Driving across the state, I found myself at the Tri-Cities: Pasco, Richland, and Kennewick, approximately a 4-hour drive south-east from Seattle, towards Spokane. The drive here was on a beautiful day. I drove along a scenic road, full of agriculture, and wine country. The trip was last minute, so I traveled with no reservations and finding lodging as I drove. checkin- in late at night, kept me in the dark of its surrounding beauty, until dawn. I stayed at the Hampton Inn (only place with vacancies) and fortunate to get a suite with balcony over looking the river for two nights. The hotel is along the Columbia River in Richland, which is were most of the hotels are located. However, The Courtyard Marriott and The Hampton Inn are the only two hotels along the Columbia River - a lush river with naturally soft scape, slate-like river rocks and a 28-mile trial. I found my sanctuary! I lost myself in the trail, as I ran and ran and found only happy faces from other runners, walkers and strollers. No traffic noise, no vulgar language, no sirens. I noticed a lot of retirees who occupied homes around the river that play at a challenging golf course snugged in the middle of the hotels. There is an Anthony's across the hotel, however, I dined in one-of-kind places. Towards Pasco, a 20-minute drive along grape vines fields, there is The Country Mercantile, an organic market. This is were I acquire most of my souvenirs. They have everything like, chocolate, freshly made fudge, jams and dips, ice cream, produce, home decor, and deli, with all types of food items, including vegetarian. Casual dining, very reasonable. For dinner, in Richland, there are several wineries. I visited Tagaris Winery and J. Bookwalter Winery, where three of them are close to each other. They are very small, compared to Napa, California, however, on my visit, there was a farmer's market, where I bought more organic fruit, and wine tasting. Dinner was enjoyed to its fullest at the Tagaris Winery, an Hacienta-style structure with large double-doors entrance, providing a royal ambiance, overlooking their grape vines.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked along the beautiful Columbia River, in the heart of Washington's wine country, is the Hampton Inn Richland/Tri-Cities. Located approximately 170 miles southeast of Seattle, Richland, WA boasts beautiful weather, blue skies, great golf and luscious wine. The Hampton Inn Richland is the ideal location for visitors who enjoy walks along the river, picnics in the park and quick access to several wineries, shopping and dining. And don't forget to bring your clubs...Columbia Point Golf Course is a short distance away. Whether you're visiting for work or pleasure the Hampton Inn Richland/Tri-Cities is South Central Washington's destination of choice. We specialize in making every visit a memorable one. Hampton Inn Richland is located within easy driving distance of over 160 wineries. Take a short drive to browse the shops of Columbia Center Mall, explore art galleries or visit the Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science and Technology, also known as CREHST, in downtown Richland. At the award-winning Hampton Inn Richland, we look forward to your next visit! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hampton Inn Richland / Tri-Cities Hotel Richland
- Hampton Inn Tri Cities
- Richland Hampton Inn