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Deals Around the Valley #1

Deals Around the Valley #1: Half-off 2007 Rosé Paradiso Wine

Paradisos del Sol Winery is offering readers half-off their 2007 Rosé Paradiso wine (normally $14 a bottle) this week only! Paradisos also accommodates brides and grooms by selling wine by the case!

Mostly made from Sangiovese, Rosé is described as a light summer mix that would go great with salads, pasta, sandwiches, salmon, ham and corn on the cob . . . perfect for a casual wedding on a hot summer day!

Want to try the Rosé before you buy?  No worries! Paradisos offers complimentary tastings in their wine room, open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Also, due to high gas prices, PDS offers free shipping to customers who spend over $100 on wine cases.  Check out their online order forms for more information.

Not a bride (or groom)-to-be but want in on the action? Join Paradisos for their 9th Annual Wedding Anniversary Weekend, taking place from Saturday, September 5th to Monday, September 7th, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  PDS is generously offering wine discounts based on how many years you’ve been married. Their highest discount so far – 67% for 67 years!  Perhaps a fun tradition for newlyweds, see how far your relationship can grow with Paradisos. 🙂


Paradisos del Sol


3230 Highland Drive

Zillah, WA  98953



Email: info@paradisosdelsol.com



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Yakima’s Unique Attractions 5

{the last must-see place to visit} While in the area, make sure your OOTs visit the heart of the Valley found nestled in the revitalized streets of Yakima’s historic district.  Almost a ghost town at one point, the concentrated efforts of Operation Downtown Renaissance have brought life back into the neighborhood, now rich with antique buildings, eateries and entertainment.  I have listed a few of these sites for guests to take in during a quiet stroll down the city streets. 

Front Street

The Old North Yakima Historic District is comprised of numerous buildings constructed in the late 1800s that remain as a reminder of the “preeminent role of the railroad and founding of the city of Yakima.”  The district is “characterized by decorative brick work and detail that is typical of turn-of-the-century architecture”. 

A favorite stop of mine along the way is The Depot Restaurant & Lounge  found at 32 N. Front St., and is the home of an antique domed passenger waiting + baggage room which once served as an operating train station {see the train theme again} .  Sit back and relax with a drink in this peaceful dinner setting.  {Information on the historic district found on Mimian’s blog}

depot when it was a railway station

{the Depot then}

the depot restaurant

{the Depot now}

inside the depot

{spacious quarters}

Wine enthusiasts can head to the Cascade Wine Store for tastings of local selections if the vineyard tours don’t fit into the plans.  If you’re in need of a little pick-me-up instead, North Town Coffeehouse ‘s inviting atmosphere comes complete with an assortment of java, gelato and free WiFi.

north town coffee house

chic digs + comfort + coffee = ❤

The Ave

Along the town’s main drag, Yakima Avenue, your guests will be able to see the best of what’s old + new in the district.

Indulge in authentic Mexican cuisine at Santiago’s Gourmet Mexican Restaurant which will be hard to miss as their large patio overflows onto the sidewalk with lavish flowering baskets and large potted plants inviting all to come inside.

In with the new, but not out with the old.  Another historic {train} attraction on The Ave can be found in the innate character exclusive to Track 29.  A featured location on the View of America website, this unique mall is home to many great shops and offers “a stroll back in time on the authentic wooden boardwalk” and invites visitors to “sit and relax on the benches and watch the trains go by.”

track 29 boardwalk

{journey to the past}

track 29 2

{the thumbprint of our city}

Set in what was once the Yakima Mall, the Hilton Garden Inn provides a luxurious stay for Valley visitors as its exterior is lined with newly established, upscale shops that range in focus from wine to entertainment.  After a day of exploring the streets, unwind at Ummelina Spa inside the Inn’s lobby.  This relaxing retreat offers an extensive list of treatments for guests — including a one for the tootsies!

Not one for roaming the streets on foot?  Hop on the Yakima Valley Trolley to take in the sights and sounds of the city.  After being absent from the streets for so long, I was so happy to find that the trolley was up and running once again.  “The last authentic, all-original turn-of-the-century interurban railroad in the U.S.,” the trolley’s rails reach a little over 5 miles and “provide [a] historical [and] educational trip for sightseers . . . of the vintage rail transit.”

all aboard trolley




Located on Naches Ave, the Seasons Performance Center “has taken center stage in Yakima’s entertainment scene” and boasts a musical arrangement to include jazz, classical and world music performed by musicians from all over the world.

While downtown, take in the beauty of the {almost} century-old Capitol Theater.  With an attractive exterior that can be seen from the streets, the {even more stunning} interior is only accessible through arranged tours when the theater is not hosting an event. If you happen to be down there on a Sunday, you won’t want to miss the Farmer’s Market, abundant with fresh fruits and vegetables from local orchards, as well as live music, BBQ and local crafts!

capitol circa 1920

{circa 1920 and much what it looks like today}

capitol inside

{grand stage}

farmers market

{Sundays at the Market}

The downtown area offers free on-street parking as well as several lots that can be accessed from Front and First Street.   

