One of my favorite ways to spend a weekend is by exploring a new part of the Pacific Northwest. I recently spent a weekend in Wenatchee, which is a town over the mountain pass that’s less than three hours east of Seattle. I’d never been there before, but loved their focus on local food, outdoor activities, and breweries. Here’s how to spend a weekend in Wenatchee.
With Wenatchee only being 2.5 hours away from Seattle, it’s an easy drive to do after getting off work. Check in to your room at Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel, where you’ll be relaxing for the weekend. I loved this hotel because it was in the middle of downtown so you can easily walk to restaurants and shops.
Head up to the Rivertop Bar & Grill on the top floor for a cocktail while you have a view of the sun going down over the river. It’s also a short walk to the river if you want to take an evening stroll during sunset.
Pybus Public Market
Once you’re settled in, walk or drive over to Pybus Public Market. They have a live band playing every Friday night which you can listen to while you walk around the market. There are over a dozen different stores, from local artists displaying their work to local produce, honey, and even cheese. The selection was amazing, so it’s not surprising that they were named “Best Farmers Market in 2015 and 2017.”
There are several restaurants in here to grab dinner at, including a bistro, Latin food, and pizza and pasta. When you’re done, grab gelato to end on a sweet note. You don’t even have to leave the market to go to a brewery – Wenatchee Valley Brewing Company is also in here! You could easily spend a whole evening this market.
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If you’re here in the winter, you’ll want to spend a day at Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort. Make sure to have a full breakfast before heading out to fuel your activity!
Mission Ridge is a smaller resort, but ended up being one of my favorites I’ve been to in the state. There are four chairlifts and over 35 different runs to explore. There was hardly a line the entire time I was there, which meant I could actually spend most of my time snowboarding instead of standing around.
I love when I’m on a mountain and discover something completely unexpected. On one of the runs, you can see part of an old bomber plane that crashed in the mountains in 1944. Locals go up and tap it for good luck each time they go by.
The main lodge is at the base and has a coffee shop, cafeteria, and sit down restaurant with a bar. It’s a good place to take a break and get your energy back before heading out for the afternoon. I also liked the Midway Lodge, which is halfway up the mountain and has snacks, beer, and wine. Having a beer while sitting outside in the sun was an amazing way to end the day.
One of the huge advantages of staying in Wenatchee is it’s only half an hour away from Mission Ridge, so you’ll be back in town in no time. Head down to the pool and hot tub in the hotel before going out for dinner to relax for a bit.
McGlinn’s Public House
After all that activity you’ll be hungry, so head over to McGlinn’s Public House. They have an assortment of salads, burgers, pizza, and sandwiches. There are also plenty of local beer and cider available. I liked the variety of games they had to play while you waited for your food, including cards and Trivial Pursuit.
Badger Mountain Brewing
If you’re not quite ready for bed, head over to Badger Mountain Brewing for a pint. They have over a dozen different beers and ciders to try, so I recommend getting a flight to try a variety.
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You’ll probably be pretty tired and/or sore from being on the mountain all day, so enjoy the hotel’s plush beds and sleep in.
After a relaxing morning, walk over to Mela Coffee to grab a latte and a pastry. I loved the chill vibe of this cafe and watching locals meet up over a cup of coffee on a sunny Sunday morning.
Wenatchee Riverfront Park
Cross the bridge from downtown Wenatchee to take a walk through Wenatchee Riverfront Park after you have coffee. It’s a peaceful place to walk around, or you can make it a workout by renting a bike and going around all 11 miles of the trail.
Riverfront Rock Gym
Now that you’ve had time to relax, get ready for one last activity before you leave. Riverfront Rock Gym is one of the largest indoor climbing gyms I’ve seen and is also one of the cleanest only being a year old. There are dozens of different routes to go up, whether you’re a beginner or advanced rock climber. A bouldering wall is also available to work on your skills.
When you’re done, you can either extend your trip by checking out the shops downtown or head home. With its close proximity to Seattle, Wenatchee is an easy weekend getaway!
This post was sponsored by Visit Wenatchee, but all opinions are my own.
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