I Heart Yakima

This is our Manifesto!

We're talking about the kind of love that causes you to write letters, shout from rooftops, and challenge anyone who would dare speak poorly of your beloved. The kind of love that makes you drive all night to get to the people who are your home.

Is Yakima worthy of that kind of love? Yes.

It's the way the orchards explode with blossoms in the springtime, sway with fruit at harvest, sparkle with ice on the branches. It's the fresh smell of the occasional rain and the aroma of mint fields. It's the glow of poolside sunsets and the absence of gridlock. It's petrified forests, painted rocks, and the timeless presence of the Yakama Nation. It's fishing, hiking, boating, skiing and climbing. It's a wine country lined with not just vines, but with hops strung from trellises. It's young families buying their first home. It's entrepreneurs, medical students, musicians and artists. It's the crews tirelessly beginning their days in the farms and orchards at sunrise. It's our vibrant culture, and community celebrations of everything from wine and beer, to the farmer's markets, to mariachi and menudo. It's the way that people look you in the eye, say your name, and smile.

For too long we've viewed our valley as a place that needs to be fixed. The truth is, we have tremendous advantage in the new American economy. Rural is innovative. Small is big.

We believe that what's been keeping Yakima from wild success is PRIDE. A strong community has grown from our humble roots, but to be a destination for the 21st century, we have to celebrate what makes us unique.

To those who already love Yakima, we need you. To those who love Yakima but are afraid to say it, we need you too. To everyone else, we hope to help you believe.

Join us. Don't be afraid to let people know. Say it loud:

I Love Yakima!

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The evening light on the hills
The Sun filled days
The beuaty of the agriculture...the orchards, the hop fields.
The pungent smell of hops during harvest
The snow covered mountains nearby.

Ed Miketa
Jan 08, 2015 10:50 am
Its people of course; with their kindness and incredible sense of community, they continue to amaze me.
That, and also White Pass is minutes away...

Juan Tamariz
Jan 07, 2015 08:36 pm

James Thomas
Dec 12, 2014 12:16 pm
I love the city - the city of light. Wonderful artists, poets, writers, teachers and much more!

Kathy Starr
Dec 12, 2014 12:14 pm
Nature, river, hiking, proximal to skiing areas & wineries.

Moji Saber
Dec 12, 2014 12:13 pm
It's great! Wonderful community that's focused on future development.

Liz Woodward
Dec 12, 2014 12:12 pm
Because there are so many nice people and cool places to see!

Katie Butler
Dec 12, 2014 12:11 pm
I live here!

Taylor Brown
Dec 12, 2014 12:10 pm
Age 6 - It is so pretty in the summer and it snows in the winter.

Scarlett Gayte
Dec 12, 2014 12:09 pm
More exciting than my hometown! ;)

Lindy Brown
Dec 12, 2014 12:08 pm

Zach Turner
Dec 12, 2014 12:07 pm

Aubrey Andrus
Dec 12, 2014 12:05 pm
Great local musicians!

Shae McLaughlin
Dec 12, 2014 12:04 pm
The people rock!

Aaron Collier
Dec 12, 2014 12:03 pm
Wine, sunshine + welcoming people.

Jasmine Widmer
Dec 11, 2014 12:13 pm
The weather, the restaurants and Hop Town Pizza and Rich Sisters catering!

Chris Reinmuth
Dec 11, 2014 12:12 pm
Nice people & beautiful views!

Milda Bandza
Dec 11, 2014 12:11 pm
Sun, wine & beer!

Molly Fillion
Dec 11, 2014 12:09 pm
Because it has good restaurants and places. And I like it in the summer and winter.

Tucker Matthews
Dec 11, 2014 12:08 pm
It is hot in the summer. And it snows in the winter so you can ski.

Ian Matthews
Dec 11, 2014 12:06 pm
The trees, programs and food.

Carlos Flores
Dec 11, 2014 12:05 pm
For its small community, outdoor adventure, & Northtown & Bale Breaker & Wilridge...

Laura Green
Dec 11, 2014 12:04 pm
The people and it's not crazy.

Karla Flores
Dec 11, 2014 12:02 pm
Because I am here with my kids.

Claudia Zapada
Dec 11, 2014 11:57 am

Celisa Hopkins
Dec 11, 2014 11:56 am
Community willing to rally behind people.

Derek Parsons
Dec 11, 2014 11:55 am
Because it's full of inspiring people and an awesome medical school!

Mary Kelley
Dec 11, 2014 11:51 am
Because it's home.

Brooke Borton
Dec 11, 2014 11:49 am
The people.

Chantel Meghdadi
Dec 11, 2014 11:49 am
Because it's the most beautiful, diverse city!

Rylee Hull
Dec 11, 2014 11:47 am
Low-key, fun, easy to get around, easy to meet people, easy to start fires (metaphor).

Lucas Spivey
Dec 11, 2014 11:46 am
The weather. <3

Michelle Russell
Dec 11, 2014 11:45 am
Born and raised.

Chris VanCleave
Dec 11, 2014 11:43 am
The dirt mountains (I'm from IN - they are mountains)!

Kimberly Bell
Dec 11, 2014 11:42 am

Patrick Hays
Dec 11, 2014 11:41 am
It's where I'm from! - And where I moved back to. Because it's awesome. Also, hops.

Joshua Hicks
Dec 11, 2014 11:39 am
Apples, wine and dives!

Eugeny and Janel Bistrika
Dec 11, 2014 11:38 am
It is a perfect pearl of weather, quality of life, and active outdoor lifestyle.

Rual J. Garcia
Dec 11, 2014 11:36 am
I love the proximity to the mountains.

Laura Adams
Dec 11, 2014 11:32 am

Jeremy Phillips
Dec 11, 2014 11:31 am
Because it's awesome.

Jason Kranz
Dec 11, 2014 11:29 am
Born and raised here.

Clementina Abundiz
Dec 11, 2014 11:28 am
You can drive anywhere in 20 minutes or less!

Heather Panian
Dec 11, 2014 11:26 am
Beer, sun, wine, awesome place to live.

Jacob Johnson
Dec 11, 2014 11:24 am
Nice weather, outdoor activities.

Hilary Panian
Dec 11, 2014 11:19 am
Our backyard is a playground!

Dana Stringer
Dec 11, 2014 11:18 am
It's my new home!

Susanna Bee
Dec 11, 2014 11:15 am
I am a travel speech therapist and have lived in 3 cities in the past years. Yakima is by far the friendliest and most exciting place so far. I love the people, the access to the rock climbing (30 minutes from my door), and the various cultures here. I feel very lucky to have found myself here.

Melissa Bright
Dec 10, 2014 05:00 pm
Wine, cider, people, weather, GREAT hiking!!

Heidi Burmeister
Dec 10, 2014 04:58 pm
walking + hiking to work at YVCC. Beautiful fall colors.

John Bissonette
Dec 10, 2014 04:57 pm

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