Things to See & Do
Find out what you can do right around the Inn’s environs!
Wine Country Event Center
Just a few minutes walk across the parking lot from the Zillah Lakes Inn you’ll find the Wine Country Event Center, located on the Zillah Lakes Plaza.
The center has one large room that accommodates over 300 persons, as well as a large fridge and sink in the kitchen. Suitable for wedding receptions, retreats, gatherings, and Quinceañera. Visit the Wine Country Event Center’s website for more information on their facilities.
Contact the Innkeepers for special package pricing on stays when you’re planning an event at the Wine Country Event Center.
Boating & Fishing on Zillah Lakes
Zillah Lakes are private waters of the Zillah Lakes development and guests can swim or fish in the lakes. We have a catch and release fishing policy and yet you will catch upwards to 6 pound bass from the shore bank or on our docks located in front of the Inn. We have fishing gear for those who want to try their luck or you can bring along your own personal fishing gear. We also offer row boats and canoes for some afternoon fun time. Zillah Lakes was developed for relaxation and to enjoy wildlife watching.
Guests are free to use our boat which seats four and is perfect for just boating on the lakes or fishing!
Relax at the Dock
Enjoy your morning coffee or a glass of wine at the lakeside dock. Enjoy the firepit while savoring the lake view and the peaceful country atmosphere.
The lake-side patio offers a firepit with chairs for socializing throughout the day or to just enjoy the wildlife visiting the lake. Evening offer a spectacular view of Mt. Adams across the valley as the sky is painted with brilliant sunsets.
Walk down to the dock and enjoy the firepit right on the lake for a quiet submersion in nature. Enjoy a glass of wine, the view of the lake, and the evening breezes with your family and other guests!
Walking Trail and Wildlife
The walking trails and wildlife of Zillah Lakes are the pride and joy of our community. Various sections are grass, rock or gravel.
Whether you are looking for a short nature trail or an adventurous all day endeavor through Zillah and the nearby Yakima River areas, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Zillah Lakes.
Our 3 miles of trails are suitable for parents, children or avid hikers. Take advantage of the several benches along the way and enjoy your adventure. Don’t forget to admire the wildlife and give our furry friends there needed space.
Guests can look forward to spotting wild turkeys, deer, coyotes, ducks, geese, osprey, eagles, and other bird species.
Zillah Lakes Golf Course
The Zillah Lakes Golf Course is a public course located in the heart of the 230-acre Zillah Lakes development. Under the watchful eye of World Class golf course architect Bobby Cupp the Zillah Lakes Golf Course began to take shape in 2009. Since 2009 there has been numerous course modification to the original Cupp design, these include the incredible views of Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier and all the many wildlife features found within the course itself.
Wide fairways and large greens are the key features that provides a challenge to all golfers. The current course includes four challenging golf holes with an assortment of par to include 3–4–5’s. “You par four consecutive holes and receive a free lunch.” The white sand bunkers and numerous lakes/streams create a visual delight and provide a signature feature to the course. The contrast of the green grass and blue skies of eastern Washington makes your golfing experience rewarding and will encourage a return visit. Our daily “all day” golf price of $15 cannot be beat; golf cart rental is also available.
Enjoy the view from the Inn of the majestic Mount Adams to the west, with the Zillah Lakes and golf course in the foreground.
A few minutes drive from the Inn and you’ll be surrounded by the agricultural abundance of the Yakima Valley – vineyards, and orchards growing apples, pears, peaches, pluots, plums and more!
Zillah Lakes Inn is on a migratory path where different bird species fly through at different times of the year.
From late March to early April we see Osprey nesting along the shores of the river. Also in late Spring we have pairs of ducks that nest around the lakes. Before long there are baby ducklings that swim with their mothers all around the Zillah Lakes.
You can usually see a Great Blue Heron stealthily watching the lake from the shoreline.
Year round we see a wide range of predator birds. At least 3 kinds of hawks: Coopers Hawk, Red Tailed Hawk, and Kestrel. During winter months we see the King Fisher. Once in a while guests can see Bald Eagles flying around the lakes as well.
Water Fowl can be viewed from the porch area outside the lake-side units, from the dock or fire pit seating areas or through a short walk along the Nature Trail by the Lake. Whether you’re a serious birding enthusiast or a casual bird watcher, you’ll find that Zillah Lakes Inn is a great place for viewing birds that migrate through Central Washington.
Within 10 Miles
There are lots of things to see and do in the Lower Yakima Valley – wine tasting, cultural tours, hiking, and dining.
