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.
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Visit Chateau Ste. Michelle at 14111 NE 145th St., Woodinville, WA
Open Daily from 10:00AM-5:00PM
Spotlight: Washington Wineries
Washington State Wine Facts
After emerging in the mid-1970s as a promising young wine region, Washington State has rocketed to the top, becoming the second-largest wine producing region in the United States, after California. A $2.4 billion enterprise, Washington's wine industry boasts more than 240 wineries, 300 wine grape growers and 29,000 vineyard acres. Production has more than doubled over the past decade, and Washington wines are now sold in all 50 states and in more than 40 countries.
The Cascade Mountains divide Washington into two distinct regions. While the western region receives about 50 inches of rainfall per annum, the Eastern region is dry and desert-like, receiving only 8 inches of rain annually. The desert climate engenders warm days and cool nights, a temperature disparity which leads to grapes and wines with fully developed fruit flavors and lively acidity, attributes enhanced by the region's dry, volcanic soils, which are ideal for cultivating high-quality grapes. Virtually all of the state's vineyards are east of the Cascades, in five districts: Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Puget Sound and Red Mountain.
Washington produces more than 15 wine grapes varieties and is especially celebrated for its red wines, particularly Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah.
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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.