Wine Time

RiverPointe Development is within a few miles of several award-winning wineries. Clearwater Canyon Cellars in Lewiston, Idaho, Basalt Cellars in Clarkston, Washington and Colter’s Creek Winery in Juliaetta, Idaho create wines made mostly from local grapes. Some of the wineries bring in grapes from the world-famous Walla Walla or Columbia Valley, about 90 miles west of here.

Colter’s Creek in Juliaetta, makes for an enjoyable afternoon or evening adventure. Sample local wines and microbrews in their tasting room and wine bar and settle in with some tasty treats from their small plates menu and a glass of whatever hit your palate that day.

The owners of Clearwater Canyon Cellars, Karl and Coco, are fun to hang out with at the tasting room on a Saturday or Sunday. Coco will pour you a taste of wine and tell you about how it’s made from grapes grown on a slope that grew grapes 140 years ago that were made into award-winning wine!

In addition to having amazing varietals of wine, the Basalt Cellars tasting room is filled with fabulous wine-related accessories, t-shirts and other items that make great gifts.

Plan your fun wine adventures around the area and don’t forget to tell them we sent you!

Running the River

The Clearwater Snake River Recreation Trail makes getting your exercise easy when you live at RiverPointe. Just a short distance from the entry to the development, a paved walking trail and sidewalk through the town of Asotin, Washington lead you to Chief Looking Glass Park and the beginning of this amazing system of trails developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Walk, bike, rollerblade or run four miles along the Snake River from Chief Looking Glass Park to Swallow’s Park and a busy boat launch. From here, you’ll continue under the Southway Bridge, by beaches, through parks and beneath beautiful trees to the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake rivers. Restrooms are available along the way.

If you’re feeling really adventurous, and in the market for more calorie burning, cross the Blue Bridge over to Lewiston, Idaho and continue along the Clearwater River, or turn South towards Hells Gate State Park. It’s somewhere around here that I usually call for backup to meet me for drinks or lunch and a ride back home!

Fall at RiverPointe

It’s a beautiful, fall day at RiverPointe.
A few recent rainstorms have cooled the day time temperatures into the 60s and created some chilly nights. Today, beautiful grey clouds move over the hillside creating a moving pattern of light and shadows.

Fishermen are floating the Snake River in their boats during one of the biggest salmon runs in recent history. Down at the Bird Sanctuary, a couple has their binoculars set on some distant point, watching for bald eagles, or perhaps some other bird migrating through the area. Mule deer are roaming the hillside above the development, keeping an eye on me and my dog, ready to bolt if we head their direction.