(Original post published on Visitwenatchee.org )
It is no wonder North Central Washington has become a hot spot for young couples to say “I do”. The surrounding majestic mountains, lakeside views, picturesque wineries, high desert sunsets, and an average 300 days of sunshine per year in NCW has made this region a sought after venue to get married, honeymoon, AND for guests to have an amazing get-away. There are many different venue options from rustic barns, homesteads and ranches to mountain retreats, lakeside views, and vineyard sophistication to set the scene for your special day and wow your guests.
Only 2.5 hours away from Seattle or Spokane, right in the middle of Washington state, is the heartbeat of NCW; Wenatchee, Leavenworth, and Lake Chelan. Each town with their own beautiful natural character and charm offers a unique landscape and experience different from one another. Before, during and after your wedding everyone gets to enjoy all that NCW has to offer in recreation and scenery.
There are 101 reasons to get married in NCW, but I’ve narrowed the list down to the Top 5 Reasons to Get Married in NCW.
1. Pick your dream wedding scene
Do you vision your wedding at a mountain retreat, lakeside vineyard with a view, rustic barn, rolling meadow, garden, ballroom, or historical manor? North Central Washington has all of those beautiful venues and more. The landscape is simply amazing everywhere and each venue is perfectly placed to offer its natural beauty with a unique experience and ambiance for many different wedding day visions.
2. You are (almost) guaranteed a beautiful, sunny wedding day in NCW
Since NCW is located on the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountain range, this region sees on average 300 days of sunshine per year with warm summers and fairly mild winters. Every season is truly amazing in colors which you will see reflected in your wedding photos. Spring starts to show its blooms around April 1 and fall is vibrant up to the end of October. But don't count out a winter wedding in NCW, as your nuptials will be just as spectacular set against a winter white backdrop of gorgeousness.
3. Stay and play for your honeymoon
After the wedding, discover North Central Washington on your honeymoon. It will be a relaxing, fun-filled, beautiful and romantic experience. Explore the landscape by walking trails in the forests, lounging on a boat in the middle of the lake, wine tasting and fine dining with incredible views, stroll and shop for souvenirs in unique small towns, relax and pamper yourselves with spa treatments at posh hotels, and so on. This is just a small example of fun honeymoon experiences you will have fond memories of. You may even save money so you can save up for that first house. See THINGS TO DO for more information.
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4. Guests will love the get-away too!
Who doesn't enjoy a weekend away for a lovely wedding and discovering the territory? Explore the mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and incredible peak views of the Cascade mountain range from Wenatchee to Leavenworth and up to Winthrop. Enjoy wine tasting in one of the regions 75 plus wineries all conveniently located within a 50 mile radius.
Here are a few more suggestions:
- Wine taste and lounge on Lake Chelan. Heck, rent a boat for a day!
- Discover Wenatchee and the surrounding community’s natural beauty and social hot spots of an emerging dining and shopping scene.
- Venture up to Winthrop and enjoy the Pioneer spirit of the old west.
- Bake in the desert canyon sun at Crescent Bar Resort on the Columbia River and take in a beautiful meal at Tendrils restaurant above the cliffs at Cave B.
- If it's winter enjoy a skier’s paradise at Mission Ridge Ski Resort 20 minutes from Wenatchee.
5. Choose from a talented list of Wedding Vendors
You have a growing list of awesome vendors to choose from that make for easy planning. With an increase in NCW weddings there has been an emergence of talented entrepreneurs creating top notch businesses catering to the modern wedding couple. Caterers, bakers, event planners, event rentals, photographers, photo booths and more are located in NCW to help with your needs. See WEDDINGS resources for more information.
Drive 2.5 hours from Seattle area over the Cascade Mountain range, or take a 40 minute Horizon Air flight into Wenatchee. Connect direct from Seattle or Vancouver, BC to Winthrop by taking the most beautiful mountain view drive that loops back around via the amazing Cascade Loop.
The above post is sponsored by Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce. This post originated on VISITWENATCHEE.ORG in collaboration with myself, Lisa Traum of Livingncw, and the Chamber. All content and recommendations on this particular post are the sole creation and opinion of Lisa Traum. See more of my stories and other local bloggers stories in Wenatchee and surrounding communities on VISITWENATCHEE.ORG