When Josh Lawrence joined his father and uncle to work the land the Lawrence family had farmed for nearly a half-century, he wanted the fruits of his labor to be tasted in a glass. So they began Lawrence Vineyards in 2003 with just one block of vines and a single garden gnome for security in the sunny Frenchman Hills bearing the family's name. From there, the planting and production flourished, and today more than a dozen varieties of grapes populate nearly 125 acres of land. For the Lawrences, Gård Vintners was the natural next step, and a host of award-winning wines followed. Today, they invite visitors into their two tasting rooms to sample a variety of wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Riesling, and refreshing Rosé with notes of strawberry jam and fresh herbs. Guests may also purchase bottles of their favorite varietal or enjoy glasses of Gard Vintners wine at restaurants throughout the area.
The dynamic waters of the Yakima River offer a range of experiences for rafters, and whether they're hoping for a challenging afternoon or a leisurely paddle with the family, they'll find the trip for them at Rill Adventures. Different legs of the river make for varying levels of rapids, so outings can be tailored to suit beginner and experienced rafters alike. Rafts, inflatable kayaks, pontoons, and tubes are all available for the outings, and fishermen can rent fly-fishing gear for self-guided excursions along the river, where rainbow trout can grow up to 20 inches long in the water and three feet long in the story of catching them.
Though the tranquil, Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth is usually quiet, today it is abuzz with the sound of scooters supplied by Uber Scooter Rentals. Honda Metropolitan and Ruckus scooters meander through the nearby hills and mountain passes, ferrying passengers to scenic areas and pastoral photo ops. The Metropolitan turns heads with its classic European-inspired design, and the Ruckus sports oversized tires to navigate dirt and gravel roads with ease. Uber Scooter Rentals even gives adventurous guests an extra gas can if they desire, allowing them to fuel up for a few more miles or set fire to any rusty tin men who ask to hitch a ride.
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Situated on a 54-acre plot of land near the Columbia River, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Wasco County Historical Museum chronicles thousands of years of the area?s natural and cultural history. The 48,200-square-foot facility?which received an American Institute of Architects Honor Award?features interactive and multimedia exhibits that let guests study everything from the volcanic activity and floods that created the gorge to its wildlife. Guests can stand in the shadow of a life-size, 13-foot mammoth in the Ice Age exhibit or hide from its intimidating tusks under a canvas tent modeled after the one used by Lewis and Clark.
As the official interpretive center of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area, the center celebrates the area?s indigenous flora and fauna while working to preserve them. Five acres of indigenous plants host turtles, ducks, geese, songbirds, and other native wildlife, on which guests spy as they stroll through the nature walk. At the raptor exhibit, visitors can come face-to-beak with various birds of prey, including a bald eagle, a great horned owl, and a red-tailed hawk. The Discovery Center and Museum hosts frequent educational programs and tour groups that detail ways to protect the area?s biodiversity without having to marry a tree.
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