Editor’s Note: Traveling isn’t always easy. Time, money and routes can be difficult to juggle. At Explore, we publish a series of stories about road trips that can be done in a day or include an overnight stay. Each will take you on little adventures to places you may have forgotten or missed the last time you passed through. This week we are taking a trip to Prosser.
Prosser is about 50 miles southeast of Yakima in Benton County.
The Yakima River flows through the city, which is in the American Horse Heaven Hills Wine Country and is home to several wineries and vineyards.
Hitting Interstate 82 toward Prosser makes for a quick and easy day trip.
Once you arrive in downtown Prosser, go to Brewminatti, 713 Sixth St., to fuel your day with coffee, mixed drinks, hot and cold teas, fountain drinks and bottled beverages. They also serve foods such as bagels, muffins, oatmeal, yogurt, and granola, as well as breakfast sandwiches.
The cafe also offers lunch and dinner hours, serving salads, sandwiches, wraps and soups as well as beer and wine.
Brewminatti puts on concerts on some weekends, featuring rock, folk, and Americana bands. Shows are for all ages unless otherwise stated, doors open one hour prior to showtime and seating is first come first served. Check their website for an up-to-date list. There is no dinner on show nights but there is a limited menu and beer, wine and coffee.
Brewminatti’s hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.
PacaPoo, 9203 Steele Road, is an alpaca farm west of downtown. Its hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The small farm “strongly believes in treating your animals with respect, kindness and love,” says its website.
PacaPoo sells a few items online and in their on-farm store, including handmade outerwear, stuffed animals, dryer balls, and alpaca fiber yarn.
Visitors can schedule a tour of the PacaPoo Farm online at www.facebook.com/PacapooLlc.
Prosser is a popular wine destination, and Village of Winegrowers offers several wineries in a convenient location. Here are a few tasting rooms in the village; visit www.vintnersvillage.com for the full list:
• Airfield Estates, 560 Merlot Drive, 11am-5pm Sunday-Thursday, 11am-6pm Friday-Saturday.
• Bunnell Family Cellar Wine O’Clock Wine Bar and Bistro, 548 Cabernet Court, 12-8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 12-6 p.m. Sunday, 12-8 p.m. Monday.
• Coyote Canyon Winery, 357 Port Ave., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
• Martinez and Martinez Winery at The Winemaker Loft, 357 Port Ave., Studio G, 11am-5pm Sunday-Thursday, 11am-6pm Friday-Saturday.
• Milbrandt Vineyards, 508 Cabernet Court, 12-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
After browsing the tasting rooms and finding bottles to take away, stop at the Yellow Rose Nursery600 Merlot Drive, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Stroll through the nursery and admire the themed exhibits, hanging baskets, shrubs, turtle pond and children’s garden.
Yellow Rose Nursery has a gift shop, makes custom baskets, offers landscaping, and is currently stocked with a fall inventory of trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals.
Then follow the aromas to Neighbor’s BBQ, 1115 Grant Ave., for a Texas-style barbecue. They are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday.
Owners Michael and Kristin Hicks moved to Washington from Texas several years ago and started Neighbor’s BBQ in 2020 as a food truck, doing pop-ups and catering before opening their restaurant in Prosser there. four months.
Michael is the master of the pit and his pit, named “Babe Linkoln”, is made up of chains of hop machines. The menu includes beef brisket, smoked meatloaf, pulled pork, baby back ribs and smoked chicken thighs. Meats are served on plates or in sandwiches with sides like coleslaw, baked beans, mac and cheese and more.
The Big Baker is a popular item with lunch and dinner crowds. It’s a baked potato topped with butter, sour cream, and chives, and stuffed with your choice of beef brisket, pulled pork, or meatloaf.
There’s more to Prosser than food and drink, of course. Take a pleasant stroll through downtown Prosser to see public artincluding murals and Parade of ponieswith 20 different ponies.
Each pony is made of fiberglass and the permanent art exhibits bring color and unique artwork to the community. The ponies are at various points of Prosser.
If you are looking for local arts and crafts, visit Free expression studio, 1215 Meade Ave. 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday. The studio opened in January in downtown Prosser and features around ten artists at a time.
Owner and artist Megan Tyler stores items from artists in and around Prosser, as well as the Pacific Northwest, in her studio. Find raw crystals, wrapped crystal rings and pendants, jewelry, handmade items like pendants and tote bags, eco-printed textiles, paintings and sketches.
Rows of leather earrings stand out, in different shapes and patterns to flatter any outfit. The range of bracelets and necklaces is eye-catching and colorful.
Tyler also leads “Mind and Create” workshops. The workshop begins with an hour of yoga and meditation to open up possibilities for creativity, and is followed by an hour to create a one-of-a-kind canvas painting.
If you’re looking for great views of Prosser, the Yakima Valley, and the Horse Heaven Hills, head east from downtown Prosser to State Route 221 and travel about three miles to the top of the hill. The Horse Heaven Vista stop is on the north side of the road. This is a great place for perspective and brings you close to 14 Hands Winery on the way back to Prosser.
The tasting room for 14 Hand Cellar is at 660 Frontier Road and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.
14 Hand Cellar offers red, rosé, white and blended wines in bottles and cans. Their wines are popular and easy to find, but visiting the tasting room is an experience in its own right.
If you spend time in downtown Prosser, the Princess Theater will be hard to miss.
The theater, at 1228 Meade Ave., is a historic landmark, highlighted by a giant neon sign above the entrance.
The main stage of the Princess Theater features community theater productions. The 2022-23 lineup includes “Willy Wonka” by Roald Dahl, “Hotbed Hotel” by Michael Parker and “Proof” by David Auburn.
The Princess Theater’s Green Room offers à la carte jazz with live music, drinks, and food carts. It also hosts family entertainment for children.
Check www.prosserprincess.com for an up-to-date schedule and to purchase tickets.
The Horse Paradise Fair, 615 Sixth St., is a family-run bar, restaurant and brasserie located in downtown Prosser. The business is family run and has a downstairs games room with pool table, shuffleboard, darts and table football.
The menu features pub fare for lunch and dinner such as burgers, fish and chips, lamb falafel or gyros, meatloaf, pork chops and more. There are also a few breakfast items on the menu, served throughout the day. Horse Heaven Saloon also creates a variety of signature cocktails.
Lounge hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Happy hour from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Friday.
Be sure to visit Horse Heaven Hills Brewery, 1118 Meade Ave., which brews craft beers for the saloon. Brasserie hours are 3-8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 12-8 p.m. Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Although currently unavailable, visitors will soon be able to stay in one of the two parlor themed bedrooms above the living room. Described as a Western getaway, the rooms offer views of historic downtown Prosser.