Pullman, Washington

Pullman, Washington and Moscow, Idaho sit less than 10 miles apart in the rolling landscape of the Palouse. Pullman was named for the proprietor of the Pullman Car Company, George Pullman. The origin of Moscow's name is still disputed. However, it was once called Hog's Heaven. The hills of the Palouse, which resemble golf course bunkers, are actually silt dunes created during the last ice age.

Go cycling through wheat and rapeseed fields, in the hills of the Palouse countryside, on the paved Latah Trail. Or, cruise the scenic Palouse Scenic Byway by car, stopping at the Steptoe Butte or Palouse Falls State Parks for stunning views. Take a glass blowing workshop, weave beads, listen to music, or shop the gallery at Artisans at the Dahmen Barn. Indulge in a wine tasting and an art exhibit at the Wawawai Canyon Winery. Wander through the University of Idaho's Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and through carpets of fallen golden Tamarack leaves.

Sit down to a hearty meal of winter pasta with pumpkin seed pesto, or bacon-wrapped meatloaf with chipotle barbecue sauce at Moscow's Nectar. Enjoy two of eastern Washington's best - wine and steak - at Black Cypress. Choose a glass or a bottle from their list of Pacific Northwest wines, and order your rib eye as you like it.