Community: Yakima County population: 246,977
City: Yakima - population: 93,257
Must Easts: Restaurants throughout Yakima can please any palate, from burgers and fries to Italian or French cuisine – there’s something for everyone. Gasperetti’s Gourmet Restaurant celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016 and has been a premium destination for Italian food. In historic downtown Yakima, Cowiche Canyon Kitchen and Icehouse is a new favorite for cocktails and cuisine, joining 2nd Street Grill, Carousel French Cuisine, Mel’s Diner, 5 North, Santiago’s Gourmet Mexican Restaurant, the Barrel House and Yakima Sports Center as must-stop locations when visiting the city.
Local Wineries: Rich volcanic soil and talented farmers have created a wine growing culture in the Yakima Valley that is a filled with variety and sure to please all palates. The region is home to many varieties of grapes and several wineries and tasting rooms are in close proximity to downtown Yakima. Visit Kana Winery, located next to Hunky Shaw’s Team Shop in downtown Yakima.
Places Worth Visiting: Kana Winery tasting room, Gilbert Cellars tasting room, Tieton Cider Works, Yakima Electric Railway Museum, Yakima Valley Museum, downtown Farmers’ Market (Sundays, May-October), the Capitol Theatre.
Local Media Outlets: Yakima Herald-Republic (newspaper), KNDO/KIMA/KAPP (TV), Townsquare Media, Radio Yakima (radio).
No trip through Central Washington is complete without a stop in the Yakima Valley – or, as the billboard along Interstate 82 reads, “The Palm Springs of Washington.” While downtown Yakima offers a variety of activities for tourists to take in, the entire valley can make for an excursion to remember. Whether you enjoy touring wine country, riding old-fashioned trollies or seeing the diverse landscape of the valley, chances are good that you can find something to meet your needs. The Valley is one of Washington’s centers for agricultural production, especially apples and hops.