The mid-point between Spokane and Seattle, Wenatchee is the second largest city in Central Washington and is known as the Apple Capital of the World. Whether you visit in summer or winter, there is lots to do in Wenatchee for recreation, from skiing to skating, hiking to wine tasting. Wenatchee is a cool older town with a lot of history, rich agri-tourism, and outdoor activities. Just walking around you can see and feel the history dating back to the late 1800s.
If you are looking for a place to stay, SpringHill Suites by Marriott Wenatchee offers perfect lodging for your family to rest in after a great day of skiing or for your next business trip. In the morning, you can grab a delicious complimentary continental breakfast—eggs, sausage, waffles, oatmeal, cereal, muffins, coffee, tea—a variety of things to get your day started right. At night, you can end the evening with a freshly baked cookie. That’s always one of my kids’ favorite parts. This particular SpringHill Suites has some of the largest suites I’ve ever stayed in. For larger families, their suites work our perfectly because we can get adjoining suites, too. Modern and spacious, there’s a kitchenette, sleeper sofa, and work area. SpringHill Suites also feature a pool, fitness center, and internet access. Because of their versatility, they’re one of my favorite hotel lines to stay with when I travel.
Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort is located about 12 miles from Wenatchee on 2,000 acres on the Eastern side of the Cascade Mountains. With trails for multiple abilities, it’s a great family ski area. The day we were there it had snowed overnight and continued to snow all day, so there was fresh powder and then the powder was covered with wet heavy snow, nothing my East Coast family couldn’t handle. My youngest daughter wasn’t in the mood to hit the slopes, so she and I hung out in the lodge while my husband and the three kids skied the morning and early afternoon away.
After lunch, I took the kids and we had a late lunch/early après ski at Chair 5 pub while the husband took a few last runs on his own. We finally called it a day around 3 pm, but that was still about 5 hours of skiing, which isn’t bad for a day of heavy precipitation.
Pybus Market is a cool farmer’s market that has recently been opened. You’ll find restaurants, shops, artisans, family farmers, nonprofit organizations, and more where the Famous Apple Capital Loop, Riverfront Park, and Orondo Boat Basin converge. The Apple Capital Loop Trail is adjacent to the Pybus Market. Enjoy the majesty of the Columbia River, get a little exercise on the 10-mile paved trail, and then grab a bite to eat. We enjoyed a delicious wood oven pizza dinner after a day of skiing at Fire by Visconti at the Pybus Market. I also had a fantastic Bloody Mary with bacon at Fire, as well.