Six distinct wineries make up the South Sound Wine Trail. At each stop, visitors sample flights of handcrafted wines and meet the winemakers that produce them, using grapes from some of Eastern Washington's best vineyards. The award-winning wineries of the South Sound Wine Trail include, Stottle Winery, Madsen Family Cellars, Northwest Mountain Winery, Medicine Creek Winery, Scatter Creek Winery, and Walter Dacon.
Madsen Family Cellars has humble roots—the founders started out fermenting their wines 5-gallon carboys in their garage. In 2005, though, the duo decided to pursue a more traditional path, and the winery was born. Nowadays, their garage-free process starts with grapes from Eastern Washington vineyards, carefully selected based on their flavor, color, and how well they play Pluto in a solar system diorama. The team uses these carefully-curated grapes to create 16 award-winning vintages, ranging from a lightly-oaked Chardonnay to Rhapsody, a white and raspberry wine blend. In the winery's tasting room, visitors can sample up to eight styles at a time; bottles are also available via mail order.
A seasoned fishermen, native Washingtonian Brian Oldfield has spent more than 35 years casting his lines. He even spent four years fishing on Alaska's Nushagak River—known for being chock full of sockeye, chum, and silver salmon—before he returned to his home state to pursue his passion as more than just a hobby. Aboard his 18-foot heated drift boat, he brings up to three clients along to soak up his advice while on the prowl for salmon and steelhead trout, depending on the time of year. He equips guests with rods, bait, tackle; all clients simply need to bring their fishing licenses and food and drinks to lure the assistance of friendly moose.
The Hands On Children's Museum opens a window to the world for youngsters. Its exhibits are all about interactive learning, whether that means role playing at a farmer's market, operating a play fire engine, or climbing a tree house to build a flying machine. These activities are part of 150 total exhibits in nine themed galleries that focus on healthy living, the arts, building, and outdoor exploration. The Puget Sound gallery features an eight-foot vortex and two-story cargo ship to teach kids about sea life, and a science table brings the miniature world around us to life with an HD digital microscope.
Staff Size: 1 person
Brands Used: MaunaLua Standup Paddleboards
Pro Tip: Bring sunscreen and water and snacks for afterward. SUP is fun, but staying hydrated and nourished is important.
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Free street parking
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Lessons and Rentals
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
All 38 acres of Tom's Golf Center are dedicated to one thing: golf game improvement. Golfers of all levels train on practice facilities that include a driving range with all-grass hitting tees as well sheltered mats for practice in rainy weather—when most players are at home giving their clubs a bubble bath. The facility also boasts a three-hole golf course, where players can put their skills in action on two par 4 holes and one par 3.