Welcome to The Grape Escape: 509 Edition

Grape Expectations

Let this site be your guide for things to do and places to go in and around the 509. Whether you live in Eastern Washington or just visiting, 509 is more than just an area code. It’s a way of life. You'll adjust quickly to the lack of traffic and instead make time to enjoy the great outdoors.

In the winter we go to the mountain (5 regional ski/snowboard resorts) and in the summer to the lake (76 area lakes). Bike Trails, hiking, camping and white water rafting are also quite popular in the 509.

And finally there’s the wine. Eastern Washington is the second largest producer of wine in the country and home to 5 out of the State appellations: Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and Chelan. From the Yakima Valley all the way to Spokane, grape vineyards cover the landscape where apple orchards used to thrive. From these vineyards that some of the finest wines in the world have emerged. Spokane is becoming a destination for wine. Come taste why.

Life is fast…sip slow.


(Barrister Winery Barrel Room photo by Celeste Monahan)


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