Try out state via online travel forum


In the market for a summertime adventure? You won't have to go far to find one.

The Washington State Tourism office has launched a new online forum so that travelers can find destinations and experiences across the state with the click of a mouse.

"Excellent Washington State Adventures" allows travelers to share their favorite places and experiences -- as well as photos -- across the Evergreen State, according to the announcement.

From Mount St. Helens to the Bavarian town of Leavenworth, destinations are the focus of personal stories in an effort to help visitors custom-make their trips.

Travelers can browse based on "top rated," or by category, such as "Wine and Cuisine," "Arts, Culture and Heritage," "Beaches" or "Family Fun." To share an adventure, create a profile and upload your own photos and anecdotes. For more information, or to begin sharing your adventure visit

The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce will welcome Wags to Whiskers pet supply store with a grand-opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting Thursday.

The retailer, a natural and holistic pet food and supply store owned by Dan and Linn?© Wagner, opened a couple of months ago at 1903 E. Isaacs Ave. Thursday's event will run 8:30-9:30 a.m. and feature treats from John's Wheatland Bakery, as well as samples of natural pet care products for the four-legged attendees.

Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and is closed Sundays. For more information, call 529-4444.

Need tickets to the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival? Stroll on over to the Visitor Center downtown.

The walkup window at 26 E. Main St. has tickets for the entire festival concert series, which runs June 3-18, as well as for the fourth Tasting Music performance at Waters Winery on June 17. Tickets to other festival events are available online at: .

Hours for the Visitor Center are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Tickets can be purchased by check or credit card. Cash will not be accepted.

Realtor Kathy Geoghegan has joined the team at downtown Walla Walla real estate firm Williams Team Homes.

A 12-year resident of the area, Geoghegan has more than 10 years experience in real estate. She is an active community and church volunteer.

Williams Team Homes, is located at 126 E. Alder St. To reach Geoghegan call 200-0533.

Kendall Mix, former winemaker for Walla Walla winery Corliss Estates, has made a jump to Goose Ridge Vineyard & Estate Winery.

In his new role as head winemaker, Mix will oversee the winemaking for all three wines in the Monson Family Estates' portfolio: Goose Ridge, StoneCap and Sol Duc.

He succeeds Charlie Hoppes, who served as consulting winemaker for Goose Ridge since its debut in 1999. Goose Ridge's vineyard is in Benton City, and its winery is in Richland.

Mix has been with Corliss since 2004, when he began managing and executing the winemaking operations for the winery, according to the announcement.

Before that he spent a year with Canoe Ridge Vineyard in Walla Walla and 10 years with Chateau Ste. Michelle as a member of the winery's red winemaking team.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at or 526-8321.


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