On the third full day of our Seattle trip, we headed to Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. Seattle, and Washington State really, is not only known for it’s many craft breweries but also it’s wineries! Chateau Ste. Michelle is only a thirty five minute car ride outside of Seattle and thus an easy day trip. Seeing as our hotel had a Zipcar service, we rented it for a few hours and got on our way.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery Tour
As soon as we pulled up to the gorgeous winery grounds, we located the main visitor area. Luckily a complimentary (!) winery tour was about to begin and we grabbed the last two spots. They offered us a glass right at the beginning of the tour and explained their process of wine making. We learned about the history of their vineyards, what types of wine they make and their different notes. We tried several wines along each tour stop and got a great sense for Chateau Ste. Michelle.
Enjoying The Wine Shop
The tour ends in their wine shop area where you can do a tasting, get a glass or buy a bottle. The wines are beautifully displayed along the walls and the modern interior invites you to enjoy them. Along with our glasses of wine, we ordered a small charcuterie platter and discussed our favorite parts of the tour. In the summer they also have a concert series and how dreamy is that?! A concert at a beautiful winery is my kind of fun.
Dinner In The City
After a few hours at the winery, we headed back to our hotel to recharge for our dinner reservation at Westward. I have to say that this was one of my favorite parts of the trip. The restaurant is situated right on the lake and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. Although I had made a reservation for a table, we opted to sit in the Adirondack chairs with blankets on us and have dinner outside. They’re available on a first come first serve basis so you can’t really plan on sitting there. The fire was going in the background and the views of Seattle were amazing. The food itself was so unique and you could tell how fresh the ingredients were.
Stay tuned for my last post about Seattle where we headed to Diablo Lake. In the meantime, catch my other posts about Seattle here: