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Leavenworth: Antiques and a Dip

The second day of our weekend in Leavenworth in July, Jon and I got up and got moving so we could make the most of our day.  Last fall, when Jon drove over to meet me in Chelan, he had seen an antique store that had interested him.  He mentioned it to me and asked if I wanted to check it out.  Well, DUH, that’s a silly question!

Our first stop was at the Antique Mall at Cashmere (kind of a non-descript name if you ask me), one of the large antique malls in Cashmere, just off the highway.  The outside of the store had a lot of architectural salvage that was cool; old window frames, old doors, various garden implements and signs, and we stopped to rummage through that stuff for a few minutes before going inside.

Inside the store was a lot of the usual antique store stuff – lots of glass, lots of vintage collectibles, lots of little children figurines, and some really neat stuff too.  And then I saw it… The score of the trip…  A very large (14″ diameter) glass fishing float.  I have admired them for years, but I have never purchased one because they are so expensive, and I have never found one on a beach.  But this one was reasonably priced, so I jumped at the chance!  It even has some netting on it.  I know nothing about it though, so I will have to do some research at some point…  In the meantime though, I just like seeing it perched in on the living room floor.

My Fishing Float Decor

My Fishing Float Decor

Jon found a vintage record cabinet that he loved, and it was also priced to sell.  It was small enough to fit in our Honda CRV with all of our other trip gear, so it went home with us too.

After the Antique Mall at Cashmere, we stopped by the other antique mall – Apple Annie’s.  This place is gigantic, with over 70,000 square feet and a restaurant in the building.  The building is new, so it has a different feel than many antique malls that are in old buildings with uneven, creaky floors and poor lighting.  Jon saw a 1950’s style coffee table that he liked, but there was nothing there that we had to have.  We cruised through the last several aisles quickly because we were getting hungry, and we were going to meet the family for lunch in downtown Leavenworth.

Leavenworth was a zoo that day.  There were so many people everywhere!  Jon got pretty frustrated with the crowds…  Plus it was really hot!  For lunch we had brats, pretzels and water at the Leavenworth Sausage Garten.  I had a regular Bratwurst and Jon had a Veggie Brat – they were both delicious.  We split one of their pretzels, which was awesome!  The seating is outdoors, with umbrellas over the tables to provide some shade in the summer, and outdoor propane standup heaters to give some warmth in the winter.  The day we were there, the misters were spraying a light mist of water on us, keeping us a little cooler.

The Main Drag in Leavenworth

The Main Drag in Leavenworth

After our brats, we checked out the shops in downtown Leavenworth, and thought about a visit to the Nutcracker Museum.  Those of you who read this blog know that I am a sucker for a museum, and I have heard that the Nutcracker Museum is good – I just wasn’t in the mood for a museum after poking around in antique stores for hours.  I’ll be back at some point though.  We did make a visit to the Icicle Ridge Winery tasting room, located in the basement suite of one of the main street buildings.  Surprisingly, there was no one else there when we went to do our tasting.  I’ll talk about Icicle Ridge in another post!

After a bit more wandering around, we decided it was time to head back to the cabin to beat the heat in the river.  100 degrees was too hot for any of us to handle!  We got our swimsuits on and jumped into the ice cold Wenatchee River.  Our cabin was just below a section of rapids that made an interesting “bathtub drain” effect in the water.

The Wenatchee River, Looking North Towards the Rapids

The Wenatchee River, Looking North Towards the Rapids

When you first jumped in, you would be pulled towards the rapids to the north (the rapids were uphill though, so you didn’t go tumbling over any falls or anything).  Then you would swim further out into the river, to be caught up in the rush of water that would quickly carry you south past the cabin.  Once the speed of the water slowed down, you could swim closer to the riverbank again where the river would carry you back to the north once again where you could get back out of the current near the cabin.  It took some strong swimming, but it was pretty fun going through the cycle!

We all enjoyed a dinner of BBQ’d steak and chicken, with salad, green beans and other sides, and chatted the evening away around the table.  The highlight of the evening though was seeing a black bear come down to the water on the opposite riverbank!  He wasn’t fully grown, but old enough to have been weaned from mom.  What a treat to see him!  He was far enough away to not make you nervous (on the other side of the river was good for me), so unfortunately with the low light it was hard to get great photos of him.  I will remember the experience though!

We Saw a Black Bear!

We Saw a Black Bear!

