Yakima Wine County’s five AVA’s stretch over 70 miles along Interstate 82 in Eastern Washington. Almost right in the middle is the small town of Zillah, which is known for its Teapot Dome Service Station and Rattlesnake Hills wineries. On a recent trip to tour the area’s wineries and join the Premium Tour and Tasting with Treveri Cellars, I was hosted by the Best Western PLUS Vintage Valley Inn. I discovered this hotel is the perfect base for touring the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail.
- Spacious guest rooms and extended stay suites with full kitchens
- Indoor heated pool with a large lounging area
- Complimentary full hot breakfast
- Complimentary evening snack (usually chili and cookies)
- Small sundry store
- Pet-friendly rooms ($20 fee, per day)
- A short drive to Rattlesnake Hills wineries
- Close to nearby attractions like the Toppenish Murals, Fort Simcoe Park, outdoor activities, and more Yakima Valley wineries
- It’s a 20-minute drive to Yakima
- It’s a 30-minute drive to Prosser
Bonus: Guests visiting wineries on the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail can receive 20% OFF ANY room type.
Use code: WINELVR at the Best Western reservation website,
or call to make a reservation and let them know what Rattlesnake Hills winery you plan to visit!
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Best Western PLUS Vintage Valley Inn
The Best Western PLUS Vintage Valley Inn is located off Interstate 82, and within walking distance are gas stations and fast-food restaurants. The downtown area of Zillah is almost a mile down the road. The hotel used to be independently owned and after extensive recent renovations, it rebranded as a Best Western PLUS. I’m not sure what the hotel looked like before, but the design of the hotel is very northwest with Craftsman style details, stonework, and earthy color schemes.
The hotel’s lobby is roomy with high ceilings, modern furniture, and decor that highlights the areas farming and wine heritage. There are 59 king and queen guest rooms and ten extended stay suites with full kitchens with full-sized appliances, microwave, dishwasher, pots and pans, and dinnerware for up to four people, which are ideal for those staying in a location for a few days or with family. Also, for those that want to be out of the city, its location provides a quieter setting than neighboring Yakima.
The lobby at Best Western PLUS Vintage Valley Inn is a welcoing space with decor that reflects the lifestyle of the Yakima Valley.
Best Western PLUS Vintage Valley Inn Room
After a quick and friendly check-in, I walked down the hall to my first-floor king bed guest room. Right from the start, I liked the dark woods and earthy colors, as it reflected the area’s landscape of dark basalt, golden hills, and amber fields. I also appreciated the room’s spaciousness with plenty of walkable space and room for a desk and lounging chair without running into a sharp corner (one of my pet peeves) and its very large bathroom.
After settling in, I walked around the property. One of the first things I noticed was all the historical pictures on the walls from the area. Me being a history lover, I liked this added touch.
I also noted extra sitting areas for guests to enjoy both indoor and outdoor.
When I discovered the indoor heated pool, I immediately wished I had brought my bathing suit. Darn!
That night, after a day of touring Rattlesnake Hills wineries and dining at HopTown Wood Fired Pizza, I found a box of Chukar Dark Chocolate Cabernet Cherries and a bag of local cherries waiting for me in my room (a much better reward than a dip in the pool, eh?).
Thanks Best Western PLUS Vintage Valley Inn for my special treat!
If you find yourself craving sweets or something savory, the hotel offers a daily evening snack that usually includes chili and fresh-baked cookies.
That night, I worked a little before retiring. I had an amazing night sleep and woke up ready for my wine making day at Treveri Cellars. The hotel’s breakfast is what you’d find at a Best Western PLUS with coffee, juices, yogurts, fruit, and pastries, and a selection of hot items. I opted for the hot items – sausage, eggs and a few potatoes – as I like to protein up in the morning.
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Best Western PLUS Vintage Valley Inn – Guest Rooms and Amenities
- Single king bed ($100 and up)
- Two queen beds ($105 and up)
- Two queen suite ($140 and up)
- Single king suite ($135 and up) have marina and water views
Please note that rates adjust seasonally, and there might be special discount rates available.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free parking
- Free hot breakfast
- Free nightly snack
- Refridgerator and microwave
- Cable/satellite television
- Desk and lounging chair
- Indoor heated pool and hot tub
- Laundry facilities
Best Western PLUS Vintage Valley Inn – Pros and Cons
- Rooms are spacious and comfortable
- Indoor heated pool with a large lounging area
- Complimentary full breakfast with hot items
- Complimentary nightly snack
- Pet-friendly rooms, $20 per day, comes with treats and doggie bags
- Free WiFi
- Free onsite parking
- Small outdoor patio in front of the hotel
- Zillah is a small and quiet town, and some may want a little more hustle and bustle.
- Being near the interstate makes the hotel easily accessible, but it also means you are near interstate traffic.
Would I stay at the Best Western PLUS Vintage Valley Inn again? Yes! If you are touring the wineries in the Rattlesnake Hills it is in a perfect location. After all, you don’t want to drive too far after wine tasting, right? Also, the drive to Yakima is only 20-minutes, so if you do want more of a city scene it’s not too far away. I couldn’t really find anything to nitpick besides its location along the Interstate. That has its bonuses and its drawbacks for any accommodation. Overall, the hotel provided a peaceful stay and a good home base for me to explore Rattlesnake Hills wineries.
Pet Travel Tip: Many of the Rattlesnake Hills wineries are dog-friendly, so you’d be able to bring them along.
When booking don’t forget about the discount! Guests visiting wineries on the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail can receive 20% OFF ANY room type.Use code: WINELVR at the Best Western reservation website, or call to make a reservation and let them know what Rattlesnake Hills winery you plan to visit!
Hotel Address: 911 Vintage Valley Parkway Zillah, WA 98953
Closest Airport: Sea-Tac International Airport (2.41-hours), Spokane International Airport (3-hours) and Portland International Airport (3-hours)
Carless Options: You’ll need a car while visiting.
Dining Travel Tip: There are a handful of restaurants in town including fast-food. Even so, you might feel the range of selection limited. In town, I’d recommend The Chophouse at The Old Warehouse for burgers. The Warehouse also has live music at its music venue, Perham Hall, check their website for a schedule. I heard good things about the Squeeze Inn in downtown Zillah, but didn’t get to eat there myself. A short drive away is HopTown Wood Fired Pizza, and in Yakima (a 20-minute drive), I’d recommend Crafted and Cowiche Canyon Kitchen & Ice House.
Activity Tips: The main attractions in Zillah is the Rattlesnake Wine Trail and the Teapot Dome Service Station (On Saturdays during the warm months of the year, the teapot is manned by volunteers. Hours vary, but usually from 12pm-5pm). Nearby are the Toppenish Murals, Fort Simcoe Historical Park, and a range of wineries and outdoor activities like hiking, biking, water sports, skiing, and whitewater rafting are an hour or less from the hotel. If you plan to drive to the Columbia River worthy stops are Maryhill’s Stonehenge and the Maryhill Museum of Art.
Note: As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with accommodations and meals for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.
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