Hotel at a Glance: Red Lion Richland Hanford House
Recent renovations have given the Red Lion Richland Hanford House a fresh look, but one feature needed no improvements: the hotel’s enviable waterfront location. From a lounge chair on the outdoor pool’s sun deck, you can watch the Columbia River flow past the property. The best views may be at the onsite Ripples Riverside Grill; savor fettuccine as sunlight pours in through floor-to-ceiling windows.
- Home away from home: Guest rooms feature microwaves, refrigerators, and free WiFi.
- Grab a drink: Ripples Riverside Lounge pours wines from Washington vineyards and beers from Portland’s Widmer Brothers Brewing.
- Bring Fido: Pets are welcome for $15 each per stay.
- Get a workout in the onsite fitness center or jog along the scenic Riverfront Trail.
- Things to do: Play a round at one of several local golf courses, or visit the wineries of the nearby Red Mountain AVA.
Richland, Washington: Outdoor Adventure and Thriving Wine Scene
Richland is perfectly positioned for enjoying the outdoors, and a doable day trip from both Seattle and Portland. The Columbia River (to the east) and the Yakima River (bisecting the city) are popular spots for boating and fishing. If you prefer dry land, try the hiking, biking, and horseback-riding trails snaking across Badger Mountain. Stroll through nearby Yakima Delta Wildlife Nature Area and you may spot waterfowl and deer.
After a day of adventure, sip wine from 1 of the area’s 160 vineyards; the Columbia Valley AVA is especially known for cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and several other varieties. Richland’s J. Bookwalter and Tagaris Wineries both offer tastings.