One of the best things to come along in Wenatchee in a number of years, Pybus Public Market continues to please locals and visitors alike.
Okanogan County sits in the northernmost part of North Central Washington and is home to a number of great communities, attractions, and things to experience. You can visit an Old West themed town, the grave site of Chief Joseph, the largest hydroelectric producing dam in the nation, and even visit a ghost town without leaving the county.
If you love history, Okanogan County can help you out there too. Here is a brief look at the museums you can experience when you visit Okanogan County.
Okanogan County Museums
The Shafer Museum is located in Winthrop, Washington and is home to some of the best examples of historic machinery used in the early days of the region.
Website: Shafer Museum
Okanogan County Historical Museum
The Okanogan County Historical Museum is located on the north end of Okanogan and includes a great display of artifacts detailing the early days of the county.
Website: Okanogan County Historical Museum
Conconully is a very small community with a fascinating history. That history can be explored with a quick stop at the Conconully Museum.
Website: Conconully Museum
Colville Tribal Museum
The Colville Tribal Museum does a great job of telling the story of Native American history in North Central Washington.
Website: Colville Tribal Museum
Fort Okanogan State Park Interpretive Center
Fort Okanogan State Park is a day-use-only state park that features a great view of the confluence of the Okanogan and Columbia rivers. It also features an outstanding interpretive center with some very nice displays on both what life at the fort was like, as well as its impact on the area around it.
Website: Fort Okanogan State Park Interpretive Center
We had a very cool opportunity recently to go out and visit one of the more talked about attractions in North Central Washington, the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm.
The Leavenworth Reindeer Farm is located just a couple minutes north from Leavenworth on the Chumstick Highway. When you pull into the driveway and park at the top of the hill, you’ll be overlooking a beautiful little farm surrounded by some of the best local scenery. Walk down the driveway and you’ll immediately feel welcomed, both by what you see and what you hear.
The tour starts with a brief overview of the farm before your guide breaks into a friendly, funny, and enjoyable talk about the farm, its beginnings, and of course the reindeer. After this short introduction, we were given a few tips on how best to get the reindeer to welcome us, including some ideas on the best methods of feeding them. Then, armed with bowls filled with feed pellets as well as willow branches with what we were told were very tasty leaves, we entered the reindeer pen.
The reindeer immediately recognized that it’s feeding time and some slowly meandered our direction while others came a little more urgently. Smiles came to the faces of the kids and adults alike as these very gentle creatures that you never think you’ll be this close to stand right in front of you, snout first in your bowl or lazily munching on the leaves from your branch. Reach out and touch them, though not their velvet covered antlers, and feel their fur. It’s something you’ll never forget.
The laughter from the kids as the reindeer followed them was about the only sound as the animals themselves are very quiet. After awhile, our hosts helped set up some great photo opportunities for the families and groups that were there. Soon the feeding time was over and we exited the enclosure.
The farm offers some great atmosphere as we saw other animals around too, including chickens, geese, pigs and one very friendly cat.
Soon it was time to go and as we were very near Leavenworth, a town packed with fun things to do, there were more entertainment options to be had. But you can bet the hot topic of the day, the thing that was discussed the most, was that amazing opportunity to have an up close and personal experience with real reindeer.
Chelan is a top vacation destination and one of the true gems of North Central Washington. One of the more fun attractions there, especially for families, is Slidewaters Waterpark. Packed with waterslides and plenty of other opportunities for fun, it really is the kind of place that makes a visit to Chelan all that more memorable.
Here is a look at five fun facts about Slidewaters Waterpark in Chelan.
When Did It All Start?
Slidewaters Water Park opened in Chelan in 1983 and featured four waterslides at the time.
It’s Gettin’ Hot In Here…
The hot tub at Slidewaters Water Park has a capacity of 60 people!
Need A Break?
The lazy river that allows you to take a relaxing float around part of the property there was added to Slidewaters Water Park in 2012.
