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After Major Renovations, Rocky Reach Dam Discovery Center Opens to the Public

Did you know the Rocky Reach Dam provides power for more than 7 million people around the Pacific Northwest? And it’s right here in our backyard!   For the first time since its opening in the 1960’s and after years of planning, the Rocky Reach Dam Discovery Center underwent some major renovations. For more than 60 years, the Discovery Center has entertained guests young and old with a one-of-a-kind experience of the Columbia River. Now, that experience is new…

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Summer is not over!

Summer weather in our region lasts longer with warm afternoons extending into October. Being on the water is one of the best ways to cool down and in Wenatchee, water’s not hard to find. From kayaking to water skiing to floating, there are many ways to take advantage of the Columbia River! Apply your sunscreen, get on your swim trunks and get ready to get wet with these five ways…

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Grill the perfect summer BBQ with some of Wenatchee’s favorites

Summer is here and it’s the season to give your grill a work-out.  With access to fresh produce from the sprawling farmland of Central Washington, your weekend BBQ will be hard to beat. With the views of the valley hills and the Columbia River around the historic downtown area, your shopping prep comes with the side benefit of a built-in sightseeing tour. Want to create the best Wenatchee summer BBQ?…

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Wenatchee has something to offer every bike rider

Take the mountains, rivers and valleys of the greater Wenatchee area, add 200 days of sunshine, and you’ve got the perfect destination to satisfy anyone who loves to get outdoors. Whether you’re looking to try something new this summer or have already gotten aboard the mountain biking train, Wenatchee is the place to be if you’re interested in the sport. Riders of all ages and all skill levels can find…

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Apple Blossom Festival 2021

Sunshine, live music, beers & blossoms: it’s one of the liveliest times of the year in Wenatchee! The Riverfront Park hosts the 102nd Apple Blossom Festival from June 3rd through June 12th. The Apple Blossom Festival is a Wenatchee tradition that dates back more than 100 years – it's the oldest major festival in Washington state. Originally an idea of New Zealander Susan Wagner, the wife of the districts first…

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Ohme, Oh my! Ohme Gardens Reopens for 2021 Season

Spring is here and so is Ohme Gardens’ 2021 season! Wenatchee’s own sprawling, hillside oasis opened Thursday, April 15 to visitors near and far. The nine-acre garden paradise is a must-visit and perfect for a day trip to see the beautiful scenery of Wenatchee. Ohme Gardens features wandering pathways, picturesque lawns, and tranquil hidden pools shaded by evergreen trees. With breathtaking views of the Cascades and the Columbia River valley…

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Del Rosario Family Vineyards

Meet Rene Del Rosario, owner and winemaker of Del Rosario Family Vineyards in the Palisades. If you take a drive to this charming winery, enjoy the picturesque valley. At the end of the paved road, you will be rewarded with a visit to Del Rosario Family Vineyards. The winery is open Wednesdays-Sundays 11-6 pm. Rene is as personable as he is passionate about his wines. He produces a Cab Franc,…

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Always Take a Pack- Even on Short Hikes

You’re thinking of a quick hike, just a few hour walk, so you can forget about the pack, right? Think again. Given the possibility of injuries, navigation errors, broken equipment, or encountering others in need of help, it’s not that unusual for a short hike to turn into something unexpected — sometimes  even an unexpected night out under the stars. Which is why it’s common practice to pack basic essentials…

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Tom and Virginia Bowling, winemakers of Virginia Thomas Winery

What do you do when you are ready to open Wenatchee’s newest winery in Spring of 2020, and Covid hits? You hit “pause” and wait and wait and WAIT. That is what happened to father-and-daughter-team Tom and Virginia Bowling. Tom and his wife, Maria, retired to Wenatchee from Torrance CA in 2015, and Virginia moved to Wenatchee in 2014. Virginia is an assistant pharmacy technician at Fred Meyer when she…

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