at the door. For more information, visit

Jazz in the Valley Downtown Ellensburg will once again be home to great jazz music in late July,. This is the 15th year for Jazz in the Valley, which runs July 27-29. Featured artists include Linda Hornbuckle, Randy Oxford and Mel Brown, all out of the Portland area. The Linda Hornbuckle Band will play at 9 p.m. July 27 at Rotary Pavilion, and again at noon July 28, also at Rotary Pavilion, the event’s main stage. The Randy Oxford Band is on the main stage at 9 p.m. July 28 and The Mel Brown Hammond B3 Organ Quartet plays on the main stage at 3 p.m. July 28 and at Gal-

lery One at 8:30 that night. A three-day pass to see all 24 bands is $35. One-day passes are $15 for Friday and Saturday and $10 for Sunday. For more information, call 888925-2204 or visit

Rock the Gap Cody Beebe and the Crooks are the featured band at Rock the Gap, the annual event that follows the Gap2Gap athletic competition at the Yakima Greenway. The fundraiser, held on June 2 this year, jointly supports the Greenway and the Kiwanis Club of Yakima. About 600 are expected to attend this year’s 10th annual event. “There’s a salmon dinner and several beer and wine vendors,” Brown said. “Wineries and breweries are there, and music. It’s kind of a casual, laid back, you-know-everybody kind of atmosphere.” Tables seating eight are $500. Individual tickets start at $45. For more information, visit

— Scott Mayes


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The Maryhill Museum of Art overlooks the Columbia River south of Goldendale. GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic file

Art and about Museums and galleries share Valley’s eclectic background


he Yakima Valley has an array of galleries and museums to match its diverse culture and interests. The Yakima Valley Museum, 2105 Tieton Drive in Yakima, houses a permanent collection rich with the Valley’s history, as well as seasonal exhibits that have included such wide-ranging fare as the reflector art of renowned Northwest artist Dick Elliott and the expansive high-heels collection of 8

David Childs.

The Yakama Nation Museum and Cultural Center, 118 Spiel-Yi Loop

in Toppenish, brings the history of the Yakama to life with dioramas, narratives and music. Guided tours are available by appointment, and self-tours are available without appointment. Maryhill Museum of Art , 35 Maryhill Drive near Goldendale, features an astonishing collection of Rodin sculptures considering it’s kind of in the middle of nowhere.

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It also features a great collection of Romanian royalty artifacts on permanent display. The museum opened its new Mary & Bruce Stevenson Wing this spring, further expanding its display space. And, if that’s not enough, the museum grounds feature astonishing views of the Columbia River Gorge. In terms of contemporary art galleries, Yakima has a pair of nonprofits and a pair of commercial galleries. The Larson Gallery on the

campus of Yakima Valley Community College is the primary location for fine art display in the Yakima Valley. Allied Arts, 5000 W. Lincoln Ave., is more of a community arts center but also regularly features fine-art exhibits in its Peggy Lewis Gallery. The commercial galleries are the long-established Oak Hollow Frames and Gallery, 5631 Summitview Ave., and the brand new Maxin Art Studio, 106 S. Third St.

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Concert-goers take in the show and view from the rail section of the Maryhill Winery Amphitheatre near Goldendale. ANDY SAWYER/Yakima Herald-Republic file

Playing outside Maryhill, Gorge amphitheatres bring the big names to the Valley


he nationally renowned Sasquatch! Music Festival starts The Gorge Amphitheatre season this year with four days of cutting-edge entertainment over Memorial Day weekend. The Gorge, near George, is easily one of the most scenic natural venues in the country. It’s the 11th year of the festival, with a lineup that includes Jack White, Beck, Bon Iver, Pretty Lights, Tenacious D and The Shins, just to name a few. Comedy

acts are also part of the lineup. Also coming this summer is the KUBE 93 Summer Jam on June 9, with Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean and B.O.B. On June 23 is the Paradiso Festival, with Avicil & Afrojack. Journey, Pat Benatar & Loverboy roll in on July 28. On Aug. 3-5, a major country music festival called Watershed will feature Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakam, Kix Brooks and Sara Evans.

And the Dave Matthews Band returns for three shows Aug. 31Sept. 2. The season ends with Tour is a Four Letter Word, with Jason Mraz and Christina Perri. The region’s other scenic amphitheatre at the Maryhill Winery in the Columbia River Gorge south of Goldendale, gets a later start on the season because of the high winds in the area. Maryhill starts July 21 with Earth, Wind & Fire, who became a sensation in the ’70s with its blend

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of rhythm and blues and jazz that appealed to wider audiences. The following Saturday, on July 28, is Chris Isaak with special guest Shawn Colvin. Alison Kraus (count ’em, 26 Grammy awards) and Union Station are featured on Aug. 5. Huey Lewis & the News wrap up the season on Sept. 15. All concerts start at 7 p.m. Various types of seating are available. For more information: www.

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Tracy Dumas eats lunch on the deck of the Apple Tree Grill overlooking the ninth and 18th greens of the Apple Tree golf course west of Yakima. TJ Mullinax/Yakima Herald-Republic

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ooking for a restaurant with a great view (or at least a place with a little breeze?) There are plenty of spots in the Yakima Valley with outdoor seating, perfect for a patio meal. Here are 10 worth checking out this summer: The Apple Tree Grill, 8804 Occidental Ave., Yakima, 509-966-7140, Ext. 5 You don’t need to be a golfer to enjoy The Apple Tree Grill, which is part of the Apple Tree Resort. The outdoor balcony provides panoramic views of the 18-hole golf course. For those who play golf, the restaurant offers a takeout window for a quick bite as well as the option to order a post-game meal from the ninth hole. The restaurant offers a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees that fit just about any budget. One popular option is its all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch, which includes a made-to-order omelet bar and a variety of sweet treats. The brunch is $13.95 for adults, with discounted rates for seniors and children (kids under 5 are free). Dinner entrees, which range in price from $11.95 to $26.95 and are offered from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., include applewood smoked prime rib and stuffed salmon. Hours: 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

FOOD El Mirador, 1601 E. Yakima Ave., Yakima, 509-452-1202 With so many Mexican restaurants to chose from in the Yakima Valley, picking one for lunch can be a little overwhelming. How about you go with the one that offers you a little bit of everything — plus a killer view of the Yakima River. The restaurant’s patio, which overlooks the Yakima Greenway and the slowly meandering river, is a relaxing background to a great meal. El Mirador offers traditional Mexican fare — burritos, enchiladas, tacos and a variety of fajitas. Tortillas are made fresh in-house. Lunch is served daily on the patio in nice weather from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For dinner, try any of the house specials or choose from a large selection of seafood dishes. Most dishes cost about $13. The El Mirador Special, for $18.95, features grilled skirt steak with vegetables and grilled prawns. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekends. River Ridge Golf Course & Restaurant , 295 Golf Course Loop

Road, Selah, 509-697-8416 If you’re looking for a place to relax this summer, head for the large, wrap-around deck at River Ridge Golf Course & Restaurant in Selah. The deck offers views of River Ridge’s immaculately kept green as well as the Yakima River flowing nearby. Diners can chose from a large selection of local wines and microbrews to complement the menu of sandwiches, burgers and steaks. Both dinner and lunch items are served all day, with lunch portions starting at around $8 up to $18 for dinner items. Unlike the golf course, which is forced to shut down once the weather gets cold, the restaurant is open year-round. River Ridge features daily specials, a small salad bar and freshly made soups. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekends.

Second Street Grill, 28 N. Second St., Yakima, 509-469-1486 Second Street Grill offers a good range of burgers and sandwiches,

Diners enjoy lunch outside at the Second Street Grill in downtown Yakima. SARA GETTYS/Yakima Herald-Republic

along with appetizers like pork shumai dumplings and Asian barbecue pork tenderloin to keep things interesting. The restaurant is perfect for hot summer days, equipped with a comfortable outdoor patio along the not-too-busy North Second Street in the heart of downtown. At Second Street, you get good quality without paying too much for it: Burgers run from $10 for the standard grill burger to $14 for the ahi tuna burger with Wasabi, with a wide selection of appetizers and grilled sandwiches in the same price range. The BLT, the cheapest at $9, is packed with bacon and makes for a hearty meal, and the fries are excellent. Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sports Center, 214 E. Yakima Ave., Yakima, 509-453-4647 A popular bar and music venue by night, Sports Center is home to some of the best food in town all day long. Marked by a giant rotating neon-orange hunter, this restaurant definitely deserves a second look. The outdoor seating provides a good view of the main drag of downtown Yakima, as well as an escape from the crowded bar

scene after dark. And the kitchen provides a host of delicious food that wouldn’t normally grace a barroom’s menu: seared ahi tuna with a cucumber salad; a Mediterranean platter with hummus, grilled pita and kalamata olives and wild mushroom ravioli. Burgers cost $8.95 to $11.95 and come piled high with a variety of toppings. Most of their grilled sandwiches and wraps are $8.95 or $9.95, and most appetizers are under $11. Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Naches Heights Tasting Room, 2410 Naches Heights Road, 855648-9463 After three years borrowing space at the Wilridge Winery Tasting Room, the Naches Heights Vineyard opened its own tasting room in April this year and it shouldn’t be missed. The new facility is in the middle of vast vineyards that roll out to scenic views of the surrounding ridges and seemingly takes visitors far from home. The cozy interior of Naches Heights Tasting Room is welcoming on cooler windy days, but the real charm is the outdoor patio seating. It’s even better if you can

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grab a seat in the garden, where a man-made waterfall and pond add a whole other element of serenity. The menu ranges from a salmon BLT to a cheese plate and crab cake sliders to hummus plates. Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Sunday and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; open by appointment Tuesday and Wednesday. Whistlin’ Jack Lodge, 20800 State Route 410, Naches, 509-6582433 The Naches River flows right by the Whistlin’ Jack Lodge, lending serenity to the dining experience even though State Route 410 sits on the edge of the parking lot. Looking out from the high vantage of the dining room, the passing traffic becomes an afterthought as the water rushes past. Seats next to the window are recommended, but the others aren’t bad for a view. Outdoor seating is available by calling ahead and for special events. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are offered. Dinner appetizers start at about $10, with the higher-end steaks nearing $40. This is probably one of the few local restaurants that features elk medallions and rainbow trout on the everyday menu. Hours vary seasonally.



