Why Prosser?

This quaint little town is on the move. Prosser, WA

Incorporated in 1899, Prosser expertly retains a lovely, small-town feel, with an exciting vibrancy throbbing underfoot. The economy is thriving with a $17 million high school recently completed, a new hospital underway, and the wine country and tourism flourishing. 

Prosser is the county seat with an eclectic mix of 7,000. There are couples looking for promising careers in a cultured environment where they can quietly raise a family. And there are large swaths of engineer and scientist retirees who made their living at the nearby national laboratories. The Washington State University Richland campus is only 30 minutes away for young people seeking an advanced degree or folks looking to take an occasional class

Almost 200 sunny days a year and a clear winter season means outdoor activities are always at hand. Prosser is such a happy little prospering place, we call it the bottom of the smile between neighbor cities Yakima and Kennewick. 

 

Wineries & Breweries

Rows of wine grapes growing in vineyard in the Columbia Valley of Washington State in United States.Prosser is undisputedly the birthplace of Washington wine.

Sharing the same latitude as the world-famous Burgundy and Bordeaux regions of France, and nurtured by multiple days of sunshine, the orchards of Benton County rest in the ideal soil for great wine making. In fact, many of the state’s grapes are grown in this region

A visit to one of the area’s 30 wineries is a spectacular experience. Our winemakers are welcoming and passionate about sharing the history and future of Prosser’s world-class wines. Take a fun tour through the vineyards, visit the tasting rooms, and even enjoy a horse drawn wine tour through the Horse Heaven Hills!

 

Prosser’s 1912 bar Berns Tavern is a state classic. Now the longest, continually open bar in Washington state.

Its organ music is gently piped through speakers as you stroll through town. 

Prosser also has a couple of amazing distilleries. Some of them have even created private label whiskey, vodka, and gin, and many new microbreweries are cropping up.

 

 

Activities & Recreation

Prosser is paradise for the outdoor enthusiast.

With its desert-like weather, yet challenging terrain, there are endless outdoor adventures! 

Hike, bike, or take a horse tour through the Horse Heaven Hills.

Canoe, kayak, or paddle board on the Yakima River.Play pickleball on dedicated courts.

You can even go white water rafting, or riding on all-terrain vehicles.

And when there is snow, the Hills become gentle heaps of vanilla ice cream ripe for cross country skiing.

 

 

Arts and Culture / Shopping & Dining

Catch a show at the Princess or Valley theaters or live music acts around town, especially at Brewminati!

Pay a visit to the Benton County Museum or check out the wide variety of antique stores and art galleries downtown.

Prosser has a ballet school and jewelry makers and nurseries for gardeners.

If you’re into paranormal activity or mysterious adventures, take a drive over to Gravity Hill. You are surely in for a gravity-defying thrill! 

And if you’ve got a sweet tooth, Chukar Cherries has you covered! 

 

 

Events

hot air balloons above a lake

Prosser is a community always celebrating!

The town’s biggest event is the Great Prosser Hot Air Balloon Rally in September. 

Enjoy the annual car and art shows, street fairs and festivals, parades, beer, whiskey, and wine tastings, and of course Prosser’s Farmers Market which is open on Saturdays from May to October. 

And we have our own aurora borealis! Yes, when the light goes down, the fading sun reflects upon the Horse Heaven Hills in a swirling pantone of purples, reds, and blues. Truly breathtaking!