Red Mountain Roundup, 10/12/2017 — Catch the Crush Weekend!

****CATCH THE CRUSH WEEKEND! **** 
Food trucks, tours, music, food pairings, etc.  This link contains ALL the info!

Red Mountain Roundup is a roundup of all of the things to do, places to stay, and other information to help you plan your visit to Red Mountain.

It’s “Pumpkin Spice” season.  Here’s hoping you don’t get any pumpkin spice wine…
 http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/l/99320:4:US

Events, Places to Visit This Weekend:

I believe all tasting rooms charge a $10.00 tasting fee.  Some are refundable with purchase, some are partially refundable.  

  • Red Mountain Trails — Wagon Rides, Trail Rides, and guided Bike Tours available.  Click here to reserve! 
  • Chandler Reach — open Weds through Monday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • Col Solare – tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Weds – Sun. 
  • Cooper – tasting room open noon – 5 pm DAILY.  Tasting fee $10.00  A portion of tasting fees often go to various charities.  
  • Fidelitas – tasting room open 11 am – 4 pm daily.  Tasting fee $10.00, refundable with wine purchase.  
  • Frichette – tasting room open daily noon – 5 pm. 
  • Hamilton Cellars – tasting room open Sun – Thurs 11 am – 5 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am – 6 pm
  • Hedges – open on weekends, 11 – 5, or by appointment.
  • Hightower  Tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Thurs – Mon.
  • Kiona –  tasting room open noon – 5 pm daily.  
  • Linda Ellis Andrews — Artist in Glass and Bronze.  Linda is a fabulous artist and wonderful person!  Make an appointment to visit her studio, you won’t be disappointed!
  • Monte Scarlatto — tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Thurs and Sun.  11 am – 6 pm Fri and Sat.  By appointment also.  They have a 9-hole golf course among the vines, check it out!
  • Portrait Cellars — tasting by appointment only.  509-588-4534
  • Purple Star Wines — Wednesday – Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
    Saturdays, 10:00 am — Stretch & Sip.  
  • Tapteil – Fri – Sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.  509-588-4460  
  • Terra Blanca –  tasting room open daily 11 am – 6 pm.  
    Vineyard Grille open noon – 5:00 pm Friday through Sunday. 
    Tucannon – tasting room open Fri – Sun 11 am – 6 pm, Wed – Thurs 11 am – 5 pm.  $5.00 tasting fee.  
  • Tri-Cities Events
  • Red Mountain AVA Site (info, places to stay, calendar of more events)

Places to Stay:

  • Vacation Rentals by Owner — Red Mountain has some really nice vacation rentals available for your visit.  Most of these are right on Red Mountain and visitors get a discount on their trail or wagon ride when they stay.  
  • Bella Luna House — gorgeous vacation rental offered by Tapteil winery.
  • Camping and RV — 
    • Beach RV Park – situated in Benton City — lots of pretty trees, gorgeous setting along the Yakima River waterfront, 5 minutes to Red Mountain.  If you stay here we can deliver your bike rental to you!
    • RV Village Resort – West Richland.  Easy access to Red Mountain and Richland for restaurants, shopping, and wine-tasting.  Indoor pool and spa.
    • Wine Country RV — Prosser.  Great location and amazing staff.  Really nice place!
    • Monte Scarlatto — Red Mountain.  Enjoy staying in the heart of Red Mountain!
  • The nearest hotels are located in Richland and Prosser.

Places to Eat

There are a number of chain restaurants around but here are some “off the beaten path” recommendations:

    • Red Mountain Trails  — we offer dinner on Friday and Saturday nights starting in May.  Reservations can be made here.  
    • Tacos Garcia Taco Truck — West Richland.  The best taco truck around, and I love their ceviche.
    • The Vineyard Grill at Terra Blanca — Red Mountain.  One of the only places on the hill to eat.  Beautiful views and great food and wine!
    • Hacienda del Sol — Benton City.  Large portions of great Mexican food and excellent customer service!
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Informal Horse of the Week – Jersey

The first time I met Jersey I really liked her.  Quiet, easy to get along with, and with the prettiest little baby-doll face.  When her owner asked if Jersey would be a good fit for our trail rides, I didn’t hesitate!  

