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North Central Washington Ghost Signs:  Wenatchee – Part 2

A few weeks ago we posted about a few of the ghost signs found in Wenatchee.

North Central Washington Ghost Signs:  Wenatchee
The five photos showcased there don’t do the city justice though so we’ve hunted down some more examples of old and sometimes faded advertising and signage on the buildings in town.  Looking up high or in a city’s back alleys is a great way to find some of the hidden history that sometimes lurks in plain sight in our own backyards.

Some ghost signs reveal businesses that may have played a role in a city’s past.

Morris Hardware
Montgomery Ward
Wenatchee Avenue

While others may offer a look at an entire industry or business concept that became outdated, obsolete, or just no longer viable.

Cold Storage

Still other ghost signs just offer a whimsical look at nostalgic advertising.

Sliced Ham & Bacon!

Keep looking up, behind, and around for some classic North Central Washington ghost signs or old advertising!  Hopefully we’ll find more worth sharing soon.

5 Fun Facts About The Little Wenatchee River

Little Wenatchee River

The Little Wenatchee River is located to the west of Lake Wenatchee and is a scenic area of the Cascade Mountains and North Central Washington. It’s a little out of the way, so it isn’t surprising that many people have never even seen it. There are a lot of camping options around the Little Wenatchee River and a good time can be had there.

Here are five fun facts about the Little Wenatchee River.

One Of Two

The Little Wenatchee River is one of two rivers that flows into Lake Wenatchee. The other is the White River.

Thanks for the Name!

The famous surveyor and explorer Albert Sylvester gave the Little Wenatchee River its name.

It All Starts Here

The headwaters of the Little Wenatchee River are found at a place called Dishpan Gap. This is adjacent to the headwaters of the Skykomish River located just on the other side of the gap. Rain and snowmelt on the east side of the gap flows east to the Columbia River. Rain and snowmelt on the west side of the gap flows west into Puget Sound.

Elevation Loss

The Little Wenatchee River has an elevation of 18,307 feet at its source. It drops all the way down to 6,145 feet above sea level by the time it empties into Lake Wenatchee.

A Waterfall!

Little Wenatchee Falls is a section of the river where it drops over a series of cascades that add up to a 60 foot fall.

Stay At The Ranch In The Beautiful Methow Valley

The Ranch Outside

The Methow Valley is a beautiful little section of North Central Washington. It features, of course, the Methow River tumbling down the valley but also some great rolling hillsides and interesting rock formations. From Pateros, where the river empties into the Columbia, to Winthrop and above, it has plenty to do for anyone lucky enough to go there.

When you visit the Methow Valley for a weekend or longer, you need a great place to stay. Take the time and check out the unique experience available to you by staying at The Ranch.

The Ranch The River

The Ranch sits roughly six miles southeast of the town of Twisp in a gorgeous rural setting. The Methow River flows right by which adds to the scenic beauty regardless of what time you’re visiting. Whether in the splendor of summer or covered by a blanket of snow, The Ranch is a beautiful vacation property for some wonderful time away from home.

The decor of The Ranch is delightfully rustic with comfortable furniture, including in both the living room and bedrooms, and a warm environment. The wood stove adds to the experience, especially when used to warm your vacation home in the colder evening hours in the late fall, winter, and early spring. This warm and rustic feeling indoors is echoed outdoors with the nearby stables, rolling hillsides, and multiple views of the river. Staying at The Ranch is definitely a unique experience.

While we’re at it, the outdoors at The Ranch is another of the key features there. There are hiking trails that head lead through the property that this vacation home sits on. There are also nearby trails that you can easily reach and explore too. You can also walk down the short trail to the Methow River where it passes by the property and enjoy this scenic river close-up and in person. The cold mountain water will wake you up if you or your family members want to splash around or dip your toes in it. As you walk around outdoors at The Ranch, there is no mistaking that you are in a true North Central Washington rural outdoor setting.

Enjoying the Methow Valley though will take you away from The Ranch too. You can start at the bottom of the valley, where the river meets the Columbia, at the town of Pateros. Make sure to get a delicious treat from the local bakery there as you set out exploring the area. South from there, you’ll find Chelan, Lake Chelan, Rocky Reach Dam, and even Wenatchee if you want to go on a longer drive. East from the mouth of the Methow River will take you to sights like Grand Coulee Dam, Banks Lake, Dry Falls, and Chief Joseph Dam. Heading back up the Methow Valley you’ll find some small historic sites and several tiny communities.

The Ranch Kitchen

Above The Ranch, you’ll find Twisp, a nice little town that features some great parks, nice shops, and more eating out options. Just a few miles up the highway from Twisp is the Old West themed town of Winthrop. Winthrop is a very popular tourist destination that offers some nice options for eating out, unique shops, a great museum, a fun candy shop, and even the opportunity to go miniature golfing. Further up the highway is the tiny town of Mazama which is the last place to find gasoline and other services should you want to head further up the road to Washington Pass and the North Cascades Highway.

All along the way you’ll be treated to a wealth of scenic views, outdoor recreation opportunities, and fun things to do and see.

The Methow Valley is a great destination and if you’re interested in going there, do it right and look into staying at The Ranch.

Check out The Ranch online:

The Ranch in the Methow Valley

Is A Lake Chelan Condo Stay In Your Future?

Lake Chelan Dock

It doesn’t matter if you’re from North Central Washington or visiting this beautiful region from outside it. You know one of the top vacation attractions here is Lake Chelan. This famous lake attracts people all year long and there is so much to see and do both out on the water there, as well as in different areas around it. One of the top ways to see it is by waking up in the morning and already being there.

If you’re looking for a place to stay when you visit Lake Chelan, you should check out a condo stay at Chelan Resort Suites.

Chelan Resort Suites Bedroom

The well equipped condos at Chelan Resort Suites are the perfect place to enjoy Chelan and Lake Chelan from. During warmer months, everyone wants to go to Lake Chelan to get in the water. This water is cold and refreshing all year long, thanks to the fact that it comes right off the slopes of the mountains of the North Cascades. When you stay at Chelan Resort Suites, you’ll have prime access to the water. Right outside your door or just beyond your balcony is a beautiful park area with plenty of water access. Whether you’re there with or without children, this will help make your visit all that it can be.

Chelan is also a popular destination for those looking for a nice dinner experience. You can reach most Chelan restaurants on foot right from the front door of your condo when you stay at Chelan Resort Suites. Also within walking distance are pubs, shops, historical sites, other parks, water slides, and more.

Just because you’re staying in Chelan doesn’t mean you can’t venture out. There are lots of places to drive to from there and explore like Manson, Leavenworth, Winthrop, Twisp, Rocky Reach Dam, Chelan Falls, Lake Chelan State Park, Wenatchee, Cashmere, Grand Coulee Dam, Alta Lake State Park, and the Entiat and Methow valleys. You’ll also find plenty of wineries, fruit stands, cider mills, and more to visit too. There’s even a small casino nearby. You can also take a ride on the Lady of the Lake up Lake Chelan and visit STehekin, a small town with no roads connecting it to the outside world. An extended stay in Chelan really should be enhanced with a look at exploring the surrounding area.

Chelan Resort Suites Hot Tub

You also don’t have to leave your condo to have a great time either. Chelan Resort Suites offers a barbecue area, balconies, wireless internet, and a pool. The rooms are also very comfortable and modern, perfect for snuggling in and enjoying a quiet time in your home away from home.

A weekend or longer in Chelan is a great idea for anyone. If you want to make it the best experience that it can be, look into staying at Chelan Resort Suites right near the water and so close to so many other things. Check out their website for more information!

CHELAN RESORT SUITES – LAKE CHELAN
2220 W Woodin Ave
Chelan, WA 98816

North Central Washington Ghost Signs:  Wenatchee

If you look up the term “Ghost Sign” online, you’ll probably come up with a definition something like this:

ghost sign is an old hand-painted advertising sign that has been preserved on a building for an extended period of time. The sign may be kept for its nostalgic appeal, or simply indifference by the owner.

Old advertising can almost seem like a work of art at times.  Plus, it’s a nostalgic look back at history too.  Capturing examples of ghost signs is a great way to preserve a very real historical look at a community or region.

When the remodeling work going on at the Les Schwab on Wenatchee Avenue in Wenatchee exposed an old AMC/Jeep sign, the idea to shine a light on some of the other historic ghost signs in town came alive.

Wenatchee Avenue

Old advertising, especially on the local level, can give a great view of our history. We see the businesses that once were located in the community and region around us and we also get a look at signs of what life was like then. There are whole industries that operated in the past that no longer do anymore. Other parts of the advertising, like the font or any graphic imagery, can go a long way towards showing what different styles were in play and popular during the time the advertising or signage was current. Color schemes used decades ago also show what was once looked on as pleasant that may no longer be.

Near Riverwalk Bridge

Old advertising and signage is also just pleasant to see for some of us. This preserved but slowly decaying history adds to an appreciation for what life was like in an earlier time.

Wells & Wade
Wells & Wade

Old advertising and signage can also be a history lesson about both significant and lesser known people, companies, or industries that played a huge role in the birth or development of a community.

Downtown Wenatchee Avenue

Do you have any favorite old advertising, signage, or “ghost signs” in the North Central Washington region? Fire off a comment below or use the contact form and maybe we’ll venture out to photograph it for a next installment on the area’s “ghost signs”.

5 Fun Facts About The Lake Wenatchee Area

Lake Wenatchee State Park

The Lake Wenatchee Area is located in the Cascade Mountains, to the west of Leavenworth and east of the Stevens Pass summit. This is a popular vacation spot at all times of the year and features Lake Wenatchee State Park among other attractions. With lots of cabin and vacation rental options, it’s no wonder so many people go there year after year.

Here are five fun facts about the Lake Wenatchee Area.

Fish On!

A popular fishing destination in the Lake Wenatchee Area is Fish Lake, located just north of Lake Wenatchee State Park. Three main fish species are fished for there by both local and visiting anglers: Rainbow Trout, German Brown Trout, and Yellow Perch.

Public Access

There are three government run park facilities on the shores of Lake Wenatchee. Glacier View Campground is on the southwestern end of the lake and is operated by the United States National Forest. Lake Wenatchee State Park is on the east end of the lake and is divided into two sections by the Wenatchee River right where it leaves the lake.

Where’d That Post Office Go?

The community of Plain was home to a post office that serviced the Lake Wenatchee area from 1916 to 1936.

What’s In A Name?

Prior to taking on the name of Plain, this small town was originally known as Beaver Valley.

Water In – Water Out

Lake Wenatchee is filled mainly by the water from the White River and the Little Wenatchee River. The water from the lake drains out through the Wenatchee River which leads all the way to Wenatchee before emptying into the Columbia River.