Top left: Wine O’Clock in Prosser features outdoor dining among raised vegetable beds. ROSS COURTNEY/Yakima Herald-Republic

Top right: Diners enjoy lunch on the patio at River Ridge Golf Course in Selah. SARA GETTYS/Yakima Herald-Republic

Middle: The patio at Whistlin’ Jack Lodge sits next to the Naches River. MARK MOREY/Yakima Herald-Republic

BOTTOM: The Wood Shed at Eagle Rock Resort features summer concerts every other Saturday between July 14 and late September. MARK MOREY/Yakima Herald-Republic


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Wine O’Clock , 548 Cabernet Court, Prosser, 509-786-2197 The diners at Wine O’Clock, especially those who sit outside, take the whole locavore movement to another level. The restaurant offers outdoor seating among 18 raised garden beds of vegetable and herbs. That means the salad you order probably bears carrots, radishes and one of 10 different varieties of mint growing just a few feet away. The cooks use tarragon, rosemary and other spices grown in the gardens, too. Wine O’Clock, located downstairs from the Bunnell Family Cellar tasting room, is a popular stop for both local residents and hungry wine tasters. The restaurant is known for pizza and other entrees cooked in a wood-burning oven as well as its wide variety of wines. Prices vary widely, but the menu, which changes every week, offers many items for less than $15. Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The Wood Shed at Eagle Rock Resort , 8590 State Route 410, Naches,

509-658-2100 If you’re looking to get out of town — but not too far out — the Wood Shed at Eagle Rock Resort might be a good choice. The restaurant features an outside patio that can seat several dozen people. It’s close enough to the Naches River to hear and see the water, but not right on the shore. For those who like horsehoes,

the pits are close enough to toss a few ringers in between courses. The patio is surrounded by a railing made from locally harvested timber. A summer concert series with live music starts July 14 and runs every other Saturday through late September. The Wood Shed offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The barbecue ribs (Friday night) and prime rib special (Saturday night) are popular, as well as the half-pound Wood Shed Burger. Entree prices range between about $8 and $20. Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Zesta Cucina, 5110 Tieton Drive, Yakima, 509-972-2000 The wood balcony at Zesta Cucina, which extends across the entire restaurant, offers plenty of seating for those who love dining al fresco. The restaurant’s cuisine, which is best described as Italian and Pacific Rim with Pacific Northwest flavors, offers a seasonal fresh sheet with items that highlight in-season produce or in-demand meat and seafood items. Lunch items, which include a variety of salads, soups, pizzas and pastas, start at $3.49 for a cup of soup and go up to $13.99 for a cedar plank salmon. Dinner entrees, start at $10.49 for a margherita pizza and go up to $29.49 for a filet mignon. A kids menu offers entrees starting at $5.95 and includes a beverage. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


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Fresh from the farm Farmers markets and produce stands help bring the bounty of Yakima Valley to your dinner table


Bambi Miller, right, talks about her hens and eggs with Lisa Bertelsen, one of the managers of the Selah farmers market.

f there’s one thing that you can count on in the Yakima Valley, it’s produce. Take a short drive and you’re ready to pick your own fruit right from the tree. Cherries, apples, peaches and pears are ready and waiting. Looking for that fresh vegetable fix? The tomatoes, asparagus and zucchini can’t be beat. Most vendors accept a variety of payments, but carry cash, just in case. If you’re ready to pick fresh produce, head on out. Don’t forget to bring your own container. If a farmers market-style setup is more to your liking, there are plenty of those to choose from as well. In addition to the produce, these markets often feature live music and displays of handmade crafts. The market is open Wednesdays in Selah and Sunnyside, Saturdays in Ellensburg, Prosser and Goldendale and Sundays in Yakima.

— Scott Mayes

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FARMERS MARKETS Kittitas County Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, May through Oct. 27. On Fourth Avenue, between Pearl and Ruby streets, in downtown Ellensburg. 509-899-3870, Prosser Farmers Market — 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, May 5 through Oct. 27. In the Prosser City Park, Seventh Street and Sommers Avenue. 509-7869174, Goldendale Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, May 12 through Oct. 27. Ekone Park on Wilbur Avenue, off State Route 142. 509-261-0782. 16

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Yakima Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, May 13 through Oct. 28. In front of the Capitol Theatre, 19 S.Third St. 509-457-5765, www. Sunnyside Farmers Market — 4 to 7 p.m.Wednesdays, June 20 through mid-September. 4th St. and Edison Ave., near the city park. 509-830-5209. Selah’s Wednesday Market — 5 to 8 p.m.Wednesdays, June 20 through Sept. 26. Behind King’s Row Drive-In at 210 S. First St. 509-480-2844 or 509961-8672,

FOOD Produce Stands/U Pick Destinations • Bella Terra Gardens, 660 Bella Terra Road, Zillah; 509-865-4554. Farm fresh eggs and herb garden. Organic and naturally grown vegetables and berries sold from historic barn, or U-pick. See the farm animals.There is also a Community Supported Agriculture program available. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Thursday-Saturday late May through October. • Bouchey Potatoes, 2310 Evans Road,Wapato; 509-848-2061. Step into the cold storage room to pick your potatoes at this self-service spud shop. Many varieties. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, July through November. Honor system on Sundays. • Cowiche Creek Nursery, 2401 Cowiche Mill Road, Cowiche; 509678-4998. Fresh blueberries, July through September. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. • Dagdagan Farm & Produce, 4640 Lateral A,Wapato; 509-8772727. Farm stand features a variety of local and imported produce, open May through October. U-pick tomatoes and peppers, late August until the first freeze. Bring your own container.

• Harmony Hill U-Pick, 141 Harmony Lane,Yakima; 509-965-3262; U-pick raspberries and lavender. Open daily late July until the first frost. Call to check hours. • Imperial’s Garden, 4817 Lateral A,Wapato; 509-877-2766. Produce stand and U-pick featuring green beans, beets, tomatoes, peppers, corn, cucumbers, watermelon and cantaloupe. • Johnson Orchards, 4906 Summitview Ave.,Yakima; 509-9667479; Cherries, apricots, peaches and other tree fruit sold from 1916 warehouse. Open daily, beginning in early June. U-pick cherries, pears and apples throughout the summer. • Selah Ridge Lavender Farm, 330 Rankin Road, Selah; 509-9302910; www.selahridgelavenderfarm. com. Lavender Harvest Days event with vendors and music, July 2022. U-pick lavender/products by appointment. • Thompson’s Farm Market, 9550 Highway 12, Naches; 509949-3450; www.thompsonsfarm.

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July Apricots Green beans July through September Sweet corn • Cucumbers Melons • Peaches Tomatoes July through October Carrots • Squash July through November Potatoes August Nectarines

com. Select local produce, gourmet foods, gifts, local microbrews and Upper Valley wines. Open daily, June through October. U-pick cherries, peaches, apples and pumpkins available weekends in season and by appointment at Thompson’s Farm, 9535 Old Naches Highway, Naches. • Washington Fruit Place at Barrett Orchards, 1209 Pecks Canyon Road,Yakima; 509-966-1275; gift

August through September Blackberries Blueberries Eggplant • Pears Plums August through November Apples September Onions September through October Pumpkins

shop features in-season tree fruits. Cherry Days festival on July 7. U-pick cherries, late June through mid-July. • Yakima U-Pick Farm, 11901 Zier Road,Yakima; 509-945-5406; Fruit stand and U-pick raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, apples, pears, pluots, peaches, tomatoes, basil and pumpkins. Open daily, July 1 through October.

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Greenway a growing attraction in Yakima


Hikers walk along the Cowiche Canyon trail northwest of Yakima. SARA GETTYS/Yakima Herald-Republic


f you’ve lived in the Yakima area for any period of time, chances are you know something about the Yakima Greenway. It’s common to see walkers, runners and bicyclists using the paved pathway, which is currently 10 miles long, running from Myron Lake near 40th Avenue all the way into Union Gap. But, it’s also a great place for bird watching, fishing and a leisurely picnic with the family. “The value (of the Greenway) is giving people a way to get outside and recreate,” said Al Brown, Executive Director of the Greenway. “People are out there now and they’re using it. Walking and biking are the top outdoor activities and we need to give people a place to do that.” Features of the Greenway (aside from the continuous pathway) include Rotary Lake, Sarg Hubbard Park and the McGuire Community Playground. As great an asset as the Greenway already is for the community, the future of the pathway calls for more miles. Eventually, the Greenway will run all the way to Naches. There’s an ongoing funding campaign to make that happen. It’s a $3 million, 10-mile project. 1 So far, 3 /2 miles are paved from Naches to the east. Eventually, the goal is to connect the pathway to the existing Greenway at 40th Avenue. Brown says the next phase will including paving the trail from Lowe Road to Mapleway Road, near Gleed. For more information, visit

— Scott Mayes


Take a hike

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he Yakima Valley offers dozens of trailheads within a short drive of your front door, but if you’re looking for a few iconic treks, you can’t go wrong with these. EASY PEASY: If your knees, your waistline or your schedule demand you stay away from hills, The Greenway is tailor-made. Accessible at various places — off Valley Mall Boulevard, at Sarg Hubbard Park and at the end of 16th Avenue, to name a few — it’s the classic family stroll. If it were any flatter, you could rollerblade on it. Oh, wait ... EARLY ESCAPES: Any list of the Valley’s earlyseason jewels has to start with the Umtanum Creek Trail and the Tieton River Nature Trail. The Umtanum Creek Trail starts at the DNR’s Umtanum Recreation Site in the Yakima River Canyon; just cross the walking bridge and follow the trail until you’re, oh, about halfway to tired, turn around and come back. Likewise, the Tieton River Nature Trail, which starts directly across the Tieton River from the Oak Creek Wildlife Area headquarters, is another out-and-back. Both are tremendous early-season hikes, beautiful in April and early May when the wildflowers are coming out, but occasionally unnerving in summer, when the rattlesnakes are coming out. SEEING FROM ABOVE: Yeah, anybody can hike through a canyon and look up at the basalt columns. But for a different perspective, try the Yakima Rim Skyline Trail. It’s kind of a hassle to get to — out North Wenas Road to Gibson Road to Buffalo Road, which you’ll follow for roughly three, occasionally winding, miles to a parking area at the road’s end. Then you have to hike uphill — some 1,300 feet of elevation gain — before you get to enjoy the view you came to see. Once there, though ... wow. Just don’t go expecting any shady spots, because there aren’t any. The crown jewels: As far as Yakima hikes go, it’s hard to beat Cowiche Canyon. It’s easy to access (Summitview to Weikel Road, hang a right, look for the sign), and it’s got the canyon views, the interesting geology, occasional wildlife and the peaceful creekside hike. If you continue further out Summitview to Cowiche Mill Road, you can hit the trail circuit for Cowiche Canyon Conservancy’s newest acquisition, Snow Mountain Ranch, for a different, “shrub-steppey” kind of experience. 360 DEGREES OF PARADISE: This is a hefty drive from Yakima — 13 miles beyond Whistlin’ Jacks in Cliffdell. And it’s an even more hefty hike, requiring more than 3,000 feet of elevation gain from the trailhead, which is across State Route 410 from the Hells Crossing Campground. But Goat Peak is great for “peak-bagger” types who know they’re not up to getting an ice ax and challenging one of the region’s big volcanoes. And once you get to the top, the spectacular 360-degree view makes it all worthwhile.

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akima is not chock-full of family-friendly bicycle rides, largely because there’s nothing quite like the sound of a car horn blaring from behind to make an inexperienced bicyclist a little wobbly. A general scarcity of wide bicycle lanes lessens the family feel of some roads that are otherwise wonderful biking routes. That said, you do have some options — with kids in tow or with car mirrors at your elbow.

