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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I love this! I want to help any way I can!

Alfonzo Arellano
Oct 07, 2014 02:36 pm
Weather, seasons, wine, beer, produce, close enough to easily visit world class cities (Portland, Seattle), far enough away to not have big city negatives; hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, gorgeous lakes and rivers, people who are engaged, dogs that smile, a place where family can and does mean something. Moved away...... Came back........ Don't plan on leaving.. Yakima Rocks.

Randy Hyatt
Sep 10, 2014 10:18 pm
Want to learn all about this town! :)

Maria Sanders
Sep 02, 2014 11:07 am
People powered politics = grass roots movement. Let's do something together!

Dahlton Madison
Aug 29, 2014 12:08 pm
Just celebrated 20 years in Yakima with...Glorious Sunshine! Abundant Fruit! Divine Wine! Fairylands of orchards! Four seasons! Amazing, talented, caring people! I love and embrace that my out-of-town-friends call me "Yakimama!" I Heart Yakima!

Ann Orminski
Aug 26, 2014 02:05 pm
Yakima rocks! Love, love, love it!

Amy Johnson
Aug 12, 2014 12:50 pm
Yakima is so great!!! Jackie and I just got back after a summer away and it feels so good to be back. Just walked down the street for a picnic dinner in Franklin Park with free country music by the Pony Boys, part of the summer sunset concert series. So glad to be back in Yakima. I love this town.

Andy Jones
Aug 08, 2014 09:51 pm
I love Yakima because it is where I grew up and where I learned to live nature and all that is around me. It is a place of beauty that will always be in my heart.

Matt Williams
Aug 01, 2014 06:21 pm
I am moving to Yakima Soon and found this awesome resource!

Go Yakima!

Jul 27, 2014 03:30 pm
I love the people, the spirit, driving over a hill or around a corner and seeing breath taking beauty in the orchards, vinyards and wildlife.

Mark Driscoll
Jun 28, 2014 07:42 am
I'm okay with Yakima

Steven easterby
Jun 11, 2014 08:49 pm
Yakima is where it's at!

Alex Staples
Jun 06, 2014 02:10 pm
I've always loved coming back for summer days swimming at Franklin Pool, the Fair, floating the Yak, antiquing and now Bale Breaker Brewery in Moxee.
What's not to love?

Brian B.
Jun 05, 2014 03:20 pm
I have been lucky to call Yakima my home -- yes born and raised. I have seen many changes over the 50+ years in the valley and the one common thread is its BEAUTY! We have the best of everything, the close proximity to the mountains & ocean, and an abundance of fresh agricultural crops. Each community has a special feel of their own, small town USA is alive and well. I am thankful everyday to call Yakima my home.

Judy Pozarich-Vintage Chick Primitives
Jun 05, 2014 08:43 am
Four seasons, honest people, beautiful wine, great hiking, a commitment to having a LIFE ethic as much as a work ethic....these are just a few of the reasons I live here and I LOVE YAKIMA!

Addy Logsdon
May 06, 2014 03:49 pm
I wasn't born here, but I've been living here for 30 years now. Of course I love the weather, that's a given. But I also love walking down the street and saying hi to at least four people I know. I love living in the middle of hop fields and apple orchards. I love having a brewpub within biking distance from my house. I love living in the country but still having 10 minute "commute" to work. I love rarely having to make a reservation at our great restaurants. I love how people get involved and are passionate about our town. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

Beth Klingele
Apr 29, 2014 03:53 pm
I love Yakima because Uncle Tony manages it!

Martha Brassel
Apr 28, 2014 04:44 pm
I love Yakima because it is the first town where my husband and I have shared our married life! Yakima offers all four seasons, as well as so much to do outdoors. Another favorite thing about Yakima is our church, Sun Valley Church. It is full of friendly people who love to grow in their faith, through fellowship and hearing the truths of God's Holy Bible. Go Yakima!

Janessa Running
Apr 28, 2014 04:40 pm
I love Yakima because it's home.

Gretchen Swanson
Apr 28, 2014 12:45 pm
I do love Yakima, my adopted city of 20 wonderful years this September!

Darci Swanson
Apr 27, 2014 08:56 am
So many good things in this town. Love, love love it here!!

Patsy Gorman
Apr 25, 2014 02:52 pm
I Loooovvvvvvveeee Yakima!!!

Sarah Frenzel
Apr 23, 2014 04:35 pm
Moved my family here from PHX. My wife grew up here. Love the climate and closeness to outdoor activities, climbing, fishing, hunting, etc. I've been here 3 years and look forward to raising my family here!

Robb Paul
Apr 23, 2014 02:50 pm
My wife, 4 kids, and I love Yakima! We love both seasons hockey and baseball. We love the sun, the community, and the access to anywhere in 2 or so hours. We love Yakima.

Eric Puryear
Apr 22, 2014 09:47 pm
I love Yakima!

Kathy Backstrom
Apr 01, 2014 10:52 pm
Wine Country Crushers Roller Derby, Snowbladding, floating the Yakima River, Yakima Chamber of Commerce, & Wine Diva.

It is a great place year round!!!

I love the fresh fruit and vegtables and running through the apple orchards in the spring with my husband and dogs

Yoshi Garcia
Mar 06, 2014 11:54 am
I have the best memories of growing up in Yakima. And I still love to visit. Driving over the ridge on I-82,
the first glimpse of that oasis of green surrounded by the sage brush covered hills still says "home" to me. I Heart Yakima, for sure!

