It’s springtime in Wenatchee, and this small city of 32,000 has much to offer a weekend explorer, especially one ready to cast off the gray shroud of a rainy Seattle winter and step into sunshine (200 days a year!)
Executive editor Virginia Smyth recently returned to Seattle magazine after a 6-year stint overseeing a variety of publications for Group Health. Her career has included reporting and editing roles at weekly and daily newspapers. She joined Seattle magazine in 2003 after serving as editor of Seattle’s Child and Parentmap magazine, which she helped launch.
A one-time resident of the suburbs where she spent a lot of time driving, she moved to the city almost a decade ago and has become an enthusiastic proponent of walkable neighborhoods and transportation that doesn’t involve a car. When not at work, you’re likely to find her on the ski slopes in the winter, on local hiking or biking trails in the summer, or on the road exploring our region. Virginia accepts pitches for political, education, and news-related stories, health and fitness topics, regional travel, and general features.
On Red Mountain, a winemaking couple create a space that’s both workplace and retreat. They call it their “barn”—and the outlines of Chris and Thea Upchurch’s Red Mountain retreat does reference a farm structure.
An intimate affair for wine lovers who get their geek on over things like the impact of soil, weather, terroir and altitude