Tucked between strip-mall Wenatchee and Bavarian-mall Leavenworth, tiny Cashmere (pop. 3,000) has long featured a Colonial American theme on its buildings. Highway 2 between Leavenworth and Cashmere is lined with fruit orchards (visit in late April to enjoy the trees in bloom); the dry climate helps produce the finest D’Anjou pears in America.
A half dozen fruit stands sell fresh apples, pears, cherries, apricots, peaches, plums, and berries in season. Because of this fruit production, Cashmere was a logical place to establish a business that produces a confection made from fruit juice, walnuts, and powdered sugar—the treats known as Aplets and Cotlets.
Getting to Cashmere
Cascade Helitours (509/548-4759) provides scenic helicopter flights over the Cascades out of Cashmere.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition