At the heart of the Wenatchee Valley, surrounded by apple orchards and bare-brown eastern Cascade foothills, Cashmere (pop. 3,063) has an attractive downtown district, its unusual red columns and brown-shingled awnings both shading the sidewalks and giving the town some visual identity. The main sight here is the large Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village (daily Apr.-Oct., $7), off US-2 at the east end of town, with an excellent collection of Native American artifacts and an outdoor Pioneer Village made up of 20 different historic structures from around the county.
Cashmere is also the home of Aplets and Cotlets, fruit-and-nut candy, started here in the 1920s by two Armenian immigrants. These sweet treats are so dominant in the local scheme of things that the main route into town has been renamed Aplets Way. The Liberty Orchards factory (daily Apr.-Dec., Mon.-Fri. Jan.-Mar.), across from the railroad depot, is open for free tours and samples.
For road food (and good milk shakes!), stop by Rusty’s Drive-In (700 Cotlets Way, 509/782-2425) at the east edge of town near the museum, or head to the block-long downtown district, where you’ll find a handful of cafés and taverns and the Village Inn (229 Cottage Ave., 509/782-3522, $79-109).