Five Things You May Not Know About Brewster, Washington

Brewster, Washington
The town of Brewster sits on US Highway 97 on the way north to Okanogan and the Canadian border or south to Lake Chelan and Wenatchee. It’s a nice little city to stop for a visit or at least pull off the highway for a quick stop.

Here’s a look at five fun facts about Brewster, Washington.

The Town Name

One of the earliest settlers to the area where Brewster is now located was John Bruster. It’s from him that the town gets its name.

Bye Bye Bridge

In August of 1967, the Brewster Bridge, which connects the town to the Douglas County side of the Columbia River, was completely destroyed by a fire. For years, crossing the river there was done by ferry until a replacement bridge was completed.

Brewster, Washington

A Long, Long Way Away

The town of Brewster sits right on the Columbia River. If you were to take a canoe from there to the Pacific Ocean, you’d travel about 530 miles.

Quite A Population Difference!

The town of Brewster has a population of right around 2,500 people. Its sister city is Takahagi, Japan. Takahagi’s population is just under 30,000.

The Local Hospital

For decades, the hospital in Brewster was known as the Okanogan Douglas County District Hospital. In 2011, a contest was held and the name Three Rivers Hospital was selected as the new name.

Plain’s Wood Decked Wenatchee River Bridge

The small town of Plain, Washington is a great place to visit and there are plenty of Plain attractions to see too.  There’s great scenery and awesome recreational possibilities in all directions.  There are even a couple of fun stores to visit and some very nice places to stay.  If you know where to look, there are even some cool historical features.

Years and years ago, you could head out of Plain on Chapel Drive, cross the Wenatchee River, and head towards the Lake Wenatchee area and beyond.  Today though, you can still drive down Chapel Drive, but crossing the river there isn’t possible unless you’re on foot, on a bicycle or motorcycle, or on a snowmobile.

This is a very impressive bridge with wooden planks, an aged metal structure, and some very nice views up and down the Wenatchee River.  Bring your camera too and don’t forget to stop back in town for a coffee, snack, or even a full meal.

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Delicious Treats At Sure To Rise Bakery In Cashmere

If you’re looking for a tasty treat and in the Cashmere area, take the chance and stop in at the local favorite, Sure to Rise, a bakery with a whole lot to offer.

I stopped in for the first time not too long ago and tried an M&M Cookie, Maple Bar, and picked up the last Triple Berry Tart…

Mmmmm, delicious! 

It’s a friendly atmosphere and there’s quite a selection too.

Judging from what I sampled, I have to imagine everything there tastes great.

Sure to Rise Bakery offers a few comfortable seats or you can take your treats home.  If you do take your goodies to go, remember to bring enough for everyone.  You don’t want to risk an argument.

Downtown Cashmere is a great destination with some fun shops and eating establishments.  Whether you’re headed there for the afternoon or just driving by, stop in at Sure to Rise Bakery.  You won’t regret it.

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