Molly Hogan
Mar 02, 2014 12:02 pm
Yakima is family. Yakima is outdoors. Yakima is bounty and endless opportunities.

Gilbert Plascencia
Feb 28, 2014 09:06 am
I had to move 1,800 miles away from Yakima to finally appreciate it. Living in Alaska, I get excited and find myself searching for Yakima grown produce. We are so lucky to have so many fresh produce stands thoughout the lower valleys. One of my favorite things about Yakima are the summer nights; warm breeze, stargazing for miles, the smell of hops.. I could go on and on. The older I get the more I love that I call this place my hometown.

Micheala Cole
Feb 27, 2014 01:40 pm
Born here want 2 b here YAKIMA

Feb 26, 2014 12:05 pm
Thank you I Heart Yakima for bringing focus to the town and pointing out the treasures we might take for granted!

Susie Temple
Feb 26, 2014 10:57 am
I choose to live in Yakima, because there is so much to offer! We need to be positive and clean up the crud. Been here my whole life and I choose to live here because I can go to the store and see friends, spend 10 minutes in traffic and an hour at my daughters sports rather than an hour in traffic!

Feb 23, 2014 04:12 pm
We ADORE Yakima!

Einar and Stephanie Agledal
Feb 17, 2014 11:09 pm
It's our valley and we can help it realize its economic and cultural potential.

Robert Tee
Feb 14, 2014 11:20 am
I just moved here, and I've been really impressed by the enthusiasm of local volunteers. That spirit is a true measure of a town's heart and soul. Happy to be here.

Elly Leitz
Feb 14, 2014 10:07 am
I love Yakima for all the light in the valley; plus---the incredible creative people who live here! There is a growing spirit of pride and "can-do" attitde growing here!

Cheryl H. Hahn
Feb 13, 2014 09:12 am
My husband and I are native to the Pacific Northwest, specifically, from the west side. We recently moved here to begin an adventure; and are dedicated to discover a love for Yakima and reasons to call it home.

Christine Funk Markowski
Feb 09, 2014 10:34 am
I love Yakima!

Jan 30, 2014 09:41 pm
Yakima is a beautiful mesh of cultures, fruits and produce, art, music and unique resturants! Surrounded by awesome mountains, lakes and rivers makes it a lovely place to live. Another wonderful place to eat and drink is welcomed! Looking forward to Cowiche Canyon Kitchen!

Denise Fant
Jan 28, 2014 10:03 am
My mother and I own a small french restaurant in downtown Yakima. Over the last 10 years we have watched downtown blossom. Theres nothing better than cooking delicious food with fresh ingredients from the valley and sharing it with our community over a wonderful glass of local wine. We love Yakima.

Marie Lichota
Jan 24, 2014 12:07 pm
I love Yakima because I was walking my daily walk and I met up with a Teacher from New York. He was gazing into the distance at Mt. Adams. I stopped and asked what he was doing (he looked intense and almost lost). He said he was taken back by the beauty of the mountain and to think it is just in your backyard!! Like I said he was from New York. At the time I though wow he doesn't get outdoors much. Now I know that Yakima truly is breathtaking from the lakes, mountains and even the desert like rolling hills!! Now I can't take for granted the view from my backyard.

Zenona Tucker
Jan 20, 2014 09:54 am
Home sweet home!

Michael Dale
Jan 16, 2014 12:45 pm
Yay for Yakima!

Laura Grunenfelder
Jan 13, 2014 02:47 pm
Love the people, love the place and definitely like the sometimes crazy weather.....finally found a place I can call home!!

Felix Rifa
Jan 09, 2014 03:12 pm
the big sky and wide open spaces takes my breath away, Yakima is the place I love.

rod knipper
Dec 26, 2013 05:31 pm
I love Yakima for so many reasons. I have been here my whole life. I have never really had an urge to leave. Now a wife, mom and raising my 4 beautiful kids here. I want Yakima to be a safe and fun place for my kids to grow up in. Also I have a small fitness business that I just launched in 2012 called Rock Solid Fitness. It is a boot camp crossing training I want to get more involved in the community and bring more awareness about health and fitness. Thank you for this movement. Becky Jones

Rebecca Jones
Dec 18, 2013 02:29 pm
Sometimes it takes leaving something to really appreciate what it really has to offer. I grew up in Selah and have spent the last 10 years away from the Valley. Although I currently live in Seattle, I spend a lot of time at "home" nowadays, developing the Chinook Music Fest and working with progressives in town to better the music scene. I hope I'm just one spoke in the wheel that seems to be increasing in speed in Yakima. I'm proud to call it home and happy to help change the opinions of people who haven't been able to see past the stereotypes and see the true beauty.

Cody Beebe
Dec 11, 2013 10:55 am
Having grown up here, I love Yakima! I'm happy to see the downtown area coming back! Wouldn't it be nice to have late night bus service to the downtown area to build the synergy even more!! Looking forward to more positive changes!

Vic Rohret
Dec 10, 2013 08:17 pm
I heart Yakima for its desire to think beyond the limits of conventionality and for those that are enabling it to do so.

Ruben Macias
Nov 22, 2013 02:24 pm
I bring critical thinking to the table. Good intellectual stimulation with food, drink and music! That's my kind of Yakima. :)

Maria Cuevas
Nov 22, 2013 11:50 am

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