Sprawling wineries, tiny diners. Huge parks, cozy cigar lounges. Washington has something for everyone, young or old – and some of the most charming cities in the country:
The Columbia River boasts 300 days of guaranteed fun in the sun each year, which is why it offers so many world-class fishing, birding and biking opportunities at its 27 parks. The weather also makes for great farming conditions, hence the 160 wineries within a 60-mile radius of the city. Grab lunch and a cold one at Atomic Ale, where handy boardgames will keep the young ones busy as you enjoy hand-crafted, flavorful brews and wood-fired pizza. But it’s the Gesa Carousel of Dreams that the kids will want to see: this vintage 1910 Charles Carmel Carousel is a bona fide work of art, and a family portrait photo opportunity like no other.
Reach for the sky by tackling the towering basalt columns at Pullman Rocks, or stick to solid ground on the lit and landscaped pedestrian and bike paths along the south fork of the Palouse River. Stop in at Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe on the Washington State University campus, and wave hello to some furry beasts at the Bear Center while you’re there. Don’t leave without wine: compare notes at Wawawai Canyon, Paradise Creek Brewery and Merry Cellars, where you can taste an array of local flavors while surrounded by rolling farmlands.
Leave the leash at home and give the dogs a taste of real freedom at the shady Interurban Trail, or give the kids a chance to better their breaststroke at Fife Aquatic Center. Get your grub to go at Pick-Quick Drive-In – the burgers and shakes are a local favorite – or drop in for an authentic diner experience at The Poodle Dog, known for its classic breakfasts. In the evening, Smokey Joe’s Cigar Lounge – with its long menu of interesting drinks and intimate ambience – is perfect for date night.