Editor’s note: Travel isn’t constantly simple. Time, cash and schedules can be difficult to manage. Here at Explore, we are running a series of stories about journey that can be carried out in a day or consist of an over night stay. Each will take you on little experiences to locations you may have ignored or missed out on the last time you drove through. This week we travel to Prosser.
Prosser has to do with 50 miles southeast of Yakima, in Benton County.
The Yakima River streams through the city, which remains in the Horse Heaven Hills American Viticultural Area and is house to numerous wineries and vineyards.
Hitting Interstate 82 to Prosser produces a fast and simple excursion.
Once you enter downtown Prosser, visit Brewminatti, 713 Sixth St., to sustain your day with coffee, combined beverages, cold and hot teas, water fountain beverages and bottled beverages. They likewise serve food such as bagels, muffins, oatmeal, yogurt and granola, and breakfast sandwiches.
The coffeehouse likewise has lunch and supper hours, serving salads, sandwiches, covers and soups in addition to beer and white wine.
Brewminatti hosts live music some weekends, including rock, folk and Americana acts. Shows are all-ages unless otherwise kept in mind, doors open an hour prior to the program and seating is very first come, initially served. Check their site for an updated lineup. There is no supper on program nights however there is a minimal menu and beer, white wine and coffee.
Brewminatti’s hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays.
PacaPoo, 9203 Steele Road, is an alpaca farm west of the downtown location. Its hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays The little farm “securely thinks in treating their animals with regard, gentleness and love,” their site states.
PacaPoo offers a couple of products online and in their shop on the farm, consisting of hand-made outerwear, packed animals, clothes dryer balls and yarn made from alpaca fiber.
Visitors can set up a trip of the PacaPoo farm online at www.facebook.com/PacapooLlc.
Prosser is a popular location for white wines, and Vintners Village provides numerous wineries in one hassle-free place. Here are a couple of tasting spaces in the town; check out www.vintnersvillage.com for the total list:
• Airfield Estates, 560 Merlot Drive, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays
• Bunnell Family Cellar Wine O’Clock Wine Bar and Bistro, 548 Cabernet Court, noon-8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Sundays, noon-8 p.m. Mondays.
• Coyote Canyon Winery, 357 Port Ave., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays.
• Martinez and Martinez Winery at The Winemaker Loft, 357 Port Ave., Studio G, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays
• Milbrandt Vineyards, 508 Cabernet Court, twelve noon to 6 p.m. Fridays-Sundays
After browsing the tasting spaces and discovering bottles to take house, drop in at Yellow Rose Nursery, 600 Merlot Drive, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays.
Walk around the nursery and see the themed screens, hanging baskets, bushes, turtle pond and kids’s garden.
Yellow Rose Nursery has a present store, makes custom-made baskets, provides landscaping and is presently equipped with a fall stock of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals.
Then follow the scents to Neighbor’s barbeque, 1115 Grant Ave., for Texas- design barbecue. They’re open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays
Owners Michael and Kristin Hicks transferred to Washington from Texas numerous years back and began Neighbor’s barbeque in 2020 as a food truck, doing pop-ups and catering prior to opening their dining establishment in Prosser 4 months back.
Michael is the pit master and his pit, called “Babe Linkoln,” is comprised of chains from hop devices. The menu includes beef brisket, smoked meatloaf, pulled pork, infant back ribs and smoked chicken thighs. The meats are served on plates or as sandwiches with sides like coleslaw, baked beans, mac and cheese and more.
The Big Baker is a popular product with the lunch and supper crowds. It’s a baked potato that’s topped with butter, sour cream and chives, and packed with your option of brisket, pulled pork or meatloaf.
There’s more to Prosser than food and beverage, naturally. Take a wonderful walk around downtown Prosser to see public art, consisting of murals and the Parade of Ponies, including 20 various ponies.
Each pony is made from fiberglass and the long-term art shows bring color and distinct art work to the neighborhood. The ponies are at different points in Prosser.
If you’re searching for some regional arts and crafts, check out Free Expressions Studio, 1215Meade Ave from twelve noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and 9 a.m.-3 p.m.Saturdays The studio opened in January in downtown Prosser and functions around 10 artists at a time.
Owner and artist Megan Tyler stocks her studio with products from artists around Prosser in addition to thePacific Northwest Find raw crystals, covered crystal rings and pendants, fashion jewelry, handmade products like pendants and carry bags, eco-print fabrics, and paintings and sketches.
The rows of leather earrings stick out, in various shapes and patterns to flatter any clothing. The range of bracelets and lockets is distinctive and vibrant.
Tyler likewise hosts “Mediate and Create” workshops. The workshop begins with an hour of yoga and meditation to open imagination possibilities, and is followed by an hour to produce an unique canvas painting.
If you’re searching for some sweeping views of Prosser, the Yakima Valley and the Horse Heaven Hills, travel east of downtown Prosser to State Route 221 and head roughly 3 miles to the top of the hill. The Horse Heaven Vista pull-off is on the north side of the roadway. It’s a terrific location for viewpoint and it gets you near 14 Hands Winery on your method back into Prosser.
The tasting space for 14 Hands Winery is at 660 Frontier Road and is open daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Indoor and outside seating is readily available.
14 Hands Winery provides red, rosé, white and combined white wines in bottles and cans. Their white wines are popular and simple to discover, however checking out the tasting space is an experience all its own.
If you invest any quantity of time in downtown Prosser, the Princess Theatre will be difficult to miss out on.
The theater, at 1228 Meade Ave., is a historical landmark, highlighted by a huge neon indication above the entrance.
The primary phase in the Princess Theatre provides productions of neighborhood theater. The 2022-23 lineup consist of Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka,” Michael Parker’s “Hotbed Hotel” and David Auburn’s “Proof”
The Green Room at the Princess Theatre includes jazz a la carte with live music, beverages and food carts. It likewise hosts family-friendly home entertainment for kids.
Check out www.prosserprincess.com for an updated schedule and to buy tickets.
The Horse Heaven Saloon, 615 Sixth St., is a family-owned bar, dining establishment and brewery in downtownProsser The organization is family-friendly and includes a recreation room downstairs with swimming pool, shuffleboard, darts and foosball.
The menu provides lunch and supper club food such as hamburgers, fish and chips, falafel or lamb gyros, meatloaf, pork chops and a lot more. There are a couple of breakfast products on the menu, too, served all the time. Horse Heaven Saloon likewise develops a range of signature mixed drinks.
Saloon hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.Sundays Happy hour 3-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays
Make sure to go to the Horse Heaven Hills Brewery, 1118 Meade Ave., which brews craft beers for the saloon. Brewery hours are 3-8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, noon-8 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.
Although presently not available, visitors will quickly have the ability to remain in one of 2 parlor themed spaces above the saloon. Described as a Western trip, the spaces use views of historical downtown Prosser.