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BIKING WITH THE KIDS • THE ONE YOU KNOW: The easy answer is the Yakima Greenway, of

course, with its numerous access points (Myron Lake, Robertson Landing, 16th Avenue, Sarg Hubbard Park and Valley Mall Boulevard, just to name a few). From one end to the other, the Greenway measures 10 miles.


ne of the great jewels of the Yakima Valley if you’re a bicyclist is the Yakima River Canyon. Sure, you can take your bike out there any day, but there’s a special event just for you each May. This year, the “Your Canyon for a Day Bike Tour” takes place on Sunday, May 20. The road is closed to vehicular traffic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the 10th annual event. It costs $45 per person or $75 per family and benefits Yakima County Crime Stoppers. Take in the picturesque scenery with the family as you embark on a 35-mile round trip ride. Cyclists can start either in Ellensburg or Yakima. If you’re starting in Yakima, the staging area is at the Roza Recreation Site at milepost 7 on State Route 821. From the Ellensburg side, you can park at the Yakima River RV Park off Canyon Road.Not up for 35 miles? No problem. Simply turn around when you’re ready and head back to your starting point. There were about 800 riders last year. The best turnout was in 2010 when more than 1,200 riders were on hand. Crime Stoppers is a group of volunteers that for more than 20 years has offered rewards for anonymous tips that lead to the capture of wanted suspects. For more information, visit www.

— Scott Mayes



The Powerhouse Trail goes nearly two miles from Chesterley Park to Englewood avenue, most of it following Powerhouse Road. You have to make a couple of road crossings where traffic might be a minor issue, but an out-and-back is long and tiring enough to transition the kids into nap-time. BIKING WITH THE CARS

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• Want a thigh-burner? Take Konnowac Pass out of Moxee (start on Faucher Road) and head all the way to Yakima Valley Highway. Then come back. • Or, you can hop onto Yakima Valley Highway at Parker Heights (or, if you’ve got more legs, start in East Valley and follow Birchfield to Thorp Road, hang a right and wind your way to Parker and continue on as far as you like.) By the time you hit Sunnyside, though, passing Snipes Mountain Brewing without stopping is going to be pretty difficult. • The classic loop ride, a regular with local cyclists (including weekly Mount Adams Cycling riders) is the Naches Loop, following South Naches Road out to Naches and coming back on Old Naches Highway. • Certain areas of Yakima, including Ahtanum Road, Wide Hollow Road, Naches Heights Road, plus much of Terrace Heights and West Valley are listed as county bike routes and have some semblance of bike lanes.

— Scott Sandsberry



Set up camp

ome summer, there’s something about the great outdoors — not just recreating in it, but sleeping in it, whether under the stars, inside a tent or immersed in the creature comforts of an RV or trailer. And when you live in Yakima, you don’t have to go far to enjoy it. Just across the Yakima River is Yakima Sportsman State Park , which has 30 spaces for tents and another 37 utility spaces for RVs and fifth-wheels. But if you’re looking for more of a rustic, being-out-in-the-sticks experience, there are plenty of places to choose from — particularly along the White Pass and Chinook Pass corridors, where you can pretty much always find one of the more than 569 official campsites at 24 Forest Service campgrounds. The number of campsites are fairly evenly split between the 258 at nine campgrounds on the Highway 12 side and the 311 at the 15 campgrounds accessible by State Route 410. Camping fees range from $8 to $18 per night, depending on amenities and location. And in the highly unlikely event all of those campgrounds tent spots’ and RV spaces are full, the Naches Ranger District also has another 10 dispersed camping areas (ranging from $5 to $8 per vehicle per night). Sixteen of the district’s campgrounds (American Forks, Upper and Lower Bumping, Cedar Springs, Cottonwood, Cougar Flat, Hells Crossing, Little Naches, Lodgepole, Pleasant Valley, Sawmill Flat, Soda Springs, Hausse Creek, Indian Creek, Willows and Windy Point) are operated by Hoodoo. To reserve a spot at one of these campgrounds, call 877-444-6777 or go online to The district’s remaining campgrounds all operate on a first-come, first-served basis. The county also has numerous privately operated campgrounds that are very popular, such as Squaw Rock Resort along State Route 410 and the Rimrock Lake and Silver Beach resorts off Highway 12.

— Scott Sandsberry


Mark Person of Portland climbs in the Royal Columns area east of Naches along Highway 12. SARA GETTYS/Yakima Herald-Republic file

Upwardly mobile You don’t have to go far to find great rock-climbing


s soon as March wind and cold give way to April sunshine, a weekend trip out to Vantage or Tieton will yield the sight of people of all ages and abilities scaling the basalt cliff walls. Climbers travel from all over Washington for the beautiful terrain and wide variety of sport routes — but don’t let the westsiders hog all the Central Washington glory. If you’re looking for a quick and easy trip, head out to the Tieton River: It takes 35 minutes or less to get from the heart of Yakima to any one of the sites along U.S. Highway 12. The Royal Columns, popular among trad climbers (who place all their own gear while climbing, rather than clipping into bolts already set in the wall) are just a mile past the junction heading west, across a small footbridge, and are great for serious crack-climbing. But for the view on a sunny day, you can’t beat Lava Point. Continue on Highway 12 past Rimrock Retreat and turn right

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on Soup Creek Road. Follow the winding gravel road all the way up to the top, then hike a wellworn path off to the left to come to the cliff face that overlooks the Tieton River dam and the lower end of Rimrock Lake. Lava Point has a few intermediate 5.8 and 5.9 routes, as well as a series of fun and challenging 5.10s and 5.11s, all suitable for lead or top-rope climbing. (Anything less than 5.8 on the rating system is ideal for beginners). With civilization only half an hour away, you can climb for as long or as little as you wish before heading back into town and visiting one of the fruit stands in Naches on your way home to nap. For a longer trip, Vantage is about an hour’s drive from Yakima and is also buzzing with climbers as soon as the warm weather starts. Careful, though; in the full heat of Eastern Washington summer, the rock can sometimes be too hot to climb. The Feathers at Frenchman’s Coulee is a good option for beginners, with several 5.4 routes that are perfect for those just

learning to lead climb. For some routes, there’s even a spot to scramble up to the top without climbing, so more experienced friends can watch from above and make sure you’re setting the anchor properly. The Sunshine Wall is also a popular site, with more than a hundred routes ranging from beginner 5.6s to tricky 5.11s. On almost any of these climbs, you’ll be treated to a view of Vantage’s stunning wide-open vistas and clear blue skies. To get there, take Exit 143 from Interstate 90 and turn left on Vantage Road to get to the main parking lot. Before setting out, make sure you have your annual Discover Pass or pick up a day pass so you don’t get a parking ticket. Getting started with climbing does require a bit of a gear investment, but once you’re out scrambling up a sheer rock wall with good friends on either side, you’ll find the adventure and adrenaline are well worth the price.

— Molly Rosbach


Mountain of fun Mount Rainier National Park is one of the nation’s premier recreational opportunities

Mount Rainier, the tallest mountain in Washington state, is less than two hours west of Yakima. KRIS HOLLAND/Yakima Herald-Republic file


Located smack dab alongside State Route 410, on a sunny day Tipsoo Lake enjoys some of the most spectacular views of Mount Rainier this side of Paradise. The lake itself, elevation 5,299 feet, is pretty enough. During the summer, wildflowers grow like, well, wild, and there are several hiking trails in the area that vary in difficulty and also share stunning views of Rainier. For those just wanting to soak in the views, there are picnic facilities at Tipsoo, including restrooms and running water. Even on

a cloudy day, it’s not unusual for the mountain to suddenly emerge from the mist. For the more adventurous, try the popular 3.5-mile Naches Peak Loop. With an elevation gain of just 500 feet, the trail is easily navigated by just about everyone, from pre-schoolers to grandparents. Just pack a lunch (and bring lots of mosquito repellent). GETTING THERE

From Naches, head west on SR 410 to Chinook Pass. Just beyond the wooden pedestrian bridge that

announces you are near the Mount Rainier National Park is Tipsoo; parking is free. The drive is about 75 minutes from Yakima. To find the Naches Peak Loop, follow the road from Tipsoo back toward the Chinook Pass foot bridge, which intersects with the famous Pacific Crest Trail. Hike up to the bridge and you’re on your way. (Warning: the trail is usually snowbound until August) For road and trail conditions, call Mount Rainier National Park at 360-569-2211, or visit

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ith spectacular views of one of the biggest volcanoes in the United States, Mount Rainier National Park is an easy day-trip from Yakima and the journey really is half the fun. The park entrance is a 90-minute drive from Yakima, with the aptly named Paradise area about an hour further. Entrance fees good for seven days are $15 per vehicle or $5 per person or motorcycle; climbers and campers are subject to additional fees. The main event here is Rainier, of course. The 368-square-mile park surrounds the mountain, which at 14,410-feet is the highest peak in Washington state. It is also by far the most massive mountain in the state, with 26 glaciers that contain more than five times as much snow and ice as all the other Cascade volcanoes combined. Established in 1899, the nation’s fifth oldest national park boasts opportunities for scenic drives, hiking, bicycling, fishing, picnicking, camping and more. Roughly 10,000 climbers, most of them guided, take a shot at the peak every year. Fewer than half succeed. There are several visitor centers located throughout the park, including Paradise (elevation 5,400) the mountain’s prime winter-use staging point. For those just wanting to do some sight-seeing, the historic Paradise Inn, built in 1916 and recently renovated, is open from mid to late May through October. The Paradise Jackson Visitor Center is also worth a visit as is the Guide House, built in 1920, and the Paradise Ranger Station. Don’t forget to bring a jacket. Although Paradise is usually snow-free from mid-July through late September, the weather can be very erratic, and rain is possible any day of the year, even in August. For more information about the park, call 360-569-2211 or visit For lodging and dining information, call 360569-2275 or visit

— Chris Bristol




akima may be part of the state’s desert band, but we’re surrounded by rivers — some of which are no better enjoyed than on the outer tube of a whitewater raft, paddle in hand and a face full of frothy river water as you negotiate the rapids. In summer, each of these whitewater destinations requires a drive. And, if you’re not that experienced, you might also want to go with a guide service. Just Google “whitewater rafting Washington state” and you’ll have plenty of choices. As for when to go and where, here are your prime choices: Wenatchee: Best in May and June, the Wenatchee is the state’s most popular river, a classic “pooland-drop” river with long stretches of rapids bearing such unnerving names like Devil’s Eyeball, Drunkard’s Drop and Snowblind. There’s a reason there are sometimes 100 rafts on the river on a busy Saturday in early June — because it’s so much wet fun. WHITE SALMON: With last fall’s removal of the Condit Dam, this river may expand on its welldeserved reputation as the hidden jewel of the state’s rafting industry, courtesy of its beautiful setting and narrow channel. The lower river below the dam won’t be open until at least September, but it will add a new dimension. METHOW: It’s a longer drive than the others, roughly three hours from Yakima to the put-in just upriver of the little town of Methow. But the 17-mile run is thoroughly entertaining, very scenic and sometimes even thrilling. KLICKITAT: It’s an even more remote destination than the White Salmon or Methow and, because of that remoteness, doesn’t have as many outfitters running it. But some rafters believe it’s the most beautiful rafting experience in the state. And, in September, of course, the annual “flip-flop” turns the TIETON into Washington Whitewater Central. The question is, can you wait that long?

— Scott Sandsberry


Run the river

Looking for excitement or relaxation? There’s an area river that’ll suit you.

Rafters make their way down the Tieton River during the 2011 ‘flip flop,’ when water levels are increased on the Tieton and Naches rivers and reduced on the Yakima River. ANDY SAWYER/Yakima Herald-Republic file

maybe you’d like something more relaxing?

