Why You Need To Visit Wenatchee In Fall

Autumn is my favorite time of the year and fall in Wenatchee is a must experience when exploring Washington State. There are Pacific Northwest hikes to take in the colors, dog-friendly trails and the added bonus of following up your day with a craft beer at one of the many local breweries.

Last fall, Visit Wenatchee invited me and Hazel (my blue heeler) to experience fall hiking in Wenatchee as well as Brewers Row and Faire Le Pont Winery. If you find yourself in Wenatchee and looking for things to do, here are five ideas to put on your itinerary.

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5 Reasons To Visit Wenatchee This Fall

1. A Hike With Fall Colors

The trail to Clara and Marion Lake is 4.5 miles-roundtrip and the terrain is mostly uphill but starts to level out once you get closer to the lake. Hazel and I started early in the morning as reviews said the trail would get crowded later in the day and it did. We only saw four people in the morning, and on the way back, at least 20 with more hikers in the parking lot.

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Reviews also said the larch trees were in full yellow display and I wanted to see what that was all about. We started to see some about 40 minutes into the hike and then more around the lake.

Hiking tip: Near the top, the trail merges with another trail. Go left for the lakes. Read more about the trail here.

Once you reach the lakes, spend some time walking around as the scenery is beautiful. If you brought a snack or lunch, enjoy it here. Hazel and I picked a shady spot under some trees next to Clara Lake to play and rest for a while before hiking back down.

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In total, we were hiking for about six hours, but we took our time and made stops for play and photos. Plus, I did make a wrong turn (I went right instead of left for the lakes), so that cost me some trail time.

Hiking Tip: Bring water, a snack, a camera and wear layers. It will most likely be a bit chilly in the morning, but you’ll warm up fast as you progress uphill.

2. A Hike With A View

For an easy hike with a view, I recommend the main trail at Dry Gulch Preserve. A former mine site, the trails can be easy or hard depending on which trails you take. For an easier hike, follow the main gravel road up the side of the hill and back down. On your way up, don’t forget to turn around and look back at the Wenatchee Valley spread out before you.

The slope is easy and the pace steady. Once you reach the top, the valley becomes more hidden from view.

A dog at Dry Gulch Preserve.

There is also a 3.3-mile loop trail and a 5.6-mile loop trail if you have more time. The trailhead starts near the popular Saddle Rock ( in the video on the left) which also has amazing views of the Wenatchee Valley.

3. Post-Hike Liquid Rewards

For a liquid reward, there are plenty of breweries and wineries to choose from. For beer lovers, I recommend picking up a Brewers Row passport at the Wenatchee Valley Visitor Center downtown. Passports can also be picked up at the breweries, but getting one here is a fun way to start your adventure as they have a tasting bar made out of a 1946 Amigos Orchard truck!

The passport lists the three breweries you need to visit and all are within walking distance. Visit each brewery to get a drink and a stamp and once the card is full, return the visitor center to get your stainless steel pint glass.

Stops on the Brewers Row Passport

Want to learn more about Brewers Row? Check out this article on Scenic Washington!

Dog treats at Firehouse Pet Shop in Wenatchee, Washington.

The Perfect Stop For Your Pet!

If you are traveling with your pup, be sure to stop at the Firehouse Pet Shop & Grooming in downtown. The bakery has beautifully decorated cookies (and cakes) all for dogs! If you are in need of a leash or food, they have that too and much more, including a full-service grooming and a self-washing station downstairs.

4. Post Hike Food Options

Saddle Rock Pub and Brewery

For Italian-inspired eats head to Saddle Rock Pub and Brewery. Located downtown, it is within walking distance of the breweries on Brewers Row. If you have your dog with you, there is outside seating at long picnic tables. Great food with a laid back atmosphere.

Chateau Faire Le Pont

For an elegant dining experience head to Chateau Faire Le Pont. The winery is both a tasting room and a restaurant that serves lunch and dinner. There are specific restaurant hours, so be sure to review them here before you drive to the winery as it is outside of town.

When you enter, you’ll be inside the tasting room, which features a tasting bar along with tables, chairs and couches. The restaurant is on the opposite end of the tasting bar and is intimate and welcoming. Throughout my dining experience, I had excellent service and an outstanding meal.

Pet tip: Another unique feature of the winery is an outdoor enclosed dog park with a few tables and seating arrangements as well as a nice water feature.

For dining, I also recommend McGlinn’s Public House, and in Pybus Public Market, Pybus Bistro and South.

5. The New Off-Leash Dog Park

Wenatchee is a very dog-friendly town and Hale Park Off-Lease Dog Park is their newest furry facility. The 2-acre fenced dog park has an outer walking trail and inner play area. Trees have been planted, but since this is a new park they are small and don’t provide much shade yet. If you go on a sunny day, bring a hat and sunglasses.

