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Washington Travel: Yakima Valley

The land of hops is also Washington’s first AVA written by Viki Eierdam WITH NAMES LIKE Grandview, Zillah and Moxie, the first American Viticultural Area in Washington might be better known as the place where the vast majority of hops are grown in the U.S., or the top apple-producing county in the nation. Given its fertile soil, it should come as no surprise that the Yakima Valley is also a winemaker’s paradise and a wine lover’s playground. The charm of the valley is a direct result of the tight-knit communities that dot this high-desert expanse. Three hundred sunny days a…

Farm To Table: Cherries

As one of the freshest produce items around, Northwest sweet cherries never land in consumers’ hands more than a few days after coming off the tree. (Cherries are generally harvested, packed and placed on the shelf within two days.)

Gastronomy: Treveri Cellars

Treveri Cellars is a family-owned sparkling wine house producing delicious bubbles in the Méthode Champenoise style. Head winemaker Jüergen Grieb is originally from Trier, Germany, where he studied with some of the most decorated winemakers in the country

Dada in Walla Walla

Walking down Walla Walla’s Main Street on a Saturday afternoon, you may notice a curious sandwich board sign pointing upstairs to the Museum of Un-Natural History. Your interest piqued, you may climb the old wooden stairs above Tallman Pharmacy, open an unassuming door and walk into Gerald Matthews’ surreal imagination.

Adventure or Bust

This Summer, satisfy your wanderlust on Washington’s scenic byways You have many great reasons to hit the road in the evergreen state this year–twenty-eight, in fact. That’s the number of scenic byways stretching through every corner of Washington. They climb to 5,474-Foot Sherman pass, journey along wild coasts and visit vibrant small towns like Othello, the starting point for the gorgeous Coulee Corridor scenic byway. “In Washington, we’re hugely lucky,” said Annette Pitts, executive director of the Cascade Loop Association, one of the state’s most popular scenic routes. “People here take a lot of pride in how beautiful our state…

Best Washington Farmers Markets

Washington has a wealth of farmers markets highlighting the best of each part of
the region. Here are a few favorites to check out (but you’ll probably want to seek out even more).