Jersey is a beautiful “blue roan”.  Roan is an even mixture of colored and white hairs on the horse’s body, with their face, legs, tail, and mane having a solid color not white.  A blue roan actually has an even mixture of black and white hairs on the body, with black face, legs, mane, and tail.  From a distance she looks dark grey or blue, hence the name.  

Jersey likes to be the alpha in the herd and is very bossy, bordering on being a dictator.  This is just natural horse behavior, but I got tired of seeing the horses lower in the hierarchy get beat up, so Jersey is in her own paddock.  She can reach across the fence and touch noses with the other horses and enjoy all the benefits of being part of a herd, but the fence enables the other horses to move away from her before she can get too bossy with them.  She has some very strong opinions about seemingly random things, and a very loosely defined “personal space”.  

Jersey is a very nicely bred 16 or 17 year old Quarter Horse mare.  She’s stout, medium height, and has seen and done it all.  

If you ride Jersey on one of our trail rides, her favorite trick is to observe when you are distracted (like if you turn to speak to someone, or just start talking in general) at which point she will quickly snake her nose out and grab a mouthful of grape leaves.  You’d be amazed at just how crafty she is!

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Red Mountain Roundup, 9/28/17

Red Mountain Roundup is a roundup of all of the things to do, places to stay, and other information to help you plan your visit to Red Mountain.

Everything wonderful about this time of year — cool nights, warm days, clear skies!
 http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/l/99320:4:US

Events, Places to Visit This Weekend:

I believe all tasting rooms charge a $10.00 tasting fee.  Some are refundable with purchase, some are partially refundable.  

  • Red Mountain Trails — Wagon Rides, Trail Rides, and guided Bike Tours available.  Click here to reserve! 
  • Chandler Reach — open Weds through Monday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • Col Solare – tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Weds – Sun. 
  • Cooper – tasting room open noon – 5 pm DAILY.  Tasting fee $10.00  A portion of tasting fees often go to various charities.  
  • Fidelitas – tasting room open 11 am – 4 pm daily.  Tasting fee $10.00, refundable with wine purchase.  
  • Frichette – tasting room open daily noon – 5 pm. 
  • Hamilton Cellars – tasting room open Sun – Thurs 11 am – 5 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am – 6 pm
  • Hedges – open on weekends, 11 – 5, or by appointment.
  • Hightower  Tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Thurs – Mon.
  • Kiona –  tasting room open noon – 5 pm daily.  
  • Linda Ellis Andrews — Artist in Glass and Bronze.  Linda is a fabulous artist and wonderful person!  Make an appointment to visit her studio, you won’t be disappointed!
  • Monte Scarlatto — tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Thurs and Sun.  11 am – 6 pm Fri and Sat.  By appointment also.  They have a 9-hole golf course among the vines, check it out!
  • Portrait Cellars — tasting by appointment only.  509-588-4534
  • Purple Star Wines — Wednesday – Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
    Saturdays, 10:00 am — Stretch & Sip.  
  • Tapteil – Fri – Sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.  509-588-4460  
  • Terra Blanca –  tasting room open daily 11 am – 6 pm.  
    Vineyard Grille open noon – 5:00 pm Friday through Sunday. 
    Tucannon – tasting room open Fri – Sun 11 am – 6 pm, Wed – Thurs 11 am – 5 pm.  $5.00 tasting fee.  
  • Tri-Cities Events
  • Red Mountain AVA Site (info, places to stay, calendar of more events)

Places to Stay:

  • Vacation Rentals by Owner — Red Mountain has some really nice vacation rentals available for your visit.  Most of these are right on Red Mountain and visitors get a discount on their trail or wagon ride when they stay.  
  • Bella Luna House — gorgeous vacation rental offered by Tapteil winery.
  • Camping and RV — 
    • Beach RV Park – situated in Benton City — lots of pretty trees, gorgeous setting along the Yakima River waterfront, 5 minutes to Red Mountain.  If you stay here we can deliver your bike rental to you!
    • RV Village Resort – West Richland.  Easy access to Red Mountain and Richland for restaurants, shopping, and wine-tasting.  Indoor pool and spa.
    • Wine Country RV — Prosser.  Great location and amazing staff.  Really nice place!
    • Monte Scarlatto — Red Mountain.  Enjoy staying in the heart of Red Mountain!
  • The nearest hotels are located in Richland and Prosser.

