3702 Fruitvale Blvd
Yakima, WA 98902
Phone: (509) 249-1900
Fax: (509) 249-8088
Three blocks from the Yakima Valley Museum, this late Victorian farmhouse was built by Horace M. Gilbert and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Furnished with period Victorian antiques, this home is a perfect example of life on an orchard in Yakima in the early 20th century. The house is managed and open for tours by the Friends of Gilbert Homeplace.
Open Tuesday through Saturday, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Sundquist Research Library and Archives houses over 6,500 historic regional photographs, 200 maps of the Valley, 73 recorded oral histories, bound copies of the Yakima Herald-Republic from 1890 to 1952, 1,100 linear feet of personal and local business papers, pamphlets, scrapbooks and other ephemera; 95 linear feet of newspaper clipping files, 125 linear feet of Yakima Valley Transportation Company records, 3,958 individual apple and other fruit labels used by local growers in marketing, 432 local television 1950s-1980s news report tapes, 1,200 general history reference books and periodicals, 1,500 books related to local history, and thousands of documents related to Yakima native and Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas.
In a building with the Solutec Corporation, Desert Hills Winery's award-winning selections include Sangiovese, Merlot, Portteus Vineyards Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Destiny Ridge Syrah.
The classic Italian wines available at Donitelia Winery include Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Pinot Grigio, Rosary Red, and White Sangiovese. The tasting room is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Yakima Valley SunDome is host to a plethora of events, from Basketball to Rodeo. A few hours outside Seattle, you will find this multi-purpose facility. The seating here is very accessible and comfortable, making it a great for viewing concerts and shows held here. This 6195 seater multi purpose arena has played host to a number of performances and sporting events over the years and also the WIAA/Dairy Farmers of Washington 1B, 1A, and 2A High School Basketball State Tournaments annually.
The Yakima Area Arboretum is a 46-acre living museum and botanical garden that was created "to cultivate a greater knowledge and appreciation of native and adaptive plants in an atmosphere of beauty, inspiration, and relaxation." Its interpretive center houses the Wilma Belfield Walker Horticultural Library, Yakima Valley's only horticultural library. The Jewett Center features two meeting rooms.
Wineglass Cellars is a winery that celebrates the fun of drinking wine. Owned by David Lowe and his wife Linda Lowe, with their son Jeff, this family run affair is quite an experience. The winery hosts a number of regular wine events and shows. They have even won a few award for their wines. If you're really interested, you can even join their wine clubs to be a part of the celebration. Check their events schedule to see if you can catch their special gatherings like the Red Wine and Chocolate event, or the Sizzleworks Cooking School gathering or even the Thanksgiving in Wine Country celebration. For more information, do check the website.
Sheridan Vineyard have two branches, one in Woodinville, while the other in Zillah. Both play the same role and that is selling quality wines to its customers. It all started in 1996 for the owner, Scott, who with a small beginning has today become a pioneer in the wine business in Zillah.
Maison de Padgett Winery is one of the most beautiful wineries in Washington. The winery was opened in 2003 by Lisa and David Padgett. Tuscany architecture provides a unique setting to enjoy the fruits of the vineyard. There are beautiful gardens and a gorgeous patio where you can enjoy a Risqué Chardonnay, a Singing Toad, a Merlot Reserve, a Dry Muscat, a Fat Sow Red Wine or a Funky Monkey Ice Wine. It's a great place to enjoy some of these fabulous brands around. The labels of the bottles are colorful and vibrant, which allows you to simply enjoy the wine like you should rather than taking it too seriously. But don't be mistaken and take their rather lighthearted approach to wine, because they even have a gold medal winner in their collection. The winery has a wonderful tasting room and also a great gift shop. It is also a perfect setting for private events, so check the website or call ahead for details.
The Paradisos Del Sol winery, located at the premium wine growing region of Yakima Valley has earned the reputation of producing superior quality rose, white and red wines. You can even taste these world famous wines that is complimentary when you visit. You can also witness how different grape varieties are grown seasonally. As a plus, the winery has a beautiful setting which is what makes it perfect for hosting events and celebrations. Check the website for more details.
The Portteus Vineyards & Winery is a much-sought after vineyard that spans across over 70 vineyard acres. Started by Paul Portteus, the facility produces quality wine brands such as Syrah, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and more. Paul and his wife started the vineyard in 1982, and today it's one of the best in the country and have even won awards for their achievements. The tasting room is open through the week and Portteus has so much to offer, so do check the website for details.
A 200-acre, day-use heritage park on the Yakama Indian Nation Reservation, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in an old oak grove watered by natural springs, Fort Simcoe State Park provides insight into local Native American culture and tells the story of mid-19th century army life when it was an 1850's-era military installation. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in June 1974, the park contains five original fort buildings. Yearly events include military re-enactments, traditional tribal dancers, military displays, and antique car shows.