The Denver Post Travel writer Francie Swidler recently took a tour of Wenatchee during her summer travels through Washington, and wrote a fantastic article about her experiences in the Columbia Valley.

"With its high-desert climate, Wenatchee resides within Columbia Valley, the state's largest wine region, where 99 percent of Washington's vineyards are planted. The city also is home to Stemilt Growers, the world's largest shipper of sweet cherries.

Wenatchee is even known as the apple capital of the world.

He had me at fruit and wine, but the list of land amenities kept abundantly growing.

Wenatchee's ski mountain, Mission Ridge, sees more than 300 sunny days a year (a bit of competition for Colorado there), and is less than a 30-minute drive from downtown. In the summer, the valley's uncrowded hiking trails beckon.

The nature of the city seemed to be all wrapped up in, well, nature, with the Wenatchee River to the north, the Columbia River to the east and the Wenatchee Mountains (a sub-range of the Cascades) to the west and south.

It was beginning to sound to me like the people of Wenatchee were in a serious, committed relationship with their land, and rough and bitter seasons only make their connection stronger."

Francie also made a Wenatchee Insider's guide of the favorite stops:

  • Apple Country Inn Bed & Breakfast
  • Warm Springs Inn & Winery
  • Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel
  • Pak it Rite
  • Stan's Merry Mart
  • Pybus Public Market
  • Dizzy D's
  • McGlinn's Public House
  • Joe's Log Cabin
  • Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga
  • Rocky Reach Dam
  • Stutzman Ranch U-Pick
  • Ohme Gardens

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