Wenatchee Washington is one of the largest cities in the central part of the state and serves as the county seat of scenic Chelan County. Found on the eastern side of the Cascade Range, it enjoys drier weather than most of the state’s more westerly locales, and the approximately 32,000 residents are treated to around 300 sunny days on an average annual basis. As for nicknames, Wenatchee has been dubbed the "Apple Capital of the World", and this reflects the fact that numerous orchards populate the immediate area. One of the city’s most popular annual events celebrates the local crop.
The city of Wenatchee Washington is approximately 150 miles east of Seattle and around 170 miles west of Spokane. Running along the city’s eastern border is the Columbia River, while the Cascade Mountains rise up to the near west. It is truly divine location, and one that encourages residents and visitors alike to get out and enjoy some recreation. Outdoor activity options include hiking, river rafting, fishing and biking. Once winter rolls around, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and downhill skiing become the most popular outdoor activities. As for other Wenatchee activity options, the city and the surrounding area offer up opportunities to go golfing, sample some regional wine, do some antique hunting, and plenty more. Suffice it to say that getting bored on a Wenatchee Washington vacation is basically not an option.
Washington State Apple Blossom Festival
Apple Blossom Festival
It only makes sense that a city with the nickname of Apple Capital of the World would play host to some sort of apple festival. This is just the case in Wenatchee, with the annual apple affair being known as the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival. Held over the course of two weeks in April and May, this tasty event features plenty of delectable treats for visitors to indulge in. Apple pie is certainly in good supply. In addition to a food fair, the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival offers a carnival, two parades, a side festival that revolves around arts and crafts and a variety of other things. Tens of thousands drop into town to enjoy the event, so booking accommodations well in advance is recommended.
Wenatchee National Forest
Wenatchee National Forest
The city of Wenatchee Washington serves as a major gateway for the Wenatchee National Forest. It is where you will find the forest area’s headquarters (215 Melody Lane), and the forest itself begins just a short distance west of town. Miles upon miles of trails await hikers, horseback riders and bikers within the Wenatchee National Forest boundaries, and those who are interested in adding to their activity options can look to do some berry picking, wildlife viewing, camping and swimming.
Ohme Gardens dazzles with its delightful garden paths, its shimmering pools and its stunning views. The married couple who created it and gave it their name transformed an originally dry and rather desolate site into a verifiable paradise. The bluff-side location affords excellent views of the Columbia River valley and the Cascade Range, and this is the icing on the top. Weddings are often held at the gardens because of the beautiful setting, and regardless of when or why you visit, the experience is bound to prove relaxing and enlightening. Ohme Gardens is open daily between April 15 and October 15. A reasonable admission rate applies, and the general hours are 9 am to 6 pm. During the Memorial Day to Labor Day period, the gardens remain open until 7 pm.