Places to Eat

There are a number of chain restaurants around but here are some “off the beaten path” recommendations:

    • Red Mountain Trails  — we offer dinner on Friday and Saturday nights starting in May.  Reservations can be made here.  
    • Tacos Garcia Taco Truck — West Richland.  The best taco truck around, and I love their ceviche.
    • The Vineyard Grill at Terra Blanca — Red Mountain.  One of the only places on the hill to eat.  Beautiful views and great food and wine!
    • Hacienda del Sol — Benton City.  Large portions of great Mexican food and excellent customer service!
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Red Mountain Roundup, 9/21/2017

Red Mountain Roundup is a roundup of all of the things to do, places to stay, and other information to help you plan your visit to Red Mountain.

This weather has been all over the map lately!  Looking much better this weekend!
 http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/l/99320:4:US

Events, Places to Visit This Weekend:

I believe all tasting rooms charge a $10.00 tasting fee.  Some are refundable with purchase, some are partially refundable.  

  • Red Mountain Trails — Wagon Rides, Trail Rides, and guided Bike Tours available.  Click here to reserve! 
  • Chandler Reach — open Weds through Monday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • Col Solare – tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Weds – Sun. 
  • Cooper – tasting room open noon – 5 pm DAILY.  Tasting fee $10.00  A portion of tasting fees often go to various charities.  
    Sept. 23/24 — Fall release
  • Fidelitas – tasting room open 11 am – 4 pm daily.  Tasting fee $10.00, refundable with wine purchase.  
    Sat, 9/23, 10:00 amFidelitas Estate Experience on Red Mountain.
  • Frichette – tasting room open daily noon – 5 pm. 
  • Hamilton Cellars – tasting room open Sun – Thurs 11 am – 5 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am – 6 pm
  • Hedges – open on weekends, 11 – 5, or by appointment.
  • Hightower  Tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Thurs – Mon.
  • Kiona –  tasting room open noon – 5 pm daily.  
  • Linda Ellis Andrews — Artist in Glass and Bronze.  Linda is a fabulous artist and wonderful person!  Make an appointment to visit her studio, you won’t be disappointed!
  • Monte Scarlatto — tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Thurs and Sun.  11 am – 6 pm Fri and Sat.  By appointment also.  They have a 9-hole golf course among the vines, check it out!
  • Portrait Cellars — tasting by appointment only.  509-588-4534
  • Purple Star Wines — Wednesday – Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
    Saturdays, 10:00 am — Stretch & Sip.  
  • Tapteil – Fri – Sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.  509-588-4460  
  • Terra Blanca –  tasting room open daily 11 am – 6 pm.  
    Vineyard Grille open noon – 5:00 pm Friday through Sunday. 
    Tucannon – tasting room open Fri – Sun 11 am – 6 pm, Wed – Thurs 11 am – 5 pm.  $5.00 tasting fee.  
  • Tri-Cities Events
  • Red Mountain AVA Site (info, places to stay, calendar of more events)

Places to Stay:

  • Vacation Rentals by Owner — Red Mountain has some really nice vacation rentals available for your visit.  Most of these are right on Red Mountain and visitors get a discount on their trail or wagon ride when they stay.  
  • Bella Luna House — gorgeous vacation rental offered by Tapteil winery.
  • Camping and RV — 
    • Beach RV Park – situated in Benton City — lots of pretty trees, gorgeous setting along the Yakima River waterfront, 5 minutes to Red Mountain.  If you stay here we can deliver your bike rental to you!
    • RV Village Resort – West Richland.  Easy access to Red Mountain and Richland for restaurants, shopping, and wine-tasting.  Indoor pool and spa.
    • Wine Country RV — Prosser.  Great location and amazing staff.  Really nice place!
    • Monte Scarlatto — Red Mountain.  Enjoy staying in the heart of Red Mountain!
  • The nearest hotels are located in Richland and Prosser.

Places to Eat

There are a number of chain restaurants around but here are some “off the beaten path” recommendations:

    • Red Mountain Trails  — we offer dinner on Friday and Saturday nights starting in May.  Reservations can be made here.  
    • Tacos Garcia Taco Truck — West Richland.  The best taco truck around, and I love their ceviche.
    • The Vineyard Grill at Terra Blanca — Red Mountain.  One of the only places on the hill to eat.  Beautiful views and great food and wine!
    • Hacienda del Sol — Benton City.  Large portions of great Mexican food and excellent customer service!
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Business Ramblings – Marketing

RED MT TRAILS WM-458More thoughts about business, this one’s about marketing, or budgeting I guess.  You can view my other ramblings/lessons here.  

