Just west of Wenatchee, you'll find the town of Cashmere, which has adopted an Early American theme. The town's main attraction is the Aplets & Cotlets Candy Factory and Country Store, 117 Mission Ave. (tel. 800/231-3242 or 509/782-2191; www.libertyorchards.com), where you can tour the kitchens that produce these unusual fruit-and-nut confections. Between April and December, the factory and store are open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5:30pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm; between January and March, they're open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
For a different sort of sweet treat, don't miss Anjou Bakery, 3898 Old Monitor Rd. (tel. 509/782-4360), just off U.S. 2 in the middle of a pear orchard on the outskirts of Cashmere. The ovens here produce great pastries and rustic breads.
Also worth a visit in Cashmere is the Chelan County Historical Society Pioneer Village and Museum, 600 Cotlets Way (tel. 509/782-3230; www.cashmeremuseum.com). Nearly 20 old log buildings have been assembled here and are filled with period antiques. Inside the main museum building, you'll find exhibits on the early Native American cultures of the region, pioneer history, and natural history. The museum is open from March 1 to October 31, daily from 9:30am to 4:30pm, and November 1 through December 21, Friday through Sunday from 10:30am to 3:30pm. Admission is $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and students ages 13 to 18, and $2.50 for children ages 5 to 12.