My husband and I are leaving next week for a ten day road trip in Washington and Oregon. Roughly speaking, our trip will take us to the Oregon Coast, Crater Lake, Portland, Columbia River Gorge, Yakima Valley and Leavenworth. While my planning has been going very well overall, I'm suddenly feeling a bit stumped about what to do on our second to last day.
We have hotels booked in Kennewick and Yakima. While this unfortunately limits our flexibility in planning now, I wanted to get hotel booking out of the way quickly, given that we are travelling in peak season. When I was initially planning our route, I imagined the stretch from the Tri-Cities to Yakima being filled with vineyard tours and wine tasting. Now that I've started planning, it seems that while the wineries have tasting rooms, there aren't really any options for tours of the winery or vineyard. I've also realized that there will be lots of winery stops scattered throughout our trip. I'm hesitant to fill the whole day with wine tasting (particuarly since I think my husband will be getting a bit bored of wineries, especially since he will be doing very little tasting as our designated driver!) Having started looking at other ways to spend (at least part of) the day, I've been surprised that there I'm not finding a lot of options of things to do!. With all that said, I'm hoping someone can shed some insight into:
- What tasting rooms shouldn't be missed in the region
- Do any wineries offer tours of either their facilities or vineyards?
- What other activities can we do in this region?
To give you a few more details about us, we are a married couple in our late 20s. We love the outdoors, scenic drives and good food and wine. We'll be nearing the end of our (very busy) trip, so a fairly laid back day would be just fine - however if we are going to take it easy, i'd like to do it somewhere nice :)
Any suggestions would be much appreciated