The common phrase we hear when being pitched a service (in this case an ad) is, “well, it’s $1000. If 5 people bought your item, the ad would pay for itself.” NOPE! I ain’t great at story problems but the above line is a terrible sales pitch.

Here’s how I look at it (easy numbers for easy math):

  • Service/product price is $200.00
  • Expense per service/product is 50% ($100.00)
  • Your marketing budget is 10% of expenses ($10.00)
  • Your annual sales are $100,000.
  • Your annual expenses are $50,000.
  • Annual marketing budget is $5,000.

How many additional products would you have to sell to justify the marketing increase of $1,000?

$20,000. Or, 100 products/or services. IN ADDITION to your current sales. I know, it’s kind of a roundabout way to just say that if the price of an ad is x% of your current marketing budget, you need to expect x% increase in sales.  AS A MINIMUM!

It’s hard to know as a start-up what ads will impact your business best and most. I’m learning.

What shouldn’t surprise me is that this pitch preys on what is so common in today’s way of thinking: it’s never about the bottom line, it’s about the payment plan. 

So far my two favorite marketing tools are social media (and actual, OMG I’m going to say it, FACE TO FACE networking) and joining chambers/tourism bureaus, etc. Social media is cheap (which means you need to work harder to cut through all the other fluff) and the chambers/tourism bureaus cost a little to join but provide excellent connections. We’ve benefited from them bringing travel writers to the area, their social media streams, and networking opportunities they offer.

Just a little something rattling around in my head today.

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Dash — Informal Horse of the Week

Oh, Dash, beautiful Dash.  He’s our big, red, long-legged love bug. 21 this year, and going strong.  

Dash is a big boy with a big motor…and an even bigger heart. A 16-hand sorrel, Dash is an own grandson of the famous barrel racing sire Dash For Cash, and true to his heritage, Dash-A-Splash (his big fancy registered name) was a barrel racing horse for his first 14 years. He raced hundreds of times and won loads of buckles and saddles and money on the rodeo circuit – even winning the state championship 4D Barrel horse in 2012!  He is a true rodeo king!

Nowadays, Dash enjoys the easy life of a seasoned trail horse here on Red Mountain. Always loved and well cared for in his racing career, he’s enjoying the same now – just at a slower speed! With his coppery coat and flaxen mane and tail, Dash always stands out as one of our most handsome gentlemen.

Dash is wonderful with kids and adults and is especially careful with beginner riders.  

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Red Mountain Roundup, 9/14/2017

Red Mountain Roundup is a roundup of all of the things to do, places to stay, and other information to help you plan your visit to Red Mountain.

Gorgeous autumn days are here!
 http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/l/99320:4:US

Events, Places to Visit This Weekend:

I believe all tasting rooms charge a $10.00 tasting fee.  Some are refundable with purchase, some are partially refundable.  

  • Red Mountain Trails — Wagon Rides, Trail Rides, and guided Bike Tours available.  Click here to reserve! 
  • Chandler Reach — open Weds through Monday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
    Friday, 9/15/2017, 6:00 pmBrushes and a Bottle.
  • Col Solare – tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Weds – Sun. 
    Saturday, 9/16/17, 5:00 pm — Summer Sole.
  • Cooper – tasting room open noon – 5 pm DAILY.  Tasting fee $10.00  A portion of tasting fees often go to various charities.  
  • Fidelitas – tasting room open 11 am – 4 pm daily.  Tasting fee $10.00, refundable with wine purchase.  
  • Frichette – tasting room open daily noon – 5 pm. 
    Saturday, 9/16/17, 6:00 pm — Celebrating 4 Years on Red Mountain!
  • Hamilton Cellars – tasting room open Sun – Thurs 11 am – 5 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am – 6 pm
  • Hedges – open on weekends, 11 – 5, or by appointment.
  • Hightower  Tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Thurs – Mon.
  • Kiona –  tasting room open noon – 5 pm daily.  
  • Linda Ellis Andrews — Artist in Glass and Bronze.  Linda is a fabulous artist and wonderful person!  Make an appointment to visit her studio, you won’t be disappointed!
  • Monte Scarlatto — tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Thurs and Sun.  11 am – 6 pm Fri and Sat.  By appointment also.  They have a 9-hole golf course among the vines, check it out!
  • Portrait Cellars — tasting by appointment only.  509-588-4534
  • Purple Star Wines — Wednesday – Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
    Saturdays, 10:00 am — Stretch & Sip.  
  • Tapteil – Fri – Sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.  509-588-4460  
  • Terra Blanca –  tasting room open daily 11 am – 6 pm.  
    Vineyard Grille open noon – 5:00 pm Friday through Sunday. 
    Tucannon – tasting room open Fri – Sun 11 am – 6 pm, Wed – Thurs 11 am – 5 pm.  $5.00 tasting fee.  
  • Tri-Cities Events
  • Red Mountain AVA Site (info, places to stay, calendar of more events)

