You don’t need to travel to Europe for a taste of agritourism. If you are hankering for a stay similar to those European countryside getaways, there’s one to be had only a few hours from Seattle.
Marcia and Kyle Green and their daughters Roslyn and Abigail, all who’ve worked to make the Cashmere Cider Mill a going concern have doubled their efforts and created an agritourism destination in the heart of Washington State.
We first visited the Cashmere Cider Mill, tucked away in Woodring Canyon just outside the town of Cashmere, a year ago. Returning this summer as part of a hosted travel writers tour we had a real taste of how the place has expanded.
The Cider Mill Guest Suites, of which there are two (each with en suite bathroom) occupy the second-floor of a remodeled and updated 1910 farm house. The downstairs has a full living room and kitchen.
The expansive views from the house look out over the Mill’s picnic grounds in one direction and have a territorial view out over the orchards looking the other direction.
What’s Cooking at the Mill?
Marcia offers culinary classes out at the Mill year-round although most of them are between May and November,when locally-grown ingredients are at their peak.
She cooked up a sample of the types of meals prepared in the classes for our visiting group. Sometimes photos tell the story better than words.
I had to show you the simple, but delightful table decorations -- empty cider bottles, fresh flowers from the garden and grape vines and leaves.
But to get back to the food. . .
Need I tell you this tasty little fresh blueberry morsel, cooked in a cast iron frying pan, won the hearts (and stomachs) of all?
If You Go:
Cashmere is less than 2.5 hours drive from Seattle via I-90 and Highway 97A. The nearest airport is Pangborn Field in Wenatchee.
Cider Mill Accommodations: Cider Mill Guest Suites and another property, Canyon Hideaway,are open year-round.You can arrange for a number of activities from kayaking the smooth waters of the nature preserves in the summer to snowshoeing through the orchards in the winter.
A welcome bottle of gourmet cider is included in the rental. (If you want more adult beverages, bring it with you. Better yet, buy some of the local wines at the tasting rooms in Mission Square in Cashmere.)
(If you want more than just an overnight stay, more comprehensive packages are available, such as providing breakfast, lunch and dinner, excursions to the fields, farms and orchards and agricultural workshops.)
Culinary Classes: You don’t need to be an overnight guest to take a culinary class. They are offered year round.
For directions, hours of operation, to reserve a stay or schedule a class:
Mission Creek Cider Mill and Guest Suites, 5420 Woodring Canyon Road., 866-459-9614, www.gourmetcider.com