Tourism & Recreation

The J&S Dreamland Express, the colorful train that offers $1 rides at Kennewick’s Columbia Park on the weekends from May to September, is in need of a home and volunteers to help operate it. (Courtesy Dick Nordness)

Columbia Park train team seeks new home, volunteers

The colorful train that delights kids and adults on weekends in Columbia Park during the summer is in need of volunteers and a new home. Dick Nordness, chairman for the J&S Dreamland Express Committee, oversees the mighty but modest volunteer team which collects the tickets, drives the train and mans the caboose. “It’s perfect for…

(Courtesy TricitiesCrypto)

Tri-City friends launch virtual pet store using cryptocurrencies

A group of Tri-City entrepreneurs hope to cash in on their new venture without traditional money. Their online virtual pet store allows customers to buy cartoon pets using digital currencies called cryptocurrencies. The crypto pets in the TricitiesCrypto store, called Tron Dogs, can be used as characters in an online game called Pet Planet, which…

Paul Labrie sculpts a glass octopus in his downtown Benton City studio, Labrie Glass Studios. The experienced artist recently opened the gallery and looks forward to the upcoming summer tourism seasons when people visit to taste wines at nearby Red Mountain wineries. 

Longtime glass artist opens gallery in downtown Benton City

Few people can say their career took off by making unicorns. Paul Labrie credits the thousand or so sculpted glass unicorns he made while in college to help cover his school expenses until he began working full time as a glass artist. Today, his work is featured in galleries across the country. Labrie, 60, recently…

Michael Novakovich is the President and CEO of Visit Tri-Cities.

CEO Q&A with Michael Novakovich

Brief background of your business:  Visit Tri-Cities is one of the Tri-Cities’ most significant drivers of economic development. Formed in 1969, we are a local nonprofit that aggressively promotes tourism to create a diverse economy for our region.   Number of employees you oversee: 14   How did you land your current role? I believe…

Kate Robins, right, instructs Kirsten Grace during the novice ballet class at Find Your Center. The new school in downtown Pasco aims to make dance and martial arts accessible to everyone, regardless of age, ability or background.

Couple combine their passions for new dance, martial arts school

The Tri-Cities’ only flamenco, ballet and martial arts school is open for business and accepting new members. Find Your Center’s mission is to make dance and martial arts accessible to everyone, regardless of age, ability or background. A Pasco retiree said she feels more graceful and balanced after taking ballet classes created just for senior…

The Coeur d’Alene Resort in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, recently completed a $10 million renovation of all 338 guest rooms and its conference center. Guests will find new, sleek, modern furnishings evoking the blue waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene in addition to updated amenities. (Courtesy The Coeur d’Alene Resort)

Coeur d’Alene Resort completes $10 million in renovations

Guests visiting the lakefront Coeur d’Alene Resort are in for a treat this summer season, as the Idaho destination hotel recently completed a $10 million makeover of all 338 guest rooms and its conference center. “Our resort is in the midst of a wonderful renaissance,” said Todd Gillespie, director of sales and marketing for The…

Northwest Paddleboarding’s hour-long classes are the bread and butter of the three-year-old business. It will open a storefront this month next to Richland’s Howard Amon Park, offering walk-up rentals and boards and other gear available for sale. (Courtesy Northwest Paddleboarding)

Northwest Paddleboarding to open shop in Richland

After three years of operating from the back of a van and tow trailer, Northwest Paddleboarding is opening a shop near Howard Amon Park in Richland. The new store will offer walk-up rentals and a wider range of equipment for sale. Krista Patterson, who owns the company with her mother, Cathie Hobson, said sales doubled…

Dave Landis, Cindy Landis and Jay Denney pose in front of the 96-foot yacht used to operate Water2Wine Cruises, which sails out of Columbia Point Marina in Richland. The new business offers lunch and dinner cruises.

Water2Wine Cruises providing lunch, dinner aboard yacht

Cruises depart from Richland’s Columbia Point Marina When you have more than three decades of experience in the cruise industry, you’re bound to cross paths with the same people more than once. Jay Denney and Dave Landis did so on several occasions—in different ports and on different boats—over a period of 17 years. It was…

Travel company offering guided tours through Tri-Cities, region

Travel company offering guided tours through Tri-Cities, region

Roads2Travel offers trips focusing on taste, history When Bob Christensen retired after a career in telecommunications and traveling between Washington and Southeast Asia, he knew exactly what he wanted to do. His love for traveling and culture led him to open his own tourism business. “I was born and raised in Oregon so I am…

Dave Hedden displays a 17-pound walleye he caught. The Richland native owns Hedden’s Northwest Sportfishing, a business that has steadily grown over the past eight years. 

Fishing charters help anglers land salmon, sturgeon, walleye, steelhead

Experts recommend researching guide options to get most out of trip Dropping a line into the rivers around the Tri-Cities to catch salmon, sturgeon, walleye or steelhead has launched a handful of fishing charter businesses around the Tri-Cities. [blockquote quote=”I take pride in making the best trip possible for my clients.” source=”Dave Hedden, owner of…

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