Discover the allure of Washington's Tri-Cities this fall, where a blend of new and timeless experiences await. Aptly named "The Heart of Washington Wine Country," Tri-Cities is a haven for those seeking the finest in wine tasting and beyond. Embrace the excitement of a new urban wine bar, celebrate the esteemed Gordon Estate celebrating its 40th year, and when it's time to rest, the newly rejuvenated Lodge at Columbia Point beckons, offering a haven to call home during your exploration. As you plan your visit, don’t miss these newest Tri-Cities offerings.
Muret-Gaston Wine Bar is a family-owned winery hailing from Red Mountain with a new urban wine bar in historic downtown Kennewick. With patio seating overlooking the water, enjoy wine and charcuterie pairings Al fresco. Insider tip, go for the mystery flight.
Gordon Estate turned 40 this year, a milestone to celebrate with good wine! Family owned and operated since 1983, Gordon Estate has been producing consistent premium-quality wines that are exclusively the product of their estate grown grapes.
Make a weekend out of your visit and secure accommodations at the newly refreshed Lodge at Columbia Point. Drumheller’s Food and Drink on-site has expanded to the downstairs area and grown its menu to offer brunch, dinner, and happy hour. Menu highlights include the Avocado Risotto with Grilled Prawns, Pan Seared Steelhead, and the Ancho & Coffee Rubbed Flank Steak.
A full listing of wineries and maps are available here.
Fall is for Cider Lovers
If cider is your go to drink of choice for fall, options range from established wineries who parlay growing and winemaking prowess to the cider glass, or lively tasting rooms serving up the best of the apple.
The view at Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery in Richland pairs nicely with their wine, spirits, and ciders. Relax and sip on your choice of beverage on their patio or under a private gazebo with a view of the Goose Gap. The Monson family, who own and operate Goose Ridge, have been growing apples in Washington since the 1950s. Careful attention to natural resources and the seasonal growing conditions (much in the same way grapes are treated) allows for maximum production of exceptional fruit every year. Try a variety of ciders, from the traditional apple to lavender honey or cherry.
Check out D’s Wicked Cider, a family friendly tasting room with eight rotating taps and a mouthwatering menu with dishes like fish tacos, loaded quesadillas and other tasty appetizers. For an interactive sipping experience, check the events calendar for a visit to TC Cider House, for paint and sip, bingo, maker markets and more.
A Moderation Destination // Low and No Alcohol Itinerary Ideas
The Tri-Cities is a libation destination known for its grape growing and winemaking prowess, but there is an incredible amount to do even if you don’t drink alcohol. It’s also home to Kindred Spirits, the region’s first sober bar. Kindred Spirits sells a wide variety of alcohol-free spirits, ciders, wine, beer, and drinks for people who wish to enjoy moderately, or abstain from alcohol all together.
More and more travelers are choosing sober travel, with the intention of having more mindful, engaging, and memorable experiences. Whatever your reason, here are some more of the best alcohol-free offerings in the Tr-Cities.
Stop and have a treat in the Parkway in Richland, choose from a number of local restaurants including OhSushi, Frost Me Sweet Bakery & Bistro, Soi 705, Moniker Bar or Casa Mia. Explore the charming shops before grabbing an ice cream at Amethyst Creamery.