Melanie and I recently spent a great few days in Wenatchee, Washington. Why Wenatchee, asked a friend? It's so very different from the coast of Washington, it's a desert, said another.
Wenatchee touts itself as the Apple Capitol of the World. There are many orchards to be seen and many cold storage warehouses along the Columbia River that runs through Wenatchee and East Wenatchee.
Forbes, in 2021, touted it as a great place to retire and Melanie and I agree (not necessarily about retiring there), it's a really nice mid-sized town about 2 hours east of Seattle through Stevens Pass. Wenatchee has a great feel to it with good food to be had and friendly people. We missed the annual Apple Blossom Festival, but there's always next year.
Forbes also mentioned it's bike friendly and indeed it is. The Apple Capitol Loop Trail and extensions are a wonderful resource and make getting around Wenatchee a breeze. Melanie and I were able to ride the trail and around town every day we were there. It's not exactly flat in spots, but the hills are not too formidable.
Photos are from my rides on the trail and around town.
Steven and Melanie