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Best WA Weekend Road Trips February 17 – 20

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Itching for a road trip? Just a couple of hours from Seattle you can wind through wine country, check out lodges and sporting gear or get your giddy up on and explore the spirit of the West.

Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering
Thursday – Sunday
February 16, 17, 18 and 19
Ellensburg, WA
888.925.2204
http://www.EllensburgCowboyGathering.com

The Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering brings the best traditional cowboy musicians, poets, and artists together to celebrate the western tradition of ranching and cowboy life. The Gathering also hosts a Gear & Art Show, workshops, Fiddlers Contest, Ranch Roping Competition, chuck wagon cook off and dances! An incredible line up of entertainers at the FREE Downtown Venues. Come see local and regional cowboy and cowgirl poets and crooners share rhymes, stories, and songs in Historic Downtown Ellensburg. Fun for the whole family, even the little buckaroos.

Olympic Peninsula Red Wine and Chocolate
Saturday, Sunday and Monday
February 18, 19 and 20
Olympic Peninsula Wineries
800.785.5495
http://www.olympicpeninsulawineries.org

The scent of chocolate, the golden glow of ciders, and deep-red hues by the glass await you at Red Wine and Chocolate. The Olympic Peninsula Wineries are taking the quintessential pairing of red wine & chocolate to new heights this year, featuring a host of never imagined sweet and savory combinations. A $30 ticket and glass package entitles you to a special commemorative wine glass, complimentary wine tasting and delectable samples of chocolate at each winery during the weekend. 21+.

Central Washington Sportsman Show
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
February 17, 18 and 19
Yakima SunDome
1301 S. Fair Ave.
Yakima, WA 98901
509.697.8208
http://www.shuylerproductions.com

It’s the 23rd Annual Central Washington Sportsmen Show! This exciting show will return to Yakima on February 17th through 19th, 2012. The Yakima SunDome offers over 100,000 square feet packed with attractions and demonstrations, including the region’s only officially scored Horn and Antler Competition.

The Central Washington Sportsmen Show offers consumers a prime opportunity to see what’s the latest in outdoor gear, the newest in fishing boats, motors and accessories, the hottest guides and lodges from all over the Northwest, and more! You’ll love the special attractions and learn from the informative seminars presented by outdoor professionals. The kids can pan for gold or try the Fishpond just for kids stocked with lots of hungry trout.

Yakima Valley Red Wine and Chocolate
Saturday and Sunday
February 18 and 19
509.965.5201
http://www.wineyakimavalley.org

The Red Wine and Chocolate event weekend in the Yakima Valley provides a distinctive and elegant offering of fine chocolate and fine wine. Visit the more than 50 wineries in the Yakima Valley Wine country during Presidents’Day weekend. Each winery pairs sumptuous chocolate desserts with their very own remarkable red wines. 21+.

Spokane Golf and Travel Show
Saturday and Sunday
February 18 and 19
Spokane Convention Center
334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201
509.621.0125
http://www.spokanegolfshow.com

Receive TWO FREE rounds of golf just for attending The Spokane Golf & Travel Show – the largest golf show in the Inland Northwest. Now including non-golf related travel destinations! 100 exhibitors with demonstrations, seminars, travel vacation and more. The Show also has a very interactive component with much to do and includes a Long Drive Contest, Indoor driving range, EWU women’s golf long putt contest and more.

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