The Yakima River rises in the Cascade Range at an elevation of 2,449 feet at Keechelus Dam near Snoqualmie Pass. From there, the river flows through Ellensburg and Yakima and continues southeast to Richland, where it flows into the Columbia River at an elevation of 340 feet. The river is popular for rafting and kayaking and is generally regarded as a Class I float, depending on the conditions and the season. Looking to getaway during the months without actually “getting away?”

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The Yakima River might be just the thing. The river has gained popularity as a rafting destination over the years as locals put on their swimming gear and head for the water. One of the most popular excursions on the river runs from the Umtanum Creek Recreation Area, south of Ellensburg, and heads down to the Roza Recreation site, about 5 miles north of Selah. The best months of year to float the river are July and August. In those months, the average high temperature ranges between

85 and 90 degrees. Before you head out, be sure to consider safety for you and your party. • Wear a life jacket. • Float sober. • Stay in the middle of the river and avoid branches and other debris. For more information on river conditions, call 509-925-8534 and ask to speak to a marine patrol officer. You can also visit marine.asp.

— Scott Mayes

OUTDOORS Ken Aitken reaches out to release a rainbow trout with fishing companion Arthur Goldman on the Yakima River above Roza Dam.


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• Cabins • 79 full hookups • 15 LW • Boat Rental • Moorage • Grocery Store • Tackle Shop • Gift Shop • Deli • Video Games • Boat Gas • Propane • Paddle Bikes • Canoes • Games • Fishing and Water Skiing Great Fishing in Blue and Park Lakes, Special Fisheries Dry Falls and Lake Lanore.

Gone fishin’ Salmon, trout, bass are all waiting


Mattoon and the Easton ponds. Higher-country lakes: Heading west into the Cascade foothills along the Highway 12 corridor, anglers cluster to Tim’s Pond (across from the Oak Creek Wildlife Area), Lost Lake (behind Rimrock), Leech Lake and the immensely popular Clear Lake. Five to six dozen high-country lakes are also stocked with cutthroat or rainbow fry that grow into tasty keepers. Know the rules: Anglers should always check the state rules pamphlet (available online or at license vendors), since rules vary. As an example, general trout-fishing rules apply at most local lakes, but Myron Lake requires the use of a single barbless hook and has a one-trout daily limit (as opposed to the usual five) and Leech Lake is fly-angling only. Get a license: You can get one online ( or at dozens of vendors around town, from big chains (Bi-Mart, Kmart, Big 5, Fred Meyer, Ace Hardware) to niche-market spots (Hammer’s) to on-your-way stops (Slim’s Market, Rimrock Resort).

— Scott Sandsberry

From Seattle: I-90 to George exit 152 to Hwy. 283 North on Hwy. 17, N. to Blue Lake and Park


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f you’re an avid angler and you’re in Yakima, well, you’re basically in heaven. There’s something for every kind of fishing enthusiast. Blue-ribbon river: The Yakima River Canyon between Yakima and Ellensburg is a national destination for fly fishermen eager to test the blue-ribbon reputation of its catchand-release trout fishery. The lower Yakima, meanwhile, is known for its smallmouth bass. Big salmon: In most years the lower- and mid-sections of the Yakima River attract hundreds of anglers in May and June hoping to catch a couple of the tasty spring chinook making their way back to the Cle Elum hatchery. And just an hour away at the Hanford Reach section of the Columbia River, there’s the summer steelhead fishing near the Ringold hatchery and, in October, fishing for huge fall chinook. Low-country lakes: The interstate is lined by numerous one-time gravel pits that are now regularly stocked with thousands of rainbow trout — most notably the I-82 Ponds, Myron and Rotary lakes in Yakima County and, in Kittitas County, North and South Fio Rito,



Jack Spellman of Pasco tastes wine at Thurston Wolfe Winery in Prosser. ANDY SAWYER/Yakima Herald-Republic file

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hat are you looking for on your wine tasting trip? There are dozens of wineries in the Yakima Valley including some as old as the Washington wine industry itself and some that just opened this year. There are big ones and small ones, corporate and family owned. Some have a wide variety. Others are specialists. The best way to decide which ones fit your tastes is to do a little research, either online or with help from a local chamber of commerce or visitors center. Just to help out, we’ve picked six of our favorites. Three are relatively new and drawing plenty of buzz; three are well-established stalwarts of the local industry. If you’re looking for somewhere to start, any of these would be just fine.

From left, Ashley Fisher, Kerry Holcomb, Leana Kolbeck and Joseph Black sample wine at Maison de Padgett near Zillah. SARA GETTYS/Yakima Herald-Republic file

Up and comers Treveri Cellars: 225 S. Second Ave., Yakima; www.trevericellars. com; 509-248-0200 Treveri Cellars, which opened in 2010, would have been one of the most talked about wineries in the Yakima Valley for a little while just because of its novelty; it’s dedicated to making sparkling wines, and that’s a rarity in these parts. But that buzz would have faded by now if novelty was all Treveri offered. People have continued talking about the downtown Yakima winery because it produces a slew of top-quality sparklers for less than $20 a bottle. It’s become a hub for local wine fans and a destination for wine tourists from Western Washington. The recognition has spread east as well; Treveri wine has been featured at a James Beard Foundation dinner in New York and at State Department holiday functions in Washington, D.C. Co-owners Juergen and Julie Grieb offer sparkling wine in varieties you likely have never tried. Alongside staples such as brut and blanc de blanc, Treveri serves sparkling gewurtzraminer, riesling and even syrah. Naches Heights Vineyard: 2410

Naches Heights Road, northwest of Yakima;; 855-648-9463

Plan ahead and relax Wine tasting in the Yakima Valley can mean different things. It can be a leisurely afternoon in the rural areas around Zillah, a jaunt down to the Lower Valley where the tiny city of Prosser boasts nearly as many wineries as it has residents or a quick run through the tasting rooms in downtown Yakima itself. The important thing is to start out with a plan. If you’re interested in a “wine tour,” you can hire a bus or limousine. Check with Wine Yakima Valley (www. or the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail ( to find some options. Or, if you’d like to chart your own course you can use those same sources to identify a few wineries that interest you. In addition to winery Owner and winemaker Phil Cline has been growing grapes for a decade and making wine for years, but he only opened his own Naches Heights Vineyard tasting room this year. So, yes, it’s new, but Cline knows what he’s doing. His wines, particularly the pinot gris and the riesling, are known for their consistently clean and crisp flavors. He also makes reds, such as cabernet franc

listings and descriptions, those websites include contact information and hours of operation so you can plan accordingly. It’s important to remember a few things: • You need to consider transportation; those little sips of wine add up, so if you’re not hiring a driver you should designate one. • More and more Yakima Valley tasting rooms are charging fees — usually $5 — for tasting. These are typically refunded if you make a purchase. • If you’re a new taster, don’t be intimidated. Ask questions if you don’t know what to do. The folks in Yakima Valley tasting rooms are happy to answer them.

and syrah. They are, as Cline says, approachable, immediately drinkable wines. But, he says, they are also complex enough that they’ll evolve and become richer over time in a cellar. Aside from the wine itself, the Naches Heights tasting room is a thing of beauty. Run entirely on solar and wind power and surrounded by organic vineyards, it’s the perfect place to linger on a nice

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day. There’s a full kitchen set up to meet the demands of hungry customers, and visitors can stay there, too — Cline offers “glamping” (glamour-camping) right at the tasting room. Desert Wind Winery:

2258 Wine Country Road, Prosser;; 509-786-7277 When it opened in 2007, Desert


wine Wind Winery immediately became the new standard of opulence among Yakima Valley wineries. There are plenty of rustic, momand-pop wineries in the Yakima Valley; Desert Wind is not one of them. Instead it is a gorgeous, expansive facility perched on a bluff overlooking the Yakima River. In addition to the tasting room, Desert Wind houses a gourmet restaurant, gift shop and overnight lodging. The wine itself is highly acclaimed and can largely be had for less than $20 a bottle. In particular, the wineryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bordeaux-style blend, Ruah, is consistently highly rated and has won several awards. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably something for every palate at Desert Wind, which offers a full range of both reds and whites.

The veterans Portteus Winery: 5201 Highland Drive, outside of Zillah;; 509-829-6970 Paul Portteus started growing

cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and merlot grapes in the Yakima Valley in 1982, back when there were just a handful of wineries in the entire state. Nowadays, Portteus Winery offers a full lineup of wines, including a peppery petite sirah that was one of the first in the Yakima Valley and is consistently pleasing year to year. Besides that, Portteus specializes in deep, rich cabernet sauvignons and full-bodied merlots. It has expanded its lineup in recent years to include a pinot noir, a viognier and an orange muscat as well as its drink-every-day blend, Rattlesnake Red, which retails at a mere $11.99. The tasting room itself is minimalist. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s located in the heart of the Rattlesnake Hills region near Zillah, which boasts several outstanding wineries and miles and miles of scenic country driving. Thurston Wolfe Winery: 588 Cabernet Court, Prosser; www.; 509-786-3313

Wade Wolfe and Rebecca Yeaman started Thurston Wolfe Winery in 1987, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gained plenty of acclaim over the years, perhaps none so grand as it did in 2012 when Wine Press Northwest named it Winery of the Year. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great for marketing and a nice feather in the cap, but those in the know already had Thurston Wolfe pegged as a wine destination. It features the Yakima Valley standard varietals such as cabernet sauvignon, merlot and chardonnay, and does a fine job with them. But the real treats at Thurston Wolfe are the blends. From the accessible and affordable Dr. Wolfeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Family Red at $16 to the rich and bold The Geologist cabernet-heavy blend at $50, Thurston Wolfe exhibits a knack for bringing out the best in its blends. And, lest we forget, it is also home to one of the Yakima Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most whimsical dessert wines, Sweet Rebecca â&#x20AC;&#x201D; orange muscat fortified with brandy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which is like gourmet candy in a bottle.

Silver Lake Winery: 1500 Vintage Road, outside of Zillah;; 509-829-6235 Silver Lake Winery, which first produced wine in 1989, has grown to a 50,000-case-per-year winery, one of the Yakima Valley largest. Maybe thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not your thing. Maybe youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for the winery with the dusty little tasting room full of rustic charm that only produces a couple thousand cases. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cool; the Yakima Valley has both. But the advantage of the big guys like Silver Lake is that they make consistently high-quality wine and are able to sell it at value prices. The reds start around $12, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough to find better merlot or cabernet sauvignon at that price. The Silver Lake tasting room has the sheen of a big-time winery, and its location atop a hill outside of Zillah provides a gorgeous view of the Yakima Valley. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a splendid place for a picnic lunch with a bottle of newly purchased wine.

