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 Appellations
The Washington wine country is divided into five appellations. The largest, Columbia Valley, encompasses more than 60% of the state's total planting area, and is over 16,000 acres. Yakima Valley's 11,000 acres are nestled within the Columbia Valley. The oldest of the Washington appellations, Yakima Valley is responsible for one-third of the state's wine grape production.
Like Yakima, the Walla Walla Valley appellation is tucked into Columbia Valley, in the far southeast corner of the state. Walla Walla is a small appellation of 700 acres, consisting of mostly newly planted vines, and is responsible for 2.5% of the state's total grape output.
Red Mountain, the newest and smallest appellation, is only 4,040 acres, 600 of which are vineyards. It is the warmest sub-region of the Yakima Valley appellation. Most singular of the Washington appellations is the Puget Sound Valley, which runs from the islands and land joining the Puget Sound to the foothills of the Cascades Western Washington. Puget Sound Valley boasts 60 acres of vineyards which receive significantly more rain than the other appellations, which produces unique wines.
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.