YOUR WEEKEND WANDERING GUIDE TO WENATCHEE
My girl friend is coming from Seattle to visit me this Summer and I've got to plan a fun weekend filled with what I would want her to experience from our small town character.
Wenatchee = sunshine, natural beauty, outdoor recreation, wine tasting, relaxation and much more. You won't need to pack your umbrella for this trip, just a pair of shades and sunscreen to protect you from the 300 days average sunshine per year that keeps this region Washington's #1 playground. Eastern Washington's sun beckon's everyone to come explore its forests, lakes, rivers, and high desert terrains so rich in beauty, natural resources and culture.
Here I've highlighted the best of Wenatchee that should be of interest to you when visiting the valley and surrounding communities for your long weekend.
WINE THIRTY! Norwood Wine Bar
Wenatchee’s newest hot spots and local favorites may impress you if you’re looking for a little sophistication with small town Wenatchee vibes. We'll first need to catch up over a glass of wine at Norwood Wine Bar, where complimentary gourmet nibbles accompany a glass of select Pacific Northwest Wines. Vintage inspired cocktails and small bites at Sidecar Lounge is another swanky option. Norwood Wine Bar, 23 S Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801
DINNER | MUSIC | McGlinns Public House
For dinner, Wenatchee local's longtime favorite pub, McGlinns, is a popular social spot. We can sit outdoors in the cozy parklet and enjoy a talented line-up of good music, good food, and an atmosphere that is lively, fun and uniquely Wenatchee. McGlinns Public House, 111 Orondo Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801. (509) 663-9073
YOU MUST SEE
THE MOST IMPRESSIVE COLLECTION OF NCW LANDSCAPE PHOTOS EVER.
If you want to really see North Central Washington region in all its glory thru every season over the last 5 years, you must check out McGlinn's facebook page for the largest collection of NCW photos ever taken. All captured by the artistic eye of McGlinn's owner, Michael Bendtsen. https://www.facebook.com/mcglinns
PYBUS PUBLIC MARKET
Let's experience Wenatchee's burgeoning retail and restaurant community downtown and at Pybus Market. Saturday is our best day to shop over the weekend as the majority of downtown businesses are closed on Sunday to spend the time with their families. Additionally, Wenatchee Farmers Market is only available on Saturday's at Pybus, so this day is best to spend a few hours perusing the boutiques, antiques, and novelty goods at both Pybus Market and downtown Wenatchee.
Pybus Public Market, on Saturday mornings is buzzing with the Farmer's Market and local's looking for breakfast meet ups or as a repreive along the Apple Capital Loop Trail. Pybus Market is a cool historic steel building turned into a market of restaurants, shops, farmer & artisan markets, and community event space.
Pybus Public Market, 3 N Worthen St, Wenatchee, WA 98801. (509) 888-3900
WHAT TO DO AT PYBUS:
- GRAB BREAKFAST at Mamma D's during market hours for fresh baked cinnamon rolls or pick up a coffee and breakfast burrito at Hot Rodzz Espresso if we want to grab and go. Or we can have a nice leisure brunch at Pybus Bistro on their outside patio.
- SHOP a unique mix of vendors offering seasonal fruits & vegetables, cut flowers, one-of-a-kind artisan goods, and tasty cuisine during the Wenatchee Farmers Market hours of 8 am - 1 pm.
- PICK UP cheese, meats, crackers, nuts, wine, fruit & veggies, kambucha, olive oil & balsamic and desert at one of the many gourmet foods shops if we decide to wine taste with a view at 1 or 2 wineries for the afternoon.
- RENT BIKES at Arlberg and ride the Apple Captial loop trail if we are feeling energetic.
From Pybus Market, walk the Apple Capital Loop Trail and connecting foot bridge into downtown Wenatchee.
SATURDAY AFTERNOON: Downtown via Loop Trail
From Pybus Market, walk the Apple Capital Loop Trail and connecting foot bridge into downtown Wenatchee for wine tasting and shopping.
With an emergence of new businesses in fashion and food opening in Wenatchee the last few years, you'll want to see the latest and greatest from our newest entreprenuers. Downtown Wenatchee is abundant in clothing, gifts, outdoor gear, home decor, antiques, upcycled boutiques, new wine bars, and finer restaurants that should fit with your taste level.
First stop should be Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce Tasting Room for all the information you want to know about the valley. While we are there and discovering the region, we may as well taste award-winning wine from our local wineries and micro-breweries at their custom vintage truck bar!
Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce, 137 N Wenatchee Ave Suite 101, Wenatchee, WA 98801. (509) 662-2116
NOTABLE SHOPS TO CHECK OUT:
- Threads, Savi, and Twill for premium denim and clothing.
- Arlberg and Performance Footwear for a huge selection of better brand outdoor clothing and gear.
- Simply Unique, Spruce & Willow and Rekindled for cool vintage finds, repurposed objects and redesigned furniture.
- Gilded Lily, Tumbleweed Shop & Studio, and Pickle Papers for unique gifts, jewelry, and home decor. All super cute stores with great products.
- Need to get your nails done? Elements Salon & Wellness and Pure Salon are nice salons with nail services.
- Need a healthy pick-me-up mid afternoon? Hunter's Wife Health Bar for acai power bowls.
SATURDAY DINNER: Highlander Grill
The best thing about Wenatchee? The views in my opinion! Highlander Golf Club has a great view of the valley from the bluffs above in East Wenatchee. They also have good burgers and a beautiful patio setting at the Highlander Grill. After a day of shopping and sightseeing, we can unwind with TOMATO CAPRESE MARTINI and SOUTHWEST PRAWN COCKTAIL as we gaze at the view, relax and enjoy a peaceful Saturday night. Everyone welcome, including kids.
If you’re leaving today, lets get outside and enjoy the great outdoors before heading home and hike one of the many trails above Wenatchee for a beautiful view of the valley. This may take a couple hours. I suggest family friendly trails such as: (You may be linked to wentacheeoutdoors.org for outdoor recreation information).
· Sage Hills Trail, the foothills of Wenatchee
· A beautiful drive thru Entiat valley to Silver Falls
· Icicle Gorge Trail off Icicle Creek road in Leavenworth. (Head back to Seattle from here.)
Pack a lunch or picnic with the cheese, crackers and other provisions we picked up at Pybus Market the day before to enjoy after hike. When finished we can top off our hike with a milkshake made from the freshest seasonal fruits at Lisa Bee’s.
FOR MORE DETAILS ON ALL OUTDOOR RECREATION, REFER TO
All photos Livingncw.com unless otherwise noted.
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