Total Number Of Slides
Slidewaters Water Park has a total of 12 different slides. Nine are meant for body rides, two are innertube rides, and one is a mat ride.
2015 saw Slidewaters ranked the 7th best waterpark in the entire USA.
Check out Slidewaters Waterpark online: SLIDEWATERS
Ghost signs can be found anywhere. Out in the middle of nowhere or in cities of all sizes. They can also be found in small towns, and that’s what we’re taking a look at here with a visit to Cashmere.
Cashmere is just a short drive west from Wenatchee and has a lot to offer, including a fun downtown area for shopping and eating, plenty of park space and access to the Wenatchee River, and an incredible museum. In sign hunting though we’re after a different kind of history. A kind that is usually found looking up.
We have a lot of warehouses, mostly of the fruit variety, here in North Central Washington and some have very interesting signs painted on them. Over the years, signs fade though. Some are merely plain lettering, usually white on black, while others are more colorful.
My favorite Cashmere ghost sign though, without a doubt, is painted high on the rear of a downtown building and is visible from the Aplets & Cotlets parking lot. It’s really one of the coolest in the region.
The font… the look… that Modern Apartments sign is awesome.
North Central Washington has a great many worthwhile places to get away to. Head up the Methow Valley, or further on up into the North Cascades. Check out the Okanogan Valley and stay along the Okanogan River or off in the foothills and higher mountain areas. Leavenworth, Lake Wenatchee, and Stevens Pass also have plenty to offer someone looking for a North Central Washington vacation destination. Head east and you’ll find places to stay near Grand Coulee Dam and Banks Lake, or even further south to Blue Lake, Soap Lake, or as far as Moses Lake. From Crescent Bar to Vantage, there are some great places to stay along the Columbia River as it leaves the region too. The Columbia River north of Wenatchee is also popular, though overlooked a bit by many vacationers.
Check out this incredibly luxurious waterfront estate right on Lake Entiat, the water backed up behind Rocky Reach Dam!
This incredible property sleeps up to 16 and is perfect for the large group or family wanting a place not only located very near to some fun attractions and things to do, but those who want to just hunker down and enjoy the place they’re staying.
Inside this air conditioned property you’ll find four bedrooms and four bathrooms, giving everyone more than enough room and privacy for themselves. The kitchen is outfitted for the large family meal that can help make any vacation experience so much better. The house offers wireless internet and Bluetooth speakers for the most personalized technology possible. There is a media room that comes complete with a 120 inch screen and projector. There are also plenty of toys and comfortable seating everywhere.
Venture outside though and you’ll fall even more in love with the spot you’ve chosen to stay. Right outside the backdoor is a nice sized swimming pool that offers a cool and refreshing escape from the hot summer sun. If that isn’t enough, you’ll also find a boat launch and a boat dock complete with a swim ladder. The large yard is perfect for almost any outdoor game you can think of and there are plenty of chairs and reclining loungers to sit, talk, and enjoy the sun and the amazing view. There are even kayaks and paddle boards that you can use located right there at the house.
If you do have to venture out from this amazing waterfront vacation rental, there is plenty to do. Very near to the house are fruit stands and some small shops and eating establishments. You can head north to beautiful Lake Chelan for the day or to replenish your supplies. You can also head south to Wenatchee where you’ll also find everything you need. Located nearby are Lake Chelan State Park, Daroga State Park, Confluence State Park, and Lincoln Rock State Park. You can also visit Rocky Reach Dam, the Apple Capital Loop Trail, and more. Looking for things to do and see a bit further away and you’ll be able to include Grand Coulee Dam, Banks Lake, Dry Falls, Soap Lake, Lake Lenore Caves, the Methow Valley, Crescent Bar, Leavenworth, and Lake Wenatchee on your travel itinerary.
When all that is done though, relax and feel relieved knowing that the place you’ve rented for the weekend or longer has absolutely everything you and those in your family or group could need to have the best time ever.
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LAKE ENTIAT WATERFRONT ESTATE
Near Orondo, Douglas County, Washington