If my list of things to do in the Valley this week still isn’t enough for your guests, send them to the Yakima Valley blog for even more {101 to be exact} to-do and see ideas in the city.  The business directory also allows visitors to search by category and the calendar of events gives up-to-date information on the current happenings around town.

And that rounds up my Unique Attractions week! I hope all your OOTs find something different to have fun with in the Valley during their stay. 

.::Next week: Budget Resources::.  

See you then!


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Yakima’s Unique Attractions 4

Wow! I’ve almost reached 2,000 visitors, thank you to everyone who has stopped by, I couldn’t have done it without you!

On another note . . . back to the Valley’s OOT to-do-and-see list.  This one is especially useful for the families who will be bringing their kids with them to your big day.

Known for the steady heat throughout the summer months, Yakima’s high temperatures can overwhelm many out-of-towners who may not embrace the weather quite like the locals do {and are able to}.  To beat the heat, point your guests in the direction of Franklin Park where they can {chill out} with “cool facts, cool treats, and cool water.”

Cool Water

Franklin Pool 

Open all summer, Franklin Park’s outdoor pool has become a popular place for kids and adults alike to cool off during the Valley’s sweltering summer days.  Complete with a kiddie pool, water slide + concession stand, the pool offers a few hours of {fresh + cool} entertainment for the whole family.

The pool is open seven days a week, and recreational swim is available daily from 12:30-4:30 pm {hottest part of the day} or Monday through Friday 7:15 – 9 pm if you prefer to go later in the day.  And it’s not going to break the bank, since Franklin’s sessions only cost $2 for youth and $3.75 for adults {or just $10 for a family of 6} – at those prices, how can you not check it out?!


Franklin Pool

2101 Tieton Drive

(509) 575-6035


Cool Facts

 museum fruit bowl

{love this}

Not quite ready to face the sun? Escape again into the air-conditioned interior of the Yakima Valley Museum {we have lots of museums ;)} just a few short steps away from Franklin’s pool.  As the website describes, “this 65,000 square foot facility offers historical exhibits of the Yakima Valley – its natural history, American Indian culture, pioneer life, early city life, and the roots and development of the Valley’s fruit industry.” 


A kid-friendly museum, the facility offers a roomy interactive learning center appropriately titled the Children’s Underground, which features museum-related educational activities, suitable for children ages 5 to 15; special tours are available.

 Last but not least, the museum also plays host to a very unique section titled The Neon Garden, which features, you guessed it, and antique neon signs from around the Valley – ever seen that kind of garden in a museum? {now that’s pretty cool}

 museum neon sign

Check out the website for more information on the museum’s Program & Exhibit schedule and for  hours and directions to the facility!

Cool Treats

{I saved the best for last}

 soda fountain and museum sign

Heading next door, guests can finish off the afternoon with some {cool treats} at the Museum Soda Fountain where you can find some good old-fashioned ice cream in this quaint little 1930s-style parlor. The ‘Fountain’ offers soda, sundaes and milkshakes created with Oregon-based Tillamook ice cream as well as hot dogs, chili, soup and sandwiches. Check out their {delicious} menu here!

 Soda Fountain

.::Added Bonus::. If you’re in the area on a Thursday evening {6:30-8:30 pm} and are in the mood for a little music + art inspiration, head on over to the park’s lush grassy area and enjoy some tunes and hands-on activities {fun for the whole family} courtesy of Yakima’s Summer Sunset Concert Series (check the site dates and art themes hosted each week).

So…get out of the house {or hotel room}, pick up some treats, listen to some tunes, enjoy the sun . . . see you tomorrow for the last installment of Yakima’s unique attractions. 😉



{p.s. a big thank you to my mom for helping me with some of the photos on this post — i love you}

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Yakima’s Unique Attractions Part 3

Speckled with farmland, orchards and fields, the Yakima Valley is best known for their agricultural contribution to Washington State.  This next set of attractions will give your OOTs a close up look of what the Valley has to offer by way of cultivation. 

Heading a little further south into the city of Prosser, guests are treated to some home{town} sweets, courtesy of the well-known Chukar Cherry Company.

Chukar Headquarters

Located in the heart of wine country, Chukar Cherries manufactures everything they sell {which can also be found thriving inside of Seattle’s Pike Place Market}.  Founded in 1988, Chukar has come to produce a wide variety of gifts that “exemplify the regional bounty and natural flavors of the Pacific Northwest.” Using local fruits, Chukar yields a variety of “sweets & treats” including energy snacks, chocolate covered confections, pure fruit preserves, toppings and 100% natural condiments . . . “from our orchards to your door, Chukar does it all!”

