Wonderful Wenatchee

My wife and I recently celebrated out sixth anniversary, and though we didn’t plan anything special for that day, we did get away last weekend. We dropped the kids off at Lisa’s parents’ house on Friday afternoon, and headed up the road a few miles from their place to Wenatchee, Washington.

I’d been to Wenatchee once before, though I don’t quite remember when. I think we were only there for an hour or two, and we certainly didn’t see much on that trip. So this was a chance to really get out and see the town, and enjoy a little kid free time.

Last fall, my wife and I took a trip to McMinnville, Oregon and stayed at a beautiful bed and breakfast called A Tuscan Estate.  This time, we stayed this time at the wonderful Ivy Wild Inn Bed and Breakfast in just west of downtown Wenatchee.  These two get-away weekends have convinced me that B&B’s are the way to go for all future kid free weekends.

Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted at the door by the owner and chef, Richard Kitos, and shown to our very comfortable room. The Ivy Wild is a 6000 square foot mansion, with a beautiful back yard and old fashioned charm. Breakfast both mornings was fantastic, the rooms were quiet, and the other guests there quite friendly.

Richard was getting ready to cater an event Friday night, but he took the time to make a great dinner recommendation at Garlini’s which is just a few blocks away, and completely walkable from the inn. I highly recommend the salad and the pizza there, but leave room for the chocolate dessert. I don’t remember what they called it, but it was fantastic.

Saturday, we spent the day touring Wenatchee, driving from one side of the town to the other, basically checking the town out. Some of the areas are a little tired as the apple industry that made Wenatchee famous has run down over the past few years. But there is fresh money coming in from wineries and from West-siders coming over for 300 days of sun a year, and there are some very impressive homes. There is also the beginnings of a tech-center – a result of cheap power from the dams on the Columbia River. Hopefully tech really takes off there over the next few years. I think it would be a great town to live and work in, especially with a young family.

We also took a drive up to Cashmere, Washington, an idyllic little town nestled in the Wenatchee River valley between Wenatchee and Leavenworth. We stopped there for lunch at The Best Bite, where I had what I called, ‘The best sandwich I’ve ever had’: The BLACT. Bacon, Lettuce, Avacado, Melted Cheddar and Tomatoes, with what I think was an herb mayo. Wow. Perfect!

We overate at dinner back in Wenatchee on Saturday night (and I should have stopped after the second glass as well), but a nice quiet night back at the Inn was just what we both needed. By morning (with another great breakfast), we were both missing the kids and ready to head back.  But we definitely enjoyed our trip, and I would highly recommend the Ivy Wild Inn if you are looking for a place to get away from it all for the weekend.