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Surrounded by the Horse Heaven Hills and nestled among thriving vineyards and orchards, the town of Prosser, Washington, about 300 kilometers southeast of Seattle, sounds idyllic.

The historic downtown has tree-lined cobbled streets and plenty of antique shops, galleries, tasting rooms, and restaurants. There are so many things to do. You can spend time at a museum, the tournament skateboard park or at an alpaca farm. The Princess Theatre is alive with music, theatrical performances, film and dance. But when can you go?

The Busy Summer Season

Summer is a busy time in Prosser, and some event highlights include Scottish Fest & Highland Games, the annual Prosser Art Walk & Wine Gala, and the Prosser Airport Days & Fly-In. The annual Prosser Wine and Food Fair is a celebration of Washington wines and culinary arts.

Traditional Scottish Highland dancers performing in Prosser

Traditional Scottish Highland dancers performing in Prosser
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An Abundance of Flavors

And, of course, fall is harvest season. Prosser is among the nation’s richest agricultural regions with abundant fruit, vineyards and orchards. Area hop growers supply nearly 80 percent of the nation’s hops and more than 20 percent of the entire world’s hops –crucial to brewing beer. The Prosser Beer & Whiskey Festival brings eager ale and whiskey enthusiasts to sample beers and spirits from across the Northwest. Plus, there’s Unwined with live music, local wine and food, sponsored by The Prosser Wine Network. Founded in 2014, this organization focuses on promoting Prosser wine within the community and beyond.

You'll definitely want to check out the Prosser Farmers Market, open each Saturday through October. Each year on the last weekend in September, hot-air balloons fill the skies over town and historic Sixth Street is alive with the Harvest Festival.

Cluster of grapes in a Prosser vineyard

Cluster of grapes in a Prosser vineyard
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Melissa Kaylene