If you’re looking for a quick weekend trip where you can leave after work on Friday and get back by Sunday night, Yakima is the perfect place to go. It’s only a short two-hour drive southeast from Seattle and you can get in plenty of activities during your time there. Here’s a guide to visiting Yakima.
Where to Stay in Yakima
Hotel Maison is a beautiful hotel located in downtown Yakima. I checked in and was given a local cider tasting, which I enjoyed in their cozy lounge. The comfortable beds and plush robes make it hard to get out of bed in the morning. For breakfast, they have a huge spread of food to choose from.
If you want to explore the area more, you can head over to Ellensburg to see and learn about Mel’s Hole, a supposedly bottomless pit.
Where to Eat in Yakima
Cowiche Canyon Kitchen
This upscale restaurant offers tasty cocktails that you can enjoy in the bar if there’s a wait. They had a wide selection of food, from Asian coconut rice bowls to trout with an apple chutney. I promptly ate all of my meal here because it was so delicious.
Carousel has the best brunch around, hands down. I enjoyed French toast with my coffee and mimosa, which was the perfect way to start a Sunday morning. I loved the old black and white movies they play in the background while you eat.
Los Hernandez Tamales
This might sound crazy, but I’d never had a tamale before coming here. I picked the right place to have my first one – these are so popular that people order by the batches and come as far as California to take them home! I had the veggie ones with asparagus that was in season.
Yakima Wineries and Breweries
From wineries to breweries, Yakima has dozens of places to choose from.
Berchman’s Brewing Company
I stumbled upon this place after dinner and loved the small feel of it. I couldn’t decide on which beer to get, so got a sampler of different ones. My favorites were the Ginger Lime and Cherry Wheat. They even have a TV so you can cheer on the Seahawks on Sundays!
Bron Yr Aur Brewing Co.
If you head out whitewater rafting on the Tieton River, stop here on the way back. It’s the perfect place to sit outside and enjoy the sun while having a pint. You can also order pizza, which you’ll want after a day of activity.
There are so many wineries to choose from that I can’t possibly name them all. They all have beautiful views of the valley, and everyone that works there takes time to talk to you about their wine. Ones I particularly liked were Owen Roe, where you’re surrounded by barrels as you wine taste.
This is a unique Yakima winery because they have sparkling wine available. It was a nice change from regular red and white wine.
Things to Do in Yakima
While there are great food and beverage selections in Yakima, there are also plenty of activities to do!
I’d never gone whitewater rafting and loved it! I recommend doing this if you come in the spring or summer. The weather’s pretty warm during that time, so you’ll dry off quickly.
Find the Haunted Places in Town
There are many places in town that are supposedly haunted. The train station furnace was once used to cremate bodies during a typhoid epidemic in the early 1900s. At the restaurant Carousel, a candle must always be lit inside of the little brick alcove because it is said that whoever sits at that table is sharing their dining experience with a longtime ghost named Elizabeth.
The Farmers’ Market is every Sunday from mid-May until the end of October and was a pleasant surprise to discover when I woke up. Their hours are from 9 AM to 2 PM and feature local vendors including fresh fruit, vegetables, and jam. I even saw the local rescue organization there that I got my dog from several years ago encouraging people to adopt.
This post is sponsored by Visit Yakima, but all opinions are my own.