Living in Central Washington

Where work/life balance actually exists


Stand outside and close your eyes. Let the sun warm your face. You can’t help but feel energized. Simply put, the Yakima Valley is an incredible place to live and work. The amazing natural beauty and more than 300 days of sun throughout the year makes it easy to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to do your best.

When you live in Central Washington, you can skip the traffic and spend more time doing what you love. Try yoga on the beach. Get your backstage pass at the Gorge Amphitheatre. Sport your blue and green. See the world through local art. Pop the cork on award-winning wine. Climb a volcano . . . or not—it’s up to you; it only blows up every million years or so.

Washingtonians on a ski lift

What we do in our spare time

OK, ready? Some of our favorites include: attending the Yakima Symphony Orchestra; checking out a funky bluegrass band at The Seasons Performance Hall or one of many local music festivals; cheering on our local baseball team, the Pippins; watching cowboys far tougher than we are at the rodeo; skiing, hiking or camping in the Cascade Mountains; driving to Leavenworth to get immersed in some Bavarian culture; enjoying a mouthwatering tamale from a local taco truck; taking a tour of a winery or brewery to see how the whole process works from start to finish; taking the kids to the Franklin Park Pool; cheering on the sideline of the kiddos first soccer game; fly-fishing on the Yakima or Tieton rivers; or spending a weekend in Seattle shopping or cheering on your favorite major league team!

That’s just the beginning. We are pretty passionate about helping new Solarians settle into the area, so if you need recommendations, we’ve got you covered.

Craft beverages galore

Raise your glass to the Yakima Valley! Our lush land grows 75 percent of the hops in the United States, along with one-third of Washington’s wine grapes. You can tour more than 80 wineries here in the birthplace of our state’s wine industry, or sample craft brews at the edge of the volcanic soil fields where their hops were grown. Not a beer or wine fan? Savor the crisp taste of local craft ciders made from Washington apples, pears, cherries, apricots, and more.

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Foodies welcome

Crisp apples. Sweet cherries. Juicy pears. The Yakima Valley grows the largest variety of produce the Pacific Northwest. With more than 40 freshly grown commercial crops to choose from, you’ll never go hungry. Harvest your own berries, fruits, and vegetables at nearby U-Pick farms, or shop at one of our farmers’ markets.

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