Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Where is the Swimmin' Hole in the Yakima Valley?

There is a Yakima county park that is a hidden gem. Looking for fun in the water? The swimmin' hole? Eschbach park has it all!

Whether it is kayaking in the 2 acre pond or enjoying the natural running stream perfect for floating on a hot summer day, Eschbach Park is a geat way to cool off with water activities. One can rent inflatables as well as single or double kayaks. Enjoy a family picnic at one of the many picnic sites which include bbq pits. Basketball courts, horse shoe pits, volleyball areas, and softball fields are also available. On the weekend a concession stand is open which sells pop, ice cream, candy, picnic supplies and inflatables. For $3.00 per car, you and your family can picnic, swim and play all day. The park is open 9:30 AM-7:30 PM.

Traveling west on Highway 12, pass the 40th Avenue exit and take your next left from the highway. Turn right onto S. Naches Road and travel approximately 5 miles to the park.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Wine Country 4th of July Celebration!

Red, White and Blues Celebration! This is a weekend long celebration of independence in Washington Wine Country, the Yakima Valley. New this year is the chance to hop aboard a shuttle bus to the Main event the evening of the 4th of July at Silverlake Winery.

Kicking off the evening of Friday the 3rd, the wineries of the Rattlesnake Hills celebrate with live music and food from picnic items to BBQ, Craft Vendors and special prices on wine. Piety Flats Winery participates with music from 5:30-8 :30 by Just Us and is offering picnic items for purchase. Paridisos features Miz Dees’ BBQ and The Rod Giles Band playing music from 6-9pm.

Live Free music and food at the wineries all day long the 4th July. Bonair, Knight Hill Winery,Silver Lake Winery, Tefft Winery will all feature live blues music and different speciality foods to purchase. These are great places to sit back and enjoy the music, fine wine and sunny afternoon.

Main Event-Stay in Yakima for the night and take the
shuttle bus provided by A&A Motorcoach, from your hotel, the Ledgestone, Hilton Garden Inn, Fairfield Inn, Best Western Ahtanum Inn to the Main Event at Silverlake Winery on Saturday the 4th of July. Starting at 7pm until 11pm. with a 7:20 wine tasting class, Why we sniff sip and swirl! at 7:45. BBQ buffet dinner and wine bar. Dancing to the Coyote Kings! View the fireworks happening all over the valley from the Winery, situated above the vineyard on the hill. Many other local wineries will be present. Bring you lawn chair and/or blanket. This will be a fun filled gathering at Silverlake Winery!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Story - Chalk Art Rose' by Two Mountain Winery

What is the meaning of "Chalk Art" Rose' produced by Two Mountain Winery?
Two Mountain Winery's Chalk Party, each year artists young and old to try their hand at chalk art. The participants enjoyed fine wine, food, live music, creative artistic expression and survive the numerous art critics to vie for the coveted prize.

The prize? The winning Artwork becomes a new label of Chalk Art Rose'. The Pegasus Project is supported by a portion of the purchase price on each bottle. The Pegasus Project, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization of the North American Riding Handicapped Association (NARHA), provides therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities to those with special needs and disabilities. Founded in 2003 as a pilot project with seven riders with special needs and one instructor, the tremendous response from the riders and their families and remarkable benefits enabled the Pegasus Project to expand its therapeutic riding services. Located at Tumbleweed Ranch on Hi-way 12 in Yakima, WA on a beautiful twenty-six acre site.

Plan on coming for the fun in June of next year to "Celebrate being a kid again!" Draw with chalk on the floor of the winery tasting room, be creative! In the meantime when you visit the winery in the Rattlesnake Hills of the YakimaValley, buy "Two Mountain Chalk Art Rose' Wine" to support this great program.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Have You Been to The Beautiful Tuscan Inspired Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center?

Find the information you need on sites, activities and events in the Yakima Valley. The Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center in Central Washington has a comprehensive selection of information about events, cities in the Yakima Valley, Central Washington as well as Washington State, Oregon and Idaho.

The Gift Shop at the Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center has an ever changing inventory of specialty items produced in the Yakima Valley. This is an example of the products you will find in the shop; Chukar Cherries Chocolate, Cherry Pie Filings, Mick’s Pepper Jellys, “Its All About the Pretzels”, Tillen Farms Pickled Products, Tree Top Apple Juice, Chukar Cherry Apple Chips, Jumpin’ Jack Popcorn on the Cob, Folklore Sodas ,Rattlesnake Hills Wine Glasses, Rattlesnake Hills Pass, Corkscrews, Local Cookbooks, Postcards, Souvenir booklets and gifts. Unique Gift Items jewelry, leather purses, wooden cheese boards.

You can even buy your, “ I (love) Yakima” T-shirt there!

Located off exit 33A I-82 E, Open 9-5 M-S 10-4 Sunday. Winter Hours 9-4 M-S Closed Sunday

You will be glad you stopped there for help in planning your stay in the Yakima Valley!

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