The New York Times: In the Yakima Valley, Serious Wines and Sweeping Vistas

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A photo taken right here in Tieton's backyard made it to the New York Times. Come for the views and stay at El Nido Tieton!

"Travelers to the Pacific Northwest are sometimes lured by postcard promises of orca whales or the Space Needle against a backdrop of lofty peaks. But what too few tourists learn is this: The massive dome of Mount Rainier — arguably the showiest of Washington State’s majestic Cascades — is best beheld not from Puget Sound but from the high desert east of the mountains. There, from points up and down the Yakima Valley, Rainier and its sister summit, Mount Adams, loom like giant snow cones above swaths of irrigated farmland and sagebrush-covered range."

Read more at The New York Times

A VERY TIETON SATURDAY

Tieton Saturdays are best spent exploring! We recommend starting at BOXX Gallery, open every Saturday, 11am - 4pm. The gallery is just a couple short blocks from El Nido Cabins and shows rotate monthly. This month's show, “Outside the BOXX”, is inspired by the breathtaking landscape of the Cowiche Canyon. Learn more about BOXX Gallery.

After taking in the local art scene, it's time to appreciate the landscape! Take on one of the many Cowiche Canyon trails. We recommend hiking the Cowiche Canyon Winery Trail. What's better than a pit stop at the winery? Cheers!

Cycle, Walk, Run, or Sip Tieton in the Spring

Here's to the turn of the seasons, Spring is here again! After a winter with relatively little precipitation, June holds forecasts for clear skies, 80 degrees, and sunshine. The clouds are few and float by high above the hills. Occasional rain storms are providing necessary water to the orchards, now past the flowering stage. 

Fruit is a mid- to late-summer treat. Spring in the Yakima Valley means excellent conditions for outdoor activities--cycling, running, and hiking. River floating is best left for late July and August, once the rivers have warmed a bit. 

Wine tasting, however, is a year-round sport, and the Valley is seeing new wineries (and breweries!) pop up all the time. Visit the Yakima Valley Visitors and Convention Bureau to help plan your visit. Or check out Mighty Tieton's events calendar to plan a creative retreat-and-recharge session.

Pack the kids, too! The Valley has plenty of fun for the young ones--berry picking, exploring the Yakima Arboretum and Greenway, identifying flora and fauna at Snow Mountain Ranch (this last is part of the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy). 

We look forward to making your visit to Tieton and the Yakima Valley a pleasant one.

Welcome to El Nido, Tieton

Robert Kolden and Lori Talcott own the El Nido cabins and are actively involved with the Mighty Tieton community. While not working on the cabins and property, they reside in Seattle. Robert owns Kolden Specialty Finishes, a company doing both large and small scale specialty plaster jobs. He is also a white water guide for Orion ExpeditionsLori is a studio jeweler and part time faculty at Rhode Island School of Design