Nothing says picnicking like bread and cheese, a gingham tablecloth and ants.
Except scenic spots in the Yakima Valley, sans the ants.
Eating outside always seems to conjure the idyllic — a lazy day, enhanced by good food, family and friends.
Maybe picnics are a reminiscent of a simpler existence. Maybe fresh air restores the soul, however complex life can be.
So select the edibles, pick the perfect spot (see below) and grab that tablecloth.
You could stop by —
• Deep Sea Deli, for bread, cheese, wine, smoked salmon and other delicacies. (20 N. Ninth Ave., Yakima.)
• Los Hernandez Tamales, for asparagus or pork tamales. (3706 Main St., Union Gap.)
• Major’s Burgers for club sandwiches. (1902 S. Third Ave., Union Gap, or 1705 W. Lincoln Ave. Yakima.)
• Food truck mini-hub for multiple choices, such as tacos, hot dogs or California-style burritos. (2105 S. First St.)
Now you’re ready to try one of these —
1. Yakima Greenway
You can’t go wrong nabbing a site at a table located along the path that extends from Union Gap to Naches.
If it rains, and of course it won’t, there are covered shelters at Sarg Hubbard and Sherman parks. Otherwise, more than a dozen tables are scattered along the pathway. Grills also are located throughout. Harlan Landing on the Greenway offers a particularly peaceful spot for picnicking, with several tables nestled near the Yakima River. Going north from Yakima, take Exit 30B and turn west.
2. Ahtanum Youth Activities Park
Plenty of space to roam here at 1000 Ahtanum Road in Union Gap. It also offers tables, grills and shelters, plus playgrounds, basketball courts, soccer fields and massive, spreading trees to shade your repast.
3. Ahtanum Mission Park
It’s a sylvan setting for a picnic here at 17740 Ahtanum Road, west of Yakima, along two creeks. Enhancing the ambiance is the historical draw of the mission building, originally constructed in 1852 and owned by the Catholic Diocese of Yakima. After a fire, it was rebuilt in 1870.
4. Bonair Winery
Serene and semi-secluded, there are tables on the patio, with a duck pond in full view, for enjoying both picnic foods and the reds, whites and rosés of the winery. Bonair, at 500 S. Bonair Road in Zillah, is one of the older wineries in the Valley, opening in 1985.