A fantastic day in Leavenworth ended with a dip in the hot tub (the temps drop fast when the sun sets) and a puzzle spread out on the coffee table in the cabin.  Can’t wait to visit again!

Our Evening Puzzle Project - Of Course it has a History Theme!

Our Evening Puzzle Project – Of Course it has a History Theme!

Leavenworth Weekend

After spending a July day in Seattle hanging out with friends and family, Jon, Pablo and I headed out for Leavenworth.  Jon’s sister and brother in law would be joining us later that day, as well as Jon’s parents and brother.  We headed over the pass on Highway 2 – enjoying the scenery along the way, and stopping along the river to take some photos and enjoy the view.  If you haven’t been over WA Highway 2, it is a beautiful scenic drive – more like a country road in most parts – two lanes that wind along next to the river.

Jon and I pose for a scenic moment by the Wenatchee River along Highway 2.  (Ignore Jon's cockeyed hat please!)

Jon and I pose for a scenic moment by the Wenatchee River along Highway 2. (Ignore Jon’s cockeyed hat please!)

Pablo enjoys the view of the Wenatchee River

Pablo enjoys the view of the Wenatchee River

Once we got to Leavenworth, our first stop was at Smallwood’s Harvest, a local farm stand and retail store featuring many local products and produce.  Jon, Pablo and I got some salad dressing, some peach cider, fresh peaches, and some jalapeño stuffed green olives.  Jon really liked the green olives – I accidentally ate one and my tongue and lips were on fire for the next several hours!  Also at Smallwood’s is a kitchen shop, with all sorts of neat kitchen gadgets.  If we lived in the area, I think this would be someplace to check out regularly – just to see what kinds of local items they had!

By this time we were hungry, so we decided to stop by Milepost 111 Brewery in Cashmere, WA (just one town over from Leavenworth on Highway 2).  It was a hot day, but we sat outside in the shade on their patio, and were comfortable.  They do brew small quantities of their own beer, but they happened to be sold out the day that we were there.  They have a large selection of Northwest microbrews, including several from around the Leavenworth area.

I ordered the Bacon Bleu Cheese Burger – with gorgonzola cheese and sauteed mushrooms – YUM!  It was served with Truffle Fries, and I loved the meal!  I paired it with a Dirty Face Amber Lager by Icicle Brewery in Leavenworth, which was a nice malty amber lager that was very smooth and approachable.   Jon had the Salmon Fish and Chips and Pablo had the Pineapple Express Burger, they were both really pleased with their meals as well.

My Bacon Bleu Burger with Gorgonzola Cheese and Sauteed Mushroooms - Scrumptious!

My Bacon Bleu Burger with Gorgonzola Cheese and Sauteed Mushroooms – Scrumptious!

Jon's Salmon Fish and Chips at the Milepost 111 Brewery - YUM!

Jon’s Salmon Fish and Chips at the Milepost 111 Brewery – YUM!

After we had been there for awhile, Jon’s parents showed up, so we sat with them while they had lunch too.  Jon’s mom had the Watermelon Jicama salad.  I was a bit unsure about it at first, but this salad was awesome!  It had watermelon cut into big chunks and jicama, flavored with honey, orange, lime juice and mint.  The flavors just exploded in your mouth, with the mint providing the perfect accompaniment with the watermelon!  Sorry, I didn’t get a picture though…

After hanging out on the patio for a couple of hours, it was time to check out our cabin.  Jon’s sister had rented a cabin for the weekend that was right on the Wenatchee River, overlooking a section of rapids.  We checked into the cabin, dropped our stuff in our rooms, and went down to the river!  By that time of the afternoon, it was really hot – close to 100 degrees, so dipping our toes into the frigid water felt really good.  Dipping the whole body was quite a different matter.  That water was cold!  REALLY COLD!

I don’t think I had ever been swimming in water so cold – it is mountain melt, and is pretty close to the source in Leavenworth.  It took a few minutes to get acclimated, but once you were in, the crisp cold water felt really good.  Of course, it isn’t water you can lounge around in for the whole afternoon… but for later in the evening there was a hot tub.

Our Section of the Wenatchee River - Super Cold Water!

Our Section of the Wenatchee River – Super Cold Water!

Jon’s sister and her husband treated us to dinner that evening – homemade seafood paella.  Paella is complicated to make, requiring many steps to turn out a finished product, so I was excited to have some outside of a restaurant.  It is one of my favorite dishes, and we all really enjoyed it.

It was a great day to relax and enjoy ourselves!