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Published: Saturday, October 20, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Head over the mountains for wine, fall color

  • Don't forget to stop for apples when you visit Eastern Washington.

    Marcia Janke

    Don't forget to stop for apples when you visit Eastern Washington.

  • The Wenatchee Valley is now known for its grapes as well as its apples.

    Jan Lutz

    The Wenatchee Valley is now known for its grapes as well as its apples.

The smoke has cleared, and what do you know? Fall colors still reign in the Leavenworth area. Take the scenic drive over Stevens Pass and wind your way down through Tumwater Canyon to take advantage of the waning days of autumn at these festivals:
Several of the Wenatchee Valley's best wineries team up from noon to 4 p.m. today, for the Hallowine celebration at the Conservatory Events Center in Cashmere.
Ticket-holders can sample local labels while enjoying steak or barbecued chicken, and then, giddy with wine, really go crazy at an antiques store.
Yes, the event takes place a stone's throw away from Apple Annie's Antiques and the Antique Mall at Cashmere.
For more on Hallowine, call 509-669-5808 or go to
Today is the last day of the 2012 Leavenworth Oktoberfest.
Check out live music at one of the festivals four stages or indulge with a brat on a bun and other Bavarian treats from 11 a.m. today to 1 a.m. Sunday at the Leavenworth Oktoberfest Compound, 1001 Front St. in Leavenworth.
The festival begins today with a parade at noon followed by a keg-tapping ceremony with the Leavenworth mayor at 1 p.m.
Kids can enjoy activities such as the Kinderplatz climbing wall or L-Bow the Clown.
Free shuttles will take you around Leavenworth. See for details.
Admission is $20. For information or tickets, go to www.
Enjoy Octoberfest but prefer wine? The Icicle Ridge Winery is hosting Winetoberfest, an afternoon of wine tasting, live music and tacos from noon to 5 p.m. today at 8977 North Road in Peshastin.
Jazz singer Cheryl Hodge will perform from 2 to 4 p.m. and food will be available from South's Taco Truck.
The event is free, but there's a $5 charge for wine tasting.
For more information, call the winery at 509-548-7019 or go to
Grapes are the newbies on the Eastern Washington scene, but you gotta bring back some apples. Here are a couple of easy stops:
Stutzman Farm, 2226 Easy St., Wenatchee, is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and charges 50 cents per pound of apples. Learn more at
Smallwood's Harvest, 10461 Stemm Road, Peshastin, is the Disney World of apples, with a petting zoo, corn maze, store, coffee bar and more. Learn more at
Estes Fruit Stand, 13656 U.S. 2, East Wenatchee, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., selling its own tree-ripened produce at a location focused on the fruit.
Story tags » Community festivalsTravelWine

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