Historic Snohomish offers plenty of charm

  • Tue Jul 24th, 2012 6:37pm

<b>FAMILY TIME | </b>By Caroline Lippert-Burrows For The Weekly Herald

SNOHOMISH — Families, cyclists, motorcyclists and tourists flock to historic Snohomish daily – and it’s easy to see why. Whether taking a break from a drive or a ride, this city’s old downtown strip is a great place to check out fun and unique shops, try delicious treats and take a walk along the tranquil Snohomish River.

My big surprise when visiting the wonderful antique, vintage and gift shops that historic Snohomish is known for was how kid-friendly and even dog-friendly the stores were. Shops like Faded Elegance, the Antique Station in Victoria Village and the Red Rooster Antique Mall welcomed all family members, including canine, in their establishments.

The unique treasures at Past Gas at Pegasus Shops jump out at you when you walk in and are a delight to the eyes for kids of all ages. From knickknacks to wall hangings, from T-shirts to postcards, from superhero bobble heads to the largest Betty Boop collection of collectibles I have ever seen, this store rocks with energy and excitement.

There are lots of places to choose from for treats. Find popular pleasures, such as red velvet with cream cheese and pink champagne delights at Simply Sweet Cupcakes. Or try the homemade pies baked fresh daily at Snohomish Pie Company, which also sells delicious snickerdoodle, chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies.

Something family and friends can do together while visiting historic Snohomish is walk along the Snohomish River Trail. There is a great view of the first railroad bridge built in 1888 over the serene Snohomish River and is a beautiful sight to behold.

One thing you’ll notice when visiting historic Snohomish is the large amount of bicyclists that ride through this popular stopping point. There are numerous benches and picnic tables with a view of the Snohomish River, as well as many restaurants to sit outside for bicyclists taking a break. And, if you didn’t bring your own bike to enjoy that day, Snohomish Bicycles on First Street is there to rent you one for an hour or a day.

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For more information on historic Snohomish and other fun activities, call the Snohomish Visitor Information Center at 360-862-9609 or visit www.snohomishvic.com.