Last month we visited one of our favorite towns in Washington – Wenatchee, on the east side of the mountains where the sky is always blue and a river runs through it, the mighty Columbia.
We stayed in a new hotel on the banks of the river,
and walked the trail in front as the sun was setting.
It is also an art walk, and sculptures adorn the trail.
Have you ever seen a monkey on a skateboard? You will here.
Or one of my favorites – a big foot known as Ped?
The robin looked like a sculpture but was not – he was merely posing for me.
Next door is the Public Market where you’ll find a spirit of community, local crafts, fresh fruit and restaurants.
Two blocks away you’re in old town Wenatchee where you can shop and continue to enjoy the art.
This one reminded me of something from childhood though I couldn’t put my finger on it. A moth, perhaps? But no – helicopters dropping and twirling under a tree. Thank goodness for the sign – Samaras!
Who says art isn’t educational?
And that will do for now.
I love the Little Free Library! A great spot.
Me too! Such a fun place to visit! 🙂
Love the quaintness you captured, Susanne
Thank you so much! 🙂
Yes, it was a nice getaway!
Such a cute slice of Americana!
Right? Thanks, John! 😊
I love public art!! It really is a great way to beautify cities!! Thanks for taking me along on this little tour!
Thanks so much! They’ve done a wonderful job in Wenatchee with public art!
That looks like a lovely town, Susanne. It has a definite ‘arty’ feel.
Best wishes, Pete.
Thanks, Pete. It makes for a nice and easy getaway. 😊
Looks like a great little town! Not one we took in on our WA road trip – a shame as I’m sure we’d have liked it 😀
Thanks, Sarah. You were pretty close since you stopped by the museum in Cashmere only a few miles away. But it’s hard to do everything! Maybe next time! 😊
I thought I recognised the name – we must have seen it on maps and road signs!
I recently became the new “mom” for a shelter dog – said to be a chiweenie (Chihuahua + dachshund but mostly resembles the latter). That sculpture is totally TOTALLY my new best-four-legged-friend. The way he grapples any and all round and even remotely round objects – oh my. Perfect! Your virtual tour blog posts are so wonderful. It’s been decades since I last visited Wenatchee, Cashmere, the Teanaway Valley, and Leavenworth. Your photos prompt me to plan a trip this summer.
Thanks so much for your comment. Wenatchee has come a long way these past few years with the riverfront and art walk. You’d love it!
Love your tour of Wenatchee, Susanne! As you know we drove through there recently on the way to Leavenworth last week. You showcase the area so beautifully. As we drove through, I was so struck by the views of the pear trees and how the Cascades just pop up out of the ground making for such grand views.
Thanks so much, Terri! I’m glad you enjoyed your trip! The whole area is special with the mountains and rivers, orchards, and small towns. And the Apple Loop trail along the Columbia is a wonderful place to walk and enjoy the art, and even more fun on a bike!
Great info, Susanne! It was a short trip and Monday was rainy (shopping day). It really is a beautiful area! So much to do!
I had no idea that Wenatchee had emerged from the 1950’s. Thanks for bringing me up to speed.
The downtown is still very 50’s and very charming. But the best thing they’ve done is created a wonderful waterfront along the river with the Market and art walk. And the Apple Loop trail is great for walking or bicycling.
Lovely! Been there once, but didn’t manage to find the beautiful sculptures and artwork that you did. Maybe need to go again?
We visit every year! You can pick up a map of the art walk on the waterfront, where I first discovered the sculptures. The Market is fun too!