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of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wine grape acreage as of 2010, said Michelle Moyer, a state viticulture extension specialist at the Irrigated Agriculture Research & Extension Center at Washington State University Prosser. The grapes produced from these vineyards often end up in wines made elsewhere in the state, even the country, she said. Some vineyards, such as DuBrul Vineyard near Sunnyside

and Champoux Vineyards near Prosser, have consistently produced grapes for award-winning vintages from wineries statewide. The quality of the Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wine grapes stem from hot and dry weather ideal for wine grapes, particularly red varieties, Moyer said. The region also has areas with microclimates that are ideal for other types of grapes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can get a wide range of wine styles,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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Start your engines Yakima Valley full of options for auto racing fans If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an auto racing fan, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty to get out and see here in the Yakima Valley. Venerable Yakima Speedway is staging a six-month racing season â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which began in mid-April and runs through September â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that attracts some of the best stock-car racing in the Northwest. The season culminates with the biggest event of the year at the half-mile oval â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the 25th annual Fall Classic on Sept. 30. The track has six local racing classes competing throughout the summer and fall months. Two of the more popular specialty shows include the Demo Derby races on July 4 and the Open Wheel Extravaganza on Aug. 4. The Speedway is located at 1600 Pacific Ave. For more information, call 509-248-0647 or visit Renegade Raceway in Wapato is hosting a busy drag-racing season and has events nearly every weekend through September. Among Renegadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top shows are the Vin-

Cars line up during the 2011 Apple Cup at the Yakima Speedway. ANDY SAWYER/Yakima Herald-Republic

tiques Hot Rod Nationals on Aug. 3 followed by the Bracket Shootout Hot August Nights on Aug. 15. The Raceway is located at 1395 N. Track Road. For more information, call 509-877-4621 or visit Dirt-track racing has returned to State Fair

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Make a splash Area pools provide much-needed places to cool off Need to beat the heat during those warm summer days? There are plenty of places to go cool off for a minimal fee. Whether you’re in Prosser, Selah or Yakima, there a spot for you to take a dip in a local swimming pool. Don’t forget your sunscreen.

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Yakima • Franklin Pool: 2101 Tieton Drive; 509-575-6035. Open daily beginning June 13. • Gymnastics Plus: 2121 W. Lincoln Ave.; 509-453-8126. Open swim noon-2 p.m. weekdays during the summer.

• Lions Pool: 509 W. Pine St.; 509-575-6046. Indoor pool, open year-round. • Yakima Athletic Club: 2501 Racquet Lane; 509-453-6521. Indoor/outdoor pool, open yearround. • Yakima Family YMCA: 5 N. Naches Ave.; 509-248-1202. Indoor pool, open year-round. ELSEWHERE • Ellensburg: 815 E. Sixth Ave.; 509-962-7210. Indoor pool, open year-round. • Grandview: 601 W. Second St.; 509-882-3162. Open Monday through Saturday beginning June 15. • Moxee: 306 S. Iler St.; 509248-8067. Open Monday through

Yakima’s Franklin Pool is a popular place during the warm summer months. SARA GETTYS/Yakima Herald-Republic

Saturday beginning June 9. • Naches: In Applewood Park, 105 W. Fourth St.; 509-6532353. Open daily beginning June 14. • Prosser: In Miller Park on Kinney Way; 509-786-2332. Open daily beginning June 11. • Selah: 214 S. Third St.; 509698-7306. Open daily beginning June 8.

• Sunnyside: In Central Park on Fourth Street; 509-839-2220. Open daily beginning June 16. • Toppenish: 28 Asotin Ave.; 509-865-2220; Open Monday through Saturday beginning June 11. • Wapato: 1001 S. Camas Ave.; 509-877-2334. • Zillah: In Loges Park on Railroad Avenue; 509-829-5151. Open weekdays beginning June 11.

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activities No. 17, with its apple-shaped island green, is the signature hole at Apple Tree golf course in Yakima. GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic

Get in the swing More than a dozen courses dot the Yakima Valley




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olf in the Yakima Valley is a wide-ranging experience, with options for players of all ages and skill levels. There are high-end public courses such as Apple Tree in Yakima and those at Suncadia Resort in Roslyn, entertaining 18-hole layouts like SunTides in Yakima

and Mount Adams and Black Rock Creek in the Lower Valley, and shorter executive-style layouts like Westwood West and River Ridge or Fisher Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s par-3 offerings among the 15 public and private facilities in the region. A course fitting oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mood on any given day is never too far away.

activities Golf courses

• Apple Tree: 8804 Occidental Road, Yakima, 509-966-5877. Public, 18 holes. • Cherry Hill Family Golf Center: 530 Cherry Hill Road, Granger, 509-854-1800. A 9-hole executive course (par 30). • The Course at Black Rock Creek: 31 Ray Road, Sunnyside, 509-837-5340. Public, 18 holes. • Desert Aire Golf Course: No. 3 Clubhouse Way, Mattawa, 509932-4439. Public, 18 holes. • Ellensburg Golf Club: 3231 S. Thorp Highway. 509-962-2984. Public, nine holes. • Fisher Park Golf Course: South 40th Avenue and West Arlington Street, Yakima, 509575-6075. Public, nine holes, all par-3. • Goldendale Country Club: 1901 N. Columbus Ave., Goldendale, 509-773-4705. Semiprivate, nine holes, with some separate tee boxes. • Mount Adams Country Club: 1250 Rocky Ford Road (off Highway 97), Toppenish, 509-8654440. Semiprivate, 18 holes.

• Suncadia—The Prospector Course: 3600 Suncadia Trail,

Cle Elum, 866-715-5050 or visit Public, 18 holes. • Suncadia — Rope Rider: 3600 Suncadia Trail, Cle Elum, 866-715-5050 or visit www. Public, 18 holes with youth tees, and 3- and 6-hole loops. • River Ridge Golf Course: 295 Golf Course Loop Road, Selah. 509-697-8323. Public, nine holes. • Sun Country Golf Resort: Golf Course Road, Cle Elum, 509-6742226. Public, 18 holes. • SunTides Golf Course: 231 Pence Road, Yakima, 509-9669065. Public, 18 holes. • Westwood West Golf Course: 6408 Tieton Drive, Yakima, 509966-0890. Public, nine holes. • Yakima Country Club: 500 Country Club Road, Yakima, 509452-2266. Private, 18 holes. • Yakima Elks Golf Course: Golf Course Road, Selah, 509-6977177. Private, 18 holes.

A view from one of the tees at Mount Adams Country Club in Toppenish. GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic


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Net results Plenty of area tennis courts With sunshine and warm temperatures extending well past the traditional summer months and little precipitation, tennis players have plenty of time to enjoy some time on one of the many courts throughout the region. There are public tennis courts in virtually every city and community from Cle Elum and Ellensburg down through the Yakima Valley to Prosser, and even on the way to the mountains in Naches. Most courts are located in community parks, providing scenic surroundings as well as other options, such as picnicking, once you’re done playing.

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Yakima (509-575-6020)

The dozen tennis courts at Emil Kissel Park in Yakima are a popular spot in the summer.

• Emil Kissel Park: 32nd and Mead avenues, 12 courts. • Franklin Park: 21st Avenue and Tieton Drive, next to Franklin Middle School. • Lions Park: 5th Avenue and Pine Street, next to Davis High School, four courts • West Valley Park: 75th Avenue off Zier Road, at West Valley Middle School.

Toppenish (509-865-3600) • Toppenish Middle School: 104 Goldendale Ave., two courts.

Selah (509-698-7300) • Carlon Park: 300 E. Goodlander Road, eight courts.

Sunnyside (509-837-5206) • South Hill Park: 1521 S. First St.

Naches (509-653-2165, chamber of commerce) • Upper Valley Sports Complex: Clemen View Park, off Highway 12 on the left heading into Naches, about 9 miles west of 40th Avenue in Yakima, four courts

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The Capitol Theatre in Yakima hosts everything from touring Broadway musicals to the Yakima Town Hall speakers series. Andy Sawyer/Yakima Herald-Republic file

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vents with crowds, a group walk between businesses, or alone time with a cup of coffee on a quiet morning. All of these options are available in downtown Yakima if residents and visitors alike plan their schedule right. â&#x20AC;˘ The Yakima Farmers Market opened May 13 and runs every Sunday through October. Organizers each year have grown the list of special events and entertainment that accompanies the vendors.

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Highlights include the Labor Day weekend and the closing Oktoberfest celebration and pig roast. In the off-season, the market now hosts a holiday market along with the lighted parade on Yakima Avenue in December. The market sits next to Millennium Plaza and the Capitol Theatre, which has expanded to include the smaller 4th Street Theatre. The Front Street historic district, an integral part of downtown, has benefited from sidewalk and


Downtown Yakima beautification efforts in recent years. â&#x20AC;˘ The Folklife Festival â&#x20AC;&#x201D; scheduled this year for July 6-8 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is spread between central Yakima and Franklin Park. The event brings a wide range of music to town, along with an opportunity to enjoy downtown venues which host the acts. â&#x20AC;˘ The Yakima Hot Shots tournaments brings hundreds of 3-on-3 basketball teams to the streets of Yakima over the Aug. 25-26 weekend. â&#x20AC;˘ For those trying to avoid crowds, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still plenty to check out. Restaurants and shops are within easy walking distance. â&#x20AC;˘ The First Friday events on the first weekend of the month are a good chance to check out downtown. Live music is often featured by restaurants or wineries. See Page 5 for more information.

Van Xiong with Vang Garden creates a bouquet at the Yakima Farmers Market. SARA GETTYS/Yakima Herald-Republic file

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and offers fresh cherries, peaches, apricots, apples and pears from June until November, as well as harvestthemed October Days. Johnson Orchards at 4906 Summitview Ave., another long-standing family business, is another great option for quality produce. West Valley boasts a wide range of outdoor activities. The Cowiche Canyon Conservancy has helped establish and maintain more than 14 milesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; worth of trails through the canyon that offer something for everyone in every season, from hiking and mountain-biking to cross-country skiing. Also popular with runners, the trails can be accessed from several points: Take Powerhouse Road, west of the Fred Meyer shopping center, and turn left on Cowiche Canyon Road until it ends in a gravel parking lot. Another entry

point is Weikel Road off Summitview Road. And the Uplands Trailhead starts at the west end of Scenic Drive. For golfers, the beautiful Apple Tree Golf Course is a must-see, and the Apple Tree Grill restaurant at the resort provides sweeping views. Later in the summer, the West Valley Fair in Wiley City provides 4-H and FFA students with an opportunity to show pets and livestock, as well as a variety of wool and fiber entries. The main fair runs Aug. 3-5, and ends with a pancake feed and parade. Shoppers also have several options out west, with Glenwood Square on Tieton Drive, Chalet Place at 56th and Summitview, and Meadowbrook Mall and Family Fun Center on Nob Hill Boulevard and 72nd Avenue and the Orchards at Tieton Drive and 72 Avenue.


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open this fall. But the city has lots more to offer even if you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in the mood for shopping. For the history buffs, the Central Washington Agricultural Museum, 4508 Main St., is a must see. The museum offers a collection of farm machines and tools that goes back several generations. The museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knowledgeable and passionate volunteers are reason enough to visit. The museum is free, but you can make a donation â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Â itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not cheap to maintain all that vintage farm equipment. The annual Old Town Days Celebration (June 1517), which celebrates the founding in 1883, features a parade, a Civil War re-enactment, a classic car show and the popular Old Town Days Idol competition. Another popular event is the Central Washington Antique Farm Equipment Expo at Fullbright Park (Aug. 18-19). For just $5, visitors can watch a variety of farm equipment demonstrations, look at beautiful quilts and eat freshly made bread. Hungry? Union Gap is home to several restaurants including the Peppâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;rmint Stick Drive-in and Los Hernandez Tamales, whose tamales have attracted visitors from all over the country. The Fruit City fruit and vegetable stand on Main Street is the perfect place to stock up on in-season produce. For more information, visit www.stayinthegap. com

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Angie Jines, left, and Patti Ross cut lavender at Selah Ridge Lavender Farm.



