On the Road Again – Wine Tasting!

Have vaccine will travel! And that’s exactly what we did last weekend; our first trip in way too many months. It was so great to be on the road again. It was drizzling in the Seattle area as we left town, but by the time we were over Snoqualmie Pass, the sun was shining and the skies were bright blue, which added to the festiveness of our trip.

Our first stop was Yakima, located about 150 miles east of Seattle. We headed straight to one of our favorite restaurants – Cowiche Canyon, for lunch. This casual tavern offers American favorites, including vegetarian options, using locally sourced ingredients. The food, service and atmosphere are all exceptional.

After lunch, we headed to Vintner’s Village in Prosser for wine tasting. We visited Martinez & Martinez, Bunnell Family Cellars, Coyote Canyon, Milbrandt Vineyards, Ryan Patrick, Terra Blanca and Kestrel Vintners over the three days we were there. My favorite is Terra Blanca. Set in a gorgeous location, with a fabulous restaurant and a wide variety of delicious wines; it’s hard to beat this winery.

Wine O’Clock is a restaurant run by Bunnell Family Cellars. This has been a favorite of ours for many years, but it was a bit of a disappointment this time. Most of the dishes we had were too salty, and the tomato sauce on my husband’s pizza was runny. Normally their food is excellent; maybe we caught them on an off day. We will definitely go back again someday and give it another try.

Wine O’Clock has a beautiful garden where they grow ingredients for their restaurant.

Martinez and Martinez is a fun place to visit with a party type atmosphere. They have a good variety of wines to choose from and their tasting flights include chips and salsa. This is a great place for large groups, as they have a good sized outdoor patio area.

They share the space with Coyote Canyon which has a some delicious white wines. The Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc are particularly yummy. They have a wide variety of unique and fun items for sale in their tasting room.

The other three wineries are all excellent as well, with a wide variety of delicious wines. I highly recommend all six.

You’ll find a variety of antique stores in Prosser. This time we found a new one that we just love; Seven Gables Mercantile and Farm. Located on the property of Seven Gables Pensione, this store’s grand opening was on May 1, 2021, the day before our visit. The owner doesn’t have a website or social media page yet; but do stop in if you are in the area and enjoy antique stores.

Sketch done by theTravelsketcher.

Another local favorite for shopping is Sister to Sister Boutique. I have spent a lot of money here over the years, and this past weekend was no exception. They have a wide variety of unique home and garden items, as well as clothes, jewelry and accessories. They now have two locations in Prosser, so you can do twice as much damage to your wallet!

Lovely setting at Sister to Sister.

The town of Prosser was founded in 1882 and was originally called Prosser Falls. It is mostly an agricultural area known for wineries, apples, cherries and asparagus. There are over 30 wineries in the area. It has some distinctive old buildings that will make you feel like you stepped back in time.

Statues of ponies are displayed throughout town. Designed by artist David Govedare, these ponies are a tribute to the herds of wild horses that once roamed the area.

It is a pretty drive from Seattle to Prosser with many beautiful sites to see along the way.

The view of the Cascade Mountain range seen from Manastash Ridge.
Yikes!

It was such a great weekend and we throughly enjoyed being out and about, chatting with people everywhere we went, and feeling hopeful again about the future. We are looking forward to traveling even more now that we are both vaccinated and more areas are opening up.

I hope you enjoyed this post, if so please leave a comment, I would love to hear from you.

Wishing you grand adventures,

Tricia

6 Comments Add yours

  1. it was so good to get out, and a fun weekend. Ready for next trip

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  2. Nancy Johnson says:

    On the road again, so appropriate! Beautiful photos! Terra Blanca is one of my favorites as well. I love the pony statues, so colorful. No comment on the rattlesnake sign! So glad you had a great time!

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    1. Thanks! I love Terra Blanca, it’s a beautiful place and the wines are delicious. I wasn’t too thrilled to see the rattlesnake sign either!

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  3. elissbaker says:

    Oh my goodness, your weekend looks absolutely wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing your words and photos. Hopefully Tim and I can do a similar weekend soon. Yay vaccine!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! I hope you and Tim get to enjoy some wine tasting soon.

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