The Cascade Loop is a dream for food lovers! Explore locally-sourced cuisine while sipping award winning local wines, or visit farms and vineyards along the way. The Cascade Loop is home to some of the best seafood in the world (Penn Cove mussels anyone?), fresh produce (Wenatchee is the Apple Capital of the World) and Lake Chelan is home to a wine growing region that produces so many award-winning wines, you will have to dedicate extra time for your own Cascade Loop winery walk! These are just a few of the culinary offerings native to our region. Don’t forget to pack a cooler to keep those picnics well-supplied!
Food Lovers Itinerary
— Just past Monroe, stop at the Bolles Family Farm for U-Pick berries (raspberries, strawberries and blueberries) when in season.
— Stop at the Sultan Bakery for of the best and biggest pastries you will ever find. No joke. Their apple fritters are GINORMOUS.
— Fuel up for your journey by stopping at the iconic filming location of Harry and the Hendersons, the park adjacent to the Index Espresso Chalet. Check out all manner of wooden, chainsaw-carved Sasquatch replicas, or perhaps you’ll meet the real deal! Regardless, stop here for a really great cup of coffee and some truly friendly locals running the stand.
— There is a reason that hundreds of PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) hikers flock to the Cascadia Inn Cafe & Lounge in Skykomish–the food is hearty and delicious, the portions are good and the service is super friendly. This place is ran by a family and it shows. We are big fans of their Maloney sandwich!
— Make a dinner reservation at Leavenworth’s award-winning Kingfisher Dining Hall & Wine Bar at Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort. The menu features gourmet meals created with the freshest local ingredients, many from Sleeping Lady’s own two-acre organic garden.
— Sample Bavarian Cuisine at JJ Hills Fresh Grill located in the beautiful Icicle Village Resort. They also offer an extensive gluten-free menu as well as an assortment of vegetarian dishes.
— Pick up locally-grown produce (apple, pears, cherries in season) or choose from an assortment of locally-produced jams, jellies and honeys at Prey’s Fruit Barn located just past Leavenworth.
— Tour the historic Aplets & Cotlets Candy Factory in Cashmere and not only see how the candies are made, but get a healthy dose of samples as well.
— Traveling in Spring? The region stretching from Leavenworth on to Pateros is flanked by orchards that bloom in April and May. They’re beautiful year-round, but they’re downright spectacular at this time of year.
— Stock your picnic basket AND dine out at Wenatchee’s historic, riverside Pybus Public Market. The impeccably renovated market is bustling with folks picking out local wines, cheeses and meats. There are multiple restaurants to choose from and the food is delicious!
— Get ready to taste some wine, and lots of it. Lake Chelan is home to over 20 wineries and over 150 acres of vineyards! Explore both Chelan and Manson and see why this designated American Viticultural Area is bringing home LOTS of awards.
— Make a dinner reservation at lakeside Campbells Pub & Veranda. The menu offers upscale pub fare inspired by the Pacific Northwest and seasonal ingredients. They also boast a Best of Washington wine list as well as Pacific Northwest microbrews.
— Take in a one-of-a-kind lakeside view of the mighty Columbia River at The Rivers Restaurant. Don’t miss out on the “Double R Ranch” Local Northwest Beef Prime Rib Dinner on Friday and Saturday nights!
— Stop in and grab a cup of some of the best coffee you’ll taste (we are not exaggerating either) at Twisp?s Blue Star Coffee Roasters. See why the locals line up at this place the coffee is amazing, the people are friendly, and the pastries are pretty darned good too.
— Stock up your cooler for an evening BBQ at one of the Methow Valley’s best-kept secrets, Thomson’s Custom Meats in Twisp. This family-run butcher shop is the real deal!
— Grab a pint at local favorite watering hole, the Twisp River Pub, which just happens to be the home of the Methow Valley Brewing Co. Not that we are speaking from experience, BUT their Brown Ale is really, really good.
—Make a dinner reservation at world-renowned Sun Mountain Lodge Dining Room. Expect world-class service and amazing local flavor at this AAA 4-diamond rated restaurant featuring a wealth of local foods and wines.
— Visit a ranch just outside of Winthrop that focuses on sustainability and the humane treatment of its animals. Crown S Ranch is home to cattle, hogs, sheep and poultry none of which receive toxic drugs or chemicals. Check out the animals or shop at their country store (again, this is why we have a cooler) so you can stock up on snacks, picnic or BBQ goodies!
— Make a dinner reservation to enjoy one of the best meals you;ll ever have. The Arrow Leaf Bistro celebrates the Methow Valley by sourcing foods locally and preparing them in a combination of classic French technique and modern interpretation. In a nutshell, the food is amazing.
— Have a really fun evening on the town at Winthrop’s Old Schoolhouse Brewery. Chat with locals, listen to live music and of course, sample a whole gaggle of tasty brews. These guys are bringing down a whole bunch of awards lately their Ruud Awakening IPA was just named one of the 20 Best American IPAs.
— Make a dinner reservation and prepare for a Pacific Northwest dining experience you won’t forget. The Freestone Inn delivers the flavors of the Pacific Northwest in a warm, rustic lodge environment. Savor your meal while taking in the one-of-a-kind lakefront view.
— Stop in to Marblemount’s Buffalo Run Inn & Restaurant and take your pick of several wild game-focused meals. Choose from buffalo, elk, deer or even ostrich. Not interested in game? Don’t worry, you can count on your favorites being on this menu too.
— Visit Rockport’s 28-acre Cascadian Farm from May to October and shop at the farm’s roadside stand where you can pick up a pint or two of blueberries or an ice cream cone for the road!
— Stop in to Annie’s Pizza in Concrete and you can count on super-friendly service, yummy food and lots of locals! The pizza is tasty but we have to say, we are big fans of the Cal-Sub (imagine if a calzone and a sub sandwich combined.)
— Experience cozy comfort in the country on a small working farm at Sedro-Woolley’s Farm Stay at Hoehn Bend Farm. Stay in a turn of the century farmhouse located near lush pastures and farm animals. The Farm House has 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom that can comfortably accommodate 6 guests
— Love seafood? Plan to stop at the 5th Street Bistro in Anacortes. These guys have a crab cake benedict on their breakfast menu that is really, really good (and there is a whole lot more where that came from.)
— Penn Cove mussels are famous throughout the world as being one of the most delicious, flavorful shellfish you’ll find, and when you’re on the Loop, they are at your fingertips! Penn Cove is located off of historic Coupeville on Whidbey Island, and home to these famous beauties. They even have their own festival in March, the Penn Cove Mussel Festival. Get more great ideas about best spots to hit on the island from the pros at Zagat!