Chukar Cherries Jam 

Cherry Empire Tin Tower


Chukar Cherry Company
320 Wine Country Road
P.O. Box 510
Prosser, WA 99350

However, don’t fill up too much on cherries and sweets at Chukar!  On your way back into Yakima, don’t forget to take a quick lunch break at the Darigold Dairy Fair cheese plant located in Sunnyside {owned and operated by the local dairy giant itself!} to sample a tasty array of locally produced cheese and ice cream!  

 Darigold Dairy Fair

Darigold sign

The Dairy Fair offers free, daily self-guided tours inside the factory {with accompanying closed loop videos}, a gift shop, deli and, of course, plenty of fresh cheese curds and ice cream to try + buy!  Though the tour may not be so action-packed, this 20-acre plant has become one of the most efficient and state-of-the-art operations in the world and produces almost 170 million pounds of cheese a year! That alone  makes it well worth a stop along your way . . . its fun {and yummy} for kids and adults alike. 

Darigold Ice Cream 2 {scream for ice cream}

The cheese plant is open year round, seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Darigold Dairy Fair
400 Alexander Rd.
Sunnyside, WA  98944
Open Daily

Until tomorrow…


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Yakima’s Unique Attractions 2

Let your OOTs (out-of-town guests) in on the distinct history of Yakima Valley as they are invited to learn about the unique Indian heritage represented through the area’s attractions.  By heading a little southeast {into Toppenish}, your guests can experience “where the West still lives in the City of Murals & Museums”  {and even a casino to boot}! 

First Stop: Cultural Center

yakama nation cultural center 2

Opening in 1980 and built on ancestral land, the Yakama Nation Cultural Center allows guests a peak into the preserved heritage of the Yakama tribe’s history and legacy from past to present. The 12,000 square-foot museum chronicals the Yakama’s past through “dioramas and static and live exhibits,” life-size dwellings, special sound effects and music, as well as guided tours Monday through Friday.  Today, the Yakama Nation Museum holds its own as one of the oldest Native American Museums in the United States. 

For directions + prices, events, productions and movie night information please visit the Cultural Center’s website here and have fun!

Yakama Nation Cultural Center


Second in line: The Toppenish Museums

Okay so there are two pretty cool museums in Toppenish that are definitely worth mentioning. The first one on my list might catch the attention of you beer connoisseurs out there :).

Hop Museum

hop museum

Not only are hops required to preserve the great flavor of beer, but they have historical significance to the county {and even enough so as to be featured in the murals around Toppenish}.  A substantive part of the Yakima Valley, the hops that are grown in the fields around town account for almost 80 percent of the nation’s production! In order “to preserve the heritage of the odd, little perennial vine, the American Hop Museum was started . . . to help educate the public about the more than 400 hundred years of hop production in the U.S.”

The museum “features historical photographs, early agricultural machinery, and a variety of displays that depict life in the early-growing days in New England,” as well as its rapid expansion into the Pacific Northwest. 


The next museum…

The Old Railroad Museum

railway museum logo

In order to preserve the Valley’s railway legacy {as you’ll see a few more railway relics mentioned this week} a vintage, 1911 Northern Pacific Railway depot was transformed into a museum located in the city of Toppenish. Now known as the Northern Pacific Railway Museum, a passenger train was restored by volunteers just 14 short years ago and now boasts a dozen oak display show cases that include dinner settings, railway artifacts, and a mannequin dressed as  a train conductor from the past.  This is quite a neat collection and a great chance to view the foundation of the Yakima Valley. 

{Note: The museum does do caboose rides on certain weekends; please check the Yakima Valley Visitor’s Guide for more information.}

rail museum

…and Third


The Toppenish murals really are a must-see when you’re visiting Yakima.  I haven’t been down there to see these since I was {way} younger but these pictures are making me want to go back sooner rather than later!

{a little background}

The Toppenish Mural Society began in 1989 with a dozen artists gathering to paint an entire mural together {titled “Clearing the Land”} in a single day’s time to commemorate the Washington Centennial celebration. . . a tradition that continues to this day. 

This beautiful wall art, in fact, has won several awards including the Governors Art Award and a national Prettiest Painted Places award.  The program’s success is due, in large part, to the quality of artists selected to participate in the “mural-in-a-day” program.  The murals, displayed on various buildings all over town, range in size and are made up of a diverse selection of paintings that reflect the city’s theme of “where the west still lives”, as well many of the men and women who’ve made contributions to the city. 

While the murals can be viewed year round, May through September {prime wedding time} is the best time to visit as the city offers a narrated horse-drawn wagon tour of the murals’ history!