A wood-splitting competition is part of the annual Nile Valley Days west of Naches off the Chinook Pass highway. ANDY SAWYER/Yakima Herald-Republic file

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aches means “joy” in Yiddish, and although the town wasn’t named for the Yiddish word, there’s plenty of joy to go around on a visit to Naches Valley and the surrounding areas. From wine to breathtaking views to ax throwing to artist galleries, the area has something for everyone. On your way out to Naches, stop by the Naches Heights Vineyard’s tasting room to sample local wines and stroll through its manicured park. Since opening in 2006, the 54

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Naches/tieton/cowiche Held nearby, Nile Valley Days hearken back to when the timber industry dominated the area. Visitors can check out amateur wood events, including a spike drive, cross-cut sawing, woodsplitting and ax throwing. There is also live music, black powder demonstrations and horseshoes. The festival runs July 21-22. Drive up State Route 410 to get to Chinook Pass, Crystal Mountain Resort and Mount Rainier. If you need a bite to eat or bed for the night, Whistlin’ Jack Lodge offers both. Boulder Cave features some of Washington’s last Townsend’s big-eared bats. Hundreds used to occupy the cave, but only a few dozen remain today. Nearby, check out the view from Fife Peak. U.S. Highway 12 takes motorists to Rimrock Lake, White Pass and Mount Rainier. South of Naches are the highland suburbs of Cowiche and Tieton. Tieton has several places to eat and shops worth visiting. A group called Mighty Tieton is trying to enhance the cultural profile of the town by attracting artists and boutique businesses. Mighty Tieton is hosting the Tieton Textiles Weekend, June 29-July 1. Highland Community Days, held in Cowiche, runs Aug. 24-26, and it hosts a farmers market in the summer. For more information, call 509-653-2165 and ask for Randy or visit

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mix of culture, a glimpse of history and a taste of wine is what you will find in the Lower Valley towns of Toppenish, Wapato and Zillah. Diversity is what defines this area. Both Toppenish and Wapato are on the Yakama Indian reservation. Toppenish boasts a western downtown theme and murals depicting early settlement. In Wapato, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Buddhist temple and a Filipino hall where dinners are held and dance troupes perform. And Zillah is folded in the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail, where vineyards and wineries with tasting rooms abound.

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Zillah Flanked by vineyards and two warehouses, this small city of nearly 3,000 residents offers plenty of wine tasting and fresh produce.

Louise Dow watches from under her umbrella with her son Wes Sinclair as the 73rd mural in Toppenish is painted during the 22nd annual Mural-In-A-Day. TJ MULLINAX/Yakima Herald-Republic file

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You can follow the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail that winds through the vineyard-covered hills just above town. And if you like organically grown vegetables and berries, drop into Bella Terra Gardens at 660 Bella Road. There you can buy fresh produce in a historic barn or you can pick your own. A new addition to downtown is the famous Teapot Dome gas station. It was recently moved to First Avenue from a location just south of town. Built in the shape of a teapot, the station symbolizes the scandals that rocked the presidency of Warren G. Harding over his order to transfer oil reserves at Teapot Dome, Wyo., and Elk Hills, Calif., from the Navy to the Department of Interior. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the National Register of Historic Places and now serves as a visitors center.

Wapato Cultural diversity is the backbone of this city, also on the Yaka-

ma reservation. This city of roughly 4,550 residents comes alive each fall during a fall harvest festival that features a barbecue, corn on the cob and a parade that motors through downtown. And in October, downtown comes alive again with a tamale festival, where live entertainment, dancing and a tamale cook-off fill the streets. Wapato is where most of the first Japanese and Filipino pioneers to the Yakima Valley called home. In fact, a Buddhist church and a Filipino hall are still active in town. In March, the Japanese-American Community of the Yakima Valley holds its annual sukiyaki dinner at its gymnasium at 212 W. Second St., where visitors can feast on yam noodles, prime rib and vegetables before peering into the Buddhist temple, which features a handmade altar. Just across the street at the Filipino Community Hall is where the Filipino community holds its an-


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The Teapot Dome gas station has recently been moved to downtown Zillah from its former location next to Interstate 82.

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s the song says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keep on the sunny side of life.â&#x20AC;? Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how: head down to Sunnyside, the largest city in the Lower Yakima Valley. The town of nearly 16,000 residents likes to say it enjoys 300-plus days of sunshine every year. The sun is certainly in the limelight on Sunshine Days, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual community festival that marks the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anniversary. Unfolding Sept. 15 and 16, it features a car show, pageant, parade, quilt show, fun run and carnival.

Expect plenty of fun at the 17th annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July celebration put on by the Lions Club, with a parade followed by carnival, vendors, food, contests and speakers at the football field. Admission is free. Fireworks will light up the sky at dusk. The sunshine certainly figures into Sunnysideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farm-fresh produce. Like hot, really hot peppers? This is the place. Not only are they a feature at the farmers market, which takes place on Wednesdays

throughout the summer across from Central Park, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re grown in farms surrounding the area. How about premium wine? Sunnyside sits in the middle of a string of wineries, stretching from Yakima through the mid Valley and into Prosser. Or recreation? Golf courses, several city parks, a swimming pool, walking path, soccer fields and a wildlife viewing area â&#x20AC;&#x201D; outdoor activities abound. Like historic photos? Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find them at the Sunny-

side Museum at Fourth Street and Grant Avenue, which is open 1-4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, starting in mid-May. Other exhibits include wood carvings and memorabilia from the two world wars. Across the street is the cabin of Ben Snipes, the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first cattle tycoon, one of the oldest structures in the Yakima Valley. For more information, call 800-457-8089 or visit

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thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s half performance hall and half cafe. Raw Space brings in quality acts from around the region and features the work of local artists. The historic downtown offers art galleries, wine shops, restaurants, boutique stores and enough coffee shops to keep you wired into the evening, when one can take advantage of the other bars and venues, such as The Tav, a popular watering hole among the artist and college crowds for years. The Kittitas County Farmers Market is also held every Saturday downtown from May through October from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fourth Avenue. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great opportunity to sample and purchase some of the produce that contributes greatly to the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy. Also downtown is the Clymer Museum, which features the work of local artists and often allows visitors to purchase the works. Each time a new exhibit opens the museum holds a reception giving visitors an opportunity to meet the artists. For more information, call 509925-3138 or visit

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llensburg bills itself as having small-town charm with all the amenities of the big city. And for a town of just more than 17,000, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than enough going on in the summer for visitors across the state to enjoy in the Kittitas Valley. Along with fly-fishing, hiking, biking, river rafting and golf among the many options available to get out and soak up the warmer weather, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a charming downtown that hosts a number of summer events and festivals annually. Of course, the town is best known for Central Washington University and for its nationally acclaimed rodeo, being held Aug. 31 to Sept. 3 this year. Not to be outdone by the rodeo is the 10th annual Parade of Dachshunds, which is exactly what it sounds like, on June 16. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also Jazz in the Valley from July 27 to 29 downtown. More than 20 jazz bands from around the Pacific Northwest are scheduled to perform this year, all with the goal of creating a deeper appreciation of jazz for the community. One of the venues for the festival is Raw Space, an all-ages venue

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Maili Wells rides a unicycle during Prosser’s Fourth of July kids parade. GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic file

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Center. It’s scheduled for Aug. 11. Tickets cost $25 each. But the city is about more than wine in the summer time. Events throughout the summer months include a 3-on-3 street basketball tournament, the Scottish Festival, the Old-fashioned Fourth of July Celebration and a downtown street art festival. The summer todo list wraps up with States Day, Prosser’s annual community festival of a parade, carnival and a talent show in City Park. And don’t forget to mark your calendars for fall’s big event, the Great Prosser Balloon Rally on Sept. 28-30. For more information, call 509786-3177 or visit

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reen trees, golden hills, red wine and balloons of every color of the rainbow make this city, known most for its 33-plus wineries, a bouquet for both the eye and the pallet. And for tourists. The 5,700-resident city of Prosser has become a destination for both far-flung world travelers and backyard tourists from around the state. The community boasts more than 30 wineries in and around town. Many of them are centered in Vintner’s Village, a cluster near Interstate 82 that packs in the tasters for weekend events. One of the highlights is the annual Prosser Wine and Food Fair, where wineries and restaurants team up for an outdoor celebration at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary



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Shirley Robert serves breakfast to guests from Switzerland at her Apple Country Bed and Breakfast near Naches. GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic


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eed a place to call it a night? Go to for our complete list of hotels and bed and breakfasts around the Valley. More than 20 years ago, Shirley Robert stayed in a bed and breakfast in Boston and the experience got her thinking. And that thinking led her and her husband to open the Apple Country Bed & Breakfast on Old Naches Highway — about 5 miles east of Naches. Two decades later, the bed and breakfast located on a fruit ranch remains a popular destination. “People love to drive over and walk through the orchard,” said Robert, 68, who has lived in the house for 48 years. “We have a beautiful view from the upper level

and we have a winery right around the corner. So sometimes that can be a draw for us.” The rural location features blossoms in the springtime and wine grapes can be found there, too. The house was built in 1891. There are four rooms and they range from $79 to $105 a night. The rooms are furnished with antiques and have an “old country” feel. Robert says when they first opened, people would stay overnight on their way to Mount Rainier. But, “now they come for sightseeing and to walk through the orchards. They usually stay a couple of days.” The bed and breakfast typically closes for the winter just before Thanksgiving and re-opens in February. Continued on Page 66

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Staying in a teepee is an option at Cherry Wood Bed Breakfast and Barn near Zillah.

Here are a few other distinctive bed and breakfasts in the area you may want to consider: Cherry Wood Bed Breakfast and Barn

3271 Roza Drive, 509-969-8305 On the web: www.cherrywoodbbandb. com If you’re looking for a different kind of Bed & Breakfast experience, head on over to Zillah’s Cherry Wood Bed Breakfast and Barn where horseback riding and “glamping” — a glamorous night’s stay in a teepee — are ready for the adventure-seeker. Cherry Wood is a working farm producing a variety of apples, pears, cherries and grapes. Teepee lodging, which is meant for two, costs $225 a night. Teepees are generally available April through early October. In cooler months, rooms in the main farmhouse are available by special arrangement.

Orchard Inn Bed & Breakfast

1207 Pecks Canyon Rd., 509-966-1283 On the web: The Orchard Inn Bed & Breakfast is for you if you’re looking for a rural setting, but you want a convenient location too. As the name might suggest, it’s located on an orchard hillside. The home is minutes from downtown Yakima and opens to a cozy living room. Guest rooms have queen beds and private bathrooms. Rooms typically range from $99-$179 a night.

Orchard Inn Bed & Breakfast is just minutes from downtown Yakima.

Rosedell Mansion Bed & Breakfast

1811 W. Yakima Ave., 509-961-2964 On the web: Sitting on one and a half acres, the Rosedell Mansion Bed & Breakfast is perfect for an upscale getaway in the heart of Yakima. The 9,600 square-feet home was built between 1905 and 1909 by A.E. Larson. One of the prominent features of the house is the woodwork, with hardwood floors in each room and original woodwork throughout the house. Rooms typically start at $125 for the “Red Room” and are as much as $160 for the “Parker Room,” which is more than 500 square feet and includes heated floors and a large flat screen television.