Places to Stay:

  • Vacation Rentals by Owner — Red Mountain has some really nice vacation rentals available for your visit.  Most of these are right on Red Mountain and visitors get a discount on their trail or wagon ride when they stay.  
  • Bella Luna House — gorgeous vacation rental offered by Tapteil winery.
  • Camping and RV — 
    • Beach RV Park – situated in Benton City — lots of pretty trees, gorgeous setting along the Yakima River waterfront, 5 minutes to Red Mountain.  If you stay here we can deliver your bike rental to you!
    • RV Village Resort – West Richland.  Easy access to Red Mountain and Richland for restaurants, shopping, and wine-tasting.  Indoor pool and spa.
    • Wine Country RV — Prosser.  Great location and amazing staff.  Really nice place!
    • Monte Scarlatto — Red Mountain.  Enjoy staying in the heart of Red Mountain!
  • The nearest hotels are located in Richland and Prosser.

Places to Eat

There are a number of chain restaurants around but here are some “off the beaten path” recommendations:

    • Red Mountain Trails  — we offer dinner on Friday and Saturday nights starting in May.  Reservations can be made here.  
    • Tacos Garcia Taco Truck — West Richland.  The best taco truck around, and I love their ceviche.
    • The Vineyard Grill at Terra Blanca — Red Mountain.  One of the only places on the hill to eat.  Beautiful views and great food and wine!
    • Hacienda del Sol — Benton City.  Large portions of great Mexican food and excellent customer service!
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Red Mountain Roundup, 9/7/2017

Red Mountain Roundup is a roundup of all of the things to do, places to stay, and other information to help you plan your visit to Red Mountain.

The summer’s last hurrah of heat before Autumn really sets in.  Also, last weekend to wear white, but we don’t recommend it on the horses.  :)
 http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/l/99320:4:US

Events, Places to Visit This Weekend:

I believe all tasting rooms charge a $10.00 tasting fee.  Some are refundable with purchase, some are partially refundable.  

  • Red Mountain Trails — Wagon Rides, Trail Rides, and guided Bike Tours available.  Click here to reserve! 
  • Chandler Reach — open Weds through Monday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
    Friday, 9/8/17, 6:00 pmPatio Party! 
    Sunday, 9/10/17, 4:00 pm Sunday Supper.
  • Col Solare – tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Weds – Sun. 
    Saturday, 9/9/17, 6:00 pmWinemaker’s Dinner.  
  • Cooper – tasting room open noon – 5 pm DAILY.  Tasting fee $10.00  A portion of tasting fees often go to various charities.  
  • Fidelitas – tasting room open 11 am – 4 pm daily.  Tasting fee $10.00, refundable with wine purchase.  
    Saturday, 9/9/17, 6:00 pmFidelitas Estate Vineyard Dinner.
  • Frichette – tasting room open daily noon – 5 pm. 
    Saturday, 9/9/17, 5:00 pmFall Wine Club Pick-Up Party.
  • Hamilton Cellars – tasting room open Sun – Thurs 11 am – 5 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am – 6 pm
  • Hedges – open on weekends, 11 – 5 
  • Hightower  Tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Thurs – Mon.
  • Kiona –  tasting room open noon – 5 pm daily.  
  • Linda Ellis Andrews — Artist in Glass and Bronze.  Linda is a fabulous artist and wonderful person!  Make an appointment to visit her studio, you won’t be disappointed!
  • Monte Scarlatto — tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Thurs and Sun.  11 am – 6 pm Fri and Sat.  By appointment also.  They have a 9-hole golf course among the vines, check it out!
  • Portrait Cellars — tasting by appointment only.  509-588-4534
  • Purple Star Wines — Wednesday – Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
    Saturdays, 10:00 am — Stretch & Sip.  
  • Tapteil – Fri – Sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.  509-588-4460  
  • Terra Blanca –  tasting room open daily 11 am – 6 pm.  
    Vineyard Grille open noon – 5:00 pm Friday through Sunday. 
    Tucannon – tasting room open Fri – Sun 11 am – 6 pm, Wed – Thurs 11 am – 5 pm.  $5.00 tasting fee.  
  • Tri-Cities Events
  • Red Mountain AVA Site (info, places to stay, calendar of more events)

