Description: Experience the beauty of the Columbia River through a guided paddleboard tour, then relax by the water with lunch and draft pours from a local brewery. Northwest Paddleboarding is your guide to adventure on the river. We are a mother-daughter owned, full-service paddleboard company in Tri-Cities and offer variety of classes and tours for all experience levels. Ice Harbor Brewery has two locations to serve you in the Tri-Cities. The waterfront location of Ice Harbor at the Marina has an extensive menu, a full-service bar, and outdoor dining to take advantage of the wonderful weather along the Columbia River. Experience 46 Degrees, a local tour operator, assisted in packaging this fun and unique excursion for you.
Description: The geological and fossil history of the Columbia Basin was a well-kept secret until recent decades. Now the Mid-Columbia Basin Old Natural Education Sciences Research Foundation (MCBONES) andthe National Park Service are working to expose those secrets to the public. We will begin the day with a short trip into the Horse Heaven Hills just south of Kennewick to visit the site ofMCBONES’ 17,500-year-old Coyote Canyon Mammoth. In the “Dig House” we will tour displays of some of the mammoth bones, visit the bone lab and the microphotography lab and view a PowerPoint slide presentation about the site. Finally, we will visit the actual site of the ongoing excavation of the mammoth in Coyote Canyon.
Next, we will travel, by way of Esquatzel and Washtucna Coulee, to Palouse Falls, Washington State’s official waterfall. This state park attraction is the product of what was one of the greatest series of outburst floods on Earth. Around 18,000 years ago an ice dam, part of North America’s Ice sheet, blocked the only river that drains the mountain valleys of western Montana, thus creating Glacial Lake Missoula. At its fullest this lake contained over 500 cubic miles of water, and it was released allat once when the ice dam failed. The result was an unimaginable cataclysmic flood across northern Idaho, eastern Washington, and parts of northern Oregon. This scenario was repeated as many as 100 times over 3000 years. The Coyote Canyon Mammoth was likely a victim of one of these flood events.
Description: Enjoy a casual scenic ride along the River Front and Sacajawea Heritage Trails and a ranger program at the REACH Museum. A Manhattan Project National Historical Park ranger will guide riders along the scenic trail to the REACH Museum, with two five-minute ranger stops along the way. Once you arrive at the museum, your guide will provide a 10-minute ranger program about world-changing events of the Manhattan Project and Hanford’s contribution to the project at the REACH Museum. After the program, you will explore the Mid-Columbia Region through docent led tours offered by the museum. See firsthand how the Ice Age Floods impacted our landscape. Experience permanent exhibits on topics like the Hanford Reach National Monument, Manhattan Project at Hanford, Tri-Cities, Hanford and the Cold War, the history of Agriculture in the Columbia Basin, and more. After the tour, riders will be guided back to Howard Amon Parkby the ranger for a seven-mile round trip bike ride.
Description: Experience a beautiful hike on Candy Mountain featuring sweeping views of the area from the White Bluffs along the Columbia River, to the Horse Heaven Hills, and from the top, 360-degree views with Mt Adams, Rainier, and Stuart visible on clear days. In shrub-steppe terrain moving from sagebrush to open grasslands, there are two official trails on the mountain. The Interpretive Loop Trail, 1.2 gentle miles, features Ice Age history and native plant signs. On the main trail, a round trip 2.3 miles on a moderate 600’ grade, you will learn more about the impact of the Ice Age floods on our region and the history of WWII’s Manhattan Project. From the summit, you will see clearly why the Hanford area was chosen for the critical task of producing plutonium and view the fascinating mix of agricultural and industry. Regional features pertaining to the region’s history that can only be seen from area ridges, the highest points in the Tri-Cities, will be identified. After your hike, you will enjoy wine and tapas at Kitzke Cellars, located on Candy Mountain, Washington’s smallest AVA at just over 800 acres and bordering Red Mountain AVA. As a small boutique winery, Kitzke Cellars has developed an impressive array of wines. The Kitzke family has long been part of the bountiful harvest of Columbia Basin agriculture
Description: The history of Hedges Family Estate spans deep roots in both Washington State and Champagne France. This eventually led to purchasing land on Red Mountain with a vision to blend biodynamic farming and time-honored winemaking techniques, Hedges Family Estate lends an ear to the earth and a voice to the vines. Join us for a unique excursion, where you will enjoy a one-of-a-kindbiodynamic vineyard and garden tour followed by a family-style stand up lunch and wine tasting at the Chateau. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on winery harvest activity! Actual activity will depend on the harvest and winemakers schedule but may include a punch down in the cellar or harvesting grapes.
