Archive for September, 2012

Gamache Vintners

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Relaxing on the lawn at Gamache Vintners

Gamache Vintner’s Back Patio










In my canine opinion, Vintner’s Village should be called Pooch’s Paradise.  Most of its buildings have cool cement floors, dishes filled withwater, local canines (see Thurston Wolfe and Airfield Estates) and even some free treats.  Oh and I need to mention plenty of grassy areas to practice retrieving skills, I’m not sure if they are meant for this purpose but I like the idea.

Anyway, this time I visited Gamache Vintners and I was in an extremely mellow mood hence the momentary lounge on their front lawn.  Upon entering the tasting room, I immediately picked up the scent of another dog but was unable to locate the source.  My human was speaking to someone about wine, “imagine that” and the tasting room representative mentioned that Riley, a Yorkie, was the resident pooch.  Riley was out on a wine run but apparently she’s typically in the tasting room greeting people and showing them around.  Since Riley was off duty, the tasting room representative gave me a treat, which “hit the spot,” along with a dish of water.  After I had my snack and quenched my thirst I was offered the option of staying in the tasting room or venturing outside to relax on the patio.  I chose the outdoor route as it looked as like there was another large grassy area just beyond the patio.  It was great fun wandering out into the grass because I had a great view of all of the things going on around the winery.  I spent the remaining time of my visit out on the lawn, just watching my surroundings.  What a wonderful serene day in the Yakima Valley!


Dog Friendly Wine Country -Yakima Valley, WA (

Monday, September 10th, 2012

We may have found one of the dog friendliest wine country locales around – the wineries and vineyards of the Yakima Valley of central Washington state.  Enjoy 300 days of sunshine in dog friendly Yakima Valley, with wineries and tasting roomsThe Yakima Valley is located about midway between Seattle, Spokane and Portland, OR. Unlike the gray drizzle often associated with Seattle and Portland near the coast, the Yakima Valley is a surprising, sunny gem tucked inland east of the Cascade Mountains. Here, you’ll find old west history, Native American culture, a veritable cornucopia of produce, and the heart of Washington’s Wine Country.
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Mutt Mixer and First Friday in Downtown Yakima

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Stay in Downtown Yakima for First Friday after the Mutt Mixer (click for pdf)

Friday September 7th 5-7pm. The event is free to everyone! The Yakima Valley Visitors & Convention Bureau is hosting a Winedoggies Mutt Mixer Tweet-Up at the Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center (VIC), 101 N Fair Avenue across from Target in Yakima.

Bring your dog and learn about pet-friendly travel in the Yakima Valley. Wine tasting for the humans ($5 for a glass and 4 1oz tastes), pet gifts and treats available for sale, pet-inspired give-aways. Tweet your experience on! Hashtag will be #MuttMixer. You are encouraged to bring your dog and mix and mingle with other dogs and their humans. (Please, only dogs who are well-acquainted with crowds, is on a leash, and is up-to-date on vaccinations.)

We’ll have vendors of local businesses who will sell pet supplies, accessories, and food. Wineries from around the Yakima Valley will be on hand for guests to taste delicious Washington wine featuring special pet labels. The wines will be available for purchase. Make the ‘Doggie Stories Celebrity Circle’ one of your stops at the Mutt Mixer. The dogs are featured on our Winedoggies Doggie Stories ( page. Your dog will have a chance to show off his talent at the Doggie Dash on the lawn at the VIC too. We will take lots of pictures and Tweet to all of our followers!

Stay tuned for more Mutt Mixers around the Yakima Valley – a super pet-friendly travel destination.  For questions, please call Stephanie Gangle at 509-573-3382.