Columbia Basin Explorations

Othello Community Museum

The building which now houses the Othello Community Museum served as a place of worship until the early 1970s. The building was vacated at that time. A group of area citizens banded together and raised enough money to purchase the building. It took thousands of hours of volunteer work and monetary contributions to renovate the building before opening to the public in the fall of 1972.

Exhibits have been designed to tell the story of how present day Othello, with its orchards, vineyards, and lush, green fields developed from an area, in the 1800s, that had rattlesnakes, jack rabbits, mile after mile of sagebrush, little water and devastating dust storms. Major exhibits include Othello’s railroading past and the arrival of irrigation water from the Columbia River.

The museum is open on Saturdays, 1 to 5 pm, from June through September. Special focus for this season will be cattle ranching in the 1800s, cattle and sheep brands and pioneer families.

The Old Hotel Art Gallery

The Old Hotel Art Gallery, was built in 1912 with 15 guest rooms which were regularly occupied for 62 years. Milwaukee Railroad crews regularly stayed in the hotel and it became an active part of the community’s economy. It had multiple owners during that time.

After closing in 1974 the building stood empty for about a year. Four local women saw potential in this old building, rallied community support and raised the $4,000 necessary to buy the building in 1975.

The building was renovated, volunteers were organized and the Old Hotel Art Gallery became a reality. It has remained open ever since – Tuesday through Saturday, 10am–5pm. The gallery has a part-time paid director who oversees a volunteer staff.

The Gallery also houses the Milwaukee Road Interpretive Caboose and the Othello Chamber of Commerce. Over 700 artists and craft designers sell their work here. A revolving artist of the month is also featured. Art Gallery staff will be recognizing Gladys Para, one of the original four organizers, during the month of July.

The Gorge Amphitheatre and Cave B Estate Winery

There’s no shortage of recreation and entertainment in central and eastern Washington.

The Gorge Amphitheatre is a natural concert venue overlooking the Columbia River in Washington. The venue offers more than 20,000 seats and has been known to host some of the world’s most sought after performers.

From Mumford and Sons to Dave Matthews Band and multiple day music festivals, the Gorge Amphitheatre’s 2019 summer lineup is sure to impress. It’s a place that music lovers will definitely want to visit this summer.

• August 1 - 4: Watershed featuring Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band and Jason Aldean

• August 9: Mumford and Sons with Portugal the Man

• August 10: The Avett Brothers with Lake Street Dive

• August 23: Bass Canyon Festival

• August 30 - Sept. 1: Dave Matthews Band

• September 6: Bon Iver

For breathtaking views and stellar wines, look no further than Cave B Estate Winery. You'll experience outdoor adventure and an unforgettable landscape at one of the Northwest’s finest resorts.

Cave B has added a world-class spa and inn to the vineyards, making it a memorable weekend get-away or vacation destination. You can stay in the luxurious cliffehouses or one of the extravagant desert yurts. Pamper yourself and your loved ones with pool-side reading, hot stone massages, facials or body wraps using Aveda products.

Sweeping panoramic gorge cliffs, valleys, and peaks make the property a stunning backdrop for the popular Tendrils Restaurant and the chef’s garden that provides fresh produce for the menu.

If you want a summer escape, check out Cave B.