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 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
I am part of the cowiche canyon kitchen + ice house bar team, specifically the kitchens.

I heart Yakima too….


ernie sapiro
Nov 11, 2013 11:47 am
Even though I live in Seattle now, Yakima will always be my home!

Jennifer Cruz
Nov 10, 2013 06:10 pm
Born and raised here! The people are warm and generous, our weather is amazing, you can drive anywhere in town in just about 15 minutes, and the wineries, orchards, and family farms make it a unique and fantastic place to live!

Nov 10, 2013 12:03 pm
I have hope for Yakima, particularly with you ladies doing good work to highlight what we have and what we can be.

Jennifer D. Collins
Nov 08, 2013 11:51 am
I want us to have pride in our community because we need to make something to be proud of.

Robert strader
Nov 05, 2013 09:48 pm
Yakima rocks!

Nov 01, 2013 07:50 pm
I "heart" Yakima!

Kim Johnson Rath
Oct 31, 2013 10:23 am
We are excited to move to Yakima next week and be property managers at Union Gap West! Like any town, you hear the good, the bad and the ugly and so I'm grateful for a website like this one where people who have lived here for a long time or moved here ON PURPOSE just LOVE IT! We have lived in the Seattle area for 18 years and raised our family here. I am a little tired of so much rain and gloom although Seattle is home and it's BEAUTIFUL here, no one would deny that. But I'm looking forward to 4 distinct seasons, sunshine even in the fall, winter and spring almost every day! It's so great how everyone comments on how friendly Yakima is and I can't wait to see for myself both in the community we will be a part of - or in Yakima proper. Thanks to everyone who commented on this page! I'm sure we are going to LOVE YAKIMA!

Cindy Holman
Oct 26, 2013 10:51 am
I don't live in Yakima, but I enjoy it very much! Amazing wines, scenery, wilderness and untouched beauty.

Kelly Lancaster
Oct 25, 2013 03:48 pm
I love Yakima for many reasons. It is not Seattle for one! Traffic is 10 cars in a row! Great artists around town. some of the best places to eat...especially 2nd Street Grill. the Weather is livable...long wonderful falls, short not too harsh winters, Early Springs that stretch on for a few months...not the few weeks I was used to in up state New York where I grew up. the summers may get hot here but there is no suffocating humidity like back East. People truly care about people in Yakima. Have lived here since 1990 and can not think of another place I would like to be...besides an ocean beach. we have the best of everything you can see awesome snow capped mountains that you can drive to in an hour or so. you have the Yakima River and Columbia river within an easy drive. and If you want big City...you can drive easily to Seattle and back in one day. and the ocean is not that far away either. Yes, We have the best of everything, scenery, location, and of course the wonderful people that make up Yakima and make it worth staying.

Dionetta Hudzinski
Oct 11, 2013 01:58 pm
It's been said that "Home is where you hang your hat". I believe that Home is where you hang your heart. And mine is in Yakima...Where you fall in love with a sky so blue that it puts tropical oceans to shame. Where the crisp fall mornings call your name and lure you outside to visit while still holding onto your cup of coffee. Where the first snow of Christmas glistens with the dazzling brilliance of pure diamonds. The springtime welcomes all the tender blossoms that promise you will not be disappointed with the harvest. Where the Summer never fails to make you forget that there was a time of sledding and snowball fights. And why do the citizens of Yakima remain silent to her wonders and beauty? It's simple. Because the native born people of Yakima are very good at keeping a secret. I miss Yakima, and MY dream is to be able to be blessed enough to move back home one day!

Barbara Larin-Blair
Oct 11, 2013 10:07 am
A community where people are greeted by name! Local businesses supporting local businesses. I love Yakima! And man, we sure have GREAT WINE!

Erika Harrison
Oct 10, 2013 09:55 am
The people are warm and friendly, and almost everywhere I go strangers talk to me and are very accepting of everyone. Yakima is a fun and loving community.

Carrie Snider
Oct 09, 2013 09:48 am
I've lived in Yakima for more than 30 years,and have grown to deeply love the rare beauty of this high desert valley, with it's velvet like ridges surrounding us. Autumns here are glorious, the light softens as winter is ushered in. I love walking our dogs in Franklin Park every night of the year, especially on a full moon night, listening to frogs singing their songs, chatting with so many friends made here over the years. I love the re-surgence of community pride exhibited by movements like Iheartyakima, TedX events, Seasons Performance Center, the blossoming wine community, Johnson Orchards....the list goes on and on.

Barbara Leavitt
Oct 06, 2013 11:12 am
Grew up here! Love the wine industry influence.

*Signed at Gilbert Cellars

Sandi Bransford
Sep 30, 2013 08:29 pm
Hopfest, 45 mintues to the cascades, a growing downtown, a few great restaurants, Yakima River, Yakima Craft "1982"

*Signed at Gilbert Cellars

Neil & Sarah Carrison
Sep 30, 2013 08:28 pm
I Love Yakima!!!

Tyson Baker
Sep 26, 2013 10:45 am
Long warm summers, tree ripened fruit, mild winters, and a myriad of year round outdoor activities compel me to choose Yakima as my home.

Sep 25, 2013 06:57 pm
Yakima is a fantastic city!!

lori schmitt
Sep 23, 2013 03:17 pm
I can't imagine starting my mornings any other way than watching the living painting of our beautiful hills blushing in the sunrise as I drive down Summitview to work.

Soo Choi
Sep 21, 2013 09:06 am
I Love Yakima!!! Yakima Is a wonderful place to live!!

Alexy Reynolds
Sep 12, 2013 02:48 pm
We are thrilled to open our winery in Yakima. Over the years we have created great relationships with the wonderful people of Yakima and look forward to working more closely with them and call Yakima our home!

Owen Roe
Sep 12, 2013 11:33 am
Wine, fruit, and mountains.

*Signed at Gilbert Cellars

Sean Erickson
Sep 09, 2013 10:15 am
Good climbing, room for positive change!

*Signed at Gilbert Cellars

Matthew Shlim
Sep 09, 2013 10:14 am

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