I've done quite a couple searches and have come up short with newer information regarding Columbia Valley.
My wife and I are heading to both Portland and Seattle for 2 weeks mid June, and would like some recs on where (location) to stay and how much time we should spend around Walla Walla, Tri Cities, and Yakima.
Would you recommend using Tri Cities area as a hub and drive the 45 mins or so to Yakima and Walla Walla wineries, or should we spend a night or so in each place? Do you think one area is much better than another? Dining and Winery recs would be welcome as well. Thank you in advance.
I really like the Marcus Whitman hotel in Walla Walla. The food is decent, beautiful hotel, nice bar/lounge area and an easy walk to downtown tasting rooms. They have several vintners with tasting rooms inside the hotel too.
Revelry winery should not be missed. http://www.revelryvintners.com
The "incubators" are really fun to visit...taste new creations!
Oh, touristy adult fun is in Edgefield. I have not spent the night there, but sampled the brewery, winery, the distillery, coffee roaster..and ate quite a bit of pizza. Very cool, fun place on a sunny day.
We've done it both ways, and it really only depends on how much staying in one place matters to you. One day in Yakima will do it. Figure 2 or 3 days in Prosser/Tri-Cities and the wineries in between; there are a LOT of good wineries there. Time in W-W depends on how much you want to spend, it's overall pricier than the other areas. Be sure to get the Yakima Valley tour guide: http://wineyakimavalley.org/