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Prosser Day Trip: Art, Wine, Alpacas and BBQ | Arts and entertainment

Editor’s Note: Traveling isn’t always easy. Time, money and itineraries can be tricky to juggle. Here at Explore, we publish a series of stories about road trips that can be done in a day or include an overnight. Each one will take you on little adventures to places you may have overlooked or missed the last time you stopped by. This week we take a trip to Prosser.

Prosser is about 50 miles southeast of Yakima in Benton County.

The Yakima River runs through the town, which is located in the American Horse Heaven Hills wine region and is home to several wineries and vineyards.

Getting on Interstate 82 to Prosser is a quick and easy day trip.

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Once you arrive in downtown Prosser, take a tour Brewminated, 713 Sixth St., to fuel your day with coffee, blended drinks, hot and iced teas, fountain drinks and bottled beverages. They also serve food like bagels, muffins, oatmeal, yogurt and granola, and breakfast sandwiches.

The cafe also offers lunch and dinner hours and serves salads, sandwiches, wraps and soups, as well as beer and wine.

Brewminatti hosts live music on some weekends, with rock, folk and Americana acts. Shows are all ages unless otherwise noted, doors open one hour prior to the show and seating is first come, first served. Check their website for an updated schedule. There is no dinner on show nights, but there is a limited menu and beer, wine and coffee.

Brewminatti’s hours are 7:00am to 2:00pm Monday, 7:00am to 8:00pm Tuesday to Friday, and 8:00am to 8:00pm Saturday.

PacaPoo, 9203 Steele Road, is an alpaca farm west of downtown. Its hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. The small farm “strongly believes in treating its animals with respect, kindness and love,” its website says.

PacaPoo sells some items online and in its farm store, including handmade outerwear, stuffed animals, dryer balls and yarn made from alpaca fiber.

Visitors can schedule a PacaPoo farm tour online at www.facebook.com/PacapooLlc.

Prosser is a popular destination for wines, and Village of Vinyadors offers several wineries in a convenient location. Here are a few tasting rooms in town; visit www.vintnersvillage.com for the full list:

Airfield Estates, 560 Merlot Drive, 11 am to 5 pm Sunday through Thursday, 11 am to 6 pm Friday through Saturday.

Bunnell Family Cellar Wine O’Clock Wine Bar and Bistro, 548 Cabernet Court, noon to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. Monday.

Coyote Canyon Winery, 357 Port Ave., 11am-5pm Monday-Thursday, 11am-6pm Friday-Sunday, 11am-5pm Sunday.

Martinez and Martinez Winery at The Winemaker Loft, 357 Port Ave., Studio G, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Saturday.

Milbrandt Vineyards, 508 Cabernet Court, noon to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

After checking out the tasting rooms and finding bottles to take home, stop by Nursery of yellow roses600 Merlot Drive, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Stroll through the nursery and see the themed displays, hanging baskets, shrubs, turtle pond and children’s garden.

Yellow Rose Nursery has a gift shop, makes custom baskets, offers gardening and currently has a fall inventory of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals.

Then follow the aromas Neighbor’s barbecue, 1115 Grant Ave., for Texas-style barbecue. They are open from 11am to 7pm from Wednesday to Saturday.

Owners Michael and Kristin Hicks moved to Washington from Texas several years ago and started Neighbor’s BBQ in 2020 as a food truck, doing pop-ups and catering before opening their restaurant in Prosser four months ago.

Michael is the master of the chest and his pit, called “Babe Lincoln”, is made up of chains of hop machines. The menu includes prime rib, smoked meatloaf, pulled pork, baby back ribs and smoked chicken thighs. Meats are served on platters or as sandwiches with sides like coleslaw, baked beans, mac and cheese and more.

The Big Baker is a popular item with the lunch and dinner crowds. It’s a baked potato topped with butter, sour cream and chives, and stuffed with your choice of cot, pulled pork or meatloaf.

There’s more to Prosser than food and drink, of course. Take a lovely stroll through downtown Prosser to see it public artincluding murals and the Cavalcade of Ponies, with 20 different ponies.

Each pony is made of fiberglass and permanent art exhibits bring color and unique artwork to the community. Ponies are found at various points in Prosser.

If you’re looking for some local arts and crafts, check it out Free Expressions Studio, 1215 Meade Ave. from noon to 5 pm from Wednesday to Friday and from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturdays. The studio opened in January in downtown Prosser and has about 10 artists at a time.

Owner and artist Megan Tyler stocks her studio with items from artists in and around Prosser, as well as the Pacific Northwest. Find raw crystals, wrapped crystal rings and pendants, jewelry, handmade items such as pendants and handbags, eco-friendly printed fabrics, and paintings and sketches.

The rows of leather earrings stand out, in different shapes and patterns to complement any outfit. The variety of bracelets and necklaces is attractive and colorful.

Tyler also hosts “Media and Create” workshops. The workshop begins with an hour of yoga and meditation to open up possibilities for creativity, and is followed by an hour to create a one-of-a-kind canvas painting.

If you are looking for panoramic views of Prosser, the Yakima Valley and the Horse Sky Hills, travel east of downtown Prosser to State Route 221 and go approximately three miles to the top of the hill. The Horse Heaven Vista exit is on the north side of the road. It’s a great spot for perspective and brings you close to 14 Hands Winery on your way back to Prosser.

The tasting room for Winery 14 Hands is located at 660 Frontier Road and is open daily from 11 am to 5 pm Indoor and outdoor seating is available.

14 Hands Winery offers red, rosé, white and blended wines in bottles and cans. Their wines are popular and easy to find, but visiting the tasting room is an experience of its own.

If you spend any time in downtown Prosser, the Princess Theater it will be hard to miss.

The theater, at 1228 Meade Ave., is a historic landmark, highlighted by a giant neon sign above the entrance.

The main stage of the Princess Theater presents community theater productions. The 2022-23 schedule includes Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Michael Parker’s Hotbed Hotel and David Auburn’s Proof.

The Green Room at the Princess Theater offers à la carte jazz with live music, drinks and food carts. It also hosts family entertainment for children.

Check www.prosserprincess.com for an updated schedule and to purchase tickets.

The Horse Heaven Saloon, 615 Sixth St., is a family-owned bar, restaurant and brewery in downtown Prosser. The business is family friendly and has a downstairs games room with pool, board games, darts and foosball.

The menu offers pub food for lunch and dinner such as burgers, fish and chips, falafel or lamb gyros, meatloaf, pork chops and more. There are also some breakfast items on the menu, which are served all day. Horse Heaven Saloon also creates a variety of signature cocktails.

Salon hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday to Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Happy hour from 3 to 5 pm from Wednesday to Friday.

Be sure to check out Horse Heaven Hills Brewery, 1118 Meade Ave., which brews craft beers for the taproom. The brewery’s opening hours are from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, from 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Although not currently available, visitors will soon be able to stay in one of the lounge’s two themed rooms above the lounge. The rooms, described as a Western getaway, offer views of historic downtown Prosser.