Spotlight: Washington Lodging
Lodging in Washington State
The inns, hotels, and bed and breakfasts of Washington state offer modern amenities and expert service with old-world charm. Stay in refurbished mansions, lakeside cottages, homey country inns, or rugged outdoor lodges. Washington has a suitable accommodations for any type of vacation.
Hospitality and caring service characterize the lodgings of Washington, as attentive and friendly staff ensures that your stay is as comfortable and exciting as possible. Beautiful scenery, deluxe dining, and luxurious spa treatments are available at many lodgings in the state, and there is an abundance of activities to engage you while you're away from your feather bed.
Tennis, golf, hiking, lake sports, and wine tasting, as well as city events and attractions, offer something for everyone. The local establishments allow wine connoisseurs to explore the wonders of Washington wine country in comfort and style.
Spotlight: Washington Wineries
Chateau Ste. Michelle
"The Best Winery Tour of the Year"
For a taste of Washington's finest wine, don't miss Chateau Ste. Michelle, located only 15 minutes Northeast of Seattle. Rated "The Best Winery Tour of the Year" by Northwest Backroads, a stop at the Chateau should be at the top of any wine lover's itinerary. Chateau Ste. Michelle receives consistent acclaim for its award winning Eroica Riesling, Col Solare red table wine and Reserve, Single Vineyard and Columbia Valley wines.
Using the finest French oak barrels and many estate-grown grapes, Chateau Ste. Michelle has set the bar for Washington wines since the late 1960's.
Offering daily tastings of award winning wines, our idyllic grounds are perfect for lingering. At Chateau Ste. Michelle, enjoying great wine is a way of life. You don't have to be an expert. Our Vintage Reserve Club, winery tours and wine tastings will help you learn more about this venerable passion.
If you think there's no better match than good music and good wine, check out our Summer Concert Series, featuring legends like Don Henley, Smokey Roberts and The Funk Brothers. Check our website for a full listing.
Visit Chateau Ste. Michelle at 14111 NE 145th St., Woodinville, WA
Open Daily from 10:00AM-5:00PM
Spotlight: Washington Wineries
Washington State Varietals
Washington State is home to 15 grape varietals, ranging from full bodied Merlot's to crisp and light Semillon's. While Chardonnay currently claims the most acreage, emphasis seems to be shifting to reds, especially Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Washington Merlots are full bodied, moderately tannic, and more acidic than California Merlots. The sweet cherry and berry flavors and complex aromas of mint, cigar, and sweet spices make Washington Merlots delightful.
Cabernet Sauvignon also fares well on Washington soil, maturing into a deep fruity wine with notes of black currant, cherry, berry, chocolate, leather, mint, herbs, and bell pepper. Syrah has become popular since its local introduction in 1993 in the last few years (over 2,000 acres now planted). Washington produces big, dark concentrated wines evoking blackberries, black currents, coffee, and leather.
Washington Chardonnays are crisp and delicate, unlike in other regions where it is rich and powerful. Riesling is notable as one of the original grapes planted in the region; Washington Rieslings have a heady floral nose and apricot-peach notes. Most Rieslings are vinted in a dry or off-dry style for consumption with food. Other up-and-coming varietals include Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Aligote, Muscat Canelli, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Lemberger, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Sangiovese.
Spotlight: Washington Attractions
Yakima Valley, Washington
A picturesque location coupled with its abundance of wineries and wine tours, local events, fine dining and shopping, hopping night life, and charming lodgings make Yakima Valley, Washington's oldest wine-growing appellation, a magical vacation spot.
Scores of small family owned Yakima Valley wineries offer tours of their vineyards and facilities and tastings of their wines, as well as prime picnicking spots and exciting events. Tours and tastings are wonderful ways to get acquainted with the region's wineries and wines in a natural and relaxing manner.
After a day of wine tasting, enjoy a tasty meal at any of Yakima's many high quality dining establishments; featuring local produce and cuisines, and paired with regional wines, these restaurants offer a superb local dining experience. After your meal, turn in for the night at one of Yakima Valley's comfortable and well equipped Bed and Breakfast's. Boasting superb service, unique locations, and luxurious facilities, these B&B's will make you feel right at home.