Coming from Seattle, we'd like to travel through Washington wine country this year eating good food and tasting wine. Our ultimate goal is Walla Walla, but we assume we will probably stop in the Tri-Cities and Yakima Valley as well. An acquaintance advises against visiting during Spring Release the first weekend of May due to crowds. When would be an alternate time to go that would still have nice weather but be easier to find lodging? We will have a car and would probably want to spend less than $200 a night at hotels.
Why do winerys/distilleries only use oak barrels for aging purposes? [more inside]
I've booked tickets to San Francisco for a 4-day trip in mid-March. I am looking for advice on: (1) what Northern California area would be best to visit for a good mix of interesting activities and romantic/luxurious atmosphere (wine country? coast? city?); (2) good places to stay in $200-500 per night range; and (3) interesting things to do or places to visit. [more inside]
Planning a wine tour vacation in the spring (late April) and wondering where the Napa Valley of the Eastern US is? [more inside]
Looking for good hotels and wineries in Washington State wine country. [more inside]
Can you recommend outstanding wineries in or around Willamette Valley, Oregon? [more inside]