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A Weekend in…Wenatchee

Located in the center of the state, Wenatchee is a small city that’s big on charm and often overlooked. But just like its nearby tourist destinations of Leavenworth and Chelan, it has so much to offer. From fresh local cuisine to boutique wineries and an abundance of nature, Wenatchee embodies all the best parts of Washington life.

Wenatchee’s central location makes it fairly easily accessible from every part of the state. And if you’ve never thought of it as a good getaway destination, it’s time to reconsider. Here’s how to spend a solid weekend in Wenatchee.


Wondering where to stay in Wenatchee? There are plenty of great hotel options, some of which sit right on the Columbia River. Not only does the Hilton Garden Inn offer rooms with river views, it sits right next to Pybus Public Market, a top tourist attraction — and it’s within easy walking distance to downtown. The Hilton Garden Inn also offers plenty of on-site amenities, like a restaurant and bar, pool and fitness center, and complimentary coffee 24/7.

If you’re looking for a more tranquil or romantic experience, book a stay at the Warm Springs Inn and Winery. The 1917 mansion turned luxury bed and breakfast offers a quiet, relaxed atmosphere complete with a gourmet breakfast prepared by a chef each morning and optional wine tastings.

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Pybus Public Market


There’s something for everyone at Pybus Public Market, and that’s the point. This community gathering space features local artisan vendors (from fresh produce to local honey and handmade gifts), an array of dining options, taprooms and tasting rooms, and a large event space available for rent for both public and private gatherings.

Pybus Public Market is named after Englishman P.T. Pybus, who used the space for his steel company for years, and was brought back to life by the philanthropic Walker family after spending a few decades sitting dormant. This lively space is well-loved by visitors and locals alike, and the market is filled with tidbits of local history.

Wenatchee’s famous Loop Trail, which spans 14 miles in its entirety, is a great way to get some fresh air without leaving town (and numerous shortcuts are available, so there’s no need to commit to the entire thing). Located along the western bank of the riverfront, the paved trail is a popular spot for walkers and bikers. There are plenty of other easily accessible trails in the area as well, like Saddle Rock, Castle Rock and Horan Natural Area.

For those who prefer snow sports, Mission Ridge offers over 70 designated runs spread over 2,000 acres of trails, chutes, and bowls. And if you’ve ever been curious about snowshoeing, the seasonal Twilight Snowshoe Trek is a great place to start. This fun guided experience is fantastic for experienced snowshoers as well, although the guides are more than happy to help newcomers. These two-hour treks also come with a nice surprise in their midst: an igloo bar complete with music and cold local brews. This is a perfect local winter activity.

When you’re ready to wind down after a day of exercise and exploration, check out Epoch Game Lounge downtown. Whether a quiet board game or vivid virtual reality is your entertainment method of choice, this place has it all — and it’s got a delicious menu of food and beverages to keep you happy while you game. The pizza here just might be the best in town, if not the county, and the cocktails are extremely well-made.

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Circle 5 Winery


The winemaking in Chelan County is nationally known, but many people assume all the best tasting rooms are in Chelan and Leavenworth. But Wenatchee can hold its own when it comes to wine tasting, especially at Circle 5 Winery, which serves mouthwatering Martin-Scott wine in East Wenatchee. In the winter months, guests can book a Snow Globe for an intimate, cozy group tasting and snacking experience. In the summer, the RV and tent campsites offer views of the Columbia River and Mission Ridge.

Pybus Market also has a few tasting rooms to choose from, like Off the Hill and Jones of Washington, as well as a full cocktail menu at the trendy Latin restaurant, South. Beer lovers should check out The Taproom by Hellbent Brewing, which features 20 taps, a full bar and a tasty food menu. Venture out of the market and walk a few blocks for tastings at Crayelle Cellars and Horan Estates.

If you’re looking for a great beer, wine and cider spot with a laidback vibe, check out Ground Control Bottle Shop and Taproom. Enjoy a rare craft brew, grab a six-pack to go or stick around and sip cider while enjoying trivia, live music or the occasional adult spelling bee.


Ask anyone what to eat in Wenatchee and you’re likely to get one answer: Mexican food. There are plenty of tasty Mexican spots to choose from, and you really can’t go wrong. But for a little taste of something slightly different, grab a table at Perico’s Lounge and prepare to be blown away. This collaboration between brothers and sister serves both Mexican and American fare, and it’s all fantastic. For a fun little indulgence, try a margarita flight.

For a perfect morning meal or early lunch, check out The Crepe House. This undeniably charming spot serves some of the best coffee in town, and the crepes are to die for. Choosing between sweet and savory crepes isn’t easy, and you really can’t go wrong with either.

If you’re stumped on where to get a good meal, you can’t go wrong with the eateries at Pybus Market. Try wood-fired pizza at Fire, gelato at Ice, brunch and lunch favorites at Cafe Columbia, and so much more.

For more ideas on what to do in every season, check out visitwenatchee.org.

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