Tag Archives: Wenatchee

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While others may offer a look at an entire industry or business concept that became outdated, obsolete, or just no longer viable.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

A Wenatchee Area Christmas Light Must-See

If you love Christmas lights and live in the Wenatchee area, you need to check out the Nelson Family Lights!  A light display so awesome it has its own Facebook page:


This fantastic LED light display is set to music you can listen along to.  Just pull up, find a safe parking spot, make sure you’re not blocking the road or the driveway, and tune to 105.5 on your car radio.  Here’s a very small sample.

Thanks for the family fun, Nelson Family!

NCW Attraction: The Horan Natural Area in Wenatchee

Located on the north end of Wenatchee, right where the Wenatchee River flows into the Columbia River, is the Horan Natural Area.

Wenatchee - The Horan Natural Area

You can get to the Horan Natural Area easiest via Confluence State Park on the north side of the Wenatchee River. The Apple Capital Loop Trail is a trail that stretches for approximately 11 miles and runs along the shore of the Columbia River on both the Wenatchee and East Wenatchee side. This popular loop trail will eventually take you right past the Horan Natural Area entrance, making it easily reachable from several areas around town.

Wenatchee - The Horan Natural Area

This is a very cool opportunity to see a protected nature area right inside the city limits of Wenatchee. As you walk along the paths, it gives you an indication of what the scenery was like there before all this development and settlement came.

Go and visit the Horan Natural Area a number of time through the year too. As the seasons change, so does the vegetation, surrounding scenery, and even the local wildlife you can occasionally find there.

Wenatchee - The Horan Natural Area

If you’re in the Wenatchee area and looking for something to do in the outdoors, head on over to the Horan Natural Area. You won’t regret it.

The Secret Life of Pets at Gateway Cinema in Wenatchee

The Secret Life of Pets at Gateway Cinema in Wenatchee

Having decided to take the kids to see a movie at Gateway Cinema in Wenatchee, we decided on The Secret Life of Pets. It really was a fun movie showing kids just exactly (okay, maybe not) what their pets do, think, and talk about when their people are gone all day. Both kids really liked the movie and, of course, the treats too. Gateway Cinema always offers a first class movie watching experience.

Gateway Cinema in Wenatchee

From the comfortable seats to the option to put as much butter as you want on your popcorn, we always have a great time at Gateway Cinema in WenatcheeGateway Cinema in Wenatchee

Gateway Cinema – Wenatchee

Cheap Trick Is Coming To Wenatchee!

You’ve heard their songs for four decades.

Classics like:

I Want You to Want Me

The Flame


Dream Police

Ain’t That a Shame

…and more!

Cheap Trick has sold millions of albums and toured the world multiple times. Now these rock and roll superstars are coming to Wenatchee! Real, live members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

You can check them out too on Monday, April 25th when they play at the Town Toyota Center!

Tickets here —> Cheap Trick Tickets

STOMP Is Coming To Wenatchee!

stomp logo

STOMP is one of the most exciting and successful percussion shows in the world. It’s famous around the globe too, having traveled to all of the top tourist destinations. The exciting part of this is that STOMP is now coming to Wenatchee.

STOMP plays at the Town Toyota Center on February 1st.

Get your tickets here:

STOMP Tickets in Wenatchee

STOMP will be bringing with it all of the “normal” percussion instruments they use during their performances like hub caps, radiator hoses, brooms, buckets, trash cans, chests, hammers, shopping carts, trash can lids, and more. This is the kind of performance that you won’t forget and something Wenatchee and North Central Washington hasn’t seen before.

For a sample of what to expect, check out this video:

The dance performance is just as incredible as the music produced by these amazing performers. It’s nice seeing the region get a chance to see top line performances like this. See you all at STOMP on February 1st!

Don’t forget to follow STOMP on Facebook!

Jurassic Quest: A Big Hit in Wenatchee!

For the first time in Wenatchee, Jurassic Quest is treating visitors of all ages to a display of what they say is the world’s largest exhibition of lifesize, moving, museum-quality dinosaurs.

We checked it out on the first night last night and it was all that I’d hoped for and more. Immediately, the kids were greeted with a parking lot full of inflatable toys to play on to their heart’s content. There were huge dinosaurs to ride, bungee runs, and a fossil digging area as well. They even had some inflatable geared specifically towards the little ones too.



There was plenty of roof to dart back and forth between favorite rides and inflatables and, of course lots of photo opportunities too.



More treats awaited inside too. There were craft tables, science tables, concession stands, a movie room, green screen photography, face painting, and a surprise hit… a very cool display of real dinosaur artifacts. Kids and adults were more than satisfied with that.

One of the really big draws to the indoor part of the Jurassic Quest attraction though is dinosaur display. You can walk in and see a pretty impressive display of moving dinosaurs, equipped with great sound effects. It doesn’t take too much imagination to stare at some of those display pieces and imagine them walking around you in a jungle or forest. Looking around, the kids were mesmerized.


From top to bottom this was a first class event. The kids got to burn off some energy and have some wild fun on a generous selection of dinosaur related inflatables. They also got to go on rides, do some science experiments, and have their eyes opened to the wonderful world of dinosaurs.

Jurassic Quest continues through this weekend in Wenatchee at the Town Toyota Center. Tickets are available at the door as well as online at JurassicQuest.com.

Fun Facts About The Columbia River Bridge At Wenatchee

The Columbia River Bridge is one of the most storied bridges in the entire North Central Washington region. It is a bit taken for granted now, but the history of this impressive and amazing structure, is very interesting. Especially considering how long ago it was built. Here is a look at five fun facts about the Columbia River Bridge in Wenatchee.

-The old Columbia River Bridge in Wenatchee was the first bridge to carry motor traffic across the Columbia River when it opened in 1908. It also had two pipes strapped to its side carrying irrigation water to where East Wenatchee sits now.

-The man who planned the building of the Columbia River Bridge was W.T. Clark who had also been one of the builders of the Highline Canal that was responsible for irrigating so many orchards in the Wenatchee area.

-At the time it opened, the Columbia River Bridge was privately owned. The owners started charging a toll to cross it a couple of years after it opened and this prompted civic leaders of Wenatchee to put in a request that the state buy the bridge and make it part of the early highway system, which they did.

-The Columbia River Bridge, currently used as a pedestrian only bridge, was used by cars up until 1950 when a newer bridge was built immediately south of it.

-The construction cost of the Columbia River Bridge was $177,000.

First Time Ever: Dinosaurs Invade the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee!

For the first time ever, Jurassic Quest is coming to Wenatchee!

Jurassic Quest brings with them a dinosaur adventure that the whole family will love. You and your kids will marvel at the more than 50 life-size dinosaurs that make up the exhibit. Kids will get the chance to learn about dinosaurs in a very hands-on kind of way. They will love interacting with both the enormous dinosaurs as well as the cute little baby ones too. They might even be able to ride some of them too. You’ll love the looks on their wide eyed faces.

Dino 4

The exhibit also comes along with some great activities like bouncy houses, bungee pulls, face painting, green screen photography, fossil digs, dino scooters, and more. Nothing like this has come to North Central Washington before and any kid with a fascination with dinosaurs, and isn’t that every kid really, should have the time of their lives.

Dino 2

The exhibit will be at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee on this coming Friday through Sunday, September 25th through 27th. We’ll be attending too so make sure to come pack to NCWpics on Saturday to see some photos.

If you need more information or a look at what others have thought of their day out with the dinosaurs, check out Jurassic Quest’s Facebook page.

You can also get your tickets online before the event too by going to their website.

This is the perfect answer for anyone worried that there’s nothing to do with their family this weekend.

Dino 5