7 Reasons You Should Visit Wenatchee Right Now

Do you want to visit Wenatchee but aren’t sure what to do when you get to this small town in Washington State? With a population of around 34,000 people, you’ll find this town in Eastern Washington has plenty to offer visitors for a weekend getaway or summer vacation including wine tastings, a unique market, foodie stops, a historic downtown, outdoor recreation, and plenty of stunning scenery.

Here are seven reasons to visit Wenatchee right now!

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7 Reasons You Should Visit Wenatchee Right Now

1 Wine, Beer and Foodie Stops

Eastern Washington is known for its wine, beer, and spirits. While the libation scene is on the smaller side in Wenatchee, I foresee it only becoming more of a draw. For wine lovers, the area has ten wineries and over 15 tasting rooms. For beer drinkers, there are three brewing companies. And, if you are more into spirits, there are three distilleries.

I would suggest stopping by the Wenatchee Visitor Information Center tasting room first to get an idea of all that is offered in the area. And, if there is a particular drink you fancy, make plans to visit their location.

For foodies, one of the best places to start is at Pybus Market. There are several restaurants here, including a brewery and wine tasting room, and more restaurants in town. I can recommend Pybus Bistro for breakfast or brunch and McGlinn’s Public House for lunch or dinner.

2 Sculptures

Art is everywhere in Wenatchee, and it is FREE to see. If you are looking for an outdoor or kid-friendly activity check out Art on the Avenues. This display has 90 sculptures on the Apple Capital Loop Trail and throughout Wenatchee. Most of the pieces are outdoors along the Columbia River and in historic downtown with a few pieces indoors.

 

3 Apple Capital Loop Trail

Have a couple of hours and want to experience the great outdoors? Bike the 10-mile Apple Capital Loop Trail! The best place to start is at Pybus Market, and you can even rent bikes there at Alberg Sports. The trail is paved and the lop goes on either side of the river with two bridge crossings.

The section near town along the waterfront has parts that are more manicured, including trees for shade. The opposite side of the trail is more of an open prairie with very little shade. Regardless of where you go, you’ll find the sun intense in Washington, so be sure to wear sunscreen, bring a hat, sunglasses and a bottle of water. After your bike ride, cool down with some gelato by Ice at the market.

If walking is more your style, it is also a great place to stroll and admire the Wenatchee Valley scenery.

 

4  Ohme Gardens

Ohme Gardens is one attraction you don’t want to miss. Set on outside of town, the gardens are a wooden haven with hiking trails, ponds, and views of the valley. The story of the gardens is just as fascinating as the gardens themselves. Purchased in 1929, Herman and Ruth Ohme transformed their 40 acres into a dream garden with alpine meadows, shaded pools with benches, and hiking trails. For years, the gardens were the family’s retreat, and their children spent much of their childhood at the gardens and having summertime campfires.

Today, the gardens are open to the public from April 15th to October 15th, seven days a week. Parking is free. Tickets are $8 adult, $4 for children 6-17 and kids 5 and under are free.

5  A Hotel & Bed and Breakfast With a View

You’ll find plenty of lodging options in Wenatchee. During my visit, I stayed at the Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel and Warm Springs Inn & Winery. I’d recommend both.

If you want to be close to the action and the heartbeat of downtown Wenatchee, stay at the Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel. It is steps away from dining, shops, Pybus Market, and the Wenatchee Waterfront Park. Every room in the hotel has a view of the Wenatchee Valley, and if you have kids along with you, they will love the indoor/outdoor pool.

If you prefer staying at a bed and breakfast and are not traveling with kids, Warm Springs Inn & Winery sits along the Wenatchee River. Rooms are elegantly decorated, and the grounds include multiple shared living spaces, a wine tasting room, a large deck,  and a lawn that touches the banks of the river. In the morning, you’ll be served an amazing breakfast made by a seasoned chef.

6  Pybus Market

I love when small towns reinvest in historic buildings. That is exactly what happened with Pybus Market. A former dilapidated warehouse, the market is now a community hub with restaurants, vendors selling local wares and products like cheese, produce, meat and seafood, flowers, some international goods, and a farmers market.

The market is in an excellent location along the Columbia River and a block from downtown. If you only have a couple of hours to spend in Wenatchee, Pybus Market will give you a good taste.

7 – The Spirit of Wenatchee

If you’ve read my post about why I am so obsessed with Wenatchee, you’ll already be familiar with the story of Miss Veedol and pilots Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon. It is such an interesting tale and a sure-fire reason for history buffs to visit Wenatchee right now.

In short, the town has the honor of being connected with the first nonstop Pacific flight. When Pangborn and Hernon faced troubles on their flight from Japan to Seattle, which included issues with their landing gear, Pangborn decided to crash land the plane in an airfield East Wenatchee. A place he knew very well, for he is from the area. Both pilots survived and were the first to make the first nonstop flight across the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, the plane was sold and lost at sea several years later. That didn’t stop a group of local Miss Veedol enthusiasts who took it upon themselves to build a replica. You can see her by appointment. She is beautiful!

I suggest visiting the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center first as they have an exhibit on the pilots and the original plane propeller.

