Home destroyed by Washington wildfire - 2015
Up on a hill, high above the city of Wenatchee, lies an blackened hillside, completely devastated by one of this year's wildfires. I stumbled upon it today, almost entirely by accident, as I made my way, ever higher, to clear the rooftops and telephone poles and strip malls of this charming Northwest town, on my way to photograph some of the most beautiful hillsides in the region.
But as I was walking, I spotted a burnt-out home, a quarter-mile and halfway up the darkened hill. As many times as I go back looking at the images of this place, I always manage to find something enchanting and astonishing. The astonishing part comes from the fact that one man and his wife built the entire thing. The trails through the gardens run on multiple levels, over and under imposing rock formations, though tall stands of fir and by small ponds and fountains made completely by hand.
The rocks themselves were carted here to simulate the rugged countryside which surrounds Wenatchee.
It is sometimes very difficult to believe that one man, and subsequently his family, are responsible for all of it. The Ohme Gardens are not only a tranquil and visually stunning retreat, but they also represent a lifetime labor of love.
You can't read the story of Herman Ohme and his young bride, who set out to carve a garden paradise out of the harsh scrubland of Eastern Washington, without coming away touched by their dedication and astonished by their achievement.
http://www.ohmegardens.com/thegardens/pages/the-start-of-ohme-gardens The Ohme Gardens are not only a tranquil and visually stunning retreat, but they also represent a lifetime labor of love.
You can't read the story of Herman Ohme and his young bride, who set out to carve a garden paradise out of the harsh scrubland of Eastern Washington, without coming away touched by their dedication and astonished by their achievement.
http://www.ohmegardens.com/thegardens/pages/the-start-of-ohme-gardens The Ohme Gardens are not only a tranquil and visually stunning retreat, but they also represent a lifetime labor of love.
You can't read the story of Herman Ohme and his young bride, who set out to carve a garden paradise out of the harsh scrubland of Eastern Washington, without coming away touched by their dedication and astonished by their achievement.
http://www.ohmegardens.com/thegardens/pages/the-start-of-ohme-gardens A view of the Northern Cascade range, its foothills and the city of Wenatchee, all from Ohme Gardens. Sage Hills Preserve in Wenatchee, WA. Don't miss this drive-thru diner on your way into Wenatchee. We stopped for a butterscotch shake and it was fantastic. Next time I'm going for a real fruit huckleberry shake. We didn't try the burgers, but they get great reviews, and any place that ponies up for Tillamook cheese is already a cut above. Trees along the hillside where the wildfire burned in Wenatchee this year. These are actually just a few yards from the house I posted back in September.
It has taken me a long time to go back and look at these pictures. A very powerful memory there. Overwhelming, in fact.
It is still difficult for me to understand or revisit that afternoon on the hillside. The world did not make sense for what must have been a brief, but seemed like a prolonged and never-to-be-finished, period of time.
When I think of all that devastation, I still can't make sense of it today. The best place to view this marvel is at the Saddlerock Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Wenatchee, Washington, which is where I took this photo. View from the Ohme Gardens across the city of Wenatchee to the dry foothills of the North Cascades.
Most of what you see was charred during one of this year's wildfires. One of many trails in the Sage Hills Preserve in Wenatchee, WA. Taken October 2015. While out for a walk down by the Columbia River, I snapped this photo. I love the play of light with the clouds and water and the tension that creates.
Wenatchee, WA The dead, dry foothills of the Northern Cascades. The Apple Capital Loop Trail through the Wenatchee Valley offers beautiful views of the Columbia River and the surrounding area. Bike, rollerblade, walk, or jog; you can hop onto the trail through many of the parks near the river. Living in the middle of a rainforest for the last three decades has made me a huge fan of -- the desert. Actually, anywhere east of the Cascades where the predominant climate veers towards the dry and ascetic, and the colors come in ranges and not a single verdant hue.
Don't get me wrong, I do not think I could live without the mountains and the forests and the alpine meadows. It's just that, come winter, the sponge-bath they provide can become a little wearisome.
If you want the colors of the desert and the high plains, head East from the mountains and you won't have far to travel. The general demarcation point in Washington for that switch in climate is probably Wenatchee. It's a pleasant town, with all the amenities, and East Wenatchee is its next-door neighbor.
As you can see from this view, the landscape has completely transformed from the wetter, greener, and more mountainous terrain in the West to the austere pattern you see here.
There are plenty of places to hike on this side of the Cascades, including a set of very respectable mountain peaks. But the sun actually makes an appearnce from time to time in the winter months. And a face full of sunshine can change your outlook almost in an instant. Wenatchee Railyard with the broad orange foothills rising up in the background. Near white river falls, Wenatchee,Washington Go. Here. Huge menu of sandwiches, pizza, wraps, salads and calzones. Awesome rainbow tie dye theme brightens up your mood the moment you walk up to the door. And the food is fresh, homemade and excellent! On our way to Wenatchee and Leavenworth, we stopped by this market to use the bathroom and saw this beautiful tractor. My son loves tractors and so we stayed longer than expected to sit on this tractor. It was 4th of July so this turned out perfectly! #LifeAtExpedia Hiking around the Sage Hills Preserve in Wenatchee Washington. Indoor rock climbing gym adjacent to Walla Walla Park on the banks of the mighty Columbia River. Have a cup of coffee, hard apple cider, and lunch and watch the fun. Gentle hike/walk along the Wenatchee River. #takeahike
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Popular property highlights

Free parking
Pets allowed
Free WiFi
Swimming pool
Business center

Location

Located in the heart of Wenatchee, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Town Toyota Center and Wenatchee Confluence State Park. Riverfront Park and Walla Walla Point Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Hotel Features

This smoke-free hotel features an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a coffee shop/café. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a spa tub, a 24-hour business center, and conference space.

Room Amenities

All 149 rooms provide conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves, plus free WiFi and TVs with cable channels. Balconies or patios, premium bedding, and free local calls are among the other amenities available to guests.

Languages Spoken

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

In addition to an outdoor pool, Red Lion Hotel Wenatchee provides a spa tub and a fitness center. The hotel offers a coffee shop/café. This 3-star property offers access to a 24-hour business center and meeting rooms.

Wireless Internet access is complimentary. This business-friendly hotel also offers complimentary newspapers in the lobby, a fireplace in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Complimentary self parking is available on site.

Red Lion Hotel Wenatchee is a smoke-free property.

  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • 24-hour business center 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Conference space 
  • Spa tub 
  • Express check-out 
  • Meeting rooms 10 
  • Total number of rooms - 149 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Free self parking 
  • Number of floors - 3 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Fireplace in lobby 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Outdoor pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Microwave  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Parking

Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Balcony or patio 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Free local calls 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Microwave 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Desk 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Television 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 

Where to Eat

Buffet breakfasts are available for a surcharge between 6:00 AM and 9:00 AM.

Nearby Things to Do

An outdoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Snowboarding nearby 
  • Water skiing nearby 
  • Golfing nearby 
  • Snowmobiling nearby 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Downhill skiing nearby 
  • Cross-country skiing nearby 

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time ends at midnight

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Check-out

Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 17 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 15 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 15 per pet, per night

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
Guests should note that this property is approximately 48 miles from the Gorge Amphitheater. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
  • Deposit: USD 40.00 per stay
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Fee for buffet breakfast: USD 7.00 per person (approximately)
  • Pet fee: USD 15 per pet, per night
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 15 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Red Lion Hotel Wenatchee
  • Red Lion Wenatchee
  • Wenatchee Red Lion Hotel
  • Wenatchee Red Lion

We should mention

Children 17 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.


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