The city of Cashmere, considered the geographical center of Washington state, is located along Highway 2/97 and the Wenatchee River, and is surrounded by orchards and the Cascade foothills. Although agriculture plays a big role in the city’s economy — in addition to orchards there are several fruit processors and packers — Cashmere is mostly a residential community, with a large chunk of its population commuting to nearby Wenatchee for employment. Attractions include the Liberty Orchards’ Aplets & Cotlets factory, antique malls, the historic downtown, restaurants and the Chelan County Expo Center. The Wenatchee River is the most popular whitewater rafting river in the state, with many rafters taking out at Cashmere’s Riverfront Park. Mountain bikers also flock to the nearby Devil’s Gulch Trail, considered one of the best rides in the state.
Community Strengths, Amenities, Highlights
Ample recreational opportunities with the Wenatchee River flowing through town and Cascade foothills and the Wenatchee National Forest just a few minutes away; downtown features an Old American style; low crime rate; good schools; warm climate with low humidity seven months of the year; clean air and clean water; fertile soil; volunteerism is high; good walkability around town.
What Makes this Community Stand Out
It’s quaint Cottage Avenue Historic District, featuring early 1900s-era Craftsman bungalow homes and mature shade trees.
Outdoor Recreation Activities
Whitewater rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, road cycling, trail running, running, walking, hiking, rock climbing, snowmobiling, golf and fishing.