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There’s never a shortage of things to do in the Yakima Valley, you just have to know where to look May 17-20 Selah Community Days Wixson Park Info: May 19-20 Yak Attack 5-on-5 soccer tournament Chesterley Park Info: May 20 Your Canyon for a Day Yakima River Canyon Info: American Reflections 12th annual Open Car Show Moxee City Park Info: 509-965-2547, Race for the Apes Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park Info: 425-698-3392, Comedy and Dinner at Santiago’s Santiago’s Gourmet Mexican Restaurant Info: 509-453-1644,

May 21 Yakima School District 2012 Honors Convocation Englewood Christian Church Info: 509-966-6550 May 22-June 9 YVCC Department of Visual Arts Exhibition Larson Gallery Info: 509-574-4875, May 23 Otis Murphy, Classical Saxophonist Central Washington University Info: 509-963-1216, May 24 YVCCB Annual Luncheon and Encore Awards Yakima Convention Center Info: 509-575-3010 Diversity in the Workplace Opportunities Industrialization Center of Washington Info: 509-688-4568, May 25-28

Cowiche Canyon’s Annual Dinner Fundraiser The Tasting Room Yakima at Wildridge Vineyard Info: 509-574-4646

Sasquatch! Festival The Gorge Amphitheater Info:

Races at Yakima Speedway 1600 Pacific Ave. Info:

4th Friday Dance Harman Center Info: 509-575-6166


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May 26-27 Textiles Tieton: Gimme Shelter Mighty Tieton Info: 509-847-3034,

May 27 Races at Renegade Raceway Info: 509-877-4621,

Dash Race for the Kids Prosser Wine and Food Park Info: 253-208-2800,

June 1 27th annual St. Joseph’s Parish Spring Fest St. Joseph’s Parish Info: 509-830-7316 or

Lights Out, Shoot Out La Salle High School Info: lights-out-shoot

Tales of the Trails Yakima Valley Museum Info: 509-248-0747,

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Children’s Garden Craft Project Ahtanum Youth Park Info: 509-248-0432 Food and Wine Pairings at Hosanna Fruit Hosanna Fruit Info: 509-833-0466, Rosé Release Party Two Mountain Winery Info: 509-829-3900, The Healing Art of Drumming Unity Spiritual Life Center Info: 509-575-5551

Races at Renegade Raceway Info: 509-877-4621, June 2-3 Mural in a Day Pioneer Park Info: 509-865-3262, June 2 Annual Gap2Gap Relay Sarg Hubbard Park at the Yakima Greenway Info: 509-453-8280,

Races at Renegade Raceway Info: 509-877-4621,

Rock the Gap Sarg Hubbard Park at the Yakima Greenway Info: 509-453-8280,

Thorp Mill Auction Springwood Ranch Info: 509-964-9640,

Auditions for Yakima Youth Orchestra Englewood Christian Church Info:

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Dino-N-A-Day Hisey â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dinosaurâ&#x20AC;? Park Info: 509-854-7304 Art About Participating venues in Ellensburg Info: 509-925-2670, Fiesta En La Calle Madision House Info: 509-248-4510 Second annual Marimbas in the Mountains Ceres Multi-Purpose Room Info: 509-649-4745 Races at Renegade Raceway Info: 509-877-4621, June 3 La Maison Cooking School â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A Traditional English Tea Info: 509-961-9899, June 6 Cooking Class at Mojave at Desert Wind Winery Info: 509-786-7277, June 7 Sage-N-Sun Festival Downtown Ephrata Info: June 8 Yakama Nation Treaty Day Commemoration of 1885 Various locations Info: Fun in the Sun Tournament Yakima Tennis Club Info: 509-248-2938, Sports Legends Reunion Clarion Hotel & Conference Center Info: 509-469-9336, Vetta-A-Bration Car Show Sarg Hubbard Park at the Yakima Greenway Info: 509-728-1398, Alder Creek Pioneer Picnic and Rodeo Cleveland Park Info: 509-896-5250, www.aldercreekpioneerpicnicrodeo. Toughest Monster Truck Tour Yakima Valley SunDome

Info: 509-248-7160, June 9 June Art Fest Chalet Place, 56th and Summitview avenues Info: 509-965-7835 Tractor Run to Toppenish Central Washington Ag Museum/ Fullbright Park Info: 509-833-4811,


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McKinley Springs BBQ Showdown and Benefit Info: 509-894-4528,

Saturday, August 11th 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

William O. Douglas Heritage Trail Project Dedication A.C. Davis High School Info: 509-248-5065,

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June 14-17 9th annual West Valley June Jam tournament West Valley High School Info: June 15-17 Old Town Days Union Gap Info: June 15 Paint the Town Purple: Relay for Life Pioneer Coffee Info: 509-304-8900, LGG Members’ Arts and Crafts Show Larson Gallery Info: 509-574-4875, June 16 Dachshunds on Parade Downtown Ellensburg Info: 509-925-3137, Prosser Scottish Fest and Highland Games Port of Benton Wine & Food Park Info: R/C Unlimiteds Model Hydroplanes Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park Info: 509-627-5520, Advanced Chimposiums Central Washington University Info: 509-963-2244, June 17 5th annual Red Wine and Ribs Celebration Desert Wind Winery Info: 509-786-7277, June 18-22 Eisenhower Drama Camp Ike Little Theatre Info: 509-833-7676 June 18 Nature Day Camp Yakima Area Arboretum Info: 509-248-7337, June 19 Vision and Poor Performance in School Washington Vision Therapy Center Info: 509-654-9256, 70

Yakima Bears vs. Salem-Keizer Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, June 21 Yakima Bears vs. Salem-Keizer Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, June 22-24 Yakima Mid-Summer Classic Perry Tech Soccer Complex and Chesterley Park Info: June 22 Hogue Classic — Golf Tourney Black Rock Creek Golf Course Info: 509-788-6030, Yakima Bears vs. Salem-Keizer Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, June 23 “Farmers Tan Saturday” Vineyard Tour Two Mountain Winery Info: 509-829-3900, Garden Tour Yakima Area Arboretum Info: 509-248-7337,

June 29-July 1 Artist Trust and Family Wineries of Washington Weekend Mighty Tieton Info: 509-847-3034,, June 29 Cherry Festival at Bill’s Berry Farm Info: 509-882-3200, Induldge! — a premier event for women Yakima Convention Center Info: 509-577-7731 Gimme Shelter Design Challenge Mighty Tieton Warehouse Info: 509-847-3034, Desert Wind’s Friday Night Supper Club Desert Wind Winery Info: 509-786-7277, Yakima Bears vs. Tri-City Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, Races at Renegade Raceway Info: 509-877-4621, June 30

Yakima Bears vs. Salem-Keizer Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151,

Pioneer Days Celebration Events held at various locations Info: 509-674-5958,

Races at Yakima Speedway 1600 Pacific Ave. Info:

Yakima Bears vs. Tri-City Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151,

Stogies and Steaks Golf Tournament Mount Adams Country club Info: www.johnhunterfoundation. com/stogies-steaks Paradiso Festival The Gorge Amphitheater Info: Blossom Festival Yakima Valley Museum Info: 509-248-0747, June 24 Yakima Bears vs. Salem-Keizer Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, June 28 Yakima Bears vs. Tri-City Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151,

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Races at Renegade Raceway Info: 509-877-4621, R/C Unlimiteds Model Hydroplanes Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park Info: 509-627-5520, July 1 Yakima Valley Community Band Concert Englewood Christian Church Info: Yakima Bears vs. Spokane Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, Races at Renegade Raceway Info: 509-877-4621,

July 2 Food and Wine Pairings at Hosanna Fruit Info: 509-833-0466, Yakima Bears vs. Spokane Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, July 3 Yakima Bears vs. Spokane Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, July 4 Naches Valley Independence Day Festival Downtown Naches Info: 509-653-2165 or email Prosser Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration Prosser City Park Info: 509-786-3177 Yakima 4th of July Celebration State Fair Park Info: Toppenish Wild West Parade Info: Zillah’s 4th of July Stewart Park Info: 509-829-5151 Concerts in the Park Randall Park Info: Races at Yakima Speedway 1600 Pacific Ave. Info: July 6-7 Toppenish Rodeo Toppenish Rodeo Grounds Info: Goldendale Community Days Goldendale Courthouse Lawn Info: July 6-8 Yakima Folklife Festival Downtown Yakima Info: July 6 Blueberry Daze Festival Bill’s Berry Farm Info: 509-882-3200, Art of Jazz Maxin Art Studio Info: 509-833-4649, Races at Renegade Raceway Info: 509-877-4621,

summer calendar July 7 Triple Shot 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Downtown Cle Elum Info:, Yakima Valley Vineyard Tour Series Red Willow Vineyard Info: Yakima Bears vs. Boise Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, Races at Yakima Speedway 1600 Pacific Ave. Info: Races at Renegade Raceway Info: 509-877-4621, July 8 Yakima Bears vs. Boise Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, July 9 KUBE Summer Jam 2012 The Gorge Amphitheater Info: pages/summer_jam.html Yakima Bears vs. Boise Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, July 12 10th annual Redhawk Classic Baseball Tournament East Valley High School Loftus Fields Info: 509-576-6375 July 13 Meany’s Women Wellness Weekend Meany Lodge Info: 206-849-3348, Races at Renegade Raceway Info: 509-877-4621, July 14-20 Fresh Air Artists Festival Upper Kittitas locations Info: 509-649-2880, July 14 ‘Americana’ live music Chalet Place, 56th and Summitview avenues Info: 509-965-7835

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2012 Rails to Ales Brewfest South Cle Elum Depot Info: 509-674-2006, Wags to Riches 4th annual BBQ and Brew Selah Civic Center Info: 509-453-4155, Races at Renegade Raceway Info: 509-877-4621, July 15 Croatian Picnic Roslyn City Park Info: 509-649-2732 Resurrection Parish Family Festival Zillah Catholic Church of the Resurrection Info: 509-829-5433, July 17 Cowiche High School Reunion Old Country Buffet Info: 509-965-1804 or 509-6733792 July 19 Does your child have a reading problem? Washington Vision Therapy Center Info: 509-654-9256, Yakima Bears vs. Everett Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, July 20 Yakima Bears vs. Everett Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, July 21-22 Relay for Life Cle Elum-Roslyn Elementary School Multipurpose Room Info: 509-304-8900,

Sat. May 19th – Million Dollar Quartet at the Paramount Tues. May 15th - 20th – Alaskan Sampler Cruise Sat. June 2nd – Mother Earth News Fair Sun. June 3rd – Seattle Pops American Songbook Sat. June 9th – LeMay America’s Car Museum Tues. June 12th – Emerald Queen Casino Fri. June 22nd – Chihuly Garden and Glass Tues. July 10th – Tour Information Luncheon Fri. July 13th - 14th – Summer Fun Mystery Tues. July 17th – Northern Quest Casino Sat. July 21st – Bremerton Summer Brewfest Mon. July 23rd - 25th – Whales and Wildcards Sun. Aug 5th – Crystal Mountain Brunch Tues. Aug 8th – Wildhorse Casino Thurs. Aug. 9th – Tour Information Luncheon Fri. Aug. 17th – Stroll Seattle Thurs. Sept 6th – Secret’s Out Mystery Sept. 23rd - 28th – Pacific Coastal Cruise/San Francisco