The Mural Tours are located at 1550 Gibson Road and begin daily at 10 a.m.  Cost is $12 per adult; $10 for seniors and $4 for children 12 and under.  For more information on the tours visit the City of Toppenish home page. 

Toppenish Mural Tours

Last stop . . . roll the dice @ {Legends Casino}

Legends Casino In and Outside

After soaking up the rich history of the Valley inside the Toppenish city limits, relax and have some fun at the Yakama Nation Legends Casino!  This sizeable casino features 1,200 of the newest, hottest slots and numerous Vegas-style table games . . . and promises “no doubt that your favorite machine is waiting!”  Table games include a mix of Blackjack; Craps; Roulette; Pai Gow; 3-Card Poker; Spanish 21 and Ultimate Texas Hold’em . . . they even host live {Keno} with payouts of up to $50,000 {what a nice wedding gift that’d make J}.  Must be 18 to play all games.

Legends’ inclusive website lists all their games along with an explanation of how each game is dealt, played, card logistics and rules . . . perfect for casino newbies!  Live Action Poker is also available most days of the week {check website for buy-in amounts, rules and available times}. 

If you’re not into the gaming scene {or have kids tagging along} but would like to experience the casino, check out the Mountain View Buffet “for the ultimate dining experience”.  The buffet hosts an array of gourmet ethnic cuisine, freshly carved meats, London broils, New York loins and a variety of soups, salads and breads {and dessert too, YUM!}.

Anyway, that’s it for the Toppenish experience! Bride + grooms, encourage your OOT’s to get out and experience the deep-rooted history and seasoned culture of the Yakima Valley {it’s actually pretty cool!}

 More tomorrow, see you then . . . thanks for stopping by!


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For Marathon Month This Week: Yakima’s Unique Attractions

Yakima Vineyards, Wine Tours + Unique Places to Stay + Enjoy

yakima valley {home sweet home in the Valley}


yakima wine

{a local wine}

For Marathon Month, this week’s theme entails Yakima’s Unique Attractions . . . I hope that this will help breed ideas for showers, bachelor{ette} parties or just to give your out-of-town guests some unique things to experience in the Valley while they’re here for your big day.  If you’ve moved away from {home} Yakima and have made friends in other parts of the state that you intend to invite to your wedding, chances are {if you’re like me} you’ve run into plenty of people with skewed perceptions of what this beautiful valley really is and what it has to offer . . . here is your chance to set the record straight!

I wanted to kick off the week with Yakima’s biggest {and most notorious} attraction and that is, of course, the wine tours!  Known as Washington’s Premium Wine Region {something we should be real proud of!}, Wine Yakima Valley boasts a list of 49 (an always growing number) wineries throughout the valley and describes itself as “the key ingredient in more half of all wine produced throughout Washington State…”

vineyard {vineyards}

One of the most unique wine tours can be found at Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast & Barn  located in Zillah (just a few miles outside of Yakima for you out-of-towners).  At Cherry Wood, guests can choose to stay inside one of the B&B’s cozy little rooms with gorgeous views of the farmlands; for something a little more exclusive, guests can choose individually designed retro-style travel trailers; or last, for a more romantic and original experience, guests can stay in the beautifully designed and luxurious teepees on Cherry Woods grounds.  It’s not even the rooms that are the best part of this little B&B.  What’s most impressive about this wine tour is the fact that Trail Boss and Wine Wrangler, Pepper Fewel, takes guests on guided tours through vineyards on horseback!  Check out the website for more information regarding pricing, reservations and special events.

CWBBB-Wine-Ride{the Cherry Wood experience}

cowgirl trailer{the Cowgirl Trailer}

CWBBB-Spanish-Teepee{Spanish inspired teepee}

Victorian Room{the Victorian Room} 

pancakes{Swedish pancakes for breakfast — YUM!}

tour ponies{and my favorite part :)}

If you’re looking for a softer, more relaxing stay in the midst of all the vineyards, try White House B&B located in the heart of wine country.   This quaint little spot offers gourmet chocolates, “feather beds and French antique linens that reflect the era of the house and [owner, Sherry] Jefferson’s passion for fine living.”  Exuding a gentle clean feel, everything in the house is white; see the gorgeous pictures of these humble quarters below.  To locate nearby wineries, view prices and reservation information or just check out more gorgeous pictures of the White House interior see their page here.

White-House-close-up{elegant close up}

White-House-mantel{White House mantel}

White-House-Shared-Bathroom{dainty wash room}

White-House-White-Rose{white rose room}


{refreshing lunch — must see their sweets too}

Cherry Wood and the White House are just two spots among the many vineyards that Yakima Valley plays host to. Check out the Wine Yakima Valley website for more information on upcoming events, a complete list of wineries and locations as well as more information on the Yakima Valley Wine experience, “where great wine is born”!



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