Description: Perched on the southwest slope of the nationally-acclaimed Red Mountain, Terra Blanca’s Tuscan-inspired architecture includes a beautifully appointed tasting room where you can expect a wine tasting experience like no other. Experience a tour of our Estate followed by a seated tasting inside our facility. Follow the grapes through the production cycle to see what happens step by step from vine to bottle. Take a journey underground beneath the tasting room and explore our barrel caves, the largest of its kind in the state of Washington. The tour will cover everything from the history of Red Mountain, to geological factors that make Red Mountain the most desirable AVA in Washington State, the history of Terra Blanca, a tour of our Vineyards, crush pad, barrel caves, and more! You will have a chance to ask questions of our winemaker and tasting room manager, who will be conducting the tour and tasting. Following the tour, you will partake in a formal tasting through a flight of 8-10 wines and a private lunch buffet including a glass of wine. Terra Blanca ExecutiveChef, Jim Vande Berg’s culinary style represents the best of the Pacific Northwest with an authentic Italian influence, making his cuisine and the Red Mountain terroir a match made in heaven.
Description: This is a very special type of tasting in which Rob Griffin will guide you through a select few library wines from his personal cellar! Barnard Griffin began in 1983 with borrowed grapes and a rented cellar. It has since become one of Washington’s most enduring and award-winning wineries. At the helm then and now is one of the most experienced winemakers in Washington State, Rob Griffin. In addition to the winery production facility, the Richland campus is home to a tasting room and fused glass art studio.
Description: Taste #wawine from the 10%, the women behind the brand. Enjoy wine presented by four women in wine over light bites. This exclusive sit-down wine and chat is for a small group of up to 12 people and will feature a special selection of wine from: Gordon Estate@gordonwines, Katie Gordon Nelson -Located in southern Columbia Valley, Gordon Estate is the oldest estate winery in Washington State, having produced superb, hand-crafted wines since 1983. Wautoma Springs@wautomawines, Jessica Munnell -In 2000, two viticulturists met in a vineyard. Years later one would become an award-winning winegrower and the other a celebrated winemaker.Muret-Gaston@muretgastonwinery, Amy Johnson –Family-owned boutique Washington Winery. Hand-crafted, barrel select wines made from premier Washington State AVA’s. Frichette Winery@frichettewinery, Shae Frichette -Frichette is our family’s endeavor dedicated to pairing exciting wines with a royal welcome. Enjoy great wine, scenic views, and prepare to be Edutained. After lunch, you will immerse yourself in Wine Country with a horse-drawn wagon ride through the vineyards of the Red Mountain AVA with Red Mountain Trails. You will finish the ride at our farm with a wine flight at Red Mountain Trails Winery and a cozy firepit including s’mores. 15% discount on purchases extended at Red Mountain Trails Winery.
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) attracts science enthusiasts from across the globe and is home to one of only two gravitational wave detectors in the country. LIGO first detected gravitational waves in 2015, which confirmed aspects of Einstein’s theory of relativity. Since 2015, there have been over 50 confirmed detections including collisions of black holes and neutron stars.
During the visit, attendees will see many interactive and static exhibits, including a full-scale engineering model of the “quad suspension” that is so critical to LIGO’s success. You will also experience an extraordinary view of the interferometer’s arms stretching 4 km (2.5 miles) off into the distance, get up close to a sample of the beam tube and its concrete enclosure, and visit the control room where you will learn more about our remarkable instrument. Additionally, attendees will receive a sneak peek of the recently completed LIGO Exploration Center. This center is scheduled to open in March 2022 and will be the largest hands-on science center in the region.
Afterward, we will stop by a favorite local food spot for some delicious fare from Bombing Range Brewing Company or The Dive before heading back to the Convention Center.
Enjoy a Harvest Experience at our brand-new production facility and tasting room. You will begin your tour experience with our winemaking team, learning about the production process, sampling wines from our fermentation tanks and barrel samples. We will transition to an engaging tasting of our reserve wines in our private barrel room, followed by a catered lunch from our Chefs at Fiction at J. Bookwalter, located just across the lawn. You can enjoy a leisurely afternoon on one of our many patio spaces before heading back for the evening activities. Following the tour, you are welcome to enjoy exclusive club member privileges for the day of 25% off any wines to-go and, as a bonus for our travelers, complimentary shipping on six bottles or more. We ensure you will have a fun day and a memorable experience!