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27 thoughts on “7 Reasons You Should Visit Wenatchee Right Now”

  1. Wenatchee is a beautiful city. I used to guide white water on the Wanatchee river. It’s a fun class three river with huge water. There are like 12′ waves in the spring that are just clean fun without too much danger since it’s only class 3. I always loved going to the bars on our Wenatchee runs. It’s super cute there. I loved reading your article and remembering good times.

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    • Jenn and Ed, I heard it is a good place for rafting, but haven’t done it yet. I’ve rafted before and honestly, it scares me. I know, I’m a super wimp, I’d much rather zip line. Glad you read my article and remembered the good times.

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  2. We took our family to Ohme Gardens several years ago, and really loved it. We didn’t really explore any more of Wenatchee on that trip, though, and I’m kind of sad we didn’t get to see more. I also love it when historic buildings are re-purposed, so I’d love to see the Plybus Market! It reminds me of our own Liberty Station here in San Diego. It used to be a military training center.

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    • Tami, That’s great! It is such a great place to spend some time with the family and enjoy nature. I haven’t heard of the Liberty Station, but I like it already is it is repurposed! Will have to check it out when I’m in San Diego.

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  3. This is such a fab guide! The last time I was in Wenatchee I was 15 with my mom, I think my trip mostly consisted of malls and movies. This list is definitely more cultured than my lats visit – I love the sculptures and the sounds of Ohme gardens.

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    • Miranda, I had a few of those type of trips with my mom when I was 15 too. I hope your travels take you back and so you can experience another side of Wenatchee.

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  4. We briefly visited Washington State during a roadtrip of the West coast last year, and really loved it. I would love to get back and explore more, spend some time in Wenatchee too. Cool that the Visitor Information Center has a tasting room! Sounds like a great way to spend the day would be to grab breakfast at Pybus Market and then get some bikes for the Apple Capital Loop Trail – thanks for the tips; I hadn’t heard of Wenatchee before today!

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    • Megan, I think the tasting room in the Visitor Center is such a great idea. Perfect place to get an intro to the area and all it has to offer. I hope you get to make it back to Washington State. The landscape is so diverse and the communities so unique.

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    • Megan, I think the tasting room in the Visitor Center is such a great idea. Perfect place to get an intro to the area and all it has to offer. I hope you get to make it back to Washington State soon. The landscape is so diverse and the communities so unique.

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  5. I am not much of a drinker, but the foodie spots sound great. I love the gardens. Sounds like a great place to explore. I would also want to go to the market. Never even heard of this city in Washington, but now I would like to visit.

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  6. Nice post. I had never heard of this place. Your post makes me want to see it. I also liked the slideshow of those beautiful photos. I would like to go there for food and sculptures. The view from the hotel also looks amazing.

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  7. I’d really love to return to Washington State as I’ve not been for decades and I keep reading great content like this about how wonderful the food and drink scenes are there, and I know my husband would love the craft beer options particularly. Combine that with lovely bed and breakfast accommodation, pretty places like Wenatchee to visit and the natural landscape, it’s a winner!

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    • Kavita, The craft beer scene is HUGE here so your hubs would most certainly be in heaven. I hope you get to return soon and get a chance to check out Wenatchee!

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  8. Thanks for sharing this post! Ohme Gardens, Pybus Market, and Apple Capital Loop Trail sounds really fun. I really love the idea of biking along the beautiful views of the place and I really love gardens and it’s beautiful plants and flowers plus the activities that Ohme Gardens can offer.

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  9. Wenatchee seems super cool, with lots of things to do even though it is a small town. I love the look of Pybus Market – I too am really in to bringing old buildings back to life and in the UK we have a growing trend of markets in old warehouses!

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  10. Wenatchee looks like a stunning town to visit. I love all the sculptures around the town. We could spend all day wandering around the Ohme Gardens with a picnic basket, blanket and a good book in hand. The Prybus market looks like a fun place. Our entire family would enjoy the learning about the pilots and seeing the aircraft used for the first nonstop Pacific flight.

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    • Lance, I could spend an entire day at Ohme Gardens too. So peaceful, and all the shaded nooks are so inviting. Thanks so much for commenting!

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  11. I have been twice in the States, but unfortunately never reached Washington State. And Wenatchee seems to be a very quiet and family-friendly destination. I always love markets when we travel and Plybus looks like a must. It would be so great if all cities and town would invest a bit more in historic buildings. Thanks for sharing this

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    • Andra, The US is so big and there is so much to see. I hope, the next time you make it this way, you find yourself in Washington. It is such a beautiful state and Wenatchee is such a great place to experience the eastern side.

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  12. When I come across posts like this, I realise how little I know about the US. I’ve only visited New York, which is great but very multicultural. Wenatchee sounds like the kind of place I can experience the true US. I particularly like the sound of hunting the cities for sculptures (much better than hunting it for Pokemon), Ohme gardens, and the former warehouse cum market. When my wife and I finally get to do a big US trip, we’ll look into Wenatchee for sure.

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    • Chris, There are so many small town gems all over the US that really let you get a sense of American life. I hope you get to explore the US and Wenatchee soon!

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