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Geocaching at Bill’s Berry Farm Info: 509-882-3200

The Wood Shed Concert Series and Cruise-In Wood Shed at Eagle Rock Resort Info: 509-658-2100,

Prosser Fly-In Prosser Airport Info: 509-786-2053,

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Summer Calendar Two Mountain Winery’s Winemaker’s Brunch Two Mountain Winery Info: 509-829-3900, Art Walk & Wine Gala Historic Downtown Prosser Info: Horse Heaven Hills Trail Drive Crow Butte Park Info: Advanced Chimposiums Central Washington University Info: 509-963-2244 Yakima Valley Vineyard Tour Series Upland Estates Info: Yakima Bears vs. Everett Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, July 22 Yakima Bears vs. Everett Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, July 23 Yakima Bears vs. Everett Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, July 27-29 Jazz in the Valley Ellensburg Info: July 27 Yakima Valley Vineyard Tour Bouchey Vineyard Info: Desert Wind’s Friday Night Supper Club Info: 509-786-7277, July 28 Ellensburg Sprint Triathlon Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park Info: 100+One and Pie-Palooza Tieton Park Info: 509-847-3034, 509-4942009, Two Mountain Winery’s 10-Year Anniversary Party Two Mountain Winery Info: 509-829-3900, Journey with Pat Benatar The Gorge Amphitheater Info: Races at Yakima Speedway 1600 Pacific Ave. Info: 72

July 29 Whisky Dick Triathlon Vantage to Ellensburg Info:, July 31 Yakima Bears vs. Tri-City Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, Aug. 1 Yakima Bears vs. Tri-City Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, Aug. 2 Annual Vintiques Car Show Yakima State Fair Park Info: 509-248-7160, Ext. 106, Yakima Bears vs. Tri-City Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, Aug. 3-5 Watershed Music Festival The Gorge Amphitheater Info: Aug. 3 Moxee Hop Festival Moxee City Park Info: 509-452-5632, Races at Renegade Raceway Info: 509-877-4621, Aug. 4-5 Meany Hiking Weekend Meany Lodge Info: Aug. 4 Races at Yakima Speedway 1600 Pacific Ave. Info: Vans Warped Tour 2012 The Gorge Amphitheater Info: Davis High School Class of 1987 25-year Reunion 2nd Street Grill Info: 509-949-1287 Aug. 6 Yakima Bears vs. Eugene Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, Aug. 7 Yakima Bears vs. Eugene Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151,

Summer 2012

Aug. 8 Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo 812 Wallace Way Info: Yakima Bears vs. Eugene Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, Suncadia third annual Summer Crab Feed Suncadia Resort Info: Aug. 9 Yakima Bears vs. Eugene Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, Aug. 10 Yakima Bears vs. Eugene Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, Aug. 11 Dog Days of August festival Chalet Place, 56th and Summitview avenues Info: 509-965-7835 Races at Yakima Speedway 1600 Pacific Ave. Info: R/C Unlimiteds Model Hydroplanes Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park Info: 509-627-5520, 10x10x10 Tieton Art Exhibit — opening reception Mighty Tieton Warehouse Info: 509-847-3034, Relay for Life of Upper Valley Main Event Selah Junior High Track Info: 509-480-4468 Prosser Wine and Food Fair Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center Info: Eisenhower High School Class of 1982 30-year Reunion Yakima Elks Club Info: 509-952-7724, Two Mountain Winery’s Dinner and a Movie Two Mountain Winery Info: 509-829-3900, Aug. 15 Races at Renegade Raceway Info: 509-877-4621,

Aug. 16 Yakima Bears vs. Spokane Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, Aug. 17-19 Toppenish Western Art Show Railroad Park Info: 509-865-3262, Aug. 17 Bluegrass Pickin’ Days Stewart Park Info: 509-829-5151 Yakima Bears vs. Spokane Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, Aug. 18 Central Washington Antique Farm Expo Central Washington Ag Museum/ Fullbright Park Info: 509-833-4811, A Case of the Blue & All That Jazz Sarg Hubbard Park at the Yakima Greenway Info: 509-453-8280, Yakima Bears vs. Spokane Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, Aug. 19 Yakima Bears vs. Boise Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, Aug. 20 Yakima Bears vs. Boise Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, Aug. 21 Yakima Bears vs. Boise Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, Aug. 24 Annual Rail and Steam Show Northern Pacific Railway Museum Info: 509-865-1911, Highland Community Days Tieton Park Info: Aug. 25 Races at Yakima Speedway 1600 Pacific Ave. Info:

Summer Calendar R/C Unlimiteds Model Hydroplanes Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park Info: 509-627-5520,

Food and Wine Pairings at Hosanna Fruit Info: 509-833-0466,

Chateau Champoux’s Sunset Dinner Info: 509-894-5005,

Pacas and Peaches at Silbury Farm Info: 509-837-8012

Aug. 25-26 Hot Shots 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Downtown Yakima Info: 509-575-6020, 509-575-3010, Aug. 28 Yakima Bears vs. Vancouver Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, Aug. 29 Yakima Bears vs. Vancouver Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, Aug. 30-Sept. 3 Kittitas County Fair Kittitas County Fairgrounds Info: Aug. 30 Yakima Bears vs. Vancouver Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151, Aug. 31

Two Mountain Winery’s Dinner and a Movie Series Two Mountain Winery Info: 509-829-3900, PRCA Xtreme Bulls Ellensburg Rodeo Arena Info: Sept. 2 Races at Yakima Speedway 1600 Pacific Ave. Info: Sept. 3 Prosser States Day Celebration and Parade Prosser City Park Info: 509-786-3177, Sept. 5 Cooking Class at Mojave at Desert Wind Desert Wind Winery Info: 509-786-7277, Sept. 7-9 Naches Valley Sportsman’s Days Info: Sept. 7

Free 2012 MOXEE Ad mission HOP FESTIVAL August 3rd & 4th

Schedule of Events Friday, August 3rd 5:00pm 5:00pm 5:00pm 5:00pm-7:15pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 8:00pm 9:00pm-12:00am 9:15pm Dusk

Saturday, August 4th 7:00am-10:00am 8:00am 8:30am 10:00am 12:00 noon 12:00 noon 1:00pm-1:50pm

Yakima Bears vs. Vancouver Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151,

SunDome Volleyball Festival Yakima Valley SunDome Info: 509-575-3010

Races at Renegade Raceway Info: 509-877-4621,

Quincy Farmer-Consumer Awareness Days Quincy High School Info:

3:00pm-3:50pm 4:00pm-4:50pm

Sept. 8-9


Dave Matthews Band The Gorge Amphitheater Info: Sept. 1-3 Ellensburg Rodeo Ellensburg Rodeo Arena Info: Sept. 1 Yakima Bears vs. Vancouver Yakima County Stadium Info: 509-457-5151,

Races at Renegade Raceway Info: 509-877-4621,

Sept. 8 Salsa September Chalet Place, 56th and Summitview avenues Info: 509-965-7835 Great Grandview Grape Stomp Yakima Valley Community College — Grandview campus Info: Tractor Run to Harrah Central Washington Ag Museum/ Fullbright Park Info: 509-833-4811


5:15pm-6:15pm 6:30pm-7:15pm 7:30pm-8:30pm 7:30pm 7:45pm 8:00-8:50pm 9:00pm-12:00am 9:00pm-12:00am

Breakfast in the Park Breakfast Music with “Stan Fortier” – Main Stage 5k Family Fun Run/Walk Parade – Downtown Moxee @ Charron and Iler Streets Entertainment TBA – Main Stage Kids’ Games Open “Night Wind Jazz Collective” – Jazz Standards – Main Stage “Ranger and the Re-Arrangers” – Hot Fiddle Playing – Main Stage Entertainment TBA – Main Stage “Tuck Foster and the Mossrites” – Main Stage East Valley High Cheer Squad Demo – Main Stage “Wayman Chapman” – Main Stage Entertainment TBA – Main Stage “Stan Fortier with the Stimulus Package” – Beer Garden “Outstanding Service Award” – Main Stage Raffle Drawing – Main Stage Entertainment TBA – Main Stage Entertainment TBA – Beer Garden Karaoke – Main Stage

All times are subject to change or adjustments.

Rivard Rd. & Hwy. 24, Moxee Summer 2012


Races at Yakima Speedway 1600 Pacific Ave. Info:

Skewered Apple BBQ Championship Tree Top Info:

Festival Begins Food and Craft Vendors OPEN Beer Garden OPEN Entertainment TBA – Main Stage Royalty Presentation – Main Stage “Stan Fortier Band” – Beer Garden “Urban Collapse” – Main Stage “The Dusty 45s” – Beer Garden Karaoke – Main Stage Fireworks in the Park


summer calendar Not Just a Farmers Market Krieger Park Info: 509-829-6888 Chateau Champoux’s Grape Stomp Info: 509-894-5005, Wood Shed Concert Series and Cruise-In Wood Shed at Eagle Rock Resort Info: 509-658-2100, The Red Cross Grand Vin Congdon’s Castle Info: 509-573-3388 Sept. 14 Races at Renegade Raceway Info: 509-877-4621, Sept. 15-Oct. 31 Jones Farms Straw Maze and Straw Mountain Slide Jones Farms Info: 509-829-6024 Sept. 15 Races at Yakima Speedway 1600 Pacific Ave. Info: Races at Renegade Raceway Info: 509-877-4621,

Tractor Run to Kittitas Central Washington Ag Museum/ Fullbright Park Info: 509-833-4811 Selah Fall Festival Carlon Park Info: 509-698-7305, Autumn Bounty Yakima Area Arboretum Info: 509-248-7337, Sept. 21-30 Central Washington State Fair Yakima State Fair Park Info: 509-248-7160, Sept. 21 Races at Renegade Raceway Info: 509-877-4621, LitFuse 2012 Mighty Tieton Info: 509-847-3034, Sept. 22 Yakima Sunfair Parade Downtown Yakima Info:

Races at Renegade Raceway Info: 509-877-4621, Apple and Pumpkin Festival at Bill’s Berry Farm Info: 509-882-7810, Jason Mraz with Christina Perri The Gorge Amphitheater Info: Sept. 24 AIGA Seattle/Into the Woods 2012 Suncadia Resort Info: Sept. 28 Prosser Balloon Rally, Harvest & Street Painting Fest Historic Downtown Prosser Info: Races at Yakima Speedway 1600 Pacific Ave. Info:

Friday Night Supper Club at Desert Wind Winery Info: 509-786-7277, Sept. 29 Races at Yakima Speedway 1600 Pacific Ave. Info: Races at Renegade Raceway Info: 509-877-4621, Apple Valley Kiwanis Wine Country Trek Moxee to Prosser and back Info: 509-452-0563, Yakima High School Class of 1957 Reunion Harman Center Info: 509-965-1393 or email Sept. 30

Races at Renegade Raceway Info: 509-877-4621,

Races at Yakima Speedway 1600 Pacific Ave. Info:

Fashion Front at Garden Dance Downtown Yakima Info: 509-574-4875

Races at Renegade Raceway Info: 509-877-4621,


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