Surrounded by local farms and sitting at the edge of Mount Rainier National Park is the quaint but cool town of Enumclaw. Located right off Highway 410, the city has truly evolved into a hidden gem perfect for more than just a stopover on the way up to Crystal Mountain during ski season. With no big-box stores or restaurant chains in sight, the town draws tourists to its unique offerings of local eateries and exquisite finds in one of many antique stores. Art is in high demand for those craving paintings or hand-blown glass or other creations.
With no shortage of restaurants, Enumclaw truly has something for everyone. Craving sweets? Check out the handmade salted caramels at Sweet Necessities. The pies at award-winning Pie Goddess will make your mouth water. With over 50 varieties, it’s hard to choose just one. If you are really hungry and looking for the “Gee, I’m glad I ate that” feeling, head over to Kelly’s Mercantile, also known as the Merc, and peruse the menu full of locally sustained foods, wines and beers. The beers at Cole Street Brewery are an area favorite and can be found on tap at a number of other outlets in town, even the local theater.
The Arts Alive Center for the Arts on Cole Street sells original art created by area artists. The gallery also hosts an extensive art program year round while striving to keep a pulse on the arts in the community. During the summer months, Arts Alive hosts an event known as Art in the Garden. Free to the public, this annual art show is a local favorite and takes place at 3.5 acres of Matson Family Farm Gardens.
Whether passing through or looking for a day escape, Enumclaw offers something unique for the artisan in each of us.