Places to Stay:

  • Vacation Rentals by Owner — Red Mountain has some really nice vacation rentals available for your visit.  Most of these are right on Red Mountain and visitors get a discount on their trail or wagon ride when they stay.  
  • Bella Luna House — gorgeous vacation rental offered by Tapteil winery.
  • Camping and RV — 
    • Beach RV Park – situated in Benton City — lots of pretty trees, gorgeous setting along the Yakima River waterfront, 5 minutes to Red Mountain.  If you stay here we can deliver your bike rental to you!
    • RV Village Resort – West Richland.  Easy access to Red Mountain and Richland for restaurants, shopping, and wine-tasting.  Indoor pool and spa.
    • Wine Country RV — Prosser.  Great location and amazing staff.  Really nice place!
    • Monte Scarlatto — Red Mountain.  Enjoy staying in the heart of Red Mountain!
  • The nearest hotels are located in Richland and Prosser.

Places to Eat

There are a number of chain restaurants around but here are some “off the beaten path” recommendations:

    • Red Mountain Trails  — we offer dinner on Friday and Saturday nights starting in May.  Reservations can be made here.  
    • Tacos Garcia Taco Truck — West Richland.  The best taco truck around, and I love their ceviche.
    • The Vineyard Grill at Terra Blanca — Red Mountain.  One of the only places on the hill to eat.  Beautiful views and great food and wine!
    • Hacienda del Sol — Benton City.  Large portions of great Mexican food and excellent customer service!
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Red Mountain Roundup – Labor Day Weekend 2017!

Red Mountain Roundup is a roundup of all of the things to do, places to stay, and other information to help you plan your visit to Red Mountain.

The summer’s last hurrah of heat before Autumn really sets in.  Also, last weekend to wear white, but we don’t recommend it on the horses.  :)
 http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/l/99320:4:US

Events, Places to Visit This Weekend:

I believe all tasting rooms charge a $10.00 tasting fee.  Some are refundable with purchase, some are partially refundable.  

  • Red Mountain Trails — Wagon Rides, Trail Rides, and guided Bike Tours available.  Click here to reserve! 
  • Chandler Reach — open Weds through Monday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • Col Solare – tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Weds – Sun. 
  • Cooper – tasting room open noon – 5 pm DAILY.  Tasting fee $10.00  A portion of tasting fees often go to various charities.  
  • Fidelitas – tasting room open 11 am – 4 pm daily.  Tasting fee $10.00, refundable with wine purchase.  
  • Frichette – tasting room open daily noon – 5 pm. 
  • Hamilton Cellars – tasting room open Sun – Thurs 11 am – 5 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am – 6 pm
  • Hedges – open on weekends, 11 – 5 
  • Hightower  Tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Thurs – Mon.
  • Kiona –  tasting room open noon – 5 pm daily.  
  • Linda Ellis Andrews — Artist in Glass and Bronze.  Linda is a fabulous artist and wonderful person!  Make an appointment to visit her studio, you won’t be disappointed!
  • Monte Scarlatto — tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Thurs and Sun.  11 am – 6 pm Fri and Sat.  By appointment also.  They have a 9-hole golf course among the vines, check it out!
  • Portrait Cellars — tasting by appointment only.  509-588-4534
  • Purple Star Wines — Wednesday – Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
    Saturdays, 10:00 am — Stretch & Sip.  
  • Tapteil – Fri – Sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.  509-588-4460  
  • Terra Blanca –  tasting room open daily 11 am – 6 pm.  
    Vineyard Grille open noon – 5:00 pm Friday through Sunday. 
    Tucannon – tasting room open Fri – Sun 11 am – 6 pm, Wed – Thurs 11 am – 5 pm.  $5.00 tasting fee.  
  • Tri-Cities Events
  • Red Mountain AVA Site (info, places to stay, calendar of more events)

