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Summers in the Pacific Northwest are some of the best in the world, they are warm, sunny and drier than the other 9 months of the year. Washington uses up all it’s great weather karma on the couple short months of Summer. So, Tom and I pack our Summer weekends as full of fun and date nights as we possibly can. It seems like we are always on the go, hopping from one festival to the next concert to the next outdoor activity, all Summer long. And, even then, there is still so much we miss out on because we can’t fit it all in. Last weekend was another notch in our epic Summer adventures.
We’ve been hearing about this cidery over on the peninsula for months, everyone who has been has raved about it. We finally decided one Sunday morning to hop a ferry and see for ourselves what all the fuss was about. Rumor had it, that Finnriver Cidery was a gorgeous outdoor venue, with live music, great food, lawn games and was perfect for all ages. That’s a tall order to fill, and we couldn’t wait to see if it lived up to the hype. It was a perfect, sunny day, and it might be the cider talking but let’s take a look at 4 reasons you want to add Finnriver Cidery to your Pacific Northwest adventures this summer.
For those who know me, it’s no secret that I love cider. Since it’s so versatile, with so many flavors and profiles, it’s a perfect drink year round. For the summer, I love something light with floral notes. In the Fall, I usually go for something heavy on apples with a more robust body. Winter I love a cranberry or currant cider to put me in a festive mood. And, Spring is the perfect time of year for slightly sweet pear.
Since it was our first time at Finnriver Cidery, we decided to do a flight and try out a variety of their ciders. We sampled some of their most popular from an oaky apple to a blueberry blast of flavor! I definitely recommend if it’s your first time, trying a flight to see a variety of what’s available. On the next drink, Tom went for his favorite from the flight, a black currant. I went out on a limb and tried a cranberry rosehip that turned into my favorite of the entire day.
One of the things that I was most looking forward to at Finnriver Cidery was the grounds. It didn’t disappoint. The 50+ acre farm is something out of a modern day, Pinterest inspired, fairy tale. The rustic wood and galvanized steel of the covered seating, tasting room and food vendors is the perfect contrast to the farm’s lush backdrop. Quaint apple and pear orchards have geese milling about the trees and sweet sheep baaing in the far pasture. The farm runs next to a charming small creek. This would be a perfect venue for an event!
Going to a bar is great. There are fun drinks, usually good food, and sometimes live music. But, once you get there, order a drink and some food, then what? There isn’t anything else left to do. I am loving the trend of having games and things to do at venues. It will keep me there longer, and in the end spending more money. This is a win for the business, but also a win for me! I could happily spend the afternoon playing lawn games in the sun. Finnriver Cidery has a couple cornhole boards, along with space to bring your own. We noticed a couple of serious players brought in their own custom board to play on. And, there is my favorite, a bocce ball court.
On the day we were at Finnriver Cidery, there was a crepe stand, woodfired pizzas being loaded into the oven and a vendor catering seafood to the crowds. This apparently changes slightly depending on the day and time you arrive. Tom and I split a pepperoni pizza, which was one of the best pizzas I’ve had in a long time. Next time, I will definitely be trying the crepes and Tom is already excited to try the seafood or one of the brats they serve as well.
While we didn’t get to hear any of the live music, they do regularly have music, including a couple hours after we had to leave to catch our ferry. This venue is definitely kid friendly with a great sandbox, huge tires to climb and lots of space for kids to run around. But, as someone without kids, it didn’t feel like a place that was geared towards kids. Adults and kids could co-mingle without negatively influencing the experience of the other.
So, bottom line, would I recommend Finnriver Cidery? Outstanding yes. Would I go again? Even with it being a bit of a pain to get to, and needing to take a ferry from my location, yes, absolutely. We are already planning our next trip back.
Have you been to Finnriver Cidery? What was your experience?