Friday Activities:

Wine Tasting Tours - Two Options: (Bus transportation provided for Wine Tasting tours.)

The Yakima Valley is Washington's oldest and largest wine growing region, with more than 12,000 acres of grape cultivation and producing more than one-third of all Washington wine. There are 70-plus wineries which produce over 30 types of wine, from Sauvignon Blanc to Merlot and Cabernets. For our Canadian Rotarians- Feel free to bring back your favorite wines. Your first 2 bottles are Duty Free, and you can bring as much as you wish as long as you pay the duty and it is less than 5 cases. Plan to experience the distinctive tastes of Yakima Valley wine on one of the following excursions:


Gilbert CellarsWine Tasting Tour 1 - Gilbert Cellars Cave

Traveled a short distance west of the City of Yakima to The Cave at Gilbert Cellars. Tucked away on the Hackett Ranch and nestled among apples and vineyards, this family-owned winery is the collaboration of three generations of one of the Valley's oldest orchard families. You met the winemaker, enjoyed tasting intriguing high-quality wines, and were treated to a wonderful lunch as you enjoyed the south-facing views of the Ahtanum Valley.


Wine Tasting Tour 2 - Zillah Area

A totally different wine experience occurred as you traveled a short distance south of Yakima to the Zillah area, where you stopped at a variety of small wineries. Wineries in this area include Agate Field Vineyard, Claar Cellars, Bonair Winery, Horizon's Edge Winery, Silver Lake Winery at Roza Hills, Two Mountain Winery, and Wineglass Cellars.  Lunch was included.


Yakima Craft BrewingBale Breaker BrewingCraft Brewing Tour

The Yakima Valley is the largest producer of hops in the world. Anyone who loves beer, as well as anyone just interested in a form of agriculture that exists in only a few places in the entire world, will enjoy this tour. The first micro-brewery in the nation was established in Yakima and that brewing of hand-crafted beers continues; you experienced some of the best with stops at Yakima Craft Brewing and Balebreaker Brewery. Lunch was included.


Cowiche Canyon Hike

This hike followed Cowiche Creek replete with salmon, beavers, crayfish, great blue herons, and myriad other wildlife. This nearly level hike follows an old railroad bed. The trail crosses the creek 9 times as it winds its way through a beautiful basalt canyon. The south walls of the canyon are Columbia Basalt while the north walls are Columbia Basalt topped by the more convoluted forms of Tieton Andesite. Enjoy the tree-shrouded stream, sage-dotted slopes, dramatic cliffs and abundant wildlife. Thick riparian vegetation is close at hand along this trail. The area surrounding the trail presents a wonderful example of the Shrub- Steppe ecosystem of Central Washington. This beautiful area was enjoyed on foot with a gentle hike led by our very experienced guide Tyler Schultz. You finished up this magical experience with lunch at the home of Kellie Connaughton with sweeping views of the Yakima Valley, from the edge of the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy.

Walking Tour of Downtown Yakima

For those who wanted to learn some of the secrets of Yakima's past, Yakima Valley Museum Director and Rotarian John Baule led a walking tour of downtown Yakima. You had a chance to get on top of the tallest building, learn interesting historical stories about the town, and end with lunch in the Alfalfa Saloon, which once sported an underground tunnel to the Northern Pacific Train Depot.  


Golf at Suntides Golf CourseSundtides Golf Course

Teed it up with Rotarians and guests for a pleasant day of commraderie and competition. Golf began as a shotgun start at 8:00 AM. Your registration included 18 holes of golf and a powered cart, lunch and prizes.



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