Places to Stay:

  • Vacation Rentals by Owner — Red Mountain has some really nice vacation rentals available for your visit.  Most of these are right on Red Mountain and visitors get a discount on their trail or wagon ride when they stay.  
  • Bella Luna House — gorgeous vacation rental offered by Tapteil winery.
  • Camping and RV — 
    • Beach RV Park – situated in Benton City — lots of pretty trees, gorgeous setting along the Yakima River waterfront, 5 minutes to Red Mountain.  If you stay here we can deliver your bike rental to you!
    • RV Village Resort – West Richland.  Easy access to Red Mountain and Richland for restaurants, shopping, and wine-tasting.  Indoor pool and spa.
    • Wine Country RV — Prosser.  Great location and amazing staff.  Really nice place!
    • Monte Scarlatto — Red Mountain.  Enjoy staying in the heart of Red Mountain!
  • The nearest hotels are located in Richland and Prosser.

Places to Eat

There are a number of chain restaurants around but here are some “off the beaten path” recommendations:

    • Red Mountain Trails  — we offer dinner on Friday and Saturday nights starting in May.  Reservations can be made here.  
    • Tacos Garcia Taco Truck — West Richland.  The best taco truck around, and I love their ceviche.
    • The Vineyard Grill at Terra Blanca — Red Mountain.  One of the only places on the hill to eat.  Beautiful views and great food and wine!
    • Hacienda del Sol — Benton City.  Large portions of great Mexican food and excellent customer service!
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Caitie and Siobhan — “Informal Horses of the Week”

This week’s “Informal Horse of the Week” is actually a pair of horses.  

Caitie and Siobhan  (pronounced “Katie” and “shovaughn”) came to us from an Amish farm back east, when they were 3 years old.  They have the same sire, and their dams (mamas) are full sisters.  We call them “sister-cousins”.  

Capitalizing on the bonding nature of horses, the two have been together since they were born (as far as I know) and have worked together as a team all their lives.  They’ve done everything from haying to carriage work, you name it.  They are together so much that they even pee and poop at the same time.  Seriously. 

Caitie and Siobhan are “American Spotted Drafts”.  This breed is mostly Percheron, which is a French draft horse, crossed with “something” to produce the spotted coloring.  That “something” is usually a lighter-bred horse with color, like a paint.  

The two are very different from each other.  Caitie is a bit of a diva — proud, a bit stubborn, and I think she knows she’s beautiful.  Siobhan is more of a mischief maker — good-natured and always into things.  When working, they help each other out when things get scary.  If something is bothering Caitie on her side of the hitch, she’ll lean against Siobhan for encouragement, and vice versa.  

One of my favorite memories of them is last year when we took them to the park for wagon rides.  I’d driven them in all kinds of situations — traffic, machinery, crowds — but wanted to be sure that they had time to settle in at the park.  The rides were at night for a Christmas festival that was very busy with lots of light and activities.  We drove up to the park and the organizer had us set up RIGHT next to some giant bounce houses!  Most horses are pretty suspicious of giant bounce houses, or giant bouncy-noise-making-flapping things in general.  Caitie was not the least bit impressed and was prancing around at the end of the lead rope, snorting at the bounce houses.  Siobhan just stared at them, probably calculating whether they could support her if she jumped into one or not.  

It didn’t take long for the girls to settle at all.  Something about putting that harness on really puts them at ease, almost like a security blanket or a thunder shirt.  We hitched them to the wagon and did a couple of dry runs of the course, with two “out-walkers” walking along next to the head of each horse for added safety.  

I was so proud of the girls and how quickly they settled, accepting their crazy surroundings and cheerfully getting to work.  We took around 300 guests for tours of the park that night — singing Christmas carols, warming themselves with hot cocoa, and watching the lighted boat parade on the river.  

The girls LOVE baths and hate horseflies.  

If you do a wagon ride tour with us — whether it’s dinner or a wine-tasting, or you’re here for our Christmas Trees — you’ll probably meet these two sweeties!  Enjoy!

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