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Fall in the Tri-Cities for Groups

Washington’s Tri-Cities area is flourishing with fall activities for groups to enjoy

By Amanda Christensen

If you have any autumn lovers in your group for an event in the Tri-Cities area of Washington, consider adding a fall activity to the itinerary post-meeting or as a team-building activity. From cider and wine tastings to hiking and farm tours, planners have an abundance of opportunities to choose the right activity for their group.

Gather your private group or arrange a business event at Richland’s Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery to sip on your choice of ciders, wine, and spirits on the patio or under a private gazebo with a stunning view of the Goose Gap. The property has long ties to the area as the Monson family, who own and operate Goose Ridge, have been growing apples in the state since the 1950s.

Wine at Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery. Sept. 19, 2023
Wine at Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery || Courtesy of Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery

If you want to make the event alcohol-free, consider hosting at Kindred Spirits, also in Richland and the region’s first sober bar. The venue can host groups of 10 to more than 500 and offers a discount for large groups. Attendees can choose from an extensive menu of alcohol-free ciders, mocktails, wines, and spirits. Packages and bundles are also available for purchase.

Alcohol-free spirits at Kindred Spirits. Sept. 19, 2023
Alcohol-free spirits at Kindred Spirits || Courtesy of Kindred Spirits

And of course, get event-goers outside to experience the crisp fall weather with an outdoor team-building activity. Choose one of the three rivers that wind through the Tri-Cities—the Yakima, Snake, or Columbia—to go kayaking or paddleboarding. Hike up Badger Mountain or along the new Candy Mountain trail, or take your group on a horseback tour with Red Mountain Trails through the stunning vineyards dotting Red Mountain.

Group hike on Badger Mountain. Sept. 19, 2023
Group hike on Badger Mountain || Courtesy of Visit Tri-Cities

And as an option to offer attendees during free time between meetings, the Tri-Cities boast several memorable farms and markets for your group to peruse. Pick apples at Bill’s Berry Farm; explore the corn maze, pumpkin patch, and sunflower fields at Fall Festival at Middleton Six Sons Farms; or consider a private tour at Sandollar Farms to see some rare Suri alpaca roaming the grounds, available through Oct. 31.

Alpaca at Sandollar Farms. Sept. 19, 2023
Alpaca at Sandollar Farms || Courtesy of Sandollar Farms