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100 Woodinville Wineries Made Easy

Woodinville Wine Country has released a new visitor tasting guide and a stand-alone touring map to help you navigate your way through the area’s 100-plus wineries and tasting rooms.

Located just 30 minutes from downtown Seattle, Woodinville offers the opportunity to taste many of Washington State’s most sought after wines as well as to discover emerging wineries. Woodinville has three distinct tasting destinations: Hollywood, Warehouse and West Valley, with a map covering each. Download a digital copy of the tasting guide or map at woodinvillewinecountry.com/maps, and map out your own wine trail in one or all of Woodinville’s wine districts.

“With all Woodinville has to offer, we saw the need for a definitive guide to help visitors plan their trip here,” said Woodinville Wine Country director Sandra Lee. The new tasting guide and maps debuted recently and will be updated twice a year.

Don’t forget to eat while exploring your own wine trail. Find out where The Barking Frog Mobile Kitchen (willowslodge.com/barking_frog/mobile_kitchen.html), a gourmet food truck, is serving during your visit. Or, for a casual sit-down meal with a crowd-pleasing menu, check out The Commons, centrally located in the heart of the Hollywood District at 14481 Woodinville Redmond Rd NE (thecommonscafe.com).

Printed copies of the tasting guide and maps are available at Woodinville wineries, in Puget Sound area hotels, at SeaTac airport, on Washington State ferries and at other popular tourist destinations.

Dahmen Barn, Uniontown

In the middle of the Palouse’s open, rolling hills sits the quiet town of Uniontown. A former dairy barn at the edge of town was at risk of becoming derelict and became the focus of an ambitious restoration project. In 2006, the newly renovated Dahmen Barn became The Artisans at the Dahmen Barn, home to the studios of about two dozen artisans from across the rural Palouse region.

Today, on a visit to Dahmen Barn, you can browse the shop, visit the artisans at work in their studios, watch creativity in action and go home with a new piece of art. Disciplines from painting and ceramics to fiber arts and one-of-a-kind crafts are represented at the barn.

While you’re roaming the top floor of the enormous structure, note the intricate network of rafters and support beams to gain a true appreciation of how daunting a project this renovation must have been.

Outside the barn, you can’t miss the extensive landmark fence made of more than 1,000 wheels of all sorts welded together surrounding the pasture beside the barn. The fence, an early creation of one-time property owner Steve Dahmen, is a frequently photographed work of art that has even made it into the pages of National Geographic.

Dahmen Barn is open to the public. To find the barn and get information about visiting, go online at artisanbarn.org. Go to uniontown.us to learn more about visiting the charming town of Uniontown.