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Where to Stay In Wenatchee

Springhill Suites by Marriott Wenatchee

The Springhill Suites by Mariott has hosted my most recent stays in Wenatchee. While I have stayed in Mariott brand hotels before, I have not stayed in a Springhill Suites and I have to say I loved my experience both times. The hotel features 108 modern suites that are big enough for families.

The Springhill Suites by Marriott Wenatchee.

I appreciate spacious rooms and the suites have a ton of space! The bedroom area has plenty of room to move around and includes two bathrooms, one with a shower and sink, and another with a toilet and a sink. To separate the space is a large work desk with a sitting area with a couch and a wet bar with a microwave and mini-fridge.

In the morning, is a great complimentary breakfast with lots of healthy options, hot items, pastries, yogurt, and fruit. On a nice day sit on the outdoor patio and soak up the warm Wenatchee weather.

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The hotel also has a pool, hot tub, free WiFi, barbecue grills, and a 24-hour fitness room.

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If you are traveling with your furbaby I recommend the Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel. Located in the heart of downtown Wenatchee, guests can walk around town with ease, and the pet charge is $10 per pet per stay.

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20 thoughts on “Why You Need To Visit Wenatchee In Fall”

  1. Anywhere where there is nature, views and a good hike and I am there. Who knows, hopefully I can check out Washington State a bit more in depth on my next visit and get a few hikes in. I know where I will be coming to ask for advice 🙂

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    • Danik, Yes! You were not here long enough. I’d love to do some hikes with you! Be sure to let me know when you are back this way!

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  2. Love fall colors, too. But have not been to Wenatchee during fall even when we were living in Seattle. I particularly liked your “liquid rewards” tag. Maybe it should also be “gifts of food.”

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    • Carol, I hope your travels bring you back up north and you can explore more of Eastern Washington. Wenatchee is such a neat town!

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  3. Fall is a great season to do some hiking, it’s not too hot and you get those wonderful leaf colours… Thank you for the accommodation recommendations, it’s a great help in planning a trip!

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    • Delphine, I’m a bit of a weather wimp, so being in Eastern Washington in the fall and spring is great for cooler temps. I hope you get to check Wenatchee out one day soon!

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  4. So they “invited me and Hazel (my blue heeler) to experience fall hiking in Wenatchee as well as Brewers Row and Faire Le Pont Winery..” How did Hazel like the brew pubs and winery I am left wondering. I’m sure she liked the cookies at the bakery. I do love places that, like the winery, that are so accomodating for travelers with dogs by providing dog-friendly outside seating. Sounds like you had a great adventure.

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    • Michael, Hazel went with me to all the breweries, which all had outdoor seating as an option. She was pretty tired from our hike so she just chilled out next to me. At the winery, while parts of it are dog-friendly, the restaurant side is not, so she hung out in the car while I dined. I should add that into the post! Thanks!

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  5. Every picture of those fall colors is stunning. Your posts definitely make me wish I did like, a two-month road trip all around Washington State before moving away! The larch trees are beautiful, and I think that idea of the brewery passport is so fun! If I am ever back visiting family during the fall, I will be lobbying hard for a trip out east to see Wenatchee during this beautiful season. Thanks for sharing, Lara!

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    • Kevin, I hope you get to come back and explore more. One of the things I love about Washington is that it has such varying landscapes. The larch trees were very impressive!

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  6. I haven’t really had a chance to explore Washington beyond Seattle and Spokane, so I’d really love the chance to get out and explore more one of these days. And if my midlife knees aren’t up to a hike, I could totally crush trying the post-hike liquid refreshments and food options!

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    • Sage, I hope you get out to explore Washington State more! There is so much to see. If your knees can handle bike-riding there is the 10-mile Apple Loop Trail and a bike rental place at Pybus Market. I rode the trail a few years ago and had a ton of fun. One side has fewer trees, so definitely bring a hat on a sunny day.

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  7. I would love to explore this area with my pup! Was the hotel you stayed at dog-friendly? If so, was there an extra fee for pets?
    I really love the Brewers Row passport. What a fun way to end your hike and hopping around the different breweries. I love that you can even get a free glass if you get all the stamps. How fun!

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    • Candy, You and your very cut dog would love it! For a dog-friendly hotel, stay at the Coast Hotel Wenatchee. It costs $10 per day, per pet, and it is right next to the Visitor Center.

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    • That was such an amazing hike. I’m so glad I did that when I was there. I loved all the colors and the crisp mountain air, and Hazel had a blast.

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  8. “Post-hike liquid rewards” – yes, I do like how you phrased that haha. This looks like a beautiful area! Both hikes look delightful, and I love the idea of visiting a brewery or winery afterward.

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