Travel Guide: Wenatchee
Last weekend I visited one of my best friends in Wenatchee. We had the best time although, to be honest, we were so busy catching up that I didn't take many pictures. We stayed up late talking and drinking wine then woke up early to hit the sites.
Where: Wenatchee, WA
When: April 2018
(we went to a few places but I didn't take pictures)
- Tastebuds Coffee and Wine: Amazing food, wine and ambiance. We went there for my birthday dinner - I had salmon and we shared a chocolate ice cream cake slice for dessert. My friend lives there and loves it. And yes it is in a shopping mall but don't let that fool you!
- Stones Gastropub: I DO NOT RECOMMEND! We went there and they made us wait awkwardly at the door even though the place was dead. The waitress was rude. And I had a gyro and it wasn't worth the price. The place we originally wanted to go, McGlnn's Public House, had a wait, but this now makes me realize why. This place was empty on a Saturday night but most of the other places in town were hopping.
- Argonaut Espresso Bar: AMAZING coffee. I had a local chai latte and Hanna had a horchata latte and both were amazing. It's the cutest little hut and you might miss if you don't look careful.
- Blewett Brewing Company: We ordered a flight and a cider at this brewery. The beverages were good, I think I remember not liking one of the beers as much, but it was still good beer. The guy next to use ordered a pizza which looked amazing! They have a nice little patio area outside (with heating lamps) for dogs and those who enjoy being outdoors.
- Blue Spirits Distilling: We didn't actually have a drink here but my friend bought a refill of their gin which I did have the night before when she made me a gin and tonic at her house. I would recommend stopping in The gin was delicious and the employees are very nice. Of note though their bottles are a little pricey. I am used to paying about $30 for a local bottle of alcohol and it was $50 here.
- Wok About Mongolian Grill: We didn't eat here but stopped in for drinks. We sat at the bar which I would recommend or the patio. They opened the patio doors/windows and the views of the mountains were breathtaking.
DO: Pybus Public Market (Wentachee)
We went to Pybus Public Market Friday night and enjoyed some pre-dinner wine. The market has a bunch of stores, food, and drinks so I would highly recommend visiting. It has something for everyone and is beyond adorable. Hanna said they have dance classes, comedy nights, and other fun events throughout the week!
DO: Lake Chelan
Lake Chelan is a must if you are a wine enthusiast. It's about a 50 minute drive from Wentachee and well worth the trip. The lake, the third deepest in the United States, is surrounded by gorgeous orchards and wineries. In the summer, you can relax on the beach and play in the water or spend the day enjoying amazing wine on one of the many wineries patios. Keep in mind that most wineries close early, 5pm when we were there, so it's best to start early. There is also a cute downtown but we didn't venture there. I don't remember exactly which ones we visited but they are all pretty amazing. For more information on things to do, lodging, and dining visit their amazing website.
Originally we were going to hike to Lake Colchuck but it was snowing in the mountains (the lake is a hard climb straight up to a glacial lake) so we decided to play around Leavenworth instead. For those of you living under a rock (just kidding!) Leavenworth is a small resort town in Washington that is "Bavarian" themed. All the buildings and restaurants, including the grocery stores and gas stations, are built to resemble a Bavarian village. There are plenty of shops, wineries, breweries, and restaurants to keep you busy. We drove down both Highway 2 towards Seattle to visit Lake Wentachee and down Icicle Road to view some gorgeous waterfalls and hiking trails. There is a hiking trail called "The Enchantments" that we both want to plan on doing next year. It's about 18 miles in one direction.
We had amazing beer at Icicle Brewing and delicious brats and giant pretzels at Munchen Haus. I'm sure there are other amazing places but I would highly recommend these. Depending on when you head there and the rotation of the taps Icicle Brewing has a beer called "Darker Persuasion" that was to die for. We actually kept going back for more after originally only wanting to stay for one.
DO: Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery (??)
We stopped at the fish hatchery but there were no fish or people working. It looked like a great facility and Hanna said a lot of people talk about so maybe we just went during off-season? I would say visit at your own risk! Haha
There is a large parking lot at the start of the Snow Lakes Trailhead. We did not hike but we stopped there and ate our lunch on the rocks in front of the beautiful waterfall. It was extremely relaxing. The next day I went back and drove up Icicle Road until I hit road closure from too much snow.
DO: Lake Wenatchee
The last thing we did, something I highly recommend, is visit Lake Wentachee. It's about 20 minutes outside of Leavenworth. Because we had such a blast there, I actually went back on Monday while Hanna was working. I decided to feature the Lake itself in a separate blog post which can be found HERE. Do keep in mind that for the Park areas you will likely need a special parking pass, I believe the Discover Pass, so make sure you plan ahead!