Zillah Lakes Inn is located in the heart of Yakima Valley wineries with easy access to I-82. There are 20+ wineries in Zillah, within 5 miles of the Inn, and 4 wineries in Wapato, all within 15 miles of the Zillah Lakes Inn. During your visit to the Yakima Valley, be sure to taste wines at Dineen Vineyards, J Bell Cellars, Two Mountain Winery, and Van Arnam Vineyards.
Download the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail map showing nearby wineries.
Family owned since 1946, the Jones brothers sell: corn, peppers, red and white potatoes, garlic, peaches, tomatoes, onions, raspberries, blueberries, watermelon, pinto beans, okra, lentils, honey and much more from their farm stands.
The fall harvest brings pumpkin patch, hay maze and lots of fun photo opportunities among the pumpkins for the family.
Just four miles south of the Zillah Lakes Inn you’ll find the rural town of Toppenish, Washington.
Since 1989, the City of Toppenish has commissioned murals of historic stories to be painted on the walls of buildings around the City.
Each year a June the Mural Society commissions an artist to paint a new mural, a highly popular event to attend.
The original paintings of each mural can be viewed in the Toppenish Chamber office. Toppenish also is home to the American Hop Museum.
Yakama Nation Cultural Center showcases the culture of the Yakama Nation.
Established in 1980, the Cultural Center offers a very interesting museum, programs that share Yakama Nation’s history and culture, the Inn Restaurant, Winter Lodge, Heritage Theater, Yakama Nation Library, and gift shop. Open 7 days a week
The rural farming town of Zillah is just 3 miles from the Zillah Lakes Inn and offers dining and local things to see!
Dining In & Near Zillah
Just 3 miles away you’ll find these iconic country restaurants in Zillah.
Squeeze Inn Restaurant is a family-owned and family friendly restaurant, open evenings Thursday-Saturday.
Il Grasso offers Northwest Italian cuisine in the heart of Yakima Valley Wine Country at their outdoor dining venue at J Bell Cellars.
Just 7 miles away, just off the I-82 in Wapato, you’ll find HopTown Wood Fired Pizza, definitely worth a visit!
Fast food outlets within a few miles include: Subway, McDonald’s. Grinders Expresso is just minutes from the Zillah Lakes Inn. The Family Company is a coffee shop and lunch place near the Zillah Post Office.
We can provide shuttle service to nearby restaurants, if arranged ahead of time.
Download a Map of Zillah area businesses.
The Zillah Teapot Dome Service Station is a national historic site, built to commemorate the Teapot Dome oil reserve debacle which began during the administration of President Warren Harding. Handcrafted by Jack Ainsworth in 1922, the gas station used to be located near the freeway and was a functioning gas station for many years.
The Zillah Historic committee moved the Teapot into town in 2012 and restored the building so many generations can continue to enjoy this slice of American history. The Teapot houses the Zillah Visitor’s Center and visitors can also enjoy a walk through the Fallen Firefighter Memorial and the Zillah Veterans Memorial nearby.
Zillah Veterans Memorial
Completed in late 2017, the American Legion, City of Zillah and area businesses came together to create a beautiful commemorative park to honor the armed services and veterans of foreign wars that have lived in Zillah. The memorial is in the Teapot Dome Memorial Park in downtown Zillah.
Walk along the pathway to see the 21 granite sentinels engraved with the names of the area’s veterans who served with honor and distinction, as well as flags of the armed services branches and the American Legion.
The centerpiece of the cul da sac at the end of the walkway is a distinctive bronze Fallen Soldier Battle Cross. The battle cross with a rifle, and a pair of boots with a helmet atop it, is a symbolic replacement of a cross on the battlefield or at the military base camp for a service member who has died in action.
Fallen Firefighter Memorial
Also on the site of the Veterans Memorial and Dome Teapot, visit the firefighters memorial with a statue of a firefighter, benches and a memorial wall engraved with the names of 12 local firefighters who have died in the line of duty.
The project was organized by the Zillah Volunteer Firefighters Association and the Zillah High School FFA chapter and was dedicated in 2015.
Just 15 miles away, Yakima is the region’s largest city and offers museums, dining, and more!
The Capitol Theatre in nearby Yakima is Central Washington’s premier performing arts and entertainment venue.
Originally built in 1920, a tragic fire destroyed the building in 1975, but it was rebuilt to its original glory in 1978 and showcases traveling Broadway shows, Yakima Symphony Orchestra performances, musicals, and more!
The Zillah Lakes Inn offers a great stay when in town to attend a performance at the Capitol Theatre, it’s just 17 miles away from the Inn.
Picture above shows the elaborate painting on the ceiling of the theater. See upcoming Performance Schedule.