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Seattle — By Mary Jo Manzanares on August 27, 2010 at 7:32 pm
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Washington State Develops Agritourism Packages & Promotions

There’s no doubting that culinary tourism has hit Washington State in a big way.  Everywhere you turn you’ll find food and cooking classes, farm and ranch tours, you-pick farms for fruit and vegetables, an increase in farm-to-table restaurants, and plenty of hands-on experiences designed to bring consumers closer to the source of their food.  The state produces 300 crops, and with over 650 wineries, trails only California as a top wine producing state.

Map of Washington State So how do you enjoy the agritourism of Washington State?  With the incredible diversity the state offers, I suggest using this list to get you thinking:

Leavenworth:  Hot days, cool nights, and lots of fertile soil make for great growing conditions in this part of the state.  Here you’ll find fruit and berry orchards aplenty, and from June through October you can enjoy fruit freshly picked off the vine:  apples, pears, cherries, peaches, apricots, corn, strawberries, cantaloupe, melons, blueberries, prunes, nectarines, plums, watermelon, tomatoes, potatoes, pumpkins and onions.  This Bavarian-styled town also has wineries and a distillery.  (map)

Special PromotionCheese Making Package that includes a class with Alpine Lakes Sheep Cheese, a Wenatchee Valley artisan cheese maker.  The package includes one night accommodation, gourmet dinner, hearty breakfast, hands-on cheese making class with sampling.  Rates start at $378, double occupancy.

Long Beach Peninsula:  Besides 28 miles of sandy beaches, visit the southern part of our coast to find fishing, crabbing, oyster farming and cranberries.  It’s a great spot for families, too. (map)

Special PromotionWild Mushroom Celebration Package offers a chance to forage for the delicious fungi during the annual festival October 22nd – 24th, 2010.  The package includes two nights accommodations, 3-course Wild Mushroom and Washington Wine Dinner at the Depot Restaurant, breakfast both days with a little extra special breakfast on Sunday, and a mushroom discussion by a professional forager.  Rates start at $510 per couple, all inclusive.  An optional foraging field trip can bee added on for an additional $50/person.

Olympic Peninsula:  While the peninsula seems to be attraction attention of Twilight fans lately, it also offers lush valleys and a perfect climate for growing.  Lavender is one of the big crops here, with an annual Lavender Festival, as well as lots of family farms growing fruit, berries, vegetables, and grains.  You’ll also find salmon, Dungeness crab, and other seafood. (map)

Special PromotionOvernight Farm Retreat at Finnriver, a 33-acre organic family farm and cidery, offering a hands-on tour of life on the farm and a cider tasting room.  Rates start at $189/night, and during the fall season (September 15th – November 15th) if you purchase two nights you’ll get one night free.

San Juan Islands:  There are over 450 islands in this archipelago, but chances are you’ll only be visiting a few of them (only 20-some of them are inhabited).  It’s a great place all year long, but in October you’ll find lots of culinary activities on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Islands:  farmers markets, farm visits, and special packages.  (map)

Special PromotionQuest for Orcas, Pigs and Wine Tour.  The tour departs Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from Seattle, and lasts a full day (12-13 hours).  Transportation is via Mercedes Van or Jeep, and the tour includes morning and afternoon snacks,  locally grown organic lunches by San Juan Island’s Market Chef Restaurant, wine and other refreshments, and all fees associated with birding, whale watching, wine tasting and sightseeing..  Rate is $235/person.  Consider adding on an overnight on the islands for a great weekend getaway.

Now that you have a little tease about the delicious culinary offerings around the state, you should continue your travel research becoming a fan of the Washington State Culinary Agritourism Facebook page.  You’ll find lots of additional information to plan the perfect culinary experience.

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