Winter in Wenatchee: Small Town Charm and Big Time Fun!

Winter in Wenatchee: Small Town Charm and Big Time Fun!


Wenatchee is the apple capital of the world, and this charming city in Washington State is the perfect destination to have a fruitful getaway this holiday season. A great playground for outdoor activities, Wenatchee has a lot for you to explore this winter time.

Outdoor Fun in Wenatchee

Spanning 2,000 acres and boasting a 2,250 foot vertical drop, Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort sets the scene for your ideal winter adventure. With light powder, sun, and amazing views, Mission Ridge has 36 designated runs and an easily accessible backcountry. Located just 12 miles from Wenatchee, there are beautiful trails and terrain the whole family can conquer!

little boy skiing

If you're looking for a less hair-raising experience, try the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trailー. a 10-mile asphalt trail circling the Columbia River. On the Wenatchee side, the trail runs through four riverfront parks while on the East Wenatchee side, it runs along the bluffs. Though the scenery is beautiful in any season, it’s still quite impressive in the winter.

leavenworth welcome sign

Remember to set aside some time to visit Leavenworth, a Bavarian-style village in the Cascade Mountains with alpine-style buildings. You can get from Wenatchee to Leavenworth in around 30 minutes by car. During your trip to Leavenworth you can also go snow tubing at Leavenworth Ski Hill. Lt. Michael Adams Tubing Park is a great place to take the kids, with a 100-foot tubing hill and a rope tow to pull you to the top! For those who have planned a December getaway, catch the Christmas Lighting Festival on Saturdays and Sundays leading up to Christmas at the Front Street Gazebo in Leavenworth. It truly is a winter wonderland with carolers strolling through town and the smell of chestnuts and hot cocoa filling the air.

Leavenworth gazebo lit up for Christmas

Winding Down

When you're looking for a place to stay warm and maybe buy some unique gifts, Pybus Public Market is the spot. Adjacent to the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail, this farmer's market hosts some of the best fruit and vegetables around! It's as long as a football field and offers baked goods, seafood, and wines, and it's open 362 days of the year. There's even live music every Friday night at 7 p.m! On the last day of the year, celebrate the turning of the calendar at Pybus with its annual Apple Drop on New Year's Eve.

interior view of Pybus Market

Rivertop Bar & Grill

With superb panoramic views above the Wenatchee Valley, you can try classic American dishes, Northwest Salmon, bacon-wrapped shrimp skewers, and more at Rivertop Bar & Grill. There's a nightly wine special along with a wide-ranging wine list. It's a great place to have a family dinner or a dinner date with your significant other.

Where to Stay

Located right at the entrance to historic downtown Wenatchee, Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel is a perfect jumping-off point for these attractions.

newly remodeled lobby of Coast Wenatchee Hotel

Enjoy your winter getaway in a home away from home, complete with amenities, such as:

  • Free Wi-Fi 
  • Complimentary airport shuttle 
  • Complimentary overnight parking 
  • Indoor/outdoor pool & whirlpool (outdoor closed during winter) 
  • Fitness center
  • Pet-friendly rooms

If you’re up for a good time and making memories, book your Wenatchee winter escape at Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel today!