What's Hot: A major multiyear development recently revamped downtown Yakima with new streetscaping and sidewalks, hotels, and boutique retail shops. You'll see the biggest change on historic Front Street, with the reopening of the 1910 Northern Pacific Train Depot that sat empty for years. The building now houses a local pizza shop, a local coffee store, and a Yakima Valley farm outlet selling fruits, veggies, meats, and cheeses. Also in downtown, Yakima Craft Brewing Co. opened this month and Cowiche Canyon Kitchen + Icehouse Bar is slated to open in late September.
Why We Love It: It's located on the sunny (300 days annually) side of Washington state, in the wine-country region of the Yakima Valley. You can go tasting at 100 wineries, pick from orchards, or head to the river for fly-fishing and rafting.
If You Go: Bring your dog. Check here for an interactive local map with 50-plus businesses that are pet-friendly. The new Spirits and Hops Trail takes you to several craft breweries, cideries, and distilleries.
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