I Heart Yakima

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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When people hear I'm from Yakima, they don't always know where that is. I understand it isn't the biggest city, nor the best, in Washington, but it sure is a good one. Yeah, it has it's flaws, what doesn't? I LOVE YAKIMA. I was born and raised here, lived here my whole life. Sure I complain about it sometimes, but when I leave town for longer than a week, I find myself missing it. It's my hometown. It's my home.

Oct 27, 2015 05:39 pm
Sunshine, recreation, Fresh Hop Ale Festival, sunshine, River Floating, sunshine and wineries.

Justin Bigby
Oct 13, 2015 07:57 am
Yakima is attainable... a place where you can make a difference and belong.

Christy Stahl
Sep 27, 2015 09:52 am
I didn't move from St. Louis to live near Seattle. I love living in Yakima.

Charlie Robin
Sep 16, 2015 09:46 am
Born and Raised. Yakima will always be my home. I heart Yakima.

Kathryn Gagnier
Sep 16, 2015 09:26 am
I love Yakima because is beautiful

Alejandra B. Cruz
Sep 09, 2015 09:31 pm
I love Yakima!!! Planning on moving there in less than a year. Cant Wait!

Aug 31, 2015 07:51 pm
I moved here 12 years ago and was not sure I would stay. Now I never want to leave. I heart Yakima!

Aug 29, 2015 04:31 pm
I love Yakima!

Aug 25, 2015 04:35 pm

Aug 11, 2015 05:45 pm
I love Yakima because it is a great place to experience nature's bounty.. From orchards, vineyards, hop fields, mountains, rivers.. I love the pace of life here and all of the opportunities to be outdoors. It is a great place to raise a family!

Jul 29, 2015 02:35 pm
I love Yakima. It is ever changing and new and exciting things are always happen. The job market here is much larger than I thought it was, with some of the largest national businesses making their home here. It is truly an honor to live here.

Jul 14, 2015 09:53 am
As a new Yakima resident, I'm glad you folks are doing something to create excitement and grow a creative community and entrepreneurial spirit! I attended Pecha last night and really enjoyed it. Keep up the good work!

Joshua Smith
Jul 10, 2015 10:59 am
I love you Yakima 124

Jul 07, 2015 12:49 pm
Discovering the unique things that Yakima has to offer

Kim Ha Wadsworth
Jul 06, 2015 09:23 am
I love Yakima because my mom lives there! (And she has great taste!)

Anita Ostrander
Jun 09, 2015 10:00 am
Lets make Yakima a great place to raise our children.

Nicholas Kline
May 22, 2015 09:23 am
I love Yakima and its beautiful surroundings!

Luis Alcazar
Apr 13, 2015 07:54 pm
It's a beautiful city with so much to offer. Cowiche Canyon, Ellensberg canyon, wineries, breweries, orchards. A short drive to other major cities. A bountiful place to live.

Joan LaFramboise
Feb 10, 2015 11:20 am
Your Family is here

Jan 22, 2015 04:19 pm
I have lived in the Yakima area all my life. I have invested in Buildings downtown, because I believe in the positive direction we are going. Yakima has so much to offer and we have barely scratched the surface of our potential.

Roger Wilson
Jan 21, 2015 03:00 pm
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

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