It’s that time of year—the days are little shorter, the leaves are beginning to turn and there is a nip in the air. For much of the Pacific Northwest autumn is right around the corner, but it’s still summer in Tri-Cities. Here are four reasons to pack your bags (don’t forget your shades!) and enjoy an extension of summer in the Tri-Cities, Washington.
- Washington Wine Country
Sharing the same latitude as the world-famous Burgundy and Bordeaux regions of France, the Columbia Valley has long, sunny days and perfect soil conditions for creating great wines. The wine grape growing season is coming to an end after a hot summer and wineries and vineyards are bustling with activity this time of year. Since Benton County is the top-ranked county in Washington for wine production, there are plenty of opportunities for a truly authentic wine country experience. Wineries offer a variety of activities such as barrel room and cellar tours, vineyard walks, winemaker dinners and the perennial favorite, grape stomps.
- Local Cuisine
The Tri-Cities is not only the Heart of Washington Wine Country, but also “America’s Bread Basket.” Surrounded by farmland, the Tri-Cities is a hub for fresh produce. Apples, blackberries, blueberries, radishes, squash, watermelon…the list goes on. The local bounty is shared at farmers’ markets throughout the region until the end of October, and inspires restaurant menus year-round. From regionally famous barbecue, to scratch kitchens, to gastropubs, there is a tasty dish for every appetite.
- Outdoor Recreation
Give your palate a rest and enjoy the great outdoors! The Tri-Cities is a year-round outdoor enthusiast’s paradise thanks to our more than 300 days of sunshine and a moderate climate. Golfers can get their daily dose of vitamin D while golfing on any of the ten beautiful golf courses in the Tri-Cities. Groomed fairways, reasonable green fees, plentiful tee-times and great weather make golf one of our most popular sports. The Columbia, Snake and Yakima rivers that wind through our community are warmer now than in the spring. This time of year is perfect for water activities like kayaking, fishing and paddle boarding.
- Get Your Geek On
The Tri-Cities is home to exciting science attractions that appeal to anyone’s inner geek. Explore deep space in Washington’s largest planetarium, visit the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) where Nobel Peace Prize winning research was conducted proving Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, explore the region’s history and heritage at The REACH Museum or tour the Manhattan Project National Historical Park which tells the story of the people and science that ushered in the atomic era. There are plenty of “brainy” options to take a break from the sun and exercise your mind.